This weekend it’s Wrightsville Beach’s 11th Annual O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Contest. The contest is one of the largest surfing competitions on the East Coast, attracting surfers from all over the world. The contest starts Friday with the finals ending on Sunday. Heats start at 8:00am all weekend and last until 6:00pm and take place on Birmingham Street. The winner of the pro competition wins $15,000, which makes for thrilling final.
In addition to the surf contest there is also a music and art festival Saturday night at 4:00pm at the Wrightsville Beach Park. The pro-am is always exciting and attracts a large crowd. Come out and watch some of the best East Coast surfing on a gorgeous beach which supporting your local surf shop!
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.
This week from now until July 10th, 1776: the Musical will be performed at Thalian Hall every night. Opera House Theatre Company is the group who puts on the musical, which starts at 8:00pm (3:00pm on Sunday). The play is about our founding fathers and how they established our country. Based on actual events, the musical features debates in Philadelphia with John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and additional founding fathers as they discuss the best way to have a revolution and to gain independence. 1776: The Musical is a fun way to learn about the American Revolution, and is perfect timing taking place the week of July 4th. For tickets visit thalianhall.org.
The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is now hosting an after hours art show the fourth Friday of every month. The celebration takes place from 6:00-9:00pm in downtown Wilmington. The locations will include over 20 galleries and art spaces. Some galleries include Spectrum Spotlight, Platypus & Gnome, Pinpoint Restaurant, River to Sea Gallery, New Elements, MC Erny Gallery, The Golden Gallery, and Crescent Moon. At the openings guests will be able to attend openings, meet the artists, enjoy the company of fellow art lovers. The after hours event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event visit the Arts Council’s website artswilmington.org.
This July 3rd and 4th celebrate Independence Day at the Country Club of Landfall! The festivities start on Sunday July 3rd with dinner at the Landfall Clubhouse from 6-9. Dinner is followed by a spectacular fireworks show that will start at dusk. On Monday July 4th there is a cookout at the Country Club of Landfall pool from 11:00am until 3:00pm. The price for adult is $16.50 and $8.50 for children. What better to celebrate a major summer holiday than by the pool with a cookout! Additionally, for all the tennis players there is a 4th of July Tennis Mixer on Monday from 9:00am until 11:00. The mixer is a fun, competitive round robin, which is followed by everyone going to the pool. To sign up call the Sports Center at 256-7625.
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This weekend Wilmington’s baseball team, the Wilmington Sharks are playing the Gastonia Grizzlies. The teams who are a part of the Coastal Plain League will play Saturday at 7:05pm at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Sports Complex. This is game three in a row of seven for the sharks in their busy summer schedule. The Sharks currently have a winning record of 11-7 and look to add to that this weekend. These games are a fun evening activity to bring to kids to and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the game. For more on the Wilmington Sharks visit their website http://www.wilmingtonsharks.com.
This Sunday is the Wilmington Symphonic Winds Concert at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. The concert features music from around the world and includes Irish Tune from County Derry (Danny Boy), Russian Christmas Music, Cuban Overture, American the Beautiful, and Florentier March (Grand Italian March). The ensembles have over sixty musicians from the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, UNCW, and CFCC faculty, the United States Marine Band, North Myrtle Beach Concert Band, Brunswick County Concert Band, and select professional musicians. The show is from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and tickets are $12.00. To purchase tickets visit their website http://wilmingtonsymphonicwinds.org/tickets/.
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.