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February 

 

February 22

Brain Boosters Play Group

The Brain Boosters Play Group at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington, NC, is for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and features activities based on Every Child Ready to Read, a research-based literacy project of the Public Library Association. No registration required. Event starts at 10am. Admission is FREE! 

UNCWednesday Speaker’s Series

The UNCWednesday Speaker’s Series takes place in the Wrightsville Beach Room of the Fisher Student Center, and features psychologist Dale Cohen on How People Make Moral Judgments. Admission is FREE! Program starts at 6pm.

Music Lecture with Annegret Fauser

The Music Lecture at Beckwith Recital Hall on the campus of UNCW in Wilmington features UNC Chapel Hill’s Annegret Fauser on Aaron Copland/Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring. Starts at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

February 23

FUNDRAISER: Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Art Auction

The Annual Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Art Auction at the SeaWitch Tiki Bar features a Mardi Gras theme and participants wearing Mardi Gras costumes  receive five extra raffle tickets. The event includes appetizers, music, 50/50 raffle, and an opportunity to bid on artwork from artists around the country. Auction starts at 6:30pm. Admission is $5.00 to $10.00.

UNCW Men’s Basketball vs. Towson

The UNCW men’s basketball team meets Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington. Kids under 16 get in for $10. Game starts at 7pm. Admission is $10.00 to $18.00.

Fiction to Fashion Runway Show

The Fiction to Fashion Runway Show at Expo 216 in downtown Wilmington is New Hanover County Public Library’s 3rd Annual Fashion Design Contest, where contestants are challenged to design outfits from recycled books, cassette tapes, and CDs. Contestants will model their designs for a live audience, and the fashion authorities will award special prizes. Admission is FREE! Show starts at 7:00 PM. 

February 24

Live Music: Whiskey Diablo

Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents live music with Whiskey Diablo, which specializes in gutter country, jazz, and swing cut with booze-drenched chainsaw rock n roll. Music starts at 9:30pm. Admission is FREE! 

An Evening with The Midtown Men

The Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents An Evening with The Midtown Men featuring original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. The performance includes “Sixties Hits With A Modern Twist”:   Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more. Admission is $35.00 to $75.00. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Opening Reception for Color Works

The Opening Reception for Color Works  at Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington, NC, features local artist Tom Conway’s original color photography. Light refreshments served. Works are for sale by artist. Reception starts at 6pm. Admission is FREE! 

February 25 

TIDEWATER CAMELLIA CLUB 67th ANNUAL  SHOW & SALE

On Saturday, February 25, 2017  at the New Hanover County Arboretum, the event Tidewater Camellia Club 67th Annual Show & Sale is FREE and open to the public from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Camellia exhibitors  from all over the Southeastern United States will display nearly 1,000 award winning blooms. There will be camellia education displays to help answer any camellia growing questions you may have.  A Special Children’s Art Display will also be presented by local public school art students. Be sure to stop by our EXPANDED SALE of award winning camellias!  Details at www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org

Seahawk Family Arts Matinee: Seussical

The Seahawk Family Arts Matinee at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington, NC, features Seussical  presented by Theatreworks USA. Amusing mischief-maker The Cat in the Hat hosts this musical adventure that includes memorable Dr. Seuss characters like Horton, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, Maysie La Bird, and JoJo. Admission is $5.00 to $20.00. Show starts at 2pm.

FUNDRAISER: Coastal Carolina Cabaret

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, NC, presents Coastal Carolina Cabaret featuring a mardi gras-themed concert with Al DiMarco, Benny Hill and Friends, and includes homemade snacks and desserts, beer and wine, and other beverages, plus a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Fundraiser starts at 7pm.

Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk

The semi-annual Wine & Beer Walk is a self-guided tasting tour of restaurants and drinking establishments in downtown Wilmington, NC. The walk begins at The Throne Theater (208 Market Street), where you present your ticket, or if the event has not sold out, purchase a ticket. A Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk ID and a map of participating establishments will be presented to you. Patrons receive two samples per venue. Admission is $16.00. Event starts at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

February 26

An Evening with Michael Bolton

An Evening with Michael Bolton at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, features the Grammy winning singer/songwriter who has sold more than 60 million records worldwide. Admission is $44.00 to $122.00. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

Monty’s Home 10th Annual Pet Expo & Silent Auction

The 10th Annual Monty’s Home Pet Expo at the Coastline Events Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, features more than 70 pet related vendors showcasing a massive variety of pet goods and services, a silent auction, and a Kid’s Korner filled with games, prizes and interactive education about pet care (special music performance by the Broccoli Brothers). Kids under 12 admitted free. Proceeds benefit Monty’s Home dog rescue and prison training program. Sorry, no pets allowed. Admission is $5.00. Event starts at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

February 27 

Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival: Cooperstown Quartet

The Four Seasons Chamber Ensemble presents the Cooperstown Quartet at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington, NC. The group includes violinists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim of East Carolina University and Maria Lambros (viola) and Michael Kannen (cello) of Peabody Conservatory. The program features Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 12; Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 1. Admission is $5.00 to $40.00. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

Tinkercad for Kids

Tinkercad for Kids at Myrtle Grove Library in Wilmington, NC, is for ages 8 to 12 and features a chance to learn the basics of 3D design using the simple online design and printing app. Pre-register on the online calendar. There will be a small materials charge if kids choose to print thir design on the 3D printer. Admission is FREE! Program starts at 3:30pm.

Auditions for The Comedy of Errors

Dram Tree Shakespeare holds auditions for William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors  at TheatreNOW in downtown Wilmington, NC. The production will be directed by Philadelphia based guest director, KC MacMillan. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resumé and to prepare a short monologue, sonnet or text in verse (90 seconds or less/approximately 24 lines of text, need not be memorized). Callbacks will consist of readings from the script. Approximately 20 adult roles. There are no roles for children at this time. Actors interested in auditioning would need to commit to rehearsals throughout March and April. Admission is FREE! Auditions start at 7pm.

February 28

Little Explorers Nature Program

Little Explorers Nature Program at Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC, offers kids ages 2 to 5 a chance to discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. This week’s theme is Habitat, What’s That? PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Admission is $3.00. Program starts at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 

Auditions for The Comedy of Errors

Dram Tree Shakespeare holds auditions for William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors  at TheatreNOW in downtown Wilmington, NC. The production will be directed by Philadelphia based guest director, KC MacMillan. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resumé and to prepare a short monologue, sonnet or text in verse (90 seconds or less/approximately 24 lines of text, need not be memorized). Callbacks will consist of readings from the script. Approximately 20 adult roles. There are no roles for children at this time. Actors interested in auditioning would need to commit to rehearsals throughout March and April. Admission is FREE! Auditions start at 7pm.

Art Exhibit: Distillation of Nature

Flytrap Brewing in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Distillation of Nature, a collection of abstract watercolors by Nick Mijak. The paintings use colors borrowed from nature, abstract forms and a loose technique. Admission is FREE! 

 

March 

March 25

5th Annual Kiwanis Landscape Plant and Rummage Sale

Beautiful landscape shrubs, household items, sports equipment. clothes, tools, books, toys, and much more. All reasonably priced. Proceeds support the many Kiwanis programs for the children of our community.
Location: Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance Street, Wilmington, NC.
From 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Coastal Living Show 2017

Coastal Living Show 2017, sponsored by the Wilmington Woman’s Club, will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom and Riverside Concourse of the Wilmington Convention Center.  Businesses will showcase a variety of gifts, products, and services for the home, garden, office, and seaside living.  Some exhibitors will demonstrate the means to healthier lifestyles to enhance time spent at the coast or in physical activities wherever one lives. Unlike many other trade shows, all proceeds from Coastal Living Show 2017 will be returned to community non-profits to improve the lives of women and children throughout the Lower Cape Fear.  Some of the proceeds will also be used for scholarships at Cape Fear Community College and  UNCW.

 

April

The Bellamy Mansion Art Show

The Bellamy Mansion Art Show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit ORIGINAL two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) work. 70 percent of the proceeds of the sale will go to the artist, with 30 percent donated to the Bellamy Mansion. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for non-students and $10 for part-time or full-time students of an accredited school. More information and applications can be found HERE. Please visit the Bellamy Mansion Museum website www.bellamymansion.org or email info@bellamymansion.org for more information.