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Memorial Day Weekend is here! While this unofficial start of summer is filled with family fun, cookouts, community festivals, and more, it is important to remember the reason for the holiday. We need to remember our fallen veterans and honor our current military service heroes.

 

This Memorial Day, May 29th, do not miss the BATTLESHIP NORTH CAROLINA MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE. Join people from all across North Carolina as they meet on USS North Carolina’s deck to salute our nation’s veterans. This fantastic and impactful ceremony features an all-service Color Guard, military guest speaker, patriotic musical arrangements, and 21 gun salute. A memorial wreath will be cast into the water during the ceremony for our fallen heroes. The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm and is included with Battleship admission.  

 

 

Thank you to all who have served or currently serve in our armed forces! Chris Baynes & Associates wishes everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!

 

Get Creative this Saturday at the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival!

by The Chris Baynes Team

Celebrate the arts at the 2017 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival! This Saturday, May 20th, head to beautiful Carolina Beach from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for an interactive day full of culinary arts, performing arts, and visual arts! All the festivities will take place along Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

Marvel at the incredible works of art by over 50 Fine Art and Fine Craft Vendors. More information about these talented artists and their work can be found HERE! There will also be artist demonstrations done throughout the day.

 

Dine on delicious grub from some of the finest Gourmet Food Trucks in our area between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Be sure to pick up some food from T'Geaux Boys, who specialize in authentic New Orleans cuisine, Port City Que, who offer award winning BBQ!

 

Check out some great Street Performances and fun activities taking place all day long. Get creative and take part in the Splatter Art Community Project. Join in on a free yoga session with Salty Dog Yoga in front of the gazebo or work up a sweat during Zumba Fitness on Lake Park and Cape Fear Boulevard. Both start at 11:30 am. Enjoy some fantastic live performances by dancers and musicians on the festival stage.

Come explore all that Carolina Beach has to offer at the 2017 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival this weekend!

Incredible Wilmington Area Events to Celebrate Mom this Weekend!

by The Chris Baynes Team

Your mom does all she can if you throughout the year! It's time to thank her for everything that she does. Mother's Day is this Sunday! Looking for a special way to celebrate the special woman in your life? There are incredible, unique events planned throughout the Wilmington Area especially moms! Check out our recommendations for this Mother's Day weekend!  

 

 

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

Dates: Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 14th

Time: See schedule of events HERE

Location: Bellamy Mansion Museum (503 Market Street, Wilmington)

Treat mom to the best food and wine the state of North Carolina has to offer at the 5th annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival. Enjoy special dining events, food and wine samplings, live music, and so much more on the beautiful grounds of the Bellamy Mansion. All benefits from this great event go to local charities! Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Mother Sweetheart Afternoon Tea

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Greenlands Farm (668 Midway Road Southeast, Bolivia)

Cost: $20 per adult | $10 per child (ages 11 & under)

Bring your favorite tea cup and your mom for a special afternoon tea at Greenlands Farm cafe. Dine on delicious tea treats as you sip. Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Mother's Day Breakfast

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am (breakfast)

Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach)

Cost: $18 per adult | $16 per child (ages 3-12) | $5 per children age 2

Give mom a day she will never forget at the aquarium. Along with a special breakfast, the event includes a garden tour, pollinator program, and more. Each mom will leave with a milkweed plant for her home garden! Admission to the aquarium is included. Reserve HERE.

 

A Mother's Day Brunch

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Aubriana's Restaurant (115 South Front Street, Wilmington)

Cost: Varies per dish

Aubriana's is known throughout Wilmington for their special annual brunch! Call (910) 763-7773 for reservations.

 

Mother's Day Cruise

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Times: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, & 6:30 pm

Location: Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Dock (275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach)

Cost: $20 per person | Moms ride FREE with 2 person reservation!

Enjoy a relaxing cruise with a stunning view courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises. Mom will receive a complimentary beverage on the journey. Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Mother’s Day Oceanfront Buffet

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Blockade Runner Beach Resort (275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach)

Cost: $48 per adult | $18 per child (ages 3-13) | FREE for children ages 3 & under

Dine on a delectable buffet as you admire the resort's beautiful gardens and view of the ocean. The buffet has something for everyone regardless of dietary restrictions! Call (910) 256-2251 for reservations.

 

Mother's Day Brunch with Nina Repeta Jazz Trio

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: TheatreNOW (19 South 10th Street, Wilmington)

Cost: $25 per adult (Brunch) | $14 per child (ages 12 & under) | $10 per person (Show ONLY)

Listen to spectacular live music by the Nina Repeta Jazz Trio as you enjoy your 3-course brunch. Purchase Tickets HERE.

 

A Dozen Roses: Honoring Our Mothers

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: CFCC Wilson Center (703 North Third Street, Wilmington)

Cost: $16 per adult | $9 per child (ages 17 & under)

Come to The Wilmington Choral Society's final show of the season with this special Mother's Day concert. Purchase Tickets HERE.

 

Chris Baynes & Associates wishes all the mothers in the Wilmington area a very happy Mother’s Day!  

 

Fun Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament Events All Week Long!

by The Chris Baynes Team

For the first time in over 40 years, the great city of Wilmington is hosting a PGA Tour event! Eagle Point Golf Club (8131 Bald Eagle Lane) is the home to the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament this Monday, May 1st through Sunday, May 7th! See the best professional golfers in the world as they compete at this incredible tournament. Check out the Tee Times and Spectator Information to plan your visit to the tournament!

 


Whether or not you are going to check out the competition, there are other fun, family-friendly events planned throughout the week in Wilmington! It's time to Play A Round Downtown this week at these fantastic community events! 

 

Wells Fargo Championship Floating Green

Date: Wednesday, May 3rd

Time: 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

Location: Pier 33

(14 Harnett Street)

Cost: FREE admission!

Head over to Pier 33 for a day of golf fun! Show of your golf skills as you try to hit the floating green! Golf balls are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. Enter to win tickets to the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship and other amazing prizes. Meet PGS Tour professionals and enjoy delicious grub and cocktails from food trucks on site.

 

“It’s a Gimme” Movie Night

Date: Thursday, May 4th

Time: 7:45 pm

Location: Riverfront Park (5 North Water Street)

Cost: FREE admission!

Laugh all night as you watch the hilarious golf movie Happy Gilmore! The free screening will start at 8:00 pm. Be sure to don your best golf attire of Happy Gilmore themed costume to be entered in the Best Dressed contest! There will be food and drinks available for purchase during the evening.

 

Caddy Shack Concerts

Dates: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th​

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (daily)

Location: Riverfront Park (5 North Water Street)

Cost: FREE admission!

Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday night at these free community concerts! Bibis Ellison Band will be performing on Friday and The Attractions are taking the stage on Saturday. Dance the night away at beautiful Riverfront Park. There will be beverages available to purchase during the concerts.

 

Have fun this week in Wilmington as we celebrate the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament! 

 

 

Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration this Weekend!

by The Chris Baynes Team

Kure Beach is a fantastic small, coastal community in the Wilmington area. Celebrate all that this town has been offering its residents since 1947 at the Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration! This amazing community event is taking place this Friday and Saturday throughout Kure Beach!

Friday, April 28th

Head to Ocean Front Park (105 Atlantic Avenue) on Friday for an evening of fun. Wilmington favorite The Imitations will be performing their “beach, soul, and rock & roll” all evening from 7:00 until 10:00 pm. Enjoy great live music on the stunning shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Saturday, April 29th

The 70th anniversary festivities continue all day on Saturday in beautiful downtown Kure Beach. The day begins at 11:00 am with the opening ceremonies. Check out fantastic live music from The Prime Time Band from noon until 2:00 pm and Junkyard Mama from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Fill your bellies with delicious food at the food trucks along the oceanfront or swing by one of the restaurants downtown, all of which will be offering anniversary specials! Pick up some amazing arts and crafts, gifts, home decor, and more from over 50 local vendors. Kids will have fun participating in all the games and activities planned especially for them. Finally, swing by the Kure Beach Community Center and Kure Memorial Lutheran Church for more activities, displays, and presentations that celebrate all that is great about our community!

 

We can’t wait to see you at the Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration!



If you are interested in calling this incredible community home, check out our Current Homes for Sale in Kure Beach. Give Chris Baynes & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.wilmingtonareaproperties.com/.

Celebrate Earth Day throughout the Wilmington Area!

by The Chris Baynes Team

One of the best things about calling the Wilmington area home is the stunning natural environment. From our waterways to our green spaces, the outdoor landscape offers a beautiful setting and fun recreational spots for residents to enjoy. It is important that we protect and preserve these spaces for everyone now and into the future. Every year, Earth Day helps remind us of the importance of our environment. Celebrate Earth Day throughout the Wilmington area this Saturday, April 22nd, at one of these fantastic community events!

 

28th Annual River to Sea Bike Ride

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Times: 8:00 am (Experienced Riders) | 8:15 am (Inexperienced Riders/Families)

Locations: 12 North Front Street (Experienced Riders) | 3405 Park Avenue (Inexperienced Riders/Families)

Cost: FREE!

Travel on two wheels from Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach with your family and friends. This casual ride will take participants on a beautiful route through our area. After the ride, enjoy refreshments and prizes. Be sure to bring your helmet as it is required for all riders!

 

Wilmington Earth Day: Building a Better World

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Hugh MacRae Park (314 Pine Grove Drive)

Cost: FREE admission!

Come to the ultimate Earth Day celebration. Learn more about ways local organizations are working together towards "Building a Better World". Enjoy live music, food and beverages, a kids area, and so much more.

 

Flytrap Brewing Bloom Boom

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Flytrap Brewing (319 Walnut Street)

Cost: FREE admission!

Come to this first annual event to celebrate Earth Day, NC Beer Month, and the blooming of flytraps! There will be food trucks, local vendors, live music, and special release Flytrap Brewing beers.

 

5K Race for the Planet

Date: Sunday, April 23rd

Time: 8:00 am

Location: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach)

Cost: $35 per participant

Strap on your running shoes and enjoy this fun race that takes runners on a course with views of the Fort Fisher Civil War site, maritime forest, and ocean. Participants will receive a reusable bag as well as free admission to the aquarium on Sunday. There will be medals awarded to top finishers in each group. Register HERE!

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Fun in Wrightsville Beach!

by The Chris Baynes Team

Surf's up in the Wilmington area. There are few better ways to hit the waves and enjoy time in the sun than on a paddle board. Enjoy an entire week of paddle boarding fun in Wrightsville Beach. Whether you like watching professionals surf, want to learn more about the sport, or want to compete in a race, there is a great event taking place for you and your entire family to enjoy. So grab your paddle board and check out these fun recreational events.

 

Wrightsville Beach SUP Surfing Pro-Am

Head to beautiful Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th to watch some of the world’s best professional stand up paddle board surfers compete! This fun event is free for spectators to enjoy. Heats begin at 8:00 am on Saturday and last all day and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Cheer on the champions at the awards ceremony which will be held on Sunday at 6:00 pm. All the fun is taking place at Crystal Pier at the Oceanic Restaurant (703 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach).

 

2017 West Marine Carolina Cup

The paddle boarding fun continues next week, April 19th through April 22nd, at the Carolina Cup. This annual event features stand up paddle board clinics and demonstrations by professionals. After learning new skills during the week, compete in one of the 5 SUP races during the weekend. The races include a kids race, Money Island open race, Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, Outrigger race, and Elite Graveyard race. For more information about the individual races and to register, click HERE! The Carolina Cup takes place at Blockade Runner Resort (275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach).  

Don't Miss the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival!

by The Chris Baynes Team

Celebrate springtime in Wilmington at the 70th North Carolina Azalea Festival. Wilmington will be filled with music, beauty, and Southern hospitality on Wednesday, April 5th through Sunday, April 9th. This festival is one of the largest in all of North Carolina and has become an annual favorite throughout the state. There are so many events, activities, and fun to explore for the whole family. We could not possibly list everything that is occurring during the Azalea Festival so we have provided you with some of the highlights! Be sure to click on the links below for all the information you need to celebrate this week in Wilmington.

 

Full Calendar of Events  

 

Music Lover Events!

The Azalea Festival brings some of the best live music entertainment to Wilmington. Check out this festival’s daily headliners!

 

Wednesday, April 5th | 8:00 pm

The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards

UNC-Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium (601 South College Road)

 

Thursday, April 6th | 7:00 pm

Cole Swindell with Michael Ray and CJ Solar

The Miller Lite Main Stage

Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

Friday, April 7th | 7:00 pm

Duran Duran with Roadkill Ghost Choir

The Miller Lite Main Stage

Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

Saturday, April 8th | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Old School vs. New School Concert

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (1941 Amphitheatre Drive)

Tickets available at Azalea Festival Box Office.

 

Saturday, April 8th | 7:00 pm

Jason Derulo with Morris Day And The Time

The Miller Lite Main Stage  

Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

FREE EVENTS!  

The Azalea Festival is filled with family friendly events for everyone to enjoy. And, the best part…..many of them are FREE! Here is a list of some of of the free events occurring throughout the festival.

 

Wednesday, April 5th | 3:00 pm

Queen's Coronation

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (1941 Amphitheatre Drive)

 

Friday, April 7th | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday, April 8th | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday, April 9th | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Street Fair

Downtown Wilmington (Water, Front, Market, and 2nd Streets)

 

Saturday, April 8th

Sunday, April 9th

Street Fair Children's Area

Water Street between Walnut and Grace

 

Saturday, April 8th | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Azalea Festival Parade

3rd Street

 

Saturday, April 8th | 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 9th | 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Street Fair Music & Multicultural Stage

Corner of Market and 2nd Streets

 

Saturday, April 8th | 9:00 pm

Fireworks Sponsored by AARP

Over Cape Fear River

 

Sunday, April 9th | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Festival Finale

Bluewater Grill (4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach)

 

There is so much to do during the Azalea Festival! Along with all of the other events we mentioned, we also recommend checking out the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour and Historic Home Tour. Both tours are taking place on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th.


Have fun all week long at the fabulous 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in beautiful Wilmington!

Family Fun Easter Events for the Wilmington Area!

by The Chris Baynes Team

There are only a few more weeks until Easter! It is possible to celebrate the holiday right up until the big day throughout the beautiful Wilmington  area. There are numerous family friendly events planned. Here are our recommendations for great Easter events for you and your family for the holiday!

 

 

Alligator Egg Hunt

Dates: Saturday, April 8th | Friday, April 14th | Saturday, April 15th

Times: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm

Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach)

Cost: $12 per child (member) | $21 per child (non-member) | $10.95 per adult (non-member)

Have an unique Easter experience by searching for alligator eggs! Create your own alligator egg basket to fill up with the "alligator eggs" you find in the aquarium's garden. Children will be able to play with a baby alligator and learn more about these creatures. Register HERE.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: The Children's Museum of Wilmington (116 Orange Street, Wilmington)

Cost: FREE with admission! $9.75 per person | $8.75 per military and senior | FREE for members

Come find as many eggs as you can at this annual hunt. There are two hunts during the morning. Children ages 4 and under can participate in the 10:00 am hunt and all other ages can search beginning at 11:00 am. Remember to bring your own basket to fill with your eggs. There will also be other fun activities, including Easter crafts and making springtime slime!

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (1 Battleship Road, Wilmington)

Cost: $5 per person

Head to Battleship Park for a day of Easter fun. There will be egg hunts held throughout the event so all children will surely find some treats. In addition, there will be pony rides, games, a bounce house, and more. Be sure to get your photo taken with Buddy, the Battleship Bunny!

 

12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Hampstead Kiwanis Park (586 Sloop Point Loop Road, Hampstead)

Cost: FREE!

The Hampstead Kiwanis Club will be hosting their annual egg hunt the day before Easter. Enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, a book giveaway, and more prizes!

 


Chris Baynes & Associates wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

Plans Underway for Wilmington's North Waterfront Park!

by The Chris Baynes Team

The city of Wilmington is always looking to the future and promoting development to bring even more incredible amenities and opportunities to its residents. One of these planned developments is the exciting North Waterfront Park. This 6.63 acre park will be located at the north end of downtown on the riverfront.

 

 

A master plan for the park is now in the works. The plans include an outdoor performance space, kids play area, splash plaza, inland boardwalk, beer gardens, open green space, and more. It will also be connected to the current Riverwalk. The estimated cost for the park as laid out in this plan is $20 million, which the city's Parks Bond would fund. The master plan has been created based on the current offerings and amenities in the city's community parks, the need of the Waterfront area, and the input of Wilmington citizens.

 

 
 

This current master plan will be put to a vote this week! If you would like to attend the Wilmington City Council meeting to hear the discussion, head to City Hall (102 North Third Street) on Tuesday, March 21st, at 6:30 pm. If the council adopts the master plan, specific design plans will be created by a design consultant with additional public input.

 

 

We are excited by the development of North Waterfront Park and cannot wait to see how it makes Wilmington an even more incredible place to call home!

 

 

 

 

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