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t was late on Christmas Eve when Shirley locked up the real estate office and headed home. She looked forward to the vacation time she would be spending with her kids. Pre-teens, she thought to herself. It’s not going to be much longer that I will have their attention. Better enjoy it now. At home her husband, Ed, already hung stockings with the kids and had dinner on the table, ready to go. “Microwave lasagna! There is nothing like it!” He grinned and pushed a plate toward her. After cookies and milk had been put out for Santa, she tucked the kids in, then kissed Ed and drifted off to sleep. It had been a long day and tomorrow would come early, with the kids up at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought. Suddenly, she awoke to the sound of coughing. Sitting in the chair on the other side of her bedroom was a wrinkled old man wearing a Walmart ball cap and holding a copy of a book that had his picture on the cover. It read “Made in America!”

“Ed!” Shirley screamed. “Ed! Wake up there’s a man in our room! Ed! Ed!” She shook Ed, but he didn’t stir. “He can’t hear you,” the man in the ball cap said. “What? Why not? What do you mean?” “He can’t hear you because this is a dream. He can’t see me either.” “What do you mean? I can see you! How did you get in?” “Didn’t they warn you I was coming?” “What? Who? Warn me?” He sighed. “You were supposed to be told about my arrival. This is an example of poor management.” He shook his head. “I am one of three spirits who will visit you tonight. I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.” “You’re kidding, right?” “Nope. My name’s Sam Walton.” He held out a hand to shake. Gingerly, she shook it. “I’m Shirley.”

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“Yes, I know.” After an awkward silence, he gestured to the book he held. “Have you read my book? Made in America? I didn’t really sell anything made in America, but I called it that and people believed it. You know, people will believe anything if you just say it often enough.” Shirley stared at him wide-eyed and speechless. “Well, enough of this. We should be off.” He stood up and grasped Shirley’s hand. “Just relax. We will be there in no time.” “Where are we going?” “Walmart on Black Friday.” The cloud of smoke dissipated, and they arrived in a 1980’s Walmart (then, Wal-Mart). It’s was early morning—still dark outside. The crowd at the door pushed against the glass and tried to break it down with anticipation. “Ahh, here she comes.” Sam gestured as a harried woman came into view. “Mom,” Shirley groaned. “Let’s leave, I don’t want to see this.” “You must look. We decided not to show you the sweat shops but you have to watch this.” He pointed. The manager walked up and talked with the woman for a few minutes. She looked nervously at the door and then back at him. He handed her a key and walked to the safety of the customer-service counter. She looked with apprehension at the door. “Do I have to?” she pleaded. The manager nodded and gestured to the door again. “Please!” Shirley grabbed Sam’s arm. “Please, don’t make me watch her get trampled! Please!” Smoke swirled and instead they found themselves in a hardware store. “Do you know where we are?” Sam asked her. “Yes—yes! This is Uncle Bill’s hardware store!” “Ahh, and here he is.” Sam pointed to a man in profound grief who came out of the back room. “He doesn’t look happy.” Shirley shook her head. “He wasn’t. The store was ... Walmart put them out of business when they came to town.” “Of course, we did,” Sam agreed. “Doesn’t it bother you?” Shirley asked, as the hardware store faded into a cloud of smoke. “What?” “That you do this to people? That they literally die working for you, or that you put family businesses out? Does it bother you?” “In life? No, it didn’t bother me. That was just the cost of doing business. Once I realized that the coal-miner model of owing your life to the company store was one of the most efficient economic models ever created, well, I just had to put enough people out of work so that they had to shop with me and work for me. That was all. “ He shrugged. “But, that is why I am condemned to wander the earth: to show people the error of their ways. My spirit cannot rest until it makes restitution. So it’s not for me to be ashamed

but for you. How many people do you know who lost factory jobs to Walmart policies? After what happened to your mom and Uncle Bill—aren’t you ashamed to shop there?” “I can’t afford to shop anywhere else!” “Really? Can you afford the price of shopping here? It seems pretty steep …” He started to fade out. “My time is up! Listen, there are two more coming: Heed their warning! Change your ways! Alright, I’m going… Hey, buy my book!” Shirley found herself back in bed and pulled the covers up to her chin. I must have eaten something at dinner that disagreed with me, she thought. “Hi!” A voice echoed through the bedroom. Shirley shot straight up and saw a balding, skinny man with a deceitful grin. He looked like a contractor. What were all these strange, aging men doing in her bedroom? she wondered. If weird men were going to show up, couldn’t one of them at least look like Brad Pitt? “Actually, I am the same age as Brad Pitt, and he is only worth $200 million.” The man responded in a mind-reading fashion. “I clock in at around $27 billion.” “Around?” Shirley asked. “It changes on a given day, depending on how things are going—but close to that.” He shrugged. “Who are you?” “I’m Jeff Bezos.” “The Amazon guy?” she asked. “The same.” He nodded. “Are you ready to go?” Shirley climbed out of bed and took his hand. “We might as well get it over with.” They stepped through smoke to a warehouse with people moving through it at an extraordinarily fast pace. Oddly, no one was talking. “They get fired if they speak,” Bezos stated. “Not only do we buy merchandise at less than the wholesale retailers pay, but we store it in a way that employs half the people that those retailers would.” He paused. “And employ with far less quality of life and self respect, probably.” A thought had been nibbling at Shirley’s mind; it finally dawned on her to ask: “Hold on, you aren’t dead yet!” “No, I’m not.” “Then, how are you here?” “Oh, I’m the Ghost of Christmas Present. I’m doing everything possible to destroy it for as many people as possible. But I have figured out a way to work off my time in purgatory by doing it at night while I am still alive. I have researchers working on a way to staff it out. Until then, I’m pulling the night shift to tell the truth about what I’m doing to people. It’s like confessional; I still get to do what I want during the day.” “I’ve never heard of anyone working off purgatory while they were still alive.” “I’m not just anyone.” He coughed uncomfortably. “So I should probably tell you about a list of things: I refuse to pay sales tax or

give a community a tax break, all while undermining the commnunity’s infrastructure. I run slave-like working conditions, while harvesting personal information and investing in media products across the country so I can control the message about my company. Geez, there’s so much to cover I don’t know where to start?” “How about with why am I here?” Shirley quipped. “Oh, because you shop with us at work, even though there is a bookstore and music shop next door to your office. And your uncle’s hardware store is closed.” “What does my uncle have to do with this?” Shirley confusedly asked. “We sell tools.” “Oh.” “Listen, you sell real-estate for a living. How hard is it going to be to sell houses when there are no neighborhoods left with any stores nearby because everybody has to get everything from me?” Shirley shook her head. “And you have two kids coming up; do you want them working as wage-slaves in my silent warehouses?” “My kids are going to go to college and have better jobs than that,” she responded. “Not the way things are headed now,” Bezos responded. “There won’t be many jobs left for them.” “Why are you telling me this?”

“Because you shop with us instead of spending your money in the community that provides you with a living and your children with a future.” “But it’s so easy!” “Of course it is; we designed it that way. Don’t you try to teach your children that the things in life worth having require effort?” “Of course I do!” Shirley awoke screaming to her closet door. Instead of seeing a balding man in her chair, she heard a helicopter with eight propellers hovering above. As she watched, it dropped a plastic box in the chair and flew out her window. She walked over to the box and opened it. Inside was a small screen with a video playing. Her children, now adults, gathered around her kitchen. Four young children—her future grandchildren—played with screens, tapping at them and failing to make eye-contact with any of the adults who discussed their lives of working at packing warehouses. Shirley screamed and dropped the screen. There had to be time to make a change! It was all an image of what might be—not what has to be! Right? Gwenyfar Rohler is the author or ‘Promise of Peanuts,’ which can be bought at Old Books on Front Street, with all monies donated to local nonprofit Full Belly Project.

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Winging It in Wilmington: Wishes for an All-American Christmas By: Fiona Ní Shúilleabháin


hile it’s going to be a bit bizarre spending my first Christmas away from home, I am aiming for the All-American Christmas this year. A cookie-cutter image of the holiday has been imprinted in my mind ever since I was a kid—especially from watching season staple movies like “Miracle on 34th Street.” Although the decoration aesthetics are quite different at home in comparison to the movies, I’ve noticed in some areas around Wilmington, they are quite close to what I imagined. Like Santa, I made a list of all the things I need to achieve the All-American Christmas, from decorations to food to snow. At home, usually my mom and I end up spending more time debating (i.e. bickering) about how the decorations should be laid out. Most years I’m under the impression I’m doing a great job hanging the ornaments on the tree—until I quickly realize my previous arrangement has been, well, rearranged! This year, we’re both taking a break from this tradition as my relatives in Greensboro

are doing most of the work—actually all the work. So far, they’ve been living up to my expectations. They have an entire Christmas village laid out in the dining room, and not one but two Christmas trees, as well as stockings hanging by the chimney. The number one thing on my Christmas list when it comes to decorations is lights. I’m expecting lights galore, covering every house in sight to match those movies—the brighter the better. One of my goals is to see a light show (if anyone could tell me where to find one that would be much appreciated)! Probably one of the more important items on my All-American Christmas list: food. While visiting my relatives at Thanksgiving, I made sure to put in my requests for things we don’t serve at home: eggnog (whatever that is), hot cider and gingerbread men to keep in with the seasonal theme. However, old traditions must stay in place, too: turkey with stuffing and my specialty, cheese and garlic potatoes. My aunt informed me it wouldn’t be a typical dinner, however; she would be including baklava and finikia, each Greek sweets. Both made with filo dough, one filled with honey and nuts, and the other

an orange and cinnamon combination. Seeing as my aunt is half-Greek and half-Italian, she likes to keep her heritage present during the holidays. One thing essential to my list is Santa! Who could imagine a Christmas without jolly ole St. Nick? As a child, whenever I watched the “Santa Claus” movie, I felt compelled to stay awake as long as possible on Christmas Eve to listen out for that clatter of reindeer on the roof or I’d hold out hope of seeing Santa’s sleigh. A few months ago I was reminiscing about annual traditions with another intern at encore, when she asked, “Is it true that the Irish leave out Guinness for Santa?” Though I myself am unfamiliar with the Guinness ritual, we do hold our whiskey dear. We are always conscious that Christmas usually brings freezing temps in Ireland, so we always make sure to leave out a nice glass of whiskey. I often pondered as to how Santa never crashed his sleigh upon leaving Ireland—surely it can’t be legal to operate flying heavy machinery after a few spirits. Recalling some of the memorable Christmases I had growing up, one in particular

stands out. I must have been 7-years-old, and my brother and I couldn’t wait a minute past 7 a.m. to go downstairs and see what Santa brought—especially after spending the last two hours being told to go back to sleep. As we scampered into the living room, I almost immediately burst into tears when I noticed two black sacks sitting beside the tree. I cried out, “Why did we get coal? I’ve been nice all year!” In an effort to stop the hysterical crying, my parents rushed over to empty out the black sacks, which were actually filled with presents. I think Santa learned his lesson after that; presents came placed on the floor under the tree from there out. The last item to complete my All-American Christmas, which has been quite debatable around the southern U.S.: snow. While most people I know here complain there’s rarely a sign of snow, admittedly, I’ve been quite content with the relatively warm temperatures. Though we have snow on Christmas at home, we don’t sled a lot. So, I can’t help but secretly hope for a white Christmas here, complete with a one-horse open sleigh. Considering my aunt does indeed own a horse, I could foresee this working out well for my sledding pleasure.

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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd Yellow and brown values A Swedish TV show, “Biss och Kajs,” found itself in the spotlight in November -- in Russia, where government-run television apparently used it to send a political message to Ukraine by highlighting the program’s theme of teaching children about bodily functions. The episode Russia chose featured three bulkily-costumed actors sitting around talking -- with one dressed in yellow, one in brown, and the other unmistakably as a large, nude human posterior. (“Biss och Kajs” is highly regarded in Sweden; “biss” and “kajs” refer, respectively to the yellow and brown functions.) Ukraine (against Russia’s wishes) is considering a trade agreement with the European Union, and, the Russian station director said, pointedly, “There you have European values in all their glory.” Compelling Explanations The Bank of England, arguing before the U.K.’s Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in October, warned against limiting the bonuses that bankers have come to expect from their lucrative deals -- because that might encroach on their “human rights.” The Bank suggested it is a human rights violation even to ask senior executives to demonstrate that they tried hard to comply with banking laws (because it is the government’s job to prove violations). Slick Talkers (1) A young woman, accosted by a robber on Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill in October, told the man she was a low-paid intern -- but an intern for the National Security Agency, and that within minutes of robbing her, the man would be tracked down by ubiquitous NSA surveillance. She said, later (reported the Washington Examiner), the man just “looked at me and ran away (empty-handed).” (2) A 29-year-old cafeteria worker at Sullivan East High School in Blountville, Tenn., swore to police on the scene in October that she was not the one who took money from a co-worker’s purse, and she voluntarily stripped to near-nakedness to demonstrate her innocence. “See? I don’t have it,” she said. Moments later, an officer found the missing $27 stuffed in the

woman’s shoe. Katarzyna Dryden-Chouen and her husband Clive, busted in a London police raid last year with a marijuana grow operation that had netted an estimated (equivalent) of $450,000, insisted to a jury in October that their massive haul was not for sale but for “personal” use -- in that they worship the Hindu god Shiva, and truly believed that the world would end soon and that they needed a sizable offering to burn. (Actually, the jury bought it. “Distribution” charges were dismissed, but the couple still faces jail for their cultivation activity.) Ironies The Seattle City Council voted in October to seize a waterfront parking lot by eminent domain from the 103-year-old owner after negotiations to buy the property on the open market broke down. The state is funding a six-year tunnel-digging project in the area, and the city has decided it needs the property for not-yet-specified uses --except that in one part of the property, the city said it plans to operate a parking lot. Karma (1) Larry Poulos was stopped on an Arlington, Tex., street in September, bleeding from a head wound and complaining that he had just been robbed by two men. A friend of Poulos later corroborated that, but police also learned that the money Poulos had been carrying was the proceeds of his having robbed a credit union earlier that evening. He was treated for his wounds and then arrested. (2) At least 44 health workers were struck with a suspected norovirus in September at a Creative Health Care Management convention in Huron, Ohio. (Noroviruses are sometimes called the “Norwalk” virus, named after one notable outbreak in 1968 in Norwalk, Ohio, about 12 miles from Huron.) “Masculine” Values: Breakaway former officials of the Boy Scouts of America met in Nashville, Tenn., in September to establish a Scouts-type organization that can freely discourage homosexuality, with one leader promising Fox News that the result would be “a more masculine” program. Another prominent attendee, also quoted in the Fox News dispatch, described his sorrow at the BSA’s em-

brace of gay boys. Since this issue broke, he said, “I’ve cried a river.” In November, Sweden’s National Housing Board, in charge of building codes, ordered the country’s famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi (built anew annually out of fresh ice blocks) to install fire alarms. “We were a little surprised when we found out,” said a spokeswoman (who acknowledged that the hotel’s mattresses and pillows could catch fire). Not My Fault Conscience-Cleansing: Greg Gulbransen of Oyster Bay, N.Y., announced in September that he was about to sue the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for dragging its feet in implementing the Gulbransen-inspired 2007 federal legislation that he said would save lives, especially those of toddlers. The unimplemented law would force car manufacturers to install rear-facing cameras as standard equipment, a cause Gulbransen embraced after accidentally, fatally, backing over his own toddler in the family’s BMW SUV. Perspective An exhaustive American Civil Liberties Union report in November showed that more than 3,200 people are serving life sentences in the U.S. for non-violent offenses (about 80 percent for drug crimes). Most were sentenced under “threestrikes”-type laws in which the final straw might be for trivial drug possession, for instance, or for a petty theft such as the $159-jacket shoplifting in Louisiana, or the two-jersey theft from a Foot Locker. Said the jacket thief, Timothy Jackson, “I

know that for my crime I had to do some time but . . . I have met people here whose crimes are a lot badder with way less time.” Added his sister, “You can take a life and get 15 or 16 years,” but her brother “will stay in jail forever. He didn’t kill the jacket!” Undignified Deaths (1) Douglas Yim, 33, was convicted in September of murdering a 25-year-old man in Oakland, Calif., in 2011 after an evening of teasing by the man, who mocked Yim’s certainty about the existence of God. (2) A 27-year-old yoga fanatic in St. Austell, England, drowned in a pit in May during a well-publicized attempt to create an “out-of-body experience” to get as close to death as possible but without going over the line. Least Competent Criminals -- Recurring Themes: (1) Lawrence Briggs, 18, was arrested in Marshalltown, Iowa, in November after he walked out of a Sports Page store with $153 worth of merchandise he did not pay for. Moments earlier, he had filled out an application to work at Sports Page, and when surveillance cameras exposed him, managers called him in for an “interview,” and police made the arrest. (2) Troy Mitchell, 47, was arrested after allegedly robbing the Valley First Credit Union in Modesto, Calif., on May 14th. While he was standing at the teller’s window, another employee of Valley First saluted him (“Hi, Troy”) because he remembered Mitchell from April 3rd, when he had applied for a car loan.

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Turning on the Electricity

he holidays are built around traditions. When this time of year comes, we tend to think of the unshakable jingles blaring through the speakers on every station. North Carolina’s folk troubadours Chatham County Line (CCL) is back with their annual Electric Holiday Tour to warm audiences up with their fanciful acoustics before turning up the amps halfway through their set. An Americana band from Raleigh, NC, since 1999 CCL been touring the East Coast and Europe to spread the love for traditional bluegrass. Arguably more popular in the Netherlands than they are in their home country (two Grammy nominations in Norway, by the way), the band consists of Dave Wilson (guitar/harmonica/ vocal), Chandler Holt (banjo/guitar/vocal), John Teer (mandolin/fiddle/vocal), and Greg Readling (bass/pedal steel/piano/vocal). Recently, they finished a tour in the Netherlands, just in time to kick off their annual Electric Holiday Tour, making four stops only in Vienna, VA, Raleigh, Wilmington and Saxapahaw, NC. As in past years, the acoustic set will be performed by the band in their true one-mic fashion. After a short intermission, the band will bring onstage friends and fellow musicians Jay Brown (bass), Zeke Hutchins (drums), and Johnny Irion (guitar/piano) to turn on the electricity. Well-known songs will get a rock ‘n’ roll edge, and favorites that have influenced them over the years can be

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enjoyed, too. In true holiday fashion, there will be a few surprises. Encore chatted with Dave Wilson and Chandler Holt about the tour, as well as their recent experiences in the Netherlands. encore (e): You’ve been around since 1999. Has the lineup been the same throughout the band’s history? Dave Wilson (D): We had a different bass player on our first record—Ned Durant—but once Ned left, Greg Readling joined on bass and it’s been the same.

e: Who are your influences? DW: Too many to name but a few are The Band, Clarence White, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Nick Lowe, and The Beach Boys. e: I saw that you recently were in the Norway. How was it performing over there as opposed to in the states? Do you have a favorite memory from that tour? DW: Quite different. Sound is amazing every night and the Norwegians are very attentive listeners. They’re very kind and appreciative people as well. Playing the beautiful Drammen Theater and Oslo Konserthus were highlights for sure. [The] last dinner of the tour was an actual boiled

Above: The Spellman-nominated bluegrass group Chatham County Line play the BAC as part of their annual Electric Holiday Tour. Photo by Daniel Coston

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sheep head. Eyeballs and all—very salty. e: I read that you seem to be more popular outside of the U.S. True? How is playing in outside of the U.S. different? (D): We have fans everywhere. We have a nice collaboration with Jonas Fjeld in Norway, and that has been very helpful for us. We also do well in the UK. I think people really enjoy the style of music we play and love the show we put on. We travel overseas quite often and Norway has become sort of a second home for us. We’ve been going overseas since 2004 and have just built up a great following. [There are] very appreciative people over there and we love going. e: You’ve released six albums—the latest being “Sight & Sound.” Has your process of making music changed at all throughout the years? Chandler Holt (CH): We have a seventh record that will be out in late spring of next year. We like to be creative and don’t try to pigeonhole ourselves to one particular genre. Dave brings the songs to the table and we all add our creative energy and input to them. Dave writes amazing songs and I knew when I first heard him work his magic that I was going to be part of something special. I was a believer from the start.. e: Tell me about the electric show. There will be an opening band, then you guys do an acoustic set and then an electric version?

DW: We do this every Christmas where we do a CCL acoustic set [and] then have our good friends Jay Brown, Johnny Irion and Zeke Hutchins join us. We each choose a cool cover to do and might plug-in a couple instruments. We also take a few CCL tunes and give them the electric treatment. I look forward to it every year! e: What inspired you to do an Electric Holiday Tour? DW: Years ago, when we started doing an annual Christmas show, we decided to mess around and bring some electric fun into the mix. We all secretly enjoy plugging in and rocking out, so this gave us an excuse to do just that. e: The live show seems to be very important to Americana and bluegrass music; why is it personally important to you? CH: We happen to fit so where in between Americana and bluegrass. Dave writes the songs and we play traditional instruments to accompany them. I guess we appeal to a broad range because of that and fans like that we stick to our guns and play true original music. We let people interpret it the way the want and as long as we enjoy it and believe in it, the music should speak for itself. e: You recently did a collaboration with Jonas, Western Harmonies. Tell me what it was like working with him and what were you trying to accomplish? CH: We’ve done three collaborations with Jonas

and have been recording and touring with him since 2005. He’s become a great and close friend and is probably one of the greatest guys on the planet! He has incredible melodies that Dave writes lyrics to. He calls them “La-La’s” He sends us the melodies with him singing nonsensical lyrics so Dave can come up with words to match the cadence of his vocal and instrumental ideas. He’s a legend in Norway and it’s an honor to have crossed paths and make wonderful music with such a great musician. We have a platinum and gold record with him and were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for Brother of Song. And just found out yesterday that we are nominated again for our newest record, Western Harmonies. Fingers crossed. Check out his early recordings from the 70’s with Jonas Fjeld Rock N’ Rolf band. The pictures say it all. Awesome stuff!

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Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

Homegrown Radio Show hosted by Mary Byrne (7pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

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Open Mic hosted by Thomas and Oglesby (7pm; drums, amps, full PA provided) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 Jammin’ with Jax: George Gardos, Leroy Harper Jr., Terry Nash, Larry Tull, Steve King, Gerard Torchio (7-10pm) —Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House, 5046 New Centre Dr.; 859-7374 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977

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Open Mic Night with Dennis Brinson (8pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

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Clay Whittington —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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Ben & Heather —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

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Clay Crotts & Shane Hall (acoustic) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

Josh Solomon Duo —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

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Mac & Juice Quartet (Toys for Tots) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

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Lee Pearson —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595

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Shining Performances:

Thalian Association’s ‘Willy Wonka’ showcases great youth talent By: Gwenyfar Rohler


halian Association welcomes the holiday season with Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka: The Musical” on the mainstage of Thalian Hall. What could be a more family friendly show than the story of a magical chocolate factory? Within minutes of the curtain going up, I realized I made a mistake by not borrowing an 8-year-old to see the show with me. Luckily, the audience had plenty of children, so I got the experience vicariously. Charlie Bucket (Quinn Gonzalez) is poorer than poor. His dad (Christopher Rickert) screws on caps at the toothpaste factory, and somehow eeks out a living for the family, which includes Charlie, Mrs. Bucket (Emily Graham), and both sets of scene-stealing grandparents, hysterically portrayed by Laura Brogdon, Chelsea Deaner, Skip Maloney and Lance Howell. Willy Wonka, the Howard Hughes-like candy-factory owner (Nick Basta), has announced there are five golden tickets hidden in

WONKA CAST: (l. to r. back) Abby Bowman, Matthew Winner, Nick Basta, (l. to r. front) Quinn Gonzalez, Sydney Short and Aidan Malone. Photo by Mark Steelman.

candy bars across the world, which allow children to tour the factory. It is a news story of such magnitude that Phineous Trout (Khawon Porter), reporter extraordinaire, must travel to

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each of the winners, wherever they are in the world, to interview them. Porter delights in the role, showcasing not only his beautiful voice and great dance skills but also a hysterical sense of comedic timing. Through Trout’s interviews we get introduced to the first four winners of the golden tickets: Augustus Gloop (Mathew Winner), Veruca Salt (Abby Bowman), Mike Teavee (Aidan Malone) and Violet Beauregarde (Sydney Short). One ticket is still out there, and a very hopeful little boy keeps getting let down as he looks for it. Each time Gonzalez holds a candy bar in his hands, the audience hopes it will contain a ticket. Even though we know the story—and know the one he holds will be a bust—Gonzalez projects so much hope and trepidation, it keeps everyone on the edge of their seats, praying he finds it. Of course, on the very last day possible, Charlie Bucket finds the fifth and final golden ticket. He can take one adult along with him and picks his Grandpa Joe (Lance Howell). Howell and Gonzalez are a joy to watch together. Howell has more fun than, well, a kid in a candy store. His good-natured delight at grandparenthood in the face of poverty is inspiring. A genuine chemistry exists between Howell and Gonzalez during their duets “Flying” and “Burping,” when they drink the fizzy drinks that make them fly. It could be a cheesy scene, but both performers remain present in their mutual contentment that it draws in the audience. Basta resists trying to play either Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp; though, there are nods to both performers in his choices. Instead he creates a Wonka of his own. He doubles as the Candy Man, which lets the generous, good-hearted side of his personality shine. Likewise, the mysterious, concerned, vague side flourishes, too. It’s a nice dichotomy that works. Quinn Gonzalez gives a stunning performance for one so young: He sings beautifully and carries a heavy burden as one of the two leads. His duet with Rickertt in “Think Positive” includes a truly lovely dance number for both; it will incite a lot of “awwws” from mothers. Of course, “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” is one of Charlie’s best numbers, and Gonzalez sells it with all his might. A very impressive future awaits him, and with the support of the Thalian Association Children’s Theatre crew, some strong hands will guide him. The strength of this show remains in the performances. Ultimately, it is a show filled with very talented young people. The other winners come in the Oompa-Loompas, the teenagers in

town who show off hard work and talent. However, “Willy Wonka” should be an unquestioned visual feast. The big reveal of the candy factory and each of the subsequent rooms should top each other visually. It just didn’t happen. Dallas LaFon’s lighting is beautifully evocative, with swirling bubbles and rich colors. The use of black lights on the OompaLoompas is a good touch. Yet, the lighting didn’t seem nearly what it could be or should be. Primarily, the set’s painted drops for Charlie’s house and town remain very cartoon-like. My favorite is the house, but for the candy factory, all the little kids in the audience should have sighed a collective “ah!” upon the reveal. They did not. Even the flying scene with Charlie and Grandpa Joe could have been done any number of ways to create a true sense of magic. Yet, they sit on black bar stools. With all the resources of the main stage available—projection, multimedia or even the fly rail—it seems like a sad loss. Augustus Gloop’s demise in the chocolate river is the only special effect well-executed. The squirrels, who select nuts for Wonka, show off some wonderful gymnastic skills, courtesy of Port City Gymnastics. Again, their spring board and landing pad could have been built into the set for even more excitement; instead, the springboard and blue landing mat are bare. To see them jumping through jelly-bean bushes and landing in a field of nougats and peppermints could have added a lot of visual interest in the scene. More so, at $30 a ticket, the production values didn’t hold up. Production values aside, the performances are great! That’s what carries the show: From the leads to the ensemble, there is a lot of talent and dedication. Kendra Goehring-Garrett’s choreography remains exciting and fun, especially for the Oompa-Loompas. The miniature Greek chorus is just an astounding part of the show! Wonderful singing and dancing will capture the audience’s heart. From the first strains of Basta singing “Pure Imagination” to the finale, there are many unforgettable performances sure to inspire young would-be performers.

DETAILS: Willy Wonka ★★★★★ Thurs-Sat., through Dec. 22nd, 8 p.m. Sun., 3 p.m. Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. Thrifty Thurs., $15; otherwise, $30

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Local Artist Goes Anthro:

Sullivan Elaine Anlyan sells gilded prints on national retailer site By: Sarah Richter


uring the holiday season, shopping is the name of the game. Ask any lady about her “perfect gift,” and likely half of them will claim it comes from a particularly coveted store, Anthropologie. From their artfully designed layouts, luxurious clothes and unique housewares, the retailer maintains a royal sense of style across the board. Wilmington holiday shoppers will be thrilled by the local slant now offered at Anthropologie, thanks to the work of Sullvan Elaine Anlyan. Known for working with individual artists and designers, Anthropologie contracted Anlyan’s limited-edition gilded bird and bunny prints, now for sale at She signs all of her prints from Anthropologie, which also contain impeccable attention to detail and character. A sense of whimsy, wonder and simplicity emit from her works. Drawing inspiration from nature, Anlyan always loved drawing animals. She got her

start as an artist at a very young age. “My mother was always extremely artistic,” she says, “and she was always doing art projects and allowing us to help. Growing up, I had access to various tools and other art supplies to explore my creativity. Even my dad, who was a lawyer, would do art projects with us. So, I was surrounded by this creative family who always made time for art.” An alumna of UNC Chapel Hill, Anlyan studied art with a concentration in metal sculpture. Even though she worked with paintings, she always felt her forte came in drawing. “My pieces are pen-and-ink and paint on canvas, with a metal-leaf background,” she explains. “I see my work as a study of the iconography of nature.” Anlyan graduated from college and moved to Wilmington. Participating in both group and solo shows since 2006, she’s become an indelible fixture on the art scene. Her work can be seen in permanent collections at downtown’s YoSake restaurant and UNCW’s Randall Library. She’s shown in mul-

gilded gal: Sullivan Anylan currently has her gilded art work on sale through national retailer Anthropologie. Courtesy photo

tiple and varied venues, from WHQR Gallery to Oliver clothing store to Caprice Bistro. “I’m drawn to the simplicity of pen-andink,” Anlyan states. “A few years ago I was asked to contribute some work at [downtown’s] ERA Gallery, called ‘Houses of Worship.’ I created all of these pen-and-ink drawings of different churches, but they felt incomplete. So I stenciled a gold dove on each one.” Drawn to the beauty of gold leaf, as well as its ease of use, she found that by gilding the doves on the churches, something brilliantly spiritual emerged. The material and the symbolism shone brighter. The series began her path with gilding. Now, Anlyan laughs and says she wants to guild anything and everything she can. Her passion and dedication has paid off, as now her striking, intricate works of art are going national. “Each department at Anthro-

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pologie has its own buyer,” Anylan explains. “So there’s one for women’s clothing, one for home wares, etc. Someone found my work online and felt it really fit with their aesthetic and clientele.” After passing images of her art onto the proper departments, the art sector at Anthropologie began the contracting process. Originally slated to have images ready for spring and summer, Anthropologie moved up the buy; Anlyan’s gilded art perfectly complements their holiday aesthetic. Needing to prepare 240 prints in two weeks, Anlyan’s push into the world of retail came as scary, uncharted territory. She handmade all of them, making each unique. “I had to work frantically to get the order ready to ship,” she states. “And there are so many other things you don’t realize have to be done to make art a retail reality—such as certain envelope sizes, everything has to have a vendor ID and bar code, so it can essentially come straight from the artist, and must be ready to be sold.” A humble, cheery person, she received help from many friends, some of whom are small business owners. They made the process feel extremely organic and taught her a lot about the back-end of business. Anlyan hopes to extend her sales into other outlets, too, and would be happy to receive more orders from Anthropologie in the future. For now, the world can see the talent hailing from Wilmington, NC, full of Southern charm and unforgettable artistic sparkle. Anlyan’s original hand-drawn illustrations, featuring two different birds and two different bunnies, can be purchased at in the house and home sections of the website.


Sullivan Elaine Anlyan Gilded bunnies and birds

Gallery Guide


2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.

1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; • Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 36, features Shannon Lange, Bill Medley, Chip Orr and two special guest artists.

Figments Gallery offers a fresh mix of eclectic work from local and international artists of all genres. Come by for an Open House Exhibit featuring new artists on the Second Friday of every month from 6-8 p.m. It’s a great event to connect with the arts community!

ArtExposure! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302 • 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.)

The December show is themed “White.” Go to and check out Classes for Adults and Teens as well as Classes for Children. “Paint by Wine” will be offered on selected Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Karen Crenshaw. ArtExposure will be closed December 22nd through January 13th and will reopen to regular hours on January 14th.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE 114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This month our featured artist is Ryan Stokes. Stokes’ unique art captures motion and energy in abstract form on wood, some of which he reclaimed from the old Oceanic Pier. His collection will hang until December 26. Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Mon, Wed, Fri: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m or by appt.

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to present “High Energy: A Celebration,” the works of Ann Parks McCray. Ann Parks McCray lives and works in Wilmington, where the area’s natural beauty inspires her abstract naturescapes. Many pieces express the essence of sky, sea, and a dense lushness of trees. A wide-ranging palette with generous paint produces an energetic textured feel. These renditions are interpretations, moments in time, impressions of seasons and locations. Many over-sized paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.

New Elements Gallery 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.)

Get your holidays off to a festive start with our fantastic 29th Annual Holiday Show. Featuring over 40 artists, the exhibition will include a variety of original paintings, prints,

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sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber and more. The gallery is sponsoring a fundraiser for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. All purchases over $25 through Dec. 14th qualify for a complimentary raffle ticket, with the winner receiving a gift certificate for $250 to the gallery. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for $5 each. The exhibit will remain on display through January 4th, 2014.

River to Sea Gallery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5p; Sun. 1-4pm.

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker.

Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures.

SUNSET RIVER Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In the historic fishing village of Calabash, North Carolina, over 10,000-plus square feet of fine arts and crafts showcases artists from the two Carolinas. Clay art and pottery; oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media, pastels and acrylics; plus award-winning metalworks, wood pieces, hand-blown glass, fiber art, artisan-made jewelry and more. Since 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a popular destination for visitors, a gathering place for artists and a center of the community, thanks to its onsite pottery studio, complete with two kilns; a custom master framing department; and art classrooms for workshops and ongoing instruction.


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Inspiring Aspirations:

Christopher Everett seeks funding for his documentary “Wilmington on Fire” By: Christian Podgaysky


t the turn of the 20th century, Wilmington became a hotbed of the racial tension that plagued the nation. On November 10th, 1898, violence seized the city in one of the only successful examples of a coup d’etat. Aided by the white supremacists of the Democratic Party, a mob of white men swarmed the Port City, killing and driving out countless African Americans. The tragedy laid the groundwork for Jim Crow segregation that soon after typified the region. Perpetuated by a love for African American history and desire to shed light on this dark time, Christopher Everett created his feature-length documentary “Wilmington on Fire.” In an effort to ensure the film’s completion, Everett recently launched a Kickstarter campaign on December 2nd. He hopes the money garnered will compensate the costs of post-production. The campaign will extend through New Year’s day and seeks to raise $16,000. “Wilmington on Fire” found its first round of support through an Indiegogo campaign, which

collected around $3,000 to fund the cost of conducting interviews. The remainder of the necessary money has come directly from

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Everett’s pockets. In order to give “Wilmington on Fire” his full attention, Everett has remained unemployed throughout its production because of passion and determination for his love of film. It all started back in 2003 when he decided to pursue acting. However, his love for story-telling drove him to begin doing short films and music videos about five years ago.“Wilmington of Fire” marks the first largescale project he has undertaken. The film examines the Wilmington massacre through the eyes of descendants of the victims, historians, authors and activists. It also employs positive hip-hop and spoken word in order to maintain the interest of audiences and avoid the trope of becoming a dry documentary. The project’s undertaking has been an emotional experience for the filmmaker, too. Hearing of the atrocities that epitomize the event, which did not become widely known until the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it in 2006, left a lasting impact on Everett. “Hearing those stories about the [actual descendent’s] grandparents and greatgrandparents, and them sharing these things with me meant a lot,” Everett says. The film also studies the continuing repercussions of the blood bath that forever changed the Cape Fear area. “I’ve learned a lot more about the actual theft of property that came several years after the 1898 massacre, and other people who were major players in the massacre but were mainly behind the scenes,” Everett discusses. The film looks at the state of North Carolina’s little publicized involvement in the massacre. As well, it underlines the progress of the African American community before and after the attacks. Working on “Wilmington on Fire” has allowed the filmmaker to bring his dreams into fruition. He received the opportunity to interview people whose work he had been following for years prior. Notably, he garnered the support of Dr. Claud Anderson, author

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of “Powernomics” and “Black Labor, White Wealth,” and Dr. Umar Johnson from the documentary “Hidden Colors.” Though the film is incomplete, Everett received the unique opportunity afforded by Wilmington’s own Cucalorus Film Festival to screen the project as a work in progress at their 2013 event. “The response at Cucalorus was great,” Everett divulges. “I didn’t think a lot of people would be interested in this type of film, but when they told me that my screening was sold out two days before the actual screening, I was like, ‘Wow!’ We received a very positive and emotional response, and people all over Wilmington during the week of Cucalorus were talking about the film. The Cucalorus experience really energized me and gave me a new confidence moving forward in completing the project.” As Everett advances with “Wilmington on Fire,” he sets his sights on the ultimate goal: hitting the film-festival trail. A limited theatrical release in North Carolina also factors in to his aspirations. Everett hopes the film goes above and beyond a viewing experience. “The main goal is to really open [a] discussion and dialogue for reparations for the 1898 massacre and its aftermath (the effects that still are in place today),” Everett proclaims. “That’s the purpose of ‘Wilmington on Fire.’” Everett’s goal of $16,000 remains yet unreached. As the Kickstarter campaign winds down, those wishing to open their hearts and see this film’s completion can head over to the website to make a donation. Backers will not go unrewarded. Aside from the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from being a part making a filmmaker’s vision reality, donors will receive perks that range from a T-shirt, to books on the subject, to an executive producer credit. As Everett looks to the future, he beams with the humbled confidence of having so many people see “Wilmington on Fire” finish its course. “It’s been an awesome experience,” he enthuses. “It means so much when people hit me up on Facebook and say things like, ‘I support what you are doing’; ‘You really have inspired me to make my own documentary film’; [or] ‘You’ve inspired me to go back to school and become a teacher.’ It’s exciting to work on this project every day and see people interested in it before it’s even out.”

DETAILS: Wilmington on Fire Director Christopher Everett Kickstarter: Dec. 2nd - Jan. 1st

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Stallone’s ‘Homefront’ works a thin premise with one-note performances

It’s a Wonderful Life

By: Anghus


remember being excited by Jason Statham—not sexually, mind you, but cinematically—when he was young and feisty, popping up in great Guy Ritchie movies like “Snatch” and awesome disposable action movies like the “Transporter.” He was a great piece of action: gravelly voice, a face that looked carved from granite, and he believably kicked a whole lot of ass. He looked like a guy who could put anyone through a wall and would rather enjoy doing it. Like all action stars, his charisma dims a bit the longer he stays in the game. The Jason Statham of 2013 isn’t quite the same eager, burning cauldron of fire he was back in 1999. Don’t get me wrong; he still kicks a lot of ass, but there’s only so many premises and themes to work with a blunt British action star before things start to feel redundant. Statham hit redundant in 2010. Now, he’s not only beating up the bad guys but beating a dead horse. Written by Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” gets penned by one of the most stoic, monosyllabic leading men in Hollywood history. Stallone’s a guy who made his career playing one-note heroes that Statham has occupied for the vast majority of his career. Like Stallone, Statham has a limited range and seems much more natural tearing off another man’s face than doing something simple like, oh, I don’t know, talking to another human being. The story centers on Phil Broker (Statham), a former DEA agent who tries to escape a troubled past. After a bust goes wrong, Phil goes into self-imposed exile and takes his daughter to a small rural town in the hopes of avoiding trouble. Instead, he winds up tangling with a local drug lord named—wait for it—“Gator” (Franco). It’s easy to spot good writing when the action hero has a last name like “Broker”—as in “I just Broke-ah your face!”—and the Southern redneck villain gets called “Gator.” That’s the kind of attention to detail and subliminal character development no one would expect from a guy like Stallone, who wrote classics like “F.I.S.T.” and “Over the Top.” OK, OK, I don’t want to bag on Stallone. I have so many fond memories of his early films, but looking at his writing credits is like taking a brain-erasing tour through cinematic history. It’s kind of funny to watch a movie like “Homefront” less for its story (which is practically non-existent) and more as a thesis on overacting. I guess it would be like whatever the opposite of a “Master Class” would be—something where people came out dumber on the other side, actually even

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A-LIST DUMPSTER-DIVING: Kate Bosworth and James Franco star in the failed action movie Homefront.’ Courtesy photo

losing a few brain cells (like somebody who went to the University of Florida). I became fascinated with watching Statham simply try to interact with other people, his face affixed with a permanent scowl. It reminded me of watching Kristen Stewart in those god-awful “Twilight” movies. At some point, audiences realize the person being paid a tidy sum to appear in movies can be completely believable while tearing off someone’s head but can’t muster an ounce of sincerity in ordering a cup of coffee. Talking about bad performances in a Jason Statham movie is like complaining about the heat in a volcano. The whole idea of performance gets turned on its head by the inclusion of James Franco (“The Great and Powerful Oz,” “Spring Breakers”) as the villain. It’s an inspired bit of casting, but he seems so out of place in the pig sty, hamming it up with other one-dimensional cast members. I wasn’t sure if Franco took this role as a dare, or had decided to engage in some kind of artistic endurance test to see how indestructible his career may be. I mean, if he could survive hosting the Oscars, certainly playing a redneck meth-head in a low-rent action film couldn’t do any real damage. “Homefront” wants to be a tense, brutal action film in the tradition of “Straw Dogs.”

It’s a survival tale about a good-natured guy pushed to the breaking point by some nasty characters. It never evolves past a thin, onenote premise—and unlike “Straw Dogs,” or something like “Walking Tall” (the original, not the remake), it never devolves into schlock and, therefore, never becomes fun. There are movies in this milieu, like Patrick Swayze’s “Roadhouse,” which are composed of nothing but cliché, but they’re still fun. One would think Franco’s involvement would help elevate the material, but it kind of makes the whole thing seem even more ridiculous. It’s like watching Franco cinematically slum it, as if we’re supposed to applaud an A-list celebrity appearing in trash. There’s very little to applaud in a movie like “Homefront,” other than the sweet feeling of relief when it’s all over.

DETAILS: Homefront ★★★★★ Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth

NC Black Film Festival March 13 - 16, 2014 Now accepting submissions! The North Carolina Black Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the festival 3/13-16. The BAA is a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of AfricanAmericans in arts and culture; it serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The NCBFF is known for its southern hospitality, bringing filmmakers of color to one of the east coast’s largest film capitals, giving exposure to their work and an opportunity to display their art. In its 13th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, documentary films and music videos. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries to be screened in any given category. Submissions accepted through 12/31, $25 entry fee. Also, if you would like to be a designer for Fashion in Film 2014 or want more information, please contact Ms. Ashika Payne at 910-409-4172 or email Each designer will be responsible for creating unique fashions inspired by a classic Black film chosen by Sewfli, Inc.

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Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the




The Dixie Grill has undergone numerous transformations over the years. It has been a white linen establishment, a no-frills diner and pool hall, a country café and now a classic American diner. The menu hearkens back to an aesthetic that equated good food with freshness, flavor and a full stomach. This combination has earned The Dixie Grill the Encore Reader’s Choice award for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Diner” several times. Call the Dixie an homage to the simplicity of southern cuisine, call it a granola greasy spoon, call it whatever you like. Just sit back, relax and enjoy!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER:

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:

Blue Surf Café

Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including waffles, skillet hashes and sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi and signature meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our house favorites Braised Beef Brisket and Jerk Chicken Empanada’s. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, In-

fused Lemonade, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and kids menu ■ WEBSITE:



Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 60 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a

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OPEN 7 days a week. Serving Breakfast and Lunch 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Serving dinner Thursday, Fri, and Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington


Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:3010:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drinks lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches (Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. Enjoy two locatons: 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., and 1900 Eastwood Rd. in Lumina Station. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Masonboro Loop & Lumina Station ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:

A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:

Holiday Inn Resort

Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE:

K’s Cafe

Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington.They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:

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We invite you to experience dining in Wrightsville Beach’s—Shell Island Restaurant located inside the Shell Island Resort. The breathtaking panoramic ocean views are complemented with menu items that will invigorate your appetite. Whether you are in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, our specialized menus feature the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try Shell Island Restaurant for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront Dining ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday & Saturday 7 – 10 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE:


From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II of-

fers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere - perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 ■ Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. ■ Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. ■ Neighboorhood: Mayfaire ■ Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine ■ Website:


Blue Asia serves a wide range of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisines, in Chinese, Japanese and Thai, prepared by experienced chefs. By offering only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, chefs prepare classic sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as hibachi tempura dishes, and favorites like Pad Thai or chicken and broccoli. A large selection of appetizers, such as dumplings and spring rolls, along with homemade soups and salads, make Blue Asia a fusion experience, sating all palates. Folks dine in an upscale ambiance, transporting them to far-away metropolises. We always serve a full menu, and we specialize in the original all-you-caneat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). With specialty cocktails and full ABC permits, we welcome families, students, young professionals and seasoned diners alike. 341 S. College Rd., Ste 52. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Wed, 11am10pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: All-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). ■ WEBSITE:


Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials


What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4

p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: 3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.


French Quarter. The classic French style and the laidback American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. ■ WEBSITE:


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-7631607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area.

From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South Open at 6 a.m. every day for both American and ■ WEBSITE: Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. BOURBON ST ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are South New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and seems to have been extracted from the heart of the big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer


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matches worldwide. ■ MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910-763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. ■ WEBSITE


We believe fresh ingredients and good conversation are what makes a meal. You will discover that pleasure and happiness does not stop with the food we prepare, but will spill over into the warm, casual atmosphere we provide. Every guest is a welcome part of our family from the moment they walk through the doors. Whether you are looking for a fresh salad from the garden, a hot sub from the oven, a dish of pasta, or a pizza straight from your own creation; you will find it here! From calzones, strombolis and meatballs, every dish is made fresh to order. Our homemade dough and sauce is made daily, as we strive for the best, using the highest quality ingredients. Complete your meal with our decadent desserts, such as the popular Vesuvius cake or our Chocolate Thunder cake. We serve cheesecake, cream puffs, and made-to-order cannolis and Zeppoli. We offer cozy outdoor seating, big-screen TVs—and ice cold beer served with a frosted glass, as well as wine. Please call for daily specials, such as homemade lasagna and brisket. 2535 Castle Hayne Rd.; (910) 762-1904. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-7pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington near the airport ■ FEATURING:$4.99 lunch special: 2 slices and a drink, from 11 am-3pm; $4.99 10in. pizza after 3pm; $4.99 for 6 wings all day


The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE:


is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials



A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-andmatch pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-Midnight; Sunday Noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland ■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE:

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Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. ■ SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 ■ FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays ■ WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00) and $5.99 Student meal. Catering options are available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether

you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Co-op Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE:


Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251.


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■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE:


Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:

Pilot house

The Pilot house Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The origi-

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In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.


Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD pro-

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Fox and Hound is an English-style sports tavern that offers a warm, inviting ambiance and friendly, entertaining staff. Relax in the spacious bar area while watching your favorite team on one of 25 large, high-definition TVs. Or, choose to enjoy lunch or dinner in the mellow dining room or on the enclosed patio. Play pool on our premium tables (brand new felt!), challenge your buddy to a game of darts, or stop by before seeing a movie at the neighboring Mayfaire Cinema. Fox offers dishes for every palate and appetite—from hand-crafted Angus beef burgers to grilled salmon or sirloin. Finish the meal with our Great Cookie Blitz, a 6-inch chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. We offer 42 taps and over 100 craft beers, plus a wide array of liquor and wine to choose from—so Fox is sure to enliven any night out! Join us for guys’ night, girls’ night, or date night. We’re open daily and serve a full menu ‘til 2 a.m., so look to Fox and Hound for the best party in town! 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: $6.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $2.50 drafts on Tuesdays with 42 options. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm



This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -

Thursday 4-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:

TAPAS The Olive Cafe and Wine Bar

An epicurean emporium devoted to taste, The Olive Cafe and Wine Bar features delicious one-of-a-kind winds and foods from around the world. Transport your senses through flavor by relaxing in our restaurant’s contemporary Parisian decor, and taste an upscale experience without the uptight attitude. We serve appetizers, small plates, and entree’s in a creative and comforting way, using artisanal products. We offer over 75 boutique wines to choose from and 20+ craft beers, as well as food and wine classes to enhance your food experience. We have espresso, specialty cheeses, meats, chocolates and pastries for your at-home enjoyment of our products, as well. Hours: Mon - Tue: 11am-6pm (lunch ‘til 3pm only); Wed - Thu: 11am-10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 11:am-3pm. 1125-E Military Cutoff Rd. (The Forum) (910) 679-4772 • ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch 11am – 3pm ■ WEBSITE: www.

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN sealevel gourmet

Having opened in early spring 2013, Sealevel Gourmet is the new baby of Chef Nikki Spears. Spears wanted a place to cook what she eats: well-executed, simple, snacky, and sandwichy, seasonally changing meals. From a nearly guilt-free American veggie cheeseburger, to fresh sushi, fish and shrimp “burgers,” falafel, fish tacos and avocado melt pitas, Spears caters to the needs of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose-intolerant diets, including cookies and seasonal pies. Sealevel invites diners to refresh their palates with wholesome, handmade food and drink. With a focus on NC seafood, Spears’ cuisine is drawn from all corners of the earth. Whether desiring Mediterranean, Mexican or Southern cuisine, every palate will be sated, especially with Sealevel’s “lunchbox” specials of the day, inspired by Japanese bento boxes. Beer, wine and sake served! Drop by daily for lunch, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., or for dinner, Thurs. - Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 1015 S. Kerr Ave. 910-833-7196. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily; Thurs-Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant and seafood-friendly fare! ■ WEBSITE:

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or most children, when it comes to Christmas, their biggest concern is Santa, and whether they’re on the naughty or nice list. For an alarming number of children, their greatest wish is to have a family to call their own. Within the state of North Carolina, the need for adoptive parents is on the rise, with 2,500 children waiting to be adopted and over 9,000 living in foster care. Every year Children’s Home Society (CHS) runs a campaign in an effort to raise money for making these children’s wishes for a family come true. CHS’s Little Red Stocking Campaign began in 1928 and occurs each year in the months leading up to and during the winter holidays. What started in November, the campaign continues until January 15th as an online fund-raising campaign. Folks can either make a donation online or respond to the Little Red Stocking received in the mail. CHS also offer up guidelines as to how one can make the fund-raiser a group effort as a charitable

project in the workplace, within an organization or through the family. They ask businesses to designate a company holiday campaign to CHS, and they encourage groups that want to get involved to have fun with the ongoing fund-raiser. One of their suggestions is to have a day or event where participants wear red socks or stockings, and pledge the amount they want to donate. Another is to host a party and ask guests to make a contribution. CHS even has Little Red Stocking invitations available to promote the party. For those who participate, stories and pictures of the event can be sent to CHS, wherein the organization will post and spread awareness on their Facebook page. The CHS of North Carolina was founded in 1902 with a mission to find children forever homes. Going strong for 85 years, last year, proceeds for CHS served 17,352 children and families. This included providing a safe and stable home for 143 children and 503

Children’s Home Society needs donations for annual Little Red Stocking campaign By: Fiona Ní Shúilleabháin

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foster children. They also played a part in assisting 1,009 families with post-adoption services, as well as counseling 84 birth parents. The non-profit organization was first set up in Greensboro to address the issue of homeless children. Today they cover a wide range of services which include educating and supporting parents struggling to provide an adequate home for their child and ways to prevent teen pregnancy. CHS has made these programs available for parents, prospective parents and communities, and currently provides these educational services to 12,517 people. “Never an orphanage, CHS instead focused on placing children in forever homes,” Brook Wingate, director for development and major gifts for the central region, states. “Today, CHS is a statewide agency providing a continuum of care for children and families in transition through education, foster care and adoption services.” The Little Red Stocking Fund helps 15,000 families throughout North Carolina. “From our ‘Wise Guys’ program with young adult males to our work with children in foster care, every dollar donated makes a difference in the life of a child and his or her family,” Wingate notes. “When you support Little Red Stocking, you help CHS create strong and healthy families and communities.” In previous years, the orga-

nization has raised on average $300,000 per year. “Our stretch goal for this year is $400,000,” Wingate informs. An worrying amount of children are removed from their families totaling up to 13,700 per annum and over 550 grow out of the system with no family support to fall back on. “The current trend [is] decreasing,” Wingate explains. “It went from 9,000 children in NC living in foster care last year to 8,400 this year. And 2,500 children waiting to be adopted last year to 2,000 this year.” Although it has been positive Wingate emphasizes the great need for permanent, safe and loving families for children in foster care. “[The cost to help one child] varies and the CHS program/service used.” Every dollar donated counts. Donations to the campaign can be made online at or by purchasing a Little Red Stocking at a BB&T branch.

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Contract Killer: Chapter 22: Another Letter

to getting my New Year’s gift to myself. Thank you again. With much fondness and gratitude, woke up to the smell of coffee brewing and Regina Tree an empty apartment. My head ached the Ahh, Queen Tree, how appropriate, I thought. ache that only comes form too much chamShe was quite queenly—ethereal in a determined pagne. Gina left a note scrawled on the back of a way and quite regal. brown paper grocery bag. She was determined enough to decide her To My Favorite Reaper, own death—and hire me as a contract killer to Thank you so much for making my last wish ensure it. But what a killer to hire? She didn’t come true. Every year on my birthday I sit down hire someone who would shoot her in the head and write a list of what I want to do in the next in front of her house one night. No, she hired a year. Last year was the first year that nothing on cursed killer—for $50,000 someone who would my list happened. It was because I had no one simply spend New Year’s Eve with her, thereby with whom to share those things. locking in her death in the coming year. Then, Put the food away and made you a pot of cof- when I—the “cursed one”—refused the confee—you are probably going to need it after all tract on her life, she showed up anyway on New that champagne we drank last night. Your stories Year’s, not just welcoming the curse but demandare incredible; you really should write a book. ing it, and with entertainment! That’s not flattery. Though, I can tell from your Queen Tree had balls—no wonder she was face every time I brought it up that you think it so successful in business. Yet, when I asked her is—but you should. You have the makings of a about it, her answer came as a surprise. great book waiting inside you. Please, write it. “Business is much less like war, as all the This was the best New Year’s I’ve had in a long management books say, and much more about time; thank you so much! I am looking forward learning how to say ‘no’ when people ask about

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things you don’t want to do,” she said. “Think about it. You go into business to make money. You make money two ways: by selling goods or by services. So when people ask you to do something, you want to say ‘yes,’ but you can’t say ‘yes’ to everyone all the time. You will lose yourself and your business. Learning to say ‘no’ is important.” She sipped her wine and looked at me. “Don’t you ever say ‘no’ to your editors?” “I tried to say ‘no’ to you,” I pointed out. “That you did,” she nodded. “Here I am anyway. I had a greater need for this to happen then you did in denying it.” “You think so?” I asked. Was it her sense of style? I wondered. Queen Tree had a great sense of personal style—not only did she get her way and spend New Year’s Eve with me, she got her selected killer angel to entertain her by telling stories of her other victims all night long! I wondered what would happen to Gina. I didn’t really see her as the type to succumb to illness. I knew she wanted it sooner rather than later. She made it clear she wanted death to come before another round of holidays ramped up. Gina scared me; I felt like a deer desperately attempting to evade fate. “You know I am not scared to die,” she told me several times. She kept pointing out that everyone she loved was gone—a statement which echoed my own heart too much for comfort. She had something I never had. She shared her life with a partner—and man she loved and respected. I longed for that. “Giving that up must hurt more than losing a kidney,” I said. “Emptiness does not begin to describe it,” she confirmed. “That would be an improvement over this.” She asked me once if I was in love. It was one of her famous non-sequiturs that threw me off balance. When I didn’t answer immediately she continued: “Ahh, you are.” How could she tell? Was it that obvious? Was I blushing like school girl? “What’s his name?” “How do you know it’s a he?” I remarked. She shrugged. “I don’t. Is it?” I nodded. “His name is Frank.” “How did you meet?” “We’ve been friends for years—maybe 20 years? He was in the service at Camp LeJeune. When he got out, he moved down here and has stayed ever since.” I paused. “He teaches social studies at the high school since he retired from the corps.” “You’ve been in love with him the whole time?” I nodded.

“Does he know?” I reflected. “I don’t know. He’s… he’s …” “Is there someone else?” “I think he and another friend of mine are falling in love.” “After 20 years?” I nodded again. She looked shocked. “Why have you wasted all this time?” “Because I can’t be with him!” I exploded. “Don’t spend New Year’s Eve with him, and you will be fine! What are you talking about? Killing him?” “Oh, and how am I going to explain what I do every New Year’s Eve?” I asked. “How am I going to explain $50,000 cash just appearing? What kind of relationship is that? Built on lies? Could you sleep comfortably in bed next to a killer every night of your life?” I heard my voice and realized I was screaming. Years of frustration erupted and couldn’t be expressed in a calm manner. She was quiet for a while. Finally, her eyes met mine and they filled with tears. “You are right,” she said. “I hadn’t realized what a price you really paid for this.” She wiped her face with her hand. “I’m sorry. I didn’t really understand before.” I shook my head. “It’s OK,” I sighed. “No one does. I can’t talk about this with anybody. How could I have a real relationship with someone I respect as much as Frank with a secret like this?” I put my head in my arms. “I just wish it would go away.” Gina put her hand on my arm and said quietly, “I bet you do.” Later, when I was alone and lost in my bathtub, replaying the events of the day, I realized how strange it was that Gina had reacted so strongly to my situation of unrequited love. We both lost our parents, yet when I told her that mine died because of me, she seemed unfazed by it—only curious about how she could anticipate her own situation. But a 20-year unrequited love moved her to tears. Either her husband was a very lucky man or she was a very disturbed woman. Of course, a contract killer calling someone else “disturbed” does take a certain amount of chutzpah, I admit. I thought of all the possibilities for Gina to die. I could see her jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, or piercing her heart like Buttercup started to do in “The Princess Bride.” Yet, it would probably come in the form of a car accident, I figured. Again, I underestimated Gina. She died in a hang-gliding accident on Valentine’s Day. Ms. Gwenyfar Rohler is the author of “The Contract Killer,” which runs every other week in encore throughout 2013. To catch up on previous chapters, read

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to-docalendar holiday events ST. JAMES PARISH Christmas Sing-a-Long and Luncheon, Fri., 12/20, 12:10pm, w/vocalist Bob Workmon and organist John Sullivan at St James Parish. Luncheon immediately following. • 12/24: Christmas Eve services at St. James Parish, 4pm, 6pm and 10:30pm. St. James, 3rd & Market, downtown Wilmington. ENCHANTED AIRLIE Enchanted Airlie, Thurs-Sat, through December 21, with additional dates on Wed., 12/18 and Sun., 12/22. Holiday extravaganza with tastefully decorated gardens, magical evenings w/theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. Prepare to be enchanted by a world of holiday fantasy that features 300,000 lights and whimsical LEGO exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. Two time slots:

5-7pm or 7-9pm. Tickets: or 300 Airlie Rd. Single admission tickets cost $10 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples ticket for $15. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $22, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and large, multi-passenger vans). CF MODEL RR HOLIDAY TRAIN EXPO Villages, parks, landscapes, and a holiday spectacular. Continues Sat-Sun every weekend through 12/22. Raffle tickets $1 ea. or 6 for $5, to win model train sets. GA $3 ea.; ages 3-12, $3; kids under age 3, free. 705 S. Kerr Ave. www. ISLAND OF LIGHTS NEW YEAR’S EVE The New Year’s Celebration will be held on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st near the Ga-

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zebo at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2013 official Christmas card and ornament. Bring the family to Carolina Beach at 9 pm to join the festivities. SAVE THE NIGHT Second annual “Save the Night”, a New Year’s Eve masqueradeball on 12/31 at The Upper Room, located at 412 Ann St., downtown Wilmington. Black-tie event will feature live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, as well as a photo and video booth and silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit The Centre of Redemption, a Wilmington-based nonprofit orga-

nization that operates a safe house for domestic minor survivors of sex trafficking who are pregnant or have children. Tickets can be purchased in advance at NEW YEAR’S NOON COUNTDOWN 12/31, 1/1: New Year’s Noon Countdown at the Children’s Museum. 11am-1pm. Celebration begins at 11:00am with crafts (streamers, noisemakers), singing and dancing. Kids and their families count down the New Year at 12:00pm (Noon) with streamers, noise makers, a confetti toss and juice toast! Museum admission required. Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange Street, Wilmington. 910-254-3534;   NEW YEAR’S EVE CRUISE 12/31: New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the Henrietta III. New Year’s cruise down the Cape Fear River boards at 8pm; cruises 9:30pm-12:30am; party until 1:30am.Heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet, entertainment, party favors, champagne toast, tax/gratuity are included in the ticket price. Admission charge. Prepaid reservations required. Board at the foot of Dock and Water streets in Downtown Wilmington. 910-343-1611; 800-6760162; NEW YEAR’S EVE ON ROYAL WINNER 12/31: New Year’s Eve Party Cruise aboard the Royal Winner Princess II. Boards at 10Pm; returns 12:30am. Cruise to watch the midnight fireworks with desserts, party favors, dancing, fireworks, and champagne toast.  Cash bar. Departs from Carolina Beach Marina, Carolina Beach. Admission charge. Reservations required. 910-4585356; NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 12/31, 7pm-1am: City Stage Productions presents “Cabaret,” a Broadway musical gala at historic Thalian Hall. Enjoy the performance, dinner, open bar, party favors, and a midnight toast. $125. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820; NEW YEAR’S UNE SOIREE CABARET 12/31: Unw Soiree Cabaret. Two seatings: 6pm & 9:30pm. Tickets include show, meal, party favors, and champagne toast at Wilmington’s newest dinner theatre. Advance reservations. $80/$150 a couple; tickets required. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. 910-399-3669; LE CATALAN NEW YEAR’S EVE 12/31, 5:30pm: Midnight in Paris—a New Years Eve Celebration! 3 course menu & a glass of bubbly plus cotillions. 224 S Water St. (910) 8150200. RED BUS GATSBY NEW YEAR’S EVE Red Bus New Year’s Eve Party Tour on double decker bus, Great Gatsby’s style (dress optional). Tues., 12/31, 7pm-2am. Registration at 6:45pm.  Tour  begins: Dirty Martini 6:45pm7:30pm (Bus leaves promptly at 7:45pm). First Stop: Henry&#39;s Restaurant 8:15pm-9:15pm ($5 apps, $2.50 beer specials). 2nd Stop: PERKEO wine bistro (downtown) 9:45pm11:00pm (music, dancing, tapas). Final Stop: Dirty Martini 11:30pm-2:00am (Complimentary Champagne Toast, DJ). Ages 21 & up only. A portion

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screening: Vietnam Nurses, UNCW Randall Library • 2/8-9: 9th Annual Battle of Forks Road Commemoration, Cameron Art Museum. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. www. CIVIL WAR HISTORY WEEKEND 1/17-19/14: Wrightsville Beach Museum of History presents a weekend of hands-on activities dedicated to the 149th anniversary of this massive Union blockade, the final Battle of Fort Fisher, blockade running by the Confederacy, and the last defense for the port city of Wilmington. Dinner lectures by leading historians, a guided tour of Fort Fisher (with box lunch), behind-thescenes tour viewing artifacts preserved by Fort Fisher’s underwater archaeology lab team, historical information about the highest concentration of blockade runner shipwrecks in the world (at the mouth of the Cape Fear River), and a walking beach tour of nearby blockade runner shipwreck sites. Lectures and presentations will be held at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, named in recognition of over 80 sunken blockade runners in the region. Blockade Runner will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Proceeds benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Madeline Flagler, 910-256-2569, Jenny Yarborough, 910-256-2251,  of every ticket sold will be donated to the Willie Stargell Foundation.

events DOLPHIN DIP 1/1/2014, Roland Ave. Beach Access, Surf City, NC: Join thousands in Surf City to watch or take part in the “Dip” into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean for the bravest at heart to start the New Year. Wear your craziest costume or your tiniest bikini to compete for fabulous prizes. But you got to Dip to win! DOWNTON ABBEY CELEBRATION 1/5, 2pm: Celebrate the premiere of Downton Abbey’s fourth season with a light English tea buffet, and hear Dr. Paul Townend, UNCW History Department Chair, discuss upcoming events on the show in the context of post-World War I Britain. This free program is the first in the Friends of NHC Library Spring Speaker Series. No registration required. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. THE BIG READ 1/6, 6:30pm, Myrtle Grove Library • 1/7, 6pm. Northeast Regional Library • 1/22, 11am, UNCW Randall Library. • Through 12/17, Veteran’s Holi-

day Card Project, Battleship NC. • Mail Call Exhibit, 12/9-1/20, Cape Fear Museum, w/opening 11/9, 9am. • “The Things They Carried” Student Veterans exhibit, 11/11-1/24, Cape Fear Community College Library. • “The Things We Carried” Veterans Exhibit 11/11-2/20, w/opening reception 11/11, 11:15am, UNCW Randall Library • Remembrances of Wars Past, 11/12, 6:30pm, Northeast Regional Library • Panel Discussion: Traveling Through Open and Closed Doors: Americans’ Perspectives on Living Abroad, 11/13, 6pm, UNCW Randall Library • Lecture by Kevin Maurer, 11/14, 6:30pm. Northeast Regional Library • Film Screening: Broken Brotherhood, 11/14, 7pm. UNCW Lumina Theater • Adult Night Out: Artifacts of War, 11/16, 7:30pm, Cape Fear Museum • World War II USO Dance and USO Show, 11/22, 6:30pm, Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center • 12/7, 8am5pm: Battleship Alive, Mail Call Reenactment, 2pm. Battleship NC • Learning Center: V-mail to Vlogs, 12/7, 14, 21, 28 1-4pm, Cape Fear Museum • 1/13, 7pm: WHQR & StarNews Present Prologue, WHQR. 254 N. Front St. • Welcome Reception for Tim O’Brien, 1/14, 6pm, Northeast Regional Library • 1/15, noon: Tim O’Brien on Midday Interview , WHQR 91.3 • 1/15, 7pm: Tim O’Brien Keynote Presentation & Book Signing, UNCW Kenan Auditorium • 1/29, 4pm, film

COURTYARD AND COBBLESTONES 1/18/14, 4pm: Courtyards & Cobblestones, designed to showcase historic wedding venues and wedding professionals on a downtown Wilmington self-guided tour. We aim to provide an inspirational and transitional atmosphere for Brides to tour and plan their wedding day. Ceremony sites in our city’s oldest landmarks., Wilmington’s top wedding professionals, music from local artists, samples of scrumptious appetizers, lite bites and tasty treats! Jewelry giveaways fromReeds’ Jewelers. $18 adv or $25 day of. The Atrium, 15 S. 2nd St. Check in will be from 3:30-6pm. BAC WEDDING OPEN HOUSE 1/19/2014, 11am-2pm, brides-to-be will be welcome at Brooklyn Arts Center ‘s Wedding Open House. Complimentary mimosas while touring the iconic, 125-year-old church, the lovely church manse, and the largest private courtyard in the City of Wilmington. Romance, elegance, and history. Ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 250. Located in Brooklyn Arts District, North 4th and Campbell streets (516 North 4th Street), three minutes from downtown Wilmington. Free street parking.

LITTLE RED STOCKING CAMPAIGN For 85 years, the Little Red Stocking Campaign has provided hope and support for North Carolina families. Children’s Home Society of NC is pleased to launch this year’s annual fundraising effort with all proceeds going to provide permanent, safe, and loving families for children in need. Proceeds from last year’s Little Red Stocking Campaign helped CHS serve 17,352 children and families, including finding a safe haven for 503 children in foster homes, giving 143 children a permanent family to call their own, assisting 1,009 families with post adoption services, counseling 84 birth parents, and providing educational services to 12,517 teens, professionals, and parents. HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE The Cape Fear Volunteer Center (CFVC) wants anyone who would like to help a family in need make this holiday season to participate in their holiday gift drive. Drop-offs: CFVC Office, 214 Walnut St., Mon.-Thurs, 9am-5pm; Fri., 9amnoon; Park Sterling Bank, 3701 Shipyard Blvd., Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Specific gift information for one child/family member per tag. Please, only take a tag if you can guarantee a gift. FOOD BANK OF NC 12/28, 1/4/2014: Books A Million, BAM, New Hanover Center, 3737 Oleander Dr. Come out to Books A Million (BAM) on Saturday Noon-4pm. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions about the Food Bank of CENC programs in your community. Mention the Food Bank as you check out! 10% of All Purchases go directly to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington, working to feed 70,000 individuals affected by hunger in the Cape Fear Region. For every $1 donated=5 meals go to neighbors in need. • Benefit concert, 11/23, 10am-2pm, 1709-4 Queen Anne St., Sunset Beach, NC, feat. C.C. Martin. AARP TAX-AIDE Looking for a volunteer opportunity that is mentally challenging and fulfilling? AARP Tax-Aide and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) seeks volunteers to prepare and electronically file federal and NC tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those over 60 and older. Adult volunteers of all ages are welcome, and AARP membership is not a requirement. Actual preparation of returns begins 2/3 and continues to 4/15. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least four hours per week; most commit to two-four hour days per week.Valerie Smith at (910) 798-6400 at the New Hanover

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County Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Road. LINC FUND-RAISER 1/31/2014: Fundraising gala to honor the legacy of Frankie Roberts for his dedication and leadership with LINC, a 501(c)3 which provides transitional living and case management services to men and women returning from prison. LINC also provides culturally specific youth development services for African American young men ages 16-24 in the Wilmington community. Tickets, sponsorships: 910-762- 4635.

reality for hundreds of adults this year. Includes cocktail reception, internationally-inspired dinner cuisine, silent and vocal auctions, Vegas-style casino games, our ever-popular photo booth and an evening of entertainment by special guests The Bibis Ellison Band. Event often sells out; $125 or table of 10, $1250. or 910251-0911. • Gala kickoff party at Dirty Martini, Thurs., 1/16, 5:30-8:30pm. 1904 Eastwood Rd, Lumina Station. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar; auction preview.

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES One in five women in the United States has been AMERICAN RED CROSS HEART BALL raped or experienced an attempted rape in their The American Heart Association’s, Cape Fear lifetime. This leaves virtually no one untouched. Heart Ball will be held SaT., 2/8, at the WilmingThey are our mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces ton Convention Center, 6pm-midnight. A premier and friends. 4/5, 8am, men, women and children black-tie event, celebrating the generosity of inwill put on their high heel shoes and take to the dividuals from our community who have contribstreets of downtown Wilmington to protest sexual uted to the success of our year-round campaign. and gender violence in our community and show Hopes to succeed the $150,000 raised in 2013 their solidarity with survivors. Next year marks and 450 participants. WECT’s Frances Weller, M.C., dancing to the music of JackJack 180 following a gourmet dinner and luxurious items of the silent auction. Cocktail reception and hundreds of unique liveauction items. Ashley Miller: American Get your tickets now! On December 27th, CabiHeart Association at (910) 538-9270 or neer Promotions will present a Comedy Soul Train wilmingtonncheartball  at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 S. 17th Street.


CF LITERACY GALA Cape Fear Literacy Council’s party of the year, 2014 “Around the World in 80 Days” gala, Sat., 3/1, 6:30pm. Wilmington Convention Center. Globe-trotting adventure—an evening of Victorian elegance and whirlwind adventure inspired by the global travels of Englishman Phileas Fogg, as we raise funds to make literacy a

From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., folks can enjoy this ‘70’s party fund-raiser, featuring comedians Nick Lewis, Simpli Net and Tre G. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased around town at The Gourmet Market, Totally Xtravagant or Johnson’s Grocery.

the 6th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Men’s March Against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence in downtown Wilmington, an event that benefits the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. Rape Prevention Education Program. Reg. w/Stacey Kaiser at (910)392-6936, or at

theatre/auditions THEATRENOW 12/18: ComedyNOW Wed. Various artists. • 12/14, 21: Super Saturday Fun Time. 3pm. $8 • 12/15-Jazz Brunch with Nina Repeta Jazz Trio. 12-2pm. $20/$15 • NYE: Une Soiree Cabaret dinner show, champagne toast, party favors. $80/$150 couple. TheatreNOW, 10th and Dock streets. CORIOLANUS Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” 1/30, 2-5pm, $20 nonmembers or $18 for members of OLLI. rEG. BY 1/29. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people (Broadcast from the National Theatre in London and shown in HD in the OLLI Building) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd.

Train, ‘70s party fund-raiser, feat. comedians Nick Lewis, Simpli Net and Tre G. Opening act, too. Tickets: The Gourmet Mkt, 27 N Front St., Totally Xtravagant, 3115 Wrightsville Ave, Ste 1, Johnson’s Grocery, 10th and Dawson St., 7pm-midnight, $20/adv. $25/door. Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 S. 17th. St. JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Mon. of month will feature a standup comedy showcase Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Colton Demonte and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar. 9pm; $4. DEAD CROW COMEDY Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2), Reel Cafe. • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm. City Stage/Level 5 and Fibber McGees. Timmy Sherrill: or 910-520-5520 MAXWELL-CLARK VARIETY SHOW 1/13: Check out the Maxwell-Clark Variety show as they return to TheatreNow in 2014! TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St. A night of improv, original sketches, stand-up, music, spoken word and more. Doors 7pm; show 8pm. $3 NUTT HOUSE IMPROV Cage Match Champions and Encore’s Best Comedy Troupe Nutt House Improv wants you to spend Wed evenings with them at their new home, The Reel Cafe. Show starts at 9pm. Free!


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day Tour, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $17 adv/ $25 balcony/$19 day of. The time has come again for North Carolina’s Acoustic Ambassadors to take their Annual Electric Holiday Tour on the road. The holidays are a special time of year and to mark this occasion, Chatham County Line brings a few friends on the road to liven up the stage with them. As in years past, there will be a full acoustic set performed by the band in their tried and true one-mic fashion. Following a short intermission, the band will be joined by Jay Brown [Bass], Zeke Hutchins [Drums], and Johnny Irion [Guitar,Piano] for a rocking take on some of their own songs as well as a few choice numbers that have influenced them through the years. www. CAPE FEAR CHORALE Cape Fear Chorale wishes to Announce Auditions for Spring 2014. The Chorale will be performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Sun., 4/6, in Minnie Evans Arts Center. Please complete and submit the form under Membership on our website www. capefearchorale.orgAppointments for auditions for other days and times may be arranged. info@ or 910-233-2423. Auditions for the 2014 spring semester will end Friday, 12/20. AUDITIONS FOR SINGERS Auditions for singers who would like to make a CD will be held 12/21, 6-8pm, Unity (717 Orchard Ave.). Call-backs will be recorded at Screen Gems in Wilmington and given a complimentary CD of their second audition. or 910-386-9006.    TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present the 4th annual Baroque Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St.,

Mon., 12/23, 7:30pm. To benefit the Good Shepherd Center; concert will feature soprano, Sara Westermark and music by Arcangelo Corelli, Guiseppe Valentini, Christoph Bernhard, Henry Purcell along with traditional carols.Free with donations accepted for the Good Shepherd Center. Philip Singleton 910-620-7207.    

sic faculty and students who rehearse and present orchestral repertoire drawn from the 18th-21st centuries, led by Dr. Stephen Errante, UNCW Department of Music faculty. WSO musicians also provide music for special occasions such as weddings and receptions, either in small groups or as soloists.

ILM SACRED HARP SINGERS Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers, 2-4pm: 12/29. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional, dynamic form of a cappella social-singing, dating back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Held in collaboration with WHQR. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall, CAM. Corner of 17th St. and Independence Blvd.

GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK The Blockade Runner and Thalian Association present The Great American Songbook, 1/19, at the Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach. $35 for dinner ; $25 cover charge to benefit Thalian Association. Reservations: 910-256-2251

JAZZ AT CAM A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society, 6:30-8pm, first Thurs. ea. mo. Cameron Art Museum, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Series: CAM/CFJS Members, $45; non, $68. Students, $30, w/ID. Indv. tickets: Members, $8; non, $12; students, $5 w/ID. Musicians performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure. • 1/9 Gregg Gelb Jazzet • 2/13: Stardust • 3/6: Lee Venters and Vermillion Sands • 4/3: Jerald Shynett & Friends. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Auditions held 1/13, UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Appt. times assigned upon application: www. or 910-791-9262. Need local instrumentalists; WSO includes UNCW mu-

WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY The Wilmington Choral Society: Open rehearsal on 1/21 and 28, 7pm. Rehearsals are in preparation for our spring concert, Viva Vivaldi, to be held 5/18. No audition necessary, just a love of singing. Rehearsals are held at the Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N College Rd. 910-686-4148. EMMYLOU HARRIS Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Sat., 2/1. The performance is part of the office’s celebrated Masters Series, which features artists and works of cultural and historic significance. Tickets on sale: $55 (reserved seating). 910-962-3500 (Mon-Fri, noon6pm).


IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. www. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025 CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.  


BABS MCDANCE A SMALL WORLD 12/21, 6pm: Christmas Ballroom Blitz Bring the A special showing of artworks by Dick Robfamily! Santa will be here to receive your Christerts, Gerlinde Pistner, and Sergej Andreevski, mas list. Dress up, wear your Christmas best! 621N4TH Gallery. The 2nd Annual International $15 per person/$25 per couple/$25 per family. Art Residency, La Petit Atelie du Monde, ongoing in Dick Roberts’ studio at ACME, include Dick

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Roberts, USA, Gerlinde Pistner, Germany, and Sergej Andreevski, Macedonia. A Small World Circle exhibition, 621 North 4th St. BIG ART BigArt at Independence Mall, owned by Artur “Art” Ansonov, best known for his musically inspired paintings sometimes referred to as “psychedelic extremism.” Also showcasing works of George Poscheptsov and Billy Cone, Rich Anderson and M. E. Bones and more. 3500 Oleander Dr. (910) 836-1072 for Art; (910) 329-1408 for M.E. Bones. Find us on FB.

SUN GALLERY AND GIFTS Featuring new coastal-inspired paintings by Clair Hartmann and photographs by Guy Pushée. Also featuring art and stuff by Jody Belo, Jillian Boivin, Claudia Bustamonte, Chucklefish, Linda Hartman, Melissa Manley & Sara Westermark. Music by Harpist Carole Bowman Green, coffee by Lativa Coffee Company and yummies by Apple Annie’s. Sun Gallery and Gifts, 4414 Wrightsville Ave. 910443-6022.

S.A.L.T. STUDIO A full service photographic studio, 805 N. 4th St., FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT at Brunswick Street, inside the Modern Baking “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinatBuilding, in the heart of the Brooklyn Arts District. ed by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New The Gallery at SALT Studio will feature photogHanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and raphy by the SALT team: Horace Long and Kelly studios that will open their doors to the public Starbuck. 910-367-5720. studio@saltstudionc. in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, com. from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month ACME ART STUDIO through 2013. Dates: 12/27. Rhonda Bellamy at A thriving consortium of sculptors, painters, pho910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101. www. tographers, fashion designers and jewelry makers, installation artists, and furniture and film makers. KEVIN CHARLES HOOVER December features the talents, whims and exploSilver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, rations of Acme artists and friends, 711 N. 5th Avwill feature Photographer Kevin Charles Hoover enue. in their art gallery. Born in North Carolina, Kevin A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY hustled his way through the NC State’s undergrad A Frame of Mind Gallery is honored to show some program before moving back and froth from east of the many works of local artist,author and world to west coast. Winery tours and tastings available traveler David D. Hume, delightful original waterJanuary and February, Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm, Fri. colors by Eunice Andrews and Karen Q. Huns‘til 6pm, Mar.-Dec., Mon-Sat., 11am-6pm; Fri, ‘til berger’s handcrafted baskets thru Dec. Mon.-Fri., 7pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. www.silvercoastwin10am-6pm ;and Sat., 10am-3pm. 1903 Princess or 910-287-2800.  St. 910-251-8854. Located in historic 100 year KEVIN EUGENE DUNN old house in Carolina Heights Garden tours often Caprice Bistro presents selected works by local given, specializing in unique citrus. Wilmingtonart@ artist Kevin Eugene Dunn, feat. still life, tive, landscape and abstract works. 10 Market St. POTTERY CLASSES (910) 815-0810

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Pottery classes at the Community Arts Center. All skill levels. 1/6-3/6, morning and evening classes offered. $150. KAREN CROUCH AND JANETTE HOPPER The joint Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper exhibit, “The Mark of Our Hands.” A Fine Art Gallery in Southport and is on exhibit into January of 2014. Gallery director Don Baker has brought these two artists together because their art seems to speak the same language, if with a different dialect. 8: A Fine Art Gallery is on the way to Oak Island, at Live Oak Village Plaza, 4961 Long Beach Road SE, Suite 8 BIENNIAL FACULTY EXHIBITION Biennial Faculty Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building from 1/16-2/21. Exhibition features current work by UNCW studio art faculty members Donald Furst, Ned Irvine, Courtney Johnson, Eric Lawing, Anne Lindberg, Casey Scharling, Vicky Smith, Andi Steele, Pam Toll and Aaron Wilcox. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7pm, 1/16. Free and open to the public. Located on the ground floor of the Cultural Arts Building, near the building’s main entrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on the UNCW campus. I HAVE A NAME Wilma Daniels Gallery, 1/22-2/7, Not4$ale: The Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative at Cape Fear Community College . Artists needed to submit visual and performance artwork in any media or style, to be displayed at the “I Have a Name” gallery. This gallery exhibit is inspired by community interest in exposing human trafficking and its root causes, and in preventing trafficking from continuing, through education and community engagement. Visual Art: load-in 1/21/14, displayed 1/22-2/7/14; Community Event and Performance

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research that goes into creating the most iconic Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call figures of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. explores the history of America’s military postal This special event also includes a brunch. Tickets system, and examines how even in today’s era of are $25 and benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hisinstant communication, troops overseas continue torical Society. This event takes place on 11/18, to treasure mail delivered from home—from the 10:30am. RSVP: 910-762-0492 The Latimer American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and House of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Afghanistan. Active duty military and their families is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St. will be admitted free of charge, with valid ID. • 762-0492. Through 3/2014: Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibi- CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM tion that engages family audiences in nanoscale World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles science, engineering and technology. Hands-on in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltinteractives present the basics of nanoscience water crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, and engineering, introduce some real-world apa 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow plications, and explore the societal and ethical a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs implications of this new technology. Tues-Sat, 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting CoChristmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day. $4bras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, $7. Free for museum members and children unand more! Over 100 species, some so rare they der 3. New Hanover County residents’ free day is are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most the first Sun. ea. mo. 814 Market St., downtown famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyWilmington. day in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from MOORE’S BATTLEFIELD the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Moores Creek National Battlefield: Loyalists were Front and Water sts. (910) 762-1669 or www. unaware of what they would encounter as they charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond BELLAMY MANSION the bridge nearly 1,000 North Carolina patriots One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antewaited quietly with cannons and muskets poised bellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil to fire. This dramatic victory ended British rule War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John in the colony forever. Visitor Center, 9am-4pm, Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter through 3/31; 4/1, 9am-5pm, for spring and sumand business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny mer season. Center will be closed every Mon/ Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. AfTues throughout the year while staying open Wedter the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops Sun to provide educational programs and guided commandeered the house as their headquarters tours on the weekend. Moores Creek National during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a muBattlefield will be completely closed on all Federal seum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts Holidays with no access to any part of the park and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an inbeing permitted. formative look at historic preservation in action. 910-251-3700. 503 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM Market St. The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cot- CAMERON ART MUSEUM tage, exists to preserve and to share the history Exhibits: Art Among Friends: Four Collections of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will of American Art features paintings and drawings find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa from four private collections in North Carolina 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the showing the evolution during 1880s-1940s of beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane painting in America. • Diane Landry: The Cadence history and information about the interaction of All Things. Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one between the people and our natural environof Canada’s foremost installation artists, whose ment which have shaped the 100 year history of work employs everyday objects, sound, light and Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisshadow in her evocative constructions. • Pancoe bury St. Art Education Center (ongoing) Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the exhibition cases, inWILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM clu. the works of resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of Ben Owen III and Jugtown Pottery among other the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmworks. • CAM Public Tours, Thurs., 7:30pm, w/ ington for 125 years.  Interests and activities admission. Explore what’s new and on view. Open for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size late on Thurs. until 9pm.• Corner of South 17th steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Hall, and spectacular model layouts.  House in an Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 chilfully accessible and on one level.  By reservation, dren age 2-12. or discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, 910-395-5999. and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE and access to entire Museum.  Admission only 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the age 2-12, and free under age 2.  North end of oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th downtown at 505 Nutt St.  Phone 910-763-2634, and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life website is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. LATIMER HOUSE Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the rqd. (910)762-0570. restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. • Creator of the Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm • Tues., Kids Azalea Belle dresses, Kay Godwin, shares her Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Scidesigns and insight at tea with the Lower Cape ence, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Fear Historical Society. She explains the historical Math, 4pm • Thurs. StoryCOOKS,  10am; and

StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • Winter Semester 2014, 1/6-3/15. Teaches languages to ages 6 mon. - 9 yrs, using the Thibaut (pronounced tee-BO) technique, primarily immersion with fun games and songs! French for Tots and Spanish for Tots classes (ages 6 mo.-3 yrs.) are 45 min. long and require a parent to stay with the child.  All other classes last for one hour and are drop off/separation classes. Classes are structured into 10-week sessions, meeting once a week. • 116 Orange St. 910-254-3534

sports/recreation WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS The Wilmington Hammerheads are set to play 14 regular season home games on their pitch at Legion Stadium in 2014. VIP season ticket package is $300. Dual, family and corporate VIP packages also available. Regular season ticket packages start at $120 for adults, $100 for senior (65+) and military personnel, $80 for youth and $350 for a family pack (4). Hammerheads flex pack gives fans 15 GA vouchers to Hammerheads regular season games and the flexibility to use them when they want throughout the course of the season; $150 (15 undated tickets) or $600 corporate flex pack (75 undated tickets). HALYBURTON PROGRAMS Bird Hike, Brunswick Town, 12/19, 8am-1pm, $10. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., 3410075. WB FITNESS WB Parks and Rec offers Extreme Cross Training, Boot Camp, Get Fit, Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, Low Impact Aerobics, and Tone, Strengthen, & Stretch classes. Added evening and Saturday classes. 1 Bob Sawyer Drive. (910) 256-7925. YOGA AND WINE NIGHT “Wine” down your Thursdays with a relaxing yoga class by Amy at Fitness Motivation (709 N 4th St.), then hop across the street and raise a glass to you new-found zen with wine specials at the Goat & Compass. Yoga begins at 6:30pm (every Thursday except for Thanksgiving), $5 donation, all levels welcome.  WALK IN THE WOODS

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A Walk in the Woods : A Guided Trail Tour through the Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove. The Abbey Nature Preserve is a 62-acre tract of land located next to Poplar Grove Plantation. Home to both common and unique species of plants and animals that thrive in the varied environments, the Preserve includes wetlands, established hardwood groves, a pine thicket and pond, all accessed by approximately 2 miles of trails. Take a wagon ride into the woods to the Mill Pond, which originally operated as a grist mill for Poplar Grove Plantation. Guide will talk about different land and aquatic habitats, layers of forest, and the animals that make the Preserve their home. 50 minute walk: $3/student, $5/adult; 2 hour walk: $5/student and $8/adult. Two complimentary adult tickets issued/class. Groups of 15 or more recommended to have at least two adults with them. Poplar Grove: 10200 US Hwy 17. 910-686-9518.

SIGN UP NOW! CAROLINA GIRLS The folks over at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo are hosting a series of seminars for girls on March 15th during the expo at the Wilmington Convention Center. The cost for Carolina Girls Outdoor School is $125 for three-day admission, with lunch catered by the Crab Shack and a T-shirt for every participant, along with a goody bag and door-prize drawing for fishing and hunting trips in 2014. Instruction will teach gals how to hunt and fish, and respect the wilderness surrounding southeastern NC. Sign up now by contacting YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS LESSONS Once a week classes for youth and adults on Mon/Wed, including the addition of Wed morning classes for adults! Tennis lessons are open for registration for youth and adults at Wrightsville Beach Park. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Coach Jenkins has turned a vast number of participants into tennis players through her lessons and clinics given at Wrightsville Beach Park! Preregistration is required. 256-7925. CF FENCING 1/7/14: The Cape Fear Fencing Association will offer a new style beginners’ fencing class, 6:30pm; will be a continuous monthly class. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, class will be held Tues/Thurs, $35/mo. Annual fee of $5 to USA Fencing to cover insurance. Meet in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the

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corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. All equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Learn basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Students will be passed to the next level based upon the demonstration of skills rather than an attendance of a certain number of classes. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA. or 910-799-8642. BEETHOVEN 15K/5K 1/26, 9am: Brunswick Forest Fitness Ctr., 2701 Brunswick Forest Pkwy Leland. The Beethoven 15K & 5K takes place on flat courses over paved running trails in the neighborhoods of beautiful Brunswick Forest. The race features awesome custom 15K Finisher Medals, a 4-person team entry category in the 15K & 5K, and blend tech shirts. Inside bathrooms and locker rooms are available before and after the race. Post race party/awards ceremony takes place in the Fitness Center with free beer, snacks, music and prize drawings. Race proceeds go to the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. . (910) 398-5539 CAROLINA GIRLS OUTDOOR SCHOOL The Carolina Girls Outdoor School will be a series of hands on seminars for women that will be held on 3/15 during the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo at the Wilmington Convention Center. Cost is $125/person with one additional member at $75. Includes a 3-day admission to the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, a catered lunch by Mike McMillion of the Crab Shack, a T-shirt for each participant, a goody bag and door prize drawing for fishing and hunting outdoors trip. Instruction will meet the needs of hunters and fisherwomen ranging from novice to ad-

vanced. Fishing School: 843-902-6532 or wc@ GOOD SHEPHERD GOLF TOURNEY 11th annual Good Shepherd Golf Tournament and Games Day at Landfall Country Club on Mon., 4/7. Golfer check-in opens at 10:30 AM with a shotgun start at noon. All proceeds go to furthering Good Shepherd Center&#39;s mission of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and fostering transition to housing. More details TBA.

film NC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL The North Carolina Black Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the festival 3/13-16. The BAA is a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-Americans in arts and culture; it serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The NCBFF is known for its southern hospitality, bringing filmmakers of color to one of the east coast’s largest film capitals, giving exposure to their work and an opportunity to display their art. In its 13th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, documentary films and music videos. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries to be screened in any given category. Submissions accepted through 12/31, $25 entry fee. Also, if you would like to be a designer for Fashion in Film 2014 or want more information, please contact

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Ms. Ashika Payne at 910-409-4172 or email Each designer will be responsible for creating unique fashions inspired by a classic Black film chosen by Sewfli, Inc. SECOND SUNDAY FILMS Second Sunday is adults’ afternoon out at Northeast Library. 1/12: Free movie starring Ben Affleck, based on a book by Antonio J. Mendez, at 2pm. • 2/9: Free movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, at

kids’ stuff TACT ACADEMY REGISTRATION Tact Academy registration. Classes for all kids, from 2 to 16. Vocal Ensemble, Acting for the Camera, Tact Tots and more! The spring semester will begin 1/7/14 and continue through 3/27/14. All students will be invited to perform in the TACT Academy Showcase on Sun., 3/30/14. Register: 310-251-1788.

12/21: SANTA BY THE SEA The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will welcome kids and families to enjoy Santa by the Sea on the 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and it’s free for ages 2 and under. Guests will enjoy holiday crafts, decorating cookies, playing games and winning prizes, as well as exploring the decorated aquarium. Mrs. Claus will be there too for story time and kids can meet with Santa! Children must be accompanied by one paying adult. Call 910-458-8257 for more information or go to

2pm. • 3/9: Free movie starring Tyler Perry, based on books by James Patterson, 2pm. The performance license doesn’t allow the library to advertise movie titles. Adults only, please. BYOP= Bring Your Own Popcorn and other snacks. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Ms. Susan’s Room: Happy Little Singers, sing dance and play while learning! Music and movement for children ages 6 mo.-6 yrs. Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat at 9:45am. • Happy Bigger Singers, music and movement for ages 4 1/2-8, Wed., 4pm. Drop-ins welcome, call ahead 910777-8889. $10/family with one child, $5/ add.child. Art and Craft Fridays, every Fri, $10/child. RSVP by Thurs noon. Ms. Susan’s Room is located in The Art Works, 200 Willard St. com 910-777-8889.

SANTA BY THE SEA NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 12/ 21, 5:30-8:30pm. $12 adv tickets or $14 at door. Free for ages 2 and under. Santa’s guests make holiday crafts, decorate cookies, play games, win prizes, and explore the aquarium’s decked halls and holiday music. Mrs. Claus shares a fishy and festive tale during story time. Good girls and boys can visit with Santa and meet a few of his wild friends. Aquarium members receive a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. 900 Loggerhead Rd. (910) 458-8257. www.

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lectures/readings THE THINGS THEY CARRIED DISCUSSION 1/5, 6:30pm: Discuss “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien with Myrtle Grove Librarian Patricia Dew, a Staff Sergeant in the 208 Army Reserve Band. Free, Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. • 1/13, 6:30pm: Discussion with Virtual Services Librarian Rachel Langlois, a reference librarian at the University of the Marine Corps in Quantico, and she is married to a Marine helicopter pilot. Free, Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 S. College Rd.


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classes/workshops CAM CLASSES Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024), at CAM. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30-6:30pm • T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon-1pm. Join in a soothing retreat sure to charge you up while you relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting. These sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants. http://cameronartmuseum. com/healthyliving   MEDITATION CLASS Meditation clarifies the mind, opens the heart and encourages a spiritual path. Free guided classes are offered weekly, Sun., 3:30pm, and Tues, 5:30pm. Basic principles and practices of meditation. Focus your attention, gain selfawareness, find inner stillness, and experience the benefits of meditation. Open Studio 1055 Military Cutoff Rd., #102; free. or (910) 665 YOGA INTENTIONAL LIVING 1/6, 1pm: Kim Paul from Lower Cape Fear Hospice will speak on “Beginning the Conversation . . . About Intentional Living” at Northeast Library, including enhancing daily living while planning for end-of-life events. She will discuss bucket lists, preparing for the unexpected, and having the “Death Conversation” with loved ones. Kim Paul is VP of Communications and Outreach for Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a nonprofit agency that offers compassionate individualized healthcare assistance and education to support patients and families facing the challenges of lifelimiting illnesses. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. MCKAY HEALING ARTS WORKSHOPS Every Wed: Improved peace of mind, greater physical health, less fatigue, deeper sleep, sharper focus, or improved relationships? All are welcome at this supportive weekly workshop. Meditating in a group is easier and more powerful than meditating alone. Wed., 6:15-7:15pm, $10-$15. • 12/7, 10am-noon: Powerful 2-hour workshop explores mindful eating as a practice for eating well during the holidays. Many people give in to impulse eating and overeat during the holidays and then beat themselves up for not eating well. Mindful Eating is a practice that helps you to bring awareness to eating so that you have the freedom to choose when, what, and how to eat in a way that is aligned with your best intentions. • 1/4, 9am: Mindfully creating intentions for the New Year: workshop will start your year off well as you mindfully create intentions and learn strategies for successfully following through. We’ll use guided meditations and journaling exercises



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LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 3:30pm: Legos in the Library is a new monthly activity for elementary school kids at New Hanover County’s Main Library! Kids in grades K - 5 work alone or with a friend to create a Lego structure that meets a different challenge at each session. It’s free thanks to funding from the Friends of the Library, but space is limited and preregistration is required for each session. 910-798-6303 or www.nhclibrary. org. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.

BUSINESS 101 1/12, 6pm: Kristi Sullivan from BB&T will be at the NHCPL-Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. to discuss the differences between business and invidual bank accounts, how to establish a business bank account, employee payroll and insurance. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 910-7986306 or email The Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


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CF MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER V-Mail to Vlogs, Sat., 12/21, 28, 1-4pm. Free for members or with admission. Write your own “Victory Mail” to discover ways military families have kept in touch. Send a “snail-mail” letter with a stamp, examine some historic telephones, and visit the Museum’s 1960s telephone booth! Explore modern communication links and imagine how we stay in touch in the future. Parental participation required. $4-$7. M814 Market St. www.


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to help you clarify your intentions. We’ll create an Intention Board, a creative collage with words and images, to serve as a visual reminder of your intentions. Make 2014 your year of lasting lifestyle changes. Instructor: Jen Johnson, MS, LPC, CRC is a counselor, coach, and speaker who empowers people to create sustainable life changes to support their wellness, happiness, and success. McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave, or 910-208-0518.

clubs/notices WORLD WAR II WILMINGTON Christmas holiday harp music and details on veterans benefits will highlight southeastern North Carolina’s World War II Remembered Group meeting on 12/18 at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. Free and open to the public; begins at 10am, w/refreshments and fellowship at 9:30.n Local harpists Julie Rehder and Carole Green will entertain with seasonal music. Chris Sikes, representing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss benefits associated with the new veterans clinic next to Wilmington International Airport. John Nelson at 399-7020 or BRIDGE LESSONS Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Dept. 2-day Bridge lessons, 10am-noon, with Marie Killoran. “Play of the Hand”—1/16 and 23. This two-session course for the newer bridge players will include a review of basic bidding followed by the play of at least six hands. Each hand will be followed by an analysis of bidding, declarer and defensive play. Participants should be familiar with suit and NT bidding. • “Cue Bids”—2/13 and 20.

For the intermediate players, expand your bridge bidding with this two-session course concentrating on the use of cue bids. Each session will include discussion and practice hands. Participants should have a good foundation in basic bidding and play of the hand. Fran Russ Recreation Ctr. 256-7925. CF HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) is accepting submissions for the 2014 Parade of Homes Art Competition. The winning artwork will be exclusively featured on the cover of our Plan Book (with a distribution of 5,000), on posters, media, and print advertising. Entries should use the 2014 theme “Still Living the American Dream” and should include at least one residential structure in the painting. Deadline: 1/31. Naomi Wright at (910) 799-2611 or email   NHC MEETINGS The Budget Development Committee of the New Hanover County (NHC) Board of Education will meet on Tues., 12/17, 3:30pm, Room 301 of the administration building, 6410 Carolina Beach Rd. • 12/20, noon: New Hanover County Board of Education will attend the New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Holiday Luncheon held at the Dale K. Spencer Building, 1802 South 15th St. • 1/7/2014, 4pm: The Policy Committee of the New Hanover County Board of Education will meet in the NHC Board of Education Center, 1805 S. 13th St. • 1/7/2014, 5:30pm: Regular meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Education will take place at the NHC Board of Education Center, 1805 S. 13th St. WILMINGTON MS SELF HELP GROUP MEET Holiday Party: In lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting, we will hold our annual holiday party

7pm, 1/9, at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Mayfaire, 1035 International Dr. All those with MS, families and friends are invited to attend. Meals ordered individually from menu items. The regular MS support group meeting will resume February 13 at the New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital. THE REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items, food, skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts. A RRFM usually takes place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons. Located at Greenfield Lake, near the playground and skatepark. Usually under one of the picnic shelters. Monthly meetings; see FB page for updates. FOCUS ON YOU SUPPORT GROUP Aims to provide an emotionally safe space where women with cancer and their families can connect with others in the same situation. Women of Hope uses education to empower women through early detection and continuing support throughout their treatment. Survivorship Support Group is for female cancer patient who is in any stage of treatment. Caregiver Support Group is for anyone affected by a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Meets same time, twice a month throughout the year. Friendly Community Baptist Church, 1730 US Hwy. 117, Burgaw. Meets 2nd/4th Thurs, 6:30-8pm. Penelope at penelo- TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910599-1407

CF MUSEUM AUCTION 1/4, 6pm: Cape Fear Museum is auctioning numerous objects deaccessioned from its permanent collection related to history, science or cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region, while others are duplicates in poor condition. Several 1960s televisions, a 1960s stereo console, leather suitcases, a trunk, picture frames, doll items, wooden shipping crates, and more. Angel’s Antiques and Auctions300 West Henry St., Atkinson, NC 28421. Angel Mintz: 910-283-3000 CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Cape Fear  Knitters, the Wilmington chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) meets the third Sat. ea. month, 10am-noon. Gerri: 3713556. Judy: 383-0374. AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group:  Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B.  This FREE support group is open to anyone affected by ADHD.  For more information, go to www. |december 18-24, 2013||encore 49 PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Sat. of month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. CAPE FEAR WEDDING ASSOCIATION Meet and greets the third Wed. ea. month. $25, members free. YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF NHC Meet the 1st and 3rd Tues. ea. month at the downtown public library, third floor, 6:30pm. Ages 18-35. COUPON CLUB Wilmington Coupon Club meets monthly, second Monday, at 6pm Come exchange coupons and learn how to save money.


CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Tues. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College, McCloud Bldg, room S002. WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB The Wilmington Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30am on the 2nd Thurs ea. month at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Sign up for our satellite groups, where members can follow their particular interest and make new friends along the way—bridge clubs, dinner groups, business networking groups, etc. 910632-8315, PFLAG PFLAG Meeting is first Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.


Fermental is putting some bubbly into the holiday spirit on the 20th, with their free holiday tasting event. Folks will get a sampling of seasonal sparkling wines, just in time for New Year’s Eve. Plus, they’ll have wintry brews from around the world available for tasting. In fact, folks can taste everything before making a purchase—and Fermental’s vast selection makes a perfect holiday gift. Live music will be played by local songwriters and the event is free! Located at 7520 Market Street. Head to for more information.

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FERMENTAL Every Friday: Free wine/beer tasting, 6pm. • 12/20, 6pm: Free holiday tasting event. Winter evening sampling of sparkling wines and seasonal beers from around the world. Taste everything before you buy. Live music from local songwriters. Free. No reservations required. Fermental. 7250 Market St.,

HOLIDAY WINE TASTING Wine Tasting: Special Holiday Tasting. OLLI Wine Society, Wed., 12/18, 6-8pm. $40 (membership $30/semester and $50/year). Have you ever wanted to take a wine tasting cruise? Here’s your chance to jump “on board” with the OLLI Wine Society to enjoy great wines and good company with none of the motion sickness or long buffet lines. Join us for our annual holiday event. This one is a virtual wine tasting cruise through the wines of he countries bordering the Mediterranean an Adriatic seas. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd.

SWEET N SAVORY Sweet n Savory Pub: Free beer tasting every Wednesday night from 5-6:30pm, through 2/26/14. 1611 Pavillion Pl., (910) 256-0115 FIRE ON THE DOCK CALL FOR CHEFS Now accepting chef applications for Fire on the Dock. Encourage your favorite chefs and ask them to participate in the 2014 series. Applications are online: Fire on the dock starts in January, with battles beginning on 1/27. Full competition dates will be

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online soon. Battles are decreasing to a total of seven to focus on the chefs and promote winners to develop special events that connect the chef, farmer and the diner. Fire on the Dock 2014 will be held at Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach. DUPLIN WINERY 12/21, 8-10am: Breakfast with Santa. Adults, $15; children $8 (ages 4-12); free for kids 4 and under. • 12/20, 3:30-7:30pm: Down Home Country Christmas, with music and comedy, feat. classic holiday music and contemporary songs; resident jokesters, “Roadkill Rufus” and “Junior Jackson” and those wild and crazy “Dixie Hicks.” $50/person + $2 tour and tasting. Duplin Winery, 505 N. Sycamore St. Rose Hill. 800-774-9634 PORT CITY SWAPPERS Port City Swappers is a monthly food and beverage swap where members of a community share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. No cash is exchanged, and no goods are sold. Diversify your pantry and go home happy and inspired while meeting your neighbors! PortCitySwappers. 12/29. FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot. FOOD NOT BOMBS To provide free Vegan and Vegetarian meals to the hungry. By sharing food we start a revolution. Food is a right, not a privilege. All our food is grown in the Food Not Bombs garden, and donated by local businesses, restaurants, farms, and people. Anyone can donate, and if you are unable to donate food, then donating your time is enough. Monthly meetups. FOOD PANTRIES Good Shepherd House Soup Kitchen, 811 Martin St. Pantry Hours: 6am-3pm everyday • Mother Hubbards Cupboards, 211N 2nd St. (910)7622199. MTWFS,1-3pm • Bread of Life Immaculate Conception Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Rd. (910)791-1003. Never had a food pantry, used

Make Carolina Beach a part of your holiday traditions We have events for all ages, so bring the kids or come on your own for lots of festive fun.

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CHRISTMAs by the sea See the Boardwalk decorated and lit for the holidays 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4. Free activities take place Dec. 21st. CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA IS A WINTER EVENT SERIES AT THE BOARDWALK SPONSORED BY THE CAROLINA BEACH DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE AND THE TOWN OF CAROLINA BEACH. FREE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: • Santa at the Welcome Center

• Caroling

• Fire pit with story telling

• Pony rides

• Hot chocolate

• Arts & crafts area and ornament-making activities for kids

• Live nativity scene

2013 Island of Lights

Details: (910) 458-8434

Island of Lights DEC. 31, NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION, 9 P.M. at the Gazebo on the Boardwalk


Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a fireworks display. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2013 official Christmas card and ornament. Details: (910) 458-5507

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to give food to the homeless on Saturdays but not anymore. • Catholic Social Ministries, 4006 Princess Dr. (910) 251-8130. TuesFri., 9-11:30am • First Fruit Ministries, 2750 Vance St. (910) 612-9353. Tues/Sat, 11am1pm; Wed,10am-2pm. • Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2237 Castle Hayne Rd. (910) 7627824. Wed, 11:30am-2pm. • New Covenant Holiness Church, 1020 Dawson St. (910)7627376 WILMINGTON WINE SHOP Join us to sample five new delicious wines we’ve brought in just for our customers during Free Friday Wine Tasting, 5-8pm. Have a bottle or glass of your favorite with friends afterwards in our cozy shop or on the back deck. And beer lovers don’t fret, we’ve got a fridge full of craft and micro-brews. • Thurs., 9/26, 6-8, reception for Michele Wuensch, who does most smaller stylized oil and acrylic paintings of everyday scenes from life. 605 Castle St. 910-202-4749. NONI BACCA WINERY Tasting room open seven days a week, 10am9pm (Mon-Sat) and 12-5pm (Sun.). Taste a flight of 6 or 9 wines w/complementary souvenir glass; over 70 wines made on premise to sample at any time, nserved by the glass or the bottle. • Tues/Wed Winemaker’s Special: three 3 oz. pours of any wine at a special price. • Thurs.-Sat.: Specials at the bar on glasses and bottles of wine that run all day, but the crowd begins to gather around 7pm. Craft beer selection, too. We also make special label wines for weddings, corporate gifting, birthdays, reunions, or any event. 910-397-7617. RED BANK WINE Red Bank’s wine of the week, Sat., 1-4pm.

1001 International Dr. 910-256-9480. FORTUNATE GLASS Free Wine Tasting, Tues. 6-8 p.m. • Sparkling Wine Specials & Discounted Select Bottles, Wed. & Thurs. • Monthly Food & Wine Pairing Events. 29 South Front St. CAPE FEAR WINE AND BEER Mon Flight Night: $18 for nine 4 oz. samples of local, nationally-renowned & international brews. Also, Massage Monday: $10 for a ten-minute shift with our licensed, registered therapist Josh Lentz. • Tues., DIY Trivia with our host Greg Jaeger. Prizes include beer from us and gift certificates from AzioMedia and Memory Lane Comics. 9 PM. $1 off all glasses of wine, ciders, and mead. • Wed: YouTube Video Competition. Submit the wackiest, funniest, zaniest video & win a bomber of beer & a Chop’s Deli sandwich! Hosted by Captain Video. 9pm; select $10 pitchers. • Thurs: Beer Infusement Thursday. Come see what ingredients Randall the Enamel Animal is enhancing upon delicious beer. 9pm. Also, Thrifty Thursday: select $3 bottles and $1 off select draft. • Fri.: Bartender’s pick. You never know what you’re gonna get! • Sat.: Think local, drink local. $1 off all bottled NC beers. • Sun: Beer Church Purchase select beer and keep your glass for free. 139 N. Front St. SILVER COAST WINERY Line & partner dance instruction in the Barrel Room, Wednesdays, 2:30-5pm, and selected Sundays. HOMEBREW SUPPLY COMPANY Free craft beer tasting every Friday 4pm-7pm • Free all-grain brewing demonstration Every Saturday starting at 1:30pm at Wilmington Homebrew Supply, 4405-A Wrightsville Ave.

most recent Sunday, we fed more than 180 people! We need donated funds and food for this program provide a standard menu for breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, grits, fruits, cereal, etc. 7am-8:30am every Sunday. Need $1000 per month to purchase the food, supplies and keep our van running. C.E.C. of St Peter the Fisherman, 314 South Carolina Ave. Deacon David Hueholt, 515-0765; or Stacy Nemec, 793-6640.

TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, www.tastinghistorytours. com. Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046. FARMERS’ MARKETS Fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey and more! Schedule: Poplar Grove, Wed, 8am-1pm. Aso features fresh baked goods, pickled okra, peanuts and handcrafted one-of-a-kind gifts such as jewelry, woodcrafts and pottery. Poplar Grove Plantation, 910-686-9518. •  Riverfront Farmers’ Market open on Water St., downtown, every Sat., 8am-1pm. • Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Sat., 8am-1pm, around the lake in Carolina Beach. Free parking. www. • St. James Plantation  Farmers’ Market, Thurs,through 10/25, 4-7pm, at the Park at Woodlands Park Soccer Field. EARLY BREAD PROGRAM Every Sunday morning, the unconditional love of God is shown to the homeless and needy of our community through a hot breakfast hosted by our church. Early Bread is a cooperative effort with Wesley Memorial United Methodist, Grace United Methodist, and several other county churches which send volunteers every Sunday to cook, serve, minister, and clean. We “feed the soul and spirit” of an average of 150-200 people each Sunday. Approximately 90 percent of those served are men; some are veterans. Our van and those of our partner churches, pickup from Good Shepherd, Mercy House, the downtown library, and other locations. On our

STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS 1/25/14, 9:30am: 30 teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. Everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints, but there will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year. Lke in Carolina Beach, junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Ave. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Music w/The Cut, Bibis Ellison and headliner Machine Gun. Raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase. Pizes will be awarded at 4pm. All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. Janet Knott: or call 910-431-8122. SEASONED GOURMET COOKING CLASSES All classes include a generous portion of the menu items and wine pairing samples for adults. 1/25, 11am: What the Pho? with Susan Boyles, $20. Learn the Vietnamese tradition that is Pho, a beef bone broth and noodle soup dish that is pronounced “Fuh” and features star anise,



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ginger, and garlic in its delicious flavor profile. • 1/28, 6:30pm: TBA w/1900’s chef, Kirsten Mitchell, $45. • 2/2, noon: Master It: Knife Skills, $35. Learn to hold, hone, and wield your cook’s knife using a safe and effective method taught in culinary schools, while learning to make Rainbow Matchstick Salad, roasted chicken with root vegetable hash, and apple-cinammon bread pudding. The Seasoned Gourmet, 1930 Eastwood Rd, Ste. 105, 910-256-9488. WINE PAIRING CLASSES Developed to help you select wines to pair with whatever meal you may be enjoying. Taste 5-6 wines each paired with an Hors d’oeuvre.  Reservations are required. The Seasoned Gourmet, 1930 Eastwood Rd., Ste. 105, 910-256-9488. 2/4 and 3/4, 6:30pm, $15: Enjoy 6 wines each paired with an hors d’oeuvres and learn about growing conditions, wine making process, and more.   CAPE FEAR WINE AND FOOD CLUB Thurs., 2/6, 6:30pm, “At the Table with Liz Biro—Food Writer, Chef, and Foodie Tour Guide,” $35. Inaugural women’s gathering with the female movers and shakers of the Wilmington area.  Dish about area restaurants, hardto-find ingredients, and the best of the best of everything food, over a three-course meal. Cape Fear Wine and Food Club memberships: $15/ person/year adn receive 5% discount on all merchandise and10% discount during classes at The Seasoned Gourmet. 1930 Eastwood Rd, StE 105, 910-256-9488. CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, custom and special group tours and more! $25 and up! 910-545-8055 THE WINE SAMPLER Taste five wines Thurs., 3-8 pm, Fri., 3-8pm, and Sat., 11am-7pm. We offer a 10% discount as well toward purchase. 4107-C Oleander Dr. (910) 796-WINE (9463). OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS OA is a 12-step organization for anyone who has issues with food and/or eating. Stop your compulsive eating habits and start living a healthy, rewarding life. No dues, fees, or religious affiliations. Mon, 7pm, Myrtle Grove Baptist Church Bldg 2, 5524 Myrtle Grove Road; Suzy (910) 599-4545. Wed., noon-1pm, Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, Steve (703) 973-2499; Sat., 9:30-10:45am, Church of the Servant (off College Rd/ BB&T), 4925 Oriole Dr, Steve M. (703) 973-2499.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): “Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base,” psychologist John Bowlby wrote. Some of you Aries enjoy the “daring venture” part of that formula but neglect the “secure base” aspect. That’s why your daring ventures may on occasion go awry. If you are that type of ram, the first half of 2014 will be an excellent time to correct your bad habit. Life will be offering you considerable help and inspiration in building a strong foundation. And if you already appreciate how important it is for your pursuit of excitement to be rooted in well-crafted stability, the coming months will be golden.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Italian painter Tintoretto (1518-1594) was a Libra. He worked with such vigor and passion that he was nicknamed Il Furioso—The Furious. One of his crowning achievements was his painting “Paradise,” which is 74 feet long and 30 feet tall—about the size of a tennis court. It adorns a huge wall in the Doge’s Palace, a landmark in Venice. I propose that Tintoretto serve as one of your inspirational role models in 2014. The coming months will be an excellent time for you to work hard at crafting your own personal version of paradise on earth. You may not be so wildly robust to deserve the title “Il Furioso.” Then again, you might.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s a tale of three renowned Taurus brainiacs: Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Bertrand Russell. They all had IQs over 175 and all made major contributions to philosophy. Yet, all three were physically inept. Kant had trouble keeping a sharp point on his writing instrument, the quill, because he was clumsy using a knife. Mill was so undexterous he found it a chore to tie a knot. Russell’s physical prowess was so limited he was incapable of brewing a pot of tea. Chances are that you are neither as brilliant nor as uncoordinated as these three men. Yet, like them, there is a disconnect between your mind and body—some glitch in the way the two of them communicate with each other. The coming year will be an excellent time to heal the disconnect and fix the glitch.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Between 2002 and 2009, Buddhist monk Endo Mitsunaga spent 1,000 days meditating as he did a ceremonial walk around Mount Hiei in Japan. In 2006 English writer Dave Cornthwaite took 90 days to skateboard across the entire length of Australia, a distance of 3,618 miles. The first man’s intentions were spiritual, the second man’s adventurous. The coming months will be prime time for you to contemplate both kinds of journeys, Scorpio. The astrological omens suggest that you will generate extra good fortune for yourself by seeking out unfamiliar experiences on the open road. To get yourself in the mood, ruminate on the theme of pilgrimage.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A horticultural company in the UK is selling TomTato plants to home gardeners. Each bush grows both cherry tomatoes and white potatoes. The magic was accomplished through handcrafted hybridization, not genetic engineering. I foresee a comparable marvel in your long-term future, Gemini. I’m not sure about the exact form it will take. Maybe you will create a product or situation that allows you to satisfy two different needs simultaneously. It’s possible you will find a way to express two of your talents in a single mode. Or perhaps you will be able to unite two sides of you that have previously been unbonded. Congratulations in advance! CANCER (June 21-July 22): “To destroy is always the first step in any creation,” poet E. E. Cummings said. Do you buy that idea, Cancerian? I hope so, because the cosmos has scheduled you to instigate some major creative action in 2014. In order to fulfill that potential, you will have to metaphorically smash, burn, and dissolve any old structures that have been standing in the way of the future. You will have to eliminate as many of the “yes, buts” and “I can’ts” and “not nows” as you possibly can.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When did you first fall from grace? Do you remember? It has happened to most of us. We spend time being privileged or cared about or respected, and, suddenly, we no longer are. We lose our innocence. Love disappears. Our status as a favorite comes to an end. That’s the bad news, Leo. The good news is I think the months ahead may be time for you to climb back up to one of those high states of grace that you fell from once upon a time. The omens suggest that even now you’re making yourself ready to rise back up—and sooner than you think, there will be an invitation to do so. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Leonardo da Vinci created the painting “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” around 1480. It now hangs in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, a museum in Vatican City. For several centuries, though, the treasured work of art was missing. Legend tells us that in the early 19th century, Napoleon’s uncle found the lower half of the painting in a junk shop in Rome. Years later he stumbled upon the top half in another back alley, where it was being used as a wedge in a shoemaker’s bench. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence unfolding for you in 2014, Virgo. You just may manage to restore a lost beauty to its proper place of honor, one step at a time.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Many farms in California’s Tulare County grow produce for supermarket chains. Here’s the problem: Those big stores only want fruits and vegetable that look perfect. So, if there are brown spots on the apples or if the zucchinis grow crooked or if the carrots get too big, they are rejected. As a result, 30 percent of the crops go unharvested. That’s sad because a lot of poor people who live in Tulare don’t have enough to eat. Fortunately, some enterprising food activists have begun to work out arrangements with farmers to collect the wasted produce and distribute it to the hungry folks. I gather there’s a comparable situation in your life, Sagittarius: unplucked resources and ignored treasures. In 2014 I hope you take dramatic action to harvest and use them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Derrick Brown has a poem entitled “Pussycat Interstellar Naked Hotrod Mofo Ladybug Lustblaster!” I hope that at least once in 2014 you will get up the nerve to call someone you love by that name. Even if you can’t quite bring yourself to utter those actual words, it will be healing for you to get to the point where you feel wild enough to say them. Here’s what I’m driving at, Capricorn: In the coming months, you will be wise to shed any inhibitions that have interfered with you getting all of the free-flowing intimacy you’d love to have. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Artists who are content merely to hone their gifts eventually come to little,” Belgian writer Simon Leys says. “The ones who truly leave their mark have the strength and the courage to explore and exploit their shortcomings.” I’d like to borrow that wisdom and provide it for you to use in 2014, Aquarius. Even if you’re not an artist, you will be able to achieve an interesting kind of success if you’re willing to make use of the raw materials and untapped potential of your so-called flaws and weaknesses. Whatever is unripe in you will be the key to your creativity. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2014 you will have the mojo to escape a frustration that has drained you and pained you for a long time. I mean you can end its hold on you for good. The coming months will also provide you with the chance to activate and cultivate a labor of love that will last as long as you live. While this project may not bloom overnight, it will reveal its staying power in dramatic fashion. And you will be able to draw on the staunch faith you’ll need to devote yourself to it until its full blessings ripen. |december 18-24, 2013||encore 53

tours/cruises HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email $3/children or $8/ adults.     BIRDING TOURS Discover Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek w/guided eco-cruises and educational boat tours designed to increase conservation awareness about local wildlife and sensitive coastline habitats in New Hanover County. The winter birding cruise explores salt-marsh function, wetland plants, shorebird/water bird ID and more. 275 Waynick Ave., Wrightsville Beach. Capt. Joe Abbate at: (910) 200-4002. $25/ person, Mon-Sat., 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. SCREEN GEMS STUDIO Tour the movie studio, and see where films and TV shows like “One Tree Hill” and “Dawson’s Creek” are/were filmed. Sat-Sun at noon and 2pm. 343-3433. HOLLYWOOD LOCATION WALK Tour one of America’s largest living film sets; historic downtown Wilmington. This fun-filled 90 minute walking tour will lead gue sts to actual movie & TV locations. Tours will depart Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. afternoons at 2pm. Reservations are required, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students or military and children 6 or under are free. 910-794-7177, HENRIETTA III CRUISES

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Eight mile, 45 minute narrated tour aboard a nostalgic, motorized trolley. Downtown. (910) 763-4483. GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910794-1866;    ORTON PLANTATION Live oaks bordering garden walks, sculptured shrubs and seasonal flowers. Grounds open 8am-6pm. daily. Fees: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 ages 6-16, under 6 free. 15 miles south of Wilmington. 371-6851. www.orton HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions.Market and Water streets. $12 for adults, $5 per child. (910) 251-8889.

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