Southeastern Fly-In, Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival, Pleasure Island, North Carolina

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Date: 12/10-2012 - 14/10-2012

Carolina Beach Courtyard

Southeastern Fly-In, Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival
Pleasure Island, North Carolina

The Festival: The weather is warm, the sun’s shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering. Leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival.
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Now entering its 18th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is “blue-sier”
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The Location: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher make up the narrow island known as Pleasure Island between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic. See:
The festival venue overlooks the Cape Fear River, just south of the historic port city of Wilmington and just north of the mouth of the Cape Fear.

Three Airports: Fly in to your choice of three airports. Pilot’s Ridge Aero Plantation, 03NC, is the airpark second home of Fly-in hosts Rankin and Sandy Whittington. The airport is about 6 miles from where we’ll stay. Rankin has arranged space with his neighbors for ten aircraft. He will direct you to parking. Bring your own tie-downs. The runway is 3,150 feet, paved and lighted, with no services. More information at

Final Approach to 9, Pilot’s Ridge

Another choice is Wilmington International, KILM, 3 miles north of Wilmington. Rankin recommends Aero Service North for parking and service. Information at

For those who want services and a ferry ride, choose Cape Fear Regional Jetport near Southport about 15 miles south. Info at With this choice, you will rent a car and go to the ferry slip in the nearby old fishing village of Southport. The state-operated ferry will take you upriver to the landing at Fort Fisher. It’s six miles from there to The Courtyard where we’re staying and eleven to Pilot’s Ridge for the Friday lunch. Where else can you get a beautiful 35-minute boat ride for five dollars a car? Find the schedule at

Ground Transportation: Depending upon interest and airport chosen, we will rent one or more vans and we can pair folks up with others to share rental cars. Pilot’s Ridge is about fifteen minutes away from where we stay and each of the other airports are about an hour, allowing for traffic and ferry riding.

Housing: The Courtyard by Marriot in Carolina Beach, on the ocean, at the boardwalk and near the marina:

Cost: Double occupancy rooms are $122.55 plus taxes per night. Friday’s lunch $10. Festival tickets $30. Share the cost of a 12-passenger van (about $40 apiece) or rent a car (starts about $100 for 3 days).


Friday: Noon arrive at Pilot’s Ridge. 11:00 is good for Cape Fear Regional and Wilmington International to allow for car pick-up and ferry ride.

One o’clock, lunch of fresh boiled shrimp, steamed oysters, steamed clams and Southeastern North Carolina barbeque at the Whittington’s, 712 Pilot’s Ridge Road, Pilot’s Ridge Aero Plantation on Carolina Beach Road. Gate code will be provided for those driving.

Three-thirty, check into The Courtyard, don bathing suit, apply lotion, dive into the Atlantic Ocean. Gather in the bar at six-thirty.

Seven-thirty, dinner at Big Daddy’s, Jack Mackerel’s, The Deckhouse, or other great selections nearby.

Saturday: Beach comb or fish. The Gulfstream is terrific for breakfast or dine in the hotel. A short drive away are Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and the North Carolina Aquarium Thirty minutes in the other direction is the Riverwalk in Wilmington with a Saturday morning farmer’s market and historic walking or carriage tours.

Twelve-thirty the festival music starts and there will be more than a dozen places for lunch at the festival. They offer food from popular nearby restaurants. Beer is available and so are some nice North Carolina wines by the glass or bottle. If you can fit folding chairs in your plane, they are handy at the festival. Otherwise, a blanket to sit on will work.

As you enjoy the music and watch the sunset over the Cape Fear River, go back to the food vendors for dinner. I recommend the prize-winning clam chowder from Michael’s. The Blues venue starts really rocking with the headliner about 9:00, but some may want to return to the hotel earlier.

Sunday: Dawn, beach comb or fish or swim. If you decide to stay an extra day or few, sleep late. It’s another chance to visit Fort Fisher or the Aquarium. If you are really into the music, it starts up again about noon. Otherwise, check-out is 11:00.

Register by August 15th



We will FLY ____ or we will DRIVE ____.

We wish to land at 03NC______ KILM______ KSUT ______.

We will rent a car ______ And would like to share a rental car at our destination airport _____

Would like to share expenses of a 12-passenger van _____ Will do any of above if requested ______

Pilot name, telephone, email: ____________________________________________________________


Passengers name(s) _________________________________________________________________

Aircraft Type ________________________ N-Number ___________________________

Make your own hotel reservations at 910-458-2030 or

Enterprise car rentals available at the airports. For Pilot’s Ridge, choose the South College Road location.

All pilots and passengers will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability form prior to the fly-out.

Email Registration to [email protected] or fax to 1-828-757-3195
Or mail to Rankin Whittington, 315 Wilkesboro Blvd., NE, Ste 2-A, Lenoir, NC 28645
Call with questions: 11:00-6:00 weekdays 828-754-3665, Home

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