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Southport Area Events

February 11, 2011 – 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cupid Palooza – A Family Valentine Social
Food. DJ/Emcee by Mark Herbert. Dancing. Crafts by Laurel Herbert. Fun for ages 2-12 and their parents. Pre-registration recommended. This event received support from the NC Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department 3003 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department
Admission/Fees: $2 in advance, $3 at the door.

February 12 – 13, 2011 – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with award winning wines from Silver Coast Winery & handmade, gourmet truffles by Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, VT. Lake Champlain chocolates produce all-natural, preservative-free chocolates, and supports overall human health and wellness. Five seatings throughout each day beginning at noon with the last seating at 4pm. Pre-paid reservations required.
Silver Coast Winery 6680 Barbeque Road Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Admission/Fees: $15 per person

February 13 – 27, 2011
Sunday Funnies
Theater production featuring 3 one-act comedies about romance. Two performances each Sunday from February 13th – 27th. 3pm & 7pm.
Playhouse 211 4320 Southport-Supply Road, (Hwy. 211) Suite 100, St. James Plaza, St. James, NC 28461
Contact: Kathryn Martin
910/398-7871 or 910/200-7785
Admission/Fees: $19.00 orchestra seating & $15 general admission
Ticket Location

February 19 – 20, 2011
Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson Living History Program
Fall of Fort Anderson & Stamp Act Crises with Tours, Vignette, and More. Drop what you’re doing and heed the call to arms! Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site will re-introduce two historical time periods when it presents: “Wanted: Preparing for War: The 146th Anniversary of the Fall of Ft. Anderson and the 245th Anniversary of the Stamp Act Crisis.” Open at 9am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.
Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site 8884 St. Philips Road, Winnabow, NC 28479
Contact: Brunswick Town State Historic Site
(910) 371-6613
Admission/Fees: Living History Program Free. Battery B Tickets-$5
Saturday & Sunday special guided tours of Battery B (normally closed to the public.- Tour Tickets, $5 for ages 12 & up. Saturday beginning at 9am & Sunday at 11am the Free Living history program will feature Civil War infantry and artillery demonstrations, sutlers(vendors), a blacksmith, and period photographer. Saturday, Gates Open at 6pm for Vignettes that recall the 1765-1766 Stamp Act Rebellion. A Saturday presentation by Dr. Chris Fonvielle on “Building Up for War: Constructing the Cape Fear Defenses.” Sunday, Gene Oakley will present the special program “Engines of War” at 2:15p.m.

February 19, 2011 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Team Freedom’s Chili Cook Off
Freedom Boat Club of Southport, NC is hosting a Chili Cook Off to benefit their Relay for Life Team in the Brunswick County Relay for Life. They will have a pro and amateur divisions that will be voted on by a panel of judges, along with people’s choice awards. To be part of the pro division you must own a restaurant. All other will compete in the amateur division. The cost if $25 to enter a chili into the competition, and $5 for everyone else to come taste and vote for the best chili! Your $5 allows you to taste all the Chili!
Southport Marina 606 W. West Street Southport, NC 28461
Contact: Aaron Marks, Sales Director- Freedom Boat Club
606 W. West Street Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: $25 to enter chili. $5 to attend & taste
Sponsored by and Organized by: Freedom Boat Club of Southport: Brunswick County Relay for Life. Tickets available at Freedom Boat Club & Participating Restaurants.

February 20, 2011 – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Southern Cape Fear Coast Bridal Showcase
Representatives from catering firms, reception venues, entertainment consultants, florists, photographers, jewelers, and more will be on hand to assist in preparation for your perfect wedding in the Southern Cape Fear Coast. Sponsored by 3 Cheers Party Rentals.
Southport Community Building 223 E. Bay Street Southport, NC
Contact: Southport – Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
4841 Long Beach Road, Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: $5. per person
Event of Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and in cooperation with the City of Southport Department of Tourism. Sponsored by 3 Cheers Party Rentals

February 24, 2011 – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fighting with Style Klassy Divas Fashion Show
Benefit for the American Cancer Society. Silent Auction & 50/50 Door Prize. Advance Tickets on sale at Klassy Konsignment, 5081 Southport-Supply Road.
Southport Community Building 233 E. Bay Street Southport, NC 28461
Contact: Mary Stilwell
Admission/Fees: $20 per person in advance. $25 at the door.

February 24, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Operation Medicine Cabinet
Safely dispose of out-of-date or unwanted medications. Protect the lives of those you love. Save the environment.Simply drive under the front canopy of Dosher Memorial Hospital. staff from the hospital will be on hand to receive your unwanted prescription and non-prescription substances. They are also collecting unwanted hypodermic needles and pet medications. All items will be incinerated and properly disposed of.
Dosher Memorial Hospital 924 N. Howe Street, Southport
Admission/Fees: Free
Sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital in cooperation with the Southport Police Department, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department and US Drug Enforcement Agency.

February 24, 2011 – 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser
Oak Island Senior Center is open for business with some new exhibitors and a fresh look. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the night of the supper. Take outs will be available. They have classes for watercolor and decorative painting, baskets, knitting and also lots of card games. Drop by and visit them.
Oak Island Senior Center 5917 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Dot Moore
Admission/Fees: $6.00 per plate

February 27, 2011 – 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
8th Annual Antique Appraisal Fair
Experienced appraisers will give opinions on the value of your antiques. Limit 3 hand-carried items including gemstones, textiles & quilts. Limited # of appraisals.
Southport Community Center Bay Street, Southport
Admission/Fees: $7 per antique item
Sponsored by the Southport Chapter of P.E.O. “Funds For Education Projects”
February 28, 2011 – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
NC QSO Party Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club
Statewide event offers HAM radio operators the opportunity to make contact with operators in all 100 NC counties within a 10-hour period. Every contact contains points and those hams with the most points in certain categories win in that category. The Battleship is NI4BK
Battleship North Carolina Intersection Hwys. 17/74/76/421 Wilmington, NC

February 28 – March 27, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Spring Show at Franklin Square Gallery
Opening show of the season, featuring paintings and pottery by regional artist. Works by exhibiting members of the Associated Artists of Southport will also be on display. Cash prizes will be awarded at a reception in the gallery on March 5th from 5pm-7pm.
Franklin Square Gallery 130 E. West Street & Howe Streets Southport, NC
Contact: Lynn Stanziaus
Admission/Fees: Free
Sponsored Franklin Square Gallery. Organized by Associated Artists of Southport.

February 28 – March 2, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Spring Workshop @ Franklin Square Gallery
In this 3-day workshop, Miriam Pinkerton will teach participants how to make and use encaustic, a unique paint made from beeswax, resin and color. It is the most durable of all artist’s paints with exquisite visual properties, and it is stable from 35-degrees to 110-degrees F. Participants will learn to heat and apply beeswax, add colors and collage materials, transfers and incising, as well as the proper care of paintings made by this process. Deadline for registration is February 14th.
Franklin Square Gallery Upstairs Studio 130 E. West Street Southport, NC 28461
Contact: Joanne Geisel
Admission/Fees: $140 including all materials and tools
Organized and Sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport.

March 1, 2011 – 6:30 PM
Brunswick Civil War Round Table
Monthly Programs featuring prominent Civil War historians, authors, college professors and Civil War re-enactors presenting and discussing a variety of subjects relating to this important period in our country’s history. This Month: “Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief.” Our guest presenter is Richard Starnes, head of the History Department, Western Carolina University. He has published two books, including articles on the Civil War era concerning historic memory and the resurgent “Rebels” in North Carolina during Reconstruction.
Trinity United Methodist Church 209 E. Nash Street, Southport
910/253-7382 or 910/253-3249
Admission/Fees: Free

March 4 – 6, 2011 – 3:00 PM
Stagestruck Players Present
The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad from the Wind in the Willows. Stagestruck Players is the youth division of the Brunswick Little Theater
Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium -Main Campus, Hwy. 17, Supply
Contact: Thom Clemmons
Admission/Fees: Fee Charged

March 5, 2011 – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner & Dance
Throw a few doubloons in your pocket, beads around your neck, and a festive mask(if you want) on your face. Enjoy a New Orleans-style dinner and dance along with music from The Brunswick Concert Band. Must be 50 years or older to attend.
The Brunswick Center @ Southport
910/253-2670 or 910/454-0583
Admission/Fees: $25 per person
Seating is limited. Ticket Deadline – February 25th. Sponsored by Brunswick County Parks & Recreation and Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.

March 6, 2011 – 2:00 PM
Taste of Southport
Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon as our favorite local Southport chefs entertain and educate. Learn how to make sauces that elevate your cooking and taste finished dishes that showcase each sauce. Tickets available at the Southport Visitors Center
Southport Community Building 223 E. Bay Street, Southport,NC
Contact: Elysa Cooper
Southport Visitors Center 113 West Moore Street Southport, NC 28461
910/457-7927 or 910/279-4616
Admission/Fees: $25.00 per person.
Event of Downtown Southport, Inc. & The City of Southport’s Department of TOurism

March 8, 2011 – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Coastal Consumer Showcase
“Highlighting the Best in Local Products and Services.”
St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Road, St. James
Contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce

Wilmington Area Events

Saturday, 02/12/2011 – Sunday, 02/13/2011
Valentine Cruise aboard Wilmington Fast Cat
Chocolate, champagne, and a cruise of the Cape Fear River aboard the first and finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Wilmington. Join us Saturday 4pm-6pm or Sunday 2pm-4pm. Departs at 212 S. Water St (between Ann & Orange Sts.) 910-338-3134
212 S. Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, 02/12/2011 10:00 AM
6th Annual Civil War Living History
The Cameron Art Museum commemorates the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Forks Road on the museum’s historic site. The site is where Major General Robert F. Hoke made his last stand against Union soldiers comprised primarily of US Colored Troops in the final fight for Wilmington on 2/20/1865. This year the annual event focuses on the daily routine of newly enlisted soldiers during war time. Confederate, Union and U.S. Colored Troop reenactors are on site to provide a glimpse into the camp life of soldiers in the 1860s. The day also includes infantry and artillery demonstrations, artisans demonstrations, family art activities, and more. Free an open to the public. For a schedule of events, visit
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412

Saturday, 02/12/2011 6:30 PM
Sweetheart Saturday Dinner Cruise
Invite your special someone to a three hour Dinner Dance cruise on the scenic Cape Fear River. Enjoy an appetizing buffet aboard NC’s largest Riverboat. $49 per person available by advance sale. Call 910.343.1611 or 800.676.0162 for reservations.
Henrietta III Riverboat
Water & Dock Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

Monday, 02/14/2011 6:30 PM
That’s A Moray! Valentine’s Day Event
Celebrate each other this Valentine’s Day at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. “That’s A Moray!” is an exclusive evening with limited seating, featuring a candlelit dinner, a souvenir photo and dancing while surrounded by the magic of the ocean. Call 910.458.8257 for more information or reservations.
NC Aquarium @ Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Thursday, 02/17/2011 – Saturday, 02/19/2011
NC Jazz Festival, 31st Annual
This is one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast. We will open Thursday night with a special event concert, Styles of Jazz. Friday and Saturday nights we will return to our 7 sets of traditional jazz with a different leader for each set. Our 15 all-star musicians are all world renowned and include guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, vocalist Lynn Roberts, jazz violin prodigy Jonathan Russell. For additional festival information and reservations 910-793-1111 or
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 N. Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Friday, 02/18/2011 – Sunday, 02/20/2011
Susan Werner, singer-songwriter
She’s the most requested “repeat” attraction in years – a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. She makes a “connection” with the audience more quickly than any artist we’ve ever witnessed. Matinee & evening performances. Box Office: 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820
Thalian Hall Rainbow Room
310 Chestnut St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Friday, 02/18/2011 10:00 PM
Passion and Fire
Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Fantasy-Overture, Haydn’s ‘La Passione’ and Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ Suite. Not to mention Bonnie Thron’s virtuoso performance of Tchaikovsy’s Rococo Vartiations. No shortage of fireworks here! 910-962-3500
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
601 S. College Ave
wilmington, NC 28403

Tuesday, 02/22/2011 2:00 PM
“King Lear” – from the National Theatre in London
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW has partnered with the National Theatre in London to bring high-definition broadcasts of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE to the Wilmington area. “King Lear” stars Derek Jacobi. These performances are filmed live in HD on stage in London and broadcast via satellite to more than 300 cinemas around the world, including the new OLLI building on S. College Rd. All shows are at 2pm. For more information on performances call 910.962.3195
620 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Thursday, 02/24/2011 8:00 PM
Danny Ellis/800 Voices
Danny Ellis’ stunningly poetic cinematic musical memoir of his years in Ireland’s Artane Industrial School orphanage is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Shades of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor blend into this singularly unique Celtic voice from Dublin. Box Office: 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820
Thalian Hall Main Stage
310 Chestnut St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, 02/26/2011 1:00 PM
Wilmington Winter Wine and Beer Walk
Don’t miss out on this popular sampling tour of downtown’s finest venues! The event is from 1-6pm. Tickets are $15 ea or 2/$25. Venue details will follow. Participants must be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid ID readily available for establishments to verify. For more information contact Chris Andrews at 910-251-1935 or email
Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28401

Sunday, 02/27/2011 11:00 AM
Monty’s Home Pet Expo, 4th Annual
Monty’s Home Pet Expo is the largest indoor pet event in the area! Allowing more than 70 pet related vendors to showcase a huge variety of pet items and services. Monty’s Home Pet Expo is the largest indoor pet event in the area! Allowing more than 70 pet related vendors to showcase a huge variety of pet items and services. Be sure to visit the Silent Auction, offering hundreds of items for bid. Call 910.259.7911 for more information.
Cape Fear C.C. Schwartz Center
610 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Thursday, 03/03/2011 6:30 PM
Mulligan’s Wake Comedy Dinner Theatre
In Mulliganâ??s Wake, dining audience member are treated like friends and family and are encouraged to be part of the show. Dress up or down for the funeral and be prepared upon arrival to meet a crazy Irish-Catholic family who has all gathered for a final, over-the-top farewell celebration. Audience members can interact with the cast, join in or sit back and relax. There will be a traditional dinner and a wake to honor the memory of dear oleâ?? Rory Mulligan. This Irish celebration is full of drinking, toasting, dancing and sings â?? a hilarious form of entertainment full of twists and turns that will leave you and your friends in stitches. 910-232-6611
Front Street Brewery Beam Room
9 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Thursday, 03/03/2011 6:30 PM
Jazz at the CAM featuring Liz Pina
Come enjoy the muscial benefits of this new collaboration between CAM and the Cape Fear Jazz Society. Hear the best mix of musicians and jazz genres in the area. Admission charged. 910-395-5999 or
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412

Friday, 03/04/2011 – Sunday, 03/13/2011
Hollywood Dreams – Songs from the Silver Screen
Presented by the Thalian Association Children’s Theater under the direction of Tom Briggs. More info to follow. 910-251-1788
Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage
120 S. Second St
Wilmington, NC 284001

Saturday, 03/05/2011
In the Mood, the WWII Musical Revue
The hit-after-hit audience favorite, two hours of two-dozen swinging big band musicians, singers, dancers, almost every hit song from the 1040s, a nostalgic journey to the last decade when all of America was listening to the same music and its promise for the future wore the uniforms of our Armed Forces. Matinee and evening performances. Box Office: 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820
Thalian Hall Main Stage
310 Chestnut St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, 03/05/2011 9:00 AM – Sunday, 03/06/2011 4:00 PM
Wilmington Garden Show, 18th Annual
There will be over 50 booths selling a wide variety of products and services for gardening and landscaping. Many returning vendors, as well as new sellers offering the latest in gardening products will be on hand. This year the Garden Show is truly a one-stop event. It’s where the public can find a hint of spring in the displays, the plants and decorative items. In addition, you can save time, money and gas by coming to the one event where you will see gardening products, gain information face to face with experts and listen to informative and interesting talks on a variety of topics. Admission $7, children under 12 free. Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. For more information call 910.798.7670.
CFCC Schwartz Center
601 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, 03/05/2011 9:00 AM – Sunday, 03/06/2011 5:00 PM
Scales & Tails, 4th Annual
If you are a fan of unique and scaly animals, then the Aquarium has just the event for you – the annual Scales & Tails event. At this 2-day celebration of our amphibian and reptile friends, visitors will have an opportunity to see, touch and learn about our cold-blooded neighbors. Invited experts and aquarium staff will introduce the public to hundreds of live amphibians and reptiles, including alligators, snakes, iguanas, lizards, turtles and more. Free with Aquarium admission. Call 910.458.8257 for more information.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449

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