Little Friday: 20 events to take advantage of this holiday weekend



The Friendsgiving Potluck will be held at Carolina Beach at The Last Resort on Thanksgiving Day, starting at 4:30 p.m. (Port City Daily / File)

Thursday 25 November

Potluck with friends
The Last Resort, 600 N Lake Park Blvd. • To free

At The Last Resort in Carolina Beach, an annual Friendsgiving potluck is held for the community. The restaurant will be making Boston cigarette butts and turkeys, and everyone is encouraged to bring side dishes or desserts to share.

The festivities start around 4:30 p.m. and the restaurant will also provide paper products and utensils. Plus, it has buffets, casseroles, and sternos for attendees to use.

Free and open to the community.

Free Thanksgiving from Buzz’s Roost
– Also at Carolina Beach, 8 Pavilion Ave., Carolina Beach, the owners of Buzz’s Roost serve Thanksgiving dinner on the house to anyone in need. Buzz’s Roost will offer pork tenderloins, ham, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy and all other goodies from noon to 9 p.m.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees to be held at Fort Fisher NC Aquarium

Friday November 26

Cape Fear Tree Festival
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd. • Tickets: $ 10.95 – $ 12.95

Kicking off Friday is the annual Cape Fear Tree Festival to benefit Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (LCLFC), which provides care for patients with serious illness or limiting life expectancy, as well as a support for families. The trees are sponsored by local businesses, organizations, families and other community groups, each of whom chooses a theme and decorates the trees.

All visitors who purchase a ticket to the aquarium will be allowed to view the trees, which will be on display Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., until January 3, 2022. LCFLC does not benefit from this. not. aquarium ticket sales, so donations are welcome. There is also a memory tree on display for families to write down the names of deceased loved ones on paper dove ornaments to hang on the tree.

Record Store Day – Yes, Black Friday is also Record Store Day in 2021. So all the music lovers on your gift list will benefit from your generosity to shop on November 26 and record unique releases. Many artists are represented in several musical genres – Billie Eilish, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Miles Davis, Sam Cooke, Carole King, U2 and others. Call local record stores to find out if they are participating and for hours of operation.

Fourth Friday Nights Gallery – The Wilmington and New Hanover County Council for the Arts will be hosting its fourth monthly Gallery Night on Friday, November 26th. More than 20 companies and galleries remain open after hours, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., to present new exhibitions and organize meetings. with artists, and welcome the public to see new works while enjoying a refreshment. Participation is free and all participants can be found here.

Cape Fear Chordsmen – The Cotton Exchange (21 N. Front St.) will be open for Black Friday, ready for the holidays. The Cape Fear Chordsmen, a barber-style group of singers founded in 1983, will perform Christmas music and carols from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Wilmington downtown tree lighting – At the foot of Market Street in downtown Wilmington, the City of Wilmington will light its Christmas tree. A live countdown will take place from 6:28 pm. The evening will also include a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. There will be free hot chocolate while supplies last. The event lasts from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The downtown Hanukkah menorah will be lit on the first Hanukkah night on November 28, with one candle lit each night until December 6.

A very merry Christmas Mayfaire – Opera House Theater Company will present a holiday musical review of the Piano Men, Brian Whitted and Nygel Robinson. The two Broadway artists will perform holiday classics at the Mayfaire Town Center, 6885 Main Street. The performances will take place from November 26 to 28, from December 2 to 5 and from 9 to 12 at 7:30 pm Tickets are $ 25 for general admission. but also $ 60 for two at a VIP table, or $ 120 for a group of four.

Holiday Train Show – The annual train exhibition takes place at Independence Mall (3500 Oleander Dr.) and features over 12 layouts and over 30 trains. In addition, there will be a Polar Express. The cost is $ 4 to $ 6.

Battleship Ho Ho Ho – The Battleship NC (1 Battleship Rd.) Will host a holiday event, with Santa Claus welcoming everyone on board. There will be activities, such as kids typing their wish lists on vintage typewriters, calling the North Pole from the radio room and even tracking deliveries from Jolly Ol ‘St. Nick in downtown. combat information. Tickets are $ 6 to $ 14.

Wrightsville Beach Christmas season kicks off – At the island’s town hall, the large annual town tree will be lit and Santa Claus will also be on site. Santa Claus tours are once again offered behind the wheel in 2021; the kids can talk to him from the car or they can bring their Christmas lists and the Jolly Old Elf will hand them over. Santa may even have a few presents to scatter. The drive-thru service opens at 5.30 p.m. and takes place in the town hall parking lot.

The boats are decorated and judged by the public during the NC Holiday Flotilla. The 2021 event and Day in the Park return this weekend, having been canceled due to the 2020 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of NC Holiday Flotilla)

Saturday November 27

North Carolina Vacation Flotilla
Motts Channel, 4 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach • Free

After a year of skipping the parade of illuminated boats, the holiday flotilla will return, featuring waterboats adorning the halls with hundreds of lights and displays. From 6 p.m., decorated boats parade on Motts Channel to Banks Channel, then to the Coast Guard station. After the parade, fireworks will light up the sky.

The public can vote for their favorite boats by sending “BOAT + Letter” to “24587” (ex: BOATA, BOATB).

The Door to Dock competition will also return in 2021. Commercial and residential docks will be decorated for the holidays along the canal. It is also open to the public for judging until December 5. To vote, send “DOCK + Letter” to “24587” (eg: DOCKA, DOCKB). The winners will be announced on Sunday December 5th.

Earlier Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Town, a day in the park will begin before the flotilla. It’s free and there will be live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A motor show will also be organized, with registrations from 10 am to 11:30 am; judging begins at noon, with rewards at 2 p.m. There will be inflatables and other fun games for the kids, as well as food vendors.

Randy McQuay
– The Cape Fear bluesman will play at the Outer Dunes Brewing (7976 Market St.) starting at 6 p.m. McQuay performs original blues and roots tunes on guitar and harmonica, and covers tunes from John Hiatt, Bob Dylan (“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” is a star), Sam Cooke and Sam “Lightnin ‘” Hopkins. The show is free.

Nathan Kornegay – The country-Americana sound of Kornegay will pervade the beer garden at Wrightsville Beach Brewery (6201 Oleander Dr.) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kornegay writes music inspired by Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Jason Isbel. The show is free.

Holiday market at the barn – The Barn at Rock Creek in Leland (5900 Rock Creek Rd.) Will host a market on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature gift ideas from 50 local artisans and manufacturers, as well as vendors serving food and cocktails. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available for tours and live holiday music will be played. Admission is $ 5; children under 12 are free.

The Groove Holiday Market – Watermans Brewing (1610 Pavilion Pl.) At Wrightsville Beach’s famous Small Saturday Shop, showing its support for local vendors and businesses. It will host a brunch and outdoor market, with artists selling handmade goods like candles, jewelry, beauty products and more, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Daredevil Improv: Ready … Ready … Go – Dead Crow Comedy Room (511 N. 3rd St.) hosts improvisation Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to live. Children, aunts, cousins, uncles, the whole family are welcome to have fun during these holidays. Admission is $ 3.

The Opera House Theater Company Learning Program will present “A Charlie Brown Christmas” live through December 12 at the Mayfaire Town Center. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday November 28

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Downtown Mayfaire, 6835 Conservation Way • Tickets: $ 12

Charles Shultz’s holiday classic can be enjoyed in more than one way in 2021. Before the original animation airs, watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” live. The Opera House Theater Company’s Apprentice Theater will present the show at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on November 27, December 4, and December 11, and at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on November 28, December 5, and December 12.

The show follows the Peanuts Gang as they put on a Christmas play and, along the way, help Charlie Brown find the true meaning of the holidays. Tickets for the Opera show are $ 12; children 6 and under admitted free.

Santa Claus Pictures – Children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a photo with the man in red this holiday season. Unleashed in Landfall will have Santa Claus on hand so Fito can smile for the camera and bark his own wishlist. A donation of $ 10 is requested to benefit Savings Lives 4 Betty’s Sake. Bring your own camera or phone to take the photo.

Hanukkah Film Festival – The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is hosting its first Hanukkah Film Fest, with 11 films to air for $ 48. All titles will be available each Hanukkah night from November 28 through December 31. 5, and the whole series will be available for 14 days. Movies include “The Broken Candle”, “UnRaveling”, “Xueta Island”, “Latter Day Jew”, “Mish Mish”, “Leona” and others. See the full range here.

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