Local Events Listings

Local Events Listings

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:51

Calendar of Events for 2018

• TBA - 6th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• 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
• April 13 & 14 - 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood
Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
For more information or updates visit the
PICC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Parrot Heads ‘Phlock’ at the Legion Saturday, October 20th

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads will flock together for the club's monthly meeting and social. Saturday, October 20, at the American Legion Post 129 (located at 500 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach behind Food Lion). Meeting is at 3 p.m. and is followed by a potluck social starting at 4 p.m. PIPH celebrates the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteering. 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. Donations of canned goods and other items for the Help Center, one of the non profits we support, are  encouraged. 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..

Pleasure Island Day of Hope Pig Pickin October 20th

Join the folks with the Pleasure Island Day of Hope at The Last Resort, Saturday, October 20th from 11:00am until 7:00pm for a pig pickin fundraiser with all the fixins. “Help us raise money for cancer patients undergoing treatment in our community. There will be live music with Kenny Reeves & Trainwreck and Stick 'em Up, a live auction, raffles, and more. All proceeds will be a donation to Pleasure Island Day of Hope, a nonprofit who helps all those who need financial assistance on Pleasure Island. This event benefits all cancers.”

The Help Center of Federal Point Needs Extra Supplies

After Hurricane Florence the Help Center of Federal Point could use extra supplies. They are always accepting donations but could use more canned meat like tuna, cleaning products and baby items including diapers, wipes, formula and food.  Any other packaged or canned food items or toiletries are deeply appreciated. For deliveries, the Help Center is no longer at the Rec Center, they has moved to the former Community Building at 3rd Street and Raleigh Avenue with the entrance on Raleigh Ave.
Deliveries are best 10:00 AM to Noon, Monday thru Friday.

American Legion Holiday Craft Show November 10th

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding its 6th Holiday Craft Show on November 10, 2018, at the American Legion Post 129 Pavilion Building on Carolina Beach.  The address is 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach (behind the Food Lion).  Hours for the craft show will be 9 AM to 4 PM. Come on out and get an early start on your holiday shopping with a wide variety of items from local crafters/artisans.  For directions or questions call 910-458-9155.

6th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta Postponed Due to Hurricane Florence

The 6th annual Dragon Boat Regatta is being postponed due to Hurricane Florence.   We are looking at dates in late October is Florence stays out at sea and all we get is rain and a little wind.   This event brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community.  The TBA 2 day event kicks off with an exciting Opening Ceremony. “Join us for a live concert, food, beer, and sodas available at the Dragon Boat Team Village, located in the public parking lot on Canal Drive, behind the SeaWitch Café and TIKI Bar.” Day two is Race Day with races starting at 9am. Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for:
The overall Champion, 1st place teams in each category, the most spirited team, and the team with the best costumes. You can join in as a participant by forming a Team of friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, or customers, and raising the donation for entering a team. Each team will need 21 members – 20 paddlers and one drummer to keep the pace. Individuals can also enter and join an ad hoc team. Saturday also includes a large festival of vendors around the Marina who will be displaying artwork, jewelry, sports related products, shirts, and food items for sale.  Saturday just after the finals in the late afternoon (4pm) the winners will be announced and trophies will be awarded at the main stage. 
Come join the festivities as a Team, Vendor, or Spectator! Spectator sites will be announced prior to the event - this is a family fun event so we encourage participants to bring along your children and friends to enjoy the fun!“

25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues Festival
Postponed due to Hurricane Florence: April 13-14

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 April 13th-14th, 2019 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, April 13th, 2019: 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, April 14th, 2019: 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, April 13, 2019: 1:00 – 2:20 The Wolfe Gang. 2:40 – 4:00 Nina Repeta. 4:20 – 5:40 Benny Hill Trio. Jazz Stage – Sunday, April 14, 2019: 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 are on sale on line NOW.   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!

Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ October 27th

Mark your calendar for the Carolina Beach Fire Department (CBFD) Annual BBQ Fundraiser to be held Saturday, October 27th. Stop by and enjoy some of the best BBQ in town complete with all the fixings!! More details will follow as they become available.
The CBFD is now accepting new, unwrapped gifts for their Annual “Make a Child Smile” Toy Drive. The department will also have someone at the station to accept gifts seven days a week from 7:00am until 7:00pm, excluding a lunch hour between 12:00 and 1:00pm. The station is located on the corner of Dow Road and Charlotte Avenue. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy and “Make a Child Smile!” If you have any questions, or know a child in need please call the Carolina Beach Fire Department at 458-6880.
Come together as a community this holiday season for a wonderful cause that helps give local children and families a Christmas filled with joy and thanks.

Island Pumpkin Patch Now Open

Since 2003, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church has been the site for the only pumpkin patch on Pleasure Island. You can certainly buy a pumpkin at a big-box store, the grocery store, or even other pumpkin patches. But it’s only at St. Paul’s where you can buy local, and all the profits go to local families to help them provide a special Christmas for their children. We try to ensure that every child knows they deserve and will get a visit from Santa Claus. So please come by Mondays - Wednesdays from 10am - 6pm, and Thursdays from 10am - 7pm to “pick a perfect pumpkin”. Pumpkins of all sizes and prices, starting under $1, Specialty pumpkins and gourds are all available.
Our pumpkins come from Pumpkins USA out of Greensboro, and the farms are run by Native Americans in New Mexico. Whether you need a jack-o-lantern or an autumn centerpiece, you will find what you are looking for at the St. Paul’s Pumpkin Patch.
We even have some hand painted pumpkins! You and your family can browse to your heart’s content, play with the funny scarecrows, take pictures next to the mechanical blow-ups, and enjoy the sea of orange pumpkins. In case you are wondering what happens to the pumpkins after October 31st, we are proud to say that nothing goes to waste. Sharon Funderburk of Beartrack Farm in Turkey, NC comes and gets our rotted supply and feeds them to her animals on her 150 acre farm. Her farm is Animal Welfare Approved, and her animals enjoy lots of space to graze freely.
We believe in our program, our mission, and our responsibility to others and the environment. Come see us at St. Paul’s. Pick a “perfect pumpkin” and visit with us! St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 300 Harper Avenue Carolina Beach, 910-458-5310.

Extraordinary Mezzo Soprano Mary Gayle Green to perform with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series concert “Land and Sea” featuring mezzo soprano Mary Gayle Green on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm in the Wilson Center.  The program includes Aaron Copland’s Tender Land Suite and Sir Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures.
 Mary Gayle Greene's combination of vocalism, musicianship, stage presence and theatrical ability has earned her enthusiastic worldwide praise: Das Opern Glas has lauded, "Ms. Greene's singing was superb...she has a bright voluminous voice." "One should note...the extraordinary mezzo-soprano Mary Gayle Greene. This is a voice of molten chocolate. What a voice!" exclaimed the News and Observer when describing Greene's "dark mahogany, deep plush mezzo-soprano sound." "...Mary Gayle Greene's singing was of the highest caliber" noted the Bonner Rundshau.  The composer Gian Carlo Menotti "was absolutely struck by her terrific performance" of one of his works after she was called on short notice to fill in for a singer who became ill.
During her tenure in the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program, Greene traveled throughout North Carolina performing opera, recital, and chamber music while continuing to be a busy soloist and recitalist throughout the United States. Recent performances have featured her singing the role of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte with the North Carolina Symphony, performing Handel's Messiah at Duke University, and appearing as guest soloist in Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Sea Pictures is a song cycle composed by Sir Edward Elgar consisting of five songs each written by a different poet.  The work premiered in October of 1899 at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and was conducted by Elgar himself.
Copland’s Tender Land is an opera about a farm family in the Midwest inspired by the depression-era photographs by Walker Evans and James Agee’s book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

WILMA Expo announces 8th Annual WILMA Expo & Holiday Market December 1

The 8th Annual WILMA Expo and Holiday Market, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Wilmington Convention Center and includes holiday gifts, products for moms and kids, ways to improve health and wellness, assistance for growing businesses and careers, local food and art and ways to spruce up your home.
The 2018 WILMA Expo & Holiday Market will simultaneously support local businesses and local children. 
WILMA will again partner with Toys for Tots, but this year we want to make the WILMA Expo our region’s largest toy drive to ensure no child is without gifts on Christmas morning.
WILMA is working directly with Toys for Tots' New Hanover County/Wilmington coordinator, Art Howard. Howard is also coordinating with organization directors in Pender and Brunswick counties to make sure the donations dropped at the WILMA Expo reach those  areas too.
Attendees who purchase gifts from WILMA Expo vendors or bring gifts will have their entry fees waived.
StepUp Wilmington volunteers will be on hand with free gift wrapping. Make the commitment now to donate a toy by registering at WilmaExpo.com and using the code “toydrive” to waive the entry fee. In addition, organizations can support local businesses impacted by Hurricane Florence by sponsoring their booths. An organization can select which businesses to support or WILMA will match them up with local businesses. 
To learn more about the sponsorship options contact Melissa Pressley, VP Sales and Development, WILMA magazine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-343-8600 x203 All other event questions can be directed to Maggi Apel, Events Director at WILMA magazine. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-343-8600 x220

2018 Christmas Card & Ornament

Island of Lights is featuring our popular Luna, a rare albino alligator, on our 2018 Christmas card and ornament.  Luna has been in the care of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher since 2009.  Luna is 13 years old this year.  Nearly 500,000 visitors a year enjoy meeting Luna and learning from this ambassador animal.
The 2018 ornaments make a perfect addition to any Christmas collection or a nice souvenir of your coastal vacation.  The ornaments are hand painted and numbered by the artist. 
These ornaments have become highly collectible because they are so limited.  There are only 400 of the hand painted ornaments available and they sell out early every year.  Last year, the ornaments were sold out completely by the first week in  November.  The cards depict a very creative picture of  Luna with mistletoe hanging from her tail.  The Island of Lightsí Christmas card and ornament are now available at the following retailers around Pleasure Island:  the Checkered Church, ChristmaSea, Island Tackle, Jeanneís Jewels and in the gift shop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher.  Raffle tickets for the original painting are now available at the Checkered Church for 1$ per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets and $10 for an armís length.
Each year, the Island of Lights commissions an artist to paint a picture in a chosen theme to be used for the IOL Christmas card.  The painting must include Christmas lights, the date, and the name, Island of Lights, with their interpretation of our theme.  This year our artist, Kelly Hawes, has created a very unique and unusual painting of Luna.   Kelly is well known in the Wilmington and Carolina Beach area for her fantasy art work. Kelly has a Bachelorís degree in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design.  Kelly sells most of her paintings online at www.KellyHawes.com.  This original painting was framed for us by Tip Top Framing and will be raffled off at the New Yearís Eve celebration at midnight on Kure Beach.
Theresa ìCharlieî McGee has designed the ornaments for Island of Lights since 2016.  Charlie is a Certifying Elite Instructor with Donna Dewberry/One Stroke Company.  Charlie has been teaching at AC Moore since 2008.  For the last five years, Charlie has been a resident artist at The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington.
Island of Lights is a non-profit organization that was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  For more than 27 years, Island of Lights has made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yearís Eve holidays.  Throughout the year, Island of Lights coordinates many activities the whole family can enjoy.  In addition to the Lighting of the Lake, Christmas Parade, Flotilla, Tour of Homes and the New Yearís Eve celebration, the Island of Lights hold their annual fashion show and luncheon in the spring which displays the fashionable clothing and accessories you can purchase in the local shops on Pleasure Island.
The Island of Lightsí members volunteer their time to organize the many great events throughout the holidays to make Pleasure Island a special destination during the winter months.  Please come join the fun at our meeting held the first Tuesday of every month in the Carolina Beach Community Building at 7:00 pm.  We would love to see you there.  Any questions concerning the Island of Lightsí painting, Christmas cards or Christmas ornaments, please contact Dianna Williams @ 910-398-8720.   

Junior League of Wilmington To Help Host Annual Yam Jam Fall Festival
Support the League and the community while celebrating the season

Wilmington, NC –Mark your calendars, the 5th annual Yam Jam Fall Festival is scheduled for October 27th, at Portia Hines Park at 10th and Rankin Streets from 1:00-3:00pm.  The Junior League of Wilmington, NC is excited to partner with the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to host a community event that provides fresh produce to children and families. All attendees will leave with fresh produce, and specific ways to incorporate fresh produce into daily meal planning and preparation. This event complements the Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen initiative, improving the health of today’s youth by empowering them to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles.  Last year the League handed out 10,000 lbs of yams and served 350 lunches at the Blue Ribbon Commission event. “Yam Jam is a league favorite and it really allows people to get involved with the community, which is what the League is all about,” states Courtney McGalliard, Yam Jam Chair. “Personally, it is my favorite event because I get to see first hand the impact we are making in the community. I am very excited to see the community come together for this event, even in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.”  Come on out for day of family friendly fun in the community. 
For more information regarding the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Junior League of Wilmington, NC: Formed in 1952, the Junior League of Wilmington, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization of nearly 300 women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its primary focus area is providing educational and cultural opportunities to local children who may not otherwise have access to them. JLW members give over 10,000 hours of volunteer work to the community annually.

2018 ARTfall at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center
Rescheduled October 4th – 7th
Public Reception October 6th during American Craft
Walk Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC – The 4th Annual ARTfall at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center will now take place October 4 – 7, Thursday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm. The public is invited to attend the reception and awards presentation Saturday October 6th from 2 pm – 4 pm in the lobby of the Historic USO Building.
 ARTfall is one of the events of American Craft Walk Wilmington (ACWW), a celebration of the arts in Downtown Wilmington. The walk will feature the work of the region’s finest craftsmen and artists on Front Street from Orange Street to Walnut Street. For more information visit www.americancraftwalkwilmington.com
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence many shows and exhibits have been postponed so we wanted to present ARTfall as soon as possible to support our artists,” said Thalian Association Community Theatre Executive Director Susan Habas. “We hope our residents will join us in the grand old building known as the home of community arts, relax, enjoy some refreshments and fine artwork.”
Over fifty artists will exhibit their work in various mediums: acrylic, alcohol ink, gouache, linocut, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen & ink, photography, and watercolor. For the first time ARTfall will include 3D art. A complete list of exhibiting artists is available at www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org  The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. Opened in December 1941, the building is a historic and cultural treasure that has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the building continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front. For information about the building history, special events and rentals, go to www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and five youth theatre productions on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center. 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 www.thalian.org

Hurricane Season Arrives: Red Cross Shares Steps to Take Now for Hurricane Safety

RALEIGH, NC, FRIDAY, JUNE 1 — The 2018 Hurricane Season begins today, June 1, and the American Red Cross has steps people can take now to get ready. Hurricane season runs until November 30.
 Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas and can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. “These are dangerous storms that can affect people living here in Eastern North Carolina – we’ve seen it before with Hurricane Matthew,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC.  “It’s time to get ready now, before a storm threatens.”
• Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store at www.redcrossstore.org
• Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
• Be informed. Learn about the community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets. Take a First Aid and CPR/AED course (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you know what to do in case emergency help is delayed.
• Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on your mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross, texting ‘EMERGENCY’ to 90999, or by going to www.redcross.org/apps 
If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If they already have an emergency plan for their household, they should talk about it again with family members, so everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
HELP FOR BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS The Red Cross Ready Rating™ program helps businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies that can disrupt daily operations. Ready Rating™ offers specific steps that organizations can take to be better prepared. It includes a planning tool to help their employees or members know what their roles are in the early hours of an emergency, what their next steps are, and provides a resource center with tools that help businesses, employees and students develop and practice preparedness plans. More information about this valuable program can be found at www.readyrating.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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