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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Reason No. 342 to Visit Carolina Beach

Have you been to Britt's Donuts at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk?


Oh my ... you have no idea what you're missing.

Britt's sickly sweet, slightly salty glazed donuts always melt in the mouth and have been an area institution since Franklin D. Roosevelt lived in the White House.

Remember Saturday Night Live's skit at the lunch counter? "Cheeseboiger, cheeseboiger, cheeseboiger ..."

"No Coke. Pepsi."

Britt's is similarly minimalist, with not much to choose from except glazed donuts and some drinks.

It's an experience.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Lots of summer action left at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover has announced a few exciting changes to the schedule of the Boardwalk Blast Summer Event Series, which will continue throughout the summer.

The updated schedule is as follows:
· Tuesday is Family Night 6-8pm includes bounce house, kids’ activities, variety shows, karaoke, arts & crafts. Free
· Wednesday is Cash Bingo 6-8pm, Cash prizes up to $1,000. Nominal fee to play.
· Thursday features Live Music at the Gazebo 6:30-9:30pm. Great local or regional bands perform at the Gazebo stage before and after the fireworks display at the Boardwalk. Free
· Sunday Trop Rock DJ 6-8pm. Island country & Carribean tropical rock music. Time to relax and enjoy before the movie at the lake! Free

Also don’t miss the last daytime Battle of the Bands Competition from 2-5pm on the Beach Stage on Aug 8, plus Jazz Under the Stars from 9-11pm. Upcoming Jazz dates are: July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 5. All are free.

“We still have a lot of the summer left, with plenty of good music to see,” emphasized organizer Brett Keeler.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pleasure Island included in summer travel feature

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach were recently mentioned in The New York Times' Sunday Travel Section. The story, titled "One Summer, 14 Weekends," boasted that the area has "pleasurable beaches for catching a tan," and mentions hiking at Carolina Beach State Park, the wonders of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the 712-foot-long Kure Beach Pier, where hopeful fisherman can snag mackeral and flounder.

The brief story also cites the Cape Fear River, which "rambles past [the] historic and picturesque city of Wilmington, N.C., widening and creating slivery barrier islands with [the] river on one side and the Atlantic on the other."

Sounds so beautiful and fun, I wished I lived there. Good thing I already do.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

They Swim With Their Homes On Their Backs/Update 7/10/09

If you're like me your knowledge of sea turtles comes from those exciting scenes in "Finding Nemo," where the surfer dude turtle cruising the EAC (East Australian Current) marvels at his rambunctious young son, Squirt.

But sea turtles have an even more fascinating life than even Hollywood could imagine.

Consider these facts:

> Female loggerhead sea turtles lay an average of 120 eggs in each nest and may nest up to 7 times in one season.

> When resting, sea turtles can hold their breath for several hours.

> Sea Turtles reach sexual maturity around 25 years.

> Sea turtles swim speeds that can reach up to 35 mph.

> Female sea turtles return to the same beaches where they were born to lay their nests.

For information about sea turtles in the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach area, please visit

To see a sea turtle "boil" (hatchlings), please visit

JULY 10, 2009, SEA TURTLE UPDATE -- On Wednesday, July 8, a rare leatherback sea turtle plodded onto the sands of Carolina Beach to lay her eggs. The endangered leatherback, whose shell is not hard like a loggerhead's, is about half the size of a Volkswagon Beetle, according to Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Busovne. "Since our project began in the 80s, we've never seen evidence of a leatherback. This is truly remarkable."

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