Wendell Wonderland featuring Lake Myra Christmas Lights
The Town of Wendell is excited to host the third 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 Cypress Street and Third Street (10 S. Cypress) in the Town of Wendell.
Wendell Wonderland will come alive beginning on Saturday, November 22 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.
As part of the Wendell Wonderland event, kids and adults alike are invited to come spend an Evening with Santa at the Town Square on December 5th at 6.p.m. at the corner of Cypress and Third Street. Stop by for a magical night with old Saint Nick, surrounded by one of the state's largest light shows.
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 10 S. Cypress Street in Wendell.
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 Feed Your Neighbor Bicycle Rally September 6
WUMC is sponsoring a Bicycle Rally September 6, 2014. Distances are 30 Mile and 53 Mile Routes. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and ride starts at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $25 for pre-registered riders, pre-register at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=8925451. Cost day of event $30. Cue sheets to be provided day of ride. Ride is fully supported with intermittent rest stops and sag wagon. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to WUMC food pantry to help feed people in the Wendell, Zebulon and Knightdale areas. Contact Mike Cotterman at 919-365-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question
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. 20th, from 11am to 6pm. 2014 will mark the 12th 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 www.thefoodfestival.com or www.facebook.com/InternationalFoodAndMusicFestival, for more details.
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.
1st Annual Cornhole Tournament
Wendell UMC Feed Your Neighbor 5K Race
Please join us once again for a fun 5K walk/run event for a great cause. All proceeds go towards the Wendell United Methodist Church Food Pantry which helps supply meals to over one hundred families in our community who are in need each month.
The race winds through mostly flat neighborhood roads in the town of Wendell. Post race food, fellowship and awards will be in the Wendell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the race. Packet pick-up will start at 7:30 on the day of the event at the Wendell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (129 N. Main St, Wendell, NC). Race begins at 8:30. Park near the church along Main St. or nearby street parking. If you are pre-registered through Active.com, all you need to bring is yourself and your running shoes. If you are not pre-registered you can sign-up the day of the event ($30 individual, $25/ person for teams), however we cannot guarantee availability of T-shirts for late registrants.
Starting point for the race is on Main St across from the Mortex Factory Outlet Store. Runners will proceed north across Wendell Blvd along a marked course. All intersections will be controlled by police or race volunteers. Finish line is on N. Main St, just across Wendell Blvd from the church.
Be sure to come back to the Fellowship Hall after you finish for food, fun and awards! Results will be posted as soon as possible on the church website.
Thank you to all who participated in or helped to organize our Feed Your Neighbor 5K in 2013. The race was a lot of fun and a big success! Results are posted below.
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.