Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

Welcome! We created this blog as a way to keep you informed of the latest news and updates happening in Wilmington NC real estate as well as real estate news throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Our agents have years of experience handling real estate transactions and we want to share our insights about the current state of the market, neighborhood updates and developments, local events, and featured listings.

Check back often for updates and please contact us with any questions or comments.

July 28, 2019

About Town in August

Last Chance for White Pants Gala August 25th 7:00pm - midnight Last Chance for White Pants Gala


August is hot with things to do and events not to miss. Close out this beautiful summer we have had with a few outings with good friends. Be sure to add a few good deeds to your good times by joining us for the 2nd Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Benefit on Sunday, August 25th, and by attending the Last Chance for White Pants Gala at Audi Cape Fear on Saturday, August 24th.


These are just a few of our personal August favorites, so feel free to let us know what we're missing so we don't miss out! 



August happenings: 


Books, Beer, & Jazz Piano

August 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Old Books on Front, Downtown

Have you ever checked out Old Books on Front? If you haven’t it’s worth checking out and here is a cool opportunity to (even if you have been). Go enjoy being surrounded by extensive collection of books, drink wine while listening to some cool jazz by James Jarvis.


Gin Blossoms

August 6 @ 6:00pm 

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

The venue, the energy, and the music combine to make nights at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater magical. 


Artistry in Jazz Concert

August 9, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Artistry in Jazz Concert is a group of 21 local musicians and a vocalist. Join them as they play at the Gazebo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk.


The 3rd Annual Thunder Roll at Thalian 

August 10, 2019

1 and 3pm

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall is one of the last, if not the last theatre in America that still has a Thunder Roll sound effect machine made up as cannon balls rolling down rafters.


14thAnnual O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest

August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019

8am and 4pm

Wrightsville Beach

One of the biggest surfing competitions on the East Coast is held right here in Wilmington at Wrightsville Beach. The O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am attracts surfers from around the globe.


43rd Annual North Carolina Shell Show

August 23, 2019 to August 25, 2019

Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 9am to 3pm.

Coastline Conference & Event Center

The North Carolina Shell Club presents the 43rd Annual North Carolina Shell Show a great collection from the casual collectors on the beach, and the most experienced malacologists and naturalists.


2nd Annual Lagerfest

August 24, 2019  12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Brewery 

The 2nd Annual Lagerfest is a festival of North Carolina lagers with live music with Nathan Kornegay and L Shape Lot.

Last Chance for White Pants Gala

August 24, 2019 @ 7pm-midnight

Audi Cape Fear

This annual Lower Cape Fear Hospice Benefit is considered the "party of the year" in Wilmington. Party with a purpose this month...and don't forget your white pants!


2nd Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Fundraiser

August 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Coastal Select Properties

Join us for food, drinks, mingling, and filling the packs for foster kids who deserve a fresh start and belongings of their own as they transition out of the homes they're in. Please bring at least one backpack and as many items from the list as you can so we can give foster children a small piece of the security they crave.





Posted in Current news
July 20, 2019

All about the Children



Our second quarter was all about the children in our community - especially those who find themselves in tragic situations out of their control, and need the support that only dedicated nonprofit organizations can provide. 

The Carousel Center and The Foster Pantry are two such organizations. 

Development Director, Laurie Taylor, says that the Carousel Center gives children and their families access to everything needed in the aftermath of physical and sexual abuse. "Children can feel safe here," Taylor said. 

After addressing the initial needs for a physical exam and police reports, therapeutic care immediately follows, both for the child and for their family members. 

"Access to complete care under one roof can change everything for families," Taylor said. "We like to think that this is where the healing begins," Taylor said. "And, it's our intention to bring it full circle."

In a world where one in ten children will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18, children everywhere need the support of an organization like the Carousel Center, and we feel so fortunate that it exists here in New Hanover County. 

So, we want to do everything in our power to support it. 



Any of you who know us well, know that we have a special place in our hearts for the folks at The Foster Pantry. They dedicate every ounce of their free time to easing the anxiety and stress for young children entering foster care, as well as those being transferred to a new foster home. They also provide a significant amount of support to foster families enabling them to focus their attention on the children they are bringing into their homes. 


In support of all that they do for foster children in our community and to offer support of our own, we've decided that in addition to second quarter financial support, we're also going to host the Second Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs event at our office at 213 North Second Street. Please see details here! Then, get it on your calendar - Sunday, August 25th from 5-8pm. Item drop-off only will be from 4-6pm. 

We would love to see you there! Please feel free to call Jamie Penn with questions at 910-612-8394





Posted in Current news
June 27, 2019

Turning up the Heat: July Events




In the heat of July, we're reminded, yet again, that we live in heaven. Beach days, family and friends surrounding us, and all the adventures, activities and good times that summer brings are on, and we're all in. 


We've got a month full of plans in and around town, with a little vacation time sprinkled in. Check out our list below, then let us know what you're up to in comments! 


July 1 - July 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

Southport Waterfront
Yacht Basin Drive
 NC 28461

Southport is famous for its 4th of July celebration. The North Carolina 4th of July Festival in features Parade, over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Live Entertainment, Fireworks, and much more.


July 3

Free Wine Tasting at Sweet n Savory

(with optional $25 food pairing)


Sweet N Savory

1611 Pavilion Pl, 

Wilmington, NC 28403
Sample some delicious wines for FREE with an optional $25 food pairing. Food pairings are designed specifically to go with each wine to bring out the fullest flavor of both. While listening to some cool jazz by Benny Hill Jazz.


July 3 

Independence Day Boardwalk Blast: Live Music and Fireworks

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428 

Carolina Beach presents a 4th of July Boardwalk Blast featuring live music with the Polar Bear Blues Bandand fireworks over the ocean.


July 4 

4th of July Celebration

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park
Water Street at Princess
 NC 28401 

The City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park features live entertainment, food vendors, and a fireworks display beginning at 9:05pm. Special music provided by WGNI 102.7 (6-7:30pm) and headlining the event is the United States Air Force, Full Spectrum Rock Band from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA (7:30-9pm).


July 4 - July 7

Five Guys Named Moe

7:30 PM

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
 NC 28401

Opera House Theatre Company presents Five Guys Named Moe. Down-and-out Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery at 5am. Suddenly, the greatest band around -- Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Little Moe, and No Moe -- appear to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love. For the next two hours, they comfort and jazz him with the classic songs of Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox.  


July 6

Astronomy Program 
8:00 PM

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Cape Fear Astronomy Society presents an Astronomy Program at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center. Learn about the night skies by using telescopes set up for viewing planets, stars and more.


July 6

Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival

2:00 PM- doors open at 12:30pm

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
 NC 28401

The Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington features performances by Inner Circle, Edge Michael, Signal Fire, Of Good Nature, Danglin, and Sons Of Paradise. As well as live art by Cammeron Batenides, comedy by Ali Coleman, arts & crafts, and Jamaican food.


July 6-7

45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament 
5:00 PM
 to 6:00 PM

Ogden Park
615 Odgen Park Drive
 NC 28411

The 45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament features a few hundred players from teams from around the world. Games run every 20 minutes all day long. The championship match begins at 1pm on Sunday.


July 7

Ocean Life Project

7:00 PM

Kure Beach (N Avenue Beach Access)
N Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach,
 NC 28449 

The Ocean Life Project in Kure Beach, NC, come meet KB Ambassadors for a family- friendly beach walk and educational talk. Topics include town history, beach safety, wildlife education, shell and fossil finding tips, and beach activities for children. Bring shovels and buckets.



July 7

Movie at the Lake

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Black Panther, the action adventure film that follows T'Challa, heir to the hidden, advanced kingdom of Wakanda, who must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past. Concessions available. No alcohol or glass allowed. Film begins at dusk. Running time: 2 hours, 14 minutes.



July 8

Great American Poetry Crawl 
7:00 PM

Old Books on Front Street
249 North Front Street
 NC 28401

The Great American Poetry Crawl at Old Books on Front Street in downtown Wilmington, NC, features Florida-based poet and educator Brendan Walsh and local authors Melissa Crowe and Khalisa Rae in an evening of literary work and



July 10

Jazz at the Mansion

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
 , NC 28401 

Bellamy Mansion Museum presents Jazz at the Mansion featuring a performance by the Duke Ladd Band. Bring blankets and chairs. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase.


July 12

Lumina Festival of the Arts: Opening Night Poetry Jam

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Drive
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts in Wilmington, NC, presents the Opening Night Poetry Jam at Kenan Auditorium, hosted by "Bigg B" and Sandra “The Mid Day Miss" of Coast 97.3.



July 17

Lumina Festival of the Arts: UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Drive
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts presents the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band featuring special guest Michael Mossman, a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated hard bop jazz trumpeter, in a performance that includes swing through bebop and modern style.



July 20

FUNDRAISER: Food Truck Roundup

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
 NC 28411

The Food Truck Roundup at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features 16 vehicles offering a variety of culinary delights, live music with the Folkstone String Band, and two bars serving wine/beer and specialty cocktails.



July 21

Shakespeare Brunch

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

19 South 10th Street
 NC 28401

TheatreNOW in Wilmington, NC, presents Shakespeare Brunch featuring an abridged reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream.



July 26

4th Friday Gallery Night
Around Town
 NC 28401

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other art-related activities. Participating venues include Aces Gallery, Acme Art Studios, The Art Factory, Art in Bloom Gallery, The Golden Gallery, The ArtWorks, New Elements Gallery, Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Expo  216, Flytrap Brewery, River to Sea Gallery, The WHQR Gallery, Crescent Moon, and The Daniels Gallery.



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June 26, 2019

Welcome, Angie Greer!




Meet Angie Greer. We're so glad we did. When Coastal Select agent, Jennifer Davidson, introduced Angie Greer to CSP broker-in-charge, Tricia Ireland, they both knew pretty quickly that it was an ideal match.


"The way Tricia runs her business is the way I want to run my life," Angie said.


After becoming more familiar with Tricia's dedication to the community, the inherent and encouraged family/fun/work balance at CSP, and the fact that our firm contributes a portion of every commission to local nonprofits, Angie was doubly sold.


Angie says she recently decided to become a realtor in order to find a deeper level of connection with clients and colleagues and to feel that she was contributing in a positive and meaningful way.


After nearly 20 years working as an account manager for a public safety software agency working with local government agencies, Angie is amply familiar with long sales cycles and and has a serious knack for negotiation. Having travelled extensively with work over the years, Angie's hope is to use the skills that she has learned here in her own hometown in order to create connections to and relationships with people who share it with her.


Read more about Angie below!



Why did you choose real estate?


Angie: I loved working as an Account Manager but it required me to travel extensively. Working in real estate allows for a more flexible schedule, allowing me to spend more time with my family and to help people find what they're looking for in life.



What’s your favorite thing to do?


Angie: I love spending time with my family, preferably at the beach. I love to cook and entertain guests. I love my time volunteering at Early Bread Ministries, a feeding ministry in Wilmington, NC.


Why Wilmington?


Angie: I was born in Fort Dix, NJ as my father was in the Army. When I was born, we left the hospital and came to Wilmington where my father’s family was located. I have been here ever since. I love the downtown area and have enjoyed seeing the growth of our once small little town. We are close to the ocean, to the mountains, and to larger cities. We have it all here.  


Why Coastal Select?


Angie: My best friend, Jennifer, is a Coastal Select agent, and she recently shared with me how much she loved the people here. I met with Tricia and just loved her as a human being. I was impressed at how much they give back to the community.


What's your favorite food?


Angie: Definitely bacon (followed by laughter.) With my mother being Korean, I grew up loving Korean food. My father was from the South, so I also enjoy eating and preparing down home country cooking. 


Favorite thing about yourself?


Angie: I am a nurturer by nature. I deeply care about people. I enjoy taking care of people and making them smile from the heart. I feel like I connect with people on a deep level and I feel that honesty, integrity and trust are top priorities.


Favorite thing to do in Wilmington?


Angie: I often stroll around downtown, taste the fares of the new restaurants, and enjoy the view.  I also love the beach. I live on Carolina Beach and going to the North End and camping out is one of my favorite all-time things to do. 


What motivates you to do what you do every day?


Angie: My family and my faith. I have four children from 7-19  years of age and a wonderful loving husband.  I want to show my children a good work ethic and how to balance that with personal quality time with family.  If you do something you’re passionate about and commit to growing every day, the journey of life becomes full of wonderful surprises. 


What do you hope your work will accomplish on a grand scale?


Angie: I hope to add value to the wonderful real estate community in our area. Community outreach is important. 


…on a micro-level?


Angie: I hope to meet lots of new people and to be able to help friends, family and acquaintances to buy and sell homes, not just houses. I hope that the work I do helps people through this often emotional process, and opens the door to potentially building new friendships in the process.

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June 13, 2019

Tara English: Agent of the Month


Tara English (above, left) knows a thing or two about this beautiful town. She has been here 32 years and has been in real estate for over 15 years. Tara is married with two children, and has a deep love for Wilmington, and for her family. 

So, what makes Tara tick? Aside from being a beach-lover, a non-profit advocate, a chef and a social butterfly, Tara also loves interior design, travel, and spending time with her family. Her passion for real estate, she says, comes from an innate desire to help people live the life they want. 

"Advocating for people and for their dreams just comes naturally to me," she said. And, knowing that she is a part of helping people find their dream home is by far among her favorite feelings. 

Tara and her family, together, have recently tackled a couple of big dreams. One, they opened a beignet and coffee shop, Brooklyn Café, on the lovely Northside of Downtown Wilmington. This family-owned spot has, hands down, the best beignets in town, and donuts made from Tara's grandmother's secret recipe. And, two, she and her husband have finally landed in their own dream home on Carolina Beach.

Less than a year ago, Tara realized a dream of her own - starting her own real estate group. In late 2018 she teamed up with Jordyn Rice (above right), an up and coming young realtor. Together, she says, they're working their way toward world domination ;). 

Tara says that she has never taken for granted all the gifts we have here in coastal NC. And, that she never wants to stop sharing them with others. 

Posted in Current news
June 3, 2019

The Good Life at Brunswick Forest



Brunswick Forest is a private, planned community situated in the small town of Leland just south of Wilmington, North Carolina. With a population of just over 20,000, the town is big enough to remind you that you have neighbors, but small enough to expect to see people you know at the store. It’s thirty minutes from the coast, and the few miles of river, land, and forest in between allows space for nature…and plenty of back yard. 


Coastal.There are five beautiful beaches within 45 minutes of Brunswick Forest gates including Wrightsville Beach, Pleasure Island (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher), Southport/Oak Island, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach. And, creeks and river that leads to the Atlantic allows for adventures on the water less than a mile from home.



Given the community’s location, residents of Brunswick Forest and their homes have been largely unaffected by hurricanes and tropical storms through the years.



By Nature. Numerous parks, over 100 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, nearby Brunswick Nature Park, and a creek that runs through it all makes Brunswick Forest a nature lover’s paradise. The trails and community common areas were built to encourage people to immerse themselves in nature. When walking back to the dog park behind the Meadow Park neighborhood, it’s easy to forget that you’re walking through a master-planned community. 



The Good Life. At Brunswick Forest, luxury and nature are interwoven to create the ideal lifestyle that people seek. The Cape Fear National golf course, designed by architectTim Cate, combines the two seamlessly. The course is as dramatic as the landscape itself. CFN is a semi-public course, making Brunswick Forest a community with a golf course rather than a golf course community, eliminating dues and the like.



Other amenities include two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, one satellite fitness center, pickleball and tennis courts, and an 18,000 square foot Fitness and Wellness Center. And, The Villages at Brunswick Forest has all shopping and lunch and dining needs covered. 


The best way to get a feel for Brunswick Forest is to experience it for yourself. So, give us a call and we’ll give you the grand tour. It’s a day trip we’re always happy to take.  




Posted in Current news
May 17, 2019

The Living is Easy


Summer is sweet no matter where you are, but in Southeastern NC it's downright decadent. Good times, awesome surf, and a variety of events are rampant around here in May, June and July. Summer can get busy fast, so you may want to get ahead of a few things in order to plan your summer around them. See what's happening over the next few months below. If you know of any that we didn't cover, but should know about, please let us know in comments! 


Sweet Summertime Events 


May 24 - August 30

Downtown Sundown Series

Riverfront Park


June 1 – 2 

7th Street SurfShop Shredfest Surf Contest

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier


June 1 

48th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival

Carolina Beach Boardwalk (10am - 6pm)


June 6 - August 29

Summer Tiki Shows starting with Zion Rootz

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar


June 13 - August 8

Sounds of Summer at Wrightsville Beach Concert in the Park 

Wrightsville Beach Park


June 14 – 15  

Blueberry Festival

Burgaw, NC


June 15 – 16  

Living History Weekend 

Fort Fisher State Historic Site


June 21 – 23

Cape Fear Blues Festival 

Various Venues


July 1 – 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival 

Southport, NC



July 4th

Celebration & Fireworks in Downtown Wilmington


July 6

Port City Reggae & Music Arts Festival



July 12 – 28

Lumina Festival of the Arts






Posted in Current news
May 11, 2019

To Stage or Not to Stage...




Deciding to sell your home, in of itself, can be overwhelming. Preparing to show it is a whole The entire process can be emotional, the considerations and details often feel endless, and who has the time to set the perfect stage for potential buyers?


But, if your goal is to sell quickly, you simply must.  


Questions like: "Do I really need to stage an empty home?" and "How do I stage my home if we're still living in it?", are definitely among the top few frequently asked questions that we encounter. This is where home stagers come in. Stagers exist to take the pressure off, to design quickly and beautifully, and to help you sell your home for more, faster. We highly recommend using a home staging consultant  no matter the situation.


So, we decided to ask stager Jenna McKnight with Aqua Home Staging, to jump in to answer these questions. 


Here's what Jenna had to say in a nutshell:

Why stage your empty home?


1. No one likes an empty house 


90% of home buyers look online before inquiring about a home (National Association of Realtors). If the house is beautifully staged with updated furnishings, studies show that they are much more likely to click on the listing.  And, when staging, remember that you have about two seconds to capture a prospective buyers attention online.



2. Nothing's perfect. Distraction is key.


When there is no furniture, buyers have nothing to focus on besides the walls, floors, and the fixtures (and, whatever flaws there are with all of these things).


Nearly 1/3, or 28%, of buyers are more willing to overlook proper faults when the home is staged (according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of home staging report) . 


3. Staging = More Money


Many people are blinded by the expense of staging, and decide they can do without. But, often they're settling for less by doing so. Statistics show that buyers are more likely to offer more money for a staged listing rather than empty homes. In a 2018 Home Staging Resource survey of 4200 homes, 85% of the staged homes sold for 6-25% more than that un-staged homes. So do what it calls for when selling your home - don't be afraid to spend a little to get considerably more, all the way around.



How to Stage Your Furnished Home 


1 - Declutter.


This is extremely important. While clutter is a fact of life, it can also be a source of stress and unease. So, be on the safe side, knock out the clutter to avoid the risk of stressing out potential buyers with someone else's clutter.  


2. De-personalize.


Try to take as much of yourself out of the home as you can, so that others can visualize themselves living there. This includes taking down family portraits, personal photos, etc. (There are a few exceptions to this rule, like black and white photos that can add an artistic flare). 



3. Rearrange. 


When you're living in a home, you usually have the furniture arranged in a way that makes the most sense for living.  However, this may not always look the best.  Something that a home stager will focus on is re-arranging the furniture in a way that will show off each room the best way possible.


"Getting your home ready to sell is stressful. Period," said McKnight. Hiring a home stager, whether your home will be shown furnished or unfurnished, is undoubtedly the easier road. Stagers come with a detailed punch list in mind to ensure that photos will instantly engage potential buyers, and subsequently increase your chances of selling both higher and faster. 


But, for all you adamant DIY-ers out there, stay tuned! Our stage-it-yourself blog is coming soon... 




Questions about home staging? Call Jenna at Aqua Home Staging: 757-784-2797 




Posted in Home Improvements
May 2, 2019

May Days


Ahh, May.... A mix of energy drives this beautiful time of year. In Wilmington, we're cruising quickly toward beach days, summer concert season, and endless outdoor activities. But, somehow, simultaneously, there's an air of calm, a sit-outside-and-enjoy-the-moment vibe that comes over most of us in this beautiful coastal town, where nature is prevalent and pretty showy in late spring.


Whatever your May "groove" might be - easing in, busting out, or somewhere in between - be sure to check out a few of these events in case the shoe fits! 




Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

4.28 - 5.8

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival entered the Port City’s cultural scene in October 2013 with a cheerful film celebrating Jewish songwriters’ contributions to Broadway musicals. The Jewish Film Festival runs from April 28th- May 8th. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of Auschwitz survivors.


3rdAnnual Bluegrass Bash

5.3 @ 7:30pm

Thalian Hall- 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington NC 28401

Pre-show party starts at 6:30pm before moving to the Main Stage at 7:30pm. Event will showcase local bluegrass artists, local beer, and local food from Wilmington’s amazing food trucks.


Carolina Strawberry Festival

5.3 @ 5:00pm-11:00pm

5.4 @ 10:00am-11:00pm

Historic Downtown Wallace- 100 NW Railroad St

In 2011, the Town of Wallace, led by a core group of leaders, brought the "Strawberry Festival" back to Wallace after 50 years.  Each year, the Carolina Strawberry Festival has grown bigger and better.  The Festival has a broad selection of Music & Events in Wallace that will entertain the entire family!



30thAnnual River to Sea Bike Ride

5.4- Check in/registration to begin @ 6:00 am with departure @ 7:00 am.

Starting location is 12 N Front Street.

20-mile round-trip, casual-paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on Wilmington’s River to Sea Bikeway. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register. There is no charge, but t-shirts are available for purchase. Helmets are required and cyclists should give their bicycle a thorough safety inspection before the event. Participants must be able to ride 20 miles or arrange for their own transportation after the break at Wrightsville Beach Park



Sunset Cruise with Live Acoustic Music

5.4 @ 6:30pm

Wilmington Water Tours- 212 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

A one-of-a-kind music venue in Wilmington and this cruise is one of our most popular excursions. Grab a tasty cocktail or drink from our full bar and sit back and relax as you listen to live music from local musicians.



Brits at the Battleship, BMCCF 21stAnnual British Car Show

5.4 @ 9:00am-2:00pm

USS North Carolina Battleship Park, Wilmington- 1 Battleship Rd NE, Wilmington, NC 28401

Classic British motor cars will be on display with live music, tours of the battleship available, and a water taxi to downtown Wilmington.



20thAnnual Festival Latino

5.4-5.5 @ 11:00am- til dusk 

Ogden Park- 615 Ogden Park Rd, Wilmington NC 28411

Largest Latino Event in the Cape Fear Area, Food, Music, and fun for the whole family



Boogie in the Park Concert

5.5 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm

Kure Beach- 105 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Wilmington Big Band performing at Boogie in the Park. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy free, live music by the sea.



10thAnnual Cape Fear Comedy Festival 


Dead Crow Comedy Room + other Historic Downtown Venues

Entering its 10th year, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is a non-profit locally operated organization in Wilmington, N.C. committed to enriching the performing arts community in the Cape Fear region.



4thAnnual Lip Sync for a Cure

5.10 @ 6:00pm

Ironclad Brewery- 115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

The 4th Annual Lip Sync for A Cure at Ironclad Brewery in downtown Wilmington, NC, features celebrity judges. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


4thAnnual Marina Day

5.11 @ 10:00am- 4:00pm

Carolina Beach State Park- 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

There will be classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards and much, much, more. Food truck vendors will be on site for lots of food and refreshments. 



5.11 @ 11:00am-5:00pm

Waterline Brewing Company- 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Every year for over 30 years, encore's annual readers choice awards, the official and longest-running Best of Wilmington, has been an ongoing celebration of local culture, including recognition of businesses, eateries, bars, goods, services, people, media, arts, and entertainment. In 2019 we will be turning our annual celebration of winners into an all-day arts and craft, food truck and beer festival at Waterline Brewing, underneath the Cape Fear Bridge, along Surry Street.


USA Beach Wrestling Nationals 

5.18 @11:00am

Carolina Beach

The USA Beach Wrestling National Championships will return to Carolina Beach again in 2019 along with the 10th Annual NCUSA Beach Wrestling State Championships. And .... the 3rd Annual USA Belt Wrestling National Championships! "Belt" Wrestling is sanctioned by the UWW as an associated style of wrestling, and is very popular in many other countries



27thAnnual Greek Festival

5.17 @ 11:00am- 10:00pm

5.18 @ 11:00am- 10:00pm

5.19 @ 11:00am- 6:00pm

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church- 608 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

The Greek community of Wilmington, NC shares its culture, faith, and heritage including food, music, dancing, a marketplace and cooking demonstrations by hosting the 26th Annual Greek Festival. This festival held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is an annual event that draws thousands from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and surrounding counties.



Wilmington Wine and Food Festival


Bellamy Mansion Museum- 503 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

The Wilmington Wine & Food Festival brings together top area chefs with the best of the wine, beer, and spirits industry to celebrate and advance public appreciation for great food and drink. The festival provides a diverse range of epicurean experiences showcasing the area's unique and rich culture and history.



Airlie Summer Concert Series

5.17 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

Airlie Gardens- 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Airlie’s 2019 Summer Concert Series begins May 17th and runs every 1st and 3rd Friday through September 20th.   Concerts are from 6pm-8pm each scheduled evening and are open to the general public.  ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY!



Rims on the River Car Show

5.18 @ 11:00am

Front Street

Festivities begin Friday May 17th, with a taste of local entertainment and fun at our various partner venues, bars and restaurants. Welcome to Rims weekend! Saturday the 18th is Car Show Day, participants are invited to come down beginning at 9:00AM to get admitted and parked, with the show starting at 11:00AM to the public.



Kidstock 2019

5.18 @ 12:00pm-3:00pm

Wrightsville Beach Brewery- 6201 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

Did you miss our kids concert event Lollipopalooza in September? Well, we're doing another one in the Spring...KIDSTOCK!Join us for 3 hours of peace, love and kids music by Broccoli Brothers Circusfor an afternoon of fun!!Vendors, games and other activities to be announced. Check back for more details.



Planetarium: From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

5.25 @ 2:00pm

Cape Fear Museum- 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Free When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things! Full dome film from Museum of Science, Boston. 



Port City Salsa Splash 2019


Various Locations-

We are excited to present the 8th Annual Port City Salsa Splash in beautiful Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  We invite you to our piece of the North Carolina coast to put your toes in the sand by day and then put your dancing shoes on by night! The highlight of the weekend is the opportunity to dance aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship -- a truly unique experience! ​ Find the balance of relaxation and excitement as you enjoy a weekend combining your passion for dance and a getaway at the beach. We look forward to seeing you!


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April 10, 2019

An Empowering First Quarter





Our first quarter was a female empowerment festival of giving. Without all of the women in our community who have come together to create powerful nonprofits that allow women and girls better access to successful paths, we would not have been in the position to give in this way. So, we want to say thank you. Thank you to Beth Looney at GLOW (Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington) and to Rebecca Busch, president of Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, for facilitating these partnerships. We’re truly honored to have connected with each of these organizations- during tours and meeting, through sponsorship, and by way of private giving. We delivered a check for close to $3,000 to Beth Looney at GLOW and donated a silent auction item for their annual Celebrity Chef Event at The Country Club at Landfall. We can’t wait to dive in again next year. Thank you to all of our buyers and sellers who enable us to give back to our community. A portion of every sale is reserved for the cause or nonprofit of the quarter. So, our clients are truly the heroes. Thank you to all of you who continue to make our contributions possible.


To close out the quarter, we wanted to pass on the value of these organizations and why we continue to support them. We hope you’ll spread the word.

Part I: Exclusive Interview: All About GLOW with Beth Looney


CSP: How did GLOW come about?

Beth: Judy Girard is the former President of the Food Network. While in New York City, she

volunteered with her friend and former co-worker at NBC, Ann Rubenstein Tisch who had

founded schools in New York City to address the needs of at-risk girls under the umbrella of the

Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). The goal was and is to provide students growing

up in low-income communities with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon

the finest private schools. Judy moved to Wilmington and wanted to bring this concept to our town. She gathered a few friends the mayor, district attorney and school board members and headed to Harlem to see the YWLN school and decided that young girls in Wilmington could benefit from this type of school. GLOW Academy was born in 2016 with the idea that a person’s zip code should not determine

their destiny.

CSP: Who does GLOW serve?


Beth: We serve middle school girls who range in age between 11 and 13. Our student body is

predominantly comprised of low-income minorities. Racially our students are 59% African

American, 20% Hispanic and 20% Caucasian. Our students’ family income can be best

represented by free and reduced lunch data. Of our student body, we currently have 75% free

lunch; 2% reduced lunch and 23% full pay lunch.


Most of our students live in high-poverty neighborhoods and consequently are at higher risk for

exposure to violence, housing instability, and unhealthy behaviors.


CSP: What is GLOW’s mission?


Beth: GLOW Academy is one of 18 schools nationwide that comprise the Young Women’s Leadership Network. This highly successful education model focuses on single-sex education rooted in rigorous STEAM curriculum and emphasis on social-emotional development, healthy habits and college preparation.


CSP: How can the community help?


Beth: Here are a few areas we could really use some help in:


- Promoting school admissions by telling friends, colleagues, neighbors about GLOW

- Supporting Single Gender Education

- Attending our special events (Celebrity Chef event every January)

- Volunteering programmatically with Parent’s University, Cool Women Hot Jobs career day, music and sports after school clubs

- Volunteering with children as a tutor


GLOW Academy mission statement:  GLOW Academy, a public charter school, educates young women from diverse backgrounds through middle and high school in a nurturing community with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum to develop leaders who succeed in college and beyond.

Vision Statement: At GLOW Academy she will graduate, go to college and succeed in life.

Part II: Wilmington Filmmakers Collective



Three years ago, when Rebecca Busch and a few friends decided to start a Women in Film group, they thought they might (naturally) have a handful of women trickle into the first meeting. So, when nearly 50 women attended that night brimming with energy and inspiration, they were dumbfounded. And, they were suddenly acutely aware that they were not alone.


Film is a notoriously male-dominated field, and these women, along with WilmFFilm founders felt the effects.


"We wanted to create a supportive group where women could be motivated encouraged to pursue their dreams in filmmaking," Busch said.


And now, three years later, with over 360 members, WilmFFilm has successfully and collectively supported hundreds of films, held dozens of workshops led by famous filmmakers and film professors, the like of Ingrid Veninger from York University, Rosi King from Nova Scotia, and New Yorker Erica Dutton.


And, through all of that, they managed to throw together a film festival to boot. This year the group celebrated their third annual Cinema Sisters Film Festival at Jengo's Playhouse. CSP was a proud sponsor of the opening film, Half the Picture, by Gravitas Films. Half the Picture is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, and has won national awards. See our live interview with Rebecca Busch in the 3rd episode of CSP Encounters of the Video Kind here.

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