May 30, 2012

Island Montessori School Now Hiring Teachers and Enrolling Students

Plans for the Island Montessori School in Carolina Beach are moving right along and they are now hiring qualified lead and assistant teachers.  In addition, they have begun enrolling students ages 1 through 6 for the 2012/13 preschool classes.

For more information, please email Jennifer Friend at and visit their website at  Information on the school can also be found on their facebook page:

May 29, 2012

Double Rainbow in Avon, NC

Check out this amazing photo that was posted on the Outer Banks NC Local Artist Page Facebook page.  Per the posting, the photo was taken in Avon at 5:30pm on May 29, 2012.  They stated that there were many rainbows that appeared between 5-7pm and that a few of them were doubles.

This is a small copied version of the photo.  Please visit their Facebook page to view the full size image, it really is something to see and needs to be viewed in full size.  Outer Banks NC Local Artist Page

Nikki's Restaurant and Sushi Bar to Open in Late June 2012 in Carolina Beach

As most of you know by now, Nikki's Restaurant and Sushi Bar will be opening in Carolina Beach in the building that used to house Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant.  Per an email I recently received from Jin G. who is the manager of Nikki's, they anticipate being able to open by the end of June 2012.

The Carolina Beach Nikki's will have a full bar and they will offer the full menu as seen at their other locations in the Wilmington area.

As an aside, in conjunction with buying the restaurant building, the Nikki's owners purchased the adjacent hotel and are in the process of doing renovations on that property as well.  They have already opened parts of the hotel and they have filled in the pool in order to create a larger parking area.

We wish them the very best with their renovations and anxiously await their grand opening.

Photo credit: Nikki's website.

National Geographic: Underwater Surfer Photo

Check out this pic from the National Geograpic Photo of the Day series. 

Surfer Coco Ho is momentarily suspended weightless between the ocean's surface and the shallow reef.

Click the photo to view the full size pic at Nat Geo.

MindBodyGreen: 7 Health Benefits of Going Barefoot Outside

By Stephanie Slon 

Even though we've come to think of them as a vital part of our lives, only 20 percent of the world's population today wears shoes. Although in western society, shoes are necessary in certain situations, now that spring is here, and summer is on its way, there’s nothing stopping you from finding a park or beach, taking your shoes off and going for a barefoot stroll. The benefits might surprise you. 

Click here to view the list
photo from article

May 28, 2012

Photo: Stone Hits the Carolina Beach Skate Park

Here's a great shot of Stone dropping into the bowl at the CB Skate Park. The photo was taken by his very proud Grandmother, Pam Johnson-Stewart. In our message exchange, Pam stated that Stone goes to CBES (Carolina Beach Elementary School) and is in the 1st grade.  He surfs and also takes karate here on the island.  She concluded by saying that the island offers so much for our younger residents to help keep them healthy and active.

On this Memorial Day, I'd also like to extend a big thank you to Stone for being strong and brave while his father, who is in the US military, completes a deployment in Afghanistan. On this day, we not only honor the sacrifices made by our members of the military but also the daily sacrifices made by their families.

Lastly, we would all like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Stone's father.  He was a former Carolina Beach Lifeguard and was a regular fixture in the local surf community.  We wish him a safe and quick return home and he can rest assured that we will always keep a spot open for him in the line-up.

WECT: Rare, albino alligator's birthday celebrated at aquarium

Posted: May 26, 2012

May 27, 2012

Luv2Act Summer Camps in Carolina Beach

Luv2act will be hosting summer camps this year in Carolina Beach.  In addition, they will be having several performances throughout the 2012 summer.

All work­shops will be held at Car­olina Beach Recre­ation Cen­ter, Mon­day through Fri­day from 2:00–5:00pm. Work­shops are for chil­dren age 7-up and cost $100 for the week. There will be at least 2 adults facil­i­tat­ing each camp. (Lim­ited places so enroll soon!). For more information, please visit their website:

Fort Fisher Hermit Festival June 3rd

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and Common Sense Films hosts the Fort Fisher Hermit Festival to celebrate a local legend and commemorate his untimely death four decades ago.
June 3, 2012 - Noon
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Free with aquarium admission: 
$8, adults ages 13-61; 
$7, 62 and older; 
$6, ages 3-12; 
free, children under 2. 

Festival events include a noon screening of the documentary, “The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life and Death of Robert E. Harrill.” Following the screening, the filmmakers Rob Hill and Richard Sirianni will lead a question-and-answer session. In addition, Aquarium educators will guide a walk through the salt marsh to the bunker where Harrill lived. Anyone planning to go on the hike should wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

The unusual life and death of Robert E. Harrill is the stuff of legends. In the mid-20th century, the Fort Fisher Hermit, as he became known, survived harsh conditions and fought personal battles living in the salt marsh south of Kure Beach. For 17 years his subsistence lifestyle and beachcomber philosophies endeared him to thousands of visitors who sought him out. In a tragic turn, Harrill died under mysterious circumstances in 1972.

Learn more information about the Fort Fisher Hermit at

Video: Carolina Beach Engagement Session 05-06-12

The following video was posted on Youtube by tomsapp and features an engagement session teaser video. The video was made by photographer Tom Sapp and features a happy couple enjoying the seaside at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach NC.


May 24, 2012

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Michael Scott Marlowe

Here are some fantastic photos taken on the early morning of May 22nd at the Carolina Beach Pier. The photographer is Michael Scott Marlowe (Shearwater Photography) and he has been nice enough to share these 'electric' photos with blog readers.

Michael loves capturing scenic shots from the island and he has been at it for many years as he explained in our email exchange, "My mother and Grandfather have lived on Pleasure Island since I was a child.  I moved here 12 years ago for school and quickly became infatuated with the Cape Fear region and all its beauty.  Fun facts about islands and ghost ships get me excited, our rich history here has always entertained me so showing off our local beauty with friends and others has become a passion of mine."

Michael first started photography under the name Marlowe Images but recently started a new photography business with the name Shearwater Photography. He is available for any type of photography and/or video services and his rates are very reasonable.  Michael can be reached at 919-223-2517 and you can follow him on his facebook page at

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 .  You can also view previous Guest Photography Series posts here.

Lumina News: Jellyfish bloom early with the return of warm waters

by Daniel Bowden
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As spring shakes off the last vestige of winter, a variety of seasonal species are returning to Wrightsville’s waters. Anyone who has walked along the water’s edge recently has probably noticed all of the washed-up jellyfish.

There are five types of jellyfish commonly found off of the Azalea Coast. The two most likely to wash onto the beach are moon jellyfish, which can be easily identified by the reddish-pink four-leaf clover markings on its back, and the cannonball jellyfish, named for a resemblance to its namesake...Fortunately, they pose little danger to humans...

May 23, 2012

Photos: Fort Fisher, the Perfect Wedding Backdrop.

It is no wonder that Fort Fisher is so popular with brides & grooms, it is just an absolutely gorgeous backdrop.  I'm told there were nine wedding held there last Saturday.

Here are some wonderful shots recently posted by Aria Images Photography.  View all the 76 photos here in the "Brittany and Andy" blog post.

May 21, 2012

Carolina Beach Hampton Inn Moving Forward with an Opening Date of July 2013

Some good news, I've been keeping track of the Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial website for the last several months and they have just added the Carolina Beach Hampton Inn to their hospitality project's list. They state that the hotel is projected to open in July 2013. 

You can view more illustrations/drawings of the hotel at our earlier blog post. (Carolina Beach Hampton Inn

Here's their write-up from the developer's website: 
A 106-room select service Hampton Inn & Suites that is currently under development and projected to open in July 2013. The hotel will provide a full service breakfast, ample meeting space, outdoor pool with sundeck, fitness center, business center, guest laundry room, and beach access. 

Located at the northern end of Pleasure Island on the shores of a scenic, family-friendly North Carolina beach. 

Jump-Start Summer with an Affordable Memorial Day Weekend in Carolina Beach & Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – May 2012 - Are you looking for an affordable way to jump-start the summer? Look no further than Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Last summer Wilmington, N.C. was recognized as an affordable destination by Orbitz (#1 Late-Summer Beach Bargain) and Bloomberg Businessweek (#7 Most Fun, Affordable City). Wilmington’s historic river district and island beaches are affordable year-round with 50+ attractions, accommodations in many price ranges, and free and low-cost events from the river to the sea. Here’s a sampling of Memorial Day weekend activities:

Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27:
• “La Cage Aux Folles.” 8pm (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3pm (Sun.). Musical production. Admission charge. Thalian Hall, Wilmington; 910-632-2285;

Friday, May 25:
• Birding Tours with Audubon North Carolina. 9-11am. Free. Audubon NC guides lead tour of Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area, Wrightsville Beach (North end). 910-686-7527;
• Downtown Sundown Concert Series. 5:30pm. Music by “Spare Change”. Free. Riverfront Park, Wilmington. 910-763-7349;
• Mayfaire Music on the Town. 6-9pm. This week’s band is Dutch Treat (80s rock). Free. Mayfaire Town Centre.
• Fireworks by the Sea. Music at 6:30pm; fireworks at 9pm. Join us for the first weekly fireworks display of the summer. This week’s band is Dogs Ave. Free. Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach. 910-458-8434;

Friday & Sunday, May 25 & 27:
• Shakespeare Youth Company presents Shades of Shakespeare featuring “Twelfth Night.” 8pm. Twelfth Night will be staged on Friday and Sunday. Free. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington. 910-399-2878;

Saturday, May 26:
• Riverfront Farmers Market. 8am-1pm. Free. Wilmington Riverwalk, 910-341-7855;
• Carolina Beach Farmers Market. 8am-1pm. Free. Carolina Beach Lake; 910-431-8122;
• Todd Snyder in Concert to benefit Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green. 7pm. Admission charge. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington. 910-399-2878;

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27:
• Orange Street Arts Festival 2012. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am–5pm. Art, jewelry, pottery, entertainment. Free. Community Arts Center, Orange & 2nd streets, Downtown Wilmington; 910-251-1788;

Sunday, May 27:
• Free Weekly Movies at the Lake. 8:45pm. Free. Outdoor family films shown Sunday evenings during the summer months. Tonight’s film: “Puss ‘n Boots”. Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater. 910-458-8434;

Monday, May 28:
• 47th annual Memorial Day Observance. 5:45pm. This year’s Memorial Day service includes military guest speaker Major General Rodney O. Anderson, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, the Army Ground Forces Band, TAPS, and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters. Free (event only; ship admission not included). Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. 910-251-5797;
• Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. Captain Joe is offering all active and retired military and veterans 20% off any fishing, harbor or sunset cruise on Memorial Day. Departs from 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach (across from Blockade Runner Resort). For more info and reservations (required): 910-200-4002.
• Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market. 8am-1pm. Free. Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach; 910-256-7925.

For a complete Event Calendar visit For a free Official Visitors Guide, call 866-266-9690 or email Special offers, seasonal events and experiences are listed at;,, and Last-minute hotel discounts can be found at

Q/A: Are Golf Carts Allowed at Carolina Beach State Park?

After seeing a comment on one of our Facebook posts regarding this subject, I thought I'd pose the question directly to the park.  They quickly responded with this answer:

Our 7 or so miles of trails are for hiking only and not available or accessible for any “off road” type vehicle, bicycles or even horses. These trails travel through sensitive habitats and are classified as hiking trails only. While local municipalities may pass ordinances regarding operation of golf carts, the public roadways in the park (paved surfaces) are very much like any other state roadway. Park speed limit is 25 mph max.

Golf carts may ride on the paved park roads if:

  • Driven by a licensed driver over 16 yrs. of age
  • Carts must be “street legal”, (i.e. subject to the same requirements as other vehicles). They must be   registered and licensed; must feature seatbelts, headlights, brake lights, four-wheel brakes, proper insurance and a vehicle identification number
  • All State driving and traffic laws apply.

May 20, 2012

Video: Viewing the Carolina Beach Past Through Postcards

Elaine Henson, author of Carolina Beach Postcard History, has one of the most extensive postcard collections in from our area. She shares her passion for Bathing Beauties and the beach communities of North Carolina with Wilmington Weekend.  Video posted on Youtube by Wilmingtonweekend.

Guest Photographer Series: Island Pics Posted by Blog Friends on Facebook

Here are some photos from our Facebook photo album, "Island Pics Posted by Blog Friends."  To date, we have added over 40 photos to the album from various photographers who have captured some amazing & interesting photos from around Pleasure Island.  We'll share five now and post more in the coming weeks.  Once we are caught up, we'll continue to post photos in groups of five as we reach that threshold.

The photos are in no particular order.  Enjoy!

PS.  If you would like a solo post in the guest photographer series, send us an email to  We generally feature between three to five photos and like to have several to choose from. Thanks.

Photo by Greg Frucci of his dog Lucky enjoying the beach on the backside of a small island along the ICC.

Photo by Julie Shrewsbury of her daughter meeting a Kure Beach Lifeguard for the first time.

Photo by Lisa Michele Hagan of her cat Dora enjoying a Carolina Beach sunrise.

Photo by Katrina Pacek of a storm off the Carolina Beach coast.
Photo by Benson Stephens in Carolina Beach.

27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival Rocks the Carolina Beach Boardwalk’s Beach Strand

Carolina Beach, NC – May 2012 / Hospitality 1ST / Do you love beach music, shag-dancing, and good old-fashioned summer fun? Are you in the mood for an original beach experience? Then boogie on down to Carolina Beach on Saturday June 2nd for the 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. Held on the beach strand at the Beach Stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the annual summer music extravaganza features the best in beach music, a laid-back style of rhythm & blues with roots on the Carolina coast. The fun begins on Friday night with a kickoff party at the SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar with music by The Holiday Band. The Carolina Beach Music Festival takes place on Saturday beginning at 11:00am with continuous live music until 4:30pm. This year’s bands include festival favorites The Craig Woolard Band (11:00am); Band Of Oz (1:00pm); and Jim Quick & Coastline (3:00 pm). Gates open at 10:30am, so bring your chairs, sunscreen, and dancing attitude so you can spend all day listening and dancing to classic beach tunes. A shag dance contest follows at the Seawitch Café & Tiki Bar. 

The 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival is presented by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Gates open at 10:30am. Coolers, beverages and food are allowed. No glass; no pets; no refunds. Tickets are now on sale and cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.) and other Carolina Beach locations. For details and online ticket purchases, please visit or call 910-458-8434.
For an original beach experience, spend the weekend at Carolina Beach. On Thursday evening (6:30pm-9:30pm) enjoy a free performance by Live Bait (blues; bluegrass), followed by fireworks over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Continue the fun on Friday night at the SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar (227 Carolina Beach Avenue North) with live beach music. Rest up so you can spend all day Saturday dancing on the beach to three live bands at the Carolina Beach Music Festival (11:00am-4:30pm). Later Saturday evening, shag dancers and beach music lovers will compete for prizes during the Shag Dance Contest at the SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar. Doors open at 5:00pm; contest begins at 8:00pm (admission charge). Dancers of all ages can sign up for the competition (based on availability) in three categories: Pro, Non-Pro and Club-Social. Or, just have fun watching as serious shag dancers kick up their heels and boogie the night away. Wind down on Sunday evening with a Free Movie by the Lake at the Stingray Amphitheater at Carolina Beach Lake. This week’s family film is “War Horse” (PG-13; begins at 8:45pm).
Discover Carolina Beach’s simple pleasures and unexpected treasures, such as the Venus Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Cast your rod and reel from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Sign up for a party cruise or fishing excursion at the Carolina Beach Marina. Just minutes away, explore Kure Beach—North Carolina’s small wonder—where you can unplug and unwind. Fish from the state’s oldest fishing pier. Meet a rare albino alligator and a loggerhead sea turtle, or observe sharks and marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. You can also stroll along a 5-mile stretch of undeveloped beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, explore Civil War history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or take a ferry across the Cape Fear River. Shop the island’s beach boutiques for souvenirs and summer fashions. Dine at restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and regional fare. At day’s end, bunk in at one of the island’s accommodations that range from oceanfront hotels and condominiums to independently-owned motels, beach cottages, or a bed-and-breakfast inn.
For a FREE Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, contact the Wilmington and Beaches Visitors Bureau at 866-266-9690 or visit for a complete calendar of events, packages and specials. For last-minute hotel discounts, visit

Media Contact:
Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau
Connie Nelson
Communications/PR Director
866-266-9690 ext. 120
The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of New Hanover County, North Carolina that stimulates economic development through the promotion of travel and tourism.

May 19, 2012

Tropical Storm Alberto Forms of South Carolina Coast

Talk about an early surprise for the tropical weather season, we have our first storm of the SC coast and the Wilmington area is within the cone of uncertainty.  More than likely, we'll get some gusty winds, some rain and some very good wave action (can you here the applause from the surfers?).



The Veggie Wagon's Community Garden

The Veggie Wagon is proud to announce the newest addition to our store, The Pleasure Island Community Garden. There will be three size of plots available starting at $15 a month or $60 a six month growing season. We will be posting rules and full information shortly. We are taking pre-registration plots, if interested please stop by the store , email, or call 910-805-3014.
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