Society Notes – October, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center DirectorFederal Point History Center

  • 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

Committees!

get involved

 

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 committee-300x234membership.

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

 

 

Society Notes – June, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

    • The History Center recorded 83 visitors in May. We had 54 in attendance at the May meeting. The gift shop took in $257.50 in May. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club, UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter and Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Rescue Committee.
    • The Sugar Loaf Civil War Earthworks Committee also sponsored a tour of the earthworks site for Town of Carolina Beach officials and staff, a total of 25 people attended.
    • Please welcome new members Thomas and JoAnne Campbell of Carolina Beach.
    • Thanks to Lois Taylor, Darlene Bright, and Cheri McNeill for all their help with the May Newsletter.
    • A huge thanks to Tony Phillips, Demetria Sapienza and Darlene Bright for managing our booth at the Primrose Cottage Marketplace on May 30. We cleaned $204.00 + we sold a case of cookbooks! Phil Sapienza and Leslie Bright pitched in and helped haul the stuff over and back.
    • Thanks also, to Lois Taylor and Ron Griffin who worked for Rebecca and to Darlene Bright and Jeannie Gordon for so thoroughly cleaning the History Center.
    • 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

 

Society Notes – May, 2015

Linda NewtonMAJOR DONATION: Linda Newton’s daughters, Anna and Lindsey, have donated all of her historical and genealogical files as well as a number of local history books to the Society. In total there are 8 boxes and though it will take us a while to sort and catalog it all, it is a significant addition to our library and archives.

Thanks to Phil Sapienza for pressure washing the handicapped ramp and front sidewalk at the History Center. It looks b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

The History Center recorded 81 visitors in April. We had 34 in attendance at the April meeting. The gift shop took $132.60 in April. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club, UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter and FCA-CC.

Thanks to Lois Taylor, Darlene Bright, and Cheri McNeill for all their help with the April Newsletter.

The Sugar Loaf Civil War Preservation Group continues to work on the Lewis/Town of Carolina Beach segments of the line. A huge thanks to Rick Both, Andre’ Blouin, Leslie Bright, and Victor Alocci who show up every time a work day is called.

Please welcome new members Frank Wright of Wilmington and John and Nancy Bailey of Oak Island.

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


Society Notes – April, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 78 visitors in March. We had 39 in attendance at the March meeting. The gift shop took $105.90 in March. The cookbook continues to sell at a steady pace.   The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter. We also had a troop of 19 Girl Scouts visit the History Center. Rebecca did her annual talk to 104 4th Graders at Carolina Beach School. The kids have submitted essays for our annual essay contest. The Winner will be announced at our May meeting.
  • Rebecca thanks Juanita Winner, Lois Taylor, Sylvia Snook, Ron Griffin and Demetria Sapienza for keeping the History Center open through her bout with the flu. Thanks also to Lois Taylor, Darlene Bright, and Cheri McNeill for all their help with the March Newsletter.
  • A huge thanks goes out to Chris Fonvielle who led 31 people on our annual Sugar Loaf Walk. What would we do without all his generous support of our programs! $245.00 was donated to the Sugar Loaf Earthworks development fund.
  • The Sugar Loaf Civil War Preservation Group continues to work on the Lewis/Town of Carolina Beach segments of the line. A huge thanks to Rick Both, Andre Blouin, Leslie Bright, and Victor Alocci who show up every time a work day is called.
  • Please welcome new members Frank Wright of Wilmington and John and Nancy Bailey of Oak Island.
  • 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  When you call for reservations, mention that you were referred by the Federal Point History Center

 

Society Notes – March, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 50 visitors in February. We had 50 in attendance at the February meeting. The gift shop took $363.55 in February. The cookbook continues to sell at a steady pace.   The History Center was also used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter, and the Committee for the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame.
  • Please welcome new members John Carroll and Roger Saulnier from Ottawa Canada. We also have TWO new lifetime members, David Craft of Greensboro, and Victor Alocci 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 a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502, or them 338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net

screen shotThe past 20 years of Society Newsletters are now available on our web site.

From the website main menu choose ‘FPHPS Resources’ and then choose ‘Archived Newsletters 1994-2014’.

Many of the historic and featured articles that have been extracted from archived Newsletters are now being posted daily on our website, one-per-day.

This is a GREAT resource that Andre’ has spent many hours scanning and formatting and it’s a great relief that all our hard work is now archived digitally.