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Wilmington, NC Let’s The Sun Shine In at City Stage

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Broadway Revival Poster 2009

Broadway Revival Poster 2009

The rock musical Hair (original book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni with music by Galt McDermot) is currently playing weekends (through January 31) at City Stage at Level 5 in downtown Wilmington, NC.  This version is written by Michael Butler and directed by William Day with musical direction by Chaiki Ito and is based on the Broadway Hit of the 1960s which ran for 1,750 performances.  In addition to performances around the world and a feature film adaptation released in 1979 , many of the song titles from Hair have been mega hits.  A Broadway revival opened in 2009 to strong reviews and earned an award for best revival of a musical.  Now those of us in the Landfall, NC area have the chance to either relive our youth or be part of today’s “hipster” scene!  As James Rado, one of he original Hair writers and lyricists  said in 2008, “It was a show about now when we did it.  Now it’s a show about then, but it’s still about now.” 

 All shows start at 8PM unless otherwise specified and tickets are $22, $20, and $15.  Students and seniors take $2 off.  If you’d like to see this terrifically exuberant and wickedly fun theaater that showcases some of the areas most talented folks, please call 910.342.0272 for reservations!

Always Something New at Wilmington, NC’s Cape Fear Museum

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Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC

The museum, located in the heart of the historic district, is the oldest in North Carolina, and through interpretive displays, connects the history dots from local prehistoric archeological finds to the Civil War to the present.  In addition to the ongoing exhibits, ones that are running currently include the following:

CONSERVATION MATTERS  – Explore the art and science of artifact conservation. Discover what it is, who does it, and why it matters to museums. A selection of beautifully conserved furniture and other objects from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display.  Running through September 6, 2010.
GOING TO THE MOVIES – Experience the history of a century of movie-going in the Lower Cape Fear region. Explore where people went to the movies. Discover how the theater experience has changed over the years. Watch some of the first films local residents may have seen. Running through September 6, 2010.
CAPE FEAR TREASURES : DRINK – Glimpse a selection of drinking vessels, as you explore treasures from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. From 18th-century bottles to fancy teapots to modern-day souvenir mugs, discover objects that help tell the stories of liquid consumption through time.  Runs through March 31, 2010.

The museum also has lots going on for the younger folks so you probably want to check out their website and calendar for opportunities to keep the kids entertained and interested!  Call 910.798.4350 for more information.  Cape Fear Museum is located at 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 and you can log onto their website at www.capefearmuseum.com for details on these and many other exhibits and programs.  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5.  Have fun!

Celebrating the New Year in Wilmington, NC

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Whether you like your feet on dry land or enjoy dancing on the water during a ride down the river, the  celebrations in and around Landfall, NC abound for ringing in the New Year! 

Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown

A New Year’s Celebration will be held on December 31 beginning at 9PM at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.  This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments available for purchase.  In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Christmas card and ornament.  Bring the family to the Boardwalk to join the festivities. For more information please visit the web site at www.islandoflights.org/newyears.html

 New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise
Cruise into the new year aboard the Henrietta III Riverboat. The cruise along the Cape Fear River (which gets under way at 9PM on Thursday, December 31, 2009 and returns to dock at 12:30AM New Year’s Day) includes a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet, entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast. Pre-paid Reservations Required. All ABC Permits. $80 per person. For more information call 910.343.1611 or 800.676.0162 or long onto their website at www.cfrboats.com.

Country Club of Landfall has a variety of festivities for members to attend including a Family Party (5-8PM), Formal Dining (6-10PM with reservations  required), and Fun in the Tavern with dancing to The Party Nuts (9PM-1AM). 

However, and wherever, you spend your New Year’s Eve , the Landfall Realty Team would like wish you a very Happy New Year and all the very best in 2010!

A Dizzying Array of Holiday Events Awaits You in Wilmington, NC!

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Wilmington, NC World's Largest Living Christmas Tree

The following list is but a smidgen of what’s happening in and around Landfall, NC. 

Winter Wonderland @ Mayfaire a one-of-a-kind outdoor Winter Wonderland with realistic nightly snow cascading from the sky (every weekend til Christmas). Holiday Music and characters, drummers, Santa, carolers, snow fairies, snow wands and real Snow until Christmas Eve.

 

14h Annual Cape Fear Holiday Men’s Chorus
Cape Fear Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus augmented by men of good will and good voice join in this holiday concert benefiting The Salvation Army Christmas Fund. Email dharmasdad@msn.com or call 910.329.1512 for more information. 

Holiday Lighting of the Battleship
Part of historic downtown Wilmington’s annual holiday light celebration, the Battleship will be dressed in lights strung from the bow up to the masts and down to the stern. Enjoy nightly from dusk to 11:00pm. Free viewing from downtown Wilmington.

Breakfast with Santa
Parents, bring your kids to have breakfast with Santa at the Independence Mall, 3500  Oleander Drive.  Advanced tickets required.  Call 910.392.1776 for more information.

 Holiday Lights Tour
Take a festive tour through some of Wilmington’s best decorated neighborhoods on an authentically reproduced trolley. Music and narration included. $10 adults, $5 children, $25 for family 2 kids 2 adults. Departs at 6pm 7:30pm. Call 910.763.4483 for more information.

Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show
Come join the fun of singing, dancing and Characters Galore as we celebrate the holidays with the Christmas Fantasy Show. This event is free and open to the public but remember to dress warmly as it always snows at the show! Call 910.458.8216 for more information.

For all the details on these and many, many more, please go to www.cape-fear.nc.us/events and join us in Wilmington, NC  for all the fun and festivities of this holiday season!

The Holiday Spirit is Alive and Well in Wilmington, NC

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Illuminated Palms at Airlie
Illuminated Palms at Airlie

Here in the Landfall, NC neighborhood traditional holiday favorites are already underway and one of the most spectacular is Airlie’s holiday light display, Enchanted Airlie.  Running until the Saturday before Christmas, this Wilmington tradition started in 2005 and is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole family together to share in the joy of the season. You can wander about the gardens at your own pace, enjoy beautiful holiday flowers, festive lights, and live musical entertainment.  If you’ve never been to Enchanted Airlie, you’re in for a special treat when you come upon the largest display of model trains running in the Southeast!  Enchanted Airlie, at the Gardens, runs every Friday and Saturday night until December 22nd. Some extra nights will be added this year closer to Christmas, so make sure you check their website for additional viewing times.

There are two viewing times per evening, 5-7pm and 7-9pm and tickets must be pre-purchased. No tickets are available at the gate.

Individual tickets $5.00 – $4.00 Children 4 to12 – Parking Pass $3.00 — Each Car MUST pre-purchase a parking pass if you’re using the individual ticketing option. Only 1 parking pass needed per automobile and all occupants must have tickets.

New this year is an Economical Green option where as many people as you can fit into your automobile gain entrance and park for one fee of $20.00. With a Carload Ticket you do not have to purchase individual tickets or parking passes, it’s an all in one ticket! (No buses or large multi-passenger vans).

Whether you’re visiting or a resident of our Wilmington, NC area, the Enchanted Gardens is a must see so log on to airliegardens.org and get your tickets NOW!  Then share your thoughts on this delightful holiday treat by commenting below.

26th Holiday Flotilla November 27th in Wrightsville Beach, NC

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There are a multitude of reasons to love living the Landfall, NC life, and being so close to Wrightsville Beach is right up there, espcially this time of year!  November 27th is the date for the start of the 26th Annual Holiday Flotilla, a three day event that includes a myriad of events.  There’s a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Captain’s Meeting, and Flotilla Holiday Party hosted by the Blockade Runner and featuring Jim Quick & Coastline (a Wilmington, NC Blues, Soul, and R&B group).  On Saturday there’s the Festival in the Park with food, crafts, and entertainment for kids, along with celebrity guest Trot Nixon, long time major league baseball player.  The famous Parade of Boats is a vision of holiday excitement in their sometimes over-the-top decorations, and the fireworks that follow once the last ship has made it to safety are spectacular.  Sunday morning the Blockade Runner once again hosts the Awards Ceremony when one super creative and lucky entrant will win the grand prize of a 4-night stay at The Reefs Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. 

 The Flotilla truly is a “Spectacular  Light Show” on the waters of the Wrightsville Beach area and a once a year tradition you really have to see!  For more information on the schedule of events and associated costs for participation in the party and the parade, please visit their website at ncholidayflotilla.org and join the rest of us in Wilmington, NC for the season’s kick off event!!

Wilmington, NC Hosts the 15th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival – November 11 through 14!

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CucalorusLogoYou don’t have to be a film buff , but, if you enjoy watching thought provoking material,  you do not want to miss this fabulous event  kicking off  on Wednesday, November 11.   Landfall, NC property owners and our friends and neighbors, as well as visitors from around the world, will get the chance to participate in a 4 day viewing of over 130 documentaries, features and shorts. Included in this mix is the recently released and Oscar buzz creating Precious.  Along with a  Hal Holbrook piece, some horror, and a few risqué movies you’ll find plenty of  films to choose from and all  worth your time and attention!  This creative exploration of independent films, held annually in our historic port city, has been named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.   Wilmington, NC, for those who might not be aware, is also one of the leading film production locations in the country and home to EUE Screen Gems Studios.  The Cucalorus Film Festival runs through Saturday November 14, 2009.  You can get updates on festival planning from director Dan Brawley by calling 910.343.5995 or log onto cucalorus.org for more information on events and ticket sales.

You and your children can also be a part of the festivities at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, NC when the Cucalorus Film Festival presents KIDS-A-LORUS where there will be films for kids, by kids on Saturday, November 14.  Please call 910.254.3534 for more information.

Special Musical Treat for Wilmington, NC, Saturday, November 7, 2009

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EdMcCainLandfall, NC property owners and the entire New Hanover County community have the opportunity this Saturday, November 7th to enjoy an evening of music and song featuring platinum selling singer/songwriter Edwin McCain and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Rudi Schegel. 

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t danced (or watched happy newlyweds dance) to McCain’s popular wedding song “I’ll Be” or his chart topping rendition of the Diane Warren written “I Could Not Ask for More” featured in the movie Message in a Bottle (another southern favorite)? 

McCain was born and raised not far from Wilmington, NC in Greenville, SC where he still resides.  He will be here for this one night only to benefit the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Could there be a better reason to go out and enjoy the music?  Edwin McCain’s performance begins at 7:00 PM.  You won’t want to be the one who misses this rapturous troubadour at the Kenan Auditorium so for additional information or to purchase tickets ($40 dollars for adults and $20 for UNCW students) call the Kenan Auditorium box office at 800.732.3643 or 910.962.3500.

Landfall Real Estate Forum Postscript

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Real Estate Forum at CCL

Thanks to the 120 or so Landfall residents who came to the Landfall Realty Fall Real Estate Forum Wednesday at Country Club of Landfall.   I was happy to see such a diversity of age, background and interest.   Our attendees clearly understand that the value of property, and its pace of sale, impacts all residents in a significant way.

I trust those in attendance recognized that in these forums I attempt to go well beyond the numbers by focusing on trends, and making observations about what I and my Landfall Realty staff expect to see in the future, fully recognizing that despite our extensive experience and research, we, like everyone else, might be fooled.   Several attendees commented as I left the Club that they had expected to hear a typical real estate rah-rah presentation, and were pleasantly surprised by the rather analytical approach I try to  take (even if the news is not all good).  My goal is to convey what I believe, not what I hope, and to give  reasons why.

In this and future blogs, I will briefly summarize some of the points that were presented in more detail at the forum.   Today, a few Landfall facts:

1) The total number of transactions in 2009 will likely be just a few short of the transactions in 2008, but the average selling home price is down more than $100,000.

2) Sales prices on average are at about 2005 levels.

3) Homes are selling better than home sites.

4) Lower priced homes are selling at a much better pace than more expensive homes.

5) The pace of construction of new homes may be at an all time low, as only 2 applications are now in front of the ARB.

6)  By the end of 2010, Landfall will have, or least will be nearing, 1500 completed homes.

7) The sales pace has been stronger late summer and fall than it had been earlier in the year.

More to come.   Again, thanks to those in attendance.  Your feedback is always appreciated, whether by response to this blog, or email, or phone.

Kenneth M. Kirkman, General Manager

Wilmington Restaurant Week October 21-October 28

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Wilmington Restaurant Week

How sweet is this deal for Landfall, NC property owners and our Wilmington, NC area neighbors??  Over 25 eating establishments are participating in an incredibly flavorful event!  You can go to the event website at http://www.wilmingtonrestaurantweek.com/ to see if your local favorite is in the group, or check to see if that eatery you’ve been dying to try is on the list.  Clicking on the restaurant will take you to the menu for the 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu and allow you to print out the necessary pass to partake of the lunch or dinner (or both).  Restaurants are scattered all around from downtown to Landfall and Wrightsville Beach and from Leland to Monkey Junction with prices ranging from $5.99 lunches and dinners at PriddyBoy’s (University Landing only) to $30.00 dinners at some of the area’s best dining experiences (think Ruth’s Chris Steak House,  Deluxe, or Oceanic  for example).  Reservations may be necessary at some locations and some of the restaurants may not include Friday and Saturday dining so be sure and note the days and times of the particular place you’re interested in before you make your plans and start partaking of these scrumptious meals.  Unfortunately, this Wilmington, NC event only lasts eight days so jump right in today and enjoy the culinary treats of our great chefs, yum!