Monday, April 30, 2012

Poplar Grove Plantation - Events & Activities

Poplar Grove Platation is a beautiful, historic property at the north end of Wilmington in Porter's Neck.  We often go there with our dog to walk the nature trails.  It's one of the few places we've found in Wilmington where you can get into the woods and walk for miles.  The 67 acres of undeveloped land at Poplar Grove is part of the Coastal Land Trust and we encourage everyone to take advantage of it!

Poplar Grove also does historic tours as well as events year round.  Here is a listing of the events from now through December.  We hope you can get out there to enjoy these.

Poplar Grove’s Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays 8 AM to 1 PM
April 4th through November 21st
PoplarGrove’s Farm Market offers absolutely fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey and more.   The market also features fresh baked goods, pickled okra, jams and peanuts plus, handcrafted one of a kind gifts such as jewelry, scented candles and wooden toys.  Meet the folks that grow the food.  Fabulous cooking classes with 4 star New York chef.

Family Day at Poplar Grove’s Farmers’ Market
Wednesday, June 27, 10AM to 12PM
Cape Fear’s favorite Farmers Market celebrates children with free, fun, educational activities.  Quick, easy, hands-on learning about animals, safety, cooking and gardening for kids.  A great day for the whole family to shop, learn and enjoy a summer morning.

Classy-Chassis Car Show
& Country Flea Market
Saturday, July 14 (Rain date July 15th)
The most memorable show of the summer takes place under big old shade trees at Historic Poplar Grove Plantation. Cars and trucks 1986 and older compete for top awards.  A Country Flea Market spreads front to back on this old peanut farm.  Vendors offer handmade crafts, furniture, jewelry, gently used goods and more.  Be sure to check out the antique tractor display in the pasture.  Take a break from the summer heat with an ice cream sundae in the air conditioned barn.  Show-goers can treat themselves to real southern bar-be-cue sandwiches, hot dogs, beverages, funnel cakes and of course, peanuts! 

Autumn 5-K Fun/Run/Walk
September 22
Run or walk through beautiful, serene Abbey Nature Preserve. Cedar forests, leafy canopied trails, a scenic pond and wooden footbridge are the backdrop for a peaceful, healthy Fun - Run.  Participants are supporting an important piece of North Carolina history with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Poplar Grove Plantation.     Run or walk through history in beautiful, serene Abbey Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 24th.  Historic Poplar Grove Plantation's Autumn Fun Run/Walk is a wonderful experience.  The cross country style trail meanders through the natural environment of the original gristmill site.  Cedar forests, leafy canopied trails, a scenic pond and wooden footbridge set the scene for a peaceful, healthy Fun - Run. 

Halloween Festival
Friday October 12, Saturday October 13, Sunday October 14
Friday October 19, Saturday October 20, Sunday October 21

For 30 years a frighteningly fun Cape FEAR tradition.  Haunted barn, haunted hayride, rides, games, food, prizes, fortune tellers, non-scary hayrides and activities.   Wonderful costume contest Saturday, October 22nd .  A great time for all ages, don’t miss it!

Happy Tails Dog Expo
October 28
Bring your furry friends for a full afternoon of fun!  Contests, demonstrations, prizes, and a variety of vendors with great products for your favorite pal.  If you're looking for a new forever friend, this is a great opportunity to see a variety of adoptable pets.

Christmas Open House
& Craft Fair
Sunday, December 2
Poplar Grove Plantation invites the public to stop by for hot cocoa and cookies between noon and 5PM the first Sunday in December.  Decorated in Victorian style, the annual Christmas Open House is a charming gateway to old fashioned holiday spirit.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, hayrides to music and a fabulous craft fair with live demonstrations in the barn are all part of the fun. As Poplar Grove’s way of saying thank you to the community and Merry Christmas to everyone, admission is free today, fee for hayride.

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