Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place in the Cape Fear

A paddleboard/kayak Pride event will take place at Palm Tree Island on Sunday for LGBT+ community members and allies. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Sure, we may be experiencing some windy, rainy weather as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through, but she’ll be gone by this afternoon — just in time to kick off Li’l Friday with some baseball!

The Sharks take on the RedWolves tonight at Buck Hardee Field at 7:05 p.m., then the weekend fun continues with live music from Watchhouse and Stray Local, as well as maker’s and vintage markets, museum exhibits, plus a beer and book release.

Whatever you choose to do, cheers to all the fun in store. Here’s the Li’l Friday roundup!


Thursday, July 8

H2O Today
Cape Fear Museum,  814 Market St. • $5-$8
Cape Fear Museum opened a new Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, H2O Today, which revolves around water’s impact on our lives. Earth makes up 71% water — though less than 3% is drinkable — and H20 Today delves into the science of it, including how climate change and population growth affects our resources. It also address weather patterns, shortages and pollution. 

Cape Fear Museum’s new exhibit H20 Today explores water and its importance to life and our planet. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

Cape Fear Museum turns the lens on where local water comes from and the threats we see facing the Cape Fear River. The exhibit is also interactive, allowing attendees to make it “rain” and even use hand power to water a vegetable garden.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m Admission is $5-$8.

MORE THURSDAY HAPPENINGS
Wilmington Sharks Baseball —The Sharks will face off against the Florence RedWolves at Buck Hardee Field (2149 Carolina Beach Rd.) at 7:05 p.m. Admission is $7-$12.

Watchhouse, formerly Mandolin Orange, will play Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this Friday and Saturday. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

Friday, July 9

Watchhouse
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Dr. • $40-$50
Formerly known as Mandolin Orange, Emily Frantz and Andrew Marland make up the Chapel Hill folk duo now known as Watchhouse.

“We’re different people than when we started this band,” Frantz told Jambase in the spring as to why they changed the name.

Already, Watchhouse released a self-titled album of nine songs, which they said is political and personal, and even touches on their lives as parents. 

The band will play a double bill at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this weekend, July 9-10 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

MORE FRIDAY HAPPENINGS
 Wilmington Singles Club — The club will host a dance with live music from the The Cruise Brothers Band. The event takes place at the Senior Center at 2222 S. College Rd. There is an admission charge. 

Three new books by Todd Sherman and beers by Flytrap Brewing will be released Saturday in the brewery’s beer garden. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photos)

Saturday, July 10

Triple Play: Book and Beer Release
Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. • Free
Local author Todd Sherman has been churning out books during the pandemic and is ready to showcase three of them with some of Flytrap’s tastiest suds. “People Our Solitude” follows a man with multiple personalities who sees through the advice of one voice to stop a pet murderer in the midst of a hurricane.

“Bark Your Shins” is a second-person account from a villain’s point of view, whose plans center on taking down a city’s hero and friend.

“PRIMÆVAL DÆMONS” is a volume of horror stories. Two versions of “PRIMÆVAL” will be available for purchase: a colored version for $30 or black and white for $15. 

Beers released include Flytrap’s raspberry hoppy tripel, cherry and chicory Belgian dubbel, and orange peel and ghost-pepper Belgian dubbel.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., and the author will be available to chat. California Taco NC will be parked onsite from noon to 4 p.m.

MORE SATURDAY HAPPENINGS
• Legends Live On! — Opera House Theater Company is reprising the musical revue “Legends Live On!” at Wilson Center (703 N. Third St.) this weekend. Broadway performers will sing through hits from the Beatles to Bruno Mars. Tickets start at $23.75, and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. 

Sunday, July 11

Consciously Curated Maker’s Market and Cargo District Cleanup
615 S. 16th St., Unit 120 • Free

The map of the Consciously Crafted Market taking place in the Cargo District on Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. (Port City Daily/Courtesy image)

The Crafted Outpost in the Cargo District is hosting a Consciously Curated Maker’s Market, featuring 20 local makers, live music, food trucks and DIY stations on Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. There will be plants, jewelry, art and more for sale, and the market will benefit Cape Fear River Watch.

Afterward, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cape Fear River Watch will host a Cargo District Cleanup. Gloves, bags, pickers, and safety vests will be handed out to volunteers, who will do a sweep westbound on either side of Castle Street.

Register here to help.

MORE SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
• Curated on Castle — A vintage outdoor market will get underway, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Castle Street, selling curated wares, from clothes to records, home decor to jewelry, and more. Vendors like Gravity Records, Second Skin Vintage, Jess James + Co., Gathered By Hunter, Threads By Sydney, Thrift Dripp Klub and others will be set up beside of Luna Caffe at the corner of 6th and Castle. Food truck Nacho Falt (gourmet nachos) as well as frozen desserts from Sweet Cleos will join. 

Wilmington’s First Paddleboard/Kayak Pride Event — LGBT+ community and allies are welcome to attend the first paddelboard/kayak pride event. Folks who don’t have their own gear can turn to Wrightsville SUP for rentals; discounts will be offered to the first 30 people, first-come, first-serve. Paddle starts at 3 p.m.; registration is available online. Folks can drop in the water on the sandy spot of land underneath the bridge and meet at Palm Tree Island. Coolers welcome, though no glass bottles. 

Shift Meal Sunday: Stray Local — Palate is hosting its Sunday music series with husband-and-wife duo Stray Local. The band recorded throughout Covid-19 and has been releasing a single every six weeks since the beginning of the year. They just put out “Featherweight” and will be playing it along with their new indie pop songs Sunday. Show is free.


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