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Post Hurricane Matthew Update

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While Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction along the East Coast, Wilmington and Landfall received very minimal damage. Landfall never lost power during the storm partially because Landfall’s utilities and power lines are underground, which is extremely beneficial since Landfall will often have power when other parts of Wilmington lose theirs.

The damage around Landfall mainly consisted of broken tree limbs and minor debris, and was cleaned up in the common areas by Landfall Maintenance. A couple roads were flooded for a day, but Landfall Security made sure any roads that were impassable where blocked off. Both the Nicklaus and Dye Golf Courses are already open to the delight of golfers.

Landfall and Wilmington were lucky to have escaped relatively unscathed from a storm that caused so much harm to the surrounding areas.

The Cameron Art Museum

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The Cameron Art Museum, one of Wilmington’s premier art museums, always has exciting new exhibits for guests to view. One current exhibit that lasts until September 11th is “She Tells a Story”. This exhibit, which is done by all women artists, is a combination of visual art by 52 women and written art by 14 Wilmington-area writers who wrote about the visual pieces.

Another exhibit is “Patchwork North America” by Virginia Wright-Frierson. Wright-Frierson has created over 100 paintings that make it seem like the viewer is seeing the painting through at window.

“Unbound Narrative” is an exhibit that runs through January and is about artists, who use books to document, communicate, and understand the details of human existence. This format is becoming increasingly popular with artists. In addition to these exhibits there are programs and events happening all the time. For more on the museum and everything is has to offer visit their website http://cameronartmuseum.org/index.php?c=programs_events&s=current.

Wilmington Ranks in Top 20 Green Cities in the Country

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Wilmington has just been rated as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country! Coming in 13th, the cities were ranked by the financial advising website valuepenguin.com. There were 200 metropolitan areas included in the study. The ‘greenest’ city was Santa Cruz, CA, followed by Gainsville, FL, Santa Rosa, CA, Charlottesville, VA, and Champaign, IL. Wilmington and Chapel Hill were the only North Carolina cities to make the top 20. The cities were ranked based on 15 metrics like energy consumption, bicycle friendliness, LEED certified buildings, available park space, water quality, farmers markets, and renewable energy production. For more on the report and their findings visit their website http://www.valuepenguin.com/2016/most-environmentally-friendly-cities.

Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards Win 1st in Competition

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When you’re at Wrightsville Beach you know you’re in good hands with the lifeguards, who have now placed 1st in the regional competition for the fourth straight year in a row. The Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue competed in the United States Lifesaving Association South Atlantic Competition in Folly Beach, South Carolina 2 weeks ago. In addition to winning overall first the team also won individual honors including a beach relay, landline, ironwoman, woman’s surf ski, woman’s paddleboard, run swum run, and beach flags. The success of the Wrightsville Beach lifeguards shows how competent and prepared they are to save lives. Just last Thursday the lifeguards made more than two-dozen rescues in the choppy ocean conditions. When you’re at Wrightsville Beach the best lifeguards in the Southeast are watching out for your safety.

Starring Cape Fear

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Wilmington is known as Hollywood on the East Coast, with over 400 movies, TV shows, and commercials having been filmed here in the past 30 years. This year at the Cape Fear Museum there is an exhibit that highlights the area’s contribution to the film industry. The exhibit called Starring Cape Fear takes guests through the cinema history of the area starting with the 1980’s. The history of how North Carolina’s film incentives brought business to the area and how Dino DeLaurentiis tried to create the largest sound stage lot east of California are featured in the exhibit. Additionally there are production artifacts from Firestarter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Tammy, Blue Velvet, Iron Man 3, and Eastbound & Down. Starring Cape Fear is also interactive with a game designed to test knowledge of past television programs and movies and a game that add sound to movie clips. Admission to the Cape Fear Museum ranges from $5.00 to $8.00 and tickets can be bought at the museum located on Market Street.

North Carolina Battleship

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Tomorrow at the North Carolina Battleship its “Battleship 101 Day” where volunteers are stationed throughout the boat to explain to guests the interworkings of the ship. Built in 1941, the USS NC Battleship was sent all over the Pacific in World War II and participated in every major Pacific Battle. Some popular topics on the retired battleship are the gunnery, radar, engineering, and daily shipboard life. The boat will be open from 10:00am until 3:00pm and admission is $6.00-$14.00. Enjoy a beautiful day outside learning about history, and enjoy the scenic view of the Cape Fear River and Downtown Wilmington.

Wrightsville Beach Ranked in Top Great Small Beach Towns

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Wrightsville Beach was just chosen as one of the “30 Great Small Beach Towns on the East Coast” by editors for Top Value Reviews. The article says that with over 2,000 miles of coastline the East Coast is known for its large popular beach towns, however, there are many small ones that are quaint, have a lot to do, and have gorgeous beaches. Ranked at number 22 Wrightsville Beach has everything including restaurants, bars, and shops.

“North Carolina is chock-full of great beach towns, but one of the most popular is Wrightsville Beach. A tiny town located near the outskirts of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is known and loved for its wide beaches, soft white sand, and picturesque stilt houses situated right on the water, many of which can be rented out to summering families. While most visitors to Wrightsville enjoy the swimming and the sunbathing, those with boat access can head to nearby Masonboro.”

To see the full article go to http://www.topvaluereviews.net/features/small-beach-towns-east-coast/.

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Wilmington Featured in U.S. News Article

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Wilmington was recently featured in an article on U.S. News’ website in their travel section in an article “3 Underrated Southern Spots to Visit This Spring.” Instead of visiting the large Southern towns such as Savannah and New Orleans, there are multiple smaller towns that have plenty to offer. In 2014 Wilmington’s Wrightsville Beach was names one of the “Last Best American Beach Towns” by National Geographic Traveler and the Blockade Runner Hotel is said to be one of the “10 Best Lodges in North America” by Outside Magazine. The article also points out that the island is very active, hosting a stand up paddle board contest in the ocean and the 2.45 mile fitness trail that circles around the island.

The article then goes on to mention all the shopping in Wilmington. By Wrightsville Beach there is Mayfaire Town Center and Lumina Station, which are quaint outdoor shopping villages with plenty of boutiques and restaurants. In Downtown Wilmington there is an array of shops carrying antiques, vintage clothes, accessories, and souvenirs. Many of these shops are along the 1.75 mile Riverwalk that runs along the Cape Fear River and includes multiple restaurants.

Additionally, the article points out that in a town as old as Wilmington there is plenty of history. In downtown Wilmington there is a 230 block National Register Historic District, where guests can tour Victorian homes or take a “Ghost Walk” of haunted houses and burial grounds.

For more on the article visit http://travel.usnews.com/features/3-underrated-southern-spots-to-visit-this-spring/.

UNCW vs Duke University

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Tomorrow is the day of the big game! UNCW plays Duke in the first round of the NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament. The game, which is played in Providence, Rhode Island, will be aired on CBS at 12:15pm. Duke University is the number 4 seed in the West Division and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the 13th. Duke has been to the NCAA tournament 21 years in a row, which is the second-longest streak in tournament history, only behind Kansas. Duke and UNCW have only played once before in 1982 when Duke won 67-57. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Yale/Baylor game and will play on Saturday. The Seahawks’ record in the March Madness tournament is 1-4, but after a 6-year hiatus from the NCAA tournament they hope to improve that record. Be sure to tune in and watch the game tomorrow and cheer on our underdogs, the Seahawks!

A Tribute to the Beatles

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If you’re a Beatles fan then you’ll love the Symphony Pops: A Tribute to the Beatles, which is being held next Saturday, March 19 at 7:30pm. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is putting on the tribute at the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center on North Third St. Over two-dozen Beatles songs will be performed as originally written, including Penny Lane, I Am the Walrus, Yesterday, and A Day in the Life. The four singers sound very similar to the original band members and with the full orchestra accompaniment its an unique way to enjoy a classic band. Admission is $45.00 to $60.00 and you can buy tickets online at http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/symphony-pops.html.