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For Wilmington, NC Theater Enthusiasts – PHANTOM is Here This Week

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Phantom_musicalLandfall NC property owners and the entire Wilmington NC community have a chance to enjoy a fascinating theater experience this week only.  Thalian Association, due to the on going renovations at the historic building that houses their theater, is presenting PHANTOM:The American Musical Sensation  on September 24th through the 27th at The Kenan Memorial  Auditorium.   Shows are  at 8:00PM with a 3:00 PM matinee on Sunday.  Based on the Gaston Leroux novel Phantom is a completely different musical than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” with its own music and a storyline that has the Phantom as the hunted rather than the hunter.  This production first appeared in Houston in 1996 with lyrics and music by Maury Yeston, and book by Arthur Kopit.   

Kenan Memorial Auditorium

Kenan Memorial Auditorium

 Our local production is directed and choreographed by Debra Gillingham with music direction by Jonathan Barber.  Kenan Memorial Auditorum is a state of the art, 1,016 seat facility  and the perfect  venue for this  production.  Tickets are $25 for VIP seating and $20 for general admission.  There are also discounts available for student and senior groups.   Call 962.3500 or log onto www.uncw.edu/kenan for more information and tickets.  This a theater experience  that Wilmington, NC will be talking about for a long time and one that you definitely do not want to miss!!

It’s a Musical Weekend for All Ages Coming up in the Landfall, NC Area

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Gates will open at 10AM on both Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th  for the  7th  Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area at Kure Beach, NC.  This hugely poplular festival is sponsored by The Thalian Association and features great bluegrass and bluegrass gospel along with good food, arts & crafts, storytelling, clogging and square dancing.  Bring your own blankets and chairs but, please, leave the pets and coolers at home.  For more information log onto www.coastalbluegrassfestival.org.

And making its debut on Saturday, September 19th at 11AM is the 1st Annual Carolina Original Music (COM) Festival.  Held at Hugh MacRae Park, this is an outdoor music festival for local Wilmington bands, including my own personal favorite Daniel Parish, along with Redwood, Ten Toes Up, Silver Judas, Parmalee and Jonas Sees in Color. To add to the fun, local pizzerias enter their pizza for a chance to be crowned Best Pizza in Wilmington. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the gate and are available at Gravity Records, CD Alley, ibxtickets.com or by calling 888.512.SHOW. Beer, wine and coolers are allowed, however, no liquor and no glass.

 Once again, there’s plenty to keep you busy and keep your feet tappin’ in Wilmington, NC this weekend.

Artists, Babies, Veterans, and Blacksmiths in Wilmington, NC this Saturday

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8th Annual Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk showcases various New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick artists of all categories.  Participants are invited to make their costumes in advance.  The Grand Procession of Peculiar Pets starts at 1 PM.  Downtown city parking decks will be free all day.  Call 216.374.8884 or email artandantiquewalk@hotmail.com for more information.

Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo starts at 9 AM and brings the most comprehensive display of community resources under one roof for expecting parents or families with young children.      A $5 admission gets you into this one stop solution for all parenting needs.  Call 910.617.8666 for more information.

Hannah Block USO Building

 

“Salute to World War II Veterans” Jamboree assembles veterans and home front workers to exhibit memorabilia, uniforms, and photographs.  In 2005 nearly 1,000 visitors and over 80 veterans participated and this one should be an even bigger success.  Donations will be accepted and there will be refreshments. Sponsored by the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition and the Community Arts Center.  Call 910.796.3292 or email JonesWD@aol.com for more information.

“Hammer In” at Poplar Grove, where members of the Artists Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA) demonstrate styles and techniques used in forging iron, including folding and veining.  An old fashioned forge and a modern gas forge will be in use.  Information on ABANA will be available.  The public is welcome to come and see the Iron Artists at this free event.  Call 910.686.9518 for more information.

If all these happenings in our Landfall, NC region aren’t enough for you, you can still catch some great shows in downtown Wilmington, NC this weekend as well!

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.

Trio of Exhibits Offers Something for Everyone at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC

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From cameronartmuseum.com

The Cameron Art Museum (CAM) in Wilmington, NC  provides an opportunity for Landfall property owners to view quality exhibits, and also presents  educational opportunities, public programs, and unique events.  Current exhibits include Winning  IDEAs:  Selected  Product Designs  2008 on view through October 25, 2009.  This exhibition features a collection of International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) winners.  The IDEA Awards are presented annually by IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America), with selections made by an international jury of professional designers and academics.  Kaleidoscope:  Changing  Views  of  the  Permanent  Collection on view through May 9, 2010 features selected paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photgraphs, furniture, decorative arts and other objects drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.  The third current exhibit  is GWATHMEY  SIEGEL:  Inspiration  and  Transformation on view through January 10, 2010.  Inspiration and Transformation is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of American architectural firm Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects (NYC)  who are the designers of the CAM.

The Cameron Art Museum has a cafe serving great food and a gift shop  with marvelously distinctive items.  Located at the corner of 17th Street and Independence Boulevard it’s easy to get to and there’s plenty of  free parking.  You can find out more by visiting the museum’s website at www.cameronartmuseum.com for  the details on the exhibits and all the other activities available.  The CAM combines fun, food, and inspiration for a great way to spend an afternoon when you want something other than the fabulous Wilmington, NC beaches!

It’s Time for a Tackle Box Tune-up in Wilmington, NC

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As an avid angler living in Landfall, NC who fishes in all conditions, I sometimes do have to cancel a fishing trip due to the weather.  The fish will bite in the heat, but they’re in the water and I’m not!

rodandreelWhat do you do when you just can’t go fishing and that’s where your mind set is?  This is a great time to look over ALL your equipment and make sure everything is in tip top shape.  If you’re serious about your fishing  you should be equally serious about how you maintain your tackle.  Following are just a few of the things I do when I can’t make it out for one reason or another:

  • Look over rods, make sure the guides are  in tack and straight. 
  • Clean the cork handles. 
  • Check the reels, make sure they are  thoroughly cleaned and lubricated (this is SO important)
  • Check the line, is it  frayed at all?  Cut off the first 5-6 feet if you do not intend to replace the entire spool. 
  • Look at the tackle and replace dull hooks. 

Please remember to take a kid fishing, bring along plenty of water or sports drinks to stay hydrated, and practice catch and realease.

Jim Coley/Broker

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.

Untouchables

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.

July 4th Celebration was a BLAST!!

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002_2Once again, the Country Club of Landfall pulled off another wonderful July 3rd cook-out and fireworks display!  We had two tables of ten in the dining room with all of our neighbors and their children.  The rooms were festive and patriotic.  There were many buffet stations set up and the food was the best ever.  There were ribs, steak, chicken, pasta, salad and more.  They even had a children’s buffet with mac & cheese, chicken fingers and French fries.  And of course they had a full dessert table!!

001_1     The fireworks were amazing and seemed to last forever!

     It’s one party of the year that you never want to miss, as it is one of the best in Wilmington NC.  

     It’s a great way to see all of your fellow Landfall property owning friends.

     Martie Davy,  Landfall Broker

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.

Rare Albino Alligator at Home in Wilmington, NC

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Photo from ncaquariums.com

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a short ride from Landfall NC and its real estate owners and visitors alike have the somewhat unique pleasure of being neighbors with a rare albino alligator!  In addition to this fanciful creature, the aquarium, one of the three in North Carolina, offers an endless array of daily and special activities to enrich your days (and keep your children occupied for hours). 

kids at aquarium

Photo from ncaquariums.com

Dialogue with a Diver during which divers in the tank will answer questions while they work, Creature Feature lets you get up close and personal with a variety of live animals, Animal Feeding Time allows you to ask questions about habitat and feeding needs, and Touch Tank Talk where you can learn more about creatures living in the rocky coquina outcrop (do we even know what that is?) are just some of the daily programs.  There are also day camps for different age groups and special events such as SHARK  WEEK July 26-31.  Check out the interactive calendar on their website for a complete listing.

It’ll take you about two hours to tour the Fort Fisher Aquarium, unless your enthusiasm plunges you into some of the programs.  You can break up your tour with something to snack on at SharkBites and don’t forget to grab a gorgeous souvenir photo from Fotofx before you leave.   For more information on any of these and lots of other fascinating events and educational opportunities, please call 910-458-7468  or 1-888-294-3477.  You can also log onto their website at www.ncaquariums.com and click on Fort Fisher.      This little gem is one of Wilmington NC’s best family outings, so have a fabulous time!