Wilmington NC 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend | Wrightsville Beach NC

A fantastic weekend is planned.  Wrightsville Beach hosts 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend April 20-22.   A 5 K and 1 mile fun run on Saturday.  On Friday music, games and more fun on the beach in front of Blockade Runner.  Surfers Healing on Saturday.  Water and Skating activities on Sunday.  Here is the schedule from the ncPressRelease.com

Everyone is invited… Come join in on the fun!

 

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. … Is your loved one on the spectrum? In North Carolina alone, as many as 60,000 families are impacted by autism. April 20-22, Wrightsville Beach invites these families and the public to participate in the 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, April 20 – Arrive and connect with old friends and make new ones. Stroll the beach, play games on the oceanfront lawn, enjoy gluten free and special menu options available at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, host hotel, and register for Saturday’s 5k and fun run/walk events.

Saturday, April 21 – Participate in two major events:

8:30 a.m. the 2nd Annual Coastal N.C. Run/Walk at Mayfaire Town Center includes three events: a 5k race, 1 mile fun-run and kid’s dash. Proceeds support autism services. Sponsored by the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports.

11a.m. to 4 p.m. Surfers Healing presents Family Day in Wrightsville Beach Park. Experience a day of hands-on kids’ activities, networking and resource sharing. Booths will feature children’s activities like board waxing, face painting, fishing, corn toss and more. A miniature skate park is featured along with sensory and calming toys. Indo Jax Surf Charity and Lighthouse Beer and Wine will sponsor bounce houses, and Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards will be on hand with water safety equipment and instruction tips. Booths will be hosted by the Autism Society of North Carolina; A.skate.org; Family Support Network; NC Aquarium; N.C. Chapter of Surfers Healing; Ocean Cure; S.H.A.R.E.; TEACCH; Wilmington Children’s Developmental Services Agency; Oasis, Exceptional Friends Network and the American Red Cross. Bilingual information will be available.

Sunday, April 22 – Water and skating activities:

Families may select from games on the oceanfront lawn, offered all day, or water activities at the Blockade Runner beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until everyone is happy! Kayaks and equipment will be provided by Hook, Line and Paddle for those who wish to paddle scenic Banks Channel. Captain Joe Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will offer scenic and comfortable water cruises aboard The Shamrock. See Banks Channel, Motts Channel, Money Island and hear stories told by Captain Joe. Sunday morning buffet and a mid-day seaside cookout will be available.
For skating fans, A.skate is sponsoring a clinic at the Double Wide Skate Barn in Hampstead 9 to 11 a.m. The camp is fully booked, but Autism Weekend participants are encouraged to come and cheer these talented skaters!

The goal of World Autism Awareness Weekend at Wrightsville Beach is outreach, inclusion and awareness, and to provide activities and festivities for children on the autism spectrum and supply networking and resource opportunities for their parents and other family members. World Autism Awareness Month (April) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

Contacts:
John Pike, North Carolina Surfers Healing Camp Director
(910) 471-7453   surfershealingnc@yahoo.com www.surfershealing.org

Heather Hargrave, Autism Society of North Carolina
Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism Coordinator
(800) 442-2762 (ext. 1106) hhargrave@autismsociety-nc.org
www.coastalncrunwalkforautism.org

Host Hotel:
Blockade Runner Beach Resort (Special room rate available. Limited availability. Specify World Autism Awareness Weekend. Special menus available.)
800-541-1161   www.blockade-runner.com

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Kenny Logins to Headline NC Azalea Festival Concert | Wilmington NC real estate

NC Azalea Festival Concert.

The 64th Annual Azalea Festival will be held April 11th  – 15th in Historic Downtown Wilmington.  Kenny Loggins will kick off the festivities with a concert at Trask Coliseum, UNCW on Thursday April 12. Scotty McCreery will give a concert on Friday night at Trask.

  

April 12, 2012

Trask Coliseum, UNCW
8:00 PM
 
Tickets:
Bleacher Seating – $47.50
Balcony Seating – $37.50
 
*Helpful advice for purchasing tickets in Trask Coliseum: on the North side of the coliseum, the highest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.  On the South side of the coliseum, the lowest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.
 

Friday,April13,2012

Trask Coliseum, UNCW
8:00 PM
 
Tickets:
Bleacher Seating – $62.50
Balcony Seating – $52.50
 
*Helpful advice for purchasing tickets in Trask Coliseum: on the North side of the coliseum, the highest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.  On the South side of the coliseum, the lowest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.
 
From the Azalea Festival Website – “The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event.

Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!

The Festival’s concerts, fairs and special events are viewed by more than one million people each year, in person and through media coverage. More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.

The Festival is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in displaying Wilmington to the world in its finest colors. More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events.”

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Want to be a Tourist for a day FOR FREE | Wilmington NC real estate

If you are a New Hanover County Resident, Sunday March 4 is your day to try out being a tourist in our great town.  During the 17th annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown” Residents’ Appreciation Day. Wilmington and the Beaches and New Hanover County will host FREE admission to over 30 area attractions.  Now is your time to try out attractions that you might not have visited.  There will be a special “Riverfront Activities” from 12:30 – 3:00 pm.  Area Mascots will be there to sign autographs.

The starnewsonline.com has listed the events and times.  Some reservations might have to be made, so read each listing carefully.

” New Hanover County ID is required for the attractions so marked in the listings below. Some attractions and tours require advance reservation. Read descriptions carefully for hours and restrictions. For more information, contact the individual attractions. In case of rain, call attractions to confirm outdoor activities.

NHC-ID Airlie Gardens, 9am-5pm, 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, 798-7566. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea. Enjoy 67-acres of gardens, including the 467-year-old Airlie Oak. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Arboretum at New Hanover County Co-op Ext., 9am-6pm, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 798-7660. Explore 6+ acres of demonstration and trial gardens to discover the newest and best plants for area landscapes & gardens.

Bellamy Mansion Museum, 1-4pm, 503 Market St, Wilmington, 251-3700. Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear the history of the original slave quarters and its restoration, and peruse the gift shop.

Black Cat Shoppe, 1-5pm. 8 Market St., Wilmington. 251-6663. Aye, mateys, ‘yer looking for a bit of adventure in the Port City? Drop by to see some magic, hear some true Wilmington pirate stories or to have ye fortune told. Space is limited and we will entertain first come, first served.

Blue Moon Gift Shops, 12-5pm. 203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, 799-5793. A Wilmington shopping destination that offers shoppers an eclectic mix of charming and diverse boutiques all under one roof! Tastings from various shops all day.

Burgwin-Wright Museum House, 12-5pm, 224 Market St., Wilmington, 762-0570. The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A self-guided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.

Educators from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher‘s outreach classroom (1-3 p.m.) will share information about marine life found along the North Carolina coast. Free Hometown Tourist stickers will be provided to children who stop by the Riverfront Visitor Information Booth from noon to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

NHC-ID Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tours start at 5:30pm only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday March 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 1-8pm, Burnett Blvd, behind Parks & Rec offices, Wilmington, 362-8222. Participants get free admission between 1-8pm. NOTE: All participants REQUIRED to wear helmet & pads.

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 1pm-5pm. 2nd & Orange St., Wilmington. 793-6393. Listed on U.S. Register of Historic Places. Spend a WWII History afternoon at one of the few remaining USO buildings. Tour the restored building, theater, and mini-museum of the home front in Wilmington, “America’s World War II City.” Visit the HBHUSO/CAC Community Art gallery exhibiting works from local established and emerging artists.

NHC-ID Halyburton Park, Guided hike at 1pm; park open all day. 4099 17th St., Wilmington. 341-0075. Join a park naturalist and explore nature up close on a two-mile nature hike ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED for hike. Learn about the park’s history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City Trail. Guided hike (1pm) lasts about two hours. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Haunted Pub Crawl at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, 12pm-6pm, 131 N. Front St, Wilmington, 343-8881. Get a “taste” of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh so hard ye’ll swab the decks. Starts at 12 noon and then on the hour every hour, with the last one at 6pm. ALL AGES welcome! No reservations necessary.

NHC-ID Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water Sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tour starts at 12:00 noon only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday the 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

 

Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, Noon-9pm, 4240 Market St. (behind “17” North Shopping Center), Wilmington, 762-0173. Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.

Carolina Beach State Park, 8am-7pm, State Park Rd, Carolina Beach, 458-8206. Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, visitor center, marina and more. (Boat ramp/campsite rentals not included.)

Federal Point History Center, 1-4pm, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-0502. Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including pre-historic, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site-Civil War Fort, 1-5pm, Hwy. 421 Kure Beach, NC, 458-5538. Visitors to the site will enjoy our scenic quarter-mile tour trail, wayside exhibits, a reconstructed palisade fence, and a partially restored gun emplacement. The visitor center offers audio-visual programs and artifacts from blockaders and blockade runners, as well as a fiber optic map that shows the final battle for the fort.

NHC-ID Wilmington Railroad Museum, 1-4pm, 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, 763-2634. Railroad history and features for everyone, all in an authentic 1883 railroad building. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Wilmington Trolley, 1-4pm. Downtown Wilmington. 763-4483. The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours.

Wilmington Water Tours, Boards at 3:15pm; departs 3:30pm. 212 S. Water St., Wilmington. 338-3134. Eagles Island Tour. Learn the history of Eagles Island, view the beautiful downtown waterfront and get introduced to fascinating ecology of the Cape Fear River. Limited availability. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 1-5pm, 303 W. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, 256-2569. Visit this 1909 beach cottage and feel what life at the beach was like 100 years ago. Step back in time as you walk through a 1930’s kitchen, see our model of Wrightsville Beach in 1910, and rock on the shady porch.

NHC-ID Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, 12Noon &1pm. Banks Channel across from Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 200-4002. The Cape Fear Naturalist, Joseph Abbate, explores the tidal creeks of Masonboro Island. The 1-hour tour focuses on water bird and shorebird identification. Topics include shorebird identification, salt marsh function and water quality issues. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Space is limited.”

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Wilmington NC Attraction Rocks | Wins Top Honor Battleship NC

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 Wilmington NC Attraction Gets Top Honors | Battleship North Carolina
 
Wilmington NC wins another honor, the Battleship North Carolina just received a top award for the 2011 Attraction of The Year by the Travel Industry Association.  According to our local station WWAY “The purpose of the annual award is to recognize a North Carolina visitor attraction that exemplifies excellence, innovation and sets the standard for an exceptional visitor experience. Past recipients of NCTIA’s Attraction of the Year award are: Grandfather Mountain (2010), Chimney Rock Park (2009), Blue Ridge Parkway (2008), and the North Carolina Museum of Art (2007). ”

Perfect timing for the Battleship NC as it is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary on October 2, 2011.  The grand ship has served as the official North Carolinas World War II memorial.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy the Battleship NC, it is worth the time to make it a point to visit.  These are some of the activities that are coming up on the ship.  

October 01 – 50th Anniversary: Battleship Alive

October 02 – 50th Anniversary: Reflection

October 14 – 50th Anniversary: Ghost Ship

Full Details are here:  http://www.battleshipnc.com

Located in Downtown Historic Wilmington NC, close to eclitic shops, wonderful restaurants and pubs, old renovated theaters and of course the mighty Cape Fear River.  If you see any homes you would like to see, please visit www.cbbaker.com or text 14059 to 44133 and search by address.  Call us and let us show off our hometown.