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Oct. 29, 2019

November in our Favorite Coastal Town


Happy November! 'Tis the season for belly-filling plans, packing in family time, and a focus on gratitude. Lights and wreaths with jingle bells are starting already, but we're keeping our eye on the November ball -  family, football, our favorite comfort foods, and so much to be thankful for.  


For starters, this beautiful place we call home shines pretty bright this month. November is our favorite time to peruse the beach for shells, sea glass and sharks teeth, and depending on mother nature's mood, to dip our toes in the surf. 


If you're planning on coming down to experience the start of holiday season here in Wilmington, be sure to catch a few of these hometown traditions. They will light up your visit. And, if you're a local, be sure to add a few of these to your list! 


November Happenings not to be missed: 

*Cape Fear Fair and Expo

November 1st-10th

ILM Airport

The fair has come to town! The almost two week long event includes livestock exhibits and competitions, acrobats, horticultural contest, rides, activities, food and live entertainment.


*21st Annual Polish Festival

November 2nd @ 11- 5

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Enjoy authentic polish food at the 21st Annual Polish Festival. What's on the menu? All of the polish favorites: kielbasa, pierogi, and golagki, plus drinks and an array of sweets. See polka dancing, visit craft venders, and a variety of entertainment for kids. Domestic and imported beers available including St. Stan's Baltic Porter, brewed especially for the Polish Festival by Front Street Brewery.


*Cucalorus Screenprints, 1994-2018

October 25, 2019 to November 18, 2019

ACES Gallery

Aces Gallery downtown, Wilmington, showcases the original screenprints made by the Cucalorus Festival’s artists and staff. See all the posters from 1994 all the way up to last years.


*Carolina Pines Fest

November 8th- 10th

Around Town

This weekend festival features music and arts of all forms. It promotes social and creative connection. View details for the full weekend events!


*Cucalorus Film Festival

November 13th-17th

Around Town

The 25th Annual Cucalorus Festival in  showcases over 150 films from all over the world. The festival includes global cinema, indie hits performances and so much more.


*Listen Up Brunswick County Concert

November 16th at 7:00pm

Odell Williamson AuditoriumBrunswick Community College

Listen Up Brunswick County is a non-profit group formed to provide noteworthy live musical experiences. Upcoming performances by Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp. Opening is Lockwood River Trio.


*Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Concert

November 16th @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

Latin Soul comes to the Wilson Center featuring the return of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet in a concert and features El Amor Brujo  by De Falla with its familiar "Ritual Fire Dance."


*7th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

November 16th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Bluewater Grill

Join this outdoor tent event that celebrates the area's diverse tastings with more than 35 local food, beer and wine tasting booths. Proceeds support the Weekend Meals on Wheels program, which provides nutritious meals and social contact to senior and disabled persons in New Hanover County.


*Wine & Beer Walk

November 16th at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Participate in a sampling tour of some of the island's finest!


*2nd Annual German Christmas Market

November 23rd at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The 2nd Annual German Christmas Market will feature live music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band, German food and beverages, gifts and crafts, local vendors and service providers, and 50/50 raffle.


*Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Show & Sale

November 23rd at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

New Hanover County Arboretum

Come see hundreds of prize-winning blooms grown by club members and local residents, plus camellia care displays and demonstrations, tours of the Arboretum's camellia garden, and an interactive Children's Corner.


*10th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant

November 23rd at 7:30 PM

Thalian Hall

Join the 10th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant just like any other beauty pageant featuring an Evening Gown Competition, Talent Competition, and Interview -- except all of the contestants are men.


*Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake

November 29th at 7:00 PM

Carolina Beach Lake Park

Tis the season! Join in on the Carolina Beach tradition of Lighting at the Lake. This event features an opening ceremony with the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Santa makes an appearance and free refreshments are available.


*Battleship Ho Ho Ho

November 29th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Battleship North Carolina

Battleship Ho Ho Ho features a chance to fly an American flag with Santa, plus compose a retro e-card by posing in the ship's Happy Huladays banner; type a Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using genuine radio message paper; call the North Pole from the Battleship’s main radio room; and track Santa’s journey in the Combat Information Center.


*Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa

November 29th at 5:30 PM

Wrightsville Beach Park

Join Santa and the Wrightsville Beach community in their annual holiday Tree Lighting.


*Downtown Wilmington Tree Lighting

November 29th 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park

Another Tree Lighting but this time, it's in Downtown, Wilmington! Event will have live entertainment, a countdown to tree lighting, hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.


*North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park

November 30th at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Park

The NC Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park features arts and crafts booths, and an antique car show, fun activities for kids, festival food, and more. AND AFTER THIS IS THE... 


*34th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla

November 30th at 6:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach (Banks Channel)

This highly anticipated event attracts more than 50,000 people to the area. It begins with fireworks followed by a procession of colorfully lighted boats filling Banks Channel. A traditional fireworks display follows the Boat Parade.


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Oct. 25, 2019

Salty and Centered: More to the Yoga Salt Story



Victoria and Tamal Dodge have brought their yogi fame and expertise, a clean palate, and more good vibes to the place we love.


Living and working in Wilmington, NC were both dreams and goals for Victoria and Tamal Dodge, owners of Yoga Salt (in LA and now Wilmington) for many years. Visions of raising their son here were tucked away in the background of growing their business and nurturing a family in Los Angeles, CA. 


Who is Tamal Dodge?


Tamal Dodge has made a name for himself both as a yogi and as a yoga teacher training instructor. Born and raised in Hawaii, he grew up in and around his family’s yoga ashram, so practicing yoga was akin to the instinct to walk for him. 


He took a deep dive into training and teaching early on and has become renowned worldwide as a result of both. 


Tamal founded Yoga Salt in Los Angeles, one of the most popular and well-known yoga studios in LA, and hosts yoga teacher trainings around the world. 


Why Wilmington?


Tamal and Victoria discovered Wilmington nearly ten years ago when Tamal was invited to lead a yoga teacher training at the Wilmington Yoga Center. And, it was love at first sight. 


“We instantly felt very at home here,” Victoria said. “We fell in love with Wrightsville Beach. The people here are just so friendly and welcoming. There’s a close-knit, community feel but also a progressive, health-conscious vibe.” 


Being a small-ish town, she says, with all the right ingredients, made it ripe for what she and Tamal have to offer. 

So, last year, Victoria and Tamal heeded the call and opened a 2nd Yoga Salt location, the first of many businesses on the southside of Downtown Wilmington in the new development behind Satellite Bar & Lounge at 1540 South 2nd St. 


And, since they’ve arrived in Wilmington, their dreams have flourished. Their son Kanai, now ten years old, gets to run around their sound-side neighborhood with friends and attend a nearby school they love, their new downtown studio has attracted a community of Vinyassa-lovers and has grown a mindful mix of followers and practitioners; and Victoria’s new cookbook, The Yoga Plate, a user-friendly, plant-based approach to food prep, has reached thousands. 


 “We bought rental property in Wilmington a few years ago so we could sort of put down roots,” Victoria said. “Then, we waited for the right time. And, everything just fell sort of fell into place when it needed to.”


And, when the right time came, they called Coastal Select Properties Realtor®/Broker, Teresa Krebs. 


“We love Teresa,” Victoria said. “Like we LOVE Teresa,” she reiterated. “I recommend her to literally everyone.”


The Yoga Plate


Just as Victoria and Tamal were instantly smitten with Wilmington, when they arrived, the community seemed to mirror that affection. Yoga Salt immediately took off, with 8-25 students in every class almost off the bat, The Wilmington Parade of Homes jumped at the chance to feature their gorgeous new home near the water, and Wilmington connections inspired Victoria and Tamal to write and publish their now coveted cookbook, The Yoga Plate. 


While Tamal grew up homeschooled in an ashram, Victoria’s life before meeting Tamal was quite a bit different. She had been raised in Wisconsin on a meat and potatoes diet and was a single mom when she met Tamal, of now 23-year-old daughter, Savannah, currently a fashion designer in LA. So, Victoria is able to appreciate the need for ease, simplicity, and accessibility in an approach to a plant-based diet, making her book more palatable (in more ways than one) for the masses. With 108 easy-to-follow and stock-for recipes, The Yoga Plate makes food prep less daunting and healthy living more fun for health and wellness seekers in Wilmington and far beyond.


You can find The Yoga Plate online at or at Barnes & Noble right here in Wilmington. 


Whatever you’re doing to improve your health and well-being, we highly recommend wrapping in a little love from Yoga Salt and/or The Yoga Plate to expand on your endeavors. The space alone at Yoga Salt has been known to inspire visitors and yoga practitioners to start or dive deeper into their practice. Visit to book a class, or simply stop by for a visit. 


Namaste to all you yoga and Wilmington lovers alike. We’ll see you on the mat…in our new favorite studio. 


Want to talk to Teresa? Click here. 

Posted in Current news
Oct. 10, 2019

Come Tour With Us

3309 Raynor Court

Welcome to one of Wilmington's most desirable areas! Situated on a quiet cul de sac this home is sure to please. Enjoy the rocking chair front porch and large private lot that features a large salt water in-ground pool. The kitchen has been updated with many custom features such as a large window seat with storage, an over-sized island, and extra cabinets...Read more here

4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

October 12th, 10:00am-1:00pm

Please contact Jordyn Rice for details. 


309 Edgewater Club

Investors Alert! Fantastic contemporary home on desirable Edgewater Club in Porter's Neck Plantation. Sale includes 2 lots with over 2 acres, circular drive leads up to brick home with porte cochere, modern design, lots of natural light hard to find basement, two indoor fireplaces and amazing outdoor fireplace. This home was damaged in Florence but now has brand new roof and walls are opened up - waiting for your personal updates and touch... Read more here.  

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday

October 12th 10:30am - 12:30pm

Please contact Steve Swart for details. 


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Oct. 5, 2019

3rd Quarter Partner: TFB Externship Academy


Rachel and Randy Fox might be two of our favorite people in the Wilmington business community. One - the menu and atmosphere that they've created are unique, satisfying, and feed both the body and the spirt; two - almost every business decision that the Foxes make somehow incorporates and/or benefits the greater community in some way; and three - their goals both in life and in business involve lifting people every way possible. 


What's not to love, right? 


These are the people and business owners that we want to support, those who support others and work to fortify the community we love. So, when we heard that Rachel and Randy were incorporating a non-profit into The Foxes Boxes mix, we immediately decided to make The TFB Externship Academy our 3rd quarter nonprofit partner.  


Why the TFB Externship Academy? Largely because of its mission and unique value proposition. 


The goal of the Externship?


" inspire and empower individuals with employment barriers by providing innovative on-the-job training, building leadership, communications, and job skills that lead to self-sufficiency, professional fulfillment, and a confident value-added workforce for the always growing hospitality and service industry."


We see The TFB Externship Academy as the missing link for many young people in our community. So, we were honored to deliver our 3rd quarter giving check to Rachel and Randy Fox earlier this month. And, we were thrilled to get to spend some time together as a team, surrounded by good food and good people - two of the components we deem to be the main ingredients in a happy life. 


We all had a few questions about the TFB Externship Academy, and Rachel was kind enough to fill us in. Check out our interview with Rachel below for more information:


CSP: Did you for see that The Foxes Boxes would eventually need nonprofit status?


Rachel: The original idea was to become an LLC b-corporation (for-profit, social enterprise). We are recognized by our customer base as a social enterprise, however that alone does not permit donations to be tax-deductible. Many of our supporters have asked that we pursue 501c3 to open more funding options in order to grow our job-training program. 


CSP: Why did you choose nonprofit over social enterprise in the end?


Rachel: We are both a nonprofit and social enterprise. Many (most) social enterprises are nonprofits, but not all. For our situation,The Foxes Boxesis the “enterprise” or for-profit entity, and theTFB Externship Academyis the 501c3. Because our training program takes place inside a restaurant, there are many ways the two are able to support one another. The restaurant can host fundraisers for the nonprofit, contract out the externs for corporate catering opportunities, and on the flip side the nonprofit can rent the space of the restaurant for training.



CSP: Describe the evolution - i.e.: When and how did all of this come about? The restaurant, the mission, nonprofit application, etc.?


Rachel: We have always been a family of ideas. Randy has worked over 30 years in the service industry, so that world has always been part of our conversations. My passions have always focused on social and economic justice (equity). My first degree in nursing provided me opportunities to work at the VA Hospital with chronic psychiatric patients living independently, as a high school nurse for a large high school in the suburbs of Indianapolis, and work from home after having kids, as an after-hours telephone triage nurse. 


When we moved to Wilmington I was fortunate to connect with the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty advocacy organization founded by Bono and others to address the issues of extreme poverty across the globe. I became a volunteer Congressional District Leader and later a founding member of the ONE Moms Advisory Council where I attended a trip to Kenya with ABC World News to visit programs that are saving millions of lives.


These experiences led me to sit on local boards, public speak locally and beyond, and finally back to graduate school to obtain my MPA (Master’s in Public Administration), with a public policy concentration. While in graduate school the idea for The Foxes Boxes began forming. I found a business counselor at SBTDC to support me along the way. I graduated on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and opened the restaurant on Saturday, December 3, 2016. It was a whirlwind of a yearJ


CSP: Are your family/children involved? Excited?


Rachel: This is definitely a family endeavor. When Randy and I get tired and want to quit—our kids lift us up and tell us to keep moving forward. Nothing about this  (ad)venture has been easy. All three of our kids have worked in the restaurant and all of the brainstorming we do is the five of us together. Our daughter’s boyfriend in NYC has even helped with some graphic design. 


CSP: What segment of the population will benefit from the work you do? 


Rachel: Our entire community benefits from the work we do! We have had 22 externs in our program since opening and all have either transitioned into work, school, or both upon completing their externship. The majority of our externs are 16-25 years old with a variety of employment barriers. Most come from families experiencing generational poverty and lack of opportunities. Some have criminal backgrounds, others have literacy struggles, and all have very limited work experience. Together with our community partners we can provide the externs with as much support as they are willing to receive. 


When we as an entire community lift up any one person we are making our economy stronger, our streets safer, and ALL of our citizens feel worthy of an equal opportunity. 


CSP: What kind of support will your nonprofit need/want from the community?

Rachel: Eat with us. Have patient with our externs. Support our fundraising efforts. Donate uniforms. Donate computers, ink cartridges, training materials, etc. Join us as a star volunteer. Follow us on social media, and spread the word.


CSP: Where does the desire to dedicate your life to helping others come from?


Rachel: I don’t know…..I guess I am naïve enough to think that we are all together in this world and should help lift each other up always!


CSP: What fuels you to keep moving toward this goal every day? 


Rachel: Somedays I feel really tired and question if what we are doing is making a difference, then one of our past externs will walk through the door. Whether it is with good news or they need some support, it tells me that this space is important enough for them to share what is going on in their lives. Our young adults are often left to navigate transitioning to adulthood with little to no guidance. We have to be that stable place…..they need to know that we are not going anywhere, so that thought keeps me going.


CSP: What defines a happy life for you?


Rachel: Tough question! Finding balance is important. I think I am still working on that. The struggle is real to work 70 hours/week and not have a paycheck. I am told by my mentors to hang in there…5 years is a turning point when you start your own business. I do look forward to every evening going home, turning off the phone, and finding a binge worthy tv series that one of my kids will watch too. 


CSP: Who is (or are) your “right-hand(s)” in all of this and how does that change things? 


Rachel: Oh my, do I ever have the BEST humans lifting me up!! ...Tricia, and Fred (Ireland) being some of them!! When I went to ask for board members, I created a list of about 30 people who have been eating with us and supporting us since we opened our doors. My thought was maybe I would get 8-10 people to say “yes”…….not a single person said “no”, so the first 12 people who I saw to ask are my first round of board members. They are an incredible, diverse group of professionals that motivate me and remind me that I can lean on them. Something several of the board members said at the first meeting that meant so much was that they saw my vision for theTFB Externship Academyand that was why they wanted to be involved. I sometimes think my ideas are unattainable and this group as told me otherwise.


I am blessed!


CSP: Why do you do it? 


Rachel: Why not? I have always felt that if you know something is not right and have an idea of how to make it better, then take action. Also, don’t think too long about it. You will be able to adjust things as you go, but at least get the ball rolling.



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Oct. 3, 2019

Featured Agent: Amy Yerdon


Meet Amy Jones-Yerdon! She is a Wilmington native, and proud of it. And...she's the newest member of the Coastal Select Properties team! 


Growing up in Wilmington and attending public schools in New Hanover County. She says she has loved watching the home she adores grow into one of the most coveted places to live in the southeast. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington earning a bachelor’s degree in Communication and returning to graduate school earning a master’s degree in Elementary Education. There was no question when she graduated, she says, where she would end up. She was already home. 


She began her real estate career in 2007. While keeping her license up to date she continued to stay closely tuned into the local market condition, trends and the needs of clients, family and friends that were actively pursuing property in the Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach areas. 


“I am very excited to be able to grow my real estate career with Coastal Select Properties.” - Amy


Amy's husband, Derek, is a native New Yorker, and they stay busy raising four beautiful children. They all love spending time outdoors and traveling. The six of them can usually be found on the beach or on their boat. The family splits their time between their two homes near Wrightsville Beach and on Carolina Beach.


Here are a few fun facts about Amy: 



Why did you choose real estate?


Amy: I love helping people and their families find home.


What's your favorite thing to do?


Amy: I enjoy spending time with my family and being outside enjoying nature, whether is being poolside, on our boat or sitting on the beach.



Why did you choose to stay in Wilmington? 


Amy: I grew up in Wilmington and attended UNCW. I earned my undergraduate degree in Communications and my master’s degree in Elementary Education. And, when I graduated, I honestly just didn't want to be anywhere else. I feel so fortunate to be able to raise my kids in a coastal town.



Why did you choose Coastal Select Properties? 


Amy: The uniqueness that Coastal Select offers its clients and the support of local charities in the community puts CSP in a league of its own. I'm super-proud to be part of this team. 



Favorite food? 


Amy: Seafood 



Favorite thing to do in Wilmington? 


Amy: Anything outdoors



What motivates you to do what you do every day? 


Amy: My children. Being a good example for them and being supportive of their daily, changing needs.



What do you hope your work will accomplish? 


Amy: I hope to establish a legacy for my children while showing them how investing in real estate and working in real estate is a rewarding career. Helping people find the perfect home for them is a quite a privilege.



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Posted in Current news
Sept. 25, 2019

Fall in love with These October Events


October has arrived. Slightly cooler weather, less crowded beach days, and lots of excuses to hit the town characterize the first month of fall in Wilmington, NC.


There may not be a wash of fall color, but a welcome shift is definitely in the air. A few of our favorite things to do after saying farewell to summer are taking trips to much less crowded Masonboro Island near Wrightsville Beach; going for long walks along Fort Fisher, embarking on family ferry rides to Southport; hiking at Carolina Beach State Park; and paddling through the creeks of Brunswick Nature Park.  


If you're planning to explore Wilmington as a place to call home this month, be sure to pencil in a few of the above as well as some of the events in iconic Wilmington locations from the list below.  And, if you're a local, get some of these dates on your calendar as you prepare for an awesome month ahead! 


October Happenings not to be missed: 


Farewell Summer Jazz Funeral

October 4, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Ocean Front Park

Say goodbye to Summer in a New Orleans-Style Jazz Funeral. The procession will be led by the Smokehouse Ramblers band, with a concert to follow. T'Geaux Boys Food Truck 

Will be serving New Orleans cuisine. The Town will provide beads and masks!

Matilda: The Musical

October 4, 2019 to October 6, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Thalian Hall

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents a production of Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical. The story follows a gifted girl who with her powers, imagination she can overcome awful situations and finds happiness and a better life.


Carolina Surf Film Festival Wilmington

October 4, 2019 to October 5, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Waterman's Brewing

2019 Carolina Surf Film Festival at Waterman's Brewery! See amazing surf films under the stars, great food and drinks, local vendors and an amazing family friendly event!


26th Annual Bark in the Park

October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Park

Check out this fun and free event. Dogs compete in different events and the one with the most points in distance/accuracy will be declared winner! Extra points awarded for air catches. Also, help by casting your vote for the Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Team, and Dog Displaying the Most Personality Title!


40th Annual Riverfest

October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019

Downtown Wilmington (Market and Water)

Annual street fair features street food, arts and crafts, dance performances, fireworks (Saturday at 8pm), children's activities, car shows, stand-up paddle (SUP) race, live music and other attractions such as Adventure Zone, Kidz Zone, Skateboard Tournament, Wakeboard Competition, Film Festival, Motocross, and Great Waiters Wine Race.


Women to Watch Awards

October 11, 2019 @ 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Wilmington Convention Center

Wilma Magazine’s The Women to Watch Awards features food, wine and beer, live music with Lunar Tide, an awards ceremony, and a special reveal of the overall category winners.


2nd Annual Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 10:45 AM to 8:00 PM

St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church

The 2nd Annual Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival features four bands, and food and drinks Kids Only Zone includes magic shows between sets. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs (outside food and drink are not permitted).


Fire in the Pines Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Halyburton Park

The annual Fire in the Pines Festival at Halyburton Park features an appearance by Smokey Bear; fire truck tours; live animals; hayrides; scavenger hunts; hands-on activities with more than 40 environmental and youth organizations; and a controlled burn.


Harlem 100

October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Thalian Hall

Harlem 100 at Thalian Hall is a multi-media show that captures the sights and sounds of the best of Harlem.Music from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters.


Port City Rumble Hot Rod and Custom Car Show

October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Waterline Brewing Company

The Port City Rumble Hot Rod and Custom Car Show at Waterline Brewing in Wilmington features vintage vehicles from 1969 and before; plus live music.


Fort Fisher Fall Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

The Fort Fisher Fall Festival at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach features Halloween games, arts and crafts, a magic show, bounce house, and food trucks.


3rd Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest

October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve

The 3rd Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest at Palate Bottle Shop features German food and drink, and the 17-piece Little German Band & Dancers.


L.A. Theatre Works: Seven

October 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium

Seven is a documentary play by seven female writers is based on personal interviews with seven women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia.


Quattroberfest & Q3/e-tron Launch Party

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM

Audi Cape Fear

What happens when you mix October, beer and German superior ingenuity? A party, of course. 
To celebrate the launch of the 2020 Audi Q3 and the new, all-electric Audi e-tron, we invite you to come party with us, Quattroberfest-style, Saturday, October 19th from 6-10pm.
We're partnering with Wilmington's only solar-powered brewery, Mad Mole Brewing, and the folks at The Foxes Boxes to throw the (2nd) party of the year this fall. And, we'd love for you to join us. Good music, amazing food, some of the best micro-brews in town, and activities for kids AND adults promised.



October 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Oysterberfest features an oyster roast and German cuisine with live music in the Beer Garden by The Beau Rikkis (1-4pm) and Stray Local (5-8pm). Beer, brats and oysters for purchase. 


Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live

October 20, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

The evening includes creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, in his final tour with those movie riffing robots -- Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy.


31st Annual Autumn with Topsail Festival

October 19, 2019 to October 20, 2019

Historic Assembly Building

See the arts & crafts court with more than 100 regional artists displaying and selling their work, plus live music, beer & wine garden, food court, bouncy fun and crafts for kids, and more.


Voracious Rare Beer Festival

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Battleship North Carolina

The event features 50 breweries with their favorite limited release beers, appetizers, and live music on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina


Monster Movie Madness

October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum

A double feature screening of Night of the Living Dead  (1968) and House on Haunted Hill  (1959). Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer and wine available to purchase.


Trick or Treat Under the Sea

October 24, 2019 to October 26, 2019 @ 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

A family friendly event featuring diving skeletons, sunken jack-o-lanterns, stalking dinosaurs, games, live animal encounters, magic show, and candy. Trick or Treat with the fish!


10th Annual Zombie Fest

October 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Satellite Bar & Lounge

The 10th Annual Zombie Fest is a Wilmington Halloween tradition and features a costume contest, live music, horror movies, and a Zombie Dance Cage.


Fiddler on the Roof

October 26, 2019 to October 27, 2019

Wilson Center

The classic story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. The musical is rich with Broadway hits, choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli Hofesh Shechter; and musical direction by Ted Sperling.


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Sept. 2, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Prep: The Essentials


Yes, the approach of a hurricane can be daunting, and often overwhelming. That's why being prepared is paramount. And, while the list of things to do can feel endless, it's important to focus on the essentials - food, water, safety and protection. Then, we highly recommend letting the rest go. 

Here's a quick list of what we've found to be "essential" through the years, having experienced a couple of East Coast hurricanes ourselves. 


1. Don't underestimate the power of preparation. No matter the category, time of day, or whether or not the eye plants itself over our sweet coastal town, hurricane force winds can be destructive. First and foremost, make sure that all potential projectiles are securely stored and keep yourself and your family away from windows during the height of the storm. 

2. Food and Water

  • Dry goods, such as granola and/or granola bars, snacks, dried fruit, and nuts are essential. Have canned goods and a manual can opener available. 
  • Have on hand a minimum of a gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days. 
  • Bags of ice and a cooler are recommended for refrigerated items that are worth keeping around for at least a day or so. 

3. Safety 

  • Prepare an emergency plan and share it with the rest of the family. Be sure to include the safest area of the house so that all members know where to meet in the event of an emergency. 
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers.
  • Keep a tool kit handy, including a multi-tool if possible. 
  • Have a first aid kit on hand in the event of emergency. 

4. Protection

  • Double-check with insurance companies that all is well. 
  • Make sure vehicles are properly fueled and parked in a no-flood zone.
  • Be equipped with the proper clothing: rain coat, boots and/or utilitarian shoes, warm clothing, full-coverage socks, and work gloves. 
  • Have cleaning supplies ready: bleach, white vinegar, baking soda, etc. 
  • Keep sanitizers and soap on hand. 

There are numerous other steps that can be taken to ensure a more idyllic hurricane experience, but these are the must-haves. So, if you're one of many of us stuck between "should I stay" and "should I go" checking these few items off the list (most of which are already in your home) will allow you to be ready regardless of when, where and what you choose.  

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Aug. 30, 2019

Celebrating Life, Art, & History in September

Painting inside Thalian Hall


While we all love summer, pretty much everywhere, in Wilmington locals tend to celebrate the month of September almost as much. Kids are back in school, vacationers have settled in at home, and the weather and the beach are in their most delightful state. It also happen to be an event-rich month filled with opportunities to get out on the town. See a few of our favorites below and plan to join us there! 


September Happenings not to be missed: 


Wilmington Boat Show

September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019

Various Venues 

For the high seas-lover, the Wilmington Boat Show features over 80 boat brands with boat displays, exhibits and seminars at the Wilmington Convention Center. For in water displays and demos head down to the Port City Marina and Point Harbor Marina.


The Gipsy Kings in Concert

September 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

The Wilson Center, downtown presents The Gipsy Kings. This band has been touring the world together since the 80s and is considered to be largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.


Bellamy Birthday Bash

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington, NC was built in 1859. In 1994 it was made into a museum. Come and celebrate the museum's 25th birthday with music, dancing, birthday party games, a photo booth, a silent auction and birthday cake.


2nd Annual Rock the Beach

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The 2nd Annual Rock the Beach at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, NC, features performances by live bands, bring your own coolers (no coolers or hard liquor) and also enjoy local breweries and vineyards offering their best craft beers and vino specialties on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. “Drink YOUR own beer & listen to the songs you KNOW”


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

September 9, 2019 to September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Cinematique @ WHQR/Thalian Hall

WHQR Radio and Cinematique present a screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Amat Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The documentary examines the storyteller’s life, her works and powerful themes such as race, history, America and the human condition in an intimate and artful way.


Wilmington Life Expo

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wilmington Convention Center

The Life Expo at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, with Special guest is actress Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley on the 1970s TV show Laverne & Shirleywill feature resources for you to live your best life. Exhibits will showcase health & wellness, health screenings, assisted living, real estate, travel, financial planning, shopping, food, entertainment, fitness and more.


Summer Harvest Festival

September 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Poplar Grove Plantation

The Summer Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features local artisans and crafters, a special row designated just for local farmers, food, games, bounce house, and live entertainment.


The Main Event Band in Concert

September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Leland Cultural Arts Center

The Leland Cultural Arts Center presents The Main Event Band in concert. They are a great party band ready to make you dance to the classics! Come enjoy an evening of good music and dancing.  


American Craft Walk

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Downtown Wilmington (Front Street)

Come enjoy six blocks lined with beautiful handmade art with over 90 local and reginal artists in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, NC.


FUNDRAISER: A Taste of the Town

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall and the finest restaurants in downtown. Wilmington have partnered together to present an evening that is sure to make your taste buds happy. Grab your map at Thalian Hall, of all participating restaurants and take off to enjoy appetizer portions of each of the restaurant’s best dishes.


Wine & Beer Walk

September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Various Venues 

The fun semi-annual Wine & Beer Walk is a self-guided tasting tour where you will receive two samples drinks per restaurant/drinking establishments participating in downtown Wilmington, NC.


Feast of the Pirates Festival

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

Yo Ho Ho it’s time for the Feast of the Pirates Festival at Brunswick Riverwalk Belville. The festival features pirate encampments, cutlass play, comedy skits, black powder demonstrations, mermaids, vendors, games and so much more. These pirates are no joke- Pirate groups include Crew of the Scarlett Dragon, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group, Pirate Trading Co., and the Tryon County Militia of North Carolina.


Oktoberfest 15K & 5K

September 29, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness Center

The Oktoberfest 15K & 5K course travels through the beautiful master planned community of Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC along paved running trails, through picturesque Meadow Park, across wooden bridges and over a 1/3 mile boardwalk through a nature area. After you run enjoy post party which includes awards with free beer, good snacks, exhibitors and prize drawings for gifts from our sponsors.

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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.





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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





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