Thanks to my friend, Jan, over at Jan’s Sushi Bar, I’ve decided to give this here posting every day thing a try, y’all. It’s called NaBloPoMo,and I can’t believe how long it just took me to write that. Stands for “National Blog Posting Month”. You post something every day for a month.
It’s ridiculously hard.
Y’all really ought to visit the lovely and talented Pseudonymous High School Teacher today. Pseudo, as she’s affectionately referred to, lives in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Anyhoo, she has started a great meme over at her place called Travel Tip Thursday – every Thursday she and anyone who chooses to participate will do a little “travelogue” about a place close to home.
For the last five days, I’ve been posting about our Staycation. My 14 year old step daughter, Dani, and her BFFL, Sella, are visiting us this month. They live in Upstate New York. We decided to take the two of them on a vacation in our own backyard this year, and explore some of the things that tourists do and see when they visit our area. Things that we’ve always wanted to do, but that pesky little thing called a job keeps getting in the way.
So far it’s been a lot of fun, y’all.
We had a Girls Only Day, which included a luncheon at La Costa, manicures and pedicures, ear piercing and a shopping spree at Independence Mall. We took a tour of the Screen Gems Studio, where One Tree Hill is filmed, and went on a Haunted Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. We hosted a Chicken Spiedie family dinner, played golf in Burgaw, went to Wrightsville Beach, and yesterday we revisited the mall and had dinner at Wild Wings Cafe, located in the Landfall Center.
Try the Garlic Garlic Wings, if you like garlic, y’all. They are to die for, I swaunee.
Today we are going to do something that I’ve wanted to do ever since it became available in Wilmington! We are going on a Segway Tour of the historic downtown area. It is listed as the number one top rated attraction in Wilmington right now by Trip Advisor. We are taking a two hour tour which will take us by several film locations and haunted buildings. It should be exciting – I will be posting pictures and details tomorrow.
And tomorrow night, the girls are going to be able to see a show, The Wiz, in one of the oldest, working theaters in the United States, Thalian Hall.
Wilmington is a beautiful city, rich in history and natural scenery. As a Wilmington native, I am so proud to show off my hometown. I love it so much that I have another blog called Wilmington Daily Photo. It keeps me busy posting a new photo of the Wilmington area every day. I hope y’all will check it out and see for yourselves why I think this place is so spectacular.
If the pictures make you feel a little like, Deja vu, it might be because you’ve already visited here, without realizing it. You’ve probably already seen one or more things that have been filmed in Wilmington. Known as “Wilmywood,” it is one of the largest motion picture and television production studios in the United States, outside of Hollywood, CA. Over 350 television and motion pictures have been filmed here since the studio was built by Dino De Laurentiis in 1984. It operated under the name DEG (DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group) until 1990, when it was purchased by Carolco (producers of the Terminator movies).
George Cooney, owner of EUE/Screen Gems, acquired the Wilmington Studios in 1996 and renamed it EUE/Screen Gems Studios.
Some of the stuff that has been filmed here: One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Part I and Part II), Domestic Disturbance, Nights in Rodanthe, Sleeping With The Enemy, Lolita, Cape Fear, Firestarter, Blue Velvet and Surface.
The Haunted Ghost Walk was pretty corny and our guide was a wee bit drunk, we think, but never-the-less, Wilmington is hauntingly beautiful at night. Here are a few interesting shots I got during the tour.
This is the fountain in front of the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse building, where, incidentally, much of Matlock was filmed.
Looking down Front Street towards Cape Fear College.
This used to be our New Hanover County Courthouse. It is now used as a Visitor’s Center. The clock tower is a fine example of the architecture of the time.
A staple of Wilmington’s downtown nightlife, Fat Tony’s Italian Pub is one of the stops along the Haunted Ghost Walk. It has a house brew that’s called the “Haunted Pub Brew” in honor of the ghosts (former guests of the old Orton Hotel that burned down in the 1940s) who are said to linger here at the site of their old haunt. You can’t find much more ambiance than this.
The Bellamy Mansion is one of our most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Built right after the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) who was a physician, a planter and a business leader. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now it is a museum that offers tours during the day, but it is a pretty sight at night.