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It is a common question to ask at dinner parties or while getting to know someone, “If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?”
In the summer of 2006 after graduating from college Meg’s husband, Jon, who was then her boyfriend, asked her this question. This was a turning point in her life and in the story of “Made By Meg” jewelry, but the story really began long before that moment.
Meg Carter grew up in Connecticut, moved to the Carolina coast for her junior year of college, and now says that she is here to stay.
Meg loves the beach and enjoys looking for sharks’ teeth with her husband Jon. They have an extensive collection. There is not much sea glass to be found in this area, so they use it as an excuse to go on vacations!
If you were to ask someone who knows Meg well what color describes her best, she says it would surely be yellow. Meg tries to surround herself with people and things that keep her smiling. Making jewelry is her full time job and sharing it with the world has become her passion.
Before starting Made By Meg Jewelry in November 2008, Meg graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. Unfortunately, jewelry design was not a concentration. However, she also loves painting and painting class is where she met her husband.
Besides jewelry making, Meg has tried most forms of visual art. Ceramics, printmaking and drawing are also big on her list of interests. She has always had a passion for the arts. Her first memory as a child is of painting with her easel.
“I love my life and the people in it. I can’t wait to see what the world has to offer me in the future. You never know what each new day will bring.”
– Meg Carter – Made By Meg Jewelry
The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been throwing the best party in the south for 70 years!
The Azalea Festival has several events that cover a period of five days – April 11th – 15th. Events include street fairs, concerts, coin shows, boxing matches, art shows, a parade, and tours of homes and gardens. The main event of the festival is the garden tour that highlights the Wilmington area’s most beautiful gardens.
The Azalea Festival began in 1948 as an idea of Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D. Dr. Moore held a meeting in Wilmington’s Chamber of Commerce with leading civil club representatives to discuss and begin planning for the first Azalea Festival. The festival would take place in April 1948 and would serve the purpose of showcasing the beauty of the local gardens such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. The first sidewalk show was also held in 1953 and has continued as a tradition since.
A unique tradition held by the Azalea Festival is the Belles. The belles are young ladies serve as hostesses and guides to the gardens in the area. They wear antebellum attire and serve as a traditional accent of the NC Azalea Festival. To become an Azalea Belle, one must apply for the position; however, precedence is given to those girls who are either daughters or granddaughters of Cape Fear Garden Club members. The number of belles needed for each year is dependent upon the size of the gardens in the tour.
The Azalea Festival is a local favorite of Wilmingtonians and visitors alike. There’s an event for everyone. This year’s festival begins April 11th and goes through April 15th. Tickets and more information can be found on the Azalea Festival’s website www.ncazaleafestival.org
Complete Schedule of Events:
Over 100 North Carolina and national artists will present fine paintings and 3D art creations at the 36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. This “Official Art Show” of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, created by the Wilmington Art Association, is a long-standing tradition within this NC Festival. The Juried Spring Art Show and Sale will be open: 10 am-5 pm Saturday, April 7th – Wednesday, April 11th 10 am-7 pm Thursday, April 12th – Saturday, April 14th 10 am-4 pm Sunday, April 15th Please contact email@example.com with any questions about this very…
The Azalea Sweep is an event that takes place prior to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Officers, committee members, and volunteers get together and clean various places where the Azalea Queen will visit during her reign. Afterward, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers! Sign up to volunteer!
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, (and new in 2018 – high school!) students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place) in all…
The North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced a new contest in 2017, the High School Writing Contest, in an effort to reach out to more youth in the greater Wilmington area. High School students are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt: “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean the most to you or the Wilmington, North Carolina community?” Many thoughtful, interesting, and creative entries are received and judged by a team lead by…
Join us for this new Azalea Festival event, the Queen’s Tea with VIP Coronation Processional! Tickets include a meet and greet with Queen Azalea and other Invited Festival guests, including the Festival Princess, Miss North Carolina, and the Queen’s Court. This is your chance to hold the crown before Queen Azalea’s official Coronation! Tickets also include tea, lemonade, and light bites. After this hour-long meet and greet, we will then form a Processional, walking from Hotel Ballast to the Coronation…
The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are the Festival Celebrity Guests as well as: City Officials, Board Members, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles.
After the Coronation, we have an exclusive free Meet and Greet with all of our celebrities and the Queen…this is your chance to meet the Queen and the Celebrity Guests!
Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a community organization to help spread the Festival spirit. Thank you to the children, staff, and Brigade Club Board of Directors for making it such a fun visit. Since 1896, the Brigade Boys & Girls Club has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of…
The Celebrity Reception provides sponsors of the Festival a close and personal opportunity to see and meet Queen Azalea, Celebrity Guests, and other Festival Dignitaries. A relaxing luncheon on sprawling country club grounds, this is a great way to start the festivities! The Celebrity Reception is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us
Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a local school to share the Festival spirit. The school works year-long to prepare a program and showcase their school pride to our Festival special guests. Past School Visits include: 2010: Cape Fear Academy 2011: Myrtle Grove Christian 2012: Snipes Elementary 2013: Roland Grise Middle School 2014: Pine Valley Elementary 2015: Forest Hills Elementary 2016: Ogden Elementary 2017: Parsley Elementary
Purchase Tickets Here Billy Currington’s latest album bears the breezy title Summer Forever, but the talented Georgia native has spent more than a decade in the spotlight proving he’s truly a man for all seasons. Possessing one of the smoothest and most distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad. On Summer Forever, Currington’s sixth studio album, he…
The premier event in Wilmington, the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party is one you can’t miss! Join us and 2,500 of our closest friends as we kick off Spring with big hats, seersucker, bow ties, and the networking event of the year all on the beautiful grounds of Airlie Gardens. Come early so you don’t miss the Citadel Summerall Guards performance! The Airlie Luncheon Garden Party is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us
The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden 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.
Profits from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community as beautification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts…
The 2018 Waterfront Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo will have plenty of entertainment with our special areas such as the Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye, the Multicultural Area, and our new Music and Beer Garden Area Presented by Wilmington Grill!! The Waterfront Street Fair will also provide an array food options and shopping opportunities with over 250 Vendors. Vendors We have over 250 vendors at the Street Fair showing and selling goods from handmade crafts to fine commercial…
The After Garden Get Down at Bluewater is a fun dockside party open to the public immediately following the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party. Guests are invited to Bluewater’s waterfront bar & patio to enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and the best view on the Intracoastal. Attendees also receive a special guest appearance by the Queen Azalea herself! This event is FREE to attend; drinks and food may be purchased separately. For those wanting a little VIP status, tickets may be…
Purchase Tickets Here After more than four decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold…
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National and International level of competition & from the military branches. Boxers age 8-16 and 17-34 and Master Boxer 35-up compete in six division from 55lb-201lb+. Participation in the past has come from: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and more from around the country. Queen Azalea & VIP Celebrity Guests have been coming to the event since 1978.…
A fun-filled, family event! Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries, and more than 30 dealers from several surrounding states are on hand to appraise, buy, sell and trade coins, currency, and other numismatic items. If you have a special coin, medal, gold, silver or paper money that you want to know more about, or you just want to see some of the beautiful coins on display, come visit the coin show, have fun and…
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Proceeds from the Home Tour advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 200 historic properties from demolition. For more information on the Historic Wilmington Foundation, please click here. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 starting Saturday of the…
The Patrons’ Party Gala is the grand finale for sponsors of the Azalea Festival. A black-tie event filled with wonderful food displays and dancing to the sounds of the hottest national party bands, this is our chance to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support. View 2017 Photos from Audi Cape Fear Ticket Information The Patrons’ Party Gala is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us
The North Carolina Azalea Festival hosts the Riverwalk Shag Contest during the North Carolina Azalea Festival! Join us for raffles, vendors, shag demonstrations, line dancing, and more! Children five and under are free with adult admission. Riverwalk Shag Contest Rules Riverwalk Shag Contest Application Make sure to join us for the very first Riverwalk Shag Contest After Party! The party will start at 7:30 PM and end at 11:00-11:30 PM in the Hotel Ballast ballroom. Two of our finest beach…
The Multicultural Stage Presented by Piedmont Natural Gas is a FREE multicultural, family-friendly celebration that showcases different cultures flourishing here in the Greater Cape Fear Region. You will marvel at the authentic costumes, dance, and music of some of our best ethnic performing groups and bands. Our Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage line-up features contemporary and classical music from China, the Middle East, Mexico, Polynesia, Hawaii, Japan, Latin America, Ireland, and many more. PARADE: We also have a Multicultural element…
The Wilmington Grill Music Stage and beer garden is a great place to catch tunes day and night. Entry is FREE. Beverages available for purchase and outdoor games on site. Listen to your favorite local and regional musicians playing a variety of rock, blues, and folk. Wilmington Grill will be doing a raffle all weekend on one of their Cape Fear Deluxe Grills with a value of $2287.00. Swing by their tent in the venue to enter. Winner will be…
Local law firm McAngus Goudelock & Courie partners with Go Time and the North Carolina Azalea Festival to put on a one of a kind road mile race that takes place ahead of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade. The course is an out and back through a portion of the parade route on 3rd street starting and finishing in front of the Parade Reviewing Stand of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade. Proceeds from the 2018 race will benefit The Harrelson Center,…
The 71st North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 – we hope to see you there! 2017 Parade Highlights The 70th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade was held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, April 8th. The route traveled north from Market and 3rd Streets straight up 3rd Street and ended at Bladen Street. The Parade set a new record with four giant character balloons; two helium (Cookie Monster Sponsored by the…
The Waterfront Street Fair Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye is a family-friendly part of the Street Fair made just for kids! Guests enjoy family-friendly vendors, hands-on activities, and performers on the Wilmington Health Stage.
Join us for some old school jams featuring the Ying Yang Twins, Chubb Rock, and the Hamiltones with Special Guest Othaz Records! Tickets increase to $35.00 at the gate.
Purchase Tickets Here The multitalented CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES can best be described as remarkable. Much more than an entertainer, Ludacris has positioned himself to reach the top of various business platforms as well.
He is a positive example and powerful icon. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges is also far from being done changing the game. Ludacris is able to create, reconstruct, and command anything he attaches his name to. With 17 Grammy nominations, he has had the honor of winning three of…
A favorite Festival event, the Fireworks are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River on Saturday of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot!
Join Bluewater Grill as they kick off their Waterfront Music Series by hosting the Festival Finale – the last event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival! The Festival Finale is a free, family-friendly event with food, entertainment, and plenty of giveaways. Bluewater takes Sunday Funday to a new level at the best patio party in town!
98.3 The Penguin Presents Dark Star Orchestra in partnership with the North Carolina Azalea Festival at the beautiful Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Doors open at 4 pm with showtime at 5 pm. This is an all ages, general admission, rain or shine show. Buy Tickets Here About Dark Star Orchestra Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the…
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After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.
With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
Guitarist/vocalist DON BARNES says it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”
It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these ‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.’
Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist DANNY CHAUNCEY, bassist BARRY DUNAWAY, drummer GARY MOFFATT and keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS. For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they’ve toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide.
Barnes adds, “This music keeps our wheels on the road. We’re a band that’s tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it’s the ultimate validation.”
Around the fall of 2009, the notion of releasing a new live album started to take precedent. The band felt that their in-concert offering many years before had lacked in sound quality not yet available in the technologically-advanced decade since. Additionally, a need to showcase a new spirit of 38 Special was growing, a band that had matured into a tighter unit after three decades on the road, with an innate ability to read each other on the stage.
Barnes explains, “Back then, we had been rushed to release something quickly without having the luxury of choosing between different performances. It was a single show in the 90’s that had been recorded at a venue where logistics were a real challenge, the weather wasn’t cooperating, and we ended up not entirely satisfied with what we got.
For LIVE FROM TEXAS, we were able to carry our digital recording equipment with us to several cities, and now had our own private studio for remixing. So this was going to be a real pleasure to put together. The crowds were massive and all of those classic songs deserved a chance to shine in an enhanced live fashion. We were finally able to deliver what we represent onstage.”
Their initial idea was to make a live recording available exclusively at the band’s shows, with an eye toward having fans take home a copy to carry on the party. But what they found as they listened back – after gleaning select tracks from various cities across Texas – was a blistering new set with a distinct difference in performance as well as audio quality than years before. It grew into an excitedly motivated plan to make available to the world 38 SPECIAL – LIVE FROM TEXAS, a collectively proud history of a band that has made the road a part of its heritage.
“And the magic’s still there,” adds Barnes. “It’s an emotional high for us to keep ‘bringing it’ after all these years. That’s what you hear on the new live stuff, that sense of urgency and power.”
“When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it’s a real rush to the head. It feels like we’re getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there.”