Lineup for Pleasure Island Bluegrass By The River

Just a few short weeks until what is sure to become a favorite Pleasure Island music tradition - Bluegrass By The River. The lineup has been released for this event to be held Saturday, May 12th, 2012, and it is loaded up with bluegrass talent!

South of K
Mystery Hillbillies
Donna Hughes
Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys
Cumberland River

Stay up to date with the lastest on the Bluegrass By The River Facebook Page.


Spotlight on Business - The Dive Food & Spirits

The Dive Food & Spirits
6 North Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, NC


The Dive Food & Spirits opened up its doors in Carolina Beach on July 3, 2008 and immediately became an icon of the laid-back atmosphere that is CB! Well known for its fabulous food (cheeseburgers, fish
tacos, etc), cold beer, great music (jukebox, live and otherwise), sports on the HUGE Screen, as well as their beautiful staff – let the Dive take care of your every need whether you are a vacationer or a local—

Come on in and have a cold one, a bite of award-winning food and tip one or two cold ones. It is a great place to meet friends, old and new. Coming soon to the Boardwalk, the folks that brought you the Dive are going to offer a different venue on the Oceanfront—Hurricane Alley, opening in May 2012...still the same great food, atmosphere, staff and friends. We look forward to seeing you in 2012.


Surf Contest in Carolina Beach - ESA Mid-Atlantic Regionals

The Eastern Surfing Association is proud to announce that the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships will be held at the Hamlet Avenue beach access in Carolina Beach, NC May 3-6, 2012. Over 250 ESA competitors from Delaware to Georgia will compete for the title of ESA Region Champion and coveted slots to the ESA Easterns® held in September in Cape Hatteras.

The ESA Southern North Carolina District will be the Regional host District for the 5th time in the 28 year history of the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, the most of any District. The 2004 Regionals were also held at the Hamlet Avenue beach access. “Our competitors and their families love coming to the Wilmington area, especially Carolina Beach” commented Harry Purkey, ESA Mid-Atlantic Region Director. “The waves and weather are great in May, the accommodations are excellent and the people are wonderful. Carolina Beach is one of the ESA’s favorite contest venues” continued Purkey. “We are really excited to be back”.

Competition will start Thursday May 3rd at 7AM and conclude mid-day Sunday, May 6. For more information, or to become a sponsor please contact Harry Purkey at Midatlantic@surfesa.org or ESA-SNC District Director Amy Rose at busymom93@att.net. Or follow us on the Web at Surfesa.org/Midatlantic for more information.


Carolina Beach Music Festival - Tickets Available Now!

Tickets are now available for the 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival! Don't wait - buy your tickets today for this event which is eagerly awaited each year. Buy tickets in advance and save!

The 27th Annual
Carolina Beach Music Festival
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

TICKETS - $15 Advance / $20 at Gate

Eventbrite - 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival

Spotlight on Business - Anointed Oil Massage

Welcome to Anointed Oil Massage! If you’re looking for a professional massage therapist, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in house calls and chair events. I bring the spa to you! You can reach me at (910) 352-6358.

However if you would prefer to come to me, I'm in Monkey Junction at I AM Salon & Day Spa. It's located at 5315-C South College Road in Wilmington, NC 28412. Here you can get different body treatments with the benefit of a full service spa and salon. You can call and request me at (910)395-1335.

Please visit my website at www.anointedoilmassage.com. I am trained in a variety of modalities, and you can click on the "Services & Rates" page to learn more about the various techniques.

Also, if you’d like to set up an appointment with me, click on "Contact Me" and send me a message. I will call you back to confirm the details of your appointment, and also answer any questions you might have.

All massages take place on soft heated flannel sheets and include aromatherapy - at no extra charge.

Thanks for considering Anointed Oil Massage, and have a blessed day. Remember "Jesus is Lord." You're in good hands when you're in His.

P.S. Prices and services may change or mutate at any time due to specials. Check my Rates and Services page for my featured special of the month.


Spotlight on Business - Island Hots

We are pleased to introduce ourselves; Ron and Noël Stevens, as the owners of Island Hots. After six years of visiting Pleasure Island with family and friends and watching the improvements being made at Carolina Beach, we moved from Cary to our Wilmington home just across the bridge after we found ourselves in the position of accepting this exciting business opportunity and engaging in the fun Boardwalk atmosphere.

Island Hots opened for business on Thursday, March 8th. Our building has tropical island colors and a newly expanded outdoor area with tables and benches, built by Ron’s brother Ed, who is an important part of the business. Ron and Ed are running the place together and giving customers lots of jokes in between great service and excellent food. Ron’s vision was hot dogs with fresh toppings, including his Island Relish; made with sweet red peppers, onions and jalapenos…it’s got zip without being HOT.

We have southern style chicken tenders, natural cut fries, beer battered onion rings, cold beer, root beer floats and old fashioned soft serve vanilla ice cream.

The courtyard will provide a great view of the fireworks on Thursday nights. For the season, our posted hours will be 11:00 am-9:00 pm or later.

Island Hots is located at 103A Cape Fear Blvd just behind the Gazebo and across from Artful Living Group so come visit us soon! So far we have had great reviews with many repeat customers. We look forward to serving Carolina Beach for a long time to come!

Contact us at 910-274-5875, email at islandhots@aol.com or Facebook at islandhotscarolinabeach


Bluegrass by the River - Tickets available now!

Tickets are now available for the first annual Bluegrass by the River! Don't wait - buy your tickets today for this exciting event and plan to spend Saturday, May 12th enjoying some great bluegrass music on Pleasure Island!

1st Annual Bluegrass By The River
Saturday - May 12, 2012
Gates Open at 11:30 am
Music starts at 12:20 pm

Tickets - $10.00 advance and $15.00 Day Of Show
Children 12 and Under FREE

Eventbrite - Pleasure Island Bluegrass By The River

Don't forget to "Like" Bluegrass by the River on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest!

Ice Cream & Sweet Treats on Pleasure Island

There's nothing quite like a nice cold treat on a hot day, and Pleasure Island has plenty of options to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.

Island Ice Factory
Mouth watering water ice in lots of tasty flavors. The perfect refreshment after a day on the beach!
Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Also look for their cart on the beach or at Island events.
(910) 707-0366
(910) 458-8779
(910) 458-8181

The Fuzzy Peach
The Fuzzy Peach sensation has hit Carolina Beach! Choose one of several frozen yogurt flavors and load it up with your choice of toppings.
103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit 2, Carolina Beach
(910) 707-0090

Krazy Kones
Soft serve ice cream with a ribbon of flavoring running through it.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
(910) 458-5823

Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats
A Pleasure Island hot spot for more than 13 years, serving thousands of flavor combinations.
208 S. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach

The Mermaid Castle
This unique gift shop is now featuring hand dipped ice cream, fruit bars, and other treats at their new Snack Shak.
9 S. Lake Park Blvd. A-3, Carolina Beach


Spotlight on Business - The Dog House

We are southern New Hanover County’s first Doggie Daycare and Boarding facility. We are located convenient to Kure and Carolina Beach, Monkey Junction and River Road. We are fully licensed by the state and you can trust us to care for your dog as if they were our own!

At The Dog House we offer a safe clean environment for your dog to release his/her energy while you work or play! We are open Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays for boarding drop off and pick up between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

Do you know people coming to the beach that want to bring their dog? They can play all day on the North End with them and sleep with us!

Please visit our website at www.PIDogHouse.com for information regarding pricing and vaccination requirements. At The Dog House, it’s all fun….no trouble!

Trudy Rinker - The Dog House
115 Cathay Road · Wilmington, NC 28412
Telephone: 910-547-1568 · Trudy@PIDogHouse.com


Carolina Beach Farmer's Market opens for 2012 Season on April 21st

The Carolina Beach Farmer's Market and the Pleasure Island Fresh Market have merged to form one market. The Carolina Beach Farmer's Market will begin on April 21st and end on October 13th. The Market will be held every Saturday during this timeframe at the Carolina Beach Lake from 8am to 1pm.

Vendors will sell locally produced fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods, dairy products, meats, crafts, wines and more. Each market will feature live entertainment from local musicians and informational opportunities from local non-profit organizations.

Spend Saturday mornings with your friends, neighbors and pets in this community based market that supports both local farmers and the local economy while ensuring you're purchasing the safest and freshest foods available. The Carolina Beach Farmer's Market will showcase local artists on 3 separate occasions that coincide with the major summer holidays. It is anticipated that over a 100 vendors will participate in the Market on these days.

Free Parking is located at the Lake and on Lake Park Boulevard. Paid parking is also provided in close proximity. For more information you can visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/CarolinaBeachFarmersMarket or email Janet Knott at carolinabeachfarmersmarket@gmail.com


5th Annual Yard & Bake Sale - Saturday, April 14th

Don't miss the 5th Annual Yard & Bake Sale held by the Island Women. From 7 am - 1 pm at Fayetteville Ave in Carolina Beach, NC. Do a little shopping before you head to the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off

All proceeds dedicated to making life better on Pleasure Island!


16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off - Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The Chowder Cook Off is all about delicious food, good music, and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event. Chefs from some of the finest southeast North Carolina restaurants will prepare the region’s best seafood chowder recipes between the hours of 11:30am and 5:00pm. Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach. Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and more. And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family.

During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by Mark Roberts and Breeze and chowder-tasting
(and voting) between 11:30am and 4:00pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant.

Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder. This daylong event includes live music, fun for the kids and of course, great food. So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party.

Gates open at 11:30, admission is $5.00 for adults 12 & under free.

For more information please call the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org


Pleasure Island, NC Weddings

It's another beautiful spring on Pleasure Island and you can almost hear the wedding bells in the air! Our beautiful North Carolina beaches are a wonderful place to say "I do" and celebrate the start of your married life with family and friends. Have a ceremony on the sand, tucked into the windswept live oaks at the Fort Fisher Historic Site, in the unique location of the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, or a traditional church service.

For help arranging all the details for your NC beach wedding from officiant, to flowers, to cake, to photography, to location, and much more turn to the Wedding Planner on PleasureIslandNC.org.

For more beach wedding inspiration check out the Island Weddings board from Pleasure Island on Pinterest.com.


Easter Egg Dash

The Easter Bunny is headed to Pleasure Island! Kids - don't miss the Easter Egg Hunt at Mike Chappell Park, Saturday, April 7th, 11 am - 12 pm.


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