Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla is Coming

 Can You Believe It's Been 31 Years? The Flotilla is Coming!

What began in 1983 as a charming small-scale affair has become a holiday mainstay. Repeatedly chosen by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the "Top 20" must see events, the flotilla and festivities surrounding it continue to evolve and improve. Always held the Saturday evening following Thanksgiving, the Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla is the perfect way to kick off the holidays!

One of the best things about it is that you don't even have to be a boat owner to enjoy all of the fun! The Atlantic Marine Holiday Launch Party officially kicks off this year's flotilla on Friday, November 28th at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. For just $25 you can rub elbows with this year's flotilla boat captains plus enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and live music by The Craig Woolard Band. The fun starts at 7 pm-and ticket information is here:

On Saturday, don't miss the Festival in the Park, which takes place from 10 am until 4 pm. There are loads of activities for the kids, including a coloring contest, giant inflatables, plus the Arab Shriner Choo-choo. It also attracts some of the finest and most unique artisans and crafts people from around the region. And…the festival is an ideal place to pick up one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Because there are always several food vendors on hand, there is no need to worry about lunch!

The real fun gets underway at 6pm with the star of the show-a fleet of amazing, decorated boats of all shapes and sizes, including commercial vessels, sailboats and pleasure craft. Each year the participants aim to out bedazzle last year's winners and so far so good! At 7:30 pm, the boat parade is followed by an unforgettable fireworks display-what a way to bring in the holiday season!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

10th Annual Turkey Trot in Wrightsville Beach

Want to know how to get a head start on those Thanksgiving calories and support a great cause in the process? Make plans to attend to the 10th Annual Turkey Trot! The fun takes place on Thanksgiving Day around the Wrightsville Beach Loop and all proceeds benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

Registration may be done online until this Sunday 11/23 or in-person on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27th. Sign in is at 7:30 am with an 8:30 start. As part of this year's activities, there is a certified 5K and a 1-mile walk. 5k racers have until Sunday, 11/23 to register online for $35 and then up until the 27th for an entry fee of $45. Children 5 and under are free and 1-mile walkers may participate for a $15 donation.

Since it began 10 years ago, the WB Turkey Trot has gained a tremendous following. Over the years, businesses, friends, service groups, neighbors and families have gathered for a morning of silly, good-natured competition. Along with supporting a great cause and getting in a little fresh air and exercise, it is also the best place around to see some crazy hats and variations on the Turkey costume theme! It has also become a Thanksgiving tradition for many. For more information and to register, please use this link:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Spruce Ups for Your Coastal Property

Whether you are anxious to add curb appeal for a potential sale, or just ready to say “bye-bye” to summer and “hello fall”, here are some easy ways to do it:

-Go ahead and uproot those tired out summer annuals. Pansies and mums are in season and will breathe new life into outdoor containers and borders.

-Mow (maybe for the last time this year!) and sweep or blow all of your outdoor areas, including decks, porches and patios. Clean, uncluttered spaces say, “fall fresh!”

-Pile on some pumpkins. Although they may eventually become jack-o-lanterns, a few bright orange pumpkins artfully placed make for a cheery, welcoming display. Try arranging a few up the steps or with some pots of mums on an inexpensive bale of hay for an instant outdoor focal point. There are some amazing looking heirloom varieties in all shapes and colors. Look for these heirloom types locally: Lumina-bright orange, Pokemon-orange and white striped, Yokohama-bluish black, and Polar Bear-white.

-Since “fall is for planting” now is the time to make your landscape more interesting by introducing some new plants, bulbs, trees or shrubs. How about adding a few colors with Japanese maples or painted ferns? Does your property get enough sun for a fruit or nut tree?

Call or stop by the Arboretum and the local agricultural extension service for suggestions and how-tos: 910-798-7660

-Summer showers and humid weather can leave a coastal property looking dingy. It is also encourages mold and mildew to set in. That’s why fall is the ideal time to give your home’s exterior a good scrub or pressure wash. Many homeowners are surprised how having a place pressure washed often makes it look like it’s been freshly painted!

-Get artsy and install a water garden, sculpture, gate or arbor. Such things will give your home character and make it unique.

-Retire that flip-flop doormat and replace with one that reflects the season.

-Add a fall wreath to the front door for an instant attention grabber.

When your place is looking its best, you’ll feel good about taking time out for some favorite fall activities, like fishing, football in the park, beach combing and sharpening up those oyster knives!
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