January 28, 2010

Beautiful Spring Break Destinations With Even Better Looking Prices: Carolina Beach And Kure Beach, North Carolina

Coastal beach towns offer a fun, family atmosphere, perfect for that much needed spring break.

Carolina Beach, N.C. (PRWEB) January 27, 2010 -- After countless days of work, surrounded by numerous deadlines and stressful technology, spring is the perfect time to get away and relax. Most people wish they could take the time to enjoy the simple beauty of nature, but finding a destination both scenic and affordable is not always an easy task. Families are looking for value, and with Carolina Beach and Kure Beach (collectively known as Pleasure Island), families can find all the leisure options that they need. If you’ve never been to Pleasure Island, this is the year to discover a new vacation destination.

Carolina Beach, N.C. is the stunning family oriented vacation spot that visitors will love. With the charm of an old-fashioned beach village and a unique variety of shops, restaurants and family entertainment, visitors will feel both warm and welcomed. It offers both a nostalgic atmosphere and prices that feel like a step back in time. Carolina Beach features nature at its best, and many satisfied vacationers return every year to enjoy strolling along the beach, biking or even some old-fashioned fishing.

Carolina Beach is also ideal for surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing and deep-sea fishing. The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is the perfect place to drop a line; it’s open to the public and has a tackle shop, grill and arcade.

Sharing a barrier island with Carolina Beach is Kure Beach, another gorgeous and tranquil seaside town. The Kure Beach Pier has an international reputation among fishermen as one of the best places to pier fish for King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder and blues. Kure Beach offers restaurants that serve seafood fresh from the boat, and is home to several impressive historic sites like Fort Fisher, as well as the North Carolina Aquarium.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are filled with smiling faces and friendly people, and provide a great environment for families. Visitors have no trouble finding something to. As the weather gets even better, so does the atmosphere, and there are various upcoming special events in Pleasure Island.

March 12, 2010 - What better way to welcome the warm weather than with a free Car Show? The “Back to the Beach 2010 Car Show,” is free to the public and will be in full effect come March.

March 13, 2010 – Athletes feel free to participate, or just watch the “6th Annual Steve Haydu Street St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run,” a 5 or 10k race, at the Pavilion Boardwalk. The proceeds from the race will be given to cancer patients.

April 17, 2010 – “Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off,” offers foods from the best restaurants in a daylong event with a Kidz Zone, including giant inflatable slides, face painting and more. There will be music and fun for everyone.

April 24, 2010 – Kure Beach will be hosting its 4th Annual Street Festival in front of the Kure Beach Pier. With over 20 arts and crafts booths, a variety of foods and a number of great musical groups, followed by a firework extravaganza at dusk.

For more information on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach go to www.CarolinaBeachStories.com and www.KureBeachStories.com . And, be sure to visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest happenings.

Farmer's Market Coming to Carolina Beach

The Wilmington Star reports that the town's Art's & Activities Committee is making plans for a weekly farmer's market at the Carolina Beach Lake. "The town council has given the green light for the farmers market to begin this spring. Members expect to approve dates next month, but the proposal is for every Saturday April 24-Oct. 9."

In addition to the farmer's market, the venue will also host local artists who can sell their work and meet face to face with potential customers.

Read the article


January 18, 2010

Video of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher Reenactment Held on January 16,2010

Here's an excellent video of this past weekend's Civil War reenactment which was held at Fort Fisher. Personally, I was surprised by the sheer numbers of role players involved.

Kudos to everyone involved as it looked like a very impressive event. Next time, I'll make sure to check it out.

The video was posted by blackcat2801 on January 17, 2010.

Kure Beach Sunrise Video

Here's a very nice video of a sunrise near the Kure Beach Pier (posted by Sharkiesm on January 10, 2010). Enjoy!

January 13, 2010

American Red Cross Haiti Relief--Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, January 13, 2010 —

The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Haiti to support relief efforts there after yesterday’s earthquake, which caused catastrophic damage and loss of life.

According to reports, as many as three million people may have been affected by the quake, which collapsed government buildings and caused major damage to hospitals in the area.

The Red Cross is contributing an initial $1 million from the International Response Fund to support the relief operation, and has opened its warehouse in Panama to provide tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets for approximately 5,000 families.

In addition to Red Cross staff already in Haiti, six disaster management specialists are being deployed to the disaster zone to help coordinate relief efforts. At this time, the American Red Cross is only deploying volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations.

There has been an outpouring of support from the public. To help, people can make an unrestricted donation to the International Response Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

(The $10 donation will be added to your normal cell phone bill)


January 11, 2010

Hinton's Living History Visits Fort Fisher

Darby Hinton is an American actor and filmmaker with family roots in Wilmington, NC. Earlier this year, he kicked of a new reality/documentary/family history program, Hinton's Living History, where he and his family visit historic sites and landmarks to learn firsthand about their history. The show's first stop was Fort Fisher.

Here is the promo for the Fort Fisher segment which was recently released via Youtube and on the show's website.

North Carolina Ranks Number 2 for Scuba Diving in North America

Scuba Diving magazine has ranked coastal North Carolina number 2 in North America for "top overall diving and top overall destination." Number 1 for "top marine life," "top health of marine environment," "top big animals," and "top wreck diving." NC ranked 3rd for "top visibility," "top advanced diving," and "top value."

The ratings are from the magazine's "Readers Choice" survey where over 7000 readers responded.


January 8, 2010

A Sad Day for the Island--Snow's Cut Monthly Shuts Down

Dear Snow's Cut Monthly Reader,

After thinking long and hard about things over the last few weeks, we have decided to discontinue Snow's Cut Monthly indefinitely. We cannot express our gratitude enough for your support and belief in the magazine and wish we were delivering better news. As for the SCM E-news...it will return after a brief hiatus.

Click here for a complete explanation.

Some of you might be mad at us, but just know that we’ve worked long hard hours to bring you a great magazine (at no cost for the first three years) and always had the best interests of the community in mind. If you’re upset, try to imagine how we feel.

In the meantime, we are absolutely committed to the popular Pleasure Island Vacation Guide that we launched last summer and the Vacation Coupons Book (now in its 7th year).

As always…thanks for reading,

Mike and Janet Hoffer
Snow's Cut Media

Fort Fisher Commemorates the 145th Anniversary of the Second Battle with Artillery Demonstrations and Special Programs

Commemoration Focuses on the Role of African-Americans During the Civil War

Kure Beach, N.C.: The year 2010 marks the 145th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher (the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War), the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage a three-day anniversary event January 15-17, 2010. History will unfold as the Fort Fisher State Historic Site marks the 145th anniversary of this major battle.

This year's program takes a new look at Fort Fisher as it was during the Civil War. The event kicks off on Friday, January 15 at 6:00pm at UNCW's Fisher Student Center with a panel discussion entitled "Black Men Bearing Freedom: U.S. Colored Troops and their impact on North Carolina" that explores the experiences of the U.S. Colored Troops. Continuing with this theme, Dr. Richard Reid, author of "Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era," will present a talk on Saturday at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

On Saturday, approximately 300 costumed soldiers will clash in a Civil War re-enactment of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher. Lantern light tours and evening firing of the site's 32-pound rifled and banded cannon will highlight this anniversary program. Visitors can see artillery and infantry demonstrations and walk through Union and Confederate camps established on the fort's grounds beginning at 10:00 a.m. Earplugs for noise protection may be needed. Tickets for nighttime vignettes (seen on guided tours) will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. The 30-minute tours will start at 7:00 p.m.; the last tour leaves at 8:30 p.m. Daytime activities are free and open to the public.

A second recreation of the Battle of Fort Fisher on Sunday will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's event will also showcase musicians performing popular period music throughout the day. Local authors will present their work and sign books before and after the battle scenario. The event concludes at 4:00 p.m.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It affords visitors a great opportunity to learn more about local history and Fort Fisher's role in the Civil War. Visitors, residents, and motorists are advised of loud explosions during cannon firings and artillery demonstrations, so bring your earplugs and dress warmly. Please contact Fort Fisher State Historic Site for details: 910-458-5538 or visit http://www.fortfisher.nchistoricsites.org/. All other activities are free and donations are always welcome.

Before its fall in January 1865, Fort Fisher protected blockade-runners en route to Confederate Wilmington with war supplies. It was the largest and strongest earthen fort in the South. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on Jan. 15, 1865, and the port was closed to foreign trade. The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach, just 20 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S., along US Highway 421 South.

January 5, 2010

The Treehouse Bistro Review in the Wilmington Star

Treehouse offers hidden comforts on high
Wilmington Star
By Liz Biro

Treehouse life is the idyllic existence about which many adults fantasize long after the on-high hut Dad built (or promised) is memory.

Living detached as Swiss Family Robinson or, perhaps better yet, among cookie-baking elves tempts mercilessly when life's pressures encourage escape.

Grown-up responsibilities squash the dream but never the desire to scramble to that elevated place from where the overwhelming world appears a more manageable size.

Of course, snacks, drinks and friendly banter pervade these happy dreams, which are fulfilled, even if only for a short while, at Carolina Beach's Treehouse Bistro.

Tucked into the top floor of a two-story wenge, wooden house on stilts, this part coffee shop, part wine/tapas bar is a big kids' clubhouse...

Read the complete Wilmington Star Article

January 3, 2010

A North Carolina Fisherman was Voted the #1 Most Unluckiest Angler of 2009 by Outdoor Life Magazine

Some of you may recall the April 2009 tale of Sgt. Adam Rush who became the menu selection of a 9 foot alligator while fishing in Jacksonville, NC. Well his luck may have finally changed as he was recently voted the Unluckiest Angler of 2009 by Outdoor Life Magazine. And even though it does not appear he was awarded any prize money for such an honor, at least he took home the first prize and is still around to enjoy it!

You may want to check out the other 13 stories as well. There are some pretty amazing tales.

Outdoor Life Best & Worst of 2009

"Carolinacation" -- Vacation Video from this Summer at Carolina Beach

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