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

Catching up on our blog announcements of the new members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Now announcing July, 2009....

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

Sandy DiBenedetto
Kids, Teens & Beyond...Consignments - Family consignments. Children's, men's, women's,
plus size, household, beachwear etc.
5905-1 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington 28412

Darrell Rackley
Mein Stein - Specialty restaurant and arcade
12 South Pavilion (on the Boardwalk)
Carolina Beach 28428

Teresa McLamb
McLamb Communications - PR consulting and freelance writing, editorial for print and web, copy editing
630-203 St. Joseph St.
Carolina Beach 28428

Kelley Rodill
Quintify Database Solutions - Custom Databases for small businesses
2915 Chestnut St.
Wilmington 28405

Sonya and Danny Brinson
Southern Charm Boutique - Ladies clothing, gifts, jewelry, handbags, sandals and accessories
1206-C Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach 28428

Michelle Hackman
Synergy Communications - Full-service communications and management company. Services include Public Relations, Marketing, Event to Meeting Planning and Association Management.
Kure Beach 28449


Bingo is Back at the Boardwalk Through December

Bingo was such a huge hit on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk this summer that the event will be continuing each Wednesday night at the Boardwalk through December.

For the rest of September, bingo will still take place at the Gazebo on Cape Fear Boulevard.

Starting October 7th, bingo will be moved into the Arcade.

For more information, please visit www.BoardwalkMakeover.org.


Free Small Business Resource Summit

If you own or are thinking of starting a small business, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has partnered with organizations that provide services to prospective and current small businesses to hold a Small Business Resource Summit.

  • What: Small Business Resource Summit
  • When: Tuesday, September 29th from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm
  • Where: UNC Wilmington, Burney Center
  • Info: John Meeks at (919) 787-8727 ext. 4915 or email at jmeeks@fdic.gov
This Summit will be a “one-stop shopping” opportunity that brings together 50 small businesses and farm service providers including providers of loans, grants, contracting and procurement opportunities and technical and educational services.


Dow Road Corridor Study - Public Workshop

Regarding the Dow Road Corridor Study - on Monday, September 28, 2009 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., representatives from both the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization and Wilbur Smith Associates will be on hand to describe the project, display maps showing previous study alternatives, answer questions and take comments regarding the Dow Road Corridor Study.

This workshop will be held at the Carolina Beach Town Hall. All members of the public, agency representatives and organizations are encouraged to attend and participate in the workshop.

For more information please contact Mike Kozlosky at (910) 342-2781.

Wilmington Oktoberfest Rescheduled

For anyone who has not heard, the Wilmington Oktoberfest that was scheduled to take place today and tomorrow, September 25 & 26, at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area on Pleasure Island will not be taking place this weekend.

The festival has been rescheduled for Racine Commons Shopping Center on October 16th and 17th.

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

Thank you.


The Big Beach Sweep for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, NC

On September 26th at 9:00 the Annual Big Sweep will be taking place.

If you would like to help in cleaning up our waterway, meet at the Boardwalk Gazebo in Carolina Beach or the Kure Beach Pier in Kure Beach.

Bring sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Bags and gloves will be provided.

Big Sweep is a part of the International Coastal Cleanup. For more information please visit www.OceanConservancy.org or call 910-798-4404.


Baby Leatherback Turtles Hatch on Carolina Beach!

The Star-News reported on Tuesday about the hatching of 70 baby leatherback turtles on Monday night whose mother came to nest on Carolina Beach in July (see Leatherback Sea Turtle Nests on Carolina Beach).

This hatching marks the first time in a 20 year recorded history that leatherback sea turtles have nested on Pleasure Island. Leatherback sea turtles can grow to be six and a half feet long and weigh almost 2,000 pounds. They are much larger than the loggerhead turtles we're more used to seeing nest and hatch on our Pleasure Island beaches.

This hatching event was attended by over 100 volunteers and onlookers, several of whom had important jobs in protecting the nest and leading the baby turtles out to sea. Some guarded the nest overnight from predators such as foxes or birds during the last couple of weeks. One volunteer used a lantern to simulate the moon on an otherwise moonless night when the babies made their way out of the sand and needed guidance in finding their way to the sea. Together, the team of volunteers worked to make sure every one of the leatherback turtle babies made it to the sea.

People who watched this event said it was the most beautiful or amazing thing they had ever seen.

StarNewsOnline.com has a video showcasing the hatch. It is definitely worth watching. You can read the full article and watch the video here:


Were you there? Did you see it? What did you think? Leave a comment to let us know.


7th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival at Fort Fisher, NC

The Thalian Association is proud to present the Seventh Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area on September 19th and 20th, 2009.

This years bands include:
  • A Deeper Shade of Blue
  • Carolina Junction
  • The Hagar’s Mountain Boys
  • Ken Scoggins & Miller’s Creek
  • L Shape Lot
  • R.C. Harris and Blue Denim
  • Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys
  • The Wells Family
Advance tickets are $10.00 each day. At the gate tickets will be $15.00 each day or $25.00 for the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now at the Thalian Association Office, Snow’s Cut Monthly and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Bring your chairs or blankets but please no coolers or pets.

For more information, please visit www.CoastalBluegrassFestival.org.


McDonald's to Host Golf Tournament

On September 21, 2009, McDonald’s presents “Play for Emily” Memorial Golf Benefit at Landfall Country Club.

The tournament will be a 4-person Captain’s Choice. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as beverages on the course and at the 19th hole. You can also expect:
  • door prizes,
  • closest to the pin contest,
  • longest drive contest,
  • new car for a hole-in-one,
  • goodies bags, and
  • an auction for Duke and UNC memorabilia.
The tournament serves to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Durham and Chapel Hill in the memory of two Wilmington girls, Emily Wade and Sarah Price, who lost their lives due to illness.

For more information please visit www.EmilysMiracle.com.


Fisherman's Post to Host NC Flatfish Championships

Fisherman’s Post Newspaper will be hosting their Second Annual Fall Flounder Tournament on September 18th and 19th out of Joyner Marina.

Registration is Friday, September 18th or you can pre-register at Island Tackle & Hardware at 801 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.

The one day of fishing is Saturday, September 19th.

There is over $14,000 in prize money offered. For more information, you can call (910) 409-8379 or go to www.FishermansPost.com.


Surf House Cafe to host Surf Cinema

Starting Thursdays in September, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce's newest member, the Surf House, located at 604 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach, NC will be hosting Surf Cinema, featuring full length surf movies.

Shows start between 8:00 and 8:30 pm and please feel free to bring your lawn chairs. There will be food discounts and an intermission for a beverage run to The Last Resort.

The movie for September 10th will be Picaresque. This movie shows longboarding in a new light - fluid, systematic, and utterly dynamic. Featuring Harrison Roach, Christian Wach, Scotty Stopnik, Tommy Witt, Matty Chojnacki, Chris Christenson, Mikey DeTemple, Chad Doyle, Rob Kulisek, Alek Parker, Eli, and Bucky Berry.

For more information, please visit www.SurfHouseNC.com.


Hope for the Warriors to Host 9/11 Hope Ride

Hope for the Warriors will conduct the 9/11 Hope Ride cycling event in order to provide a cycling experience for combat wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The first goal is rehabilitation and recreation. Secondary to the mission is to provide awareness for Hope for the Warriors and its many programs and to assist in fundraising efforts.

The event will begin at the Carolina Beach Lake Park on Friday, September 11th at 8:45 a.m. with a welcoming and send off ceremony. Mayor Joel Macon will preside along with special support from the Carolina Beach Fire and Police and Operations Department. Immediately following the ceremony, the Warriors will depart for the Fort Fisher Ferry.

The Hope for the Warriors program would life to thank the Golden Sand Hotel for providing the lodging for these warriors and the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar for providing the Friday morning breakfast at 7:00 a.m.

For more information on the program, please visit www.HopeForTheWarriors.org.


Sunday Night Movie at Carolina Beach Lake - Night at the Museum 2

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Free Movies at the Lake Series concludes this weekend with a showing of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on Sunday night, September 6th (weather permitting).

The movie is shown outdoors at Carolina Beach Lake Park so bring your own chairs and blankets to get comfy. This is a great event for the whole family.

The movie starts at 8:45 pm. Concessions are available.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian stars Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, and Robin Williams. Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan), who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

For more information , please visit: www.PleasureIslandNC.org/freemoviesatthelake.asp.


Pleasure Island Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Join us on Pleasure Island for our Labor Day Weekend Celebration!

  • What: Music and Fireworks to kickoff Labor Day Weekend
  • When: Friday, September 4th, 2009 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Gazebo stage
  • Info: The Road House Blues Band plays - Free
  • What: Jazz Under the Stars
  • When: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Gazebo stage
  • Info: Music by El Jaye Johnson - Free
This might mean the end of the summer season, but we have lots more to come this year! Don't forget to buy your tickets now for the Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival featuring Delbert McClinton, October 10 + 11, 2009.

See you there!


Thursday Night Music at the Gazebo - Notorious Gringos

Join us tomorrow night, Thursday, September 3rd, while we rock out to the Texas Rockabilly sounds of the Notorious Gringos at the Boardwalk Gazebo in Carolina Beach, NC.

The band plays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

There will be no fireworks for this event but we will have fireworks for our Labor Day Celebration on Friday night, September 4th. More info to come.....

See you there!


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