By Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell
There’s something for everyone in Wendell, North Carolina this upcoming summer. Check out the broad range of events listed below.
For updates, follow the town on Facebook or visit www.townofwendell.com.
National Day of Prayer 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ two times
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. This event was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
Participating in one or both events is free. For 2018, the Wendell Council of Churches is hosting two prayer opportunities:
- J Ashley Wall Town Square, Third and Cypress Streets, Wendell NC — noon
- Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC — 7:15pm
The Wendell Council of Churches welcomes everyone to these events of fellowship and prayer. With questions, call 563.677.6048.
Wendell Chamber of Commerce 2018 Golf Tournament
Friday, May 11, 2018 @ noon
The Wendell Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Golf Tournament 2018 as a fundraiser for East Wake Education Foundation and the Wendell Chamber of Commerce. The tournament location is the Wendell Country Club, 180 Jake May Drive, Wendell NC.
Public Safety Day 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 10am-2pm.
Meet and greet the people who keep our community safe at the tenth annual Public Safety Day! Join us in Downtown Wendell the first Saturday in May for this FREE community event in which citizens — young and old — interact with our police, fire and EMS professionals. Get behind the wheel of a police car and turn on the lights and siren as well as learn about the equipment on the fire and EMS trucks in an interactive and enjoyable day.
Food, fun, facts, and fellowship at this family friendly event make for an exciting and memorable outing. Held on Campen Street in downtown Wendell NC. For more information on this free event, call 919.365.4445.
Spring Into the Arts Walk 2018
Events span a full Saturday and the following Friday evening. With questions, call the Wendell Chamber at 919.365.4448.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 9am-4pm
The Wendell Appearance Commission invites you to the third annual Spring Into the Arts Walk — a day-long gala of visual, fine, and performing arts. The third annual Spring Into the Arts Walk will feature several local artists in an open air art competition throughout downtown. Artists will set up in Wendell’s historic downtown district and beyond. Visitors are invited to watch the artists create a masterpiece highlighting Downtown Wendell beginning at 9am.
Everyone is encouraged to visit with the artists as they bring their creations to life. A map showing the artist’s locations will be available soon. Join us at the J Ashley Wall Square, Third and Cypress Streets in Wendell NC, for a picnic in the park while enjoying the acoustic harmonies of a bluegrass performance by The Garrett Newton Band from noon to 1:30pm.
Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:30-8pm
Spring Into the Arts Walk wraps up with an Artist Reception and Silent Auction at Wine and Beer 101, 21 N Main Street, Wendell NC, on Friday to meet the artists and view their creations as well as bid on the art. All proceeds benefit the Wendell Appearance Commission for public art and beautification projects.
Wendell Historical Society Meetings
Meetings of the Wendell Historical Society are open to the public. The society’s meetings are held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Selma Road, Wendell NC. With questions regarding these no-fee meetings, call 919.793.3561.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7pm
This date, the regular meeting of the Wendell Historical Society will feature a program titled “A History of the Wendell Rock Quarry: From Rocks to Water to Recreation.” Presenters will be Steve Brown and Season Atkinson. Starting as an outcropping of granite alongside the railroad, the Wendell Quarry became Wendell’s primary industry through the 1930s and 1940s. Once flooded in the 1950s, it became Wendell’s water supply and today has been reborn as Mystery Lake Scuba Park, a recreation destination for diving enthusiasts.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7pm
This date’s program is entitled “Remembrances: The Family of Namy and Julia Joseph.” Presenter will be Genevieve Joseph of Durham, daughter of Charles Joseph, Namy and Julia’s fourth child, and Genevieve Norman Joseph. Her grandparents emigrated from Lebanon and arrived in Wendell in 1918, where they raised 10 children and were part of the small Catholic community that founded St. Eugene Catholic Church. Namy peddled dry goods and eventually built and ran a small neighborhood store. He also owned a restaurant on Main Street. Genevieve hopes those who knew her family will share their remembrances during the program.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 7pm
This regular meeting will feature a program titled “Federal Style Homes of Eastern Wake County” given by Steve Hicks. Mr. Hicks will discuss and give a photo tour of nearby plantation restoration projects including Oaky Grove in Shotwell, built in 1818.
Raleigh Boy Choir (CANCELED)
**This event, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7pm, has been canceled.**
The Covenant Presbyterian Church Concert Series will resume in Fall 2018. With questions, call 919.365.7979.
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
Ceremonies will be held at two locations.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5pm
The American Legion Post 148, JROTC members and Boy Scout Troop 515 will place flags at the graves of our veterans resting in Greenmount Cemetery, located at Industrial Drive near Academy Street, Wendell NC.
American Legion Post
Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5pm
The American Legion Post 148 hosts a Memorial Day Service at the American Legion Post, located at 5100 Wendell Boulevard, Wendell NC. JROTC and Boy Scout Troop 515 members will attend. This event is open to the public. Hot dogs, chips and drinks are provided for everyone at the conclusion of the observance.
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Enjoy a free night of live music and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy Farmhouse Jams featuring The Boomers, taking place at our beautiful lake pavilion beside the Farmhouse at Wendell Falls, 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell NC. Chill and unwind as you kick-back and enjoy live music, catch up with neighbors or make new friends, and savor the foods and beverages from on-site Grounds Café. With questions, call 919.822.3060.
Wendell Historical Society’s Jake May Fish Fry
Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 11am-5pm
The Jake May Fish Fry will benefit the Wendell Historical Society and honor the memory of Jake May, 2018 inductee into the NC Sports Hall of Fame. Drive thru or dine in and see the display/videos on the baseball legend from Wendell, including a frying pan owned by May for cooking fish.
The fish fry location is Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Selma Road, Wendell NC. Meals are $10 each. For more information, call 919.793.3561.
Big Truck Day 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11am-2pm
Curious about what it’s like to sit in the cab of a fire truck, garbage truck or tow truck? Come out to the Big Truck Day on W Campen Street in downtown Wendell NC. This is a fun, exciting and horn blowing extravaganza for truck enthusiasts of all ages. Touching and asking questions about the big trucks are welcomed. For more information on this free event, call 919.366.2266.
July 4th Parade and Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 @ 10:30am
Join the Wendell Historical Society and Town of Wendell for a July 4th parade and celebration. Parade begins on Main Street at Wendell Boulevard and includes veterans, children in their most patriotic wear, and bands. The procession marches its way to the Town Square for a program appreciating our military and recognizing our most patriotic children.
Reminiscent of how Independence Day was honored in the good ole days, it’s a quaint and wholesome observance for the whole family. There is no admission fee, and following the program there will be free hot dogs and fellowship. With questions, call 919.793.3561.
All Star Recognition and Family Movie Night
Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 7:30-9:30pm
Join us in recognizing the young baseball players as another season of baseball wraps up in the Town of Wendell. After our All Star Recognition, stay and enjoy an evening on the Town Square, Third and Cypress Streets, Wendell NC, with the neighbors while watching a family-friendly movie.
The all-star event and the movie are free. For more information, call 919.366.2266.
Ed. Note: Updated May 1 with May 20 event cancellation notice. KW