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VOL14ISS1 2018

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20 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 WILMINGTON Cape Fear Craft Beer Week is held in the spring and Wilmington Beer Week is held in October (TBA). The beach is always calling to those to come and spend the day on its sandy shoulders, sit under the umbrella with a book and people watch. For those who want other adventures on land, Wilmington has it covered with gardens, parks and attractions. Airlie Gardens is a favorite attraction that hits its peak in the spring when azaleas are in full bloom at the North Carolina Azalea Festival in April. Airlie's 2018 summer exhibit (July-October), Gnome Invasion, features 15 oversized fiberglass garden gnomes. Airlie is included as North Carolina's pick in Orbitz.com's 2018 roundup of "Best Place to Get Married in all 50 States." History buffs head to the Battleship North Carolina. The popular attraction remains open while renovation continues on the battleship to restore it to former days of glory. The new SECU Memorial Walkway surrounding the Battleship, enables visitors to see the ship's entire hull for the first time. Watch a performance at the Thalian Theater, the state theater of North Carolina, or listen to music outside at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre. The Greenfield Lake Amphitheater nestled in a basin of the Cape Fear River is surrounded by hundred-year-old cypress trees, longleaf pines, and 180 degrees of water. Local colleges offer more than top rated educations. The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College showcased comedian Jay Leno in May to the delight of students and guests. The 1,000-seat Sarah Graham Kenan Auditorium at UNC-Wilmington entertains audiences with more than 170 events throughout the year. Museum offerings are unexpectedly varied. Visit one of Wilmington's museums to broaden your horizons: • Cameron Art Museum Exhibits - Tamla Exhibition (coming August 2018) – See an immersive digital art installation featuring artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects that explore the relationship between humans and nature. • "North Carolina Arts Council Art Fellows Exhibition" (March 3-August 5, 2018). • State of the Art / Art of the State (through July 8, 2018) focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in or native to North Carolina. • Cape Fear Museum: Playtime! exhibit (March 16 through Sept. 2019) explores how we play, create and use imagination • Expo 216, a hybrid museum-gallery ("gallerium") whose mission is to encourage conscious living through heightened awareness of social and environmental issues. Whether your heart lies with the sea or on land, you can find plenty to do in the waterfront city.[]

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