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Events Calendar for November 27th, 2013

P.I. Calendar of Events for 2013

• November 29 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 29 thru Dec 21 - 5th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-470-8666)
• December 6 - Island of Lights Christmas Parade (910-458-5507)
• December 7 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-5507)
• December 13, 14 & 15 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• December 14 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown held in Carolina Beach

For Chamber information please visit our website at or E-Mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-458-8434.

Cape Fear Model Railroad Society Holiday Train Expo 2013
The event will showcase a series of spectacular holiday villages filled with model trains of all kinds running the rail across a large exhibit space

The Cape Fear Model Rail Railroad Society is announcing their Holiday Train Expo 2013 will be at 705 South Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC. Grand opening is Friday, November 29th from 1-6pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm.  They will be open every Saturday and Sunday through December 22nd.  The event will showcase a series of spectacular holiday villages filled with model trains of all kinds running the rail across a large exhibit space.
Originating during the Christmas season at Airlie Gardens, the memorable showcase of model trains and elaborate scenery still draws families, train enthusiasts an holiday-goers from around the region each year.
Visitors will be enchanted by this spectacular display of model trains as they travel across several miles of scale track through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes.  In addition to the G Scale (garden railroad) exhibits of the past, this year's exhibition includes a newly designed O Scale layout with a larger interactive village that will mesmerize children and adults alike, and a larger HO Scale layout with working rail yard. 
The newest layouts on display are ON30 Scale layout and N Scale. "All of the model trains, buildings and scenery are supplied by our members,"  said Farrell Teague, president of the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society.  "We've already started setting up our exhibits.  It takes hundreds of man-hours to put a show of this size together.  It's our passion and we love being able to share it with so many people during the Christmas season." The Cape Fear Model Railroad Society will also be raffling off two model train sets at the show, just in time for Christmas - an HO Scale and O Scale train set.  People can buy raffle tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5. Thousands of people are expected to take in the train expo over it's four week run. 
Admission is $3 and $2 for children ages 3 to 12.  Children under the age of 3 admitted free. Visit their website, or on Facebook.

Third Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off “Where the BBQ Meets the Beach”

Carolina Beach, NC  -  On Saturday, January 25, 2014 thirty 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. The competition will start with a level playing field:  everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.  But thrown into the mix 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.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue, and everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.  Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.  There will be three bands; The Cut opens, next is local favorite Bibis Ellison and the headliner will be Wilmington’s own Machine Gun.  In addition, there will be raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase.  Gates open at 9:30am and prizes will be awarded at 4:00pm.  All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. 
This year Step Up is proud to announce a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers is starting a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.
Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. 
Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers. There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music and browsing through the goods from the arts and craft vendors while helping support such a deserving organization.
To volunteer during the event contact Kevin Holton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-274-8617.  For more information contact Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-431-8122.

Island of Lights 2013 Christmas Card and Ornament

The 2013 Island of Lights Christmas card and ornament are now available for purchase at these businesses in Carolina Beach: The Checkered Church Gift Shop, 800 Saint Joseph St.; Island Tackle True Value Hardware, 801 N Lake Park Blvd.; touché 201 N Lake Park Boulevard.; Jeanie's Jewels, 1009 N Lake Park Boulevard.; Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N Lake Park Blvd.; Nautilus Art and Frame, 1009 N Lake Park Boulevard. The design for this year’s card and ornament is the seventh in the series of ‘Island Creatures’. The card artist is Raffaele Paglia who moved to Carolina Beach seven years ago.  Currently, his work is featured at Artful Living Group, Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach. Using the card design, Mary Jo Madden is continuing to hand paint her wonderful ornaments for the Island of Lights, as she has done since 2001.  She is a talented tole painter and has been selling her work locally for many years. The cards are $10 per pack of twelve and the ornaments are $14 each. 
This sale is a major fundraiser for the Island of Lights.  We deeply appreciate our many loyal customers. We hope to keep our Island ‘glowing’ during the Holiday Season for years to come. The Island of Lights group is a non-profit organization was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  Over the past twenty plus years they have made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Christmas Holiday and through New Year’s Eve.
The list of available activities occurring during this time is one that all the family can enjoy. The Island of Lights members volunteer their time and help to organize the Light up the Lake Celebration, the Christmas Parade, the Holiday Flotilla, the Tour of Homes and the New Year’s Celebration.  During the non Holiday season, the Island of Lights Fashion Show has become a popular event.  The group is always in need of more volunteers. 
To join, just come to any meeting. The meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at the Carolina Beach Community Center at Raleigh and 3rd Streets at 7 PM. For more info, visit


• CAM CAFÉ  - Come sample CAM Café’s new fall lunch menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday, Thursday Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy drinks, appetizers, or a great meal. Every Thursday evening Chef Jessica Cabo creates specialty dishes with organic ingredients from NC farms. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Visit to see the new lunch offerings.
• PUBLIC PROGRAMS: CAM Exhibition Tours Weekly - Thursdays @ 7:30 pm and Sundays @ 2:00 pm. Museum admission; CAM Members: Free. Come join us to explore the exhibitions with lively discussions about the works on view.
• Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - Cameron Art Museum presents Pro Musica, a concert series celebrating the works of living composers.  The third season of this musical collaboration begins with a concert featuring the North Carolina Guitar Quartet to start off the 2013-2014 season.  Newly reformed with new members Justin Hoke and Chris Wear along with founders Ed Stephenson and Robert Nathanson, this innovative combination will play some of the great standards of the guitar quartet repertoire.  The concert will feature the diabolical Voices from the Garden by American composer David Kechley. Included on the program are works by Leo Brouwer, Andrew York and Gerardo Tamez.  The concert series is co-sponsored by the UNCW Department of Music.  Purchase seats on CAM’s website www.cameronartmuseum .com, by phone or in person beginning Oct. 17. For more information about the NC Guitar Quartet visit:
• DANCE: Works-in-Progress Showcase - Sundays: Dec. 15, 2013. NEW TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides monthly informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. The events are open to working choreographers, dancers, and the general public who are working on movement and wishes to have others provide feedback on the work as well as anyone who wish to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process.  If you are interested in presenting work, please e-mail the Dance Cooperative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the Monday preceding the showcase.
• CAPE FEAR FESTIVAL OF TREES - Sat. Nov. 23 – Sun. Dec. 8 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Party in the Pines Grand Opening Fri. Nov. 22:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa Nov. 30:  8:30 am – 10:30 am - The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns for two weeks presented by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and Cameron Art Museum. CAM visitors will experience a winter wonderland featuring holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations, enjoy musical and theatrical performances, and CAM Café will offer seasonal tasty treats for purchase. For complete details and to purchase tickets (sales begin Nov. 1st ) visit: .
• Museum Grounds - Internationally renowned artist Clyde Jones spends the day with you and your family! Help create critters for our ever-growing collaborative crèche! Your critters will remain on display at the corner of 17th and Independence through the holiday season! Do not miss this fantastic day of art-making, collaborating and FUN! No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for more information.
• MIDDAY RETREAT! Yoga and T’ai Chi at the Cameron Art Museum. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm. 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. 
• Hughes Wing - Well Suited  The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme is on view at the Cameron Art Museum and features costumes from the award-winning series. The exhibition includes exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits specially made for Treme. Additionally, Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches will be on view. This exhibition originally organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana.
• Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things - On View thru January 12, 2014 - Diane Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada's foremost installation artists: her work is exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The artist employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. Her inspiration is the rhythms of the world. From Earth’s orbit around the sun providing cycle of seasons, to the planet’s rotation, creating the periodicity of day and night, to the very beat of the human heart, with systolic and diastolic movements of blood, existence is about the cadences of all things. Cadence includes work created 1992- 2013. CAM-organized with exhibition catalogue.
• Pancoe Art Education Center (ongoing) - Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the Exhibition Cases - View some of the Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery from the museum’s permanent collection in the cases. These include the works of resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Ben Owen III and Jugtown Pottery among other works.
• Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on Thursday Evenings - Open late Thursday Evenings until 9:00 pm. Offering Thursday evening gallery tours with your museum admission. CAM Members: NO COST | Non-Members: $8 | Students w/id $5, Seniors and Active Military | Children 2-12 $3. Join friends or bring the family and enjoy viewing current exhibitions in the Hughes Wing and Brown Wing each week.
 ABOUT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM: Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.  Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am –9:00 pm, Museum admission is:  Museum members no cost $8 Non-members $5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+) $3 Children age 2 -12 For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit or call 910.395.5999.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Cameron Art Museum: Benefiting Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and the Museum Features Opening Party in the Pines and a Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch during the Festival Nov. 22 - Dec. 8, 2013

Wilmington, NC—Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Cameron Art Museum, now a two-week festival, runs from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8. This year Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and Cameron Art Museum proudly present the celebrated Cape Fear Festival of Trees. Travel to the museum and meander through the forest of more than 30 beautifully decorated trees on display, enjoy musical and theatrical performances scheduled throughout the 16-day festival, and treat yourself to seasonal fare and holiday goodies in CAM Café.  A festival favorite, the 15-foot Memory Tree, covered by a giant flock of Memory Doves, awaits inscription in tribute to a precious loved one or cherished event. In addition to the Party in the Pines opening, with music by Grenoldo Frazier and Benny Hill on Nov. 22, a special Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa on Nov. 30 is sure to delight children during this family time of celebration. CAM Café will continue with regular lunch service until 3 p.m. and reopen at 5 p.m. serving special festival suppers until 8 p.m. The festival will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Cameron Art Museum admission, ages 13 and older are $12, ages 5-12 are $6, and ages 4 and younger are admitted for free. Gallery admission is included in festival ticket price. The festival benefits nonprofits, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and Cameron Art Museum. Online ticket sales: or call the CAM to learn more, 910-395-5999.
• Opening Celebration Party in the Pines - 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 - Don your work attire or favorite holiday cocktail dress and join us for the Cape Fear Festival of Trees’ official grand opening event, Party in the Pines, on Friday, Nov. 22. Music performed by Grenoldo Frazier and Benny Hill, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious holiday desserts are yours to enjoy among the magnificently decorated holiday trees and lights. Guests will have a chance to meet their favorite characters from the Wilmington School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Party in the Pines admission until Nov. 15 is $35, after Nov. 15 is $45. These tickets can be purchased online or at the CAM.
• Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa - 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 - Stay in your pajamas, grab teddy, and join the Cameron Art Museum and characters from Wilmington School of Ballet on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 30, for a special breakfast and storytime with the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! No teddy bear? No problem! Visit the Cameron Art Museum gift shop to purchase a special new friend. These tickets can be purchased online or at the CAM. Tickets for the Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa are: 3-12 years old, $10; 13 and older, $15.
• Tree sponsors and decorators - All proceeds from tree sponsorships go directly to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. Cape Fear Festival of Trees 2013 sponsors include: Bangz Hair Salon and Spa, BB&T, Bob King Buick-GMC Inc., Cape Fear Garden Club, Compass Pointe, Cruisers Car Wash, D&H Marketing Group, Family and Friends of William “Paco” Strickland, George Harriss Enterprises Inc., IronGate Partners, Jamie Cowgill, Edward Jones, Johnson Drug & Home Medical, JWB Insurance Group, Hometown Wilmington Media, Keller’s Inc., Landfall Realty, Linda Brown, Medical Center Pharmacy, Moms of First Baptist Preschool Pre-K Class, Monteith Construction Corp, RuckerJohns– A Restaurant & More. For more information about sponsorships, visit
Tree decorators for the festival currently include: American Heritage Girls, Atlanta’s Art, Cameron Art Museum Contemporaries, Coastal Carolina Clay Guild, Crescent Moon, Elizabeth Hester, The Fisherman’s Wife, Harbor Island Garden Club, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter staff and volunteers, Verzaal’s Florist (and tent decorator) and The Wedding Dress Shoppe.
• Event and media sponsors - Cape Fear Festival of Trees would not be possible without our generous event and media sponsors. Event sponsors for the festival are Home Depot with Katherine McKenzie for sponsorship of Party in the Pines. The media sponsors are: Encore, Fairway Outdoor, Focus on the Coast, Fox Wilmington, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Hometown Wilmington Media, Livin’ Out Loud and RSVP Direct. To partner with Cape Fear Festival of Trees visit
• Performance schedule - In keeping with tradition, performances will be take place throughout the Cape Fear Festival of Trees. This year the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Chorus will perform at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. This extensive line-up continues to grow. As additional performers are scheduled they will be listed on the festival website at:
• 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22: Party in the Pines opening with music by Grenoldo Frazier and Benny Hill
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23: Luis Paschoa
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 23: Port City Tubas
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov 24: Thalian Association Children's Theater
• 10:30 a.m. weekdays: Children’s Storytime
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: Julie Rehder and Carole Green, harpists
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: Pine Valley United Methodist Handbell Choir
• 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: St. Paul's Instrumental Ensemble
• 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: Melanie Walter, pine needle demonstration
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: Theatre Now cast, “A Christmas Carol” excerpt
• 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4: 82nd Airborne Division's All American Chorus
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4: David Key, Therapeutic Sound Artist
• 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Thaddeus Ferguson
• 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Melanie Walter, pine needle demonstration
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Theatre Now cast, “A Christmas Carol” excerpt
• 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Murray Middle School Orchestra
• TBD, Friday, Dec. 6: Ashley High School Orchestra
• 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Harmony Bells
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Sweet Adelines
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8: Church of the Servant Choir
Tickets - Tickets may be purchased online at Prior to and during the Cape Fear Festival of Trees an on-site box office will be set up at Cameron Art Museum. Festival admission for 13 and older is $12; 5-12 years old, $6; and 4 and younger are admitted for free. Gallery admission is included in the festival ticket price. Group tickets are available for $8 per person for groups of 20 or more. One individual must purchase tickets for the entire group.
Pre- festival and event on-site box office at CAM - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
On-Site, festival and event box office at CAM - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 22-Dec. 8
• Event hours - Hours for the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Cameron Art Museum kick off with the opening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. The festival will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.
Tickets and updates are available at:
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features its café, CAM Café. Cameron Art Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 5-9 p.m. Thursday for dinner. For more information about the museum, please visit
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with life-limiting illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties. It is supported by the nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation. For more information about hospice, visit or

“Enchanted Airlie” Is A Holiday Light & LEGO Extravaganza
9th Annual Event Features 300,000 Lights, Music, Santa & Colorful LEGOs

Wilmington, N.C.: Tis the season to be enchanted! And what could be more enchanting than a glittering landscape of lighted oaks and twinkling displays in a coastal garden setting?  Visitors who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and island beaches during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience “Enchanted Airlie” each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 29 through December 21, with additional dates on Wednesday, December 18 and Sunday, December 22.
Now in its ninth season, Enchanted Airlie (Nov. 29-Dec. 22) presents a holiday light extravaganza with tastefully decorated gardens, magical evenings and fond memories for visitors and local residents. On select dates beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing into late December, Airlie Gardens is transformed into a visually stunning wonderland of 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.
Always a crowd favorite, the colorful LEGO exhibit returns with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks that set a world record as the largest crowd to see a single LEGO display. Inside the garden services center, guests will marvel at an actual running LEGO train set constructed by NCLUG (North Carolina Lego Group Users). Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants; live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Families can also have their pictures taken in Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop will be open.  Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs November 29-30; December 5-7, 12-14, and 18-22 in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at or in-person at Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. 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).
Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy. See more at:

Discover an Unseen World at Cape Fear Museum

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370 or Find Them on Facebook

Wilmington, N.C. -  Nano – Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! is a new engaging, bilingual exhibition for family audiences about nanoscale science, technology and engineering (nano) at Cape Fear Museum. Join us to imagine and discover the nanoscale world – a world so tiny it’s too small to see! This mini-exhibition includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.
 At the nanoscale – the scale of atoms and molecules – many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy and others areas.
 At the Small, Smaller, Nano exhibit component, you can play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube component you can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. There are plenty of examples of nano in nature, technology and your own home. Where Can You Find Nano? lets you listen, look and touch to discover nano all around you. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks represent the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world – can you balance all the blocks on the tippy table? Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide information on tiny solutions for big problems, exciting technologies inspired by nature and different perspectives on nanotechnology. The Nano exhibition includes a seating area with comfortable furniture and additional reading material about this important topic.
 Visit for more information via digital media, video, podcasts and more! An audio description for blind and low vision museum visitors is available at, which may be downloaded at any time.
 Nano is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative has been awarded a copy of this exhibit that will tour museums within the Collaborative.
 Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information:

Cape Fear Museum Offers Fascinating Look at Military Mail and Communication

Wilmington, N.C. – A name is shouted out, and a parcel is handed through the crowd to its eager recipient—mail call is a moment when the front line and home front connect. Letters, news, and packages from home unite families, boost morale, and in wartime, elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home. Mail Call tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibition will open November 9, 2013 at Cape Fear Museum. Mail Call closes January 19, 2014.
Throughout American history, the military and postal service have combined forces to deliver mail under challenging—often extreme—circumstances. But whether it takes place at headquarters or in hostile territory, on a submarine or in the desert, mail call forges a vital link with home.
 Mail Call features a number of items that bring to life the story of military mail. One such highlight is a kit with supplies for “Victory Mail,” a microfilm process developed in World War II to dramatically shrink the volume and weight of personal letters. Beginning in 1942, V-Mail used standardized stationery and microfilm processing to produce lighter, smaller cargo—150,000 microfilmed letters could fit in one mailbag. Visitors will also gain access to dramatic firsthand records and heartfelt sentiments through excerpts from letters exchanged between writers on the front line and the home front. The exhibit also explores how the military postal system works today and describes the new ways men and women of the armed forces are communicating with home. Mail Call is a National Postal Museum exhibition organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.