2019 Summer Solstice the Longest Day

 

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet we have already kicked off our summer with Summer of Chevy, but technically speaking summer does not officially begin until Jun 21st also being the summer solstice and the longest day of the year for anyone who lives north of the equator.
Now you may be asking yourself what is the summer solstice and why is it the longest day of the year?
The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5 degrees north latitude, meaning it will occur exactly at 11:54 am ET on Friday the 21st. Due to the Earth orbiting around the sun on a tilted axis, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day between March and September. Then the rest of the year the Southern Hemisphere gets more causing the season changes. Fun fact; longest day to ever happen in Earth’s history dated back to 1912.
Depending on where you live depends on how much sunlight you will see. Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider created this terrific guide:
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Not only is the longest day well the longest day of the year but it is also when thousands of participants all across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Participants choose an activity that they desire to participate in to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Interested in participating? It’s simple!
First things first choose an activity that you would like to turn into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s. Then follow the steps below!
Register– Sign and select the fundraising activity you’d like to do.
Fundraiser– Set the fundraising page and add details about your activity.
Invite Others– Ask others to fundraiser with you or just simply donate to help meet your goal!
The earlier you start fundraising the great difference you make! Staff and volunteers from the Longest Day will be there every step of the way to assist with tools, tips, and coaching. By working together we can strengthen our light to outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s!
Support our Jeff Gordon Chevrolet team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Chevy Equinox panoramic roof
Enjoy the extra long day cruising around town with the wind blowing through your hair because the Chevrolet Equinox has a panoramic power sunroof giving everyone in the vehicle a wide-open view. Road trips don’t need to boring ever again because you have the panoramic roof which is great to search for constellations or cloud spotting. Working on the road, or need to entertain the kids? The Equinox offers available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, as well as  The Equinox,  offers 39.7 inches of rearseat leg room with enough room for 5 passengers. One of the worst things about summer is crawling into a vehicle with hot seats but in the Equinox you never have to worry about that again because there are ventilated seats.
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DIY Drive-In Movie Theater

A summer classic is going to the drive-in movie theater with a vehicle packed full of your friends or a romantic date night. Unfortunately, though there aren’t many drive-in-movie theaters around anymore.
There are still alternatives though! Around Wilmington, there are movie nights where you can go to a park and watch movies for free sitting in the grass. You could always host your own movie night in your backyard just be sure to invite the neighbors so they don’t get upset. Or if you’re looking for a more romantic night, crawl into your vehicle and set up your movie.
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Here are some places around Wilmington where you can watch movies in the park:
Where: Leland Municipal Park
When: Saturday at sunset
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: Pets or alcohol
Concessions available
Where: Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
When: Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
 Light refreshments available for purchase.
Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park
When: All summer long every Sunday film begins at dusk
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: No alcohol or glass allowed.
Concessions available.
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DIY Backyard Movie Theater
It may not be a drive-in-movie but it’s still a lot of fun for a nice summer night with friends and family, here is everything that you’ll need to make your own outdoor movie theater right in your backyard!
There are 4 key components that you will need when setting up your backyard theater;
Video Source: Some options for this would be your laptop, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, or gaming console.
Video Projector: What your projector will need:
  • Brightness – go for 2000 lumens or better
  • Resolution – look for a 720p or 1080p model HD is also a great thing to look for.
  • Sound- Don’t worry about if the projector has a built-in speaker, they do not help for outdoor settings.
Sound System: Think about something that you have that produced enough sound and can be plugged into your video source. Some ideas are:
  • Stereo amplifier
  • A good set of computer speakers
  • Take it old school with a boom box – as long as it has auxiliary outputs
  • Home Theater in a box
A Screen: Really any white material will work, but here are a few ideas to make your screen.
DIY Sheets:
  • What you will need:
  • Two white king sized flat/top sheets.
  • 40 feet of 1 1/2 inch SCH 40 PVC Pipe
  • (2) 1/4 inch x 3-inch eye bolts
  • (2) 90° PVC elbows
  • (3) 1 1/2 inch PVC  “T” pipes
  • (3) five-gallon buckets
  • Sand
  • Cord or Rope
How to make the screen:
  • Cut 2 pieces 100” X 56”
  • Turn right side out with the seams on the inside, ironing down the seams will help it lay flat
  • Make pockets for the pipes by sewing the seam around all four sides about 4” away from the edge
  • Fold and iron the raw edges from the final side that has not been closed.  Stitch the edges together to close the final side.
How to make the frame for the screen:
  • Lay your screen you just made flat on the ground. Take a 90° elbow and connect it to a ten-foot piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe.  Slide the pipe through the top pocket of the screen.  Measure from the left to the right side of the screen and mark where you need to cut it.  Take the pipe out, cut the pipe, and slide the pipe back through the screen.  Place the second 90° elbow on the opposite end of the top pipe.
  • Place the “T” PVC connector into the bottom left-hand corner of the screen where it would belong.  Measure from the top 90° elbow connector to the bottom tee connector to determine the length of the side pipe.  Cut the pipe and slide into the side pocket of the screen and fit into the 90° elbow and then attach the “T” connector. Repeat for the right-hand side.
  • There should already be a hole in the screen for this, place the final tee connector in the center of the bottom pocket in the screen. Measure from the left tee to the center tee and cut to fit.  Slide it in and attach to both tees.  Repeat, by measuring from the center tee to the right tee, cutting and attaching.
  • In case of winds you will need to tie down your screen so attach one eye bolt to each side pipe.
  • Cut three 1 1/2 inch PVC pipes in lengths of 41 inches each.  These will be the legs of the screen.
  • Stand the legs in the center of the 5-gallon buckets. Fill the buckets with sand to hold the legs in place.
  • Attach the “legs” to the 3 tee connectors on the bottom of the screen.
Now you have your screen, time to go pick out your movie and invite your friends over, don’t forget the popcorn!
If you do not have the time or simply do not want to build the screen there are other options, you could always do a projector screen although they are typically not that large, there are inflatable screens, as well as outdoor movie screens that you can buy. Another simple option if you have the space for it and location is to project the movie on the side of your house, garage door, tall fence. There are endless options for a movie screen, it’s all just a matter of how creative you want to get. Most importantly is to have fun, enjoy the movie, and eat popcorn!
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Looking for something more romantic? Get in your vehicle with WiFi and have a movie night!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • A vehicle with WiFi capability
  • Quiet place
  • TV, tablet, laptop
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Snacks
Most of our Chevy’s have a WiFi hotspot, but here are some of our favorites that would be perfect for your in-car-movie night.
With a large truck bed, the Colorado makes for the perfect night under the stars, watch a movie or both! Featuring a  6-speaker system you’ll have surround sound, plus there is a WiFi hotspot so just connect your laptop to your trucks WiFi and you’re set or a movie marathon! Don’t forget to bring plenty of blankets, pillows, and snacks.
Turn your date night of two into four and make it a double date or bring the pets along! With a HUGE truck bed large enough for the whole family to join! Featuring Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots offering a fast and reliable internet and 6-speaker system makes for the perfect in-car movie dates! Bring your friends, family, or pets and pack into your Silverado for a movie marathon, don’t forget the snacks, pillows, and blankets!
The Chevrolet Blazer, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban are all great cars to have your in-car movie date. Just like the Silverado, they all feature Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. You can lay the seats down, back or take them out whatever your preference whatever the vehicle it will be a great night! Just don’t forget your snacks and your date!
Drive-in-movie theaters do not have to be a thing of the past with all of these fun ideas you can bring it back and enjoy those long summer nights with some movies! Remember the 3 most important things about a drive-in-movie; 1. pick a good movie 2. enjoy it with friends family or a date and 3. you must have snacks lots of snacks. Now that you have these ideas and a checklist go make this the best summer yet, and do it in a Chevrolet!

Canines for Service 13th Annual Walk & Dog Dash

Grab your pup, family and friends and support a local non-profit.

Join Canines for Service on March 23rd from 9 am to Noon at Hugh Macrae Park for the 13th annual Walk & Dog Dash and maybe, you and your pooch could be big winners. The Walk & Dog Dash is a fun-filled event with a 1.5 mile walk/fun run, vendors, food, music, dog activities, professional photos and much more!

And, of course, the Dog contests are back! There will be dog contests that includes puppy pie eating contest, best costume, dog & owner look alike competition, best trick, and biggest/smallest dog awards.

Not only will you have tons of fun at this event with your pup but proceeds from the event will go to help rescue homeless animals in our community and train them to change the lives of Veterans and non-Veterans with disabilities. Your registration will include access to the vendors and contest, a 2019 Walk & Dog Dash T-Shirt, a bandanna for your pup and a BBQ lunch from Cooper’s BBQ Heaven. Registration costs only $25 for adults, $20 for students (13-22 years old), and it’s FREE for kids 12 and under. But most-importantly, your contribution will go to help others and save the life of a homeless pup.

What is Canines for Service?

Canines for Service (CFS) is a local organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities an opportunity to achieve a greater independence as well as enhancing their quality of life and the quality of life for a once homeless furry friend.

CFS was established in December 1996 when CEO/ Founder Rick Hairston moved to Wilmington and he realized there were no service dog organizations in southeastern North Carolina. Hairston gained experience in raising and training service dogs with an internationally known service dog organization in St. Louis Missouri. His 25-plus years of experience in training service dogs helped him understand how a service dog can help give comfort to those with disabilities and their families.

“One of the greatest gifts is serving others,” says Rick Hairston, Founder, President & CEO. “I have committed by life to the service of people with disabilities to meet their needs with the highest quality service dog possible. As a person who uses a service dog myself, I understand the need for these incredible animals and the gift they are to the people we serve.”

 

Saturday is approaching quickly but there is still time to register. Get your furry friend out of the house to hang out around other pups, make new friends, enjoy a nice run and some fun activities! Your pup needs friends too, so let your pup have the opportunity to rub noses with other pooches and make some new friends during a doggy filled day!

 

Chevy Madness Month with the Biggest College Basketball Tournament

It’s that time of the year again! The time when you can have a playful game with the office, with friends, with families, or just strangers. College basketball will consume most people’s lives for the new few weeks.

Sunday, March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but it is Selection Sunday for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. March Madness Live will have the selection show from  6 to 7 PM ET and CBS will nationally broadcast it.

College basketball fans already got a taste from the NCAA men’s basketball Selection Committee of what the top four seeds in each may look like. During the third annual Bracket Preview Show they revealed Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga as the four projected No. 1 seeds.

Where to watch

Might as Well Bar & Grill
Might as Well Bar & Grill is the perfect place to enjoy the college basketball tournament with friends. It’s your local sports restaurant with a great atmosphere, friendly service, affordable prices!

Tavern 14

Your local Tavern 14 is the perfect place for any basketball or sports fan. The staff is very welcoming with the great Wilmington southern hospitality, with good bar food and many TV’s. You can also enjoy billiards, darts, skeeball or other adult games.

Banks Channel

“Live Like A Local” at Banks Channel and enjoy college basketball and enjoy trivia every Tuesday night! There are multiple flat screen TV’s perfect to watch the games on, great food options! It’s much more than just your typical restaurant!

Tournament Schedule

 

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Need a bracket? We have one for you! Download and print out this bracket! At the end of the tournament, send the bracket back to us on social media Twitter @JeffGordonSales, Instagram @JeffGordonChevrolet, Facebook @JeffGordonChevrolet using #ChevyMadness, whoever has the closest winning bracket will get a Jeff Gordon Chevrolet t-shirt and a Chevrolet Silverado Hoodie!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day around Wilmington

This year is perfect for all of those who enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as it falls on Sunday, March 17th so you can start your weekend off with fun events all around Wilmington!

St Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

  • The St. Patrick’s Day parade tradition first took place in New York City on March 17, 1962 when Irish soldiers who served in the English military held a march to help reconnect with their Irish heritage.
  • New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day parades, and there are more than 100 parades held across the United States.
  • Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish.
  • The traditional Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda.  
  • The shamrock was a sacred plant in Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. The Celts called it “semory”.

 

Family Friendly

There are many things to do with your family, there are also causes that you can be part of during this fun holiday weekend.

 

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Fun for all to celebrate the Irish Spirit in Downtown Wilmington, NC! Saturday, March 16th the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march on Front Street beginning at Red Cross Street, the parade will start at 11:00 AM looping through the streets of downtown Wilmington for 60-90 minutes. The parade will end at 2nd and Market Streets where the family-oriented festival will take over with food, music and festivities.

There is no admission charge for either of the events. There will be traditional Irish music, entertainment, dance performances, food, beverages and crafts available for sale. The festivities will happen either rain or shine so be sure to get decked out in GREEN and enjoy a full day of St. Patrick’s Day festivities!     

15th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run

Start your weekend off with a 5K or 10K which helps local cancer patients. The 15th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run takes place at Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach, NC on Saturday, March 16th, registration begins at 7am, 10K begins at 8:00 AM, 5K starts at 8:30 AM, and the Awards Ceremony is at 9:30 AM at the Gazebo Stage, all times are subject to change. You can signup all the way until race day!

 

Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 Mile Run/Walk

What is St. Patrick’s Day without a little running right? Compete in the 1st Annual Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 miler event. Yes that says Virtual, celebrate your race with runners from all around the world. Make running fun, bring your friends together, have friends in another state or country? Have them join in as well! Run 4 miles any time from March 1st, 2019 until March 31st, 2019. You’ll get an official tvek race bib, official Shamrocks & Shenanigans 4 Miler Finisher medal which will include 4 leaf mile markers which will be added to your finishers medal. Get the whole family involved, get active, and have fun this St. Patrick’s Day!

 

St. Patrick’s Day is a time for fun and to remember the Irish traditions. Party hard but be safe. If you do not want to go out there’s always alot of things that you can do for fun at home with your friends and family! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to wear GREEN! May the luck of the Irish be with you.

 

Galentine’s Day in Wilmington

It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds. It’s your best friends who are supremely resilient, made under pressure and of astonishing value. They’re everlasting; they can cut glass if they need to.” – Gina Barreca

Cupid’s arrow isn’t just for couples, celebrate February 13th with your favorite Galentine! Galentine’s Day was made famous by fictional character “Leslie Knope” from the comedy NBC TV Show Parks and Recreation. Ladies deserve a day to celebrate one another. Not sure how to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your special bestie? Here are some ideas:  

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Brunch:

One of Leslie Knope’s favorite meals and in honor of Miss Knope and this awesome holiday waffles are a must because that’s Leslie’s favorite food! If you can’t make brunch happen mid-week, check out these places over the weekend.

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The Basics

The Basics the perfect place in Wilmington to enjoy, long-standing favorites, and fresh regional ingredients all in the basics of Southern comfort food. Not sure if it could be described better quoted from (The Basics, 2019) “The name is also the mission statement: this casual all-day spot takes staples of Southern comfort food – pimento cheese, fried okra, smoked chicken – and keeps it simple.” – New York Times

Rolled and Baked

Rolled and Baked may be the most “Wilmington” place to grab a bite. Started by local husband and wife; Bill and Annie Ward along side prominent chef, Micah Edelstein and the rest of the the culinary team Rolled and Baked made a menu full of Southern favorites with a twist. Rolled and Baked is centered around their four core beliefs; People, Community, Environment and Real Food.

Drift Coffee & Kitchen 

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Are you looking for something small and quick or just a good place to grab a cup of coffee? Well Drift it perfect! The store has been designed to foster a social, friendly environment for every demographic, with fresh, holistic food and beverages. 

Gifts:

Gifts are always a great way to show appreciation for your best gal pal, because who doesn’t love gifts right?  Need some ideas? Check some out here! Do you have a friend that just loves her car so much? One of those friends who have a name for their car, takes awesome Instagram photos, and talks about her car all the time? Then these are the perfect gifts for her!

Car Accessories

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Get her car detailed

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Help her with a car service

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Party:

Get all of your girlfriends together, girls from the office and enjoy a nice night in with movies, cocktails and snacks, or go enjoy a night out. Check out some of these fun ideas!

Axes & Allies

 

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Axes & Allies is Wilmington’s first urban axe-throwing bar! Go out for a few drinks and enjoy the thrill of throwing Axes, with a trained staff to walk you through the throwing and safety process. You can book the entire place for your special Galentine’s Day party or you can just book a lane for you and your gals.

 

 

 

 

Sip & Paint

Sip & Paint is a great way to get out with your ladies, you can even host your own Galentine’s Day Event! Get your ladies together get artsy, unwind and learn from the very talented artists at Sip & Paint all the while creating your very masterpiece in just under 3 hours! Remember to have a designated driver!

Battle House

Battle House is fun an enjoyable way to get active while enjoying an intense fun game of lazer tag. Battle House is veteran owned and their mission is to provide a unique and fun form of sports. You can book a time for your own party or just take a small group of friends.

Show your gal that you care for her this Galentine’s Day! Celebrate your friendship and continue making more memories, remember to party like Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins this Galentine’s Day! “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler