Sunset Kayak Tour - Thursday May 7th

Join Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation and Mahanaim Adventures and explore Wilmington's own "Cape Fear River / Sharks Tooth Island" at Sunset! The Cape Fear is not only rich in history, but has extensive marshes and tidal flats areas that are excellent viewing places for different sea birds and other migratory birds.

You can hunt for pre-historic shark's teeth and fossils; all the while enjoying a spectacular sunset from this beautiful location. After fun on Sharks Tooth Island we will paddle the last 15 minutes of your adventure back to your vehicles while the sun sets to the west!

We will meet at River Road Park at 4:30 PM.
Bring a picnic meal, plenty of water, and bug spray.
Please wear close toed water shoes.

Register today at the CB Rec Center. Cash or Check made payable to Mahanaim Adventures.

For more information contact us at 910-458-2977 or email reccentre@carolinabeach.org


Sea Oat Planting - May 2, 2015

Help keep our beaches beautiful! Come out to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 to help plant sea oats. Meet at the beach stage starting at 9:00 am.


Call For Artists - Poster Design Contest

How would you capture the spirit of the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival? The beautiful coastal location, amazing musical performances, delicious local seafood, and an enthusiastic crowd making the most of every minute!

One artist's entry will be chosen for the Official 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival's poster.

The winner will receive:

  • $200
  • VIP Treatment at this year's Festival
  • Recognition for 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Poster Graphic
  • Complimentary booth and opportunity to sign posters at the Festival in the Arts & Wine Garden


  • All entrants should submit original representational artwork of the 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.
  • Eligible entries must be a flat work of art, which includes: watercolor, pastels, acrylics or oil. Please do not submit work on stretched, framed canvas or canvas board.
  • Flat work must be no smaller than 11" x 14" and no larger than 18" x 24".
  • Entries with 2015 Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival lettering is prohibited and such entries will be disqualified.
  • Entries should be received on or before Noon, August 17th, 2015.
  • Winner will be notified no later than September 8, 2015.
  • All other submissions will be returned.

2014 Winning Artwork by Harriet M Forbis


30th Carolina Beach Music Festival

Get ready for some sun, fun, and music on Pleasure Island!

The 30th Carolina Beach Music Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

This beloved, long running, annual event takes place right on the beach in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Don't forget your dancing flip flops - this amazing lineup of some of the best in beach music will have you moving all day long!

Tickets: $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate
Please note: Cash only at the event.
Children 12 and under: FREE


We'll see you on the beach!!


22nd Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Headliners


Kure Beach, NC – 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 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 10 th & 11th. This years’ Festival brings a beavy of unique talent to the twenty-one year history of this great Festival. Again, we are bringing you DOUBLE HEADLINERS - International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday.

First up is the legendary DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS on Saturday night, October 10 th . With 6 Grammy Awards and a 2011 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dr. John will bring his unique fusion of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and classic funk to the shores of Pleasure Island. Best known for his hit “Right Place Wrong Time”, the gravely voiced American singer-songwriter and pianist is known to combine blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie and rock & roll.

The original Dr. John was a voodoo practitioner from New Orleans (by way of Haiti) who was known as a medicinal and spiritual healer. Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack adopted this persona in the early 60’s along with a Mardi Gras inspired theatrical stage show complete with elaborate costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Dr. John has recorded with The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Derek Trucks and many others.

Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 11 th , the “Queen of the Blues” - SHEMEKIA COPELAND will return to the Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival by popular demand following her drop dead performance at last year’s showl. Shemekia is a two-time Grammy nominee who has opened for The Rolling Stones, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B. B. King and Eric Clapton, performed at the White House and is the daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland. With roots in North Carolina, Harlem, Chicago and Texas, Shemekia is a force to be reckoned with her huge, blast-furnace voice and in today’s Blues musical scene.

In support of the outstanding talent offered up by DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS and SHEMEKIA COPELAND, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including:

  • Opening for DR. JOHN will be KARA GRAINGER – Kara is an Australlian currently living in LA who is an undeniably strong vocalist, fiery slide guitarist and a heartfelt songwriter. Kara has traveled the world with her unique style and has opened for Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang (to name a few).
  • Opening for SHEMEKIA COPELAND, we are very excited to bring you the red-hot Texas rockin’ blues of SMOKIN’ JOE KUBEK AND BNOIS KING who have been thrilling music fans for over 20 years with their raucous roadhouse blues, fiery guitar licks and soulful vocals. This unique duo has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King and B.B. King. 

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 the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, along with Bryant Real Estate and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.

The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well with the best of the best presenting their culinary wares for your enjoyment. The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, laser tag, 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 (DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS play Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (SHEMEKIA COPELAND 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


North End Camping - Freeman Park Camp Permits Available Online

Freeman Park, or the "North End", is a beautiful stretch of beach where it's possible to drive your 4 wheeled vehicle right onto the sand to enjoy a day of fun in the sun, or even camp overnight. There's nothing quite like watching the moon rise over the ocean at the end of a day filled with swimming, surfing, fishing, searching for shells, and building sand castles...and then falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing.

In order to keep this special place a safe and enjoyable destination for all visitors, that will be here long into the future there are some changes being put into place for the 2015 season.

Freeman Park Camping

One of these changes is that permits are now required for overnight camping from April 1 - September 30. These permits enable you to reserve a designated campsite, for a fee of $10 per night. Campers must also have a Freeman Park Access Pass in order to enter the park, and camping reservations cannot exceed a 14 day stay.

Permits will be available on a first come first serve basis and are limited to the 118 available campsites. If you want to camp on a summer weekend when the North End tends to be busy it's recommended that you reserve your site in advance.

Freeman Park Access Passes

The rate structure for North End passes has also changed for this year.

Daily Passes - $30.00
Daily Holiday Passes - $50.00
(This higher rate is in effect when Freeman Park traditionally sees the greatest number of visitors: Easter Weekend 4/3 - 4/6, Memorial Day Weekend 5/22 - 5/25, Fourth of July Weekend 7/3 - 7/6, and Labor Day Weekend 9/4 - 9/7.)
Annual Permit - $150.00

Passes can be purchase online or at the following locations:

Island True Value Tackle & Hardware - 801 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-3049
Scotchman (Canal Drive Location) - 354 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach
Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office - 1204 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-4614
Carolina Beach Town Hall, Billing Dept - 1121 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-2999

Camping Permits, Access Passes, and detailed information available here: http://freeman.spplusparking.com/

Spotlight on Business - Corning Credit Union

Get to Know Corning Credit Union (CCU)

At Corning Credit Union (CCU), we take pride in delivering better service than anywhere else in the world, and that is just the beginning! Here are a few examples of the benefits available to CCU members:

Windfall Checking® pays a dividend of 2.0% APY* to qualified accounts up to $20,000, and provides ATM re-funds** of up to $30 a month with no minimum balance requirements and no hidden fees.

Competitive rates and a wide range of mortgage products, including low down payment and VA loans.

24/7 account access via eBranch online banking and our free mobile app.
As a non-profit, member-owned organization, our profits are returned to our members in the form of higher dividends, better loan rates, and free or low-cost services.
Membership at Corning Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in the city of Wilmington or the Brunswick County area and we currently serve more than 15,000 members in the Wilmington region.

Applying is easy online, by phone, or by visiting one of our three convenient branch locations.

Leland Branch 
2036 Olde Regent Way
Leland, NC

Racine Drive
125 Racine Drive
Wilmington, NC

17th Street Extension Branch 
3715 Patriot Way
Wilmington, NC


*APY=Annual Percentage Yield. APY is accurate as of February 1, 2015 and is subject to change. Dividends paid on balances up to $20,000. **ATM fees refunded up to $30 a month. If requirements are not met, no dividend will be paid and ATM fees will not be refunded.


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