Ocean Isle Free Concert Series

Ocean Isle Beach Free Summer ConcertsAll you beach music lovers out there get ready to enjoy this summer’s lineup. The Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series returns May 22nd  through September 4th, 2015 with its usual roster of beach music, shag, oldies, and rock and roll.

If you’re into Beach Music you are in luck. All concerts take place in the parking lot at the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas right here on Ocean Isle Beach and best of all they’re FREE! Join us every Friday night from 6:30pm to 8pm!



2015 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Series:

May 22nd Holiday Band
May 29th Bailout
June 5th Darrell Harwood
June 12th Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
June 19th Carolina Soul Band
June 26th Band of Oz
July 3rd Jim Quick & Coastline
July 10th The Entertainers
July 17th Too Much Sylvia
July 24th Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
July 31st Steve Owens & Summertime Band
August 7th The Embers ft. Craig Woolard
August 14th Mark Roberts Band
August 21st Hip Pocket
August 28th Continental Divide
September 4th Fantastic Shakers


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Coming Spring 2015: Ocean Isle Beach Outpost Swamp Park

Shallotte River Swamp Park Ocean Isle BeachA new attraction will be opening in Spring 2015 for Ocean Isle Beach. The Ocean Isle Beach Outpost Swamp Park will be a nature focused attraction with Nature Tours, Kayak Adventures, and a Zip-Lining course that features the local ecosystem. Below is a description of the park featured on their website.

The Shallotte River Swamp Park is a series of outposts located along the Shallotte River starting at Ocean Isle Beach Road, traversing a 6 mile route of pristine river environment populated with native wildlife. This remarkable ecological tour takes you through a fresh water ecosystem, a heavily canopied swamp environment of cypress trees, populated with swamp characteristics eventually converting to a brackish fresh saltwater environment, concluding at the Atlantic Ocean. On a trip along this diverse ecosystem you may encounter anything from alligators and turtles to dolphins, sharks, and otters.

Ocean Isle Beach Outpost Swamp ParkThe Ocean Isle Beach Outpost is scheduled to have a variety of entertainment venues such as: Guided Boat and Kayak & Canoe Tours of varying lengths, Tree Top Tours high above the Shallotte River in the cypress forest overlooking the river, looking down on local wildlife, a Canopy Obstacle Course which will be an integral part of the Tree Top Tours, and a guided Nature Walk along the 1 mile river front of the OIB Outpost.



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Couples Getaway Package

Couples Getaway Package The Winds Resort Ocean Isle BeachCouples Getaway Package

Bring your significant other to the beach for a relaxing, renewing weekend of togetherness and adventure with our Couples Getaway Package at The Winds Resort on Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

March 1st through June 5th, 2015 the rate per person is from $234.50

Package Includes:

  • Two Night’s Accommodation*
  • 1 hour massage: choice includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone.
  • Tour the Silver Coast Winery with a wine tasting.
  • Welcome basket for each room.
  • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet each day.
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the island.
  • Daily Housekeeping.
  • Free Water Aerobic classes.
  • Discounts to area restaurants and shops.

Click Here To Book This Package Online!

*Accommodations Are:

Two people in an oceanfront Jasmine Guest Room, Wisteria Mini Suite, Azalea Petite Suite or an Island View Camellia Guest Room.

Optional Add Ons (Available Online):

1) Add a bottle of Champagne to have waiting in your room:

2) Add dinner for two at choice of two nearby restaurants:

Roberto’s Italian Ristorante:

Dinner Includes: Wine and Beer (2 Drinks per person), your choice of Steak, Seafood, or Pasta from The Winds Menu, Salad or Soup, Dessert and Coffee. Reservations are available Tuesday through Saturday.

Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant (overlooking the intra-coastal waterway)

Dinner Includes: Entrees (any menu item), 4 Glasses of House Wine (per two people: 4 people receive 8 Glasses/8 receive 12 Glasses), Salad, Dessert, Non-alcoholic Beverages.

Click Here To Book This Package Online! 


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See a Virtual Tour of The Winds Resort

Want to take a tour through The Winds without leaving home? Now you can! See our front desk, oceanfront pool, select rooms, the event deck, meeting rooms, gym, the beach and more! Simply click on any of the images below, select black “See Inside” and click though the gallery. To move through each area, use the arrows that appear on the screen, and drag the cursor to where you want to go.

The Winds Resort Virtual Tour Oceanfront Pool
The Winds Resort Virtual Tour Oceanfront Tiki BarThe Winds Resort Virtual Tour Beach ViewThe Winds Resort Virtual Tour Oceanfront Room The Winds Resort Virtual Tour Event DeckThe Winds Resort Virtual Tour Fitness Center

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OIB Canal Dredging Project

OIB Canal ProjectThe Concrete Canal Dredging project is now underway and is expected to be completed on canals #9, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #18. The majority of the pipeline is along the shoreline, west of the bridge and navigation avoidance markers are in place to identify the pipeline routes. Post-dredge hydrographic surveys are being performed at each canal once dredging is completed to assure the contractor has performed the dredging work according to contract specifications. It is important that property owners continue to observe schedule for dredging and assure that all boats or vessels are removed prior to the contractor arriving at their canals.

For more information contact the town of Ocean Isle Beach or visit their website at www.oibgov.com

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New Water Tower for OIB!

Ocean Isle Beach New Water TowerThe East End Water Tank has been completed and is now fully operational. The old tank has been removed and security fencing has been installed. The new spheroid style tank has a 250,000 gallon capacity and stands approximately 125 feet tall. The town is currently making plans to landscape the area around the fence.

Out with the old and in with the new! The picture is of both the old and new tank.

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Fun Beach Facts!

Fun Beach FactsWe all love the beach whether it’s a sizzling summer day or a brisk walk collecting seashells. Here are some fun facts about one of your favorite places!

  • Sandy beaches are mostly made of silica (SiO2) in the form of the mineral quartz.
  • Depending on the type of sediment that makes up the sand, beaches can come in many different colors such as: white, gray, gold-yellow, brown, red and black.
  • Beaches became popular as tourist attractions during the 18th century. Today, beach side towns and beach resort areas are a magnet for tourist who come to sunbathe, swim, stroll the beach, build sandcastles, surf and body board.
  • The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the tallest sandcastle ever made was constructed in Connecticut, USA, in May 2011. It was 11.53 m (37 ft 10 in) tall.
  • More than twice the number of people visit America’s coasts and beaches than people visiting all state and national parks combined.
  • The proportion of people that go to the beach that can’t swim is roughly 1 out of 3.
  • The pressure at the deepest point in the ocean amounts to more than 11,318 tons/sq. m, which is equal to one person trying to hold up 50 jumbo jets.
  • Each year, governments take in $320 in taxes from beach tourists for every dollar is spends on beach restoration.
  • Polls reveal that at least 44% of all Americans were planning a beach vacation.
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Winter Museum & Planetarium Schedule

Museum Schedule and Programs:

Winter-Schedule-Museum-of-Coastal-CarolinaJust because it’s a little too cold to head to the beach doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. After January 3, the Museum of Coastal Carolina will be open from 10:00 to 3:00 on Friday and Saturday during the winter season, and the planetarium will be open from 11:30am to 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Below are a list of special events for January and February.

Museum Events:

On Fridays at 10:30, the museum hosts its popular Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program. As a special treat, therapy dogs from Canine Angels will join the program on Jan. 9 & 23, Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20, Apr. 3 & 17, and May 1 & 15. After Animal Adventures, children and parents are invited to the museum’s Touch Tank at 11 AM to help docents feed the animals.

Jan. 3 – 11AM – Tracks in the Sand – In this family-friendly program, kids learn how to identify local wildlife footprints. Kids will have an opportunity to make animal tracks in the sand by using molds of animal footprints. Families will take home an animal track identification chart for use in identifying animal tracks in back yards and on beaches.

Jan. 9 – The OIB/Brick Landing Ferry Exhibit — Grand Opening! The museum’s newest exhibit features a working model of the OIB/Brick Landing Ferry. The model was built by Gerald Strickland.

Jan. 10 – 11-noon – The OIB/Brick Landing Ferry – The museum’s new working model of the old ferry was built by Gerald Strickland. Mr. Strickland will be on hand at the ferry exhibit from 11:00 to noon to talk about the history of vehicular access to Ocean Isle Beach, answer your questions about the ferry, explain how the ferry worked, discuss its limitations, and talk about its ultimate demise.

Jan. 13 – 6 PM — Discover Your Family History: Getting Started in Genealogy – Join guest speaker Kyle Hughes as he explains the basics of genealogical research. Designed for the beginner, this program will show you how to start your own family tree by reaching back into your ancestral history.

Jan. 16 – 1 PM – Environmental Success Story – Tired of hearing about environmental disasters? In this uplifting program, Dr. Richard Hilderman describes how the world community actually came together to solve a global environmental crisis. This is the first of five environmental programs on various topics that Dr. Hilderman will present this winter. The others are at 1 PM on Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, and May 15. See our web site for topics.

Jan. 17 – 11 AM – Discover the Story of Our Red, White & Blue – In this family-friendly program, Museum Educator Maria Knapik will discuss the colorful history of the American flag – one of the most widely recognized symbols in the world. She will talk briefly about flag etiquette, then invite children and families to create their own individual family flags.

Jan. 24 – 11 AM – Hands-On Fun with Model Trains – Join Monte Heppe and other members of the Intracoastal Model Railroaders Club as they demonstrate an interactive model railroad with a variety of accessories that may be operated by children and adults. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about model trains.

Jan. 31 – 11 AM – Discovery After Dark – Learn about the mysterious world of nocturnal animals in this family-friendly program hosted by Museum Educator Maria Knapik. Each family will have the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet (don’t worry, they are sterile!) to learn what owls eat at night.

On Fridays at 10:30, the museum hosts its popular Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program. As a special treat, therapy dogs from Canine Angels will join the program on Feb. 6 and 20. After Animal Adventures, children and parents are invited to the museum’s Touch Tank at 11 AM to help docents feed the animals.

Feb. 7 – 11 AM – The Great Backyard Bird Count – What? You’ve never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)? Last year during this 4-day annual international event, 34.5 million bird observations were submitted on more than 144,000 checklists – the largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded! Come to this program on Feb. 7 and learn how you can be part of this year’s GBBC. Museum volunteer, docent, and local birding authority Kurt Hugelmeyer will explain how to get started, show you what birds you are likely to see, tell you how to recognize and count them, and answer your questions. The GBBC is a great family as well as individual activity and the information you submit is important for tracking the wellbeing of our feathered friends. Kurt Hugelmeyer is a retired dentist whose passions include birding, golf, orchids, choral music, and fishing.

Feb. 10 – 6 PM – Air Force One with Howie Franklin – Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Air Force One from a man who was Air Force One’s Chief Flight Steward for many years. Howie Franklin worked on Air Force One for 18 years, served five U.S. Presidents, traveled all over the world, and knows many “inner secrets” about life on Air Force One. As his web site notes, “Everyone loves a good story, and Howie has hundreds of them.” After his interview with Howie Franklin on the Today show, Al Roker said “I’d love to hear the rest of your stories.” Mr. Franklin is currently the Director of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Howie Franklin Field and is a past president of the Executive Board of Directors of the NC Airports Association.

Feb. 13 – 1 PM – Is It Hotter Out There? – In his second of five programs that focus on the environment, Dr. Richard Hilderman talks about the impact that climate change is having on the world’s oceans – acidification, sea levels, droughts, and a noticeable increase in viral diseases. Dr. Hilderman retired from the faculty at Clemson University in 2009 where he was a biochemist. He is now involved in global warming/climate change issues and has made several presentations pertaining to protecting our environment.

Feb. 14 – 11 AM – Establishing a Bird-Friendly Habitat – According to Charlie Winterbauer, President of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, our migratory birds are declining at an average rate of 1% per year due to habitat loss. We can help reverse this trend by creating bird-friendly habitats in our own backyards. Come to this program and learn how.

Feb. 21 – 11 AM – Core Sounders – This fascinating one-hour documentary film by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Neal Hutcheson and the NC Language and Life Project explores the endangered culture and heritage of NC’s Core Sound communities, an area that has been described as one of our nation’s greatest cultural assets.

Feb. 28 – 11 AM – Quilting’s Colorful Past – Join Derrillyn Harbeston as she discusses the history of quilting in America and how quilting has changed in the past two centuries. She will include a hands-on project for children by having them create a quilt square to take home. Ms. Harbeston was a volunteer at Cedarock Historical Farm in Alamance County, NC, where she helped portray life on a NC farm from 1835 to 1900. Her duties there included quilting, spinning, sewing on a treadle sewing machine, weaving, and many other tasks and skills needed to portray women’s work in the 1800’s. She is now a volunteer and docent at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Annual museum family memberships are available for $80. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.


Winter-Schedule-Ingram-PlanetariumPlanetarium Events:

Friday: 12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea; 1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure; 2:00 – Back to the Moon for Good – followed by a live star show; 3:00 – Seven Wonders – followed by a live star show

Saturday: 12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea; 1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure; 2:00 – Two Small Pieces of Glass – followed by a live star show; 3:00 – Oasis in Space – followed by a live star show


To see playlists for all laser music shows, visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

Friday – Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15

Laser Beatles (5 PM), Laser U2 (6 PM), Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (7 PM)

Saturday – Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16

Laser Country (5 PM), Laser Zeppelin (6 PM), Pink Floyd’s The Wall (7 PM) – not recommended for young children


Jan. 10 – 6 PM – Early Flight: Those Wonderful Flying Machines — Join guest speaker Bruce Stedman for a discussion about very early aircraft based on the work of Cayley, Penaud, Lilienthal, Chanute, and – of course – the Wright Brothers. Attendees will learn to make two paper gliders that can fly up to 40 feet indoors. Mr. Stedman is a retired science/math/computer teacher who spent 32 years in public education. After teaching, he helped develop education videos, taught seamanship and piloting, and volunteered at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine. He and his wife now live in Sunset Beach and we are delighted to welcome him as a volunteer/docent at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

Sky Theater Shows

Trailers for Sky Theater Shows may be viewed at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.


12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea

1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

2:00 – Half price! – Back to the Moon for Good, followed by a live star show

3:00 – Seven Wonders, followed by a live star show


12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea

1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

2:00 – Half price! – Two Small Pieces of Glass, followed by a live star show

3:00 — Oasis in Space, followed by a live star show

Laser Light & Music Shows

Playlists for Laser Light & Music Shows may be viewed at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Feb. 13

5:00 – Laser Beatles

6:00 – Laser U2

7:00 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

Feb. 14

5:00 – Laser Country

6:00 – Laser Zeppelin

7:00 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall (not recommended for young children)

Special Events

Feb. 7 – 6 PM – Venus and Mars: Love and War – Planetarium Manager Edward Ovsenik discusses how our nearest planetary neighbors got their names. Enjoy this spirited program just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Feb. 20 – 7 PM – Star Party – Use the Planetarium’s telescopes to view planets, stars, constellations, and other fascinating deep space objects. Planetarium staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you how to use the equipment. Bring your camera along and learn about night sky photography. Rain date is Feb. 21.


Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for Planetarium and Dual members. Non-member per-show admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Join the planetarium! Ask a staff member about annual planetarium memberships. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.


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Cast Your Vote: New Roundabout for Ocean Isle Beach

New Roundabout at Ocean Isle BeachTown officials have agreed to take the next step, but not yet commit, to creating a roundabout to replace the intersection at N.C. 179 and Causeway Drive. The town board has received input from business owners at the intersection and residents at each step since the roundabout was proposed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August.

The roundabout located on First Street has done a good job of handling traffic and reducing accidents. However, the imposed roundabout would have a more options and receives more traffic, especially from large vehicles that would have difficulty navigating it.

NCDOT engineers state that unless a change is made at the intersection, it will fail within 10 years because of increased use as a result of growth in the surrounding area.

Local government is taking the opinion of local businesses, visitors and residents in to account. Give us your opinion on the roundabout:

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Check Out the Sunset Beach Mazematician!

What’s it like to create a piece of art only to have it washed away in a few short hours? Ask the Mazematician! Right here at Sunset Beach the Mazematician creates detailed sand mazes on the beach, lets beach goers help with the process, and lets everyone try to make it through the maze. At the end of the day the maze washes away and he’s left with a blank canvas.

Check out his Facebook page to see more images of the Mazematician and his amazing creations. 

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