Ring In The New Year On Pleasure Island!

Whether you are looking for a family friendly event, want to dance the night away, enjoy a great meal, or enjoy an evening out on the town - there is no shortage of ways to welcome in 2011 on Pleasure Island.

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown in Kure Beach
Music and dancing will begin at 9:00 pm culminating with the Fireworks and Beach Ball drop at the stroke of midnight. Join your family, friends and neighbors as we welcome 2011 to our little Island Paradise.

Treehouse Bistro
Treehouse Bistro will host a free champagne tasting New Year's Eve, and will stay open to midnight to ring in 2011. No cover charge, no price fix menu...just the same great food and wine, plus free champagne, and a great atmosphere to say goodbye to 2010!
They will also have live music and a fortune teller to help with your New Years Resolutions!!!
308 South Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach

Havana's is now taking reservations for New Years Eve! They will also be open for New Years Day Brunch and dinner.
1 North Lake Park Boulevard

Granny's Country Kitchen
For your convenience, Granny's Country Kitchen will open New Years Eve from 6:00 am till 8:00 pm. Traditional Fixings, including Black Eyed Peas, Collards and Special Entree's
12:00 am Early Bird Breakfast until 2:00 pm January 1, 2011!!!
Local delivery available from midnight until 6:00 am
1310 S. Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach
Call 910-458-0515

Lazy Pirate's Best New Years Eve Party Ever
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Tangerine Caribbean Bar & Grill New Years Eve Black & Gold Bash
Advance Tickets for Party Now on Sale: $7 Single / $10 Couple
New Years Eve at the Door: $10 Single / $15 Couple
300 N. Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach

Best wishes for a safe & happy New Year. Keep up to date on all the Pleasure Island happenings throughout 2011 with the Pleasure Island Chamber Event Calendar.


Giving Back To Our Community

Special thanks go out to everyone in the Pleasure Island community who give back to those in need throughout the year. Here are just a few of the great organizations that are lending a helping hand during this holiday season. Feel free to post any others you would like to recognize in the comments section.

Nourish NC
Pleasure Island Photography is working to help promote a wonderful 501 (c) 3 organization, Nourish NC. Pip is running special photography session promotion. Donate $50.00 worth of food(ravioli and soup preferred), backpacks(larger ones), or make a financial donation in the amount of $50.00 (or more) and PIP will honor you with a one hour professional photo session($125 value) good till the end of this school year. Any checks should be made out to Nourish NC.  Your donation is tax exempt and you save $75 off normal hourly session fee.  Session is transferable which makes an excellent Christmas gift and can be used anytime by the end of May 2011 so this is an  excellent way to obtain school pictures of the kids, grand kids, engagement photos, family portraits, or your fulfill your business needs.   Call or email for more details. 910-470-6804 or jimmy@pleasureislandphotography.com

Step Up For Soldiers
Step Up For Soldiers was started more than six years ago as a 501 c 3 Non-Profit Fund, and continues to be an all volunteer program raising and helping local veterans.  They support our local National Guard Unit the 1-120th Combined Arms Battalion.  This unit returned from combat in January 2004 and were once again in Iraq until December 2009. The group recently held their Second Annual Christmas Party in order to honor our military families and to thank their supporters. Learn more at http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org/

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
Thousands of people in our communities will be facing a bleak holiday season - families who find themselves without jobs, without food, without homes.  But you can return hope into the lives of so many this year.
Make a gift to the Holiday Meals Campaign through the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to help ensure that children, parents and grandparents have enough food for this holiday season.

Community Toy Drives
Several Pleasure Island businesses including Tangerine Caribbean Grill and The Carolina Beach Fire Department helped make Christmas a little brighter for area children by holding toy drives.


Very Special Saturday on Pleasure Island

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 18th, 2010 is your last chance to enjoy some of Pleasure Island's most exciting traditions for this year. 

Start the day with a trip to the final Pleasure Island Fresh Market of the season. Held around the Carolina Beach Marina from 9 am - 2 pm, 20 vendors will offer local milk, great grass fed beef, local produce, natural soaps, and more.

Later on, grab dinner at one of the great Kure Beach or Carolina Beach restaurants before heading to the last evening of Christmas By The Sea at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy a fire pit with story telling, puppet shows, hot chocolate, live nativity, caroling, and much more. Held from 5 pm - 9 pm.

Next get a seat at the Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show. It was rained out last Saturday and will be held Saturday, December 18th at 7:00 pm in Downtown Kure Beach.

Find more Pleasure Island Holiday Events on the Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar.


Island Shopping Spree - Sunday, December 12th

Finish up your holiday shopping on Pleasure Island at the Island Shopping Spree!
Sunday, December 12th - 1:00 to 5:00
  shopping Spree


Spotlight on Business: Papa Murphy's

Learn a bit more about local business Papa Murphy's and what they have to offer our community. Dinner just got a lot easier!

Papa Murphy's has opened a store near you. Taste the great Pizza that everyone is talking about. A delicious hot meal doesn't take hours in the kitchen anymore. Stephanie says that once customers try this fresh way of eating pizza, they never go back to frozen or delivery. Could this be why Papa Murphy's has been voted the "Best Pizza Chain in America" for the past seven years by consumers in a national survey?

Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is the perfect marriage of convenience and quality. Most people want a pizza that is as easy as a frozen or delivered pizza, but tastes as good as one ordered in a restaurant. That's one of the big advantages of a Papa Murphy's pizza - they make a product with the best ingredients; a product that customers can bake at their convenience.

Consumer surveys have repeatedly shown that adults, by a significant margin, prefer the taste of fresh pizza to frozen. In addition, any pizza will begin to deteriorate five minutes after its taken out of the oven. Many times, a delivered pizza has been out of the oven for 30 minutes or more.

There are plenty of other advantages to Papa Murphy's. Bake-at-home pizzas cost about 1/3 less than a restaurant or delivered pizza. Because Papa Murphy's doesn't equip its stores with customer seating and all kinds of additional equipment, the company can pass the savings on to its customers. Also, Papa Murphy's pizzas don't take long to cook - only about 15 minutes.

Finally, Papa Murphy's pizza is designed to compete with the finest pizzas available from any source. Fresh dough and fresh high-quality ingredients are deliciously combined to give customers 100% satisfaction.

Visit www.papamurphys.com to learn more. The Wilmington/Carolina Beach store is located at 5954 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. (910) 791-0110.

Find more local Pleasure Island businesses in the Chamber of Commerce Member Directory.


Christmas By The Sea Returns To Pleasure Island

Make the most of this wonderful time of year and spend an evening enjoying Christmas by the Sea, returning to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk in its second year, and already a beloved holiday tradition.

The fun begins at 8:00 pm, Friday, November 26th (following the Island of Lights Lighting at the Lake Celebration) and continues Friday at Saturday evenings (5:00 - 8:00 pm) through December 19th.

The event includes:

  • Fire Pit with Story Telling
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Live Nativity Scene
  • Caroling
  • Visit From Santa (Sat only)
  • Theatre, Choral, and Band Performances by Ashley, Murray, and CB Elementary Schools (Sat only)
  • Pleasure Island Drama Club Performances
  • Cape Fear Roller Girls Appearance
  • Puppet Shows
  • Arts & Crafts Market
  • Ornament Making For Children

Brought to you by the Boardwalk Makeover Group. Visit http://www.boardwalkmakeover.org/2010christmasbythesea.html for more information.

For more fun events on Pleasure Island (including the unique traditions of the Island of Lights) check out the Events Calander from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Island of Lights 2010 on Pleasure Island

The holidays are just around the corner which means it's a very special time of year on Pleasure Island. If you've only visited Carolina Beach and Kure Beach during the summer you are missing some of the most unique and fun traditions held on this beautiful island. Come enjoy the Island of Lights festivities and celebrate the season with family and friends.

Friday, November 26th, 7:00 pm - The Lighting at the Lake Celebration
See the amazing light display come to life at the Carolina Beach Lake. Visit with Santa and enjoy free cocoa and cookies.

Friday, December 3rd, 7:30 pm - Christmas Parade
Watch anywhere along the parade route which travels Lake Park Blvd from Atlanta Ave to Federal Point Plaza.

Saturday, December 4th, 6:00 pm - Island of Lights Flotilla
See decorated watercraft of all shapes and sizes in this unique Pleasure Island tradition. The boats start at Snow's Cut and head to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back.

Saturday, December 11th - Tour of Homes
See some beautiful Pleasure Island homes all decked out for the holidays. Tickets are available at several Pleasure Island businesses. Contact James Allen for more information - 910-458-7116.

Friday, December 31st, 9:00 pm - New Year's Eve Countdown in Kure Beach
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy music and dancing in front of the pier. At midnight send 2010 out in style and welcome 2011 with the dropping of a giant lighted beach ball and incredible fireworks display.

Visit www.islandoflights.org to learn more. For more fun events on Pleasure Island (including the eagerly anticipated Christmas by the Sea) check out the Events Calander from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Spotlight on Business: First Bank

Learn a bit more about local business First Bank and what they have to offer our community.

As one of the top performing community banks in the nation, First Bank cares for customers like no other bank by providing authentic community banking with helpful solutions from local bankers who care about doing whatfs right. That's been our approach to business for over 75 years.

Our local bankers work with individuals, families and businesses to provide the right combination of banking, lending and financial solutions that help customers save time, spend less and improve their financial well-being.

Business owners can count on our business bankers to provide a custom-tailored combination of banking, cash management, payroll, and loan solutions to navigate business challenges. First Bank also offers one of the best Free Business Checking accounts available.

Individuals and families receive authentic community bank service from people who know them and care about improving their quality of life. Free checking, free online banking with bill pay, mobile banking and over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs make banking convenient and affordable at First Bank.

First Bank's integrity, safe banking practices and personalized customer service has resulted in positive rec-ognition. For two years in a row, we have been ranked as one of the "Top Performing Small-cap Banks in the Nation" by Sandler O'Neill & Partners, a prestigious investment firm in New York City. Also, this year we were named a "Top 5 Performer" by the ABA Banking Journal.

Our authentic approach to banking has been so successful we now serve communi-ties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia through 92 branches . including 9 in New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

Generations of customers have trusted First Bank for safe, convenient banking. We look forward to earning your trust as well.

Visit www.firstbancorp.com to learn more or find a branch near you.


Pleasure Island Fresh Market Extends Season For Farm Fresh Goods

Due to the overwhelming success of the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market this year the Pleasure Island Fresh Market was created by some of the vendors to continue the tradition. The market will be held around the Town of Carolina Beach Marina on Carl Winner Ave from 9 am - 2 pm every Saturday through December 18th.

About 20 local vendors will have fresh baked bread and pastries, local produce, local dairy products, eggs, and meats, works of art by local artists, natural soaps, and more for sale.

Visit The Pleasure Island Fresh Market on Facebook for more information.


Upcoming Pleasure Island Charity Events

It always feels good to give back to the community and those less fortunate, but it is especially heartwarming as the holidays approach and we see all that we have to be thankful for. Enjoy doing your part at these upcoming charity events -

Alzheimer's Walk 2010
Saturday, Novemeber 13th
Held at the Carolina Beach Lake, registration is at 8:00, walk starts at 10:00 am. Contact Jennifer Langley at 910-612-7403 or visit www.alznc.org for more information.

Operation Care Package
Saturday, November 13th
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Drifters Reef Motel and The Lazy Pirate Sports Bar & Grill in Carolina Beach are putting on a Charity bike show and poker run to raise money for Step Up For Soldiers. Visit the Lazy Pirate on Facebook for more information.


Spotlight on Business: New York Life

Frank T. Grady, Jr., CLU®, ChFC®
Financial Services Professional*
Agent for New York Life Insurance Company

Frank Grady joined New York Life Insurance Company in 1981 and has served in both agent and management roles. He and his wife, Jane, who is currently an ESL teacher with New Hanover County
Schools, moved to Carolina Beach last year.

Frank is committed to providing individuals, families, and businesses with life insurance and financial products and services that meet their needs. “It’s gratifying to work with local families and businesses to help them achieve financial security. I’m proud of the stellar reputation I’ve earned for showing true concern for my clients.”

Frank’s commitment to professionalism includes earning the CLU® and ChFC® designations and he is
also a Registered Representative for NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors with the Pleasure Island Chamber
of Commerce as well as being on the Board of Directors with the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington. He and his wife are members of the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church.

Frank and his wife enjoy time spent cruising and fishing and exposing his two grandchildren
to all the beauty that the North Carolina coast provides.

Feel free to contact Frank at his Carolina Beach location at 910-805-2687(O) or 919-880-9257 (C). You can also email him at: frankgradyjr@ft.newyorklife.com.

*Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency 1200 Saint Joseph St. #15, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910-805-2687

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Spotlight on Business: Stinger Electric

Stinger Electric, owned and operated by Dave Singley of Carolina Beach, is a licensed and insured
master electrician by the NC Board of Electrical Contractors. With over 11 years of electrical experience, Dave offers a wealth of knowledge in all construction, service, and customization to meet all of your lighting and electrical needs.

Dave was happy to join the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the end of last year when
he moved down from New Jersey to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jeanne and start Stinger Electric. Stinger Electric’s goal is to provide unmatched quality service and efficiency with a personal touch. Dave will walk you through all of your service questions, and he guarantees your satisfaction. Services include, but are not limited to: custom residential service, lighting and ceiling fan installation, new construction, service upgrades and repair, landscape lighting, and light commercial work.

What makes him different? His customers will tell you he listens to your needs, shows up exactly when you want him to, provides attention to detail, and his fully committed to each project.

Stinger Electric has had several great projects right here on the island for both rental management
agencies, full time residents looking to fix or renovate their home and even fellow Pleasure Island Chamber
members. Respected member, Cindi Jacobs of OceanBreeze Properties writes, “There are few contractors
who are so readily available, even for an emergency situation, and your courtesy and professionalism were outstanding as usual… by treating my customers so well that it makes a good impression of my business and I do appreciate that effort. I am so grateful that you joined our Chamber!”

Dave will happily supply references along with testimonials from satisfied customers right within the Wilmington area which you can view on Stinger Electric’s website, stingerelectric.com. When not busy with the new business, Dave and Jeanne focus on their energetic dog named Lola and their upcoming wedding in Southport. Stinger Electric is happy to offer a discount on the Member to Member program to other Chamber members. Please visit the Stinger Electric website, stingerelectric.com, for more specifics on what Dave has to offer residential and commercial customers or call at (910) 338-7606.

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Sharks, Clownfish (aka "Nemo" to anyone under 12), and lots of candy - what more could a kid ask for? In its 8th year, "Trick or Treat Under the Sea" will take place Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Area businesses and organizations sponsor booths where they hand out treats to the children who attend.

In addition to all the aquatic wonders always on display (don't miss Luna - the rare albino alligator, or the adorable baby box turtles) this event will include special Halloween decorations and activities.

Admission is $6.00 for children and adults and includes treats! Kids 2 and under are admitted free. Only umbrella strollers will be permitted in the building for this event.Call 910-458-7468 for more information.


Spotlight on Business: LAI INSURANCE AGENCY

LAI INSURANCE AGENCY is a full service independent insurance agency serving Southeastern North Carolina. LAI provides a full slate of Life and Health products, including the best annuities available today. LAI also handles the best property and casualty products for businesses and individuals.

Their Agent, Scott Betz, with his wife, Dawn, moved to Carolina Beach in 2000. Scott started an  independent insurance agency in 2004 serving homeowners and small businesses in Southeastern North Carolina. In 2008, Scott having built an agency that specialized in homeowners insurance joined his agency with LAI Insurance Agency.

Scott said: "Joining LAI allowed me access to more Insurance Companies and their products and this in turn allowed me to find even more affordable insurance for my clients, especially in the homeowner’s market. As everyone knows in Southeastern North Carolina finding homeowners, wind & hail and flood insurance is challenging to say the least and it is my mission to make sure that my homeowners have RELIABLE and AFFORDABLE insurance to protect them in the event of a claim. But, the really exciting part of becoming part of LAI was access to the incredible slate of annuities and life insurance products available to my clients. People are blown away at the return that our annuities are offering compared to their CD’s and the advantages they offer in planning for their retirement."

If you are interested in an evaluation of your current homeowner’s, renter’s, auto or commercial business
policy or just need advice concerning annuities give Scott a call at (910) 368-9523 or at www.laiinsurance.com.

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Fishing on Pleasure Island

The summer may be cooling down but the NC coast fishing on Pleasure island is just heating up. Grab some bait, a stocked cooler, and head to the water! You have a lot of options when it comes to fishing the waters off Pleasure Island.

Pier Fishing
The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier at 1800 Carolina Beach Ave and the Kure Beach Pier both offer great access to whatever is biting. This is an easy way to go because you can get your bait, purchase or rent equipment, some advice from the experts, and even a cold drink all at the pier.
Photo by Lori Harris

Surf Fishing
What a great way to enjoy our beautiful North Carolina beaches! To learn all you need to know check out the Surf Fishing workshops offered by the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Photo by Alicia Devereaux
Charter Fishing
One of the unique things about Pleasure Island is the marina on the canal off Winner St in Carolina Beach which is filled with many of the charter boats. Whether you fish or not it's fun to take a stroll around when the boats come in and check out the daily catch. It's really a party during local fishing tournaments!

Don't forget that you'll need a Fishing License before throwing that first cast. They are available in most of the bait shops on Pleasure Island.


Don't Miss The Final Farmer's Market of the 2010 Season

Who could have predicted the amazing success the Carolina Beach Farmers Market would become?! The local community and visiting vacationers were thrilled to be able to purchase fresh produce, plants, cheeses, meats, art, jewelry, and much more - all while taking a nice stroll around the beautiful lake on Pleasure Island. Come enjoy the final market for this year Saturday, October 9th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.


Seafood, Blues & Jazz Fest Lineup

The 17th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is only days away. This eagerly anticipated event features Blues Legend Leon Russell as the headliner and will be held October 9th and 10th in Kure Beach, NC at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area.

Take a look at the lineup to be sure you don't miss your favorites:

12:30 - 1:50 Danny Cowan Band
2:10 - 3:30 Allison King Band
3:50 - 5:10 Jake Haldenwang
5:30 - 7:00 Lockdown Blues Band
1:30 - 2:45 Laura McFayden & Stardust
3:00 - 4:15 Freeport
4:30 - 5:45 Lee Venters & Vermillion Sands
6:00 - 7:15 EL JAYE Johnson and the Port City All Stars
12:30 - 1:50 Candy's Riverhouse
2:10 - 3:30 Ladies Auxiliary Blues Band
3:50 - 5:10 Big Mama E & The Cool
5:50 - 7:00 GrooveTown
1:30 - 2:45 Benny Hill Trio
3:00 - 4:15 The FROG Project
4:30 - 5:45 Charlie and Rose Lucas

That covers the Blues & Jazz, but we can't forget the SEAFOOD! Check out the awesome restaurants who will be dishing up local favorites:
Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant (Monkey Junction)
Greek Boys Fun Festival Foods (Wrightsville Beach)
Holmes Chicken and Seafood (Ivan Hoe, NC)
Lazy Pirate (Carolina Beach)
Michael's Seafood Restaurant (Carolina Beach)
NC Sweet Tea (Wilmington)
Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar (Carolina Beach)
The Dive (Carolina Beach)
The Island Ice Factory (Carolina Beach)
Wicker Concessions (Sanford, NC)

Tickets are still available by calling 910-458-8434 or online.

Two Day Ticket in Advance $30
Saturday Only $30
Sunday Only $15

Children 12 and under Free

We'll see you there!


Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Poster for 2010 is Unveiled

Ivey Hayes has created a beautiful work of art in honor of the 17th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival which will be held October 9th and 10th at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. Hayes' piece captures the spirit and soul of the Festival, depicting dancers moving to the beat with the ocean breezes blowing all around them.

Purchase the commemorative poster (while supplies last) at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office at 1121 North Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach. You can also purchase your tickets to the Festival there, or by calling 910-458-8434.

More on the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival:

Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th
Gates Open at 11:00 AM
Free KidZone
2-Day Tickets in Advance $30.00
Saturday Only $30
Sunday $15
Children 12 and under FREE 


Join the Pleasure Island Community for the First Annual Island Day

The First Annual Island Day celebration is scheduled for this Sunday, September 26th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm around the lake at Carolina Beach. It is put on by the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach as a day of fun for island locals.

Here are just a handful of the activities that are planned: Disk Golf, Entertainment all day long, free ice cream and hot dogs, hula hooping, police dog demonstrations, pet activities & adoption, boat safety and marine knot tying with the Power and Sailboat Squadron.

For more information, to volunteer, or to get your non-profit involved, contact Christine Higgins at 910-458-7397 or chris@fishbonedesigns.us. You can also stay up to date on the Island Day Facebook Page.


See Disney-Pixar's Up at Free Movies at the Lake

Bring the kids or feel like a kid again watching Up, the final picture in Pleasure Island's Free Movies at the Lake Series. UP is another entertaining Disney-Pixar animated production.  By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. 
The movie starts at 8:30 p.m., so bring your chairs and blankets and head out to the Lake for a great, Disney evening.  There will be concessions featuring popcorn, candy, soft drinks and more at very affordable prices.


Fireworks! Final Super Sized Show to Close Out the Season

Photo by Paul Boroznoff
Don't miss the last installment of Fireworks by the Sea Friday, September 3rd on Pleasure Island. A great way to kick off the long Labor Day weekend, the festivities start at 6:30 pm with live music by the popular Drew Smith Band at the Gazebo on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. After the sun sets (around 9:00 pm) a triple sized fireworks display will light up the sky over the ocean and the island.

For more of what's happening on Pleasure Island for the holiday weekend and beyond check out the event calendar.

Fireworks lovers - don't worry, you won't have to wait until next summer - a fantastic fireworks display is part of the Island of Lights New Year's Celebration, held in Kure Beach this year.


Hurricane Earl Taking It Easy on Pleasure Island

New Hanover County Public Information Officer, Mark Boyer, confirms that Hurricane Earl currently poses little threat to New Hanover County, including Pleasure Island.  Freeman Park will remain closed (See: Freeman Park Closing in Anticipation of Hurricane Earl) throughout Thursday night, 9/2 and New Hanover County officials are taking some protective actions.  However, according to Boyer: 
The latest information from the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington shows the immediate area feeling minor effects from this powerful storm.  The New Hanover County coast is expected to feel winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 45 mph sometime later this afternoon or early evening.  Rainfall is expected to be a quarter inch to one inch in the Wilmington area. Hot weather is expected to greet residents and visitors on Friday and slightly cooler, sunny weather is forecast for the Labor Day weekend.
 You can read the full public service announcement at www.nhcgov.com.

We hope this information is helpful as you prepare for the Labor Day Holiday!


Freeman Park Closing in Anticipation of Hurricane Earl

1121 N. Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, North Carolina  28428
910 458 2996
FAX 910 458 2997

News Release

Issued: Sept.1, 2010
Timothy W. Owens

For Immediate Release
Town Manager
(910) 458-2994


CAROLINA BEACH, NC – Due to high surf anticipated by Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Fiona, the Town of Carolina Beach will close Freeman Park to visitors and campers on Wednesday, September 1st at 8pm.  The Park will remain closed on Thursday, September 2nd.  The park will reopen on Friday, September 3rd by noon or sooner if weather permits.

Freeman Park is very susceptible to high tides.  During extreme tides, such as anticipated, the ocean reaches the dunes leaving little if any area for safe passage or camping.


Double Feature Classic Night at Free Movies at the Lake - Sunday, August 29th

The Free Movies at the Lake Series continues this weekend at the Carolina Beach Lake Park.  This week's compilation is labeled Classic Night  featuring a presentation of an award-winning documentary about Frank Capra by Chip Hagler, an Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Department at UNC-Wilmington followed by Capra's classic Mr. Deeds Goes To Town.
Two Hours In The Dark -When Capra was blindsided by the success of his comedy, It Happened One Night, which swept the 1935 Oscars, director Frank Capra became crippled with fear.  Convinced his next film would fail, he deteriorated to the brink of death - until the day a mysterious stranger appeared, changing Capra's life, and films, forever.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.
Professor Hackler will speak and then the documentary will start around 8:00 p.m. followed by the main feature about 8:45 p.m., so bring your chairs and blankets and head out to the Lake for a great, classic  evening.  There will be concessions featuring popcorn, candy, soft drinks and more at very affordable prices.
Next week (September 5th) don't miss the final movie of the season: Up.

Another Great Week On Pleasure Island - Local Events 8/27 - 9/2

Check out a few of the events taking place on Pleasure Island over the next few days. For more visit the Pleasure Island Event Calendar.

Friday, August 27th:

Blind Lemon Pledge
  • Free Summer Concert Series - Don't miss Blind Lemon Pledge playing 6:30 - 8:30 at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area. The popular concert series wraps up with a unique blend of blues and classic rock.

Saturday, August 28th:
  • Carolina Beach Farmers Market - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. Find produce, plants, cheeses, eggs, honey, sauces, and much more. This week enjoy the sounds of Michal Oliver on his African drums as you shop.

Sunday, August 29th:
  • Free Movie At The Lake - 8:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake - Double Feature Classic Night featuring Two Hours In The Dark and Mr Deeds Goes To Town. **Please note the earlier time - 8:00 pm.**

Tuesday, August 31st:
 Wednesday, September 1st:
Thursday, September 2nd:
Get excited for Labor Day weekend! Let's send summer out in style on Pleasure Island. There will be lots going on starting with another Fireworks display (double length!) Friday, September 3rd at 9:00 pm at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.


Island Events - August 20 - 26, 2010

Friday, August 20th:

Saturday, August 21st:
  • Carolina Beach Farmers Market - 8:00 am - 11:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. New items this week include fresh caught shrimp, homemade BBQ sauces, and cupcakes.
  • Flounder Points Tournament - Held by the Got-Em On Live Bait Club. Even if you're not fishing come out and check out the weigh-in at Freddie's Yacht Yard (400 Block of Canal Drive in Carolina Beach) from 2 - 3 pm Saturday. Come see North Carolina fishing at its best!

Sunday, August 22nd:
  • Free Movie At The Lake - 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake - featuring "Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl" this week. Shiver me timbers...

Tuesday, August 24th:

Wednesday, August 25th:

Thursday, August 26th:

Mark Your Calendars -

Leon Russell - Blues Legend
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, & Jazz Festival being held October 9th & 10th at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Don't miss this amazing event featuring the legendary Leon Russell!

Learn more about the festival and keep up to date on the latest news on the SB&JF Facebook Page.


The Fun On Pleasure Island Doesn't End With The Summer

Sun, sand, and surf are still at the forefront of everyone's minds as we enjoy all that summer on these beautiful North Carolina beaches has to offer. But don't forget about Pleasure Island once fall rolls around!

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher are wonderful places to visit during the fall and winter months. Come for a day, a weekend, or a week long getaway. Area hotels, condos, and vacation rental homes are often available at discounted "off season" rates making your trip extremely affordable.

Enjoy a stroll on uncrowded beaches, shop for unique holiday gifts at the boutiques and stores around the island, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many fabulous Pleasure Island restaurants. Plan your stay to coincide with one of the exciting events taking place such as the world famous Seafood, Blues, & Jazz Fest (October 9th & 10th), the Island of Lights Lighting At The Lake (November 26th), the Christmas Parade (December 3rd), the Christmas Flotilla (December 4th), or the New Year's Eve Celebration & Fireworks. If you're an adreniline junkie (or maybe a little bit crazy!) you might want to check out the Polar Plunge which will be held in February.

For more information or for help planning your fall or winter Pleasure Island vacation contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at 910-458-8434 or by visiting pleasureislandnc.org.


Many Ways To Have Fun On Pleasure Island - Local Events August 13th - 19th

It's the start of another beautiful weekend on Pleasure Island! Be sure to check out Jam Sandwich playing as part of the Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Fisher tonight. You can't beat the great music, gorgeous location, and fun crowd! Flocks of pelicans flying overhead while the sun sets over the river create one of those magical Pleasure Island moments.

Here are a few more of the Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher events taking place in the coming week. For even more check out the Pleasure Island Event Calendar.

Friday, August 13th: (It may be Friday the 13th but you're always in luck when you're on Pleasure Island!)
Playing on Pleasure Island as part of Free Summer Concert Series

Saturday, August 14th:
  • Carolina Beach Farmers Market - 8:00 am - 11:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. New items this week include fresh made pasta and pesto sauces. Yummmm.

Playing 8/15 at the Carolina Beach Lake.
Sunday, August 15th:
  • Free Movie At The Lake - 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake - featuring "The Princess and the Frog" this week. You will love this charming movie full of heartwarming characters and music that will get you moving.

Tuesday, August 17th:

Wednesday, August 18th:

Thursday, August 19th:


What's Your Pleasure? Events on the Island August 6th - 12th

There is a LOT happening on Pleasure Island these days. Whether you want to check out some live music, do some performing of your own, help out a local charity, or do a little shopping you won't be disappointed. And these are just a few of the choices you have this week on Pleasure Island. For even more local events visit the Pleasure Island Event Calendar or the Pleasure Island Facebook Page.

Friday, August 6th
  • Performing Arts Night At The Boardwalk - 6 pm - 9 pm at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy the talents of others or share your own!
  • First Friday Art Walk & Backpack Benefit - Starts at Le Soleil on Cape Fear Blvd at 5:00 PM, and continues at SurfHouse at Lake Park Blvd & St Joseph. Also includes food drive benefiting Carolina Beach School Backpack Buddies and Nourish NC. Contact Kristin Gibson for more information. Kristin's work will be on display at SurfHouse all month long.
See “Mango Radish” ©Kristin Gibson in the First Friday Art Walk

  • American Legion Fish Fry - 11 am - 7 pm at Post 129 at 1500 Bridge Barrier Rd. $8 a plate. Call 910-458-4253 for more information.
  • Live Music at the SeaWitch Cafe - The Embers are playing from 8 pm - 12 am, $10 admission

Saturday, August 7th
  • Carolina Beach Farmers Market & Art Show - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake
  • Flounder Points Fishing Tournament - Held by the Got-Em On Live Bait Club - Register Friday from 6 pm - 8 pm at the SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar.
  • Live Music at the SeaWitch Cafe - The Craig Woolard Band is playing from 8 pm - 12 am, $10 admission

Sunday, August 8th
Playing August 12 at 8:45 pm
  • Free Movie At The Lake - 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake - featuring Twilight - New Moon this week.
  • Live Music at the SeaWitch Cafe - The Holiday Band is playing from 3 pm - 7 pm, $5 admission

Tuesday, August 10th

Wednesday, August 11th

Thursday, August 12th
  • Live Music & Fireworks - 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk - Featuring Bibi Ellison & the Spare Change Band


Going To The Chapel...Pleasure Island Style

The beauty of Pleasure Island is the perfect backdrop for one of the most important moments in a couple's life - when they say "I Do." There is no shortage of stunning locations, and great local professionals to help create a magical wedding by the sea.
Photo by Jimmy Lippard, Pleasure Island Photography

Right on the beach is a popular spot for a ceremony - the bride and groom can meet near the water's edge and exchange vows as the sun sets and family and friends look on. Other favorite ceremony locations, unique to Pleasure Island, include the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, the Fort Fisher Gazebo, the Fort Fisher historic site, and The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Beautiful wedding at Fort Fisher, NC.
Whether the bride and groom live out of the area and plan a destination wedding, or are local and invite family and friends to join them in their picturesque hometown, a wedding on Pleasure Island is something no one will forget.

For help with planning a wedding in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, or Fort Fisher enlist the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Member Directory. There you will find reception venues, restaurants and caterers to delight your guests with delicious food, florists, photographers to capture the magic of the day, event planners to help you bring all the details together, officiants, and the list goes on.

Photo by Jimmy Lippard, Pleasure Island Photography
Did you get married or attend a wedding on Pleasure Island? Share your photographs and memories on the Pleasure Island Facebook page!


Enjoy the Island - Pleasure Island Events July 30 - August 5

Can you believe it will be August on Sunday? The summer is truly flying by. Luckily here on Pleasure Island we get to enjoy summer longer than most with warm weather and water well into the "fall". Make the most of this weekend and upcoming week by taking part in some of these fun events taking place on the island. For more of what's happening in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher check out the Pleasure Island Event Calendar or the Pleasure Island Facebook Page.

Friday, July 30th:
  • Kure Beach BBQ Fundraiser - 6:30 - 9:30 pm, $7 per plate, eat in or take out. At the Fire Dept at 114 7th Avenue, North in Kure Beach.
Saturday, July 31st:
  • Carolina Beach Farmers Market - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake
  • Pleasure Island Brewery Invitational - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. Enjoy live music and sample beers from 20 regional breweries (must be 21 or older to taste the beer). Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate and benefit the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and NC Brewers Guild. Learn more at www.GoodVibesBrew.com
  • Chinese Auction To Benefit The Help Center of Federal Point - Doors open at 1 pm, Auction begins at 2 pm. $5 Admission, at the Katie B Hines Senior Center at 308 Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach. To learn more call 910-458-1920.
Sunday, August 1st:

Playing Sunday 8/1at the Carolina Beach Lake.
Tuesday, August 3rd:

Wednesday, August 4th:
Thursday, August 5th:
  • Live Music and Fireworks! - Music starts at 6:30 and the amazing Fireworks display lights up when the sun goes down. Enjoy the sounds of Roadhouse Blues Band.


Enjoy A Cold Brew At The Pleasure Island Brewery Invitational

Beat the heat by sampling some nice cold beer (must be 21 years of age or older to drink of course) at the Pleasure Island Brewery Invitational at the Carolina Beach Lake Park from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM this Saturday, July 31st.

This inaugural event features 20 Regional Breweries offering unlimited sampling with music provided by special guests Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Toca Trio. Ticket prices are $30 in Advance and $40 Day of. Discounted Designated Driver Tickets will be available for $20 dollars at the gate.

Purchase tickets and find additional information at www.GOODVIBESBREW.com. Proceeds benefiting Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and NC Brewers Guild.

To find out about other upcoming events check out the Pleasure Island Event Calendar.


Fun On Pleasure Island - Events Taking Place July 23 - July 29, 2010

There is something for everyone on Pleasure Island. Relax on the sand, play in the surf, enjoy live music, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many amazing restaurants.

Katelyn Marks - Playing at Fort Fisher 7/23
Friday, July 23rd:
Free Summer Concert Series - Featuring Katelyn Marks - 6:30 - 8:30 at The Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach

Saturday, July 24th:
Farmers Market & Art Show - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake

Sunday, July 25th:
Free Weekly Movie At The Lake - 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake
This week's feature is Beetlejuice.

Tuesday, July 27th:

Family Night At The Boardwalk - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, July 28st:
Fireworks explode over Pleasure Island.
Jazz Under The Stars - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - El Jaye Johnson will be playing at the Carolina Beach Lake
Cash Bingo At The Boardwalk - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach

Thursday, July 29nd:
Live Music and Fireworks! - Music starts at 6:30 and the amazing Fireworks display lights up when the sun goes down. This week features the sounds of Daniel Parish.

Wherever home is for you we're glad you're spending a part of your summer with us on Pleasure Island! Share your memories and photos on the Pleasure Island Facebook Page.


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