Area Events Listings for September 17th, 2014

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• Sept 20 - 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival 910-599-2979
• October 3rd - Janis’ Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Beach Walk – 910-458-9453.
• October 11 & 12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• October 17-19 - 8th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 18 - 6th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-9453)
• October 25 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• November 28 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 28 thru Dec 20 - 6th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-470-8666)
• December 5 - Island of Lights Christmas Parade (910-458-5507)
• December 6 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• December 12, 13 & 14 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• December 13 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5506)
• December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown held in Kure Beach
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Register Today for the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run

This past Friday organizers for the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run held their 2nd Annual ½ Way to St. Paddy’s Day Benefit and Cornhole Tournament at the Lazy Pirate. Local favorite, “The Casserole” provided live music while the ladies from the Southern Coastal Women’s Club volunteered with a 50/50 raffle. The Benefit Party kicked off the Lo Tide Runs partnership with the Lazy Pirate where the Pirate will be donating a portion of their proceeds on the 1st Friday of every month from Labor Day until Memorial Day! Registration is now open for the Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run at The event will be held March 14, 2014 with 100% of race proceeds from runner registration, sponsors and individual donors are distributed directly to local cancer patients in financial need. For more information follow them on facebook and twitter, if you would like to be a sponsor, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Fall Festivals, Seafood, Blues & Brews

Celebrate fall from riverfront to oceanfront with a ton of exciting outdoor activities and events in Wilmington and our island beaches.  With school back in session and less crowds, fall is also the perfect time to plan a getaway for just the adults.  Round up your friends, or enjoy a trip just for two, with mild temperatures, great deals and seasonal festivals.  In September, explore the self-guided Wilmington Fall Wine and Beer Walk as you sample the wine and beer selections local eateries and watering holes have to offer.  Enjoy Wilmington's thriving music scene with outdoor concerts throughout the season including Jazz at the Mansion located at the historic Bellamy Mansion and the Airlie Gardens Concert Series in the middle of picturesque Airlie Gardens. Celebrate one of Wilmington’s most beloved events in October at the 36th annual Riverfest.  Enjoy over 200 craft and food vendors, live entertainment on two stages, a paddleboard race, fireworks and more at this three-day event.  For all you pirate lovers out there, enjoy pirate entertainers, a treasure hunt and a pirates’ flotilla all along the scenic riverfront.
Our island beaches are hopping with fall activity with signature seasonal events.  Reel in a prize-winning catch in September at the Fisherman’s Post Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open or the Carolina Fall King Challenge.  Foodies will delight in the Taste of Wrightsville Beach event, featuring savory dishes from 28 area restaurants with live music and entertainment.  In October, head to Kure Beach and groove to the music at the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival as internationally-recognized and Grammy-winning musicians, the Robert Cray Band and Delbert McClinton, take the stage.  This two-day event also features an array of delicious seafood selections from the area's best restaurants.
Book your trip to Wilmington and our island beaches now to enjoy the coastal fall sights, tastes and sounds from the river to the sea!
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2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Sept 19 & 20

The Carolina Beach 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival features fun for the entire family.  Friday evening the 19th the two day event kicks off with an opening ceremony and introduction of all competing teams.  A free live concert by local favorites “Machine Gun” starts at 5:30PM – food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the main event area and staging and seating will be setup in the main stage area.  (Parking lot behind the Sea Witch Café). Saturday, the 20th is Race Day starting at 9am! Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for: The Finals Race Winner, 1st place teams in each category, the slowest team, the most spirited team and the team with the best costumes. You can join in on the fun 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 and must raise $1000 in donations to enter the event or have a corporate sponsor make the donation. Individuals who want to participate but cannot get a full team together can also enter by raising $50 and registering for the event.  Saturday also includes a festival of vendors around the Marina who will be displaying their artwork, jewelry, sports related products and food items for sale.  The Festival starts at 9AM. Saturday after the finals in the afternoon (4-5PM) the winners will be announced and trophies will be awarded for the top times at the main stage. Proceeds from this event benefit: “STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS”  This year’s event will benefit:  “Step Up For Soldiers” and support “The Kramer House” project.  Step Up for Soldiers is proud of this project they refer to as a “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, the thought of building a transitional home for veterans, along with their families, who are attending local universities, emerged.  By completing this house we, as a community, are assisting Veterans in their new journey of life. Insuring that our veterans are able to remain with their families, we are doing more than just building a house. We are building a stronger family, and thus a stronger community.  Help us support our veterans by donating to this event.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Monthly Meetings

• Monday September 15, 2014 – Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. - Norm Melton, will talk about his personal experiences while “Growing Up on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.”
•  Monday October 20, 2014 -  Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. - Local historian and author, Elaine Henson, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the “Cape Fear Beaches.”
• Monday November 17, 2014 – Membership Meeting. 7:30-900 pm. - LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.” Watch a snippet of LeRae Umfleet (lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report) of her talking about how the 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.
 • Monday December 15, 2014 – Holiday Potluck 6:30-900 pm.

Carolina Beach Farmers Market Continues Until September 28th

The Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market was established to provide a location for local growers, producers, artisans and crafters to sell their goods directly to the consumers, to encourage and promote the use of locally grown and produced products and to enhance the quality of life in Carolina Beach. This "island-style" market is held every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm until September 28th and is located on the shores around the lake in Carolina Beach. Check out the Market for an abundant selection of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, wines, meats, baked goods and natural soaps while listening to live music. Free parking is provided. For more information please visit the market's facebook page (Carolina Beach Farmers Market), website ( or email Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Good Shepherd Center Celebrates our Shared Carolina Home with The Flavor of NC

Wilmington, NC - On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Good Shepherd Center will host The Flavor of NC at St. James Parish in downtown Wilmington.  Featuring foods, drinks, music and dance from the Piedmont, the Mountains, and the Coast, guests will enjoy an evening of NC regional fun while providing support and security to our neighbors in crisis.  

Good Shepherd is the largest provider of homeless services in the Tri-County region and works with men, women and families with children to move them from shelter to housing stability.

The Flavor of NC will bring local chefs together with farm fresh food from three regions of our State, along with representative wines, beers and a lemonade bar.  Music will cover everything from bluegrass to shag, with a local dance studio providing “dance along” routines.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available by calling Good Shepherd at 910-763-4424 x113.

Good Shepherd Center, located at 811 Martin Street in Wilmington, serves as a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, and rehousing solution for members of the Cape Fear community.  Each year, Good Shepherd provides approximately 85,000 meals to hungry individuals and families; shelters more than 900 homeless men, women, and children; and helps over 150 homeless individuals, including families, transition to housing.  This would not be possible without the time and talent of some 500 community volunteers.  Good Shepherd is truly helping to end homelessness in our region by providing for basic needs during crisis and fostering rapid transition to independence.

For more information about The Flavor of NC, or what you can do to help Good Shepherd Center, please call (910) 763-4424 x113.

It’s Not Just Another Event Sept. 20th “The Flavor of NC”

“It takes a village” applies to more than raising a child – it takes a village to feed and shelter the hungry and homeless in our community.  
The Wilmington community has proven to be this type of village over and over again, and will once again come together this fall to raise funds to help our neighbors in need find their way home. On September 20th, Good Shepherd Center will present “The Flavor of NC”, an event featuring foods, drinks, music and more, showcasing the three regions of NC.
 While we enjoy the tastes and sounds of the Coast, the Piedmont and the Mountains we will be working together to provide the support to bring safety, security, independence and stability to men, women, and families with children who need our help.  And Good Shepherd isn’t doing it alone!  Feast Down East is helping to find chefs.  A local dance studio is providing dancers to entertain us and show us how to dance to different types of regional music.  St. James Parish is providing the beautiful location.  Wineries, breweries, groceries and local restaurants are donating drinks.  Area businesses and individuals are providing NC specific auction and experience items.  And of course, sponsors are an integral part of raising the needed funds and are immeasurably appreciated.
Every day at Good Shepherd Center we are reminded that home is a very special place.   It’s not about the bricks and mortar but the feelings home evokes.  Safety.  Security.  Family.  Independence.  Familiarity.  Stability.  For the homeless, these are goals to work toward and Good Shepherd provides the tools – the supportive services – to help them find their way. So The Flavor of NC on Saturday, September 20 is not just another event.
 It’s about our shared Carolina home.  Farm fresh food from the region to your plate; representative wines and beers and a lemonade bar; and music that covers everything from bluegrass to shag to “get up and dance” tunes.
Every day at Good Shepherd, we think about home. We hope you will join us.

21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival to be held on October 11th & 12th

The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the Fall.  And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 11th & 12th.  This years’ Festival brings something new and unique to the twenty-year history of this great Festival – DOUBLE HEADLINERS.  
That is right, International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday this year! First up is the legendary ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday night, October 11th.  
With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 12th, will be the first-ever repeat headliner – the incomparable Delbert McClinton, with three Grammy awards to his credit. In support of the outstanding talent offered up by Robert Clay Band  and Delbert McClinton, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for Robert Clay Band  will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee AND Opening for DELBERT McCLINTON will be the ever-popular DAMON FOWLER – With a hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Damon has become one of the hottest young players on the Blues scene. In Addition to these four, there will be ten other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival brought to you by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (Robert Clay Band  plays Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (Delbert McClinton is the Sunday closer).  Kids 12 and under are free.  We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend.  See you there!
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

N.C. Shell Show Rolls into Cape Fear Museum

The state’s annual gathering of shell collectors, exhibitors and enthusiasts returns to Cape Fear Museum of History and Science September 20th and 21st. The 2014 North Carolina Shell Show, co-sponsored by the N.C. Shell Club and Cape Fear Museum, will feature hundreds of seashells – remnants of bivalves and gastropods alike – collected far and wide by club members and other exhibitors. Participants from Pennsylvania to Florida will install museum-quality displays. The general public is encouraged to attend and learn about various aspects of shells and shelling. Shell club members will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions. Dealers will be onsite selling shells and shell-related items. The Shell Show will feature scientific and arts-and-crafts exhibits in more than 20 categories, from North Carolina collections and single shells, to molluscan natural history and shell photography.
Rare, beautiful, large, tiny, freshwater, saltwater, shell anomalies and fossils will fill several spaces within the Museum, including the lobby.
Experience the largest gathering of shell collections in North Carolina on Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The 2014 North Carolina Shell Show is free for members or with Museum admission. For more information, call 910.798.4368. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday September through May. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children under 6. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, N.C.  More info:
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370 or Find Them on Facebook

Cameron Art Museum’s Call for Artists for State of the Art/Art of the State, Performers for the Event on Sept 19-20 and Exhibition Opening Sept. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Wilmington, NC—-Cameron Art Museum is calling all artists who live in North Carolina or are native to the state 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) for the State of the Art/Art of the State event and exhibition. Only the artist who created/made the artwork will be allowed to submit the work. During this timeframe, each artist who is submitting his/her work will get the chance to meet a nationally renowned curator. All participating curators will attend the exhibition opening on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The cost to attend is $10.
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. The 24-hour event will be live streamed on the Cameron Art Museum website. Details and additional information can be found at: To see the State of the Art/Art of the State from 2011:
ARTISTS MUST DELIVER THEIR OWN WORK AND ARTWORK MUST MEET REQUIREMENTS - In addition to the requirement that each artist must submit their own artwork in-person they also must complete an exhibition entry form including contact and credit information upon arrival at the museum. All work must be original. Paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original hand-made prints, photography and drawings are all examples of acceptable forms. There are some limitations, including size and weight limitations and exclusions. Refer to the State of the Art/Art of the State web site, for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.
CURATORS FOR THE EVENT - Curators for the 2014 State of the Art/Art of the State include, Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Peter Eleey: Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, New York, New York. From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator
at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Laura Hoptman: Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, New York and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado. Exhibition opening will be held on September 20, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cameron Art Museum. The cost to attend is $10.
ARTS SAMPLER PERFORMANCES DURING THE 24-HOUR EVENT OF STATE OF THE ART/ART OF THE STATE - The State of the Art/Art of the State is an event where the artists bring their artwork to the CAM to be included in the exhibition and meet a significant contemporary curator, and it is also an event for live performances as well. Consisting of a variety of local artists, the Arts Sampler will keep the visual artists and visitors entertained during the 24-hour event. It is free to attend the Art Sampler performances.
ARTS SAMPLER: State of the Art/Art of the State 2014 - Live Performances Schedule: Friday September 19. Noon - Christina Brier, harp. 1:00 pm- Stray Local, Americana. 2:00 pm- Bruce Greene, Traditional Appalachian fiddle
4:00 pm- Susan Savia, acoustic singer and instrumentalist, eclectic music
5:00 pm – Kent Tomaselli, Country/Folk
6:00 pm - Rob Nathanson, classical guitar
7:00 pm-Jim Ashley, singer/songwriter, Folk/Blues and more
8:00 pm –Laura McLean
9:00 pm - Christian Dionne & Sarah Hicks, folk
10:00 pm - Zach Railey, electric bass
11:00 pm - Taqasim Tribe, Mediterranean music and belly dancers
Saturday September 20
Midnight - Miles O’Toole– Burlesque
For a list of the early morning performers, check the CAM website:
10:00 am – Cosmic Groove Lizards, folk
11:00 am - Upstarts & Rogues, cello & guitar
Nora Burnett Abrams: Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), Denver, CO. Abrams has organized many exhibitions at MCA Denver, ranging from solo presentations of Paul Sietsema, Adrian Ghenie, Tatiana Blass, and Dario Robleto, to large-scale group exhibitions such as Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art and Another Victory Over the Sun. In addition to her work with MCA Denver, Abrams has worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the Grey Art Gallery, at New York University. She has assisted with significant exhibitions such as Matisse Picasso at MoMA and Robert Rauschenberg: Combines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She earned her M.A. from Columbia University and is completing her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Abrams has taught art history at NYU and lectured throughout the country on modern and contemporary art.
Peter Eleey: Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, New York, NY.
Since joining MoMA PS1 in July 2010, Eleey has organized 16 exhibitions at the museum, including premiere presentations of Ed Atkins, Matt Connors, Darren Bader, Esther Kläs, and Metahaven, as well as acclaimed surveys of Huma Bhabha, Lara Favaretto, George Kuchar, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt and Henry Taylor (with MoMA curator Laura Hoptman). He also curated September 11, a group exhibition organized on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2011. Eleey coordinated MoMA PS1's expanded presentation of the Mike Kelley retrospective currently on view, which is the largest solo show in MoMA PS1's history, occupying the museum's entire building. He most recently co-organized James Lee Byars: ½ an Autobiography on view at the new Museo Jumex in Mexico City, which travels to MoMA PS1 in June. His upcoming projects include a survey of the Austrian painter Maria Lassnig, as well as a retrospective of Sturtevant that will open at The Museum of Modern Art in November 2014. From 2007 through 2010, Eleey was Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he organized exhibitions with Trisha Brown and Goshka Macuga, along with the group shows The Quick and the Dead and The Talent Show. Before joining the Walker, he was a curator and producer at Creative Time.
Laura Hoptman: Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY. Since joining the museum she has organized Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, a group exhibition of contemporary art, Carol Bove: The Equinox; Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly, a mid career survey of the work of the Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor at MoMA/PS 1 (with Peter Eleey) and Isa Genzken: Retrospective (with Sabine Breitwieser). Previously, she was Senior Curator at the New Museum where she organized Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, The Generational: Younger Than Jesus and monographic exhibitions on Tomma Abts, Elizabeth Peyton, Brion Gysin and George Condo. In 2004-05 she was the director of the 54th Carnegie International, and in an earlier incarnation as a drawing curator at MoMA from 1996 to 2002, she curated the first U.S. museum exhibitions of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, and Luc Tuymans among others. In 1997, at MoMA she was the co curator (with Lynn Zelevansky) of Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, a show that reintroduced Kusama to international audiences and in 2002, she organized Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing. Currently, Hoptman is organizing a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary painting, and a mid career survey of the Cologne artist Kai Althoff. She is also part of the curatorial team organizing a retrospective of the work of Bruce Conner.
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO. Ms. Zuckerman Jacobson joined the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) as Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In this position, she continues to be charged with oversight of all aspects of the museum’s guiding vision and mission, strategic planning, administrative policy and decision-making endeavors, and the institution’s curatorial and educational programmatic practices. Ms. Zuckerman Jacobson’s curatorial projects at the AAM include major one-person exhibitions with Yutaka Sone, Pedro Reyes, Jeremy Deller, Aïda Ruilova, Friedrich Kunath, Mai-Thu Perret, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Jim Hodges, Peter Coffin, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Bradford, Sergej Jensen, Mamma Andersson, Stephen Shore, Huma Bhabha, Slater Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Lucio Fontana, Monika Sosnowska, Rob Pruitt, Hayley Tompkins, Lorna Simpson and others - many in their first major U.S. museum exhibitions or featuring important but lesser-known aspects of their artistic practice. Her exhibitions with Aïda Ruilova, Fred Tomaselli, and Sergej Jensen, as well as her co-curated exhibition Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences /Documented Assignments, have traveled to other major museums including, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, CAM Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn,NY.
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. Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from Thursday dinner 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For additional information about the museum, please visit

September 2014 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, September 20, 27 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 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 - Saturdays, September 20 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, September 28 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Sunday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.  - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Wednesdays, September 17, 24 at 2 p.m., Fridays, September 12, 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15 at 2 p.m. Fridays, October 3, 17 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.
For Children
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m. – Freshwater Friends, Thursday, September 25 at 2 p.m. – Hermit Crab’s Companions, Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m. – Slimy Sea Creatures, Thursday, October 16 at 11 a.m. – Camouflaged Critters - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only.  PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• FINS AND FAMILY TOUR - Tuesdays, September 16, 30 at 10 a.m., Thursdays, September 18 at 2 p.m., Tuesdays, September 23 at 2 p.m., Thursdays, September 11, 25 at 10 a.m.  - A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, September 20, 27 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Fee: $25 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SALT MARSH AND CRABBING - Saturday, September 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  - Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided.  For ages 7 and  older.  Fee: $19 for ages 13 and older, $17 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, September 20, 27 at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m., and Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 at 9 a.m. - This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION 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:
DAY Camp for Kids
• AQUACAMP – SURVIVING IN THE WILD - Wednesday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children are invited to spend a fun filled day learning about the many ways animals survive in the wild. From camouflage to mimicry, campers will learn about the different techniques animals use to stay alive. Happy campers play games, create art and watch live animal presentations. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES - Friday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Of the million or more animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session, campers will be introduced to clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins and sea stars.  Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – SALT MARSH INHABITANTS - Wednesday, October 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campers will learn about our salt marsh habitats and why they are important. They will hike through the marsh and discover plants and animals found in this rich environment. Campers will also explore a maritime forest, pull a seine or dip net through the marsh and discover the importance of dunes, marsh grasses and food webs. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – SPOOKY CRITTERS? Friday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s almost Halloween, and what better way for your kids to spend the day out of school then at our fun-filled day camp? They will meet some slippery, slimy and cool animals. Once campers learn about them, they will see that these critters are not so spooky after all. Live animal presentations, fun crafts and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation - We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps. We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and preregistration is required. AVAILABLE ONLY FOR OCTOBER 15 AND 17 CAMPS.

Legion Auxiliary to Host 2nd Holiday Craft Show Nov. 1 & 2

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding its 2nd Holiday Craft Show on
November 1 and 2, 2014, 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 to 4 on November 1 and 1 to 4 on November 2. 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. Refreshments will be available.  

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 me.
Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center Director
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3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106
Wilmington, NC 28412


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