Area Events Calendar for November 23rd, 2016

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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  
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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

Christmas by the Sea Kicks-Off Nov. 25th
Island Women Decorate Gazebo for Friday’s Kick-Off of Christmas by the Sea

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.

Come Light Up the Carolina Beach Lake Nov. 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  or follow them on Facebook!

Carolina Beach Fire Dept. Taking Donations for Santa Appearance

The Carolina Beach Fire Department has organized a fundraiser for the department delivering Santa along with a gift you provide to your home atop a fire truck! Instead of listening for reindeer hoofs and jingle bells on the rooftop, listen for the occasional blast of the fire engine siren, which will announce Santa's arrival on your street on this special night. When you hear Santa coming, grab your camera & come outside with your children as the department cannot go into homes. Santa will personally deliver a pre-wrapped gift to your child and wave for pictures before moving on to spread cheer to more boys and girls in Carolina Beach & Kure Beach. To participate: Drop off a wrapped present for your child during one of our drop times and donate $20 to the CBFD. Santa will handle the rest l Santa will be going to 40 homes. First come, first serve so Sign up now! Gifts must be wrapped and clearly marked with the child's name & address. Please do not send large or heavy presents. There is a $20 minimum donation to the CBFD per household.
Cash or check only. 2. Registration Forms, Gifts and Donations must be dropped off to the Carolina Beach Fire House on Dow Rd during one of our two drop off dates: Saturday, December 10th from 10:am until 1:00pm or Monday, December 12th from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Santa and CBFD Fire Fighters will deliver the gifts on the fire truck between the hours of 5 and 8pm on December 19th and December 21st. Santa will only be making Carolina Beach & Kure Beach deliveries. Although the firefighters will wear their uniforms, they are off-duty and not being paid. The fire trucks that we use are reserve units, so the fire stations will be fully operational. All proceeds benefit the CBFD. Please be patient with us, as we will learn a lot our first year.
For more information feel free to contact Kristen Dunn 910-297-0752 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fort Fisher to celebrate the season with 2016 Holiday Open House

KURE BEACH—Fort Fisher State Historic Site will celebrate the upcoming holiday season by hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the visitor’s center. The Open House is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by Fort Fisher Chapter 2325 of the UDC, the Friends of Fort Fisher and New Hanover County, Town of Kure Beach and the Town of Carolina Beach. Open House visitors will enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, including an array of holiday music leading off with selections by the Carolina Beach Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Heather Kurtz, followed by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of David Tyson. The Open House will also feature storyteller and musician John Golden, as well as John Bennett and Masonboro Parlor, a group of local musicians who offer a unique combination of lively 18th and 19th century dance and period music. For this one day only, a special 15% discount will be offered on all museum store merchandise, so visitors can stock up on gifts for the history enthusiast on their list. Fort Fisher is also a Toys For Tots collection location. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  
For more information, contact Paul Laird at 910-612-7067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Museum to Open New Space-Themed Experience

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.”
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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:

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s Events Calendar Fall/Winter 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.

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 . For all programs, ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. ALL programs require preregistration and fees.
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturday, December 3 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, November 26 at 1:15 p.m.; Sundays, November 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Saturday, December 3 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, December 10, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Sundays, December 4, 18 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Tuesday, December 27 at 11:15 a.m.; Thursday, December 29 at 11:15 a.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, December 1, 15, 29 at 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, December 20, 27 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.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November 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
• HOLIDAY ELF CAMP - Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Freshwater Animals; Saturday, December 17 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Salt Marsh Animals; Thursday, December 22 at 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Saltwater Animals - Looking for something fun this holiday season?  The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is offering three Holiday Elf Camps this year for ages 5-12 years old.  Our elves will be making gifts, wrapping them, meeting other elves, and making some extra special memories here at the aquarium.  This fun and educational program gives adult elves guilt-free time for holiday shopping or relaxation. The program fee of $50 includes a pizza lunch, snacks, crafts, holiday gift-wrap, instruction, and countless wonderful memories.  Register early to get the date you want. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Holiday Elf Camp Transportation! We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from our camps! We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and pre-registration is required!
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be closed Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 and will reopen at 9 am on Monday, December 26, 2016.
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. 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: 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.
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About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources - The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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, 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, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CBPD & KBPD Public Safety Day March 25th

Carolina Beach & Kure Beach Police Departments are partnering together to host a FREE community event for the whole family to enjoy.  
Public Safety Day will be Saturday, March 25th from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach.  Local police, fire and ems agencies will be on hand with displays. There will also be federal law enforcement agencies from New Hanover County, Military branches, demonstrations and hands on fun for kids of all ages. There will also be a free shred truck available to purge old documents from Local Government Federal Credit Union!


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