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 […]

Tickets on sale for literacy council’s third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas

The third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas will take place on Dec. 11. Several local restaurants and bars will offer up taste treats and drinks. Photo courtesy of event organizers.

Get a sip or nibble from more than 15 local bars and restaurants during an annual holiday fundraiser to help a local non-profit. The third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas, a benefit for the Cape Fear Literacy Council, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Brooklyn Arts Center located […]

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 […]

Sheriff receives federal award for supporting employees in military reserves

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon was presented the U.S. Department of Defense Patriot Award. From left is Joseph J. Albanese, Deputy Eliot Suggs and McMahon. Photo by Christina Haley.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon has received an award honoring his dedication to sheriff’s office employees who serve in the military. McMahon was presented the U.S. Department of Defense “Patriot Award” at the sheriff’s office on Tuesday by Joseph J. Albanese, area chairman of Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in […]

Carolina Beach to be lit up for the holidays

The main stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk is decorated for Christmas by the Sea. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Carolina Beach will be lit up this weekend to start off the holiday season Pleasure Island-style. Residents and visitors will start at Carolina Beach Lake on Friday night for the 25th annual Lighting at the Lake Celebration. According to Frances Massey of Island of Lights, the organization that runs the event and others on Pleasure […]

Thalian Hall announces slate of holiday-themed productions

The Jive Aces and The Satin Dollz bring their jump and jivin' holiday show to Thalian Hall on Dec. 1. Courtesy photos.

Thalian Hall is ringing in the holidays on the main stage. The downtown theater house, 310 Chestnut St., is offering up seven festive productions and events, kicking off on Tuesday, Dec. 1 with “Swing’n The Holidays,” featuring The Jive Aces and The Satin Dollz. The United Kingdom’s top jive and swing band bring a high-energy […]

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 […]

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