Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Who needs a car when you can buggy along - that is in a beach buggy on the boardwalk? There is all kinds of fun things to do at Carolina Beach and renting this beach buggy tripod is one of them. There are rides, a waterslide, fireworks, swimming, surfing, sunning, pooling it, wave riding,walking on the beach to name a few things. If you're looking for a 2nd home or investment property - I can help you ....

Greater Wilmington Business Journal

2010 looks promising for local film industry
January 22, 2010By Ken Little

Good company: 2010 will bring more film projects to Wilmington.-->
The groundwork for a successful 2010 in the local motion-picture industry was actually laid in 2009, several people close to the industry said.
Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the benefits of developments like the 25 percent state tax credit for filmmakers, which became law earlier this month.
Stage 10 on the lot of the EUE Screen Gems studio, with its technologically advanced water tank and other features attractive to big-budget filmmakers, will also pay dividends this year, officials said.
“We expect 2010 to be a good year. The missing piece of the puzzle for the region was the film incentive. We are being told by our clients that Wilmington is now a place that financially makes sense for them to do business,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.
By 2009, the 15 percent tax credit offered by North Carolina to filmmakers was overshadowed by more substantial credits in states like Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia. With its large base of filmmaking professionals and the 25 percent credit, North Carolina is competitive again and receiving close scrutiny from producers, despite the challenged national economy.
“They just have to find the right projects to send here,” Griffin said. “So far, the economy does not seem to be affecting film production. There are still lots of screens and lots of channels which need programming.”
Bill Vassar, EUE Screen Gems executive vice president, agreed that North Carolina and the Wilmington area in particular are again prominent on the radar screens of Hollywood producers.
“Things look good for the film industry in 2010 in North Carolina. The reason is we have the locations, we have the crews, we have the facilities and adding the incentive completes the package,” he said. “By adding in the tax incentive it makes us very attractive. Most of the producers in L.A. consider us in the top five (location choices).”
As of mid-January, Vassar said Wilmington was under serious consideration as a filming location for at least two “good-size” productions.
“We’re suited for many, many different kinds of locations. We have many different (production) facilities and most importantly, we have the third-largest amount of crew living here outside of New York and Los Angeles,” he said.
The film industry has already made adjustments to reflect the recession economy, Vassar said, and is prepared to go forward with projects.
“They’re making fewer films but they’re spending more on the ones they make,” he said. “They’re being more selective.”
Vassar said employment in the local film industry should remain stable in the coming year. Griffin has a similar view.

Friday, June 18, 2010

ken and edna

Ken and Edna Ken and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year, And every year Ken would say, 'Edna, I'd like to ride in that helicopter' Edna always replied, 'I know Ken, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, And fifty bucks is fifty bucks' One year Ken and Edna went to the fair,
and Ken said, 'Edna, I'm 75 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance' To this, Edna replied, "Ken that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks' The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.' Ken and Edna agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word... When they landed, the pilot turned to Ken and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!' Ken replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Edna fell out, But you know, "Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!'

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington Area and Surrounding Beaches

Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk at Lumina Station
Friday, June 18Saturday, June 19Enjoy a day of good old-fashioned summer fun with plenty to do for the whole family! This spectacular art show and sale will feature work from local area artists, live music, art demonstrations, sidewalk shopping, sales and more! This exciting event will help support the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington. Artrageous Giveaway! Enter to win a Lumina Station Shopping Spree & Baldhead Island Weekend Retreat! WHERE: Lumina Station, 1900 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC. WHEN: Artrageous Preview Party at Fountainside Art Gallery - Friday, June 18, 6pm-8pm. Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk - Saturday, June 19, 10am-6pm. HOW MUCH: Tickets $25 before June 18. $30 at the Door. Tickets available for purchase at Fountainside Art Gallery, 910.256.9956. Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk - FREE! INFO:

Blueberry Festival - enjoy blueberry shakes, ice cream, cakes, pies and plain old blueberry at the annual festival in Burgaw town center. There will be crafts, music, food and music. The town goes Blueberry crazy... The festival is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Military kids and families get to enjoy a day of fishing and fun. Saturday is the Step Up for Soldiers fifth annual children's fishing tournament. It's at the Kure Beach pier from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can get in free to the splash inflatable water park in Carolina Beach.

This weekend you can learn every thing you've always wanted to know about the Battleship North Carolina. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the ship holding one-on-one conversations with visitors. General admission gets you the tour.

How good are your wrestling skills? Saturday the North Carolina Beach Wrestling State Championships are coming back to the Carolina Beach boardwalk. The event is open to both men and women of all ages. It starts at 10 a.m. Go to to register.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington and local Beaches

Water Garden Tour is taking place all over Wilmington showcasing private and public water gardens. Tickets can be obtained at the Arboretum on Oleander Drive in Wilmington and are $ 15.00.
It will be interesting to see the gardens which include rain water capture gardens and body soaking pools with all kinds of fountains. This is a benefit tour to benefit the Ability Garden...
Carolina Beach will host its annual Beach Party Blast with bands performing Saturday and Sunday right on the beach just beyond the boardwalk.
Bands will perform at 10 - 5 pm each day.
Sunday night on the Riverwalk there will be a band performing - free of charge - with local vendors on hand also. 4 pm on...