Bocce Ball Court Dedication Ceremony, Kure Beach NC

Attention Pleasure Island Chamber Members:

Come be a guest of the Kure Beach Parks and Recreation Committee for a dedication ceremony of the new Bocce Ball Court at Joe Eakes Park.

The dedicated ceremony will take place this Saturday, May 30th at Noon. Attending will be Kure Beach Commissioners, County Commissioners and lots of enthusiastic bocce ball players anxiously awaiting the official start of the bocce ball season in Kure Beach.

Joe Eakes Park is located on K Avenue at the corner of 7th Street in Kure Beach.


Summer Fireworks and Movies at the Lake Resume June 4th

Just a reminder that our Fireworks by the Sea and Free Movies at the Lake series will resume next week and continue weekly through the summer

The fireworks series will resume Thursday, June 4th at 9:00 pm on the beach strand in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

The outdoor movie at Carolina Beach Lake Park will resume Sunday, June 7th at approximately 8:45 pm with a showing of Secondhand Lions.

For a complete schedule of these events, please visit:

Thank you and see you there!

Tuscan Grill, Carolina Beach - New 10 Items Under $10 Menu

Tuscan Grill in Carolina Beach is back with even more specials for those hot summer nights!

Come in and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Tuscan Grill as they loosen the ties. Tuscan Grill would like to introduce their new tasty 10 menu items for under $10!

Tuscan Grill also features live music on the patio with Sam Melvin on Thursday and Lisa and Galen on Saturday.

Plus, they have extended their hours and will be open until 11:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Tuscan Grill is located at 720 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach, NC. and is online at www.TuscanGrill.us.


2 Wine Guys in Carolina Beach Celebrates One Year Anniversary

A big congratulations goes out to Shawn Underwood and Joel Macon on the celebration of the One Year Anniversary of 2 Wine Guys at the Grind!

Joel would like everyone to know that 2 Wine Guys at the Grind features free wine tastings every Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and live music every Friday and Saturday night from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

2 Wine Guys at the Grind is located at 308 N. Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach across from the Carolina Beach Lake.


Step Up For Soldiers Children's Fishing Day

Attention: Active Duty Military Personnel and their Families:

Step Up For Soldiers is hosting a Children's Fishing Day this weekend.

  • What: Step Up For Soldiers Children's Fishing Day
  • When: Saturday, May 30th from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Kure Beach Fishing Pier
All children of active duty military personnel are invited to participate in this free day of fishing. Breakfast and lunch will be served and each child will receive a prize or gift.

To register online, please visit www.StepUpForSoldiers.org or call Tom Russell at 910-297-4981.


Fireworks by the Sea AND Music at the Gazebo in Carolina Beach

Tonight kicks off the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Fireworks by the Sea series to continue Thursday nights all summer long at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Music in the Gazebo tonight features Machine Gun (Classic Rock) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Fireworks are at 9:00 pm.

For a complete schedule of our music and fireworks series, please see our Fireworks by the Sea webpage.

See you there!

Ribbon Cutting - Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce would like to invite members to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park on Friday, May 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Come on out and join Mayor Macon as he welcomes Harlan Bast, Robby Megerle and the Boardwalk Amusement Park to Carolina Beach.

  • What: Ribbon Cutting for Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
  • Where: Carolina Beach Boardwalk at the Gazebo
  • When: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm
See you there!


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast Event Series Kickoff

Help us Kickoff the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast Event Series Tonight!

From tonight, May 21st, until August 27th the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover presents the "Boardwalk Blast" series featuring fun events 5 nights a week.

From the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover website:

Tuesday: Family Nite 6-8pm Bounce house, kid’s activities, variety shows, story telling, arts & crafts.

Wednesday: Cash Bingo 6-8pm, Cash prizes up to $1500. Nominal fee to play.

Thursday: Live Music at Gazebo 6:30-9:30. Great local or regional bands perform at the Gazebo stage before and after the fireworks display at the Boardwalk.

Friday: 6-8pm. Shaggin’ is back at the Boardwalk! DJ Music and some of the best shag dancing ever.

Saturday: Kid’s Bingo 6-8pm Great family atmosphere. Kids can win prizes and have lots of fun!

Sunday: Trop Rock DJ 6-8pm Island Country & Carribean tropical rock music. Time to relax and enjoy before the movie at the lake!

All events are Free (except Bingo). Come see more renovations at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Tonight's live music features Mojo Collins (Blues). Check out Boardwalk Makeover for the complete live summer concert schedule.

See you there!


Delbert McClinton to Headline Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival

Issued: May 20, 2009

Contact: Aimee Zimmerman

For Immediate Release

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

(910) 458-8434 – phone

(910) 458-7969 – fax





Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will once again hold their world famous Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. This world famous two-day Festival, in its 16th year, features two sound stages where National and International Musicians will play the best in American Blues, Jazz and World music. Guests will also enjoy great seafood, and regional fine artists, designers, jewel smiths & craftsmen displaying their goods. There will also be a “Kidz Fantasy Zone” for children to play.

Headlining the Festival this year is quintessential Texas blues rocker Delbert McClinton. McClinton has known few genre boundaries during his more than five decade-spanning career with threads of country, rock, pop soul, folk and jazz abounding. One of his notable credits is the creation of the harmonica riff lead on Bruce Channel’s 1962 #1 hit “Hey! Baby,” recorded in his native Ft. Worth. The riff provided the inspiration for the similar one heard on the Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” as played by John Lennon under the tutelage of Delbert McClinton.

Two-day tickets will be $30 in advance and will be available for purchase on a date to be determined at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office located at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. Tickets will also be available for purchase over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard (convenience fee will be applied). Tickets purchased at the gate are $30 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Gates open at 11:00am. Pets and coolers are not permitted.


Ribbon Cutting - The Island Ice Factory, Carolina Beach

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the Island Ice Factory in Carolina Beach.

  • What: Ribbon Cutting for Island Ice Factory
  • When: Thursday, May 20th, 2009
  • Where: The Island Ice Factory, 108 Carolina Beach on the Boardwalk at 5:30 pm
Featuring Island Ice Infusions (wine slushies)! Yummm.

See you there!


Chamber Member Bowling Night at Cardinal Lanes - Wednesday

Attention Pleasure Island Chamber Members:

Cardinal Lanes Bowling, a new Pleasure Island Chamber member, is hosting a "Chamber Bowling Night" on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

Admission is $3 and includes pizza and soda.

Gather your teams for an evening of fun and friendly competition and head over to Cardinal Lanes this Wednesday, 3907 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC 28403.


24th Annual Beach Music Festival - June 6th

Back on the Beach!

Mark your calendars now for the 24th Annual Beach Music Festival put on by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

  • What: 24th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival
  • When: Saturday, June 6th starting at 11 am with bands scheduled until 6:45 pm
  • Where: On the Beach!! Carolina Beach, NC
  • Info: Advance tickets are $10 and tickets at the gate are $15
The line up of great beach music bands includes:
  • Jim Quick and Coastline
  • Sammy O'Banion with Mardi Gras
  • Holiday Band
  • Craig Woolard Band
  • Mark Roberts and Breeze
Our Platinum Sponsor for this year's Beach Music Festival is Brew Thru, Pleasure Island's first drive through beer distributor. A big thanks to Brew Thru!

Get your tickets today at Etix.com or at the Pleasure Island Chamber office: 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach NC, 910-458-8434


Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Support the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Porject at a Wine Tasting Fundraiser this weekend.

  • What: Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project Wine Tasting Fundraiser
  • When: Sunday, May 17th from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Where: Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC
  • Info: Advance tickets are $25, tickets at the door are $30
Price includes all the wine you can taste from dozens of varieties, heavy hors d'oeuvres made by the Ocean Grill, and a special etched wine glass that is yours to keep.

There will also be a silent auction with great items donated by local merchants.

Proceeds from the event will be split between the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ocean Grill or from Nancy at her office at United Beach Vacations: 910-538-2918.


Pleasure Island Greenway + Bike Path - Will It Be A Reality?

Today's Wilmington Star-News featured an article about the proposed Pleasure Island Greenway including the development of the plan and reaction from business owners, residents, and visitors.

The greenway committee is currently drafting an alternate proposal to the original one which sent the bike path through "the backyards of homes bordering the undeveloped Sunny Point blast zone" and was met with "heated opposition" from Kure Beach residents as well as state and federal agencies whose property would be affected.

There is support from the Carolina Beach community, however, so the greenway committee is planning to start the building there as an extension of the existing Carolina Beach State Park trail. They also plan to build and/or improve paths near Snow's Cut Bridge and between U.S. 421 and Dow Roads. Funding for this part of the project has been included by New Hanover County in an application for Federal stimulus funds.

Comment here and let the Pleasure Island Chamber know what you think about the Greenway and Bike Path proposal. Please include where you live, if you are a business owner, resident, or visitor, and how the bike path would affect you.

Read more about our coverage of the Pleasure Island Greenway.

Read today's Star-News article: Path's On Track.

Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman's 11th Annual Fishing Tournament

The Got-Em-On-Live Bait Club is hosting the 11th Annual Disabled Sportsman's Fishing Tournament this week.

  • What: Disabled Sportsman's Fishing Tournament
  • When: Friday, May 15th from 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Kure Beach Fishing Pier, Kure Beach NC

This tournament is free to all disabled participants. There will be refreshments, snacks, prizes, Britt's Donuts, McDonald's Biscuits, A&G Barbeque, gift bags, and all bait and tackle will be
provided. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the tournament.

For more information, please call Dawson Freuler at 910-264-8397 or visit


Big Print Block Party Art Festival - May 16th

Mark your calendars for the Cape Fear Press sponsored Big Print Block Party Art Festival.

  • What: Big Print Block Party Art Festival
  • When: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 from 9am to 4 pm with an Artist Reception at Le Soleil from 4pm to 7 pm
  • Where: Cape Fear Blvd, east block by the Boardwalk, Carolina Beach NC
  • Features: See giant 4x8 foot woodcuts printed with a steamroller, LIVE with participating artists from Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Charlotte, and NYC
From the Cape Fear Press website:
The past will meet the present as thirteen contemporary artists take on the oldest form of printmaking to make giant, original prints, right before your eyes. This is the first event of its kind in the southeast. Special guests, Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra of Cannonball Press, who are masters of the medium, will be bringing four of their blocks to print.

What a cool and exciting event! Hope to see you there!


Items Included in the 2009 Touch of Class Charity Auction

Don't miss this year's Touch of Class Charity Auction sponsored by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce!

The Pleasure Island Chamber invites you to attend the 9th Annual Touch of Class Charity Auction. Come out to the Courtyard Marriott this Friday, May 8th for a fun filled evening of not only wonderful items up for silent and live auction but all kinds of surprises that will bring a smile to your face.

Some of the items at this year's Auction include:
  • Napa Valley Wine Country Experience
  • Fighter Pilot for a Day Adventure
  • Wine tasting party for four with cheesecake pairing
  • Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Package with tickets, t-shirts, photo op with the headliner and a Fender electric guitar to be signed by the headliner
  • The ever popular child's Police Pedal Car and Fire Truck
  • Golf Packages
  • Landscape Packages
  • Woman's Beach Cruiser
  • Original sculptures from Shaw Lakey
  • Massage Packages
  • Virginia Beach Getaways
  • And much, much more!
Tickets are $35 and include:
  • Two Beverage Tickets
  • Delicious Butlered Hors d'oeuvres
  • Bidding Paddle
  • Variety of Dinner Stations
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center.

Registration starts at 5:00 along with the silent auction and the live auction will begin at 7:30.

Reservations are required as there is limited seating available. Tickets can be purchased at the Pleasure Island Chamber offices. Reserved tables of 10 are also available.

Call the Chamber at 458-8434 to make your reservation today!


Palm Air Realty and Cottages Ribbon Cutting Today

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Palm Air Realty - Rain or Shine!

  • What: Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Palm Air Realty
  • When: Today, Tuesday, May 5th 2009 at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Palm Air Cottages, 133 Fort Fisher Blvd. North, Kure Beach NC
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Palm Air will be serving fish tacos, guacamole dip, margaritas, beer, wine, and water.

Ea Ruth and Anne Brodsky have expanded their cottage business and now have Palm Air Realty. They want to invite everyone to come and help celebrate the newest business on Pleasure Island!

Kure Beach Mayor Mac Montgomery and Carolina Beach Mayor Joel Macon will both be on hand to welcome Ea and Anne's new business venture.

See you there!


Ashley High School Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2009

The Ashley High School PTO is sponsoring Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Appreciation Week May 4th through May 8th, 2009.

On Friday, May 8th, the PTO will be having a soup and baked potato lunch and are asking for donations to make sure there is enough to go around. They are asking parents or businesses to consider donating food items on May 8th in the form of soups or chili that can be served in crock pots.

If you or your business would like to contribute, please contact Jimmy Lippard at 910-470-6804 or email jimmy@pleasureislandphotography.com.


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce - April 2009

Welcome Aboard New Members!

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island and have pledged their support by investing in the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Plus, they can now take advantage of the wonderful networking and marketing opportunities and all the benefits of becoming a member of the Chamber.

Please support your community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Linda and Andy Chambers
A Shirt Factory - Screenprinting t-shirts, hoodies, coozies as well as embroidery services
2725 Old Wrightsboro Road, #7B
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-232-2377 or 910-232-3477

Jennifer Page
Cape Fear Press - Printmaking studio, supplier of photo etching films to artists around the world. Specializes in hand made original prints and copper plate etchings
610 Atlanta Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Ken Macior
Cardinal Lanes - Shipyard - Bowling and recreation, Wilmington NC
3907 Shipyard Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28403

Manuel Lopez
Ethos Studios - Graphic Design services, marketing, advertising, web design, identity design, print collateral, and motion graphics.
PO Box 4081
Wilmington, NC 28406

Peter Donat
Havana's Restaurant - Carolina Beach restaurant
1 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Jane Hassell
Island Cakery - Carolina Beach Cakes and Bakery
1018 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit #23
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Yoav Kohavi
King's Beach Wear - Beach and Gift Shop
17 Carolina Beach Ave. (on the Boardwalk)
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Linda & Blake Dameron
L&B Monograms Plus - Embroidery, screen printing, custom logos on golf shirts, t-shirts, caps, jackets, tote bags, etc. Monogram and initials on towels, linens, gift items.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Elisabeth Clay
Massage Envy at Monkey Junction - Affordable Massage, Wilmington NC by licensed therapists
5541 Carolina Beach Road, Suite 130
Wilmington, NC 28412

Cindi Jacobs
OceanBreeze Properties - Vacation rentals and long term property management, Pleasure Island
1018 N. Lake Park Blvd. #22
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Sharon Laney
Prudential Laney Real Estate - Carolina Beach, Wilmington NC Real Estate
123 Harper Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Thomas Woodman
RuckerJohns - Wilmington NC & Carolina Beach Restaurant and Bar
5564 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


Spotlight on Business - Pleasure Island Summer Guide

The Pleasure Island Summer Guide, brought to you by our friends at Snow's Cut Media, is the ultimate summer fun guide for visitors and locals alike. It will be available for free all over Pleasure Island, including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher, in early May.

This 48-page, glossy magazine will be packed with interesting articles, maps, useful information, activity ideas, entertainment options, a dining guide, and more.

As in previous years, you'll find the Pleasure Island Summer Guide in every local hotel, motel, property management office, grocery store and visitor center. It will also be in local Scotchman stores, the Southport ferry terminal, the visitor's bureau in downtown Wilmington, and select locations in Monkey Junction.

If you have a seasonal business, this is the perfect advertising venue for you. 100% of the Pleasure Island Summer Guides will be distributed to your potential customers and it has a long shelf life. This time next year, you'll still be able to find the 2009 Summer Guide in condos and hotel rooms all over the Pleasure Island beach towns. If you missed out for this year, you'll definitely want to add it to your marketing budget for next year!

To view the online version, visit Pleasure Island Vacation Guide.

For more information, call Mike Hoffer at 612-1909 or send an email to mike@snowscut.com.


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