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Local Events Listings

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:05

Calendar of Events for 2018

• 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

Performing Arts Night This Friday with Max Levy & the Hawaiian Shirts

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 Recreation Center. This Friday, July 20th  is Artistry in Jazz. “Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts has been a local jazz, blues and funk ensemble for several years. The group has performed at numerous restaurants, bars, outdoor markets and ticketed events around the greater Wilmington area. You can follow their full schedule on their facebook page at facebook.com/maxlevyandthehawaiianshirts.” 2018 Schedule is as follows:. 8/3 Eric Keely. 8/10 Sean Martin. 8/17 Soundside

Post 129 Fish Fry Friday Aug 3; Open to the Public

Join the American Legion Post 129 for their Monthly Fish Fry this Friday, August 3rd from 11:00 until 7:00pm for only $8 a plate, you will receive Large Whiting fillet or NC Farm raised catfish nuggets, hush puppies, cole slaw, potato salad, iced tea or coffee. Beer and Wine available for purchase. “NEW we have added beer battered haddock and fried shrimp. Whiting and cat fish are $8 a plate, haddock and shrimp are $10 a plate. Beer and Wine available for purchase. Captain Ray’s Award Winning Seafood Chowder or Conch Chowder is also available for purchase. October through March. Eat In or Take Our.
For an additional fee, the Ladies Auxiliary will give you choices of dessert.to salad, iced tea or coffee.For an additional fee, the Ladies Auxiliary will give you choices of dessert. The American Legion is located at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach and can be reached by calling (910) 458-4253.

Drink your Beer & Listen to the Songs you Know
Chamber Announces the Inaugural Rock the Beach Festival August 25

With the success, earlier this month at the 33rd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival and the great reception we had for the Beatles Tribute Band last summer, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the INAUGURAL Rock the Beach Festival to be held on the Carolina Beach Municipal Beach Strand at the New and Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Saturday August 25th, 2018. Being billed as an opportunity to “Drink YOUR own beer & listen to the songs that you KNOW”, this new Festival will offer you the opportunity to bring your own coolers and listen to the top three Tribute Bands in the Southeast today perform all of your favorite classic songs, all while you are closing out the summer on sunny and beautiful Carolina Beach.  After the sun breaks the horizon, we anticipate thousands of eager fans to  lineup at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to claim their piece of real estate heaven in the sand to welcome our first band at 11:00 am.  We should have ideal beach conditions to spread out and dance the day away.  .Hailing from The Triangle area of North Carolina, we bring you TRES LOCOS – the badass ZZ Top Tribute band playing all your favorite classics like “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Cheap Sunglasses” and everybody’s favorite “Pearl Necklace”. Promptly at 1:00, IDLEWILD SOUTH will be bringing you the smooth Southern Rock sounds of The Allman Brothers.  Presenting selections from the Allman Brothers from 1989-2000, Idlewild South brings you that non-stop power of the live shows the Brothers were known for…Kick back and enjoy your favorites like “Whipping Post”, Sweet Malissa” and “Rambling Man” Closing out the Festival,  the afternoon would not be complete without the rebel-rousing samples of  TUESDAY’S GONE which is everyone’s favorite – the Ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band.  They will bring the raw energy and excitement of the original legendary 1970’s version of Skynyrd. For over a decade, Tuesday’s Gone has played all over the United States bringing you the music of one of the greatest bands of all time.  Remember “What’s Your Name”, “Sweet Home Alabama” and of course “Free Bird”   As an added bonus, we are excited to announce that we are inviting four of the best local breweries to offer their best craft beers to be served on the new Carolina Beach Boardwalk.  Take a break from the sun and come purchase your favorite craft beer (in plastic, of course) and keep on dancing to all the great tunes. With high tide before 8:00 am and anticipated attendance to top the Carolina Beach Music Festival, plan to get your tickets early and arrive on site early to get the best seat to the soon-to-be premiere End-Of-The-Summer Festival. Tickets will go on sale this week on Eventbrite and hard tickets will follow shortly at all the usual ticket outlets.  For just $20 Advance, bring your coolers (no glass or hard liquor”) and plenty of SPF 50 and be ready to rock and roll to your three favorite bands in the sand!
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25th, 2018 to welcome the Inaugural ROCK THE BEACH FESTIVAL – See you there! For more info, call 910-458-8434.

Fireworks, Family Night, Music, Movies, Markets & More

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 the FREE Movie at the Lake will be “Coco” playing at sundown. Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages.   Family Night is select Tuesday Nights at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo! Enjoy FREE activities including a bounce house, face painting, entertainment, characters, crafts, and more! Family night runs from 6:30-8:30 pm. Entertainment are as follows: Broccoli Brothers Circus: June 12, June 26 and August 7 (National Night Out). Lynne & DJ Dave: June 19 and July 31. No Sleeves Magic:, July 10, July 24 and August 7. Mr. Scooter: July 17 and August 14. All activities are weather permitting! For more information, please contact the Carolina Beach Recreation Center at 910-458-2977.
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!

Walking Tour of the Historic Boardwalk

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.

Story Time by the Sea Every Wednesday

Wednesdays in Kure Beach are magical! Join the Princess and her fairytale friends from Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea at Kure Beach's Ocean Front Park for stories, crafts and games. Fun activities for both boys and girls.  Don't forget your camera to get a picture with the Princess! This event runs every Wednesday through August 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Pavilion.

Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant August 19th

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for August 19, 2018.  Age divisions and required competition include Wee Miss (1-2 years), Tiny Miss (3-4 years), Mini Miss (5-6 years) and Little Miss (7-9 years) competing in your favorite sportswear and Sunday dress; Junior Miss (10-12 yrs), Teen Miss (13-15 yrs), Miss (16-21 yrs) and Mrs. (22 and up) will compete in your favorite sportswear and long gown.  Talent is optional.  We have a boy division also.  All contestants receive trophies.  Proceeds will benefit the HELP Center and Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.  For information and application, please contact Diane at 910-458-5962, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington Partners with Delta Dental Foundation on Dental Exhibit starting July 18th

Wilmington, NC – The Children’s Museum of Wilmington (CMoW) is excited to announce it has been awarded a generous grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to update its Toothasaurus exhibit. To celebrate the new sponsorship, a Floss Cutting event will take place on July 18th, 2018 at 1 p.m. The community and local media are invited to attend.  
From Delta Dental of North Carolina, Curt Ladig (President and CEO), Elaine Loyack (Vice President of Community Engagement and Government Relations) and Nicole Baez (Public Relations Coordinator) will join Jim Karl (CMoW Executive Director) in attendance. The Toothasaurus exhibit is one of the most popular areas on the CMoW campus. It provides a strong hands-on based learning component and promotes positive children’s dental health and hygiene practices. In the pediatric dental exhibit, children learn about oral health in an unintimidating environment. They can brush the model teeth, learn about the different types of teeth, and then hop into a real dentist chair to examine the teeth of a Tooth-a-Saurus!
 "At the Children's Museum of Wilmington we are working to provide educational resources focusing on healthy lifestyle choices and practices,” said Jim Karl, Executive Director of The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “We think that a modern and engaging dental exhibit is an important component to our success."
“Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease today, and children miss 51 million hours of school every year due to dental issues,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “The Delta Dental Foundation’s grant to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington will help provide the oral health education that children need in order to show up for school healthy and ready to learn.”
Renovations are currently underway and were also supported by funds received from the International Paper Foundations. The Museum is also happy to announce the sponsorship of the exhibit by Dimock, Weinberg & Cherry DDS, Coastal Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. The sponsorship will help insure the exhibit content and related programming will remain current and impactful for years to come. Please check CMoW’s social media channels for updates on the progress of the exhibit.
 About Delta Dental of North Carolina: Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina. www.deltadentalnc.com
About the Delta Dental Foundation: The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. In 2018, the Delta Dental Foundation awarded 19 grants totaling $65,800 to North Carolina nonprofits offering direct oral health services or education. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnc.com.

About The Children's Museum of Wilmington

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides a safe and fun place where children can actively learn through creative and imaginative play. Comprised of three historic downtown Wilmington properties, the Museum offers 17,000 sqft and four floors of hands-on exhibits for children ages 0-10. Additionally, the Museum offers daily programs, grant funded community outreach, and special monthly events. For more information on everything the Museum has to offer, please visit www.playwilmington.org

“Beat the Heat” Lecture Series Saturdays at 2:00PM at Ft. Fisher

July 21: “General Lee’s Immortals” –  During the Civil War, North Carolina fielded numerous infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. One of those units was the Brach-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. The unit formed in 1861 and fought from the Seven Days’ battle to the final surrender at Appomattox. Join historian and author, Michael C. Hardy, and explore this history of one of North Carolina’s storied units in the Civil War.
July 28: “Welcoming Sherman: Wilmington and the Cape Fear” –   With the fall of Wilmington, Federal forces were able to use the Cape Fear River as a much needed supply base.  Mr. Wade Sokolosky, a retired career army officer, will discuss the US Navy and Army’s use of  the Cape Fear River to support  Sherman’s troops in Fayetteville. Copies of his book on the Battle of Wyes Fork will be on sale and can be signed by the author.
August 4: “A Post-War Confederate Sailor: Finding H.S. Lebby, Blockade Runner and Privateer”  – Sailors’ Snug Harbor, New York, a retirement home for the purpose of caring for ‘worn out and decrepit sailors,” opened its doors in 1833 on Staten Island to all seamen from all countries. Henry Sterling (H. S.) Lebby noted on his application he had worked on merchant vessels for the US. And yet, it is clear from records in South Carolina, H.S. Lebby was not the man he claimed to be.  Who is Captain Lebby and why is he in New York living out his last years at Sailors’ Snug Harbor?

25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues The Year of the Woman

The Legend continues…Over two Decades of Seafood Blues & Jazz at the Beach! The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and Bryant Real Estate are proud to announce the Silver Anniversary line-up for this year’s 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 13th-14th, 2018 at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, North Carolina.
The 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is being billed as “The Year of the Woman” featuring International Blues Recording Artist Ana Popovic, Kansas City’s Danielle Nicole and the incredible Heather Gillis Band.
 When the weather is warm, the sun is shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. Now entering its 25th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues & Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier".
A weekend of non-stop musical talent, headlined Ana Popovic, the Hendrix-inspired phenomenal International Blues Recording Artist,  the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival features 14 bands on two stages over two days. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.
Blues Stage – Saturday, October 14th, 2017
12:00-1:20    Ladies Auxiliary           
1:40-3:00    Justin Cody Fox           
3:20-4:40    Luxuriant Sedans               
5:20 – 7:00    The Heather Gillis Band       
8:00        Ana Popovic
Blues Stage – Sunday, October 14th, 2018
12:00-1:20    Polar Bear Blues Band with Harvey Dalton Arnold   
1:50-3:10    Jake HaldenVang
4:00        Danielle Nicole
Jazz Stage – Saturday, October 13, 2018
1:00 – 2:20    The Wolfe Gang
2:40 – 4:00    Nina Repeta
4:20 – 5:40     Benny Hill Trio   
Jazz Stage – Sunday, October 14, 2018
1:00 – 2:20    Feebs
2:40 – 4:00    The Rhythm Bones
4:20 – 5:40     Carl Newton’s Jazzy Review
This two-day festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military     Recreational Area in Kure beach. Enjoy browsing at the Arts & Wine Garden, shopping for crafts, listening to music, and fine wine tasting. Children will stay entertained for hours as they enjoy    performers, face painting, educational exhibits, inflatables and much more in the Kidz Zone.
Held at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, this event is sure to sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time. Please do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a weekend of music and seafood at the coast.
 Tickets go on sale on line at 10:00 am, Wednesday, June 20th.  For more information call (910) 458-8434  or www.PleasureIslandNC.org.  Follow the Pleasure   Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!


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