Area Event Listings for February 4th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• February 21 - 2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
(910-341-7253)
• March 7 - 4th Annual Step-Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-431-8122)
• March 14 - 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
• March 27-28 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• April 11 - 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 18 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 19 - 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
• April 25-26 - Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
• May 14 - 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament
 (910-279-7474)
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
 (910-392-0306)
• May 16–Oct 3 - Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 17 - Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
• May 26 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 27 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 30 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• June - Aug - Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – Aug - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday
 (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
(910-458-8434)
• June 9–Aug 25 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• June 14 - Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
• July 10-12 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 8-9 - EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
 (910-332-8755)
• Sept 12 - 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 18-19 - 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
• Sept 26 - 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
• Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
• Oct 11&12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 16-18 - 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 17 - 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 24     - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 27 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19 - 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 4 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• Dec 5 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
    • Dec 11, 12, 13 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• Dec 12 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
 • Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks
 Carolina Beach  
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Troop 210 Holds Annual Pancake Breakfast

This past Saturday Boy Scout Troop 210 held their Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.  Hundreds of guests braved the chili temps to come out and enjoy all you can eat, hot fresh pancakes and sausage all while supporting a noble cause. The Annual fundraiser is held to fund year-round "high adventure" trips such as hiking the Appalachian Trail or kayaking the Lumber River.
Look to future Scouting news in the Island Gazette as we will be covering this year’s pinewood derby race held later this month.
Troop 210 would like to send a special thank you to the members of the community who support them!

2015 Winter Blood Drive Monday February 16 th at Carolina Beach Masonic Lodge #753

On February 16, Monday, Carolina Beach Masonic Lodge #753 will sponsor their annual winter blood drive. The drive will start at 2:00 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. The American Red Cross will have their blood collection tables set up inside the Federal Point Lodge #753 building. The lodge is located on the corner of Harper and Fifth Street. This will be the seventh year that the local Masonic Lodge has sponsored a blood drive and, thanks to the support of the many people, civic groups, and churches in Carolina Beach, the drives have been successful. Our 2014 summer blood drive exceeded our collection goals and we hope to continue that trend.
Across the state, many fewer donors than expected gave blood during the holidays, leading the Red Cross to issue a request for donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative, and B negative to make appointments to donate.    Walk-ins are welcome to donate. However, it would be best if you went online at redcrossblood.org and look for sponsor code “ Lodge 753 “. You can also make appointments by calling Mike Seigh at 910-409-1510 cell or 910-799-9954 home numbers.

11th Annual Polar Plunge to be Held in Kure Beach this Year Saturday, February 21st

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge will move to Kure Beach this year while the Boardwalk is under construction. Saturday, February 21st the 5K Run-N-Plunge race day registration will begin at 9am with the race starting promptly at 10am. At 11am gates will open for the regular event where attendees will enjoy live music, a silent auction, costume contest and more all at the Kure Beach Pavilion! Plungers will start to line up at 3pm and start taking the plunge shortly afterwards.
Proceeds for the event benefit New Hanover County’s Special Olympics Team. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Their goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
The benefits... of participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support.  Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community.  Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete's talents.
Special Olympics believes that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its athletes' skills, measure their progress and inspire them to grow.  Special Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps our athletes become physically fit and grow mentally, socially, and spiritually.  Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.  The Spirit of Special Olympics-skill, courage, sharing and joy transcends boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion. For more information or to register for the 11th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge visit www.plungenhc.com or call (910)341-7253.

Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off “Where the BBQ Meets the Beach”

Carolina Beach, NC  -  Fire up your grill, grab your apron, and get ready to BBQ!  On Saturday, March 7, 2015 about thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers.
 The competition will start with a level playing field:  everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.  But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue, and everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.  Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.  There will be three bands: Junkyard Mama opens, next is local favorite Kenny  Reeves and TrainWreck, and the headliner will be one of the hottest bands in the Southeast – The Mark Roberts Band.  In addition, there will be raffles, a 50/50, educational displays, restaurant vendors, plus more food and drink for purchase.  Gates open at 10:30am and prizes will be awarded at 4:00pm.  All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.  
This year Step Up is proud to continue a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers has a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.
Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.  Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers.
There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music while helping support such a deserving organization. To volunteer during the event contact Ashley Courts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information contact Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 910-431-8122.

Wilmington Concert Association Presents Award-winning Jazz Pianist Mary Louise Knutson

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Concert Association is pleased to present jazz pianist, Mary Louise Knutson in concert on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. on the Thalian Hall Main Stage. Concert includes stellar local musicians Douglas Curtis Irving (bass) and Lee Venters (drums). Ms. Knutson tours the U.S. regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band. Mary Louise has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Erskine, and Slide Hampton. As a show player, she has performed with artists such as Reba McEntire, Michael Bolton, Jordin Sparks, Trisha Yearwood, Donny Osmond, and Smoky Robinson. Knutson’s long-awaited trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in Jazz Week’s Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. For more information about Mary Louise Knutson, please visit www.marylouiseknutson.com.
REVIEWS: "...an excellent pianist whose voicings sometimes recall Bill Evans...she has a talent for coming up with fresh melodies.” ~ Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene "I like Knutson's CD, very nice mood, cool arrangements, and I particularly like her original tunes." ~ Ben Sidran, Pianist and Host of NPR’s Jazz Alive “The audience was ecstatic about your solo performances as well as your collaborations...they were 'wowed' by your technical prowess as well as your engaging presentation style.” ~ Jan Viktora, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions about the Wilmington Concert Association please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.wilmingtonconcert.com Tickets for the Mary Louise Knutson concert are on sale now at 910-632-2285 or www.thalianhall.org

Cameron Art Museum FEBRUARY 2015 CALENDAR

MUSEUM SCHOOL 2015 - Do you have your Museum School catalog for 2015? Pick one up at the Cameron Art Museum or at select Harris Teeter, Food Lion or CVS locations around town.
Museum School open registration for classes and workshops. Register by visiting the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, online at: http://www.cameronartmuseum.org/museumschoolwww.cameronartmuseum.org/museumschool, or by phone 910-395-5999.
• From Page to Publication - Beginning & All Levels – 2015/2-CW1 - Feb. 22 – Mar. 22, Sun. 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. (5-week class). This workshop teaches participants how to pursue publication in a variety of arenas, from local magazines, self-created blogs, to national literary and popular magazines. Learn the pros and cons of contests, and then practice and prepare one written work by first fine tuning a chosen piece, preparing for submission, and then gaining the confidence to send your work out into the world. Take the plunge. Instructor:  Margo Williams
• Drawing Fundamentals - Beginning – 2015/2-D1 Feb. 24 – Mar. 31, Tues. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learning to draw what you see is the first step towards creating a successful painting. “Drawing Fundamentals” focuses on measuring, finding shapes and values, creating depth and rendering textures.  Instructor:  Todd Carignan
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
• State of the Art/Art of the State Gallery Conversations   - Wed. Feb. 4 at 6:30 pm - Museum Admission, CAM Members: Free. Hughes Wing. Come listen to and ask questions of small groups of artists during this informal talk. The spotlight is on some of CAM's Museum School artist/teachers: Betty Brown and Melissa Manley, discussing their work currently on view in State of the Art/Art of the State. Visit CAM’s website for updates and additions to the speakers and schedule.
• Cameron Art Museum  - Presents the 10th Annual Civil War Living History Weekend “Forks Road…The Beginning of the End”. To be held on Sat., Feb. 7 10 am – 5:00 pm, Galleries open until 7:00 pm and Sun., Feb. 8 10 am – 3:00 pm, Galleries open until 5:00 pm. on the Museum Grounds. For the 10th consecutive year Cameron Art Museum presents the Annual Civil War Living History Weekend which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Battle of Forks Road. This year’s theme “Forks Road…The Beginning of the End” highlights this significant Battle which is re-enacted both days by uniformed Union, U. S. Colored Troop and Confederate re-enactors of the skirmish. The weekend’s activities also include an opening ceremony on Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Beech U.S.C.T. reenactor. On Saturday Professor Glen Harris (Dept. of History, UNCW) gives a lecture on “Civil War to Civil Rights” at 11:00 am, At 5:00 pm, “Voices from the Front” present memorable readings from period letters and journals. Civil War scholar, Dr. Chris Fonvielle is scheduled to give a lecture and battle site tour beginning Sunday at 12:00 pm. Additionally featured at the museum's historic site are two-days of camp life, blacksmith, historic-themed sutlers, artisan demonstrations, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, U.S.C.T unit roles, live music and food vendors, kids and family programming and more. The event takes place Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with galleries open until 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the museum remains open until 5:00 pm. The general events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise. For the full schedule including special events and updated information visit the Battle of Forks Road dedicated site: www.battleofforksroad.org.
LITERARY: Inspired by Art - Wed. Feb. 11 at 7:00 pm. CAM Members and UNCW Students with Valid University ID: Free, Museum admission for all others by Hughes Wing. You’ve heard from the visual artists, now creative writing students under the direction of Professor Michael White, Department of Creative Writing UNC Wilmington, will be in the Hughes Wing reading original poems inspired by the art work on view in State of the Art / Art of the State (on view through February 12, 2015).
• MUSIC: JAZZ @ THE CAM SERIES: The Gregg Gelb Jazz Quartet with Kathy Montgomery Gelb  - Thurs. Feb. 12* from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. CAM/CFJS Members: $8.00, Non-members: $12.00, Students with valid college ID: $5.00 at Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. The Gregg Gelb Jazz Quartet with Kathy Montgomery Gelb performs a wide repertoire of jazz compositions from the early Jazz era, Swing, Bebop to Modern Jazz.  To help set the mood to take everyone toward Valentine’s Day the evening will include many love songs from the great American Songbook. The quartet features outstanding young players Thomas Linger and Charlton Provatas from the UNC Greensboro and Gelb’s son, drummer Chris, who graduated from UNCG in 2012 and is now performing and living in NYC.  
The Quartet was recently awarded a grant from the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild for a special concert on Feb. 8, 2015 to perform modern jazz compositions by masters including Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk, and that portray and relate to the art works on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum Art.  The Gregg Gelb Jazz Quartet made its first CD in 2008 called, “Breakaway,” with all original compositions by Gelb.  A concert series presented by Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society (www.capefearjazzsociety.org). Purchase seats on CAM’s website: www.cameronartmuseum.org, by phone or at the door. Special 2nd Thursday date.
• DANCE: Works-in-Progress Showcase - Sun. Feb. 15 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Free and open to the public at Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. The events are open to working choreographers, dancers, and the general public who are working on movement and wishes to have others provide feedback on the work as well as anyone who wants to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process.  If you are interested in presenting work, please e-mail the Dance Cooperative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the Monday preceding the showcase.  
• EVENT: Tea Ceremony with Mrs. Mitsuyo Ito SOLD OUT! Sun. Feb. 15 at 3:00 pm. CAM Members: $12.00, Non-Members: $20.00, Students with Valid College ID: $8.00. Brown Wing Film Room, Seating limited to 30. By the 16th century what is now considered the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony was established by Rikyu and rooted in the tradition and ritual of Zen Buddhism, had spread to all levels of Japanese society.. Mitsuyo (Mitzi) Ito will demonstrate and discuss the importance of the Tea Ceremony in Japanese life and culture. Seating is limited to 30, purchase on CAM’s website: www.cameronartmuseum.org, by phone or in person.
• GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sun. Feb. 22 at 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entire Group. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public.
, donations appreciated at Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at fasola.org and this singing at http://bit.ly/WilmNCSacredHarp Held in collaboration with WHQR.
 
CAM Café After Hours Jam with The Carvers
Wed. Feb. 25
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free
CAM Café’s rockin’ with the Carvers and their brand of 1950s/60s garage and surf music! Listen and enjoy with tasty food and beverages available for purchase.  The Carvers shows are fun, energetic and tight! Five longtime Wilmington musicians kick up a fuss in this swingin' combo. Front-man Ben Moore leads guitarists Jason Delamar and Brain Drake; multi-instrumentalist Seth Moody; and drummer Steviemack Harrington. The boys deliver a tastefully gritty combination of party crashing original songs and "Carverized" arrangements of surf, garage and jazz gems. The look and sound of the band harkens respectfully back to a time when musicians wrote and performed smart songs, took exciting solos and moved crowds to dance wildly!
 
CAM CAFÉ
http://camcafe.org/http://camcafe.org/
Come sample CAM Café’s menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  Lunch Tuesday - Saturday, Wednesday Tapas 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy drinks, appetizers, or a memorable meal. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Visit http://camcafe.org
 
EXHIBITIONS at the CAM:
 
State of the Art / Art of the State
Hughes Wing
On view through February 12, 2015
http://cameronartmuseum.org/index.php?c=current
Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists were invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 12:00 pm Friday, September 19 and 12:00 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator was present to greet each artist.
 
The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators. Participating curators: Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), Denver, CO; Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Laura Hoptman, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO.
 
Hiroshi Sueyoshi  Matter of Reverence
Hughes Wing
On view through April 12, 2015
For over forty years, Hiroshi Sueyoshi has worked in the medium of clay. This exhibition explores the evolution of Sueyoshi’s art and philosophy as well as his major influences including Hamada Shoji, Isamu Noguchi, Teruo Hara, Ruth Duckworth and Peter Voulkos. Featuring work from CAM’s permanent collection as well as loans from private and public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC.
 
Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on Wednesday and Thursday Evenings
Open late Wednesday and Thursday Evenings until 9:00 pm
CAM Members: NO COST | Non-Members: $8 | Students w/id $5, Seniors and Active Military | Children 2-12 $3
Join friends or bring the family and enjoy viewing current exhibitions in the Hughes Wing and Brown Wing each week.
 
ABOUT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM:
Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.  Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am –9:00 pm.
 
Museum admission is:  

Museum members no cost
$8 Non-members
$5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+)
Children age 2 -12 $3
 
For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit http://www.cameronartmuseum.org or call 910.395.5999.

Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE -Saturdays, January 31 at 2 p.m. and Saturdays, February 14, 28 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then, assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Saturdays, February 14, 28 at 11:15 a.m.- Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Friday, January 30 at 2 p.m. and Fridays, February 6, 27 at 2 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
FOR CHILDREN/PARENTS
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. – Friendships Under the Sea; Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m. – Polar Pals - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
FOR KIDS ONLY
• HUGS AND FISHES VALENTINE’S DAY LOCK-IN - Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6 pm. Wish you could plan a romantic evening with your special someone? Not sure what to do with the kids? Here’s your solution. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites children, ages 5 to 12, to a Valentine’s sleepover. Hug them at the door and know the fish fun lasts all night. They will play games, make crafts and enjoy animal programs with our qualified and trained staff. What’s not to love? Children must be comfortable staying away from parents all night. Dinner, snacks and breakfast will be provided. Fee: $55 per child. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Cameron Art Museum Presents the 10th Annual Civil War Living History Weekend Commemorating the Sesquicentennial
of the Battle of Forks Road Sat., Feb. 7 and Sun. Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

Wilmington, NC— For the 10th consecutive year Cameron Art Museum presents the Annual Civil War Living History Weekend which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Battle of Forks Road. This year’s theme “Forks Road…The Beginning of the End” highlights this significant Battle which is re-enacted on both days by uniformed Union, U. S. Colored Troop (U.S.C.T.) and Confederate re-enactors. The event takes place Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with galleries open until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., though the museum remains open until 5:00 p.m. The weekend’s activities also include an opening ceremony on Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Beech, U.S.C.T. reenactor, followed by a lecture by Professor Glen Harris on, “Civil War to Civil Rights” at 11:00 a.m. Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Huckleberry Brothers will perform traditional and popular mid-19th century music along with a Community Contra Dance on the dance floor. Programming specifically for kids and families is on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, “Voices from the Front” present memorable readings from period letters and journals in the Wilmington Area. Then on Sunday at 12:00 p.m., Professor Chris Fonvielle presents a lecture on, “The Wilmington Campaign.” Additionally featured at the museum's battle site and museum grounds are two-days of historic-themed music, food vendors, blacksmith, kids and family programming, camp life, sutlers, demonstrations of pottery making, spinning wheel, basket making, along with lectures, archaeology dig, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, roll call of those who served and more. All events are free and open to the public. For updated information and schedule visit the Battle of Forks Road dedicated site: battleofforksroad.org
Civil War Living History Weekend Schedule
The grounds at Cameron Art Museum will be filled with historic-themed music, food vendors, blacksmith, kids and family programming, camp life, sutlers, demonstrations of pottery making, spinning wheel, basket making, along with lectures, battle site tours, archaeological dig, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, roll call of those who served and more.
Saturday February 7th 2015
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Beech, U.S.C.T. reenactor
11:00 a.m. Professor Glen Harris lecture, “Civil War to Civil Rights”
11:00 a.m. Kids and Family programming
11:00 a.m. Battle Site Tour
1:00 p.m. Battle Site Tour
3:00 p.m. Battle of Forks Road reenactment
5:00 p.m. Voices from the Front, readings from period letters and journals in the Wilmington Area
7:00 p.m. Community Contra Dance with The Huckleberry Brothers performing traditional and popular mid-19th century music
Sunday February 8th 2015
10:00 a.m. Grounds and museum open
11:00 a.m. Kids and Family programming
12:00 p.m. Professor Chris Fonvielle lecture, “The Wilmington Campaign”
1:00 p.m. Battle of Forks Road reenactment
History of the U.S.C.T.
When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation effective January 1, 1863 it was a turning point for the war and the fight for freedom by authorizing the engagement of African Americans as soldiers in the Civil War. And on May 22, 1863, the Bureau of Colored Troops was established under General Order No. 143 to coordinate and organize regiments from all parts of the country. This coordination effectively impacted the war through 39 major engagements and more than 400 lesser ones fought by the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) in support of the Union Army. Twenty-four African American soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery in battle in addition to their white officers. One such event was the Battle of Forks Road which led to the fall of Wilmington and was fought by 1600 U.S.C.T. alongside other Union soldiers. And three of the U.S.C.T. Medal of Honor recipients fought at the Battle of Forks Road in Wilmington, NC though they received their Medal’s at a later date as indicated: 1st Sgt. Powhatan Beaty: 5th U.S.C.T. Battle of New Market Heights, April 6, 1865, Sgt. Milton M. Holland: 5th U.S.C.T. Battle of New Market Heights, April 6, 1865, 1st Sgt. Robert Pinn: 5th U.S.C.T., Battle of New Market Heights, April 6, 1865
In contrast to many Civil War battles, at Forks Road there were white and African American soldiers serving in both the Union and Confederate forces. Furthermore, many soldiers in both forces were local men—North Carolinians for generations. Three-fifths of all African American troops were former slaves, but they were, nonetheless, on their home ground in Wilmington as were the white Confederates.
It was at great personal threat to their lives that African American soldiers participated in the Civil War. The Confederate government threatened to execute or sell into slavery any captured U.S.C.T. soldiers--and it was not uncommon for them to carry out such threats. President Lincoln threatened punishment against Confederate prisoners whenever black soldiers were killed or enslaved.
During the war, African American troops battled against discrimination in pay, promotions, and sparse medical care. Blacks were in separate regiments with white officers as their commanders. They received less pay, inferior benefits than white soldiers, and food and equipment was lacking. Blacks received just $10 a month--$3 less than whites, out of which $3 was deducted for clothing—while whites enjoyed a $3.50 clothing allowance and the black soldiers were refused enlistment bonuses, common to white soldiers.
There were African American soldiers, too, who had been sent, as slaves, to serve in their owner’s place, throughout the Confederate army. These men, along with other Union troops, were victorious at Forks Road, defeating the Confederate forces, taking control of Wilmington, and hastening the end of the war. The U.S.C.T. emerged from the war as heroes, viewed by former slaves and freemen alike as liberators of their people. Very soon after the end of the war Wilmington’s population shifted from a majority white population to a majority African American population; an effect that some have attributed to the influence of the soldiers who remained to make Wilmington their home. The cultural and political effects of that population shift were profound and are still reflected in the social and political life of the region.
Community Contra Dance and Performance by The Huckleberry Brothers, traditional and popular mid-19th century music on Saturday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m.
The Huckleberry Brothers will also be in concert on Saturday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m. as part of Cameron Art Museum’s 10th Annual Civil War Living History Weekend: Forks Road…The Beginning of the End (www.battleofforksroad.org). Headquartered in the rural coastal plains of eastern North Carolina, the Huckleberry Brothers band was formed to explore their interest in traditional and popular music of mid-19th century America after meeting as American Civil War reenactors. The group’s name Huckleberry Brothers was chosen because “We wanted something that would not be distinct to either North or South, nor militaristic sounding…Huckleberries are both blue and gray on the outside…” The music is composed of songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes from the 1700’s through 1865 performed on authentically reproduced instruments designed and created in the materials of the mid-1800s. They include 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle, harmonicas, bones and tambourine. For more information about the Huckleberry Brothers visit: www.huckleberrybrothers.com. This event is free and open to the public. Dance and performance in the Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café. Cameron Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday Tapas from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and from Thursday dinner 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For additional information about the museum, please visit www.cameronartmuseum.org

Island Women Recyclable Bag Sponsor Spots Going Fast

This year, Island Women plan to produce 5,000 bags that will be distributed in our community to locals and tourists before the Memorial Day holiday. As a community, let’s get together to provide an original reusable bag,(depicting all that Pleasure Island has to offer) into the hands of our vacationers and residents. The proceeds from the bag will help the Island Women organization continue our mission of improving the quality of life on Pleasure Island. The Pleasure Island reusable bag is just one of the many projects that the Island Women organization provides every year.  
Island Women is a diverse group of local women who use their talents and resources to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests. We are a non-profit group and we are not affiliated with any companies, governments or special interest groups. For as little as a $200 donation for the environmental sponsor, you can have your business name listed on the bag  or have a rendition of your building for a $750 donation.
Have a spot at the Carolina or Kure Farmers Market?  New this year will be a graphic for the markets which you can have your business listed as well.  
The bag distribution provides 5000 opportunities to get your name out there and you receive your own bags for your donation as well The Island Women will be coming to your business soon or contact Noel Stevens at 919-455-8914 and we will send someone out to sign you up.  

Cape Fear Volunteer Center In Need of Immediate Support

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is in need of donations of time, money and supplies for their Big Buddy Program.  
The Big Buddy Program and its volunteers make a significant contribution to the youth of our community by improving themselves personally, in their homes, in school and their future in our community.  Many of these children were "at risk".  After our mentoring program, most leave the program to become positive community members and the new citizens of the Cape Fear region. Currently, there are more than 200 youth participants in the Big Buddy Program from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. If you decide to become a contributor to our the Big Buddy Program you will be recognized on our social media sites, in our e newsletter, you will receive recognition at the more than twenty events we hold each year, and in the many releases we provide to the media. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center works to recruit and train the volunteers who have served as mentors, motivators, role models and guides for 45 years and have helped over 2,300 children.  To continue this history of success your support is vitally important.  We need funding to support programming for Big and Little Buddies, to provide resources that our Case Managers can distribute as needed and provide professional services.  You can be among the many who consider a gift or ongoing contribution to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center on behalf of the Big Buddy program. If you have services or supplies we can use please consider contributing them as well.
 Finally, we would appreciate your support in recruiting Big Buddy volunteers from among your staff, and would gladly provide a presentation to your staff or organization. Also, if you know of any children who can benefit from our program, let us know.  Additional information and forms to apply to become either a Big Buddy or Little Buddy are available on our website, www.capefearvolunteercenter.org. For additional information about the Big Buddy program, or to provide further details, please call Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center Director 910-392-8180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412.

Romancing the Coast from “America’s Best Riverfront” to the Oceanfront, Wilmington & Island Beaches

Wilmington, N.C., January 26, 2015: Trade the winter blues for water views when you visit Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, where you’ll find romantic settings at every turn. Imagine walking hand-in-hand as the sun sets along America’s Best Riverfront (#1 “Best American Riverfront,” USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards). Or, envision jogging in tandem along a wide, sandy beach as the sun rises over the ocean’s horizon. From the river to the sea, there are many ways to romance the coast in Wilmington and its island beaches.
JAN. 30-31 & FEB. 7-8; 14-15: “LOVE HAPPENS” 7pm. A romantic comedy. Dinner theatre or show only options. Special Valentine’s Day menu and show on Feb. 14.  Admission charge. Reservations. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. 910-399-3NOW; www.theatrewilmington.com
FEB. 5-7: 35th N.C. JAZZ FESTIVAL (STS Top 20 Event). 15 traditional jazz artists perform in a cabaret-style setting. Admission charge/advance reservations. Hilton Wilmington Riverside. 910-793-1111; www.ncjazzfestival.com
FEB. 5-8; 12-15: “RING OF FIRE.” Thur.-Fri.-Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm.  Admission charge. Thalian Hall Main Stage, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820. www.thalian.org
FEB. 5-8, 12-15, & 19-22: “DEARLY BELOVED” a wedding comedy. 8pm. Admission charge. Cape Fear Playhouse, Wilmington. 910-367-5237; www.bigdawgproductions.org
FEB. 7: BACH FEST.  8pm. Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents the music of J.S. Bach. UNCW Kenan Auditorium, Wilmington. (910) 791-9262; www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/bachfest.html
FEB. 8-15: VALENTINE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE. Moonlight carriage ride with private French evening coach, rose, chocolates. Admission charge. Reservation only. Downtown Wilmington. 910-251-8889; www.horsedrawntours.com/id2.html
FEB. 11: NATALIE DOUGLAS: TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE. 7:30pm. Acclaimed jazz vocalist. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820. www.thalian.org
FEB. 12: JAZZ AT THE CAM. Concert by Gregg Gelb Jazz Quartet. 6:30pm. Admission charge. Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. 910-395-5999; www.cameronartmuseum.com
FEB. 12-14: HOLD-YOUR-HONEY-TIGHT FRIGHT NIGHT TOURS. Guides tell stories of love gone wrong. Ghost Walk: Fri.-Sat.-Sun. (Feb. 12-14; Friday is the 13th!) at 6:30pm; Haunted Pub Crawl: Fri./Sat. (Feb. 13-14) at 7:30pm. Admission charge. Reservations required. 910-794-1866; www.hauntedwilmington.com
FEB. 13 & 14: HUGS & FISHES VALENTINE’S DAY LOCK-IN.  6pm-9am. Need a romantic evening? Not sure what to do with the kids? The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites children, ages 5 to 12, to a Valentine’s sleepover with games, crafts and animal programs. Dinner, snacks and breakfast provided. Admission charge; prepaid reservations required. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach. 910-458-8257; http://reservations.ncaquariums.com/fortfisher/Info.aspx?EventID=31#sthash.zyz1fhN8.dpuf
FEB. 13: SWEETHEART FRIDAY CRUISE. 6:30pm-9pm; Cruise, buffet meal, entertainment, cash bar aboard the Henrietta III riverboat. Boards half-hour prior to cruise (6pm). Advance pre-paid reservations required. Cape Fear Riverboats, departs at Dock & Water sts., Wilmington. 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162; www.cfrboats.com
FEB. 13: CUPID’S COCKTAIL CRUISE. 5:30pm. Swoon under the stars with your Valentine on a 90-minute river cruise featuring light hors’ d’oeuvres, champagne and music (departs at 5:30pm). Admission charge. Dock: 212 S. Water St., Wilmington. 910-338-3134; www.wilmingtonwatertours.net
FEB. 14: A VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE AFFAIR. Concert 8pm; doors open 7pm. Music by Levert II, Men At Large, Rude Boys, Glenn Jones. Admission charge. Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington. 877-993-8499; www.ez-tixx.com
FEB. 14: VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE ON THE HENRIETTA III. 6:30pm-9pm; Cruise, buffet meal, entertainment and cash bar aboard the Henrietta III riverboat. Boards at 6pm. Advance pre-paid reservations required. Departs at Dock & Water sts., Wilmington. 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162; www.cfrboats.com
FEB. 14: ROMANTIC HARBOR CRUISE VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE. 5:00pm. Swoon under the stars with your Valentine on this 2-hour river cruise with Italian dinner, champagne, and acoustic music (departs at 5:00pm). Admission charge. Dock: 212 S. Water St., Wilmington. 910-338-3134; www.wilmingtonwatertours.net
FEB. 14-15: VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH. 11am-4pm (departs on hour). Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. Cruise, chocolate & beverage. Admission charge; advance reservations. 275 Waynick Ave., Wrightsville Beach (across from Blockade Runner). 910-200-4002; www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com
FEB. 23: BEETHOVEN’S 7TH. 7:30pm. NC Symphony presents Beethoven’s 7th. Admission charge. UNCW Kenan Hall, Wilmington. www.ncsymphony.org
FEB. 28: TIDEWATER CAMELLIA CLUB SHOW & SALE. 12:30pm. An American Camellia Society juried show. Free admission. New Hanover County Arboretum, Wilmington. www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org
FEB. 28: WILMINGTON WINE & BEER WALK. 1pm-6pm. Starts at Ziggy’s By The Sea, 208 Market St., Wilmington. http://www.wineandbeerwalk.com/info_wilmington.html#sthash.WBcbPuT8.dpuf
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