Thursday, December 7, 2023

Erik Estrada returns to Wilmington to promote locally filmed ‘Divine Renovation’

WILMINGTON — A ’70s icon, best known as Poncho on “CHiPs,” is returning to the Port City after filming a faith-based home renovation show in the area last fall.

Erik Estrada will be at the Moose Lodge on Carolina Beach Road on Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m., for a meet-and-greet with fans.

These days Estrada is best known as the host of “Divine Renovation,” a docuseries that streams on Tubi, UP TV and Amazon Prime. The show brings together nonprofits, neighbors and businesses to do home improvements for those in need, as well as provide a spiritual uplift.

While in Wilmington in September and October 2022, the show followed five families — a firefighter who endured a tragic car accident, an elderly couple, as well as a Special Forces veteran with injuries from a job incident and a single mother rearing a son with Down Syndrome and autism.

“Divine Renovation” debuted in July with six episodes, and to promote the season, Estrada will return to Wilmington to take selfies with ticketholders at the Moose Lodge. There will be face-painting for kids, a “guess the chips” jar, a “Ponch” look-alike contest, and vintage police vehicles on the property.

“CHiPs” and “Divine Renovation” merchandise will be for sale for Estrada to autograph as well.

Tickets are $25, with first responders with ID receiving a $10 discount; kids 12 and under are admitted free. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Moose Lodge to support its charitable initiatives.

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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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