Society Notes – June, 2019

Fort Fisher to hold Confederate Navy and Marine Corp Program

KURE BEACH—With a unique nod to Father’s Day weekend, history will come alive June 15-16, 2019, when Fort Fisher State Historic Site hosts a Confederate Navy and Marine Corp living history program 10 am – 4 pm Saturday and 12 noon – 4 pm Sunday.

The event will feature costumed interpreters, small arms demonstrations, special tours, and periodic firings of the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon cannon.

As a special bonus, the program will also include the ‘Toy Soldier Workshop,’ a Junior Reserves family activity, in which kids and parents get to paint toy soldiers while learning about military uniforms, colors, and equipment. Participating artists even get to take their work home.

All Fort Fisher programming is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members, the Town of Carolina Beach, and the Town of Kure Beach.


Boardwalk - CBWe’re doing it again this Summer!

Guided Tour Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

10 am every Tuesday!

June 18, 2019 – September 3, 2019

 50 minutes walking tour

532 Postcard - Boardwalk

 

Meet on the Boardwalk at the southeast corner of the new Hampton Inn, near the Visitor’s Bureau Kiosk.

Park at: the Municipal Parking lot across from the Town Marina, as close as you can get to the Hampton Inn. Donation requested: $10.00 per person.


Society Notes

             By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 56 visitors in March. There were 50 people in attendance at the May meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
  • Welcome to new members Dale and Sue Walters of Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to Elaine Henson and Chris Say (see recipe on previous page) for the May refreshments.
  • Thanks to Linda Kuharcik for beginning the painting of the sign and door.
  • Thanks to John Gregory for taking pictures of the re-plaquing of the Kure Cottage.
  • WE STILL NEED PEOPLE TO LEAD (and help lead) THE BOARDWALK TOURS. Call Cheri if you can take a Tuesday.

Society Notes – May 2019

By Darlene Bright & Cheri McNeill

We’re doing it again this Summer!

Guided Tour

Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

10 am every Tuesday!

June 18, 2019 – September 3, 2019
50 minute walking tour 
Meet on the Boardwalk at the southeast corner of the new Hampton Inn, near the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk. Park at: the Municipal Parking lot across from the Town Marina, as close as you can get to the Hampton Inn. Donation requested: $10.00 per person.

Featured Business Member: Britt’s Donuts

You know tourist season is upon us when Britt’s Donuts opens for business!! They only make one kind of doughnut – glazed. It is by far the best glazed doughnut you will ever put in your mouth.  Hot is the only way to eat them.

Britt’s Donuts owned for years by Bobby and Maxine Nivens, have provided  the WORLD’S best donuts on the Carolina Beach boardwalk for over 75 years. But don’t ask for the recipe, it’s a secret.

Britt’s generally opens the weekend before Easter and is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday until Memorial Day. For the summer they are open from 8:30 AM until they run out, sometime in the evening, After Labor Day it’s back to just weekend hours. Don’t leave the island until you’ve had 1 or 20!


Carolina Beach Walk of Fame

On Saturday April 27, 2019, the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee honored two new members to its rolls.  Charles E. “Bill” Nash Jr. was honored for his long time work with Boy Scout Troops 221 & 222.  Laurie Marshburn Taylor was honored for  years of work  with the Federal Point Help Center.  The committee will be accepting nominations for next year’s honorees until September 1, 2019. Applications may be picked up at the Federal Point History Center.


Can’t get enough Chris Fonvielle

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

June 2. Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus with the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, and Wilmington Water Tours for a river cruise and discussion about Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear during the Civil War. Dr. Fonvielle, author of books and articles on Wilmington and North Carolina during the war, will talk about Wilmington’s transformation from a backwater seaport to the Las Vegas of the South, blockade running at Tar Heel port town, and Union military operations to capture the Confederacy’s most important seaport and city in 1864-1865.

Space on board the boat is limited so make reservations at https://wilmingtonwatertours.net or call (910) 338-3134. REMEMBER,     Wilmington Water Tours gives us a percent of your ticket price if you tell them you’re a member of Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.


Welcome and Thanks

  • The History Center recorded 82 visitors in March. There were 40 people in attendance at the April meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new member, Tom Wetzel of Carolina Beach
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping with the Newsletter.
  • Thanks to Linda Ogden and Jim Kohler for providing refreshments for the April meeting.

Society Notes

Upcoming Programs:

Monday,  May 20, 2019:  7:30-9:00.

Program:  Chris Fonvielle returns to talk about the Battles of Sugar Loaf, which took place on January 19 and February 11, 1865. The Union’s repeated defeat forced them to move troops across the river and approach Wilmington from the west.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 85 visitors in March. There were 30 people in attendance at the March meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to member, Christine Carrington of Wilmington and Lauren Gibbs of Wilmington.
  • Thanks to Darlene Bright for helping with the Newsletter.
  • Thank you goes to Jay Winner for fixing the “trip and fall” at the end of the handicapped ramp.
  • Thanks to Darlene and her daughter, Cindy, who did a bang up job of DEEP cleaning the History Center.
  • Thanks to Leslie Bright for painting the roadside sign and making new letters for the missing ones and painting them black.
  • Thanks to Leslie and Darlene Bright and Jay Winner and Rodney Jones for cleaning the exhibits and giving them their spring spruce-up.

Thanks to all who helped with the Anniversary Celebration!

Darlene Bright, Linda Ogden, Cheri McNeill, Steve Arthur for the refreshments. A huge thank you goes out to Ray and Pam Bramhall for donating the cost of the Anniversary Cake.  Thanks, too, to the Board members for donations toward the decorations; Jim Dugan, Leslie Bright, Jimmy Bartley, Barry Nelder, John Moseley, Steve Arthur, Juanita Winner.

Society Notes – March, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Lois Taylor

Editor’s Privilege: Longtime member, Lois Taylor, passed away on Monday February 18 at the Brunswick Care Center of Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Lois joined FPHPS in 2000 soon after she moved to Kure Beach. She served as Secretary of the Society for many years and she is the reason Rebecca works here now.

Lois’s father was a U.S. History and Civics teacher in the Youngstown, OH schools for almost 40 years and she was a keen observer of politics at the state and national level. When traveling, every time they passed a historical marker she demanded they screech to a halt, pull over, and read it.  Her love of history led her to attend every historical lecture, program, and event that took place in our area and she was a charter member of the Chris Fonvielle Fan Club!

Lois spent 25 years as office manager for her husband’s CPA firm and worked as a freight pilot for International Harvester in the 1980s and 1990s. She was very active in the Ohio Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international club of women pilots. After she retired to Kure Beach, her interests included turtle tracking at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and playing bridge.

At various times she belonged to five book clubs. She also traveled with numerous Road Scholar groups, and managed to visit every continent except Antarctica.  Her greatest joy was indulging her 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 great granddaughter.

The History Center recorded 53 visitors in February. There were 50 people in attendance at the February meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Step Up For Soldiers.

Welcome to member, Brian and Whitney Tribble of Wilmington and Jeanette Koshar of Carolina Beach.

Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping with the Newsletter, Steve Arthur for removing our “swimming pool,” and general moral support. Thanks to Cheri McNeill and Steve Arthur for the February refreshments.


Upcoming Programs:

Monday, April 15, 2019: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Richard Jones, who is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to grow Venus Flytraps, will talk about the history and biology of our most famous native plant.

Monday, May 20, 2019: 7:30-9:00.
Program: Chris Fonvielle returns to talk about the Battles of Sugar Loaf, which took place on January 19 and February 11, 1865. The Union’s repeated defeat forced them to move troops across the river and approach Wilmington from the west.


 

Society Notes

    By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

 

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lynn Benson, who passed away recently. Lynn was a founding member of our Society, which formed in March, 1994.  Lynn served as an Officer and Board member through 2006.  She had a keen interest in local history and genealogy. She was a very active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Lynn will be missed by all.

 

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy Jackson and family. Claude Jackson, Sandy’s father, passed away recently. Sandy is a long-time member who now lives in Florissant, Missouri.

 

  • The History Center recorded 74 visitors in January. There were 56 people in attendance at the January meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Step Up For Soldiers.

 

  • Welcome to new members, Sandy Gladden, of Carolina Beach and Lynn and Steffany Wellborn of Wilmington.

 

Society Notes – January, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The Society membership extends their heartfelt sympathy to the family of long-time member Paul Slebodnik who passed away on January 4, 2019. He was a valued member, a volunteer for all events and a special friend to those who knew him.
  • CB Gazebo - Future FP History Center

    CB Town Hall Gazebo – Future FP History Center

    The History Center recorded 53 visitors in November. There were 49 people in attendance at the Christmas Potluck. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

  • Welcome to new members, Lynn Williams of Wilmington, Steve and Kim Baumann of Wilmington, Matt Pugliese and Beth Ann Burns of Kure Beach, and Joseph and Terry Benson of Carolina Beach. John Gregory converted his membership to LIFETIME.
  • Thanks to our volunteers this month: Steve Arthur for his tour of the Boardwalk, decorating for Christmas & taking it down, helping with the Potluck. Jim Kohler who helped with the Newsletter. Cheri McNeill Steve Arthur and Darlene Bright for all the work they did getting ready and cleaning up for the Christmas Potluck. Eddie Capel and Darlene Bright for doing our bookkeeping. Leslie Bright for getting ready for the Christmas Potluck, and upkeep of the building. Also, Elaine Henson, Rebecca Taylor, Eddie Capel and Cheri McNeill met with Mayor Joe Benson to fill him in on the history of our Society.
  • And don’t forget!! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of the FPHPS!  If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or them at 910-338-3134.  wilmingtonwatertours.net

 

We had standing room only for the entertainment at the Christmas Potluck. Thanks to John Golden, and Jay and Deborah Hockenbury

 

 

 

 

Society Notes – December, 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

Thanks to Steve Arthur for doing our Boardwalk tour for a group of local Island Women!

 

  • The History Center recorded 80 visitors in November. There were 36 people in attendance at the November meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, Step Up for Soldiers, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
  • And don’t forget!! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of the FPHPS!  If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or them at 910-338-3134.  wilmingtonwatertours.net
  • Welcome to new member, Roger Brix from Wilmington.
  • Thanks to John Gregory for taking great pictures of the walking tour for the Island Women.
  • Thanks to our volunteers in November; James Kohler, Andre Blouin, Steve Arthur, Darlene Bright and Leslie Bright. Refreshments were provided by Steve Arthur and Cheri McNeill. Nancy Gadzuk has graciously agreed to take minutes at the meetings until we find a Secretary.
  • Rebecca, Cheri and Darlene greatly appreciate Andre Blouin’s help getting the November newsletter laid up and posted on our web site!!!
  • Thanks so much to Juanita Winner’s grandson, Skylar Slaughter, who volunteered for us this month. He helped decorate the History Center for Christmas. Also, he washed the windows and help neaten everything up.

 

Congratulations to Judge Jay Hockenbury on his retirement from the bench after almost 24 years of distinguished service.

Society Notes – November, 2108

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 62 visitors in October. There were 37 people in attendance at the October meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
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  • Please keep Rebecca Taylor in your thoughts and prayers. She fell right after our September meeting and broke her leg.  She is recovering nicely at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  She will be staying in the hospital, but in the rehab part of the hospital.
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  • And don’t forget!! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of the FPHPS!  If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or them at 910-338-3134.  wilmingtonwatertours.net
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  • A great big thanks goes out to Steve Arthur and Pam and Eddie Capel for providing refreshments at the October meeting.
  • The Friends of Fort Fisher are sponsoring Fort Fisher’s Christmas Open House on December 1, 2018, from 10:00 AM till 4 PM. Cookies will be provided by the UDC.
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  • Welcome to new members, Paul D. Buehler and Elaine G. Farias, Polly Burtelow and Victoria J. F. Palmer, all of Carolina Beach.
  • By special request, Steve Arthur will be doing a Historic Boardwalk Tour for the Island Women on November 27 at 10:00 AM.
  • Thanks to our volunteers in October, James Kohler, Steve Arthur, Darlene Bright and Leslie Bright.
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  • Christmas season is upon us! When making out your Christmas list, think of all the really good books, especially our Cookbook, and other nice gifts in the History Center Gift Shop to give to friends and family members.

Society Notes – October, 2018

 

Walk the “Sugar Loaf Line-of-Defense” with Chris Fonvielle

Saturday November 10, 2018 – 2 pm to 4 pm

Donation $10.00

To register call 910-458-0502

The Walk includes the entrenchments in the proposed “Ryder Lewis Park”.

 

 


Society Notes – Sept. 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Center recorded 23 visitors in September. We were closed for 6 days due to Hurricane Florence. Our September meeting was within that time and was canceled. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club.

Thanks to the people who helped get the History Center ready before the storm: Rebecca and Cheri, Darlene and Leslie, Steve Arthur and Jim Dugan. Cheri, Leslie and Darlene put everything back out after the storm. Rebecca put the computers back together.

 

Society Notes – September, 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Welcome to new members Martha Smith of Wilmington, Elizabeth Hood of Carolina Beach and John McMains of Durham, NC.
  • Center recorded 55 visitors in August. We had 49 at the August meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club.
  • Thanks to Louise Colvert and Cheri McNeill for providing refreshments at the August meeting. Also, thanks to Jim Kohler for helping with the newsletter.