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Around the Azalea Coast | Events & Community News for March 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020   /   by Anne Rose

Around the Azalea Coast | Events & Community News for March 2020


contributed by Jen Reed

What's Up | fun and festivities

March 1, 2 - 4 p.m. Exploring Women’s History | Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington | Recording artist Women's History Month kicks off at the Cape Fear Museum when Dr. Jan Davidson presents a program (2:30pm) that explores some of the many stories of women's experiences in New Hanover County. She'll talk about a diverse group of women, including World War I army nurse Rachel Loman; Augusta Mosely Cooper, the first black woman to run for city council; entrepreneur and milliner Lelia Corbin; and tennis star Althea Gibson. Curator Heather Yenco will also have a special sampling of artifacts from the collection related to these women.

March 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Exhibit Rivers and Waterways | Burgwin-Wright Home, Wilmington | The The Art Exhibit at Burgwin-Wright House in downtown Wilmington features Connections: Rivers and Waterways, paintings by Marion Clark Weathers.

March 7, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Marchtoberfest | Convention Center, Wilmington | Marchtoberfest at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington features more than 40 North Carolina breweries, German-style beer, German food, German music, and games.

March 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  9th Annual Backyard BBQ | Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington | The 9th Annual Backyard BBQ at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington features a chance to sample BBQ from competing teams ($1 each). The event also includes live music by The Cut and Diver Down; local vendors; arts & crafts; demonstrations; giveaways; activities for kids; bounce houses; and additional food & beverages for purchase. Gates open at 10am, BBQ Tasting at 11am while supplies last, Awards Ceremony at 4:30pm. Proceeds benefit Step Up For Soldiers and their efforts to help veterans in the Cape Fear area.

March 8, 12 – 2 p.m. Seaglass Lantern Class | The Wild Child Art Studio | Hampstead, NC| Come join us and make your own seaglass lantern. The event is open to the public.

March 8, 3 – 3 p.m. Bluegrass Sunday | Leaf & Barrel Provision Co, Hampstead, NC | Enjoy local bluegrass artists doing what they do best while you relax with a craft beer, fine wine, and premium cigar in a relaxed, fun, family/pet friendly atmosphere!

March 8, 12 - 4 p.m.  Spring Dessert Market | Waterline Brewing Company, Wilmington | The Spring Dessert Market at Waterline Brewing in Wilmington, NC, features local shops and bakeries with various sweets available for purchase. Select bakeries offer alternative options such as gluten-free, vegan, and sugar free desserts.

March 14, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival | Wilmington | The St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown ilmington, NC, begins at North Front Street at Hanover Street, courses along Front Street, making a left at Dock Street. The St. Patrick's Day Festival follows immediately after at Market and 2nd Streets and features food and drink, a kids' zone and live music with four bands.

March 14, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., 16th Annual Low Tide Run | Carolina Beach | The 16th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run begins at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and features a 5K and a 10K race. The event also includes music, raffles, and food. Proceeds from registration fees, sponsors and individual donors are distributed to recipients selected by the all-volunteer Board of Directors to assist local cancer victims in financial need.

March 14, 6 - 10 p.m. 2020 Topsail Chamber’s Casino Night |Ocean’s Edge Restaurant, North Topsail Beach, NC | Come decked out in High Roller attire! Gaming tables such as Black Jack, Roulette and Craps will be available from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Dinner will be catered by Ocean's Edge and available from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Beer and wine are included in your ticket price. Mixed drinks will be available for purchase.

March 14, 4 - 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Dinner and Silent Auction | Blake's Chapel Advent Christian Church | Hampstead, NC| Fundraiser Dinner & Silent Auction for Missions. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Final bids at 8 p.m.

March 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Brunswick Business Expo | Leland Cultural Arts Center | The North Brunswick Business Expo at the Leland Cultural Arts Center features more than 50 booths including educational, healthcare, pets, professional services, computer & technical needs, recreation, relocation, home and garden, and more.

March 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  Second Annual Rock the Beach | Carolina Beach Boardwalk | The 2nd Annual Rock the Beach at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, NC, features performances by three live bands: Da Howlies (11am), The Phantom Playboys (1pm), and Bluffett and the Son Of A Sailor Band (3pm).

March 21, 2 – 6 p.m., Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ | Legion Stadium, Wilmington | Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC, features a souvenir glass to sample 60 beers and 40 bourbons, BBQ vendors, seminars in the tasting theater, BBQ exhibits, live music, a Local Beer Garden and special Cornhole Tournament.

March 22, 6 – 9 p.m., Annual Ultimate Brewing Championship | Community Arts Center, Wilmington | This event features Cape Fear area breweries in a competition for that one special concoction -- basil and blueberries, sea salt and cucumbers, or coffee and Tabasco? A blind tasting determines the winner.

March 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Gathering of Friends from Mountain to the Sea Trail | Community Center Drive, Surf City | Come to Topsail Island for a weekend of camaraderie, festivities and the latest MST news in Surf City, right on the Topsail Island shore, nestled between our trail communities in Pender and Onslow Counties.

March 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Annual Car Show and BBQ | Silver Lake Baptist Church, Wilmington | Church in Wilmington features vehicle judging from 1-3pm, and BBQ plates for $10 and BBQ sandwiches for $5.


KBT Realty Group Earns High Praise for Record-Breaking Performance


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The Keller Williams Carolinas Region celebrated a record-breaking 2019 and KBT Realty Group was among those distinguished for its continued solid performance.

KBT Realty Group is humbled to have been recognized with the Triple Platinum Award and being the #13 Group out of all KW groups in NC, SC and part of TN. Having just celebrated the Fifth year as KBT Realty Group this is a huge accomplishment. We could not have made it this far without the continued support of our clients and the community. 

“We are honored to have such outstanding clients who have entrusted us with their home buying and selling needs. We couldn’t have reached this point without that support or the talented team that has served the company throughout our history, and great business partners, who work every day to serve our clients and help advance our efforts, not only as real estate professionals, but as trusted members of the region," said Kirk Pugh, president, KBT Realty Group.

Thank you to all of our clients that trusted us - and to our amazing team. Looking forward to another record breaking year!


Join KBT Realty Group for Cape Fear Community Connection

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KBT Realty Group Bicycle Donation Program Moving 
in the Right Direction for Local Children in Need

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The month of February may have been short, but that didn't stop KBT Realty Group and its clients from closing on their properties. Following the first three weeks of the month, some 34 closings were completed, which means 34 brand-new bicycles have been donated to a child in need in the greater Cape Fear area.

The program, which was launched on January 1, 2020 will enable KBT Realty Group to expand its charitable activity, which has included work with the American Heart Association, the Miracle League, Toys For Tots, and Habitat for Humanity through KW Cares and the Keller Williams Wilmington team. KBT Realty Group is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and according to Kirkland Pugh, president, that milestone represented the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

The goal is to donate as many bicycles as possible during the holiday season this year. And while that means KBT Realty Group has its work cut out, we are confident we will achieve the best possible results.

New Faces At KBT Realty Group

Joining the KBT Realty Team of Market Professionals

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Randy Holleman


"I chose to join KBT Realty Group for the tools and resources; they provide their agents with and the support of a well-developed team. I bring a knowledge of converting internet leads and past experience working with a high producing team."

Why Using An Agent to Sell Your Home is A Smart Decision

Selling your home is a big endeavor that should include working with an expert - a real estate professional.

To compensate the agent for their time and expertise, a portion of the money you receive upon your home sale will be used for the real estate agent's commission. Commissions may be intimidating and may seem difficult to justify when selling your home.

Along with helping you stay objective, an agent guides you through the selling process. Here’s a list of reasons why you should use a real estate agent to sell your home.

1. Real Estate Agents Possess Overall Market Knowledge

As you begin the process of selling your home you want to have an expert that can guide you through the process. A real estate agent has access to a variety of data about recent home sales in your neighborhood, which will allow you to price your home accordingly. Along with this, agents can access your local MLS. Your home will be included in the MLS, so agents helping home buyers can be shown specific details that help market your property.

2. Real Estate Agents Are Trained in the Many Legalities of Selling a Home

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll make, so make sure you don’t miss a step in the process. During the selling process there is a ton of paperwork that needs to be completed. A real estate professional ensures selling your home will go smoothly and will also be able to alert you should problems arise in which you need to consult with a lawyer.

3. Real Estate Agents Are Able to Network & Coordinate Showings

Putting your home for sale cannot become your full time job. It will be difficult to get home from work for showings, make flyers, etc. A real estate agent becomes your marketing specialist and will be able to run open houses, set up showings, and manage other marketing activities to get your house seen by interested buyers. Agents are typically connected to other agents, so are able to provide referrals that help you get a quick sale.

4. Real Estate Agents Assist with Pricing to Sell, Negotiation, & Inspections/Diligence

Negotiating is tricky. While you may think it would be easier to not have the middle men (the buyer and seller real estate agents) the negotiation is not always easy. Be prepared. An agent acting as a messenger in the process prevents any disagreements that could result in a deal being pulled from the table. Your agent can play the role of "tough guy," in the negotiations, which reduces your stress levels. Once you are under contract, the agent will have many recommendations to assist with any final details to get you to the closing table.

Selling your home can be a long process that ends in a significant financial transaction. A real estate professional is a huge benefit to you during the process. The expertise of an agent allows you to better navigate potential rocky waters and end up on the other side with a transaction with your best interests in mind.

KBT Realty Group agents have the expertise, data, and connections to make your selling experience a positive one.



KBT Realty Group helped a total of 241 families in the greater Cape Fear region last yer

In 2019, KBT Realty Group was ranked 3rd in units sold in the Cape Fear 
Association MLS

KBT Realty Group is the #1 team from Keller Williams in our local market

In the entire Carolina’s region (that’s North & South Carolina both), KBT Realty was ranked as the #13 team in 2019!


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