On Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 from 10am to 4pm , the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society hosts the annual Secret Garden Tour. The tour this year features 12 gardens, both large and small, Old South and new experimental. There are also workshops about creating a Fairy Garden and arranging flowers for a Memorial Garden. For details and tickets ($15) visit hslcf.org. Tickets are also available at The Latimer House at 910.762.0492, at all Harris Teeter stores, and at many garden centers.
Lama Surya Das is an American-born teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He's in Wilmington to give a Dharma Talk on Friday night from 7 to 9 pm at Unity Church of Wilmington, then a Retreat from 10 to 5 on Saturday, also at Unity. During the interview we touched briefly on his best-selling book Awakening the Buddha within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World. For more information visit Surya.org or the website for his teaching center Dzogchen.org
The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents its Fall Plant Sale this Friday from 12-6 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am -12 pm at Hampstead United Methodist Church. Master Gardener, Steve Bundy, Event Chair told us what to expect - including the opportunity to buy plants that are pollinators, deer resistant, drought resistant and salt resistant. Proceeds will benefit programs that bring gardening into Pender County Schools.
For its annual show, Forward Motion Dance Company presents a collaboration between dancers, musicians, visual artists, and a filmmaker - called Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Quartets, Pirouettes and Silhouettes. Founder, dancer and choreographer Tracey Varga and guitarist Rob Nathan (co-founder of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet) joined us. The shows are Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 AND 8 on Thalian Hall's Main Stage. For more information visit ForwardMotionDance.com.
Filmmaker Joseph Johnson- Cami is in town to screen his two latest films: Line 9 (about the environmental impact of pipelines running through Alberta, Canada) and The Shift (an exploration of humans' disconnect from nature). They will be shown Tuesday night from 7-9 in the auditorium of King Hall at UNCW. The filmmaker will be there for a discussion and Q and A. For details visit UNCW.edu.
Jess James discusses what to expect from the 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala including Prohibition style cocktails, 1920's music, a raffle, a wardrobe contest and Portraits in the Garden. The Great Gatsby Gala will be held on September 18 with the VIP cocktail hour starting at 6 and the rest of the events starting at 7. For more information about the event you can visit stylegirljessjames.com
Today's guest was Glenn Neighbour. Glenn and his wife Stephanie are bringing back Grooves in the Grove, a series of free concerts they presented last year at Poplar Grove Plantation in Scotts Hill that proved to be enormously popular. Folks are invited to bring a picnic, coolers, chairs and blankets for an evening of music and fun from 5 to 7 PM on Sundays. The series runs from Sunday, September 7 to Sunday, October 26. On some nights guests will be able to munch on food from Keith Rhodes' Catch Food Truck. There will also be raffles and prizes.
Susan Silver introduces us to Aging in Place Downtown, A Model Project in Wilmington, NC. Learn more about this project by visiting AgingInPlaceDowntown.Weebly.com. If you would like to attend their next event on September 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the downtown library call 910.805.4663.
Artistic Director of Big Dawg Productions, Steve Vernon is directing the upcoming show "The Hermit of Fort Fisher" by David Wright. Eben French Mastin stars as Robert E. Harrill, who lived in a WWII bunker at Fort Fisher for many years and became quite a tourist attraction. The show highlights interactions with the family he left behind and the visitors he enjoyed. It runs September 4-21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundaya at 3pm at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.
Classical pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits will perform Thursday night, September 4th at Kenan Auditorium as part of the Piano Masterworks Series. They will play works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Schumann. For tickets, call 910-962-3500.