Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wrightsville Beach 4th of July Events & Activities


Since this great American holiday falls on a Friday this year, it pays to plan ahead! Although there are some wonderful events taking place on the island to celebrate the fourth, there are also some pretty awesome events going on across the bridge and beyond! So, get your picnic/cookout supplies ready and don't forget that sunscreen. Here's a look at what's on tap:

Thursday July 3rd

Here along Wrightsville Beach, easing into a long weekend will be a breeze with two low-key activities. At 6:30 pm, you can head to the park for WECT TV's Sounds of Summer Concert Series, and rock out with the band, The Fury. Bring a picnic and folding chairs for this free evening of music.

Meanwhile, over at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, those looking for an active way to get the fourth underway will want to check out the Sunset SUP Series. The series takes place every Thursday and includes a 10-minute standup paddleboard lesson. Paddlers will take a different course each week depending on the current weather conditions. For details, please call the resort at: 910-256-2251.

And elsewhere…on the 3rd

  • Junior Naturalist Program at Halyburton Park - 4099 S. 17th Street-Strolls along the strand will be much more meaningful for the kids after attending the park's Shelling the Shores program. For children 5 to 11, participants will learn how to identify different local seashells, plus take a few home. It begins at 1:30 and ends at 3 pm. There is a $10 fee and pre-registration is a must. Here's the website and phone number: info@halyburtonpark.com - 910-341-0075
  • Cameron Art Museum - 3201 S. 17th Street-Summertime is perfect for an al fresco combo of art and music! The museum's Music in the Courtyard is set for 6:30-8 pm and features the Root Soul Project. Made up of several very talented musicians, the group plays a blend of blues, hip-hop, reggae, and jazz. Admission ranges from $5-$7-Call for details: 910-395-5999 or check the website.
  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk - Cape Fear Blvd. Carolina Beach  -Get the 4th of July party warmed up early with Fireworks by the Sea and Live Music. The festivities start at 6:30 pm with live music from Massive Grass and Southern Trouble. When the sun goes down, it's time to get ready for the fireworks! For directions and more information regarding this free event, just call: 910-458-8434.
  • Legion Stadium - 2221 Carolina Beach Road-Did watching all that World Cup action leave you wanting more? You are in luck, because there will be a pro match between our home team the Wilmington Hammerheads and the Orlando Lions! Be sure and don the team colors-blue and white, before heading to the stadium for the 7:30 pm match! Admission ranges between $8 to $12. Call 910-777-2111 for more info or purchase tickets online here

And here are a few area special events for Friday July 4th:


  • Buck Hardee Field - Legion Sports Complex - 2149 Carolina Beach Rd.-What a way to get the 4th started! Is there any sport more American than baseball? Exactly! The Sharks will go head to head against the Edenton Steamers in this Coastal Plain League game. Tickets are between $5 and $8-children under 6 get in for free. Please use this website for details and directions: http://wilmingtonsharks.com/. First pitch is at 7:05 -There may even be time to take in a few innings and the head downtown for the…
  • Wilmington 4th of July Celebration - Get downtown early to beat the crowds. Along with awesome live music from the 440th Army Band, food vendors, and the chance to see a beautiful sunset, the best fireworks show of the year begins at 9 pm. Avoid hassles and headaches by reviewing traffic info here: http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/events_permits/special_events/4th_of_july

But wait! There's more:

On Friday, the 4th, there will also be live music at Mayfaire Towne Center and Airlie Gardens. Get the scoop by using these links:
http://www.wilmingtonnc.com/music-town-summer-concert-series-2014/
http://airliegardens.org/events/1663/summer-concert-series-the-imitations/

And if you have never been, perhaps this should be the year to load up the family and head to Southport for the official N.C. 4th of July Festival. Did you know it's been going strong for over 200 years? Even if you have been, you won't believe how much the celebration has grown!

Access all of the information you'll need for an unforgettable 4th in lovely Southport: http://www.nc4thofjuly.com/

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

5 Tips for House Hunting While on Vacation

One advantage to house hunting in Wrightsville Beach from out of town is the ability to do so while on vacation. If only all real estate searches came with that option! By arming yourself with a few tools, asking key questions, and becoming a keen observer, you should be able to locate your dream home in record time.

1. Know what you want - Decide which features and components will be the most important to you and your family or partner. Boat slip or screened in porch? Gourmet kitchen or water view? You get the idea!

2. Pack a "House Hunting" toolkit - It's easy to get confused when searching for a home, even on a small island. Bring along a few simple tools to make the process easier, such as a clipboard or notebook, a measuring tape, and a camera. Hopefully those will all fit in the basket of that beach cruiser!

3. Make a checklist - Looking at property for several days can get confusing. "…Which one had that great master bath I loved so much? Was it on the one on North Channel Drive or Shearwater Street?" Even though we will provide you with plenty of information, take the time to write up your own personal checklist for features you are looking for. Also have a page to list the pro's and con's or personal likes and dislikes for each property you'll be considering,

4. Visit the area at different times of day - As a vacationing house hunter, you'll likely be here Saturday to Saturday, which is extremely advantageous. In addition to the surf, sun, and seafood, you'll be able to check out what life is like here 24/7! For places you are interested in, check them out at different times of day to evaluate factors such as traffic patterns, noise levels, walking or driving distances to and from important destinations like the grocery store, library, school, or office.

5. Be patient - A week is a nice chunk of time to devote to a home search. However, things may not fall into place so quickly. Be aware that new listings come in all the time, and after your house hunting holiday, you'll know exactly what you're after!

We hope these tips help you as you plan your house hunting / beach vacation in Wrightsville Beach.  Be sure to call the expert agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams to show you around town!  Call us at  910-256-6998.
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