8/19/15

Pleasure Island Day of Hope "Toes in the Sand" - 3rd Annual Beach Walk

Saturday, September 26, 2015

9:00 a.m. - Registration
Carolina Beach Gazebo

"Come walk with us" with a stroll on the beach knowing you are helping your neighbors through their cancer treatment.

Pink Heals fire truck "Claudia" will be there so you can come sign the truck.

This year we will be having our after party at The Lazy Pirate.

Thank you for your support!

For more information visit: http://www.dayofhopepi.org/



8/14/15

Family Friendly Activities on Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island, NC is where family memories are made.  There are so many great ways to enjoy time together with the kids, you’ll never run out of fun things to do.  When it’s time to venture off the beach, check out some of these ideas for activities sure to keep everyone in the family happy and entertained.

Carolina Beach State Park

Kids will find endless ways to explore at this beautiful state park located just a few minutes’ drive from the beach.  A family picnic under the shade of big oak trees provides a cool respite from the sun’s rays. The picnic area situated near the banks of Snow’s Cut offers tables, grills, wheelchair-accessible sites and restrooms nearby.

Once tummies are full, stretch your legs on one of the park’s nature trails.  Both kids and grown-ups will delight in the wide variety of plant and animal life found on these easy-to-traverse-trails. The Flytrap Trail is a favorite as hikers try to spot the rare Venus flytrap and native orchids that grow wild here.  Other trails meander along the waters of the Cape Fear River and Snow’s Cut and offer glimpses of shore birds and fiddler crabs scurrying along the mudflats.

Kayaking, fishing and camping are also available at Carolina Beach State Park.  Be sure to stop in the Visitor’s Center where interactive exhibits provide a fun and educational look at the region’s diverse ecosystem.  For more, visit http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

This must-see attraction has families coming back year after year, as new exhibits and programs are added on a regular basis.  Brand new this year is Lorikeet Landing, where kids can observe these colorful tropical birds up close and feed them from tiny nectar cups.  Of course, the fish are the stars here, and children delight in the touch tank full of friendly creatures like rays, urchins and sea stars.  Also, be sure to plan your visit in time for one of the many daily feedings of the sharks and other marine animals, and interact with the scuba divers as they go about their chores in the giant 235,000 gallon Cape Fear Shoals tank.  For tickets, hours of operation and a complete list of daily programs visit http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Tony Silvagni Surf School

Get “on board” with top-notch lessons guaranteed to have kids and adults of all fitness levels riding the waves – it’s a great way to get the whole family involved in an exciting new experience on the water.  Learn how to surf or paddleboard in a safe and friendly atmosphere.  Surf School offers individual and group lessons, and hosts private surf parties for large family gatherings.  Stand up paddleboard instruction is offered on the calm, sheltered waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.  If you’d rather hit the waves on your own, Surf School offers rentals of body boards, kayaks, surfboards and skim boards.  Get all the details at www.surfschoolnc.com.

Sunday Night Movies at the Lake  

When everyone is tuckered out after a big day of exploring Pleasure Island, the whole family will relish the chance to plunk down on the lawn at Carolina Beach Lake Park on Sunday evenings and enjoy a free movie on the giant outdoor screen.  The movies are family friendly, and everyone can refuel with a variety of reasonably-priced concession snacks.   Movies in the Park is held each Sunday from May through September.  Find out what’s playing by visiting the Events page of our website, http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/events.php.

Story Time by the Sea

This is another great way to let the kids wind down a bit after non-stop activity.  Held at the beautifully renovated Kure Beach Ocean Front Park, children will enjoy stories, crafts and games and can even have their picture taken with a storybook princess.  Parents can take a little break, too, and take in the ocean breezes on one of the relaxing swinging benches. Story Time by the Sea is free of charge, and is held on Wednesdays from 10am – 11:30pm through August.


8/10/15

Buying or Building a Home on Pleasure Island

We never get tired of hearing it from Pleasure Island visitors, “One day, I’m coming back for good!”

If you’ve made this promise to yourself, you’ll be delighted to know that now is a good time to buy or build a home in Carolina Beach or Kure Beach.  The real estate market is continuing to show signs of gaining strength throughout the area, and prospective buyers are urged to act quickly while mortgage rates are historically low.  Here is information you’ll want to know if you’re considering making one of our beach communities your first or second home.

Carolina Beach

Now is an especially good time to purchase an existing home in Carolina Beach.  There is a good inventory of homes to choose from, and listing prices have actually dropped slightly since the first of the year.

The actual sales price of homes in Carolina Beach has remained steady so far in 2015, with the average selling price just a little over $260,000.  Many Carolina Beach home sellers are still making some concessions to buyers -- but don’t count on these trends to continue much longer.  The real estate market is picking up throughout the region, and Carolina Beach is no exception.

Whether you’re looking for a single-family home, condo or townhome, there is a good variety on the market in Carolina Beach right now.  Available land for new home construction is a little less plentiful in the town limits, but can still be found and at relatively good prices. See a list of local home builders below.

You can also find a list of area Real Estate Companies in our Local Business Search on PleasureIsland.org.

Kure Beach

In Kure Beach, home prices are beginning to rise and deals are getting snatched up at a faster pace, but there are still plenty of choices on the market, from oceanfront cottages to modern condominiums.  According to the Wilmington Area Association of Realtors, the average selling price for a home in Kure Beach is $412,957 -- an increase of 26.1% in the past few months.

There are still some ideal parcels of land available if your goal is to build a new home in Kure Beach. Contact any of these outstanding local homebuilders and get started on your dream of building your perfect Pleasure Island home today!

Bass Built, Inc.
117 Leeward Court
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 367-0874

Dutch Built Homes
505 Carolina Beach Ave. N #3A
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 305-4604

New Leaf Builders
410 Atlanta Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 368-1027

Richard Wallace Builder, Inc.
123 Bimini Townes Lane
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 599-3163
(910) 520-5056

Wells Construction Corp.
713 St. Joseph St.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-9907

Wilkins & Wilkins
1204 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-2524
(910) 616-9167

8/7/15

New Town of Carolina Beach App

Be sure to download the Town of Carolina Beach App!

Features:

  • Easy Access to Town Calendar and Events
  • View Town Council Meetings
  • Direct Access to Town Services - Pay your water bill from your phone!
  • Information on Freeman Park, Boardwalk, and Local Businesses and Restaurants
  • Access to Tide Reports, Weather, & Live Beach Cam
The Town of Carolina Beach App is part of a network of apps in the Regional Area including:
  • Pleasure Island Chamber App
  • Wilmington Chamber App
  • Wilmington Golf App
  • NC Aquarium App
  • City of Wilmington App
  • Battleship NC App
  • NC Azalea Festival App
  • Cameron Art Museum App
  • Wilmington & Beaches App
  • Wilmington Wedding App
  • New Hanover Regional Medical App
  • Wilmington Real Estate App
Available on the App Store and Google Play Store


8/3/15

Artful Living Group Opening Reception - Eunkyung Kim Cazier Exhibit, "Dreamer"

August 6th

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

http://www.artfullivinggroup.com/

112 Cape Fear Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

For more information call: 910.458.7822


7/31/15

Fort Fisher "Beat the Heat" Summer Lecture Series

Saturday, August 1st at 2:00 PM

Author and historian Michael Hardy will present "North Carolina as the Last Confederate Capital."

In the waning days of the Confederacy, North Carolina was the Capital of the Confederacy. Hardy's discussion will focus on this important, but overlooked, part of Civil War History.

Following his presentation Mr Hardy will be available to greet visitors and sign copies of his books.

Location:

Fort Fisher State Historic Site's Spencer Theatre
1610 Ft Fisher Blvd
Kure Beach, NC 28449

For more information call 910-458-5538


7/17/15

This Weekend on Pleasure Island

What a great weekend to be on Pleasure Island! There's a little something for everyone...you can listen to some live music, shop for the freshest local produce at the Farmers Market, and watch a movie under the stars! Here are just a few of the events and activities to keep you busy this weekend:

Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Fisher

Featuring South of K

Friday, July 17, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Head down to Kure Beach and the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area - you won't want to miss this popular local band and their great bluegrass sound. Food and beverages available for sale.

Carolina Beach Farmers Market

At the Carolina Beach Lake

Saturday, July 18
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stroll around the Carolina Beach Lake as you shop for local produce, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and even baked goods, coffee, and wine. 

"The Wilmington National Cemetary" at 2015 Fort Fisher "Beat The Heat" Lecture Series

Spencer Theater at Fort Fisher Historic Site

Saturday, July 18
2:00 pm

Superintendent Bill Jayne will discuss the history behind Wilmington’s National Cemetery. Established after the Civil War, most of the original interments were remains removed from the Wilmington City Cemetery, Fort Fisher, Fort Johnson, and the surrounding area.

Please note, all “Beat the Heat” lectures are subject to change or cancellation without notice due to factors beyond our control. We encourage you to call the site at 910-458-5538 to confirm speakers and lecture times.

Boogie in the Park

Featuring Mark Roberts Band

Sunday, July 19
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wind down the weekend with a fun, family friendly concert at Kure Beach's beautiful Ocean Front Park. 105 Atlantic Ave Kure Beach, NC 28449


Sunday Night Movie at the Lake

Featuring Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Sunday, July 19
Dusk (Around 8:45 pm)

On summer Sunday nights the Carolina Beach Lake is the place to be! Watch a family friendly feature film under the stars. Bring a picnic or purchase classic movie concessions to enjoy while you watch the movie. This week's selection, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, picks up with Flint and his friends who, after the disastrous food storm in the first film, have been forced to leave town. Watch what happens when they discover his machine is now creating mutant food beasts...living pickles, hungry tacodiles, and shrimpanzees!

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