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Springsteen at the Apollo

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My wife Kathy and I were fortunate to procure tickets to the private Apollo Theater concert by Springsteen and the E Street Band, kicking off their current tour.   With only about 1200 people in attendance, and with seats on the 11th row, it was an experience very different from a concert in a big venue, and not likely to be repeated.   With celebrities from many fields all around us, and with SiriusXM radio hosting cocktails before and an after party at the Red Rooster, Harlem’s trendy restaurant, afterwards, it would be hard to imagine a better evening for any Springsteen fan.

We also attended the Greensboro concert, as did Martie Davy, one of Landfall Realty’s sales professionals, also a great experience, just not the incredible intimacy of the Apollo.  Martie just flew to Philadelphia to the concert there this week, I hope she will blog a review.

As you can see, those of us involved with Landfall Realty carry our interests far and wide.  If anyone reading this was at the Apollo, let me know.

Ken Kirkman, General Manager

Wilmington Events Rate High

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The Southeast Tourism Society recently ranked two Wilminton events within its listing of the top 20 events in the Southeast.  The annual Jazz Festival, scheduled February 2-4, is in its 32nd year, and feastures 15 musicians.  The 4th annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, scheduled March16-18 at the Wilmington Convention Center, features book signings, hunting and fishing products, boats and accessories, as well as truck and ATV displays.

And don’t forget the Azalea festival in April, usually Wilmington’s premier annual event to kick off warm weather season again.  There seems to be no end to the reasons to visit or live in Wilmington, and Landfall remains Wilmington’s prime residential destination.  If you know of an event that is of interest, please reply to this blog, so we can let our readers know about it!

Landfall Celebrates Fall in Wilmington, NC

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Mums the word for Landfall Realty Agents

Mums the word for Landfall Realty

Orange was the color of the day, starting with the hand painted pumpkins by local Landfall artists.  The sky, however, was Carolina Blue on Saturday, October 9, which was a day of fun for kids of all ages. Landfall’s annual Fall Festival was another tremendous success raising money for the Kenan Chapel and the Landfall Foundation.  Landfall Realty was happy to volunteer at this community wide event, meeting and greeting new found friends as well as familiar property owners. The activities included a plant sale by the Council of Association, games for the children, face painting, and pumpkin painting, along with pony rides and the “Root Beer Float” in its own “boot.”

Landfall’s bluebird friends displayed their bluebird houses, and talked about their bluebird attraction program.  There were plenty of arts and crafts items for sale as well as a Landfall Bake Sale that was a huge hit, especially the specialties by our own entrepreneur Kate Costella, owner of Aunt Cake’s Cookies, yum!

Lumina Station in Wilmington, NC is “ARTRAGEOUS”

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ArtrageousLandfall, NC residents and the entire New Hanover County area already know about the many delights available at Lumina Station (right across the street from Landfall’s Eastwood Gate), but on June 19 Lumina will host its first annual “Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk.”  The festival includes an art show and sales, art demonstrations, Lumina sidewalk shopping, sales and much, much more all to support the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington and it’s FREE and open to the public on Saturday June 19th from 10AM to 6PM. 

And for those of you looking for something different to do on a Friday evening, you can participate in the kickoff event by attending the Artrageous Preview Party (admission by ticket only) featuring selected pieces from local area artists as well as one selected for auction. The Preview Party is hosted by Fountain Side Fine Art Gallery and your ticket price includes food along with 4 tickets for wine tasting.  For all the details and information on a fabulous giveaway you can enter to win a Lumina Station Shopping spree and Bald Head Island Weekend Retreat go to http://www.luminastation.com/pages/artrageous_festival_artwalk.html and then head on over to  Lumina Station at 1900 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC. What better way to spend the weekend than perusing marvelous boutiques and art galleries, and enjoying great food all while supporting an excellent Wilmington Community organization.

The 18th Annual Greek Festival Is Coming Up May 14-16 in Wilmington, NC

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The Greek festival began in 1992 and has been growing every year.  The average attendance reaches around 20,000 and includes not only Wilmington and New Hanover County residents, but folks from Pender and Brunswick counties as well as visitors from out of state.  The proceeds from the festival directly benefit the church and local area charities. This year the Food Bank of  Central and Eastern North Carolina will be the recipient of the churches generosity, so in addition to having a great time and enjoying some of the most fabulous food of the year, you can feel even better about spending that cash ‘cause it’s all for charity!

The festival includes tours of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Greek dancing performances, Greek cooking demonstrations (yum) and both traditional and popular Greek music.  The menu for this event is as extensive as you’d find in any Greek restaurant and the prices are more than reasonable.  Fill up at the fest and make sure you take home desserts for the week, heck, take home dinner, too!

St Nicholas is located at 608 S College Avenue and admission is free before 5pm on Friday.  After that it will be $3 for Adults, $2 for Seniors and Students, 12 & under free, and one admission covers the entire weekend; do these folks know how to entice us to get to the fest or what?  For more information, click on the logo to the left and wave if you see us while you’re there!

NCAA Division I Golf Championship Coming to Landfall, NC

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Wilmington, NC and the surrounding area (perhaps  even the entire eastern seaboard and further) are anxiously anticipating the start of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships to be held at the Country Club of Landfall May 18 through 21.  The Country Club of Landfall is a focal point of the Landfall community and one of the premier clubs in North Carolina.  The exceptional female golfers can look forward to playing the beautiful but demanding Pete Dye Course.  The Dye course, Landfall’s original golf course, was completed in 1987 and was completely refurbished a few years ago.  Characteristic of Mr. Dye’s signature styling, the course consists of rolling hills and undulating fairways, framing picturesque shots into challenging greens guarded by white sand bunkers and fresh water ponds. 

Billboard on I-40 in Watha, NC

Billboard on I-40 in Watha, NC

As the billboards in town and on the interstates proclaim, the event is being hosted by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and will surely draw a huge crowd from around the country.  You can purchase tickets for this event by calling 910.962.3233 or logging on to the NCAA website at http://www.ncaa.com/champ/index.html.  If you’re planning a trip to the Wilmington area anytime in the near future, you might want to consider coming down for this exciting event and joining the cheering crowds at Landfall!

Welcome! It’s the 63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

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Azalea in Bloom

Azalea in Bloom

The North Carolina Azalea Festival runs from April 7th through April 11, 2010 and celebrates Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture with five days of entertainment that includes a plethora of activities and events for all ages and interests.   These include the Cole Brothers Circus, a Goo Goo Dolls Concert with Collective Souls, as well as a Montgomery Gentry Concert, ( both concerts taking place at the UNCW Trask Coliseum), the ever popular NC Azalea Street Festival that runs for 3 days downtown (and let’s not forget the parade), and of course the famous Azalea Garden Tour now in its 57th year!  There is also a juried art show and sale and the Historic Home Tour, along with dozens of other happenings that will surely keep you busy all weekend long.  From flowers to fashion, crafters to clowns, and the queen and her court, be a part of the pageantry and all that is Southern by participating in one or more of these activities occurring at various locations throughout the city during the upcoming weekend.  Please log on to www.ncazaleafestival.org or call 910.794.4650 to find out all the details and costs associated with the many different programs  that aren’t mentioned here.    This is North Carolina’s biggest festival of the year and Wilmington, NC pulls all the stops out to ensure that everyone has a great time!

Wilmington, NC Full of Egg-citement This Upcoming Weekend!

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As  always,  things will be “hop”ening in and around the Landfall area this upcoming Easter weekend.  What follows is  just a few of the highlights local residents and visitors will be enjoying (and perfect Coastal Carolina weather should enhance the happy hunting for the kids).

Mayfaire Easter

Easter at Mayfaire

Now through Saturday Visit with the Easter Bunny at the Mayfaire Bunny Hut.  Every visitor will receive a very special Easter Egg! Visits are free. Professional photos by Grins 2 Go Professional Photography are available for purchase. You can also take a ride on the Easter Train with your family or perhaps your own honey bunny for just $3 per person. Every day features a different route throughout the Town Center. The Easter Train pick-up/drop-off location is beside Swoozies & Justice on Innovation Dr.  Call 910.256.5131 for more information or log onto www.mayfairetown.com.

Thursday, 04/01/2010 at 1:00 PM Spring Eggventure at Halyburton Park. Lots of programs but space is limited and pre-registration is required. $5 per participant.  Egg Hunts will take place at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm for children age 3-5, 6-7 and 8-10.    For more information, call 910.341.0075. 

Friday, 04/02/2010 at 9:30 AM.  Battleship Easter Egg Hunt is a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt in Battleship Park. Children will find fun, eggs, candy, games, and the Easter Bunny! This wonderful holiday activity is only $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Please call 910-251-5797 to register or for more information.

Friday, 04/02/2010 at 10:00 AM – Sunday, 04/04/2010 at 10:00 PM.  Easter “Bunny” Drawn Tours.  Experience the picturesque beauty of Spring in historic Wilmington by “BUNNY” drawn carriage or trolley! $12 adults, $5 children under 12. Call 910.251.8889 or email horsedrawntours@hotmail.com for more information.

Inaugural Marathon Huge Success and Loads of Fun!!

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What a blast we had at last Sunday’s marathon manning a water station for runners passing through our neighborhood.  Landfall Realty was the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon serving as a qualifying event for next year’s Boston Marathon.   Our sales agents and staff began the day at 6:00 preparing our stop for marathon participants who would soon enter the gates of Landfall and be heading our way in desperate need of hydration.  We worked nonstop mixing energy drinks, filling cups, keeping the road clean, and cheering over 1,800 runners, Landfall guests, we’d like to think.  We were impressed with the endurance of those leading the pack and the determination of those pulling up the rear.  After 4.5 hours we left inspired to keep running the race of real estate in these tough times.  Congratulations and thank you to all of you.  We look forward to seeing you next year.

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The Landfall Realty Marathon Crew

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and a Whole Lot More in Wilmington, NC

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Sun Coast Cruisers

Sun Coast Cruisers

Back to the Beach 2010 Car Show

– Sun Coast Cruisers present their annual Car Show Preview and Cruise (FREE to the general public). Saturday, March 13 we will display plenty of vehicles at Fort Fisher Recreation Area. Registration is from 8am until noon, but the show opens to the public at 9am. This is a rain or shine event. There will be plenty of parking for trailers. For more information call 910.231.6877 or 910.452.3211.

 

6th Annual Lo Tide Run

6th Annual Lo Tide Run

6th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patricks Lo-Tide Run

– The proceeds will be given to one or more cancer patients and their family. Registration will begin at 7am at Cabana Suites, located at 222 Carolina Avenue North. The 10K Run and the 5K Run, Walk, or Shuffle will start at the Pavilion, and end on the beach in front of the Boardwalk. This is a Flat PR course with USTAF Certification. Please see www.lotiderun.org for more information.

leprachan11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Groups and organizations are invited to show their community pride, imagination and Irish spirit. There will be a luncheon at the Hilton following the parade, $25 per person. Irish DJ and dancers will entertain and there will be a raffle for 2 trips for 4 to Ireland, tickets are $100 each with only 150 available. For details, please contact Steve McEnaney at steveandconniemc@aol.com or 910.686.5498. Presented by Friends of the Hibernians

 Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival – follows the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is free and open to all. Live music, Irish dancers, cultural vendors, and food & beer sales. This is a “Rain or Shine” event. For more information on the Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival contact Chris Andrews at 216.374.8884 or citybuddha@hotmail.com.