Area Events Listings for January 28th, 2015

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2015

• 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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East Coast Shag Classic Attracts Top Bands to Battle Cancer 4th Annual Event January 29th-February 1st

WILMINGTON, NC - The Fourth Annual East Coast Shag Classic, featuring the year's top beach music singers, musicians and entertainers, returns to Wrightsville Beach, January 29 - February 1, 2015. Master-of-ceremonies is Joey Warren - 'The Little Man of Beach Music' - widely known by fans from live appearances and as morning personality on YourBeachMusic. com, CBMA's Internet Station of the Year. "The East Coast Shag Classic is a must attend event for beach music fans ... a wonderful and meaningful weekend," says Warren.
January's Shag Classic, a three-day charity event benefiting women with cancer and their families, showcases elite recipients of beach music's recent CAMMY Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, and Best Live Production Award.
The East Coast Shag Classic opens Thursday night, January 29, with CBMA's Best Live Production Award winner, Band of Oz. On Friday, January 30, The Embers headline entertainment with Male Vocalist of the Year, Craig Woolard.
Saturday's beach music marathon spans afternoon through late night hours with Entertainer of the Year Jim Quick and Coastline, Group of the Year The Entertainers, and Saturday's Late Night Dance Party with DJs Joey Warren and Ken Jones.
"What a great way to have fun and raise money for a worthy cause," said David Hicks, drummer for the Band of Oz, making their fourth appearance at the East Coast Shag Classic.
Festivities for 2015's East Coast Shag Classic come to an inspiring close on Sunday with The Gospel Train, hosted by The Big Kahuna, of The Big Kahuna's Beach Party and Sunday Morning Gospel Train.
"The East Coast Shag Classic is THEE [sic] event if you are a beach music and shag fan," says Clay McCauley, a.k.a. The Big Kahuna. "Women of Hope does a great job helping people, it's at the heart of what they do. I am very proud of my association with such great people and a super event. God Bless everyone involved." Proceeds from the 4th Annual East Coast Shag Classic fund the mission of Women of Hope, a nonprofit organization providing a wide-range of free services to improve the quality of life for female cancer patients and their families. See: Angie's Story - Women Helping Women With Cancer. The Holiday Inn Resort will host The 4th Annual East Coast Shag Classic.

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 “Where the BBQ Meets the Beach”

Carolina Beach, NC  -  Fire up your grill, grab your apron, and get ready to BBQ!  On Saturday, March 7, 2015 about thirty teams 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 competition will start with a level playing field:  everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.  But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue, and everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.  Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.  There will be three bands: Junkyard Mama opens, next is local favorite Kenny  Reeves and TrainWreck, and the headliner will be one of the hottest bands in the Southeast – The Mark Roberts Band.  In addition, there will be raffles, a 50/50, educational displays, restaurant vendors, plus more food and drink for purchase.  Gates open at 10:30am and prizes will be awarded at 4:00pm.  All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.  

This year Step Up is proud to continue a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers has a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.

Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.  Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers.

There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music while helping support such a deserving organization.

To volunteer during the event contact Ashley Courts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information contact Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-431-8122.

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. JANUARY MEETING: TUESDAY, JAN 27TH @ GIBBYS DOCK AND DINE – 7 TO 9PM.  

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.

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 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370

2015 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE -Saturdays, January 31 at 2 p.m. and Saturdays, February 14, 28 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 - Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Saturdays, February 14, 28 at 11:15 a.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. and Fridays, February 6, 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.
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. – Friendships Under the Sea; Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m. – Polar Pals - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• HUGS AND FISHES VALENTINE’S DAY LOCK-IN - Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6 pm. Wish you could plan a romantic evening with your special someone? Not sure what to do with the kids? Here’s your solution. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites children, ages 5 to 12, to a Valentine’s sleepover. Hug them at the door and know the fish fun lasts all night. They will play games, make crafts and enjoy animal programs with our qualified and trained staff. What’s not to love? Children must be comfortable staying away from parents all night. Dinner, snacks and breakfast will be provided. Fee: $55 per child. PRE-REGISTRATION 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:

Cameron Art Museum: MUSEUM SCHOOL 2015

Do you have your Museum School catalog for 2015? Pick one up at the Cameron Art Museum or at select Harris Teeter, Food Lion or CVS locations around town.
museumschool or by phone
State of the Art/Art of the State Gallery Conversations  
January and February 2015
Museum Admission, CAM Members: Free
Hughes Wing - Come hear small groups of artists discuss their work currently on view in the exhibition State of the Art/Art of the State. These ongoing informal conversations begin:
• Thursday January 22 at 6:30 pm: Mary W. Austin, David Pascua and Kirah Van Sickle (For updates to the schedule and speakers visit CAM’s website.)
• GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sun. Jan. 25 at 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. located at 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.
MUSEUM SCHOOL 2015 - Do you have your Museum School catalog for 2015? Pick one up at the Cameron Art Museum or at select Harris Teeter, Food Lion or CVS locations around town.
Upcoming 1-Day Weekend Workshops—Registration Now Open - The Magic of Transparency: Intermediate – 2015/1-WS4 1 Day Workshop  Jan. 24, Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In this workshop students cover the parts of color theory that assist one in creating the illusion of transparency. Students begin class with a series of basic exercises that break down complex ideas into a series of easily accomplished modular ideas. During class Kevin illustrates ideas covered in class with oil paint so students can watch the magic happen.  Instructor: Kevin Dunn
This is GRUB: Change Your Food, Change Your Life - 2015/1-WS5 1 Day Workshop: Jan. 24, Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  NOTE: Mid-day break for lunch in CAM Café (not included in workshop tuition). Join Liz and Ryanna of This is Grub as they explore how choosing nourishing foods and learning to cultivate food joy can change your body and your entire life. The day includes a motivational talk and a nutrition class in a hands-on workshop format. This experience will leave you inspired, empowered, and excited to make change. Instructors: Ryanna Batiste and Liz Flint-Somerville – GRUB
Basic Pine Needle Basketry - Beginning & All Levels – 2015/1-WS6 1 Day Workshop: Jan. 25, Sun. 12:00  – 4:00 p.m. In this 4 hour session, students learn how to make a pine needle basket, focusing on how to start, coil, and shape the wall of the basket. One small project completed, and another started during this workshop. Students finish the second piece at home on their own. Instructor: Melanie Walter
CAM CAFÉ - / Come sample CAM Café’s menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  Lunch 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.
 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 Wednesday and 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.
ABOUT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM: 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.
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.

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

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

FOX TV’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Returns to Tryon Palace for a Third Time
Film production will affect Palace grounds, surrounding city streets

The FOX TV series “Sleepy Hollow” will be filming on location at Tryon Palace this Tuesday, Jan. 20. This visit marks the third time that “Sleepy Hollow” has used the Tryon Palace grounds as a filming location.
 “Ever since the first season wrapped, we’ve been keeping our fingers crossed that ‘Sleepy Hollow’ would want to use Tryon Palace again during Season Two,” said LeRae Umfleet, interim assistant director for Tryon Palace. “They are a tremendous group of people to work with and they bring a level of excitement to the site that’s truly contagious.”
Crews are expected to arrive at Tryon Palace on Sunday, Jan. 18, and remain in the city through Jan. 21. The Stanly and Dixon houses will be closed for filming, but visitors will still be able to purchase discounted tickets that include tours of the Palace and gardens, as well as access to the North Carolina History Center. Although tours of the Governor’s Palace will still be available, access to the Palace courtyard and Stable will be limited during filming.
 Beginning today, Jan. 16, tickets will be available at the North Carolina History Center at a rate of $15 for adults and $6 for youth. That rate will remain in effect until the Stanly House reopens on Thursday, Jan. 22.
 Beginning Monday, Jan. 19, the New Bern Police Department will direct traffic through detour routes that surround Tryon Palace. Residents and visitors should expect intermittent traffic control on George, Eden and Pollock streets through Wednesday, Jan. 21. For more information about ticketing and tours at Tryon Palace during the filming of “Sleepy Hollow,” call 252-639-3500 or visit

Museum Awarded NC Glaxo SmithKline Foundation Grant

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Funds will be used to fund astronomy programming for every third grade class in New Hanover County and to offset the purchase of the Museum’s new portable planetarium.
“This grant will allow Cape Fear Museum to serve an additional 1,500 local students and provide them with an opportunity to explore the solar system and experience astronomy without leaving the classroom,” Museum Director Sheryl Mays said.  An integral part of Cape Fear Museum’s school programming is its portable planetarium. Museum educators take the planetarium to schools across southeastern North Carolina and annually deliver programming to more than 1,300 students, 500 from New Hanover County. When grade level programming was last offered free to local schools, nearly 2,000 New Hanover County students were served. The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today's society and future generations. Since our establishment in 1986, the Foundation has awarded $65 million in grants. The Foundation pays approximately $3 million in grants each year to North Carolina nonprofit organizations. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., 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; and 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:


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