Events Archive

Events

Black History Month at Poplar Grove

Laundry Hanging & Hog Killing Time, Smoke House, 1934 During the month of February, school groups and private tours are available for those interested in discovering more about the history of the Foy household slaves, including their various roles and more interestingly where their skills and talents intersected with Gullah Geechee traditions.  Advanced booking required.  Contact Felicia Greene at 910.686.9518 x106.
February 1 - February 28

Donkeys, Luna & Truffles Meet & Greet

lula and truffles_featuredWe invite you to join us in welcoming our two new donkeys, Luna & Truffles. This loving and funny mother and daughter team will be available for nose-rubbing on February 13, from 11AM - 1PM in the barnyard. Rain date is scheduled for February 20, 11AM - 1PM.
February 13

Easter Basket Class – Experienced

Easter BasketFinished Size: 40" round; 12" diameter; 6" tall without handle. Techniques taught will be twining, double bottom over flat top, D-handle & triple up sides, plus cross stitch pattern over colored reed and braided lasher. For experienced students only.
March 8

Napkin Basket Class – Beginner

Napkin BasketFinished Size: 9" x 9" Square x 5" Tall. This basket is woven with a stop and start (S&S) weave, each row woven separately. Several colors to pick for trim. Diagonal bottom fillers after basket is finished.
March 15

Herb & Garden Fair

Poplar TulipSpring shopping at its best!  The grounds at Poplar Grove will be full of vendors selling annuals, perennials, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts, herbs, container gardens and other types of plant material. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors/active military; children 12 & under free. All proceeds benefit our conservation efforts!
April 2 - April 3

NC Azaela Festival Parade

azaleafestlogoTraditional parade route flows right through the heart of Historic downtown Wilmington. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess await you. Come out and see the Poplar Grove float! Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Visit NC Azalea Festival Parade for more information.
April 9

Hilltop Chair Side Basket Class – Experienced

Hilltop Chair Side BasketFinished Size: 8"W x 12"L x 12"H without handle. Techniques taught include using a wood bottom, inserting stakes in the Nantucket style, continuous twill in natural reed, twining, plus an arrow design in spaced dyed colors. Finished off with a hand carved oak handle. For experienced students only.
April 12

AM Farmers’ Market Opening Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 2016 market season opens on Wednesday, April 13. 2016.  Market hours are from 8:00AM to 1:00PM, and operates every Wednesday through September. The grounds of Poplar Grove will be open to the public. Come check out the Blacksmith Shop and visit our Basket Gallery. Visit the Animal Sanctuary for a small fee. Bring the whole family and a few friends too!
April 13

Loaf Basket Class – Beginner

Loaf BasketFinished Size: 14"L X 7"W X 6"H without handle. Techniques taught will be weaving around a D handle, cutting weavers, Indian wheels with round reed, plus horizontal fill for the bottom. Accent will be woven with dyed blue reed.
April 19

Talbots Charitable Event

talbots mayfaireOn Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Mayfaire Town Center, Talbots will donate 10% of all merchandise sales from 10AM - 2PM to Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 Public Charity. Talbots is a leading specialty retailer of women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel and related products. We will see you there!
April 21

Kentucky Derby Party

churchhill downs3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party, a fundraising event in support of our Animal Sanctuary and to raise awareness for equine abuse and rescue. On Saturday, May 7, 2015, join us from 4-8 PM for one thoroughbred good-time!
May 7

Market Picnic Basket Class – Experienced

Market Picnic BasketFinished Size: Oval 17"; Diameter 12"; Height 11" without handle. Techniques taught will be laying out base, while filling-in the base, regular twining to ensure true measurement for base, S&S rows, plus arrow design for accent row. Learn to insert double swing handles. For experienced students only.
May 10

Berry Basket Class – Beginner

Berry BasketFinished Size: 20" Round; 6" Diameter; 4"1/2 Tall without handle & 8" Tall with handle. Techniques taught will be simple twined bottom, cutting rims, S&S weaving, inserting a hand cared handle. Choose from bundles of assorted dyed reed available for accent.
May 17

Bourbon Tasting, Barbecue & Band

Join us from 4PM - 7PM for an animal sanctuary fund-raising event! We will be sampling and rating a wide variety of bourbons. North Carolina barbecue - basted with that good ole southern family recipe: apple cider vinegar and red pepper flakes - will be cooked right here on the grounds. Tickets are $25 to eat, drink, and be cheery. An additional $10 upcharge to participate in the bourbon tasting. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2016.
June 5

American Wall Basket Class – Experienced

American Wall BasektFinished Size: 16"L x 4" W x 8" H without handle. Techniques include S&S weaving, plus overlaying design, and inserting small bushel handle.  A perfect basket for display for your 4th of July party! For experienced students only.
June 14

Turtlerrific – Summer Camp

turtleWe’ll discuss the life cycle of turtles, make a paper turtle to take home, and walk to the bridge to feed the pond turtles. Tuesday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
June 21

Wall Basket Class – Beginner

Wall BasketFinished Size: 10"L X 5"W X 7"H. Techniques taught will be using different size reeds to change textures on walls of basket and inserting a light-weight small bushed handle, plus overlapping flat oval reed.
June 21

Peanut Planting – Summer Camp

peanut plantingPaint your own clay pot.  While it is drying, help plant peanuts in the Poplar Grove garden.  Then plant a peanut in your pot to take home. Thursday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
June 23

Gourmet in the Grove

April, overall market(1)New this season!  For those community members working, or have days filled with commitments, every Thursday from 4-7:30PM you can stop by Poplar Grove's 1st evening market to grab a few weekend take-away items to share with visiting friends and family. You can also find local arts and crafts and specialty items, such as hand-made baskets and cutting boards, jewelry, and soaps.
June 23 - September 1

Let’s Take a Walk in the Woods – Summer Camp

walk in the woodsSpend the morning discovering the plant life, animals and insects who inhabit the different layers of our local forest.  Our guided walk will take you into the Nature Preserve for a morning of discovery. Tuesday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
June 28

Explosives 4th of July – Summer Camp

fireworksWe’ll start off with some science explosive science experiments, make decorative firecrackers to take home, then create thank you cards for our deployed military. Thursday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class, snack provided. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
June 30

Frogtastic – Summer Camp

frogs and toadsWe’ll discuss the life cycle, diet and predators of our frogs and toads.  Then make a paper frog craft, and walk to the bridge to look for frogs in their natural habitat. Tuesday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
July 5

Nature’s Mysteries: Tracks & Signs – Summer Camp

deer tracksWe’ll talk about the creatures who inhabit our woods, what level of the forest they live in, what they eat, etc. and then look at their tracks.  We’ll walk into the Nature Preserve to find evidence of local wildlife. Thursday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
July 7

Weaving Wonders – Summer Camp

HolliMiner_LoomLearn to weave using several different materials, such as paper and reed. Tuesday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
July 12

Magazine Basket Class – Experienced

Magazine BasketFinished Size: 16" W x 13" L x 12" H. Techniques begin with wood frame, inserting stakes in the Nantucket style, shaping based around form, and S&S weaving. Choose natural or colored reed from available reed. For experienced students only.
July 12

Farm Animal Fun – Summer Camp

1560438_1476661485942026_4128859799149364185_nIt’s a work day full of fun!  Help us feed and brush our barnyard crew, learn about their life cycle and personalities, and help straighten their rooms (clean the stalls!) Thursday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM; snack included.  This is a drop-in camp. Register your child day-to-day, week-to-week, or pick and choose based upon your child’s interest.  You can also register the day before, if spaces are available. Cost: $15 per child, per class. Age: rising 1st through 5th grades. Limited to 15 students; must preregister by contacting Felicia Greene at 910-686-9518 x 103 or email felicia@poplargrove.org
July 14

Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show

retro-car-ad-8-1000x802On Saturday, July 16th, by popular demand is the former Classy-Chassis Car Show. For all you cruisers up and down HWY 17 and other parts of some of the loveliest highways and byways of North Carolina, park your ride for a while under the shade of Poplar Grove. Pop the hood and show off those Pistons, Plugs & Shocks. Fun for the entire family!
July 16

Bread Basket Class – Beginner

Bread BasketFinished Size: Oval 10"L X 8"W X 4"H. Using a wood base, techniques taught will be inserting stakes in the Nantucket style, continuing weave while learning how to splice weavers.
July 19

Sweetgrass Basket Class

pine needle basket_sliderBarbara McCormick from Charleston, SC, is in the area and sharing her skills and talents for those interested in creating a small work of art with sweetgrass. To reserve your spot and for more information, call Chrissy at 910-686-9518 x102.
July 27

Grooves in the Grove

Mandolin_slideWe couldn’t resist! There is no better place to bring family and friends to hear live music, and the necessary coolers to keep everyone jovial and in good spirits. Grooves in the Grove is returning for eight smooth & groovy late summer evenings August through September from 4-7 p.m.  There is a $5 admission fee for adults; kids free. Catch Food Truck & Kona Ice will be on hand - picnicking welcome!
August 7 - September 24

Grooves in the Grove

safe carcker recordsKicking off the summer concert series is STRAITS HAVEN. The band was born in Straits, NC, in the summer of 2011, evolving into an “emotional style that creates and delivers mountain top music with conviction and poise.” The music is simple in nature with thick dance grooves, a hard hitting rhythm section, and smoking hot leads. $5 Admission for adults; kids free. Picnicking and coolers are welcome!
August 7

Grooves in the Grove

phantom playboys pictureOne of our very favorites, The Phantom Playboys will bring the sounds of Rock-a-billy and 50’s Rock-n-Roll with a splash of surf and flying jump-kick of raw energy to the Grove! They are no less than the swingingest, sultriest, suavest rockabilly band in the lower Cape Fear!  $5 Admission for adults; kids free. Picnicking and coolers are encouraged! Catch Food Truck & Kona Ice will be here this evening.
August 14

Double Bottom Apple Basket Class – Beginner

Double Bottom Apple BasketFinished Size: 10" Diameter X 6" Tall without handle. Techniques taught will include weaivng double bottom using Indian Lifeline weave, side weaving, S&S weaving, plus using different widths of reed for a sturdy basket. Single lash topped off with a hand carved oak handle.
August 16

Double Wall Berry Basket Class – Experienced

Double Wall Berry Basket_1Finished Size: 27" Round; 8"x8" Diameter; 7" Tall without handle. Techniques include starting with wood bottom, weaving the inside wall continuously, plus lifeline weave on the outside.  Basket will be woven with natural and dyed reed. For experienced students only.
August 16

Grooves in the Grove

guitar_music_strings_bass_guitar_electric_guitar_82964_1920x1080Riff Jones, featuring Chip Gideons, who also hosts several open mic nights around the area. This Sunday, he pairs up with Darren Jones. Like all classic rock aficionados, Chip & Darren have “got some Bad Company for good company!” $5 Admission for adults; kids free. Picnicking and coolers are welcome!
August 21

Copperhead 20K Beer Relay

logoDrink. Run. Repeat. Got your attention? Then this event is for you! On Saturday, August 27th, you and your friends will take turns running the magnificent Abby Nature Preserve 5K trail loop. Before each lap is run, you have the option to drink a 12-ounce beer for a 2 minutes deduction off your lap time. Run solo, with your best friend, or on a team of 3 or 4 to complete the 20K course. Beer option only available for those 21 and older.
August 27

Grooves in the Grove

Wooden Steel BandWe’ve got a little foot stompin’ in the Grove with the boys from The Wooden Steel Band, playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and upright bass. Bluegrass meets Jam meets Americana with this group. $5 Admission for adults; kids free. Picnicking and coolers are encouraged!
August 28

Grooves in the Grove

mojo1That's right - Mojo Collins and Band will be out for Labor Day weekend! “Whether gritty slide,” describes Brian Tucker, “or swirling guitar that’s steeped in the 70s … Collins keeps things tamped down, like keeping a mean dog tight by his side. He’s a storyteller at heart and has a lovely voice to match.” $5 Admission for adults; kids free. Picnicking and coolers welcome!
September 4

Grooves in the Grove

folkstone stringbandFolkstone Stringband, formerly Possum Creek, will be joining us for a special commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. Providing hard driving and fast picking bluegrass, old time, Americana, and honky tonk music, come out to remember & support our veterans and families. $5 Admission for adults; active military and kids are free. Picnicking and coolers are welcome!
September 11

Woven Bottom Stool Class – Beginner & Experienced

Weaving Bottom of a StoolOak stools are furnished & included in class fee.  The top is 14X10 and the stool are 11" tall.  You will be able to weave any chair or stool that has four rungs after you complete this class! For beginners and experienced students to come together to learn from one another and have fun.
September 13

Grooves in the Grove

massive_grass2Yes, it is Massive Grass! Whether it is traditional bluegrass tunes, rock-to-bluegrass conversions, or their own original songs, Massive Grass mixes their rock-and-roll background with their love of acoustic mountain music to form a truly unique bluegrass experience. $5 admission for adults; kids are free. Picnicking and coolers are welcome.
September 18

Haint Blue Ghost Tours

masquerading adults4 Fridays in October of stylized HAINT BLUE Ghost Tours in the Gullah Geechee & Southern Gothic traditions. The Manor House and grounds are haunted by 5 generations of the Foy Family Household. Come find out why! Advanced reservations required. Tours of the Manor House on the hour @ 8pm, 9pm, & 10pm. Friday, October 7, 14,  21, and 28.
October 7 - October 28

Large Oval Serving Tray Class – Experienced

Large Oval Serving TrayFinished Size: Oval 19" x 14"; 4" Tall.  Techniques include inserting stakes into wood base, S&S weaving on the trya, then split stakes for arrow design. All natural reed will be used.  Bases will be available @ September Basket Class to take home, finish, and sand before October Class. For experienced students only.
October 11

Perfect Hostess Gift Basket Class – Beginner

Perfect Hostess Gift BasketFinished Size: Oval 8"L X 5"W & 7"H without handle. Techniques taught will be weaving around a D handle, S&S weaving, plus continuing twill weave.  Dyed reed will vary in color.  Tapering and ending with a taper will ensure level sides.
October 18

Haint Blue All Hallows Masquerade

skeleton on bikeOn Saturday, October 22, the courtyard gates of the Manor House will be open for an evening of revelry, including oyster bar, cigar bar, black & white horror films. Gates open at 8 p.m.  The Manor House doors closes at 12:01 a.m. This 21+ event includes an open bar, tarot readers, and costume contest. Tickets $50.
October 22

Evening Candlelight Tours

candles twilight eveningEnjoy an evening of candlelight through the Manor House with the entire family. Advanced reservations required. Tours on the hour Friday and Saturday at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM. The grounds will be specially light for this holiday weekend.
December 2 - December 3

Evening Candlelight Tours

candles twilight eveningEnjoy an evening of candlelight through the Manor House with the entire family. Advanced reservations required. Tours on the hour Friday and Saturday at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM. The grounds will be specially light for this holiday weekend. Regular tour prices apply.
December 9 - December 10

Christmas Arts & Craft Show

victorian-christmas-presentsOn Saturday, from 10 AM - 5 PM, shop local by visiting a variety of local arts, crafts & gifts vendors. Meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus at the Gazebo, take a wagon ride with the whole family through the Abbey Nature trail, meet our barnyard animals, and let the kids bounce around on inflatables. Our grounds will be specially lit for this joyous occasion!
December 10

Evening Candlelight Tours

candles twilight eveningEnjoy an evening of candlelight through the Manor House with the entire family. Advanced reservations required. Tours on the hour Friday and Saturday at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM. The grounds will be specially light for this holiday weekend.
December 16 - December 17