Editorial: Pleasure Island: MANY EVENTS COMING THIS FALL

By / Editorials / Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

True, kids are back in school. Fewer people go on vacation this time of the year. However, there are a lot of events planned in the shoulder season that attract large crowds. Autumn began September 22nd, but people will head our way to fish in the fall season because the weather is outstanding and hotel room rates are cheaper. We've got some big ticket events coming up.
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announced the line-up of entertainers for the 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival featuring 'Mud' Morganfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Nick Moss Band, Carolyn Wonderland & Randall Bramblett Band. For a full list of acts see page 1-B. The Festival takes place October 14th & 15th. (Visit www.pleasureislandnc.org  for tickets!)
Oct 20th - 22nd it's the 11th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. (http://fishermanspost.com)
Every Saturday at the Carolina Beach Lake is the Farmer's Market. The market runs from May 27th to October 27th.
There are more events scheduled throughout the off season including a holiday parade, a flotilla, and many other fine events that weather permitting will continue to help promote a year round economy. Not to mention that most of the businesses on Pleasure Island remain open year round offering entertainment, great food and wonderful shopping destinations.
Last year the Boardwalk area was a bit hard to navigate due to construction in the area, but this year it's wide open with new sidewalks, buried power lines, a new Hampton Inn & Suites, and more!
The old Boardwalk Arcade that was destroyed by fire has been rebuilt with games and many new shops.
Kure Beach is popping with events in the shoulder season. Despite the name, the  Farewell Summer Jazz Funeral on October 6th (6pm to 9pm) will surely be an entertaining event in downtown Kure Beach near the pier.
You can find out more information on these events and many others by checking our B-Section each week.

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