Monthly Archives: November 2013

City Council Approves Park Purchase


Last night, the Wilmington City Council approved the purchase of a 6.63 acre parcel just north of the new Port City Marina for $3.9 Million USD.  The City plans to create a passive park on the land with area for gardens and room to hold large concerts and events. “It’s a historic moment,” Mayor Bill Saffo said. “The city has been looking for parkland along our riverfront for many years.” This is great news for Port City Marina.  We are looking forward to seeing what the City does to create a draw for the area.

You can read more news on the city’s riverfront park purchase at:


Cucalorus Film Festival


Wilmington is home to the well-known film festival, Cucalorus. This non-competitive festival takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington. Cucalorus showcases bold, innovative filmmaking with programs dedicated to dance, emerging artists, North Carolina, social justice, works-in-progress, and global cinema.

MovieMaker Magazine has recognized Cucalorus as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and the Brooks Institute named it one of the “Top Ten Film Festivals”. It also appeared on Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” list for the month of November.


This year’s festival will be the 19th annual and will include screenings of more than 200 independent films from around the world, workshops, panel discussions, master dance/film classes, and special events.  The website states that, this year the festival is set to “attract thousands of cultural travelers, creative leaders and filmmakers who descend upon the Port City from Spain, Israel, Brazil and from more than 70 cities across the US.”


The annual festival will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 17


The festival is held at various venues throughout historic downtown Wilmington.  A schedule is listed on the website. The main three venues follow:

City Stage Theater

21 North Front Street | 910-342-0272 |

Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

310 Chestnut Street  | 910-632-2285  |

Jengo’s Playhouse

815 Princess Street |  910-343-5995


For tickets, schedules, film descriptions, venue directions, and other details, visit