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Events Calendar for December 11th, 2013

P.I. Calendar of Events for 2013

• December 13, 14 & 15 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• December 14 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown held in Carolina Beach
For Chamber information please visit our website at or E-Mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-458-8434.

Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show December 13th-15th

Announcing the Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show, to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 13-15, at 7:00 pm. As usual, the show will be held on K Avenue, next to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, and it will include a pre-show at 6:30 pm to get the crowd "warmed up" for the big show. This whimsical, annual show has become a tradition in Kure Beach and features a cast of singers, dancers and costumed characters. Your favorite Christmas songs are performed by an all-local cast, while beloved Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Santa & Mrs. Claus and their silly elves, keep the crowd in stitches. This FREE show is fun for young and old, alike. Try to arrive early to get a seat in our bleachers, but bring a folding chair just in case. Even when the weather is balmy it always seems to snow at the show, so dress accordingly and have a merry old time!

Island of Lights Holiday Season Tour of Homes this Weekend
New Year’s Eve Celebration to be held December 31st at 9PM on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Holiday Season is underway with the Island of Lights events on Pleasure Island. The Island of Lights Christmas Cards and Ornaments are currently on sale at The Checkered Church Gift Shop, 800 Saint Joseph St.; Island Tackle True Value Hardware, 801 N Lake Park Blvd.; touché 201 N Lake Park Blvd.; Jeanie's Jewels, 1009 N Lake Park Blvd.; Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N Lake Park Blvd.; Nautilus Art and Frame, 1009 N Lake Park Blvd.. The schedule of Island of Lights Holiday events is:
• Tour of Homes - Saturday, December 14 from 4 –9 PM in Carolina & Kure Beaches
• New Year’s Celebration - Monday, December 31st at 9PM around the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Area For event descriptions and for contacts visit www.islandoflights. org. Frances Massey at 458-5507 can mail you a Parade Applications for a float entry. Homes are needed for the annual tour.  Please consider participating and helping us carry on this annual tradition.  Contact James Allen at 458-5006.
The Island of Lights committee began in 1989 as a project of the Pleasure Island Jaycees. The Jaycees disbanded early in 1990 and the Island of Lights Committee became an organization of community volunteers. The main purpose was and is, to promote tourism for Pleasure Island (Carolina and Kure Beaches) from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  We had five displays that first year and today w have over 20 displays.  Activities that have been added since the first year are a Fashion Show, Light Up at the Lake, a nighttime Christmas Parade, a Holiday Flotilla, a Tour of Homes, and a New Year’s Eve Countdown and fireworks.  With the help of the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and businesses in our community, our events have brought people to Pleasure Island from as far way as Ohio and Pennsylvania each year, so we have definitely helped increase tourism for our island.  As a group, we hope to continue our activities for many more years to come and have everyone enjoy our activities as much as we do.

Third Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off “Where the BBQ Meets the Beach”

Carolina Beach, NC  -  On Saturday, January 25, 2014 thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. The competition will start with a level playing field:  everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.  But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue, and everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.  Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.  There will be three bands; The Cut opens, next is local favorite Bibis Ellison and the headliner will be Wilmington’s own Machine Gun.  In addition, there will be raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase.  Gates open at 9:30am and prizes will be awarded at 4:00pm.  All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. 
This year Step Up is proud to announce a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers is starting a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.
Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. 
Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers. There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music and browsing through the goods from the arts and craft vendors while helping support such a deserving organization.
To volunteer during the event contact Kevin Holton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-274-8617.  For more information contact Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-431-8122.

3rd Annual Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival
Here we come again… Wine & Chocolate Unite on January 31st, February 2nd & 3rd, 2014

Ten years ago, we began as a chocolate festival. Two years ago, we united wine with chocolate as the perfect-pairing partners! Please join us January 31st, February 1st & 2 nd, 2014 for VOCAL’s 3rd Annual Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival. Regional wineries and chocolatiers will again join local favorites at our new home, the festival-friendly Coastline Event Center, 503 Nutt Street, Wilmington.
The Grand Tasting:  Friday, January 1st,  from 7-10PM. Guests will delight in the delicious abundance of heavy hors d’oeuvres, “live” entertainment & artisan exhibits. Regional vintners, chocolatiers and specialty food purveyors will offer products for tasting and for sale throughout the evening. Opportunities to shop, preview the weekend’s “Marketplace” and a few surprises will ensure a light & effervescent evening. New this year – a cash beer and cigar bar by Chapel Hill’s Carolina Brewery and Downtown Wilmington’s The Cigar Exchange anchor the Riverview Room Bar and Terrace, with Nutt Street Comedy making a Cameo appearance back on Nutt Street, (now Dead Crow Comedy).
The Marketplace:  Saturday, February 1st,  from 11AM - 7PM & Sunday, February 2nd,  from Noon - 4 PM
Our festival returns for two delight-filled days. Carolina wineries, signature chocolatiers, specialty foods and fine artisans present their products for sale, the perfect Valentine and Christmas Gift shopping experience! Festivalgoers sample delectable products for sale, as they explore the shops along our European Street Market. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations by food and wine experts and/or lunch overlooking the riverfront. Additionally, Sunday you’ll enjoy a multitude of work by Handmade Wilmington Artisans on the Coastline Center’s front deck.

Discover an Unseen World at Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. -  Nano – Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! is a new engaging, bilingual exhibition for family audiences about nanoscale science, technology and engineering (nano) at Cape Fear Museum. Join us to imagine and discover the nanoscale world – a world so tiny it’s too small to see! This mini-exhibition includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.
 At the nanoscale – the scale of atoms and molecules – many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy and others areas.  At the Small, Smaller, Nano exhibit component, you can play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube component you can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. There are plenty of examples of nano in nature, technology and your own home. Where Can You Find Nano? lets you listen, look and touch to discover nano all around you. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks represent the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world – can you balance all the blocks on the tippy table? Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide information on tiny solutions for big problems, exciting technologies inspired by nature and different perspectives on nanotechnology. The Nano exhibition includes a seating area with comfortable furniture and additional reading material about this important topic. Visit for more information via digital media, video, podcasts and more! An audio description for blind and low vision museum visitors is available at, which may be downloaded at any time.
 Nano is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative has been awarded a copy of this exhibit that will tour museums within the Collaborative. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. 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, NC. More information:

Cameron Art Museum Free Event Museum School Open House Showcase “Meet the Instructors” and Student Art Showcase Sun., Dec. 15 at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilmington, NC— Meet the Museum School Instructors! Cameron Art Museum’s Museum School Open House Showcase, Sun. Dec. 15 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. is your opportunity to meet the instructors, see examples of their work and demonstrations, talk about the classes and to also view the work of students in the Museum School Student Art Show. The Showcase is being held during open registration for Winter Session I, which starts in January 2014. The Museum School Open House Showcase is free and open to the public.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS - Over fifteen instructors from the Museum School are displaying some of the supplies used in their classes as they discuss their courses and teaching and learning goals. Various instructors will also be giving demonstrations of multiple techniques used in their courses. This one-day event provides the public the opportunity to meet instructors for the first time or for current students to ask their instructors questions about additional techniques and supplies.
Museum School instructors at the open house include: Melanie Walter, Linda Hartman, Alan Cradick, September Krueger, Georgia Mastroieni, Fritz Kapraun, Margo Williams, Bonnie Rogers, Todd Carignan, Melissa Manley, Fritzi Huber, Melony Nye Connor, Tara Santini, Martha Gregory and Donna Moore.
CLASSES IN THE MUSEUM SCHOOL AT CAMERON ART MUSEUM - With a wide range of classes to choose from, budding and experienced artists have the chance to tailor their learning experience to their needs. Six to eight-week long classes offered in the Winter Session I program include, for example: Art History: Forgotten Women – Female Artists Throughout Art History, which is offered Jan. 7 through Feb. 11, 2014. Other adult classes include two types of drawing classes, multiple painting classes by a variety of instructors, a unique Bookmaking and Design class and photography and creative writing classes. And under the Healthy Living program there is a 6 week class in T’ai Chi, which teaches the practice that is known to improve balance and mental relaxation while increasing concentration. The Pancoe Art Education Center features 8-week clay classes taught by Master Artist-in-Residence, Hiroshi Sueyoshi.
In addition to the six to eight week classes, there are more than 9 one or two-day workshops held during the Winter Session I. These classes are perfect for students that don’t have much time or who would like to “try out” a class at Museum School. Some of the classes are the familiar drawing, painting, watercolor collage, but some are more unusual including a photography workshop “Walk About” through Oakdale Cemetery and a printmaking and mixed media workshop called “Artistic Journal Keeping.”
After-school classes for children and youth feature groups for ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. These classes highlight the strength of the museum by offering guided tours and scavenger hunts in the galleries along with special activities and hands-on art projects in a variety of media. This gives students a chance to try different types of art in ways they may have never experienced it. Focused classes in painting techniques and hand building with clay are also offered along with a popular class “Phone Photography” which teaches middle school students how they can get the most from the built in camera on their phone.
STUDENT ART SHOWCASE - Museum School students are showing their work in an exhibition of artwork created in their Museum School class. From drawing to painting to 3-D and clay artwork this showcase demonstrates the range of talent and results of classroom instruction. The Showcase will be on view in Museum School, Studio I Dec. 15, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014. Free and open to the public.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION & A UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA - Museum School registration for Winter Session I opens on Sun., Dec. 8. Classes start in early January 2014. Give the gift of learning; gift certificates are available through the Museum School for those looking for a unique gift for the holiday season. To learn more:
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features its café, CAM Café.  Cameron Art Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. CAM Café  is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 5-9 p.m. Thursday for dinner. For more information about the museum, please visit

John Golden to Play Traditional Carols at the Annual Holiday potluck Dinner held at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church

December Meeting Monday, December 16, 2013 6:30 PM (not 7:30)  The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its annual holiday potluck on Monday, December 16 at 6:30 pm. We will be gathering at the Kure Memorial Lutheran Church again this year. The church is located at 117 N. 3rd Ave. in Kure Beach and we will be in their Fellowship Hall so that we have plenty of room for everyone! Please join us for an evening of friends and fellowship. Bring your favorite covered dish and invite your friends (prospective members). John Golden will be playing traditional carols and songs for the group to sing along. Parking: The Church faces Third Avenue. Third Avenue has some marked on-street parking. Also, there is a Municipal Parking Lot on the East side of Third Avenue adjacent to the Kure Beach Community Center. The Fellowship Hall is on the Fourth Avenue side of the Church property. There is no on-street parking there, but there is a grassy area on the Church grounds where cars can be parked, space permitting. If no parking spaces are to be found on Third or Fourth, there is public parking on K Avenue, 1/2 block south of the Church.