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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.

Audubon NC Ecotours in Wilmington

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Just outside the gates of Landfall NC, in any direction you care to travel, you can find something interesting, fun, and educational to do.  Case in point?  Every Friday at 9:00 AM Audubon NC offers field trips to Mason’s Inlet.  These birding tours take you on a hike where you’ll discover the sights and sounds of our unique coastal birds.

Least Terns, Black Skimmers, American Oystercathers and Wilson’s Plovers nest here due to the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Plan that was developed between New Hanover County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to assure the protection of the critical nesting site.  The result of that plan was the creation of this 300-acre bird sanctuary which you can tour with Audubon bioligists to see all kinds of North Carolina waterbirds.

Skimmers at Masons Inlet
Skimmers at Mason’s Inlet Photo from Audubon NC

Registration is not necessary for these weekly tours, simply meet at the Mason Inlet Information kiosk located off the cul de sac near the Shell Island Resort.  About .1 mile south is a public parking lot (there is a fee required to park).  Bring binoculars if you have them, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes for walking on the sandy beach and water.  For more information call 910.686.7527 or email awood@audubon.org.   What a wonderful way to jump start a Wilmington NC weekend!

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.

Buying a Boat

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I wanted to share some thoughts about boat buying.  I’ve been around boats most of my life, in fact my father used to tell me stories about going fishing with him while I was in a baby carrier.  It has been said that the two happiest days in your life are  the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it.  I can’t imagine owning real estate  in Wilmington, NC without a boat and I hope I never experience the latter part of that old adage.

I want to talk a little about an “all-around” boat, something you can fish inshore and on calm days head out on the ocean.  I would recommend something in the 17-19 foot range with a center console.  In today’s tough economic times a boat like this can be easily maintained at little cost.

19ft inshore boat

Photo from Boats.com

When looking at boats, keep versatility in mind.  You might have a family that likes to water ski or go tubing and a boat like this will do the trick as well as being rigged as a fishing machine.  Also, keep freshwater fishing in mind as you can trailer it to some of our local rivers and lakes.

One of the biggest mistakes that I see folks make is buying a boat that is functional for their immediate need but which does not accommodate all their current and potential requirements.   Time, money and frustration could be saved by carefully looking at all potential current and future uses.

This is a great time to buy as  there are plenty of good used boats out there.  There are also terrific deals on new boats as well.  Just turn left out of the Eastwood Gate from Landfall NC and guess what?  Water galore!!

Remember to practice catch and release and, please, take a kid fishing!

Jim Coley/Broker

Country Club of Landfall, NC Summer Bash

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Country Club of Landfall’s Annual Summer Bash was also their 10th Anniversary Grand Finale and they pulled out all the stops for this one!  Several of our agents were in attendance and they vow they’ll never miss another one.  Two of them were gracious enough to fill us in on all the details.

Becky Spivey and her husband, Sean, were in attendance and both found themselves enjoying the various food stations scattered throughout the dining room, grill room and the outside tent.  Becky’s absolute favorite was the “ceviche” station.

Martie Davy and a group of her friends got together and even those who weren’t members were able to enjoy the events of the evening with easy check-in and tracking of fees posted directly to their own credit cards.  They were all impressed with the abundance and variety of food (no small feat since Martie is a fabulous cook herself), the shrimp and steaks were a hit with these folks.

 

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Photo courtesy of Country Club of Landfall

Both Becky and Martie agree that the well over 500 guests who were kept well fed were also all very into the evening’s musical group and were getting down with “Party on the Moon,” the band that was featured at this event (and word has it that they’ll be the entertainment at the 10th Annual NHRMC Founder’s Gala on January 23, 2010).  No one wanted to be the first to leave and just about everyone danced til the last note was sung.  Sounds as though this Club event well might be the one all other Wilmington, NC events will be compared to in the future!

Wilmington’s “Shakespeare on the Green Festival” Is Back in Town for Its Seventeenth Season

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Shakespeare on the Green, now in it’s 17th Season, presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor” a comedy directed by Cherri McKay. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings June 5 – 28 beginning at 8pm at the Greenfield Lake Park Amphitheater. The series is always a huge hit during the summer months and this year is sure to be no exception.

In continuing its young artist program, the Shakespeare Youth Company will perform “The Comedy of Errors” also directed by Ms. McCay with performances being staged Tuesday-Thursday June 9-18. All of these performances take place in the recently renovated Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

If you stroll into the park early you can enjoy your own picnic or grab a snack from the concession stand. Bug spray and battery operated fans might also be a good option on these warm summer nights. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater is located at 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington, NC (take Carolina Beach Road to Tennessee Avenue, which leads to the amphitheater). All performances are free to the public and donations are always welcome and appreciated.

For more information on cancellations and tickets please call 910. 762-6393 or go to www.MySpace.com/ShakespeareOnTheGreen.

“Wettin a Hook”

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For those of us who like to “wet a hook” Wilmington NC is paradise found. We have some of the best salt and freshwater fishing this area has to offer. Just yesterday I awoke early, hooked the boat up and headed to Sutton Lake. Sutton Lake is the cooling facility for Progress Energy. The water stays warm year round and the Largemouth bass fishing is wonderful. The lake is located only 15 minutes from Landfall. What a treat to be able to get up early, catch a few fish and be back at the office by 9:00. Does life get any better? I was bragging to a friend this morning about my catch and he informed me he had an incredible morning catching speckled trout in some of our local saltwater bays. He had one trout that weighed over 8 lbs. That, my friend, is a “big one.”  I will continue to keep everyone posted on what is biting. In the mean time take a kid fishing and please practice catch and release.

Jim Coley

Broker

 

CCL’s 10th Anniversary Grand Finale’ Party

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After weeks of celebrating CCL’s 10 year anniversary, the grand finale’ event is upon us and calling your name.  A Summer Party featuring the sounds of Party on the Moon will be held Saturday, June 13th at 7:00pm at the Landfall Clubhouse.  The dress is Country Club casual and the menu choices are umlimited.  Club members are encouraged to invite guests to dance the night away or enjoy alfresco dining on the lawn.  Reservations can be made at the Landfall Clubhouse by calling 256-8411.

                                    Party on the Moon