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Local Events Listings Published June 11th, 2014

Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• 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 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 or E-Mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boardwalk Blast Weekly Events

Last week kicked off the Season for Pleasure Island and the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative along with the Chamber and Town kept residents and tourist alike busy with a slew of great events to enjoy all Summer long! Tuesdays come out to the Boardwalk for Family Night! Enjoy games, prizes, surprise characters, raffles, bouncy house and so much more!
Lynne and Wave Works Entertainment will be o hand most weeks heading up new games and dancing! July 1st, 22nd, August 5th and 26th No Sleeves Magic will be out to perform. Voted "Best Party Entertainer," 6 years in a row by the Wilmington Parent Magazine, No Sleeves Magic is dedicated to delivering professional and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. Wednesdays join your Family and Friends at the Gazebo Stage in Carolina Beach at the Historic Boardwalk (Cape Fear Blvd. & Canal Drive) at 6:30 pm to play CASH BINGO under the setting sun on beautiful Pleasure Island.  Thursdays from 6:30 until 9:30 enjoy Fireworks by the Sea and Gazebo Entertainment!
This Thursday Mighty McFly will be playing their incendiary Energy Music, June 5th Machine Gun, June 12th Chris Bellamy Band, June 19th Eastbound, June 28th L Shape Lit, July 3rd Massive Grass and Southern Trouble, July 10th Beachbilly Brothers, July 17th Dubtown Cosmonauts, July 24th Jack Jack 180, July 31st Mark Roberts Band, August 7th 40 East, August 14th Drew Smith Band and August 21st Lynne and the Wave.
Live music and fireworks are help every Thursday with the exception of Friday August 29th for Labor Day weekend. For updated on any of these great events find the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative on Facebook or visit

CB Arts & Activities Committee host, Performing Arts Night, with talent
at the Boardwalk Gazebo

This Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, August 9, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Judah Moore, Judah  is a native of Charlotte who is back to make some noise in Carolina beach.
His music is an eclectic combination of folk, pop, and R&B. He has a very unique and original sound that is simply captivating to audiences. His music is universal with messages that promote self worth and love. His soulful tone compliments his engaging lyrics to bring audiences a personal yet enjoyable experience.
He relays messages so beautifully thought his music that just hits straight to the core. Needless to say Judah is someone definitely worth a listen.
Saturday, June 14, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: PMG Music recording artist Kamary Phillips is an American singer songwriter, born in Baltimore Maryland. He resides in Wilmington North Carolina and Hamburg Germany working as a musician and producer and was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as, "One of Rocks best kept secrets..." He calls his unique sound, COUNTRY SOUL--guitar driven and hook ridden, meaningful music.
Though virtually unknown in Wilmington, abroad Kamary Phillips has been fortunate to work with international heavy hitters including Joe Cocker, Aimee Mann, Lisa Stansfield, Al Jarreau, Lenny Kravitz and Carlos Santana. Kamary has been writing, performing and producing music for other successful artists, his various band projects and for himself since the early 90s and has written several top 40 Rock, Country and Dance songs released in several countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France and Sweden.
His USA successes include films and commercials such as, the "Mortal Combat" series, "Point Break", "Terminator", McDonalds, Pentax, Langnese Ice Cream, to name a few.
Over the years, Kamary Phillips has worked with major label players such as MCA, RCA, BMG, Sony, Universal and is currently with independent label, PMG MUSIC which he co-owns. PMG recently released an experimental Electro-Gospel CD and a Classical CD, both featuring Kamary's original compositions.
When asked about his dreams for the immediate future Kamary laughs and says, "Man, I'm tired of being infamously unknown! I'd really like to make it big in the States before I die. Then, I could stay here year round and really drive my Mama crazy!"
Kamary Phillips music is available globally via major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify and others. His home page is ALSO  MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ARTISTRY IN JAZZ Saturday June 21 and Saturday July 19., 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Gray Scale Entertainment, owners Debra and Mark Lynch have booked three bands, Cell Block 2, Groove Bucket from Western NC, and Port City Shake Down to play at the Boardwalk Gazebo, July 26, 2014, 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM.

This Week’s Chamber FREE Sunday Night Summer Movie “Big Miracle”

This Sunday come out to the Carolina Beach Lake for the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce’s FREE Movie with  the true-life adventure BIG MIRACLE (2012-PG) will be on June 8th followed on June 15th by the ever-popular DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG-2013).  On June 22nd, we are bringing the new wacky science experiment gone wrong adventure - CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG – 2014).  On June 29th, we will present MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (PG 2012) followed by our Independence Day weekend selection with this years’ NUT JOB (PG 2014).  
Halfway through our summer season on July 13th, we present the greatest Turkey Movie of all time – FREE BIRDS (PG 2013) followed by Disney’s SUPER BUDDIES (G 2013) on July 20th.  For our tenth selection of the season, we offer the environmental sensitive HOOT (PG 2006) on July 27th followed by this years’ popular THE LEGO MOVIE (PG 2014) on August 3rd. For all of our turtle lovers, we offer up A TURTLE TALE’S 2: SAMMY’S ESCAPE FROM PARADISE (PG 2012) on August 10th followed by TAD THE LOST EXPLORER (PG 2012) on August 17th.  
This year’s Classic Night on August 24th will feature the 1961 Best Picture Acadamy Award  winner WEST SIDE STORY.  
We closeout the season on Labor Day Weekend (August 31st) with Disney’s soon-to-be classic PLANES (PG 2013). We are happy to offer popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more for sale at the movies - and all for a reasonable price!  You're welcome to bring your own food and beverages as well.  Directions:
Once you cross Snow's Cut Bridge the Carolina Beach Lake is approximately 1 1/4 miles on your right Movies start at dusk (around 8:45). Movies are subject to change and are weather permitting.

Don’t Miss the Carolina Beach Farmers Market now in Full Swing

As you plan activities for this weekend be sure to include spending some time wandering through the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market. Now in its fifth year, this “island-style” market is held every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and is located around the lake in Carolina Beach. 
Free parking is provided.  On the summer holiday weekends, in addition to the regular farmer’s market vendors the lake livens up with an additional influx of artists and crafters of all types. 
Come early to enjoy a leisurely morning strolling through the market as you listen to live music provided by Bruce Butcher. 
The produce is just beginning to come in and will be here in full force by early June; there are a wonderful variety of tasty items from local bakers to enjoy with your fresh roasted coffee; everything you need for your pets; wines from several vintners; popped on the spot kettle korn; handmade soaps, deodorants and skin care items; and arts and crafts of many mediums await you.  There is a lot to see and do so slip on your flip-flops, don’t forget the sunscreen and come spend some time with your friends and neighbors.
For more information please visit the market’s facebook page (Carolina Beach Farmers Market), website ( or email Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Town of Kure Beach and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce present
2014 FREE Summer Concert Series

Summertime at the beach is all about sun, sand, waves, seafood and MUSIC! So we're again bringing you our FREE Summer Concert Series held at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach on the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August. Bring blankets and chairs for the whole family and prepare to boogie the night away.   Come end your work week and see the most beautiful sunsets on the Island overlooking the Cape Fear River while listening to some of the most popular Bands in the area.
This year’s line-up is exceptional in its talent as well as its diversity.  The first installment will be Friday, June 13th featuring local favorites “HEART & SOUL” with their laid-back R & B, Soul and Rock & Roll.  Following two weeks later on June 27th will be the popular Tasteful Rhythm and Blues offerings of “POLAR BEAR BLUES BAND featuring Harvey Dalton”.  For the third installment on July 11th, we will have the well-known “JUSTIN FOX TRIO” with their high-energy Classic Blues & Southern Rock.  Rounding out the halfway point of the summer on July 25th, everyone’s favorite out of Myrtle Beach, SC – THE MARK ROBERTS BAND followed by Kure Beach’s very own Bluegrass Maestros “SOUTH OF K” on August 8th.  Closing out our 2014, Series will be “BAKKWOODZ” featuring Clasic Country selections with a hard-driving attitude!
Coolers are  allowed so pack your picnic and enjoy dinner to the grooves of live music - for free! However we do ask that you please do NOT bring pets or glass.   Beverages, food and snacks will be for sale on site by the Base.  Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and do not forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.

3rd “Christmas In July”

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads is kicking off their third annual “Christmas In July” for the children in the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital, located at the New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington.
The Parrot Heads will be bringing gifts to the boys and girls on July 26 who otherwise should be enjoying their summer on vacation. In addition to personal gifts for the children, the hospital always needs items in the playroom for all the children hospitalized to enjoy.  
Toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, arts & craft supplies, X-Box 360 games, plush toys, rattles and other items for newborns are always needed.
You can help by putting your pocket change in the donation jar located on the counter in the following Pleasure Island locations: Big Apple Bakery, Domino’s Pizza, Island Hots, Ocean Beach Store, Subway, Zaak Grill, Squigley’s Ice Cream Gift Shop, WINGS Beach Stores (both locations), Frank’s Pizza, Primrose Cottage, Carolina Beach Convenience Store (Cape Fear Blvd), Kure Beach Diner, FROYOZ  frozen yogurt shop, Blue Reef Beach Store, and American Legion Post 139.

Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown” to Perform at Boardwalk Saturday, July 26th

On July 26, 2014 the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will feature the music of Wilmington area music acts “Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown”, proudly represented by GrayScale Entertainment. Both projects are popular in the coastal Carolinas and feature a wide variety of crowd-pleasing material, ranging from classic rock and blues to Motown and modern pop.
These three entities (GrayScale Entertainment/the two bands) have one feature in common: veteran guitarist and GrayScale co-owner Mark Lynch, who has played and taught guitar/bass professionally for over 35 years. He and his wife Debra (his partner in GrayScale) moved to Wilmington a little over 4 years ago, knowing virtually no one in the area, but have since been able to establish a number of succesful projects- and keep Lynch one of the area's busiest musicians.
GrayScale Entertainment is a full-service music agency serving the Wilmington and surrounding areas such as Topsail Beach and Southport. Debra Lynch is the PR expert, and also handles a lot of the videography and social media promotion. They've kept a lot of area musicians and venue owners happy for a few years now. Mark is an unusually quiet and reserved man for someone in the entertainment business, and does not go out of his way to draw attention- but it happens anyway, simply because he plays so skillfully and passionately. With almost 40 years of serious experience and study of the guitar, he gets noticed in spite of his “shoegaze” demeanor. Says Lynch, “I guess these days the guitar-and my wife- do most of the talking for me”.
Beginning in the late 1970's, Lynch has played in scores of music projects around the Southeast. Probably none you ever heard of, but they all enjoyed great success in their allotted time and place. Western NC based bands “Phenix”, “Aviator”, “Stampede”, and others played A-list clubs and opened for national recording artists such as “Rare Earth”, “Night Ranger”, “Frank Marino/Mahogany Rush”, and Raleigh-based “Nantucket”. But perhaps his most significant contribution was as a guitar teacher- to now country super-star Eric Church. “We went to the same Baptist church, our dads were both deacons, and I ended up showing Eric his first guitar chords so he could play some Randy Travis songs. Obviously, he took it from there, and turned out to be a great songwriter, but it's cool to hear him on the radio and know that I showed him his first three chords! Since moving to Wilmington, Mark has played in duos with area musicians Mike O'Donnell, Brent Stimmel, Susan Savia, Dylan Linehan, Eduardo Somech, and most recently Matt Korzelius (his partner in Cell Block 2)..
He's played solo guitar for weddings, art galleries and local restaurants including a 2-year stint at Saltworks II and repeat shows at The George, The Pilot House, and The Harp. Full bands have included “Zion” and “Dangers of Stereo”. “Cell Block 2” features Lynch on guitar and bass with vocalist Korzelius for some impressive two-man versions of classic rock/blues/jazz.
This duo, in turn, will be joined by Tim Meyer/drums, Daniel Pesavento/bass, Harley Blasingame/keys, and Tarsha Murphy/vocals to become the 6-piece party band “Port City Shakedown”. The show starts at 5 pm.

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. .

Kids Making It Hippie Ball

The Third Annual Hippie Ball will be held on Friday, June 20, at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  There will be live music, food catered by Bon Appétit, dance and costume prizes.  This is a fundraiser for KIDS MAKING IT.  Don't miss the Best Party of the Summer!  Tickets $45.00.  ONLINE WWW.KIDSMAKINGIT.ORG. or call 910 -763-6001 ext. 108
Kids Making It is a nationally recognized youth entrepreneurship program, teaching woodworking and vocational skills to at-risk youth from age 8 into young adulthood. Our goal is for KMI youth to stay out of trouble, stay in school, graduate and go on to the workforce or college, thereby maturing into successful adults.  
Through the design/build process, KMI youth learn patience, pride, perseverance, confidence, teamwork and self-esteem, building character and learning the truth of actions and consequences. Learn more about us at: Kids Making It Woodworking Program

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 Clay Band  and Delbert McClinton, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for Robert Clay 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 Clay 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

5th Annual Stormfest will blow into Cape Fear Museum of History and Science on June 21st

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – On Saturday, June 21, the fifth annual Stormfest will blow into Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.
This community service event, sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and Duke Energy, is designed to heighten awareness, increase preparedness and encourage families to explore the science of weather.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Engage in fun, hands-on weather experiments with Cape Fear Museum educators throughout the Museum. Talk to meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News, WECT and WWAY—and deliver your own forecast in front of the green screen! National Weather Service will show off its five-foot-tall cyclone simulator.
Get your weather radio programmed. Discover local resources for severe weather preparedness, response and recovery. Train to be a National Weather Service Skywarn Storm Spotter.
 Representatives from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, A.R.E.S Amateur Radio, New Hanover County Emergency Management, New Hanover County Public Library, Senior Resource Center, Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Catastrophe Readiness will be located throughout the Museum to discuss hurricane preparedness and offer tips on keeping your family safe during severe weather.
New for families in 2014!
Explore convection with a water-mixing experiment, blow objects away with an AirZooka, inflate a balloon with heat, make it rain, and crush a can with air pressure! Discover world weather on the Museum’s Magic Planet and make weather tools you can use at home. Win great prizes!
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Normal admission rates are $7 for adults; $6 for students, seniors and military with valid ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. 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:

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:

Cameron Art Museum Announces Nationally Renowned Artist Willie Cole’s to preform June 29th

Wilmington, NC— In observation of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (July 2, 1964) Cameron Art Museum, in collaboration with Countywide Community Development Corporation of Navassa, NC presents the exhibition School Pride: The Eastern NC Story  An Installation by Willie Cole June 29-November 2, 2014. Nationally renowned artist Willie Cole is creating new installations investigating the closing of sixteen Cape Fear area schools and other aspects of desegregation in southeastern NC and its impact statewide.  Cole states that the visual intent of this exhibition is to create “a multi-gallery installation that reflects the real or physical history of desegregation in North Carolina through the use of conceptual or emotional triggers and historical documents.” Cole will look deeply into historical and found objects – from students who attended these schools, from regional museums, and from area families. Together, the juxtaposition of these objects will demonstrate a powerful narrative of the struggle of a community for equality in education. In their search for source material, museum staff and volunteers have spent hours digitizing photographs from alumni and teachers from these schools. Ultimately, the story that has emerged is one of pride: school pride, community pride, and pride in the battle well fought for educational equality.
 Cole is best known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic and used objects such as irons, ironing boards, high-heeled shoes, hair dryers, bicycle parts, wooden matches, lawn jockeys, and other discarded appliances and hardware, into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations. Through the repetitive use of single objects in multiples, Cole’s assembled sculptures acquire a transcending and renewed metaphorical meaning, or become a critique of our consumer culture. Cole’s work is generally discussed in the context of postmodern eclecticism, combining references and appropriation ranging from African and African-American imagery, to Dada’s ready-mades and Surrealism’s transformed objects, and icons of American pop culture or African and Asian masks, into highly original and witty assemblages. Some of Cole’s interactive installations also draw on simple game board structures that include the element of chance while physically engaging the viewer.
Cole’s widely recurring symbolic and artistic object that was initially brought to the attention of the art world in the mid-1980s has been the steam iron. While Cole’s unique approach of imprinting the steam iron’s marks on a variety of media result in a wide-ranging decorative potential of his scorchings, these scorches are also to be viewed as a reference to Cole’s African-American heritage.
Born in New Jersey, Cole attended Boston University School of Fine Arts and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1976 to 1979. His work is in numerous public collections, including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Willie Cole is the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Winner of the David C. Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African-American art and art history, established by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Cole is represented by Alexander and Bonin Gallery in New York; and by Guido Maus, beta pictoris gallery / Maus Contemporary in Birmingham, AL. His work is found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world. Additional information:

•    Black & White Opening Gala hosted by Countywide Community Development Corporation at Cameron Art Museum,  Sat. June 28 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
CAM Member tickets $45, Non Member tickets $50
This event combines the Countywide CDC Gala and the opening to the School Pride exhibition.
Cameron Art Museum members will receive a 15% discount for a ticket package to both the Black & White Opening Gala and the LBJ Presidential Legacy Awards Luncheon (see below).
Purchase tickets at or call 910-395-5999.

•    ILLUSTRATED LECTURE AND GALLERY WALKTHROUGH with Willie Cole, artist, School Pride
Sun. June 29 3:00 pm  
CAM Members & Students: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00
Nationally renowned artist Willie Cole will discuss the creation of new site-specific installations for CAM’s new exhibit School Pride: The Eastern North Carolina Story An Installation by Willie Cole. The exhibition investigates the closing of sixteen Cape Fear area schools and other aspects of desegregation in southeastern NC and the impact on this region, the state and the nation. Cole’s work is found in numerous museums, public and private collections around the world. Visit his site  and learn more about the artist.

•    LBJ Presidential Legacy Awards Luncheon
Awards named for Civil Rights pioneers including Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Legacy Civil and Human Rights Award to be received by Rev. Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian and the Fannie Lou Hamer “Blessing” for Alice Walker and many other honorees.  
Wed. July 2, 2014, Tickets for this event $65
Wilmington Convention Center
Purchase tickets at or call 910-395-5999.

•    Find out more about the activities for Celebrate the Dream by the Countywide Community Development Corporation by referring to the website:

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 artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café.  Cameron Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday for dinner. For more information about the museum, please visit

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society: June Meeting Monday, June 16th
at 6:30 PM (early due to pot-luck)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 16, 6:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
In lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual summer potluck. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group. If the weather behaves you might also want to bring a lawn chair. This is always a wonderful time to visit with old friends, but also a great time to introduce new people. please bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in joining.

Up Coming Meetings

Monday July 21, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Wilmington entrepreneur, Sam Leake, will talk about the life and times of the South’s most famous General, Robert E. Lee.
Monday August 18, 2014 Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Mike Giles, from the North Carolina Coastal Federation will talk to us about the natural history of our most prescious resource.
Monday September 15, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Norm Melton, will talk about his personal experiences while “Growing Up on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.”
Monday October 20, 2014: MembershipMeeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Local historian and author, Elaine Henson, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the “Cape Fear Beaches.”
Monday November 17, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.”
Monday December 15, 2014: Holiday Potluck 6:30-9:00 pm.
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 Town Hall.) Visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.
From the Friends of Fort Fisher - Looking for Descendents! The Friends of Fort Fisher are gathering contact information for any decendents of soldiers involved in the building of Fort Fisher or any of the other forts in the Cape Fear area. They would also like to find decendents of men who fought in the battles for Fort Fisher, Fort Holmes, Fort Caswell, Fort Johnston, and Fort Anderson, as well as blockade runner captains, crew and pilots, basically anyone who was involved in the Wilmington Campaign. Visit their website at: for links to projects and events including the 150th Battle reenactment and the descendents reunion in January 2015. Contact John Golden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

2014 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, June 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then, assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Sundays, June 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Mondays, June 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, June 17, 24 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesdays, June 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, June  12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Fridays, June 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, June 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR -Mondays, June 16, 23, 30 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, June 11, 18, 25 at 2 p.m. Fridays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
For Children
• FINS AND FAMILY TOUR - Tuesdays, June 17, 24 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, June 12, 19, 26 at 2 p.m. - A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, June  14, 21, 28 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Fee: $25 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SALT MARSH AND CRABBING - Friday, June 27 at 8 a.m. - Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. For ages 7 and older. Fee: $19 for ages 13 and older, $17 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, June 10, 17, 24 at 8 a.m. - This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Summer Day Camp for Kids
Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts and hands on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills during animal programs, outdoor excursions and interactive games to better understand nature. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors and behind the scenes at the Aquarium to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments and learn about animal collection. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
• NATURE PATROL - June 16 – 20 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 7-9, 10-12 or June 23 – 27 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 - Do your kids love to go outside and explore nature? If so, then this is the camp for them! Campers will learn basic animal observation skills while patrolling different local habitats. Join the Aquarium on its mission to conserve and protect North Carolina’s aquatic environments. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
• COASTAL CRUSADERS - June 23 – 27 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 13-14 - How can North Carolina's aquatic environments be recreated and maintained in an aquarium setting? By exploring natural habitats and participating in animal collection and care, campers will gain a better understanding of how to investigate and preserve the environment we all share. Activities that campers will enjoy this week include canoeing on the Cape Fear River, surf fishing and snorkeling. Fee: $280. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• WEIRD, WONDERFUL WILDLIFE - June 30 – July 3 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 - Have you ever wondered how frogs survive the winter or why some fish can glow in the dark? Sometimes animals are just plain weird, but in a good way of course! Campers will learn all about the strange and sometimes gross adaptations animals have to live in their environments. Exploration trips inside and outside of the Aquarium will turn an animal encounter from an “eww” to an “aww” moment. Note: This camp is only 4 days long. Fee: $184. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: