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Inside This Issue your life on the Crystal Coast

18 Preventing Elder Abuse Our elder generation deserves to live their golden

years without fear of exploitation or abuse. Learn how North Carolina law works.

19 I Am NOT A Hawk! The OWLS Wildlife Shelter in Newport had a

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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Carolina Salt. We love the entire holiday season, and Thanksgiving is just the beginning. May your holidays be merry!

20 Ask the Aquarium: Shrimp Counts What is the count you see shrimp labeled as? What is the difference between “10–15” and “21–25?” It’s all about getting a more accurate size estimate.

23 Winterize Your Pets Shorter days and cooler temperatures are here,

and many people don’t know that their pets need a winterizing treatment.

24 Meet The Artist: Maurice Davis Maurice Davis is a self-taught artist using India

ink, mahogany dust, enamels and other mediums to create one of a kind works inspired by the sea.

26 Purposed To Live Pastor Paul Ortiz of The Island Church on

Emerald Isle shares a very personal story of his journey of faith.

27 Holiday Cookie Recipes It’s time to figure out your holiday baking. If you’re 20 SHRIMP COUNTS What do those numbers on the packages really mean?

21 DECOY FESTIVAL Comes to Harkers Island on the weekend of December 2–3.

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23 WINTERIZE YOUR PETS There are some things you should do before winter strikes.

24 MEET THE ARTIST Maurice Davis is a self-taught artist inspired by the sea.

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Join us and come see what’s happening in the Biergarten! Cantina nights every Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Burritos, tacos, nachos, beergaritas, Modelos, sangrias and Los Locos on tap. Live music on the weekends from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At 911 Cedar Point Boulevard in Cedar Point. For more information visit or call 252-354-7911.

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Essential Oils 101: Sore Muscle Soothers

[ 6–7PM ] Aches and pains getting to be a real

pain? Have your mornings gone from crack of dawn to creaks of dawn? Join Lisa Sparr as she shares methods to ease aches and pains the natural way with essential oils and habit changes. This free seminar will include a make and take, so come ready to get hands-on and aches gone. Call 910326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER



An award-winning fingerpicker, slide player, songwriter and music historian from Kill Devil Hills, Ruth raises the bar in the guitarist with foot drums genre. Call 252-646-4657.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

[ 9–11AM ] Explore Bogue Sound on a stand-up

paddle board with an instructor to guide you. Discover the plants and animals that call the Roosevelt Natural Area their home. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $50. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit to register. NOVEMBER 9

Jewelry Making

[ 6–8PM ] Update your accessories with autumn

flair with Anna. If you’re looking to expand your jewelry-making skillset you’ll want to check out this class. Participants will create fall inspired jewelry in warm, rich autumn tones. Appropriate for all experience levels. Pre-registration is required by November 8. Class is $20 and you will be going home with two completed projects. Call 910-3262600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at NOVEMBER 9, 16, 30



at the Swansboro Recreational Center, 830 Main Street Extension in Swansboro. Cost is $100, plus 60 rounds to complete the shooting qualification. Call 910-326-2600.

Roosevelt Natural Area Paddle Trip

[ 9–11AM ] Grab a paddle and join the aquarium

for an adventure your family will never forget. Load up the provided canoes or kayaks and enjoy a leisurely ride through quiet backwaters to explore the diversity of the salt marsh. Ages 10

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Goods and Services Auction

Please join us at the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, 1300 Evans Street, Morehead City, for our annual Goods and Services Auction. There will be many special auction items, including home-baked goods, jewelry, candlelight dinners, wine tastings, pottery and more. It is our biggest fundraiser for the year which allows us to contribute to many worthy non-profits in our county. It’s a very lively event! Lots of laughs with fun people! NOVEMBER 10

Cook with Your Kid!

[ 5–6:30PM ] Spend your evening in the kitchen

with your child as we prepare pasta from scratch and make a meal to remember! You will learn how to go from dough to done and sit down and share a nice meal when it is over. This class is suitable for children of all ages. People with food allergies note that we will be using dairy, wheat, eggs and possibly tree nut items. Cost $12 per parent and child and $2 for additional family member. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at NOVEMBER 10, 17, 24

Surf Fishing

[ 8–11AM ] Learn to catch the big ones from

the surf with expert instruction and hands-on experience. License requirement is covered; equipment and bait are provided. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $25. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit to register. NOVEMBER 10

Rodney Kemp Presents: WWI in Carteret County

[ 11:30AM–1PM ] Rodney will interview World War

I researcher Herb Stanford about the Carteret County Historical Society’s identification of all who served in the military during World War I. While over 620 individuals have already been identified, help from descendants is needed to not only find missing veterans, but also to augment information already in hand. This project will result in a several proposed projects, possibly a book, searchable database, exhibit and more … all in coordination with the 100th anniversary of the end of the war to end all wars. Come find you if you have a doughboy (or girl) in the family tree! Lunch and presentation is $16 (members $13), presentation only is $8.50 (members $5.50). Call by Thursday noon prior to event to reserve your lunch. Join CCHS and get member rates!


Astronomy & Stargazing

[ 6–8PM ] Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to

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Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

City. For information or tickets please call 252646-4657.


Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show

[ 9AM–4PM ] Finding something for everyone on

your shopping list is easy at the annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show. Over 60 vendors gather at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, bringing a wide variety of handmade and commercial items. Entry fee is $4 for adults and free for children under 12. At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information call 252247-3883. NOVEMBER 11, 18

Angel Dog Ceramic Workshop

Join us as we hand build ceramic angel dogs. With step-by-step directions and instruction, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. The first session we’ll build, the second session we color finish. Bring a pic to personalize. There is nothing but fun and creativity with this workshop. November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and November 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot. At Blusail Gallery, 903 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-723-9516.


Veteran’s Day Parade

[ 11AM–1PM ] In downtown Morehead City. NOVEMBER 11

Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Ruth Wyand [ 7:30–9PM ] Ruth Wyand raises the bar in the

“guitarist with foot drums” genre with her intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals. Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion! Ruth is an award winning fingerpicker, slide player, songwriter and music historian from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Her playing and writing echoes the tones of Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Doc Watson and Howard Dog Taylor. If you enjoy a little history with your music come on out to enjoy a night with Ruth Wyand! At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead


Fort Macon Veterans’ Day Event: Hands On the Past

[ 1:30–5PM ] Join us for a special Veteran’s Day

event and get a better idea of what life might have been like as a solder or civilian stationed at Fort Macon during different periods of history. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. • Public cannon drills. Try your hand at operating a 19th century cannon. • Musket cartridge construction. Learn how ammunition was made by making your own using candy and sugar. • 19th century women’s dress. Try on a Victorian-style dress and learn about women’s fashion. • Uniform and small arms demo. Learn about soldiers from the War of 1812 through WWI. • Children’s musket drill. Join a regiment and learn 19th century drill with the help of reenactors. • Cannon demonstration. We will end the event with a cannon firing demonstration at 4:45 p.m.

will do some heartmath, learn about essential oil therapy and some good food choices to boost your mood. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at NOVEMBER 17

Custom Wall Art DIY and BYOB [ 5:30–7:30PM ] Bella Cutz will be hosting a fun

DIY/BYOB crafting session to help brighten your walls as you prepare to deck the halls. Choose from a 12" x 24" customized design with your last name, a “Merry Christmas” old-timey truck for $35 or a 12" x 12" design with the script “Gather” or “Let it Snow” for $25 each. Make sure to wear your paint clothes! Class consists of placing and applying vinyl cutouts, painting and finishing. Register by November 14 to choose your design. Anyone who registers after November 14 will be able to complete the default “Gather” design. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine or a few brews and something to much on and enjoy responsibly. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at NOVEMBER 18


NC Concealed Carry Class

Special Needs Adults Fellowship Night: Healthy Holidays

[ 8AM–5PM ] Required NC course to receive

[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for fellowship and fun

at the Swansboro Recreation Center as we get together an evening of fellowship geared towards adults with special needs. This month we will be exploring healthy food choices through the holidays. We extend this invitation to anyone who is in their senior year of high school and above. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at



Invest in Your Health: Boost Your Mood

[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Boy do we ever need that this time

of year…relatives visiting, holiday plans and the stress level goes up! Learn some techniques to bust stress and get a handle on the holiday blues. We

a permit to carry a concealed handgun. A certificate is issued at the completion of the course that will be accepted by any sheriff in NC when applying for a Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) permit. The course includes classroom instruction reviewing handgun safety and operation, concealed carry techniques and the current laws on the use of deadly force. At the end of the course there is a shooting qualification exercise with targets which requires 60 rounds of ammunition to complete. Individuals new to shooting should consider taking a pistol instruction course before taking this course. Ownership of a handgun is recommended. Cost is $100 per person. Range portion of the class will follow at a location in Jacksonville or you will have the option to schedule with the instructor. Call 910326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at

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Beaufort Historic Association’s Jumble Sale

The Beaufort Historic Site turns into a community market with art, handmade crafts, holiday gifts, pre-loved treasures, antiques, clothing, food and much more. Free admission. Vendor information is available. At 100 Turner Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-5225. NOVEMBER 18–19

Intro to Wooden Boat Building NOVEMBER 23


Enjoy a Thanksgiving morning walk around Beaufort with Hungry Town Tours. Cost is $20 per person ($15 per person with a canned item donation). Call 252-648-1011.

In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee is $135. Minimum age is 16. Advance registration required. Through the Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.


Thanksgiving Wine Tasting [ 10AM–3PM ] A special wine tasting for the

holidiays to pair the right wine with your Thanksgiving meal. Happening at the Salty Air Open Market in Cedar Point.



The Grinch will be your host at a Whoville Christmas Celebration. Discover holiday magic with live action. At Carteret Community Theatre. Call 252-726-1501.


Santa’s Workshop For Kids

[ 10AM–2PM ] Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s time for the Core

Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s annual Santa’s Workshop for kids ages 4 to 10. There will be holiday craft and snacks at Mrs. Kringle’s Kitchen! You can write a letter to Santa too! And Elf Mart will be returning! In exchange for a canned good, children may choose one gift for their parents and get it wrapped to keep it a surprise! At 1785 Island Road, Harkers Island. For more information call 252-728-1500. NOVEMBER 19

BHA’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

[ 11:30AM–1PM ] A traditional turkey dinner is



Look into the past with antique working models and layouts, from simple circles to more elaborate systems. At the Old Train Depot in Beaufort. Call 252-728-2259.

provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site. Dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. At 100 Turner Street, Beaufort. For information and tickets call 252-728-5225. NOVEMBER 19

28th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show

[ NOON–3:30PM ] We are pleased to announce

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will be hosting our signature fundraising event, the 28th Annual Shop, Savor & Sip luncheon and fashion show at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Vendor space, sponsorships and tickets are available! Visit, email office. or call 252-726-2336 to see the opportunities available for participation. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased at Caroline’s Collectables, or by calling 252-726-2336. Thank you for supporting our efforts to stop domestic violence to promote healthy relationships and safe homes in Carteret County! Proceeds benefit our safehouse in Carteret County. Visit for more information. NOVEMBER 23

Trot the Trail Costume Fun Run [ REGISTRATION 7AM | RACE 8AM ] Join us as we

build up our appetites on Thanksgiving morning for a 3.5-mile costume fun run and our new 1-mile fun run in support of the Cape Carteret pedestrian and bicycle trail! The start and finish will be at the Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center. This is not a timed event and all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Preregistered participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Family teams will receive 2 tee shirts and can purchase additional shirts for $10 each. All proceeds will benefit the CC Trail Fund. NOVEMBER 23

Thanksgiving Day Walkabout

Enjoy a Thanksgiving morning walk with Hungry Town Tours on the Historic Beaufort Walking Tour. The Beaufort Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. There are about 285 historic homes in the district; of these, over 150 boast the plaques awarded to homes at least 100 years old. Duration 1–1¼ hours. Space is limited. Cost is $20 per person ($15 per person with two large non-perishable items for Martha’s Mission Cupboard). Hungry Town Tours offers a variety of year-round walking, bicycle culinary and history tours. Available rain or shine! Call for reservations at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hungry Town Tours is located at 400 Front Street in Beaufort. Visit them online at


Santa Arrives in Beaufort

[ 1–5PM ] The holidays are almost here and one

sure way to kick start this special time of year is to bring your family down to the Beaufort waterfront to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus. In keeping with the maritime tradition of Beaufort, Santa is going to be cruising to his workshop located by the Dockhouse in a boat—and not just any boat. The crew of the Beaufort Oars, all decked out in their Santa hats, will be rowing their 34-foot Cornish gig with their special passenger on the bow of the boat. He’ll be escorted to his workshop by his favorite elves. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be

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listening to your special holiday wishes until 5 p.m. Hosted by the Downtown Beaufort Development Association. At John Newton Park, next to the Dockhouse, 400 Front Street, Beaufort. NOVEMBER 24–26

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Handcrafted Saturday at the History Museum

[ 9AM–4PM ] Handcrafted Saturday is a ​holiday

craft fair and antiquarian book sale. There will be vendors galore with tons of stocking stuffers, amazing crafts, gifts, used books, food…you name it! Special admission rate for the day is $1 per person (CCHS members free). At 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-7533. NOVEMBER 25

2nd Annual Crystal Coast Oyster Festival

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the second annual Crystal Coast Oyster Festival provided by Pints for a Purpose. This fundraiser festival will benefit the NC Shellfish Growers Association, as well as a commercial fishing organization. The mission is to make the festival a family friendly, fun event that raises awareness for wild caught and farmed oysters. There will be live music, local vendors with arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Oyster farmers will talk about the preparation, selling and serving of oysters. The festival will take place at the Big Rock “Jib” landing site in downtown Morehead City. General






14th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

[ 3PM ] Emerald Isle Christmas parade begins at 3

The Grinch and Santa Claus will be in the magical land of Whoville at the Carteret Community Theatre Thanksgiving weekend. Inside a snowflake at the Carteret Community Theatre exists the magical land of Whoville. The Who family invite your entire family to join in their annual Whoville Christmas Celebration. The Grinch will be your host. Families are encouraged to wear their Whoville Christmas attire and discover the magic of Christmas with live action and classic movie event. At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information call 252-726-1501.

admission is $5, VIP tickets available. At 705 Shepard Street, Morehead City.

p.m. on Highway 58, Emerald Drive. Important note to all entrants: There will be only one Santa Claus in the parade and he will be riding in a float at the end. All other Santas will be sent back to the North Pole! Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas tree lighting at Merchant’s Park! Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday carol sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children. NOVEMBER 26 | DECEMBER 3, 10, 17, 31

Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout

A leisurely stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide will take you past some beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. After the tour, you can relax and enjoy Sunday brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company. Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, a holiday drink or a non-alcoholic beverage. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch features on the restaurant menu. Cost is $69 per person and includes tour, local guide, brunch, some alcoholic beverages, taxes and restaurant gratuity. For ages 21 and up. Two person minimum. Younger adults and children can be accommodated. Call for reservations at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hungry Town Tours is located at 400 Front Street in Beaufort. Visit them online at hungrytowntours. com. NOVEMBER 27–DECEMBER 30

Holiday Stroll & Food Tour

[ 11:30AM ] Nosh, sip and stroll your way through

300 years of Beaufort’s history on this guided tour with five culinary stops including three restaurants, holiday wine tasting and olive oil pairings at a chef-inspired kitchen store. Stroll through the Beaufort Historic District to look at some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Cost is $69 per person and includes tour, local guide, appetizer, entrée and dessert, holiday wine tasting, non-alcoholic beverages,

taxes and restaurant gratuity. Available Monday thru Saturday. Duration 3–3¼ hours. For ages 21 and up. Two person minimum. Younger adults and children can be accommodated. Call for reservations at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hungry Town Tours is located at 400 Front Street in Beaufort. Visit them online at hungrytowntours. com for more information and other tours. DECEMBER 1

Wreath Making and Wine

[ 6:30–8PM ] Join us at Town Hall Community

Room for a BYOB wreath making class. You will be able to pick from either a wine inspired or a holiday design. Cost is $35 (price will increase to $40 starting November 28). Don’t forget this is BYOB! Bring some wine, beers and something to munch on and join us for a fun craft night with all wreath supplies included. Please remember to drink responsibly. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.


‘Light Up The Night’ Christmas Parade on Atlantic Beach

[ 6–7PM ] Parade route begins at Dunes Club West

down Fort Macon Road and around The Circle. Santa will meet the kids after the parade at the AB Fire Department. Show your Christmas spirit by decorating your boats, floats, cars and trucks and lighting up the night. Participants should complete the entry form and submit it to Town Hall. For more information email


23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show [ 4–8PM ] The 23rd annual John Costlow

Christmas Train Show offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts will include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems. Each display has been carefully designed by the owner or operator to appeal to those just beginning this hobby and others who have had a lifetime interest in model

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railroading. Any donations go to the Beaufort Lions Club who are assisting with this year’s show. Children ages 12 and under will need to be with an adult. The train show takes place in the Old 1907 Train Depot, 2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-728-2259.


Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

[ 8AM–4PM ] On the first Saturday in December,



This two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest and more. For information call 252-838-8818 or visit

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host their 6th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the gymnasium. The fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. For more information or to become a vendor call 252-354-6350. There is no application deadline but space is limited. DECEMBER 2

Pancakes with Santa at the Beaufort Fire House

[ 9–11AM ] Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage,

juice, coffee and tea. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Beaufort Firemen’s Association. For tickets, call 252-728-4325. The Beaufort Fire Deparment is located at 900 Cedar Street, Beaufort. DECEMBER 2

Crafting and Science Fun



Over 20 restaurants are participating. Guests vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at

Join us for back-to-back craft and science exploration sessions based on age. Everyone will make and take home a keepsake to treasure for years to come. There will be science exploration for both age groups to please and delight Santa’s little helpers. Kids aged 4 years and under will be 10 to 11 a.m. and kids aged 5 years and up will be from 11 a.m. to noon. To spread a little more holiday cheer, Ms. Jenn from Imagination Playce will be providing a ticket for either one hour of drop-off care or one hour of stay-and-play at Imagination Playce for every child who registers. These tickets will be redeemable at Imagination Playce, 518 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point. The kids will love it! Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro.recdesk. com.


30th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

[ 9AM–5PM ] The Core Sound Decoy Festival



Boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. See it in Morehead City at 5:30 p.m. and in Beaufort at 6:15 p.m. Call 252-728-7317.

has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event

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benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver’s Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area’s largest off-season event. Visit decoyguild. com for more information or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook! Enjoy the local attractions, whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&Bs. For more event information, call 252-838-8818 or visit Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild,1574 Harkers Island Road, Beaufort. You can also visit them online at DECEMBER 2

8th Annual Chowder & Cheer [ 1–5PM ] The 8th annual Chowder and Cheer

takes place with over 20 different restaurants participating. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo as they travel to each restaurant that’s participating. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at or calling the DMCRA at 252-808-0440.


Beaufort Christmas Parade

[ 3PM ] The annual Beaufort Christmas parade

will take place on Front Street. To sign up to participate in the parade, call 252-838-0059.


Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla [ 5:30PM IN MOREHEAD | 6:15PM IN BEAUFORT]

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. Boats may register to participate in the flotilla by phone, mail or the NC Maritime Museum Store. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. For information call 252-728-7317. Visit the Maritime Museum at 315 Front Street, Beaufort, or online at


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Newport Christmas Parade

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Elder Exploitation: A Crime of the 21st Century

BHA Jumble Sale Is An Old-Fashioned Community Market


he Beaufort Historical Association offers something for everyone at its annual Jumble Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 18 on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site. The site, located at 130 Turner Street, transforms into an oldfashioned community market filled with vendors selling a wide variety of items. Eventgoers can expect to find antiques and collectibles, fine art, pottery, crafts, holiday items, handmade jewelry, candles, books, homemade food and more. Held rain or shine, it’s a great opportunity for holiday shoppers to find that one-of-a-kind gift and special bargains all in one location. The Jumble Sale serves as a fundraiser for the restoration and education projects of the Beaufort Historical Association. This event, along with the Thanksgiving Feast, has been going on for over 20 years. These two events make for a great autumn weekend in Beaufort. Vendor spaces are still available. For more information or to download and submit a vendor application form, please contact Jaclyn Johnson at 252-728-5225, or visit €


ixty-seven-year-old Sally Senior is living with her 32-yearold daughter. Sally moved in to help her daughter with bills because the daughter lost her job. Sally receives a social security check and has a modest retirement check from working for many years and is comfortable. But you know how it is when your children need help. After living together for approximately a year, Sally’s daughter became increasingly more antagonistic and verbally abusive until one day during an argument at the top of the stairs she pushed Sally, who fell and broke her leg. Even though law enforcement was called, Sally forgave her because, “She didn’t mean to do it…she loves me.” Eighty-five-year-old Ted had the life! Financially successful, retired and living at the beach, he and his wife had it all. Then his wife passed and he didn’t seem to have the will to do things he once did, like pay bills, which his wife had always done. A neighbor offers to help, which he accepts. By the time Bill’s children, who lived away, discover how this neighbor was “helping,” Ted was almost financially wiped out. According to the State of North Carolina Coalition on Aging, in 2013, 1 in 5 residents in the state are age 60 plus. In Carteret County, 2015 census data says there are 20,663, (which represents roughly one third of our population) at 60 plus years old. By 2018, the state as a whole will have more 60 and older than 0-17 year olds! State officials are gearing up and are extremely anxious about the rise of the “Silver Tsunami,” which is the Baby Boomer generation. Our elder generation deserves to live their golden years without fear of exploitation or abuse. Many times however it is the ones closest to them that take advantage. Dementia and other health issues only serve to increase the risk of being a victim of this insidious crime. Estimates put approximately 90 percent of abusers as family members or trusted others. In North Carolina there are two main ways the court system interacts with elder exploitation and abuse issues: protection and prosecution. Specific crimes such as domestic abuse, neglect and exploitation fall under G.S. (General Statute) 14-112.2 but can also fall under the more general categories of forgery, false pretense, assault, fraud, or robbery. This is a big reason that tracking numbers of elder abuse crimes can be difficult. When a person suspects such activity, a phone call to our local Department of Social Services, Adult Protective Services hotline, can be the first step, unless immediate law enforcement and medical services are needed. Please join us at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department on November 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss ideas and ways to protect against elder abuse and exploitation. € 18 CAROLINA SALT November / December 2017 »


BHA Thanksgiving Feast Is A Community Tradition


he Community Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, November 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street, is an old-fashioned gathering of friends, neighbors and visitors who promote a sense of community while sharing an amazing meal. Over the past 20 years the feast has evolved from a BHA event into a community tradition. Each year families have traveled from across the state and across the street to share a meal. This event kicks off the holiday season and creates opportunities to connect with new friends while catching up with others. Prepared and donated by some of Beaufort’s finest restaurants and bakeries, the feast is a delicious traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. This year participating businesses and organizations include Accidental Bakery, Aqua, Blue Moon Bistro, The Cedars Inn, Clawson’s, Cru Wine Bar and Coffee Shop, Dank Burrito, The Dock House Restaurant, Donna’s Deli at the Pig, Finz Grill, Front Street Grill at Stillwater, The General Store, McDonald’s, National Charity League, Ribeye’s Steakhouse, Roland’s Barbeque, Royal James, Scarborough Fare Catering, Spouter Inn and Turner Street Market. Served from the Victorian-style Josiah Bell House, dinner will consist of turkey with dressing and gravy, ham, chili, clam chowder, collards, green beans, mashed potatoes, succotash, corn bread, cranberry sauce, ice cream, assorted pies, iced tea and coffee. Meals may be packed to take home or eaten on the grounds of the Historic Site under a tent. Tickets for the Thanksgiving feast are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets are limited to 250 and sell out quickly so be sure to purchase yours ahead of time! For more information or to purchase your tickets, contact the BHA at 252-728-5225, stop by the Welcome Center located at 130 Turner Street or visit €


I Am NOT A Hawk!



hile enjoying the activity at his bird feeder a few weeks ago, a Beaufort resident witnessed a distressing bird-on-bird attack. Most of us are aware that some birds such as hawks and falcons eat other birds (mainly songbirds), but this appeared to be a hawk-on-hawk situation. By the time the man ventured outside, the larger hawk, which we theorize to have been a Cooper’s hawk, was gone and the smaller hawk lay injured on the ground. The Good Samaritan scooped him up and transported him to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) in Newport for evaluation and treatment. It turned out to be a species that had never been admitted to our shelter before, because the only time we see a merlin, which is a falcon rather than a hawk, in this area is when they are passing through during migration. You may be asking, what’s the difference between a hawk and a falcon? Falcons have notched beaks while hawks have curved beaks. Falcons also use their beaks to attack prey, while hawks use their talons to kill prey, so their hunting methods are completely different. Also, hawks are generally larger than falcons. A thorough examination of the admitted merlin revealed a laceration under one wing and numerous puncture wounds from the larger bird’s talons. He was treated for shock and his injuries cleaned and dressed to prevent infection, as well as to promote healing. From the beginning of his stay with OWLS, he was a good eater—downright famished! In the wild, merlins eat a variety of birds, from sparrows to quail, and large insects like dragonflies don’t go unnoticed. After determining that the time needed for him to recover and get back into shape for his return to the wild will be extensive, the decision was made to transfer him to Cape Fear Raptor Center for the extended stay he required. In addition, it will give him the opportunity to work with the falconer they have on staff at their center. Merlins are small but fierce falcons who are powerful fliers. They look similar to the more common American kestrel familiar to this area, especially in coloring, but the merlin is broader and more heavily built, with females stockier than males. Male merlins are dark gray with a lighter chest that almost looks striped or mottled in dark brown. Females and immature merlins are more brown than gray. A merlin is 9 to 13 inches long and has a wingspan of 20 to 29 inches. They have pointy wings and a medium tail that is dark in color and sports thin, white bands from rump to tip. Their eyes and beak are dark and their slender feet are yellow with black talons. This specific bird of prey has the least amount of markings than any other type of hawk or falcon. Merlins usually nest in forested areas and along waterway edges but have adapted to loss of habitat by moving into towns and cities up north. During migration, we may see them in our coastal regions where flocks of small songbirds or shorebirds reside. It would be very rare to see a merlin nesting in eastern North Carolina because of their very northern breeding range. Even Ohio is considered south of its breeding range. It is

A merlin grabs a dragonfly on the wing. Their primary food interest is birds, from sparrows to quail, but a large insect will get their attention. interesting to note that after a male merlin has wooed and won his mate with his extreme acrobatic displays, they look for a “pre-owned” nest together rather than build their own. They simply search out an abandoned crow’s, hawk’s or woodpecker’s nest and move in. The female usually lays 4 to 6 rusty brown eggs that are incubated for 28 to 32 days. Around 30 days after hatching, the young will fledge but are still dependent upon their parents for another four weeks or more. It’s tough out there for infant merlins though, because statistics show that only one in three infants make it to adulthood. We wildlife rehabilitators at the shelter feel honored to have played a role in saving this one! Merlins have had a few nicknames since medieval times and used to be referred to as pigeon hawks or lady hawks, although they are not hawks at all. They have also been called the “Falcon for a Lady” when used as a falconry bird because of its petite size. The greatest threats to merlins are pesticide use, loss of habitat, predators such as larger birds of prey and speed injuries. Although they are reported as capable of the most agile aerial maneuvers of all hawks and falcons, they sometimes focus so intently on their prey when hunting that when they swoop in at top speed for the catch they have been known to suffer collision with an obstacle in its path. Merlins are powerful, straight-path fliers who don’t understand the words glide or pause. The oldest merlin on record is said to have lived 13 winters. That is one careful or lucky falcon that may have figured out the need to glide and pause occasionally! Merlins are widespread during migration, but seeing them is very unpredictable, so when you are out for a walk or driving by and suddenly see a flock of birds burst into flight from a bush, tree or shoreline, you just might have a Merlin in the area. You will have to scan the sky quickly because they are so fast they will be out of range in just a few seconds. Good luck!

EVENT REMINDER Please don’t forget the annual Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter’s Art and Silent Auction to be held on Friday, November 17 at the Civic Center in Morehead City. The doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner (Taste of Carteret) is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Please get your tickets today by calling the shelter at 252-240-1200 to lock on your reservations. Come support the wave of positive change for North Carolina’s wildlife and become wildlife stewards with us. Hope to see you there for mega fun! €


TAKE A TOUR of the facility at 100 Wildlife Way in Newport. To volunteer, call 252-240-1200. If your organization would like to learn more about wildlife, the OWLS non-releasable education animals jump at the chance! » November / December 2017 CAROLINA SALT 19





I’ve heard people talk about the ‘count’ when buying shrimp. What does that mean?

Commercial shrimping is a valuable and highly regulated industry in North Carolina. In 2012, 6.1 million pounds were harvested, valued at $13.2 million.


The count is how many shrimp it takes to make a pound; the smaller the count, the larger the shrimp. For resale purposes, the size of shrimp is often expressed in words—colossal, jumbo, large, medium, etc. But knowing the numerical count is a more accurate way of determining size for value when pricing this popular seafood. Fresh shrimp are sold two ways: “heads-on” and “heads-off.” Heads-on are a little less expensive, but a bit more work to clean. The edible part of this tasty crustacean is the tail, which makes up about 66 percent of the body. A count of 10–15 heads-on shrimp would be fairly large shrimp, perhaps labeled as jumbo; 21–25 heads-on would be a nice size, but a bit smaller and perhaps labeled as large. About two pounds of headed shrimp in the shell yield about a pound and a quarter of edible meat. If heads and shells are removed, figure about a third to a half pound per person. If shrimp are headed but not shelled, say for steaming, allow about three-fourths of a pound per person. In North Carolina, three shrimp species—brown, pink and white— account for the majority of shrimp sold. The color-coded names are somewhat misleading, as all shrimp are more or less clear or opaque, but there are subtle hues. Different species are more plentiful at different times of the year. Females are larger than males. Brown shrimp (Penaeus aztecus), also called summer shrimp, are our most abundant species. Most are caught in summer and have a maximum lifespan of 18 months. Spawned in the ocean, they are carried by tides and currents into estuaries in late winter and early spring. They can grow as large as 9 inches and account for about 67 percent of North Carolina’s shrimp landings. Pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum), or spotted shrimp, spawn in the ocean April through July and ride the currents into estuaries where they overwinter. They are harvested in spring and fall and have a maximum life span of 24 months. Their size can reach 11 inches. This species accounts for about five percent of North Carolina’s shrimp landings. White shrimp (Penaeus setiferus), or greentails, are the second most abundant species in North Carolina. Spawned in the ocean March to November, they grow up in estuaries and are harvested mainly in fall. White shrimp have a maximum life span of 24 months and can grow as large as 8 inches. They account for about 28 percent of the harvest. As you can see, coastal sounds, estuaries, backwaters and tributaries are critical nursery areas for young shrimp. Juvenile brown and white shrimp live in shallow creeks until large enough to migrate into the ocean, and young pink shrimp grow in submerged, high-salinity grass beds in the backwaters until they reach migratory size. Protecting these nursery areas from pollutants is paramount for maintaining healthy shrimp populations Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic environments and inhabitants by visiting the aquariums on Roanoke Island, at Fort Fisher and at Pine Knoll Shores, or Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. €

Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic environments and inhabitants by visiting the aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. Call 1-800-832-FISH for more information.

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The Core Sound Decoy Festival


f you live in Carteret County or just visit from time to time, it’s impossible not to know a little something about decoys and the rich waterfowl heritage of the area. Carteret County was, and still is, a stopping point for migratory waterfowl and it is also a major hunting destination for sportsmen from all over the world. As a result, many local watermen worked as guides and decoy makers, which created a tradition of decoy craftsmanship. This, in turn, led to the creation of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild in 1987. The guild is one of the largest and most prestigious guilds on the East Coast and home to some of the best carvers in the world. The guild started as an idea Wayne Davis and David Lawrence, natives of Harkers Island, had talked about for years. They both carved decoys, as did many others Down East and they had traveled to the decoy shows in Virginia Beach and Chincoteague, Virginia, and Currituck, North Carolina, among others. They wondered if there would be enough interest to get together with other local carvers on a regular basis to swap techniques and tips and have a little decoy show once a year. Wayne and David finally decided on a date. Decoy shows were already scheduled for nearly every weekend from the end of August until December, but the first full weekend in December was open. Since there was no way to plan and execute a show in just two short months, the first Core Sound Decoy Festival was planned for December 3 and 4, 1988. The Core Sound Decoy Festival was originally called the Core Sound Waterfowl Festival, but this name was far too similar to a well-established festival in Easton, Maryland, known as The Waterfowl Festival. So, the name was officially changed. And here we are, a short 30 years later, with the 30th annual Decoy Festival coming December 2–3! Harkers Island will be bustling with activity, but the real action takes place at Harkers Island Elementary School, where over 100 exhibitors will be displaying and selling decoys and waterfowl artifacts. The festival will be a jam-packed two days. The show opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and shortly after that judging begins for the decoy competition. Other activities include children’s decoy painting, retriever and carving demonstrations and the live decoy auction, where old and new decoys and artifacts will be offered to the highest bidder. Be sure to pick up a T-shirt, hat and poster. The artwork for the festival posters and apparel is the winning entry submitted during the guild’s annual poster contest. This year there are also 30th anniversary shirts and hats that feature the artwork of Lena Ennis. If you get hungry, stop by the cafeteria and try a delicious shrimp burger, clam chowder or the best banana pudding in the county, courtesy of the lovely ladies of Harkers Island Elementary School! Sunday the show opens at 10 a.m and in addition to children’s decoy painting and retriever demonstrations, there will be a head carving contest, an awards presentation, the announcement of the 2018 Featured Carver and raffle drawings. Sunday will also be Youth Day, complete with the youth decoy competitions, the 2017 IWCA Young Guns Championship and free admission for children 17 and younger. The featured carver for the 2017 Festival is James Lewis of Harkers Island and the featured decoy is the Barrow’s Goldeneye. The decoy to be raffled is a hand-carved Barrow’s Goldeneye by James. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 daily (children under 12 free). For more information about the Festival or about the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, including a complete Festival Schedule of Events and decoy competition entry rules, please visit the Core Sound Decoy Carver’s Guild website at or find us on Facebook! €

30th Anniversary

Core Sound

Decoy Festival Harkers Island, nc

December 3-4,1988 – December 2-3, 2017

Over 100 exhibitors will be displaying and selling decoys and waterfowl artifacts. The featured carver for the 2017 Festival is James Lewis of Harkers Island and the featured decoy is the Barrow’s Goldeneye. The decoy to be raffled is a hand-carved Barrow’s Goldeneye by James. » November / December 2017 CAROLINA SALT 21

Thanksgiving Day Walkabout planned for Martha’s Mission


njoy a Thanksgiving Day morning walk with Hungry Town Tours on the Historic Beaufort Walking Tour. The walk takes place on Thursday, November 23, starting at 9 a.m. The tour will last 1 to 1¼ hours. The cost is $20 per person or $15 per person with a donation of two large non-perishable items for Martha’s Mission Cupboard. Discover the historic homes in Beaufort that once belonged to the town’s earliest sea captains, seafarers and merchants. Stroll leisurely down the tree-lined streets as your guide tells you about Beaufort’s past. The Beaufort Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. There are about 285 historic homes in the district; of these, over 150 boasts plaques awarded to home at least 100 years old, dating back to the late 1700s. See everything Beaufort has to offer and why this North Carolina town rivals any seaside destination, earning the town its title of “America’s Favorite Town” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel Magazine and “Best Yachting Town” by Yachting magazine. The Historic Beaufort Walking Tour is limited to a maximum of fifteen participants. This is an easy walking tour for people of all ages. Space is limited. Call 252-648-1011 for reservations from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers fifteen different award-winning walking, bike, culinary and history tours. The tour company is a three-time recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Hungry Town Tours was featured in the June issue of Our State magazine with 22 pages of stunning photography highlighting “Beaufort by Bike.” Visit Hungry Town Tours online at They are located at 400 Front Street on the waterfront in Beaufort. €

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“I'll only give you the paper if you promise not to let the news upset you.” News you don’t have to worry about.





horter days and cooler temperatures are here, and while many people go through a thorough winterizing program for their homes, cars and boats, a lot of folks don’t know that their pets need similar attention. While we don’t exactly have to break out the snow shovels around here, our winters can be harsh at some times and downright dangerous at others. Here are some simple things to think about for your pets’ health and wellbeing this fall and winter.

① SHELTER If you have outdoor pets, first and foremost consider whether the environment they are in provides adequate shelter from the elements. Can your pets find sanctuary in a covered area, one that protects them from cold, wind, rain and snow? Is that area going to attract pests that may be seeking shelter themselves? Ideally, a raised doghouse with a sloped roof and a covered door should be supplied for each outdoor pet.

② FOOD AND WATER Keeping warm in cold weather burns energy, so your pets are going to require additional food and water to maintain body temperature. While it is obviously not a good idea to fatten them up, providing a little extra dinner can make chilly nights a little easier.

③ HEARTWORM AND FLEA PREVENTION Insects like fleas and mosquitoes are certainly less active in the winter, but don’t be fooled! They still pose a real threat to your pet’s health. A couple of unseasonably warm weeks in January are all that it takes to reignite the possibility of contracting serious disease. Keeping up your monthly preventatives is essential to ensuring that your pets stay free of intestinal worms, heartworms, fleas and ticks.

④ CARS AND YOUR PET Cold winter temperatures mean that outdoor animals will be seeking warm places to curl up for the night … like the engine compartment of your car. It is always a good idea to knock on the hood of your car a couple of times to make sure no one gets a nasty surprise when you turn the key. The risks of antifreeze ingestion are fairly well-known, but it can’t hurt to stress them again. Even very small amounts can cause serious organ damage, even death. Take great care in collecting and disposing of antifreeze. There are newer nontoxic antifreezes available, and hopefully this concern will soon be a thing of the past.



is a veterinarian at AniMed Veterinary Hospital in Hubert. Visit AniMed online at or follow them on Facebook.

The holiday season is known to bring on stress in people. Did you know the same is true for dogs and cats? Changing weather, guests and bustling activity around the house can all upset your pet’s comfortable routine. It is important to keep your pet on their regular diet. The few days after a holiday are always an active time for veterinarians dealing with everything from simple stomach upset to major abdominal surgery. This is why it is important to keep holiday foods off the menu for pets, and to dispose of leftovers, especially bones, in a manner that won’t tempt Sparky to get into the trash. Foods are not the only problem for pets. Holiday plants, decorations, toys, ribbons … all the trappings of holiday fun can be dangerous when adequate care is not used. For a list of toxic plants, visit the ASPCA’s website, and see if there is something around you house that may cause for concern. We love our pets, and think of them as members of the family. Show them you appreciate them and help them make it safely through another long, cold winter. € » November / December 2017 CAROLINA SALT 23



Kindness at the Aquarium


BY CHRISTINE BRITTEN alloween & the North Carolina Aquarium go handin-hand for many children on the Crystal Coast! The exciting Trick or Treat Under the Sea is a special event hosted by the aquarium every year to provide a safe place for children to collect their sweet treats. Goodies are passed out by local businesses that participate, not only advertise, but also to partake in this favorite community happening.

TRICK OR TREAT UNDER THE SEA Over the course of two days, the event brought in around 2,700 people this year. Decorated to suit, the aquarium featured spooky inflatable tunnels, haunted pirate scenes and a headless horseman on the nature walk. Spider webs clung to the walls, an old witch lurked in the corner... there was even a skeleton inside the Caribsea wreck display, sporting beach wear with a fishing pole in its bony hand. To say they did a great job with the decor would be a gross understatement!

KINDNESS AT ITS FINEST My own little boy, Daniel, had his first Halloween experience this year at the North Carolina Aquarium and what an experience it was indeed! I would personally like to extend a monumental “thank you” to the aquarium staff for reinforcing my faith in humanity. My deepest gratitude is especially owed to the assistant special events coordinator Kerri. Yesterday evening, I experienced an overwhelming level of  altruism that filled my heart and moved me to tears. This is what happened... I purchased tickets online for the event and was ready and raring to go! I rushed home from work to get Daniel into his Bee costume which, by the way, I had been waiting two years for him to be able to wear. Eagerly dressing myself as well, I just knew we were in for a wonderful evening! Quickly ushering my mom and him out the front door, we made our way to Pine Knoll Shores. As we pulled into the parking lot, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of cars. The only people I could see were

dressed in very fancy evening attire, although all the Halloween decorations still adorned the Aquarium. Attempting to rationalize what I was seeing, I told myself that perhaps the hoards had come the night before. Not the case at all.

MISHAP TURNED MIRACLE We tentatively entered the front door and looked around, quite confused. The security guard walked towards us and asked, “May I help you?” Bewildered, I pulled out my tickets and told him we were here for Trick or Treat Under the Sea. My heart shattered to the floor when he informed us that the event had already taken place on Thursday and Friday night, not Saturday. My facial expression must have screamed a thousand words because he asked us to stay put while this sweet man quickly ran off to gather the coordinator of the event taking place that evening. A kind young woman approached us, introducing herself as Kerri. She gently explained that the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was holding their Trick or Treat that night, not Pine Knoll Shores. We were at the wrong aquarium! To say the least, I was dumbfounded. My ticket didn’t specify the location of the event, only the date therefore I assumed it was at PKS. (Had I checked my email, I would have known that... duh!) I noticed Kerri wracking her brain for about half a second before decidedly stating that since we were already there, she was going to make it worth our time. Again, but in much better spirits, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! Daniel was going to have his own private trickor-treat session!

HAVING A BALL The aquarium was actually hosting a private masquerade ball that evening and guests were slowly trickling in. We had arrived just before the event truly kicked off. Early guests were dressed in gowns, tuxedos and fancy masks. The girls at the front desk were also dressed for the occasion and looked magnificent! It sure looked like Halloween to me! Kerri swept the three of us through the

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inflatable tunnel and toured Daniel through the unoccupied areas of the aquarium. Using her walkie-talkie, she strategically arranged for other staff members to be in place when Daniel entered the various exhibits. He was awestruck, shyly walking through the corridors, that is, until his bucket began filling up! Two elegantly dressed women placed beads around his little neck. Everyone he encountered filled his pumpkin bucket with goodies. Even the spooky mannequin hanging from the ceiling dispersed treats!

HEROES OF MY HEART By the end of the tour, he could barely carry it on his own! Tears pricked my eyes throughout the entire experience. The kindness and generosity shown to my two-and-a-halfyear-old bumblebee was overwhelming. Kerri was incredibly warm, not at all rushing us through, although she was busy preparing for the masquerade that evening. She even happily offered to take our picture with a few displays. Her gracious compassion absolutely floored me.

A LITTLE KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY We only spent about 20 minutes or so in the aquarium that night. That was all it took to fill Daniel’s little pumpkin and my heart with joy. This amazing group of people treated my little boy like a true VIP, making right of every wrong in the world in those few minutes. I can’t express my appreciation enough for the fine folks at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. All in all, be sure to visit these amazing people and fantastic animals at the aquarium next time you visit the Crystal Coast! The aquarium itself is an awesome place to take your family and the staff are there because they love what they do. Your inner child will surely feel nurtured after encountering tenderness and joy offered by these wonderful individuals. Thank you again, Kerri and staff, from the bottom of my heart. You are true humanitarians! €

ArtWalk Kicks Off The Holidays


rt lovers can kick off their holiday art celebration on Saturday, November 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. with the Annual Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk consisting of downtown Morehead City galleries as well as participating downtown businesses and restaurants. There will be several “pop-up”’ galleries, including one featuring art from the Arts Council of Carteret County at the Train Depot at 1001 Arendell Street.

PICK UP A MAP Each downtown location will offer special demonstrations, promotions and refreshments. The ArtWalk map can be picked up at any of the participating galleries or at the Morehead City Train Depot. After completing the gallery tour, walkers are encouraged to stay in the emerging art district to enjoy dining and shopping. ArtWalk is sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Also on Saturday, November 25, make plans to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Shop and dine in the downtown area shops and restaurants. Many downtown establishments will have specials lined up for the kickoff of the holiday season. Small Business Saturday is a national campaign sponsored by American Express to generate a “shop local” campaign. Small Business Saturday in downtown Morehead City is hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. €

Meet the Artist: Capt. Maurice Davis


aptain Maurice Davis is the captain aboard the Capt. Stacy IV, a local head boat in Atlantic Beach. Over the years, Captain Maurice Davis learned the maritime trade and all that it encompasses the old fashioned way—by hand, including drafting new boat designs, building boats, mending fishing nets and making lures. During his more than 35 years of being on the ocean, Davis became a self-taught artist by pulling his ideas from the ocean as a direct source of his inspiration. He uses a variety of techniques in his swordfish bill art pieces, including carving, scrimshaw, painting, woodworking and leather wrapping. No two swordfish bills are alike. He also etches maritime designs on glass pieces like tabletops, wall hangings and even windows on yachts. His gallery is located in Atlantic Beach in the Crystal Coast Plaza and he can be found at Q: What medium/mediums do you generally work with? I like to use a variety of mediums and I am always experimenting with new mediums. But, lately I have been using India ink, charcoal pencils, mahogany dust, enamels, sand, aluminum oxide and glass beads. Q: What has influenced and/or influences your creative process? I get my ideas from things I see daily on the ocean-the birds, the fish and the lighthouses. Q: What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition? I think the key element is to always enjoy what I am doing and not put pressure on myself-just create. Q: From my experience finishing a project is like admitting defeat. Rarely do I ever walk away from a project feeling content or completely satisfied. I was wandering if you could relate? When generally do you decide to walk away from a project and decide it’s finished? I feel satisfied with most of my art work-when I am done I feel good. However, there are a few pieces that I want to tear up and start overbut my wife won’t let me-because she likes it and says someone else will like it to. Q: The nature of an artist is generally evolving. What’s new… and what are some mediums, techniques and/or technologies you would like to explore? I am actually in the mode of exploration by using my new swordfish bill etching techniques which is a unique combo of carving and scrimshaw with added mediums. Q: What do you currently have up your sleeve in terms of projects, shows and such? I am showcasing “Meet the Captain” open houses where the public can talk with me the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at my gallery. I will also be at the Beaufort Holiday Market December 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. I am currently working on a glass etching for a sportfishing yacht at Jarrett Bay as well as my first collection of swordfish bills shown as a set of seven NC lighthouses. €



Purposed To Live


recall when I was young and trying to find my way. I would end each day staring into the emptiness of a purposeless life. It was haunting and so very vague. I grew up in a Christian home. Well, a home of Christian tradition. What I found as I grew older was a not-so-fulfilling religion. It was hollow and filled with behaviors of goodness, but lacked genuine life change. I must admit it left me jaded. Like so many wanderers looking for answers, mine were not answered through Sunday school, church going or hellfire preaching. I wanted a foundation. It was my senior year in high school. We were entering the final days of the school year. After blowing my knee out playing basketball, I finally gave my leg the attention it needed with surgery and rest. Unfortunately, in the process, I became addicted to prescription painkillers and was popping pills like they were candy. It was May 6, and the last thing I remember was taking some painkillers at the water fountain outside my AP humanities class. The next moment I recall, was seeing stars as people surrounded me with tears and panic. My thoughts were many. “What’s happening? Why am I laying in a field by the side of the road? Why are these faces looking at me with so much concern?” Then everything goes black… I awoke in the back of an ambulance. The ride was jarring. It almost felt as if I were broken in pieces. I could feel every bump and every turn. It was painful. And why couldn’t I breathe? It was such a struggle to breathe. I felt panic coming again and as it did the lights began to fade into blackness once more. The next time I wake up, I am on a very cold table. The lights are so bright. “What is happening?” I hear a fury of voices, but my body is numb. I must be in the hospital. Some hours later, I was in a darker room surrounded by machines and beeping. The pain was overwhelming. I just wanted to die. But, in that moment I remembered the game I had been playing with my life. Remembering my church upbringing, the thought of hell literally scared me more than dying. So, while in a fog of pain meds, I asked God to forgive me for the fenceriding I had been doing. I came clean and admitted I didn’t know what I was doing and or what life was about, but I wanted God to just forgive me and let me die. Strange, in a moment like that some would say, “If you’re praying to God, why not ask Him to heal you?” I recognized I didn’t deserve grace. I realized I was a punk kid who lived for the moment and himself forgetting about the consequences. That is…until it counted. And I was more concerned with facing a judging God than I was concerned about asking for healing. However, what I found was a merciful God. Several days later I woke up with a very different perspective. I was told I shouldn’t have made it through the first night due to extensive internal injuries I received in a very serious car accident. Apparently, I was sent flying from my car through the rear hatch and some 40 feet in the air into a telephone pole. The doctors told me it was miracle I was alive. I now had a different perspective: I am here for a purpose, let’s find out why! In a dark hospital room, wanting to die, God reached down to where I was and provided an answer for my request. Life, and even purpose! We live aimless lives trapped from awareness because we don’t seek the God who made it all. It was clear to me right there when it counted I would meet my creator. I didn’t want to meet Him having wasted this short life on myself. He created us with purpose and for His joy. I came to find as I hope you do, I could not find my purpose apart from the one who created me. My purpose and your purpose are always tied to the One Who made all things. Don’t get detoured in life because of ignorance. I did, but by His grace I woke up. €

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COLOSSIANS 1:16 16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.

ACTS 17:28 28 For in Him we live and move and have our being.


Paul Ortiz is a follower of Jesus Christ, not religion. A husband and father, he is pastor of The Island Church in Emerald Isle. Reach him at


Best Cookies

Bird’s Nest Cookies Recipe courtesy of ZEST! 1¹/³ cups flaked coconut softened 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, r ½ cup granulated suga

1 large egg ½ tsp. real maple syrup 2 cups all-purpose flour ¾ tsp. salt 1¾ cups mini M&Ms candies (divided) 1. PREHEAT oven to 300 degrees. sheet. Toast in oven, 2. SPREAD coconut on ungreased cookie Remove coconut from stirring occasionally until lightly golden. temperature to 350. oven cookie sheet and set aside. Increase until light and fluffy; beat 3. CREAM butter and sugar in large bowl in egg and maple syrup. . Blend into creamed 4. COMBINE flour and salt in medium bowl s. M&M mini cup 1 in Stir butter and sugar mixture. toasted coconut. in ily heav Roll . 5. FORM dough into 1 inch balls . Make sheet ie cook ed greas ly light on Place 2 inches apart b. thum with ie cook each of r cente in indentation is golden brown. 6. BAKE 12 to 14 mintues or until coconut tations immediately with inden Remove cookies to wire racks and fill nt for each cookie. amou l smal a remaining mini M&Ms, using 7. COOL completely and enjoy!

f F RO M K H R I S T I N U N NA L LY o D A E T S E M O H G G E D E COLOR d is a first generation selfKhristi Nunnally of Colored Egg Homestea of laying hens and grows taught urban farmer. She raises a mixed flock Visit her Etsy shop at www. herbs and vegetables on her small city lot. Salt and this holiday season Khristi is a frequent contributor to Carolina Bird’s Nest Cookies. We’re es: recip ite chose to pass along one of her favor ributes the egg called for in the pretty sure that one of Khristi’s hens cont will work just as well! recipe, but rest assured that store bought estead! € Merry Christmas from Colored Egg Hom

Best Pastries

Flaky Apple Dumplings

F RO M M I C H E L E PA S C H One of the best parts of the holidays is passi ng on family food traditions to the next generation. My gran dmother always made oyster stuffing for Thanksgiving. The day before, she bundled me up against the brisk November air and we’d make a special trip to the fish market for fresh oysters. She would choose 24 oyste rs very carefully, “not too small, not too big,” and insist the fisherman shuck them fresh for her into a small bucket, shoveling in tiny hand fuls of ice so they would stay chilled. So many memories revolve arou nd the comfort of food. They aren’t all perfect memories (the overd one casseroles, the time the dog got the turkey right off the platter) but mostly it’s the comfort of smells, the hot apple pie, that keep us comi ng back asking for seconds, so gather a plate and a few good friends and remember to slow down a bit and savor every bite! €

Recipe courtesy of ZEST! 1 box packaged phyllo (fillo) dough 6 large, firm apples 2 Tbl. cinnamon 1 cup organic brown sugar ¾ cup raisins 3 Tbl. butter 1 stick butter

1. FOLLOW package directions to thaw phyll o dough. 2. PEEL and core apples. Leave whole. 3. MIX cinnamon, sugar and raisins in a bowl . Melt 3 Tbl. butter and add to mixture. 4. STUFF the mixture into the center of the apples. When all apples are filled, melt 1 stick butter in the microwav e. 5. BRUSH each layer of phyllo with melte d butter using a pastry brush. Layer the phyllo, 6 sheets per apple . This must be done quickly, as the dough dries fast. 6. FORM each dough stack into a “blanket” around each apple, twisting the dough into a “leaf” at the top. 7. BAKE at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, about 15 minutes. 8. SERVE with a scoop of ice cream, if desir ed. » November / December 2017 CAROLINA SALT 27





ovember is when the water begins to cool down offshore. The water temperatures at the end of October were still in the mid 70s offshore and inshore. In November, the water temperatures will be in the low 70s at the beginning of the month and will be in the upper 60s by the end of the month. Charters will still be running, but weekend sports activities and the chill in the air keep most divers out of the water. Most boats have heat on them, so divers getting out the water can find comfort in a warm cabin.

TREASURE HUNT A SUCCESS AGAIN On October 7, Discovery Diving Co. had their 38th annual Treasure Hunt. This year’s event was moved from the end of October to the beginning of October to allow the participants to also enjoy the Seafood Festival. There were over 150 in attendance for the dive and pig pickin’. After everyone had gone through the food line, the prize drawings began. The drawing order was determined by the numbers on the oyster shells that the participants found at Radio Island earlier in the day. At the end of the day after all of the prizes had been given out, everyone packed up to return to their homes. Some were locals, but most had come from across the state or from other states to renew old friendships or start new ones. The water temperatures will begin to get colder by the beginning of November.

COLD WATER WETSUITS Most divers wear a 7mm Farmer John wetsuit while diving the Crystal Coast in the winter. The advantage of the Farmer John wetsuit is that is comes in two pieces. The bottom part covers the legs and the torso, but does not have sleeves to cover the arms. The jacket covers the arms and the torso, but also extends down to cover the thighs. When the two pieces are worn together, the torso and thighs have 14mm of thermal protection. The double insulation keeps the core of the body warm. The wetsuit covers all of the body except for the feet, hands, and head. Like wetsuits, booties and gloves are made of neoprene, the same material as the wetsuits. Also like the wetsuits, booties and gloves come in a variety of thickness. Booties range in thickness from 3mm to 6mm. Most of the booties are covered by the foot pocket of the fin or by the leg of the wetsuit. Since little of the booties is exposed to the water, 3mm booties can be worn year-round. For those individuals whose feet tend to get cold even in the summer, 6mm booties can be worn year-round. Hoods come in different thickness and designs. Hoods have an opening that covers the head, except for the face. Some hoods extend down to cover the neck and part of the shoulders. The part that extends down to the shoulders gets tucked inside of the wetsuit to help keep the water out. Another style of hood is one that extends down to the neck only. The edge of the hood stops at the top of the neck on the wetsuit jacket, but still allows water to get into the wetsuit. A beanie just covers the head and stops at the base of the skull. There is a chinstrap that holds the beanie in place. A majority of hoods have a vent in the top that allows air exhaled from the mask that got into the hood to escape. A hole can be added to hoods that don’t have a vent to allow the air to escape. Drysuits are an option for those divers that do not want to get wet. A drysuit is a shell that the diver wears that has seals on the wrists and neck. The undergarments that are worn under the drysuit provide thermal protection. Drysuits also help to keep the diver warm on the surface by keeping the heat inside the suit, unlike a wetsuit that releases heat while the diver is on the surface. Before divers venture offshore, proper training is needed to ensure the diver is properly weighted and can safely dive in a drysuit.

WANT TO ENJOY OUR WRECKS IN THE WINTER? Even when the weather turns cold, divers will continue to come to the Crystal Coast to enjoy our wrecks. Thick wetsuits and drysuits allow divers to dive year-round. If you would like more information on diving on some of the best wrecks with some of the best marine life in the world, contact Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265 or at or like us on Facebook to see what events are coming up in the near future. € 28 CAROLINA SALT November / December 2017 »


Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265 or visit them on Facebook to see what classes and events are coming up. You can also visit them online at


works to continue sinking ships to create artificial reefs here in North Carolina, but their resources are limited. To get involved, visit








The most complete bait & tackle marina on the East Coast. Extensive boat storage and a friendly staff make Dudley’s a one-stop shop for all your boating needs.




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A casual island eatery with a touch of class.

OCTOBER’S ENTERTAINMENT ♥ 10/13 Scearce & Ketner ♥ 10/20 Chris Bellamy

Lunch & Dinner Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm —Closed On Mondays—


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Sustainable local seafood utilizing modern cooking techniques. From local boats to our table– prepared with a Southern flair.


Prime certified AngusÂŽ beef. Aged up to 36 days in-house for maximum flavor, and simply prepared, showcasing the best of American ranchers.


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