TOPSAIL BEACH – A Limited edition canvas, “The Last Sunrise” with swing bridge metal, has been donated to the Historical Society of Topsail Island (HSTI) by Topsail artist Jeff Wenzel. HSTI is selling raffle tickets at the Missiles and More Museum, Monday through Saturday from 2pm-5pm. The cost of tickets is $5 for one or $20 for five.
Earlier this year, Wenzel donated a 5-ft. steel truss and the wood base from the bridge fender system from the iconic structure. The pieces cut by Balfour Beatty and crafted into a unique exhibit by HSTI member, Rick Stidley is on display at the Missiles and More Museum.
“I am thankful to the bridge contractor, Balfour Beatty, for making this a reality,” said Jeff Wenzel, owner of Above Topsail Photography “The Swing Bridge was an important part of Topsail Island — the gateway to paradise to many — and it will be missed, but not forgotten.”
Tickets will also be on sale at BINGO! Thursday nights in the Historic Assembly Building from June 13 through August 15. One lucky winner will be drawn Sunday, 20 October 2019 during Autumn with Topsail. You need not be present to win but we would love to see you there!! All proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Topsail Island, which owns and operates the Missiles and More Museum.
The museum, housed in the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Boulevard, Topsail Beach NC, opened in 1997 and expanded in 2005. Currently Museum displays include Operation Bumblebee, an expanded Natural History exhibit, two interactive media centers, a pirate exhibit, a Native American exhibit, and an Osprey Aircraft exhibit.
For More information, visit www.missilesandmoremuseum.org or www.topsailhistoricalsociety.org
For your own piece of the iconic swing bridge, visit Jeff’s website, abovetopsailphotography.com