This summer there are popup local farmers markets all over the area for you to buy fresh produce. On Monday mornings at 8:00am the Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market meets near Seawater Lane. This market has multiple vendors that sell fresh and local fruits and vegetables, flowers, crafts, bread, other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood.
On Wednesday mornings there are two farmers markets. The Ogden Park Market is located at 615 Ogden Park Drive and starts at 8:00am. This market has a large selection of fresh produce. The Popular Grove Farmers Market also meets at 8:00am at the Popular Grove Farm off US Highway 17 North. This market includes fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, seafood, baked goods, sweets, flowers, wine, and more.
When you shop at these farmers markets not only are you getting fresh, quality produce, meat, and goods, but also supporting local farms and businesses!
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 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.”
This Sunday at the Kenan Chapel in Landfall is the Port City Music Festival. The festival now in its 8th year, starts at 5:00pm and lasts 3 nights. The concert is directed by cellist and conductor Dr. Stephen Framil, and includes international artists such as violinist Luigi Mazzochi, clarinetist John Laughton, pianist Dr. Daniel Lau, and mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler. Tickets are complimentary and can be picked up at the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library. After the concert there will be a reception at the Country Club of Landfall.
Now that the summer weather is here, it’s time for music festivals! This Saturday is the 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. The festival is a great place to listen to beach music and is “the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast,” according to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. The bands start at 11:00am with North Tower performing, followed by Band of Oz at 1:00pm, and then Jim Quick and Coastline at 3:00pm. Guests are allowed to bring coolers, beverages, and food. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. For more information on the event or to buy tickets visit http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/events-details.php?id=1065.
This Monday at the Country Club of Landfall there are Memorial Day Festivities! The day starts with a tennis mixer at the Sports Center at 9:00am lasting until 11:00am. The mixer is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the morning outdoors, while being active. Also, at 9:00am the Men’s 19th hole will be open for beverage service. Then, at 11:00am until 3:00pm there will be a Memorial Day Cookout at the pool. This weekend is the official opening of the pool for the season, which is always exciting! The pool hours for summer are: Monday-Thursday 10:00am–7:00pm, Fridays 10:00am–8:00pm, Saturdays and Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm. Come enjoy the start of summer with tennis and a cookout at the pool!
This Friday is the first Downtown Sundown Concert Series in Wilmington. Now in its 11th Year the Concert Series takes place along the Cape Fear River every Friday night until September 2nd. The concerts are free and include both touring band and local performers. Alcohol vendors will also be there to sell alcohol to anyone wearing a wristband, which costs $1.00. Most of the headlining bands are cover bands, making it more fun for the audience since they are likely to know a lot of the songs. This week’s band is 42 Coldplay, a Coldplay cover band. The concerts start at 6:00 PM and last until 10:00 PM. The performances will take place in the parking lot at the corner of Princess and Water Streets. For a full list of performers visit http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/_files/docs/2016sundownposter-finalv2.pdf. This Friday night come enjoy the warm weather and listen to a great band!
This stunning One-Of-A-Kind home was designed and built by Cress Bell with Jordan Built Homes. It has absolutely everything your heart desires from top to bottom. If you can think of it this home has it! The home features a Large Open Floor Plan with downstairs Master Suite as well as an additional Gracious Downstairs Bedroom. The Well Appointed Modern Kitchen is open to both Dining and Living Areas. The Upstairs boast two more Bedrooms and a large Media/Recreation area with full wet bar. Impress your guests with Outdoor Entertaining at its best with fabulous views of the Number 8 Fairway on the Nicklaus Pines Course. An Expansive Open Terrace with gas grill makes this Outdoor Area complete. We could go on and on about this amazing home… one must see it to appreciate it.
This Saturday at Wrightsville Beach is the 3rd Annual Pier-to-Pier Swim race. Swimmers start at Crystal Pier and swim to Johnny Mercers Pier and back, swimming just under 2 miles. The race starts at 9:00 AM, when hundreds of swimmers splash into the ocean. The race is in honor of Grey Liston who died in 2013 in a mountaineering accident. Liston was member of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue team for 4 years and swam for the UNCW Seahawk’s swimming and dive team. Proceeds from the Pier-to Pier Swim go to the Grey Liston Scholarship in Athletics Endowment Fund, which benefits a deserving UNCW swimmer or diver. This Saturday, enjoy a morning at the beach, and cheer on these athletes who are swimming for a good cause.
This weekend in Wilmington is one of the most popular festivals, the 22nd Annual Greek Festival. Taking place at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the event’s proceeds benefit the church and the Good Shepard Center. The event attracts thousands of attendees every year who enjoy a day experiencing Greek culture. The festival features food, music, dancing, a marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. The event starts at 11:00am and lasts until 10:00pm Friday and Saturday and on Sunday starts at 11:00am and ends at 7:00pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children. For more information on the Greek Festival visit their website http://stnicholasgreekfest.com.