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Jan
26
Sat
Wilmington Symphony Masterworks Concert: Unfinished Business @ Wilson Center
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Wilmington Symphony Masterworks Concert
Unfinished Business
Saturday, January 26, 2019
7:30 pm, Wilson Center

Concert features our Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Also the Symphony will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”.

http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/unfinished-business.html

Feb
23
Sat
America’s Boating Course® @ Cape Fear Community College Union Station
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron will hold its America’s Boating Course® Feb. 23-24, 2019. The course is one day of classroom instruction followed by a private four-hour on-the-water teaching cruise in partnership with Wilmington Water Tours.
The classroom instruction is fast-paced and fun and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cape Fear Community College. Topics covered address basic navigation, rules of the road, docking, trailering, anchoring, radio communications, safety gear and more.
Then, on Feb. 24, students can take a cruise down the Cape Fear River into the Intracoastal Waterway and back where dolphins and freighters are often spotted. The cruise enhances topics covered in class and adds discussions on chart reading, tides, currents, and weather.

Certified instructors with years of boating experience and local knowledge teach the course. In addition, the class satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirements for those born after January 1, 1988.
For more information and to enroll, visit http://weteachboating.org.

Wilmington Symphony Masterworks Concert: Storied Past @ Wilson Center
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Wilmington Symphony Masterworks Concert
Storied Past
Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:30 pm, Wilson Center

In February the Wilmington Symphony presents one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular orchestral works, Scheherazade, based on the story of The Arabian Nights.

http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/storied-past.html

Feb
24
Sun
America’s Boating Course® @ Cape Fear Community College Union Station
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron will hold its America’s Boating Course® Feb. 23-24, 2019. The course is one day of classroom instruction followed by a private four-hour on-the-water teaching cruise in partnership with Wilmington Water Tours.
The classroom instruction is fast-paced and fun and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cape Fear Community College. Topics covered address basic navigation, rules of the road, docking, trailering, anchoring, radio communications, safety gear and more.
Then, on Feb. 24, students can take a cruise down the Cape Fear River into the Intracoastal Waterway and back where dolphins and freighters are often spotted. The cruise enhances topics covered in class and adds discussions on chart reading, tides, currents, and weather.

Certified instructors with years of boating experience and local knowledge teach the course. In addition, the class satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirements for those born after January 1, 1988.
For more information and to enroll, visit http://weteachboating.org.

Mar
2
Sat
Mardi Gras Casino Night at the Mansion @ The Bellamy Mansion Museum
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On Saturday, March 2, 2019 grab your mask, don your beads and come roll the dice as we Lasissez les bons temps rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) at the Mardi Gras Casino Night at the Mansion. The event will take place at the Bellamy Mansion Museum from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The evening will be filled with casino games*, hors d’oeuvres with a New Orleans flair, signature cocktails, live music, raffle prizes, wine pull and a bourbon bar!

Come dressed to impress and take a chance on winning some of our fantastic raffle prizes. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Each ticket includes game chips, grand prize raffle ticket, 2 signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and beads.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Bellamy Mansion Museum’s free community programming such as lectures, workshops, art exhibits, Family Fun Day, Nights of Lights and scholarships to the museum summer camp. For more information, to purchase tickets, inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or donate a raffle item, contact Carolyn Gonzalez at 910-251-3700 x306 or [email protected].

Scholarship Pageant Presented by BB&T
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Junior high school students from area high schools compete in this annual Scholarship Pageant based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.
If you are interested in entering the Scholarship Pageant please click on the link below for more information.
2019 Scholarship Pageant Registration
 

Want to see the 2018 Contestants?  Click the link below.
2018 Scholarship Pageant Contestants

 2018 Princess

Grace Tippett, a junior from New Hanover High School, was crowned the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess during the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 3rd.  The event was held at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Grace is the daughter of Jeff and Kinzy Tippett. She and her court were selected from among 22 contestants representing 7 area high schools, as well as the Home School Community.  The court members include the following: 1st Runner-Up from Coastal Christian High School, Claudia Webb, 2nd Runner-Up, from Isaac Bear Early College, Jamie Barricelli, 3rd Runner-Up, also from New Hanover High School, Reagan Radford, and 4th Runner-Up, from the Home School Community, Caroline Shaver.
At New Hanover, Grace is in the Lyceum Academy. She is also involved with yearbook, Beta Club, Key Club and Varsity Cheerleading.  Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer with FoxTroupe Dancers at South East Dance Academy, and she enjoys being an assistant dance teacher at DREAMS of Wilmington. Aside from dance, Grace also enjoys fashion and writing. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a major in multimedia journalism. After college, she hopes to impact her community by writing for a fashion magazine or news publication.
Follow @ncazaleaprincess on Instagram!

Mar
30
Sat
Azalea Sweep
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Azalea Sweep is an event that takes place prior to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Officers, committee members, and volunteers get together and clean various places where the Azalea Queen will visit during her reign. Afterwards, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers!

Apr
3
Wed
High School Writing Contest Presented by Wrightsville Beach Magazine @ NC
Apr 3 – Apr 7 all-day

 
The North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced a new contest in 2017, the High School Writing Contest, in an effort to reach out to more youth in the greater Wilmington area. High School students are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt:  “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean the most to you or the Wilmington, North Carolina community?”  Many thoughtful, interesting, and creative entries are received and judged by a local team of writers. Winners and finalists are selected from each category and receive various prizes from the Azalea Festival and outside community.
High School Writing Application

2018 Winners
Hilary Batista, a 9th grader from Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC.  Her essay, “Our Azaleas,” describes a family’s garden and experience watching the annual parade together.  Hilary’s favorite subject in school is history because she likes learning about and exploring other cultures.  She is an avid reader, especially enjoying realistic fiction, and a passionate writer, writing every day. She has already self-published a book for teen readers, “Winning or Losing.”  Hilary says that reading and writing transport you to another place and time and open your mind and your horizon to so much more. Hilary plays violin in the Ashley High School Orchestra and also enjoys playing the piano and running with her friends. As of now, she plans to go to college to study business.
Katherine Neilson, the Poetry Division winner is an 11th grade student at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC.   Her poem, titled “A Wilmington Tradition,” touches on many fun family Azalea Festival activities. Katherine’s favorite subject in school is Language Arts.  She plans to study business in college and hopes one day to become an English professor and open her own business that hires college students to tutor younger children.  When she is not working in the O2 Fitness Childcare Center, she enjoys reading mystery books, watching old movies, and painting. Another favorite pastime is playing with her five cats and two dogs and hanging out and taking drives with her family, where they revel in the beauty of our community and she takes pictures and plans her next painting, poem, or story.
2018 Finalists
Poetry Runner-up

Caroline Flax, “NC Azalea Belles,” Hoggard High School, 11th grade

Essay Runner-up

Samantha Meisel, “Memories of the Azalea Festival,” Hoggard High School, 12th grade

Our Azaleas
Hilary Batista
Ashley High School, 9th grade

Pitter-Patter. Pitter-Patter.  I awoke to the gentle beat of rain on my window and smiled.
Today’s the day!  Tiptoeing down the hallway, I picked up my rain coat and quickly tumbled outside to the garden, like a toddler when they spot a mouthwatering piece of candy. The day was beautiful. Other than the light drops of rain cascading down, the sun was bright, the grass was green, and everything seemed perfect. It was just like a picture from a fairy tale.
My eyes scanned our garden, until I spotted the Azaleas. Our Azaleas. The flowers were small, yet colorful, like an intricate painting strewn across the yard. I grinned as I remembered
when we had first planted the shrubs a few months back, and now they were gorgeously in full bloom.
Creeaakkkk.  The sound of a door opening stirred me from my thoughts. I smiled as I saw my mom, dad, and little brother standing in front of me.
“What are you doing out here in the rain?” my dad chuckled.
I laughed. My brother raced over to where I was and took a look at the Azaleas, answering my dad’s question. Wow, his eyes seemed to say. My parents walked over to where we were, and we all took in their beauty. Finally, I asked the question that I knew was on all of our minds.  “Is it time yet?” A pause, then another chuckle.  “Yes, it is.”
* * * * *
A few hours later and we were at the parade. Vendors walked the streets, selling goodies and mouthwatering yummies. Children and adults alike walked around, joy on their faces as
they saw old friends and were embraced by relatives. Residents poured out of their windows to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. Suddenly, woos, cheers, and clapter erupted in the area. I turned
just as the procession began and joined in the sea of people oohing at the colorful floats and music, maybe even spotting a celebrity or two!
I took a deep breath. The parade was more than a parade to me. It was a time where everyone came together. A time where our community put on its best show, and we all gave back
to each other, where all the cultures that flourish in our city stand out. A time where children are given hope as they look at the Azalea Belles and princesses and imagine themselves there one
day, while adults beam remembering themselves as kids long ago, watching the parade too!
Suddenly everyone became quiet. You could hear little kids whispering and pointing,
“Mommy is that her? I wanna be like that! Is that really her? She looks like a princess!”  Could that really be her? I craned my neck up to see.
As I caught sight of the Queen, I saw the Azaleas on her float. They were beautiful! They bloomed with a sense of pride. Colorful and small, yet with a lot to say. Astonishing. Just like our Wilmington.
 

A Wilmington Tradition
Katherine Neilsen
Laney High School, 11th grade

Wilmington is in bloom;
Springtime is here
The Azalea Festival is coming;
Hear the people cheer.
The street vendors are out;
Get an ice cold lemonade.
It’s a Carolina tradition;
To watch the big parade.
Azaleas are everywhere;
Coral and white.
Not a single bush is bare;
It’s quite the sight.
Busy bees are buzzing;
Birds are flying.
Breathe in the spring air;
Everyone is smiling.
Girls in the garden;
Wearing colorful gowns.
Their hair all pinned up,
They’re the belles of the town.
They walk with grace;
And wear a smile.
Stop and look;
At their southern style.
The market is open;
The streets are filled.
Get ready to buy;
Aren’t you thrilled?
Anything from art to jewels;
There’s a great selection.
So, stop by a booth;
And check out the collection.
Excitement in the air;
As the stage lights up.
People anticipating the affair;
Ready for the lineup.
They bought their tickets;
To see the concert.
Their favorite singers.
Wearing their band shirts.
With a pop and a boom;
Bright colors fill the sky.
Kids look in wonder;
As the lights go by.
When they finally end;
People start to go.
Remembering fondly;
The fireworks glow.
 

Past Winners:
2018: Essay Winner – Ashley Batista, Ashley High School
2018: Poetry Winner – Katherine Neilson, Laney High School
2017: Essay Winner – Sarah Newton, Topsail High School
2017: Poetry Winner – Karleigh Kolander, Laney High School
 

Youth Art Contest Presented by The Community Foundation of NC East @ NC
Apr 3 – Apr 7 all-day

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest Presented by the Community Foundation of NC East is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, (and new in 2018 – high school!) students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place) in all divisions receive various notable prizes, and some schools are even treated to a visit from the Azalea Festival Official Artist.  Top place artists in each division will have their work showcased in the Azalea Festival Souvenir Book, and are invited to Raleigh to attend the Governor’s Press Conference with the Azalea Festival entourage.  The Top 15 entries in each division are exhibited during the Azalea Festival at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO Building. These artists also receive a complimentary ticket to the April Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) production.
Elementary School Application
Middle School Application
High School Application

 
2018 Winners
The 1st Place entry for the K-2 Elementary School category, “The Beautiful Azaleas,” is a mixed media drawing of a beautiful Azalea Belle standing proudly with her azalea trees.  It was drawn by Avni Choudepally, a 2nd grade student at Cedar Fork Elementary in Morrisville, NC.  Avni’s favorite subject in school is math.  Outside of school, she enjoys taking pictures, mainly of flowers and other nature-related things, playing with her friends, and reading mystery books.  She is a very well-rounded young lady, taking gymnastics lessons, playing tennis and basketball, and entering art contests. She has placed in several state and national art contests, most recently in those sponsored by PTA Reflections, Wildlife Forever, NCDOT Department of Aviation, and USDOT Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.   Having never been to the Azalea Festival, Avni is excited to come to Wilmington and meet a real Azalea Belle.

 
1st Place entry for the Grades 3-5 Elementary School category, “A Peaceful Moment for the Queen,” is a colored pencil rendering of the regal beauty relaxing along a serene azalea-lined garden path.  Julianna Dickerson, a 5th grade student at Blair Elementary in Wilmington, is the artist. She enjoys playing sports like basketball and dodgeball, and of course, all things art.  She aspires to be an art teacher one day, following in the footsteps of her favorite teacher, Blair Art Teacher Liza Saunders.  She gets her inspiration from looking at pictures of other cultures and the environment and then adding her own twist to them to make her drawings come alive and uniquely hers.  She especially likes using colored pencils and watercolors.

 
1st Place entry for the Middle School category is titled, “Azalea Belle.”  It was painted by 6th grade Noble Middle School, Wilmington, NC student, Kate Spivey.  The watercolor captures the elegance of an Azalea Belle overseeing a beautiful garden on a bright sunny day.  Kate’s favorite subject in school is Language Arts because she loves the art of vocabulary and spelling. In her spare time, she not only enjoys playing with her dog Oxford, reading mystery books, doing arts and crafts, and painting and drawing, but she also spends a great deal of her time at the Dance Elements Studio perfecting her ballet and pointe skills.  She shares her love of dance with her mother and Noble Art Teacher Margaret Cooley and her love of art with her late grandfather.

 
1st Place entries for the High School Art category and the High School Writing Poetry category, go to Katherine Neilsen, an 11th grade student at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC.  Her art entry, titled “A Night on the River,” is an acrylic painting depicting fireworks over the Cape Fear River.  Her poem, titled “A Wilmington Tradition,” touches on many fun family Azalea Festival activities. Katherine’s favorite subject in school is Language Arts.  She plans to study business in college and hopes one day to become an English professor and open her own business that hires college students to tutor younger children.  When she is not working in the O2 Fitness Childcare Center, she enjoys reading mystery books, watching old movies, and painting. Another favorite pastime is playing with her five cats and two dogs and hanging out and taking drives with her family, where they revel in the beauty of our community and she takes pictures and plans her next painting, poem, or story.

 

K-2 Elementary School Division:
1st Place Avani
1st place Avni Choudepally, 2nd grade, Cedar Fork Elementary (Morrisville, NC), “The Beautiful Azaleas”
2nd place Nina Crittenden, 2nd grade, Wrightsville Beach Elementary, “Walking Through the Azalea Festival”
3rd place Ella Dudley, 1st grade, Carolina Beach Elementary, “Azaleas Monet Style”
3-5 Elementary School Division
1st place Julianna Dickerson, 5th grade, Blair Elementary, “A Peaceful Moment for the Queen”
2nd place Kyung Bin Park, 3rd grade, Sardis Elementary (Indian Trail, NC), “Flower Star”
3rd place Vinny Bisconti, 5th grade, Parsley Elementary, “Downtown Azalea Clowns”
HM Kaylee Brown, 3rd grade, Castle Hayne Elementary, “Azalea Bloom”
HM Isybilla Gee, 5th grade, Parsley Elementary, “Fireworks”
HM Josiah Siegart, 5th grade, Holly Tree Elementary, “Azalea Belle”
Middle School Winners:
1st place  Kate Spivey, 6th grade, Noble Middle School, “Azalea Belle”
2nd place Ava Whitt, 8th grade, Jay M. Robinson (Charlotte, NC), “Follow the Map to the Azaleas”
3rd place Malia Womble, 6th grade, Myrtle Grove Middle School, “Boxer on the Bridge”
HM Erin Jun, 8th grade, Community House Middle School (Charlotte, NC), “Azalea’s Beauty”
HM Emelia Stinson, 7th grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences, “Azalea Feathers”
HM Maximilian Wang, 6th grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences, “Fireworks over the Battleship,”
High School Division
1st Place Katherine Neilsen, 11th grade, Laney High School, “A Night on the River”
Runner-up Karleigh Kolander, 10th grade, Laney High School, “Blooming Belle”
 

Past Winners:
2018: Avni Choudepally, Cedar Fork Elementary ( K-2 Elementary School Winner )
2018: Julianna Dickerson, Blair Elementary ( 3-5 Elementary School Winner)
2018: Kate Spivey, Noble Middle School (Middle School Winner)
2018: Katherine Neilsen, Laney High School (High School Winner)
2017: Olivia Brown, Holly Tree Elementary (Elementary School Winner)
2017: Delilah Mills, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)
2016: Elajandra Torres, Carolina Beach Elementary (Elementary School Winner)
2016: Audrey Mase, Roland-Grise Middle School (Middle School Winner)
2015: Becky Girolami, Parsley Elementary (Elementary School Winner)
2015: Max Brinker, Cape Fear Center For Inquiry (Middle School Winner)
2014: Ruthie Wainwright, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (Elementary School Winner)
2014: Sylvia Atwood, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)
2013: Margaret Dill, Cape Fear Academy (Elementary School Winner)
2013: Maddie Porter, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)
2012: Cameron Holmes, Bellamy Elementary
2011: Lemir Moore, Snipes Academy of Art and Design
2010: Katie Girolami, Cape Fear Academy

Queen’s Coronation
Apr 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are the Festival Celebrity Guests as well as: City Officials, Board Members, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles.  After the Coronation we have an exclusive free Meet and Greet with all of our celebrities and the Queen…this is your chance to meet the Queen and the Celebrity Guests!