August 30, 2012

Nikki's Sushi in Carolina Beach to Open Friday August 31, 2012

Well, the time has finally arrived, Nikki's Sushi in Carolina Beach will be opening this Friday night. 

The Island's newest restaurant will feature a 50 seat dining room plus 45 seats on their patio.  Nikki's will offer the full menu as seen in their other restaurants and will also offer sandwiches and vegetarian dishes. 

They will be open year round Sunday to Thurdsay from 11:00am to 10:00pm and from 11:00am to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.  Nikki's will have a full bar.

For more information, check out their website and/or follow them on Facebook.

Nikki’s Gourmet & Sushi Bar
6 S. Lake Park Blv
Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428
(910) 707-0802

LABOR DAY WEEK ON PLEASURE ISLAND (8-29 to 9-3)


Pleasure Island has a GREAT Labor Day  week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment.  There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise

Please plan on joining us for the final Boardwalk Blast FREE concert on FRIDAY, August 31st from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring the Eastbound.

EASTBOUND
Modern Country would be the category that EastBound would land under if you were to look them up. But, if you have had the chance to see their LIVE show you would walk away finding it difficult to label them as “just” country. Over the years Country Music has welcomed artist from across the charts and EastBound finds great opportunity in that.With the influences of not only the Grand Ole Opry, but, Motown, & Rock the Eastbound show has something for everyone. Great song selection that makes even the non-country fan get up and sing along is their key ingredient.

2011 was an exciting year the guys. Winning the “Bluesapalooza” band competition at THE HOUSE OF BLUES in Myrtle Beach granted them the invitation to perform on the outside stage the entire summer. This recognition and exposure resulted in EastBound playing the hottest spots and becoming one of the top bands in the Myrtle Beach Area.

With over 100 shows to their credit and an impressive list of venues and performances, ( House of Blues, Broadway at The Beach, South Port 4th of July fest, Clayton NC 4th of July fest, Opening spot for Nashville Recording Artist / Actor ( TBS series Leverage ) Christian Kane ) EastBound has definitely made its mark in the region.

And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic final double, end-of-the-season Fireworks extravaganza at 9:00 pm (weather permitting).  Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

Don’t forget about Cash Bingo this Wednesday  at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00 – 9:00, followed by Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30 – 8:30 on Thursday evening. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.

To close out the week, this Sunday, September 2nd, the movie at the Carolina Beach Lake with the exciting Dwayne Johnson action adventure Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island with The Rock, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine.    The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on.

These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.
 
Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.
 
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org




August 28, 2012

Video: Catching a Wave in Carolina Beach

Catching a nice boggie board ride on a wave in Carolina Beach.  Video posted on Youtube by Teamkhines

Photos: Utility Workers Head South on I-95 to Take on Hurricane Isaac

Yesterday I encountered a 20 vehicle convoy of Mastec utility workers heading south on I-95 in South Carolina.  They were on there way to take on whatever Hurricane Irene might throw at our neighbors to the south. It warms the heart to know that when a community is in need, help is on the way.



WMBF: 10 point buck washes ashore in Myrtle beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Witnesses say a 10-point buck swam hundreds of yards into the ocean and drowned Sunday night.

Candace Stimpson says she and her husband witnessed the deer struggling in the ocean near the Sands Beach Club, and couldn't help but feel badly for the animal...

The buck reportedly struggled for about 45 minutes and finally succumbed to the waves, washing up on the beach a few minutes later.

Read the full WMBF story here.

Photo credit:  Photo from the Owl and the Wildcat blog.  Visit the blog post to read of a deer that went for a swim in the San Francisco bay area and encountered a curious seal.  Very cool blog post with many photos.

Huffington Post: Hurricane Irene Facts: A Region-By-Region Look At The Storm's Toll

August 27, 2012

Hurricane Irene and its remnants raked the Caribbean, the eastern U.S. and Canada for more than a week a year ago. Though it never hit the U.S. as anything stronger than a minimal hurricane, it killed at least 67 people in all and ranks as the costliest Category 1 storm on record since at least 1980. It caused an estimated $15.8 billion in total damage...

NORTH CAROLINA
Deaths: 7
Damage: At least $1.2 billion
Power outages: 660,000
The center of Irene made its first U.S. landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks, a series of barrier islands. The storm cut a breach through Hatteras Island, resulting in the construction of a temporary bridge.

Read the full article here.

Greater Wilmington Business Journal: Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar to open downtown

By J. Elias O'Neal 
August 27, 2012 
GWBJ

A popular Carolina Beach restaurant is opening its second location in downtown Wilmington.

Sean Cook, managing partner of Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, confirmed Monday that the locally-based seafood eatery is opening its newest venture at 109 Market St. in the former Green’s Grille location... 

Read the full story here.

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar website

August 26, 2012

Man Kills Rabid Bobcat After Attack on Oak Island, NC

The Brunswick County Health Department reported in a press release that a bobcat went on an attack rampage earlier this month in Oak Island and was later found to carry the rabies virus. Fortunately, no individuals were exposed to the virus.

On August 17, 2012, a man saw a bobcat chasing his dog on Long Beach Road on Oak Island. The bobcat took a single swipe at the dog and then ran into the woods. Approximately an hour later, the same bobcat attacked a man who was in his yard. The man retrieved a tire iron, threw it at the cat and killed it.

Neither man had direct contact with the cat and they did not require rabies treatment. The owner of the dog dog was careful not to expose himself to saliva while tending to his dog. The dog was current with its rabies vaccinations and only required a booster shot.

The bobcat was sent to the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh and it tested positive for rabies. This marks the fourth case of rabies in the Brunswick county this year.

Photo credit (from Tuscon AZ)

WWAY: 2.75 million-year-old whale skull on display at Lake Waccamaw

Submitted by Marissa Jasek 
08/24/2012 

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) -- A whale skull fossil found in Lake Waccamaw four years ago is now on exhibit (at Lake Waccamaw State Park). 

Scientists estimate the fossil is 2.75 million years old. They also say they may have discovered an entirely new species. 

Read the full story here 
Photo from article.

Pic of the Day: Carolina Beach Clouds

Very creative shot of Carolina Beach from earlier this month. Photo by Keith Bloemendaal.

August 23, 2012

The Daily News: Nearly 20 Sea Turtles Released

August 23, 2012 
Jannette Pippin - Daily News Staff 

ATLANTIC BEACH — Nearly 20 juvenile sea turtles caught a lift out to sea Wednesday with the help of the Coast Guard. 

Five sea turtles that have been under the care of the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores were loaded onto the Cutter Staten Island based at Fort Macon for the trip out to sea to be released. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission coordinated the release of 12 others. 

For the young loggerheads, it was a free ride 55 miles out to the Gulf Stream, where they would have headed naturally had circumstances not changed their path... 

Read the full article here 
Photo from story

Possible Large Shark Spotted Near Swimmers in Avon, NC

This photo appeared in the Virginia Pilot and was taken by Henry Harris from Calvert, MD.  On August 15th, Henry was enjoying a day at the beach with his friends in Avon, NC when he got the surprise of a lifetime after noticing a massive shark fin near his unsuspecting friends.

At the time, Henry was on the shore taking some photos of his friends bodyboarding.  He took a break from shooting pictures and began looking them over.  He was shocked to notice that in one photo there was a huge fin in the water near his friends.  He immediately thought of the movie Jaws and began yelling for his friends to get out of the water.

According to the Virginia Pilot, Henry and his friends showed the photo to a National Park Service Ranger who estimated that the shark would have been between 15 to 20 feet in length.  The Ranger also stated that it was most likely a Great White or Tiger shark and that it had probably come in close to shore to feed.

Read the Virginia Pilot story here.
Photo from article

EDIT: Some experts weigh in here
Here's a zoomed in view: 

August 21, 2012

Pic of the Day: Good Morning Kure Beach

Soothing shot from Kure Beach. Photo by Barbara Jackson Tillison

The Island's Best Ice Cream Treat is at the Veggie Wagon

A couple weeks ago I mentioned on our Facebook page that the Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach was coming out with a new product that was going to take the island by storm and I'm happy to say that it has finally arrived!! Head over to their shop today and get yourself a "Wagon Wheel." 

It's a homemade ice cream sandwich made with their very popular cookies and their yummy all natural soft ice cream. At $3.99 each, you'll find yourself going back for seconds. YUMMY!!

Pic of the Day: Time to play in Carolina Beach

It's time to play in Carolina Beach so come join us. Photo by Greg George

THIS WEEK ON PLEASURE ISLAND (8-20 to 8-26)

(Press Release)
Pleasure Island has another great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment.  There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise.  Please plan on joining us for Thursday nights’ FREE concert on August 23rd from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring the Radio Flyer.

Interview written by Jeff Reid of the Beat Magazine
 
Radio Flyer Band ; A Long Strange Trip
Shorty Watkins, was born and raised in the Wilmington area. He was introduced to the guitar by his father and uncle who were always playing guitars together at family gatherings and "white lightning" parties. "My dad bought me my first guitar for my 8th grade graduation" recalls Watkins. "It was a Stella and he got it from Finkelstein's Music." Leslie Amen, who played with local favorites Hayseed and the Rhythm Range Riders, taught Shorty a few chords and how to tune and he was on his way.

Like most local musicians who wanted to perform, then and now, Shorty's career was fueled by the tourist trade. "In the early 60's I started playing in bands on the party boats at Carolina Beach for Carl and Skippy Winner," states Watkins. The atmosphere was infectious---huge crowds hung around the docks, girls chasing musicians, musicians chasing girls. During the summer, the boats were being filled several times a night, seven days a week with tourists taking a musical moonlight cruise. Musicians that Shorty -played with at the time reads like a list of Wilmington's who's who; Buddy Skipper, Pug West, Charlie Daniels and Paul Peek. "Peek especially, was a legend at the time," explains Shorty. "He had been a member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, was in a movie with Jane Mansfield, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show twice and had recordings in the charts."

It was this connection with Peek that helped jump Shorty's career from the party boats to the road circuit. Shorty continues, "I was working at Wilson's grocery during the day and Pug West came by to ask if I wanted a job with Paul Peek. I quit Wilson's that day and moved up to Jacksonville." Soon after, they formed Shorty and the Shays and hit the road playing the Whiskey A-Go-G0 circuit and made Atlanta, Georgia their home base. "I was looking for the big time," states Shorty. "I was introduced to the Bill Lowery Talent Agency and started to do session work in Atlanta studios."
Working with the future Atlanta Rhythm Section producer Buddy Bui, sessions included work with the Classic's 4 and BJ Thomas.

And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting).  Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

The following night, we will be presenting our final FREE Summer Concert Series at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area with the crowd favorite – The MAKO Band.  The Mako Band has been performing in the Carolinas & Virginia since 1992. The Band plays a variety of 70's, 80's and 90's Beach, Boogie & Blues.  Featuring Keyboards - Saxophone - Guitar - Bass & Pulse Pounding Drums topped off with Polished Vocals, Comprises this highly experienced group of Entertainers.

Don’t forget about Family Night every Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.

To close out the week, this Sunday, August 26th, the movie at the Carolina Beach Lake will be a blast from the past with the presentation of Elvis’ 1962 classic Blue Hawaii, with renditions of two of his biggest hits “Rock-a-Hula Baby” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. The fantastic 1962 feature will sure be a hit with the Ladies on their night out in Carolina Beach!  The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.

. Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Also starring Joan Blackman and Angela Lansbury. 

All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on.

These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.

Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org

August 20, 2012

Video: Waterspout at Rodanthe, NC on August 19, 2012

This is shaping up as the year of the waterspouts in North Carolina.  Here's another video of a waterspout off of Rodanthe, NC on Sunday, August 19, 2012.  The video was posted on Youtube by Liz Jones.
 

Sea Turtles Begin to Hatch at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach

Aug 16, 2012 (Press Release)

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. — There’s a sense of quiet anticipation among visitors and residents of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina. That’s because the Loggerhead sea turtle nests scattered along the shoreline are starting to break through the sand to hatch. Volunteers are on high alert and ready to help lead the Loggerhead hatchlings to safety.

There are currently 23 nests at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, aptly located on Loggerhead Road, in addition to 10 on Kure Beach and six on Carolina Beach. Loggerhead nests started hatching in late July and are expected to continue into September. Volunteers can sign up to watch the nests on a limited basis. After the eggs hatch, volunteers may help dig a trench to the ocean to increase survival chances for the hatchlings.

One of the most popular animals found along Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, the average Loggerhead turtle measures around 35 inches when fully grown and typically nest on the ocean beaches during the warmer months. They are now considered an endangered species as a result of untended fishing gear and the loss of suitable nesting beaches.

According to a representative from the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project – a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting all sea turtle species – there are several things beachgoers can do to help ensure the safety of Loggerheads:
  • Make sure to fill in all holes before leaving the beach
  • Don’t leave trash of any sort behind
  • Don’t leave any of your belongings, such as tents and chairs, on the beach overnight
  • Outside lighting should be kept to a minimum as hatchlings rely on the moon’s reflection to lead them to the ocean, and they are easily confused by other lights
The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is currently offering a “Turtle Talk” at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor’s Center every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. At this weekly event, project founder Susi Clontz shares her insight about Loggerhead sea turtles and ways to help this beloved and threatened species. During nesting season from May through August, the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project monitors turtle activity from the southern end of Kure Beach to the northern end of Carolina Beach.

Visitors to the area can also learn more about Loggerhead sea turtles and get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how they are cared for at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 

Late summer and early fall are the perfect times to visit one of these beach towns, whether you want to see the Loggerhead turtles first-hand, or enjoy a beach getaway. Families have been visiting Carolina Beach for decades to experience its nostalgic charm and to “stay original,” while neighboring Kure Beach’s relaxed, small-town atmosphere makes it easy to recharge and reconnect. Book your getaway now – some of the best rates are available in late August and September.

About Carolina Beach:
Carolina Beach is North Carolina’s original beach. This recently renovated seaside town offers the best of a North Carolina beach experience from the past with a fun, family-friendly spin for today. Visitors can experience a scenic, nationally recognized boardwalk, the Carolina Beach State Park, one-of-a-kind festivals and events, miles of pristine beach and local character around every corner. For more information, go to www.VisitCarolinaBeachNC.com or call (800) 641-7082. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarolinaBeachNC or Twitter @CarolinaBeachNC.

About Kure Beach:
Kure Beach, North Carolina’s small wonder, offers a naturally beautiful setting and small-town atmosphere. The coastal beach community, with its relaxed pace, lets visitors unplug and reconnect while they enjoy an undeveloped beach and signature state attractions, including the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For more information, go to www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/kurebeach or call (800) 631-1460. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KureBeachNC and Twitter @KureBeachNC.
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CONTACT:

Kristin Kelly

919.277.1180
kkelly@fwv-us.com
Photo from Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project Facebook page.

August 18, 2012

Pic of the Day: Good Morning Carolina Beach


Good morning Carolina Beach! Photo taken earlier this week by Lisa Michele Hagan.

Videos: Sea Turtle Hatchings in Kure Beach and Carolina Beach

The following videos were posted on Youtube by ndorow

Carolina Beach Sea Turtle Nest #1 is a loggerhead sea turtle nest that was laid on June 4 and hatched on August 5, 2012. 

Kure Beach Sea Turtle Nest # 2 is a loggerhead sea turtle nest that was laid on June 9 and hatched on August 5, 2012. This nest yielded 94 live hatchlings

WISTV: Whale fossil discovered on Flint River

"Did you know there were whales at one time in South Georgia? It's true. About 35 million years ago.

And now a team of geologists is digging out one huge piece of a whale as fascinating proof.


Three students and two professors from Georgia Southern University dig carefully on the bank of the Flint River, unearthing so far about a 7 foot fossil of the backbone of a 35 million year old whale."

Read the full WISTV story here

Suprise Sea Turtle Nest Hatches in Kure Beach

Check out these cool photos from Barbara Tillison of a surprise nest hatching in Kure Beach. This sea turtle nest had not been previously identified during the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Patrol's normal checks. Barbara feels that the nest was probably laid during a period of extremely high tides and the tracks were covered up by the time the PISTP came by on patrol.

The nest hatched in the wee hours of August 17th and was located in a Kure Beach neighborhood.  From their starting point, the baby turtles had a long journey to the ocean waters and had to pass through neighborhood yards, across a road, up to the Trading Post and then across the sandy beach. Several of the turtles got lost in the maze of obstacles but fortunately a few were discovered by some helpful people who then contacted the PISTP.  

All the little ones were eventually rounded up and were able to join their siblings for their Atlantic journey.  You can view more photos on the Barbara Tillison Photography facebook page.
 





August 17, 2012

Star News: Cape Fear River to get man-made oyster reef

By Kate Elizabeth Queram
August 14, 2012
Wilmington Star News

In about three years, the lower Cape Fear River will have its first oyster reef, a man-made structure built with locally manufactured concrete materials that officials said will benefit both the river’s water quality and the region’s commercial and recreational fishermen.

“By creating long-term sustainable oyster reefs, you get a known location where people can come and fish,” said Pelle Holmlund, a biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries. “These oyster reefs are some of the best artificial reefs you can get...”

Read the full article here
Photo from article

Excellent Video of the 2011 Carolina Beach Waterspout

This video is from last year's waterspout and was just recently uploaded to Youtube by jmkesler. It is the best one that I've seen to date. It really shows just how close some people actually got to the spout. Some noteworthy spots: 

At 5:50, people begin to flee as it is apparent the spout is about to hit land. 

At 5:55, a gentleman attempts to get his beach chair as it is sucked into the spout. 

At 6:13, a gentleman walking on a beach access pier nonchalantly watches the spout as it closes in on him. 

The total length is 6:58 minutes and it's worth watching in its entirety.

For more waterspout videos and photos, visit our blog post here
 

The History of the Kure Beach Pier

Kure Beach Pier is the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast. My grandfather L.C. Kure first built the pier in 1923. His father Hans A. Kure had bought the property the Town of Kure Beach presently encompasses around the turn of the century. 

His dream, with his son's help, was to build an entertainment complex for the citizens of Wilmington to visit. Although many ideas were tried, for example, pavilion, bars, bathhouse and cottages, the pier was the last idea to be built and the only to remain.

The first pier was 120 feet long and 22 feet wide. Pine poles were cut from the forest along the river and used as pilings. Very little was known about sea worms or other marine borers, and as a result, the first pier was destroyed or fell down the first year.

The pier was then rebuilt in 1924. This time it was built 240 feet long and 32 feet wide. Cement pilings were used that were built by L. C. Kure. He developed a new method of pouring concrete, which is today known as reinforced concrete... 

Read more about the history of the KB Pier at  the KB Pier's website.

News & Observer: A 478-pound shark catch that nobody knows about

By Tim Stevens 
August 2, 2012 

Fifty-two years ago, 132-pound Bob Kentrolis broke his reel and wore out the knees of his blue jeans while wrestling what may have been a world record 478-pound blue shark to the sand of Wrightsville Beach. His catch is still the state record, but at the time his trophy was hushed more than celebrated. 

Kentrolis was a student at New Hanover High on June 1, 1961, when he finally won the 12-hour tug-of-war with the massive fish off the Crystal Fishing Pier, near the Masonboro Inlet... 

Read the full News & Observer story here.

August 13, 2012

Pic of the Day: Fireworks at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

  Cool shot of the fireworks at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Photo by Lee Parsons

THIS WEEK ON PLEASURE ISLAND (8-13 to 8-19)

Pleasure Island has another great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise. Please plan on joining us for Thursday nights’ FREE concert on August 16th from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring the Bibis Ellison Band. 

Bibis Ellison is the lead singer of the Bibis Ellison band, who reinvents everything from The Police to Florence and the Machine. She also plays as part of a piano/vocal duo. She performs original music of her own as well and has been a guest artist with bands like Glow In The Dark Scars, Mount Moriah, Action Inc, Bellafea and He Is Legend. She keeps busy. 

And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks. 

The following night, Friday, we will be presenting our fifth (and re-scheduled) FREE Summer Concert Series at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area with Kure Beach’s local favorite – South of K. South of K is an acoustic band that many of you will recognize as a neighbor, family member, or even a long time friend! Each member resides or has close ties to Kure Beach, NC. Dennis Cooper, Aaron and Jamie King, and Joey Canady each have a long history of performing in varying music genres, but their love for their brand of bluegrass and their strong friendship has brought them together to form South of K. What you will experience with this band is more than merely music; it's "friendship manifested in music!" 

Don’t forget about Family Night every Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. 

To close out the week, this Sunday, August 19th, the movie at the Carolina Beach Lake will be the animated sequel, Happy Feet Two with voices by Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. 

Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica where, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven-a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father's "guts and grit" as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures-from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals-to put things right. 

All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on. 

These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike. 

Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events. For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.

Five Day Fundraiser for the Island Montessori School in Carolina Beach

Are you ready to get a great deal from a local business and help out the Island Montessori School at the same time? 

The businesses below have been incredibly generous and are donating a portion of all purchases to the school's fundraiser. Please consider making a purchase today and in turn, help the Island Montessori School put the finishing touches on their classrooms. 

To make a purchase or obtain additional information, visit the below link.  The fundraiser is for just five days so please don't delay.

Island Montessori Preschool Fundraiser Link - visit this link to place your order and help the school reach their goal of raising $1,000.  

Thank you for your support! To learn more about the school, visit their website here.

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August 12, 2012

Video: Landing a Tiger Shark 23 Miles Off Wrightsville Beach, NC

The following video was shot 23 miles off the coast of Wrightsville Beach and features a seven foot tiger shark. Howie, who uploaded the video, explained to me that the captain of their fishing charter suggested they catch the tiger shark because it had been eating their other catches. 

The group was able to hook the shark and after it gave them a nice run for their money, they were able to bring it to the boat and then release it.  This 'hooked' encounter provided more than enough motivation for the shark to move on to different fishing grounds.

Howie did not recall the exact location but noted that there was a weather buoy in the vicinity. 

Video: Dog Vs. Shark at Folly Beach, SC

A group of fisherman are shocked when their dog jumps into the water as they are attempting to land a small bonnet head shark.  The video was shot in Folly Beach, SC and posted on youtube by MrTechman6. (Caution: Adult Language) 

Video: Alligator Vs. Snake at Kiawah Island, SC

An Alligator chomps down on a snake at a golf course water hazard during the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, SC. The video was posted on youtube by aekupp

August 11, 2012

Photo Essay: Kure Beach Sea Turtle Nest Number 2

PISTP locates a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest in 
Kure Beach on 6/9/12. (photo by Jennier Hufham)
A brief moment to celebrate. Jennifer Hufham & Jen Gore
(photo by J. Hufham)
Victory!! 
George and Paula Plarre were the nest leaders for KB#2.
(photo by J. Hufham)
Digging to verify that mama laid her eggs is a bit like 
seek &find, you have to look everywhere.
 (photo by J. Hufham)


Staking off the nest after covering it with protective netting.  Foxes, raccoons & even dogs will dig up a nest if given the chance. One way mama turtles protect their nest is by carefully disguising where it was laid, hence the earlier game of seek & find.
In late July, a trench is dug to help the
little ones find their way to the ocean. (Photo by Jen Gore)
PISTP volunteers begin nest sitting as the anticipated hatch 
day nears. (Photo by Amber Wendelin Eng of CB Nest 1)
A depression forms at around 10pm on 08/05/12
(photo by J. Hufham)
Hello world!! 88 babies surface from the boil.
(photo by Neal Dorow)

The mad dash towards the (temporary) safety of the ocean.
(photo by Neal Dorow)
Three days later, the nest is excavated to check for live
 turtles and conduct a shell count. Four little ones were 
discovered. (photo by A Eng)
(photo by A. Eng)





(All three photos by A. Eng)


The release of the four babies draws a crowed.
(photo by A. Eng)

Final stats for KB Nest #2: the nest contained 112 eggs - 94 hatched live turtles (including
 four discovered during the excavation) and 18 eggs were unhatched/unfertilized.   
Special thanks to Amber for providing all the nest information & helping with photos.

-KB Nest #2 was adopted in memory of Amber Eng's brother who passed away this past Spring.-


PISTP back on patrol in search of the next nest (photo by Lisa Michele Hagan)
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