Fun Events for Fall 2010

by Sep 6, 2010Events, North Brunswick

This fall, northern Brunswick County will play host to dozens of special events. Immerse yourself in the history of Leland. Take in the sights of spectacular automobiles. Golf for a good cause or dig in to a plate of spaghetti to benefit area education. There will be dancing, eating, shopping and socializing — all events designed to help you celebrate life in northern Brunswick County while welcoming the long-desired cool weather. Attend one or attend them all. Either way, prepare yourself for a fall full of fun.

Leland Under the Lights Car Show and Cruise-In
Saturday, September 18
For six consecutive years, the Leland under the Lights Car Show and Cruise-In has motored down the Leland highway from location to location unsuccessfully settling on the ideal venue for its cool and classic event. This year event organizers hope that they have found a long-term home at Brunswick Forest, the site that will welcome hundreds of shiny cars and show spectators for the 2010 event.

“Our show has grown each year,” says Scott Reeves, an event organizer. “Brunswick Forest has been generous enough to host our event this year, which will give us more room than ever before. That means more cars, more kids’ activities and, for the first time ever, onsite food and craft vendors.”

Show organizers anticipate 250 car registrations and a crowd of a thousand car buffs for its seventh annual event. The show, which is free to attend, will run from 5 to 10 pm rain or shine and will attract auto aficionados interested in a unique peek at rare, new and old cars from around the region.

“We’re one of the few shows that does not put an age requirement on entry cars,” explains Reeves. “We’ll have antiques that have been restored back to their original, just-out-of-the-showroom condition, as well as brand-new cars and trucks that are loaded with bells and whistles.”

Spectators will see everything from Chevrolets to Corvettes, Pontiac GTOs to Plymouth Road Runners, Mustangs and other muscle cars.

“Every car is unique,” says Reeves. “Everyone puts their own spin on a car. Some like them in their original condition and some like them like a hot rod or fully dressed up. These people put anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 into their cars, so they take it pretty seriously. You can imagine that the cars are pretty incredible.”

The event would not be complete without classic ‘50s and ‘60s music, which will be played throughout the evening. Children’s activities coordinated by Kids at Play will keep the next generation of car enthusiasts occupied while their parents rave over ragtops, fenders and frames. And vendors of all sorts will be onsite offering a variety of classic foods and all forms of products, car-related and otherwise.

Guest admission is free, but car registration is $25 (or $35 the day of the event). Participants receive a T-shirt and goody bag, as well as the opportunity to vie for door prizes and awards. Dignitary trophies, club participation awards and a Powder Puff trophy for the favorite female-owned car will be presented.

Sponsored by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), all proceeds benefit NBCC and education and scholarship funds at local schools, primarily North Brunswick High School (NBHS).

“With $3,000 donated to NBHS students last year, we’re very proud of our event,” says Reeves. “We just try to make it a really great family fun day all around.”

More information: North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, (910) 383-0553

Cape Fear Italian Festival
Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26
The second annual Cape Fear Italian Festival brings authentic cuisine from Italy to Leland on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. The flavorful and fun event will take place in the Cross Creek Shopping Center (in front of Walmart) on U.S. 17 in Leland and will benefit Brunswick Community College.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family, with no charge for bambinos and bambinas (kids younger than age 5). From 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and noon to 7 pm on Sunday, attendees will enjoy a mouthwatering menu; classic Italian games like Bocce Ball; children’s activities; raffles, silent auctions and giveaways; and arts and crafts from local vendors.

With more than 6,000 people attending last year’s festival and many new additions to the entertainment line-up, event organizers are expecting yet another large turnout.

“We’re planning for 10,000 to 12,000 this year,” says Frank Bullara, vice president of Cape Fear Italian Festival, Inc., the not-for-profit organization behind the event. “We’ll have double the vendors and quadruple the amount of food.”

Sausage and peppers, meatball sandwiches, pizza, pasta, Italian ice, gelato and pastries are just a few of the Italian dishes that will be available to hungry guests. Traditional festival food will also be on hand, including hamburgers and hot dogs, French fries, funnel cakes, smoothies and beer and wine.

After you’ve cleaned your plate, soak up the sounds of Italy as you experience the many vendors and activities. Jam to the Wilmington and Brunswick Big Bands or relax to the simple sounds of the accordion. Let the children run wild in the kids’ fun area, which will include arcade games, a caricature artist, face painting and a dunk tank. If dunking and drawing are not your thing, check out the wide variety of demonstrations and exhibitors, from cigars and coconut art to sunglasses and stained glass. And when you’ve worked up an appetite once again, slap your face in sauce as you compete in the spaghetti- eating contest.

“It’s a big production that wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers and media sponsors,” say Mike Forte, president of the Cape Fear Italian Festival, Inc. “Last year, we raised $3,000 through ticket sales and proceeds from raffles, all of which was donated to a scholarship fund at Brunswick Community College. Frank and I are big believers in education. And keeping the money here, at a deserving college in Brunswick County.”

“We started the festival to keep our Italian heritage alive in Brunswick County,” says Bullara. “What began as an evening with a bunch of guys enjoying cigars turned into this big event.”

Due to its size and spectacular nature, the event attracts guests from around the region. In order to accommodate the many folks that come from afar, both the Comfort Suites Magnolia Greens and the Best Western Westgate Inn & Suites are offering special rates for festival guests. Simply mention the festival and enjoy sweet spaghetti dreams at a high-quality hotel of choice.

More information: Frank Bullara, (910) 399-2923

North Brunswick Chamber LA Open
Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October 23
On Saturday, October 23 local businesses and golf enthusiasts will tee off at Brunswick Forest’s Cape Fear National Golf Course to benefit the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

But before they hit the green, a pre-party will take place complete with food, fun, drinks and dancing. On Friday, October 22 from 6 to 10:30 pm, the public will gather at 497 Olde Waterford Way (next to Murray Art and Frame) to socialize, soak up the sounds of Mark Roberts and Breeze Band, snack on hors d’oeuvres and perhaps talk a little bit of game play. Tickets to the pre-party are available to the public at a cost of $25 each.

“It will be very entertaining,” says Dana Fisher, Executive Director of the chamber. “Twenty-five dollars for dinner, dancing and music is a pretty great deal.”

Tournament day will begin with a shotgun start at 10 am, with an awards ceremony immediately following the round of golf. Team registration costs $600 (or $175 for individuals), which includes four players, box lunches, beverage cart and four tickets to the pre-party.

“It’ll be a good time to get the community together,” says Fisher, “and a great opportunity to play a beautiful course for a great cause.”

More information: North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, (910) 383-0553

Waterford Fall Festival
Saturday, October 30
Thousands of ghouls and goblins of all ages will gather on Saturday, October 30 for the third annual Waterford Fall Festival at the Waterford Village Shoppes off U.S. Highway 17 in Leland.

From 10 am to 4 pm, more than 70 festively dressed vendors will be on site showcasing “bootiful” goods and “spooktacular” services. Artists and craftspeople, businesses, health vendors and charities will be showcasing their goods and services, and fantastic fall foods will be available. Admission is free of charge, with gifts and snacks available for purchase.

“We started the Fall Festival three years ago to give local vendors a creative outlet similar to Wilmington’s Riverfest and Azalea Festival,” explains festival organizer Lisa Britt. “Our event offers artists and businesses an affordable opportunity to showcase their goods and services to the local community. And the public has truly enjoyed it every year.”

Between costume contests, booth-to-booth trick-or- treating, games, bounce houses, face painting and shopping, there is always a paranormal amount of activity. Ghosts get groovy to live beach and shag music and scarecrows satisfy their cravings with a wide variety of cuisine from local restaurants and food vendors.

Eddie Romenelli’s, Port City Java, Two Guys Grille, Mexico Viejo, Papa John’s and Smithfields will all be onsite, as well as additional vendors offering traditional fair food like hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and funnel cakes. No alcohol will be served, but plenty of refreshments will be available to keep all pumpkins and munchkins satisfied.

“It’s gotten better every year,” says Britt. “Whether it’s a seat massage or a llama ride, our festival has it. Everyone always has a great time.”

More information: Lisa Britt, (910) 392-9325

Brunswick Forest’s FallFest 2010
Octoberfest: Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16
Carolina Clambake: Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14

To celebrate its 2010 sales success, Brunswick Forest hosts two gala weekends this fall, offering festivities, themed events, food, drink and special incentives for a limited $75,000 home-site release.

For Octoberfest weekend on October 15 through 17, there will be a German-style fair with street vendors, a polka band, dance lessons, wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels, funnel cakes, beers and all manner of other Rhineland delights.

In November, the Carolina Clambake includes a full weekend of activities, including, of course, a New England- style clambake with a Southern twist. Expect clams, crawfish, shrimp and cornbread, along with entertainment, dancing and more activities.

“We’re having a very strong year,” said Jerry Helms, Brunswick Forest Director of Sales, who noted that at 100 homes and home site sold in 2010 through mid-August, sales have recorded their fastest pace since the Brunswick Forest community first opened to the public almost four years ago. “Once we introduce Brunswick Forest to visitors, the decision to live here becomes an easy one to make. There are more than $40 million in amenities already in place and more than 670 families that now call Brunswick Forest home.”

Area residents who wish to enjoy one of the FallFest weekends can do so for $99. Attendance at either of the weekends is limited.

More information: Brunswick Forest, (888) 371-2434; e-mail or visit

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