July Meeting – Zach Hanner “Summers at Seabreeze”

Monday, July 18, 2016  7:30 pmsummers at seabreeze

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our Speaker this month will be Zach Hanner, author of the musical Summers at Seabreeze. He will discuss the process of creating the show and its evolution.

Zach Hanner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Performance Studies. For the last 24 years, he has worked as an actor, writer and director on stage, in film, zachtelevision and commercials in both the southeast region and the New York area.

Hanner is also a musician and former freelance contributor to the Wilmington Star-News and the Myrtle Beach Sun Times.

Currently, he serves as Artistic Director of TheatreNOW, a unique performance space in downtown Wilmington specializing in dinner theater.

He also serves as Executive Director of Superstar Academy, a nonprofit theater outreach program that provides acting opportunities for a variety of young people in the Wilmington area.

In 2006, Hanner was assigned a story for the Star-News about the Seabreeze community. Fascinated by the idea of an isolated African-American community thriving in the era of Jim Crow, he continued to ponder various ways to try and tell the story of this magical place and in 2014 began the research that would eventually become “Summers at Seabreeze,” a live-action documentary told through voices from history as well as from interview subjects who grew up in the heyday of the Seabreeze phenomenon.

The play, nominated for a Star-News award for “Best Original Production,” was a hit for TheatreNOW in the summer of 2015 and featured choreography from Kevin Lee-Y Greene and musical contributions from Grenoldo Frazier.

Opening Reception for Swim Suit Exhibit

Sunday June 12,Bathing Suit Exhibit 10

Wow! We had at least 75 people attend the opening reception for the Swim Suit Exhibit.

Don’t forget that the exhibit will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm through Labor Day.

Bring your family, friends and summer company down to take a look.

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Nominations for 2016-2017 Officers and 2016-2018 Board Members

We will vote at the July 18, Membership Meeting

Officers

President:           Elaine Henson
Vice-President: Tony Phillips
Treasurer:         Demetria Sapienza
Secretary:         Nancy Gadzuk

Board of Directors: (2016-2018)

Andre Blouin
Barry Nelder
Jean Stewart
Byron Moore
Cheri McNeill

 

June Meeting – Covered Dish Dinner

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Monday, June 20, 2016

6:30 PM (One Hour Early)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  Please Note: We will begin at 6:30 (one hour earlier than usual)

potluck graphicIn lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual covered dish dinner. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group.  If the weather behaves you might also want to bring a lawn chair.

This is always a wonderful time to visit with old friends, but also a great time to introduce new people. PLEASE bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in joining.

 

Bathing Suit Exhibit

Bathing BeautiesThis summer the Federal Point History Center, located next to Town Hall at 1121-A North Lake Park Boulevard, will host an exhibit called Vintage Bathing Suits: 1900-1990 which includes 23 suits from the time period.

The exhibit will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm during June, July and August.

In for FunThe oldest suits are from the 1900-1920s and look more like dresses than bathing suits.  All three are fine worsted wool and were worn with stockings and bathing shoes.

Five suits are one piece tank suits of wool knit worn during the 1920s-30s.  One of those has the initials of the bath house that rented it stamped across the front much like those from our pavilion and bath houses at Carolina Beach.  And, one is a child’s suit in bright red that someone added elastic to the straps for another season of wear.

Two ladies’ suits are Jantzens with their distinctive swim girl logo, one of those has a zipper down the back.  Two men’s suits are bathing briefs made of wool knit from the 1930s-40s both with belts.  One has the Jantzen swim girl on the buckle and the other has a “Surfing Waikiki” patch.

There is an emerald-green ladies’ suit in silk taffeta with a flared skirt over cotton bloomers.  Bare Essentials - yellow 2 pieceThere is a yellow woven rayon two piece with a bra like top and trunks from the waist and a green woven cotton two piece with a halter top.

Wool, cotton and rayon gave way to synthetic fabrics from the 1950s on.  Several more one piece ladies’ suits are made from polyester blends most with a modesty panel to cover the crotch and some with zippers and boning.  There is a man’s cotton boxer suit and a ladies’ suit with a matching detachable skirt made from synthetic stretchy fabric.

The most modern suit is a 1980s-90s one made from linen and features embroidery and is fully lined.

We invite locals and beach visitors alike to visit our exhibit this summer at the History Center.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or email at rebecca@federal-point-history.org and please visit our Facebook page at Federal Point History Center and like us.

 

Calling All Members

New Boardwalk #2We Need You To Volunteer!New Board Walk #1

We are currently planning an outreach program that will put our members on the Boardwalk one or two nights a week, in June, July and August. 

We hope to display some of our great pictures, pass out our brochure, and answer questions about Federal Point.

If you could take a night or two please let Rebecca know: 910-458-0502

 

Upcoming Exhibits

Snows Cut_Swing Bridge Plaque

Plaque reads:
Intracoastal Waterway From Beaufort To Cape Fear River NC
Built Under The Direction Of The Corps Of Engineers USA
For The N C State Highway Commission
Built By The Roanoke Bridge and Iron Works Inc.
Roanoke Va
1930-31

The Exhibit Committee (Elaine Henson, Darlene Bright, Demetria Sapienza and Rebecca Taylor) is currently working on two upcoming exhibits.

We will showcase Snow’s Cut beginning in the early Fall of 2016, and commemorate the United States entry into WWI beginning in 2017.

We are looking for artifacts to use with both. If you have pictures, letters, or objects  you would lend us, please let Rebecca at the History Center know; 910-458-0502

We are also looking for ideas for additional rotating exhibits that will run for 3-6 months at the History Center and may be offered to other local institutions.

Please send your suggestions to Rebecca at Rebecca@federal-point-history.org.

Seabreeze – A History Part 2 – Carolina Beach and Shell Island

by Rebecca Taylormap cropped

Because Sea Breeze was a leisure site, it has deep meaning for residents and former business owners, as well as for people who patronized it. The old resort has a remarkably wide constituency. All over North Carolina I have encountered people who have vivid and fond memories of Sea Breeze.”  – Jennifer Edwards, 2003

Through the last part of  the nineteenth century there was considerable cooperation between the Seabreeze and Carolina Beach communities.

  • From the August 15, 1891 Wilmington Messenger we find: “Professor Edward Jewell, the good-looking young aeronaut, left the earth in his balloon at 6 pm and was borne upward into the boundless space on the horizontal bar attached to his big canvas balloon inflated with hot air. He went up to 5,000 feet and came down in the ocean about one mile from shore. About 1,800 people, men and women, old and young, and many children had collected to witness the spectacle.
Seabreeze Resort

Seabreeze Resort

Bruce and Roland Freeman, with five men each,went to Jewell’s rescue with their whale boats. Professor Jewell, when about six feet from the water, sprang into the surf and against the tide and through the breakers swam one mile to the shore, as reckoned by the Freemans. The boats brought in the balloon and all was well.”

  • “Ellis Freeman, the well-known caterer, was prepared to furnish Myrtle Grove oysters at Carolina Beach. He was making a specialty of roasts. – Truelove’s Sauce, new delicious and appetizing.”
  • “It has been learned that Roland Freeman, one of the heirs to the Freeman estate, colored, which owns considerable quantities of land near Carolina Beach had practically closed negotiations for the sale of 250 acres of land owned by the estate and that he had also agreed to give options on a like amount of territory. The home of Roland Freeman was near the beach.”
  • “Real Estate Transfer – J. N. Freeman and wife transfer to A. W. Pate, trustee, for the Wilmington & Carolina Beach Railway, for $1 and other considerations, a 100-foot right-of-way through their lands in Federal Point Township.”
  • “On March 11, 1887, W. L. Smith Jr. bought a strip of land comprised of 24 acres for the amount of $6650. These acres were between the head of Myrtle Grove Sound and the ocean beach as recorded in New Hanover County Deed Book YYY, Page 578.”   Today, this land is located in the heart of the business district of the Town of Carolina Beach.

 

Shell Island Resort/Wrightsville Beach

In 1924, as Seabreeze was just beginning to flourish, Thomas H. Wright and Charles B. Parmele began to promote the Shell postcard of suitsIsland Beach Development Company. With an investment capital of $500,000 they planned to make Shell Island “a Negro Atlantic City.” A small island just north of Wrightsville Beach, it lasted only three summers before it mysteriously burned to the ground.

Shell Island Resort was destroyed by fire about 1926 and was not rebuilt. In the 1930’s Wrightsville Beach began enforcing ordinances that prohibited blacks from bathing on but one extreme northern section of the beach. They were also prohibited from wearing bathing suits and walking on the boardwalks in front of private white cottages.

Earlier attempts by blacks to develop resorts in the Wrightsville Beach area in 1883, 1902, 1904, and 1920 were either short-lived or never developed. In 1993 E. F. Martin took a ten-year lease on the Jim Hewlett place, at Greenville Sound, for a natural park and resort for the black community. Called Atlanta Park.

Bruce Freeman (one of Robert Bruce Freeman, Sr.’s grandsons) remembered that by 1929, after Shell Island burned, building had really begun at Seabreeze, and the resort was drawing crowds numbering thousands. Spending free time among one’s peers, away from the scrutiny of whites, is an implicit message emerging from oral histories of the people speaking about the early days of Seabreeze.

 

Calling all Members – Volunteers Needed

elains's men's suits

We are currently beginning to plan an outreach program that will put our members on the Boardwalk one or two nights a week, in June, July and August.

We hope to display some of our great pictures, pass out our brochure, and answer questions about Federal Point.

If you could take a night or two please let Rebecca know, 910-458-0502

 

Spring Clearance Sale – Throughout May

Gift Shop

FPHPS Gift Shop
Spring Clearance

      Entire Month of May

               

Gift Shop #3

 

Books         T shirts       Sweats    

Games Toys       Posters

 
 

      Many items as much as 50% off!