Friday, April 29, 2016

May Events In and Around Wrightsville Beach

Ribbet the Exhibit-Encore! Airlie Gardens - Thursday, May 5th 9 am until 5 pm - Just in case you missed last year's whimsical garden display, here's your chance! Make plans to see these charming copper frog sculptures from the very talented artist, Andy Cobb. From a leaping ballerina to a serene yogi, these fantastical frogs delight kids of all ages. The natural beauty of Airlie Gardens is the perfect backdrop for this installation, which was one of the most well-attended exhibits Airlie has seen. Make plans now, because after their gig at Airlie, the frogs are visiting gardens up and down the eastern seaboard and points west as well! Details can be found here:

Plastic Ocean Project Cleanup and Vegan Potluck - Saturday, May 7th at 6 pm - Johnnie Mercer's Pier - Be a good citizen and meet some great people in the process! Please bring your own containers for trash pickup and gloves are always a good idea too. After the cleanup, gather round for a seaside vegan potluck picnic! Please bring your own reusable utensils, plates and bowls-the goal is always to avoid single-use plastics. Please visit the event Facebook page to learn more:

Summer Stock Auditions for Kids - Saturday May 7th, 12 noon - Get your aspiring thespians to the Fran Russ Studio, located at the WB Parks and Recreation complex-1 Bob Sawyer Drive. This summer's shows include: Legally Blonde Jr. (June 24-25) and Freckle Face Strawberry (July15-16). The Legally Blonde production seeks actors in the 11 to 18 age range and 7 to 14-year olds are encouraged to audition for Freckle Face Strawberry. Actors should wear comfortable shoes and clothing and have a song ready to sing a cappella. Further details available by calling 910-338-3378 or visiting

Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Resilient Design - Thursday May 12th, 6 pm - (admission $35) Bluewater Grill - Presented by the N.C. Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, this informative program will focus on the science of climate change and what design professionals can do to reduce and perhaps reverse its impact: "Coastal communities are some of the most vulnerable to the effects of emerging weather patterns and sea level rise." The Bluewater grill is located at 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville beach. Please learn more and get your tickets here:

Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market - May 16th-running Mondays from 8 am until 1 pm - Sweetwater Lane - WB Municipal Complex - Finally-It's Back! Here's the place to get luscious produce, succulent seafood, farm fresh eggs and baked goods to create your own "farm to table' meals! Expect to find an assortment of other items from market vendors including dog treats, natural health and beauty products, fresh flowers and more! Running from now until September 26th. More information here:

Pier to Pier Swim - Saturday, May 21st-9 am - Crystal Pier - Grab your goggles and show your skills for this awesome event, which is now in its 3rd year. The swim is a distance of 1.7 miles and the course is form the south end at Crystal Pier to the north, finishing at Johnnie Mercer's pier. Register online and get all of the details regarding divisions and awards here: Swim proceeds to benefit UNC-W's swim and dive programs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Paddlers are Coming!

This marks the sixth consecutive year for what has become the largest standup paddleboard race on the east coast. Make plans to participate or spectate during the 6th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup April 19th - 24th. Presented by Surftech, this year's race is bigger and better than ever! Athletes from far and wide are expected to attend this event, which kicks off the SUP race circuit season.

Along with demos and clinics plus before and after parties, the Carolina Cup features 4 courses: a kids course, the Harbor Island Recreational "fun" race, the Money Island open race and the coveted but treacherous Graveyard Elite Race.

In 2012, the Carolina Cup made the news as the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers turning out for the first day of races. In 2013, over 600 hit the water and over 700 paddlers participated in 2014! Last year's Carolina Cup was recognized as the largest SUP event in the world. This year is expected to be another record-breaker with around 800 paddlers expected! According to the event's organizers, "Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, and champions in the disciplines of standup, prone, surfski, and outrigger canoe paddling."

Australia's Travis Grant will be back to defend his title as the male champion of the brutal 13.5-mile Graveyard race. According to Grant, "The Graveyard race is a very fitting name. It is just that, a tough one. Anyone can potentially win, there are a lot of different elements to get right: surf, flatwater, inlet currents, wind and there's always a slight bit of luck involved."

Grant defeated the 3-time title-holder last year, Danny Ching who has been ranked #3 in the world. Ching, who hails from Hermosa Beach, CA, will be back again this year as well! Grant and Ching will be joined by an impressive group of international competitors from over fifteen countries, including New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, Spain, and Mexico.

An exciting new event will be unveiled during this year's competition: six-man Hawaiian outrigger canoes, or "OC-6", will be competing at noon on Sunday, April 24th. The Carolina Cup's race director Mark Schmidt believes that this will be the first event of its kind in the Wrightsville Beach area. Heats will take place around Harbor Island in Bradley Lightning outrigger canoes, which were commissioned by Reggie Barnes of Eastern Surf and Skate Supply. This is huge folks! Some of the biggest names in Hawaiian outrigger paddling are expected to attend. Race director Mark Schmidt reflected, "To see an event like this would typically require traveling to California or Hawaii. It will be a great show."

There will also be an outrigger clinic taught by designer Johnny Puakea, who is the founder of Puakea Designs-plus he's Danny Ching's coach! Other clinics and demonstrations scheduled throughout the five-day event will feature many of the top paddle experts in the SUP world, including Larry Cain, Travis Grant, Lina Augaitis, Dan Gavere, Dr. Bob Arnot, Fiona Wylde, and Zane Schweitzer.

Each clinic is unique and addresses a different SUP topic. Please be aware that clinics have a limited number of spaces, so register early to secure your spot. The event's Demo Zone will give visitors the chance to try boards, canoes, and a variety of equipment. In fact, around sixty vendors are slated to have the latest equipment, boards, and boats on display.

 The Blockade Runner Beach Resort will be the venue host once again and serve as the hub for all starts and finishes. Please note that a portion of event proceeds will benefit The Ocean of Hope, a team of paddlers dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer.

For all of the details, visit this link:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Just Listed- 616 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Welcome home to 616 S Lumina Ave, a stylish 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom second row home presented for sale on the quiet south end of Wrightsville Beach.

Architecturally designed first class upgrades completed by Gulfstream Builders circa 2007. Top level family room/Captain's Quarters is wrapped in abundance of windows offering panoramic views from ocean to sound, simply spectacular.

Main living level features great ocean views from covered porch. Contemporary open floorplan layout with living, dining, and kitchen all enhanced by gorgeous real wood floors.

Elegant kitchen includes hard surface counters, ergonomic cabinetry, custom lighting & stainless appliance package.

Three spacious guest rooms and sizeable master suite with private bath & covered deck.

Designer touch is obvious throughout the home, completely on trend. Elevator service, enclosed garage, lower level patio space. Located steps to ocean access. Also located just steps to soundside Banks Channel access.

View more photos and information here.
To schedule your private showing, contact Hardee Hunt and Williams at 910.256.6998.
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