Society Notes – March, 2016

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director


  • The History Center recorded 67 visitors in January. We had 45 in attendance at the February meeting. The gift shop took in $56.99 in February. The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy for their monthly meetings.

 

  • Have you seen our new “look”? A huge thanks to Skip Henson, Andre’ Blouin, and Vic Alocci for their  TWO long days of prepping and painting.  We’re still waiting for new landscaping and outdoor electrical work but before long NOBODY will be able to say they never noticed our building.

 

  • Membership continues to grow. Welcome to Ann Boseman of Wilmington, Alfred and Dolores Anderson of Carolina Beach and the Jeffrey Stauffer Family also of Carolina Beach.  A big thanks to John Pinna for renewing as a Lifetime Member.

 

 WWI #2Knowing that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, we would like to do a temporary exhibit featuring those who fought and those who manned the home front.

We’re looking for pictures, letters, uniforms, or artifacts.  Please let us know if you would allow us to borrow your family treasures for about 6 months.

 

 

Society Notes – Feb. 2016

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 70 visitors in January. We had 52 in attendance at the January meeting. The gift shop took in $65.98 in January. The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy for their monthly meetings.
  • Battle of Fort Fisher 151st Reenactment: We had a great weekend, helped by great weather and great volunteers. Thanks go out to Cheri McNeill, Paul Slebodnik, Jim Dugan, Tony Phillips, Phil and Demetria Sapienza, Darlene and Leslie Bright, and Steve Arthur for spending the whole day at the hot dog stand.

    Thanks also to our cookie bakers: Doris Bame, Jean Stewart, Jane Dugan, Nancy Gadzuk, Demetria Sapienza, Cheri McNeill, Jeannie Gordon, Elaine Henson Tony Phillips, and Juanita Winner. TOTAL PROFIT AFTER EXPENSES: $1,000 with a little help from an anonymous donor.

  • There is lots of progress on taking care of ongoing maintenance issues with the History Center. The building has been pressure washed and is being prepped for a new paint job. A huge thanks to everyone who’s pitched in on the prep work: Skip Henson, Leslie Bright, Jim Dugan, Andre Blouin, Vic Alocci, and Nancy Gadzuk.
  • WOW! Three new personal members, one new lifetime family member and one new Business member. Welcome to Eileen and Bill Shober of Rocky Pt. and Cindy Washington of Kure Beach. John Virgint of Kure Beach and Ohio has joined as a Lifetime Family member. Our new business member, Island Athletic Club that is located in Carolina Beach. A big thanks to Paul Laird who renewed as a Lifetime Family Member.
  • At the January Board Meeting the Board voted that all members will receive a 10% discount on all items in the gift shop. Let the buying begin!

Society Notes – January 2016

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 40 visitors in December.
  • We had 41 in attendance at the wonderful Christmas potluck.
  • The gift shop took in $43.96 in December.
  • The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC for their monthly meetings.

 

  • Don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 910-458-0502 or them 910-338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net

 

  • The Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee has selected 4 people to be inducted on January 30, 2016. The unveiling ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at Carolina Beach Lake. This program recognizes people who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through their outstanding leadership and service.

 

Society Notes – December, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director cookbook banner

  • The History Center recorded 43 visitors in November. We had 42 in attendance at the November meeting as well as 48 at the special Howard Hewett program on Nov. 2. The gift shop took in $34.00 in November. The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC.

 

  • Please welcome new member Stephen Arthur of Wilmington. Thanks, also, to Susie Burnett Jones for renewing as a lifetime member.

 

  • Rebecca and I want to thank volunteers Leslie Bright, Andre Blouin, Tony Phillips, Cheri McNeill, Demetria Sapienza and Jeannie Gordon for all their time and energy given to the Society.

 

 

 

 

We’ve still got plenty of cookbooks. They make great holiday gifts.

 

Society Notes – November, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

The History Center recorded 70 visitors in October. We had 48 in attendance at the October meeting. The gift shop took in $364.29 in October. The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC.

Please welcome new members James Kohler of Carolina Beach and Susan Fox of Carolina Beach.

And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502 or them 338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net

October Marketplace with Cheri McNeillOctober Marketplace with Tony and LemA big “Thank You” goes out to Tony Phillips and Cheri McNeill who set up and manned our booth at the Primrose Cottage Marketplace on Saturday October 24.

Thanks also to Barry Nelder and Robert Greenwald for helping with the set up and tear down.

This was the third Marketplace event and we sold almost $200.00 in T-shirts and books.

 

 

Society Notes – October, 2015

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  • The History Center recorded 79 visitors in September.
  • We had 48 in attendance at the September meeting.
  • The gift shop took in $43.81 in September.
  • The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club.

Wilmington Water Tours

 

Please welcome new members Joan Manning of Carolina Beach, Nell Hunnicutt of Carolina Beach and Gregory Melton of Wilmington.

 

And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do, we get credited with a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502 or them 338-3134.

 

Society Notes – September, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

The History Center recorded 42 visitors in August. We had 45 in attendance at the August meeting. The gift shop took in $111.40 in August. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club.

Please welcome new members Hugo and Phyllis Thomas of Wilmington, D. and Marilyn Scaringi of Carolina Beach and Emily and Cole Fisher of Kernersville.  Also, thanks to Dr. Swing at Brush Dental Care for supporting our work with a new business membership.

And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours please tell them you are a member of FPHPS!  If you mention us, we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502 or them 338-3134.

Rebecca would like to give a huge THANKS to the steadfast History Center volunteers who pitched in so Rebecca could be away for two weeks in August.  Cheri McNeill, Ron Griffin, Elaine Henson, Demetria Sapienza, Pat Bolander Jeannie Gordon, and Sylvia Snook all worked to keep the History Center open for our summer visitors.  

 

Committees – WOWZA!committee-300x234

New Committee Leaders Step Up

The following committees now have leadership. If you would like to join any of these committees PLEASE call the leader listed or call Rebecca and she’ll get the word to them.

Hospitality: Cheri McNeill

Plaque: Elaine Henson and Darlene Bright

Membership: Tony Phillips

Oral History: Jean Stewart and Tony Phillips

Still Nobody for Fundraising

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Federal Point History Center

Upcoming Programs

Monday, October 19, 2015; Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm.  Author John Hirchak will join us for a “seasonal program” based on his book, Ghosts of Old Wilmington.

SPECIAL EVENT! Monday, November 2, 2015; 7:30-9:00 pm. “Growing up at Fort Fisher” featuring Howard Hewett who will share his memories of his family’s Federal Point heritage.

Monday, November 16, 2015; Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Author, historian and descendant of the Newton family, Brooks Newton Preik will talk about the “Fearless Pilots of the Cape Fear River.”

Monday, December 14, 2015; (one week early due to Holidays) Christmas Potluck. 6:30-9:00. Join us for our annual celebration. Why not bring a friend?


 

Society Notes – August, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

The History Center recorded 74 visitors in July. We had 45 in attendance at the July meeting. The gift shop took in $177.64 in July. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club, and the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Rescue Committee.

Please welcome new members Cindy Morgan of High Point and Kathy Marcinowski and Lisa Heglar of Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Advantage in Carolina Beach.

And don’t forget!  If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours please tell them you are a member of FPHPS!

If you do we get a portion of your ticket price.  Call us 458-0502, or them 338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net

committee-300x234Committees

We have a dire need for some enthusiastic people to revitalize some of our committees!

Please consider volunteering. If everyone does their bit we’ll get lots more done.

Hospitality: Arrange for someone to bring refreshments to each meeting. Plan and set up for the June Potluck and Christmas Party.

Fundraising: Work with the History Center Director and Treasurer to plan fun and profitable events and projects to supplement our income and balance our budget.

Plaque: We have a desperate need for someone to survey the currently plaqued buildings, refurbish and/or replace existing plaques, and identify additional buildings that qualify.

Membership: As always, there is a need for a plan to systematically contact businesses and promote the value of our Business membership.

Oral History: There are SO MANY people who need to be interviewed!

History Center Question of the Month

question markWe often get questions that we don’t have “documentation” for here at the History Center. Sometimes it just takes an “old timer’s” memory.  This month’s question:

“Was there ever a “pirate” radio station on the beach?” That’s one without the approval of FCC and didn’t pay royalties to the record companies.

If you know anything about this please call Rebecca at 458-0502 as she has someone waiting for the answer.

 

New Officers and Board Members for 2015-2016

Monthly Meeting: Monday, July 20, 2015

The regular monthly meeting of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Elaine Henson at the History Center building.

Secretary Juanita Winner read the minutes from the June 16 meeting, which were approved as read.

Treasurer Demetria Sapienza reported that the FPHPS ended the 2015 Fiscal Year on June 30 in the black. With 507 cookbooks sold to date, 80% of the financial outlay for production and printing of the cookbooks has been recouped by the Center. Copies of both the final FY 2015 budget report and the proposed FY 2016 budget report are available from Demetria.

Darlene Bright shared information about the recent visit by Time-Warner Cable to Carolina Beach to produce a video about Carolina Beach and its newly revitalized Boardwalk. Both Darlene and Elaine Henson were interviewed by the crew and emphasized the importance of the History Center in keeping the stories of Pleasure Island alive. We are all looking forward to seeing the video!

Darlene also presented the following slate of officers and board members for the coming year:

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

New Board of Directors:  Jim Dugan, Chris Fonvielle, John Moseley, Skippy Winner

Juanita Winner moved to accept the above slate and Cheri McNeill seconded the motion. The new slate was approved as presented.

Elaine mentioned the important role Tony Phillips has played in selling cases of cookbooks and helping the History Center end the Fiscal Year on a positive financial note.

Both Elaine and Rebecca Taylor recommended TheatreNOW’s current production of Summers at Seabreeze: Songs and Remembrances from Freeman Beach NC, highlighting some of the history of Federal Point.

Rebecca then introduced the main speakers of the evening, Peter and Cathy Meyer with Coastwalk North Carolina

Society Notes – July, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

The History Center recorded 56 visitors in June. We had 25 in attendance at the June potluck. The gift shop took in $133.73 in June. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club, UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter and Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Rescue Committee.

Please welcome new members Joe and Jan Bradish of Carolina Beach. Thanks also to Pam and Ray Bramhall for becoming Lifetime Family members and Sherry Howell for increasing her membership to Lifetime Family for Howell Building Group.

Thanks to Lois Taylor, Marci Taylor, and Darlene Bright for all their help with the June Newsletter.

Thanks also, to Sylvia Snook and Demetria Sapienza who worked for Rebecca when she was sick.

And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502, or them 338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net