The Cape Fear Contra Dancers hold community dances twice a month, but on Saturday, March 21 they are having a special contra party featuring the band Big Celtic Fun from Chapel Hill.
Linda Thomas, a dancer and contra caller, visited us in the studio along with dancer and hammer dulcimer player, David Shucavage. Linda and David have both been involved in contradancing for decades, so they shared their knowledge of the history of the dance and music as well as information about the Saturday event.
An icon of Wilmington's arts community, Claude Howell was born 100 years ago today. From an early age, Howell expressed a deep love for his hometown, drawing and painting people and scenes from town to coast. Howell also recorded several stories at WHQR about his days as a Wilmington youth. In honor of Howell's birthday and his great contribution to the Wilmington community, WHQR will be airing his commentaries all week long during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Here is one that takes us back to his boyhood clubhouse...
Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year. When it was a segregated high school, Williston produced alumni who are known throughout the country for their achievements. Joseph McNeil graduated from Williston in 1959 and went on to start the civil rights sit-in movement in Greensboro.
Isabelle Shepherd: You attended Williston Senior High School. Can you tell me about your time there?
Tune in Wednesday, March 18 at noon for the next CoastLine: March is Women's History Month. We're in the midst of third-wave feminism - what does the modern day's women's rights movement entail? We'll discuss this and the achievements of women with Dr. Katie Peel, Director of UNCW's Women's Studies and Resource Center.
Dorothy Reynolds and Danielle Bringard visited WHQR to tell us about the original play adaption, "Robinhood: A Tale of 2 Hoods." These young ladies have been involved in Journey Productions' PET project since they were young, and they enjoy taking leadership roles in this production now that they are in college. Dorothy is a Performance Educator with the cast and Danielle facilitated input from young writers for the script.
The show is at the Community Arts Center Thursdays-Sundays through March 15.
Sam Marshall from the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension came to the station to tell us about a brand new 12-week program called the Cape Fear Backyard Naturalist Program. Sam is a horticulturist involved in bring this program to fruition.
Historic preservation tax credits expired at the end of 2014, but now at least two bills working their way through the North Carolina House and Senate aim to reinstate the program. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz came to Wilmington during a multi-city tour to support the legislation.