Sunday, November 27, 2022

Li’l Friday: Kite festival, Great Pumpkin Blowout, Art in the Arboretum

After being postponed from Hurricane Ian last month, Art in the Arboretum will return this weekend. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.

All events featured were scheduled as of Thursday; however, it’s wise to check in ahead of attending any one. Inclement weather, changes in schedules and unforeseen circumstances may shift for organizers at the last minute.

DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS: 4 food festivals on deck for the weekend

Thursday, Nov. 3

Hops and Harvest Beer Dinner
Blockade Runner, 275 Waynick Blvd. • Tickets: $75 

A downtown brewery and Wrightsville Beach restaurant are coming together to provide a five-course meal, each paired with handmade craft beers.

The culinary team from Blockade Runner’s EAST — including Jessica Cabo, Travis Hammer, and Fenix Nelson — and brewmasters from Hi-Wire Brewing are hosting “Hops and Harvest.” The dinner features a variety of flavors with Latin American flair complemented by locally made beers.

Course one includes a shrimp empanada paired with Hi-Wire’s Pickle Gose — the drink is served as a michelada with tomato juice, spices and Sriracha salt rim — while the second bite includes a hot and cold salad of avocado mousse, with charred winter greens, chorizo chips and pepita brittle. It is served with a Lo Pitch IPA.

The third course of local fish will be served with cucumber-honeydew aquachile and citrus rice cake with pepper jam, punched up by the effervescence of Hi-Wire’s Raspberry Fizz. The showstopper will feature cherry-cola-braised short ribs, with mashed goat-cheese plantain, garlic green beans and yucca chips, served with a whiskey-barrel-aged beer.

A sweet finish will complete the meal with chocolate-filled churros served with a beer slushy, made with Hi-Wire’s chocolate-coconut 10W 40.

Tickets are available here, first-come, first-serve, to diners 21 and older.

Floriana Wine Dinner — If wine is more your jam, Floriana in downtown Wilmington has you covered with another culinary experience. Hosted by Quady North Winery, four courses will be paired with four sips. Tickets, gratuity and tax included, are $75 each (or $275 for a party of four) and focus on the restaurant’s Italian flair. Course one, served with a Pistoleta Rhone white blend, is a field greens salad, followed by an antipasti of arancini, scamorza, and basil pesto with grenache rose. Course three is a choice of pasta, burrata ravioli or tortelloni mignon, with Bomba grenache, and thereafter an entree of red beet risotto or filet tagliata, served with a syrah. Call 910- 504-0160 to reserve a spot. 

Wilmington’s Black Military Veterans Program — Ahead of upcoming Veterans Week, Nov. 7 to 11, multiple events are taking place at the northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library. At 6 p.m. Tim Pinnick, noted genealogist and independent researcher, will discuss enlisted African Americans from the Civil War to World War II and their connections to Wilmington. Pinnick also will share information about the Wilmington African American Community Remembrance Project to discover, document, and honor the individuals. The event is free.

Comedy Night at Bull City — The Cargo District’s Bull City Ciderworks hosts a free stand-up comedy night in its taproom at 8 p.m. Hosted by Khari Reid, the show — normally standing-room only — will include sets by Khristin Brooks, John Felts, Tyler Deese and Byron Johnson. Comics may cover content inappropriate for children. Bull City is located at 615 South 17th St.

Friday, Nov. 4

Caitlin Cook
Dead Crow Comedy Room, N. 3rd St. • Tickets: $18-$28

She wrote 250 songs a day during the pandemic, has produced a one-woman bathroom stall graffiti musical and has recorded her act at 12 different venues during a U.S. and UK tour. 

All can be heard on the three albums L.A.-born and New York-based comedian Caitlin Cook has released: “Betty Pitch,” “The Writing on the Stall” and “Zinger Songwriter.”  

The comedian’s act often features songs she writes by stringing together notes people leave behind in bathroom stalls. 

“Be the person you want to be,” she sings of one note left in a female stall, before finishing the verse with a different person’s response: “Be Batman.”

Cook has toured worldwide, her albums often featured on SiriusXM. She is a writer, director and producer, including overseeing shows like “Good God” with Shane Torres and Tom Thakkar and “Fake Birthday” with A.J. Holmes. She is acting as creative consultant for Sean Patton’s upcoming Peacock comedy special, “Number One.”

Cook will make her return to Dead Crow on both Friday and Saturday, with two shows each night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“Anastasia” — Downtown at the Wilson Center, a musical loosely based on the hit animation film of the same name will come to life in “Anastasia.” Having opened on Broadway in 2017, the story follows a duchess, Anastasia Nikolaevna, who disappears from the Russian royal family. Years later, her doppleganger, Anya, who suffers from amnesia, is trying to clamor together traces of her own family. After entering a deal with two con men who believe Anya can pass as the duchess and secure them reward money, Anya’s past comes to light. The show will have three performances, including Friday at 7:30 p.m., and two shows Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Mac Sabbath — Ever crossed two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”? If not, let Reggie’s at 42nd St. introduce you to Mac Sabbath. The four-piece L.A.-based, costumed outfit — Ronald Osbourne, Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice (a.k.a. “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butler!”), Catburglar (a.k.a. “Glamburglar” and “Peter Criss Cut Fries”) — takes on the metal sounds of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘60s band but parodies lyrics to concentrate on fast food. Tickets are $18.

World Ballet Series performing “Swan Lake.” (Courtesy photo)

“Swan Lake” — UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium welcomes the World Ballet Series featuring Tchaikovsky’s famed “Swan Lake.” Based on German and Russian folk tales, the story follows a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. It will be performed by a multinational professional cast of 50 ballet dancers, as well as production designers fashioning a world complete with hand-painted sets and more than 150 costumes. Tickets are $49 to $89.

‘Breach of Peace’ — Mike Whitley is returning to the stage in “Breach of Peace,” a performance centered on Freedom Riders and the injustices and brutal violence they faced in the throes of segregation. Whitley goes through the day in the life of 19-year-old Jean Thompson, who boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, with 11 other people headed to New Orleans, in effect starting a movement for the desegregation of buses nationwide. Whitley moves between multiple characters in “Breach of Peace,” which follows the survivor’s stories who were at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Tickets are $45, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.

Cape Fear Kite Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday. (Port City Daily/File)

Saturday, Nov. 5

The Cape Fear Kite Festival
Fort Fisher, 1000 Loggerhead Rd. • Free

Annually, the beach along Fort Fisher on Pleasure Island is speckled with color and designs, as hundreds of flags fly high for two days every November. The event also features live music, local food and beer.

Taking place both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cape Fear Kite Festival will host a kite-decorating workshop and face-painting, with live music performed by Charlotte bluegrass artists Deeper Shade Of Blue at noon on Saturday. Sunday will welcome Many Everythings at noon. 

A beer tent featuring local breweries will be set up and there will be plenty of food trucks selling snacks. Plenty of parking is on site as well as off; cars can park at the Fort Fisher Air Base and be shuttled to the festival grounds (donations appreciated).

Friday night, ahead of the festival, there will a special event “Night with Kites.” Kites and Giant Flo Shades will light up the sky while DJ Eric spins tunes. The Pleasure Island Chamber tent will have glo sticks for people to grab and Malama Cafe will have hot chocolate for sell. It takes place in front of the Marriott Courtyard from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Illuminated hula hoops encouraged.

Cape Fear Alliance of Trees Giveaway — The nonprofit group will host a free giveaway at Legion Stadium (2149 Carolina Beach Road) offering 1,400 trees available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only two trees per person is allowed; native species include Fringe, Crepe Myrtles, Red Buds, Red Maples and Black Gum. More mature 3-gallon trees will include Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, Red Oak, American Elm, Sycamore, Tulip Poplar, among others. The event begins at 9 a.m. Founded in December 2015, the alliance works for the preservation of and restoration of the greater Wilmington area’s tree canopy.

Leland Coat Drive — As temps turn cold, the Leland VFW Post 12196 is hosting its annual coat drive. The donations will be turned over to Brunswick Family Assistance, a collaborative organization that helps low-income individuals. Drop boxes are located through Nov. 5 at financial adviser Deb Pickett’s Edward Jones office, Fuzzy Peach, and the Leland Fire Stations. Saturday will have a drive-thru drop-off event at Founders Park in Leland from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Skate Barn Birthday — Located in Hampstead at 155 Pansy Lane, The Skate Barn is celebrating 26 years in the community from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature skating ($10 for members, $20 for non — park is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), plus food trucks, including Two Bros Coastal Cuisine and Phylicia’s Ice Cream, with live music kicking off at 2 p.m. from bands Pleasure Island and Cancel ($10 just to watch the bands).

The Great Pumpkin Blowout — Looking for a creative way to get rid of your rotting pumpkin?  The North Carolina Historic Sites and Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site has just the event from noon to 4 p.m For a $10 fee, participants can bring their Jack-o-lanterns to detonate with the same technology that was used during Civil War times to blow up torpedoes. According to the historic site, the gourds that don’t have as much carving will provide the best explosions. All proceeds fund educational programming at the site, 8884 Saint Philips Road SE. 

Remnants from last year’s pumpkin blowout. (Courtesy Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)

Brewery Ruck for NourishNC — Local running club F3Cape Fear is bringing back its fundraiser for NourishNC at 12:30 p.m. Participants will run 8 miles starting in midtown and ending in the South Front District, with nine stops along the way at local craft breweries. A bin will be set up at all locations during the run for food drop-offs. Last year, F3Cape Fear raised 1,700 pounds of food for the nonprofit to use as part of its holiday meal drive. Brewery stops, which will last around 30 minutes each, include Kerr Avenue’s The Wilmington Brewery Company, Randall Parkway’s Flying Machine, Market Street’s Bill’s Front Porch, Princess Street’s Hi-Wire Brewing, N. 4th Street’s Edward Teach, Walnut Street’s Flytrap Brewing, Dock Street’s New Anthem, Surry Street’s Waterline Brewing, and Greenfield Street’s New Anthem. Participants should arrange for pickup at the last stop, as the run is not a loop.

Art in the Arboretum — The annual event scheduled the first weekend in October was postponed after Hurricane Ian’s arrival. It officially will take place in its 27th year Nov. 5th and 6th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Around 75 artists are participating in a juried show in the traditional indoor gallery, while upward of 50 artists are set up in the outdoor festival, peppered with vendor booths. Food trucks and Children’s Museum activities are also planned. Entry is $5 per person. Members of Friends of the Arboretum, children 12 and under, and military with current ID will receive free entry; proceeds are divided between the artist, Friends of the Arboretum nonprofit organization, and the Wilmington Art Association.

Oyster Roast — St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church located on 26th Street is hosting a community oyster roast for $30 a ticket. The meal includes oysters, chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, potatoes, corn on the cob, cornbread desserts, and tea. It takes place at the church grounds (19 N 26th St.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased ahead of the event: call 910-540-5660 or 910-762-5833.

Smart Start Family Festival — Families looking for a healthy outing can participate in the free Smart Start fall festival. It will feature hands-on activities, live music by Broccoli Brothers Circus, storytelling by Scooter the Story Yeller, raffles and more. The event takes place in the parking lot at 3534 South College Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

End of Days will release its second small batch of bourbon on Sunday. (Courtesy photo/Matthew Ray Photography)

Sunday, Nov. 6 

Survivor’s Cut Bourbon Release
End of Days Distillery, 1815 Castle St. 

A year ago, End of Days released its first batch of bourbon, two-and-half years in the making. On Sunday the second small-batch release will be for sale at the distillery, starting at 2 p.m.

Made of premium 65% non-GMO corn, 15% rye, and 20% barley, the whiskey has been aging in Black Water barrels — constructed by South Carolina’s Black Water Cooperage, no longer producing the barrels — for a little under four years. They were treated with the “alligator char,” wherein burning the barrel for almost a minute for it to take on the look of ‘gator skin, opened up the wood to transfer smokey, sweet flavors into the whiskey.

EOD partner Oliver Earney said the flavor profile on the bourbon may be a little different from the first release, which sold out.

“The extra time has added more complexity, a distinct refined finish, and deeper amber color,” he said. 

Though taste buds vary among individual palates, he noted flavors of cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla.

The second run of Survivor’s Cut will retail for $64.95. More releases are planned as the whiskey continues aging in the barrels. 

EOD released its rye blend — 65% rye, 18% wheat, and 17% barley — just a month ago and is now available for purchase in limited release through ABC stores.

Sunday’s second batch release of Survivor’s Cut will be limited to two bottles per person. The New Hanover County ABC Store at 17th and Wrightsville will begin carrying commemorative bottles starting Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. 

Wilmington Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention — To help raise awareness for suicide prevention, support, resources and research, a walk will take place around the Wrightsville Beach loop on Causeway Drive. Registration for the 2022 Wilmington Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention opens at 2 p.m., with an event start time at 3 p.m. It’s family-friendly; more information can be found here.

“Pam Toll: Landscape & Memory” — Local artist, as well as founder of Acme Art and No Boundaries art colony Pam Toll has a new book out, “Landscape & Memory.” She will be at Art in Bloom Gallery, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a signing. Joining her will be fellow UNCW professor and book designer and artist Ned Irvine. The book features a catalog of Toll’s drawings, as well as includes essays and stories. Some of her work will also be on sale at the gallery.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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