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“Come on Down” to Wilmington, NC for the Wine & Beer Walk

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On Saturday February 27th, 2010, the Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk again gives Landfall, NC residents and their neighbors a chance to sample some fabulous wines and beers (and walk off the calories while doing it)!  This is one you don’t want to miss out on as the participating restaurants and bars are some of the area’s finest venues!

Bottega Gallery

Bottega Art & Wine

The event runs from 1:00 – 6:00pm and tickets are $15.00 each, or 2 for $25.00, and may be purchased online at Etix.com or you can stop by Bottega Art & Wine Bar – 208 N. Front St Phone: (910)763-3737 or Wilmington Wine Shop – 29 S. Front St. Phone: (910)251-6335, the two shops where the walk begins.

Wilmington Wine Shop

Wilmington Wine Shop

The walk starts off at either of the two above mentioned venues, where you present (or purchase) your ticket  and receive your “official” Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk ID along with a map of the participating establishments. As you walk through downtown and stop in at the various locations you will receive two superb samples (per venue) of a specially selected wine or beer.

You must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID readily available for your host to verify your eligibility for participation.

For a list of participating establishments you can log on to http://www.coolwilmington.com/ or for more information contact Chris Andrews at 216-374-8884 or email citybuddha@hotmail.com Hosted by CoolWilmington.com.  If there’s a better way to learn your way around the downtown Wilmington, NC area, we haven’t found it yet!

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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World's Largest Living Christmas Tree

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!

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

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Flotilla

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.

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!

8th Annual Wilmington Octoberfest Is This Weekend, October 16 and 17

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Just down the road a piece from Landfall, NC at Racine Commons you’ll find a bit of Bavaria in Wilmington, NC this Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th.  The first keg of Octoberfest 2009 arrives amongst all the fanfare of parades and processionals and after the horse drawn wagon delivers the German brew, Mayor Bill Saffo will tap that first keg and the fest will officially be underway.  Those attending the opening ceremonies will enjoy Friday night’s festivities for free!

The 8th Annual Octoberfest is bigger and better with additional events and an expanded KidsZone including the Home Depot tent, always a big hit for kids who want to make a wooden project.  They’ll bring all the tools and supplies — and even some of those fancy orange aprons to use.  They’ll also be free pumpkin painting, Fire Department Obstacle Course, Firetruck visit, tricks by the wizard, and much, much more.

Lest parents need prompting to attend, there will be plenty of great food, beer, and music to keep the adult folks entertained!   All of this for a minimal charge for adults, and kids under 10 are free.

The Wilmington Ocktoberfest benefits the Child Advocacy and Parenting Place (CAPP) Center, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect by focusing on parenting skills.  This is not only a great fun way to spend part of your weekend, but a very worthwhile one.  Please visit the Octoberfest website at www.wilmingtonocktoberfest.com for more details and make sure you bring your Oom Pah with you!

From Art, to Music & Food, to Ghosts – It’s Another Non-Stop Weekend in Wilmington, NC

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Those of us who live in the Landfall, NC area consider ourselves fortunate to be living where the activities are as diverse as our population.  This upcoming weekend is a perfect example!  

Art in the Arboretum

Art in the Arboretum

 

Art in The Arboretum – Saturday and Sunday  10/10-11 beginning at 10AM
The event will feature local artists’ works displayed and for purchase including canvas, pottery, wood, all sorts of sculptures and baskets. The Ability Garden will have a plant sale with small, reasonably priced fall plants, live music by local area musicians, and fun for the entire family. Admission is $5, children 14 and under free. Call 910.798.7660 for more information.

Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

 

Pleasure  Island 16th Annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival – Saturday and Sunday  10/10-11,  11AM  Headlining the Festival this year is quintessential Texas blues rocker Delbert McClinton. Bring your lawn chairs and revel in two days of non-stop jazz and blues on two stages, as well as scrumptious seafood from some of the area’s best restaurants. There are tons of additional things to occupy you and for the kids, there is a special Kidz Zone. Please, no coolers and no pets. Call 910.458.8434 or log onto http://www.pleasureislandnc.org  for more information.

 Ghost Hike at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area – Saturday, 10/10 8PM
The Fort Fisher Area trails are normally closed during night hours but will be open this night for those who join the Ranger on the ghost hike. You may bring flashlights if you like. Guests should arrive at 8pm at the visitor center. Space is limited so call 910.458.5798 for reservations.

There’s always so much more to do than we can possibly tell you about here, so to see more of what’s happening in the Wilmington, NC area this upcoming week visit http://www.cape-fear.nc.us/events/ and see how much you can fit into your schedule!

Come On Down to Wilmington, NC Riverfest 2009

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As most Landfall, NC property owners already know,  this event is held annually to benefit the Cape Fear River environment and this year it kicks off with the Meka II Pirate ship (sponsored by WHET) exchanging fire with the Southport Cannon Group at 5PM on Friday, October 2nd.   Riverfest continues  October 3 and 4 with  activities, shows, competitions, a street fair and much, much more happening throughout the weekend.  Beginning at 10AM  on Saturday  you can take your little ones to the Kid Zone (a freebie at The Cotton Exchange), then over to the Adventure Zone (ride Fees), cruise through the Classic Car display (free), or visit the Exhibits and Displays (free).  You will have ample opportunity to peruse Arts & Crafts from around the country while keeping hunger at bay with the many food vendors.  Anxious for more?  You can wander along all evening stopping at the Rail Jam (free), enjoying the Street Dance (free), and watching the fireworks.   

Riverfest Art  2009 by Magon Dew

Riverfest Art 2009 by Magon Dew

If you’ve got the energy on Sunday you can head on back downtown and catch all the events, shows, vendors, and competitions you didn’t have time for on Saturday!   And don’t forget to pick up your Riverfest T-Shirt featuring this year’s art work winner by Magon Dew. Please call 910.452.6862 or log onto their website at www.wilmingtonriverfest.com for all the details, times and events of  this fabulous Wilmington, NC event.  You’ll find us on Water Street (where the food is)!