North Carolina Big Sweep 9/29 - Join The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Team

Show the ocean some love, meet new friends and rid local beaches of trash and marine debris during the 2012 North Carolina Big Sweep. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will again organize a volunteer group for the event on Saturday, September 29, to make a big difference.

Plastics, trash and other marine debris threaten aquatic environments and wildlife. The annual Big Sweep event helps clean-up a growing problem and keeps our beaches beautiful and safe. Last year 537 volunteers cleaned up approximately 1,235 pounds of trash in New Hanover County.

Those interested need only commit several hours of time. Volunteers who register with the Aquarium will meet at 9 a.m. and will travel to a nearby beach to col-lect trash. Bags will be provided.

If you would like to participate with the Aquarium’s Big Sweep team, please email NCAFFregistrar@ncaquariums.com, or call (910) 458-7468. Remember to bring your own water in a reusable bottle, on the day of the event.

If you prefer to sign-up for another site or register your own group, visit http://keepnhcbeautiful.org/


Lineup for the 19th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

That slight chill in the air means it's almost time for the eagerly anticipated Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival! There's been a ton of excitement since the announcement of the headliner - the legendary Gregg Allman, and both stages will play host to some serious talent from the first note on Saturday until the last on Sunday.

Check out this awesome lineup:

Saturday, October 13, 2012
12:30- 1:50Polar Bear Blues Band featuring Harvey Dalton Arnold
2:10 - 3:30Medusa Stone Does The Blues
3:50 - 5:10Damon Fowler
5:45 - 7:15Jaimoe Jasssz Band
8:00 - 10:00
1:30 - 2:45The Lisa Rankin Revue
3:00 - 4:15The FROG Project
4:30 - 5:45El Jaye Johnson & The Port City All Stars
Sunday, October 14, 2012
12:30 - 1:50Ladies Auxiliary
2:10 - 3:30The Bobby Paltauf Experience
3:50 - 5:10King Tyrone and The Graveyard Ramblers
1:30 - 2:45Will McBride Group
3:00 - 4:15Nita B & The Swingin' Soiree
4:30 - 5:45Charlie and Rose Lucas


Local Artist Barton Hatcher Creates Poster for 19th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

This year’s Artist for the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is local artist Barton Hatcher from Wilmington, North Carolina with his tropically-inspired musician playing the blues as sunset descends over the Cape Fear River masterpiece. You can almost feel the breeze and smell the sa
lt water.

Growing up on his grandfather’s farm in Bladen County, North Carolina, Barton Hatcher discovered his special artistic and creative gifts early in his life. A self-taught artist and mixed media sculptor, Barton’s eclectic style is admired by many. His work has been showcased in several North Carolina galleries alongside prominent artists such as Ivey Hayes. On several occasions he has been commissioned to do customized art designs for clients to fit their individual taste and desires. 

His work is in the private art collections of North Carolina residents Linda MacRae, Rick and Marilyn Davis, and Mike and Kathy Allen, as well as New Jersey residents Charlie and Liz McCluskey, to name only a few.
Barton owns and operates Gardens by Barton, a landscape design business in Wilmington, NC, where he uses his artistic talents to create customized garden designs, including building hardscapes such as arbors, trellises and garden sheds. 

Before starting his own business, Barton was employed for 25 years by Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown, NC, where he was an art buyer and designed and built prototypes for furniture.
An avid gardener and fly fisherman, Barton draws inspiration for his artistic designs from nature itself.
Barton lives’ in Wilmington NC. 


Island Day 2012

With another successful summer season behind us it's time to celebrate Pleasure Island with friends and neighbors. There's fun for everyone with great live music, food, kids activities, and much more!

Sunday, September 30th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm
at the Carolina Beach Lake


2012 Island of Lights Christmas Card and Ornament Signing

Meet the artists who are bringing the 2012 Christmas Card and Ornament for the Island of Lights to life. Barbara Boyer designed the card, and Mary Jo Madden has been hand painting the ornaments for the event since 2001.

This event takes place at Michael's Seafood in Carolina Beach from 6 - 8 pm.


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