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!

Plans to visit North Carolina? Duplin County should be a plot on your map as you make your way throughout the Tarheel state ? especially if you want to experience the home of America?s first cultivated grape!

When it comes to visiting North Carolina vineyards, Duplin County should be on the top of your must-see list.

A lot of planning and work goes into having a dream wedding, but before you can start on details like music and flowers, you have to determine the location you plan to say ?I do?. Duplin County has all kinds of unique venues to accommodate very small and personal wedding parties to crowds up to 500. From the traditional chapel, to an outdoor ceremony at a vineyard, or even cozy bed and breakfasts, Duplin has a wedding day destination for you.

Bigger isn?t always better, especially if you are working on a tight budget for your nuptials and want to keep the bill small. Smaller, more intimate venues can really make the mood more romantic as well. Chestnut Farm offers The Chapel on the Pond that can provide for 50 guests on a beautiful deck next to a pond. Tarkil Branch Farm?s Homestead Museum of Beulaville also offers indoor and outdoor facilities that hold up to 75 guests.

Perhaps you need a venue for a crowd. Legacy Farms Bed & Breakfast in Wallace has a property to handle a large wedding and reception party. Ed Emory Auditorium offers easy access to a catering kitchen and excellent parking for up to 250. The Murray House Country Inn can host your garden wedding and reception complete with brick patio and arbor for up to 300 guests. If these are all still too small, River Landing and Mad Boar Event Venues can hold your group of up to 500 in the Southeast?s premier facility.

Maybe you just want your wedding to be different. Duplin Winery can offer anything from intimate Southern elegance to large formal affairs. They also have a new beautiful vineyard area to hold an outdoor ceremony. The Country Squire Restaurant, Winery & Vintage Inn can handle just about every aspect of your service from lodging, food, and ceremony venue holding up to 300 guests. How about having your special day in a fully restored Queen Anne style house? Duplin County Veteran?s Memorial Museum would be happy to accommodate up to 180 guests for your special day.

The options are plentiful for spectacular wedding day in Duplin County. For more information on all these locations, visit the Event Spaces section of the website and start deciding which location is just right for you!