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LUMINA DAZE at Wrightsville Beach on August 30th

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Landfall, NC residents are just a short ride from Wrightsville Beach’s spectacular “Lumina Daze” event to benefit Wrightsville Beach Museum.  The August 30th fundraiser is being held at The Blockade Runner Hotel and runs from 5-10PM.

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Lumina Public Pavilion circa 1905 from Wrightsville Beach Museum

The evening features shag music by Buddy Skipper and the Jetty Jumpers and you can step back in time with the big band sounds of the Wilmington Big Band.  The Harmony Belles and Chordsmen will be making a return appearance as well.

A DVD of Wrightsville Beach history through Bill Creasy’s photograph and postcard collections will be shown during the course of the evening and there will be a screen presentation of  Bathing Beauties .

Fun and games for all ages is planned (think limbo contest and bean bag toss, as well as face painting and a cakewalk).  Writer Virginia Kuhn will be autographing copies of Wrightsville Beach Museum’s new book Tide and Time, a history of the beach that features photgraphs from local collections. 

There will be food and beverages enough to keep everyone happily satisfied and you can count on having an extraordinarily good time at this very entertaining and worthwhile event just a short ride over the bridge from Wilmington NC.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets please call 910.256.2569 or log onto the museum website at www.wbmuseum.com.

Day of 100 Paintings in Wilmington, NC

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Day_of_100_PosterOn August 15, 2009 Landfall property owners will have the opportunity to join other area residents supporting First in Families of Southeastern NC in a one-of-a-kind event featuring artists painting at differenet locations throughout downtown Wilmington, NC.  These artistic pieces will then be auctioned off at Chandler’s Wharf beginning at 7:00PM

This local chapter of FIFNC offers support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.  Partnering with local businesses, citizens, and agencies they provide recreational items, home furnishings, childcare or respite, or repair to vehicles.  Support can also be vocational, social or educational, any way this non-profit agency can help these citizens achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

Tickets for the auction are $10 per person and refreshments will be provided during the preview starting at 6:00PM at Chandler’s Wharf  Warehouse Shops, on the historic Wilmington waterfront.  Please call 910.763.4545 or 910.350.2737 for more information and come on downtown to watch our talented local artists at work and be inspired to join the bidding on these exceptional creations!  If you absolutely have to miss this chance to own original artwork, you can contact Johnny Johnson, Project Director, at 350.2737 to find out how you can help.  You can also log onto http://www.firstinfamiliesofnc.org to find out all about the services that First in Families North Carolina provides to those in need across our state and in Wilmington, NC.

Returning to “The Good Old Days” in Wilmington, NC

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Whether you’re a Landfall NC property owner, or just visiting Wilmington, NC, whether you’ve got kids, grandkids, or just have a bit of the kid in you, Carolina Beach is a great little getaway for some old fashioned fun and new fangled music. 

Boarwalk MakeoverThe Boardwalk Makeover (a not-for-profit organization), staffed entirely by volunteers, has been working diligently for the past two years to bring back the look and feel of days gone by on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and they’ve been having huge successes.  In addition to the amusements and arcade games being back there is something for everyone going on every Tuesday through Sunday  until the middle of September.  There’s Music at the Gazebo every Thursday evening and the entertainment changes weekly.  There are also fireworks after dark on Thursdays as well as Sunday Movies by the Lake (both sponsored by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce) and that’s just a few of the many free events on the schedule.

Boardwalk BlastA new addition this year is the Boardwalk Blast, a Battle of the Bands that has its final round of competition on August 8th from 1-5PM.  Talented area musicians have been competing over the course of three prior events to whittle down the field to just two bands who will duel throughout the afternoon to see who claims the grand prize.  What a great way for Landfall families, friends, and neighbors to spend a Saturday afternoon!

For more information on the Battle and all the other entertaining and economical Carolina Beach Boardwalk attractions please go to www.boardwalkmakeover.org or call the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at (910) 458-8434 and start making new memories the whole family can enjoy!

Our Professional Sports Team in Wilmington, NC

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Hammerhead Mascot "Sledge"

Hammerhead Mascot "Sledge"

While not everyone in Landfall, NC is a soccer enthusiast, for those of us who are and who enjoy professional sports the Wilmington Hammerheads should not be missed.  Wilmington was awarded its first professional sports team in 1996 and, competing in the USL Second Division, are in their 14th season.  The Hammerheads, a locally owned and operated franchise, are a significant part of the local community.

The Team makes its home at Legion Stadium, a county owned and operated complex, which seats about 6,000 and includes handicapped seating for 40.  There are 4 acres of paved parking, fully equipped concessions, and field houses for home and visitors as well as a press box with public address system. 

The Hammerheads also have a a Camp and Clinic Program giving over 500 kids from Wilmington, NC and beyond professional instruction from their players and coaching staff and providing positive role models for these aspiring young soccer players.

The regular season runs through mid August, so there’s still  time  for Landfall real estate owners to get a ticket and cheer on what could very well be a playoff team this year!  For more information log onto wilmingtonhammerheads.com and join the fun!.

CFBS Presents Wilmington, NC’s 14th Annual Blues Festival

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Festival LogoLandfall property owners and their neighbors from all around the region will be enjoying The Cape Fear Blues Festival that runs from July 24th through the 26th in Wilmington, NC.  This three day event kicks off at 6:00PM on Friday with a FREE Downtown Sundown Concert Series performance at Riverfront Park (or you can reserve your seat on the Heniretta III for a 7:30PM Cape Fear Blues Cruise).  Performers will include Elliott & The Untouchables, El-Jaye Johnson, Tommy B. & The Stingers, and Spider Mike Bochey. The Cruise sells out every year, so buy your tickets in advance!  The day’s festivities end with the Post Cruise Party at the Rusty Nail.

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Elliott New (Center) and the Untouchables

Saturday jump right into a FREE workshop at Finkelstein Music with featured area blues performer Elliott New at 11AM.  At noon there’s a  Festival Concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (tickets available now)and there are also Live Blues at both 16 Taps and the Rusty Nail at 9:00PM, which one will you choose?

Sunday’s program begins at noon with yet another FREE event, the All-Day Blues Jam at The Rusty Nail hosted by Cape Fear Blues Society and ends after the Guitar Giveaway  at 6PM (also at The Rusty Nail) sponsored by Finkelstein Music and The Cape Fear Blues Society.

For more info, call 910.251.8822 or visit  www.capefearblues.org.  The hardest decisions this upcoming weekend will not be what to do, but rather, what you might have to miss, so get out and enjoy one of Wilmngton, NC’s most fabulous musical  festivals.

State’s Oldest Museum is Located in Wilmington, NC

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Cape Fear Museum

Cape Fear Museum

One of the many advantages to owning real estate and living  in Landfall and Wilmington NC is the variety of museums and the myriad of exhibits they display every year.  Proof positive is the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, the oldest continuously operating museum in North Carolina, located on Market Street just a short drive from Landfall in the heart of  hostoric downtown.  Currently is featured exhibits that include Cape Fear Volunteers,  highlighting a century of service of the the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross; the Sports Hall of Fame, showcasing artifacts and memorabilia from well known area sports personalities; the ToyTime Exhibit,  a mingling of craft, culture, history, science, and play that includes old fashioned toys;  and the Ancient Carolinians, which uses archeology as a way to understand our past and learn how people from the past lived.

Giant Ground Sloth Replica

Giant Ground Sloth Replica

The museum also offers many ongoing exhibits , such as Wilmington’s  Giant Ground Sloth,  to instruct, amuse, and provide hours of enjoyment and education.  In addition to the exhibits, Cape Fear Museum offers summer camp programs and year round public and school programs.  Landfall property owners can also take advantage of the Resident Free Day the first Sunday of every month for all New Hanover County residents!

The Featured Exhibits won’t be there forever, so consider visiting one or all of these remarkable displays.  Log onto their website at www.capefearmuseum.com or call 910.798.4350 for more information.

Landfall Prepares for Independence Celebration

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July4 2008 smallerLandfall NC property owners and Country Club of Landfall members anxiously await the July Fourth activities planned for the weekend.  Friday, July 3, dinner will be served at the Landfall Clubhouse before the big fireworks show that blasts off at 9:15.  Saturday, July 4, is jammed packed with festivities  for everyone!  A 5K run/2K walk is scheduled to start off the day at 7:30am.  Afterwards, kids’ games will be set up at the soccer field  and continue until the soft ball game begins at 11:45.  Poolside will be rocking with DJ music, games, and a hot dog/hamburger cookout.  At 3:30 spectators line the streets of Landfall as the Motor Vehicle Parade passes by on its way to the clubhouse for the Flag Raising Ceremony held in front of the Landfall Clubhouse with special guests, Uncle Sam, Miss Liberty and the Landfall Color Guard.  The day ends with a delicious old-fashioned cookout with all your American favorites… A fabulous way to socialize with friends and celebrate our independence in style!! Owning real estate in Landfall NC provides unending opportunites for having fun.

Wilmington, NC Commemorates Independence Day!!

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Living and owning real estate at Landfall, NC allows you tons of choices for activities all year round, and the 4th of July is no exception. You can kick off the day by heading down to Hugh McRae Park at 11AM for the Red, White and Blues which offers free fun and games for the kids, raffle, music and more.  Coolers allowed, beer and wine only.   For more info email cf.fairtax@gmail.com

Then at 5PM join the Riverfront Celebration on Water Street which goes until 10PM with food, music, fireworks and entertainment in Historic Downtown Wilmington! The 440th North Carolina Army National Guard Band will be performing in Riverfront Park and the evening’s festivities end with the 13th Annual Battleship Blast, a huge choreographed fireworks display beginning at 9:05PM that explodes over the Battleship North Carolina.  For more information on this and other events go to www.battleshipnc.com or call 910.251.5795 EXT.2048.

 

Phot courttesy of battleshipnc.com

The City will be closing streets beginning at 2PM and will direct traffic during and after the event.  For those viewing the fireworks along the river bring your radios and tune to WGNI 102.7.  Primary viewing of the fireworks will be from downtown and WECT-TV 6 will also broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9PM.  For more information and all the pertinent details call 910.341.7855 or log onto www.wilmingtonrecreation.com.

Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament – June 25-27, 2009

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Whether you’re an avid deep sea fisherman or you just enjoy being on the open sea, if you’re planning on being in the Landfall NC or Wilmington, NC area this coming week you might want to join the excitement of the 36th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament taking place June 25-27. 

marlin1The adventure begins at 3:00PM on June 25 with registration for all competitors at the Wrightsville Beach Marina.  A Captain’s party follows from 6:00-9:00PM that same day.  Fishing times are Friday and Saturday from 8:30AM-3:00PM.  Friday’s festivities will end with a cookout starting at 6:00PM and Saturday’s Grand Finale Party starts at 7:00PM and will end at 10:00PM.  The Awards Ceremony takes place during the Finale Party.

Once again the headquarters and weigh station will be at Wrightsville Beach Marina and Bluewater Grill will host all of the tournament’s social functions.  This year’s tournament is expected to be the best ever, so if you’d like to participate, or even if you’d just like to be a spectator, plan on getting to Wrightsville Beach for all the Blue Marlin action.  For more information  please call 910.256.6666 or log onto www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com to download a registration form and visit the tournament site.

Live At Halyburton Park! Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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You can get a really good look at live birds of prey on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at Halyburton Park, Wilmington NC.   At 6:30 PM see a Peregrine Falcon and an Eastern Screech Owl, along with other birds of prey from the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter. Get a closer look at live birds of prey and learn about their habitats, eating habits and lots more about these remarkable birds, some of which may be seen in and around Landfall NC.
The cost is $5 per participant and there will be two shows, 6:30pm & 7:30pm.

Pre-registration is required for these programs so please call 910.341.0075 to register or for more information and directions to the park.

Halyburton Park is located at 4099 S. 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28412.   In addition to being a refuge for all of us in New Hanover County where we can go and enjoy the sounds of nature, the staff and visiting speakers offer environmental education programs that are very hands on learning experiences. Visit  www.halyburtonpark.com  to learn more about the Park and its programs and event hours.