Area Events Calendar for November 9th, 2016

Area Events Calendar for November 9th, 2016

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:00

Calendar of Events for 2016

• November 25 - Island of Lights Light Up
Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 25, 26/Dec 3,10,17 - 8th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
 • December 2 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• December  3 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• December 9, 10, 11 - Kure Beach Fantasy
Christmas Show (910-619-2050)
• December 10 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5007)
• December 31 - New Year’s Eve
Countdown/Fireworks Kure Beach  
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

American Legion to Host Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11th

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - The American Legion Post 129 in Carolina Beach will host their Veteran’s Day Ceremony Friday, November 11th at 11am. The event will be held in the Legion building at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach just behind Food Lion. All are invited to listen to Guest Speaker, Lester Newell USMC/Ret.
“The Veteran; Past, Present and Future” followed by a Flag retirement ceremony and hot dog lunch.

Kure Beach Holiday Market and Toys for Tots Donation Drive

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and enjoying beautiful ocean views at the Kure Beach Holiday Market. This year, the Holiday Market is on Saturday, November 19th and 26th at the Ocean Front Park. Market hours are 9am through 3pm. Food trucks will be on site serving up delicious food and Jolly Mon da DJ will be providing musical entertainment. With over 35 art, craft, and food vendors, you’re sure to find a unique gift for everyone on your shopping list!
The Town will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots during this year’s Holiday Market. We’ve partnered with our generous vendors to put together two awesome raffle baskets.
For every new, unwrapped toy donation you bring to the Town table at the Holiday Market, you will receive one entry into the raffle drawing for that day. We thank you in advance for helping make Christmas brighter for children in our area.

Come Light Up the Carolina Beach Lake November 25th

The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival in Carolina and Kure Beaches.
The Lake is located at the intersection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. There is parking in the lot at the lake, a lot across the street from the lake and on Lake Park Blvd where indicated. The event is always the night after Thanksgiving and the opening ceremony is at 7 PM. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Families can walk the one-mile around the lake to view all of the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free refreshments will be served prior to Light Up. That’s not it for the Island of Lights Committee! Mark your calendars for the Island of Lights Christmas Parade December 2nd, the Island of Lights Flotilla December 3rd, the Island of Lights Tour of Homes December 10th and the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration to be held December 31st in Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park and Pavilion by the Pier! For more information on our events please visit our website at www.islandof lights.org or follow them on Facebook!

Christmas by the Sea to Kicks-Off November 25th

The Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative is happy to announce the 8th Annual Christmas by the Sea 2016.
The event will kick-off Friday, November 25th at approximately 7:30pm at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and will include the official “Lighting of the Boardwalk” a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and ornament crafts for the kids! Christmas by the Sea continues each Saturday through December 16th from 6:30 until 8:30pm. Guests can enjoy festively lit coves, weekly visits from Mr. & Mrs, Claus, free hot chocolate and crafts!  
The Boardwalk area will be decorated and lit up each and every night during the holiday season starting with the lighting ceremony.Christmas by the Sea is a winter event series at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk sponsored by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative and the Town of Carolina Beach.
The Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative Group is a group of volunteer citizens and businesses from Carolina Beach that have joined forces to enrich the activities, entertainment and landscape of Carolina Beach.

2016 Island of Lights Annual Christmas Card & Ornament

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - The 2016 Island of Lights annual Christmas card and Ornament are now available in stores. You may purchase them at the touche’, Carolina Beach Furniture, The Checkered Church, Jeanne’s Jewels, Isle of Décor and More, Tip Top Framing, The Trading Post, Island Tackle and in Wilmington Art Works at Charlie McGee’s studio. The cards are $10.00 for a pack of 12 and the ornament is $15.00, cash or checks accepted. This year’s Island of Lights Annual Christmas Card & Ornament Artist is Charlie McGee. The original artwork will be raffled off at the Island of Light’s New Years Eve Celebration. For more info on the Island of Lights or any of their events, visit www.pleasure islandoflights.com.

Revised Line-Up for the Rescheduled 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blue & Jazz Festival on April 23rd, 2017

We are very excited to announce the revised line-up for the 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival originally scheduled for October 8th and 9th that had to be rescheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC  due to Hurricane Matthew.  We are beyond thrilled to offer 12 of the original 14 bands including the phenominal Jonny Lang and the dynamic Samantha Fish. Headlining on the rescheduled Festival will be the phenominal Jonny Lang who released his first album Lie To Me at the age of 16, some 19 years ago.  Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.  He has five albums that charted in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and is a Grammy Award winner for Turn Around in 2007.  Jonny is currently touring in support of his new album Fight For My Soul. Opening for Mr. Lang, we will be having a potential EPIC occasion – we are bringing Pleasure Island the dynamic Samantha Fish out of Kansas City with her staggering vocal emotions and aching guitar riffs.  Influenced by her musical heroes, such as Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sheryl Crow, Samantha brings her amazing blend of Americana Root Music “which has little trouble vocalizing her sadness, anger and pain – and doing so in a bewitchingly seraphic timbre” (Guitar Girl Magazine).
In addition, Kara Grainger (from Sydney, Australia) will be returning for an encore performance,  offering tasteful blues and slide guitar combined with soulful vocals who will leave you wanting more.  Also returning from 2015, is David Gerald, born in rural Mississippi and raised in R & B-rich Detroit, bringing his sweet blends of Delta Blues with Motor City Blues.  We are very excited to bring the Luxuriant Sedans, the brand new band from the fertile musical stomping grounds of the North Carolina Piedment, once you’ve gone Luxuriant, there is no turning back. Check out the official, revised and confirmed schedule for our rescheduled 23rd Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival:
Blues Stage – Sunday, April 23, 2017: 11:30 – 12:50 Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bone; 1:10 – 2:30 Luxuriant Sedans; 2:50 – 4:10 David Gerald; 4:30 – 5:50 Kara Grainger    ; 6:30 – 8:00 Samatha Fish; 9:00 Jonny Lang
Jazz Stage – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017: 12:00 – 1:10 Lynne & The Wave; 1:30 – 2:40 Nelson & the Rock-a-fellas; 3:00 – 4:10 Nita B & Her Soiree; 4:30 – 5:40 Max Levy and the Hawaiin Shirts; 6:00 – 7:10 Nina Repeta; 7:30 – 8:40 Benny Hill Trio            
In addition to all of the blues and jazz groups on two stages during the Festival, we have for families, the amazing FREE Kidzone with magicians, face-painting, educational exhibits, inflatables, laser tag and much more.  Shop at the many and varied vendors and (adults) can have a little wine or a beer as well.  No coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a day of music and seafood on the coast.  To purchase tickets or for more information call (910) 458-8434, visit pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you have already purchased tickets, just hold onto them and we will see you in April 2017!  On a serious note, we are disappointed (along with everyone involved) that we were unable to have our Festival on the original date, but Mother Nature by way of Hurricane Matthew gave us no choice.  We had to go to an elongated day due to the availability of the venue and Jonny Lang’s schedule.  Due to prior commitments and time constraints, we sincerely apologize to Urban Hill and Gate City Divas for having to remove them from the schedule.  I hope that you will have the opportunity to see them in the future either on Pleasure Island or at another venue.  Let’s all take a minute and say a prayer for all the people who have been so adversely affected by this recent disaster. For more information call (910) 458-8434, visit pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Museum to Open New Space-Themed Experience
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com  or Find Them on Facebook

WILMINGTON, N.C. – With the help of a $19,134 GE Foundation grant and more than 250 volunteer hours from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and GE Aviation employees, New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum will open a new space-themed learning center on November 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Subsequent to closing its gift store, the Museum explored options focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the vacant space. After surveying adults and children, a community interest in outer space emerged. Designed and fabricated in-house with help from GE employees, Space Place is an interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station—a spacecraft that orbits Earth where astronauts from around the world live and work.
Hands-on STEM interactives in Space Place include a robotic arm, microscopic experiments and a glove box challenge. Visual elements offer real-time information about the International Space Station’s location and daily operations. Visitors will also discover how astronauts sleep in space, examine the water cycle aboard the space station and engage in several rotating activities appropriate for all ages from preschoolers to adults. These experiences allude to the actual space station as a laboratory for new technologies and an observation platform for astronomical, environmental and geological research that has widespread applications on Earth. The International Space Station experience is also a stepping stone for further space exploration and the sustainability of human life in space for longer periods of time.
Cape Fear Museum Director Sheryl Mays says of the project, “In Space Place, Cape Fear Museum and GE hope to inform the public about research conducted on the International Space Station, encourage visitors to explore how that work applies to their everyday lives, and inspire generations of enthusiastic space scientists and technologists.”
“The interactive Space Place will help inspire STEM learning in our community and encourage future innovators,” said Jay Wileman, President and CEO, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “From start to finish, putting this project together in partnership with the Cape Fear Museum has been a rewarding experience for our employees and we are excited to welcome the community to Space Place.”
About the GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Monday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, 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. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com

Federal Point Historic Soceity News
November Meeting to be held Monday, November 21st

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  
This month our program will be presented by Travis Gilbert. He will talk on the Ladies Memorial Association, which, just after the Civil War, made it their mission to inter or re-inter the bodies of Confederate soldiers and to raise monuments in their honor.
The first Ladies' Memorial Association sprang up immediately after the end of the Civil War in Winchester, Virginia which had suffered significantly during the war. Mary Dunbar Williams of Winchester organized a group of women to give proper burial to Confederate dead whose bodies were found in the countryside, and to decorate those graves annually. Within a year seventy such organizations had been founded throughout the South.
Because they were women's organizations, and since women were generally considered to be non-political beings, Southerners soon saw the benefit of these organizations, which were able to propagate the Lost Cause of the Confederacy without being treasonous to the US government. Women in the LMAs, expanded on two trends that had developed during the war: the creation of an organized womanhood among southern white women and a sense of white southern solidarity among ex-Confederates. LMAs, along with other women's organizations, also aided in the care for and repatriation of Confederate veterans.
The movement for which they provided the first impetus is referred to as the "Confederate Memorial movement.”

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s Events Calendar Summer/Fall 2016

• Monday  November 21, 2016:  7:30-9:00. Program: Travis Gilbert will talk on the Ladies Memorial Association, who just after the Civil War made it their mission to inter or re-inter the bodies of Confederate soldiers and to raise monuments in their honor.
Monday December 12, 2016: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members. All programs are free and open to the Public. They are held at the Federal Point History Center,  1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.) Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more info call: 910-458-0502.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  
This month our program will be presented by Travis Gilbert. He will talk on the Ladies Memorial Association, which, just after the Civil War, made it their mission to inter or re-inter the bodies of Confederate Soldiers and to raise monuments in their honor.
The first Ladies' Memorial Association sprang up immediately after the end of the Civil War in Winchester, Virginia, which had suffered significantly during the war. Mary Dunbar Williams of Winchester organized a group of women to give proper burial to Confederate dead whose bodies were found in the countryside, and to decorate those graves annually. Within a year seventy such organizations had been founded throughout the South.
The Wilmington Ladies' Memorial Association was founded in the summer of 1866 to provide an honorable burial for the hundreds of Confederate soldiers buried in unmarked, often unidentified graves across Southeastern North Carolina. Founded by women such as Elizabeth Parsley, Catherine DeRosset Meares, and Julia Oakley, the Wilmington Ladies' Memorial Association organized bazaars, hosted entertainments, and lobbied their male counterparts to establish the Confederate Mound in Oakdale Cemetery. By the spring of 1868, the association facilitated Wilmington's first Confederate Memorial Day, and in 1872, dedicated a monument above the Confederate Mound. The ladies' endeavors were an unprecedented expansion of the traditional southern women's gender sphere and would lay the foundations for Wilmington's chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the city's Confederate relic room, and New Hanover County's three Confederate monuments.
Travis Gilbert received his Bachelors of Arts in history from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where he completed original research on the Barbara Fritchie Memorial Association and Maryland secessionist Enoch Louis Lowe. In addition, Gilbert worked at public history sites such as Monocracy National Battlefield and the Barbara Fritchie House Museum. Gilbert is a docent at the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and a volunteer at the Battleship North Carolina Memorial. Currently, he is completing a manuscript narrating women's contributions to the rise of the Lost Cause in Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1865 until 1924. Please visit portcityredux.com for updates on the manuscript's progress or follow Gilbert on twitter @_travisjgilbert or Instagram@travisjgilbert

November 2016 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR A PROGRAM, please call (910) 772-0542 or visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher . For all programs, ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. ALL programs require preregistration and fees.
BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 13 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: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.  
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturday, October 22 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Saturday, November 26 at 1:15 p.m.; Sundays, November 6, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Sunday, November 13 at 11:15 a.m.; Friday, November 11 at 1:15 p.m. -Special Rate of $7.00 per participant; Friday, November 25 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 - Thursdays, October 20 at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, November 3, 17 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, November 8 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.
OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November 12, 19, 26 at 9 a.m. - It’s feeding time, and you’re invited to watch. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and other fish swim below. Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $23 for ages 13 and older, $21 for ages 8-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS
• AQUACAMP – AQUATIC CRITTERS - Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM - Children are invited to participate in a special day at the aquarium. Campers will learn about animals that live in our watery environments including all kinds of animals from alligators to wood ducks. Games, crafts, live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. Fee: $40.00 per participant. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 • AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES - Friday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  - Of the million or more animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session campers will be introduced to a few of these including clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars.  Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12.   Fee: $40 per participant. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation! This year we are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps! We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and pre-registration is required!
About the Aquarium - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south 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. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children and N.C. Aquarium Society members. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE :Saving Animals from Extinction.
More on AZA: www.AZA.org

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