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Of boat builders, renovators and croquet champs Welcome to our summer edition of Albemarle Magazine. In this edition, our writers catch up with an Elizabeth City father and his Camden County mans County couple who have restored the historic Bridge Tender’s House in Hertford and a Belvidere family who are hoping to share their love for croquet by building a professional-grade croquet court. Anna Goodwin McCarthy interviewed Sean and John Hankinson, the son-and-father duo who built over seven years the “Hankinson laughingly describes as “a big jigsaw puzzle.” The pair hope to debut the vessel soon. McCarthy also interviewed Wayne White, whose family operates Meadstown Produce in Weeksville. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the White and brother Ronnie’s produce stand also sells fresh meats and poultry. The Whites also operate the Meadstown Sandwich Shop inside the stand that prepares and sells breakfast and lunchtime sandwiches to area residents, including farmers and Coasties. community who took on the task of restoring and renovating the former Bridge Tender’s House next to the old S-Bridge. Foley also writes about the Lassiter family who are building a four-court croquet complex in Belvidere they’re calling Albemarle Croquet at Doddle Hill. The Lassiters are more than croquet enthusiasts: Adam Lassiter won the 2021 North Carolina State Croquet Championship. Kesha Williams writes about the Treasure Point 4-H Camp, a hidden recreational gem in Camden County that recently added a new pavilion. The park features nature trails, a biking course, an area for picnicking and a pier for both based River City Campers group, whose members offer some helpful tips for Paul Nielsen details the reopening of Meads Pool in Elizabeth City. The pool, is already drawing crowds of swimmers. Tyler Newman writes about the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department’s sailing program. The program, which started in the 1990s, has taught sailing skills to nearly 750 youngsters since 2001. Reggie Ponder explores summer job opportunities for area youth. According wealth of employment opportunities for young people this summer. David Gough and Chris Day write about summer sports and academic camps. While a number of these camps have already come and gone, there are still a few left. Among them is a girls basketball camp taught by ECSU head women’s hoops coach and former WNBA player Tynesha Lewis. We hope you enjoy our magazine. And try to stay cool.
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Pictured is the early stages of the construction of the wooden frame of the Hankinsons’ boat. -Photo courtesy Sean, John Hankinson
Hankinsons have spent last 7 years building vessels
After that experience, father and son initially talked about buying another boat, one that could withstand
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy Correspondent
Father and son set out to build a boat and seven years
choppy day spent on Chesapeake Bay typically But for Sean and John Hankinson, that bad
— a boat-building project and a bonding experience that Interestingly, it was Sean Hankinson, the son, who was After talking about what kind of boat they’d like to build, John searched online and found a kit sold by a His father, John Hankinson, wasn’t as interested
If they disagreed on any aspect of the boat, they’d discuss their individual ideas and try to reach consensus on the best solution. The type of boat they settled on is a 25-foot Carolina Custom Center Console. Sean describes it as a smaller version of the charter boats used by commercial and son completed the majority of the work on the boat themselves.
moved to his mother and father’s driveway in Elizabeth City. John’s wife, Susan, has enjoyed seeing her husband and son work together on the boat. “They have such a great relationship,” she said. Sean documented his and his dad’s progress building the boat with a series of photos taken at various stages of the project over the past seven years. Sean says
and vacuum bagging that were helpful, but he and John were smart enough to know when they needed others’ help. Sean says they reached out both online and in person to people knowledgeable
next couple of months. They’ve already named the model of boat they built, painting the words “Hankinson 25” on its side. Sean wonders how many people will Google the name when
building. They also hired some people to complete specialty work like the aluminum metal work on the boat’s tower and its custom seats. Most of the work on the boat was completed in a shop behind Sean’s house in Weeksville. However, when Sean and his family moved to Camden, the boat project
more information about the model. Sean is eager to share information about the project. In fact, he’d like to take the Hankinson 25 to boat shows before
forward to being able to take their families out on the boat to enjoy the water. “I am extremely proud to see what we have accomplished,” John said. When father and son do eventually take the boat out for undoubtedly end the day with seasoning and butter. The Hankinsons are also planning ahead for their next project working together. John purchased a 1988 Lotus seven years ago that he was going involved building the boat. Sean said his dad agreed to help with the boat project because he knew
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s there anything better than a fresh tomato sandwich on a warm summer day?
How about fresh cucumbers in vinegar and sugar like your grandmother made? Or snap beans with new potatoes simmering in a saucepan? Each of those culinary delights is associated with summer. And the ingredients for them can be found right now at area farmers markets like Meadstown Produce in Pasquotank County. Located on Meadstown Road near Weeksville, Meadstown Produce sells produce grown locally year round. Some of its specialties include May peas in May, fruits and vegetables in summer, and collards and sweet potatoes in the fall. Wayne White co-owns both Meadstown Produce and White Brothers Packing Company along with his brother Ronnie. The brothers started farming in the 1980s but their family has been farming since the early 1900s in what was then known as Meadstown. The Whites’ father and grandfather both farmed. White fondly remembers driving a tractor when he was just 7 years old. It’s a tractor he still owns and uses today. While that tractor holds memories for White, his newer farm equipment like automatic steering and GPS have made him to monitor his fertilizer use, which prevents wasteful White remembers his father sharing helpful advice years ago that he continues to follow to this day: “Don’t waste anything.” White says he starts his day at 4:30 a.m. and works until dark. He and brother Ronnie grow sweet potatoes, collards and soybeans.
Employees Lindsay Darling (left) and Kristin Lunsford make sandwiches at Meadstown Produce on Wednesday, June 1. –Chris Day/The Daily Advance
White enjoys his work but says the best part of farming is harvesting. While the key to a good harvest is a “lot of rain,” too much of it can be detrimental, he said. When he was growing up, White recalls there being a number of small country stores operating around Weeksville. But as the number of those stores started to disappear, White realized there was a need for a business like Meadstown Produce. He and brother Ronnie opened it in 2014. The types of fruit and produce sold at Meadstown Produce depend on the time of year and what’s in season. If something is not in season locally, the Whites will buy produce from other states. “But we try to buy as much locally as we can,” White said.
In addition to produce, Meadstown Produce also sells meats and poultry. Sausage, ribeyes and pork chops are some of its popular offerings. Customers can also buy animal feed at the store. In 2021, the brothers added Meadstown Sandwich Shop to the business. Customers can now stop in at Meadstown Produce and order a sub sandwich made with Boar’s Head deli meats. The shop also sells breakfast sandwiches and biscuits with a choice of eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage and ham. During the winter months, Meadstown Sandwich Shop also sells warm comfort foods like chili and chicken pot pie. A customer favorite throughout the year is Meadstown’s homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese. The sandwich shop also offers daily lunch specials and side dishes. With a number of family members employed at Meadstown Produce, the produce stand and sandwich shop is a true family business. When he’s not farming, White in fact helps out by boiling the chicken for the shop’s fresh chicken salad or operates the cash register. White looks enjoys interacting with Meadstown Produce’s customers. “We have some great customers,” he said. Meadstown Produce is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meadstown Sandwich Shop is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m to 2 p.m. For more information about Meadstown Produce or Meadstown Sandwich Shop, visit the Meadstown Produce Facebook Page or call (252)330-7905.
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Lassiters building professional croquet court Albemarle Croquet at Doodle Hill set to open at year’s end By John Foley Correspondent
ELIVIDERE — While croquet sets have become a garage sale staple over the years, allowing everyone to answer the question “Do you
it may be time to up your croquet skills.
Adam Lassiter of Belvidere poses with his trophy after winning the 2021 North Carolina State Croquet Championship. –Photo by John Foley
croquet players in the state. croquet court.
“Once Adam decided he wanted to pursue the game he thought we needed a better court than my front yard,” Rodney recalls. “So we began playing at various croquet clubs across the state and in Virginia.” They also decided to form their own croquet club and build their own course. “We decided to build one, add a clubhouse and open it up to the community,” Adam said. “The clubhouse part of the project is a ways off, but the court will be the
For those unfamiliar with the game, Rodney describes croquet as a “combination of chess and pool on grass.” “The skill set (needed for croquet) is being able to identify the right move at the right time,” Adam explained. “At any time when it’s your turn there are three or four different plays you can make and the better you become, the less the plays matter because you can make all of them, eventually.” Adam says the court he currently plays on is
Adam’s father, Randy, said the family has learned a lot about croquet courses as the project has progressed. “When we decided to build this thing, I had no idea what it would take. I’m learning. Oh, I am learning,” he said. According to the professional estimates, the cost to build a professional croquet court tops $100,000. That doesn’t include annual maintenance costs. Professional croquet mallets, which can make the difference for a serious player, also can be expensive. “I paid $600 for this mallet,” said Rodney, pointing to his mallet during a recent interview. Adam bought four George Wood Mallets for an undisclosed price. Based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, George Wood is the premier croquet mallet craftsman in the world.
mowed.” “One of the reasons I believe we play as well as we have is that when you’re playing on our style of grass it is extremely hard to hit a ball 84 feet or 105 feet,” he said. “On a putting green you simply have to tap the ball and it rolls. That’s an advantage we have.” The Lassiters frequent the Pinehurst Croquet Club and are looking forward to this fall when Adam defends his title at the North Carolina State Championship, a USCArules single tournament. Adam said a lot of the croquet clubs where he’s played are “just so proper.” While he respects those clubs, Albemarle Croquet Club at Doodle Hill will have a different approach. “We want to have a very casual, friendly-to-allage-and-skill-levels club where people can come, young and old and enjoy croquet,” he said. “We have
an exceptional coach here. I would like to see a 100 people in the club.” The Lassiters’ efforts to expand interest in croquet was recognized last year by the United States Croquet Association, which presented them with its Family of the Year Award. The award, which hangs in the Albemarle Croquet Club’s temporary clubhouse, honors the Lassiters “for having grown in interest and devotion from the front yard to the process of constructing a 4-court complex and the formation of the Albemarle Croquet Club at Doodle Hill.”
When he’s not practicing or playing croquet on Sunday afternoons, Rodney spends much of his time coaching and teaching croquet. He offers regular instructions at the Perquimans County Senior Center and is always available for personal clinics. He also gave lessons during the Perquimans County Restoration Association’s Garden Party fundraiser. “We hope once the court is completed people will come out and use it. We want to make Sunday a Croquet day,” Rodney said, eyeing his black ball almost through a wicket.
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ERTFORD — When Hertford’s
Frank and Connie Jaklic pose for a photo outside the Bridge Tender’s House after buying the historic home from its previous owner’s stepson. –Photo by John Foley
promoting the town and the assets it offers. They also undertook a major portion of the renovation to the W.R. Shannonhouse Building themselves. Recalling the project, Frank, an engineer by profession, recalls climbing up a ladder to the a better view and the steps collapsing beneath him. He wasn’t hurt but it was then that he realized how much of a project he had on his hands. “When the steps fell, the ladder fell,” he said. “I Frank discovered that the had rotted. He remembers hauling junk out of the buckets. Never a golfer and him, Frank said the Shannonhouse Building renovation project kept him busy. After completing the renovations, the Jaklics sold the building which is currently home to the Hertford Hub. The Jaklics are currently the Bridge Tender’s House. “We had to take the house down to the studs,” Frank said. “We didn’t realize it when we bought it but we had to update the electric and plumbing and now it’s
all new.” Approaching the riverside cottage you can feel the freshness of the remake. They Jaklics have added vibrancy to the newly structured walls, appointing each with a selection of refurbished hardwoods and a chair molding that may have supported the tilting backs of a sea captain or two. While Frank stripped the house’s walls to the studs, Connie’s taste is apparent throughout. The before
them up and framing them, on the wall in the house’s main bathroom. The renovated house offers a water view from a backdrop to the home. In keeping with the nautical theme, Frank decided to install a porthole in the upstairs bathroom that allows guests a view of the river.
“This is one of my last projects,” he said. “I’ve done them before. You simply cut through the wall and install the porthole.” Currently the Jaklics plan to take a short break to enjoy the summer. Asked what his and Connie’s next project will be, Frank smiled and stared at the brass lamp she asked him to transform to black to match the other kitchen
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AMDEN — If you’re looking for one place to picnic, hike, bike, kayak and birdwatch this summer, you can do all that and more at Treasure Point 4-H Camp in Camden County. Since the late 1970s, residents, families and small groups have turned to this cozy public park at 123 Treasure Point Road for fun and recreation. At Treasure Point, you can peep between the trees along hiking trails to watch as hawks or herons descend for a landing. Or, following a picnic, you can stretch out with a magazine or book in a lounge chair while the kayakers in your group navigate the calm waters of the Pasquotank River. For years, area 4-H’ers and Boy and Girl Scout Troops have also met at Treasure Point 4-H Camp to complete their outdoor projects. Other frequent visitors have included participants in programs coordinated by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff.
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Bikers can follow the Genesis bike trail at Treasure Point 4-H Camp in Camden County for a brief nature adventure and return just in time for a picnic meal. –Photo by Kesha Williams
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activities that the public can enjoy at Treasure Point 4-H Camp. Most of the Extension office’s educational programs require advance registration. “We run day events here, some kayaking adventures on Wednesdays. Youths ages 13-18 can learn paddling basics and they can explore great waterways like this one here in Camden,” Brickhouse said. A new 30-foot by 30-foot pavilion, part of the 4-H camp’s new master plan, covers tables and seating for 50. The pavilion is great for gatherings for board games, card games, podcast listening or book club discussions. There’s also a fine view of the 100-footlong boardwalk and pier where visitors can launch kayaks and canoes. “Other visitors may turn to our two primitive-use trails that are suitable for
leisure walking or mountain bike riding,” Brickhouse said. “We have markers out here to help people find their way on our trails.” The entranceway to the trails is visible from the pavilion. The trail markers are a guest’s guide to a relaxing walk. The yellow trail is a mile long while the red trail is 3/4 of a mile. Cooperative Extension agents recommend visitors walking the trails listen closely to the native birds and their concert of songs and calls. The nature trails are also useful for discovering plants growing across the 27-acre site. Camden Cooperative Extension is developing a map that may be available by mid summer that provides details of plants visitors will see. Visitors are urged to keep a safe distance from wildlife they encounter, especially
when attempting to take photographs or simply get a closer look. And while it is important to remain hydrated during hot, humid days, hikers should note bathrooms at the 4-H camp are not routinely open for public use. There also is no lifeguard on duty; signs advise swimmers to swim at their own risk. A number of picnic tables line the perimeter of the waterfront at the camp, so bring a cooler packed with nutritious snacks. Visitors are reminded to pick up any trash they may have created during their visit. While the paved loop near the Treasure Point 4-H Camp won’t challenge long-distance cyclists, it’s perfect for cruise bike riders accompanying the kids. Families, church groups and special interest clubs can use the loop for an hour of
biking instruction or simply to disconnect from their devices. “Youth development has been a central focus here,” Brickhouse said. “It’s important to get kids outside, help them discover the wonder of nature, away from electronic devices that keep them occupied otherwise.” Brickhouse, a former teacher, would like to see more use of the 4-H camp. “There are plenty of kids living in this area who still haven’t had the kind of nature experience that is common here,” she said. “But this area is also great for adults who enjoy walking the trails, looking for wildlife or enjoying the view.” For programming options or a list of suggested activities, visit the Camden Center of NC Cooperative Extension website at camden.ces.ncsu.edu/.
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Camping offers less expensive way to travel, enjoy outdoors River City Campers resource for first-time campers By Kesha Williams Correspondent
ummer vacation plans are brewing like a tea kettle gone mad atop the stove.
For all the obvious reasons — rising gas prices and the unleashing of pent-up consumer demand after two years of COVID — tourism experts are predicting this will be an expensive summer for travelers. However, there’s one group of travelers — campers — who feel well positioned for the cost crunch. For starters, campers can transport much of their gear and many of the comforts of home with them. They don’t have to purchase much of anything when they get to where they’re going. It’s also easier for campers to change their route, destination or departure dates when inclement weather threatens their original travel plans. They can switch a proposed weekend white water rafting trip for a river tubing trip just over the state line. They can bring home a nifty new coffee mug for that expanding
collection in the cabinet without having to worry about it being damaged by a bag handler at the airport. There are a number of factors — everything from seasonal rate costs to easy-to-navigate routes — first-time campers need to consider. That’s where organizations like the River City Campers in Elizabeth City can help. Al Kedz, president of River City Campers, recalls that it was a newspaper story published over 20 years ago that sparked his own interest in camping. He’s been camping across the region and beyond ever since. He’s not alone. According to Kampgrounds of America, more than 93.8 million North American households now consider themselves campers. “Camping is getting bigger and bigger,” Kedz said. “You can go camping and stay in your little world, bring the food you and your kids normally eat at home.” Kedz said it doesn’t matter if you own or rent a recreational vehicle to take a camping trip; if you love outdoor fun you’re going to come home with great memories. Kedz said camping is also a great way to visit other parts of the state. River City Campers members have taken trips to New Bern, Frisco, and Hatteras, he said. “We’ve seen plenty of North Carolina,” Kedz said. Where you go usually depends on the size of your RV, whether the camping site has hookups for electric and sewer or “other things you prefer,” Kedz said. Most campsites require at least a week’s advance notice, Kedz said. He also recommends campers do some advance
research about a site before traveling to it. There are multiple factors for new campers to consider so Kedz doesn’t recommend breaking the family budget during your first camping season. If you plan to travel no more than three times a year, Kedz says a used economical trailer can be a good purchase. Kedz estimates a three-day camping trip that features fishing, kayaking, biking, and sight-seeing can be more affordable for parents with teens than a three-day stay at a theme park resort. “It’s just a different relaxing atmosphere when you go camping,” he said. “You can wake up to a view of the Currituck Sound. Camp Hatteras has the best sunsets.” According to the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, state park campsite fees can range from
$36 for RVs with full hookups to the tent, trailer or RV sites with no hookups for $26. Camper cabins are priced at $58 per night at four state parks with discounts for senior citizens and veterans. Rates for group camp sites that accommodate 35, 50 or a maximum of 100 guests, range from $65 to $145 a night. Tonya Seal, a resident of Edenton, grew up camping and was eager to expose her husband and their sons to it. They purchased a used pop-up camper and began marking the calendar for family trips. The Seals are fond of state parks; she estimates they have visited half a dozen in the last three years. “State parks are wonderful, well kept, clean and near us,” Seal said. “The staff and rangers are awesome and there are great paddling trails out there.”
Finding sites that offer a variety of water recreation options is a priority for the Seals. They can take their kayak, bikes and hiking boots, or go horseback riding to modify their camping experience at each site. “We want to be outside as much as possible,” Seal said. “We are not the type to stay inside the camp. When the time comes, we have a dry place to sleep and meals to eat that I prepared at home.”
The Seals traveled to the Hatteras camp site over the Memorial Day weekend. She’s already looking forward to returning. “We love to explore, spend time with the kids,” she said. “There is something mesmerizing about that time around the camp fire after a fun day outside.” The River City Campers meet monthly. For more information, contact Jack Ward at 252-333-6221.
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B The pool reopened over the Memorial Day weekend for three days after being closed the past two summers. The pool reopened daily for the rest of the summer on Friday, June 3. Around 100 people were at the pool on Monday afternoon and a popular spot was the elevated diving board at the deep end of the pool. “We had really good numbers on Saturday and Sunday,” said pool operator Walter Copeland, referring to May 28 and 29, respectively. “(Monday, May 30) has also been good. A lot of folks still don’t know we are open but we are hoping that the word will get around.” Rising Pasquotank High School student Tyshawn Spencer, 14, arrived the afternoon of May 30 with his two little brothers, Jeremiah and Kamren
The diving board at the 13-foot deep end of Meads Pool was a popular spot the afternoon of Monday, May 30. Meads Pool reopened on Saturday, May 28; it will remain open for the rest of the summer . –Paul Nielsen/The Daily Advance
Battle, and said he was looking forward cooling off from the early summer heat. “I’m excited that the pool is open and this is my first day out here,” Spencer said. “I’m looking forward to having fun with my little brothers.’’ Jeremiah said spending time at the pool is a way to have fun with his brothers. “This is a good place to have fun and we can be together,” he said. Kamren Battle, who also showed up to swim May 30, said he was
looking forward to “just playing” in the pool. “I’m looking forward to getting wet and having fun,” Kamren said. Nate McKecuen, just graduated from Northeastern High School, was one of several lifeguards on duty over the Memorial Day weekend. He is lifeguarding for the first time after recently being certified. “I’ve been out here since the first day and it has been pretty busy,” McKecuen said. “There have been a lot more people than I expected.
People seem really excited that the pool is back open.” Copeland, who is leasing the pool from Pasquotank County, said hot weather along with clear skies led to throngs of people seeking to beat the heat at the pool. As of Friday, June 3, Meads Pool will be open seven days a week. The hours Monday through Saturday are noon to 6 p.m. On Sundays, hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Copeland, who is an Elizabeth City firefighter, used almost all of his offtime since March getting Meads Pool, the snack shack and the surrounding grounds ready for the pool’s opening. The biggest challenge was cleaning the pool which was full of water and had 6-8 inches of pine straw and leaves at the bottom. Despite the pool being closed for two years,
and the exception of one electrical box, the pool’s pumps and other accessories were still working, Copeland said. Children under 36 inches tall are admitted free but must wear swim diapers if not potty trained. Daily rates for children 36-48 inches tall are $5 a day. Daily rates for people over 48 inches tall are $10. People can also purchase a 10-admission punch card for $90 or a 20-admission card for $170. The pool’s “Snack Shack” offers soft drinks, chips, candy and microwavable pizzas, hamburgers and cheeseburgers and was a popular spot, especially near the top of every hour when the pool is cleared to give lifeguards a 10-minute break. “There will be a line,” Copeland said as the
whistle to clear the pool was about to be sounded. According to the lease agreement Pasquotank commissioners approved with Copeland in March, he will pay the county $1 a year to lease the countyowned facility. The lease agreement included the county giving Copeland $5,228 to assist with cleanup and repair costs to the Alton E. Meads Recreation Center, which is
the formal name for what most Pasquotank residents know as “Meads Pool.” Most of the money the county provided Copeland he used to buy supplies for repair work. The Meads family, who built and originally operated the pool, donated it to Pasquotank County in 2001. In 2009 and 2010, the county implemented a number of budget cuts that included closing the pool.
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DENTON — Imagine sailing the waves across Edenton Bay, wind in your sails and land at your back. Your destination is the horizon as the summer skies burn overhead.
Every summer in Edenton, local youth get that experience through an annual sailing camp offered by the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department.
With classes offered in five cohorts across June and July, the sailing camp provides both local and visiting kids a chance to learn the ropes of sailing so they can get out on the water safely. The sign-up fee is typically a $50 deposit. Offered since the 1990s, the sailing camp has become somewhat of an institution for both the recreation department and Chowan County. Since 2001, 744 children and adults have taken sailing lessons on Edenton Bay, according to Recreation Superintendent Shannon Ray. “My husband and I moved here in 2000, and one of the things to attract us was this community’s access to water,” Ray said. “Having grown up skiing, boating, kayaking, and sailing I was anxious to share those things with my kids as they grew older.” Typically, a sailing class will include around 8-10 participants. Ray said 14 students have been in a class at a time, but those participants had their own sailboats. There have also been a few classes for adults over the last 20 years. But for the most part, it’s children in grades 5-12 who sign
up for them. On a more windy or rough day, students may start out on Pembroke Creek, located southwest of Edenton. Sailboats will then meander the calmer waters of the creek all the way out to where Edenton Bay joins the larger estuary of the Albemarle Sound. Most of the class participants are residents of the local area, hailing from Edenton, Hertford, Colerain and Plymouth. According to Ray, a few are also the grandkids of locals visiting Chowan for the summer. Most of the recreation department’s boats are sunfish sailboats. The vessels are the perfect size, Ray says, for two kids to learn to sail at once. The department currently has five sunfish boats, one laser sailboat and one holder sailboat. “Over the years several community members have allowed us to use their boats so we could offer the class to more individuals,” Ray says, emphasizing the community aspect of the classes. Ray says the sailing program also benefits from Chowan’s generous community members. Kermit Laydon, Gil Burroughs, Brian Donnelly and Roger Morgan are among those who’ve reached out over the last two decades to share
their knowledge and skills with the sailing students, she said. Feedback about the program from both students and parents has been positive. “I love the freedom of sailing in the bay with friends. They teach us, and then we get to head out with each other, and it is so much fun,” said 12-year-old Bear Haigler. The camp has made an impression on visitors from as far away as New Orleans. “My New Orleans granddaughters love coming to Edenton and sailing camp is the highlight of their summer visit,” said Anne Ellis, a local resident. “I have to rush to the (recreation department) to sign them up so they don’t miss the class.” Ellis says her grandchildren — Clyde and Ellie Kolb — get a lot out of the program. “Sailing basics are taught and local friendships are formed while they enjoy being on the bay,” she said. “I am thankful for our very fine recreation department and their many offerings, especially sailing lessons!” Asked if many of the kids take what they’ve learned in the classes and continue to put their sailing skills to use on the water, Ray says a lot do. “We have lots of kids who continue
to sail,” she said. “Prior to COVID-19, we had a sailing club that met one night each week.” The informal club, made up of sailing camp alumni, met on Thursdays up until the pandemic struck. It is not known whether the group still meets. While construction along Edenton’s waterfront may pose a challenge to the sailing camp this year, Ray says the show will go on. “Sailing this summer will be a challenge,” she said. “While we are excited to welcome the Herringbone (Restaurant) to the Edenton waterfront, we will temporarily lose our sailing storage site.” Ray said the program has received approval from the town of Edenton to place a temporary boat rack at the corner of Sunfish Park and store its other sailing equipment at the park office. “We hope to partner with the Elizabeth Van Moore Foundation to find a new home for sailing on the Hayes (Plantation) property and find new ways for increased water recreation in our amazing community,” she said. Local sailing enthusiasts should expect to see the youngsters out on the water between June 20 and July 28.
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Summer ball: Area schools offer variety of youth sports camps ECSU coach Lewis to host girls hoops camp in July
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rea high school girls basketball players will get a chance to pick up some tips from a former WNBA player this summer.
While the July 30 camp at Elizabeth City State University will only be for a day, it could be as beneficial for former WNBA player Tynesha Lewis as it is for camp participants. Lewis, who played in the WNBA from 2001-06, is currently women’s head basketball coach at ECSU. The camp will give her an opportunity to evaluate the area’s hoops talent. The Saturday, July 30 camp is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert L. Vaughan Center on ECSU’s campus. Lewis noted that the camp, which is for high school and junior college players, will likely take up to 60 registrants. The fee for the camp is $60. High school seniors and junior college athletes interested in playing at ECSU are encouraged to bring their transcripts. “There might be a place for them here at ECSU,” Lewis said. Besides Lewis, at least four or five current Lady Vikings will be on hand for the camp. Campers will learn
fundamentals in the morning and play actual games in the evening. To learn more about the camp or to register, visit tylewcamps. com. Another area basketball camp this summer will be led by Lewis Pasquotank County High School boys’ head coach Robert Woodley. The purpose of the camp, which was scheduled from Thursday to Saturday, June 23-25, was to teach people interested in refereeing basketball the mechanics of officiating. Woodley was hoping to get a combination of at least 16 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for the camp. Pasquotank and Elizabeth City Middle School were expected to host the games and a Saturday tournament would close out the camp. Camden and Currituck high schools also hosted camps for younger kids in June. Mark Harnly, Camden’s boys’ varsity coach, hosted the 26th annual Bruin Basketball Camp June 13-16. The Monday-through-Thursday camp was from 9 a.m. to noon and held in the Camden High School gym. The camp hoped to attract 50 boys and girls in grades 4-9. Currituck’s basketball camp, led
by the Knights’ varsity coach Byron Powell, was for kids in grades 2-8 and ran from May 31 to June 3. The camp was just one of many Currituck County High School youth sports camps planned this summer. The CCHS Soccer Skills Camp will be held June 27-30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. High school coaches and players will instruct boys and girls ages 6-14 on fundamental soccer skills. Registration is $50. The school also hosted the Flying Feet Running Camp from June 6-9 for kids ages 10 and older. CCHS coaches and cross country runners worked with participants from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on long-distance running skills Currituck also offered a volleyball camp this summer. Its camp, divided into two age blocs, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8, was held June 13-14. Camden County High School, the 2A NCHSAA state runner-up in 2021, hosted a volleyball camp from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6-7 for students in grades 3-7. Head coach Ashley Miller ran the camp. John A. Holmes and Perquimans high schools will also host volleyball camps this summer. John A. Holmes’ camp, planned in conjunction with the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department, will be held July 18-21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. Holmes players and coaches will be the instructors. Perquimans, under head coach Kristie Thach, hosted a youth volleyball camp from June 14-16.
From gardening to rockets, Extension plans summer fun for kids Camps also teach cooking, archery, electric wiring skills From staff reports
arents seeking activities to keep their children busy and entertained through the summer should check out these youth camps being hosted by the Pasquotank County Extension Center.
The Summer Enrichment Days youth camp series, which will focus on several topics, from gardening to rockets, is scheduled between June 21 and July 21 for children ages 9-14. There also are several special events for children ages 8-14 and 11-15 set to begin July 13. Parents should contact the Extension Center at 252-338-3954 or visit the center’s how to register their child for camp. A two-day environmental camp set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 21-22, kicks off the Extension’s summer camps series. Campers will travel to Dismal Swamp State Park about the local wildlife and have a chance to go canoeing.
garden to plant and transplant plants they’ll be able to
their own lunch both days. in a rocketry camp set for the following week. From 9 a.m. to noon on June 6-7 campers will build their own rocket and launch it. The project will teach students about thrust Children will learn the basics of soils and plants during a two-day gardening camp set for July 11-12 Camp times are 9 a.m. to noon both days. Campers will visit a community
An archery camp is among the youth camps the Pasquotank County Extension Center has planned for the summer. -Photo courtesy City of Elizabeth City
The following week’s camp, being offered from 1 p.m. to 4 During the afternoon lesson, youth will solder wiring to The next day, July 21, campers will learn about archery and the basics of shooting a compound bow and arrow. They will test their skills in a safe and controlled environment by shooting arrows at targets and balloons. The camp runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $15 per camper.
The Extension Center also is offering several special children’s events this summer. A two-day horticulture design camp aims to teach children about plants
for children ages 11-15 and is scheduled for Aug. 2-4. Campers will learn about the different cuts of meat commonly used for grilling and will make their own marinades and rubs. They also will learn the proper Campers will make their way to start a charcoal and own corsage or boutonniere. propane grill and will cook The camp will be held 9 a.m. their own meat to proper to noon, July 13-14. Cost is temperature. Cost is $30 per $20 per camper. camper. Children will learn the The Extension Center’s basics of foods, cooking and summer camp schedule meal preparation during a concludes with a week at 4-H cooking camp set for the Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H July 26-28. The camp runs Camp. The overnight camp 9 a.m. to noon each day and is located in Reidsville will focus on cooking healthy and activities available to meals for breakfast, lunch campers ages 8-14 include and dinner. Campers must swimming, rock climbing, wear closed-toe shoes for canoeing, games and more. this camp. Cost is $25 per Cost is $500 per camper, child. but discounts are available Expanding on the cooking for family, military and 4H camp will be a three-day members. As of early June, camp on the basics of there were only vacancies outdoor grilling. The camp is remaining for male campers.
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