‘Packages from Home’ collection drive for U.S. troops underway

Previous Packages from Home received by soldiers in Afghanistan. Port City Daily file photo.

The donation period is now open for the 20th “Packages from Home” collection drive. Step Up for Soldiers and Hometown Wilmington Media have teamed up for the event with a goal to collect donations and comfort items to send care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas. Previous collection drives have provided more than 4,000 soldiers […]

Holiday Flotilla draws thousands to Wrightsville Beach

One of the boat entries in the 2015 NC Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Thousands lined the waterways in Wrightsville Beach to take in the 32nd annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Saturday night. This year’s fleet featured 23 boats decorated in different themes, from “Snow Wars” to “Santa Claws” to one with a lighthouse that was used to propose to someone named Sharon (she said yes). The watercraft made […]

Annual Flotilla set to light up Wrightsville Beach

Boats are decorated and judged during the parade. Photo courtesy of NC Holiday Flotilla.

Boats will once again display their holiday finest during the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday. The annual festival, which organizers say can bring nearly 50,000 people to the island for the weekend, features daytime activities at Wrightsville Beach Park and the famous boat parade at night followed by fireworks. Judges on […]

Prayer vigil to honor victims of gun violence

In an effort to remember victims of local shootings–and show unity towards ending gun violence–more than 15 area faith communities and grassroots organizations are coming together for a candlelight prayer vigil next month. The vigil is set for 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Theater Park, 12 N. Front St., on Monday, Dec. 14–the two-year […]

The Scene: A look at some post-Thanksgiving kid-friendly activities

A miniature Christmas village is among the displays at the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society's annual Holiday Train Expo, which kicks off Friday. Courtesy photos.

Thanksgiving is upon us, and friends and family have gathered together for a grand meal. But after you’ve eaten your fill of turkey and stuffing today, your thoughts may turn to what to do to with the kids over the long holiday weekend. Never fear–we’ve got some suggestions for a few family-friendly after-Thanksgiving activities sure […]

Downtown Wilmington Christmas tree will be lit in new location

Christmas Tree in downtown Wilmington. Photo courtesy of the City of  Wilmington.

The holiday season is officially upon us, and festivities in downtown Wilmington will kick off Friday night with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Residents and visitors are invited to the city’s waterfront to see the Christmas tree, which will be lit at 6:25 p.m., and take in other family-friendly events such as live music and […]

Vintage flea market returns to Brooklyn Arts Center

The Vintage Idiot is one of dozens of area vendors who will be selling their retro wares during the annual Holiday Flea.

The hunt is back on. The Brooklyn Arts Center’s Holiday Flea at BAC returns Dec. 4, giving antique seekers and collectors of the kitsch a one-stop shop for finding their thrill. Dubbed the “ultimate vintage flea,” this annual extravaganza features vendors from around the region selling their retro, rare and repurposed wares. More than 1,500 […]

Over 2,000 runners expected for annual Thanksgiving race

Runners at the start of the 2014 Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is expecting more than 2,000 runners to participate in the 11th Annual Turkey Trot in Wrightsville Beach. The 5K race, presented by Stevens Fine Homes and held the morning of Thanksgiving, benefits the organization, with all of the proceeds going toward a Habitat home that will be built in 2016. […]

Social change on the big screen: P.E. teacher’s feature film about adoption premieres this weekend

Cullen Moss, of 'The Walking Dead' and 'One Tree Hill' fame, stars in 'Finding Home.' Courtesy photos.

The “only screenwriting P.E. teacher on the planet” is premiering his first feature film this weekend. Nick Westfall’s “Finding Home,” a fictional story about adoption, starring local actors Cullen Moss, Tamara Mercer and Abel Zukerman, screens during a red carpet event Saturday at Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St. Saturday’s event has already sold out, but […]

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