Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wrightsville Beach Art Company – A True Original

Half the fun of owning a home at the beach is decorating it with your own personal coastal style. If you're looking for artwork with loads of personality for your seaside home, you'll definitely want to plan a visit to Wrightsville Beach Art Company.

Wrightsville Beach Art Company is the inspiration of Jazz Undy, who creates unique, 3-D nautical landscapes with oil paints and discarded and "found" materials. A piece of Jazzy Boy Art becomes an instant focal point in any room.

Jazz was born and raised on the Maryland shore, and his attraction to water strongly influences his work as an artist. Jazz and his partner Maureen Mountcastle created a slogan that perfectly describes their two-pronged mission. "Ocean Detox" not only refers to the cleansing of the body and soul that occurs so naturally at the beach, but the moniker is also meant to increase awareness of the overabundance of debris and recyclables that end up in the world's oceans and waterways.

Wrightsville Beach Art Company opened recently at 32. N. Lumina Ave. in the former Rita's Italian Ice storefront.  The gallery has a friendly, approachable atmosphere; kids love petting the resident pooches and trying out the unique Art-o-Matic vending machine, while grown-ups browse through one-of-a-kind works of art and jewelry creations made from upcycled materials.

Wrightsville Beach Art Company is open most days 11am - 7pm.  To see more examples of their work or to get more insight into their mission, visit their Facebook page and website.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest

The East Coast's second largest surf contest is gearing up for its 10th year in Wrightsville Beach.  The O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest is set for July 17-19th, 2015, and features nearly 300 of the finest professional and amateur surfers from around the globe.

The Pro-Am will be staged at the Birmingham Street Beach Access this year and typically draws thousands of spectators throughout the three-day festival.  This year, a $15,000 pro purse is up for grabs, and there are great prizes for all finalists. The action kicks off at 8am each day.

This is a great contest for kids and adults alike, with 6 different divisions for both guys and girls.  For more information or to complete an entry form, stop in at Sweetwater Surf Shop on N. Lumina St. or visit wblivesurf.com.

Visit the event's Facebook page >

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Featured Listing – 12-A Heron Street Wrightsville Beach

Oceanfront living combines with a superb location in this 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhome style floorplan in Wrightsville Beach. You'll enjoy plenty of sunlight and water views along with an attractive price with this home conveniently located near the heart of town.

Rise each morning to ocean vistas and a private deck off the spacious, second floor master suite. The upstairs guest bedroom includes an en-suite bath and airy bay windows. The first floor living area opens onto a large, oceanfront deck and features a fireplace and breakfast bar for easy family entertaining.

This 1600 sq. foot townhome is located on a quiet stretch of beautiful beach, yet it's close to shops, restaurants and all the outdoor activities that make Wrightsville Beach one of the finest destinations on the east coast.

When the day's fun is done, you'll enjoy ample parking and plenty of carport space for all your bikes and sports gear. This lovely home is fully furnished and move-in ready.

Details on 12-A Heron Street:

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Square Feet: 1600
  • Age: 32
  • MLS #: 523603
  • Price: $849,900
  • Additional Features: Laundry, Hurricane Shields, Blinds

For a virtual tour of this property click here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Coastal Federation: Steadfast Stewards of our Waterways

Ask local residents what makes our region an unbeatable place to live, and one word is guaranteed to come up every time:  water. Our stunning coastal waters, and the plants and wildlife that inhabit them make the Cape Fear region an unparalleled place to call home.

Since 1982, The NC Coastal Federation has been working to protect our waterways and the critically important natural habitats of the North Carolina coast. The Federation accomplishes their mission with a three-pronged approach:  advocating for responsible land and water use, educating citizens to become informed partners in protecting our coastal resources, and restoring and preserving our waters and habitat for the enjoyment of all who work and play here.

In Wrightsville Beach, the Federation uses a handy tool to help this mission along:  FUN!   A visit to the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center on W. Salisbury Street is a fascinating way to spend an afternoon with the family. Here are just a few of the entertaining (and educational) events the Coastal Federation offers throughout the summer:

Touch Tank Tuesdays:  Get an up close and personal experience with some of the amazing critters that live in the waters around Wrightsville Beach.  Each Tuesday from 10am - 1pm, visitors are invited to see and touch creatures like shrimp, crabs and whelk.  The animals are carefully collected and released back to their homes each day.  This is a free event.

Coastal Birding Cruises:  The Coastal Federation teams up with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours on the first Friday of each month for this one-hour wildlife and birding tour around Wrightsville Beach.  On this relaxing cruise, you'll learn about the area's unique ecology and see a wide variety of shorebirds. Registration is required.

Coastal Discovery Thursdays:  Recommended for all ages, this event uses hands-on activities to learn about a wide variety of topics like the region's estuaries, how our stormwater is handled, and even the anatomy of an oyster!  This free event is held each Thursday from 1pm - 3pm at the Education Center.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in the mission of the NC Coastal Federation.  Volunteer opportunities include helping in the field with wetlands and oyster restoration, assisting with outreach events, and lending a hand with publications.  Learn more at www.nccoast.org.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Wrightsville Beach Boat Launch Rules and Regulations

Wrightsville Beach offers some of the East Coast's best locations for boating. If you're planning to bring a boat down to WB, make sure you take some time to familiarize yourself with the area's rules and regulations.

The first thing to keep in mind, is that Wrightsville Beach has its own set of regulations when it comes to boats and other water crafts. What might be allowed in other parts of the country could potentially get you in trouble here, so don't risk ruining your vacation or day of fun by forgetting to check the local laws!
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