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MARCH 20, 2020

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has closed all beach and soundside access until March 31. I (Shea Carver) just got off the phone with Chief Dan House of Wrightsville Beach Police Department, who said they are currently posting crime tape and the governor’s executive order at the accesses. They are also politely asking people to leave from the beach right now. Officers will continue to be posted along the accesses and patrolling to enforce the governor’s executive order, which again mandates social distancing and no large gatherings. “We feel people will understand in our current climate that we’re just trying to keep everyone safe,” Chief House said.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. has rescheduled their 2020 concerts from April to October, featuring The Avett Brothers on October 17, and Sublime With Rome and Michael Franti and Spearhead on October 16. They are also working on rescheduled dates for the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party, celebrity reception, street fair, and parade. More updates to come.

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Cape Fear Community College May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies will be postponed.

Tama Tea stores (Wilmington-Forum Shopping Center & DT Raleigh) is closed in an effort to keep cities and employees healthy.  They hope to open the stores back up as soon as possible, but are selling their canned sparkling teas at

Old Books on Front Street is closed until further notice; however, if there is a specific book you are looking for, they will deliver it to your door or ship it to you. Items are posted on their Instagram (@obofs) and Facebook. Call 910 762 6657 or email for more information. The Literary Walking Tours, hosted by Old Books owner Gwenyfar Rohler, are on hiatus until further notice. Gift certificates are still for sale.

The Loft and The Bed & Breakfast both are halting reservations until further notice. Gift certificates are still for sale.

Oliver Clothing will close their doors to shoppers until further notice; online sales are still available at

True Rest Float Spa on 17th Street will be closed.

Pizzeria Il Forno will be closed until further notice.


MARCH 19, 2020

UNCW Alumni Association has cancelled upcoming events:
• Cameron School of Business Outstanding Alumni Reception on 3/24
• Cape Fear Alumni Chapter Volunteer Opportunity with Habitat for Humanity on 3/28
• UNCW Give More in 24 Challenge on 4/6 – 4/7
• UNCW vs. ECU baseball social in Kinston on 4/14
• UNCW Spring Showcase in the Cape Fear on 4/16
• Board of Visitors meeting on 4/17
• UNCW Spring Showcase in the Triad on 4/21

Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s /The Longest Day Expo in Wilmington will become a Virtual Expo on Saturday, March 28, 10-10:30 a.m. The 30-minute video presentation will give participants a chance to hear from top team captains, hear fundraising ideas and get new tips, and get equipped with valuable resources and materials. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required at Email or call 980-498-7724. Registrants will be sent conferencing details prior to the date of the Virtual Expo.

Coworx will be closed, effective March 19, 2020, and has cancelled all events until further notice.

New Hanover County ABC Bo (NHCABC) announced, effective Friday, March 20, the location at 6009 Market Street will open to the public to sell primarily to its senior patrons (those 60 and over) with walk-up service.

Beer Bourbon & BBQ in ILM has rescheduled from this Saturday to June 6.

New Hanover County Schools annual 5K and 1 mile race, Teacher Trot, scheduled for May, 2, 2020, has been cancelled.

Carousel Center‘s “Making Legends Local” 2020 GALA on April 25 has been cancelled.

Bald Head Island, North Carolina declared a State of Emergency with a voluntary evacuation of occupants. After 6 p.m. Thursday, only property owners and residents, along with business owners, employees and municipal workers will be allowed on the island. All short-term rentals will need to be vacated no later than 2 p.m. this Sunday and no new rentals can take place starting immediately.

Kure Beach Pier will close to the public until further notice.


MARCH 18, 2020

Art in Bloom LLC will be open by appointment only starting March 19. Call 484-885-3037 to schedule a time to view the current exhibit.

Per Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.: All public performances have been postponed or cancelLed until after Sunday, April 5. Plus, they rare instituting additional measures to box office hours, halting all in-person sales until after April 5.

New Hanover County Government, NC will close public libraries (curbside pickup for holds and other virtual offerings available) and Cape Fear Museum to the public until further notice. The county’s parks and gardens, including Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum, will remain open for visitors, but the education centers and enclosed areas at the county’s parks and gardens will be closed.

Cape Fear Economic Development Council‘s March 19 meeting has been postponed.

The Basics @ the Cotton Exchange will close the restaurant until further notice. They will be giving away their perishables from 5-6pm today to folks who bring their own tupperware/to-go containers. Only 2 people will be allowed in at a time until the food is gone.

Whole Foods Market will close nightly up to two hours early to restock shelves; they also will open one hour earlier than normal to allow seniors 60 and over to shop.

Flytrap Brewing has Postponed – 10th Annual Flytrap Frolic on April 25.

Halyburton Park Events Center is closed effective March 18 until further notice. And restrooms at all City of Wilmington, NC Government parks will be closed until further notice.

MLK Centerand the Davis Center at Maides Park will be closed effective March 19 until further notice.

Althea Gibson Tennis Complex office will be closed effective March 19 until further notice. Tennis courts are open at his time.



MARCH 17, 2020

Kiwanis Club of Wilmington meetings scheduled for Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, are scheduled, as is their Plant and Rummage Sale on March 28.

Chamber Music Wilmington has canceled their concert for Sunday, April 26; email so to be issued a donation receipt or to get a refund.

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival featuring Delbert McClinton has been postponed from April 18 to a later date.

American Cancer Society has canceled events through March.

Sister Cities International has canceled their annual meeting on Monday, March 23.

Dram Yard will close, effective immediately, until further notice.

Angie’s Records & Hair will be closed until further notice.

Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College has suspended all events through April 18, 2020.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum will close today through Sunday, March 29. After March 29, the museum will assess the situation and put out new information.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Women of Achievement Awards, scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020, has been cancelled.

To protect customers and staff, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is temporarily closing facilities to the public effective 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Governor Roy Cooper has announced the closure of all bars and restaurants statewide, effective 5 p.m. today, for dine-in service. Takeout, curbside pickup and deliveries are still allowed.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, New Hanover County Government, NC will close New Hanover County Public Library locations and Cape Fear Museum to the public until further notice.

Airlie Gardens and New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office will remain open for visitors, but the education centers and enclosed areas at the county’s parks and gardens will be closed.

Port City Escape is closing its doors temporarily in an abundance of caution with the coronavirus outbreak.

InBalance Pilates will be closed with cancelled classes until further notice.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is closing for two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18.


MARCH 16, 2020

Due to concerns about COVID-19, all recreation programs, classes, tennis clinics and events offered by the City of Wilmington, NC Government have been cancelled through March 30.

Cameron Art Museum will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31. This includes all group programs and performances. In the meantime, connect with us online at and on social media. CAM is launching Connect with CAM, a new online initiative to connect with its community, which will include artist demos, artist talks, and art activities for children on social media and on the museum website.

Wilson Center At Cape Fear Community College has rescheduled “An American in Paris” for June 20, 2020 and Cirque Eloize: Hotel for April 15, 2021. Find out more at

Rx Restaurant and Bar has closed the restaurant until further notice. Folks can support their employees by purchasing gift cards at

Modern Legend has closed its downtown brick and mortar for the foreseeable future, but will have its online store up and running for folks to continue buying fun items for themselves and loved ones:

Manna will be closed until further notice. If you want to show local support, please, consider a gift certificate for a future visit:…/100-gift-certificate-manna

Cape Fear River Watch has postponed their StriperFest Banquet & Auction, which was scheduled for March 27. They will hold the banquet & auction at a later date in 2020.

Effective March 17, Cape Fear Literacy Council offices and classrooms will be closed to the public for at least the next two weeks, per CDC recommendations.

Book Launch Party: Pride of Eden by Taylor at Bourgie Nights has been cancelled on March 18.

Fit for Fun Center and City of Wilmington Boxing Center are closed until March 30. Note: this time period could be extended.

YMCA of Southeastern NC has made the difficult decision to suspend access to all of our branches effective Tuesday, March 17, until at least Sunday, March 29.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival has cancelled their spring festival, but will return in the fall.

MARCH 15, 2020

Opera Wilmington has postponed its March 28 “Great American Songbook” event at the Cameron Art Museum.

The April 2, 2020, meeting of the Art League of Leland (ALL) has been cancelled.

Thalian Association Community Theatre‘s kids’ production of “Xanadu” will live stream on their Facebook page today.

Brooklyn Art Center has pushed its Made in NC event from March 18 to August 19.

Carolina Pines Fest‘s History Spotlight with Stray Local at Live At Ted’s on March 19 is postponed.

New Hanover County Senior Resource Center recreation activities, programs and classes, including the Castle Hayne satellite site, will be suspended beginning Monday, March 16 for at least two weeks.

All New Hanover County Government, NC-sponsored group activities and events will be suspended through the end of April, including group events at Cape Fear Museum, Public Libraries, Arboretum, Airlie Gardens and Parks and Gardens. These facilities are still open to visitors, but no county-initiated group activities will take place.

As of March 16, 2020 the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at both the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and the Carolina Beach location has been suspended until further notice.


MARCH 14, 2020

Brunswick Arts Council announced that today’s Race Mural Event has been cancelled; however, the race will be run virtually. Head to Go Time to learn how to participate if you have previously registered.

Courts in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties are closed next week; New Hanover and Pender will reduce their schedules.

Dark Star Orchestra will postpone shows, including the stopover at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on March 28-29.

Stephen Marley‘s show at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater has been rescheduled to August 14, 2020.

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps will run their production “Puffs” this weekend only at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and have added a matinee today at 3 p.m. They hope to resume the run in April but will confirm at a later date.

Big Dawg Productions has rescheduled the second and third weekends of “The Book of Will.” They are running the show this weekend as planned, and will put a hold on the rest of the run until April. Call 910-367-5237 for more info.

Publix will begin closing stores at 8 p.m., in effect beginning today until further notice.

Harris Teeter will being closing stores at 9 p.m. as of Sunday, March 15, until further notice.

Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC is cancelled through March 23.

All youth league sports are cancelled at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

New Hanover County Schools have cancelled games that aren’t in conference.

Southport, North Carolina‘s April 10-11 spring festival has been cancelled.

Lifepoint Church has cancelled in-person services for tomorrow but will stream services online.

Governor Cooper announced all K-12 public schools will close for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, and mandated all gatherings over 100 people cease.


MARCH 13, 2020

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship programs have cancelled through April 4.

Gravity Records has cancelled all upcoming concerts until further notice.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Scotty McCreery (RESCHEDULED) on March 13.

Postponed – 2020 Mac & Cheese Festival – Postponed at Good Hops Brewing LLC on March 28.

Cape Fear Community College North Campus Open House event scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020, is being postponed.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce postponed a ribbon cutting ceremony for Coble Funeral & Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park on March 20.

Mike Blair & the Stonewalls LIVE at the 2020 NC Azalea Festival on April 4 is cancelled.

2020 Azalea Festival Home Tour is cancelled.

J Michael’s Philly Deli has cancelled its Feed the Hunger Packathon fundraiser on March 14.

Cameron Art Museum‘s United States Colored Troops Public Sculpture Project Fundraiser to be held Saturday, March 14 will be rescheduled.

The Design NC event on March 26-27 has been cancelled at Cameron Art Museum.

Poplar Grove‘s Herb and Garden Fair is rescheduled to May 2-3.

From Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.: All performances at the hall will stop Monday, March 16, with an intended return date of Sunday, April 5, which will be dependent upon the best course of action at that time.

All scheduled events at University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be cancelled through April 30.

From New Hanover Regional Medical Center: Effective immediately will be the cancellations of all NHRMC events with 50 people or more, tours of NHRMC facilities and on-site SEAHEC programs, plus the limitation of gatherings involving high-risk patients to no more than 10.

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will not take place Saturday and has moved to May 30.

Empty Bowls Wilmington at First Baptist Activity Center will be postponed from March 20.

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare has cancelled all events, grief groups and community meetings held in Lower Cape Fear LifeCare facilities through Apr. 30.

WHQR Public Media suspended its spring pledge drive on March 13, 3:45pm, and will reschedule the drive for later in the spring to raise the funds needed for operations.

MerleFest has cancelled their 2020 concert, to be held at the end of April.

Cape Fear Academy will offer all classes remotely for its students.

Steve Haydu Lo Tide Run has been cancelled at Carolina Beach on Saturday.

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, originally scheduled for April 18, has been postponed.

Friends School of Wilmington has announced it will transition to distance learning, beginning March 18, 2020. All students through 8th grade will be taught remotely until March 27, 2020.

4th Annual Ultimate Brewing Championship and Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine presented by Cheney Brothers have been cancelled in celebration of Cape Fear Craft Beer Week. Smaller events at local breweries, bottle shops, bars, and restaurants will continue at their owners discretion.


MARCH 12, 2020

Thalian Association – The Official Community Theater of North Carolina must halt the production of “Aida” at UNCW Kenan Auditorium since UNCW has shut down events taking place on campus with more than 100 people in attendance.

Plus, UNCW Kenan Auditorium canceled TheaterWorks USA‘s Charlotte’s Web on March 14; 9 Horses on March 20; Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano on March 24; and Simone Dinnerstein and Matt Haimovitz on April 16.

As well, Port City Young Professionals has canceled both March networking events and will reschedule at a later date.

New Hanover County Schools have postponed Best Foot Forward, scheduled to be held Friday, March 13, at the Wilson Center. NHCS Arts Education Department will work to establish a future date and venue. The annual event includes 14 schools and brings together families and individuals locally as well as those traveling to the area from other parts of the country.

Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce has postponed Casino Night 2020 to May 9, 2020. If you have purchased a ticket, and can no longer attend, please contact the Chamber at 910-329-4446 for your options.

This weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Wilmington, NC Port City Irish Productions and festival has been cancelled.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. has been cancelled for 2020 (see the post on our page, featuring the official letter from the board and staff).

Cape Fear Community College will extend spring break for curriculum students currently on break for one week until March 23, 2020. The college will transition to online programming wherever possible beginning March 23, 2020. This means that 8-week, second-mini session classes will begin on March 23, 2020. Short-term continuing education classes will continue to meet. Continuing Education students with questions should call 910-362-7200.

Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington will cancel all events and will remain closed until further notice. Updates will be provided online at, as information becomes available or conditions change.


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