April 28, 2010

Kure Beach on CNN

This local story continues to get more and more press. I guess when the topic is thongs, the story becomes worthy of the national media.

North Carolina beach town bans thongs
By Gabriel Falcon,
April 28, 2010 4:53 a.m. EDT

CNN) -- If you plan on going to Kure Beach, North Carolina, bring your sunscreen and shades, but please leave your thong behind.

The seaside community has adopted a zero tolerance policy on anyone wearing the barely-there bikini by the shore on their part of North Carolina's Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington.

"You can do what you want to in your own space," said Mayor Dean Lambeth, "but for public decency, keep it off the public beach."

Lambeth told CNN he and the town supervisors last week unanimously approved the ordinance banning the skimpy bathing wear...

Full CNN Story

April 24, 2010

Hooping It Up at Fort Fisher

This is a pretty cool video. I didn't realize that so much could be done with a simple hula-hoop.

April 21, 2010

Kure Beach Street Fesitval April 24, 2010

The annual Kure Beach Street Festival is rapidly becoming one of our town’s “rites of spring ”. This year the festival will again be held on the last Saturday in April--the 24th. This will be the fourth annual street festival and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. So please mark your calendars and plan on enjoying a day filled with old-fashioned family fun. Free entertainment will include three live bands, recorded music, and games for kids, inflatable bounce castles, and a car show. The festivities will start at 11:00 AM on Avenue K in front of the Kure Beach Pier.



The live music will start at 11:00 AM and continue until the fireworks display at dusk. The first band will be The Sandy Bottom Boys playing traditional bluegrass melodies. At 1:30 PM, Avenue K will be alive with the sounds of the Mako Band which has been rocking around Pleasure Island and surrounding areas for many years and they always bring a set of great 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock, blues, and beach music wherever they go.

Last but not least, from 6:00 PM until around 9:00 PM (or the start of the fireworks) the SEA-CRUZ will be performing. They are a sequenced group, consisting of heavy keyboards, saxophone and three lead vocalists. This combination gives you a big band sound. The SEA-CRUZ musical menu includes the best of 60’s Oldies, Classic Rock, 70’s Disco, Carolina Beach and today’s hottest new songs. All of this flavored with Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Standards. .


Kure Beach is proud of its family friendly small town heritage and, accordingly, the festival’s features two attractions specifically geared to children. The ever-popular Kid’s Korner Carnival game center will include such attractions as GO FISHING, CATCH A FLOATING ANIMAL, TREASURE DIG, and FISH BAG TOSS. Come one, come all (tots to teens), with everyone winning a special prize for each game played. Also, with the younger generation in mind, three fun-filled inflatables will be available for their play and bouncing pleasure. Pictured below are the Pirates of the Caribbean and Sea World inflatables.


An eclectic mix of over 40 customized and meticulously restored classics will be participating in the Street Festival, including some of the Sun Coast Cruisers finest award winners. At 10:45 AM, the cars will be in a parade along Route 421 from the Fort Fisher Recreation Area to the Kure Beach Town Hall at 117 Settlers Lane. An extra-added attraction will be the number 44 Chevrolet Stock Car driven by Wilmington's own T.J. Barron. This car and the others will be on display from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


The Art and Craft vendors will offer a wide assortment of goods including jewelry, embroidered crocheted items, glass beads, candles, hand woven sweaters, stained glass and a variety of original art works.


The savory treats provided by the Food vendors include fried chicken, seafood, sausages, funnel cakes, gyro sandwiches, hotdogs, fries, fudge, cotton candy, and soft drinks. In addition, beer and wine will be available.


Kure Beach Tee Shirts and Canvass Bags printed with designs created by the children from the Carolina Beach Elementary School will be offered for sale at the festival. Starting February 25th, the Tee Shirts and Bags will also be available at the Kure Beach Town Hall at 117 Settlers Lane. Adult Tee Shirts are priced at $15 and children shirts at $10. The Canvass bags are also $10.


You will not be disappointed if you stick around for the fireworks display—it promises to light up the sky in a truly awesome fashion.

As in previous years, please do not bring coolers or pets to the festival.

For more information:

April 20, 2010

Wilmington Star: Carolina Beach Farmers' Market opens Saturday

By Teresa McLamb
StarNews Correspondent
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:06 p.m.

Vendors from Ocean Isle to Virginia are headed to Carolina Beach for this weekend’s first-ever Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market, which opens Saturday, April 24, at Carolina Beach Lake on Lake Park Boulevand.

“Response from the arts community is huge,” said organizing committee member Janet Knott, noting that they are limiting arts vendors to make room for produce vendors. “We’re having to turn people away and rotate what we’ll accept.”

About 25 to 30 vendors each week from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties will offer baked items, peanut butter, free-range eggs, free-range chicken, pork, beef, goat and rabbit. And, she added, there’s one headed from Virginia for the market.

Later in the season, fresh shrimp will be offered. They also expect natural soaps and candles as well as hand made furniture. Beach Road Community Farm will bring produce from all its growers. Bannerman Winery and Silver Coast Winery are also expected there. ..

Read the complete Wilmington Star article
Click here for current Farmer's Market Information.

April 3, 2010

UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program

What happens when a whale or dolphin strands itself on area beaches in Wilmington? Well fortunately for us, we don't have to rely on wanna-be Marine Biologists like George Costanza who seek fame by battling angry seas. Instead, we have trained volunteers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington who are ready and able to respond to any request.

Check out these photos of dedicated volunteers practicing how to respond to a stranded marine mammal. Also, if you click on "Stranding Archive," you'll see that these dedicated volunteers not only handle strandings in this area, but they also respond to emergencies throughout the state as well as South Carolina.

Live Animal Stranded Training 2009

2010 Carolina Beach's "Film And Fireworks Series" Begins Memorial Day Weekend

The town of Carolina Beach, N.C. will again host its popular "Film and Fireworks Series" this summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. Every Sunday starting at dusk, visitors and locals can enjoy free, family-friendly movies at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Every Thursday (except May 27 & Sept 2), a beach fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. near the boardwalk gazebo. And again this year, live music will be performed from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm as a lead-up to the Thursday fireworks.

"The Film and Fireworks Series is the centerpiece of another summer of affordable fun at Carolina Beach," said Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's perfect for a long-weekend getaway. You can enjoy live music and a spectacular fireworks display on Thursday; hang out at the beach and other attractions at Carolina Beach on Saturday and during the day Sunday; and cap off the weekend with a free movie in the park on Sunday evening. Since the films, live music and fireworks are all free, it's a great, affordable way for families to have a vacation at the beach."

All the movies are family friendly and concessions will be available at both the film venue and the fireworks. You will be able to purchase popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more, all at a reasonable price. If you prefer, you may bring your own food and beverages as well.

Each week, the Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a food drive benefiting a local charity. This is your chance to help someone in need simply by bringing a non-perishable food item for donation.

May 30 -
Avatar (PG-13)
June 6 -
Night at the Museum 2 (PG)
June 13 -
Star Trek (PG-13)
June 20 -
Tooth Fairy (PG)
June 27 -
Transformers 2 (PG-13)
July 4 -
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
July 11 -
Blind Side (PG-13)
July 18 -
Fame (PG)
July 25 -
BeetleJuice (PG)
August 1 -
Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
August 8 -
Twilight - New Moon (PG-13)
August 15 -
The Princess & The Frog (G)
August 22 - The Pirates of the Caribbean (PG-13)
August 29 - "Classic" Night - Two Hours in the Dark, a Frank Capra Documentary followed by Capra's classic film,
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Not Rated)
September 5 -
Up (G)


Island Gazette to Undergo Major Online Revamp

Here's some very good news for people who enjoy reading the online version of the Island Gazette. According to an article in their March 24th edition, they are going to be revamping their online presence and adding new features to their website, including a community message board.

Here's how the IG described the soon to come upgrades:

...Now we can begin to upgrade the appearance and features of the site to better serve our readers. Those new features will be added over the next four to six weeks. Some of the new additions include a public forum (discussion board), access to the printed pages online, increased visibility for our advertisers, a new membership system, email updates for readers and the addition of audio and video news coverage.

And yes, the search feature will be improved to make it easier to look up past articles.


April 1, 2010

Britt's Donuts Facebook

Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at Britt's Donuts by following them on Facebook.

Aeral View of Pleasure Island, NC Circa 1970


Family-Friendly Destination, Carolina Beach, N.C., To Offer Sun, Affordable Fun And Free First-Run Movies This Summer

Beach Town To Offer Films Like Avatar And Blind Side For No Charge, While Movie Expenses Rise Across The Country

Carolina Beach, N.C. (PRWEB) April 1, 2010 -- Everyone is looking for ways to save money. A few years ago, going to the movies was a relatively inexpensive way to entertain the family. According to a recent report by The Early Show on CBS, movie prices are on the rise as the newest trend, 3-D, drives prices even higher. What's a family to do? Carolina Beach has the answer - free first-run films.

Savvy families are looking for the maximum value they can find in their summer vacation, and one beach town along the Carolina coast is delivering that little extra by providing free first-run movies in the park all summer.

As Catey Hill, money editor of the NYDailyNews.com, said during her interview on CBS, there are a variety of options to save money at the movies. She gave tips on snacks and timing, but obviously, the best option is free.

Carolina Beach, N.C. is renowned for its great beaches and friendly people. From lounging on the beautiful beach, to walking the boardwalk or fishing from the pier, Carolina Beach and its neighboring beach community of Kure Beach have been the choice of families for years. Whether it's indoor fun or outdoor fun, this area has it all, including historic attractions like the Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum and the educational and fun North Carolina Aquarium.

But, unlike most beach vacation spots, the outdoor fun at Carolina Beach is not just about surf and sun. A few years back, the town began to lure in vacationers with free first-run films as it launched a Film & Fireworks Series. In 2010, Sundays from May 30 to September 5 mean movie nights under the stars at Carolina Beach Lake. Movies are first-run, some still in the theaters, and are perfect for an evening of family fun. This year's playbill includes hot tickets like Avatar, Blind Side, and The Princess & The Frog. And, it just gets better. Every Thursday night this summer, there's free live music and fireworks near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Check out the full movie schedule at http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/outdoor/Movie%20Schedule.

Need a place to stay? Both Carolina Beach, and its sister beach, Kure Beach provide affordable accommodations choices.

So take advantage of extra value and enjoy the old-fashioned charm of Carolina Beach this year. It's a step back in time in atmosphere, but a a step up in the value you'll receive. For more information on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach go to http://www.carolinabeachstories.com/
and http://www.kurebeachstories.com/. Or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/CarolinaBeachNC?ref=ts or http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/KureBeachNC?ref=ts or Twitter follower at http://twitter.com/CarolinaBeachNC or http://twitter.com/kureBeachNC and you'll discover even more about the hidden values along the North Carolina coast.
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