A quick Friday roundup: Greek Festival, Patti LaBelle, Highland Games


Soul R&B singer Patti LaBelle will perform more than five decades of original songs, as well as gospel and pop standards at the Wilson Center on Saturday. (Courtesy picture)

Thursday May 12

“Omitted History”
Hannah Block Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. • Free but reservation required tickets

“Omitted History” will involve a night of six theatrical monologues celebrating historical figures, especially those from the Wilmington or North Carolina area with treasured stories and unrepresented community contributions.

The performance of the six-part series will begin this Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with two monologues. Performance nights are May 12, September 8 and November 10, each consisting of two monologues. The writers, actors and historian, Dr. Herbert Harris, will hold a question-and-answer session after each performance.

Pleasure Island Jeep Jam – The 2022 Pleasure Island Jeep Jam is taking place this weekend at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach. The launch party will be held at Good Hops Brewing on Thursday from 5-10 p.m. The Friday and Saturday events at the recreation area will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Sunday event. Vendors, food trucks and live music will take place throughout the weekend. There will be a poker run, a cornhole tournament and jeeps. See the full program here; tickets cost between $10 and $40.

Paige Bacon — End of Days Distillery will host musician Paige Bacon from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1815 Castle St. Franchy’s food truck will serve from 5-8 p.m. Bacon is a local singer and songwriter who will also perform on May 13. at Mac’s Speed ​​Shop on Oleander from 7-9 p.m.; at Mullet Bar in Southport on May 14, 7-10 p.m.; and at Pilot House, May 15, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hampstead 4 Mile Race — The Hampstead 4-mile run and the 1-mile Fun Run will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 4-one mile run costs $40 to register, and the 1One kilometer fun run costs $15 to register. The annual run begins and ends at AXIS Fitness in Hampstead at 14536 B, US Hwy 17. T-shirts are available for $15 – proceeds will benefit local athletics. The race will pass through Salters Haven and Majestic Oaks Neighborhood.

Monthly movie night – Independent Works is hosting a movie night in May from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in its private auditorium at 2223 Blockbuster Rd. All ages are welcome, but should RSVP. Independent Works is an organization comprised of a group of families with adult children on the autism spectrum whose goal is to create an inclusive environment and long-term rental housing community for autistic adults and others neurodiversities.

Jazz at the mansion – The new season of Cape Fear Jazz Society Summer Series Sounds kicks off at the Bellamy Mansion Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Taylor Lee Band will perform and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the music on the lawn – beer, wine and snacks will be on sale. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for general admission, $15 for members and volunteers and $10 for students/military. Proceeds go to the Cape Fear Jazz Society and the Bellamy Mansion Museum.

All hail the Greek platter, with spanakopita, dolmades, moussaka and pastitsio, available at the Wilmington Greek Festival, held all weekend at St. Nicholas on S. College Road. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

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Friday May 13

Wilmington Greek Festival
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 608 South College Rd. • Tickets: $3 admission, children 12 and under free


This weekend, Wilmington will hold its annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church across from UNCW. The event takes place Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the occasion of 30 years of celebration, people will be able to enjoy authentic homemade Greek cuisine prepared by the congregation from family recipes. There will be music from a live Greek band, dancing, a market and cooking demonstrations.

There will be free parking at the UNCW auxiliary parking lot behind Taco Bell. There is also a drive-thru for people who only want to pick up food. No pre-order or registration is necessary.

“Detective: A Mystery” — Thalian Association Community Theater opens its latest show, a 1970s mystery adapted into a film by Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Set in the English countryside, crime writer Andrew Wyk invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, to visit. Tindle shares Wyke’s love of games, which sets off a chain of events that leaves audiences prey to Wyke’s imagination. Revenge and power drive the show, with tickets for $39, at Thalian’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. It takes place from May 13 to 29, Thursday to Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, at 2 p.m.

Southport Outdoor Festival – Up Your Arts and the City of Southport are hosting a weekend event, May 13-14, featuring artists working “en plein air” – painting en plein air. Elements of Hispanic culture will be showcased throughout the two-day festival, according to event organizers. There will be Spanish and Brazilian guitarists, traditional Hispanic meals and food trucks, and a children’s area with Mexican folk art projects. An artists’ reception and dinner (with ticket) kick off the events on Friday, along with a free evening concert by the Back Porch Rockers on the lawn of the Community Building. On Saturdays, at Keziah Memorial Park at the corner of Moore and Lord streets, the festival is free and open to the public. The full program of events is available here.

Amanda Ford performing at the Port City Highland Games in 2016. The games return to Wilmington on Saturday. (Port City Daily/File)

Saturday May 14

Port City Highland Games
3600 Randall Drive • Tickets: $10, beer and food sold separately

The Port City Highland Games celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture through a day of music, fun competition and imbibition. Taking place at Randall Parkway on Saturday, competitors can compete in a hammer throw, sheaf throw, weight for distance, caber ride and other events.

There will be bagpipes throughout the day, as well as live music from The Blarney Brogues, Celtic Musicians of Wilmington and Port City Bagpipes and Drums. Dance will also be performed, displaying the sword dance (ancient war dance), seann triubhas (political protest dance) and Highland fling (victory dance), among other styles.

An exhibition of British cars will be set up on the grounds, along with games for children. Beer and food will be served. The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., doors will open at 9 a.m. and events will last until 5 p.m.

The event is rain or shine with parking on site. Proceeds go to the paws4people foundation.

Beale Street Barbershop 10th Anniversary Live music and an artistic opening are scheduled for Saturday as Beale Street Barbershop (710 S 17th St.) celebrates 10 years in the community. Artists Joe Hunt and David Meffert will exhibit their work, with live music from Josh Youse, Jerry Powell, Brown Dirt Cowboys, Heart Bender, Soul – R Fusion, Cross-Eyed Cat, Mark Sinnis and 825, The Temp Agency, Street Clones and The Explainers, playing every hour at the top of the hour from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open to ages 21 and up; beer and wine available by donation or BYOB.

Herd of Food Trucks – Carolina Beach Lake Park (​​400 Lake Park Blvd. S.) will welcome a multitude of trucks on Saturday. Island Women hosted the Flock of Food Trucks for $5 admission from noon to 4 p.m., with live music, games, a kids’ zone, beer and wine. All food and beverages are sold separately.

Become Cucalorus Open Mic – The Wilmington Independent Film Festival is hosting a new open mic called ‘The Becoming’ – inviting artists to share their “rawest, unfiltered, uncut and unapologetic poetry”. Free to attend Jengo’s Playhouse (815 Princess St.); drinks and snacks available for purchase at the bar.

Small Batch Beer Festival – Hi-Wire Brewing (1020 Princess St.) will celebrate the region’s small-batch brews Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. It will feature unique batches of 16 Carolina craft brews currently unavailable on the market. Live music will be performed by The Hatch Brothers with Wheelz Pizza onsite from 1-4 p.m. Local vendors will also be selling merchandise. The event will have beer tokens for $4 each to sample the limited 6-ounce portion offerings. Participating breweries include 12 Bones, New Anthem, NoDa Brewing, Wrightsville Beach Brewery, Wilmington Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada and nearly a dozen others.

Patti LaBelle – Soulful R&B singer Patti LaBelle will perform more than five decades of original songs, plus gospel and pop standards at the Wilson Center (703 N. 3rd St.). LaBelle has sold 50 million records worldwide, won two Grammys and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She has also been recognized seven times by the NAACP, winning Artist of the Year and Outstanding Female Artist, among other accolades. Tickets from $54; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Signal Fire will perform at Boogie in the Park in Kure Beach on Sunday. (Courtesy picture)

Sunday May 15

Boogie in the park: traffic light
Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave. • Free

Wilmington’s favorite reggae-rock musicians, Signal Fire, will take the stage at Kure Beach this Sunday for a free show.

The band – made up of Sean Gregory on guitar and vocals, drummer Kenneth Forrest, bass and vocalist Cullen Seward, and Carl Blackmon on keyboards – follow the mantra of “spreading unity through music,” as we hear it through three albums released to date.

Spectators are encouraged to bring lounge chairs or blankets. Shows take place and feature a different band on the first and third Sundays of the month through Labor Day, 5-7 p.m.

See the full program – and learn about other concert series in the region – here.

Spring Sip n Shop Outer Dunes Brewing on North Market Street will have food trucks, beer and local artisans and makers — Pomona Shrub Co., Jessie Blue Shop, Soulful Jewelry, Snowshoe Workshop, Southern Sparrow — set up Sunday to peddle artisanal goods. Emily Burdette will perform live music from 4-7 p.m., with food served by WilmiRicans Food Truck, 1-4:30 p.m., and The Cheesesteak Hustle, 5-8 p.m.

“Broadway’s Best” – The Wilmington Choral Society will perform at the Wilson Center at 4 p.m. Led by conductor Byron Marshall and accompanied by Luis Barragan, “The Best of Broadway” covers decades of pieces from well-known Broadway shows and composers. Audiences will recognize tracks from ‘West Side Story’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Grease’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Jersey Boys’, ‘Hairspray’ and more . Tickets are $18.

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Jennifer R. Strohm