The Coastal Carolina Air Show is this weekend, featuring jet teams, acrobatic teams in their T-6 Texan’s, a Parachute Team from Fort Bragg, Monster Truck and helicopter rides, the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car, and more. Gates open at 8am and the show begins at 11am at the Wilmington International Airport.
The 64th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is this weekend, April 8-10, 2011 just a short drive north of the coastal communities Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, and Seawatch in the Wilmington area. Since 1948, the the Azalea Festival has been southeastern North Carolina’s main event, celebrating the area’s culture, history, and beautiful landscape. An extended weekend attracts more than 300,000 visitors, who enjoy local artwork and crafts, community garden tours, a celebrity parade, family circus, southern concerts, and more.
A full calendar of events can be found by visiting www.ncazaleafestival.org.
If Warren Buffet is right (and given his track record of Berkshire stock appreciating from $15 in 1965 to $119,800, he very often is), the US will recover from its residential housing slump by 2011. “Within a year or so, residential housing problems should largely be behind us,” he wrote in his annual letter to Hathaway shareholders.
Most economists agree that a full-fledged recovery should begin this year, and based on last year’s performance, it is clear that some markets are prepared to grow more quickly than others in 2010. According to Builder magazine and their “Builder Market Health Index”, compiled by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, seven of the top 20 markets will be in the Carolinas, including the popular Brunswick County coastal corridor between Wilmington, North Carolina, at number 17 and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at number 15.
Wilmington – Strong employment and population growth, along with its location – minutes from the Atlantic Ocean – should prompt a turnaround in new home construction this year. A large historic district encompassing 300 city blocks, a new convention center debuting in 2010, and expansion at the Port of Wilmington combine for an excellent outlook for this coastal town in the coming year.
Myrtle Beach is another market that has benefitted from its fantastic location, adding new people to its population with one of the highest household formation rates in the country – 2.5% in 2009, with that rate expected to continue in 2010. Total building permit activity rose strongly, 47%, in the fourth quarter of last year compared to the same period a year earlier.
The coastal corridor between these two cities is known as Brunswick County, which remains one of the 100 fastest growing counties in the U.S. at number 68. Boasting four family-oriented beaches – Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach – and some of the best golf courses in the nation, Brunswick County is poised to share in the success of its neighboring coastal towns.
It is that time of year again. Riverfest begins today and continues through the weekend along Wilmington’s historic river front. Along with spring’s Azalea Festival, fall’s Riverfest is one of the highlights for the year for family fun in southeastern North Carolina.
Wilmington is just a short drive north of our real estate communities. Our residents enjoy going up to Wilmington for shopping, arts, food and fun year round but during Riverfest friends and neighbors get together to do it all at the festival. Join us for 2009 Riverfest October 3-4.
The majority of the activities are free and family oriented. Beginning at 8am, the kids’ zone has a multitude of activities designed to keep your children healthy and active while preserving the ultimate goal: fun. A recent addition to River Fest is the Invasion of the Pirates! In an effort to put more “river” into River Fest, it won’t be uncommon to see swashbucklers amidst the crowd. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their own pirate garb and enter the pirate costume contest. In addition, there will also be a treasure hunt, a great way to bring the whole family together.
Riverfest features 160 craft vendors, concessions, fireworks, and exhibits. The river event takes place along the downtown Riverwalk.