Wilmington,NC Coastal Events

Anniversary of the Capture of Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach
(910) 458-5538
The fall of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865, by Federal forces is commemorated each year in mid-January with an impressive living history reenactment program. In addition to tours, displays and demonstrations, cannon are fired throughout the day. Bring your ear plugs and dress warmly. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Commemoration
Assorted Venues, Wilmington
(910) 763-4138
Martin Luther King Jr. Day has special resonance to Wilmingtonians because (among other reasons) Dr. King was scheduled to speak here the day he was assassinated. Wilmington honors his memory on the third Monday of January with a commemorative parade from Fifth and Castle streets to Williston Middle School, 401 S. 10th Street, beginning at 11 AM. A cookout sponsored by the Wilmington Sportsman’s Club follows at 11th and Castle streets. In the morning, the NAACP hosts a breakfast. Additional programs are held throughout the day, with food, entertainment and speeches. On the Sunday prior to Monday’s march, an ecumenical service sponsored by the ministerial round table is held at a rotating location.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Assorted Venues, Southport
(910) 457-5144
January 18-19, 2009. Southport typically celebrates Martin Luther King Day on the Sunday and Monday before the holiday. On Sunday, the annual Memorial March begins at 2 PM in the parking lot of the I. L. A. Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord Streets. A program including singing and a keynote speaker follows at the hall. On Monday a round-table breakfast is held honoring the legacy of Dr. King. This breakfast includes speakers, and attendees participate in discussions. The annual Walter Welsh Award, recognizing the recipient’s work in promoting racial harmony, tolerance and understanding, is presented at the breakfast.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Ocean View Missionary Baptist Association, 7550 Ocean Hwy. W., Sunset Beach
(910) 287-4673
January 19, 2009. This celebration takes place in the Ocean View Missionary Baptist Association. The program features a march, speakers, a rendition of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and favorite songs and hymns of Dr. King.

Greater Wilmington Antique Show
Coast Line Convention Center, 501 Nutt St., Wilmington
(910) 686-3029
If you love antiques, this show is for you! Sponsored by North Carolina Junior Sorosis, the event hosts 30 dealers from North Carolina and throughout the Southeast who will tempt you with quality antiques, including glass, silver, china, jewelry, Oriental rugs and more. Hallmarks of this show are the high-quality items for sale, with only a limited number of reproductions permitted. Admission is $5. Held the last weekend in January, hours are Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday noon to 5 PM. Proceeds contribute to a full scholarship to UNC-Wilmington and area charitable organizations.

Cape Fear Model Railroad Club, Inc. Show & Sale
American Legion Post 10 Hall, 702 Pine Grove Dr., Wilmington
(910) 270-2696
Sponsored by the Cape Fear Model Railroad Club, this annual weekend event is held in late January. Voted one of the top 20 January events by the Southeast Tourism Society, it’s a must-see for both novice and experienced model-train enthusiasts. You’ll be treated to awesome displays of operating model-train layouts in three different scales (sizes), numerous vendors with more than 40 tables of train-related items for sale, and free clinics in model-train display techniques. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children; kids younger than 5 get in free.

Information adapted form www.insiders.com

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