Local Events Calendar and Listings for January 10th, 2018

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Pleasure Island Chamber Calendar of Events for 2018

• February 17, 2018: 2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk In Kure Beach
• February 17, 2018: Missed Pleasure Island Pageant
• March 3, 2018: 7th Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-279-3820)
• March 17, 2018: 14th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Day Lo-Tide Run (910-547-3820)
• March 24, 2018: Island Men Mac N Cheese Festival
• April 7, 2018: 2nd Annual Public Safety Day (910-458-2540)
• June 2, 2018: 33rd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• October 13-14, 2018: 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Post 129 Fish Fry this Friday January 12th

Due to the weather last week the “1st Friday Fish Fry” was moved to this coming Friday, January 12th 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.

153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher Jan. 13th

KURE BEACH—On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the program ‘Exploding shells and a blaze of musketry’: The 153rd Second Battle of Fort Fisher Commemoration. Outside the museum, reenactors dressed in period garb will bring history to life as they discuss camp life, garrison duty, and conduct the manual of arms. The program will also feature large and small artillery firings throughout the day, including the site’s 32-pounder rifled and banded cannon. Live 19th century music will be provided by Masonboro Parlor and local photographer Harry Taylor will demonstrate 1860s wet-plate photography.
In the afternoon, two special programs will be held in the site’s auditorium. At 12:30 pm, Dr. Keith Holland will introduce visitors to the fascinating story behind the Maple Leaf, a Union troop transport ship that sank April 1, 1864 and later bore countless historically and culturally-significant artifacts. At 2:30 pm, NC Division of State Historic Sites and Properties director Keith Hardison will present “Confederate Commander: The Military Qualifications of Jefferson Davis.”
The living history program is free and open to the public and will be held from 9 am to 4 pm. Donations are appreciated. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by support from the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members, as well as from support from New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.   The site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

Dune Re-Building in Carolina Beach January 20th

The Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter will coordinate with the Town of Carolina Beach to partake in a dune re-building program using recycled Christmas trees. This yearly project helps to rebuild natural habitat, protect ocean front property, and divert the old trees from the landfill.
“We don't need more trees, just more hands.” Look for the Surfrider tent on the beach at the Tennesse Avenue Beach Access. The event will be held Saturday, January 20th at 11:00am , organizers ask you bring a shovel, tape measure, pocket knife or scissors, and a hammer. Not required to bring tools as we plan to share with small team groups. The mission of the Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter is to provide “protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.” For more information visit www.capefear.surfrider.org  or follow them on Facebook!
Missed Pleasure Island Pageant Set for February 17th

The Island Women and the Island Men are hosting the 2018 Missed Pleasure Island Pageant on Saturday Evening, February 17th, 2018 at the Carolina Beach Marriott Courtyard.  12 of the Hottest local Contestants will be competing to be crowned the 2018 Pageant Queen.  You still have time to enter as a contestant in this popular local Pageant.  Just like the Miss America Pageant each contestant must compete in the Swimwear, Talent and Evening Wear Segments of the Show.  Contestants must be males over the age of 21.  The Pageant will provide fashion consultants to each contestant as well as a hair stylist and makeup professional.  We are also looking for some additional sponsors for this event as this is one of the primary fund raisers for the Island Women and Island Men charities we support.  Plans are to begin tickets sales on January 17th @ Majik Beanz, GoodHops Brewing and the HopLite Pub as well as from the Island Women and Island Men. This event sells out fast each year so plan on getting tickets early. Saturday, February 17th, Doors Open at 6PM - Pageant Starts at 7:30PM!

Step Up for Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off March 3rd

It getting close to that time of year again. The Step Up for Soldiers (SUFS) Annual Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off will be taking place on March 3rd at Carolina Beach Lake.
Gates open at 10am and tastings begin at 11am. Get you contestant applications in before Feb 1st and the entry fee is only $150, visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org/bbq for a copy. After the 1st, entry fee goes up to $175.
Last year was the biggest turnout and the most participants ever so let's make this year even bigger. Enjoy some of the areas finest BBQ, live entertainment with “Idlewild South” and wrapping up with the awards ceremony taking place at 1pm.
Step Up For Soldiers is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization, their mission is to provide disabled veterans who experienced loss of limb and mobility problems with the resources necessary to adjust in a post-war environment. As a result of the events and fundraisers, sponsored by Step Up For Soldiers, we strive to not only enhance their lives and those of their families but also help to restore their confidence and positive self image. For more information visit www.stepupforsoldiers.org

2nd Annual Public Safety Day April 7th at Ft. Fisher

Carolina Beach & Kure Beach Police Departments are partnering together once again to host the 2nd Annual Public Safety Day! The all free community event is something for the whole family to enjoy.  Join them Saturday, April 7th 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Ft Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Local police, fire and ems agencies will be on hand with displays. There will also be federal law enforcement agencies from New Hanover County, Military branches, demonstrations and hands on fun for kids of all ages.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society January Program

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January, 15, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall. Our speaker will be Dr. Keith Holland from Jacksonville, Florida who will discuss the story of the Maple Leaf a Federal troop transport ship which carried men from six Federal regiments who would later take part in the two attacks on Fort Fisher.
 In the early 1980’s, a Jacksonville dentist and adventurer, Dr. Keith Holland, developed an interest in finding and retrieving the Maple Leaf. By studying a 100-year-old river chart and comparing it to modern charts Holland and friends found where the wreckage should be. After days of searching they found what should be the remains of the Maple Leaf and soon realized it was under five feet of organic silt.
Holland formed a company, St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions Inc. (SJAEI) to salvage the ship. After almost two years of negotiating, a deal was struck giving the federal government 20% and the salvagers 80% of what was found. SJAEI subsequently relinquished its rights to the artifacts in order to keep the entire collection intact. The collection of artifacts was given to and remains with the Florida Division of Historical Resources in Tallahassee. In 2015, most of the collection that belonged to the federal government was removed from the state of Florida for possible display at the future National Museum of the US Army in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
Over a ten-day period in 1989, over 3000 objects were recovered from the shipwreck site and they all had to be handled properly to preserve them. Once taken to the surface and to a source of abundant oxygen, materials start to deteriorate quickly. Holland and crew learned how to safely preserve their precious finds. They learned to treat materials with chemicals, freeze drying and electrical currents to stop oxidation.

14th Annual Polar Plunge to Benefit SPECIAL OLYMPICS Kure Beach, Feb 17th

The Polar Plunge is taking place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Pleasure Island’s Kure Beach Boardwalk, near the Kure Beach pier.  Join us as we take a chilly plunge in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Special Olympics.  It is an opportunity for the adventurous and the not so adventurous to have a great time and to support the New Hanover County Special Olympics program.    You can plunge as an individual or a member of a team.  REMEMBER - NO WETSUITS! If you cannot bare the cold to plunge then join us for the annual 5K run or 1 mile fun walk.  The race will be held in Kure Beach on a certified course and it is open to all ages and skill abilities.  5K runners are not required to plunge but are encouraged to heat up with the 5K and cool down with the Polar Plunge.    
 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics, New Hanover County, athletes providing them with year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SCHEDULE:  11-3pm    Live Music, silent auction; 12:30pm Costume Contest; 1:00pm    5K Run/1 Mile All Abilities Fun Walk and 3:05pm  Plunge! For information about participating in the plunge visit www.plungenhc.com  or call 341-7253.

Parrot Heads will hold their January business meeting and a potluck social January 20th

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads will hold their January business meeting and a potluck social at 3 p.m. on January 20 at American Legion Post 129 (located at 500 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach behind Food Lion). PIPH celebrates the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteer activities. Everyone is welcome, so come out and make some new friends and learn about volunteer opportunities in the Pleasure Island community. Please bring a favorite dish (and serving utensil) to share with the group. For more information on the meeting and social, contact Bill Davis, club president, at 910-392-2663 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ft Fisher to Host Basin Hikes January 13th & 28th

Join the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area’s park staff as they lead a hike through the basin trail along maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat.  Hikes will be led both Saturday, January 13th at 10:00am and Sunday, January 28th at 11:00am meeting in the exhibit room.
The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. “We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.”

Turtle Talk at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area January 21st

Join Fort Fisher State Park Recreation Area’s park staff for a presentation about sea turtles Sunday, January 21st at 1:00pm meeting in the exhibit room. “We will discuss what species we see here at Fort Fisher, basic biology, and what we do to help with conservation efforts. Please call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.”
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world.
Call the park office for more information

Battle of Sugarloaf Dune Presentation & Hike Feb. 10th

Join UNCW history professor and local Civil War expert, Dr. Chris Fonvielle at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center Saturday February 10th at 10:00am for a discussion of the days following the fall of Fort Fisher and the start of the Wilmington Campaign and the Feb. 11th Union assault on nearly 6,000 Confederate troops entrenched in earthworks across Pleasure Island, anchoring at Sugarloaf Dune. Following an informative lecture, Dr. Fonvielle will lead visitors on a 2 mi. hike along the Sugarloaf Trail to view remnants of the works and the 55' Sugarloaf Dune found today within Carolina Beach State Park. Comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are recommended.

Star Party at Carolina Beach State Park April 20th

You’re invited to look into the universe during the fourth annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Come learn about the night sky at the Carolina Beach State Park Friday, April 20th from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. . Join the Cape Fear Museum and Carolina Beach State Park for a fun, free, family astronomy event. The Cape Fear Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, and there will be vendors and many activities for everyone to participate in. Parking will be at the Marina area with shuttles provided. Bring a flashlight and some bug repellant. Event will happen rain or shine. For more information contact the park.

3rd Annual Marina Day May 12th

Join The Carolina Beach State Park Saturday, May 12th for their 3rd Annual Marina Day! There will be classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards and much, much, more. Food truck vendors will be on site for lots of food and refreshments. Bring the whole family out for the fun. Events will be ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm at the Carolina Beach State Park Marina. For more information, call the park office at 910-458-8206.

Divine Divas Returns for Two Nights Only

WILMINGTON, NC –Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is pleased to announce the return of Divine Divas, a special two-night concert to benefit She Rocks (Research Ovarian Cancer Knowledge Support) and TACT. Divine Divas will be presented on the 2nd Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm.  The concerts will feature local actresses and performers from TACT Youth Theatre program delivering songs made famous by “Divas” from the entertainment industry. The show will be directed by Mike Thompson with music direction by Denice Hopper. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at thalian.org, she-rocks.org or 910-251-1788.
Popular Wilmington Community Theatre veteran Jeff Phillips will return to host both evenings. Mr. Phillips has been active on our community stage for more than 25 years, hosted the 2014 Star News Media Wilmington Theatre Awards and was the 2012 recipient for Best Actor in a Musical. The evenings will include a silent auction with fabulous jewelry, restaurant packages, yacht parties, health & beauty packages and 2D and 3D artwork available.
“Cancer affects everyone,” said Beth Quinn Co-Founder of She ROCKS. “We  cannot turn a blind eye to this disease that only is increasing in numbers. We are joined together these two nights in raising awareness and support for those fighting ovarian cancer. Until we have both a cure and ways for early detection, we must press forward in funding and helping those undergoing treatment. Together we can, and we will make a difference!”
“The first Divine Divas was not only successful but had such a powerful impact on everyone that we decided to make it an annual event,” said Susan Habas, Executive Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre. “The     performances this year will be entertaining and empowering as we celebrate the  warrior women in our lives.”
About She ROCKS - She ROCKS was founded by Beth Quinn and Mary Barto in May 2014 after Beth was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Because there are no screenings for ovarian cancer and a person is typically asymptomatic until it is very advanced, Beth could not have caught this disease earlier. Her best friend, Mary Barto, agreed that this was unacceptable, and the two of them partnered with another close friend, Tracy Brown, to do something about it. She ROCKS exists to bring awareness and attention to ovarian cancer through funding
groundbreaking research, and by helping women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. The organization is solely committed to these pursuits and it gives every penny that it takes in toward these goals. She ROCKS believes it is our duty as women to help one another in whatever ways we are able.
About Thalian Association Community Theatre - Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to  www.thalian.org


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