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ON THE COVER Kameron Marlowe Photo by Ena Sellers PUBLISHER Jim Sills EDITOR Ena Sellers WRITERS Lauren Branch Chris DeWitt Annesophia Richards Bill Rollins Rebecca J. Whitman PRODUCTION & DESIGN Ena Sellers ADVERTISING/SALES Alan Wells Southeast North Carolina Magazine is a publication of the Duplin Times and APG Media of Eastern NC. Contents may not be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. 4 | Southeastern North Carolina Magazine

elcome to another edition of Southeastern North Carolina Magazine. Summer of 2022 was a world wind of adventure and exciting outings for our team. We hope your summer was as enjoyable as ours. As we gear up for another fall season, we welcome you to join us, discover new places to visit, and meet some very talented artists. First in our line up is a tribute to theater production giant Tony Rivenbark, whose incredible career at the Thalian Hall “made Wilmington a theater town.” Golf lovers can check out our feature on the Golf Barn. This new venue, located in Brunswick County, will open its door this fall and bring a Toptracer Range, 18 holes of putt-putt and a 9-hole pitch and putt, all under one roof. Next in our line up is Tara Creek Farm. This beautiful venue, located in Faison, NC, has been gaining a lot of notoriety lately with its outdoor rodeos, barrel racing and beautiful southern weddings. For the fall, Tara Creek is bringing back their Hunted House, which will be running every weekend in the month of October. For our wildlife lovers, we have a feature on Lady Swan Boat Tours in Swansboro, NC. Check out the story to learn about unique opportunities to cruise the waters of Hammocks Beach State Park and take-in

the beautiful sunset views while admiring wildlife in their natural habitat. If you are interested in crafts, read our feature about Wesley Parker, a woodcrafter whose hobby evolved into a full line of uniquely crafted pens. The talented artist can make a pen out of almost any imaginable material. Those interested in history with a twist, check out our story about Ghosts of New Bern and follow along the guides, who dressed in period costumes, take you back in time with the untold tales of our historied past and uncover the stories of some of New Bern’s most hunted places. Earlier this year, I was invited to the Duplin Events Center to meet with country music artist Kameron Marlowe who was in town for a concert. Meeting Kameron has been one of my favorite experiences this year. He is not only incredibly talented, but one of the most down-to-earth and genuine artists I have had the pleasure to meet in my nearly 18 years as a journalist. His passion for his music is palpable as he speaks about his career and how heartbreak might have been the best thing that ever happened to him. Last but not least, we have a story about WilmingtonNColor Shuttle Tours. Operated by Cedric Harrison, this tour offers a unique window into Wilmington’s African American history. Starting at the 1898 monument the tour seeks to educate the community and bring light to the massacre that changed the lives of many families and the ripple effects it left in the community. If you are not sure what you are in the mood for, that is okay too. Check out Play Dates on page 44 and take your pick! Our selection of events ranges from art walks, live-music concerts, festivals and even a pig cooking contest! We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for YOU.

Country music star Kameron Marlowe (right) stands next to Ena Sellers, Duplin Times editor (left) at the Duplin Events Center prior to a one-on-one interview with the Duplin Times.

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A story chronicling Rivenbark’s roots and budding career

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arsaw’s Tony Rivenbark, who died in Wilmington on July 25 at age 74 of smallcell lung cancer, was bitten by the acting/theater bug at an early age. He was the eighth generation of a Duplin County family, and the son of Oleta and D.J. Rivenbark, his father the owner of a car dealership in Warsaw. For four decades, he was executive

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director of Wilmington’s Thalian Hall, which his vision and fund-raising acumen saved from demolition in the 1970s. And how did Rivenbark start? Right here in Duplin County, in Warsaw, where he and sister Dana McBrayer, five years his junior, grew up. He was blossoming a good bit before he was 10 years old, high school classmate and close lifetime friend Allie Sheffield remembers. She said Tony was hanging a

bedsheet over the clothesline in his family’s back yard on Pollock Street and entertaining neighborhood kids by playing all the parts in comedies and dramas. That grew into regular performances in pal Johnny Hollingsworth’s family’s garage on Chelly Street, where their friends became actors and audience. “He was part of anything and everything fun and good,” said Hollingsworth,” who eventually ran his

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father’s Warsaw Furniture Company and served several terms on the town council. “Tony and our English teacher, Mrs. Jo Cameron Jones, did a lot of performances and theatrical-type things at James Kenan High School.” Rivenbark’s group first became friends at Mrs. Wheless’ pre-school in Warsaw. Their circle grew to include, among others, Tony, Allie, Johnny, Kat Fountain, Johnny Best, Johnny Fon-

veille, Kenny Minton, Annette Wahab, Cathy Benton, Johnny Gresham, Barney Sheffield and Buster Merritt. As they grew, James Kenan had no drama club as such. But it had Tony. Rivenbark and classmate Sandra Pope-Rollins were officers in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter in their senior year of 1965-66. “Tony came up with ideas that were novel at the time,” Sandra said,

“like an Early Bird Breakfast and a White Elephant Sale to raise money. That enabled our Parliamentary Procedure Team, which had won the state competition, to travel to New Orleans and compete at the national convention. “He had me dress up like Uncle Sam, since my nickname was Sam in high school, and he produced posters with my picture on them and my index finger pointing at people and saying, ‘Aunt Sam wants you for Southeastern North Carolina Magazine | 9

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Tony absolutely treasured being from Warsaw and Duplin County. He thought it was so incredibly counter-cool, being from the ‘sticks’ and making good. ~ ALLIE SHEFFIELD

FBLA.’ Such fun!” (It resembled the Uncle Sam military recruiting posters for United States wars in the 20th Century.) Friends said Tony had something creative going on with every group he joined. And all of that was just the beginning. Allie Sheffield said Rivenbark had never seen a professional stage production until their senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City in the spring of 1966.

“Tony went to a play in D.C. and three in New York,” she said. “And that was it — he was a goner. It was pure love.” That dramatic energy began to be truly cultivated in the fall of ‘66 when he enrolled in Wilmington College, now University of North Carolina Wilmington. He answered an ad for auditions at the Thalian Hall downtown in the Port City. He’d never heard of the century-old, poorly-kept structure from the 1800s — but it would become the

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center of his life. He won that initial audition, became a regular performer at Thalian, and later worked there. He was named managing director in 1980, but already had become the driving force behind the building’s several renovations and expansions. All the while, he continued acting. A few of his roles over several decades included: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the title role in Peter Pan, Motl the tailor in Fiddler on the Roof and the title role in Charlie Brown.

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more business than acting or directing. He loved all parts of it. “Thalian was nothing when he took over, but it became like the phoenix rising from the ashes in Greek mythology. Rivenbark also became very involved with historic theaters across the country. “Tony had gone to the Wilmington city council and sold himself as wanting to run all of it,” Sheffield said. “He created the Thalian Hall Commission and pretty much saved Thalian as a thriving theater. He also helped with salvaging others around country.” They now have an association that continues the work. “Thalian Hall is a legend [in those circles],” Sheffield said, “and Tony is a legend, especially in Wilmington.

He created the Thalian Hall Commission and pretty much saved Thalian as a thriving theater. He also helped with salvaging others around country. ~ ALLIE SHEFFIELD

“Now the city has a large amount of theater groups. “Tony made it a theater town.”

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Golf Barn

A Toptracer range, 18 holes of putt-putt and a 9-hole pitch and putt — all under one roof! Story by Annesophia Richards

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In the world of golf, a mulligan is what happens when a player gets the chance to take a second shot after bad luck strikes their first go around. Come this fall, the Burnett family is set to take a mulligan with their newest adventure, the Golf Barn.


his outdoor entertainment complex in Brunswick County is getting ready to bring a variety of family-friendly golfing activities to the Leland and Wilmington area communities. The Burnett family’s second chance story began in 2017 with the opening of The Chicken Coop, a 10-acre recreational farm off Highway 17 in Winnabow. Local business developer and owner Ed Burnett had a vision of creating a space where children and their families could celebrate the autumn season in the fresh air with hay rides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and other fall-themed activities. However, the unfortunate arrival of Hurricane Florence in 2018 destroyed Burnett’s prospering farm and forced him to permanently close the business. The property sat vacant for several years until Burnett’s son Edwin and his childhood best friend Brad Phillips came up with a novel idea to utilize the space. “Brad had been working as a golf pro in New York for the past 10 years and had recently come back down to North Carolina,” says Edwin. “He had an idea of opening a driving range and training facility here, and I realized the old Chicken Coop location would be perfect. So we took the idea to my father, combined heads and the idea soon evolved into what is now the Golf Barn.”

There’s no other facility in the country that I know of that has the Toptracer range as well as 18 holes of putt-putt and a 9-hole pitch and putt. ...We plan to have an outdoor sitting area separate from all the flying golf balls where people can sit and enjoy the views. ~ BRAD PHILLIPS

The Golf Barn’s main attraction will be its Toptracer Range featuring video monitors mounted in each driving range bay. These monitors are connected to rooftop cameras that track the trajectory of each shot and replicate it on the screen with an array of stats. “The technology is inclusive and can be geared towards the avid golfer, but can also be tuned down for activities that kids can do,” says Brad. “You can pick what kinds of games you want to play from easy to advanced and compete against your friends or family.” The range bays will be rentable by the hour or half hour and hold up to four people. Each stall will also have benches and tables where guests can sit and enjoy food and drinks available at the snack bar. In addition to the range, the Golf Barn will also offer Millie’s Mini Golf, an 18-hole classic style putt-putt course. Hole highlights include hitting shots through a

powered windmill, a large hippo’s mouth, a lighthouse, and even an outhouse hole. Overlooking the putt-putt and visible from Highway 17 sits “Hennifer Lopez,” a towering 8-foot chicken statue Brad says is a nod to the property’s Chicken Coop days. Other plans in the works include a 9-hole pitch and putt with evening glow golf after dark. “There’s no other facility in the country that I know of that has the Toptracer range as well as 18 holes of putt-putt and a 9-hole pitch and putt,” says Brad. “We’re lucky to have enough space in terms of land, and we plan to have an outdoor sitting area separate from all the flying golf balls where people can sit and enjoy the views, because it’s a beautiful piece of property.” Another unique feature of the Golf Barn is actually the big red barn itself. Originally built for the Chicken Coop, the building remained standing after Hurricane Florence and continues to serve as a staple of the property. Another building slated to open will house both a snack bar on one side and a training facility on the other. As the business’s Director of Golf, Brad plans to use this area for lessons and training sessions and says it will contain a gym as well as a golf simulator. “I’m a certified personal trainer and sports performance nutritionist, in addition to being a PGA golf professional, so I have a dual interest in the styles I like to teach,” says Brad. “I’ll be offering lessons and personal training for those interested in growing their game both on the technical side and on the physical side.” The Golf Barn plans to host a variety of children’s after school camps, summer camps,

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local high school golf team get-togethers and monthly contests for the general public, such as a long drive contest. The complex will also run an assortment of leagues and special events tailored to certain demographics, such as men’s competitive leagues and a Sunday Mimosa Club geared towards women looking to get into the game. “Golf can be a very intimidating and expensive sport to get into, so the Mimosa Club will be a low-pressure way of learning to play,” says Brad. “We’ll serve mimosas, talk about different aspects of the game, and have an instructor there to help teach the skills.” “We want to appeal to everybody,” says Edwin. “We’ve got something for people of any age that are active and want a place to hang out with their friends, get outdoors and enjoy good company.” Once the Golf Barn opens its doors later this fall, operating hours are slated from noon -10:pm Tuesdays through Sundays. The snack bar will serve sandwiches, finger foods and snacks, as well as a selection of beverages which can also be ordered at the driving range bays through QR codes. Chuck’s Homemade Ice Cream will be available on site, and guests can enjoy their food and drinks at the range, outside at picnic tables or by fire pits set up on the property. Both Brad and Edwin are looking forward to working together to bring something different to their home town community. As the fastest growing county in the state, Brunswick County has much to offer, but one thing the pair of best friends agree has been missing until now is a great choice for outdoor, family-friendly activities. “We wanted to bring something for everyone to do here, and I think this idea is going to be well received in the community,” says Brad. “Somewhere you can take the family and get a little friendly competition and enjoy some time together.” “We’re excited to offer something unique, because there’s nothing like it around,” Edwin agrees. “We want to appeal to all our local markets, and especially to families. Family is big for us and certainly close to my father’s heart, so being able to welcome families back out here is really important to all of us.”



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eep in the rural roads of Faison, NC, lies a hidden gem, Tara Creek. Lee & Amanda Graham, both Duplin County natives, have kept themselves busy building their business and growing their family. Tara Creek, got its name because of Amanda’s love for “Gone with the Wind.” The couple purchased the 30 acres of land in 2007. The land, which used to be a turkey farm, remained dormant for three years while the Grahams were trying to decide what to do with it. The Grahams both grew up on a farm, Lee on a row crop farm and Amanda on a farm that raised hogs. Becoming turkey farmers was an easy decision, especially since the farm was already set up for it. Inspired by their then 5-year-old daughter Scarlett’s love of horses,

The Grahams began showing horses all up and down the coast and taking care of cutting horses. To keep up with the hay demand for the horses they started producing hay which they supplied to only other local horse owners they knew, that was until 2019 when it became a fully operating business. October 2020 was a life-changing month for the couple as they held their first wedding in the barns. It was the wedding of a couple of friends who had asked if they could use their hay barn as a wedding venue. “Sure, but you’re going to have to clean out all that hay,” Amanda laughed as she reminisced. The couple cleaned up the barn, hung up lighting, and decorated it, and it turned out so beautiful. The Grahams said they have not had another tractor in the barn since. In fact, the original lighting from that event is still hanging in the barn. Since then, they added a Christmas

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Tree sale, now a yearly event, also a haunted house that they set up for Halloween season. According to the couple, the first year they held a tree sale, was off to a rough start and they ended up giving most of them away to schools. The following year, the trees sold out in two days. The Haunted House has done well. It’s a full production with several rooms, live action, and a full storyline about a little girl who got lost in the woods. “Eric Southerland, who was a police chief in Warsaw, always steals the show with his narrating,” said the Grahams. The show started as one full week of shows, but this year it will

Photo by Lauren Branch run every weekend in the month of October. Around that time, a woman who had seen the arena the couple built for their daughter reached out and asked if they would be interested in using their venue for barrel racing. They have been doing shows ever since. Currently the Grahams work with the EZ Run Professional Barrel Racing Association out of Raleigh to host a monthly show, and they were also contacted that same year by the National Barrel Horse Association who was looking for a new location. The NBHA always brings a huge crowd to Duplin County. They were also referred to a rodeo contractor that hosts shows, and their first show with him brought in 2,000 people the first

The good Lord helped us manifest a lot of things very quickly. ~ LEE GRAHAM night. The arena is now named The Atlantic Packaging Area. “I’ll tell you, the good Lord helped us manifest a lot of things very quickly,” Lee said. The Grahams shared that they take

the summers off when their kids, Scarlett, 13, and Worth, 5, are out of school. The couple who has been married for 18 years, shared they believe family should always come first. “I quit working for the judicial system so I could be home with my daughter more. Since then I’ve had Worth, and I know that if I have events in the summertime then I would have to quit my job... So we still try to keep our family first. They are so young. So when school starts back, we go back at it,” Amanda explained with a smile. For Lee and Amanda, community is also at the top of the list and they try to support local businesses by hiring local and using local accommodations to house show performers, as well as through partnerships with local organizations. According to the Grahams, everyone they work with is like family. They talk, have dinner together, and come together to brainstorm ways to make the business better, especially the haunted house. Tara Creek hit the road running and is set for a busy season ahead. When Lee and Amanda bought their land, they had no clue it would become all that it has, but they are excited to see what the future holds.

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The fall brings many opportunities to cruise the coastal waters and admire the beauty of NC’s wildlife. “We cruise the waters around Swansboro and Hammocks Beach State Park,” said Tim Simpson, who owns and operates Lady Swan Boat Tours alongside his wife, Jane, in Swansboro, NC. “We are very lucky to have so many protected lands and waterways around us. These places really help folks see what coastal areas looked like before people began development

here,” said Simpson. “Swansboro is rich in history, boasting the site of NC’s first steamship construction along with an island that still has remnants of an earthen works Civil War fort.” The star of the tour is the Lady Swan, a 42-passenger United States Coast Guard-inspected vessel. Simpson explains that the boat is fully covered and equipped with a sound system and a bathroom on board. Simpson noted that they have a smaller boat, Carolina Swan, a 20-passenger USCG-inspected vessel that staff calls the “adventure boat” of their fleet because of its flat-bottom design, making it ideal for touring shallow waters many other boats can’t reach. The tours bring locals and tourists looking to dig deeper into the state’s

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These cruises help raise funds to support the FHBI group, a non-profit that assists our local state park with special projects and financial assistance. ~ TIM SIMPSON



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natural and historical culture. “We partner with the NC Coastal Federation to provide birding/wildlife cruises once a month. We also offer Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island Marsh Cruises twice weekly in the fall (September through November). These cruises help raise funds to support the FHBI group, a non-profit that assists our local state park with special projects and financial assistance.” Simpson added that their Haunted History cruises are always a favorite during the month of October. “Another popular once-a-month outing is our Full Moon Cruise.” “If you have an interest in the natural and social history of the coastal region, enjoy taking photos of nature, or just want to go for a nice boat ride, I encourage you to come take a cruise,” said Simpson. Southeastern North Carolina Magazine | 19

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Local craftsman turns shell casings into pens Story and photos by Rebecca Whitman

In downtown Mount Olive, Wesley Parker is known as the pharmacist who cares enough to call and personally thank each customer for their business.


hrough most of the year, you can find him behind the counter of Parker Drugs serving his customers. Wesley’s jovial personality makes him easy to talk to, and he tends to know more than the prescription orders of his customers. When not in the store or enjoying time with his family, Wesley is in the barn with his other passion: wood crafting. Wesley has a degree from NC State in Wood Products, but his love for

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wood-working goes all the way back to his childhood. “My first words were tools in my granddad’s shop when I was itty-bitty,” Wesley remembers. “I’ve been around sawdust for as long as I can remember.” When the hobby grew, Handcrafted by Wesley started selling through fall craft shows in local churches. Wesley remembers his first show was Christmas in the Forest at a church in Goldsboro. One of his earliest shows was outside the back

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Teak from battleship decks, Olive wood from the Holy Land, old barns and tobacco sticks with family history are my favorite. ~ WESLEY PARKER

of the drug store setting up a laith and a table at a Mount Olive Pickle Festival. A lot of crafters get their start in the fall craft show circuit, and many unique makers still sell through them primarily. Wesley transitioned to just larger craft shows, but he still does the majority of his business in the fall circuit. Handcrafted by Wesley is know for custom writing instruments made from anything you can imagine. “If you can drill a hole through it,” Wesley says, “I can make a pen out of it.” The most popular pens are the Slimlines with simple Cross or Parker Pen refills. More complicated and unique

pens include rifle action triggers, shell casings, and antlers. A growing interest in fountain pens has Wesley making some originals in that line as well. “If you do enough of the same craft shows and see a lot of the same people,” Wesley said, “people want to see something newer.” The desire to diversify his line and offer something different led Wesley to play with all sorts of different materials that he could drill through including Mount Olive Pickle vats, baseball bats, corn cobs, acorns, sporting arena floors, and bourbon barrels. Then he decided to play with resin to work with materials he couldn’t drill through like shredded Southeastern North Carolina Magazine | 21

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Magazine Grid (4 Col Version) money, decaying wood, and cactus skeletons. Resin also expanded his color range to a full rainbow of possibilities. “Stuff with stories is my favorite thing to do,” Wesley said. “Teak from battleship decks, Olive wood from the Holy Land, old barns and tobacco sticks with family history are my favorite.” Custom orders get very personal and story laiden. One customer brought Wesley an antler and the shell used to kill the deer to make a pen. Another customer brings antique wagon wheel pieces from her great-grandparents and trees from her land to make family heritage pens. Wesley pens have a fan base and grow in popularity. Some people add them to their collection; others write with them exclusively. Wesley’s line of products includes game calls, bottle openers, bottle stoppers, shaving kits, key chains, crochet hooks, seam rippers, pipes, and coffee scoops, among others. Handcrafted by Wesley began 12 years ago when Wesley was living in

Raleigh. Learning to turn pens, Wesley remembers, was a self-taught thing. “One of the few tools I didn’t have was a laith, and my wife bought me one for one of our first anniversaries.” Another local wood crafter, Dale Overman, showed Wesley how to turn bowls. “I went out to his shop in a tobacco barn one day, and he had a little laith. I asked him why he needed a little

laith, and he told me he turned pens with it. I turned four or five pens that day, and that’s the day I quit turning bowls,” Wesley said. To get a Wesley original, most people have to find him on the fall crafting circuit. Locals, however, can find Handcrafted by Wesley year-round at Parker Drugs on Center Street in Mount Olive.

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Ghost Walks

uncovering famous Eastern North Carolina history Story by Chris DeWitt

Tales of ghouls and ghosts haunt campfires and homes this time of year. But the spooky season isn’t just about getting a good scare. There is a rich history behind the hauntings of famous (or infamous) locations in Eastern North Carolina. John Hirchak, founder and operator of the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington and Ghosts of New Bern, alongside his wife, Kim, tell these stories to all who dare brave their tours. “My wife and I started the ghost walks informally in 1978 because of our personal interest in the paranormal and talking to people about their experiences with it,” Hirchak said. “Our first scripted tour launched in 1999. We had a lot of outreach in Wilmington from people with their stories. There wasn’t really a place for that here at the time.” According to Hirchak, he and his wife went on to start the Haunted Pub Crawls in Wilmington in 2002 upon discovering a wealth of paranormal stories. In 2015, they were approached by people in New Bern to about conducting ghost tours in the area, but they declined. They later changed their minds and purchased a ghost tours business in 2018, not long after Hurricane Florence had made landfall. “We made the tours our own and 24 | Southeastern North Carolina Magazine

Funny enough, the hardline skeptics seem captivated the most. You don’t have to believe in ghosts to do a ghost walk. ~ JOHN HIRCHAK

The churchyard at the Christ Church in New Bern served as a burial ground in the 18th century. Hundreds of people are buried in the churchyard. In the aftermath of the yellow fever epidemic the churchyard had filled with graves and was closed by 1799. Photos courtesy of Ghosts of New Bern started gathering all of the paranormal history behind New Bern landmarks,” said Hirchak. The tours are 90 to 100 minutes. Guests visit five locations and hear the historical context of each haunted tale, followed by the most recent happenings in the location. “We have 27 active locations for the ghost walks in Wilmington, between 9 and 10 for our haunted pub crawl in Wilmington and 11 locations in New Bern,” said Hirchak. For Hirchak and all of the staff at the ghost walks, it is about providing an immersive and entertaining storytelling experience.

“We do our research before adding a location,” Hirchak said. “Each of our guides has their own style of storytelling and focuses on particular phenomena at each spot. So, you will hear something different if you were to tour the same five locations but with different narrators.” The tours are offered year-round. According to Hirchak, March through October are the busiest months. The ghost walks draw many tourists who are looking to explore the cities and the history behind them. “The St. James Graveyard, the Mako Light and The Gallows are some of the most popular locations in

Wilmington,” said Hirchak. “In New Bern, the Stanley House is a major draw.” The ghost walks are an experience that offers something for paranormal enthusiasts and skeptics alike. “Funny enough, the hardline skeptics seem captivated the most,” said Hirchak. “You don’t have to believe in ghosts to do a ghost walk. You will hear the history that’s been overlooked or not discussed much, whether it be tragic or mysterious. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the experiences of the people that have lived their lives in these

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Country artist

Visits Duplin County Story and photos by Ena Sellers

Just a few miles from Interstate 40, where the busy roads turn into open fields in the heart of Duplin County is the Duplin Events Center, an event venue that is gaining notoriety among celebrities all over the country.


t was there where our team met with country music artist, Kameron Marlowe who was in town for a concert, opening for country star Travis Tritt.

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The humble and charismatic country boy from Kannapolis, NC shared the story that lit the path to a Caption life-changing experience. “I was planning on getting married. I was 20 living back in Carolina, and I had this girl that I thought was going to be the one...” said Marlowe. Two weeks before he was going to pop the question she told him she didn’t think it was going to work out between them and they broke up. Marlowe turned to his music and began writing the song that got it all started. “I came home one night, picked my guitar, and started to write some things out,” said Marlowe. “I was kinda venting and the first thing I wrote was I’m giving you up.” “Little did I know that song was

I came home one night, picked my guitar and started to write some things out... Little did I know that song was going to change my life. going to change my life.” While heartbreak might have been the best thing that happened to the young musician, known for his powerful howling vocals, his love for music started singing in church when he was only 10 years old.

Marlowe studied music in college but dropped out after his first year, taking a job as an auto parts consultant to help at home when his mom had to stop working due to an injury. Some of Marlowe’s favorite memories growing up are of riding shotgun in his grandpa’s old pickup truck while listening to country radio. Marlowe was playing gigs at a local pub when he was discovered by a talent recruiter from NBC on YouTube. He went on to compete on season 15 of the Voice and while he was eliminated during the top 24 live playoffs, he used what he learned and traveled to Nashville to pursue his dream. Marlowe went on to record the song that would later change his life. In 2019 he independently released “Giving You Up,” less than a year later Southeast North Carolina Magazine | 29

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industry and now I am so, so blessed that this is what I get to do every day,” said Marlowe. The 25-year-old singer and songwriter emerged into the country music big leagues with his powerful vocals and real-life inspired songs and since then he has been building up

steam and putting out hits like “Burn ‘Em All,” “Steady Heart,” and “Girl on Fire.” When asked about his writing process the young artist shared that he takes his guitar and starts with a melody that he has in his mind and starts that way.

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“I don’t really have a writing process, it’s kinda like the mood I am in during the day,” said Marlowe, adding that all his songs are personal. “All are real to me and are my stories.” For Marlowe writing his first hit allowed him to open up more and show his vulnerable side. He shared that a piece of advice he got when he started writing songs was to put his all into the song. “The song should always come first ... and I’ve taken that to heart,” he said explaining that in every song he writes and plays, he puts all his emotion and authenticity. When asked about what has been 32 | Southeast North Carolina Magazine

his favorite performance, Marlowe shared that it was in Charlotte, NC while opening for country music star Brad Paisley, which was also his first road tour. He loved playing for his fans at home and at the venue he grew up going to. “Charlotte is right down the road from my hometown, so I had the whole family come out to see the show and then we got to take the bus to go to my grandma’s cause is right down the road. It was the best day ever,” said Marlowe. “Grandma made dinner. We had ribs and barbecue, all sorts of good stuff.” As for plans for the future, Mar-

lowe shared his excitement about what is coming next. “I have a new record that we finished with Dann Huff (who) is my dream producer,” said Marlowe. “So I am very excited about that. A ton of shows. This year is going to be a great year. It has already been such a great year, so I am just looking forward to what’s next.” The focus of the new album is real-life stories with songs that touch on Marlowe’s life journey. There is “romance, nostalgia, and heartbreak.” “Is going to be about my life story from North Carolina to Nashville.” Since we last met with Marlowe,

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I wanted a body of work that resembles my life and upbringing. These songs were shaped with the different influences I grew up listening to such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Jones, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Charles.

he has released his new debut album “We Were Cowboys.” “I wanted a body of work that resembles my life and upbringing. These songs were shaped with the different influences I grew up listening to such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Jones, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Charles. You will even hear some classic rock n’ roll and some influences of early 2000’s rock,” said Marlowe. “Our goal was to create timeless songs that last forever and I truly feel confident we nailed that goal. As nervous as I am, I am also excited. I hope y’all enjoy this record.”

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Wilmington N Color

Heritage tour bus brings light to 1898 riots Story and photos by Lauren Branch

If you walk the streets of Wilmington, NC the likelihood of running into someone familiar with the 1898 coup d’etat is low even though it played a huge role in the port city’s history.

I just wanted to invest into the village that was able to raise me out of my impoverished situation that got me to where I am. ~ CEDRIC HARRISON


fter the abolishment of slavery, Wilmington was a thriving community with a very large free black population and a booming economy. On Nov. 10, 1898, the first recorded coup d’état led by 2,000 white supremacists took the lives of many innocent people. The number of victims is believed to be 300, however, the number is presumed to be higher as there is no accurate count, because there were so many unrecorded deaths. Many victims were believed to have drowned in the river. Some people survived by hiding in the swamps and wooded cemeteries, and thousands fled the city and never returned. Cedric Harrison, the founder of Wilmington N Color Heritage Tour, shared that after coming across a documentary about the 34 | Southeast North Carolina Magazine

Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, he felt it was his civic duty to educate others to prevent history from ever repeating. “At that time, I came across some of the early video footage of Wilmington on fire... I didn’t know what

I wanted to do at first, but I knew I wanted to do something that was contributing,” said Harrison. “... and to be a part of the history I was reading about. I really didn’t know what it was, but for a while, I was on a soul-searching journey, and that is

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I came across some of the early video footage of Wilmington on Fire, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do at first, but I knew I wanted to do something that was contributing and to be a part of the history I was reading about. ~ CEDRIC HARRISON

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... for a while I was on a soul searching journey, and that is what sparked my first initiative. ~ CEDRIC HARRISON

tified himself as a product of public housing, expressed his understanding of the struggles that the coup d’état caused his community and explained he felt angry when he first learned about it. “Like dang... my projected outcome is statistically because of

decisions that others have made. You try not to think about that. You try to think that your faith is in your own hands, but when you look at where you have to start compared to where others do, it can leave a bad taste in (your) mouth. But I use that to fuel me,” Harrison said. Harrison shared he got the idea to start the WilmingtonNColor tour bus after the George Floyd events transpired. The WilmingtonNColor tour bus opened its doors on November 2021 and it continues to generate interest from locals and tourists alike. On the tour, riders can expect a drive around downtown Wilmington to see historical sites, specific locations where things happened during the coup d’état, current and past businesses owned by black people, monuments representing the events, and other cultural aspects in town. A few of the locations include the Daily Record, which was burned down. The home of Robert Taylor, the first black architect in the US and

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a Tuskegee Institute Professor, and St. Stephen AME Church, which was dedicated to black people after the abolishment of slavery, the Fredrick Douglas Academy, what was once called Black Doctor Road because it housed one of the first black doctors in the state who later opened the first black community hospital James Shober, Williston School which was once the only black accredited school, and The Infamous Bellamy Mansion which was designed and built by a black architect named James Post. Harrison shared that they have been blessed with the support from churches, sororities, fraternities, and government municipalities where he educates their new hires every two weeks. He also partners with the University of North Carolina -Wilmington campus where he is going to be giving tours to all the upcoming sophomores. Novant Health has also been a huge support along with Creators Print House, NC African American Heritage Commission, Third Person Project, and the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation. “I would never disrespect the spaces or the stories without going through the proper channels of getting the right cosigns to do the work. I am pretty much standing on the shoulders of any elders (who) are doing this work. They all know and a lot of them took the tour before I even had the television and before the AC; we were all sweating and praying we don’t break down, but they were still excited even from that point. I have decedents from both sides, both black and white decedents of 1898,” he stated. Harrison shared that it was hard to fit in all the history in just one hour. He had to cut the script down from three hours to one, but he feels it is a perfect start for right now. Harrison explained that he knows there is more in store, including more phases and projects to come. When asked why his work and the tour bus are important, he explained that there’s a lot that can be learned from history. Harrison wants people

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Serving all of Duplin County, Randy Wise and his staff offer a great selection of fine jewelry including watches, necklaces, earrings, and diamonds, diamonds, diamonds!

to understand the importance of our past, and use that to change the future. He is grateful for how far he has come with the support of the community and is excited about what is to come. Tours are booked for seven or more passengers by appointment only. Funds raised help support the non-profit and its mission.

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what’s cooking Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Recipes with

Chef Amanda Ezzell Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms Ingredients: 3 cups kale 1 cup your choice fresh mushrooms, whole or sliced 5 Tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste ½ teaspoon garlic ½ Lemon Directions: Submerge kale leaves into water, stir around, pull leaves out of water, drain water from the sink or bowl and return the kale and wash once again. Be sure to remove all dirt or grime from the kale leaves. If mushrooms are whole, clean the outside by wiping away any dirt with a clean cloth. Slice mushrooms into 1/8th inch thick slices. (You may leave them whole or cut them into quarters or halves – it depends on your preference.) Place olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic into a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet and allow oil to heat. Once oil is hot place kale into pan and toss or stir it around until it begins to wilt. Once the kale has begun to take on a darker green color and has wilted, add the mushrooms and allow the kale and mushrooms to simmer on low until the kale is tender and the mushrooms have stopped sweating. The pan will begin to dry as the mushrooms stop sweating. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze half of the lemon over the kale and mushrooms and serve. 40 | Southeast North Carolina Magazine

Ingredients: 1 pork tenderloin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon thyme leaves ½ teaspoon granulated garlic 3 tablespoons Olive oil 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 lemon Directions: Remove the pork loin from the packaging and rinse under cool running water. (We rinse all meats unless they are ground.) Use a boning knife or knife with flexible blade to cut under and remove the silver skin from the tenderloin. This piece of skin has a tendency to be tough and isn’t easy to cut after cooking. Pat the tenderloin dry with disposable napkins and liberally season meat with the spices. Heat up a sauté pan or cast iron skillet with approximately 3 tablespoons of olive oil and sear the outside of the tenderloin all the way around. It should take 3 turns to get all sides and approximately 1.5-2 minutes per side. Once all sides are browned remove the tenderloin from the pan and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add butter and fresh squeezed half lemon to the sauté pan and use a whisk or fork to loosen up any bits of seasoning or browned pork pieces from the pan and pour over the tenderloin. Place the pork loin in a 350* oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the loin reads 145*. Removed the pork tenderloin from the oven and allow it to rest on the countertop for 10 minutes before slicing into ½ inch medallions. Use any pan drippings over the pork medallions. Enjoy!

Squash and Cheese Ingredients: 1 Spaghetti Squash Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil

Directions: Wash outside of squash and cut in half lengthwise. Removed seeds, drizzle with olive oil ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and place flesh side down on a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Use a fork to score or pierce holes into the skin of the squash. Place in a 350* oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove squash from the oven, turn the squash over so the flesh is facing up and allow to cool. Once cool, use a fork to comb along the flesh to separate the noodle like tendrils. Your spaghetti squash is done when your squash looks like spaghetti noodles.

Cheese Sauce

Ingredients: 1 small butternut squash - washed, peeled and diced into 1x1 inch cubes 3 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic 1 pinch red pepper flakes ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese ½ cup Havarti/sharp white cheddar/ gruyere cheese Directions: Wash and peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds and cut into 1x1 inch cubes. Place in a heavy bottom pot with cream and seasonings. Allow to slow simmer (cook on low temp) for 30 minutes or until squash is very tender. Use a potato masher to mash up the squash into the cream until it has a creamy consistency. (You may also place squash mixture into a blender or food processor. Please allow the mixture to cool to a safe temperature before placing into a blender or place a kitchen towel over the opening of the blender/processor before turning it on. Hot steam could build up and lead to a burn.) Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the cheeses and the freshly combed spaghetti squash. Enjoy!! This is a faux mac and cheese dish that is lower carb and gluten free.

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Muscadine Supreme

Layer this mixture on top of the cooled crust

Ingredients: Crust Cream cheese Filling Muscadine filling Topping

Topping: Cool whip or 2 cups heavy whipping cream whipped with ¼ cup powder sugar added for sweetness ½ chopped toasted pecans

Crust: 1 stick butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup self-rising flour ¼ cup chopped pecans Mix ingredients and press into bottom of 9x 13 baking dish. Bake on 350 for 15 minutes and let cool

Preparation: Place topping on top of cooled muscadine filling and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Slice into bars and enjoy!

Muscadine Filling

Filling: 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened 1 cup powder sugar 1 small cool whip Preparation: Whip room temperature cream cheese with powder sugar until all lumps are gone and the mixture is creamy. Fold in one small container of thawed cool whip.

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Ingredients: 2 cups muscadine grapes (any variety will do, I used Supremes) ¾ cup sugar 1 + ½ cup water

other recipes, or for extra grape flavor, cook the pulp with 1 cup of water until pulp has broken down (thinned out and seeds become easy to strain) and strain the seeds from the pulp. Add the pulp (with seeds removed) to the muscadine grape hulls, add ½ cup water and ¾ cup sugar and place on stove top to simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally and add water as needed to keep the hulls from scorching or sticking to the pan. After about an hour the hulls should be tender but if they need to cook longer add extra water and cook until they are tender. Once they are tender remove them from the heat and refrigerate until chilled. Layer them over the top of the cream cheese filling.

Preparation: Pop grapes and separate the hull from the pulp. You can save the pulp for


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Serve Muscadine Supreme with chopped pecans sprinkled on top.

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Events and places to visit in Southeastern North Carolina




Fall Family Fun Festival & Craft Show 3700 US-70, New Bern, NC

Fall Family Fun Festival & Craft Show will take place Wed. – Fri. 5 - 9 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and will feature rides, live entertainment, wrestling,

crafts, vendors, and food at the Craven County Jaycees Fairgrounds.


17 FRI

Eastern NC Seafood Festival at the Farm

522 W Willis Landing Rd, Hubert, NC

Celebrate NC Fisherman and our wonderful coastal waters at Humprey Farma, featuring Shrimp Boil, a Clam Chowder Cook-Off Contest, Oyster Roast, Food Trucks and a concert with Highway Miles on Sept. 17, from 2 to 10 p.m. Enjoy beer barn, wine shop, ice cream, funnel cakes, kid activities and much more.




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NC Muscadine Festival

195 Fairgrounds Dr., Kenansville, NC

24 SAT

The Muscadine Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m at the Duplin Events Center located at 195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville, NC. Enjoy the wines, live bands, arts and crafts, food vendors from around Eastern North Carolina, and a wine making contest.


24 SAT

3005 Clarendon Boulevard, New Bern

Nicholas Sparks The DREAMLAND Book Tour, on Sept. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.




Union Point Park, New Bern, NC


Celebrate Oktoberfest at Union Point Park on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. For details call New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club 252-632-2267. 44 | Southeast North Carolina Magazine

40th Havelock Chili Festival Walter B. Jones Park, Havelock, NC The 40th annual Havelock Chili Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Walter B. Jones Park, Havelock, NC on Sept.24.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON UPCOMING EVENTS: All of the events listed here were still on schedule as of press time, but it’s best to check with each venue to ensure that the event is still going on as planned.


25 SUN

Fall Arts Festival

1046 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC

Kick off the Fall season Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy art vendors, music, food trucks a pumpkin patch and more!


23 FRI

The Arts Council’s International Folk Festival 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC

Celebrating its 44th year, the International Folk Festival features over 30 cultural groups who share the artistic vibrancy of their heritage. Performing arts, live music, international cuisines, cultural arts & crafts, and family-friendly fun Sept. 23-25 from noon to 7 p.m.


30 FRI

36th annual NC Seafood Festival 412 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC

The 35th annual NC Seafood Festival is scheduled for Sept. 30- Oct. 2. For a full schedule of bands playing, visit


30 FRI

Movies in the Park

Union Point Park New Bern, NC Movies in the Park presents “Mary Poppins.” Movie starts at dusk at Union Point Park. Call New Bern Parks & Recreation 252-639-2901. Southeast North Carolina Magazine | 45


07 FRI

Woofstock 2022 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC

The 2022 Woofstock fundraising event will feature live bands, dinner, drinks, tons of sWag for attendees to take home, and the opportunity to help our community’s homeless animals find their forever homes. Woofstock is set for Oct. 7, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Paranormal Ghost Tours 10200 US Highway 17, Wilmington, NC


07 FRI

The Manor House and grounds are haunted by 5 generations of the Foy Family Household. Come find out why! Reservations required. Tours on the hour at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.


01 SUN

Terror Creek Haunted Hayride Tara Creek 136 Robert Hobbs Rd Faison, NC

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08 SAT

Scuppernong River Festival 108 Water St., Columbia, NC

Scuppernong River Festival will kick of with a parade at 10 a.m. Vendors, food, entertainment and street dancing after the fireworks.


08 SUN

Hog Wild Cook Off


08 SUN

508 E Main St, Beulaville, NC

Celebrate Beulaville’s Hog Wild cook-off on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beulaville Municipal Complex. The Hog Wild will feature live entertainment, a half and half drawing, vendors a BBQ contest and a plate sale. The proceeds from the plate sales will benefit the community to help rebuild historical sites, community service projects, and scholarships. For more information call 910-262-5272.

Mikele Buck Martin Luther King Jr. City Park Morehead City, NC

The Mikele Buck Band will be playing for the last second Saturday Concert of 2022 on Oct. 8. Bring the entire family for a night of live music and fun in Downtown Morehead City! From 6:30-8 p.m. Between 9th and 10th Streets on Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC.


09 SAT

MumFest 2021

Downtown New Bern

Enjoy family fun, entertainment, exhibitors and great food at MumFest in historic downtown New Bern Oct. 9-10, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MumFest has entertainment for all ages! Amusement rides, trucks and helicopters to climb through, a fossil dig, dog shows, BMX stunts and a free workshop, as well as family friendly street entertainers and lots of great food. There is something for everyone, from dare-devil rides to kiddie rides and carnival games.


13 THU

The Embers Jaycee Park 807 Shepard St., Morehead City, NC

Mark your calendar for Oct. 13 for a free concert in Jaycee Park at 5 p.m. with The Embers! Bring a lawn chair and some good company to enjoy live music by the Morehead City waterfront.


15 SAT

Music Fest Duplin Events Center Kenansville, NC

End of Summer Music Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 15 and will kick off at 11 a.m., at the Duplin County Events Center. The all-day event will feature a variety of music genres and will close the night with the Band of Oz. For more details visit the Warsaw Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Southeast North Carolina Magazine | 47


21 FRI

Duplin County Agribusiness Fair Duplin Events Center Kenansville, NC

Duplin County Agribusiness Fair is a funfilled annual celebration for the whole family, featuring carnival rides, suspenseful games, one of a kind food vendors, a barrel race, and much more! The fair is scheduled for Oct. 21-23.


29 SAT

Goosebumps in the Grove Poplar Grove, Wilmington, NC

Two days of arts and craft vendors, trick or treating and carnival games at the Farmers Market in Poplar Grove, on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to-5 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for GooseBumps in the Grove, a day-time Halloween Gift Show & Carnival for all those young at heart and full of verve. $5 admission, ages 2+ up. The weekend event will feature 75 artisan vendors, food trucks, trick or treating for the kids, carnival games & prizes, and a little spooktacular fun.


05 SAT

16th Cape Fear Kite Festival 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC

Watch as serious kite flyers share their sky art at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area for the 16th annual Cape Fear Kite Festival. This is the final kite event of the season. Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for spectators.

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04 FRI

The Producers New Bern Civic Theatre

The Producers, a downon-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history. Weekends Nov. 4-19.


05 SAT

Warsaw Veterans Day Parade Front Street Warsaw, NC

This year, the Warsaw Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. The parade is the oldest consecutive veterans parade in America.


05 SAT

NC Poultry Jubilee Rose Hill, NC The NC Poultry Jubilee, has been a tradition for

more than three decades. The festival will be held Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.


05 SAT

North Carolina Spot Festival 14221 US-17, Hampstead, NC

Enjoy Spot dinners , beer or wine at live entertainment at the NC Sport Festival Nov. 5, 9 a.m. 10:30 p.m. and Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $5 kids under 6 are free.

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16 MON

Cucalorus Film Festival Downtown Wilmington, NC

The 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will take place Nov. 16-20 and will screen more than 125 films along with a schedule of music and performances including festival favorites like Dance-a-lorus, Visual/Sound/ Walls, and the Bus to Lumberton. Festival programs focus on dance, justice, comedy, performance, cocktails and more. For details,


26 SAT

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Wrightsville Beach, NC

Festivities begin Nov. 26 with a Day at the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Complex. Boat parade begins at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks. Parade winners will be announced on Nov. 27 at the Captain’s breakfast.

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