Area Events Calendar for September 27th, 2017

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Calendar of Events for 2017

• May 24 – Aug 30 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 26 – Sept 1 - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 26 - Sept 1 - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434) May 28 - Sept 3 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June 3 - 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 9 – Aug 25 - FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 12 – Aug 28 - Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
• June 13 – Aug 29 - Kure Beach Market every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
• June 14 – Aug 30 - Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
• June 24 - Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon (910-620-6405)
• June 29 – Aug 17 - Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 7, 8, 9 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• Aug 19 - Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
• Sept 9 - 5th Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 9 - 10th CBPD Bike Rodeo (910-338-7811)
• Sept 15 & 16 - 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• Sept 30 - 5th Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Beach Walk (910-386-2093)
• Oct 14 & 15 - 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 21 - 9th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 15 - Carolina Beach Marathon and Half Marathon (919-889-3438) Oct 20, 21, 22 11th Annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 28 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 18 & 25 - Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
• Nov 24 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 24, 25/Dec 2, 9, 16 - 9th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 1 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
• Dec 2 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
• Dec 8, 9, 10 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
• Dec 9 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• Dec 31  - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Carolina Beach
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017.  This year’s theme for the card and ornament is the “Heron”, a popular resident to our North Carolina coast.  The ornaments are hand-painted and numbered by the artist.   These beautiful ornaments make the perfect addition to any Christmas collection or a nice souvenir of your wonderful coastal vacation.  The Christmas Card and Ornament will now be available at the following retailers around Pleasure Island:  Carolina Beach Jewelers, the Checkered Church, Christmas Shop, Island Tackle, Jeanne’s Jewels, Touche, The Trading Post and, also the studios of Mary Trowbridge and Charlie McGee at The ArtWorks TM on Willard Street in Wilmington.   The cards are $10 per package of 10 and the ornaments are $15 each.  Raffle Tickets for the original painting are available now at the Checkered Church for $1 per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for an arm’s length.   There are ONLY 350 of the numbered ornaments available, so don’t wait until the last minute.  The ornaments sell out early every year. Every year, the IOL commissions an artist to paint a picture to be used for the Island of Lights’ Christmas card.  The framed original painting by Tip Top Frame is then raffled off on New Year’s Eve at midnight.  This year, Mary Trowbridge created the painting of the heron which is used for the 2017 Christmas card.  Mary has been drawing and painting all her life, but a few classes in watercolor in the 1990s made her focus on a true love. . . the surprising actions of the watercolor medium. Mary’s subjects include portraits of people, animals, landscape, still life, floral and abstract.  Mary has taught watercolor classes for many years because she loves to encourage the artistic skills of her students.  Mary lives in Wilmington, NC, and has found a wonderful art home in her studio in The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington, where you will find her hard at work at her craft. Starting in 2016, Theresa “Charlie” McGee was selected as the featured artist who hand-paints the Christmas ornaments for Island of Lights each year.  This is Charlie’s second year and she did not disappoint.  Charlie is a certified instructor of Acrylic, W-Oils, Clay and many other programs with Donna Dewberry.  Acrylics is her favorite medium, but she enjoys working with all mediums.  Charlie has been teaching at AC Moore since 2008, where she shares her knowledge with her students.  For the last four years Charlie has also been a resident artist at The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington.  Her studio is a place for her to create and exhibit her work. Island of Lights is a non-profit organization that was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  For more than 25 years, they have made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve.  Throughout the year, IOL puts on many activities the whole family can enjoy.  In addition to the Lighting of the Lake with Santa Claus, Christmas Parade, Flotilla, Tour of Homes and New Year’s Celebrations, the Island of Lights hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon which displays the fashionable clothing you can purchase in local shops on Pleasure Island. The Island of Lights’ members volunteer their time to organize the many great events throughout the holidays to make Pleasure Island a special destination during the winter months.  Please come join the fun at our meeting held the first Tuesday of every month in the Carolina Beach Library.  
We would love to see you there.  Any questions concerning the Island of Lights Painting, Christmas Cards or Christmas Ornaments, please contact Dianna Williams @ 910-398-8720.           

Carolina Beach - Citizen’s Recognition Program,
Walk of Fame

The Citizen’s Recognition Program is now accepting nominations for a monument on the Walk of Fame.  Nominees must have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through their outstanding leadership and service.  Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee has been influential in advancing the economic and social development of Carolina Beach as a residential community and beach resort.
Financial donations are greatly appreciated as the Project is responsible for the cost of each monument.
Deadline for this year’s nominations is October 15, 2017. Submit nominations by application form which can be picked up at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach.
Applications should be submitted to Darlene Bright, FPHPS, P.O. Box 623, Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information about the committee call Darlene Bright. 910-228-3424.

Wilmington Symphony’s Opening Night to feature 14 year old
cellist, Ifetayo Ali-Landing

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome the youthful energy of cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing to the opening night stage on September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm at Wilson Center. She will perform Édouard Lalo’s tuneful Cello Concerto in D minor. The concert will conclude with Ravel’s spectacular orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Ms. Ali-Landing will also be in residency throughout the week, performing in area schools and youth centers.
Ifetayo is the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition and performed as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Now 14, she began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4.
Ifetayo was honored at the Friends of the IPO (Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra) Rising Stars Showcase in 2013 at age 10, when she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. To date, this video has over 48,000 YouTube views and over 8 million Facebook views. To read more about this wonderful performer visit
Tickets are available by calling 910-362-7999. Subscriptions renewals are available now, and new subscriptions go on sale June 2. Single tickets will go on sale in August.

Boogie in the Park
Oct 1st with “Rivermist”

“Rivermist” will be playing your favorite Classic Rock, Variety, Pop and R&B Hits at Kure Beach’s next Boogie in the Park to be held Sunday, October 1st. From 5:00pm until 9:00pm grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes for some free family-friendly entertainment at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park.
The Final concert will be held October 15th with “Sonic Spectrum.” For more information visit!

Post 129 Fish Fry October 6th

On the 1st Friday of the month from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, the American Legion Post 129 will hold a tasty Fish Fry at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach. For $8 a plate, you will receive Large Whiting fillet or NC Farm raised catfish nuggets, for $10 a plate you can also enjoy beer battered fried shrimp or Haddock all come with a healthy serving of , hush puppies, cole slaw, potato salad, iced tea or coffee Beer and Wine available for purchase. Captain Ray’s Award Winning Seafood Chowder or Conch Chowder is also available for purchase. October through March. Eat In or Take Our. For an additional fee, the Ladies Auxiliary will give you choices of dessert.

Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market countinues through October 7th

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.
Join us Saturdays, May 27, 2017 through October 7, 2017 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 at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market. Our vendors offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced plants, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, dog cookies, and baked goods. Additionally, we offer a selection of fine arts and crafts on a rotating basis!
As the season progresses, you will find ever-changing farm products and more, so visit often to enjoy seasonable fresh produce.
Located on the shores of the lake, the market is open Saturdays, 8:00am – 1:00pm. Spend some time at our “island style” market and help to support local farmers and the local economy while ensuring you’re purchasing the safest and freshest foods available.
For updates follow the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Facebook or visit

24 years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

PLEASURE ISLAND, NC - TWENTY-FOUR years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.
 Now entering its 24th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier". October 14th and 15th join'Mud' Morganfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Nick Moss Band, Carolyn Wonderland & Randall Bramblett Band the weekend of non-stop musical talent offers performances on two stages. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region. Tickets will be limited...Get them quick,
This event will SELL OUT 910-458-8434. Gates Follow the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!

5th Annual Holiday Craft Show - American Legion Post 129
to be held October 28th

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding its 5th Holiday Craft Show on October 28, 2017, 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. 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.

Pleasure Island
Scholarship Pageant

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for October 1, 2017.  Age divisions and required competition include Wee Miss (1-2 years), Tiny Miss (3-4 years), Mini Miss (5-6 years) and Little Miss (7-9 years) competing in your favorite sportswear and Sunday dress; Junior Miss (10-12 yrs), Teen Miss (13-15 yrs), Miss (16-21 yrs) and Mrs. (22 and up) will compete in your favorite sportswear and long gown.  Talent is optional.  We are opening master division this year.  All contestants receive trophies.  Proceeds will benefit the HELP Center and Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.  For information and application, please contact Diane at 910-458-5962, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

BioBlitz 10 – Carolina Beach State Park Sept 30-Oct 1st

In state parks’, like many other governmental agencies, we use acronyms, four-letter park identifiers or even seemingly invented terms to communicate, shorten and otherwise oftentimes confuse the public. Well here’s another one of those terms to be aware of, because BioBlitz is coming to Carolina Beach State Park this weekend! What do we mean by BioBlitz? Just look at the origins. “Bio” means life in Greek, and “Blitz” is a quick strike over a short period. Put the words together and it’s an effort to find as many living organisms as possible in a 24-hour period. The “blitz” here at Carolina Beach State Park will run from 8am on Saturday, September 30th thru 8am Sunday, October 1st. Origins of BioBlitzes in parks date to 1998, when Great Smoky Mountains National Park was one of the first park units to undertake a largescale, comprehensive effort to inventory their plants and animals. Such “species-palooza” events have been held seasonally across different North Carolina state parks in spring and fall since 2013. Ed Corey, an Inventory Biologist with our state parks division, heads up the events in the individual parks. Corey garners the assistance of researchers from a variety of disciplines from across the state, to descend on the park for biological adventures that many return time and again for.
Why add a BioBlitz to the myriad of research activities already conducted in our state parks? A BioBlitz is a great tool for public education on the diversity of species in an area. While most folks are aware of the increasingly uncommon and threatened carnivorous plants found at Carolina Beach State Park, they may not know of the sensitive and unique grass species that call the park’s limestone sink ponds home. The idea isn’t necessarily a complete cataloging of species; but a “snapshot” of what species occur in the area. More comprehensive, long-term survey techniques may be used for individual species inventories.
Simply listing the species found in the park, can also be a beneficial early step in successful park management. To make good land-use decisions and appropriate design of facilities on the landscape, it’s important to know what species live in a park – and exactly where they live. The BioBlitz can assist in identifying species that should be monitored, controlled, or even more closely protected. It may identify unique aspects of the park that might otherwise not have been known. A 2014 “blitz” at Goose Creek State Park near Washington, NC revealed a heretofore unknown diversity of 63 fungal and 1 slime mold species. Information that may never have been unearthed if not for this event.
While the one day event is important, the inventorying of species in parks is an ongoing and nearly daily part of a ranger’s job. Park biologists and resource management staff assist as they visit parks across the state. Results of these daily forays (and some really great accompanying wildlife photos) are entered into an online database. We call this database the NRID, short for Natural Resources Inventory Database. Carolina Beach State Park already has nearly 1,400 species documented, but it’s most likely just scratching the surface as far as biodiversity. Quite possibly a park like this, with its diversity of habitats, may have several hundred “new” and distinct species ready for discovery. It most cases, organisms documented will be those already known, but many “new” species are sure to be added. Many of the researchers use as much time as possible in the field, and then later compile numbers at their own labs. It could be weeks before researchers review their findings and report back to park officials w/ final numbers.
The public can learn much about the biodiversity of an area through a BioBlitz. The park visitor center will serve as a base camp or “hub” of the BioBlitz and will be open to the public through regular business hours as a way of public interaction and involvement with the research. Some initial identification of species takes place, data are recorded and species are tallied. A tally board for this purpose is placed in a visible spot and the number of species found is updated throughout the event. Park staff has supplemental educational activities planned, such as bird hikes to a station where migratory fall songbirds will be banded, a kid’s insect safari in the picnic area, carnivorous plant hikes and public programs at the Visitor Center on various animal species of the park. Check the schedule for details and times. From butterflies to butterworts; yellow-eyed grass to yellow warblers, this stands to be a fun and informative event in the park’s history. Call the park office at (910) 458-8206 for more information.

Island of Lights 2017

The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival in Carolina & Kure Beaches and is currently scheduled for Friday, November 24th at 7:00pm. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the singing of the National Anthem.
Families can walk the one-mile around the lake to view all of the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free refreshments will be served prior to Light Up. For information on how to be a part the Light up of the Lake contact Teresa Clontz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910.612.2487.
2017 Christmas Parade: Area residents young and old look forward to the annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade is always the second Friday after Thanksgiving which will be December 1st and begins at 7:30pm. The parade proceeds from Atlanta Ave down Lake Park Blvd to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the season and provide a night of entertainment for families. To be a part of this exciting parade, you must submit an application online by visiting If you are unable to register online, please contact the Carolina Beach Recreation Center at (910) 458-2977.
2017 Christmas Flotilla: Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise form Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit.
The flotilla always takes place on the second Saturday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd and begins at 6:00pm. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach. For an application to enter a boat in the Flotilla go to the Checkered Church at 800 St. Joseph St, Carolina Beach or visit for an online application. Question, call 910-386-8081.
2017 Tour of Homes: Take a self guided tour through some of Pleasure Island's (Carolina & Kure Beaches) most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat.
The Tour of Homes is always the third Saturday after Thanksgiving, December 9th and occurs from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Tickets will be available at businesses on Pleasure Island including touche' @ 201 N. Lake Park Blvd. For information on the event or how to have your home (or other suitable location such as business, church or historical site) included in this event contact James Allen @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2017 New Year Celebration: The New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9:00pm. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches bringing the 2017 event back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.

This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2017 official Christmas card and ornament.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are coming to Carolina Beach State Park October 2nd – 9th, 2017
FREE Workshop, 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the park auditorium

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, is partnering with Carolina Beach State Park to host community events and educational activities, October 2nd – 9th, 2017.  
Come join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, for a fun and educational experience at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center Auditorium!
• Friday, October 6th at 1pm
• Sunday, October 8th at 1pm
Each workshop will include slideshows, games and information on the Leave No Trace minimum impact program. Walk away from the session with the tools necessary to teach others how to reduce impacts on our favorite outdoor places.
A sampling of what you will learn during the Leave No Trace Workshop includes:
• Interesting skills to minimize your impacts when you’re in the great outdoors
• The best methods to cook, clean, stay overnight, interact with other visitors & wildlife, and overall take care of the places you like to spend time outdoors
• Interactive games to learn and teach the Leave No Trace Seven Principles
• How to help others develop a sense of environmental stewardship program
• Quick tips to use and share Leave No Trace at home, at work and in your community


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