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Area Events Listings for April 2nd, 2014

P.I. Calendar of Events for 2014

• April 5 - Island Of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
April 6 - 4th Annual Holland Hustle (910-458-4313)
• April 12 - 18th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (458-8434)
• May 9 - 16th Annual Disabled 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)
• May 14 - 2014 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival.  More info call 610-909-7643
• May 20 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 20 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• 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)
• Sept 13 - 2nd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 20 - 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival 910-599-2979
• 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)
• October 25 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• 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

Island of Lights Fashion Show coming this Saturday

If you plan on attending the upcoming Fashion Show, please purchase your tickets early.  The number will be limited to around 100 and we don’t want anyone to miss out on this spring event.  The annual show presents fashions for the new spring and summer seasons and is the major fundraiser for the Island of Lights organization.  
This Pleasure Island group is responsible for these Holiday Events on the Island: Light up the Lake Celebration, Christmas Parade, Holiday Flotilla, Holiday Tour of Homes and the New Year’s Celebration. This year's Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, April 5th, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Carolina Beach American Legion Post No. 129, 1500 Bridge Barrier Road.
Fashions featured will be from touché, Unique Boutique and CB Surf Shop.
Lunch will be catered by Middle of the Island, and in addition there will be a Silent Auction, Raffle and a Spring Hat Contest. This year’s Show is dedicated to Mary Lee Farlow, a long time member of the Island of Lights who recently passed away.  Mary Lee always worked with the Models at the Fashion Show, and will be greatly missed.
Tickets for the event will be on sale at the following businesses in Carolina Beach: Unique Boutique, CB Surf shop, and touché. The price is a $25 donation with all proceeds supporting the Island of Lights group.The ticket deadline for purchase is March 31st.  Don’t forget to wear your Spring Hat!
For information call Linda Cheshire at 910-617-5945.
Visit www.islandoflights.org

18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
Chowder Tastes Better than Azaleas

Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Carolina Beach Lake.   
 The Chowder Cook Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event.  Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best seafood chowder recipes.   Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach.  Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide and more.  And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family.  The gates open at 11:30 am and winners will be announced around 5:30..
During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by Mark Roberts Band and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant.  
Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder.  So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party.  Gates open at 11:30 and admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. This year we have a record setting number of contestants with three returning restaurants along with seven new entries:
Gibby’s Dock & Dine - Carolina Beach
Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant - Carolina Beach
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Jebby’s on 17 – Hampstead
Mermaid’s Island Grill – Holden Beach
Nikki’s Gourmet Sushi Bar – Carolina Beach
Ogden Tap Room – Wilmington
Pop’s Diner – Carolina Beach
Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill - Wilmington
The Grille Shallotte    
Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early! REMEMBER _ Chowder tastes better than Azaleas!! For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org

Donations sought for April 12 Island Women’s Annual Yard Sale last donations accepted April 5th

The annual Island Women Yard Sale will be held Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bowman’s, 911 N. Lake Park Blvd. Donations for the sale may be taken to the Riparian storage facility, 202 Dow Road, from 9 a.m.-noon on April 5. Volunteers will accept clean linens, household appliances, furniture, rugs, curtains, pillows, books, dishes, glassware, pots & pans, VCR tapes, DVDs, CDs, tools, garden equipment, etc. Clothing and electronics (e.g., TVs, phones, computers, speakers, monitors, etc.) will not be accepted. Proceeds from the Island Women Yard Sale are used for community projects.

Southern Belle Tea Party Luncheon & Fashion Show

Jeanne McBane and Regina Scruggs wanted to give back to their island in some way. So they put their heads together and decided to host a unique fundraising event. It was crucial to focus on our Island's non-profit organizations. As you know, they are among the first to suffer in this sluggish economy. Federal Point Help Center was organized on May 19th, 1986. The director of the help center, Laurie Taylor and the Federal Point Help Center have assisted over five thousand residents of Fort Fisher, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach with many of their needs. Laurie is also the store manager of the Island Cottage. Over the past ten years, the Island Cottage has donated over $84,000 to the Federal Point Help Center.
This success would not be possible without the generosity of the various residents and businesses, who volunteer their time and efforts as well as make monetary donations. Jeanne, of Jeanne's Jewels and Fashions, and Regina, of Island Chic put their heads together in an effort to give back to "Pleasure Island" with an entertaining fund raising event. What woman does not want to dress up and look pretty, while adorning herself with beautiful clothing, hats, jewelry and gloves? Let's pretend for an afternoon, we're in the Gone with the Wind' era (you won't need a hoop skirt ha!ha!). Use your imagination in putting together that special outfit in an effort to raise money for this wonderful organization, The Federal Point Help Center. Both Island Chic and Jeanne's Jewels and Fashions will be selling hats and gloves, which will be required for this event. You may wear your own southern style attire or spruce up your outfit with a new blouse, dress, skirt, jewelry, shoes or handbag. You will save a tremendous amount of money shopping at Jeanne's Jewels or Island Chic Consignment Boutique. By the way, the best outfit will win a special prize!
For this event, both shops will have models adorned from head to toe with new spring apparel and accessories.
Sizes small through plus will be showcased with the most darling outfits ever! As you dine on our southern style luncheon and freshly made, hand blended, gourmet teas from AMITEA, donated by owner Judith Beckley; you will have the pleasure of hearing about local business who have helped this event come to fruition as well as participate in our events main focus which will be the silent auction to benefit the help center with 100% of its proceeds. Our silent auction items are extremely unique and will be a tremendous amount of fun to bid on, with values of up to $400. We will also be dining on delicious desserts and pastries freshly baked and donated by our Island's "cake lady", Judy Kunf of Cake Lady Designs.
This event will be held at Gibbey's Dock and Dine located at 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, on Sunday, April 27th from 1 p.m.-4p.m. Price of admission will be $20 per ticket, with only 50 available tickets for this year's event. Please save the date! Ticket sales begin on Monday, March 24th at both shops. Please join us for an afternoon event while helping Regina and Jeanne give back to Pleasure Island. Your support of this event will help them achieve their goal in assisting the Federal Point Health Center. Please join us for this 'feel good' event. For additional details please contact Jeanne at 910-707-0316, or Regina 910-458-4224. If you cannot attend, please feel free to drop off donations at Jeanne's Jewels and Fashions, or Island Chic which are both located at 1009 N. Lake Park Blvd in the Pleasure Island Shopping Center.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Upcoming Meeting

Monday April 21, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm Civil War historian, Chris Fonvielle, will talk about his new book: Faces Of Fort Fisher:1861-1864. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.
 Monday May 19, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-900 pm.  Daniel Norris, publisher and author, will talk about his new book on the iconic Boardwalk establishment, Britt’s.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Daniel.
Monday June 17, 2014: Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Summer Potluck/Picnic. The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members. ALSO UPCOMING!
Saturday, March 22, 2014 Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle  2pm-4pm. $5.00 donation requested.  
Limit of 25 participants. Meet at the Federal Point History Center. 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  Call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. They are held at the Federal Point History Center,  1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach

American Sewing Guild's Fashionistas April 2014 meeting

The American Sewing Guild’s Fashionistas meeting will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at Coastal Sewing & Applicance, 894 South Kerr Avenue. Members are encouraged to make a travel accessory to show. People who bought zippers during a field trip last month are asked to use one in an interesting way or provide ideas on using zippers in a garment. For more information about the ASG’s Cape Fear chapter, go to www.asgcapefear.org or look us up on www.facebook.com.

P.I. Sea Turtle Volunteer Orientation Meeting April 8th

If you are interested in learning more about Sea Turtles and their preservation, you are cordially invited to attend Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project’s Annual Volunteer Orientation Meeting. The event will take place April 8th at 6:00pm in the Minnie Evans Art Center located at 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway in Wilmington. This is the perfect opportunity to see what its like getting involved with nest Sea Turtles by monitoring in Carolina and Kure Beaches. For information visit www.seaturtleproject.com.

Attention Pleasure Island Poets!

We are now accepting poems for the first annual Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology  Submission Deadline: April 20, 2014. Topic: Anything related to Pleasure Island - Beach Living, Nature, History, etc.  Selected poems will be compiled into an anthology that will be published for the Summer 2014 season. We would like to have anthologies available for purchase at local businesses for a fee of $5.00 to help cover the cost of publishing and distribution. All proceeds will go toward the promotion, printing, and distribution of the Anthology. eFormats (such as a Kindle version) will also be explored and made available if possible.
Our primary goal is to celebrate the creativity of poets on Pleasure Island. All entries for the first edition will be limited to residents or part-time residents of the Island. A panel of volunteers will make the final decision on which poems will be included based on availability of space – we will try to be as inclusive as possible. Please understand that this is a volunteer effort and that we will be learning as we go on how to best celebrate poetry on Pleasure Island. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED ON A COVER PAGE or EMAIL WITH YOUR SUBMISSION. Please type it and proofread it. It is very important that the information you provide us is correct. If, for any reason, you think that your email address may change in the coming months, please provide us with an alternate email so that you will be sure to receive any GOOD NEWS that we may be sending you!
Your FULL NAME, Your PRIMARY EMAIL ADDRESS, Your STATE & COUNTRY LIST TITLES of the poems you are submitting (up to 2): Title 1, Title 2. PROVIDE PERMISSION FOR PLEASURE ISLAND POETRY ANTHOLOGY TO PUBLISH YOUR WORK IN OUR 2014 POETRY ANTHOLOGY should it be selected: I hereby give Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology permission to publish the poems I have submitted (titles listed above) should they be selected as part of the 2014 Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology. I understand that the 2014 Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology may be copyrighted in the United States by Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology as a COLLECTION OF SELECTED POETRY, and that I will retain all individual rights to my works outside of that collection. PRINT YOUR FULL NAME, SIGN YOUR FULL NAME, DATE. OPTIONAL: Your WEBSITE URL may also be included if you have one. Your website information will be published if you provide it—so please include it if you would like that information available to readers. STAPLE your completed cover page and poems together if you are submitting via mail. Your cover page should be on top, followed by your poems.
Put everything in ONE envelope, attach appropriate postage, and MAIL TO: Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology 920 Riptide Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Email submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please note that by submitting your poems to us, you are giving Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology permission to publish your original poetry in our 2014 Poetry Anthology should it be chosen as a selected poem.  

Post 129 to Host Red Cross Blood Drive April 21st

The American Legion Post 129 will host a American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Monday April 21st from 2:00pm until 6:30pm. Eligible donors are encouraged to donate as blood supplies can become low during the Spring season. Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses mean fewer donations, yet the need remains. Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds and a single blood donation can save as many as three lives, according to the American Red Cross. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Schedule your appointment to save a life by visiting redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code cblegion. You can also contact Mary Lou Langley at (704)607-2775.

2nd Annual Benefit Dog Wash April 27th In Memory of Bobby Burrell

Join in on the four-legged fun at Seaside Petsitting’s 2nd Annual Dog Wash. The event will be held Sunday, April 27th from 11am until 3pm at 1204 North Lake Park Boulevard in the parking lot of Wilkins and Wilkins General Contracting. The event is in Memory of Bobby Burrell and his love for animals, 100% of the day’s proceeds will benefit sheltered friend and Cape fear parrot sanctuary. Admission is free but a $10 donation would be appreciated for your pup to get washed. There will also be food, raffles, vendors, silent auction, exotic parrot display, and MORE!

2014 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Interactive Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Call for Artists

Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time for festivals.  This year’s Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is scheduled for May 17th from 10am to 5pm on Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach.  
We are seeking fine art and fine craft artists for vendor booths, and performing artists and culinary artists who will demonstrate their talents. The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts and one of the few “interactive” festivals in the region.  In each of the three themed areas – Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, and Performing Arts, there are ongoing demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family.  The artists bring the public into their creative processes.
This year’s “Main Event” is Mosaic Art.  Several artists will be making their mosaic artwork while festivalgoers can add to the community piece that will be later shown in galleries around the region.
Murray Middle School Jazz band headlines the Performing Arts, and other performances include Stray Local Band, and Cape Fear Dance Theatre.  
Culinary Arts host demonstrations that include pizza toss by Uncle Vinny’s Restaurant.
Last year’s main event artwork of 10’ silk batik banners that were created by Kristin Gibson and September Krueger will be sold during the event.  These banners have been show in several galleries and are stunning. The festival is a collaborative event with the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee and newly formed Island Arts and Culture Alliance.  The objective of the festival is to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts by enabling the public to get involved with the creative processes.For more information contact Christine Higgins at 610.909.7643, chris@artfullivinggroup.com

A Charity Benefit for Meals on Wheels coming up in June 14

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 fjacobs@ bellsouth. net or 910-458-5962 or blueocean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer Shorts Return to Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. - Cape Fear Museum’s Summer Shorts are the perfect 60-minute learning adventures for children ages 5-12.  Packed with hands-on activities and investigations, Summer Shorts are a good option for day care centers, year-round schools, home-school groups and summer camps that are looking for fun and exciting programming opportunities.
• Summer Shorts are for groups of 10 or more children and their adult chaperones.  
• All programs include a take-home creation.
• Summer Shorts are now available as outreach…we can come to you! Additional mileage fees may apply to outreach.
This year’s themes are:
 Summer Constellations *NEW
Enter the Museum’s Starlab planetarium to examine the summer stars and constellations.
 Cape Fear Indians - Investigate the earliest inhabitants of our region through artifact analysis, games, and more.
 Magnet Mania *NEW - Manipulate magnets and conduct fun experiments to learn about the science of magnetism.
 Toy Science *NEW - Play with a variety of folk toys and discover the science behind what makes them so much fun.
 DINO-mite - Journey back in time to when dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures ruled the land and seas.
 Eco Adventures - Go on an ecosystem adventure and meet the plants and animals that live in the Lower Cape Fear.
 Summer Shorts are offered Mondays – Fridays, from June 16 until August 15. Program fees are $6 per child prior to June 30, 2014; $7 per child beginning July 1.
 Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and  museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival to be held on October 11th & 12th

The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the Fall.  And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 11th & 12th.  This years’ Festival brings something new and unique to the twenty-year history of this great Festival – DOUBLE HEADLINERS.  
That is right, International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday this year! First up is the legendary ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday night, October 11th.  
With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 12th, will be the first-ever repeat headliner – the incomparable DELBERT McCLINTON, with three Grammy awards to his credit. In support of the outstanding talent offered up by ROBERT CRAY BAND  and DELBERT McCLINTON, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for ROBERT CRAY BAND will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee AND Opening for DELBERT McCLINTON will be the ever-popular DAMON FOWLER – With a hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Damon has become one of the hottest young players on the Blues scene. In Addition to these four, there will be ten other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival brought to you by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.
The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (ROBERT CRAY BAND plays Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (DELBERT McCLINTON is the Sunday closer).  Kids 12 and under are free.  We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend.  See you there!
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.