Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events happening in the Cape Fear this weekend

The Greek Festival will be a drive-thru event May 14-16 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 608 S. College Rd. (Port City Daily/Courtesy St. Nicholas)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Ready to have a weekend full of delicious eats, poppin’ sounds, live theater, and even a fashion-show brunch?

It’s Li’l Friday, which means Port City Daily has rounded up events to help plan your weekend fun.

It’s slated to be a tasty one, too, for foodies looking to scoop up all the homemade eats from the annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas. Plus, there’s a fashion-show brunch taking place at White Feather Farm on Sunday (and don’t forget Burger Week kicks off Monday, May 17).


The Cape Fear Jazz Society is getting in the swing of things again at Bellamy Mansion’s summer jazz series, and Snow Productions is launching their first youth theater show in a year.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure it involves a round of sippers so you can cheers to Li’l Friday!

Have an event you want considered for inclusion in our weekly roundup? Email shea@localdailymedia.com by every Wednesday, noon.

Burnin’ Bridges Jazz Group playing the Rusty Nail in 2019. Video courtesy of Burnin’ Bridges.

THURSDAY, MAY 13

Jazz at the Mansion
Bellamy Mansion • 503 Market St. • $10-$20 at the gate only

Music will return to the grounds of Bellamy Mansion as part of its summer jazz series. In partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society, Jazz at the Mansion kicks off tonight with the Burnin’ Bridges Jazz Group, which plays contemporary jazz — both originals and well-known covers. The band is made up of Bill Kerr on guitar, Dave Maffris on keyboards, Vince Bove on bass, and Jack O’Handley on drums.

The series continues the second Thursday of each month through September. The lineup includes: Natalie Boeyink Latin Jazz Group (Jun. 10), The Manny Santos Jazz Band (Jul. 8), The Andrew Berinson Group (Aug. 12), and Taylor Lee Quartet (Sept. 9).

Gates open at Bellamy at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are available starting at 6 p.m. — no presales. General admission is $20, members/volunteers, $15, and students/active military, $10.

There is free off-street parking, and chairs, blankets and small coolers are welcome; beverages (alcoholic and non) and snacks are sold on premises as well.

All Covid protocols will be followed, including social distancing, with the encouragement of masks. No rain dates are available; the shows will be canceled upon inclement weather.

MORE THURSDAY HAPPENINGS:

Pleasure Island Jeep Jam — Have a jeep? Wanna ride on the beach? The inaugural Pleasure Island Jeep Jam will make sure it happens. Kicking off tonight at The Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach, there will be live music from Justin and Erin Jernigan, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday events are ticketed, like the Show and Shine ($20, with your jeep voted on by the crowd), a cornhole tournament ($10-$20), Fort Fisher Rec pass to drive your jeep on the southend beach ($20-$30), and a poker run ($10). There are also daily and weekend passes to get on the festival grounds ($10-$25) to enjoy food trucks, live music and more on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Fisher Recreation Area in Kure Beach. All funds raised will go to Pleasure Island charities, including Little Pink Houses of Hope, Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks, Ocean Cure and the Autism Society of NC.

Our Eyes, Our Lives — ACES Gallery is hosting an art exhibit by The Painted Ladies. The group meets every Wednesday at the USO to paint as part of a five-year tradition. Works by Lorena Redding, Marlene Owens, Barbara Salisbury, Susan Fishbein, and Lynn Meeker can be viewed at the gallery Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The xhibit is free and art is for sale, with partial proceeds benefiting ACES — the official gallery for the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

The Greek Sampler is back and available at the drive-thru Greek Festival at St. Nicholas this weekend. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

FRIDAY, MAY 14

Drive-Thru Wilmington Greek Festival
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church • 608 S. College Rd. • $7-$20 menu items

The annual Greek Festival has been happening in Wilmington for 28 years and normally draws around 20,000 people to the St Nicholas church grounds on College Road. Despite the pandemic canceling it last May, a smaller drive-thru event launched in October to much success as thousands of cars pulled through in one weekend.

Rather than canceling 2021’s springtime event again, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox decided to host another drive-thru and provide the masses the taste of Greece they have come to love. Taking place this weekend, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday until 5 p.m., cars will line up behind the church (follow the signs on College Road), so folks can place their order with attendants, before moving through the parking lot to pay for and scoop up their foodstuff.

The festival will be selling homemade goods made by its parishioners, including gyros (lamb, chicken and veggie), dolmathes, spanakopita, moussaka and pastitsio. There also will be a new lamb platter added to the menu — and the sampler will be back, so diners who can’t choose what to buy will get a taste of everything. The finish will be more than sweet with a pastry sampler and baklava box for sale.

As in previous years, some of the funds procured from the event (prices range from $7-$20) will be donated to local nonprofits that help house and feed unsheltered people. St. Nicholas works with Good Shepherd Center and First Fruits Ministries.

MORE FRIDAY HAPPENINGS:

Tedeschi Trucks — Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for the official kickoff concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, which has been shuttered from Covid for over a year. Tedeschi Trucks will take over the stage on Jun. 29.

End of the Line Duo — The two-man act will bring their brand of Americana and bluegrass to Waterline on Friday evening, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s free to attend; show is in the beer garden.

Snow Productions will launch their first show back this weekend, with “The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Within a Comedy.” (Port City Daily/Courtesy of artist)

SATURDAY, MAY 15

The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Within a Comedy
North Front Theatre • 21 N. Front St. • $20-$30

Since the pandemic shuttered live theater, North Front Theater will be back in action this weekend thanks to Snow Productions. The local youth company will be putting on “The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Within a Comedy” — which is a parody on the original 1928 hit. The story follows a middle-aged, anti-social musical theater fan, who is obsessed with the ’20s musical. As he plays through the record, the story comes alive with his comments narrating the story and actors.

“We’re excited to return to the stage for the first time in more than a year,” director Lilly Goddard said in a release. 

The production team is making sure audiences follow all Covid-19 protocols of social-distancing and masking indoors. Tickets are limited and run $20-$30 for Friday’s show at 7 p.m., Saturday’s shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday’s shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

MORE SATURDAY HAPPENINGS:

Family Farm Day — The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is hosting Family Farm Day on May 15 at 116 Orange St. Admission is $5-$9.75 and includes activities that allow kids to understand what goes into farm life. They’ll have a chance to partake in seedling planting and butter-making, and there will be a photo station, crafts, and animal-washing station.

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Boots & Brunch
White Feather Farm • 1135 Edgewater Club Rd. • $60

White Feather Farms is hosting a brunch prepared by the True Blue Butcher & Table team on Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will consist of a two-course meal, starting off with a lemon-lime yogurt parfait, with cinnamon-scented granola and amaretto cherries. Following will be quiche — a vegetarian option or traditional Lorraine, made with smoked bacon, comte and caramelized onions. Coffee from Casa Blanca will be served, and there will be a complementary mimosa tasting.

Food isn’t all that’s served! Diners are encouraged to put on their best boots, perfect for farm living, but also snazzy enough to be trendy. A fashion show, featuring items from local stores Aqua Fedora, Zia Boutique, and Meadowlark, will accompany the brunch.

There will be opportunities to donate to two local nonprofits, Nourish NC and A Safe Place.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.

MORE SUNDAY HAPPENINGS:

The Great American Songbook Live — Hosted by WHQR’s George Scheibner, The Great American Songbook features classic tunes by many greats, from Johnny Mercer to Duke Ellington to Rodgers and Hart. Presented by Opera Wilmington, the program will launch live on Cameron Art Museum’s outdoor patio at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Check for tickets here. There also will be a live auction, to benefit Opera Wilmington, featuring artwork, activities, jewelry, food and drink, and more.


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