Fort Fisher Aquarium 40th Anniversary

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It’s been 40 years since the North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher opened in 1976. The aquarium has been a staple in the area for school children, tourists, and sea life lovers to learn about and see many animals they would not have a chance to see in the wild. Some of the animals that call the aquarium home include, turtles, seahorses, snakes, bald eagles, sharks, poison dart frogs, eels, jellyfish, alligators, and a plethora of fish from all over the world.

To celebrate the anniversary the aquarium is hosting a party this Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. In addition to the normal activities there will be games, demonstrations, a cake cutting, and a gallery of pictures of the aquarium has changed over the last 4 decades. The photo gallery also emphasizes the employees’ commitment to protecting and caring for the environment and animals. For more on the Fort Fish Aquarium visit their website

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Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race

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This Saturday at Wrightsville Beach is the Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race Fundraiser. Starting at 9:00 am swimmers will race 2 miles between Johnny Mercers and Crystal Piers. Participants in the race are 11 years old and up and are divided into age groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cape Fear Aquatic Club, which is a competitive year round swim team for children. Come spend your Saturday morning on the beach watching these competitors swim for a great cause.

Johnny Mercers Pier at Wrightsville Beach

Johnny Mercers Pier at Wrightsville Beach

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Wilmington Boat Show

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This weekend ILM Airport hosts the Wilmington Boat Show. With locations at the Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, Pier 33, and the Battleship North Carolina,

The Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina

the event takes place all over downtown. The show includes deep-water boating displays,

sailing seminars, a tour of the boat building school at Cape Fear Community College, and a demo dock. In addition to the boat activities there are music, food, marine industry exhibits, fishing seminars and activities for kids. Parking is free at the Battleship NC with complimentary water taxis ferrying people across the Cape Fear River to the Port City Marina. On Friday the boat show is from noon until 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. As a 9/11 tribute on Sunday all military and first responders can come to the show for free with their families. For more on the Wilmington Boat Show and events visit their website

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Labor Day at the Country Club of Landfall

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School has started again and summer is winding down, so this Labor Day enjoy the holiday at the Country Club of Landfall. The festivities start at 9:00am with a Shotgun at the Nicklaus Golf Course and with normal tee times at the Dye Course. From 9:00am until 11:00am is the Tennis and Pickleball Mixer happening at the Sports Center. After golf, tennis, and pickleball head to the pool to cool down and enjoy the warm sun. Starting at 11:00am lasting until 2:00pm is a pool party, buffet, a DJ, and games with Ms. Judy for the kids. The buffet menu is a mix of classic summer dishes including swordfish, Carolina pulled pork, BBQ chicken breast, hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked penne. Enjoy the holiday off from work and school and have a Happy Labor Day!

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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

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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 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

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Landfall Foundation 17th Annual Art Show

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The Landfall Foundation presents the 17th Annual Art Show, starting this Wednesday and lasting through Saturday. Over 100 artists from all over North Carolina are showing their work in the collection. Art mediums include oil, watercolors, photography, acrylic, clay, metal, and wood.

On Wednesday night at the preview party, which is held for Landfall Foundation Gala sponsors art show sponsors, and the artists, painter Dan Beck will judge the art and present awards. Dan Beck lives in Wilmington and is an internationally recognized oil painter, winning many awards.

When you purchase a work of art at this show 30% of the proceeds go to the Landfall Foundation, which supports local nonprofit groups. The hours are 10:00am until 7:00pm and a cash bar will be offered every night from 5:00 to 7:00. This event at the Dye Clubhouse is free and open to the public.

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Murder is a Fine Art the Play

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Tonight being performed at the Country Club of Landfall is the play Murder is a Fine Art. The murder mystery dinner is sponsored by the Choir of St. Paul’s, with proceeds benefitting the choir’s residency to England in 2017. Landfall Realty’s own Becky Spivey will be performing in the thrilling play. Other actors include local radio and television personalities. The price is $80.00 per person, which includes hor d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, beer, and wine. The menu includes flat iron steak, fried chicken, BBQ pulled pork, and selections from a Mediterranean table of plenty. Don’t miss your chance to attend this entertaining show while enjoying delicious food and wine, and helping a great cause.

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Landfall Foundation Art Show

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landfall-fndtn-logo-1024x791-2The 17th annual Landfall Foundation Art Show, sponsored by Landfall Realty, is scheduled August 25-27 at the Dye Clubhouse, featuring works by 100 artists from the Wilmington area and across North Carolina.

The show is free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. “This year’s show offers an impressive array of mediums, styles, colors, and sizes,” said Landfall resident Martha Edgerton, 2016 Art Show chair. “There is literally something for every artistic taste.

Works on display will include oil, watercolors, acrylics, photography and sculpture in clay, metal, wood and mixed media. The works will be available for purchase, with a percent of art sales donated by the artists to the Landfall Foundation, according to Edgerton.

Distinguished oil painter Dan Beck is serving as judge of this year’s event. Beck – who recently moved to Wilmington – has won numerous awards for his work, most recently at the 2016 National Competition of Oil Painters of America in Dallas, TX.

His winning selections will be unveiled at the August 24th Preview Party, an invitation-only event for the artists, Art Show sponsors and Landfall Foundation sponsors.

The Landfall Foundation Art Show is one of four major charitable fund-raising events held each year in the community. The others are the Landfall Foundation Gala, the Legends of Tennis and the Quintiles Marathon.

“Last year, the Foundation raised more than $360,000 and made donations to 78 local charities and scholarships,” Edgerton said. For more information, please visit their website.

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A Hand Full of ACES

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LF AcesIf your kids or grandkids are interested in tennis, Landfall is the place to be.

Under the direction of Country Club of Landfall head tennis pro Jonathan Ingram, the Landfall ACE program has become one of the premier junior tennis programs in the Southeast.

In fact, during the last 12 years, Landfall has dominated junior team tennis, capturing a total of 54 state championships, eight sectional championships and one national championship.

What’s more, 12 Landfall juniors have played college tennis and one, Ashleigh Antal, claimed the NCAA women’s national championship playing at Vanderbilt.

Ingram was instrumental in starting the junior program when he joined the Landfall staff in 2000. His first team – called the Landfall ACES – won the state championship. After those players moved on to college, Ingram changed the name to Landfall ACE in honor of the first team he coached.

“The Landfall ACE program is open only to Landfall members. About 100 juniors are involved year-round, with the number swelling to around 140 in the summer, when grandkids come to visit,” Ingram said.

“All these accomplishments are amazing from a private country club,” Ingram said. “this is truly something special achieved by the juniors at The Country Club of Landfall.”

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