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.


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