RALEIGH, NC Mar. 6, 2014 – On March 6, 1863, only one week into blockading duty, the USS Peterhoff met an untimely end, south of New Inlet near Confederate-held Fort Fisher. The incident was the result of a misunderstanding. Off-duty blockading vessels were not supposed to travel inside the blockading lines at night, but the wooden-hulled, screw steamer USS Monticello violated that rule while heading to Beaufort for refueling, and in the process, mistook the Peterhoff for a blockade runner. The Monticello rammed the Peterhoff and, in less than a half hour, the latter lay on the bottom of the sea. The audacious captain of the Monticello, Lieutenant Commander William B. Cushing, was not held responsible, nor was the ship’s […]
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Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Kure Beach, North Carolina including the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1. Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under. The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities. “These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.” The aquariums last […]
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Marines and sailors with General Support Maintenance Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, are scheduled to conduct a nine-mile hike through the townships of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, at 9 a.m., Feb. 27. The purpose of the event is to train and educate the Marines of GSM Company about the Civil War battle of Fort Fisher and allow them to walk in the footsteps of those who have fought and laid down their lives for this great country. The route of the hike will follow the approximate axis of advance where Brig. Gen. Amos led the Federal Infantry in 1865 during the Second […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – A toothy resident of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher moved to new digs in mid-February and acquired a few new roommates, too. Luna, an albino alligator, still makes her home at the popular attraction, but now resides in the habitat traditionally reserved for natural-colored American alligators. Luna, who previously lived alone, joined two females and one male alligator, sharing a large swimming area and lounging space. Visitors can watch as Luna and her new friends swim and float right up to three large windows, allowing all to clearly see her beautiful alabaster features from nostril to tail. “Luna’s transition to her new space has gone well,” said Aquarium Curator Hap Fatzinger. “All […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is recognized as a green travel attraction by the NC GreenTravel Initiative. The Aquarium received the highest level of recognition, a three dogwood flower rating, for its commitment to the environment and conservation. From utilities to purchasing, education to transportation, the Aquarium’s business practices were evaluated and met the program’s highest standards for a sustainable tourism business. The NC GreenTravel Initiative is a free program of the North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service open to lodgings, restaurants, parks, attractions or other travel-oriented businesses. Tourism businesses submit an application and receive a score based on the various sustainable practices they’ve implemented. The three-tiered recognition program helps […]
By: Sherry White, Editor NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores, NC Feb. 17, 2014 Q: I recently read a mention in a magazine that Native American trade beads and ornaments, called wampum, were made from sea shells. Did Native Americans in our area make and use wampum? A: Yes. It appears the Narragansett, a Native American Algonquin tribe, were the primary makers of wampum – highly polished pieces of shell made from quahog clams and whelks. Narragansett tribal lands along the Atlantic Coast included vast expanses of prime habitat for these mollusks. Mollusks are among the most diverse and widespread group of animals in world, and historically their durable and versatile shells have had many uses, ranging from jewelry to paving […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 15, 2014 – The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts the second annual Whale of a Weekend 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale’s family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more. In addition, marine mammal experts from around the state share their knowledge and experience. All the fun and discovery of Whale of a Weekend is free with Aquarium admission.
WILMINGTON, NC, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:45am – The following is a list of shelters that are opened and closed for those seeking assistance due to widespread power outages from the winter storm: Open: Brunswick West Brunswick High School – opened last night and remains open until further notice (this is a pet friendly shelter) 550 Whiteville Rd, Northwest Shallotte, NC Pender Burgaw Middle School – will reopen at 12:00pm today (this is a pet friendly shelter) 500 S Wright St, Burgaw, NC Columbus Edgewood Elementary School – will open at 1:00pm today (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville New Hanover Codington Elementary School – open and will serve as the primary NHC shelter instead of Noble (no […]
Tips to Stay Safe during Winter Weather EASTERN, NC, Feb. 11, 2014 – As the southeast once again braces for winter storms, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is preparing to respond if needed. Five teams of Red Cross shelter volunteers are on standby in the Cape Fear, Coastal Carolina and Onslow County Chapter areas in the event that shelters need to be opened. Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) crews are also on standby to drive Red Cross disaster relief vehicles located in Wilmington, New Bern, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Elizabeth City. These vehicles can be mobilized to transport and distribute food, drinks, and supplies into disaster affected areas when travel becomes safe. With several inches of snow […]
KURE BEACH, NC January 29, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher introduces Toddler Tuesdays to beat the frosty February blahs with fish fun. Pint-sized visitors will enjoy coloring and crafts, as well as free play with toys and books, offered in the Freshwater Wonders from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Little ones and their caregivers can gather to hear a fish tale during a 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. storytime. A toddler–friendly dive show follows at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Toddler Tuesdays are free with aquarium admission Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.