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The grounds were aglow at Liberty Hall Plantation earlier this month during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. Duplin County is home to this sprawling plantation and historic home of the venerable Kenan family that has been kept in pristine condition since the 1800?s.

And this year, on December 7th and 8th, visitors were transported back to Christmas time in the 1860s — a trying time in the South?s history, when Confederate troops and the Union army were at war. While Civil War re-enactments took place outside, visitors saw that even in a time of strife, it was still Christmas, and it was a time to remember the reason for the season.

Visitors were escorted by period-costumed guides giving tours of the holiday decorated, restored Greek revival house and its grounds, while special holiday music played and refreshments made from original Kenan family recipes were served. By all accounts, this year?s Christmas Candlelight Tour did not disappoint and has proven itself to be one of the must-attend holiday events of the season in Duplin County.

But you can?t say ?must-attend holiday event? without mentioning the December 9 th Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Duplin County Events Center! For the second year in a row, Duplin County was fortunate to play host to this legendary band ? this time in support of their Christmas Time?s A Comin? tour. Surrounded by decorative Christmas trees, their four-part harmonies filled the evening with joy, covering everything from their own well-known tunes to Christmas classics.

The intimate evening was full of song and story ? complete with a fireplace and rocking chairs where the band shared some of their favorite Christmas memories. Even Santa couldn?t resist making an appearance. But there were no reindeer for this Santa. Instead, he surprised the crowd on an eighteen wheeler! Leave it to Santa to steal the show ? and he made sure to leave the kids with ?Santa hats? of their own. Ho-ho ? oh what a night!

Happy holidays from all of us here in Duplin County. If you missed it this year, be sure to come celebrate with us next Christmas!

If the great April events around Duplin County are any indication of the fun that is in store for the rest of the spring season, then you are in for a real treat!

Saturday, April 20th marked Duplin Winery‘s Our Main Squeeze Wine and Music Festival at Duplin Winery’s I-40 Vineyard.  Talk about a full-on, all day celebration of music and delicious vino!  And it was a military appreciation event, to boot, treating more than 2000 military guests to complimentary entry.  With the American flag waving high overhead on a gorgeous spring day, everyone from the guests to the food and craft vendors were rocking to performances by Spare Change, Classic Collection, and The Tams.  Whether you wanted to tap your toes to the latest hits, or show off your best shag moves, this was the time to do it all.

Not to be outdone by the great tunes, the Winery featured three of its seasonal favorites – Carolina Country wine, Goin’ Coastal wine, and Raspberry Mango Lemonade Sweetzer.  And for those more interested in the eats than the sips, event sponsor Bright Leaf featured a hot dog eating contest that was open to all who dared.  The full day was surely entertaining for all, and it was one that gave back, too.  Duplin Winery was pleased to present a $5000.00 donation to Vidant Children’s Hospital.  Job well done!

So, what’s on tap next, you ask?  Come on out this Sunday, April 28th for the Beatles tribute band, The Return, at the Duplin County Events Center, and be sure to check out the events calendar (insert link here) for all Duplin County has in store for May!

Ahh, February. Time to do something extra special for the ones you love and to reflect on the moments and people that make your life that extra bit of sweet. From special wine tastings and love month menus to an evening of music and dance, here are a few ideas of how to entertain your number one valentine this month throughout Duplin County.

Get a head start on the Valentine’s evening rush, and begin your celebration a weekend early at the Country Squire in Kenansville on Saturday, February 9th for an evening of dance and music during the annual Call of the Drums fundraiser. The Barefoot Gypsies along with special guest dancers and musicians will perform with all funds raised benefitting Pet Friends of Duplin County. Find out more and purchase your tickets here.

As for dining on Valentine’s Day, make a date at the Mad Boar in Wallace or Southern Exposure in Faison and enjoy a special Valentine’s menu for you and your sweetheart, or reserve a romantic table at the Duplin Winery which will feature a specially prepared dinner for the occasion from 5pm-9pm.

But, the ways to say I love you don’t end after Valentine’s Day. Make a double date with Duplin Winery for an additional evening on Saturday, February 16th for their production of The Golden Oldies Show. And to satisfy your craving for some sweet sips, the Winery will be featuring a special tasting sheet and will offer special discounts for the occasion.

How’s that for spreading a little love around Duplin County?  Cheers!  xoxo

Just one month into this new year, and the events are already stacking up and underway throughout Duplin County.

Just this past weekend, the Mad Boar Restaurant along with Umbrella Events hosted the inaugural Frozen Beach Ball Concert in Celtic Court.  The weather was cold, but the event — complete with home-grown blues and tunes from Wilmington’s Jim Quick & Coastline along with DJ Joey Warren – was hot! The party kicked-off at Murphy’s Irish Pub for drinks and dinner, and rocked on into the evening.

This past Saturday was a popular night in Warsaw, too.  January 26 marked a favorite Duplin County event — the 12th Annual Robert Burns Supper and Scottish Celebration at the well-known County Squire Restaurant.  The winter chill didn’t hinder the celebration or the full Scottish attire – kilts and all! There was more than a “wee bit of Scottish Culture” exchanged, with plenty of fun and fellowship shared to last until next year’s celebration.

Stay tuned for a calendar loaded with fun ahead in Duplin County, as we plan to make 2013 our best year yet.   See you out and about!

The grounds were aglow at Liberty Hall Plantation earlier this month during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. Duplin County is home to this sprawling plantation and historic home of the venerable Kenan family that has been kept in pristine condition since the 1800?s.

And this year, on December 7th and 8th, visitors were transported back to Christmas time in the 1860s — a trying time in the South?s history, when Confederate troops and the Union army were at war. While Civil War re-enactments took place outside, visitors saw that even in a time of strife, it was still Christmas, and it was a time to remember the reason for the season.

Visitors were escorted by period-costumed guides giving tours of the holiday decorated, restored Greek revival house and its grounds, while special holiday music played and refreshments made from original Kenan family recipes were served. By all accounts, this year?s Christmas Candlelight Tour did not disappoint and has proven itself to be one of the must-attend holiday events of the season in Duplin County.

But you can?t say ?must-attend holiday event? without mentioning the December 9 th Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Duplin County Events Center! For the second year in a row, Duplin County was fortunate to play host to this legendary band ? this time in support of their Christmas Time?s A Comin? tour. Surrounded by decorative Christmas trees, their four-part harmonies filled the evening with joy, covering everything from their own well-known tunes to Christmas classics.

The intimate evening was full of song and story ? complete with a fireplace and rocking chairs where the band shared some of their favorite Christmas memories. Even Santa couldn?t resist making an appearance. But there were no reindeer for this Santa. Instead, he surprised the crowd on an eighteen wheeler! Leave it to Santa to steal the show ? and he made sure to leave the kids with ?Santa hats? of their own. Ho-ho ? oh what a night!

Happy holidays from all of us here in Duplin County. If you missed it this year, be sure to come celebrate with us next Christmas!