Mid-September 2010
In This Issue
8th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival
Don't Forget the Coupon of the Month!
September Theater Productions
HWF 5K Run & Mile Walk
The Atypical Southern Comedy Quartet Tour
Friday, September 17 & Saturday, September 18

Comedians Jarrod Harris, Sean Patton, Rory Scovel and Nate Bargatze will be performing at the Nutt Street Improv and Comedy Room. The comedians are currently on a tour that stretches from New Orleans to New York and the shows will be a live taping for their film, "Three Weeks in September". Click here for more information.
8th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival
The 8th annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival kicks off Saturday, September 18 at 10:00am at Battleship Park. The festival features headliners Rhonda Vincent and the Rage along with nine other bluegrass bands. Advance tickets are on sale until September 17. Click here for more information.
Between the Lines
Between the Lines is a poetry festival and release party for the third edition of Between the Lines, a collection of poetry submitted by poets from around the city, the state and the country. The free event begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, September 18 at the Bottega Gallery in downtown Wilmington. For more information and details on signing up for available workshops, click here.
Goodbye, Garden
Fashion & Art Show
Friday, September 24 at 6:00pm - Aqua Fedora will be celebrating the Fall season with new fashions, new paintings and new photography. Free wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Click here for more information.
Jazz it Up in the Park
Join BAS Productions on Saturday, September 25 at 6:00pm for an evening of unique contemporary jazz at Greenfield Lake Park. Event features Shana Tucker and Shableek & Uncommon Jazz. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Click here for more information.
Coupon of the Month
Click the image for a printable version of the coupon.
This month's coupon is from Creations by Justine located in Chandler's Wharf. Creations by Justine is a store and studio that features the clay sculptures of owner Justine Ferreri and others. For more information about Creations by Justine, click here.
Try BuenaSpace Free

Restaurant Owners
If you own a downtown restaurant and would like to see your specials advertised in our October newsletter, send them to us at As always, advertising in the WDI newsletter is free.
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

National Park(ing) Day 2010
Parking Day poster
Look for Park(ing) Day in downtown Wilmington on September 17!

Downtown Lifestyle Tour Update
The Downtown Lifestyle Tour is October 23. Tour unique living spaces that showcase Wilmington's urban residential lifestyle, including the late Dennis Hopper's loft. Click here for more information or click the "Buy Now" button to purchase tickets.

September Theater Productions
Showtimes: September 16-19 at 8:00pm (3:00pm Sunday)
Location: Cape Fear Playhouse

"The Title of the Play"
Showtimes: September 17-19 & 24-26 at 8:00pm
(5:00pm Sunday)
Location: Browncoat Pub &

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"
Showtimes: September 28 - October 3 at 8:00pm
(3:00pm Sunday)
Location: Thalian Hall
HWF 5k Run
& Mile Walk
5K run
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Best Western
Coastline Inn

$25 pre-registration, $30 day of

Click here for more details.
Quick Links
NC Entrepreneurship Summit
Date: September 19 & 20
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Hilton Wilmington

Featured speakers include Secretary Keith Crisco of the N.C. Department of Commerce and Mayor Bill Saffo. Registration is $95. Click here to register.
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.
Photography Classes at the Bellamy Mansion
Date: Monday, September 20
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bellamy Mansion

Topics include camera settings, focus, shutter speeds, camera flash, lighting, software and basic editing and what makes a good picture. Click here for more information.
Fourth Friday
Gallery Night
Date: Friday, September 24
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 details.
Battleship Alive
Battleship NC
Date: Saturday, September 25 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Click here for more information.