Yesterday at the Coastline Convention Center in Downtown Wilmington was the Walk of Champions, a semi-formal, resort wear celebration of breast cancer survivors. The event, which used to be known as the Pink Fashion Walk, featured breast cancer survivors in all stages of their journey. The fashion show included 40 local breast cancer champions who modeled the current trends in front of family and friends. In addition to the fashion show there was food, an open bar, and live music by Sonic Spectrum. Tickets weere available for $75.00, and proceeds go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation. Founded by Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, a breast cancer surgeon with Duke Cancer Institute, the Pretty in Pink Foundation helps people diagnosed with breast cancer pay for their treatment. For more information on the event or to donate visit http://www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org/About.aspx.
Archive for April, 2016
This weekend is the 30th Annual Parade of Homes. The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association presents the tour, which has over 70 new homes and communities. The parade features homes that have extraordinary craftsmanship and state-of-the-art design and technology. Landfall Realty lists one house on the tour for $919,500. Built by Jordan Homes this home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 5,246 square feet of space. Not only is the Parade of Homes a showcase of the finest homes in eastern North Carolina, but it is also a competition between builder members. There are various categories that give builders a chance to win gold, silver, or bronze, and one of the favorites is the People’s Choice Competition Award. For more information on the Parade of Homes and a map of all the houses included visit their website http://wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com.
Wilmington was recently featured in an article on U.S. News’ website in their travel section in an article “3 Underrated Southern Spots to Visit This Spring.” Instead of visiting the large Southern towns such as Savannah and New Orleans, there are multiple smaller towns that have plenty to offer. In 2014 Wilmington’s Wrightsville Beach was names one of the “Last Best American Beach Towns” by National Geographic Traveler and the Blockade Runner Hotel is said to be one of the “10 Best Lodges in North America” by Outside Magazine. The article also points out that the island is very active, hosting a stand up paddle board contest in the ocean and the 2.45 mile fitness trail that circles around the island.
The article then goes on to mention all the shopping in Wilmington. By Wrightsville Beach there is Mayfaire Town Center and Lumina Station, which are quaint outdoor shopping villages with plenty of boutiques and restaurants. In Downtown Wilmington there is an array of shops carrying antiques, vintage clothes, accessories, and souvenirs. Many of these shops are along the 1.75 mile Riverwalk that runs along the Cape Fear River and includes multiple restaurants.
Additionally, the article points out that in a town as old as Wilmington there is plenty of history. In downtown Wilmington there is a 230 block National Register Historic District, where guests can tour Victorian homes or take a “Ghost Walk” of haunted houses and burial grounds.
For more on the article visit http://travel.usnews.com/features/3-underrated-southern-spots-to-visit-this-spring/.
Now that spring is here its time for golf tournaments!
This Saturday is the Country Club of Landfall’s Men’s Nicklaus Cup golf tournament. The tournament will take place on the 27 holes of the Nicklaus Golf Course, the Marsh, Ocean and Pines. The Marsh portion of the tournament will be a better ball net of partners, the Ocean will be a scramble, and the Pines will be an alternate shot game. The fee is $75.00 a person, which also includes carts, a chili bar lunch, and golf shop credit for prizes.
Coming up within the next two months are two more popular golf tournaments at the Country Club of Landfall. On the weekend of May 12-14 there is the Couples Member-Guest and on the June 8-10 weekend there is the Ladies’ Member-Guest. Both tournaments will be played on both the Nicklaus and Dye Golf Courses. These golf tournaments are fun for the players involved and great for everyone in the neighborhood to enjoy!
The Country Club of Landfall’s golf pro, Sara Bush, was featured on the Golf Channel this past week! Landfall’s Head Professional Golfer’s Association professional was featured in a national spotlight that aired on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The four-minute appearance was about the work she has done ahead of the Drive, Chip, and Putt qualifier at Landfall.
The Drive, Chip, and Putt is a qualifying event for the PGA of North and South Carolina. There are 14 of these events from June until August and have thousands of boys and girls from the ages of 7-15 participating. With Sara’s dedication the Landfall qualifier has grown from 150 to over 200 participants. This year’s Country Club of Landfall’s qualifier is July 7.
This Sunday in Wilmington is the Historic Downtown Marketplace. Starting at 10:00AM lasting until 4:00PM on Front Street between Market and Dock Streets there is a marketplace that will be happening every Sunday through October. There are more than 30 rotating artists selling collections including art, jewelry and handmade items. Additionally, there is live music, woodcarving, photography, and one of a-kind-gifts. It’s also a perfect place to get lunch with an Artisanal market and numerous restaurants surrounding the area. Enjoy the gorgeous weather this Sunday and visit the Historic Downtown Marketplace! For more information visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Downtown-Wilmington-Marketplace-1377439359159975/?ref=hl.
Azalea Festival week has officially started, which means this weekend some of Wilmington’s largest concerts of the year will take place.
Tonight the concert series kicks off with the Avett Brothers. This band from Concord, North Carolina has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band has had numerous albums on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, with their highest, The Carpenter, reaching number 4. Performing at the Belk Main Stage tickets cost $55.00 and can be purchased at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office.
Friday night Snoop Dogg will be performing with Doug E. Fresh at the Belk Main Stage on North Front Street. Snoop Dogg is a multi-platinum artist, actor, and entertainment icon who has sold over 35 million albums. Tickets cost $46.50 for the concert, which starts at 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale at the North Carolina Azalea Festival Office located at 5725 Oleander Drive Suite B-7.
Finally, on Saturday night country music star, Chase Rice, will be performing with Kane Brown. Rice is best known for his song “Cruise” which was a Hot 100 hit. The show starts at 7:00PM and they will also be performing at the Belk Main Stage, an outdoor concert venue. Tickets for this show cost $36.50.
This week its Wilmington’s much anticipated and largest celebration, the Azalea Festival! Founded in 1948, the annual event, named for the flowers found all over town, has become a week filled with special events, fairs, concerts, art, a parade, and southern hospitality. Over 200,000 are estimated to visit the two-day street fair in downtown Wilmington and over 100,000 attend the Festival Parade. Often ranked as an event in the Top 20 Events according to the Southeast Tourism Society, the Azalea Festival is fun for everyone.
There are over 50 events that take place at the Azalea Festival, which start on Wednesday with the Queen’s Coronation. This year’s queen is Anna Kooiman, an anchor on Fox and Friends Weekend and a general news reporter for FOX News Channel, who got her start on our local station WWAY.
The Airlie Luncheon Garden Party, one of the most popular events, takes place on Friday with over 2,500 guests attending. Also, there are the historic home and garden tours which take place all weekend long and give you a chance to look at the some the oldest houses and gorgeous gardens in the area. The Juried Art Show, which features over 100 artists, will take place Friday until Sunday at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. This week the circus will also be in town located at the ILM Airport. Additionally, there are concerts held all weekend.
The Azalea Festival Street Fair has over 330 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, 2 stages, and a children’s area. The fair starts Friday night 6:00 until 10:00 and continues on Saturday from 10:00AM until 10:00PM and Sunday from 10:00AM until 6:00PM. Also, happening downtown is the parade, with floats, marching bands, clowns, horses, visiting celebrities, and the Azalea Festival Court. The parade will start at 9:30AM on Saturday and end at 11:30AM. Also, happening on Friday at the fireworks at 9:00PM over the Cape Fear River.