Designs for Living

Bald Head Island is the glorious setting for the 2017 Southern Living Idea House, a newly constructed residence nestled among the live oaks in the island’s Cape Fear Station neighborhood. Built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes in collaboration with architectural designer Eric Moser of Moser Design Group in Beaufort, South Carolina, the showhouse is decorated by interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper, a native Georgian whose studio is now based in New York City. Jam-packed with inspiring decorating ideas for every homeowner, the Idea House is a great day trip to Bald Head, which features more than 10,000 acres of beautiful beaches, nature preserves and maritime forests (and no cars). 204 Whale Head Way, Bald Head Island. Open Wednesdays – Sundays through Labor Day, and on weekends in September and October. A portion of all house tour ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Old Baldy Foundation, which supports the historic linghthouse on Bald Head Island. For more information and to purchase tickets online:

Life’s a Beach

Historian Jan Davidson will give a lecture titled “Beaches: Views From the Cape Fear Museum’s Collection,” featuring vintage postcards and views of the oceanfront communities of New Hanover County. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St., Wilmington. Admission: Free. Info: (910) 798-4350 or

Some Enchanted Evening

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific was a smash hit when it opened on Broadway in 1949. Based on James Michener’s book Tales of the South Pacific, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the plot tells the story of an American nurse who struggles to accept her plantation-owner lover’s mixed-race children. A parallel story line explores the love affair between a U.S. lieutenant and a Tonkinese woman. The winner of ten Tony awards, including best musical, best score, and best libretto, South Pacific also had a best-selling cast album. And who can be surprised with such classics at “Bali Ha’i,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime”? Opera House Theatre Company’s production runs for 11 performances, from Aug. 2 through 20. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington. Tickets $27-32. Information: (910) 632-2285 or

Surf’s Up

Life Rolls On was established by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer in 2001 and is devoted to helping to improve the quality of life of children affected by spinal cord injury through adaptive surfing and skating programs. On Saturday, Aug. 5, the organization will host “They Will Surf Again,” a free day on the ocean in Carolina Beach for people of all ages with disabilities. Hundreds of volunteers will supply adaptive surfboards and beach transfer wheelchairs, and free breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered athletes and volunteers. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and a beach towel. 7:30 am. 2 Carolina Beach Ave. North, Carolina Beach. For information and to register as an athlete or a volunteer (required):

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