Get Your Party Hat Ready | 66th Annual Azalea Festival Wilmington NC

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You are invited to join us for the 66th Annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC on April 10 – 14, 2013.  The weekend is packed with entertainment for all.

The Mission: “The mission of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is to be nationally recognized as a showcase for our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community.”

The 2013 official artwork is by Elizabeth Singletary.

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Here is a sampling of upcoming events leading up to the event.

  • Azalea 5K/10K/Fun Walk

    APR 62013
    The Azalea Festival 5K/10K & 1 mile-Fun Walk is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. All proceeds from this event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center …
  • Queen’s Coronation

    APR 10 2013
    The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are all the Festival Celebrities Guests as well …

  • Circus

    11-14 APR  2013
    Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws …

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    APR 11  2013
    Presented By Lynyrd Skynyrd Once in a while a musical force will burst on the scene and forever change that scene. Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of the most commercially successful …

  • Avett Brothers

    APR 12 2013
    The Avett Brothers By the time Scott and Seth Avett formed the Avett Brothers with bassist Bob Crawford — their honorary “third brother,” — the alchemy had begun: A fresh …

  • Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

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    12-14 APR  2013
    The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc., the tour has been featured in SOUTHERN LIVING and is one of the …

  • Juried Art Show

    12-14APR  2013
    Over 100 North Carolina artists and national artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. To be a vendor at the Juried Art Show, you …

  • Street Fair

    12-14 APR 2013
    The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with over 200 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, 4 stages, a children’s area and a whole …

  • Visiting Ships

    12-14 APR  2013
    Each year we have different visiting ships join us in celebrating the North Carolina Azalea Festival. As you enjoy the beauty of downtown Wilmington, take time to notice these visiting …

  • Boxing

    13-14  APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National & International level of competition & from the military branches compete in this event. NC …

  • Coin Show

    13-14 APR 2013
    A fun filled family event. Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries. More than 30 dealers from several surrounding states will be on hand …

  • Colt Ford and The LACS

    13 APR  2013
    The hick hop and southern rock sound of the LACS will kick off Saturday night festivities. The LACS will open for the walking, talking celebration of country music and country …

  • Historic Home Tour

    13-14 APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to …

  • Parade

    APR 13 2013
    Presented By The NC Azalea Festival Parade is an annual event that is viewed by over 100,000 people. Join us for next years’ Parade and enjoy the floats, marching units and …

  • Street Fair Children’s Area

    13-14 APR 2013
    Presented By The Children’s Area of the Street Fair has all the entertainment and fun for the little ones!  Bouncy inflatables, games, and a stage with children’s dance troupes and …

  • Street Fair Multicultural Stage

    13-14 APR 2013
    Join us at the 2013 NC Azalea Festival Multicultural Stage for a two-day celebration that will showcase some of the best ethnic performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes. They will …

  • Main Stage

    14 APR 2013
    Come close out the 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival with a full day of live beach music! Sunday’s Main Stage Band Schedule: 1:00 PM – The Mark Roberts Band 2:30 …To view complete schedule and more please visit  http://www.ncazaleafestival.org

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TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Timely Tips For Short-Notice Home Showings | Wilmington NC real estate

 It’s a seller’s worst nightmare…the sink is full of dishes, the baby is crying — and an agent calls: “We’ll be there in two minutes. I have the perfect buyer for your house.” Before that overwhelming feeling of panic sets in, don’t despair! Here’s a quick roundup of easy pick-up tips to get your house in show-time shape in minutes.

Have A Game Plan

  • Assign responsibility for each room to a family member.
    When the “last-minute dash” starts, each person knows which room to straighten.
  • Plan your get-away.
    Know where you’ll go when you vacate the house for show time. Take the kids to the library, park, playground or to visit friends. Do your grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning or run other errands.

Whole-House Strategies

  • Perk up your carpets.
    Eliminate stray crumbs and dirt with a quick pick-up by a hand-held vacuum.
  • Turn on the lights.
    Light up dark corners and hallways. Even on sunny days, rooms show better when brightly lighted.
  • Open curtains and blinds.
    Let in as much natural light and good views as possible.

Kitchen Quickies

  • Use paper plates.
    A lot of people house hunt on their way home from work — at dinner time. Eat on, then toss, paper plates to avoid unsightly dirty dishes and speed clean-up time.
  • Put dinner in cold storage.
    If you’re caught with dinner on the table, shove the plates into the refrigerator. Re-heat in the microwave when prospects have gone.
  • Simmer some spices.
    Prepare a pot of cloves, cinnamon sticks and water. With only minutes to spare, bring your spices to a rapid boil, turn back immediately to simmer and your home will have a warm, inviting smell.
  • Try microwaving instead of baking.
    Keep your oven free of spatters by switching to microwave dinners.
  • Drain dishes in the dishwasher.
    Air-dry hand-washed dishes in the upper rack of the dishwasher to keep the sink and counter clutter-free.
  • Add sparkle and shine with spray cleaners.
    Wipe out cooking spills with a quick squirt of a grease-cutting spray cleaner and rub with a paper towel.

Laundry Disguises

  • Use the washer as a hideout.
    Put your dirty clothes in the washer until you have time to launder. Same goes for clean clothes that you don’t have time to fold — let them sit in the dryer instead of in a messy pile.
  • Try a laundry-basket disguise.
    If you have more laundry than you know what to do with, drop it in a basket, fold two large bath towels and place on top, and presto — laundry goes from messy to neat.

“Junk” Catchers?

  • Use under-bed storage boxes.
    For last-minute pick-ups, under-bed boxes are great catch-alls for toys, books, dirty socks, etc.
  • Have a bail-out box.
    Eliminate a frantic search for keys, wallet, dog’s leash and shoes when you are leaving to let the agent show the house. Keep a small box with pertinent items stashed in a handy place such as the coat-closet floor.

Make A Final Check?

Run through the home room by room, from top to bottom, to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

These are just a few of the ways to make your home sparkle and shine in a matter of minutes. If you are considering selling and would like more ideas on how to make your home show in its best possible light, please give us a call! To search all Wilmington NC real estate, please visit www.cbbaker.com.

65th NC Azalea Festival Wilmington NC 2012 | Wilmington NC real estate

 Join us for the 65th NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC.  Kenny Logins kicks off the festivities on Thursday night with a concert.   Here is a sampling of the schedule for this weeks festival from the festival website.

 
Azalea Festival Schedule

 
Show events for: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Queen’s Coronation
4/11/2012
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Concert
4/11/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Circus
4/12/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Juried Art Show
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Visiting Ships
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Parade
4/14/2012
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Coin Show
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Boxing
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Historic Home Tour
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair Main Stage
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair Multicultural Stage

 For more information please visit http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/default.asp

To look at real estate when you are in town, please feel free to visit www.cbbaker.com   Enjoy…. Kay Baker & Associates

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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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Mark your calendars and come for a visit.  If you like the area and want to learn more about Wilmington NC real estate, give us a call.  Enjoy….

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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Enjoy…

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Beach Music Extravaganza – Bald Head Island | Bring on the Fun! | Wilmington NC real estate

Beach Music Extravaganza – Labor Day Weekend on Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island is truely a hidden gem of  the Wilmington NC area.  Reachable by boat or ferry it is worth the trip.  The weather should be beautiful for this weekends Beach Music Extravaganza.  Three fun filled days of music, shagging, Calabash food and beautiful scenery.  The Embers ( listen here)  will headline the Friday night show with a Calabash Bash.  Saturday there is a Labor Day picnic with Carl Newton and the 5th Avenue Band (listen here).  Sunday will be a Texas BBQ Dinner with the Band of Oz. (listen here).

Information about the weekend and prices can be found here….

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Tidalwalk gets new start | Wilmington NC Real Estate

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Good news for Wilmington NC real estate, Mountain Real Estate Capital has acquired the stalled TidalWalk development in Wilmington NC.  They are teaming up with LStar Land  to co-develop the rest of the community.  This is a breathe of fresh air for the real estate community.  A beautiful subdivision on the water will get a second chance.  Thank you Mountain Real estate Capital and LStar Land.  Can’t wait to see the completed project.

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The private, luxurious seaside community of TidalWalk has resort-style, waterfront amenities and residences that offer a casually elegant style of coastal living. One hundred acres of coastal forest hemmed with white sand beach along the Intracoastal Waterway were assembled to create TidalWalk. The visionaries who conceived its American-summer-retreat concept wanted to create a community that reflected their love of the coast a place that gives you a feeling you’ll remember from the golden summers of your youth.

Our Amenities Include:

  • Private Beaches – Secluded Beach Hammock

  • Boardwalks

  • Waterview Clubhouse

  • The Waterview Pool

  • Boatslips Available

  • Kayaking on Marsh Rivers

  • Waterfront gazebo and day dock

Call me today for a personal tour of Tidal Walk in Wilmington, NC.

Contact Kay Baker & Associates at 1-800-497-7325 Ex. 3607 or Kaybaker@seacoastrealty.com for the most recent homes for sale in Tidalwalk, Wilmington, NC.