Learn to Sail!

 Introductory Boating Course from The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron

Step 1: America's Boating Course
The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, "America's Boating Club," will present its comprehensive introductory boating course beginning on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Cape Fear Community College.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved and USCG recognized course is presented on a single Saturday (8:00 AM –4:30 PM). This class satisfies the NC safe boating education requirement for anyone less than 26 years of age.

Step 1: Local Knowledge
The fundamentals are a must for safe boating. However, you can take your training a step further with the “Local Knowledge” course– covering the challenges and complexities of boating on the Cape Fear Waterways (River, Ocean and AICW).

This overview of what you need to know about our coastal environment is held on the second Saturday 28 February (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM).

Step 3: On-The-Water
Where better to learn about boating than on the water?
This 2½ hour training cruise to ties your classroom studies with actual boating experience. You will go out on the ICW and Cape Fear River and work with navigation, rules of the water, communications afloat and other classroom topics.


The "America's Boating Course" segment is required. The total cost is $70 per person or 2 family members can share a textbook at the discounted price of $45 each. The “Local Knowledge” and “On-the-Water” segments are optional but highly recommended, at no additional cost.
Visit the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron website at www.capefearboatingcourse.org to learn more and enroll. Email the class registrar at weteachboating@gmail.com with any questions.


Battle of Fort Fisher 150th Anniversary

The Gibraltar of The South

Take a step back in time as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher. Enjoy period music, 1865 battle reenactments and much more during this very special weekend of history and celebration. 

WHEN: January 17-18, 2015, from 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.

WHERE: Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, NC


Update from the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund

 They Did It!

On Tuesday, January 6th the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund exceeded their goal of raising $100,000.00.

Businesses and residents from all over the community have reached out in support with generous donations and volunteer work. Because of YOU, a significant difference has been made in the lives of many people and the community in general.

The community of Carolina Beach and those affected by the condo fires are grateful for your continued support. Many of the fire victims lost all of their possessions and now, with your help, they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Free Day at the NC Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free general admission fees on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of two holidays each year the N.C. Aquariums offer visitors free admission. The other day is Veterans Day in November. Grab the family and experience a day of aquatic adventures!

Visit http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher for hours of operation and other information.

NC Aquarium at For Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC, 28449


Veggie Wagon Hot Chocolate Bar

Looking For Something Different?

The Veggie Wagon is a local family owned produce company located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Specializing in delivery of fresh local NC fruits, vegetables and homemade products to the Wilmington, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach areas. The Veggie Wagon travels to all the best local farms and small batch producers to bring you the freshest and tastiest items NC has to offer.

The latest Winter addition to The Veggie Wagon, on Pleasure Island, is the all natural Hot Chocolate Bar! 

The Veggie Wagon has been working on their own blends of spices and mixtures to create 7 amazing and different hot chocolates, without all the preservatives and additives, including Vegan milk options.

Please send any questions of comments to april@theveggiewagon.com

The Veggie Wagon
608 B South Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC, 28428

Great Restaurants on Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island has some serious food! The following is a sampling of just a handful of the wonderful places to eat on Pleasure Island.

Wake N Bake Donuts - For donuts beyond your wildest dreams.

Deck House - Enjoy tip-top service and locally caught seafood in a historic building.

El Cazador - This restaurant was honored as Best Local Restaurant in 2011 accompanied by the Customer Satisfaction Award in 2012.

Gibby's Dock & Dine - Dock your boat for free and catch the sunset at this "beach casual" restaurant.

Ida Thai Cuisine - Feast on authentic herbal Thai dishes along with an original Thai beer.

Island Hots - This hot dog hot spot offers nothing less than top-quality dogs, including vegetarian. 

Michelangelo's Pizza - The epitome of homemade, Michelangelo's makes their dough fresh daily. 

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar - Grab a tropical cocktail at the Tiki Bar or enjoy panoramic views in Ocean Grill's upstairs dining room.

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar - Have a good shuckin' time at the restaurant recently named of of Coastal Living's Favorite Seafood Dives. 

Surf House - This unique restaurant knows exactly where all their food and other ingredients derive from, all the way down to the farmers who provide the beef for your cheeseburger. 

You can find even more great places to eat on Pleasure Island by Clicking Here.


Calendar of Events 2015

Pleasure Island

Calendar of Events2015

  • January 17-18: NSSA Surf Contest (910-512-0792)
  • February 21: 2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge (910-341-7253)
  • March 7: 4th Annual Step-Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-431-8122)
  • March 14: 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
  • March 27-28: Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
  • April 11: 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
  • April 18: Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
  • April 19: 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
  • April 25-26: Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
  • May 14: 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament (910-279-7474)
  • May 16: Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
  • May 16-17: 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
  • May 16–Oct 3: Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
  • May 17: Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
  • May 26 – Aug: Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
  • May 27 – Aug: Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
  • May 30: Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
  • June - Aug: Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
  • June - Aug: Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
  • June – Aug: Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
  • June - Aug: FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
  • June 6: 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
  • June 9–Aug: 25 Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
  • July 2: Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
  • June 14: Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
  • July 10-12: East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
  • August 8-9: EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament (910-332-8755)
  • Sept 12: 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
  • Sept 18-19: 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
  • Sept 26: 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
  • Oct 4: Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
  • Oct 10&11: 22nd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
  • Oct 16-18: 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
  • Oct 17: 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
  • Oct 24: Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
  • Nov 27: Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
  • Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19: 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
  • Dec 4: Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
  • Dec 5: Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
  • Dec 11, 12, 13: Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
  • Dec 12: Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks Carolina Beach

For more information or updates visit the PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Medical Care on Pleasure Island

Find medical care on Pleasure Island for locals and vacationers alike.

Carolina Beach Chiropractic
(910) 431-7970
1140 N Lake Blvd, Suite 1
Carolina Beach, NC

Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture
(910) 202-4718
1140 N Lake Blvd, Suite 1
Carolina Beach, NC

Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture Clinic provides high quality acupuncture treatment at affordable rates in a supportive community setting. This clinic  primarily uses recliners, clustered in groups in a large, quiet, soothing space. Practiced in a community setting, is a style of acupuncture which mostly uses “distal” points in the hands, feet and head to treat problems anywhere in the body – meaning your could receive pain treatment for your back by placing tiny needles in your hands.

Family Medicine at Federal Point Medical Center (Wilmington Health)
(910) 458-4101
1300  Bridge Barrier Rd. #2
Carolina Beach, NC

Family Medicine at Federal Point Medical Center's primary care services include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. In 2013, Wilmington Health was named a 2013 Acclaim Award Honoree by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). The prestigious honor is awarded annually to only three national healthcare organizations.

Minute Clinic (located inside Carolina Beach CVS)
(866) 389-2727
901 Dow Rd.
Carolina Beach, NC

Receive professional medical attention Monday through Friday, conveniently located inside your local CVS/Pharmacy. No appointment necessary.

For the furry members of the family, visit one of Pleasure Island's local veterinary clinics.

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital
(910) 458-3000
1337 Bridge Barrier Rd.
Carolina Beach, NC

Carolina Beach Animal Hospital, and sister location College Road Animal Hospital, are full-service veterinary medical facilities with a professional and courteous healthcare team. Both locations offer general and specialty services with everything from behavioral medicine and emergency/critical care to grooming and pet adoption.

Pleasure Island Animal Hospital
(910) 458-5800
1140 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite J
Carolina Beach, NC

The veterinary team at Pleasure Island Animal Hospital provides wellness exams, vaccinations, microchips, dental care, parasite testing and other diagnostic services. Pleasure Island Animal Hospital often offers specials and rebates on medications such as Canine Heartgard Plus and Canine Advantix II.

** In case of a medical emergency to not wait, call 911 or go to the emergency room**

N.C. Aquarium Honors Employees

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher honored two employees, Casey Radley and
Ryan Tomb, recently for making the Aquarium a better place to work and visit.
Radley, the Aquarium registrar, won the 2014 Sea Star Award for outstanding
job performance.

“Casey’s positive attitude and energy is evident to our customers and staff," wrote one co-worker."Aside from being a positive voice of the Education Department, Casey promotes our mission outside of work."

Radley started working at the Aquarium as an outreach instructor in the Education Department in 2010. She also served as a special activities instructor, working with summer campers and giving behind-the-scenes tours. She became the registrar in August 2012. As registrar, Radley coordinates field trips, group visits and special event registration.

Tomb won the 2014 Customer Service Award for his positive attitude and impact on co-workers and
visitors. He joined the Aquarium team in 2013 as a security officer. "Ryan is an essential part of the customer service team," says Joanna Zazzali, Visitor Services Coordinator. "He has a
unique way of making our visitors feel so special and important. He takes initiative and helps out each department wherever and whenever he can.”

Permanent, temporary and seasonal state employees or N.C. Aquarium Society employees are eligible for the annual Sea Star and Customer Service awards. Employees are nominated by their peers, with winners recognized at an all staff meeting held each December. Award winners receive a plaque and $250 from the NC Aquarium Society.


Encore Best of 2015


Vote for Pleasure Island businesses in Encore Best of 2015; every vote counts!

  • We ask that our readers vote in at least 25 categories. One ballot per person. A valid email address is required.
  • Winners will be announced at our annual Best of Wilmington awards party, held at the Brooklyn Arts Center on Saturday, February 28th. The awards will celebrate and benefit DREAMS Center for Arts Education.
  • All voting will end on January 26th, 2015

Best Sushi - Nikki’s Gourmet Sushi
Best Salads - Rucker John’s
Best New Restaurant - Wake N Bake
Best Chef -  Brandon Stark (Michael’s Seafood)
Best Food Truck - Flaming Amy’s
Best Seafood - Michael’s Seafood
Best Fast Food - Chick-Fil-A
Best Burrito - Flaming Amy’s
Best Homemade Soup - Michael’s Seafood
Best Oysters - Shuckin’ Shack
Best Japanese Restaurant - Nikki’s Gourmet Sushi
Best Hot Dog - Island Hots
Best Arcade/Game Room - Jungle Rapids
Best Dentist - Bozart Family Dentistry
Best Farmer’s Market - Carolina Beach
Best Alternative Medicine - Community Acupuncture of Carolina Beach
Best Print Shop - Dock Street Printing
Best Real Estate - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty or Intracoastal Realty
Best Auto Mechanic - Superior Automotive
Best Jeweler - Perry’s Emporium
Best Grocery Store - Harris Teeter
Best Local Radio Station - Z107.5 or The Penguin
Best Local Tourist Attraction - NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher
Best Morning Radio Show - Foz and Laura (Z107.5) or Bob and Sherri (WGNI) or The Morning Chill (The Penguin)
Best Place for Karaoke - Silver Dollar-Carolina Beach
Best Local Website - PortCityDaily.com or EncorePub.com 
Best Local Newscast - WECT or WSFX or WWAY
(Write-In Category)
Best Donuts - Wake N Bake
Best Nonprofit - Nourish NC or Good Shepherd Center


Battle of Fort Fisher- 150th Anniversary Observance

 Battle of Fort Fisher

150th Anniversary Observance

Fort Fisher will be holding an observance of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher on January 17th & 18th, 2015.
Thousands of people are expected to visit Pleasure Island for this unique two day event.

Click here to review the Sponsorship Brochure and the great opportunity to be a part of celebrating history on Pleasure Island.


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