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Events Listings For January 8th, 2014

A weekly roundup of events taking place in our community.

P.I. Calendar of Events for 2013

• January 25 - 3rd Annual Step-Up for Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-431-8122)
• February 22 - 2014 Special Olympics Polar Plunge (341-5876)
• March 15 - 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
• March 28-29 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• April 5 - Island Of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 12 - 18th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (458-8434)
• April 26 - 7th Annual Kure Beach Annual Street Festival (910-458-8216)
• May 9 - 16th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-368-7077)
• May 17-18 - 21st Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• June – August - Weekly Movies at the Lake Every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Free Summer Concerts 2nd & 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June 7 - 29th Annual Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 10 – Aug 26 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 10-13 - East Coast Got Em‘ On Classic King Mackerel Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 23 - Miss P.I. Beauty Pageant (910-458-5962)
• September 12 & 13 - Carolina Beach In-Shore Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 11 & 12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• October 17-19 - 8th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 18 - 6th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-3266)
• 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
For Chamber information please visit our website at
www.pleasureislandnc.org or E-Mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration is OPEN for the 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run

The 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run is back again in Carolina Beach on March 15, 2014. Early race registration is currently open through March 1 for the 5K and 10K at www.lotiderun.org/. The cost to register early is $30 for the 5K/10K or $25 with a military or student ID. After March 1, the cost to register increases to $35. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register, so don’t hesitate, because this year's design will be a must have! A popular registration option is creating or joining a team, special awards are given for team spirit, size and fastest time. All proceeds from registration fees, sponsors and individual donors are distributed to recipients selected by the volunteer board of directors to assist local cancer victims in financial need. On March 19, 2005, the first St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run was a wonderful success. Unfortunately, Steve lost his battle with cancer in May 2005, but this event lives on his name continuing to provide aid and financial support to area residents battling cancer. The recipients are New Hanover County residents diagnosed with cancer and are without medical insurance or in financial need. All donations are tax deductible. More than $53,000 was distributed directly to sixteen recipients from the proceeds of last year’s race. The impact in their lives of getting much needed financial help from their community is worth running for.
The 10th annual race would not be possible without the continued support of our amazing sponsors, the growing number of participants, and our loyal volunteers.

10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge is coming back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, February 22nd. The 5K Run-N-Plunge has returned with a later start time of 2:00pm, the certified course is open to all ages and skill levels. At 11am gates will open for the regular event where attendees will enjoy live music, a silent auction, costume contest and more! Plungers will start to line up at 3pm and start taking the plunge shortly afterwards. Proceeds for the event benefit New Hanover County’s Special Olympics Team. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Their goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support.  Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community.  Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete's talents. Special Olympics believes that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its athletes' skills, measure their progress and inspire them to grow.  Special Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps our athletes become physically fit and grow mentally, socially, and spiritually.  Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.  The Spirit of Special Olympics-skill, courage, sharing and joy transcends boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion. For more information or to register for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge visit plungenhc.com or call (910)341-7253.

Fort Fisher’s 149th Anniversary Program to focus on Medical Service at Fort Fisher, New Exhibit

KURE BEACH— On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher with the living history program, “Always near the front, with instruments and tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher.”
Held from 10 am-4 pm, this free program will focus on medical and health care available to soldiers on both sides of the 1865 battle. Civil War re-enactors will set up displays and discuss period medical tools and the care of sick and wounded soldiers. Infantry units will conduct the manual of arms and participate in firing demonstrations, as well as talk about camp life and garrison duty. Artillery units will conduct drills and firing with the site’s rifled and banded 32-pound cannon and the site’s bronze 12-pound Napoleon cannon. Civil War sutlers and a period photographer will be on hand and tours of the site will be conducted throughout the day. Ansley Wegner, author of Phantom Pain: North Carolina’s Artificial Limb Program for Confederate Veterans, will talk about North Carolina’s Artificial Limb program after the Civil War. Author Richard Triebe will talk about the North Carolina Troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to the Prisoner of War camp in Elmira, New York and their struggles to survive. He will also be available to sign copies of his book From Fort Fisher to Elmira and Confederate Fort Fisher: A Roster 1864-1865. Also participating in the book signing will be noted Civil War author and historian Michael Hardy.Fort Fisher State Historic Site will also be dedicating a special new exhibit called “An Eminent Work of Justice and Charity.” This exhibit will contain only the third Jewett Patent Leg known to be in existence. It will also include information about caring for amputees after the war and what was done to heal both their physical and mental wounds.  All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members: Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally and Jim and Catherine Taylor. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site nchistoricsites.org/fisher/

Back to the Beach Classic Car Parade & Car Show March 28th for the Parade & Show 29th

The Sun Coast Cruisers are headed “Back to the Beach” for there Annual Car Show, Cruise-In and Parade.  Festivities will kick-off this Friday, March 28th with a Classic Car Parade beginning at the Carolina Beach Food Lion. The parade will start at 6:30pm and end at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Are in Kure Beach.
On Saturday March 29th the main event will take place.  Starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Center the Car Show will showcase all of the beautiful cars and give the owners a chance to win prizes.  Prizes will be given out to the top vehicles; dash plaques will be given out to 1st 150 and specialty awards will also be given.  In addition to all of the prizes given out to those who are in the car show there will also be a 50/50 drawing, raffles, Live music by the “Coco Loco Band” and door prizes available to everyone in attendance.  If you would like to find out more about the Sun Coast Cruisers Club and the Back to the Beach 2014 Car Show please visit them on the web at www.suncoastcruisers.com, facebook or give them a call at (910) 707-0060.

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: http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/adultcontests/.
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.

Cape Fear Literacy Council Announces its Literacy Gala on Saturday, March 1, 2014 and Gala Kickoff Party on , January 16th

Cape Fear Literacy Council will host its 29th annual Literacy Gala on Saturday, March 1st at the Wilmington Convention Center starting at 6:30 PM. This year’s theme is based on Jules Verne’s book, Around the World in 80 Days. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council, a 501(c)3 public charity that serves adult learners in New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Spend the evening immersed in a Victorian-themed celebration inspired by the travels of the book’s main character, Phileas Fogg, while raising funds to make literacy a reality for hundreds of adults in the Cape Fear region. The Gala includes a cocktail reception, internationally-inspired dinner cuisine, silent and vocal auctions, Vegas-style casino-like games, a photo booth, music, dancing, and a few more internationally-themed surprises. This is a black tie event.
To begin the celebration early, please join Cape Fear Literacy Council for the Gala Kickoff Party on Thursday, January 16th from 5:30-8:30 PM at Dirty Martini in Lumina Station. The party includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music, and an auction preview.
Cape Fear Literacy Council partners with hundreds of volunteers, tutors, and generous supporters to provide, small group classes and one-on-one tutor services to adults in the Cape Fear region. Nearly 40% of adults in the surrounding areas struggle with basic reading comprehension. The CFLC aims to eradicate this statistic by offering educational services that increase the opportunities available to both its students and their families. The proceeds from the Gala help make this vision a reality for its students. Gala tickets are $125 each. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,250. Seating is limited, and we expect another sell-out crowd, so, purchase your tickets quickly. Tickets and sponsorship information is available by clicking here or by visiting cfliteracy.org. Any additional questions about the Gala, becoming a sponsor, or purchasing tickets can be answered by contacting the Council at info@ cfliteracy.org or 910-251-0911.

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. .

A Charity Benefit for Meals on Wheels coming up in June

Presenting American Music Award Winner and Multi-Platinum Artist RANDY JONES, AKA:  Original Village People Cowboy.  “He is one of the most beloved entertainers and pop icons from the Disco era.  The Cowboy in the Village People has captured the public imagination for decades.”  He has earned 65 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, “Can’t Stop The Music”, made the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, garnered a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Randy Jones looks forward to this event each year being that he was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves Carolina Beach so he is donating his time and talent to help out the homebound elderly!  We are having a two-day event this year which will include a Disco Night at the Lazy Pirate, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach where there will be a “Disco Night Meet and Greet” with a silent auction.  Come dressed to impress in your disco attire. There will be prizes all night!  Our sponsors will be recognized during this event beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday evening.
On Saturday, June 14, we board the Royal Winner Princess in Carolina Beach at 6:15 returning at 9:30 pm to Carolina Beach.  Expect spectacular entertainment, back-up dancers for Mr. Jones, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing, along with a 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are $40.00.  Cruise is 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  Suggested age is 12 and up and minors must be accompanied by an adult. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MEALS ON WHEELS COUNCIL, INC. and ONLY 225 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!  TICKET IS REQUIRED TO BOARD THE BOAT.  Cash or Checks Only!  Checks should be written to Meals on Wheels Council, Inc., P. O. Box 3593, Wilmington, NC  28401.   If you remember “In The Navy”, “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.”, Don’t Miss the Boat!  If you do, you will miss America’s favorite Disco Cowboy!
The Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. welcomes your participation as a sponsor for the event.  We rely on donations such as yours to continue to operate. For your donation, you will receive sponsor recognition and tickets for the cruise (based on sponsorship level).  With your assistance, the Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. can continue to experience success with this event to better serve our homebound clients.  For more information, you may contact 910-508-8672 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-458-5962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 kwholton@ gmail.com 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.

Cameron Art Museum News: January 2014 Calender

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

• MUSEUM HOURS - Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday Open Late 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. CAM Café hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday evening dinner, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Holiday closing for Museum and CAM Café: Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1. NOTE: Cameron Art Museum online domain and email accounts will now be .org, so cameronartmuseum.org is the website address and all email will follow this same domain of .org beginning January 1, 2014. This reflects our ongoing non-profit designation.
• MUSEUM SCHOOL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS OPEN REGISTRATION NOW: www.cameronart museum.com/museumschool. Sign up for 6 week classes and/or 1 to 2-Day workshops in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, art history, copper repousse and artistic journal keeping. Beginners are always welcome to sign up! For more information contact Keith Butler at 910.395.5999 ext. 1008.
• PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
- GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sunday Dec. 29, 2013
- NEW! 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated
- Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.  The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at fasola.org and this singing at http://bit.ly/WilmNCSacredHarp. Held in collaboration with WHQR.
 - JAZZ @ THE CAM Series - A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society (www.capefearjazzsociety.org) September 2013 – April 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- 1st Thursday of each month - CAM, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $8.00 Non-members: $12.00 Students: $5.00 with valid ID The fourth season of the popular seven concert series offers a mixture of new and familiar musicians performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure.  Purchase seats on CAM’s website: www.cameronartmuseum.org, by phone or at the door.
 *January 9, 2014: Gregg Gelb Jazzet - The Gregg Gelb Jazzet featuring pianist/vocalist Steve Wing brings their New Orleans, Swing and Bebop influenced jazz to the series from the Triangle area. The duo performs tunes such as: “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Blue Monk,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Body and Soul,” and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans”. Gregg Gelb is a saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, educator and band leader.  Gregg is founder and player/director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society, co-founder and player/arranger with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, director of the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, and is leader of the Gregg Gelb Swing Band, La Fiesta Latin/Jazz Ensemble, and the Second Line Stompers. He is a recipient of a Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council.  He has performed as saxophone soloist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. He was a Visiting Artist in the North Carolina Community Colleges and he has taught music in universities and public schools throughout North Carolina. Gregg grew up in New York and moved to NC in 1979 to teach in the Wake County Schools and he now lives in Sanford. Steve Wing was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to brass bands and other Crescent City jazz forms.  He first learned piano from his mother, composer Lee Wing, and later studied with jazz greats Mary Lou Williams and Yusuf Salim.  Steve plays jazz as well rhythm and blues, rock, and other musical styles.  He has recorded and performed with vocalists Bus Brown, Melva Houston, and Frankie Alexander.  He lives in Chatham County, NC.
*Special 2nd Thursday date
MIDDAY RETREAT! HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Meet again beginning Wed., Jan. 8! Yoga and T’ai Chi at the Cameron Art Museum. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm - Join in a soothing retreat sure to charge you up while you relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting. These sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants.
cameronartmuseum.org/healthyliving
CAM CAFÉ - Come sample CAM Café’s new fall lunch menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday, Thursday Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy drinks, appetizers, or a great meal. Every Thursday evening Chef Jessica Cabo creates specialty dishes with organic ingredients from NC farms. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Visit http://camcafe.org to see the new lunch offerings.
 
EXHIBITIONS at the CAM:
 
Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things
On View thru January 12, 2014
Diane Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada's foremost installation artists: her work is exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The artist employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. Her inspiration is the rhythms of the world. From Earth’s orbit around the sun providing cycle of seasons, to the planet’s rotation, creating the periodicity of day and night, to the very beat of the human heart, with systolic and diastolic movements of blood, existence is about the cadences of all things. Cadence includes work created 1992- 2013. CAM-organized with exhibition catalogue.
 
Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art
Nov. 23 thru Feb. 16, 2014
The exhibition features paintings and drawings from four private collections in North Carolina showing the evolution during 1880s-1940s of painting in America. This lush exhibition includes work by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Milton Avery and other prominent American Impressionists and Urban Realists. Curated by Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte and organized by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
 
Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on Thursday Evenings
Open late Thursday Evenings until 9:00 pm
CAM Members: NO COST | Non-Members: $8 | Students w/id $5, Seniors and Active Military | Children 2-12 $3
Join friends or bring the family and enjoy viewing current exhibitions in the Hughes Wing and Brown Wing each week.
 
ABOUT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM:
Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.  Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am –9:00 pm, Museum admission is:
Museum members no cost
$8 Non-members
$5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+)
$3 Children age 2 -12
For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit www.cameronartmuseum.org   or call 910.395.5999.

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.