From the President – May, 2013

President’s Message – May, 2013

In the Works: A committee has been convened to look at the preservation of the remaining embankments of the Civil War “Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” located on land the Town of Carolina Beach owns, and is exploring options to develop.

The committee now has representatives from the Carolina Beach Planning Department, FPHPS, NC Underwater Archaeology Lab, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and UNCW History Department. Stay tuned for future developments.

Cape Fear River Cruise/Fundraiser

Sunday May 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Black Water Adventure!

This year we’re going to try something different.

Working with Wilmington Water Tours, we will travel up the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington with Doug Springer, former Cape Fear Riverkeeper, narrating the history and natural features of the downtown waterfront and the Cape Fear River above Wilmington.


Sunday May 19, 2:00-4:00 pm (2 hours)
Light refreshments will be served
Tickets $30.00 per person
Call the Federal Point History Center 910-458-0502 to reserve tickets
We do take credit cards


President’s Message – January, 2013

John Golden

Well, the Christmas Party was a huge success and though Virginia Frances our tireless Social Committee, couldn’t be there due to illness, Sondra Nelder, Peg Fisher and Darlene and Leslie Bright pitched in to pull off another enjoyable event A special thanks to all who brought food to add to the Church’s holiday food drive.

John Golden was, as always, wonderful at leading the singing, and the games Demetria and Rebecca devised kept everyone laughing.

An update: at this point Virginia is still at Autumn Care, but will hopefully be home by the time of our next meeting. Anyone wanting to volunteer to bring refreshments to the Jan. 21 meeting – please call Rebecca 458- 0502.

A work crew that included Darlene and Leslie Bright, Don and Sylvia Snook, along with Jim Dugan and John Gordon managed to get the new shelving assembled, almost. We are missing a few small parts and they should come by mid January and, hopefully, all will be in place by early February.


 Last month’s Christmas party was a stellar success with over 60 members and guests in attendance. The food was great, the games were fun, and John Golden topped off the evening by leading us in singing familiar carols.

From the President – December, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

Christmas Party:
Again this year Virginia Francis, our hospitality committee in-one-person, has arranged for us to have our Christmas potluck at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church. The date for the dinner is Monday, December 17, which is our regular meeting night. Please plan to be there by 6:30 and please bring a dish to share.

We will also be making donations to their Christmas food drive so bring a few cans or boxes of food to be donated through them to the Help Center. Remember, bring your favorite holiday dish, and a friend or two who might be prospective members.

We’ve just heard that Virginia fell and broke her collar-bone! Not sure how out-of-commission she’ll be for the party but Sonda Nelder, Peg Fisher, and Demetria Sapienza will be pitching in to do all that Virginia usually does.

Last month a work crew got our new archival storage shelving installed. On November 27 the new library shelving arrived. Thanks to Darlene and Leslie Bright, Demetria and Phil Sapienza, and Jim Dugan who unloaded the 600 pounds of wood and metal from the transfer truck. Stay tuned for pictures of our new ”professional” library and archives.


From the President – November, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

We had a rousing success with our Fall Fundraiser. We took in just over $250.00 and garnered some great visibility for our organization as the early voters lined up at Town Hall to vote on Saturday morning November 3.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped; Carol Ufferman, Donna Bernadio, Lois Taylor, Jean Stewart, Susan Foy, John Gordon, Jeannie Gordon, Don Snook, Cheri McNeill, Paul Slebodnik, Leslie Bright and Darlene Bright.


I also want to thank the great volunteer crew who worked at the History Center all day November 5. The first of our new archival shelving arrived in mid- October and Don Snook, Jim Dugan, Jeannie and John Gordon, Demetria and Phil Sapienza, and Darlene and Leslie Bright hauled almost everything out of the library, deep cleaned and then moved much of it back onto the new racks. Our new library shelving is due to ship the week before Thanksgiving so it will take one more day of effort sometime in late November or early December and we’ll have our re-designed library/archive up and running.

Christmas Party: Again this year Virginia Francis, our hospitality committee in-one-person, has arranged for us to have our Christmas potluck at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church. The date for the dinner is Monday December 17, which is our regular meeting night. Plan to be there by 6:30 and please bring a dish to share. We will also be making donations to their Christmas food drive so bring a few cans or boxes of food to be donated through them to the Help Center.


From the President -October, 2012

President’s Message – October, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

Island Day: Sunday September 30th from 1-5.

The event was held at the Carolina Beach Lake. Our booth was a great success and people appreciated Devin’s display. We even got a few donations.

A huge thanks to Darlene and Leslie Bright, Demetria and Phil Sapinza, Cheri McNeill, Paul Slebodnik, Susan Foy, Rodney Jones, and Cindy Clark for their time to make this event a success.

We’re also planing a Coffee/breakfast, and hot dogs and drinks sale for Saturday November 3 from 9-1. Four years ago, we just happened to be having a barbeque sale the last day of early voting and “made a killing.” Please consider volunteering to help out with this project. We will need people to “bake” cookies to sell as well as people to work the sale table.

— Barry


Monthly Meeting Report – September, 2012

Mary Beth Springmeier, Executive Director, Chris Webb, President, and Kim Gottshall, Chair of the Lens Restoration Committee of the Old Baldy Foundation joined us to tell the fascinating history of the Cape Fear Lighthouse and it’s “lost” lens.

They told the story of how they are bringing the first order Fresnel lens prisms back to Bald Head Island, and asked us to help “get the word out” to old timers who might have bought one from Labriolas Antique Shop on Oleander Dr.

From the President – August, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

The slate of officers for the 2012-2013 year was presented to the members at our July Meeting. The slate was approved in a unanimous vote. At our first Board meeting, on July 23, John Gordon was elected as Chairman of the Board. A motion was also made that our elected officers become ex officio voting members of the Board. All but two members of the board were present and the major item on the agenda was reviewing and adopting the 2012-2013 budget.

Things may be a bit tight this year, as we did not all the local government support we had hoped for but with some juggling we should be able to continue all the projects and services currently in progress. Several new projects will have to be put off to another year. A donor has offered to cover the cost of the laptop and computer projector we need so badly for History Center programs. That gives us a second computer for use by volunteers at the History Center. Two upcoming capital projects we are still working on finding funding for are a new carpet for the History Center and new shelving and storage racks for the Library/Archives. Darlene is working on firm cost estimates for these two projects.

We had a wonderful turn out for our July program which was sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. We packed 73 people into the History Center. At least two-thirds were non-members from the community. Our program for August will be Morris Bass, of the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. Looks like we will have another great program – see you all there.

From the President – June, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

What a fantastic cruise – from Carolina Beach, traveling down the Cape Fear River to Bald Head Island!

The weather turned out to be perfect, sunny and warm, and from what I’ve heard EVERYONE had a great time. We sold 280 tickets, and actually welcomed 268 people aboard. If it hadn’t been for that pesky Alberto we probably would have sold out.

A HUGE thanks to our historian/narrators. It’s always special when we get to hear Chris Fonvielle, and Jack Fryar, Richard Lawrence, and Leslie Bright added all kinds of historical highlights. Extra thanks go to Leslie Bright for organizing the “history” part of the cruise, which is what makes it so unique.

Thanks, also, go out to all our donors and sponsors.:

  • First, the Winner Party Boats crew from Tammy and Skeetze Winner to the well organized and professional crew aboard the boat that day.
  • Our refreshment donors were Big Daddy’s, Charlie’s Boardwalk Subs, Courtyard by Marriott, Frank’s Pizza, Gulf Stream Restaurant, Fish Bites, Olde Salty’s, Ruby Tuesday, Rucker John’s, and Subway, Carolina Beach.
  • Our door prizes were provided by A&G Barbeque, Auto Tech, Beach Blooms, Bon Appétit, Bowman’s At the Beach, Britt’s Doughnuts, Chick-fil-A Monkey Junction, Coastal Car Wash, Island Bookshop, Pop’s Diner, Rucker John’s, Mailbox Express, Island Tackle and Hardware, and Island Gazette.

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