Hilton Head Market Opens April 29, 2014

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday, from April 29 until October 28 from 4 pm-7 pm.  During the summer months (June 17-August 12) the market will have extended hours from 4 pm-9 pm and will close with the fireworks display. 

Shelter Cove Community Park is located at 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928.

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market features 30 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, art work, sweets, baked goods and other specialty foods, as well as prepared food vendors for those looking to grab a snack or dinner.

Enjoy the view behind the market while you’re here!

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For more information please call (843)681-7273, email lacey.vantonder@islandreccenter.org  or visit the website at www.islandreccenter.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Battleship NC

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Myrtle Beach Marathon Announces 2015 Schedule

The 17th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon was a huge success drawing over ten thousand running enthusiasts, family members and friends to the Grand Strand over Valentine’s Day weekend. Planning for the 18th year of Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event is under way for 2015!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2015 Marathon Weekend
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Runner’s Expo opens
Friday, February 13, 2015 Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
Friday, February 13, 2015 Neon Night 5K
Saturday, February 14, 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 Dasani Half Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 WPDE Marathon Team Relay
Early bird registration for 2015 is NOW OPEN!! Register for the 2015 Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Team Relay and receive Early Bird rates – the lowest rates of the year! We are pleased to announce that Early Bird registration discounts have been extended until midnight Saturday, March 15th!

You can now save $20 off regular 2015 entry fees:
Full Marathon: Regularly $80 discounted to $60
Half Marathon: Regularly $70 discounted to $50
Team Relay: Regularly $125 per team discounted to $105

2014 RACE RESULTS BY EVENT

Full Marathon Male: Tom Clifford, 30, of Wilmington, NC, 2:30:06
Full Marathon Female: Christine Shaw, 28, of Manchester, NH, 2:58:39

Half Marathon Male: Philip Shaw, 29, of Manchester, NH, 1:11:36
Half Marathon Female: Kimberlie Meeker, 33, of Raleigh, NC, 1:19:51

Marathon Team Relay: Team Worst Case of Holly Springs, NC

Handcrank: Bruce Newman, 67, of Stella, NC 1:42:34

5K Male: Matt Shock, 31, of Greenville, SC 15:57
5K Female: Alexandria Wall, 12, of Weddington, NC 20:34

For more information on the 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit www.mbmarathon.com. Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Montel Williams named Grand Marshal of Myrtle Beach 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade

United States Navy veteran and television personality Montel Williams will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend Parade on Ocean Boulevard. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, and is a highlight of the community’s Military Appreciation Days each May. The month-long celebration is a “thank you” to our dedicated service men and women, past and present – along with their families – for all that they do on our behalf.

montel 300x231 Montel Williams named Grand Marshal  of Myrtle Beach 2014 Memorial Day Weekend ParadeAs Grand Marshal, Montel Williams will lead the Ocean Boulevard parade, then greet fans afterward at the Military Appreciation Days Family Picnic, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the festivities, which include military exhibits and live music from the Andrew Thielen Big Band. The picnic lunch, prepared by the Omar Chefs Shriners, is free for active-duty military, veterans and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

The Military Appreciation Days Committee is excited to have Montel Williams as Grand Marshal. “Committee members sought a celebrity with a military background, and Montel Williams is a dynamic choice,” said Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach’s public information officer. “Not only did he serve, but he still supports our veterans and their families, has traveled to Afghanistan to meet with front-line troops, and looks for ways to give back to the military.”

Williams is perhaps best known as host of The Montel Williams Show, which ran for 17 years, but that fame followed 15 years of active duty service in the U.S. military. Williams enlisted in the Marines after high school in 1976, graduated from boot camp at Parris Island and was sent to Desert Warfare Training in California. Impressed with the young platoon guide, his supervisors recommended him to the Naval Academy Prep School.

After prep school, Williams attended the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1980 with an engineering degree and a minor in International Security Affairs. Beginning his Navy career as a midshipman, he served in intelligence and cryptology. Williams was stationed in Guam, California and Maryland, including three years aboard submarines, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He received two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and other citations.

While in the military, Williams discovered a gift for public speaking, counseling his crew and service members’ families. He was asked to speak to young people about the importance of leadership and overcoming obstacles, which led to a national tour. In 1989, he left active duty service to pursue motivational speaking full-time, and that ultimately led to his TV talk show. He retired as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserve after 22 years of service.

Entries are being accepted now for the Memorial Day Weekend Parade. Interested groups and businesses will find materials on-line at www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

Another highlight of Military Appreciation Days is a visit from a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The Wall that Heals will be on display around the clock, May 14-18, at Grand Park near The Market Common. “Reading the names, searching for and remembering a lost friend or family member, is extremely moving,” Kruea added. “It’s such a simple, yet powerful memorial.”

Myrtle Beach area attractions, accommodations and restaurants also are offering military and veteran discounts during the month of May. In addition to the big parade and picnic, other activities during Military Appreciation Days include a 5K walk/run and the traditional Memorial Day ceremony on the Convention Center Plaza.

Visit www.militaryappreciationdays.com for more information. Military Appreciation Days is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC.

NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL, AN EPIC CELEBRATION OF SPRING

There’s no place like Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches during the spring when millions of azaleas are bursting with colorful blooms. The lush flowering landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for an epic Southern-style celebration known as the North Carolina Azalea Festival, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. The 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 9-13, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

As the stage is set in early April, Wilmingtonians invite friends, family and visitors to help celebrate the season with Southern hospitality, style and fanfare. An annual tradition since 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival pays tribute to the rich history, arts, culture and natural beauty of Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.  Perennial festival highlights include the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Belles who dress in hoop skirts to greet visitors and honor an era past. There’s also an elaborate 3-hour parade on Saturday morning, complete with azalea-laden floats, marching bands, clowns, show animals, local pageant winners and celebrity guests, including Queen Azalea (TBA). This year’s parade includes a Best Entry contest. There are also juried arts and craft shows, a traveling circus, fireworks (Saturday night), and a street fair (Sat./Sun.) with exhibits, vendors, live entertainment and kids’ activities.

Signature associated events include the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden TourApril 11-13, one of the South’s longest-running and most popular garden tours. The 61st annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour theme is “For the Love of Gardening.” This year’s tour showcases 13 private and public gardens that include a mix of established and new lovingly tended landscapes. Garden tour price includes free admission to Airlie Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. For details and tickets:www.capefeargardenclub.org/azalea-garden-tour. Another time-honored sanctioned event is the Azalea Home Tour, April 12 and 13, showcasing nine private homes and a church of historical and architectural interest. Homes are chosen to represent the wide variety of architectural styles found in Wilmington. For home tour tickets: www.historicwilmington.org.

New this year is a N.C. Azalea Festival App that makes it easier than ever for attendees to keep up with event information by providing breaking entertainment news, behind-the-scenes buzz, and insider tips (App details at www.ncazaleafestival.org).

Live music is a big part of every N.C. Azalea Festival. This year’s headline acts include the quintessential jam band Widespread Panic and country artist Justin Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path” tour with fellow musicians Randy Houser and Josh Thompson.WidespreadPanic 013 300x290 NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL, AN EPIC CELEBRATION OF SPRING

Widespread Panic is an Athens, Georgia rock band that’s risen to elite status among American jam bands since its formation in 1986. The current lineup includes John Bell, John “JoJo” Hermann, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, and Dave Schools. Renowned for packed live performances, Widespread Panic is often compared to jam band legends such as the Grateful Dead and Phish. Widespread Panic will perform two concerts during the N.C. Azalea Festival on Friday, April 11th and on Saturday, April 12th. Both Widespread Panic concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Justin Moore, a two-time American Country Award nominee, released his third album “Off The Beaten Path” last fall. His number one hits include “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day.” On Thursday, April 10th, fans can enjoy Moore’s trademark rowdy, sentimental performance with opening acts by up-and-coming country artists Randy Houser (“How Country Feels”) and Josh Thompson (“Way Out Here”). The Off The Beaten Path concert begins at 8:00 p.m.; gates open at 6:00 p.m.

All headline concerts are outdoors on the Miller Lite Main Stage at the Cape Fear Community College Campus in Downtown Wilmington (411 N. Front Street). Concerts are rain or shine, standing room only. Tickets for all concerts are available online atwww.ncazaleafestival.org and at the N.C. Azalea Festival Office (5724 Oleander Drive, Ste. B7; Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm). Chairs, backpacks, umbrellas, coolers are not permitted inside the venue. Chairs, food and beverage will be available for cash purchase.

Fireworks in Myrtle Beach!

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Thursday, April 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 5, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, April 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, May 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 4, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 18, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, May 29, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, June 1, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 26, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 10, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 17, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 20, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, July 2, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, July 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 4, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 11, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 13, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 18, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 20, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, July 24, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, August 5, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 12, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, August 14, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, August 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 31, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, October 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, December 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

 

 

Cars and Trucks Showing in Myrtle Beach

26th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show

Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22

The former Myrtle Square Mall Site, Kings Highway

www.peedeestreetrodders.com

The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach present the 26th Anniversary “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22, at the former Myrtle Square Mall site. The annual “Run to the Sun” has been described as the “largest independent car and truck show on the East Coast,” with 3,000-plus cars and trucks from all over the United States. This is the show’s fifth year at this location. More information will be posted as it becomes available, or visit http://www.peedeestreetrodders.com.

 

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest Scheduled

The 2014 Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is extended to a week full of seafood inspired events and unique dining experiences

The 7th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by FORK&FUN.com and Hilton Head Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, is pleased to announce this year’s  events Sunday, March 30 through Saturday, April 5, 2014.

“This year’s Seafood Fest is a prototype for what the festival is to become. A full week of celebrating our seafood heritage, the island’s culinary revival, and the bounty of our local waters,” said Andrew Carmines, general manager for Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, who also serves as chairman of the Board for the David M. Carmines Foundation.

The event serves as the foundation’s annual fundraiser with proceeds – from admissions, beverage sales, restaurant purveyor fees and auction funds – benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Those looking to broaden their seafood horizon will be rewarded with plenty of options starting with a Kick-off Crawfish Boil at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks Sunday, March 30 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. All You Can Eat Boiled Live Louisiana Crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. We will have po’ boys and perhaps the first soft shell crabs of the season. River Dog Brewing Co. has exceptional craft beer brewed in Bluffton, South Carolina. Brewmaster Dan Baker and Josh Luman, proprietor, will be at the restaurant with gifts, prizes and and most importantly the finest beers in the area. Beers include IPA, Red IPA, Kolsch, Chocolate Rye Porter and a surprise specialty brew all at discounted prices. Dan Baker, now head brewmaster at River Dog Brewing Co., has worked at legendary breweries including Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta.

The festival will feature additional new events including a 7 Course Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Patrick Ward of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, a Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water and a Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 PM – Cocktail and Appetizer Reception | 7:00 PM – Dinner
Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

Foodies mark your calendars and reserve your spot for this exclusive 7 course dinner with wine pairings. Enjoy local seafood with two of Hilton Head Island’s most innovative chef’s. Clayton and Patrick will impress with a fun, exciting menu, featuring the freshest local seafood available. Clayton and Patrick both enjoy pushing the culinary envelope, and this guarantees to be a memorable event. The menu will be spontaneous based on temperatures, tides, etc. All wines have been donated by Jean Pierre Chambas, cancer survivor and proprietor of Aleph Wines.

Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 3:00 PM
Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water

Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will take a few lucky islanders on a 2 hour excursion. The trip will include instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table”. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Time might vary based on tide conditions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane

Probably the most unique event of the week, sushi master Di Wang will prepare sushi aboard the Tammy Jane, while Captain John navigates the picturesque waters surrounding Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Di trained in California under Nobu Matsuhisa and is truly a wizard with sushi. Di will prepare an “Omakase” or “chef’s choice” menu, utilizing the finest local and imported fresh seafood. Local oysters, fish along with favorites like sea urchin, lobster and more, will be served as the sun melts into the Intracoastal Waterway. Wine and sake will be provided by Ben Arnold Beverage. In case of inclement weather, the cruise will take place on Thursday, April 3. This event is extremely limited on space, so please reserve now.

Please visit davidmcarmines.org for a full schedule of events, locations, pricing and contact information.

The 2014 line-up also includes the return of the Friday and Saturday events at Shelter Cove Community Park. Admission is $6, free for kids younger than 10. Attendees can purchase food/drink tickets at the entrance and redeem them at the various booths. For ticket prices and more information, contact the Island Recreation Center at (843) 681-7273, or visit davidmcarmines.org.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The evening will have several restaurants serving up their seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by Deas-Guyz and a Kids Zone. Stop by after work with the whole family and enjoy the outdoors with beer, wine, great food and dancing.

Deas-Guyz features an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the Lover’s Rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; to the Hip-Hop sounds of Lauren Hill and R. Kelly.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the family friendly event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by The Headliners, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, and more. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s, American Culinary Federation, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, Cool Breeze, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Island Kettle Corn, The Old Oyster Factory, Pinot Gelato, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse and Street Meet.

St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach!

Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

12:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15

Ocean Boulevard, Downtown Myrtle Beach

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Downtown Myrtle Beach, SC, is the place to be Saturday, March 15, for Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, featuring music, fun and authentic Irish food and beverage!  

Activities include live performances, kids’ zone, games and more, from noon until 11:00 p.m.  Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicles from Mr. Joe White Avenue to Ninth Avenue North.  For more information, contact Sherri Loomis at 843-421-9848.  Here’s the schedule of musical acts!

Music and Entertainment

  • Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band (to play between performances)
  • Lee Travis and the Bounty Hunters
  • Dino Capone’s School of Rock, featuring Collision Course
  • Mike O’Donnell
  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Gravy, featuring The Asheville Horns
  • Bullfrog
  • Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans
  • Elise Testone (from American Idol and a CCU alum!)

 

CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE EXPO Scheduled for Wilmington, NC

Outdoor enthusiasts and families have another reason to visit Wilmington, North Carolina. On March 14-16, the 6th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to Wilmington to showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. The family-friendly event features more than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities at the riverfront Wilmington Convention Center. Celebrity guest Mike Stroff from The Sportsman Channel’s television show “Outdoor Savage” and the hosts of Big E TV’s “Both Sides of the Fence” (FOX SportSouth) will greet fans and sign autographs.

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The Cape Fear Wildlife Expoa Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event—is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related sports and events. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, outdoor survival, geocaching, duck calls, water pollution, the aquatic web, and forestry practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the NC Wildlife Resources Commission safari trailer and mobile aquarium.

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy, too, with three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, sport-fishing simulator, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family.

New this year is a series of hands-on seminars on flounder fishing, pier and surf fishing, speckled trout fishing, knot tying, cast net instruction, striper and bass fishing, intro to deer hunting, bow hunting instruction, general safety, duck and goose calls, turkey hunting, wildlife photography and more. For a complete seminar schedule, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com/Resources.htm. On Saturday, the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet will serve up wild game, fish and barbeque dishes. The banquet will be held at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (additional cost for banquet; tickets: 910-795-0292).

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is an annual event coordinated by the North Carolina State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (www.qdma.com) in association with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (www.ncwildlife.org).

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are ideal for fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 14-16 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street).  Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10.  Senior citizen (age 65+) and Active Military admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Three-day passes are available for $20. Additional cost for the banquet (tickets: 910-795-0292). Pay parking is available at nearby garages. For more details, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

The coast is close. Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach is a convenient drive along I-40, US 74, US 17 and NC 421.