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~ ROW News ~
It's the Holly Jolly celebration
Posted on Dec 10th, 2015 Comments (0)
Find your holiday spirit with the Holly Jolly celebration.  Downtown residents and businesses have decorated their homes and businesses.  The amazing Wilmington arts community will be out in force with singers and entertainers of all sorts. You won't want to miss it.  Get the complete schedule here and enjoy all the festivities.
Post Office Tree Planting Set for May 6
Posted on May 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
ROW will be planting trees at the Post Office next Wednesday May 6. 
Three Taxpayer Concerns
Posted on Feb 25th, 2015 Comments (0)
ROW President Paul Lawler addressed Wilmington's City Council and asked that three taxpayer concerns be addressed in the negotiations with East West Developers.  He asked that there be no developer subsidy, that the impact on parking fees be evaluated and that the developer be required to operate within the rules that apply to other Wilmington developers.  You can view the presentation HERE.  You'll need to scroll over to the 39 minute mark.
Conant Letter: How Will It Be Paid For?
Posted on Feb 22nd, 2015 Comments (0)
ROW member Scott Conant wrote a letter to the editor asking how the deck will be financed.  Click on THIS LINK to find his letter, it's the 3rd letter in the list.
ROW Speaks Out on Water Street Deck Proposals
Posted on Jan 28th, 2015 Comments (0)
ROW presented its view on the Water Street Deck proposals in the Star News.  You can read it at  The ROW View.  ROW commends the City for seeking a replacement for the Water Street Deck but decries the large taxpayer subsidy expected by developers.
Do you have a comment on this or other issues facing Wilmington?  Let your City Council know.  You can reach all Council members at Council@WilmingtonNC.gov 
ROW Presents Grant to Blue Ribbon Commission
Posted on Jun 3rd, 2014 Comments (0)
           ROW presented its grant to the Blue Ribbon Commission today.  The grant will fund a summer program for DC Virgo students at Kids Making It.  Jana Jones Hall (left), along with Jimmy Pierce of KMI, accepted the grant from ROW board members Paul Lawler, Scott Conant, Mike McGinty, Paul Mason and Sylvia Kochler.  WWAY covered the presentation and you can see their story HERE.
Give Your Input on Riverfront Park
Posted on May 29th, 2014 Comments (0)
What would you like to see at the new Riverfront Park?  The City purchased 6.6 acres close to the Isabelle Holmes Bridge for a new City Park.  Now they're trying to figure out what to do with the land.  It's a wide open space so almost anything is possible.  Wilmington's Parks Department has created a website that gives details about the park and seeks citizen input.  Let them know what you think.  Here's a LINK to the City's page.
Comments on Northern Riverfront Park
Posted on May 20th, 2014 Comments (0)
Wilmington will be holding a public input meeting on the Northern Riverfront Park.  It's set for May 22, in City Council Chambers and runs from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Folks interested in offering their thoughts on the development of the park, or to learn more about it are encouraged to attend.  The City's information on the project can be found HERE.  
ROW Awards Presented
Posted on May 19th, 2014 Comments (0)
Congratulations to Sherry Demas and William and Patricia Braswell! 
Sherry was presented with ROW's Good Neighbor Award Saturday.  The award recognizes a person who has gone above and beyond to be a good neighbor through his or her actions supporting neighbors and the neighborhood.  Sherry has been a mainstay of ROW serving as Mayor, Chair of the Back Door Kitchen Tour, has opened her home repeatedly for picnics and the first member event, and always supported ROW activities in many, many other ways.  Thank you Sherry!
The Braswells were named this year's winner of the Dolly Pearson Garden Award.  The committeee noted their use of perennials, the plantings in the Civic Plaza (the area between the curb and sidewalk), as well as the fountain, colorful flowers and statuary in the front sunken garden.  The award recognizes a beautiful garden with an emphasis on those that can be seen from the street and enjoyed by all. 
Council Moves Ahead on DFI Proposal
Posted on Apr 29th, 2014 Comments (0)
Wilmington City Council held a work session yesterday, April 28, to look into concerns with the DFI proposal to replace the water street deck with a two tower building.  They approved the DFI proposal with 325 public parking spaces and a waiver to exceed height limitations provided the design meets some yet to be determined criteria.  No substantive changes were made to the DFI proposal. 

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~ Back Door Kitchen Tour News ~
Mark your calendars!  ROW's 2015 Back Door Kitchen Tour will be held Saturday October 10, 2015 from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.  This is the 10th anniversary of ROW's much loved annual Back Door Kitchen Tour. BDKT Chair Alicia Ross and ROW's BDKT Committee have a very special tour planned.  Among the nine beautiful homes and kitchens on tour this year, the 2015 BDKT Tour will feature:  a Front Street home that was previously occupied by President Woodrow Wilson; a beautifully remodeled 1898 bungalow; and a fabulously decorated Fifth Avenue mansion. 
The Tour takes place in Wilmington's downtown residential historic district.  In addition to the nine featured homes, ROW invites you walk our beautiful tree lined streets, with their famous "right-of-way" gardens, and experience our very special historic neighborhood. Let us show you why we love living downtown. 
The Tour will take place "rain or shine."  It is easily walk-able. 
You may learn all the details about the 2015 Tour, including ticket information, and see a list of the 2015 Tour homes, by navigating to the Back Door Kitchen Tour page of this site. Here are some highlights about Tour tickets. 
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. They also may be purchased in advance at the following retail stores:
Harris Teeter stores in the Greater Wilmington area
Finkelstein's, located at the corner of Front and Market Streets, Historic Downtown Wilmington  
Michael Moore's Antiques on Castle Street
The Ivy Cottage on Market Street
Taste the Olive, Mayfaire  
On the day of the Tour, tickets may be purchased at each of the nine Tour homes (listed on the Back Door Kitchen Tour Page of this site), and at the Bellamy Mansion. Day of Tour credit card purchases may be made at Finkelstein's or participating Harris Teeters.  Credit card purchases cannot be processed at Tour homes or the Bellamy. If you purchase your tickets in advance online, you may pick them up on the day of the Tour at any Tour home or at the Bellamy.
Again, please see the Back Door Kitchen Tour page on the ROW website for complete details.  
The Backdoor Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser for Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW), an all volunteer  non-profit neighborhood association dedicated to enhancing our beautiful historic downtown. Proceeds go to back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements, both through ROW projects and community-based grants to other non-profits. If you have questions, please contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org
Visit the BDKT page for more information or to sign up for emailed updates about the Tour.  Click Here for BDKT Page.
Sign Up For an Automatic Tour Reminder
You may also sign up for an automatic reminder as we get close to the tour date.  Click HERE to sign up to be on the BDKT emailing list.