February 2012 
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In This Issue
NC Jazz Festival
On Stage at Thalian Hall
Live Comedy
Featured Property of the Month
Coupon of the Month: The Wonder Shop

Downtown Networking Series 

Wednesday, February 1
5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Husk

Meet and mingle with the WDI Board of Directors, downtown business owners, employees and neighbors. Light appetizers served from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

NC Jazz Festival   

Thursday, February 2 - Saturday, February 4
Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel

One of the oldest jazz festivals in the country, the 32nd Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival is held in the ballroom of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, featuring internationally known jazz musicians from across the U.S., Australia, Italy, and Canada. Fifteen jazz all-stars will play 7 sets of traditional and classic jazz on Friday & Saturday nights, while Thursday opening night, is a Special Event Night featuring different styles of jazz. All concerts at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.

The Owl and the Pussycat 

Thursday - Sunday, February 2-5 & 9-12
Thu-Sat 8:00pm, Sun 3:00pm
Big Dawg Productions Theater

Come laugh the night away with Big Dawg Productions hilarious and racy show, The Owl and the Pussycat by Bill Manhoff! When author, Felix, notices a neighboring prostitute/"actress" plying her trade, he complains to the landlord, who has her evicted. Shortly after, he finds her pounding on his door demanding that he owes her a bed for the night, an arrangement that quickly leads to hilarious complications. Details.

ROW Tree Planting Project  

The 50 live oaks purchased by Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW) are in the ground and they stretch from Red Cross to Queen Streets. Each of the new trees has been marked with bright blue ribbons. ROW is asking for help from neighbors who can stretch their garden hoses out to water them, or other folks who can get buckets of water to supply them during especially dry spells. The trees can suffer or die from a lack of water. If you notice any trees that are not being cared for and you don't know anyone in the area to call upon, please contact ROW President Robert Erb.

ROW is also looking for any individual, companies or non-profits who might be interested in helping with the purchasing of live oaks for the 5th Avenue Reforestation Project. Please contact Robert Erb or Brion Capo, Urban Arborist (341-0078) for more information. Click here to view more photos of the project.

Thalian Hall: On Stage this Month  

To Kill a Mockingbird
Thursday, February 2 - Sunday, February 5
Thu - Sat 8:00pm, Sun 3:00pm
Thalian Hall

This popular stage version of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel continues to be one of the most inspiring of the American classics addressing the themes of racial injustice and the loss of innocence. More Information.

The Producers
Wednesday, February 15 - Sunday, February 19
Wed - Sat 8:00pm, Sun 3:00pm
Thalian Hall

Outrageous, hilarious, off the wall - The Producers is a musical that could only have come from the madcap mind of Mel Brooks! More Information.

27th Annual Women of Achievement Awards 

The YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear's Women of Achievement Awards will be held on May 10, 2012 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel. This signature event recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women and young leaders. Nominations are currently being accepted now through March 1, 2012. Click here to access the online nomination form. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; contact the YWCA at (910) 799-6820 for more information.

Comedy Shows 

Comedian Lucas Bohn
Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room

Comedian Lucas Bohn brings his unique style of humor to the Nutt St Comedy Room. PG-13 Show. Details.

Comedian Ryan Singer
Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
Ryan Singer returns to the Nutt St Comedy Room for two shows. PG-13 Show. Details.


Monday, February 6 - Wednesday, February 8
Thalian Hall

"A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style, Melancholia takes themes that have marked the best films of 2011 and spins them into a blast of cosmic sparkle. - The Washington Post. Rated R. 2 hrs. 15 mins. Details. 


The Oscar Nominated Short Films

Monday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 15
Thalian Hall

"The Oscar shorts program offers a more accurate, more complete glimpse of the state of cinema than the features ... it's also, for those whose interest in film extends beyond the red carpet, where the action is." - The New York Times. Ratings and Runtimes are not available. Generally, some material is not suitable for young audiences. Details. 

Art for All at the BAC

Saturday, February 11
12:00pm - 10:00pm
Brooklyn Arts Center

60 regional fine artists present their work in BAC's spectacular, historic church, in the beautiful, private courtyard, and in the church manse. Expect magnificent pottery, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, watercolors, glass, metal, and more, priced perfectly at $25-$250. More Information.

Valentine Events

Romantic Valentine Carriage Ride
Friday, February 10 - Tuesday, February 14
By Reservation Only
Horsedrawn Carriage Rides

Treat your sweetheart to a moonlight carriage ride for two. Surprise him or her with a red rose, a box of chocolates, and your private French evening coach. Details.

Hold Your Honey Tight Fright Night Haunted Tour
Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11

Call for Reservations
Riverfront at Market & Water Streets

The tours will include all the misguided and tragic love stories. Details.

Valentines Day Cruise
Tuesday, February 14
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wilmington Water Tours

Chocolates, Champagne & Roses. Join us for a 1/2 hour Captains Reception before we leave the dock for a mesmerizing harbor cruise viewing the twinkling lights of downtown. Details
Featured Property of the Month
225 South Water Street, Suite O
Chandler's Wharf Suite O.wmv
Virtual Tour
Chandler's Wharf
Riverview Office Suite


Contact: Nancy Bullock    

(910) 343-9896    


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Coupon of the Month
The Wonder Shop
22 North Front Street
(910) 763-1982

The Wonder Shop features Vintage & Virgin clothing and shoes. You will find one of a kind vintage pieces, Iconic staples, along with vintage items that mirror current trends. They also carry several NEW clothing brands and fantastic shoes! Use this coupon to buy one item, get one item 50% off of equal or lesser value. Click the image to download this coupon.
Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to promote the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington.

Events listed in this newsletter are pulled from the WDI website. To submit a downtown event, click here. WDI will not be held responsible for the information contained herein. Before traveling any distance, please contact event organizers to confirm dates and times.

John Hinnant
President & CEO
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
P.O. Box 2235
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910.763.7349
Fax: 910.343.6950
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Thanks to our Major 2012 Partners
New Hanover County Logo

Want to see your logo here? It's not too late to get on board for our 2012 Partnership Program. Click here to find out more information.

Save the Date
Luncheon & 35th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, March 7, 2012

Keynote Speaker
Mitchell Silver, President of American Planning Association

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St. Mary Catholic School Open House & Tours
Open House and tours for prospective students and families interested in registering for the 2012-2013 school year

Wednesday, February 1
10:00am - 2:00pm
St. Mary Catholic School

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Live Music
Robert Earl Keen
Wednesday, February 1

Brooklyn Arts Center

Third Eye Blind

Tuesday, February 7
Brooklyn Arts Center

Death Before Dishonor
Tuesday, February 7
Doors at 6:00pm
The Soapbox
Harry Taylor's "Rio Jordon" Opening
Collection of photographic artifacts from the Cape Fear region

Friday, February 3
6:00pm - 9:00pm
621N4TH Gallery

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Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival
Friday Night - Grand Tasting. Saturday & Sunday - Sip, Nibble & Sigh.

Friday, February 3 - Sunday, February 5
Fri 7:30-10, Sat 11-6, Sun 12-4
Coastline Conference & Event Center

19th Annual Wilmington Garden Show
Over 50 booths selling a wide variety of products and services for gardening and landscaping.

Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5
Sat 9-5, Sun 11-4
CFCC Schwartz Center

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Ron Daise, star of the Nick Jr. television show "Gullah Gullah Island" will lead an exciting interactive "game show" for all ages!

Saturday, February 4
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cape Fear Museum
Cape Fear Academy Cabaret
FUN-raiser benefiting The CFA Annual Fund. Starring members of the Cape Fear Academy parent, faculty, and staff community, this event will be an unforgettable evening of song, dance, laughter and fellowship.

Saturday, February 4
6:30pm - 11:30pm
Brooklyn Arts Center

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Sweets for Your Sweet Bazaar at the RiverRoom
We are looking for vendors of any home-based business in the area. Looking for florist, Mary Kay, jewelers, bakeries, massages, artwork or just anything that you may want to give or receive for Valentine's Day. Open to the public for free.

Thursday, February 9
5:00pm - 9:00pm
The River Room

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Reel Equality Film Festival
Free screenings of the Reel Equality films and also to learn about ways you can get involved to defeat Amendment One. The lineup includes Oscar winning Freeheld and Emmy winner Out in The Silence.

Saturday, February 11 from 9:00pm - 11:00pm &
Sunday, February 12 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Level 5 at City Stage

Passion For Purity
Come hear Pam Stenzel speak to teens on their level about sex. Relevant message about Passion and Purity, High Energy Worship, Amazing Prizes, and Creative Media are all a part of the evening designed to teach teens the price of sex before marriage.

Sunday, February 12
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wilmington Convention Center

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HWF's 'History's Future' Bar Crawl
Join HWF as they visit four historic bars and find out the fascinating past of these establishments. Trivia and door prizes at each venue and light appetizers at the first stop, Front Street Brewery.

Thursday, February 9
6:30pm - 10:00pm