Local Events Listings

Local Events Listings

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:54

• May 23 – Aug 29 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 25 – Aug 31 - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 25 – Aug 31 - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434) May 27 - Sept 2 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June 2 – Sept 29 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• June 8 – Aug 24 - FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 11 – Aug 27 - Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
• June 12 – Aug 14 - Tuesday Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-2977)
• June 12 – Aug 28 - Kure Beach Market
every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
• June 13 – Aug 29 - Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
• June 14 – Aug 16 - Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
• June 23 - Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 13, 14, 15 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel
Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• July 21 - Swim CB 2018 (www.setupevents.com)
• Aug 12 Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
• Aug 18 - Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
• Sept 8 - 6th Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 8 - 11th CBPD Bike Rodeo (910-338-7811)
• Sept 14 & 15 - 6th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• Oct 13 & 14 - 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood
Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 19, 20, 21 - 12th Annual Pleasure Island Fall
Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 27 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters
Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 3 - Casino Night at the Courtyard by
Marriott Carolina Beach (910-458-8434)
• Nov 17 & 24 - Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
• Nov 23 - Island of Lights Light Up
Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 23, 24/Dec 1, 8, 15 - 10th Annual Christmas
by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-2977)
• Nov 30 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
• Dec 1  -Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
• Dec 7, 8, 9 -  Kure Beach Fantasy
Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
• Dec 8 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• Dec 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Kure Beach
For more information or updates visit the
PICC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Tons of Fun this Week on Pleasure Island

Summer has just begun and with it are some great events happening right here on Pleasure Island! Wednesday’s play BINGO at the Boardwalk. First ball is called at 7:00pm and play until 9:00pm. Packs are $15 for all games including early bird, regular bingo and bonanza, early bird games are $5 per pack, regular bingo $10 a pack and “Big Cash Bonanza Game” 8 pack for $5! Bingo is weather permitting!
Thursdays come back to the Boardwalk for their Fireworks by the Sea and Music at the Gazebo! The best place to view this weekly spectacular show is on the beach strand located in front the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, where there is music at the Gazebo stage for your enjoyment.  So 'pack up' the family and head to the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.  The music starts at 6:30 followed by the fireworks at 9:00. Follow the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for weather delays, changes and updates.
Saturday will remain the same for the Carolina Beach Farmers Market from 8:00am until 1:00pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.  The Mission of the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market is to provide opportunities for both residents and visitors to come together with local food producers and artisans to create a sense of community, foster a sustainable local economy, educate about the importance of buying local, and to increase access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe food. The Market also provides and encourages local entrepreneurial opportunities and brings energy and excitement to the lake venue in Carolina Beach and runs through October 7th.
This Sunday, September 3rd will be the final FREE of the Season featuring the Peter Rabbit.  Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages. 
Special thanks to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and CB Downtown for creating no shortage of free fun! For more information or events visit www.pleasureislandnc.org or follow them on Facebook!

Performing Arts Night This Friday with Artistry in Jazz

Performing Arts Night has begun at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and will continue each Friday through August 17th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. Enjoy a variety of talent every evening from big bands to solo acts brought to you by the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee. This Friday, June 15th is Artistry in Jazz. “ARTISTRY IN JAZZ is for musicians who love to play big band jazz. Jerry Tate organized the jazz orchestra in June 2010. ARTISTRY IN JAZZ is a group of 21 musicians and a vocalist local to the Wilmington area.  The music we perform is based on the west coast style of Stan Kenton.  His music was performed from the 40’s through the late 70’s. Our orchestra plays the original manuscript copies as recorded by the Kenton Orchestra. Our repertoire consists of arrangements by Stan Kenton, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Holman, Gene Roland, Bill Russo, Bill Mathieu, Hank Levy and others.  Other styles performed are by Ted Heath, Perez Prado, Les Brown, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.”
2018 Schedule is as follows:. 6/22 Franes Dey. 629 Eric Keely. 7/6 Beachbilly Brothers. 7/7 (Saturday) Freedom Concert (Mark Pergerson). 7/13 34 Steps. 7/20  Artistry in Jazz. 7/27 Max Levy & the Hawaiian Shirts. 8/3 Eric Keely. 8/10 Sean Martin. 8/17 Soundside

Parrotheads Get Social on Saturday

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads will hold their June  business meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, followed by a potluck social at 4 p.m., at the  American Legion Post 129 (located at 500 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach behind Food Lion). PIPH celebrates the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteer activities.
You don’t have to be a member to check us out, so come make some new friends and learn about volunteer opportunities in the Pleasure Island community.
Please bring a favorite dish (and serving utensil) to share with the group. For more information on the meeting and social, contact Andrea Daniels, club president, at 443-223-7677 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BINGO is Back!

Everyone Wednesday enjoy BINGO at the Boardwalk. First ball is called at 7:00pm and play until 9:00pm.
Packs are $15 for all games including early bird, regular bingo and bonanza, early bird games are $5 per pack, regular bingo $10 a pack and “Big Cash Bonanza Game” 8 pack for $5! Bingo is weather permitting!

Make Their Day by Sending a Flock Their Way

Surprise someone with one of our specially dressed flamingos and 20 (or more) of its friends for their next occasion.  We have flamingos for Birthdays, Weddings, Showers, Graduation, Welcome Guests, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and most Holidays.
Your order will include:
• One Specialty Bird and at least, 20 of its friends and a personalized sign
• Delivery of the birds on the day of your choosing and will be removed the day after the occasion.  (3 day limit)
• The minimum is 20 birds for $20 and $1 for each additional bird.  (We have done up to 100 birds!) Checks to be made out to Island Women or Cash will be accepted.
•    Flocking Territory is Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Over the Bridge to Masonboro. To place your order, call Lynn @ 978-979-9402 All proceeds from our Flocking’s go back into the Island community, Ie Scholarships, Disaster Victims, local school needs, beach wheelchairs.

Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Starting June 19th

Every Tuesday at 10 am starting June 19 through August 7, 2018 join a walking tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
Led by Members of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society guests are asked to meet at the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk just south of the new Hampton Inn.
This summer there is something new on the Boardwalk!  Ever wondered where the “birth of the Shag” took place?  Did you know there was a movie theater called The Wave on the Boardwalk?  How long has Britt’s Donuts been on the Boardwalk, and has it always been in the same place?  Why did everyone hang out at the Red Apple? 
(Think hunky young lifeguards!)  Do you know when the largest dance floor south of Washington, DC was located in the Pavilion?
Members of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will lead a 40 minute tour into the past as you stroll along today’s Boardwalkand envision it in its heyday. The Society does ask for a $5.00 donation to be used in future exhibits at the Federal Point History Center.
The tour will begin at the Chamber of Commerce kiosk just south of the new Hampton Inn. The best place to park is in the municipal lot (between Harper Ave. and Carl Winner Ave.) just behind the Hampton Inn. Unfortunately, it’s a pay lot.
In conjunction with the new walking tours the Federal Point History Center has a new exhibit featuring the Boardwalk through the years. The History Center is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.  Visitation is free.
Contact: Rebecca Taylor, 458-0502 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fort Fisher to hold Confederate Navy and Marine Corp Program

KURE BEACH—History will come alive June 16-17, 2018, as Fort Fisher State Historic Site hosts ‘Gallantry and Determined Bravery:’ A Confederate Navy and Marine Corp living history program Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 12 noon-4 pm. The event will feature costumed interpreters, small arms demonstrations, special tours, and periodic firings of the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon cannon. As a special bonus, the program will also include the ‘Toy Soldier Workshop,’ a Junior Reserves family activity, in which kids and parents get to paint toy soldiers while learning about military uniforms, colors, and equipment. Participating artists even get to take their work home. In addition, at 2 pm in the auditorium, author and historian Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr., will discuss the compelling stories of many people who called Fort Fisher home. He will also be available to sign copies of his books. The program is free and open to the public. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, its sustaining members, New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  The site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), 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 Susi H. Hamilton, 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 info, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

July 4th Open House at the Hannah Block Historic USO 1940’s Fun with Free Coffee And Doughnuts

WILMINGTON, NC – Celebrate July 4th with Thalian Association Community Theatre at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center open house. The public is invited to join us between 1:00 – 6:00 pm when staff will be in 1940’s era costumes, serving free coffee & doughnuts courtesy of Krispy Kreme. For one day only sodas will return to the WWII price of five cents. Remember the music and movement of the 1940’s with the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society as they offer free lessons for the popular dances of the era including, the Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing and the Collegiate Shag. The lessons are scheduled for 2 pm and 4 pm in the building lobby with the Home Front Heritage Museum, featuring 1943 replica furnishings and WWII exhibits.
The documentary film Home Away From Home – the USO at 2nd and Orange will be shown all afternoon on the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. The 5-minute film was produced in 2016 by Emmy nominated filmmaker Rob Hill to honor the 75th anniversary of the Historic USO Building. The film captures the building’s rich history beginning with WWII, the transition to a community center and how it continues to serve our community today.
Another highlight will be the Wilmington Film Museum located in the Community Gallery and open for tours all day. The museum is a grass roots history project dedicated to the preservation of film and education of film and TV history in the Cape Fear region. The exhibit is created by the Cape Fear Film Network and features artifacts, images, and trivia from films made in Wilmington and elsewhere in North Carolina.
The Second and Orange Streets USO Club was erected by the Army Corps of Engineers at a cost of $80,000 and opened in December 1941.  At the height of the war, attendance reached 63,000 per month. Typical events included big band dances, plays, music recitals, art exhibits, hobby shows, guest lectures, wedding receptions, and weekly radio broadcasts. On weekend nights, 600 men crowded into the basement dormitory. 
After World War II the City of Wilmington purchased the building for use by the Department of Recreation. Today the Community Arts Center is a major cultural resource for New Hanover County. Classes are offered in a variety of visual and performing arts disciplines and the building is home to the acclaimed Orange Street Potters, the Official North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest, the Memorial Day Weekend Festival Orange Street ArtsFest and the Wilmington Art Association Juried Art Show & Sale. The building was rededicated in Hannah Block’s name in 2006, in honor of one of Wilmington’s most distinguished civic leaders and WWII veterans, and in 2016 received the James D. & Rosalie Carr Memorial Plaque from the Historic Wilmington Foundation, Inc.
“July 4th is the perfect day to visit the Historic USO Building that was so important to our soldiers during WWII and is still a vibrant and important community resource today.” said Susan Habas Executive Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.
The Association has managed the 76-year-old building for the City of Wilmington since 1994.
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 age 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 http://www.thalian.org

New PlayTime! Exhibit Now Open at Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Most kids like to play, and many adults do too! PlayTime!, Cape Fear Museum's newest in-house exhibition, opened on March 16, 2018. The exhibit captures a spirit of playfulness in a lively, colorful and highly-interactive space.
Visitors are encouraged to play games, build towers, make a work of art and imagine going on an adventure. The inviting space also features artifacts drawn from the Museum’s 19th and 20th century toys and games collection.  
Hundreds of toys and games are on view in PlayTime!, ranging from classics like Lincoln Logs, toy soldiers, an Erector set and a Mr. Potato Head to old favorites such as wooden tops, blocks and dolls. Remember those toys that, for whatever reason, we just had to have? Some of those fad favorites like the Rubik's cube and 1960s Liddle Kiddle dolls are on exhibit along with toy figures from fast food kids’ meals. Explore toy history in custom label books.
Video game consoles have evolved over the years. Before Atari, there was Magnavox Odyssey. See a rare 1970s Odyssey gaming system and its components. Did you know the Odyssey had no sound, and plastic overlays were placed on the TV screen before playing?
Discover different types of play through a variety of hands-on activities. Spin a top on a custom-built top table. Whose top will spin the longest? Roll the dice and play an oversized version of a vintage board game, “King of the Turf.” Build a vertical ball run. Let out your inner artist by creating a magnetic mosaic masterpiece. Transform a piece of paper into origami. Dress up and see yourself in a funhouse mirror or act out a skit on stage. While you’re at it, share your photos on social media using the #PlayCFM hashtag.
Kids of all ages will enjoy viewing toys from the past, and have fun playing together. PlayTime! will be on exhibit through fall 2019.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com



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