Area Events Listings for May 13th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• May 14 - 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
• 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
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
• 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
• 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
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Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival May 16th

“Be Part of the Arts”
Carolina Beach, NC – The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is an all-day event with more than 100 artists providing exhibitions, performances and many hands-on activities.
The event builds upon the arts community to bring people into the creative processes so they can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the many forms of art.
The festival is the flag ship event for the Island Arts and Culture Alliance (IACA), a non-profit, community-based organization. IACA’s mission is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the island community, in order to enhance the quality of life in our area. The IACA’s ongoing goals are to champion the arts on Pleasure Island, to support practicing artists and local art organizations, to encourage economic development through the arts, and to facilitate the growth of our community into a regional arts destination These activities inspire and enrich residents of and visitors to Pleasure Island and the surrounding communities. This year’s festival includes over 100 artists from around our region and takes place May 16th from 10am to 5pm on Cape Fear Blvd. on Carolina Beach. The Festival has three interactive areas – visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts.
Visual Arts – Artist will have their fine arts and crafts available for sale and many will demonstrate their creative processes. Festivalgoers will find beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces in sculpture, glasswork, functional and decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry and stunning paintings in bold acrylics, vivid oils and delicate watercolors.
Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts Tent will feature cooking demonstrations and educational programs conducted by local chefs, restaurants, and shops. Uncle Vinny’s will show the proper way to throw a pizza pie and Sweet Morning Farm will show how to make artisan bread in 5 minutes!
Performing Arts – Performances include an up and coming blues singer, Chaquis Maliq, songwriter-singer & 1 woman band, Beaches and Boots line dancers, Cape Fear Dance Studio and many more local performers. The Feature Event is a community-made collage directed by Lynette Ashby and Ann Krier, locally known collage artists. Festivalgoers can help create a beautiful collage picture while learning the creative process for paper art. The Festival’s objectives are to:
• Increase appreciation for the arts by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs, and access to art in different mediums,
• Increase awareness of the area’s artist community and family friendly accommodations, and
• Attract visitors from around the region and around the country to the island and the Central Business District.
The Festival is in the heart of the Carolina Beach business district with access to the fun carnival rides, great restaurants and shopping. For more information about the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, contact Christine Higgins 610.909.7643 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws to be held May 16

The Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015.  Crawl for Paws is a charitable pub crawl that was started in 2014 to raise money for local animal causes.  
In 2014, the Crawl raised almost $7,000 that was distributed to the Carolina Beach Police Department K-9 Unit, Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) and Friends of Felines.  The Spring 2015 Crawl will start at 4pm at the Silver Dollar.  Other pub stops on the Crawl include The Fat Pelican, Seawitch, Beach Bumz, Olde Salty’s, Loretta’s Surfside, and Shelby Jean’s. Although there is no registration fee to participate in the Crawl, you will need to purchase a Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws t-shirts.
 The t-shirts are $25 and are on sale now at the Silver Dollar or through the website at .  If you purchase the t-shirt via the website, you can elect to pick it up the day of the Crawl or for an additional charge to cover postage, the t-shirt will be shipped to you.  
There may be some t-shirts available for sale the day of the Crawl.  However, for the last two events, the t-shirts were sold out.  Best to get your t-shirt now!   
Although the t-shirts are the primary means we raise money, we will also have various raffles and pub crawl games.  We are planning on having live music for the start of the Crawl.  
Visit our website or  for more information.  Mark the date and plan on joining the Crawl! Follow the event on Facebook at

Hands Across the Sand Coming to Kure Beach on May 16th

Concerned members of our coastal communities will join hands forming a line across the beach in a local "Hands Across the Sand" gathering. The purpose is say NO to current proposals for seismic testing and oil drilling off the North Carolina coast and YES to affordable clean energy solutions. Participating in Hands Across the Sand will send a powerful message to Governor McCrory that North Carolinians don’t want a disaster like the BP oil spill to happen here.  The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at the K Avenue Beach Access by the Fishing Pier in Kure Beach.  A gathering is being planned for Wrightsville Beach as well.  These events are part of a worldwide effort on May 16 to highlight the dangers of fossil fuels and the need for alternative energy sources.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; #nooilatthebeach, or on Facebook at Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation.  

Come Celebrate 30 Years of one of the Longest Running Beach Music Festivals in the United States still on the Beach June 6th

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.  
On Saturday, June 6th, ‘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 - GARY LOWDER & SMOKIN’ HOT
1:00 – 2:30 - THE BAND OF OZ
This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate (cash only) and can be purchased at the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).  Advance tickets are also available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit 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 30th Annual get together with your toes in the sand of famous Carolina Beach, where Beach Music originated and shaggin’ was born.  If you are still wanting more, head on over to The Lazy Pirate for the Official After Party (701 N. Lake Park Blvd) and enjoy The Dark 30 Boogie Band. Please go to  and click on the CBMF logo or join our Facebook page ( ) 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, R.A. Jeffreys Distributing, SunFun Rentals 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.

Lion’s Sweep Thursday

Food Lion store #2553 is hosting a LION ’S SWEEP of the beach.  The sweep will be on Thursday May 14th 2015 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We will meet at the boardwalk on the corner of Canal Drive and Harper Avenue. All are welcome to join in with the sweep.   Make sure to bring a bag or bucket to place trash in (non-plastic is preferred!)

“Performing Arts Nite” every Friday Night starting May 29th

The Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee will be hosting Performing Arts Nite (Pan), Sounds by the Sea Friday nights from 7:00pm untik 9:00pm at the boardwalk gazebo. Artistry in Jazz will kick the season off performing Friday, May 29th.  
We have Eric Keely performing, Friday, June 12th, Judah Moore June 19th, 34 Steps June 26th.
We have dates available June 5th and July and August if anyone is interested in performing. Please contact Elaine Stewart at 910-458-7490.

Carolina Beach Inlet to be discussed by Capt. Skippy Winner at May 18th Meeting

CAROLINA BEACH - The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 18, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
The May meeting will feature a fascinating history of fishing at Carolina Beach and the creation and ongoing preservation of the Carolina Beach Inlet. Our speaker will be Captain Skippy Winner the first commercial captain to transit the Inlet after it’s creation in 1952. Elaine Henson will accompany Captain Winner’s talk with  pictures of the history of the Intracoastal Waterway, Yacht Basin, Canal, and artificially created Carolina Beach Inlet. As a teenager, Skippy (David Carl Winner, Jr.) working for his father, Carl Winner,  had to take fishermen all the way to Masonboro Inlet just south of Wrightsville Beach to reach the ocean.  Then, in the late 1940’s a group of Carolina Beach businessmen lead by Sam Blake collected money to hire a dredge to cut an artificial inlet from the Intracoastal Waterway transiting Myrtle Grove Sound to the ocean.  Then on September 3, 1952, 1,250 pounds of dynamite were used to finally open the inlet.
The final cut was planned for a day with a full lunar tide and the differential in the tide between the sound and the ocean would be the highest. At first it was a very narrow opening but the tides rushing through quickly widened and deepened it. Today the inlet is shoaling badly, so, in 2012 the Carolina Beach Inlet Association was founded to secure an ongoing source of funding for continued dredging to keep the cut deep enough for the fishermen and pleasure boaters to use into the future.
Captain Winner, the first President of the organization, will also talk about the group and its current plans and projects.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2015 Free Sunday Night Summer Movies at The Lake

The weather is getting warmer, the plans are being made…The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the generous support of the Town of Carolina Beach, proudly announce this years selection for the FREE Sunday Night Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake.  As always, we have selected Family-friendly movies for the enjoyment of all of our residents and tourists alike.  
Our FREE Movie season runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend for a total of 16 selections for your enjoyment. We kick off the season with Disney’s PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE (PG-2014) on May 24th, followed by everyone’s favorite kid detective MATILDA (PG-1996) on May 31st.  The hilarious adventures of Disney’s ALEXANDERAND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (2014-PG) will be on June 7th followed on June 14th by the adorable PADDINGTON (G-2014).  On June 21st, we are very proud to present the highly anticipated ANNIE (PG13 – 2014) the remake of a classic.  On June 28th, we will present the original WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG 1971) followed by our Independence Day weekend selection DOLPHIN TALE 2 (PG 2014).
 Halfway through our summer season on July 12th, we present the Academy Award nominated Into the Woods (PG 2014) followed by the hilarious sequel Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG 2013) on July 19th.  For our tenth selection of the season, we offer the latest edition of  Night at the Museum-Secret of Tomb (PG 2014) on July 26th followed by he Academy Award nominated The Box Trolls (PG 2014) on August 2nd.  For all of our dog lovers, we offer up the classic Beethoven (PG 1992) on August 9th followed by the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film - Disney’s Big Hero 6 (PG 2014) on August 16th.  For all our pirate lovers, we will present the almost classic Hook (PG 1991) on August 23rd This year’s Classic Night on August 30th will feature the 1962’s hilarious misadventure of a tourist family MR. Hobbs takes a Vacation.  We closeout the season on  Labor Day Weekend (September 6th) with Disney’s highly anticipated update of Ella and her Prince in Cinderella (PG 2014). We are happy to offer popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more for sale at the movies - and all for a reasonable price!  You're welcome to bring your own food and beverages as well.
Directions: Once you cross Snow's Cut Bridge the Carolina Beach Lake is approximately 1 1/4 miles on your right  Movies start at dusk (around 8:45). Movies are subject to change and are weather permitting.

2015 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, May 16, 23 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 - Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 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.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR -  Tuesdays, May 5, 19 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, May 14, 28 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.
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. – Mother Nature Day and Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. – Turtle Time. 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.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, May 9, 30 at 9 a.m. This three-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. PREREGISTRATION 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.
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Cape Fear Museum: Reflections in Black and White Opens May 15, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum’s newest in-house exhibition, Reflections in Black and White, is scheduled to open May 15. The exhibit will feature a selection of informal black and white photographs taken by black and white Wilmingtonians after World War II before the Civil Rights movement helped end legalized segregation. Visitors will have a chance to compare black and white experiences and reflect on what people’s lives were like in the region during the latter part of the Jim Crow era.
Examine mid-century cameras and photographic equipment and experience the “thrill” of opening a replica camera store photo envelope, a rare experience in today’s digital world. Flip through some recreated pages from Claude Howell’s scrapbooks, and take your own photograph in a 1950s setting.  
Reflections in Black and White features selections from four large photographic collections:
• African American photographer Herbert Howard was a postal worker, a member of the NAACP, and a semi-professional photographer. Cape Fear Museum has a collection of more than 1,000 images he took documenting Wilmington’s black community.
• Artist Claude Howell left an extensive collection of scrapbooks to the Museum. The albums include hundreds of pages with photographs of Howell’s friends, local scenery, and people.
• Student nurse Elizabeth Ashworth attended the James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing right after World War II. Her photographs provide a glimpse of a group of young white women’s lives in the late 1940s.
• In 2012, the Museum acquired a collection of photos that were taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and left at the Camera Shop, a downtown business that was a fixture from the late 1910s through the early 1980s
Historian Jan Davidson explained why the concept behind the exhibit: “The different historical images speak to each other in some fascinating ways. Most of us can see our own lives reflected in the images, We all eat, hang out with friends, and many of us have taken silly pictures of ourselves or our loved ones. These images show our common humanity, and allow us to relate to people in the past as we might relate to a friend.”  
Cape Fear Museum hopes the exhibit will spark reflection and conversation about the history of race relations.  Davidson states, “When you look at these images as a group, they give us a chance to reflect on how legally-sanctioned racial segregation helped shape people’s daily lives. We want today’s visitors to have a chance to imagine what it felt like to live in a world where Jim Crow laws and attitudes deeply affected the textures of daily life.” Exhibit Program: Reflections in Black and White Gallery Talk and Exhibit Viewing
Sunday, June 7 2:00 PM Free  Join Museum Historian Jan Davidson as she tells behind-the-scenes stories of what she found while researching and curating the Museum’s newest exhibit, Reflections in Black and White. Afterward, explore the exhibition. Dr. Davidson will be in the gallery to continue the conversation.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: .

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, . 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

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. 


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