KURE BEACH – Is it “CURE-ee”, or “curry?” Pronunciations aside, the small beach town on Pleasure Island incorporated in 1947 is celebrating its 70th birthday this month. A weekend of festivities are planned April 28-29 to ring in the town’s platinum jubilee.
With opening ceremonies slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, music, food and kids’ activities will highlight the party through 5 p.m each day.
A lineup of speakers will bring history to life with Civil War facts, footage of past hurricanes and fascinating stories from a panel of long-time residents, all possessing a wealth of Kure Beach history to share.
“The Town is excited to be commemorating 70 years of incorporation,” said Nikki Keely, recreation manager for the town. “The Planning Committee for this event has been working hard since last fall to create an event that celebrated all things Kure Beach.”
In harmony with the historical theme, classic cars will be on display in the Kure Beach Community Center parking lot, while the inside will be filled with more history and nostalgia.
Displays will be set up offering glimpses of artifacts, pictures and even bathing suits from days of yesteryear.
“The historical aspect has been an important theme throughout this process, and the group has worked hard to bring that perspective to the event,” Keely said. “A family-friendly atmosphere is another important aspect of our town and the events we host.
“An effort has been made to ensure a variety of activities for young and old. We have our fingers crossed for good weather and a great crowd to help us celebrate 70 years of Kure Beach,” Keely said.
To learn a more about Kure Beach and its beginnings, read this historical account from Jennie Kure Robertson Bagley (born 1917), granddaughter of Kure Beach founder Hans Andersen Kure.
Carolina Beach based A1 Property Management also has a timeline of Kure Beach history from its Civil War era beginnings to the hurricane ravaged pier, which has been rebuilt time and time again.