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Events Calendar for December 18th, 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 visitor@pleasureislandnc.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-458-8434.

Island of Lights Holiday Season down to 1 Event: New Year’s Eve Celebration to be held December 31st at 9PM on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Holiday Season is coming to a end 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.

Federal Point Help Center needs Volunteers for their Annual Christmas Basket Food Distribution to Needy Families

CAROLINA BEACH - The Federal Point Help Center is sponsoring our annual Christmas basket food  distribution to needy families in the area.  We are in need of volunteers who  could help deliver the food to these families.  The distribution will take place on Saturday, December 21st from 10:00 to 12:00  at the Seaside Chapel Fellowship Hall located off of Dow Rd. In Carolina beach.

North Carolina Poetry Society Announces Annual Contest Submission Deadline is January 10

The North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) invites submissions to its 2014 adult poetry contests, open to NCPS members and non-members and, except for the Poet Laureate contest, to both NC residents and non-residents. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2014. For the first time, poems may be submitted on-line. Winning poems will receive cash prizes and publication in the annual contest anthology, Pinesong. Winning poets will be invited to read at Awards Day in May 2014.
The Poet Laureate Award is for a serious poem, any subject, any style, maximum of 110 lines. The contest is open to poets currently residing in NC. The winning poem will be selected by the North Carolina Poet Laureate for a single prize of $100.
The other adult poetry contests are open to residents and nonresidents of NC:
• Thomas H McDill Award: any form, any style; maximum 70 lines.
• Caldwell Nixon, Jr., Award: written for children ages 2-12, any form, any style; maximum 36 lines.
• Joanna Catherine Scott Award: traditional forms (except sestinas); maximum 36 lines.
• Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award: On any theme.
• Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award: any form, any style on theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, nature; maximum of 36 lines.
• Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award: any form, any style; maximum 36 lines.
• Griffin-Farlow Award: Haiku.
• Poetry of Courage Award: any form, any style on theme of courage or crisis; maximum 36 lines
• Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award: any form, any style; maximum 36 lines.
For the contests above, prizes are: first place: $50; second place: $25; third place: $15. Up to three honorable mentions will be awarded.
For complete rules and guidelines:
About the North Carolina Poetry Society
The North Carolina Poetry Society is an all-volunteer organization especially for poets and friends of poetry. We have approximately 370 members from North Carolina, and numerous locations beyond. The Poetry Society offers a variety of programs, including adult and student contests, readings, panels, workshops, special presentations, and an annual poetry festival. Regular meetings are held in Southern Pines, NC, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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.

2014 Cape Fear Heart Ball- A Key To Your Heart February 8th

The American Heart Association’s, Cape Fear Heart Ball will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Wilmington Convention Center from 6 p.m. to midnight.  The gala is one of the city’s premier black-tie events attracting the region’s most recognized corporate, business, healthcare, civic and social leaders. It’s an evening celebrating the generosity of individuals from our community who have contributed to the success of our year-round campaign.
Chaired by Sandy Spiers of Sun Trust Band and vice-chair Frank Potter of Bangz Hair Salon and Spa, the event aims to raise the bar of the $150,000 raised in 2013 by exceeding last years’ attendance to 450 participants.  WECT’s Frances Weller, a dedicated ambassador the American Heart Association, will emcee the event.
Guests will enjoy dancing to the music of JackJack 180 following a gourmet dinner and luxurious items of the silent auction. During the cocktail reception, attendees will be able to socialize with friends while bidding on hundreds of unique live auction items. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No.
1 killer in the world. The event celebrates the organization’s mission to build healthier lives through research and education. Research funded by the American Heart Association results in new technology advances for pacemakers, innovative surgical techniques and drug discoveries that extend life as well as educational programs such as hands free CPR.  Reserving your table today is a critical part of this mission to build healthier lives free of the devastating consequences of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Together, with you as the key, we won’t just inspire change, we’ll unlock it. 
For more information to sponsor, purchase tickets or donate an auction item for the 2014 Cape Fear Heart Ball, please contact the Ashley Miller at the American Heart Association at (910) 538-9270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cameron Art Museum Receives National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works Grant to Support the Planning Phase of an Exhibition and Related Programming for "Song of the New South: A Project to Liberate Cultural Identity in the Cape Fear Region”

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Wilmington, NC—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum (aka Cameron Art Museum) is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Cameron Art Museum is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support the planning phase of an exhibition and related programming for "Song of the New South: A Project to Liberate Cultural Identity in the Cape Fear Region."
The exhibition will reflect on the cultural heritage of African Americans of the area before and after the Civil War by integrating under-examined history and culture into the museum's artistic programming through storytelling, film documentation, gospel music, and folk and traditional art.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."  “We are honored to receive the most significant NEA grant in Cameron Art Museum’s 52-year history. This much-needed financial support offers a rich and innovative opportunity to present much more about the US Colored Troops who fought here at the Battle of Forks Road and their dynamic work at war’s end in the resettling and rebuilding of their lives, occupations and deeply-connected communities.” Anne Brennan, Cameron Art Museum executive director. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. 
The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding.   Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.  For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at 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.

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:

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.

“Enchanted Airlie” Is A Holiday Light & LEGO Extravaganza

9th Annual Event Features 300,000 Lights, Music, Santa & Colorful LEGOs

Wilmington, N.C.: Tis the season to be enchanted! And what could be more enchanting than a glittering landscape of lighted oaks and twinkling displays in a coastal garden setting?  Visitors who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and island beaches during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience “Enchanted Airlie” each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 29 through December 21, with additional dates on Wednesday, December 18 and Sunday, December 22.
Now in its ninth season, Enchanted Airlie (Nov. 29-Dec. 22) presents a holiday light extravaganza with tastefully decorated gardens, magical evenings and fond memories for visitors and local residents. On select dates beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing into late December, Airlie Gardens is transformed into a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. Prepare to be enchanted by a world of holiday fantasy that features 300,000 lights and whimsical LEGO exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.
Always a crowd favorite, the colorful LEGO exhibit returns with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks that set a world record as the largest crowd to see a single LEGO display. Inside the garden services center, guests will marvel at an actual running LEGO train set constructed by NCLUG (North Carolina Lego Group Users). Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants; live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Families can also have their pictures taken in Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop will be open.  Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs November 29-30; December 5-7, 12-14, and 18-22 in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at or in-person at Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. Single admission tickets cost $10 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples ticket for $15. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $22, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and large, multi-passenger vans).
Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy. See more at:

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Rows of white headstones were gradually transformed by a sea of green and red as volunteers placed 1233 wreaths in honor of those who were laid to rest in the Wilmington National Cemetery on Market Street on Saturday, December 14.  A beautiful ceremony led by local dignitaries ended in a beautiful rendition of TAPS before volunteers dispersed to gather the wreaths and place them on the graves.  Members of the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution were honored to help in this solemn occasion.
The wreath laying ceremonies were begun a few years ago by Wreaths Across American, a nonprofit which wanted to remember, honor and teach about our fallen heroes in Arlington Cemetery.  Since then, the program has grown to include National Cemeteries across the nation.  When the program began, only a few wreaths were placed at Wilmington's National Cemetery.  Saturday's total of 1233 wreaths was more than twice the number of wreaths placed there in a single year previously.
Wreaths were placed on the graves in honor of:  Charles "Micky" Cochrane; Andrew Crissman, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC; Kathryn Diener, currently in Basic Training for the U S Army; W Lewis Gregson, Jr.;  James Hackney, RAF; Milo McNaughton, USAF; Andrew E Panagi and Charles Thomas.  They were placed on the graves in memory of:  Gene Benson, U S Navy, North Carolina; Edward L Campbell, Lieutenant Commander, U S Navy; William H Coleman, Jr., Chief, U S Coast Guard; Lisa Marie Hamm, North Carolina; Robert L Hanson, Staff Sergeant, Army Air Force, New York; Samuel Duke Hilburn; Robert M Meeks; Luther James Parker, USNR, North Carolina; John McClellan Smith, Sergeant, US Army, New York; Thomas William Spencer, Jr., Ships Cook 2nd Class, U S Navy, New York; Alton Suggs, U S Navy, Wilmington, NC; William Walton, U S Navy,  North Carolina; Arthur K Weaver, U S Navy, North Carolina; Homer White, Wilmington, NC; Albert Wilkins, Seabees, New York; and John D Williams, Staff Sergeant, U S Army, New York.  Chapter members personally placed wreaths on the graves of William Coleman, Jr.; Lisa Marie Hamm; Samuel Duke Hilburn; Robert M Meeks; John McClellan Smith; Alton Suggs and mHomer White, all of whom are buried in the Wilmington Cemetery.
The Chapter would like to thank Port City Java for supplying coffee for the volunteers at the ceremony, as well as to all those who purchased wreaths to help make this ceremony so beautiful.  Chapter members will be selling wreaths again for next year, so those desiring to place wreaths for next year's ceremony are encouraged to contact the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR, at 910-685-2809.  Wreaths are $15 each.  It would be wonderful to see the entire cemetery of 5,000 graves covered in a sea of red and green next year!

Island of Lights 2013 Christmas Card and Ornament

Now Available for Purchase

The 2013 Island of Lights Christmas card and ornament are now available for purchase at these businesses in Carolina Beach: The Checkered Church Gift Shop, 800 Saint Joseph St.; Island Tackle True Value Hardware, 801 N Lake Park Blvd.; touché 201 N Lake Park Boulevard.; Jeanie's Jewels, 1009 N Lake Park Boulevard.; Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N Lake Park Blvd.; Nautilus Art and Frame, 1009 N Lake Park Boulevard. The design for this year’s card and ornament is the seventh in the series of ‘Island Creatures’. The card artist is Raffaele Paglia who moved to Carolina Beach seven years ago.  Currently, his work is featured at Artful Living Group, Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach. Using the card design, Mary Jo Madden is continuing to hand paint her wonderful ornaments for the Island of Lights, as she has done since 2001.  She is a talented tole painter and has been selling her work locally for many years. The cards are $10 per pack of twelve and the ornaments are $14 each. 
This sale is a major fundraiser for the Island of Lights.  We deeply appreciate our many loyal customers. We hope to keep our Island ‘glowing’ during the Holiday Season for years to come. The Island of Lights group is a non-profit organization was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  Over the past twenty plus years they have made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Christmas Holiday and through New Year’s Eve.
The list of available activities occurring during this time is one that all the family can enjoy. The Island of Lights members volunteer their time and help to organize the Light up the Lake Celebration, the Christmas Parade, the Holiday Flotilla, the Tour of Homes and the New Year’s Celebration.  During the non Holiday season, the Island of Lights Fashion Show has become a popular event.  The group is always in need of more volunteers.  To join, just come to any meeting. The meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at the Carolina Beach Community Center at Raleigh and 3rd Streets at 7 PM. For more info, visit

“Bluefish” Tennis Tournament January 25th at Joe Eakes Park

Kure Beach will be holding a Doubles Tennis Tournament on January 25th beginning at 9am at Joe Eakes Park. The cost is $30 per team and you can register at Kure Beach Town Hall. 
The winner will get a “Bluefish” to personalize and then be placed on the Kure Beach Boardwalk across from Ocean Front Park.  For more information contact Bob Fitzsimons, Recreation Coordinator, at (910) 458-8216 or (910) 200-6025.