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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach to hold beauty pageant

Lots of folks outside of the Cape Fear area will probably not know that Miss USA 2009 is right here from southeastern North Carolina. Kristen Dalton, a native of Wilmington, is a veteran beauty pageant winner and took home the big prize a few weeks ago.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach will stage its own pageant, a dazzling display of local lovelies who might one day follow in Ms. Dalton's footsteps. The Miss Pleasure Island Beauty Pageant is scheduled for May 15. Please call 910-798-6405 for details.

Stimulus money coming in to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach

Carolina Beach is scheduled to receive $3.3 million in federal stimulus money – the most of any community in the state. The loot will be used to build two stormwater ponds to help with runoff in the Wilmington Beach area and replace old sewer lines along U.S. 421 through its central business district.

Kure Beach was awarded nearly $620,000 to replace approximately 6,500 feet of sewer line along U.S. 421 around its commercial corridor.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rides! Cotton Candy! Hot Dogs!

It's official: The Carolina Beach Town Council this week approved a proposal for putting amusements on the Boardwalk -- beginning this summer. Rides will be open till 11pm on Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Click here to see a layout of where the rides will be set up.

Time your Ferris Wheel ride right and you could see fireworks from a most enviable location. Fireworks displays in Carolina Beach are scheduled for Friday, May 22, every Thursday beginning June 4 and ending Aug. 27, plus 4th of July (Saturday), and Friday, Sept. 4.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

13th Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off

When: Saturday, April 18, 11:30am
Where: Carolina Beach Lake
How much? $5 (ages 6 & under Free)
Logistics: Free parking at Federal Point Shopping Center (3rd traffic light after bridge; free trolley to and from venue)

Hard to believe it's been over a dozen years since the first Chowder Cook-off, but the annual event has just gotten better and better. Speak truth to chef as area cooks show off their best in rich, creamy chowders -- clam, oyster and seafood! For just $5 you can sample all you like, and then vote for your favorite.

The party includes live music, games, face painting, balloon art, and the obligatory inflatable slide. Join Mad Science of Coastal Carolina in interactive science experiments that could include that working volcano last seen on The Brady Bunch.

Don't care for chowder? Fret not. The day also features hot dogs, fudge, funnel cakes, soda, beer and wine. Sorry, no coolers and please leave Fido at home.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Daytripper 101: The Charms of Southport

Southport, the old fishing village just across the river from Pleasure Island, is the type of town that is inevitably called quaint. Fortunately, it lives up to the description. Situated along the west bank of the Cape Fear River’s mouth, Southport is reachable by ferry from Fort Fisher and is a great day-trip for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach vacationers.

Steeped in American history, the town has always attracted sailor types. In fact the earliest settlers arrived shortly after Columbus, in 1524. The first European vessel constructed in the New World was built on these banks. Other firsts include North Carolina’s first fort (Fort Johnston, 1754). In 1795 the soldiers at the fort fired 13 cannon shots to honor the 13 states, thus celebrating one of the earliest known 4th of July celebrations.

Today, Southport’s July 4th festivities are a blowout 4-day event and popular throughout the Cape Fear region and Southeastern North Carolina. Southport’s shopping includes funky little stores and antiques galore, the restaurants are varied and welcoming, and the old homes are remarkable (check out, for example, the Captain Thompson Home, an intriguing peek into the life of a genuine Civil War blockade runner).

Hollywood has not been immune to Southport’s charms, filming several movies in the last few decades, including 1986’s “Crimes of the Heart," starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lang and Sissy Spacek.

Perhaps the best part about Southport? Unlike other communities in the area, public parking is free -- and it’s a great place for bike riding.

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