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The first Carolina Caledonian Fest  is set for October 28, 29 & 30. 2016. The one-of-a-kind Scottish festival celebrates the 350 Scots who stepped off a ship in Brunswick Town, NC and trekked northwest along the Cape Fear River to found Bladen County and eventually establish the first & largest Scottish settlement in America. This settlement became the Argyll Colony in the Cross Creek area of what is now Fayetteville.

It’s not just customary games and farcical portrayal of Highland culture. It’s a reunion 275 years in the making.

For more information, please call or email Karla Ward at karla@lumilvineyard.comor 843-424-6094 or Allen McDavid at amcdavid@triad.rr.com or 336-707-9188. Please visit the festival website at www.caledonianfest.com.

Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.


unnamedThe annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 8 am to 3 pm at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a Super Yard Sale with FREE booth spaces (call 910-866-5819), Grape Stomp Competition, Entertainment on Doc’s Deck, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment!

Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown NC 28337. For more information, visit us at www.lumilvineyard.com or call 910-866-5819.

13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival Saturday September 24 in North Myrtle Beach

The City of North Myrtle Beach will host the 13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival on Saturday, September 24, 10am- 4pm, on Main Street. Festival admission and parking are free. This one day, rain or shine event brings approximately 15,000 people to celebrate different cultures. The festival will feature food vendors, two stages of live entertainment, and art & craft vendors, all catering to an Irish Italian International theme. A children's area will offer inflatables and activities. Vendors will compete for the titles of Best Entrée, Best Decorated, and Best Dessert. Festival-goers can sign up for Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana, in person at the Info Booth or the CIAO booth between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. at the festival. Festival Sponsors include CIAO from the Carolinas, WFXB Fox TV, Easy 105.9, Home Depot, Flynn’s Irish Tavern and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Entertainment Schedule Irish Stage – 421 Main Street (in front of Flynn’s Irish Tavern)
  • 10:00 a.m. – The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts
  • 10:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:45 a.m. – Band on the Rum
  • 11:30 a.m. – Port City Pipes and Drums
  • 11:50 p.m. – Band on the Rum
  • 1:00 p.m. – Off Kilter
  • 2:45 p.m. – Off Kilter
Italian Stage – 400 Main Street (in front of Hope Taylor & Co.)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Dale Mosher
  • 10:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:45 a.m. - Dale Mosher
  • 1:00 p.m. - Larry Tanelli
  • 2:15 p.m. - Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana
  • 2:45 p.m. - Atwater
  For more information, visit parks.nmb.us, or for day of the event news, please call the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 280-5594.

North Atlantic Right Whale Program

Mark Baumgartner Presents a Program about North Atlantic Right Whales at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC,  June 7, 2016
Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Breaching North Atlantic right whale, photo by Mark Baumgartner

Dr. Mark Baumgartner will present a program June 7 at 6 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Sand Bar Lecture Series called North Atlantic Right Whales: The Science and Conservation of a Species on the Brink of Extinction. The Sand Bar Lecture Series is sponsored by OIB Surf & Java. North Atlantic right whales are a critically endangered species. There are only about 500 left in the world and, as Dr. Baumgartner points out, “they live right here in our backyard along the U.S. east coast.” Dr. Baumgartner will discuss the plight of the right whale, the biology of these extraordinary animals, advances in technology that allow us to keep tabs on their whereabouts, and how science is helping promote the conservation of this species. Dr. Baumgartner maintains that “there is much we can still do to help the right whale survive.” Mark Baumgartner is a marine ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has studied marine animals for the past 24 years off the U.S. east coast, the Gulf of Mexico, in the U.S. Arctic, and as far away as the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. Dr. Baumgartner is interested in using science to promote the conservation of endangered large whales. He uses a variety of approaches to study whales including tags, acoustics, and robots.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers tag a North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Mark Baumgartner

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers tag a North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Mark Baumgartner

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is currently open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Beginning May 27, the museum will begin summer hours and will be open six days a week. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.


The time is nigh and the stage is set for the 2016 Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, held every weekend in June at the Hugh Morton Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Now in its 24th season, the annual free-to-the-public Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, in association with the City of Wilmington, will present two shows: “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”   Themes of William Shakespeare’s plays continue to resonate with modern audiences. Have you ever wondered where oft-quoted lines originated? For instance: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them...” and “They do not love, that do not show their love.” These memorable quotes are from Shakespeare’s masterpieces “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” respectively. Both plays are slated for the 2016 season of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green and will be staged on select dates in June.   The Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company kicks off the season performing The Bard’s first romantic comedy, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” This playful show, directed by CFSOTG artistic director Cherri McKay, is about privileged youths with no real responsibility who are living in a world where adults are on the parameter. Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company performances are suitable for families and will be staged at 8:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, June 6-8 and Monday through Thursday, June 13-16.   “Twelfth Night,” directed by Adrian Monte, is this year’s feature production. Among Shakespeare’s most perfect comedies, the romantic plot revolves around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Meanwhile, a satirical subplot unfolds as a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming a count is derailed by the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. Put all these people together and you have a delightful poignant symphony of miscommunication, misconception and non-comprehension, all fueled by romantic desire. Add the lush backdrop of Greenfield Park and you have the makings of a perfect summer outing. Performances are staged each weekend at 8:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 4 through Sunday, June 26. Performance dates for “Twelfth Night” are June 4-5; 10-12; 17-19; and 24-26, with an additional Actor Appreciation show on Thursday, June 23.   Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green is among Wilmington’s most anticipated summer traditions. Visitors and residents enjoy free productions of The Bard's works in a family atmosphere at the Hugh MortonGreenfield Lake Amphitheater. Located in the heart of Wilmington on the lake's edge, the stage is surrounded by stately moss-draped cypress trees and well-manicured gardens of Greenfield Park. With 900 seats, the amphitheater is the only one of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina and is among Wilmington's largest entertainment venues. Performances of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green are free to the public and donations are always welcome and appreciated. Gates open at 6:30 pm; shows begin at 8:00 p.m.   For an evening of laid-back fun that brings the arts and nature together, arrive early and bring a picnic or enjoy a snack from the concession stand. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater is located at 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. For more details call 910-399-2878, email shakespeareonthegreen03@yahoo.com or visit www.capefearshakespeare.com.   Go with the flow and see where the water takes you. Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches is a convenient drive along US 74 (from Charlotte) or I-40 (from Greensboro and Raleigh).  For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, call 1-866-266-9690. For summer highlights and events: www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2016-summer-highlights.

Sun Fun Festival 2016 in Myrtle Beach

Sun Fun is back!  The popular Sun Fun Festival returns to Myrtle Beach, Friday through Sunday, June 3 through 5, in the entertainment district, Plyler Park, Downtown Myrtle Beach and Old Pavilion Site.  The 2016 festival coincides with the Native Sons Salt Games, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. 

This historically “fun” festival includes a parade, various events and exciting concerts, with performances in Plyler Park by The Entertainers, The Legacy Motown Revue, The SwashTones, The Castaways and more! Also, the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will attend and perform daily. 

For more information, visithttp://www.sunfunmb.com/.  The Sun Fun Festival welcomes parade entries at http://www.sunfunmb.com/.  Schools and non-profit organizations receive a waived participation fee.

Friday, June 3

6:45 p.m.                            Kick-Off Event with Sun Fun King and Queen Coronation

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.                 The Legacy Motown Revue Concert

Saturday, June 4

10:00 a.m.                           Sun Fun Festival Parade

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.               The SwashTones Concert

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.        Various activities, including the Sandcastle Building Contest, Beach Bingo and more!

2:30 p.m.                            Free Shag Lessons

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.                 The Entertainers Concert

5:45 p.m.                            Shag Contest

7:45 to 10:00 p.m.               The Swingin’ Medallions Concert

10:00 p.m.                          Fireworks Show, Second Avenue Pier

Sunday, June 5

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.        Various activities, including Sandcastle Building Contest, Beach Bingo and more!

1:00 p.m.                            Free Shag Lessons

2:00 p.m.                            The Castaways Concert

4:30 p.m.                            Too Much Sylvia Concert

Music and Wine Events

signLA BELLE AMIE VINEYARD-- The Happy Place Current Hours : Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Closed Sundays

Live afternoon music four days each week from Wednesday -Saturday.

This Week's Live Music Schedule: May 4 - Wine Wednesdays w/Ed Torres May 5 - Oldies Thursdays w/Rod France May 6 - Wine Down Fridays w/Jody Hunter May 7 - Key West Fest ($8 - details below) ___________________________________________________

Key West Music Fest May 7, 2016............. 12pm - 5pm

A trip to the islands, mon. Two bands, non-stop music, outdoor cooking, wine, good folks, and the time of your life. All at a beautiful outdoor venue. Take the vineyard tour at 2:30pm. Bring a chair, or use one of ours if you arrive early enough. Here's hoping you can share this special afternoon with us. Cheers! Vicki Music (12:00-5:00pm): -The PG Quintet, and LATITUDE. Admission: $8/person. Bring 2 non-perishable items for Food Pantry and receive $3 off admission (and thank you for your donation.) Food Pantry Items needed....click here.

FOOD (noon-4:00pm) BY: - Smokin' Pitt BBQ and Sticky Fingers Beverages BY - La Belle Amie Vineyard (soda, juices, beer, wine, water) Wine tastings are not available inside the shop on festival days. Wine is available by the glass and the bottle in the pavilion tent outside.


1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 29566

California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival

Join the reggae music fun at the inaugural California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Pavilion site, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.  The best reggae bands travel to Myrtle Beach to play tropical jams for the crowd, so bring a large blanket to sit on and simply enjoy the happy vibes. Food, beer, wine and gift vendors will be on site, and food vendors will offer vegetarian and vegan options, too!  The music festival is a family friendly event.  Security will be at the front gate, near stages and roaming throughout the festival grounds.  Children, ages 10 and under, get in free with a paying adult ticketholder.  Tickets from the previously cancelled festival (October 3, 2015) will be accepted for the April 9 show.  For more information, visit http://californiarootscarolina.com/.

North Myrtle Beach Welcomes 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival March 12, 2016

DSC_0067Celebrate the luck of the Irish at one of the Grand Strand’s largest annual celebrations. North Myrtle Beach’s 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival returns to the city’s downtown Main Street district on Saturday, March 12. Explore North Myrtle Beach is a proud sponsor of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, which draws more than 30,000 festival-goers annually, and admission is complimentary. DSC_0074 This year’s parade will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and streets are expected to close prior to the event at 8:30 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to find their spots along the Main Street parade route well in advance.   The festival will begin immediately following the parade at 11 a.m. The celebration on Main Street will feature live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty more. Main Street, from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard, will remain closed for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival until 4 p.m. For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, visit the chamber’s website or contact the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 280-5584.  

Taste of the MarshWalk

DSC_1359 The Third Annual Taste of the MarshWalk brought a huge crowd to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina for a weekend of eating, drinking, browsing the arts and crafts  and socializing February 27-28, 2016. The festival featured live bands  as well as kids' activities such as camel or pony rides, climbing wall or bounce house. Vendors displayed jewelry, sweetgrass baskets and a wide variety of art including pottery, paintings, drawing and more. DSC_1373 DSC_1372 DSC_1357 Food samples included barbecue, gumbo, fish tacos, hush puppies, sliders; and plenty of beer, wine and cocktails accompanied the eats.DSC_1367DSC_1363DSC_1370DSC_1369