December 24, 2011

Video: Winter Snow Scenes from Pleasure Island, NC

Winter snow scenes from Pleasure Island, NC. Photos taken in 2009 & 2010 and feature Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.

December 17, 2011

Video: Merry Christmas from Carolina Beach Today

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Photos are from past snowstorms here on Pleasure Island.
Music: " Away in a Manger" by Shane & Shane

December 8, 2011

Video: 16 Foot Minke Whale Washes Ashore Carolina Beach

A 16-foot-long Minke whale washed ashore this evening on Carolina Beach, NC. The whale had extensive shark bites but it is unknown at this time whether the death was caused by the bites or if they occurred post mortem. A necropsy was set to be performed Thursday morning.

Here is the 11:00pm WECT news story:

December 7, 2011

Videos: Humpback Whale off Wrightsville Beach, NC

Here are three fantastic videos of a humpback whale off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC. The videos were posted on 12/06/2011 by jfishwitch.

December 3, 2011

Videos: Unusual Nature Encounters in NC

Here are a couple of interesting videos from North Carolina featuring some unusual nature encounters from the Atlantic.

The first video was taken on March 18th, 2011 and features a group of fisherman who were fishing for tuna off Oregon Inlet, NC and ended up attracting a pod of Killer Whales (Orcas). The second video was taken at Fort Macon State Park, NC on March 17th of 2009 and features a Harbor seal that had wandered up on the shore for a day of sunning. And speaking of seals, last year there were several reports of Harp seals coming ashore on Carolina beaches. Harp seals are typically only found in the Arctic region.

So now we wonder, what will the 2012 winter bring for North Carolina?

Video posted by threefishtacos

Video posted by stovetopearth

December 2, 2011

2011 Toys for Tots Information for Pleasure Island, NC

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Here is a list of the toy collection sites on Pleasure Island to drop off your unwrapped gifts:

•Bank of America

•Carolina Beach Elementary School
•Domino's Pizza
Fort Fisher Museum
•Island Bait and Tackle
Kure Beach Town Hall
•Lazy Pirate Sports Bar & Grill

On Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 10am to 2pm, there will be a "Toys for Tots" Tennis Mixer at Joe Eakes Park in Kure Beach. The entry fee will be a toy for the "Toys for Tots." Even if you don't play tennis, please stop by and donate a toy for this most worthy cause. A collection bin will be at the park for the event. For more information, please click here.

For additional toy drop locations throughout Wilmington or to learn how to donate on-line, please visit the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots

If you would like to volunteer your time and help wrap gifts, please contact the Wilmington, NC Toys for Tots Coordinator, Mr. Michael Gautier.

Photo Credit: Marine with child

December 1, 2011

2011 Carolina Beach Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

The Carolina Beach Fire Department will be holding their annual toy drive on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Food Lion. There will also be drop boxes located at the Fire Department.

The toy drive benefits all those in need on Pleasure Island and your generous gift will help make it a truly special Christmas for some deserving children.

If you have a need or have other questions, you may contact the CBFD at 458-2985.

November 29, 2011

Video: Great White Shark Encounter Off the Coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC

The following video was posted on Youtube by mgeeezy84 and the boat occupants estimate the size of this shark at about 18 feet. Here is the description as noted on YT:

"This great white circled our 21ft boat for 20 minutes and made contact with the boat (slapped its tail on the boat). We were about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach."
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Video: Humpback Whale Encounter Off Atlantic Beach, NC

The following video was posted by Zigblues and features a humpback whale encounter off of Atlantic Beach, NC on Sunday, November 20, 2011.

November 26, 2011

Photos: 2011 Christmas by the Sea by Southern Digital Art

Check out some pics from the kick-off of the Christmas by the Sea at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on November 25, 2011. The photos were taken by Paul from Southern Digital Art.

The Christmas by the Sea will be held every Saturday evening from November 26 thru December 18 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Bring the family down for free activities including a fire pit with story telling, puppet shows, hot chocolate and marshmallows, a live nativity, arts and crafts with ornament making, and of course the kids can visit Santa in his workshop! All these events are free.

View all the photos here.

November 24, 2011

2011 Christmas & New Years Eve Celebrations on Pleasure Island, NC

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, N.C., will be hosting a series of family-fun, holiday-themed events this season. The annual “Island of Lights Festival” begins with the “Light up the Lake” ceremony on Friday, November 25 and ends with the “New Year’s Eve Countdown Party and Fireworks” on December 31.

The 2nd Annual Christmas by the Sea at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk begins November 25 and runs through December 17th. The lighted displays will be up until January 4, 2012.

The following is a schedule of some of the family-fun events planned for this holiday season in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach:

November 25: Island of Lights - Light Up the Lake. Starts at 7:00PM
The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of The Island of Lights committee, Pleasure Island Mayors, and musical entertainment.

Local Boy Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the singing of the National Anthem.

Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served.

November 25: 2nd Annual "Christmas by the Sea" Lighting of the Boardwalk. Starts at approximately 7:30pm

This kickoff event will follow the lighting of the lake and will feature live music, local dignitaries, the lighting of the Boardwalk coves, a live nativity and many more fun family activities. This event is free.

November 26 thru December 18 (Every Saturday Evening): Christmas by the Sea @ the Boardwalk. Time 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Bring the family down for free activities including a fire pit with story telling, puppet shows, hot chocolate and marshmallows, a live nativity, arts and crafts with ornament making, and of course the kids can visit Santa in his workshop! All these events are free.

There will be an abundance of Christmas cheer, lights and decorations on the Boardwalk this year. The oceanfront coves on the Boardwalk will be decorated by local businesses. Each of the 10 coves will have a different theme and the coves will be lit nightly for viewing until January 5.

Christmas by the Sea is sponsored by the Boardwalk Makeover group, a not-for profit organization dedicated to preserving the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The volunteer partners include the Town of Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee, the Island Women, the Carolina Beach Fire Department and many local churches and businesses. It is staffed entirely by hardworking volunteers.

December 2: Island of Lights Night-Time Christmas Parade Starting at 7:30pm.
The Christmas parade furnishes exceptional night time electric displays, featuring floats, bands, queens, clowns, horses, Santa Claus and much more.
The hour and a half parade brings festive fun and entertainment to all. Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the fun time.

The parade proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza. Public parking is free and the parade starts at 7:30pm.

December 3: Holiday Flotilla starts at 6:00pm
Fishing boats and pleasure crafts electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. The parade of boats will cruise from Snows Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. A unique coastal tradition sure to please the hearts of all. Cash prizes are awarded. View from anywhere along the waterway. Public parking is free.

December 9, 10 & 11: Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show Starting at 7:00pm
This annual event is held on K Avenue near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. There will be a pre-show at 6:30pm performed by Kure Beach’s homegrown bluegrass band “South of K,” and then it’s on with the show featuring Frosty, Rudolph, Harriet Hippo, The Grinch, Santa & Mrs. Claus and other Christmas favorites. Even Cookie Monster will be there!

Our talented crew of performers, all citizens of Kure Beach, will sing and dance their way into your hearts. Be prepared for some great belly laughs, too! We’re expecting snow flurries, so dress warmly and bring the whole gang out for this festive and entertaining event. This show is pure Americana, so don’t miss it!

December 31:
Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party/Fireworks Starting at 9:00pm
This family-fun event features fireworks, music and a New Year’s Eve countdown with the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball at the Carolina Beach Gazebo followed by spectacular fireworks. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments available for purchase.

In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Christmas card and ornament.

More Information
Carolina Beach Getaway
Christmas by the Sea (photos from their website)
Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce
Island of Lights
Photo Credit:
Santa on Firetruck
Holiday Flotilla
Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show

November 19, 2011

WECT: Wildlife expert captures hog off Carolina Beach Rd.

Submitted by Debra Worley
Friday, November 18th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – There have been spotting of wild hogs throughout the area, including Ogden and Carolina Beach Road.

This is a picture of a hog wildlife expert Jimmy English was called out to capture. This hog was found near Immaculate Conception Church off Carolina Beach Road...

Read the full story here (with more photos)
Photo from article

November 14, 2011

Star News: Carolina Beach, State Still Working Toward Agreement on New Pier

November 10, 2011
By Shannan Bowen
Star News

The state is moving a step closer to agreeing, though somewhat tentatively, to build a government-run pier in Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Town Manager Tim Owens said he received an email this week from N.C. Aquariums division director David Griffin outlining contingencies under which state officials will sign a new memorandum of agreement – essentially a written commitment to build the state's third aquarium pier here...

Read the full story here.

Video: Great White Shark 16 Miles Off Myrtle Beach, SC Coast

The other week, jrmdjr posted the following video of a Great White encounter 16 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC. The video was taken on November 10, 2010 during a black sea bass fishing trip.

November 12, 2011

Video: Fallen Navy Seal from Lexington, NC Leaves Behind Unexpected Memories for his Parents

What an absolutely touching story. The parents of a fall Navy Seal from Lexington, NC find a large collection of paintings by their son which were hidden in the loft of their family barn.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and to the families of all our fallen heroes.

From NewsChannel3, WTKR-TV


UPI: Whale Rib Found in NC Strip Mine Indicates Ancient Shark Attack

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- An ancient shark attack has been preserved in the form of a fossilized whale bone bearing marks of the assault, U.S. paleontologists say.

Scientists with the Smithsonian Institution say the fragment of whale rib found in a North Carolina strip mine offers a rare look at the interactions between prehistoric sharks and whales during the Pliocene Epoch 3 million to 4 million years ago...

Read the full story: UPI
Photo from article

Video: Local Surfers Helping Wounded Warriors

Check out this wonderful video featuring local surfers with Ocean Cure volunteering their time to teach the joy of surfing to military members from the Wounded Warrior Project. The 5 min video is truly inspiring and will surely get your weekend started with a smile on your face.

Wounded Warrior Veterans Days from Matt Ev on Vimeo.

November 6, 2011

Video: Baby Pelicans in Carolina Beach, NC

Q.-What's better than watching a video featuring pelicans?
A.-Watching a video featuring baby pelicans.

This video was posted on Youtube by inyourstory and features a "pelican banding trip with the NC Audubon on pelican breeding islands around Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

These are both chicks, unable to fly yet. The smaller one is younger, and regurgitates its fish meal (menhaden).

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Bonnie Schwartz

Here are some fantastic photos from around Pleasure Island, NC. The photographer is Bonnie Schwartz (BonzPhotography) and she has been nice enough to share some of her photos with blog readers.

Bonnie is from the Asheville, NC area but she enjoys spending time on Pleasure Island capturing the natural beauty of our beaches.

You can view more of her interesting photos which expand the globe on her Flickr page.

NOTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to admin@carolinabeachtoday -Thanks.

October 29, 2011

Video: Early Morning Surfing at Carolina Beach on October 20th.

Check out this fantastic video of a some surfers hitting the Carolina Beach surf early in the morning on October 20th. It was filmed and edited by Alek Rockrise (uploaded to Vimeo).

Untitled from Alek Rockrise on Vimeo.

October 27, 2011

Natural Wonders Wow Visitors At Kure Beach

Kure Beach, NC - October 27, 2011
Kure Beach ( offers families and visitors seeking a relaxing fall getaway an impressive trove of natural wonders, from breathtaking ocean and river views to majestic birds and sea life. Here are four different scenic options for families looking to unplug and reconnect with nature at Kure Beach.

Awesome Audubons
The North Carolina Birding Trail winds through trails of sandy terrain and historical sites, giving birdwatchers a chance to see both the migratory and regular inhabitants of Kure Beach. Seagulls, piping plovers, ospreys, owls and more take flight and inspire awe in children and adults alike (

Beautiful Beach, Ocean and River Views
Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a Civil War battlefield and museum, affords a scenic vista where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers a four-mile stretch of undeveloped beach that boasts some of the cleanest sand on the East coast. Windswept live oak trees embrace a long stretch of the shoreline where visitors can enjoy a memorable early morning walk or sunset stroll (

Some of the most awe-inspiring views of the waters around Kure Beach come from the seat of a canoe or kayak. Getting on the water allows visitors the ability to easily explore the ocean and get up close to a variety of sea life (

Fascinating Flora
Just as the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers amazing beach views and bird-watching opportunities, it is also home to an amazing variety of plant life. Native blooms, bushes and trees provide a safe haven for animal life, as well as a soothing site for human eyes at Kure Beach ( At nearby Carolina Beach State Park, the rare Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Marvelous Marine Life
Learn more about coastal marine and plant life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( The aquarium’s exhibits and educational programs interpret local waters from the Cape Fear River and freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean. Visitors will come face-to-face with alligators (including Luna, an albino alligator) and other reptiles, fish, and sharks, including a new interactive megalodon shark display (

For more information on the natural wonders of Kure Beach, to book your fall getaway or to check out upcoming events, go to

Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Wednesday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Oct. 27

3rd Annual Christmas by the Sea
Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 17

Island of Lights - Light Up The Lake
Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 24

NC Holiday Flotilla Dinner Cruise
Saturday, Nov. 26

Island of Lights Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 2

Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla
Saturday, Dec. 3

Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show
Friday, Dec. 9-Saturday, Dec. 10

Island of Lights Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 10

For all event information, visit

Podcast with Peggy Sloan, director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher:

Kure Beach on Facebook:

Kure Beach on Twitter:

Kure Beach offers visitors an inviting, small-town seaside retreat on North Carolina’s beautiful coast. This naturally beautiful setting with easy access to the big attractions the area has to offer is the perfect place to bring the family year-round to unplug and unwind, enjoy a more relaxed pace and reconnect with what really matters. For more information, go to or call (800) 631-1460.

October 25, 2011

The Veggie Wagon Grand Opening October 29, 2011

The Veggie Wagon is having their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Fall Festival this Saturday, October 29th. And just in time for Halloween, they will be having a pumpkin carving contest to top off the day's fun.

Festivities will start at 1pm and will include face painting for the kids and various beer samplings for the “big kids” (proper id required). Several food vendors will be on hand and the Veggie Wagon will be cooking up some of their yummy treats. The ribbon cutting will take place at 2pm.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Information

Entry fee for the contest will be 3 canned goods which will be donated to , which is a local food bank that serves children and families from our island community. Some items that are highly needed include canned pasta, canned tuna and oatmeal. To register, you MUST send an email to and include your name, email address, age group you are participating in, category you are entering in and phone number.
In the subject section, please title it "Pumpkin Carving Contest Registration." If there is more than one person participating from a household, please list their information separately as space is limited. The contest is on a first come first serve basis for entry.

Two categories:

1) traditional pumpkin carvings
2) theme category featuring people, places or things.

Two age groups:
Goblins (17 and below)
Ghouls (18 and up).
The judges will pick winners from each age group and category. Prizes will be awarded.

•Stencils are allowed but only if they are handmade stencils. No store bought stencils will be accepted!!!!
•You have from 1pm until about 2:45 to carve your pumpkin- judging will be at 3pm.
•You must bring your own pumpkin. You can currently purchase a pumpkin from the Veggie Wagon but don't delay as they are going fast.
•All carving must be done on site and must be family friendly.
•One pumpkin carving per entry. If you want to enter both categories, you must pay 2 entry fees.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early! This is an exciting event for the island and all are looking forward to a great day with a great turnout!!

More details on their website.

Video: Aurora Borealis as Viewed in Hendersonville, NC

The Northern Lights made a rare appearance in the Southeastern part of the US last night (10/24/2011). This 15 minute time lapse video is of the lights as seen in Hendersonville, NC. The video was posted on Youtube by alex10819.

October 20, 2011

Blackbeard Cannon Recovery: Getting to the Goods Inside

NC Department of Culturual Resources
RALEIGH – When archaeologists at the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), raise an eight-foot long cannon on Wednesday, Oct. 26, it will be the public’s first view of the weapon after nearly 300 years on the ocean floor.

Since 1997, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Underwater Archaeology Branch has led the research at the wreck site. Next week researchers will raise a one ton cannon that is encased in concretion, a cement like shell of sand, salt and sea life. It is only through the conservation process, which can take up to five years, that the archaeologists will learn what the cannon’s concretion actually contains. To date, 12 other cannons have been recovered, and the concretions have held gun flints, a sounding weight, and other articles of shipboard life.

“It’s like Christmas,” explains QAR Project Director Mark Wilde-Ramsing. “During an earlier expedition, one of the concretions actually held two cannons, and lots of attachments that resembled nuts. We called that one Baby Ruth!”

Some surprises can come once the concretions are removed. “Four cannons were all found to be loaded, with cannon shot and wads in place ready to be fired,” observes QAR Chief Conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney. She says three of the cannons are now exhibited at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, one at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and one at the Museum of History in Raleigh.

“Remains of rope wrapped around the muzzle of another cannon also are intriguing,” Watkins-Kenny adds. “Materials as fragile as rope rarely survive, so finding this vindicated the cleaning used to carefully excavate the concretion layers, rather than just knock it off to reveal the cannon.”

It may take years to discover the secrets of the cannon which will be raised on Wednesday. However, the current expedition already has reaped a number of recovered artifacts, including shackles, a nesting cup lid, concreted bar shot (projectile fired from a cannon) a crystal wine glass fragment, and various items associated with ship’s rigging.

To recover the large cannon, a NOAA research vessel will join the expedition for the heavy lifting. In addition, for more than 10 years the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Marine Fisheries Division has provided support for the project with a research vessel participating in recovery of nearly all of the artifacts.

Another strategic partner in the QAR project is East Carolina University (ECU). As one of the premier maritime studies programs in the country, ECU houses the conservation laboratory where the recovered cannon will be taken for analysis. Also, for the first time ECU students provided most of the diver support during the Fall 2011 expedition.

Other partners include the Town of Beaufort, N.C. Maritime Museums, U.S. Coast Guard Fort Macon, Fort Macon State Park, N.C. State Ports, and Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The public is invited to see the recovered cannon beginning at 12:30 p.m. in front of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Project participants will be available to discuss the recent findings. Tours of the

Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the Maritime Museum also will be available. The recovered cannon will depart at 2 p.m. and will be taken to the QAR Conservation Laboratory for further study.

For additional information call Fay Mitchell (919) 807-7389 or email

The Underwater Archaeology Branch is part of the Office of State Archaeology within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. It is considered one of the oldest and most respected underwater archaeology programs in the country.

About the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project

The flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard – the Queen Anne’s Revenge — sank off Beaufort Inlet in June 1718. The shipwreck was located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. of Florida, by Operations Director Mike Daniel through research provided by Intersal president Phil Masters.

To date, more than 280,000 artifacts have been recovered.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Project is a coordinated undertaking involving a number of individuals, organizations and institutions under the overall management of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit

UNCW Club Ice Hockey to Hold 1st Annual "Pink in the Rink Fundraiser" Oct 21st & 22nd.

The members of the UNCW Club Ice Hockey team are pleased to announce the 1st annual 'pink in the rink fundraiser’. The fundraiser will be held October 21st and 22nd, 2011 at the Wilmington Ice House.

October is breast cancer awareness month and the members of the UNCW Club Ice Hockey team want to assist in raising funds for breast cancer research.

The Seahawks will be selling specially designed pink t-shirts in addition to auctioning off pink jerseys, which will be worn for the Tulane University series.

Fans will be able to purchase the t-shirts both before and during the series and the auction will take place during the series.

The proceeds from the t-shirts and jersey auction will be combined with half the gate fee and donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Friday, October 21st, the game will start at 10pm. Saturday, October 22nd, the game will start at 430pm.

Sponsorship or donor packages start at $100 dollars which includes a business logo/ donor name printed on the back of each t-shirt and jersey, in addition to advertisement on both our social media pages (Facebook/Twitter) and our website.

For more information regarding the 'pink in the rink' fundraiser, please contact Garrett Riley at (

October 19, 2011

Video: Carolina Beach Mayor & Council Debates on 10/17 and Q&A Newspaper Responses

The following videos were posted on Youtube by Tom Campbell from BeachPC. Tom was nice enough to film the debate for folks who weren't able to make it in person. Kudos Tom!

CB Mayor

CB Council

Candidates Q&A in the Wilmington Star
•CB Mayor
•CB Council

Candidates Q&A in the Island Gazette
•CB Mayor & Council

Revitalization Keeps Carolina Beach’s Original Character

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. –There’s always something new and nostalgic to discover in Carolina Beach (, a North Carolina beach destination known for its vintage and authentic appeal.

Thanks to the vision of community leaders, Carolina Beach is experiencing a revitalization of its boardwalk that helps to preserve the vitality and originality of this classic beach town. These efforts will also ensure that Carolina Beach remains a fun, safe and clean place for families and future generations to enjoy. Family-friendly events and new businesses help to keep things fresh and exciting for visitors, all the while enhancing the personality and allure of Carolina Beach.

While the classic Carolina Beach Boardwalk evokes nostalgia for the past, a variety of shops and activities put this local and visitor favorite very much in the present ( New shops, restaurants and rental stores provide visitors with a fresh alternative to the “same old, same old” beach trip. Families can enjoy everything from riding around in surrey carts to tasting the best of the beach’s culinary delights.

Carolina Beach businesses, residents, and civic groups are committed to an ongoing “boardwalk makeover” campaign to restore the Boardwalk’s charm and to keep people coming back year after year. As a result, visitors now enjoy a Boardwalk with park space, aesthetic improvements, blossoming local businesses, and year-round activities.

This fall and holiday season, fishing tournaments and holiday events draw visitors to Carolina Beach, including the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration and month-long Island of Lights Festival, which both kick off in November.

For fall visitors who enjoy supporting local farmers and producer growers, the Pleasure Island Fresh Market serves up a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables at the Carolina Beach Marina each Saturday through early December ( Fresh food and a fun atmosphere contribute to the constant renewal and community evolution of Carolina Beach.

To find out about the ongoing revitalization of Carolina Beach and discover seasonal specials and more, visit


Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Wednesday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Oct. 27

3rd Annual Christmas by the Sea

Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 17

Island of Lights - Light Up The Lake

Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 24

NC Holiday Flotilla Dinner Cruise

Saturday, Nov. 26

Island of Lights Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 2

Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla

Saturday, Dec. 3

Fort Fisher Holiday Open House

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Island of Lights Tour of Homes

Saturday, Dec. 10

For all event information, visit

Podcast with Duke Hagestrom of Wheel Fun Rentals:

Carolina Beach on Facebook:

Carolina Beach on Twitter:

Carolina Beach is an original and unique North Carolina beach. This recently renovated seaside town offers family-friendly fun all year long where visitors can experience a classic boardwalk, interesting festivals and colorful characters. For more information, visit or call (800) 641-7082.

October 18, 2011

October Ushers In Halloween Fun from the River to the Sea In Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches

Wilmington, NC – October 2011 – October ‘scares up’ nearly two dozen Halloween-theme events in Wilmington, North Carolina's historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Visitors can experience this spooky time of year with ghoulish festivals, ghostly tours, murder-mystery dinner theatre or cruise, pirate adventures, haunted attractions, costumed races, creepy nature programs, and organized trick-or-treat events. Following is a sampling of mysterious, haunted, historical and educational festivities:

Ongoing (year-round)—
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866;

Ongoing (year-round)—
Haunted Pub Crawl. 7:30pm. Guided tour to 5 haunted pubs. Ages 21 and up; admission charge. Meets Wed.-Sat. in October & Monday, Oct. 31. Meet at Fat Tony’s (131 N. Front St., Wilmington). Reservations required: 910-794-1866;

Ongoing (year-round)—
Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours. Day/eve tours by appointment. Admission charge. Cotton Exchange parking lot street entrance, Wilmington. 910-409-4300;

Each Tuesday in October—
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises. Solve an exciting who-dunnit during a 2- hour dinner cruise along the Cape Fear River. Audience participation; prizes. Boards at 6pm; departs 6:30pm at dock (Water & Dock sts). Admission charge. Reservations: 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162;

Each Monday through Saturday in October; Sun. 30th & Mon. 31st—
Pirate Treasure Hunt. 4pm-6pm. Arrrr! Join a costumed pirate storyteller on an exploration of Masonboro Island’s natural treasures. Kids will learn about the history of famous North Carolina pirates, such as Captain Kidd and Black Beard. Admission charge. Wrightsville Beach Water Taxi & Cruises, 275 Waynick Blvd. (across from Blockade Runner Resort), Wrightsville Beach. Advance reservations required: 910-200-4002;

Through October 31 (Thurs.-Sat. night & Oct. 30-31)—
Panic Attack Haunted Attraction. 6pm-12midnight. Over 30,000 square feet of Hollywood-quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors evoke one’s deepest fears. New this year: live snakes & Temple of Doom. Intensity warning: This haunted attraction is not for children under the age of 13. Admission charged. 1290 S. 15th St., Wilmington. 910-685-6551;

Oct. 20; 27—
“Murder in the Library” Dinner Theatre. 6:30pm. Porch Theatre Company presents this murder-mystery dinner theatre whereby characters in books come to life at night and folic ‘til the sun rises. Performances on Oct. 13 & 20 held at Front Street Brewery (9 N. Front St., Wilmington). On October 27, a special Halloween performance will staged at The Balcony on Dock (33 S. Front St., Wilmington) and audience members are invited to dress as their favorite book character. Reservations required. Admission charged. Advance reservations: 910-232-6611;

Oct. 21-22; 28-29—
Ghost Ship Tour. 7pm-10pm. You’ve seen the Battleship North Carolina on paranormal programs, now come see for yourself! Come and experience Ghost Ship, a haunted house with ghouls, ghosts, and zombies set on the Battleship for some great and scary Halloween fun. Admission charge. Line forms at 6:30pm. You must be in the ticket line by 9:30pm to ensure a ticket. Note: Not recommended for young children. Battleship North Carolina, #1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington. 910-251-5797;
Oct. 21-23—
30th Annual Halloween Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation. “Haunted” hayrides, carnival rides and games, “haunted” barn, non-scary Fun House with fortune tellers, games, stories, pony rides, food, costume contests, and more. Fun for all ages, including children. Costume contest (all ages) is Saturday 6pm. Free admission; activity fees vary. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy. 17 N. Wilmington. 910-686-9518;

Oct. 20-22—
Ghost Hike. 7:30pm. Join a park ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore the unexplained phenomena that surrounds Fort Fisher. Bring a flashlight and meet at 7:30pm at the visitor center to explore trails that are normally closed at night. Space is limited; reservations are required. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. 910-458-5798;

Oct. 20-23; 27-31—
“Carnival of Carnage” Haunted House. Fri. & Sat. (7pm-midnight); Thurs. & Sun. 30/Mon. 31 (7pm-10pm). Admission charge; NHS Lyceum Academy fundraiser. Rated PG-13. Hanover Center, across from Independence Mall, behind Steinmart, Oleander & Independence Dr., Wilmington. 910-251-6100 ext. 222.

Oct. 20-23 & 26-30—
“The Mizrabell Kids Another Gothic Tale of Epic Woe & Sorrow in Monster Mash Mansion.” Journey Productions presents this dark, daring, dismal, dastardly, yet mostly funny musical for all ages. Admission charged. Thalian Hall Studio Theatre, Wilmington. 910-632-2285;

Oct. 21-22 & 28-31—
Halloween Ghost Trolley. 6pm-9pm. 30-minute horse-drawn trolley ride through historic district and a visit to the “haunted barn.” Horses and tour guides are dressed in costume. Halloween-theme stories, songs & treats. Admission charged. Departs at Market & Water Sts.; 910-251-8889;

Oct. 21-23—
Halloween Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation. “Haunted” hayrides, carnival rides and games, “haunted” barn, non-scary Fun House with fortune tellers, games, stories, pony rides, food, costume contests, and more. Fun for all ages, including children. Costume contest (all ages) is Saturday 6pm. Free admission; activity fees vary. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy. 17 N. Wilmington. 910-686-9518;

Oct. 22—
Fort Fisher Fall/Halloween Festival. Fort Fisher State Historic Site (10am-5pm) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (2pm) team up for a joint Fall/Halloween Festival. Begin your day at Fort Fisher State Historic Site at 10am with cannon firings, guided tours, Civil War exhibits, and hayrides. Then at 2pm, meet at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area parking lot for an afternoon of Fall/Halloween themed programs and games, candy for Trick-or-Treaters, and ghost hikes. A hayride shuttle will transport visitors between Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Advance reservations required for nighttime ghost hikes; space is limited. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach; 910-458-5798;; and Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Hwy. 421, Kure Beach; 910-458-5538

Oct. 22—
Halloween Pirate Adventure. 11am-5pm. Hop aboard the M/V Shamrock along with Capt. Don Juan Cortez, local pirate storyteller, on an adventure out to Masonboro Island, a land teeming with pirates and their booty! Learn about the rich nautical history of our waterways as you search for buried treasure! Admission charged. Tours depart across from Blockade Runner Resort on the hour, beginning at 11am. Discounts for kids in costume. Blockade Runner dock (sound side), 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach. 910-200-4002;

Oct. 23—
Carnage International Film Festival. 1-3pm & 3:45-5:45pm. A day of movie short & feature films from the genres Horror, Sic-Fi, Thriller, Suspense, Gore. Thalian Hall, Wilmington; 910-632-2285;

Oct. 25—
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash. 5:30pm-8pm. Batty Battleship is a fun, family-oriented trick-or-treating event for little ghouls and goblins with games, activities, food, and storytelling. Admission charged; children 2 and under are free. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. 910-251-5797;

Oct. 26 & 27—
Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea. 5pm-8:30pm. Families can enjoy thrills & gills in the same day. Indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story-telling, magic shows, spooky divers and haunted gardens are highlights at this family Halloween party. Note: only umbrella strollers permitted. Admission charged (children 2 and under free). NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach; 910-458-8257;

Oct. 28—
Kooky Spooky Jam-Boo-Read! 5-7pm. A kids’ street festival with scary stories and non-scary fall-theme games and activities. Kids are invited to arrive in costume or as a favorite book character for the zombie dance party. Other Halloween/fall theme activities throughout the month of October. Admission charge. Children’s Museum, Wilmington. 910-254-3534;

Oct. 31—
AquaCamp: Spooky Critters. Halloween day camp (ages 5-12) features slippery, slimy animal programs and crafts. Admission charge; pre-registration required. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach; 910-458-8257;

Oct. 31—T
rick-or-Treat at the Mall. 5-7pm. Kids arrive in costume and retailers provide candy. Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., Wilmington. 910-392-1776;

Festivals and events provide a fun and affordable way to experience a destination. For more information about Fall featured events, experiences and seasonal specials, visit For a free official visitors guide to Wilmington, N.C.'s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, please call 910-341-4030 or 1-866-266-9690. Or stop by the Visitor Information Center located at 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, or visit For a complete calendar of events, visit Before traveling, please call event venue to confirm date, time, prices.

October 16, 2011

A Poem: The Fort Fisher Hermit

In memory of Robert E. Harrill Died - June 4 1972

On the peaceful shores of Fort Fisher
A man by the name of Robert 'resides
Where sun kissed waters of North Carolina
Sweep inland ' where Robert ' supposedly hides.
Yet if truth be known 'he just lived a life more simplified.
"Our lives are frittered away by detail"
He once said to a traveling man.
"I can teach you how to survive with common sense, if I can"
And shook the hand of the traveling man.

He abandoned what the rest of the world
Considered necessary ' yet at the same time ' was enviable
As Robert had the courage 'to break free ' and live
By his own standards ' which many thought commendable.
He lived a life ' less challenged ' in his own way
Near the peaceful shores of Fort Fisher
' Robert decided to stay ' This was a life
Some dreamed of living' but didn't dare
Surviving off hand outs ' that many travelers share.

He adopted a faith in rebellion
Spending seventeen years ' beneath the stars
Sleeping close to nature ' with passionate endeavour
He removed himself from a world of fast living and cars
Yet life for him was spent poorly without a dime to his name
"I came into this life with nothing" he said.
"And intend to go out the same "
He left behind the negatives and walked away from life
But maybe held the memories ' for the love of his late wife.

Over time, he gained a deeper understanding
Of his surroundings ' with an extrinsic desire
To discover the lessons within.
He had set up home in a bunker 'not far from the beach
In his old straw hat and tatty shorts
' Survival skills ' he'd teach.
Folks ' they call me a hermit
And maybe ' they've got me right
But who are they who stay at home 'watching Tv every night.

Their minds are not their own' you know
Are these folks truly happy ' I bet their answer's no
Now take this life ' I've simplified '
They wish they had the same ' I am nothing but a fisherman
But a hermit ' I've been named.
You could live your days ' just like mine
Without the need of a retirement plan
Just forget the pressures of your life
And live it as simple' as you possibly can.

I guess old Robert ' had mastered the art of peaceful living
People from all over the world' traveled to visit him.
It wasn't until years later did those who met him' learn
That the one they named the hermit ' was in fact a victim.
It is sad when you think how people would beat and rob him
This simple man with the ambition 'to live his life simplified
Came to a quiet place only to be victimised and sadly died
In a brutal worthless attack by those who remain blameless
Killed for space he claimed by those who remain nameless

Written by S.Thorn

October 14, 2011

Photos: Filming of Arthur Newman Golf Pro in Carolina Beach, NC

Here are some photos from last nights filming of Arthur Newman Golf Pro on Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. The movie stars Colin Firth (pinkish/orange shirt & glasses) and Emily Blunt (short black hair, long grey top with black leggings).

The scene was described by the photographer as follows:
Tonight's scene involved a car chase with Emily Blunt's character driving. She finally gets stopped after running over a spike strip. The officer comes to her door and tells her to get out. She says "I know my rights, I'm a college graduate." She is supposed to be drunk. She is then arrested, handcuffed on the hood of her car & taken to the police vehicle.

During one take, Emily forgets to put the car in park and when she is pulled out of the vehicle by the officer, it starts rolling. They kept filming the scene so it might make for a nice blooper clip You could hear everyone saying "ohhhh." It was funny.

Photo: Lightning Off the Carolina Beach Coast

Here's a cool photo of the storm that was off our coast Wednesday night. Thanks to Katrina Pacek for sharing the pic with blog readers.

October 13, 2011

Carolina Beach Fire Department BBQ October 22, 2011

Date: October 22, 2011
11:00am - 7:00pm
CBFD Station @9 South Dow Road

•Barbeque Plates $8.00 (Barbeque, Beans, Slaw, Hushpuppies & Drink -water, tea or soft drink), •Sandwiches $4 or 2 for $7
•Pint of BBQ $10,
•Pint of Slaw or Beans $3,
•Dozen Hushpuppies $1,

•Extra drink $1.
•Homemade desserts will be available for sale.
(Enjoy your meal at the station or you can get it to go.)

The firefighters cook all the food and the Fire Belles, who are the wives of the firefighters, will have homemade desserts for sale. So please, come support you local firefighters and enjoy some very yummy food. Make sure to bring the kids so they can tour the station and get some hands on fun with the big red fire trucks!

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