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Friday, June 26, 2009

4th of July Weekend: Blivet! Will Rock Tangerine Caribbean Grill

The site: Tangerine Caribbean Grill in Carolina Beach (covered outdoor deck)
The Date: Sunday, July 5
The Time: 3pm-7pm
The Band: Blivet!

If you like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, the Beastie Boys, Creedence, the Doobies, Stones, Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Sheryl Crow, the Doors, Keb Mo, Styxx, Norah Jones, the Police, Skynyrd ...

The list goes on and on. Put simply, Blivet! is a fun band that plays something familiar for everyone. Visit the song list at the band's website --

Grab a brew, dance barefoot, and rock with Blivet!

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Carolina Beach/Kure Beach Vacation: Smoke-Free in 2010

Cough! Hack! Cough! Hack!

No more.

Even in the cradle of Tobacco Road, it's finally happened -- North Carolina legislators recently passed a bill prohibiting smoking in all bars and restaurants, effective January 2, 2010.

There are those who will whine about this law, but I am not one of them. On the contrary, I applaud it and will most likely go out to eat and drink more because of it. Most sensible establishments have already gone smoke-free anyway, so this was a fait accompli.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Learn How to Handle Rip Currents

A vacation to the sunny shores of Carolina Beach or Kure Beach might include rip currents, which are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from the beach. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. If you find yourself in a rip current, do not panic. There is a tried and true method to extract yourself from a rip current.

Click here for further tips on how to handle these dangerous surf phenomenon.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

That Police song

I'll send an s.o.s. to the world
I'll send an s.o.s. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah

Turns out one turned up in Kure Beach recently. Richard Vieregge came across a message in a bottle while he was roaming the beach during a break from painting.

The note was dated May 11, 2009, and was sent by a group of Florida residents from a boat off the Canary Islands. That's just off the coast of North Africa, so the bottle travelled quite a distance in a month.

Nicholas Sparks would be proud.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hey Chowder Head! Michael's Seafood Restaurant Competes on National Stage

Michael and Shelly McGowan of Michael's Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach are in Rhode Island this week for the Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off. The couple have been invited to compete in the Newport event before, but have always declined.

This year, though, "Captain M's Seafood Chowder" will compete at a major cook-off that expects to attract 30,000 people.

Each entrant is expected to bring at least 120 gallons of chowder, but just to be sure the McGowans decided on 200. Mike and his team prepared chowder for four consecutive days and built a custom cooler to fit in the back of his truck.

The heaviest load they'll carry, however, is the hopes and dreams of the entire state of North Carolina. Congressman Mike McIntire called to offer support, State Senator Julia Boseman drove from Raleigh to give them a state flag to fly at the contest, Governor Perdue sent a letter, and the state Senate issued a proclamation.

Talk about a pressure cooker.

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