Spring Events in Wendell Offer Sports, Music, Arts, Prayer, & Public Safety Day

Jake May Opening Day baseball flyer. Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell, North Carolina
Jake May Opening Day baseball flyer. Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell, North Carolina

Spring has sprung and so have the community events within Wendell, North Carolina. Upcoming April and May 2018 activities include baseball, music, arts, prayer, and more.

With questions regarding these upcoming events, call 919.366.2266.

The Town of Wendell is in eastern Wake County, twenty minutes east of Raleigh NC. Town events may be found at www.townofwendell.com , on Facebook here, and on Twitter at twitter.com/WendellNC.

Opening Day at the Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8am-3pm

“Play Ball!” is music to the ears for the Town of Wendell.  What better way to transition into the spring season than a day of ball at Wendell Park, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC.  Kick off the baseball and softball season in Wendell at this free, public Opening Day celebration.

Enjoy “Pitch, Hit and Run” competition, a homerun derby, and inflatables. T-ball, baseball, and softball games will also be played.

For 2017, the Town of Wendell celebrated the centennial of Jake “Jakie” May entering professional baseball with the renaming of the Large Ball Field to Jake May Field.  When on the mound, Jake May threw a left handed jug-handle curve ball and when at the plate he batted right-handed.  In 1932, the Cubs went to the World Series against the Yankees and May struck out the Babe – twice!  After 1932, May returned home to Wendell and spent the remainder of his life farming tobacco and hunting.  May passed away in 1970.  Jake May is in the 2018 class of inductees into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHOF).  Ceremonies celebrating the 2018 inductees will be held May 3-4, 2018.  Information about the ceremonies hosted by NCSHOF is available here.

In keeping with the rich Wendell tradition of America’s pastime, Wendell has the honor of being state champions 16 times within the past 15 years.  Looking forward to another great season of ball.

Covenant Presbyterian Church Concert Series

Enjoy free, musical events as part of this “Concert Series”. Come and hear talented youth at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 125 S Selma Road, Wendell NC. Upcoming dates:

  • Triangle Youth Jazz Band with Triangle Youth Orchestra — Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 7pm
  • Raleigh Boy Choir — Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7pm

With questions, call 919.365.7979.

National Day of Prayer 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ noon & 7:15pm

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. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

For 2018, the Wendell Council of Churches is hosting two prayer opportunities in Wendell.

  • noon — at J Ashley Wall Town Square, corner of W Third and W Cypress Streets, Wendell NC
  • 7:15pm — at Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC

The Wendell Council of Churches welcomes everyone to these free events of fellowship and prayer. For more information, call 563.677.6048.

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. It will be held at Wendell Country Club, 180 Jake May Drive, Wendell NC.

Visit www.wendellchamber.com/pages/golf-tournament for team package information. With questions, contact the Chamber via  email or by calling 919.868.7592.

Public Safety Day 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 10am-2pm

Meet and greet the people who keep our community safe at the ninth-annual Public Safety Day.  Join us along Campen Street in Downtown Wendell NC 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. For more information, call 919.365.4445.

Wendell Public Safety Day flyer. Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell, North Carolina
Wendell Public Safety Day flyer. Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell, North Carolina

Spring Into the Arts Walk 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 9am-5pm

The Wendell Appearance Commissioner invites you to the third annual Spring Into the Art 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, 9am-4pm. During the day, there will be a sidewalk chalk demonstration, noon-3pm, on N Main Street, Wendell NC.

Join us at the J Ashley Wall Square, corner of W Third and W Cypress Streets, Wendell NC, for a picnic in the park while enjoying the acoustic harmonies of a bluegrass performance by The Garrett Newton Band , noon-1:30pm.

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.

Additional events happening in Wendell during the third annual Spring Into the Arts Walk include:

  • Arts & crafts vendors on Campen Street hosted by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce (9am-2pm)
  • Classic Car Show at Universal Chevrolet, 114 N Main Street (9am-3pm)
  • Scrap Exchange Kid’s Event at the Wendell Woman’s Club Lot, 10 S Cypress Street (11am-2pm)
  • Caricature artist ($10 per person), 8 North Main Street (10am-3pm)
  • Face painting and balloon animals, 2 North Main Street (10am-1pm)
  • Kids’ Art Walk Event featuring art from the local elementary school children.  This year’s event will be hosted in the Kannon’s building, 10 North Main Street, 10am-3pm. All proceeds from the “Penny War” judging will be returned to the participating elementary school art classes.

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:30pm-8pm

Spring Into the Arts Walk wraps up with an Artist Reception and Silent Auction at Wine and Beer 101 on Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:30-8pm, 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.

Memorial Day Weekend 2018

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, 125 S. Selma Road, Wendell NC. All are welcome.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5pm

The American Legion Post 148 hosts a Memorial Day Service at the American Legion Post, 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.


Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell NC

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