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This year there were no plans for the Island Men to do their Christmas Golf Cart Parade but after much consideration they have decided to bring it back! The 2021 event will be Saturday, December 18th starting at 5:00pm. This is a family fun parade with a ride through some of the Carolina Beach’ residential neighborhoods.  Golf Cart owners and your families are encouraged to design and decorate your carts in a CHRISTMAS OR HOLIDAY THEME. Come on out and have fun with us as we excite and entertain our local families. TO ENTER VISIT THE ISLAND MEN WEBSITE   www.theislandmen.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a waiver form.

WILMINGTON, NC – Voices, the Community Arts Center Choir, will ring in the holiday season with a caroling style concert outside the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Sunday Dec. 5th. The choir will perform at 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm with free cookies and hot chocolate in the Historic USO Building lobby museum.

The concert will have something for everyone with Voices performing classic Christmas carols, 1940’s swing and ballads, and jazz standards. Voices was formed in February 2020 by Choir Director Silivea Johnson and has members of all ages and experience levels. During the pandemic all rehearsals and performances were virtual with public appearances beginning at the Historic USO Building’s July 4th Open House. For information about joining Voices visit https://wilmingtoncommunityarts.org/classes-events/voices-in-community-arts-center-choir/ call 910-341-7860, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meet the Community Arts Center Choir Director

Silivea Johnson is an exceptionally talented vocalist who is also a multifaceted recording artist, musician, and syndicated radio show host. Although her primary artist genre is faith based music, she is an extraordinary jazz vocalist who was also classically trained throughout her childhood years. Silivea Johnson has opened for Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick, and toured as lead vocalist with Billboard Award winning Jazz Trumpeter Tom Browne.

Ms. Johnson is a dedicated supporter of community arts and is currently a board member of Thalian Association Community Theatre. When she is not making music, Silivea manages and co-operates a small business with her husband.

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. The building is a historic and cultural treasure that has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the building continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front. The World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) preservation organization, is the de-facto preservationist of the building's history and maintains the home front museum. For more information go to www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org. 

Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children ages seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to www.thalian.org.

The inaugural Kure Beach Holiday Whoobie Whatty will be held on Friday, December 17th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Ocean Front Park. Don your best Whoville attire and join us for a Grinch-themed celebration. The evening will kick off with the announcing of the 2021 Kure Beach Cheermeister, followed by a viewing of the 2000 version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” While the film is playing, you can visit different stations setup throughout the park for face painting, Grinch crafts, cookie decorating, and photos with the Grinch. This event is free to attend, but the Town will be collecting donations for the Help Center of Federal Point.

The Kure Beach Cheermeister will represent the most festively decorated home in Kure Beach, as voted by the public. If you would like to nominate your home, please submit the online form along with 2 photos of your decorated home by the deadline of 5pm on December 8th. The Town will only accept self-nominations, as permission needs to be granted to publish the home photos and address for voting purposes. Forms can be found at townofkurebeach.org

The Island of Lights Christmas Parade will return Friday, December 3rd starting at 7:30pm the parade proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the season and provide a night of entertainment for families.  Locals and businesses should expect delays in traffic and crowds, as events seem to be coming back bigger and better!

Come shop the Carolina Beach Holiday Market this Saturday, December 4th from 9:00am until 3:00pm. There will be a selection of handmade items available including art, dairy products, wines, baked goods and natural soaps while listening to live music with well over 80 vendors participating, bringing you a huge selection of unique artisan made items. 

Mike Chappell Park will host it’s first ever PRO/AM Skateboarding mobile half pipe competition from 9:30am until 4:00pm. 

Federal Point Masonic Lodge #375 will be offering poinsettias for sale December 4th  and 5th ,2021, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. There are 5-inch and 8-inch potted plants available offering both red and white. The price of the 5-inch pots will be $10 each and the 8- inch pots with three plants will cost $30 each. The money raised from the sale will benefit the Masonic Lodge’s building fund. This fund helps to address routine maintenance and repairs to the lodge building and grounds. The sale location will be off Carl Winner Blvd in the parking area at Sharkeys.

Santa by the Sea will continue Saturdays through December 18th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the Boardwalk with hot chocolate from Snowie of the Carolinas, marshmallow roasting with the Carolina Beach Fire Department, and a special visit by the Snow Sisters of Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea - Princess Parties and Events! Some activities are weather permitting and all free!

The Island of Lights Flotilla will return this Saturday night starting at 6pm. Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise form Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach!

The Pleasure Island Disc Golf Club will be holding a fundraising tournament for Jacob and his family at Good Hops this Sunday with a 10:00am start for singles $10 entry and 1 pm start for doubles match $20 entry fee and Juniors $5 at 4. Pleasure Island Habitat will host a BBQ fundraiser with all the fixings in conjunction with this event, those proceeds will also benefit the family.  

Running now through Thursday, December 9th the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting letter to Santa! Stop by and grab a CB Parks & Rec template and return your letter by Thursday, December 9th to the “North Pole Mailbox” located in front of the Recreation Center. Santa will send a personalized response letter before his visit Christmas Eve! Now through January the Parking Meter Parade has returned! Stroll the Central Business District and checkout the festive creativity from citizens and groups of uniquely decorated parking meters. The Island of Lights Lake displays are all let up. Come on down for an evening stroll around the lake now through January.

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society has reopened! Stop by for an amazing selection local books, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, magnets, cards, post cards and a huge selection of area historical and fictional books! Current hours are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Please stop by. Exhibits feature the history of the local area including the early history of Carolina and Kure Beaches, as well as featured topics such as WWII, the Boardwalk, and the Snow's Cut Bridge. Shop in the book shop, featuring a wide variety of books featuring history and culture of the Lower Cape Fear, including Chris Fonvielle's latest Glory at Wilmington about the Civil War battle of Forks Road.   Don't forget the staff is always available to answer questions about local historical events and people as well as assist anyone doing research in our archives and library. 

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is located next to town hall at  1121-A N Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. They can be reached by calling 910-458-0502.”

While many retail shops and local stores sitting off the main roads get most of the attention though the eye of the driver or advertisement, there are a few hidden treasures that most forget about that offer gifts for the entire family or special friend. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located at 900 Loggerhead Rd. in Kure Beach towards Fort Fisher offers a gift shop with a large variety of gifts and accessories for people of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a collector’s item, a toy for the children, or just an item to remember how exciting your last experience at the aquarium was; there are tons of magical gifts to choose from for whatever the Season! Inside the store you will find puzzles, games, shirts, sweatshirts, collector’s items, stuffed animals, souvenirs, posters, toys, and much more! Browsing through the gift shop, you will discover many terrific gifts and accessories you cannot find anywhere else! Whether it’s the holiday season or not, it’s time for you and your family to come out see the different kinds of wildlife inside the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher! The aquariums were established in 1976 to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is open 7 days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm and is closed on Christmas Day and New Years. Stop in today and check out the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for the experience of a lifetime! Online reservations are still required••

Finding the perfect gift can be a chore, Fudgeboat is here to bring you delicious hand made butter and cream fudge treats along with Gourmet Caramel Corn, delicious roasted and cinnamon glazed nuts and so much more available in their perfectly wrapped gifts and packages. “We make shopping for your family, friends, and clients quick and easy.  If you have a large or complicated order, feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”

The Fudgeboat has been selling delicious handmade butter and cream fudge and ice cream on the Boardwalk since 2004, made fresh daily, using the freshest, and best ingredients around the Fudgeboat offers over 30 flavors of fudge to choose from aboard their 38’ wooden boat! You can shop treat towers, fudge and nut combos, packaged Chocolate Dipped or Cinnamon Glazed Nuts, Fudge Kissing Turtles, Chocolate Covered Pretzels or combine any Fudge and Nut Combo! Supplies are limited so be sure to order yours today by calling (910) 458-5823 or visiting their website at fudgeboat.com!

If you are entertaining guest over the next few months complete any spread or top off the perfect charcuterie board with something salty, sweet or both from the Fudgeboat!

The Fudgeboat is located at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at 107 Carolina Beach Avenue North, and can be reached by calling (910) 458-5823.

Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach will host the inaugural Nollie’s Salsa-Shred PRO/AM Skateboard competition December 4th and 5th from 11:00am until 4:00pm both days! For more information checkout oceaneventsusa.com

Walking distance from the Carolina Beach Municpal Docks, Nollie's Taco Joint is a place for great appetizers, fresh tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas, cold brew, signature drinks and friendly service! Start with an appetizer and choose from 3 different types of homemade salsas, freshly made guacamole, fresh tortilla chips or delicious quesadillas. Entrees include tacos where you can pick your choice of shell and fillings or choose one of their signature items like the Al Pastor, Taco Pescado, Tofu Taco or the Classic Gringo. Make any signature taco a huge hearty grilled burrito or try the Pescado or Carne with your choice of beans and rice filling! You can also make any taco a salad, featuring mixed greens with a giant crispy shell topped with Nollie’s signature Chile Lime Rancho dressing! The drink menu spans from classic brews to new bold crafts and traditional Sangrias and Mimosas!  Nollie’s Taco Joint is located at #3 Peilcan Lane in Carolina Beach right beside the Scotchman at the Carolina Beach Municipal Docks. They can be reached by calling (910)707-0455 and you can find them online at www.nolliescb.com or by following “Nollie's Taco Joint” on Facebook

At Kate’s Pancake House the menu is full of everything from the traditional favorites to wonderful creations you won’t see anywhere else.  One such creation that has seemed to gain popularity over the time it has graced the menu are the “Sweet potato Pancakes.” Anyone who loves the delicious flavor of sweet potatoes will not want to miss out on this excellent twist on regular pancakes. 
In addition to the plethora of pancakes on the menu Kate’s also serves up almost every other breakfast food of which you can think. Kate’s waffles are as good as their pancakes as well as their delicious French toast. You can always get other traditional favorites like biscuits with sausage gravy, crispy bacon, juicy sausage, or eggs any way you like them. Add your favorite side items or even a stack of pancakes for a complete meal.
 They also serve outstanding omelets and as is their style, the omelet menu is full of choices. Everything from the simple tastes of eggs and cheese to loaded conglomerations stuffed full of everything you love are available and you can even create your own. Kate’s is even well known for a great selection of healthier options on the menu and even a great selection of vegetarian and vegan choices. On the lunch menu at Kate’s you will find plenty of options including burgers, sandwiches and salads all made to order. They even feature a children’s menu!   
Kate’s Pancake House is located in Carolina Beach at 102 South Lake Park Boulevard and can be reached by calling (910) 458-FOOD (3663).  You can also keep up to date on everything happening at Kate’s Pancake House including their continued support of “Little Pink Houses of Hope” by visiting them on Facebook. Stop by Kate’s Pancake House today and see why people are calling it the “Best Breakfast on the Beach.”

Monday, 29 November 2021 21:42

Sumthin Beachie: Gifts, Décor & More

Sumthin Beachie is a welcoming space filled with everything from local art and furnishings to collectibles for every beach lover. Locally owned by Carolina Beach residents, come explore their five rooms filled with eye-catching accessories made to enhance any space!

Sumthin Beachie works with local artist to bring their customers unique, locally made pieces. North Carolina has artists who create many diverse products to use and enjoy. “Everything from pottery, books, jewelry, photography, paintings, and more is made in NC, and our coastal area is home to some of these very talented artists. We hope you enjoy learning about our featured artists and come by to see the many locally made products that we stock!” Check out their line of children’s book written and illustrated by local artist Shanthi Thiruppathi. “The Tales of Tiggy and Tobias” is based on Shanthi’s observation of two cats who live at the beach. Even though they are brothers, they are complete opposites both in looks and personality. Shanthi was inspired to write about the brothers when she observed a special bond between them. “The Tales of Tiggy and Tobias” is part of a series about the two sea cats and their coastal adventures! Come by Sumthin Beachie and pick up your copy of this wonderful book today!

Sumthin Beachie is located at 809 Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach between Wings and Island Tackle and True Value. They can be reached by calling (910) 707-0210. Keep up to date on new arrivals, sales and more by following their Facebook page at “Sumthin Beachie” or via the web at sumthinbeachiepi.com. Current winter hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Sundays from 1:00pm until 5:00pm and closing Monday and Tuesday. 

 



 

 

 

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