Captain Joe Abbate of Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours provided an in-depth tour of Masonboro Island and the intercoastal waterway.
“Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Birding
Come join the staff at Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, on a discovery birding boat cruise of Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek. Guided eco-cruises are educational boat tours designed to increase conservation awareness about local wildlife and sensitive coastline habitats in New Hanover County. Topics explained during the boat ride will include: salt marsh function, wetland plants, and strong emphasis on shorebird/water bird ecology and identification. Birding tours are best when scheduled at low tide – See our favorite tide chart for Wrightsville Beach.
Common Species are: Brown Pelican, Terns, Gulls, Willets, American Oystercatcher, Herons, and Black skimmers.”
I visited the Artsplosure office to speak to Artsplosure’s Marketing Manager, Jennie Lanning. She provided a sneak preview into the 36th Annual Raleigh Arts Festival. The Festival is May 15-17 in Downtown Raleigh.
“Artsplosure is Raleigh’s nonprofit art and cultural events production studio. We are curators, collaborators and risk-takers dedicated to fulfilling our mission of bringing rich cultural experiences to the community we serve. With each of our events, we hope to inspire and entertain, inform and celebrate, create and share.” (Artsplosure.org)
“Spring 2015: May 15-17
This year, we will celebrate the 36th anniversary of Artsplosure – the Raleigh Arts Festival! Since its inception in 1980, the spring festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people, introducing them to underrepresented artists and performances. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art – and a healthy dose of the unexpected. The festival balances critically acclaimed national artists with some of North Carolina’s best performing and visual artists. The result is an eccentric mix of artistic expression, undoubtedly with something that appeals to everyone.” (Artsplosure.org)
I traveled to the Asheville Salt Cave located in downtown Asheville. The Salt Cave provides a therapeutic way to help with many ailments. Co-Owner, Jodie Appel provided an in-depth tour of the cave and how the concept came about.
The Asheville Salt Cave offers separate healing arts room, hot salt stone massages, energy healing and more.
Mr. Bill Drake, “Wild Bill” gave me a tour of his western town (Shadowhawk) in Smithfield. Five films were made at Shadawhawk. Wild Bill was a Hollywood actor in cowboy movies and TV shows. He acted in Gunsmoke and Bonanza.