Friday Sneak Peek: Breakfast Club, Airlie’s Art in the Garden

Friday night live! is a free concert series at the Marina Grill and will feature 80s cover band The Breakfast Club this week. (Courtesy picture)

Thursday July 7

drum circle
Between Beach Access 17 and Hamlet Avenue, Carolina Beach • Free

A drum circle gathers at Carolina Beach at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. Normally, the group meets at Rescue Tower 17; however, due to fireworks being launched in the area on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. on the island, the group moved between beach access 17 and Hamlet Avenue.

All players of all skill levels are encouraged to bring a drum or other portable percussion device, as well as a mat or chair to sit on. Some players bring extra instruments to share for those who don’t have one.

All meeting updates are posted here.

Jack-Jack 180 – Wilmington’s four-piece band plays through top 40 hits, rock classics, hip-hop and oldies. They will entertain for free beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Park as part of WECT’s Sounds of Summer. Picnics, coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome for an evening of fun – no alcohol allowed.

Hammered anecdotes – Hi-Wire Brewing (1020 Princess St.) is hosting free quizzes at 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams, which are tested on a host of topics, from news to music, science to history.

The Thalian Association Community Theater hosts the musical premiere of “Dogfight” July 8-17. (Courtesy of TACT)

friday july 8

aerial combat
Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. • Tickets: $25

The Thalian Association Community Theater hosts the musical premiere of “Dogfight” July 8-17. The Pasek and Paul team – behind “Dear Evan Hanson” and “James and the Giant Peach” – wrote the production, which takes place in the fall of 1963. Three young Marines take to town on the eve of their deployment to the Vietnam. They make a bet to pick the least attractive girl to go out for a night out – a soldier picks a waitress and ends up hooking up with her date.

Artistic director Chandler Davis told the Port City Daily a few months ago that the show explores trauma and mental health. Thalian intended to unveil the production before Covid, but Davis said it seemed very relevant to the here and now.

The production — which contains adult language and material — will be housed in the Hannah Block Community Arts Center and USO Building, which the Thalian Association manages for the City of Wilmington.

“Although we are a retired USO, we try to do things that relate to the armed forces and we thought that was a good connection,” Davis added.

The show is directed by Cathy Street, with musical direction by Randy Craft. It features Wilmington veterans Logan Mack and Sydney Smith Martin. Shows run Friday through Sunday this weekend and Thursday through Sunday next weekend at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday, which starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Friday night live! – The free concert series at the Marina Grill will feature the Breakfast Club – the 80s cover band that brings all the favorites of the era to life. The shows are free and alcoholic drinks are on sale at the grill. The quartet takes the stage at 7 p.m.; learn more about the series here.

The Old State of the North – Another round of free concerts kicks off this weekend on Pleasure Island in the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area (118 Riverfront Rd.), overlooking the waterway. The Old North State is packed with honky tonk and country music, from classic outlaw tunes to Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to 90s country. The show runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Artist rendering by Nikki-Cherry Crofoot of her design featured in Airlie’s art exhibit, “Hoppy Times”. (Courtesy picture)

Saturday July 9

Art in the garden
Airlie Gardens, 1941 Amphitheater Dr. • Tickets: $49.50

Every year, Airlie Gardens hosts an art exhibition in its historic grounds, featuring hand-painted fiberglass sculptures. This year marks the 10th anniversary and features nine artists who hand paint and decorate 4½ foot bunnies.

Brenda Bickta, Nikki-Cherry Crofoot, Gabriel Eng-Goetz, Evelyn Fisher, Jessica Gates, Brooks Koff, Kristin McLoughlin, Karen Snave, Sara Toothman and Rupam Varma have been chosen to present their creations as part of “Hoppy Times”. From McLoughlins’ “A Woodland Fairy Tale” to Koff’s Mosaic Rabbit, bunnies are on display in Airlie until December 31, 2022.

Admission is $3 to $9 and Airlie is open daily at 9 a.m. Last entry is at 4:30 p.m.

Groove Market — Watermans Brewing (1610 Pavilion Pl.) will host a pop-up market and outdoor brunch at its beer garden. Around 3 p.m., vendors, including local makers and artists, will be selling handmade goods – candles, jewelry, beauty products and more. The market takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be live music.

Community collection of school supplies — From 10 am to noon at the Woodburn Presbyterian Church (509 Village Road northeast) in Leland, a collection of school supplies takes place. Spiral notebooks, pre-sharpened pencils, folders, scissors, reusable water bottles, glue sticks, Clorox wipes, Kleenex, pocket binders and book bags will be accepted. The supplies will be donated to teachers at Lincoln and Belleville elementary schools.

Organized on the castle – The Castle Street Outdoor Vintage Market takes place on the second Saturday from March to November, from 10 am to 2 pm. This weekend it will be set up in the 6th and Castle street lot, across from Michael Moore Antiques and next to Luna Caffe. Sellers include Second Skin Vintage, Gravity Records and Jess James + Co., as well as up to 20 local independent vintage collectors selling clothing, records, home decor and more. Free to attend.

Sea turtle crown workshop — The Nir Family YMCA is hosting a craft workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Families will leave with their own handmade sea turtle wreaths. Registration is required and the cost is $55.

Bird watchers will learn all about it on a guided tour, covering the diverse birds and island ecosystems they inhabit on Bald Head Island. (Courtesy picture)

Sunday July 10

Bald Head Island Bird Tour
Bald Head Island Conservancy, 700 Federal Rd. • Tickets: $22.50 to $35

The remote Brunswick County village is home to a diversity of birds. In fact, Audubon dubbed the island an “Important Bird Area.”

Birdwatchers will learn all about it on a guided tour, covering the different birds and island ecosystems they inhabit. Binoculars and field guides for bird watching are provided.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and registration is required. The island is accessible by ferrywhich runs every hour from midnight to 11 p.m.

Drag the River Drag the Brunch – Taking place at Warehouse on the Water (15 S. Water St.), from noon to 4 p.m., the Drag Me to the River Brunch features performances by Tara Nicole Brooks, Mercy Madison, Dana St. James and Breonna Tenae. A food truck will be on site to prepare the brunch. Tickets are $10 for the show or $25 to include an unlimited mimosa bar. Music will be performed by DJ Ashley.

Stone Soup Zine Fest — At Hi-Wire Brewing (1020 Princess St.), Milk and Honey presents its annual zine festival. It will celebrate all the DIY prints created by underground artists and writers; comics, self-published works, zines, chapbooks, posters and more will be on sale.

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