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Local Events Calendar for May 2017

Chamber Calendar of Events for 2017

• May 7 – Oct 15 - Boogie in the Park Concert Series at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park 1st and 3rd Sundays (910-458-8216)
• May 12 - 19th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-612-3407)
• May 20 - Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival (610-909-7643)
• May 20 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• May 20 - 21 - 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 27 – Oct 7 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• June 13 – Aug 22 - Tuesday Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 24 – Aug 30 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 26 – Sept 1 - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 26 - Sept 1 - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434) May 28 - Sept 3 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June 3 - 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 9 – Aug 25 - FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 12 – Aug 28 - Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
• June 13 – Aug 29 - Kure Beach Market every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
• June 14 – Aug 30 - Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
• June 24 - Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon (910-620-6405)
• June 29 – Aug 17 - Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 7, 8, 9 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• Aug 19 - Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
• Sept 9 - 5th Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 9 - 10th CBPD Bike Rodeo (910-338-7811)
• Sept 15 & 16 - 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• Sept 30 - 5th Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Beach Walk (910-386-2093)
• Oct 14 & 15 - 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 21 - 9th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 15 - Carolina Beach Marathon and Half Marathon (919-889-3438) Oct 20, 21, 22 11th Annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 28 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 18 & 25 - Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
• Nov 24 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 24, 25/Dec 2, 9, 16 - 9th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 1 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
• Dec 2 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
• Dec 8, 9, 10 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
• Dec 9 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• Dec 31  - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Carolina Beach
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Island Women’s Specialty Flocking Program Presents the Bird of the Month!

This is only one flamingo among 15 that you can order for a special occasion surprise.  We have a Specialty Flamingo for Birthdays, Weddings, Showers, Welcome Guests, Graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and most Holidays.
Your order will include:
• One Specialty Bird and 50 of its friends and a personalized sign
• Delivery of the birds on the day of your choosing and will be removed the day after the occasion.  (3 day limit)
The price is $1 per bird ($50) plus a $5 processing fee.  Checks to be made out to Island Women or Cash will be accepted. To place your order, call Lynn @ 978-979-9402 or Genie @ 910-233-4333
All proceeds from our Flocking’s go to our Beach Accessibility Project for the purchasing and maintaining of our Beach Wheelchairs and Mats for our handicapped residents and visitors on both Carolina & Kure Beach.

Crawl for Paws May 20th

Save the date for the 4th Annual Crawl for Paws to be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017! Crawl for Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting various animal causes in the Cape Fear region. All proceeds raised stay here in the local community.
Start time, pub route and the new t-shirt are being finalized so check the Gazette for future updates! Crawl for Paws was begun in the Spring of 2014 to initially raise money to help fund the purchase of ballistic vests for the Carolina Beach police dogs.
The first Crawl was such a success, that we expanded our reach to help support other local animal causes. The 3rd Annual Crawl held in May 2016 raised over $10,000.  Thanks to all who came Crawling with us and a special thanks to our 2016 Crawl for Paws sponsors!

This Month in History Bellamy Sails to France

On May 8, 1918, Second Lieutenant Hargrove Bellamy boarded the George Washington in Hoboken, New Jersey and set sail for France. After more than a year of military service, Bellamy was finally on his way to the Western Front and to battlefield service. Lieutenant Bellamy was one of the approximately two million U.S. men who served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces during the Great War.
In April 1917, when the U.S. entered the First World War, Wilmington native Hargrove Bellamy was a football playing fraternity member in his sophomore year at UNC Chapel Hill. But he quickly he left college and voluntarily joined Cavalry Unit, Troop C, of the North Carolina National Guard. The company was officially organized on April 29, 1917. Bellamy joined as a private. Company C was hoping that they would be sent off for training quickly, but it was not to be. Instead, it took five months for the company to leave Wilmington. On September 1, the Wilmington Morning Star reported the Company was leaving town. As it did so, it acknowledged that “The boys have received the news with delight and are champing their bits with impatience and are anxious to get away where they can do some real soldiering. Heretofore the troop’s only military experience has been in the daily drill and in charging the lunch counter at meal time.”
It’s not clear exactly when the company left for Camp Sevier, but by December, Hargrove Bellamy was a member of the machine gun contingent of the 119th infantry and was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. During his time at camp, Lieutenant Bellamy courted Sarah Lyell Erwin, and the pair married in Durham on April 19, 1918. Less than a month later, Bellamy sailed for France. He was a part of the Advanced Detachment of the 30th division. After Hargrove set sail, Sarah Bellamy went back to Durham to live with her parents.
Hargrove Bellamy fought in France and was wounded at the Battle of Bellicourt on September 29, 1918. According to a later account of his actions in the battle, Bellamy “…took command of the assaulting wave and led it against the enemy position, knowing it to be strongly entrenched. In the face of intense enemy artillery, machine-gun, rifle and grenade fire, he continued the advance, reached the machine-gun positions, strong points and trenches, and captured them in hand-to-hand combat.” As Bellamy himself recalled, “…in crossing the Hindenburg Line I was wounded twice and some several hours later was picked up by the Germans and placed in a hospital.”
After the battle, no official word was heard about Bellamy’s whereabouts for six weeks. In early November, unofficial reports began to circulate that Lieutenant Bellamy was missing and had been taken prisoner. There also were rumors that he’d lost an arm while escaping from the Germans. In early November, the Wilmington Morning Star reported that Mr. Robert R. Bellamy had been trying to get information about his son from the War Department with the help of North Carolina’s senators. About a week later, on November 11, 1918, the paper reported that Hargrove’s dad had gone to Washington to try to find out if his “reported wounding, capture and escape” were, in fact, true. Perhaps because of Mr. Bellamy’s visit, on November 12, official word came down that Bellamy was in an officer’s prisoner camp at Karlsruhe Germany.”
Even after the official report that he was imprisoned, Bellamy’s family was still worried about him, and there was additional confusion about his whereabouts at the end of November. On November 27, 1918 a Durham newspaper reported that a special Red Cross messenger was sent to search for Bellamy. While the prisoners at Karlsruhe were released “some days ago…nothing has been heard of Lieutenant Bellamy.” Finally, on November 29, 1918, a High Point newspaper reported that Mr. and Mrs. Bellamy had received word “through the International Red Cross in Switzerland, direct from their son, Lieutenant Hargrove Bellamy.”
Bellamy remained in service overseas after the armistice for a number of months. He sailed home from France on March 17, 1919, on board the same ship as his fellow Wilmingtonian, Captain Paul L. Cantwell. Bellamy was met by his father and his wife Sarah in Charleston, S.C. in late March of 1919. The Wilmington Morning Star declared “It is a pleasure for Lieutenant Bellamy’s friends to know that, while very severely wounded, he is now fully convalescent and is looking remarkably well.”
Lieutenant Hargrove Bellamy later received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in battle.
- See more at: www.capefearmuseum.com/month-history/#sthash.JS1zDcOB.dpuf

Local Girl Scouts and UNCW Kappa Delta Members Join Forces to Help the Carousel Center

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, young girls and young women hoping to serve as role models gathered at the Wilmington Girl Scout Service Center to tie-dye t-shirts for the children at the Carousel Center of Wilmington.  Thirty brightly colored shirts were created in less than two hours. Planned and organized by Tessa Ford, Vice President for Community Service for the UNCW Chapter, this program concluded a year-long series of events presented for local Girl Scouts ages six to eighteen.
Organizer Tessa Ford said she felt, “This was a natural fit. We help the Girl Scouts complete a service project and in turn they give shirts to the Carousel Center that will help children going through a stressful time.”   The Carousel Center in Wilmington is a non-profit agency which provides a safe and child friendly space for children who have been physically or sexually abused.  The tie-dyed shirts will be used instead of “hospital gowns” while the child is receiving a medical exam.  In the past 5 years The Carousel Center has seen more than 1,100 children between the ages of birth and 17 from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties. Most of these children have been referred to us by local law enforcement or the Department of Social Services.
The local Kappa Delta Sorority chapter at UNCW has actively partnered with Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines members in Wilmington for programs that have included an International Tea Tasting, a kickboxing demonstration, and most popular, a UNCW campus tour and cookie sale. Nationally Kappa Delta and alumnae serve as Girl Scout mentors and volunteers, reinforcing their shared values of honesty, integrity, friendship, and girl leadership. Many Kappa Delta chapters host confidence-building and anti-bullying events, International Girls Day celebrations, and other activities that expose girls to life on campus.
About  Girl  Scouts  –  North  Carolina  Coastal  Pines   In  partnership  over  9,000  adult  volunteers,  Girl  Scouts  –  North  Carolina  Coastal  Pines  serves  nearly   26,000  girl  members  in  41  central  and  eastern  North  Carolina  counties.  (Counties  are:  Beaufort,   Bladen,  Brunswick,  Carteret,  Chatham,  Columbus,  Craven,  Cumberland,  Duplin,  Durham,  Edgecombe,   Franklin,  Granville,  Greene,  Halifax,  Harnett,  Hoke,  Johnston,  Jones,  Lee,  Lenoir,  Martin,  Moore,  Nash,   New  Hanover,  Northampton,  Onslow,  Orange,  Pamlico,  Pender,  Person,  Pitt,  Richmond,  Robeson,   Sampson,  Scotland,  Vance,  Wake,  Warren,  Wayne,  and  Wilson.)The  council's  administrative   headquarters  is  located  in  Raleigh,  with  additional  program  and  service  centers  located  in  Goldsboro,   Fayetteville,  and  Wilmington.  To  volunteer,  reconnect,  donate,  or  join,  visit  www.nccoastalpines.org  or   call  (800)  284-­4475.    

Pleasure Island Chamber Beach Music Festival June 3

 Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.
On Saturday, June 3rd, ‘shaggers’ of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.  All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.  The gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.  This year’s line-up: 11:00 - 12:30 - Black Water Rythm & Blues Band; 1:00 – 2:30 Band of Oz; 3:00 – 4:30 Jim Quick and Coastline
This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate (cash only).  Advance tickets will be  available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit only).  Beginning May 1st, tickets will be available at  the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).  This annual fun-in-the-sun extravaganza brings together a multi-generational family crowd that lets the music flow like the crashing of the waves where you can shag a little, boogie a little and smile a lot.  Help make history at the 32nd Annual get together with your toes in the sand of famous Carolina Beach, where Beach Music originated and shaggin’ was born. Join our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/carolinabeachmusicfestival) to keep up with the latest breaking news.  Be sure to bring your own chairs, towels and SPF50 as well as your coolers (YES, coolers are allowed and welcome).  Please no glass, no pets, and no refunds.  Bring an Anhauser Busch product (no glass please) and register to win some Budweiser Swag..  
The folks at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Fear Shag Club, Budweiser and the Town of Carolina Beach welcome Beach Music lovers from all over on the first Saturday in June.  Come have a great day of fun in the sun, but remember to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.  See you down front and center…

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s May 15th Meeting Speaker will be John Batchelor

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  
Our speaker this month is John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer, food critic and author of Chefs of the Coast and Chefs of the Mountains.  He comes to us from the Triad and will have copies of his books for sale and signing. Chefs of the Coast profiles 50 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the coastal region of North Carolina. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef’s cooking philosophy, influences, and personality. Each profile also includes: A description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items; Color photographs of the chef, restaurant, and food. Sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region, and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land. Batchelor has written about restaurants and travel since 1981. He is the restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News & Record and formerly for the Winston-Salem Journal. Batchelor came across the idea for this book through his frequent judging of cooking competitions, including the “Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants compete in and around Asheville, N.C.) and the “Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants in and around Blowing Rock and the High Country).

Parrot Heads "Phlock" together May 20th

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - Everyone is welcome as the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads "phlock" together on  May 20 for a meeting, social  and fundraiser at the American Legion Post in Carolina Beach. Events kick off at 3 p.m. with a Corn Hole tournament, followed by the club meeting at 5 p.m. The club is also raising money to support its work for  local charities with a cheeseburger fundraiser immediately following the meeting. Donations of any amount are welcome! The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads celebrate the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteer activities.
For more information about the club or this month's gathering, contact Bill Davis, club president, at 910-392-2663 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Performing Arts Nite Returns to Boardwalk Gazebo this summer

Get out your calendars and mark the dates! Here is the 2017 Schedule of the Performing Arts Night. These artists will be performing at the Boardwalk Gazebo from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on the following dates. Notice that there will be a Freedom Concert on Saturday, July 1 with Mark Pergerson, June 9: 34 Steps. June 16: Eric Keely. June 23: Artistry in Jazz. June 30: Rick Courtney and Friends. July 1: Freedom Concert, Mark Pergerson. July 7: Eric Keely. July 14: Artistry in Jazz. July 21: Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts. July 28: Sean Martin. August 4: 34 Steps. August 11: Rick Courtney and Friends. August 18: Acoustic Wench. August 25: Artistry in Jazz.

Hands Across the Sand May 20th

Hands Across the Sand is an international grassroots event designed to demonstrate local opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean energy. Although the Obama administration acted to protect the Atlantic from offshore drilling in March, 2016, President Trump has promised to overturn that decision. Expanding offshore drilling would put our pristine NC coastline at risk and threaten our vibrant coastal economy. We can't let this happen! Come early, enjoy the beach and beat the traffic
Carpool, ride bikes, Check out the information below!See you there!
STEP 1 Go to the event at 11:30 AM, for one hour, rain or shine. STEP 2 Join hands for 15 minutes at 12:00 PM, forming lines in the sand, or on the land, against dirty fuels. Say yes to clean energy and renewables. STEP 3 Leave only your footprints. In addition, consider getting involved in a local organization that supports clean energy.
HANDS Mission Statement: To bring together like-minded individuals and organizations with the conviction to organize a Global movement to promote a clean energy future for our earth and end our dependence on dirty fuel sources.These gatherings will bring thousands of American and Global citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threats Fossil Fuels pose to our present and future planet.
To convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama and World leaders to adopt policies encouraging the growth of clean and renewable energy sources in place of oil and coal. An Opportunity of National and Global Importance. Now is the time for America and global leaders to join hands and steer our energy policy away from our dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy and renewables.