Area Events Listings for January 15th, 2015

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 14 January 2015 05:00

Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• January 17-18 - NSSA Surf Contest (910-512-0792)
• February 21 - 2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
• 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
• 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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Help “Save Our Inlet” at Chowder Fundraiser THIS Saturday

This Saturday, January 17th the High Tide Lounge located on the North End of Carolina Beach will host the 1st Annual Carolina Beach Inlet Association Chowder Cook-Off. Join in for an afternoon of fun, friends, great food and super secret recipes! Sample chowder from some of the areas finest cooks all while helping to raise funds to save our inlet. Cost will be $10 per person, this will buy you a sample of all the Chowder entries.
The Carolina Beach Inlet Association is a non-profit (501-C3)  educational organization. Our goal is to educate the public and politicians on the importance of keeping North Carolina’s Shallow Draft  Inlets dredged for safe navigation. “We need your help to preserve our inlet!! No dredging $$ in Federal Budget means millions of tax dollars, thousands of jobs & public safety at RISK!!!” For more information, visit or find the Carolina Beach Inlet Association on Facebook! Thos who do not use the internet can contact JJ Grannan at (910)262-0587 or Captain Robert Schoonmaker at (910)262-1807. The High Tide Lounge is located at 1800 Carolina Beach Avenue North just above the Carolina Beach Pier House. The can be reached by calling (910)458-0807.

The Island Men are Looking to make even bigger Contributions to our Community in 2015

The Island Men is an open-membership, non-profit 501.c.3 organization of men with a focus of creating camaraderie among area men while giving back to our community.  
Though the organization was formed only 18 months ago our current membership already totals over 50 with a good mixture of long-time residents and those who recently moved to the Pleasure Island Area (which includes Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher and Communities over the bridge south of Monkey Junction).   Our membership is made up of members with varied business backgrounds with some from the corporate world. others local business owners and some others who have retired in our community.  The social interests of our membership also varies with areas like Golf, Fishing, Biking and Surfing to name a few.  We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to help other local charities and organizations within our community to raise money or to provide a helping hand with our talented resources to assist with community improvement projects.
In our short history we have organized several fund raising events and made financial contributions to: Step Up For Soldiers, The Pleasure Island Day of Hope, Pleasure Island Youth Baseball League, The Federal Point Help Center, Martha’s Kitchen, The Carolina Beach Grade School and just recently we donated money to both the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund as well as directly to one of the families who were victimized by the recent Carolina Beach fires.  In giving back to the community we are not all about just raising money as over the past year members of the Island Men helped paint the Ocean Rescue building on the boardwalk, assisted in painting the new Gazebo at the boardwalk, helped construct Santa’s Workshop at the Lake and individually our members continue to help our community in many other ways.   
Club social activities are available to our members and we have enjoyed participating in the Annual Carolina Beach Christmas Parade the past two years as well as being the host for the Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival.  When the historical Island of Lights - Lighted Boat Flotilla had to be cancelled this year for lack of entries a group of our members took action and organized an Island Men Free Spirit Lighted Boat Flotilla which ended up being a huge hit with the residents and visitors who have become accustom to enjoying the Island of Lights event each year.  Next year we are offering to assist the Island of Lights committee in recruiting boat captains and boats within our community to participate in their Annual Island of Lights Flotilla to renew this great tradition.
This month The Island Men will be holding their monthly social/meeting at Gibby’s Dock and Dine on January 27th from 7-9PM.   We extend an invitation to other local men over the age of 21 to come join us for what will be a joint new member and 2015 kickoff social that evening.  
For additional information about membership in The Island Men and the location and dates of future meetings.   See us on Facebook:
Email us @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Bob @ 910-599-2879

Authors and historians invited to speak at Fort Fisher’s 150th Anniversary Event Friday-Sunday, January 17th-18th  

KURE BEACH—Organizers of “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher” scheduled for Jan 17-18, 2015 at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, recently released a list of authors and historians invited to speak at the commemoration program. The list includes Jamie Martinez, Rod Gragg, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Richard Triebe, Michael Hardy, and Ray Flowers. Renowned historian, author, and Civil War battlefield expert Ed Bearss will be the keynote speaker at a special opening ceremony slated for 11 am Saturday at Battle Acre. The site will open at 9 am each day with activities and lectures throughout the day. Due to anticipated high attendance, visitors are encouraged to arrive early.  Free public parking will be provided at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, a quarter-mile north of the historic site, where visitors can board a free shuttle bound for the museum parking lot. Organizers say the site’s limited parking area is being reserved for VIPs, shuttle traffic, members of the media, and handicapped individuals with mobility restrictions. A number of food vendors are expected to set up just north of the main parking lot.  Emergency services will be coordinated by local, county, and state law enforcement agencies. Reservists with the Army National Guard will also be on hand to assist. As a safety precaution, Battle Acre Road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the weekend. The observance weekend will feature Saturday and Sunday recreations of the January 1865 Union attacks on Fort Fisher, with as many as 500 reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines. Saturday’s battle reenactment begins at 1:30 pm, while Sunday’s reenactment will begin at 10:30 am.
The two-day event is free, except for small fees associated with unique tours planned on both days. A limited number of tickets for these tours will be sold. Organizers say more details about the program schedule will be released prior to the event. Due to factors beyond the staff’s control, some program components are subject to change.All Fort Fisher programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national treasure, and sustaining members: Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Ernest Kniffen, Dr. Edward Halloran, and Patrick O. McCullough. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the war ended less than 90 days later. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site  Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit

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 or call (910)341-7253.

Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off

On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 contestants 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 Step Up for Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off will return to the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue and everyone is welcome. Sponsorship and applications available online at Step up for Soldiers is a non-profit 501-3C organization, dedicated to members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. All monetary donations that are made to support our organization are tax deductible.

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
REVIEWS: " 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 Tickets for the Mary Louise Knutson concert are on sale now at 910-632-2285 or

Cameron Art Museum’s January 2015 Calendar
3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412

Museum School open registration for classes and workshops. Register by visiting the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, online at:, or by phone 910-395-5999.
SPOKEN WORD: COAST Poetry Jam - Fri. Dec. 19 8:00 pm Cost: $10.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - Come enjoy poets puttin’ down the true spoken word, featuring Life the Poet, with music by DJ Mike Lang and performance by The Company. Hosted by Bigg B of COAST Radio 97.3 FM. For details call the studio line: 910.763.0973. Purchase seats at the door.
GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sun. Dec. 28 at 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entire Group. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. 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 and this singing at Held in collaboration with WHQR.
JAZZ @ THE CAM SERIES Returns! with Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts - Thurs. Jan. 8 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The New Year brings more new artists to the jazz series! Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts bring their brand of Standards, Cool jazz, blues and more to the concert series. With Max Levy on saxophone, Dwain Gunnels on keys and vocals and Travis Slaughter on drums, this talented trio of college musicians has performed with a range of musicians and in a variety of musical genres. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:, by phone or at the door. A concert series presented by Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society ( Special 2nd Thurs. date.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS: Max Levy; Saxophone - Max is a Junior at East Carolina University majoring in Jazz Performance at ECU's School of Music, he has studied clarinet and piano as well as the saxophone while at ECU. He started this jazz ensemble while in high school and has greatly enjoyed expanding his musicianship while playing with them over his summer breaks off from school. Levy has studied and performed with many prominent musicians including locally-renowned Saxophonist Benny Hill, Bassist/Professor Carroll Dashiell, and Trumpeter/Professor H. Wade Johnson.
Dwain Gunnels; Keys, Vocals - Dwain is a Junior at UNCW as a Criminology major, and aspires to one day join the FBI. His greatest hobby, however, is playing the piano and keyboard. He and Max have played together since they first met in junior high school. Gunnels  enjoys playing a wide range of musical styles. From Duke Ellington to Ray Charles to Bob Marley, Dwain has a versatile taste and ability.
 Travis Slaughter; Drums - Travis is a freshman at Appalachian State University, with an undeclared major. He has a love for music and acquired a distinct talent for playing percussion instruments; especially the drum set. Slaughter has performed throughout Carolina Beach and the Wilmington area, playing everything from rock n' roll to reggae to jazz.   
• FAMILIES: Holiday Kids @ CAM - Sat.  Jan. 17 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Admission by donation. Come explore our exhibitions and make art you can take home! Don't miss the afternoon of creativity, inspiration and art! All Ages Welcome. No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. Kids@CAM is fun for the whole family!
• DANCE: Works-in-Progress Showcase - Sun. Jan. 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. 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. Open to working choreographers and dancers, as well as anyone who want to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process. If you are interested in presenting work, e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the Monday preceding each showcase.  
• GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers on Sun. Jan. 25. Times are: 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entire Group. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall
You’re invited to join in the music of a traditional Sacred Harp Singing. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about and this singing at
• CAM CAFÉ Closed for Tapas on Dec. 31 - Come sample CAM Café’s menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 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 to see lunch menu items.
•  EXHIBITIONS at the CAM: State of the Art / Art of the State - Hughes Wing On view through February 12, 2015. 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 Thursday Evenings
Open late 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.
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. During the time there is only one exhibition, 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 or call 910.395.5999.

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.

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:
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 ( 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: 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

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s monthly meeting on January 19th to include speakers Beverly Tetterton and Dan Comacho

Monday January 19, 2015 7:30 PM : The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 19, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
This month’s speakers are business partners Beverly Tetterton and Dan Comacho who are publishers of a series of “apps” for smart phones and tablets focusing on the history of Wilmington. The wihi app uses your device's GPS map to lead you down beautiful tree-lined streets to our many rich historic sites. At each stop you listen to a 3-5 minute history and scroll through fascinating historic pics. Begin when you want. Walk at your own pace. Take a break with a cool drink. Even continue tomorrow if you want.
It’s easy! A longtime friend of the Society, Beverly Tetterton was a research librarian in the North Carolina Room at the New Hanover County Public Library for 31 years. She was a pioneer in digital archives, creating the first in North Carolina. She went on to create numerous digital archive collections which include thousands of historic photographs of the Cape Fear Region. In 2001, the Raleigh News & Observer named her Tar Heel of the Week. She and her husband Glenn live in a 100 + year old house in Wilmington’s historic district. Dan Camacho has an MBA from Northwestern, an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington, and has worked at Hewlett Packard,,,, and He has not received nearly as many awards as Beverly, but he does live in an older house (160+ years) with his wife Lori and two children.

January 2015 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, January 24, 31 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, January  10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, January 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, January 25 at 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 - Friday, January 30 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.
• SEA TURTLE REHAB TOUR - Saturdays, January  17 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sundays, January 18 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 19 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - In November, the Aquarium opened its doors to nearly two dozen endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the New England coast. The sea turtles receive daily medical care, including antibiotics, special diets and close monitoring. Once the animals are healthy, they will be released into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Join us for a special tour to learn more about these sea turtles and how our dedicated husbandry staff care for these animals. A portion of the tour fees will benefit Aquarium conservation efforts. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – TOP PREDATORS - Monday, January 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Children are invited to participate in a special day at the Aquarium. Campers learn why sharks, dolphins and alligators are kings of their watery world and how these hunters are specially adapted for "ruling" their environments. Games, crafts, live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Children will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS - Friday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. - Get an up-close look at reptiles and amphibians including, turtles, salamanders and alligators. In this session, campers will learn about similarities and differences between these types of animals. Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Children will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 AQUACAMP TRANSPORTATION - The Aquarium offers limited transportation to and from the Monkey Junction area to AquaCamp. We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and preregistration is 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:

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, 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


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