Fire Up Your Grill for the Third Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. And your team could take home that title, grill forks raised high!

The competition will start with a level playing field: everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints. But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces
or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year. Registration is now open and space is limited. Register early for the best deal - $115
per team before December 20th and $150 after that date.

The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue. Admission is free, and tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind
judging is completed. There will be three bands; The Cut opens, next is local favorite Bibis Ellison and the headliner will be Wilmington’s own Machine Gun. In addition, there will be raffles, arts and craft vendors
plus more food and drink for purchase.

Proceeds benefit Step Up For Soldiers, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. This year Step Up is proud to announce a new project, “Soldier Build”, a plan to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities. The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers is starting a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project. Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project. Call 910-431-8122 or visit www.stepupforsoldiers.org.


Town of Carolina Beach Hires New Police Chief

Kenneth R Hinkle has accepted the position as Police Chief for the Town of Carolina Beach with a start date of November 12, 2013.
Chief Hinkle brings 30 plus years of policing experience most recently from the Village of Obetz, Ohio, where he worked as Police Chief for over five years. He has extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of community policing and developing strong relationships with business owners, residents, and tourists.

Town officials are happy to have him as part of the Carolina Beach team. Town Manager Michael Cramer will introduce Mr. Hinkle to the Town Council on November 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm.


Spotlight on Business: Two Chins Productions

Two Chins Productions is a fully insured, full-service, award-winning video production company specializing in creative visual storytelling. Our projects range in size and scope, from thirty second commercials to full-length documentary films and everything in between.

Throughout our over 20 years of combined experience producing video and images in the Eastern Carolina market, we have helped hundreds of companies promote their businesses through commercials, webmercials and long-form vignettes. Our fundraising video and design projects with local and international non-profit organizations have brought stories of courage, sacrifice and goodwill to audiences around the world, raising both awareness and much-needed funding. Individual stories intrigue us and have led us to produce highlight videos and full-length documentary films featuring individual achievements, love stories, and family histories.

Storytelling is the foundation of all that we do, and it is what drives us to create high-quality visual products that bring the essence of each and every one of our clients to the screen. Each project is unique and so is our approach. We are a highly creative team that can adapt to create engaging, appealing videos that suit the needs of each of our clients individually. We understand marketing, social media, event presentations, advertising on television vs. advertising on the web…we get it. Let us help you make the most of it.

We want the experience to be enjoyable for you – even a little fun – so we take care of everything. We translate your notes into a cohesive script, draw up storyboards, make a plan and carry it out with expert precision. We can also help you with portrait & product photography, copywriting, web banners and graphic design.

For more information: www.TwoChinsProductions.com


2013 Island of Lights New Years Celebration - Tuesday, December 31st

The New Year's Celebration will be held on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31st near the Gazebo at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. Don't miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.

This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2013 official Christmas card and ornament.

Bring the family to Carolina Beach at 9 pm to join the festivities!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2014!


Spotlight on Business: Seaside Silk Screening

Seaside Silk Screening has been around since 1998, yet came under new ownership in 2012. Maintaining the quality that customers have always expected, new owner Glenn Rosenbloom has raised the bar on meeting the needs of the small businesses that are the backbone of Pleasure Island. Always there when you call, ready to sit and help you design a new logo for your company or event, Glenn and his crew have expanded from just tshirts and hoodies to promotional give aways, mugs, coozies, business cards, etc. to help you make a difference with your clients.

In the summer everyone thinks T shirts and tank tops. What about your companies needs in the winter? Seaside Silk Screening of Wilmington is there for you with long sleeve T shirts, hoodies, and zip up sweatshirts. Trying to keep your head warm? We can also embroider wool beanies as well as baseball caps.
We have tried to make Seaside Silk Screening of Wilmington your one stop shop. Why get your silk screening done in one place, your embroidery done in another and your promotional items done in yet another place when we can do it all under one roof? Call us at 910-515-1452 or visit our website at seasidesilkscreening.com


Community Blood Drive at the Aquarium

Gift giving is top of mind for many people this time of year. You can give a gift that can save a life and won’t cost you a dime. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive on Thursday, December 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eligible donors are encouraged to donate as blood supplies can become low during the holidays. 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 www.redcrossblood.org & search by sponsor code AQUARIUM.


Town of Carolina Beach Changes Rate Structure for Freeman Park Passes

At the November 12, 2013 Council Meeting, Town Council implemented a rate change for Freeman Park. The season pass will remain at $100. However, a discounted seasonal pass will now cost $60 from the period of December 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Two and three day passes will no longer be available. A seven day pass will cost $50 and the daily pass remain at $20.

The discounted pass will not be available for purchase online, but can be purchased at Town Hall, Parks and Recreation Center, Island Tackle and Hardware, Canal Drive Scotchman, and Brew Thru.

Photo by Alicia Devereaux


Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show

Announcing the 2013 Fantasy Christmas Show, to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 13-15, at 7:00 pm. As usual, the show will be held on K Avenue, next to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, and it will include a pre-show at 6:30 pm to get the crowd "warmed up" for the big show.

This whimsical, annual show has become a tradition in Kure Beach and features a cast of singers, dancers and costumed characters. Your favorite Christmas songs are performed by an all-local cast, while beloved Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Santa & Mrs. Claus and their silly elves, keep the crowd in stitches.

This FREE show is fun for young and old, alike. Try to arrive early to get a seat in our bleachers, but bring a folding chair just in case. Even when the weather is balmy it always seems to snow at the show, so dress accordingly and have a merry old time!


Elves Bring Holiday Magic to the Aquarium

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher gives all of Santa’s helpers a holiday boost. Little elves are invited to the Aquarium’s Holiday Elf Camps Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers, ages 5 to 12, make and wrap gifts for loved ones, make friends with other elves and create memories. Each day features a different animal theme. Elf Camp gives Santa’s adult helpers free time to check their lists or take a little time for themselves.

Children may register for one, two or three days of camp. The program fee of $50 per day includes Aquarium admission, lunch, snacks, crafts, holiday gift-wrap and instruction. Register early to get the date you want. Pre-registration is required.

This year the Aquarium also offers limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from camps. An additional fee and pre-registration is required for this service. The Aquarium will be closed on Christmas Day and will reopen at 9 AM on December 26, 2013.

For more information and reservations for Holiday Elf Camps visit www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher or call (910) 458-7468.


Christmas Trees on Pleasure Island

Ready to trim the tree? Whether you're a full time local or are spending the holidays here on Pleasure Island you don't need to go far to find that classic centerpiece of seasonal decorating. At least two island businesses are offering live trees this year.

Pleasure Island Rentals Christmas Tree Lot

2 N Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach
Premium grade North Carolina Fraser Firs. Fresh, professionally made wreaths. Free delivery on the island. Partial proceeds go to Carolina Beach Elementary School.

True Value Island Tackle & Hardware

801 N Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach
Top grade Fraser Firs from the North Carolina Mountains. Open till 9:00 pm during the week and 8:00 on Sunday. Free Delivery.


Fort Fisher Holiday Open House to Celebrate the 2013 Season

You are invited to celebrate the season as Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach, NC, holds its Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the visitor’s center. This event is free and open to the public.

Enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, including holiday musical selections by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of David Tyson, followed by popular musician and storyteller John Golden.
For the history lovers on your shopping list, special discounts will be offered on all museum shop merchandise for this one day only, so you can stock up on everything from Battery Buchannan Blend coffee to unique Christmas tree ornaments to great books for the history enthusiast.

Speaking of books, Civil War historian, author, and professor Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. will debut his new book Faces of Fort Fisher: 1861-1864. At 12:30 p.m., Chris will speak about some of the memorable people associated with wartime Fort Fisher in the visitor’s center’s Gehrig Spencer Theatre. Following the presentation, Faces of Fort Fisher may be purchased from the Museum Shop and will be signed by the author. Before the program concludes, the Friends of Fort Fisher will announce the winner of the 2013 rifle raffle, at which a lucky ticket holder will win a reproduction Civil War Springfield Musket. Raffle tickets are available right up until announcement time.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. This free event is sponsored by the Fort Fisher Chapter 2325 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members. For more information, contact Paul Laird at 910-612-7067.


Pleasure Island Gift Guide

Shop local, support the businesses on Pleasure Island, and check a few items off your holiday gift list. Here are a few ideas that are sure to please on Christmas morning:

1. Something sparkly to brighten her day from Jeanne's Jewels.

2. Surprise the angler in your life with a new rod and reel from True Value Island Tackle & Hardware.

3. Put together a gift basket of delicious goodies from The Veggie Wagon.

4. Turn your favorite family photo, action shot of the kids playing sports, or snapshot of our beautiful island scenery into a work of art with help from CanvasGicleePrinting.com.

5. Let their 2014 be a year of health, wellness, and relaxation with a class package to Salty Dog Yoga & Surf.

6. Is there a surfer you love who earned a top spot on the "nice list"? Wow them with a new board from CB Surf Shop.

7. Send them out for dinner...and adventure...aboard one of Pleasure Island's many fine charter fishing outfits. (Find them under "Fishing / Boating / Water Sports" here.)

Happy holiday shopping!


Island of Lights Christmas Parade and Flotilla

It's almost time for some of the most beloved Pleasure Island holiday traditions...the Island of Lights Christmas Parade and Christmas Parade! Don't miss these events that are filled with holiday cheer and fun for the whole family. Gather with friends, bring some hot chocolate, and sit back to enjoy the show.

Carolina Beach Christmas Parade 2013

The Parade heads down Lake Park Boulevard beginning at Atlanta Ave near the Carolina Beach Lake and ending at the Federal Point Plaza. Watch unique and entertaining floats, dance to the sounds of the marching bands, and keep an eye out for Santa Claus as he'll be there to welcome in the holiday season!

Friday, December 6th 2013
Starts at 7:30 pm

Carolina Beach Christmas Flotilla 2013

The flotilla, a unique coastal tradition - essentially a parade on the water, runs along the canal from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. See elaborately decorated boats and their enthusiastic crews lit from bow to stern by festive holiday lights.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Starts at 6:00 pm


Island of Lights 2013 Card & Ornament Available

The 2013 Island of Lights Christmas Card and ornament are now available for purchase at the following businesses on Pleasure Island:

  • Touche ~ 201 N Lake Park Blvd
  • Jeanne's Jewels ~ 1009 N Lake Park Blvd
  • The Checkered Church ~ 800 St Joseph St
  • Island Tackle & Hardware ~ 801 N Lake Park Blvd
  • Carolina Beach Furniture ~ 1021 N Lake Park Blvd
  • Nautilus Art & Frame Shop ~ 1009 N Lake Park Blvd
Ornaments are $14 each and cards are $10 per pack of twelve.

Whether you're adding to a collection or starting a new tradition, don't miss the chance to add this lovely ornament to your tree! 

And friends near and far are sure to love receiving a handwritten note on one of these beautiful cards.


Give Thanks on Pleasure Island

Wondering where you're going to put all those relatives coming to visit for Thanksgiving? Why not head to Pleasure Island for a fun filled, family getaway at some of the most beautiful North Carolina beaches?

Rent a house with room for everyone to spread out (or choose from many other accommodations options!)

Whether you're visiting for the holiday or are local there are lots of area businesses ready to help you create a feast to remember this year.

Preparing the big meal at home (or at the home away from home you've rented for the holiday)? Find the ingredients, drinks, and special touches to add to your menu at The Veggie WagonIsland Wellness Market, or Brew Thru Carolina Beach (this is sure to be the easiest on your list of errands!)

Order pies or other desserts (as well as some bagels or pastries for breakfast the next morning) from Big Apple Bakery.

Will you be a guest at someone else's house this Thanksgiving? Find the perfect host/hostess gift at one of Pleasure Island's great boutiques such as Checkered Church Gift Shop, Jeanne's Jewels, or The Shoppes at Squigley's.

After that delicious Thanksgiving dinner the last thing you'll want to do is head back in the kitchen (except maybe for some of those yummy leftovers!) Explore the many wonderful Pleasure Island restaurants to keep the great eating going strong all weekend long...with someone else slaving over the stove & doing the dishes!


Pleasure Island Shopping Spree 2013!

Support Pleasure Island and keep the benefit of your dollars local, while getting a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Pleasure Island Shopping Spree on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

The shopping spree takes place at the following shops and businesses from 10 am to 6 pm:

  • Jeanne's Jewels & Fashions
  • Majik Beanz Coffee Shop
  • Artful Living Group
  • Island Wellness
  • Checkered Church
  • Island Chic
  • Primrose Cottage
  • Nautilus Art & Frame
  • Island Roast Coffee
  • Brew Thru
  • Footprints
  • Big Apple Bakery

Shop and Win!

Shop Saturday, November 23 at any of the participating stores listed, make a purchase of $10 or more, and be qualified to win a $75 Gift Basket at the Raffle Party on Sunday, November 24th from 4 pm to 7 pm at Casa Matta Italian Restaurant. Each participating store will be raffling a Gift Basket valued at $75 or more. Receive one raffle ticket for every $10 worth of purchases from a participating store. Must present receipts at the Raffle Party to receive raffle tickets and must be present to win.

The Raffle Party at Casa Matta will also include:
  • Free Appetizers!
  • Entertainment from DJ Mike Worley
  • Drink, appetizer, and dinner specials.
For additional information call any of the participating businesses or Jeanne's Jewels and Fashions at (910) 707-0316.


5th Annual Christmas By The Sea

It's almost time for the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to be transformed into a coastal holiday wonderland! Come enjoy the lights, and fun activities and events for the whole family. The little ones will be thrilled to pay a visit to Santa at his workshop.

Dates for the 2013 Christmas by the Sea in Carolina Beach will be:

November 29 & 30
December 7, 14, & 21

Don't forget that your favorite North Carolina beaches are a wonderful place to visit during the holiday season!


Spotlight on Business - Pleasure Island Tatoo

Pleasure Island Tattoo is a locally owned business that strives to have a reputation that exceeds the rest. We want to continue to provide great service, a relaxing atmosphere and art you can be proud of. Bottom line we just want to color the beach rad.

A fun and welcoming staff will make you feel like you belong. Three experienced artists with a wide range of styles. Make your next tat-too beautiful for years to come. Whether you are a local customer or just here on vacation Pleasure Island Tattoo can offer a wide variety of small or large tattoos upon the customer's request. We aim to be an avid part of Carolina Beach and surrounding areas taking part of the laid back atmosphere associated with island life. Our goal is to continue to provide excellent service with competitive prices that will give people the option to stay on the beach. We also offer cosmetic tattooing with state-of-the-art equipment, hospital sterilization, and health department approved. All of the staff is blood borne pathogen certified.

Do not forget to check out all of our new custom apparel. Stop in for a free consultation to discuss your options available if you have a tattoo that you want fixed or covered up. We are open seven days a week Monday through Saturday from 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Appointments preferred, located in Pleasure Island Plaza 1009 North Lake Park Blvd. Friend us on Facebook at Pleasure Island Tattoo and Gallery for discounts, specials, openings, and extensive portfolios. Call 910.262.7036


Get a Head Start on Planning Next Year's Summer Vacation

Though the summer has just ended it's not too early to start thinking about your Pleasure Island beach vacation for Summer 2014! While family and friends are together for the holidays it's a great time to brainstorm, dream about summer days filled with sand and surf, and get a week set aside on the calendar. 

Maybe you'd even like to surprise the family with an amazing holiday gift of a Carolina Beach/Kure Beach vacation for next summer. Think how exciting that would be to find under the tree!

Here are a few steps you can take to get started:

  1. Look at the Events
    Would you love to be here for the Carolina Beach Music Festival or the Chowder Cook Off? Check out what's on tap for 2014 to help you pick a date. The full 2014 event calendar hasn't been finalized yet, but dates have been selected for many of the biggest events and festivals.
  2. Check out Accommodations
    Looking for a beach house with room for a big crowd? Want a condo with a view of the ocean? How about a hotel with lots of amenities for a low stress vacation? It's all here on Pleasure Island, and when you book early you're likely to find plenty of availability and maybe even some special deals.
  3. Make your vacation Wish List.
    Take a look at the great restaurants, shops, and activities you'll find here and start planning which you don't want to miss on your trip. Pleasure Island has been getting a lot of attention in the National media lately - check out which hot spots are becoming famous via our Island Press Board on Pinterest.
And of course there's no need to wait until next Summer to come to Pleasure Island - it's a great place to come for a day, weekend, week, or more - anytime of year! Hope to see you soon!


Fall Fishing Report

Fishing enthusiasts are thrilled that fall fishing has returned to Pleasure Island. Whether you head to the piers, fish the surf from the beach, boat just offshore, or venture out to the gulf stream it's a great time of year to enjoy fishing!

Here is a list of a few of the types of fish you might find biting near Carolina Beach & Kure Beach in the fall:
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Red Drum
  • Pompano
Wondering what to do with that fresh catch once you get it home? A squeeze of lemon and a few minutes in the pan or on the grill is often all it takes for a delicious meal - but here are a few other ideas:


Plan Your Holiday 2013 Trip to Pleasure Island

Now is a great time to get a visit to Pleasure Island during the 2013 holiday season on the books. There are many beloved traditions to participate in, and there's always lots to do in the quaint beach towns of Carolina Beach & Kure Beach as they are transformed into the "Island of Lights."

Friday, November 29th - Lighting at the Lake

Friday, December 6th - Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7th - Christmas Flotilla

Saturday, December 14th - Tour of Homes

Tuesday, December 31st - New Years Celebration

From November 29th on there will be a beautiful holiday light display at the Carolina Beach Lake, the perfect place to take an evening stroll. Lights and other festive decorations will start to pop up all over the island around this time as well!

Find great holiday gifts at the many unique shops, boutiques, and galleries on Pleasure Island. Learn more: Shopping (select "Retail Services / Shopping / Specialty Shops" as the Attraction Type.)

And of course your favorite North Carolina beaches are here for you at any time of year! Whether it's one of those bonus warm winter days or there's a seasonable chill in the air you can enjoy a stroll along the sand with family or friends.

Come for a day, a weekend, or longer! You can often find accommodations such as beach houses, condos, and hotel/motel rooms at very discounted rates when compared to the height of the summer season.

Get started planning your holiday getaway today! http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/


Firefighters Association Annual BBQ

Come support your local firefighters and get some great BBQ at the same time!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Parking Lot at Carl Winner Ave & Canal Drive.

VISIONS & VIEWS 2013 - A Political Forum

October 30th, Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach

6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in association with the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach cordially invite you to participate in a non-partisan political forum with the Candidates for Carolina Beach Municipal Office.

Si Cantwell of Star News Media and Ben Brown of Port City Daily Radio will serve as the Moderators of this event.

You are invited to send questions and topics of discussion to be considered for inclusion to Greg@PleasureIslandNC.org. Questions should be written to be asked equally and fairly of all candidates. Personal attacks and individual questions will not be considered.


Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival at Carolina Beach Town Marina

The First Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival

October 25 and 26, 2013
Carolina Beach Town Marina

Hosted by the Town of Carolina Beach, Got-em-on Live Bait Club, Carolina Beach Fire Department, and Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee

This event brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the Carolina Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Got-Em-On-Live-Bait Club to help fund the clubʼs annual Disabled Sportsmanʼs Fishing Tournaments.

Team Practice runs with coaching are on Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th between 3PM - 6:30PM. Each team is encouraged to get in one practice run. Race Day is Saturday, October 26th starting at 8am.

Gather a group of friends, customers, family or co-workers and make plans to field a team and get out on the water. A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It's manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter to set the pace. Teams are encouraged to signup 22-24 members to cover any absences on race day.

Teams can be made up of people of all ages, genders and skill levels. No experience is required. The key to successful and fun dragon boating is the ability to paddle in sync. Race teams should be setup with equal amounts of males and females participating. The races are fast and furious. Each race lasts about two minutes, and all teams will have at least two heats during race day. Substitutions with signed up alternates are encouraged.

Come join the festivities as a Team, Vendor or Spectator! Email Brenda.butler@carolinabeach.org
for more information call Brenda @ (910) 458-8218


4th Annual Island Day - Sunday, September 29th

Please mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Island Day celebration. The event will be held Sunday, September 29th from 1pm to 5pm at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. Island Day is a cooperative effort between the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative, Carolina Beach Arts & Activities Committee, and the Town Staff, Elected Officials, and Volunteers of both Carolina Beach, NC and Kure Beach, NC.

Island Day is a celebration that brings together residents of Pleasure Island for a day of "old fashioned" fun with picnicking, family friendly activities and games, music, hands-on educational opportunities, and time to visit with friends and neighbors. Bring a cooler with sandwiches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages, or make a donation for a hot dog from the Carolina and Kure Beach Fire Departments. Sit on your blankets, relax and enjoy!

This event could not function without the support and participation of our local non-profits, businesses, and individuals! We are currently accepting applications at Kure Beach Town Hall from anyone interested in participating in this year's event. If you are interested in volunteering or participating, please contact Nikki Keely at Kure Beach Town Hall by calling (910) 458-8216 or emailing parks@townofkurebeach.org. Applications can also be found at www.townofkurebeach.org. Thank you in advance for helping make the 4th Annual Island Day a huge success!


Spotlight On Business — Footprints - Local Artisans Boutique

Footprints – Local Artisans Boutique is a new shopping experience for Carolina Beach. Opened by Trisha Rogers in May, the shop is comprised of booths that can be rented by local artists and crafters to showcase and sell their work.

Originally offering the work of three artisans, Footprints now features the talent of twelve individuals, and still has room for a few more (although spaces are filling quickly). Merchandise includes an array of original items, including:
  •  paintings
  • home décor
  • pottery
  • crocheted items
  • shabby chic furnishings
  • natural bath and body products
Visitors to Carolina Beach who are looking for a tangible memory of their trip can find many perfect items that are locally made – a great alternative to mass produced souvenirs that can be found at any tourist spot.

The concept for Footprints is one much like an artist cooperative. By pooling resources, many individuals are able to have their own “mini boutique” within a larger retail space that would not have been feasible to lease and run individually. In addition to working together to cover the overhead of the space, everyone works together to promote the boutique, and subsequently, each others businesses and artwork.

Stop in to browse the unique offerings of Footprints – Local Artisans Boutique. You can also become a follower at www.facebook.com/FootprintsCB for regular updates. Re-member…Shop Local – Shop Original!

Footprints – Local Artisans Boutique
1140 N. Lake Park Blvd., Unit H
(Across from CB Town Hall)
Carolina Beach, NC


Carolina Beach Boardwalk a "Classic Beach Boardwalk"

FoxNews.com has selected the Carolina Beach Boardwalk as one of its 7 Classic Beach Boardwalks.

Beach boardwalks are a tradition dating back to the early 20th century.  They are generally located right along the shoreline and are known for various amusements including carousels, rides, arcades, fair-style food and treats like ice cream and taffy.

The FoxNews.com feature highlights boardwalks across the U.S. that make particular efforts to be safe, fun, clean, and family-friendly. We are not surprised that our Carolina Beach Boardwalk fits the bill so well!

At this point in mid-September, the rides are closed for the season and many of the businesses have transitioned to off-season mode.  However, the Boardwalk is set to undergo major improvements laid out in a New Hanover County $500,000 grant approval for the redevelopment, reconstruction, and expansion of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

We are excited to have been included in the FoxNews.com profile of the Top 7 Beach Boardwalks and we look forward the expansion project, set to break ground this month.


Winner of Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival 2013 Poster Announced

This year's Artist for the 20th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is local artist Robert Scott Knowles from Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Robert's historic fantasy-inspired Buddy Guy playing the blues on the bayou was inspired by a paragraph in Buddy Guy's Bio:
Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift "guitar"—a twostring contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins. He recounts his early efforts with the instrument, and his ability to keep his faith when his family chased him out of the house for making a racket. "I would go out in the yard, on the levee, to practice," he says. "We didn’t have electric lights or running water—you could hear that guitar a mile away in the country, so I’d have to go a long way away so they didn’t say 'Get out of here with that noise!'"
When we talked to Robert about his inspiration, he said: "After I read that Bio, I had no doubt from the beginning what this artwork was to become. I researched a sharecropper’s life during the 30’s, the dress they wore and the life they led. I took Buddy at 76 and translated his facial features to that of a 7 year old. I was moved by Buddy’s memories so long ago and decided to translate this memory into a piece of art." As you can see, Robert has created a unique expression of a Buddy Guy memory to share with all of the Festival-goers this year.

This year we had a total of eleven entries which made for a difficult decision for the judges. All of the entries were very colorful, fanciful and energetic. The uniqueness and the implied dream-like memory set this year’s selection apart from the others. Robert previously won top honors for the 2008 Seafood Blues & Jazz poster which we commonly call "The Edgar and Johnny Winter Poster."

We are proud to have Robert (once again) represent the 20th year of this great Festival. Robert will be attending the Festival where he will be signing posters, discussing his inspiration for this piece and offering additional selections of his unique artwork in the Arts and Wine Garden. Posters. T-shirts will be on sale soon at the Chamber offices and will be available at the Festival as long as supplies last.

Congratulations Robert!!


Spotlight on Business - Drifter's Reef Hotel

Drifter's Reef Motel in Carolina Beach is a fun-filled family vacation spot. Drifter's Reef is owned and operated by local resident LeAnn Pierce. In addition to our outstanding on-site restaurant, The Lazy Pirate, we offer our guests the following amenities:
  1. An outdoor pool
  2. Picnic areas
  3. Volleyball courts
  4. 24 hour/7 days a week front desk services
  5. On-site laundry facilities. 
We are equipped to handle all your family, wedding, reunion, and vacation needs. You can book online at driftersreef.com or call the hotel at 910-458-5414.

Drifter’s Reef Hotel & Lazy Pirate Sports Bar & Grill
701 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park Open September 6-8, 2013

Due to popular demand, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is going to have one more big weekend in 2013!

The rides will be going Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 6, 7 & 8.

The kids may be back at school but summer is not over at Pleasure Island!  The temps are still warm, the ocean water is a balmy 82 degrees, the beaches are beautiful, and the Boardwalk rides are still up and running.

While our summer outdoor movies, fireworks, and free concerts are over for the season, we've got the amazing Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival coming up fast.  This year, six time Grammy award winner Buddy Guy is headlining the festival.  We have 2 straight days of music - October 12+13 - from rhythm, blues, and jazz bands against the amazing backdrop of the Cape Fear River.  You definitely don't want to miss this festival!

Enjoy this extension of summer fun!


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Named One of the Best Aquariums in the U.S.

The Travel Channel published their list of the Best Aquariums in the U.S. and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher came in at #4 out of 20 on the list! 

Of course, we're not surprised because we know and love our Fort Fisher Aquarium. From the live alligator feeding to hands-on exploration of horseshoe crabs, snails, and hermit crabs, live diving exhibits, and up-close-and-personal encounters with the sharks in the big tank, the Fort Fisher Aquarium is an amazing place for discovery and exploration.  It can also be a wonderfully peaceful place during some of the less busy hours. It is truly a destination for every age!

The location along the southernmost tip of Pleasure Island provides a spectacular backdrop for the Aquarium, quickly putting the exhibits in context.

The Travel Channel loves the Fort Fisher Aquarium for the "fear-factor moments" you'll experience here:
"Touch a live shark, discover North Carolina’s fiercest predator and come face-to-face with an alligator … if you dare."
The Aquarium is open from 9am to 5pm daily and is only closed 3 days a year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day).  That means it will be open all through Labor Day Weekend!  Come and enjoy one of the Travel Channel's favorite Aquariums right here in our own backyard.

Learn more about the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.


Labor Day Week On Pleasure Island (8-26 to 9-1)

Labor Day Holiday offers Pleasure Island a great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise.

Please plan on joining us for Friday nights’ FREE concert on August 30th from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring the Country Rock selections from 40 East. And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic T-R-I-P-L-E Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

On Thursday night, August 29th, the Town of Kure Beach in conjunction with the Chamber will be presenting Spare Change at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area (118 Riverfront Road) as the final segment of the FREE Summer Concert Series.

Don’t forget about the final Family Night this Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by the final Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evening. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.

Also, this week wraps up the final week of the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park’s programs including:
  •  Monday evening Turtle Talks with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project from 7-8 pm on August 26th
  • Kure Beach Open Air Market on Tuesday, August 27th from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Story Time By The Sea Thursday, August 29th from 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Saturday DJ Night featuring Jolly Mon Da from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Boogie In The Park featuring a Variety of Rock & Dance from 60’s to 90’s selections from Seneca Guns
To close out the season on Sunday, September 1st, the final movie at the Carolina Beach Lake will be the exciting and artistic “OZ – The Great & Powerful” featuring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachael Weisz and Michelle Williams. The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on. These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.

Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well.

Also, please note the Carolina Beach Amusement Park will be closing up for the season after the close of business on Monday, September 1st. Please plan on stopping by for one last ride.

Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Improvements

Earlier in August, the New Hanover County Commissioners Meeting heard a grant request for the redevelopment, reconstruction, and expansion of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.  This request by the Town of Carolina Beach for a $500,000 grant from the County was approved on August 19th, 2013.  The full renovation of the Boardwalk is slated at $1.6 million with groundbreaking to happen as early as September 2013.

This is a BIG Win-Win for the Town of Carolina Beach, Pleasure Island, and all of New Hanover County including residents and visitors to our little piece of paradise.

A big congratulations to all involved including the Town of Carolina Beach, the Boardwalk Makeover Committee, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and its members, and countless hours from caring volunteers. 

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk was recently named Top Ten in a list of America's Best Boardwalks compiled by Food and Wine Magazine.  The Magazine mentioned carnival rides, arcade games, and numerous food stands, with emphasis on Britt's Donut Shop, one of the oldest draws on the Boardwalk, as the reasons for this recognition.

The Boardwalk was also recently awarded a spot in USA Today's compilation of Best boardwalks for food across the USA. Coming in at #8, Britt's helped propel the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to yet another Top Ten spot in the national spotlight.

And this is just the beginning of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk's resurgence. This recent grant for redevelopment and expansion of the Boardwalk is an investment in our island and our region that will continue to provide benefits well into our future.

Related Article: County grants funding for Carolina Beach boardwalk; $500,000 to be pulled from reserves



Pleasure Island has another great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise.

Please plan on joining us for Thursday nights’ FREE concert on August 22nd from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring the Fantastic Blues selections from Billy Walton Band. And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic D-O-U-B-L-E Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

The following night, The Town of Kure Beach in conjunction with the Chamber will be presenting "The MAKO Band" at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area (118 Riverfront Road) as part of the FREE Summer Concert Series.

Don’t forget about Family Night every Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Kure Beach Ocean Front Park is offering Monday evening Turtle Talks with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project from 7-8 pm; Kure Beach Open Air Market on Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm; Thursday mornings Story Time By The Sea from 10:00 – 11:30 am, Saturday Family Night featuring Lynne & The Wave from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and then the ever-popular Boogie In The Park featuring 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & Modern Rock selections from Uncle Harry.

To close out the week on Sunday, August 25th, the movie at the Carolina Beach Lake will be the classic Beach movie "Beach Blanket Bingo" featuring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Linda Evans. The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on. These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.

Part of American-International's "Beach Party" series, Beach Blanket Bingo was directed by William Asher. Frankie (Frankie Avalon) briefly deserts Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) in favor of pop star Sugar Kane (Linda Evans). Also around and about is a mermaid, appropriately named Lorelei (Marta Kristen). Scurrilous cycle gang leader Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) finds time to sing a tune, while Paul Lynde sneers a lot, Don Rickles insults a lot, Buster Keaton mimes a lot, and columnist Earl Wilson lets everybody know who he is by exclaiming "That's Earl, brother." The whole cast rushes to the rescue when South Dakota Slim (Timothy Carey) binds the lovely Sugar Kane to a buzzsaw.


Spotlight on Business - United States Postal Service

Did you know when you use the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), you are working with one of the most trusted and recognized brands in America? The U.S. Postal Service continues as a $65 billion company serving more than 150 million American homes, businesses and Post Office boxes in every state, city, town and borough in the country — delivering nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail and serving seven million retail customers a day. For as little as 46 cents, customers can send a one ounce letter across the country or down into the bottom of the Grand Canyon by way of mule. For $1.10, you can send a one ounce letter to countries around the world. That said, The Postal Service is a powerful brand that is, “Affordable, Universal, and still making house calls.

USPS has a national commercial sales force of 800 strong. Across the country, sales professionals like me consult with businesses to help them realize their stated business objectives. We work together with business professionals to show how the use of Direct Mail alone or when integrated with other media can enhance marketing efforts and drive growth. Additionally, the USPS offers a robust and highly competitive suite of domestic and international shipping products and services with appropriate levels of tracking and no hidden charges. Upon request we will perform a free analysis on current ship-ping methods and make recommendations that positively affect the bottom line.

What you need to know is there are two sales specialists domiciled in the Wilmington area here to help you use the mail to grow your business. As an example, I used Direct Mail to help a grocery store owner competing with larger chains, increase his sales of featured items by 100%, and by 30% in all other departments. Who can argue with that ROI? On the shipping side, I worked with a large tactical supply company to switch their packages to Priority Mail, which in turn saves them over $100,000 per year in delivery charges. Together we can enhance your current efforts by determining appropriate ways for you to drive similar outcomes. The Bottom line is we are ready, willing and able to help you drive positive business results. A partnership with the Postal Service can be a great win/win for all. Call me at 910-368-7989 or email me at Linda.C.Gordon@usps.gov for a free consult.


Healthy Living on Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island, NC may be known for those world famous donuts, but don't let that fool you - this beautiful island is the perfect place to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Eat Right

The towns Carolina Beach, NC & Kure Beach, NC offer many places to fuel a healthy diet, whether you prefer to cook it yourself or eat out. All of the markets and grocery stores on the island have lots of good for you options, but health conscious shoppers might also want to check out:

The options are just as varied when it comes to Pleasure Island Restaurants offering healthy selections. Steamed seafood is a great choice for many diets, and fresh fish and shellfish from the waters just off the island is plentiful. Find a wide variety at the Shuckin' Shack, Michael's Seafood, Nikki's Sushi, the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar, or Surf House.

Stay Active

The gorgeous NC beaches offer plenty of ways to stay fit - whether you prefer to swim, surf, stand up paddleboard, kayak, or kite surf. Even a walk or jog along the water's edge is a great way to get moving. When you venture off the sand the options continue...

Runners love Pleasure Island for the scenery and variety - run on the road, beach, or on trails in the Carolina Beach state park (which are also great for hiking). The popular Lo Tide Run brings thousands of runners to the island, everyone from beginners to elite runners, each year for this wildly popular event held in March. In addition to the Lo Tide several other races are held on Pleasure Island each year ranging from 1 mile fun runs to triathlons.

Other popular activities include biking (either for exercise or just as a way to get from place to place,) yoga, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, skateboarding, soccer, frisbee golf, baseball & softball, and much more! And of course, once you've worked up a sweat at your favorite sport that's just the excuse you need to go grab one of those mouth watering donuts!
To learn more about how you can live a healthy lifestyle on Pleasure Island, whether you're a local or vacationing here, check out http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/


Spotlight on Business - Cindy Linville - ASG Home Security & Small Business Specialist

Hi, my name is Cindy and I’m a security consultant with ASG Security, one of the largest monitoring and full service providers in the nation, located in Wilmington, NC. I live at the north end of Pleasure Island and enjoy everything we have as a lifestyle and I’m here to help you protect it.

ASG is much more than a security company. Not only can we protect families or your business from burglary, fire and medical emergencies, we are also energy and home management specialists. We can help save up to 20% on total heating and lighting expenses. Our systems run off the Verizon network so everything is completely wireless. Free install with monthly monitoring starting at $27.95. We can also take over existing systems with a landline for monthly monitoring of $19.95. Call me for a free consultation.

*Color Touch Screen Display
*Z Wave Programmable Thermostat
*Wireless Door/Window Contacts
*Wireless Pet Immune Motion Detectors
*Wireless Smoke Detectors
*Remote Control Key Fob
*Complete Installation
*Smart Security – Arm and Disarm Remotely, Watch Live Streaming, Video & Recorded Clips, View Current Status, Search Event History, Get Mobile Alerts via App or Text Message


Call For Artists - Poster Design Contest for the 20th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest

Poster Design Contest Entry Form

20th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival
October 12th and 13th, 2013

Winner will be awarded $200 & VIP Treatment at this year’s Festival.
Recognition for 20th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Poster Graphic Winner will have a complimentary booth and opportunity to sign posters at the Festival in the Arts & Wine Garden

1. All entrants should submit original representational artwork of The 20th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival.
2. 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.
3. Flat work must be no smaller than 11” x 14” and no larger than 18” x 24”
4. Entries with 2013 Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival lettering is prohibited and such entries will be disqualified.
5. Entries should be received on or before Noon, September 3, 2013.
6. Winner will be notified no later than September 9, 2013
7. All other submissions will be returned.


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