Area Events Listings for October 8th, 2014

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• 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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Double your Experience on Pleasure Island the 21st Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival as they present The Robert Cray Band & Dilbert McClinton

Kure Beach, NC – 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 THE ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday at 8:00 pm, 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.”  Rolling Stone Magazine in their April 2011 issue credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues” with the release of his Strong Persuader album in 1986. Since then, Cray has gone on to record fifteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker.  Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.  And while he can look back over an astonishing three-decade career punctuated by his trademark sound and distinct playing style, Robert Cray is too busy moving forward on an amazing journey that has him releasing his sixteenth studio album and embarking on yet another world tour.
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.  The venerable Delbert McClinton is  a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition.  A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton’s career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist.  A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never really became a household name, but his resurgence in the '90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.
In support of the outstanding talent offered up by THE ROBERT CRAY BAND  and DELBERT McCLINTON, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including:  
• Opening for THE ROBERT CRAY BAND will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee
• 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, laser tag, 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 may be purchased through EVENTBRITE or by contacting the Chamber offices at 910-458-8434 or go to  Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass.  If the event does not sell out, you can purchase tickets at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (THE ROBERT CRAY 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!
Besides the Pleasure Island Chamber office, locally you can buy tickets at Gravity Records and Southern Signs in Wilmington or at Island Tackle & Hardware, Carolina Beach Furniture, Silver Dollar, Bank of America and Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach until close of business on Friday, October 10th.
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..  

Kure Beach Community Center Halloween Dance October 25th

Our very first, much anticipated, Halloween Dance will be held Saturday, October 25. You are asked to come in your best Halloween "Costume." Costumes will be judged and First Place Winner will receive the "Prize" of the night. DJ Tony will lead our music with Line Dance, Beach, Slow, Ballroom, and is always ready to take requests for that "special song". The ghostly dance will begin at 7:00 pm and will end at 9:30 pm. Cost is $8.00 per person or $15.00 per couple. Refreshments will be served and a memorable night will be enjoyed by all. Come out in your finest costume and dance the night away. The Kure Beach Community Center is located at 118 N. 3 Id Avenue behind Big Daddy's Restaurant. Come on out and enjoy all the fun and music. It promises to be a ghoulish night!!!

Support for NHC Bond Referendum for Education  

Wilmington – The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, a nonpartisan organization now in its 40th year of working to register, educate and empower area voters, has announced its support for the 2014 New Hanover County Bond Referendum for Education. “Public education is a cornerstone of our democracy,” said Chris Abrons, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear President.   “Without adequate and safe physical facilities that are properly equipped, we cannot carry out our civic responsibility to our children who will be the leaders of tomorrow.  The demonstrated need is great, because of both aging facilities and significantly increased enrollment in our county schools.”  
 “While reasonable people may differ about the proper way to fund school construction and related facilities improvements, a bond program is the structure we have available to us for the present,” Abrons added.  “The critical needs New Hanover County Schools face today can no longer wait without severely compromising our children’s educations and their futures.”
 The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear urges all voters to inform themselves about this important issue by visiting  After careful consideration, the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear endorses the Bond Referendum for Education and urges its passage. For more information about the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, please visit or

Fort Fisher anticipating second controlled burn

Working in conjunction with the NC Forest Service, Fort Fisher State Historic Site is planning to conduct another controlled burn of the site’s land-face earthworks during the week of Oct 6-10, 2014, to eradicate Yaupon, an aggressively dense shrub that chokes off other native plants that aid in erosion control. This would be the second in a series of controlled burns at the site.
Considered safer and more effective than mechanical means, the burn plan involves land west of US Highway 421. Local, state, and federal agencies will oversee the project after approving weather and safety conditions. Tours of the site will be temporarily suspended and the area around the burn will be roped off.
The controlled burn will eradicate plant-choking Yaupon and allow for the replacement of native grasses that help protect against erosion, enhance the appearance of the earthworks, and allow for nearly maintenance-free conditions following a series of annual controlled burns. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the days of the Confederacy were numbered.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site  
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit

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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Autumn Train Excursions Return To Our Most Popular Past Destinations November 1st

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail to two great destinations.  This year’s excursions will return to some of the most popular past destinations.  The “Virginia Autumn Special” departs for Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Nov. 1.  The “Georgia Autumn Special” will head to Toccoa, Ga., Sunday, Nov 2..  Providing amazing views of the changing leaves and a rare journey by rail, getting there is truly half the fun.
Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday's "Virginia Autumn Special" will offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity.  
Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of North Carolina and the western part of Central Virginia offers spectacular views of the fall foliage, crossing the Dan River.
In Charlottesville, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. It is a short walk to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy.
Departing Charlottesville at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 7 p.m. and in Spencer at 8 p.m.  
Sunday, the Georgia Autumn Special will also depart from the N.C. Transportation Museum at 7:00 am with additional stop/pickup at the Spartanburg, SC Amtrak station at 9:00 am and will traverse what was once Southern Railway’s main line, running from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Ga. Passengers will enjoy the gala fall colors of Carolinas’ rolling foothills, before crossing the 100-foot Seneca River trestle spanning Lake Hartwell to arrive at Toccoa. Nestled into the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the historic town will be bustling with activity during the 38th annual Harvest Festival. Passengers will have approximately three hours to enjoy the festival, which features handmade, handcrafted and home-grown items from more than 200 vendors, as well as delicious regional foods, great entertainment on two stages, children and youth activities, buggy rides and much more.
Toccoa Falls, named for the Cherokee word “Toccoah” meaning beautiful, is a must see. Located on the campus of Toccoa College, the 186-foot falls are 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Shuttle buses will be making a continuous loop between downtown Toccoa and Toccoa Falls.
Departing Toccoa at 3 p.m., the Georgia Autumn Special will return to Spartanburg, SC at 5:45 pm and back to Spencer, NC at 8 p.m. Three seating classes are offered for these Autumn Train Excursions.  Tourist class features the convenience and comforts of modern Amtrak cars. Each car has a center aisle with two adjustable seats and a wide window on each side. This seating area provides convenient access to the souvenir and cafe cars. Tourist class seating is $155 per person. Deluxe coach seating will be offered in vintage and Amtrak cars, featuring spacious seating with adjustable seat backs and leg rests, as well as large windows for better viewing. Lunch will be served in classic table and dining cars. Light snacks and beverages are also provided.  Deluxe coach seating is $190 per person
First class passengers will be seated in restored, vintage lounge or parlor cars. Each car is configured differently with a variety of seating options.  Compartment seating may be requested for small groups but is not guaranteed.  Fare includes continental breakfast, newspapers, light snacks and dinner.  First Class seating is $265 per person.
Additional for those wishing to eat on the train to provide more time for sightseeing, an optional Gourmet Boxed Lunch will be offered. Delivered to your seat, the $15 meal will be served in a souvenir lunch tote, including chicken salad on a croissant, pasta salad, fresh fruit, homemade pound cake and a drink. This option is only available in advance and can be purchased with your ticket.  Served in a souvenir tote, the meal includes a half turkey wrap, pasta salad, tortilla chips and salsa, a cookie and drink. This option is $15 per person and available only in advance with ticket purchase. Travelers can also take home a souvenir T-shirt.  Featuring the “Autumn Rails” logo, these T-shirts will be distributed with passenger boarding passes.  T-shirts are $20 each and are available in green or rust. Photos of the T-shirt design are available at
Tickets are on sale and now can be purchased by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or visiting online at

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

August 18, 2014 -- 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.
3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106
Wilmington, NC 28412

Cameron Art Museum’s October 2014 Calendar

MUSEUM SCHOOL 1 + 2-DAY WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Sign up for 6-week classes and 1 to 2-Day art workshops. Beginners are always welcome to sign up! For more information call 910.395.5999 ext. 1008.
OCTOBER WORKSHOPS: Oct. 11   10:00 am to 4:00 pm |  Painting the Human Head in Watercolor with Betty Brown; Oct. 12   12:00 to 4:00 pm |  Basic Pine Needle Basketry with Melanie Walter; Oct. 19   10:00 am to 4:00 pm |  Exploring Values in Painting with Joanne Geisel; Oct. 25   10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Oct. 26 12:00 to 4:00 pm | Discovering Identity in Your Work with Gabriel Lovejoy
PERFORMANCE: Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass  - “Brothers on the Battlefield” Thurs. Oct. 9 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. CAM Members: $15.00, Non-members: $20.00, Students: $10.00 with valid ID. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass presents a new theatrically-staged production including a historically-informed narrative and multi-media presentation in honor of the 150th Anniversary of The American Civil War. Six virtuoso brass musicians (plus narrator and piano) perform a broad range of music from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement in “Brothers on the Battlefield”. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:, by phone and at the door. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass ( ) is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading brass ensembles. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, the group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams.  
FUNDRAISER: Pig Pickin’ & Acoustic Jam  - Sat. Oct. 11 from 11:30 am - 3pm at Courtyard at Cameron Art Museum. Price is $12.00 per plate (tax included). Pig & Chicken*& fixin’s & TEA** and “Drive thru” takeaway service available for pre-purchased tickets. Bring your instrument and join the acoustic jam. Get Your FORKS Ready! Pig Pickin’ proceeds help fund Civil War Living History Weekend at CAM. *Limited Chicken **Cash Bar at CAM Café. Purchase tickets online or, by phone or at the door.
MUSIC: Cumparsa, acoustic Latin jazz and more - Wed. Oct. 15 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. CAM Members and Students: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00. Come enjoy a mid-week unwind with soothing Latin melodies by Cumparsa, Alex Chamyan on violin and Chris Luther on guitar help you get through hump day and look forward to the weekend.  Before and after the concert enjoy tapas and refreshments at CAM Café. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:, by phone or at the door.
Sat.  Oct. 18
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Admission by donation  
Special guests from the AbunDANCE Company will perform hip hop dances inspired by our exhibitions. The dancers will lead fun movement activities in between performances. You can also make art that you can take home!  Don't miss the afternoon of creativity, inspiration and art! All Ages Welcome. Kids@CAM is fun for the whole family! No pre-registration necessary; parental supervision required at all times. For details contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
DANCE: Works-in-Progress Showcase
Sun. Oct. 19
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free and open to the public, donations appreciated
Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall
The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. The events are open to working choreographers, dancers, and the general public who are working on movement and wishes to have others provide feedback on the work as well as anyone who wants to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process.  If you are interested in presenting work, please e-mail the Dance Cooperative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the Monday preceding the showcase.  
PERFORMANCE: Rural Academy Theater
Wed. Oct. 22
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
CAM Members: $10.00, Non-Members: $15.00, Children 12 and under: $5.00
CAM Courtyard weather permitting, indoors if not
This fall Rural Academy Theater ( will clip clop its way back to CAM with a full array of exciting new material to inspire, charm, divert and incite. The ambassadors of The Slow Theater Movement bring with them an evening of audience manipulated mini-circus, a fast paced, slap stick exposé of North Carolina’s pro fracking legislation and a two dimensional study commissioned by the University of Cardboard exploring ideas of geographical identity and the human presence as viewed on a geological timeline.  The evening will wrap up with a screening of Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic silent film A Trip to the Moon with live, eclectic score provided by The Rural Academy Orkestar.  Bring family and friends to share in your delight and sense of wonder. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:,  by phone or at the door.
GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers
Sun. Oct. 26
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
Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall
Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.  The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at and this singing at Held in collaboration with WHQR.
PERFORMANCE: Techmoja Dance and Theater Co.
Wed. Oct. 29 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sun. Nov. 2 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
CAM Members and Students: $5.00, Non-Members: $10.00
Brown Wing
Techmoja Dance and Theater Co. performs the memorable music of the Civil Rights era, spoken word and dance surrounded by CAM’s exhibition School Pride: The Eastern NC Story An Installation by Willie Cole, (on view through Nov. 2) which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:, by phone or at the door.
Come sample CAM Café’s menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 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. Visit to see lunch menu items.
School Pride: The Eastern NC Story
An Installation by Willie Cole
On view thru Nov. 2, 2014
In observation of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (July 2, 1964) Cameron Art Museum, in collaboration with Countywide Community Development Corporation of Navassa, NC presents the exhibition School Pride: The Eastern NC Story  An Installation by Willie Cole June 29-November 2, 2014. Nationally renowned artist Willie Cole is creating new installations investigating the closing of sixteen Cape Fear area schools and other aspects of desegregation in southeastern NC and its impact statewide.
Cole states that the visual intent of this exhibition is to create “a multi-gallery installation that reflects the real or physical history of desegregation in North Carolina through the use of conceptual or emotional triggers and historical documents.” Cole will look deeply into historical and found objects – from students who attended these schools, from regional museums, and from area families. Together, the juxtaposition of these objects will demonstrate a powerful narrative of the struggle of a community for equality in education. In their search for source material, museum staff and volunteers have spent hours digitizing photographs from alumni and teachers from these schools. Ultimately, the story that has emerged is one of pride: school pride, community pride, and pride in the battle well fought for educational equality.
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.
Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on 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.
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. During the time there is only one exhibition, 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.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Monthly Meeting’s

• Monday Oct 20 -  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 Nov 17 – 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.
1121 North Lake Park Blvd. Adjacent to the Carolina Beach Town Hall.

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - 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, October 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, October 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 - 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.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, October 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 – 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 & 17 CAMPS.


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