Monthly Archives: April 2014

TidalWalk is in the 2014 Parade of Homes!

TidalWalk is tickled that three of its builders are being showcased in the 28th Annual Parade of Homes™. Brought to you by the Wilmington – Cape Fear Home Builders Association, this year’s theme is Still Living the American Dream and will feature more than 70 of the region’s top homes that run the price gamut from $150,000 to $1 million plus. The Parade will run two weekends, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 and Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

Here is a schedule of events and the 2014 Plan Book so that you can plot your parade options. Of course, there is a mobile iPhone and/or Android App for all you smartphone users.

TidalWalk featured builders include:

DR Horton with the Cumberland floor plan

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Laurel Homes with the Danberry floor plan

Danberry

Plantation Building Corporation with the Mariner floor plan

Mariner

Want so more information about homes in TidalWalk? Visit TidalWalk.com or call 888-767-4681.

A SCENE to be SEEN – the 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

Celebrate southern style at the 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival going on this week, (April 9-13, 2014) in Wilmington, NC.

This week, hundreds of thousands of folks will descend on the city of Wilmington to help celebrate the community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through a variety of recreational, family oriented activities.
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Hailed as one of the South’s longest running events, the Azalea Festival’s history dates back to 1948 when Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D wanted to showcase some of Wilmington’s beautiful gardens such as such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. Over time, the festival has blossomed to become an event many travel to for vacation and this has been a boon to Wilmington’s local economy.

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Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour – The Cape Fear Garden Club AzaleaGarden Tour is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc.  The tour has been featured in Southern Living and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South.

Cole Bros Circus 2014 – Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws packed crowds each year. Call (910) 794-4650 for ticket information and show times.

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Concerts – Each year the North Carolina Azalea Festival showcases national headliner concerts. This year’s season begins with Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson for the Off the Beaten Path Tour on the Miller Lite Main Stage playing on Thursday, April 10thWidespread Panic will be playing for TWO NIGHTS at the Miller Lite Main Stage on Friday, April 11, 2014 and Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Historic Home Tour 2014 – The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation and proceeds from the tour help preserve and protect some of the historic areas of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.

Juried Art Show – Over 100 North Carolina artists and national artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale.

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Parade – The North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade is an annual event that is viewed by over 100,000 people. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court await you. Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Third Street, Downtown Wilmington

Street Fair Children’s Area – (321 N. Front Street @ The Cotton Exchange) – Looking for activities for the kids? There is a little bit of everything to see and do at the Cotton Exchange. Free family fun event.

Street Fair Multicultural Stage (N. Front Street & Walnut Street) – 2-day family friendly celebration showcasing the best in contemporary and traditional music, dance and ethnic pageantry from around the world! Click link above for a full schedule of events.

Visiting Ships – Each year different visiting ships from around the world join the North Carolina Azalea Festival. As you enjoy the beauty of downtown Wilmington, take time to explore these visiting ships docked along the Cape Fear Riverside.
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“Spring-Into-Action” Spring Cleaning

spring-pictures-hd-26-300x125Now that winter is finally behind us, our thoughts can turn toward the joys of spring; Warmer temperatures, birds chirping, and the hint of green poking its head out of every nook and cranny. It is also time to get your house in order for the busyness of the coming summer months.

Here is our “Spring Cleaning Checklist” checklist:

  • Store your off-season items: Pack up winter clothes including coats, gloves, scarves and other extra-warm items. You can also stow away winter decorations and snow/ice removal tools.
  • Organize your garage: A clean, organized garage can be a one-day project, but can save you time and stress for months to come. Any perpetually un-used items can pull in some extra cash for you in the aptly-named garage sale.
  • General outdoor areas – Start with brushing off your outdoor furniture and deck or patio. Check your home’s exterior and other structures for any needed repairs. Continued lawn maintenance and perennial plants can keep your yard beautiful without much attention needed.
  • Washing windows – both an in and outside job, it would be hard to enjoy the signs of spring with dirty windows. New outdoor window cleaning systems make this process pain-free – just attach to your hose and spray away the dirt.
  • Furniture and carpet – might be time to call in the professionals on this one! Or, you can rent professional-grade upholstery and carpet shampooing devices at your local home improvement stores.
  • Nothing will make your home smell (and feel) fresher than a full-scale upholstery and carpet shampoo.

For a comprehensive list on cleaning your entire house for spring, check out this handy printable Spring Cleaning Checklist.