Sister Cities: Small Towns, Big Events

International photo festival transforms a historic setting,
and flightless birds are given a scenic habitat.

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Global Talent Comes to Wilson:

The fifth annual Eyes on Main Street is underway in the city of Wilson. The interactive, outdoor photo festival runs through August 4th and features work from 100 artists representing 40 countries, with an equal representation of male and female participants. The festival transforms the historic small town into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs that spans over six city blocks. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, focuses on the theme of “Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures,” as interpreted by the individual photographers. There is also a Kids Gallery as part of the Eyes on Main Street, which will be presented as both indoor and outdoor exhibits. And while you’re in the neighborhood, take time to check out Wilson’s whimsical answer to science and art: the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum.

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The Eagles Have Landed:

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is excited to announce Eagle Landing will be opening on July 4th. Eagle Landing is a 3,000-square-foot habitat for two flightless bald eagles, Uwohali and Shagoie Watha. Designed entirely by aquarium staff, it serves as an oasis with large perches and a rock pond to provide the non- flighted birds a comfortable home. For information, visit NCAcquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.

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Whirligig Park:

And while you’re in the neighborhood, take time to check out Wilson’s whimsical answer to science and art: the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum.