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Cameron Art Museum goes Toy Crazy

For the kid at heart who still plays with toys, you can go toy crazy in Wilmington.

The Toy Crazy exhibit is open for kids of all ages at the Cameron Art Museum. More than 200 vintage trinkets and toys are on display.

Featured toys date back to the early 1900’s to the present.

The exhibit will be on display from now until March 1st.

‘American Idol’ David Cook to play Azalea Festival

The N.C. Azalea Festival and “American Idol” are getting together again.

Organizers announced Friday that the singer David Cook, who won the seventh season of hit TV show “American Idol” in 2008, would be one of two concert headliners for the 62nd annual Azalea Festival, set to be held April 1-5.

Cook will perform April 2 in Trask Coliseum. Carrie Underwood, also an “Idol” winner, performed at the Azalea Festival in 2006.

“We were getting calls (from the public) weeks and months in advance wanting us to get David Cook,” said Sherman Criner, president of the 2009 festival.

The announcement of the Azalea Festival’s other headliner is expected in the coming days.

“One thing we’ve run against this year is the (Academy of Country Music) awards are, I think, the same week as the festival,” Criner said, hinting that a country singer might fill out the festival bill.

Cook is a rocker who wowed “Idol” judges (and audiences) with hard-edged interpretations of such songs as Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” In a pairing dubbed “The Battle of the Davids,” Cook defeated the favored David Archuleta on “Idol” in May. Just two weeks later, Cook had 11 songs from his independent album “Analog Heart” in the Billboard Hot 100, a record.

His self-titled major label debut for RCA, released late last year, peaked at No. 3. The album features collaborations with the likes of Chris Cornell, formerly of the band Soundgarden.

Aquarium on Wheels

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher unveiled the newest instrument for their outreach program Jan. 27.

They have created an aquarium on wheels which allows people to touch and learn about sea stars, hermit crabs, and other marine invertebrates.

The outreach program currently brings marine invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians to schools, libraries, camps, and community groups.

By outfitting a large truck, educators will be able to bring the coast to students who live in the mountain or piedmont areas.

The van includes a life support system so the aquarium can go on the road for weeks at a time.

The Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina gave a grant of $15,000 to help the aquarium acquire the vehicle.   The NC Aquarium Society raised the rest of the money that was used.

Here Now: Veterans group to bring Wall replica to Ogden Park

When I sat down with a group of veterans at the Disabled American Veterans’ local chapter, most of the men and women around the table there had served during the Vietnam era.

The DAV is an organization whose members provide services to all veterans and their families. They run three vans, ferrying veterans to VA clinics in Fayetteville, Durham and, occasionally, Salisbury. They help veterans with or without disabilities file claim forms and other paperwork. They loan wheelchairs and other medical equipment. Continue reading

Free admission to Fort Fisher Aquarium on MLK Day

FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) – People working at the Fort Fisher Aquarium are expecting Martin Luther King Day to bring out huge crowds. That’s because admission will be free on Monday for all visitors.

Workers say last year more than three thousand people came out on Martin Luther King Day to enjoy the free event.

The aquarium also has free admission on Veterans Day.