Mid-October 2010

In This Issue
Downtown Halloween Events
WDI Welcomes New Businesses Downtown
Don't Forget: Coupon of the Month!
Restaurant Week
The most delicious week of fall is October 20-27!

Wilmington Restaurant Week was created for those who love to eat! This event gives local food aficionados and visitors an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at over 25 participating restaurants throughout the Port City at a fixed price (tax and gratuity not included). Please visit to view the full list of participating locations and specific menus for restaurant week. Click here for a list of participating downtown restaurants.

4TheLove Music
& Arts Festival
Takes place on October 21-22 from 8:30pm - 2:15am at the Soapbox Lounge. Hosted by stand up comedian, Abbott Shea. Also featured during the night will be many local artists, ranging from photographers, to experts of fine art, to glass blowers, to jewelry makers, to t-shirt designers and much more. Click here for more details.

Halloween Events
Ghost Ship
Haunted House with Ghosts and Zombies!
Dates: October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash 2010
Games, Trick-Or-Treating & More
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Haunted Opera House
Haunted Tour
Date: October 30-31
Time: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Location: Thalian Hall

Clue! Mystery Dinner Theatre
Classically Styled Evening of Mischief and Mayhem
Thursdays from October 14-28
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Front Street Brewery

"Little Shop of Horrors"
Thalian Association Children's Theater Production
Dates: October 15-17 & 22-24
Times: Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm, Saturday & Sunday at 3:00pm
Location: Hannah Block Second Street Stage

"Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Live Staging of the Cult Classic Rock Musical
Dates: October 14-17 & 21-24
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Level Five City Stage

Haunted Pub Crawl
Guided Tour to Five Haunted Pubs
Dates: Tuesdays & Saturdays in October, October 31
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Fat Tony's Italian Pub

Halloween Horsedrawn Ghost Trolley
Ghost Ride, Haunted Barn and Free Treats
Dates: October 22-24 & 28-31
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Market & Water Streets

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Walking Tour with Tales of Haunted Wilmington
Nightly at 6:30 & 8:30 at Market & Market Streets
Restaurant Owners
If you own a downtown restaurant and would like to see your specials advertised in our next newsletter, send them to us at As always, advertising in the WDI newsletter is free.

WDI Welcomes New Downtown Businesses
The Fortunate Glass
29 South Front Street
Small menu with large wine list - over 300 labels

(Cheeses, meats, olives, nuts, truffles and desserts)

201 North Front Street, Suite 611
Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Graphics

Jimmy John's
120 Market Street
Gourmet Sandwiches

Port City Crossfit
704 North Fourth Street
Affordable Small Group Instruction Specializing in Functional Fitness

Temporary Resources, Inc.
221 North Second Street, Suite A
A Certified Women's Business Enterprise attracting, training and retaining qualified employees
WWII Aviators Memorial
The World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition will dedicate its WWII New Hanover County Aviators Memorial on Monday, October 25 at 10:00am at the Hannah Block Historic USO. Keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (7th District, N.C.), Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and New Hanover County Commissioners Chairman Jason Thompson will unveil the memorial along with WWII New Hanover County aviators Norman Davis and Buck Barden, and local aviation historian Anna Pennington.

Fellowship and complimentary donuts and coffee will begin at 9:30am. Admission is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
Residential Condos for Sale in Pontiac Place
Multiple one and two bedroom units available from prices ranging from $139,900 to $159,900. Click here for more information, or contact Lee Crouch at (910) 512-4533 or
Take the Lake
Music Festival
Presented by Winoca Records. Takes place on Saturday, October 30 from 1:00pm - 10:00pm at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. This event will showcase some of the very best local and regional music acts. The line-up includes: Onward, Soldiers, Charlie the Horse, Mandolin Orange, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Dirty Bourbon River Show, The Kingston Springs, Rayland Baxter and more. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

Coupon of the Month
Click the image for a printable version of the coupon.
This month's coupon is from Creations by Moxie Floral Design Studio, located at 116-A Princess Street. Moxie is a full service florist providing flowers, plants and baskets for everyday, corporate, sympathy, events and weddings. Enjoy $10 off any floral arrangement valued at $45 or more for the month of October. For more information about Moxie, click here.
WDI was formed in 1977 as a public/private partnership between New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington, with the remainder of the organization's funding coming from private donations. Less than 1/3 of our funds come from the city and county combined. Our total budget is $300,000 and office salary stays below 1/3 of the overall budget. We remain good stewards of the public trust and we do not operate in the red. For the upcoming year, we plan to concentrate our efforts on the following initiatives:
  • Developing Incentives for Historic Preservation
  • Improving Management of Nightlife Issues
  • Implementing a Downtown Ambassador Program
  • Establishing new park space in the CBD
  • Retail & Office Recruitment
  • Business Retention
  • Better collaboration with our Economic Development partners in the region
Please contact our office for a copy of our annual audit or financial statements.

John Hinnant
Executive Director
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
P.O. Box 2235
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910.763.7349
Fax: 910.343.6950

Downtown Lifestyle Tour
Saturday, October 23
Tour unique living spaces that showcase Wilmington's urban residential lifestyle, including the late Dennis Hopper's loft. Click here to read the Star News article containing details on specific properties on the tour. Click here for more information about the event or click the "Buy Now" button to purchase tickets.

Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
Steve Hofstetter
October 15 & 16
Time: 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Todd Barry
Date: October 29 & 30
Time: 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Historic Wilmington Foundation Events
Free, Registration Required
Date: Friday, October 15
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Hands-On Experience, Registration Required
Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Wilmington Water Tours Events
Date: Friday, October 15
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Date: Sunday, October 17
Time: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival
Date: October 16
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Click here for more details!

Quick Links
Riverfront Farmers' Market
Farmers Market
Saturdays through December 18 from 8:00am - 1:00pm

Located along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington in Riverfront Park
Click here to visit the official website.
The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet with Drums
Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Squidco

Click here for more details.

Fourth Friday
Gallery Night
Date: Friday, October 22
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights are a free monthly event where downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Click here for more information.
Thalian Hall Events
Sugar Showdown
Various Featured Desserts
Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Bellamy Mansion Events

Art of the Wedding Expo
Date: Sunday, October 24
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea
Tea Etiquette
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 2:30pm

Basic Photography Class
Ed Zirkle & Jamie Moncrief
Monday, October 25
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Public Health Matters 5K & Urban Hike
Presented by the Environmental Health Section & NC Public Health Association

Tuesday, October 26
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Riverfront Park

Click here for details.
Battleship Events
Battleship NC
Brits at the Battleship
Car Show
British and Other Classic and Antique Cars on Display
Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm