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CAPE FEAR SHAKESPEARE ON-THE-GREEN FESTIVAL

The time is nigh and the stage is set for the 2016 Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, held every weekend in June at the Hugh Morton Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Now in its 24th season, the annual free-to-the-public Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, in association with the City of Wilmington, will present two shows: “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”   Themes of William Shakespeare’s plays continue to resonate with modern audiences. Have you ever wondered where oft-quoted lines originated? For instance: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them...” and “They do not love, that do not show their love.” These memorable quotes are from Shakespeare’s masterpieces “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” respectively. Both plays are slated for the 2016 season of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green and will be staged on select dates in June.   The Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company kicks off the season performing The Bard’s first romantic comedy, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” This playful show, directed by CFSOTG artistic director Cherri McKay, is about privileged youths with no real responsibility who are living in a world where adults are on the parameter. Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company performances are suitable for families and will be staged at 8:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, June 6-8 and Monday through Thursday, June 13-16.   “Twelfth Night,” directed by Adrian Monte, is this year’s feature production. Among Shakespeare’s most perfect comedies, the romantic plot revolves around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Meanwhile, a satirical subplot unfolds as a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming a count is derailed by the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. Put all these people together and you have a delightful poignant symphony of miscommunication, misconception and non-comprehension, all fueled by romantic desire. Add the lush backdrop of Greenfield Park and you have the makings of a perfect summer outing. Performances are staged each weekend at 8:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 4 through Sunday, June 26. Performance dates for “Twelfth Night” are June 4-5; 10-12; 17-19; and 24-26, with an additional Actor Appreciation show on Thursday, June 23.   Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green is among Wilmington’s most anticipated summer traditions. Visitors and residents enjoy free productions of The Bard's works in a family atmosphere at the Hugh MortonGreenfield Lake Amphitheater. Located in the heart of Wilmington on the lake's edge, the stage is surrounded by stately moss-draped cypress trees and well-manicured gardens of Greenfield Park. With 900 seats, the amphitheater is the only one of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina and is among Wilmington's largest entertainment venues. Performances of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green are free to the public and donations are always welcome and appreciated. Gates open at 6:30 pm; shows begin at 8:00 p.m.   For an evening of laid-back fun that brings the arts and nature together, arrive early and bring a picnic or enjoy a snack from the concession stand. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater is located at 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. For more details call 910-399-2878, email shakespeareonthegreen03@yahoo.com or visit www.capefearshakespeare.com.   Go with the flow and see where the water takes you. Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches is a convenient drive along US 74 (from Charlotte) or I-40 (from Greensboro and Raleigh).  For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, call 1-866-266-9690. For summer highlights and events: www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2016-summer-highlights.

May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for May 2016. Crew Reunion 2015 c Showboat—Systems & Design Saturday, May 14, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm $40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military. Plus tax. As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.   The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Water provided. Registration and payment are due Thursday before the event. Call 910-251-5797 to reserve your space in this fascinating program.   USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion Thursday – Monday, May 26 – 30, 2016 The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association is an organization of the Battleship's crew and their families. On May 26 – 30, 2016, the association will host their annual reunion. The crew and families very much look forward to their annual return to the Battleship to share stories, visit old friends and make new ones. The love they have for their ship makes a powerful bond.   The Association began in June 1962 shortly after the memorial's official dedication in April. The Battleship's first Superintendent, Rear Admiral William Maxwell, one of the Ship's original engineering officers, who initiated the formation of the organization for crew members.   The Battleship would love to help crew members and their families reconnect with their Ship. If you are interested in joining the USS NC Battleship Association or finding out about the annual crew reunion, please contact Museum Services Director Kim Sincox.  Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. For information, contact museum@battleshipnc.com or call 910-251-5797.   USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Crew Meet and Greet Sunday, May 29, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm FREE with Battleship Admission For the first time, the crew members will be holding a special meet and greet on board the NORTH CAROLINA. This is your opportunity to come and speak with the guys who so valiantly served aboard this magnificent vessel. Hear the stories of what life was like living on a navy ship during World War II and thank them for all their efforts as the greatest generation. It’s a perfect time to have the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Official Book by Captain Ben Blee or Cindy Ramsey’s Boys of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA signed by the crew. Event supported by AARP.   Big Macs for the Battleship Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30, 2016 50c from every Big Mac® sandwich sold during Memorial Day Weekend will be donated to the restoration fund of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. With the purchase of an Coca-Cola® product an additional donation will also be contributed.   McDonald’s is carrying forward the message with in store signage, inclusion in advertising and the special Big Macs promotion. Participating McDonald’s locations include Beulaville, Burgaw, Carolina Beach, Clinton, Fairmont, Hampstead, Kenansville, Leland, Lumberton, Newton Grove, Pembroke, Rocky Point, Shallotte, Southport, St. Pauls, Sunset Beach, Supply, Surf City, Wallace, Warsaw, Whiteville and Wilmington, in North Carolina and Darlington and Hartsville in South Carolina.   51st Annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 30, 2016 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm FREE Remember those who gave their lives in service by honoring veterans at the Battleship’s traditional Memorial Day Observance featuring military guest speaker, RADM Christina Alvarado, Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine East, Congressman David Rouzer, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, patriotic music performed by Duke Ladd Band, Taps, and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters.   Battleship Alive! Saturday, May 28, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm FREE with Battleship admission Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras!   Summer Hours Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 27, 2016, going through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

WILMINGTON’S Passion Shines in Annual Azalea Festival

Just in time for the 69th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival (April 6-10), spring arrives in Wilmington and its island beaches with warm weather and azaleas at every turn. During early spring, azaleas dominate Wilmington landscapes with brilliant splashes of pink, red, white and purple. To say that Wilmingtonians are passionate about azaleas is an understatement. The blooming of these colorful flowering shrubs is an annual phenomenon worthy of great celebration and fanfare, as evidenced by the city’s five-day festival in its honor. Wilmington, N.C. is even certified by the Azalea Society of America as an official “Azalea City.” DSC_1577 A Wilmington tradition since 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival ushers in spring with Southern pageantry as Queen Azalea opens the festival with an official coronation. This year UNC-Wilmington graduate and FOX News reporter Anna Kooiman (anchor and co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend, based in NYC) will be crowned Queen Azalea 2016. Ms. Kooiman will be accompanied by a court of Carolina queens. Dozens of Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles, dressed in antebellum-style hoop skirts with matching parasols, will also be in attendance. In the days that follow, festival highlights will include juried arts and craft shows, fireworks (Saturday night), and a street fair (Fri./Sat./Sun.) with exhibits, vendors, live music, entertainment and kids’ activities along Market, Front and Water streets. There’s also an elaborate parade on Saturday morning (begins at 9:30 a.m.), complete with azalea-laden floats, marching bands, clowns, local pageant winners and celebrity guests. This year’s parade viewing area will be along Third Street, from Market Street to Red Cross Street.   Azaleas take center stage during the festival’s official featured tours: the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour and the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Azalea Home TourThe Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour, April 8-10, is one of the South’s longest-running and most popular garden tours. This year’s garden tour theme is “Stepping Into Spring.” The 63rd annual tour showcases 12 private and public gardens that include a mix of established and new lovingly tended landscapes. A new addition is Spectrum Gallery’s “en plein air” artists who will be painting in participating gardens. Tour price includes free admission to Airlie Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. For details and tickets: www.capefeargardenclub.org/azalea-garden-tour. Another time-honored sanctioned event is the Azalea Home Tour (April 9 and 10), showcasing nine private homes and a historic church. Homes are chosen to represent an array of architectural styles found in Wilmington. For home tour tickets: www.historicwilmington.org .   Live music is always a highlight of the N.C. Azalea Festival. This year’s headline acts include two national recording artists who hail from North Carolina: folk/rock musical sensation The Avett Brothers band on April 7 and country music maverick Chase Rice, who will share the stage with Kane Brown on April 9.  A third headline concert features multi-platinum artist/actor/entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, who will delight audiences on April 8 with hits from his 13 albums, including the recently released studio album, BUSH.  Rapper, record producer, and beat boxer Doug E. Fresh will open for Snoop Dogg.   All headline concerts are outdoors on the Belk Main Stage at the Cape Fear Community College Campus in Downtown Wilmington (411 N. Front Street). Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.; gates open at 6:00 p.m. Concerts are rain or shine; standing room only. Tickets for all concerts are available online at www.ncazaleafestival.org and at the N.C. Azalea Festival Office (5724 Oleander Drive, Ste. B7; Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm). Chairs, backpacks, umbrellas, coolers are not permitted inside the venue. Chairs, food and beverage will be available for cash purchase.   Other notable celebrities scheduled to make guest appearances include: U.S. Army-Retired four-star general Dan McNeill; Actress/author/Alzheimer’s spokesperson Bernadette Stanis (“Good Times” Thelma Evans); Nickelodeon actress Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”); Author Tony Tata (former N.C. Secretary of Transportation); Author Kristy Woodson Harvey (“Dear Carolina”); Lifestyle brand owner/furniture designer Roxy Te; American Idol Season 14 runner-up Clark Beckham; Miss North Carolina Kate Peacock; 2016 Festival artist Mary Ellen Golden; and Azalea Festival Princess Lilly Kays.   Festival attendees can immerse themselves in the local culture by downloading the N.C. Azalea Festival App for up-to-date event details, breaking entertainment news, behind-the-scenes buzz and insider tips. For App details, a festival schedule and concert tickets, call 910-794-4650, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org or the festival ticket office (5725 Oleander Dr., Wilmington).   Spring brings blooms, belles, beaches and festivals to Wilmington, N.C. and its island beaches. Come for the N.C. Azalea Festival and stay a few extra days to enjoy the nearby island beaches. Wilmington is a convenient drive along I-40 and US 74. Prefer to fly? The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) offers daily flights to major airline hubs. For a free 2016 Official Visitors Guide to Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, call 1-866-266-9690 or emailvisit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com. For spring highlights and special offers, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2016-spring-highlights/.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR CITY-STYLE OR COASTAL-STYLE

Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight on Thursday, December 31? Since New Year’s Day is on a Friday, why not ring in the New Year and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying your favorite vacation destination? In Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, you can welcome 2016 “city-style” or “coastal-style.” From the river to the sea, there are many ways to celebrate. Riverboat and party cruises sail into the New Year with music, dancing, buffets and champagne toasts. Prefer to live it up onshore? The Island of Lights New Year’s Eve celebration begins at 9:00 p.m. with a street dance/countdown party at the newly renovated Carolina Beach Boardwalk, featuring a deejay and a giant lighted beach ball drop withmidnight fireworks. There are also galas, theatrical productions and contemporary variety shows, as well as restaurant and nightlife festivities. Many outstanding restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus and entertainment, as well as traditional good luck meals on New Year’s Day. Families can cheer for the New Year at the strike of 12:00 noon on New Year’s Eve and again on New Year’s Day at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, then “Toast the Coast” at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher on January 1.   Take advantage of shoulder season rates and stay through the weekend to experience all there is to see and do at our island beaches and on Wilmington’s #1 Best American Riverfront (USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award). Each morning you can wake up to an ocean sunrise, a river vista or a vibrant city view. For hotel specials and packages, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/packages-deals. You’ll also find great after-Christmas sales at beach boutiques, downtown specialty shops and city-style shopping villages. Take in several year-round museums, attractions and tours. To download a free official visitors guide, visit http://365publicationsonline.com/WilmingtonVG2015/.   Here’s a preview of New Year’s events to suit your ‘style’ in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach:   Dec. 31 & Jan. 1- New Year's Noon Countdown at the Children's Museum. 9:00am-12:00pm. Celebration begins at 10:00am with crafts (streamers, crowns, glittery slime), music and dancing. Families count down the New Year at 12:00pm (Noon) with streamers, confetti toss & juice toast! Admission charge. Children's Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St., Wilmington. 910-254-3534;www.playwilmington.org   Dec. 31 – 25TH Annual Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party & Fireworks Extravaganza.  9:00pm-12:30am. This unique New Year’s celebration features a deejay and dancing, followed by the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball at midnight and spectacular fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. Festivities for all ages begin at 9:00pm. Free. Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach.www.pleasureislandoflights.com/the-new-year-celebration.html   Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the Henrietta III. New Year's cruise down the Cape Fear River. Board 8:00pm; cruise 9:30pm-12:30am; party ‘til 1:30am. Heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet, entertainment, party favors and champagne toast. Admission charge. Prepaid reservations required. Board at foot of Dock and Water streets, Downtown Wilmington. 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162;http://cfrboats.com/product-detail/?prod=1011   Dec. 31-New Year’s Eve Party Cruise aboard the Royal Winner Princess II. Boards at 10:30pm; returns 12:30am. Cruise to watch the midnight fireworks with dance music, party favors, champagne toast and the best view for the Island of Lights New Year fireworks.  Cash bar. Departs from Carolina Beach Marina, Carolina Beach. Admission charge. Reservations required. 910-458-5356;www.winnerboats.com/tours-cruises.   Dec. 31—New Year’s “Memphis” Musical Broadway & Gala. 7:00pm-1:00am. Cape Fear Theatre Arts, LLC presents “Memphis,” a Broadway musical gala to benefit Thalian Hall. Enjoy dinner, drinks and live theatre. After the show, ring in 2016 with dancing, karaoke, dessert, party favors and a midnight toast. Admission charge; advance reservations. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820;www.thalianhall.org.   Dec. 31— New Year’s Eve: Baccanalia! Two seatings: 6:00pm & 9:45pm. Tickets include a 4-course meal and show with contemporary acts, music, comedy, party favors, and champagne toast. Advance reservations. Admission charge; tickets required. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. 910-399-3669; www.theatrewilmington.com Jan. 1—Toast the Coast. 9am-5pm. Pint-size revelers and adults can “Toast the Coast” on New Year’s Day at the Aquarium. The coastal theme party lasts all day with crafts, ocean resolutions and programs featuring “What we love most about the coast.” A noise-maker craft and kid parade precede two beach ball drops during the daily dive programs at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Admission charge. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach. 910-772-0500; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Enchanted Airlie Creates Lasting Holiday Memories

Half-mile Walking Trail Features 750,000 Lights, Music, Santa and Superheroes

One enchanted evening can create lasting holiday memories. Each year since first illuminating in 2005, visitors from near and far have made the trek to Airlie Gardens to celebrate the season during its Enchanted Airlie event. On select dates from late November through December 22, Airlie’s tastefully decorated half-mile, self-guided walking trail features elaborate holiday displays with more than 750,000 twinkling lights.

Enchanted Airlie is a holiday light extravaganza like no other, featuring an enchanted forest of lighted oaks and dazzling displays in a coastal garden setting. It’s a 67-acre holiday fantasy with whimsical exhibits suitable for all ages. This year, superheroes will join Santa to greet guests and pose for photos. Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants, live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory provides a festive backdrop for family photos. Warm holiday refreshments are available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop is open with one-of-a-kind gifts. A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, Enchanted Airlie continues to add new exhibits and the light count is fast approaching one million! Volunteers and staff begin planning in January and start decorating by early September so visitors can experience a stunning wonderland of theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas on select dates. Additional dates have been added to accommodate all who want to experience Enchanted Airlie’s magical evenings: December 4-6, 10-13, and 16-22 and in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.airliegardens.org or in-person at the Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. Single admission tickets are $12 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples pass for $17. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $27, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and multi-passenger vans). Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website www.airliegardens.org for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy. City + Beaches: See where the water takes you this holiday season! From the river to the sea, more than 50 holiday-themed events help celebrate in Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. For seasonal specials and visitor information and to download a Holiday Event Brochure, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/seasonal-page. For a free official visitors guide, call 1-866-266-9690, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, in historic Downtown Wilmington.

December Programming and Santa Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

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The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for December, 2015. Battleship Alive Saturday, December 5, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Included with Paid Admission Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called "Battleship Alive." The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor's ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission. A Verry Merry Showboat Saturday, December 5, 2015 Times: 10:00 am – Noon, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Free with Battleship admission Enjoy a new holiday tradition! Kids can fly a flag with Santa (bring your own or buy a US or NC flag from the Battleship’s store). Santa and the Battleship’s Captain will sign your certificate of authenticity. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole in the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey being tracked in the Combat Information Center. Create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. And MORE! Bring your camera for some unique photo opps! A great way to start your holiday season! Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance—Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club Event December 7, 2015 12:00 pm The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a worldwide ham radio operator event onboard the Battleship commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying contact. Please call 910-367-1758. About the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and University of North Carolina, Wilmington Announce Buckets for the Battleship

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington and the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announced the Buckets for Battleship promotion.Buckets for the Battleship Buckets for the Battleship is a season-long promotion where supporters can pledge $1.00 for each three-point basket made during the 2015-2016 season by the UNCW Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. At the end of the season, all funds raised will go towards the battleship’s Generations Campaign, an effort to repair the hull of the ship and keep the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA as a memorial and year-round historical landmark to honor all those who served and continue to serve in all branches of the armed forces. To pledge support and register for the promotion, visit battleshipnc.com and click on the buckets for battleship logo. The link will directly go to the registration page where once information is entered, a confirmation email will be sent thanking the registrant for their support. “We’re excited about partnering with Wilmington’s premier landmark, the USS North Carolina, on this unique project,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “Like UNCW basketball, the USS North Carolina is synonymous with the city of Wilmington. We hope this partnership will be a tremendous success as we assist with the restoration of one of this nation’s most beloved battleships.” “The Battleship is greatly honored by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s, partnership and outreach,” says Heather Loftin, Promotions Director for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. “The students, alumni and fans support will truly make a difference as we strive to restore the Battleship and keep the stories alive from the Greatest Generation. We would like to thank them in helping us preserve the legacy.” Last year the men’s team sank 162 three-pointers, while the women tallied 80, combining for a total of 242 throughout the duration of the season. Contributions from this year’s event will be used in  repairing  the hull of the aging battleship, which made history in World War II. The battleship was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon until her decommission in 1947, and has since called Wilmington her home for the past 54 years. Funds will be collected after the season’s totals have been determined. A check presentation is scheduled for March 22 during the UNCW-N.C. State baseball game at Brooks Field.Sammy on Battleship About the Battleship North Carolina The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

September Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Mike Resser Alive   Battleship Alive Saturday, September 26, 2015 8:00 am5:00 pm Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called "Battleship Alive." The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor's ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission. About Battleship NORTH CAROLINA The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow  Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

June Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Battleship 101 June 13, 2015 (also July 11 & August 8) Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Free with Battleship admission Ship volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas including: gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. A unique opportunity to talk one on one of what life was like aboard a WWII Battleship in the time of combat. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship Admission. Flag Day Program Saturday, June 14, 2015 Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Free with Battleship admission Flag DayCelebrate Flag Day at the Battleship! Visitors will have the opportunity to raise their own American flags up the ship’s halyards with help from members of American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard. A certificate of authenticity will be mailed to you. You may purchase a 3 x 5 foot nylon flag (American or North Carolina) from the Ship’s Store for $39.95 plus tax or bring your own. Sales from the store benefit the Battleship. Included with Battleship Admission. Celebrate the Legacy June 19th – 20th, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Free with Battleship admission Celebrate the ships named NORTH CAROLINA! They have been serving our country from the 1824 ship-of-the-line to the fast attack submarine currently stationed in Hawaii. From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to the Pacific, our state’s namesakes have traveled the globe. Come enjoy a major display of Civil War, WWI and submarine arms, clothing, and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and submarine veterans. About Battleship NORTH CAROLINA The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visitwww.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

CAROLINA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

In the summer of 1985, Carolina Beach’s first beach music festival made its debut along the shores of this classic seaside town. Today the popular festival is still going strong, and on June 6, 2015, the Carolina Beach Music Festival will celebrate 30 years as one of the longest-running on-the-beach music festivals.   With a scenic backdrop that showcases the Atlantic Ocean and the newly renovated historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, this year’s entertainment lineup will feature regional favorites Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot (11:00am), The Band of Oz (1:00pm), and Jim Quick & Coastline (3:00pm). Each band is renowned for beach music, a laid-back style of rhythm-and-blues that has strong ties to the Carolina coast. In fact many claim that the uniquely coastal Carolina “shag dance” may have originated on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.   The 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival is presented by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Gates open at 10:00am, so bring your chairs, sunscreen, coolers and plan to spend all day listening and dancing to classic beach tunes. Coolers, beverages and food are allowed. No glass; no pets; no refunds. Tickets ($20 in advance; $25 cash only day of show) are available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach), Island Tackle & Hardware, Silver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach. Attendees with an Anheuser-Busch product in their cooler can register to win prizes. The official After-Festival Beach Party will be held at The Lazy Pirate (701 N. Lake Park Blvd.) with music by The Dark 30 Boogie Band. For online festival tickets, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org/events-details.php?id=427 or call 910-458-8434 for details.   For an original beach experience that’s complete with beach music, shag-dancing, a classic Boardwalk and good old-fashioned summer fun, plan to visit Carolina Beach on June 6 during the 30th annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. Start your weekend early on Thursday night (6:30pm-9:30pm) with a free concert by “TJ Jones & Pamlico Sound Machine” (Motown/dance), followed by fireworks over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Continue the fun on Friday at the newly renovated Carolina Beach Boardwalk with rides and amusements, souvenir shops, surrey rentals, and the legendary Britt’s Donuts. Rise early on Saturday so you can shop for local produce and crafts at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market at Carolina Beach Lake Park (8am-1pm). Then spend Saturdayafternoon dancing on the beach to three live bands at the Carolina Beach Music Festival (11:00am-4:30pm). Enjoy a laid-back Sunday brunch at an island restaurant, relax at the beach, and wind down on Sunday evening with a free outdoor movie at the Carolina Beach Lake amphitheater. This week’s family film is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (PG; 8:45pm). Or, travel down the road to Kure Beach Oceanfront Park for a Boogie in the Park concert with music by “The Mid-Atlantic” (folk/Americana/bluegrass)on Sunday (5pm-7pm).   This summer, discover the island’s simple pleasures and unexpected treasures in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Take a Carnivorous Plant Hike with a park ranger at Carolina Beach State Park and see rare plants such as Venus flytrap, bladderworts and pitcher plants. 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. Take a surf or SUP lesson at local surf schools. Just minutes away, explore Kure Beach—North Carolina’s small wonder—where you can fish from the state’s oldest fishing pier and relax at an oceanfront park. Just a few miles down-island you can visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s new Lorikeet Landing, see the enhanced sea turtle exhibit and meet the Aquarium’s bald eagle and albino alligator 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.   Go with the flow and see where the water takes you when you visit Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. For a free Official Visitors Guide and a complete calendar of events, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com. For seasonal specials and summer highlights, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2015-summer-highlights/