Area Events Listings for October 15th, 2014

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• 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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6th Annual Salty Paws Festival October 18th

Join the fun at the 6th Annual Salty Paws Festival at Carolina Beach Lake Park on October 18, from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  Bring your children and bring your pets!!  This mixture of entertainment, education, and aid for rescued animals provides a unique opportunity for our community.  The festival includes live music by Mystic River, a wine and beer garden, and a variety of foods. Everyone has a chance to win prizes with raffles, and pet owners can compete for cash prizes for pet costume and Bubba/Bubbette pet costume contests.  Most importantly, rescue animal adoptions will be available as will microchipping for the discounted price of $30. Admission is $7 children under age 10 may attend without charge. ALL proceeds go to help in the care and medical needs of so many neglected and abused animals. The SALTY PAWS FESTIVAL is hosted by Saving Animals During Disasters, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose goal is to aid in the rescue and support of disaster affected animals. As we have learned, disasters can be natural as well as man made! The first five Salty Paws Festivals, which were held in October of 2009 through 2013 around the lake, were HUGE successes, drawing crowds of approximately 3000 people, 75 vendors and more pets than we could count! We’re expecting an even larger turnout this year. The festival will have music, food, pet contests, pet adoptions, and lots of activities for adults, children and pets. For more information visit

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!!!

Halloween Story Time by the Sea on Saturday, October 25th

Bring the young ones to Ocean Front Park on Saturday, October 25th at 11:00 am for a Halloween edition of Story Time by the Sea. Come dressed up in your favorite costume and join the Fairytale Princesses for Halloween themed stories, games, music, and fun. This event runs until 12:30 pm and is free to the public.

Cape Fear Museum Hosts Annual Science Spooktacular

WILMINGTON, N.C. – This fall Cape Fear Museum has Halloween down to a science, providing children and adults with an educational, fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween. Science Spooktacular offers interactive activities for “mad scientists” of all ages on Saturday, October 18 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Museum members are allowed in at 5:30 p.m. Uncover the scientific principles behind “spooky” and mysterious events through hands-on activities stations throughout the Museum, such as:
Wearing your lab coat and safety goggles (provided), venture into the Mad Lab where you’ll meet mad scientists from UNC Wilmington’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (CESTEM) and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Create a mini lava lamp, slime and pumpkin Oobleck. Find out what makes candy sour. Learn about mixtures with vampire punch and scarecrow crunch.
Create frozen shadows, examine artifacts from our creepy collections or build your own skeleton to take home. Experiment with pumpkin oscillators, melting blocks and much more in the Little Shop of Physics. Make a square bubble and a ghost dance. Examine “ghost eggs.” See how light works in a two-way mirror.
Remember, it’s not spooky, it’s science! Admission is free for Museum members; $7.00 for non-members. Children five and under are free. Anyone who buys or renews a Museum membership that evening gets in free. Cape Fear Museum will close at 4:00 p.m. to begin setting up for the event. Science Spooktacular is sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. For more information about science activities in your town, visit Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a New Hanover County Department, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; September - May. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, military and students with valid ID, $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. 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 information:

Carolina Beach Parks & Rec  Halloween Carnival Oct. 25th

The Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Committee in conjunction with Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Department would like to announce the Annual Halloween Carnival at Mike Chappell Park.  This year the Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 3:00 - 5:30 pm.  This event is for all little monsters and ghouls age 12 years and under.  Costume Contest judging will begin promptly at 5:00 pm.  There will be games, prizes, candy, costume contest, refreshments and fun!  This is a FREE event with at least 2 canned food items per child to be donated to the Federal Point Help Center.  If it rains, we will move our event into the Carolina Beach Recreation Center.  Get your costumes ready and join us for the Halloween festivities.  If you have any questions regarding the carnival please call the Recreation Center at 458-2977.

Island Arts and Entertainment Week kicks off Oct. 19

By: Mitchell Houska
Staff Writer

Artful Living Group, Island Arts and Culture Alliance and Island Local have teamed up to bring you the first annual, Arts and Entertainment Week. The week kicks off on October 19th with “Art for the Island.”
From 12:00 to 4:00pm join in the fun at Artful Living on Cape Fear Boulevard where Island Arts and Culture is building a pelican sculpture. Come be a part of the art and your local community at their public workshop. Also, at 3:30pm, the Cape Fear Dance Theater will perform “Pink Ribbon Memorial” as a street performance on Cape Fear Boulevard, to benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation for breast cancer awareness. On the 23rd, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Artful Living will host an In-Studio Day, with artist demos. All five of Artful Living Group’s artist studios will be open to the public. On Friday the 24th, from 6:30 to 9:00pm, is “Celebration of the Arts,” a dinner and art auction hosted by Island Arts and Culture Alliance at the Lazy Pirate, which is located at 701 North Lake Park Boulevard. Admission is $20.00 per person. There will be a DJ on-site and an auction of fine arts and crafts for the public. Come down and join in the fun all week long and support your local art community and culture. For more information about Arts and Entertainment Week and scheduled events, send an email to or call (610) 909-7643. Artful Living is located at 112 Cape Fear Boulevard.

Pumpkins, Pups and Produce!

By: Mitchell Houska
Staff Writer

Fall is here again and so are the pumpkins. The Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach has everything pumpkin related you could ask for. They have a huge new selection of pumpkins for sale. They have traditional pumpkins, baby pumpkins and several different varieties of heirloom pumpkins. All of their pumpkins can be used for cooking purposes, while some are better than others. Their heirloom pumpkins are the best for making pumpkin treats and come in three different varieties; Blue Jarrahdale, which are blue in hue, Cinderella Red, a round, flatter redish-orange pumpkin and White Crystal Star, which, as the name suggests, are a white variety of pumpkin.
On the treats menu is their new Peanut Butter Brewnola bars. They have partnered up with Good Hops Brewing of Pleasure Island, and are using their spent grains that ordinarily would have been thrown away to create a delicious, one of a kind treat that is good to eat! They are made using local honey, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, flax seed, barley, dried cranberries and more. Veggie Wagon has also created their very own version of roasted, seasoned pumpkin seeds, using their own blend of spices. They are an addictive and healthy treat that are great for the whole family.
Also on the menu for fall, is a wide variety of seasonal beers. They have several pumpkin beers, stouts and Oktoberfest beers available. You can bring in your own growler to have filled or if you don’t have one, you can pick one up at the Veggie Wagon for a small deposit.
Don’t forget to stop in for their wine tastings on Tuesday, from 5:00 to 7:00pm and their beer tasting on Thursdays, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The Veggie Wagon is located at 608 South Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. For more information, call (910) 805-3014, follow them on Facebook or visit their website, at  

2014 Island of Lights Annual Christmas Card & Ornament

PLEASURE ISLAND - The 2014 Island of Lights annual Christmas card and Ornament are now available in stores. You may purchase them at the Checkered Church Gift Shop (800 Saint Joseph Street), Island Tackle (801 N. lake Park Blvd), touche (201 N Lake Park Blvd), Jeannie's Jewels (1009 N Lake Park Blvd), Nautilus Arts & Frames  (1009 N. Lake Park Blvd) and Carolina Beach Furniture (1021 N Lake Park Blvd).
This years theme is "Sand Castles" depicted on both card and ornament.
The cards are $10.00 for a pack of 12 cards are $10.00 and the ornament is $15.00, cash or checks accepted. More information about this years card artist , Jonnie Chardonn, will be featured soon in The Island Gazette. Mary Jo Madden continues to paint each and every ornament. She has created close to 5000 ornaments since we began in 2001.

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 cfvcdirector@gmail .com or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

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

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

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Upcoming Meetings And Events

• Sunday October 19 4:00-6:00 from downtown Wilmington $35.00 per person (Limited to 40 people so book early!) To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502. Join us aboard Wilmington Water Tours flagship The Wilmington. Our local ecological and maritime history will be narrated by Captain Doug Springer and Beverley Tetterton, who will be available to sign her new book  Maritime Wilmington.
• October Meeting Monday, October 20, 2014 7:30 PM The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 20, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
This month’s speaker will be our very own President, Elaine Henson. Elaine will present a history of our local beaches through pictures from her personal collection.
Elaine always has plenty of “inside stories” about our area’s development so don’t miss this fascinating program.
• Sunday October 19, 2014 History Cruise Fundraiser 4:00 – 6:00 pm - Join us for an informative and fun cruise along the Cape Fear River aboard The Wilmington.  Leaving from the Wilmington Water Tours dock in downtown Wilmington, the trip will be narrated by Doug Springer with help from historian Beverly Tetterton who will have her new book Maritime Wilmington for purchase and signing.
 Read: Ben Steelman’s (StarNews) review of Beverley Tetterton’s new book, Maritime Wilmington. Call 910-458-0502 to reserve tickets. $35.00 per person
• 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.” Her book, Carolina Beach, shares the history of this seaside community through the postcards its visitors sent home. From the early hand-colored cards printed in Germany to the modern chrome cards of today, we see the people and places of Carolina Beach.
• Saturday November 1, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher. From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz.
The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” (YouTube) named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) nominations for 2013.
Recently, on October 2, 2014, Balsam Range won the 2014 IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia at 7 pm. Tickets are $30-35$.
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 – 9:00 pm.
1121 North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC - Adjacent to the Carolina Beach Town Hall.


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