Fall Museum & Planetarium Schedule

Museum-of-Coastal-Carolinas-Fall-ScheduleMuseum Schedule and Programs:

As the summer season winds to a close, the Museum of Coastal Carolina prepares for its fall season. The museum will be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm on September 1 (Labor Day) with a Touch Tank feeding at 11:00am, the Odyssey of the Sea Turtle program at 3:30pm, and Family Pirate Games at 6:00. After September 1, the museum will be open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

On Thursdays at 11:00, interesting educational movies on a variety of topics will be shown in the museum’s Learning Center.

On Fridays at 10:30, the museum resumes its popular Story Time and Puppet Theater for Preschoolers program. As a special treat, therapy dogs from Canine Angels will attend Story Time on September 12, October 3, November 7, and December 5. After Story Time, children and parents are invited to the museum’s Touch Tank to help docents feed the animals.

During the fall, the museum has interesting programs planned with knowledgeable guest speakers:

Fire & Hammer Blacksmithing with Leo Macon – September 6 – 11:00-3:00
Mr. Macon will set up his forge outside the museum where he will answer questions and demonstrate the art of fire and hammer blacksmithing. Mr. Macon first got interested in blacksmithing while doing Civil War re-enactments. He has been blacksmithing for five years.

Wills & Estate Planning with Attorney Douglas W. Baxley – September 9 – 6:00 PM
Mr. Baxley will discuss the basic elements of estate planning such as wills, trusts, living wills, health care powers of attorney, and durable powers of attorney. A former Captain in the USAF, Mr. Baxley has been practicing law in Brunswick County since 1975.

Green Swamp Preservation Walk with Mark Todd – September 13 – 11:00
Meet at the museum at 11:00 for a brief introduction, then drive to the Green Swamp Preserve where Mr. Todd will identify indigenous carnivorous plants such as Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews. Mr. Todd is the Conservation Director and a founding member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy. He has been relentlessly pursuing the conservation of carnivorous plants for over 10 years. This event involves some driving and walking, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Ocean Isle Beach Shore Walk with Sabrina Woofter – September 20 – 11:00
Meet at the museum at 11:00 for a brief presentation about how the coast functions, then take a short walk to Ocean Isle Beach (1 block away) where Ms. Woofter will identify coastal critters, discuss important habitats, and investigate some secrets of the beach. Ms. Woofter is the N.C. Cooperative Extension Natural Resources and Environmental Education Agent for New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. The Carolina Shore Tour program was created by Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Coastal Reserve with the goal of conserving and improving the quality of coastal ecosystems through education and the cultivation of environmental stewardship. This event involves some walking, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Fin Fun with Dolphins – September 27 – 11:00
Museum Educator Maria Knapik will discuss how researchers and scientists use unique fin markings to identify individual dolphins in the wild. There will be a special make-and-take-home craft for kids.

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.

Ingram-Planetarium-Fall-ScheduleIngram Planetarium Schedule and Programs:

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach will be open on September 1 (Labor Day). After September 1, the planetarium will be open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Movie trailers for all Sky Theater shows can be seen at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.
An asterisk (*) indicates that the movie is followed by a live star show.

12:00 – Astronaut *
1:00 – Undiscovered Worlds *
2:00 – Back to the Moon for Good *
3:00 – Seven Wonders
4:00 – Dynamic Earth

11:00 – Half price! — Back to the Moon for Good*
12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 – Undiscovered Worlds *
3:00 – Two Small Pieces of Glass *
4:00 – Dynamic Earth

11:00 – Half price! – Back to the Moon for Good *
12:00 – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 – Astronaut *
3:00 – Seven Wonders *
4:00 – Tales of the Maya Skies

Playlists for all Laser Music Shows can be seen at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

September 11 & 25
5:00 – Beatles
6:00 – Laser Vinyl
7:00 – Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

September 12 & 26
5:00 – Laser Country
6:00 – Laser Zeppelin
7:00 – Pink Floyd: The Wall (Not recommended for young children.)

September 13 & 27
5:00 – Laser Pop
6:00 – U2
7:00 – Laser Spirit


September 6 – Shoot the Moon! – 7:00 PM
Come celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Ingram Planetarium with Planetarium Manager Edward Ovsenik and Planetarium Educator Dr. Robert Morris. Start inside the Sky Theater with a short presentation, then go outside and view the night sky using your own or the planetarium’s telescopes, binoculars, and cameras. Commemorate the evening by being included in a group photo that will be shared with the International Observe the Moon Night community and receive a certificate of participation. The rain date for this event is September 7 at 7:00 PM.

September 20 – Nanotechnology: The Past – 7:00 PM
Nanotechnology came of age with the development of the scanning tunneling microscope that allowed scientists to move individual atoms. Planetarium Manager Edward Ovsenik will guide you through the microscopic world of nanotechnology from a historical perspective. On October 4, Mr. Ovsenik will complete this series with his program on the future of nanotechnology.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset 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 planetarium family memberships are available for $80. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

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Labor Day Weekend Friki Tiki Pool Party!

Labor Day Friki Tiki Pool PartyDo you love our oceanfront Friki Tiki Pool Parties? Then join us for a special Labor Day party on Saturday, August 31st! As, always the party will start at 6pm and go until 9pm!

There will be live music with DJ Joe, games, fun for all ages, and of course the Tiki Bar! We invite all guests of The Winds to join us (Winds Guests Only Please.) 

It’s time to party down around the oceanfront pool for Labor Day Weekend! Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Friki Tiki Pool Parties

Our legendary Friki Tiki Pool Parties are coming back this summer bigger and better than ever! You can find the party at the oceanfront pool every Thursday Night! There’s live music with DJ Joe, games, fun for all ages, and of course the Tiki Bar!

As always, we invite all guests of The Winds to join us every Thursday at the Thirsti Tiki at our oceanfront pool from 6:30pm-9:30pm for our Friki Tiki Pool Party: Free to all Winds guests. (Winds Guests Only Please)

Its time to party down around the oceanfront pool as our DJ keeps the fun coming with music, contests and games for all ages!

Enjoy great music, games and dancing and a whole lot of fun! Meet and mingle with the other guests. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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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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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 23rd  through September 5th, 2014 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!


2014 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Series: 
5/23/2014           The Entertainers

5/30/2014           Continental Divide Band

6/6/2014             Blackwater Rythm & Blues

6/13/2014           Sea Cruz

6/20/2014          The Attractions

6/27/2014          Fantastic Shakers

7/4/2014            Steve Owens & Summertime (Followed by Fireworks at the OIB Pier)

7/11/2014          Too Much Sylvia

7/18/2014          The Craig Woolard Band

7/25/2014          Hip Pocket

8/1/2014            The Mark Roberts Band

8/8/2014            Rick Strickland

8/15/2014          Jim Quick & Coastline

8/22/2014          Sea Cruz

8/29/2014          Band of Oz

9/5/2014             Holiday Band


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Locally Filmed “Tammy” Opens July 3rd!

Tammy-2014-Movie-PosterThe North Carolina filmed comedy Tammy opens nationwide in theaters July 3rd. Filmed in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, the feature stars Melissa McCarthy as a down on her luck fast food worker who hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon, after losing her job and finding out her husband has been unfaithful.

Tammy filmed in locations including The Grille in Shallotte, Two Women Cooking Over a Pot in Wilmington, as well as several homes, and also filmed part of the film on a lake in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Production on Tammy lasted more than 140 days in 2013. The feature film spent more than $14.5 million in North Carolina while creating in excess of 375 job opportunities.

Tammy was one of more than 60 productions that registered with the N.C. Film Office in 2013 that resulted in having an economic impact in excess of $243 million while creating more than 4,000 well-paying job crew positions, and nearly 25,000 total job opportunities during the course of a record-high 5,700+ production days in 2013.


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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.

September 2nd, 2014, through September 30th, 2014 the rate per person is from $226.00

October 1st, 2014 through February 28th, 2015 the rate per person is from $175.00


Package Includes:

  • Two Night’s Accommodation*
  • 1 hour massage at Right Touch Therapy (Ocean Isle Beach) 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 The Winds Resort Photo Gallery

Penthouse SuiteThe Winds is looking good! We’ve spent all winter remodeling and upgrading rooms. Many of our rooms have new tile and bamboo floors, new paint, and new furnishings.

Our two penthouse suites have been completely redone and outfitted with a brand new kitchen, with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, and new bathrooms.

We’ve even fixed up our Tiki Bar with new paint and a few upgrades.

We can’t wait to have you back this summer to see all the changes we’ve made.

Check out some new photos in our photo gallery showcasing our upgraded rooms and penthouse suites. We think you’ll love what we’ve done to the place!

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The Winds Resort Featured in Our State Magazine!

Our State Coastal Issue The Winds ResortCheck out this month’s Coastal Issue of Our State Magazine, North Carolina’s premier travel and culture magazine,  and you’ll see a 14-page article on The Winds Resort. This year’s Coastal Issue focuses on retro summer vacations. The vacations of yesteryear where the whole family would pile in the station wagon, slather on Coppertone, and head to the beach. A time long before cellphones, wi-fi, and tablets, where the beach was the center of your summer vacation.

The article entitled Ocean Isle Oasis highlights the story of how The Winds founder Miller Pope and his wife Helen stumbled across Ocean Isle Beach and built their own version of paradise. Over the years, The Winds grew from just one building to oceanfront rooms, suites, and beach cottages.

The article then shifts to the present day, where Miller’s kids have taken the reigns and struggle to integrate the anachronistic ideals of The Winds with modern needs. The article also speaks about some of the beloved things guests have come to love about our beachside resort, including the well-maintained tropical gardens and the charming oceanfront Tiki Hut. They also talk about our guests, who generation after generation, enjoy the sense of family and belonging when they make their yearly trek to the beach.

If the article hits on anything, it’s the story of what a special place The Winds is. There’s truly no other place like it!

Read the Full Article Here

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The Winds Resort Makes Travel Channel’s List of Best Beach Hotels

The Winds Resort Makes Travel Channel's List of Best Beach HotelsEveryone knows the North Carolina coast is the perfect spot for a vacation and the folks at The Travel Channel certainly do! The Travel Channel came out with its list of North Carolina’s Best Beach Hotels and The Winds Resort is on it!

The Travel Channel is known for finding unique spots all across the world, and spreading the word about great vacation destinations. So make sure you check out the list and grab your flip-flops for a great beach vacation!

See The Travel Channel’s List of North Carolina’s Best Beach Hotels

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