Side Walk Sale - May 2 -3, 2014
Downtown Wendell Sidewalk Sale - The annual Downtown Wendell Sidewalk Sale is taking place Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3. During this weekend, downtown Wendell is turned into an open-air market featuring beautiful clothes, quilts, jewelry, art, homemade items, sportswear, antiques, handcrafted furniture, dance apparel, and items for hunting enthusiasts. All of your favorite downtown stores will be participating: Kannon's Clothing, Perry's Gun Shop, Strickland Jewelers, The Dance Exchange, Ladybug's Cottage, Vintage Dreamzzz, Flowers by Mike, Mad Sports, Collector's Corner, Designs by Donna, Mortex Outlet Store, and many others. The Wendell General Store, featuring NC and locally made products, will also be open. Shoppers should come hungry as there are lots of yummy options for lunch and dinner, including: Aubrey's & Peedie's Grill, Primo Pizza, Agave Mexican Bar & Grill, Boulevard Pizza, Subway, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, and Great Wok Chinese Restaurant.
New this year, we will close Main Street (from the railroad tracks to Third Street) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Friday, May 2 to have a Street Dance in celebration of the Downtown Wendell Sidewalk Sale, which will feature a local band performing bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classic rock.
Wendell Farmers’ Market - opening May 10, 2014
The Wendell Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays 8 am-12 pm May 10-October 25, 2014 at 3700 Wendell Blvd. in Wendell. This is a great community gathering place each week with farmers and other vendors bringing their locally grown, seasonal produce to market, as well as baked goods, eggs, crafts and more.
The market accepts EBT, debit and credit cards; just stop by the market information tent to swipe your card and receive tokens in exchange. The tokens can be used just like cash and they do not expire. EBT cards enable people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food assistance benefits, to purchase healthy, local produce at the Wendell Farmers’ Market.
Independence Day Celebration
The Wendell Historical Society hosts an annual Independence Day celebration filled with red, white and blue fun. The event and activities are held downtown on Main Street and at J. Ashley Wall Town Square. The event is free to the public and is a great day filled with family fun. Many of our town's citizens, civic groups and organizations volunteer each year to make this event a huge success. The event is kicked off by a non-motorized parade down Main Street with bicycles, pets, and parade participants decked out in red, white and blue. After the parade, everyone gathers in the square to enjoy hot dogs, watermelon, cotton candy and lemonade. The event also includes red, white and blue balloon hats and face painting. This is a great family-oriented event hosted by the Historical Society as a way of thanking our town for their support and celebrating our nation’s independence.
Wendell UMC Community Day
Wendell United Methodist Church hosted their annual Community/Family Day on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They sold BBQ chicken plates and had a silent auction, a car show, local vendors, a casserole sale, and kids’ activities featuring a bounce house, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn. Be sure to stop by and enjoy all that is planned next year.
Wendell United Methodist Church: Loving God, Loving Neighbors and Making Disciples- www.WendellUMC.org
International Food and Music Festival
The International Food and Music Festival is held annually at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square on the third Saturday in September, which this year falls on Sept. 21st, from 11am to 6pm. 2013 will mark the 11th year of the festival, which is organized and operated by the Saint Eugene Catholic Church parishioners.
The festival features authentic foods from many countries, including Lebanese tabbouleh, Polish pierogi, and Filipino Manilla Bay barbecue, to name just a few, as well as homemade desserts. There are 18 booths—Festival attendees get to taste the world while enjoying free music and dance entertainment, free kids games, silent auction, and outstanding raffle prizes. The festival also hosts a food drive, with contributions going to the WUMC food pantry. Visit the Food Festival website or Food Festival Facebook page, for more details. Please see the flyers for this event, English Flyer or Spanish Flyer. You don't want to miss this one!
Wendell Harvest Festival - Our annual Wendell Harvest Festival will be held Friday, October 3 - Saturday, October 4, 2014. Festival-goers can expect to find specialty craft vendors, local art, games, music, kid's inflatables, activities for children and adults, yummy food, and a craft-beer garden. The Harvest Festival Parade will begin at 10:00 am, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Interested vendors can register to participate in the 2014 Wendell Harvest Festival by visiting www.wendellchamber.com.
**Once the festival map, event flyer, and parade map are finalized, I will send it to you for posting as well.
Wendell Wonderland featuring Lake Myra Christmas Lights
The Town of Wendell is excited to host the second annual holiday event this season entitled “Wendell Wonderland.” One of the largest holiday light shows in the State of North Carolina moved from its former location on Lake Myra Road to Downtown Wendell in 2012. Wendell Wonderland is open to the public and will be located in our historic downtown at the corner of Hollybrook Road and Fourth Street in the Town of Wendell.
Wendell Wonderland will come alive beginning on Tuesday, November 19 at 6 p.m with the Lake Myra Christmas light show. The light show runs nightly through December 31, weather permitting. Event hours are from 6-10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Santa Claus will also be on hand to celebrate every Saturday night. The Town of Wendell will also officially kick-off the 2013 holiday season on November 22 at 6 p.m. with a “Lighting of the Town Square” event in downtown at 17 W. Third Street in the town square.
Thousands of people have visited the Lake Myra light display show each year since its inception and the Town of Wendell received an increased number of visitors at the new location. Improved access and ample parking make it easier for people in the region to visit this unique and spectacular holiday light show and events in downtown Wendell! The location is 210 E. Fourth Street in Wendell.
Map of Wendell Wonderland 2013, click here.
Christmas Candlelight Tour
The Wendell Historical Society hosts an annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of homes. This tour of homes has approximately ten locations and consists of beautifully decorated homes along with important historic locations. This tour is one of the society's largest yearly fund raisers and the proceeds from ticket sales benefit historic preservation and recognition in Wendell. Homes are open to tour attendee's from 2pm-5pm and the tour is normally scheduled on the 3rd Saturday in December. Visitors will not only enjoy the beautiful decorations offered by our homeowners but will also enjoy delicious holiday refreshments and special music as they take the tour. Homes and tour locations are either a short drive or short walk from each other and every guest is given a map with details and histories for each home. This event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit as you stroll around Wendell and enjoy the wonderfully decorated homes and are greeted by the warmth and kindness of our residents.