Street festival returns to Kure Beach

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion. File photo by Hannah Leyva.

The yearly Kure Beach Street Festival returns to the southern part of Pleasure Island this Saturday, April 30. The free, family-friendly festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the town’s Ocean Front Park and include live music and children’s entertainment. Food, drinks and locally handmade goods will be available for purchase. Wilmington company […]


NHRMC’s Pink Ribbon Project receives $50K to provide free mammograms

The Pink Ribbon Project's mission to give free mammograms to under-served women was recently given a boost by a state chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Courtesy image.

More women across the region will have access to early detection breast cancer screenings thanks to a recent donation from a state chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The organization’s NC Triangle to the Coast has awarded $50,000 to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s (NHRMC’s) Pink Ribbon Project. Triangle to the Coast provides […]


New local company offers youth fundraising with wellness in mind

Bloom, which opened in March, launched a school fundraiser last week that offers fitness as an incentive for students to sell. Courtesy image.

A newly launched local company that aims to offer an alternative to typical youth-led fundraisers has just added a unique incentive for money-raisers. Bloom, which opened in March, recently partnered with Adventure to Fitness, a national educational and fitness program, on Passport to Fitness. The new option allows classrooms to collect money while receiving wellness […]


Azalea Fest: Road closures, where to park

Bring on the pageantry--the 69th annual NC Azalea Festival Parade will take over downtown roadways Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Azalea Festival weekend brings colorful parade floats, pageant queens, live music, local talent, arts and crafts and all-you-can-eat fair food to Wilmington’s riverfront. It also brings throngs of tourists and local residents and, with them comes traffic. When crowds converge on the riverfront for the 69th annual N.C. Azalea Festival, getting in and around downtown […]


Azalea queen, fest royalty visit young hospital patients

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Mariah Hansley, six, swaps crowns with NC Azalea Festival queen Anna Kooiman during her visit to the hospitals pediatric ward Thursday. Photos by Hilary Snow.

Six-year-old Mariah Hansley knows one thing for sure: She is going to be the next Miss Wilmington. The princess-in-training, who already has her parade wave down pat, received some special bedside well wishes from area royalty Thursday afternoon. This year’s NC Azalea Festival queen, Anna Kooiman, and members of her court crowded into Mariah’s room […]


Azalea Fest is in full bloom

More than 300 arts and crafts vendors and 40 food trucks will line downtown streets this weekend during the 69th annual NC Azalea Festival. Courtesy photos.

Now that this year’s NC Azalea Festival queen has her crown, the annual springtime celebration is in full swing. Festival royalty Anna Kooiman – a Fox News personality and former Wilmington resident – returned to the Port City this week, signaling the official start of the 2016 festival. The local tradition, which started nearly seven […]


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