Carolina Shag Club New Year's Eve Party

Come ring in the New Year with Julie and Johnny at the Carolina Shag Club!

  • What: New Year's Eve Party at the Carolina Shag Club
  • When: Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 8:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Shag Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC
DJ Milton White will bring the best beach/shag music and Fran Reed and Brenda Benton will be preparing a buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Admission is $20 per person and the doors open at 8 pm. The Shag Club will provide the party hats, noise makers, and a champagne toast at midnight.

For more information, contact the Shag Club at 620-4025 or visit their website at www.CarolinaShagClub.net.


Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Countdown to New Year's

The Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Annual New Year's Eve Party and Fireworks celebration will be held in downtown Kure Beach this year.

  • What: Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration
  • When: Wednesday, December 31st at 9:00 pm
  • Where: Kure Beach Fishing Pier, Pleasure Island NC
Music will be provided by DJ Tommy King who will play the Best of the Oldies, Beach Music, and Top 40 hits.

Come join Kure Beach & Carolina Beach Mayors countdown the New Year and watch the Kure Beach Fire Department drop a giant Beach Ball to bring in 2009.

Best of all - fireworks and entertainment are FREE! So come on out and join us in bringing in this new year Pleasure Island-style.

See you there!


Christmas Tree & Holiday Recycling for Pleasure Island, NC

New Hanover County residents can resolve to start the New Year in a greener way by putting their holiday greenery to good use.

Christmas tree recycling is a good way to reuse those firs and helps spruce up our local landscape. Please recycle your Christmas trees at the following locations:
  • Smith Creek Park, off Gordon Road, Wilmington
  • County Landfill, 5210 US Highway 421 North, Wilmington
  • Diversified Biomass, Sunnyvale Drive, Wilmington
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School, 901 Piner Road, Wilmington
Trees can be taken to these locations from December 26th through January 31st. Please remove all decorations and lights. Trees will be ground into mulch for landscaping material or boiler fuel.

All used wrapping paper and cardboard boxes can be recycled at the following locations:
  • Market Street behind Blair Elementary School
  • Monkey Junction at Moose Lodge 353 on Carolina Beach Rd.
  • Murrayville at Lowe's Foods
  • Veteran's Park behind Murray Middle School
  • Castle Hayne beside Hardee's
  • County Landfill, 5210 US Hwy 421 North, Wilmington
Beach town residents with curbside recycling can place their paper in their recycling bins


The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Holiday Schedule

Due to the holidays, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be closed on December 24, 25, and 26. We will be reopening at 9:00 am on Monday, December 29th.

Warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday and new year!

Your friends at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy Michael's Seafood on Christmas Eve!

Spend Christmas Eve with Michael's Seafood in Carolina Beach! In addition to the full regular menu, the Christmas Eve dinner specials will be:
  • Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
  • Carolina Oyster Roast including a cup of delicious seafood chowder, steamed Stump Sound oysters, peel & eat shrimp, tender little neck clams, smoked sausage, grilled corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, and homemade coleslaw and cornbread.
Need a last minute gift idea??

Michael's Seafood Restaurant offers gift cards in any denomination. Captain M's Seafood Chowder is also available hot, cold, or frozen in large quantities.

Michael's Seafood Restaurant is located at 1206 A North Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC.

For reservations or more information, please call Michael's at 458-7761 or visit their website at www.MichaelsCFood.com.


Charter Communications, Carolina Beach, Moving to New Location

Effective December 22, 2008, Charter Communications will be moving just a few blocks from their current Carolina Beach location into a new office at 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd, Suite 24 in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Charter Communications is a Cable TV, High Speed Internet, and Telephone Service located here in Carolina Beach, Pleasure Island, NC. Visit them at their new location for all your cable, internet, and telephone needs. Or call them at 1-888-GET-CHARTER.


Spoiled to the Bone Mobile Pet Spa

Santa's Beach Dog Special

Is your V.I.P. (very important pet) ready for Christmas? Want to give your dog a nice, relaxing spa treatment while also getting him/her spruced up for the holidays?

Spoiled to the Bone Mobile Pet Spa will come to you for your convenience and your dog's comfort! Terris uses all natural products and TLC galore for that one-on-one experience for your dog.

Regular bathing, cut of choice and the works - Regular price is $50 (for Pleasure Island beach dogs only) and take an additional 10% off for the 2008 holidays (including Wilmington, NC residents).

Call Terri at 910-368-7416 or visit www.SpoiledtotheBone.com.

Located in Carolina Beach, NC.


Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night Tonight at Harbor Masters!

Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night is at Harbor Masters TONIGHT! You don't want to miss this one...

  • What: Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night at Harbor Masters Restaurant
  • When: Tonight, Thursday, December 18th at 7:00pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive in Carolina Beach, Pleasure Island NC
Whether you live on Pleasure Island or your business is based on the Island, you are invited! Harbor Masters,a Carolina Beach seafood restaurant, will be offering drink specials and David Wade of Music Tyme Entertainment will be supplying the hors d'oeuvres including shrimp, chili, grouper nuggets, crab dip and more, PLUS David will provide the musical entertainment!

We hope you can make it tonight for this event. We all know Pleasure Island locals know how to have fun and tonight will be no different.

See you there!

Spotlight on Business - Michael's Seafood Restaurant

With the holiday season upon us, it may be time for you to think about your personal or company holiday gathering.

Michael's Seafood Restaurant & Catering in Carolina Beach, NC hosts a beautiful, festively decorated restaurant with a full service bar. Michael's has room to accommodate any size function up to 100 people. If you prefer to host your party in your home or at your business, they also do off premise catering for any number of people. Owners Michael & Shelly McGowan will be most happy to customize your particular affair to meet your needs.

Please contact Michael's Seafood Restaurant if you need additional information. They have a full service in house menu or an off premise party tray menu. Michael and Shelly are confident that you will be pleased with the ambiance, quality of food, and professional service they have to offer.

Come see why Michael's Seafood Restaurant was voted "Restaurant of the Year" & was awarded the "People's Choice Chowder Award" - they guarantee you will be impressed!

submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce newsletter by: Michael & Shelly McGowan


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome a number of new members this month. We hope you'll check out their businesses and support our local economy!

And for anyone contemplating joining the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, please take a look at these statistics from a study by the Shapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm:
  • When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, they are 44% more likely to think favorably about it.
  • Consumers who are told that a business is a chamber member are 51% more likely to be highly aware of it and 57% more likely to think positively of its local reputation.
  • Consumers are 63% more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce.
Membership in your local chamber of commerce is positive for everyone - the business, the consumer, and the local community. If you have any questions about the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, please contact Visitor@PleasureIslandNC.org or visit the Pleasure Island Chamber website.

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island and have pledged their support by investing in the Chamber of Commerce. Please support our community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Jimmy Lippard
Ashley High School PTO, School Parent Teacher and Student Nonprofit Organization
555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28412

James Duehring
C&J's Cleaning Service, Residential/Commercial cleaning service
6245 Riverwoods Dr. #106
Wilmington, NC 28412

Lani Minihan
Cape Fear Sudden Values, e-marketing business for small to mid sized local companies
905 Carolina Beach Ave. S.
PO Box 1644 (Mail)
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Shelly Palmer
Colonial Life, supplement insurance benefits
309 Carolina Beach Ave. S. #2
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Lewis A. Jones
Associate Member
215 Atlantic Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Maxine Thorne
Max's Barber Shop
915B Bennet Lane
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Jennifer A. Stewart
Mid-Atlantic Drilling, Inc., environmental and geotechnical drilling
201 Peninsula Dr.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

William Gubitz
Pinnacle Business Services, Xerox Authorized Platinum Agent
6624-C Gordon Road
Wilmington, NC 28411

Cathleen Smith
Tangerine Caribbean Grill, restaurant and bar
300 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Norman Taylor
Wal-Mart #1348, discount retail
5135 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

Conor Caloia
Wilmington Sharks Baseball, Wilmington NC summer collegiate baseball from June-August, the most affordable family fun in the area!
2149 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401


Wilmington Resort Map

The Wilmington Resort Map is conducting its 5th Annual Campaign. If you wish to have your business added to the advertising program, please contact Peter Kurki at 910-380-3738 or at peterkurki@resortmaps.com for rates and information.

The current interactive Wilmington, NC resort map can be viewed online in its entirety.

Wilmington Resort Maps looks forward to continuing to help promote Pleasure Island, NC businesses.


Pleasure Island Winter Business Hours

Now that Pleasure Island is in the off season, a number of our local establishments have commenced their winter hours. Here is a list of just a few businesses that have started their winter hours:

  • Black Horn Bar & Kitchen, Carolina Beach - Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant, Kure Beach - Closed Until March, 2009
  • Gulf Stream Restaurant, Carolina Beach - Will be Closed December 24 - January 2

If your Pleasure Island business has changed their hours, please post a comment and we'll inform readers about your winter operating hours.

And if you're a Pleasure Island business who is not already a member of our Chamber of Commerce, please visit our website to see how to become a member of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you!


Stroller Strides of Wilmington NC offers Little Black Dress Class

Are you nervous about fitting into that little black dress this holiday season? Or even just looking your best in that dress?

If this is your goal, then we have the class for you! Stroller Strides of Wilmington, NC, a stroller fitness workout program, is offering a Little Black Dress Class just in time for the holidays.

  • What: Stroller Strides Little Black Dress Stroller Fitness Class
  • When: Monday, December 15th at 10:00 am and Tuesday, December 16th at 5:45 pm
  • Where: Monday's class is at Halyburton Park Shelter #2 and Tuesday's class is at Hugh McRae Park Shelter #5
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that mom's can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of body toning and is great for any level of exerciser.

We hope you'll take advantage of this great fitness class - you'll look and feel better in time for this busy holiday season!



Carolina Beach Furniture offers 50% Off Year End Clearance

Carolina Beach Furniture is having a year end clearance just in time for the holidays, featuring merchandise at up to 50% off!

  • What: Carolina Beach Furniture Year End Clearance
  • When: December 2008
  • Where: Carolina Beach Furniture Store, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC
Visit Carolina Beach Furniture, just over Snow's Cut Bridge, to find that special item you've been longing to purchase - at a GREAT DEAL!


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Be A Child During the Holidays Event

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents "Be A Child During the Holidays" this weekend. The entire family can enjoy admission to the Aquarium at a child's rate. That means that admission for both children AND adults is only $6!

  • What: NC Aqarium at Fort Fisher's Be A Child During the Holidays Event - $6 admission for all!
  • When: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th
  • Where: Fort Fisher Aquarium, US 421 in Fort Fisher, just beyond Kure Beach on Pleasure Island
Be sure to check out the Scuba Santa in the Big Tank, puppet shows, & crafts, the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the Big Screen, AND photo specials with Santa.

This is a great family holiday event at a GREAT PRICE!

See you there.

Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show

Downtown Kure Beach hosts its Annual Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show.

  • What: Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show
  • When: Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Kure Beach
This is a great show and fun for all ages. Attractions include singing, dancing, and characters galore. Be sure to pack up the family and enjoy the show.

Kure Beach is located south of Carolina Beach on Pleasure Island, NC.

See you there!

Sea Tow Christmas Oyster Roast Tomorrow

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach cordially invites you to their Christmas Oyster Roast! Yum!

  • What: Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach Christmas Oyster Roast
  • When: Saturday, December 13th at 3:00 pm
  • Where: Sea Tow Office, 6432 Amsterdam Way
Along with oysters, Sea Tow will also offer burgers and beer.

Anyone wishing to attend needs to RSVP to 452-3798 by close of business today. Call now!

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach is Your Road Service at Sea.

See you there!

Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Tour of Homes - CANCELLED

We are sad to announce that the Annual Island of Lights Tour of Homes on Pleasure Island has been cancelled for this year. We appreciate all the interest and the willingness of the families whose homes were scheduled to be on display for the tour.

We hope to see the Island of Lights Tour of Homes back in full swing next year.

For a full calendar of events on Pleasure Island, including the Island of Lights holiday events, please visit: Pleasure Island Events.

Thank you!


Free Oyster Roast at Harbor Masters Restaurant

Once again this Sunday, Harbor Masters Restaurant will be celebrating Customer Appreciation Day by offering a FREE OYSTER ROAST!

  • What: Customer Appreciation Day FREE OYSTER ROAST!
  • When: Sunday, December 7th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC
Come show your appreciation of local seafood and local Pleasure Island businesses with Harbor Masters on Sunday.

See you there!

Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla

The traditional Pleasure Island Christmas Flotilla is tonight! Don't miss this festive and fun chance to celebrate the Christmas season in Pleasure Island style - a parade on water!

  • What: Pleasure Island Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla
  • When: Tonight, Saturday, December 6th starting at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Along the Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach
Judges will be watching from Harbor Masters Restaurant on Canal Drive in Carolina Beach so come on out and show your Christmas spirit by cheering for your favorite boat.

The Pleasure Island Island of Lights Festival is a month-long celebration of the Christmas season here on Pleasure Island. Please visit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce website for a complete listing of Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach events.

See you there!

Carolina Beach Fire Department Toy Drive Today

The Carolina Beach Fire Department will be holding their annual Toy Drive today. This is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and teach your kids what the holidays are all about.

  • What: Carolina Beach Fire Department Annual Toy Drive
  • When: Today, Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Food Lion and Maxway in Carolina Beach, NC
There will also be drop boxes located at CVS and Dollar General.

Don't miss your chance to put a smile on a face of a special child right here in our Pleasure Island community!


Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast

If you're not attending the Breakfast with Santa at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott, then you'll want to be at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center for their Pancake Breakfast!

  • What: Delicious Pancake Breakfast
  • When: Saturday, December 6th from 7:30 to 11:00 am
  • Where: Katie B. Hines Senior Center, 308 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach NC
  • Info: Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children over 8, and free for kids 8 and under
Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. It's sure to be a delicious and fulfilling way to start your busy weekend!

The Katie B. Hines Senior Center is a New Hanover County facility.

See you there!

Breakfst with Santa at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott

Enjoy breakfast with Santa tomorrow at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott!

  • What: Breakfast with Santa
  • When: Tomorrow, Saturday, December 6th
  • Where: Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach NC
  • Info: Breakfast buffet is $7.95 for adults and $4.95 for children
Bring your little ones down for that special holiday picture with Santa. You'll even receive a voucher for a discount on their breakfast buffet!

If friends and family are coming to visit for the holidays, remember - The Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott has 144 rooms with a private balcony and full oceanfront view. They have an indoor pool and spa, exercise room, SeaSide Grille full service restaurant, high-speed wireless internet access, and is walking distance to the marina and Lake. This is North Carolina's only oceanfront Marriott and is a great place to spend the holidays - or any business trip, vacation, or weekend visit!

For more information, please call 458-2030.


Annual Christmas Parade Tonight!

The Pleasure Island Island of Lights presents the Annual Christmas Parade tonight at Carolina Beach Lake Park.

  • What: Pleasure Island Island of Lights Annual Christmas Parade
  • When: Tonight, Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park heading north on Lake Park to the old Food Lion Shopping Center
Show your holiday spirit and bring the family out for a fun parade of lights!

Remember - you can always visit our website for more information on upcoming Pleasure Island events.

See you there!


Mom's With A Mission Event Hosted by Stroller Strides

Jump for Kids! That's the name of the fundraiser put on by the Luna Moms Club powered by Stroller Strides. Kids get to have fun jumping to their heart's content at Monkey Joe's while a portion of their admission price will benefit other children who need special help and attention.

  • What: Jump for Kids! Fundraiser event
  • When: Wednesday, December 3rd between 10 am and 3 pm
  • Where: Monkey Joe's in Wilmington, Long Leaf Hills Mall
  • For: Benefit for the Yahweh Center of Wilmington
$1 of each child's admission will benefit the Yahweh Center of Wilmington. The Yahweh Center helps bring hope, healing, and restoration to traumatized children and their families.

Hope to see you there!


Beach Dogs Holiday Toy & Coat Drive

The Beach Dogs restaurant on Carolina Beach is collecting new, unwrapped toys and/or gently used coats for a holiday drive to benefit Pleasure Island families in need this Christmas season.

Help make this holiday special for our children on Pleasure Island by donating to this cause. The Christmas season can be so difficult for children and families in need so we can all pitch in to help spread some Christmas joy to those less fortunate on our island.

All items can be donated to the Beach Dogs Restaurant at 304 N. Lake Park Blvd. on Carolina Beach. The toys and coats will be distributed the week before Christmas.

For more information about this Holiday Toy and Coat Drive, contact Bill Reaves at 458-4623 or email Bill@BeachDogsCB.com.


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