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14 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show In Beaufort Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer
to keep your feet on dry land, the 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for you. The show takes place at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 6, from 10 to 4.
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16 Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter: Ballerina Birds Big Bird has landed in Morehead City! An elegant
and exotic Mute Swan found itself grounded: unable to stand, sickly and underweight. She has been admitted to The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport.
17 Crystal Coast Boat Show in Morehead City 10th Year The 2017 Crystal Coast Boat Show is celebrating 10 years at the Downtown Morehead City waterfront May 19–21! Plans to celebrate the anniversary are underway, including additional docks for more boats in the water.
18 Beaufort Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off 2017 Season Mark your calendars for April 26–30, as Beaufort
Wine & Food brings talent from across the country and beyond together for five days of fine cuisine and beverages, all in the name of charity. This year marks the festival’s 13th year.
14 WOODEN BOAT SHOW in its 43rd season on the Beaufort Waterfront May 6.
17 IN-WATER BOAT SHOW on the Morehead City Waterfront May 19–21.
22 Love Resurrected Why Jesus? Why did He come from heaven to
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Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance
NOON–12:45PM People ages 5 and up can visit
food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Cost is $12. For details call 252-2474003 or visit ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores. At One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores. SATURDAYS
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2–3:30PM People ages 6 and up can visit labs and
✪ APRIL 7
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NC Maritime Museum on Front Street in Beaufort. Learn about whales, historic hunting practices and the species that are found locally.
holding areas and feed the animals in this behindthe-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Cost is $25. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums. com/pine-knoll-shores. At One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores.
Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’
10AM–NOON | 1–3PM Have you ever wondered
what happens to the artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville to answer questions about the conservation process. Free admission. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ APRIL 7–8
39th Annual Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest
11AM The USA’s largest whole hog BBQ Pig
HORSES, HIKING & HISTORY
on a guided hike from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Shackleford Banks. For ages 12 and up, reservations required. For information call 252-728-7317.
Cookin’ invites you to join us for two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations! Free admission and free parking. Barbecue plates only $7. Bulk pork when available sold for $7 per pound. Concession stands, rides, bake sales, funnel cakes, live music, souvenirs and so much more! At 810 Mann Street in Newport.
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North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium
10AM–3PM This day-long event will include
presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Learn about the species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters, how some were hunted and where some of their skeletal remains have ended up. Free admission. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317. APRIL 7–9
Carteret Community Theatre Presents ‘Hop’
Candy, chicks and rock’n’roll at Carteret Community Theatre’s Easter Island. In the giant candy factory within the theatre, the popular rabbit is preparing to pass the mantle to his son, E.B. This holiday movie comes to life by blending live action with the movie Hop. Easter Island will be complete with a complimentary snack and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Open from 6 p.m. until on April 7–8, and from 3 p.m. until on April 9. At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-497-8919. APRIL 8–9
Lift Half Model Making Course 9AM–4:30PM This course is recommended as
the place to begin a woodworking, model making or boatbuilding experience. Students are taught how to read a set of plans and use the tools most commonly found in a boatbuilder’s tool kit to shape a lift half-model of a North Carolina shad boat. The lift model is one of the easiest and most accurate half-models to make. Course is 12 hours; fee is $110 ($99 for Friends of the NC Maritime Museum). Minimum age is 16. Advance registration required by phone at 252-728-7317, Ext. 31, or online at thewatercraftcenter.com. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort.
✪ APRIL 12
Merry Time for Tots: Shark Tales!
10–11AM By popular demand, this Merry Time for
Tots program focuses on sharks! Children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to learn about
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sharks starting from their teeth and ending with their tails. This exciting program will give students the chance to handle a few different shark’s teeth and create their own shark fin hats to wear home. As with all of our Merry Time for Tots programs this program not only focuses on teaching kids about sharks but will also touch on the importance of brushing your teeth and getting along with others. Free. Preregistration is required—call the Museum at 252-728-7317. Program by School & Group Coordinator Christine Brin. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. APRIL 13
Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History 9AM–1PM Experience Outer Banks heritage and
wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee is $25 per person. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information or to register call 252-728-7317.
✪ APRIL 14
Book Signing with Tom Gill at Caribsea 2–4PM In collaboration with Transportation
Impact, Caribsea is proud to host a book signing by Emerald Isle resident Tom Gill, author of The Bridge and the just-released sequel, Return to Emerald Isle. Stop by and visit with Tom in the restaurant to get your copy and discuss his most recent projects. At 8921 Crew Drive, Emerald Isle. For more information call 252-424-8400. APRIL 15
Tax Day 5K & Kids Run Walkers, runners and families are invited! This event will be managed and timed by Run for the East. All proceeds to benefit the Cape Carteret Trail, Backpack Friends and Carteret Community College Foundation. Register at runtheeast.com. Registration at the event starts 7:30 a.m. Kids run starts at 8:30 a.m. 5K starts at 9 a.m. At 130 Golfin’ Dolphin Drive in Cape Carteret.
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✪ APRIL 15
Beaufort Historic Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt 11AM–NOON Hop over to the Beaufort Historic
Site at 130 Turner Street and join the fun at the BHA’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children ages seven and younger are invited to search for hidden eggs filled with candy and enjoy light refreshments. This is a free event—just bring your Easter basket and arrive early to position yourself for the start of the hunt! The gates to the grounds will open at 11 a.m. sharp for all age groups. For more information call 252-728-5225 or visit beauforthistoricsite.org. APRIL 15
3rd Annual Easter Festival & Autism Society Benefit
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BOOK SIGNING WITH TOM GILL
NOON Hosted by Garner Farms at 173 Sam
at Caribsea, 8921 Crew Drive, Emerald Isle. Stop by and visit with Tom to get your copy of the sequel to The Bridge, and discuss his projects. For information call 252-424-8400.
Garner Road in Newport. For more information call 252-223-5283.
✪ APRIL 17
Bazooka Battle and Foam Pit
NOON–4PM Let the fun begin! Join us in the park
for loads of free fun and games! Battle your friends using our Bazooka Battle with inflatable bunkers. Be ready for slipping and sliding in our awesome foam pit—foam filled fun for everyone! At Newport Community Park on Howard Boulevard. For more information call 252-223-4749.
✪ APRIL 19
Reptile Display at the Newport Community Building 11AM–NOON This is a fun, hands-on showcase of
some of the reptiles of North Carolina. A number of live animals come along with the NC Aquarium staff. Pack a lunch and eat with us under the picnic shelter, then continue on with games in the park until 2 p.m. At the Newport Community Building, 270 Howard Boulevard, Newport. For more information call 252-223-4749.
✪ APRIL 19
Party for the Planet!
Celebrate Earth Day with us during our Party for the Planet days. Special programs and activities will focus on Conservation Connection. Learn
at the Newport Community Building, 270 Howard Boulevard. Hosted by the NC Aquarium, it’s a fun, hands-on showcase of some of the reptiles of North Carolina.
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what you can do to help animals and their habitats. Free with admission or membership. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com/pineknoll-shores. At One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores. APRIL 21
The Legacy of Motown Revue 8PM–UNTIL Paying homage to the music that
✪ APRIL 22
OLDE BEAUFORT FARMERS’
Market opening day is almost here! An awesome array of vendors feature quality homemade, locally caught, homegrown and handmade products. Call 252-564-8822.
molded multiple generations and gave Detroit a claim to fame, The Legacy takes you back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations and many more legendary icons! Featuring talented singers and dancers, plus a six-piece horn band, you will be transported back in time to one of the most influential periods in American musical history! Soul music is not just our past...it’s The Legacy! At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-241-0372. APRIL 22
Lookout Rotary Road Race 6:30AM The race has a new location and a new
event! Race proceeds will be donated to Rotarysponsored charitable groups with emphasis on local county programs. At 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252241-0372.
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Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market Opening Day 8:30AM–1PM The opening day of the Olde
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Want to try something new and exciting? Don’t miss this first-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Newport Community Park on Howard Boulevard in Newport. Free event, all ages.
Beaufort Farmers’ Market is right around the corner! We will kick off our season on the courthouse square with an Earth Day celebration! Our awesome array of vendors—some old-timers and some new folks—will fill the market drive with their booths full of quality homemade, homegrown, locally caught and handmade products. So come join in the excitement and the fun this and every Saturday morning, where life slows down so neighbors can catch up. At 300 Court House Square, Beaufort. For more information call 252-564-8822.
Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course 9AM–4:30PM 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. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ APRIL 22
9AM–4PM An old-fashioned flea market on the
Beaufort Historic Site (100 Block Turner Street) with vendors selling antiques and collectibles, art, crafts, handmade jewelry, books, food and much more. No admission charge. For more information or to become a vendor call 252-728-5225.
✪ APRIL 22
Why Not Try Knockerball?
NOON–4PM Bored playing the same old sports?
Want something new and exciting to play instead? Join us and experience Knockerball, a new sport being played worldwide! Get in the inflatable ball, strap yourself in and let the fun begin. Don’t miss this first-in-a-lifetime opportunity! This event is free and open to all ages. At Newport Community Park, Howard Boulevard, Newport. For more information call 252-223-4749. APRIL 22
The Honey Dewdrops In Concert
A Down East FolkArts Society concert at Joslyn Hall. General admission is $16 (active duty military and Society Members $13, full-time students $10). To reserve tickets, please call or text 252-646-4657 or send email to folkartsenc@gmail. com. Visit the Down East Folk Arts Society website
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for detailed information at downeastfolkarts.org/ Concerts.html. At Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. APRIL 22
Jasper Quartet Presents Death and the Maiden
8PM 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award winners the
Jasper Quartet close the season with Schubert’s virtuosic Death and the Maiden and Meditation from American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis. At the History Museum of Carteret County (formerly the History Place), 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-7533. APRIL 26–30
13 Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival th
Since 2004, Beaufort Wine & Food has been bringing to the Crystal Coast top-notch chefs and award-winning wines for their signature five-day festival. Ticket sales are open! Visit beaufortwineandfood.com to learn about more events, including guest chefs and featured wines. For more information, tickets and sponsorships or to become a member, visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 252-515-0708.
Brown Bag Gam: Early Ferry Crossings in North Carolina NOON–1PM Pack a lunch and join Associate
Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly for an informal discussion about crossing the water by ferry on North Carolina’s rivers and sounds. Most ferry operations in the state started as private enterprises but eventually became part of the transportation system that helps commerce and communities thrive. From early river ferries that were pulled upstream and let go to the large ferries that traverse the Pamlico, we will give a glimpse into the history of this mode of travel. Free admission. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
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Kayak the Salt Marsh
9AM–NOON Learn about local history and the
importance of salt marshes while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants must know how to swim; some kayak experience recommended. Advance reservations required. Fee is $25 per person ($15 with own kayak). At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-728-7317. APRIL 28–29
Reelin’ for Research Fishing Tournament
The Annual Reelin’ for Research fishing tournament benefiting the NC Children’s Promise is held the last weekend in April in memory of Tony Montana, who passed away from cancer in 2005. For more information call 919-971-4600. APRIL 29
Crystal Coast Sports and Recreation Expo
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9AM–4PM Come learn more about the many
wonderful opportunities that abound in Carteret County for those that are interested in sports at the first annual Crystal Coast Sports and Recreation Expo. Here you will interact with a variety of vendors offering activities and education about their products and services as well as watch demonstrations of unique activities such as Knockerball, Dance Fitness and Laser Tag. There will be outdoor activities for kids, concession sales and much more. Don’t miss out on the fun! The admission fee to public is $2 (kids three and under are free). At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-3883. MAY 4
Explore Rachel Carson Reserve 9–11:30AM Discover the various plants and
animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through the different habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee is $20 per person. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
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EXPLORE RACHEL CARSON RESERVE on a guided hike through the different habitats of Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. For information call 252-728-7317.
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Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit
Grand Reopening of the Morehead City Curb Market
In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. For almost 300 years it was hidden by water and sand, the location a mystery to archaeologists around the world. In 1996, private company Intersal discovered the shipwreck. The museum became the official repository for all artifacts from the wrecked flagship, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. Free admission. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 6
LEGENDARY CRICKET II
the fishing boat that became the inspiration for the movie Jaws will be at the town docks in Beaufort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through the NC Maritime Museum. Free admission.
Go Sailing in a Traditional Wooden Boat 1–4PM Free boat rides will be offered outside the
Harvey W. Watercraft Center. A $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the junior sailing program. This event is part of the 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317. MAY 5–7
Coastal Yoga Fest
COASTAL YOGA FEST
is a celebration of all things yoga, including beginner to advanced workshops, vendors, food trucks and a Saturday night drum circle. For information call 252-342-0250.
Cultivating a strong yoga and wellness community, inspiring instructors and practitioners to create connections, celebrating and bringing awareness to all things yoga! Join us as we bring together the area’s very best y oga instructors, wellness experts a nd healthy living g uides for o ne inspiring weekend of community through yoga! The festival will have something for all experience levels, from Introduction to Yoga and Meditation workshops for beginners to Vinyasa workshops for more seasoned yogis. Throughout the day, there will be local vendors, a food truck set up in the parking lot and a Saturday night drum circle! We are currently looking for vendors and wellness experts to take part. If you or anyone you may know are interested, please contact Uptown Yoga Studio at 252-342-0250. Event to take place at 4915-I Arendell Street, Morehead City.
7:30AM–1PM The Morehead City Curb Market
will reopen! Vendors may vary from week to week, but the most exciting news is that the Curb Market will be open periodically throughout the year! It will feature a Holiday Bazaar, Valentine’s Day Extravaganza, Spring Fling and many other community-oriented events. The Curb Market will also be available for rent by local groups. At 13th and Evans Streets, Morehead City. For more information call 978-621-5436. MAY 6
Mosquito Run & 10K/5K/Hike
7:30–11AM Run or walk 10K or 5K or simply hike
the trail at Fort Macon. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.
✪ MAY 6
Cricket II, the Inspiration for the Movie ‘Jaws’
10AM–4PM Visitors to the Beaufort waterfront will
have the opportunity to see the fishing boat that became the inspiration for the book and movie Jaws. The legendary Cricket II will be at the town docks in Beaufort as part of the Wooden Boat Show. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 6
Wooden Boat Kids
10AM–4PM Youngsters can take part in maritime
games and crafts. Kids can enjoy traditional skills demonstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races. This event is part of the Wooden Boat Show. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 6
Model Boat Exposition
10AM–4PM Boat enthusiasts and landlubbers
alike will enjoy the Carolina Maritime Model Exposition with up to 60 traditional wooden model
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boats on display. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to vote for the Spectator’s Choice award for the most popular model. The show is produced by the Carolina Maritime Model Society, the only such organization in the entire state, and has become a major vehicle for widening public interest in North Carolina’s maritime history and culture. This event is part of the Wooden Boat Show. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 6, 7
Ships In Bottles Demonstration One of the most anticipated events is the demonstration by Jim Goodwin with his Ships In Bottles. Attendees will have the opportunity to see one of the best-known craftsmen in the art of building ships in a bottle. On Friday night, he will be conducting demonstrations during the evening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and then on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is part of the Wooden Boat Show. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252728-7317.
✪ MAY 6
43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show 10AM-4PM The 43rd Annual North Carolina
Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show features a variety of small wooden boats, historic vessels, nautical crafts, educational activities, boat models, traditional skills demonstrations and displays. It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. The Annual Wooden Boat Show takes place on the Beaufort waterfront at the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 6
In-Water Boat Show
10AM–4PM In addition to the Cricket II, a number
of boats will be on display at the Beaufort Town Docks, including Sinbad’s pirate ship the Meka II and a traditional Core Sounder fishing boat. Other boats may offer tours aboard. This event is part of the 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show. Free
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admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
✪ MAY 5–7
Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
The Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron has partnered with the North Carolina Maritime Museum to bring a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer for demonstration. Attendees will have an opportunity to virtually maneuver the Boston Whaler Dauntless 200 on a lake where there are no risks as you approach other boats in meeting, crossing and overtaking situations. In addition to the Annual Wooden Boat Show, the Fort Macon virtual demonstration will also take place on Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday May 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is part of the 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show. Free admission. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252728-7317. €
✪ MAY 6
ANNUAL WOODEN BOAT SHOW
from noon to 4 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront at the Maritime Museum and Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. For information call 252-728-7317.
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Maritime Museum’s Wooden Boat Show Sets Sail
hether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for you. The show takes place at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Annual Wooden Boat Show is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. This free event celebrates the art of wooden boat building, the sport of boat racing and the culture and history that surrounds these boats. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats, full size and model, will be on display with many coming from outside North Carolina. Paul Fontenoy, Museum Curator and Wooden Boat Show Coordinator, says the show has something to offer everyone, even if you’re not a wooden boat enthusiast. “We pay a lot of attention to making sure the show is not just interesting for wooden boat enthusiasts,” Fontenoy explains. “We have activities for children and opportunities for families to do things together, such as taking a boat ride,” he said.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Wooden Boat Kids. The show’s younger visitors will find plenty to do at the Wooden Boat Show. Children can sand, design and assemble their own wooden boats and then race them. Free Sailboat Rides. On Saturday, May 6, free boat rides in a traditional wooden boat will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, free boat rides will be also offered from 1 to 4 p.m. outside the Watercraft Center (a $5 per person donation is suggested). Traditional Sailboat Races. Watch the races on Taylor’s Creek at 11 a.m. Spritsail Race, 2 p.m. Beaufort Oars Gig Race and 3 p.m. Carolina Maritime Model Expo. This features model boats ranging from 25-40". In past years the number of model boats on exhibit has ranged from thirty to close to sixty models. In-Water Boat Show. See the Cricket II, the boat that inspired the movie Jaws, and other boats will on display at the Town Docks, from Sinbad’s pirate ship the Meka II to a traditional Core Sounder fishing boat. Boating Skills Virtual Trainer. Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron has partnered with the North Carolina Maritime Museum to bring a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer for demonstration. Attendees will have an opportunity to virtually maneuver the Boston Whaler Dauntless 200. Nautical Rope Tying. Don Van Hoy became fascinated with rope work in the U.S. Coast Guard. He will be demonstrating the art of knot work. North Carolina Wooden Boat Model Display. There will be a display of wooden scale model boats by Robert Tuttle of Winston-Salem. Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. In 1996 the shipwreck was discovered. The museum became the official repository for all artifacts.
AND MUCH MORE… “We took steps in 2016 to make the show more interactive than in the past,” stated David Cartier, Public Relations Coordinator for 14 CAROLINA SALT April / May 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
the North Carolina Maritime Museums. “Last year, we had an event-specific website. Through the use of QR codes throughout the show, participants will be able to access the new website , featuring detailed information. Participants will be able to access the complete show schedule through the use of smartphones.”
RECEPTION AND SPONSORSHIPS The kick-off reception for the Wooden Boat Show will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center on Friday, May 5. The event includes food and live music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Museum Store. Sponsorships are available by contacting Gina Holland, Director of Development and Communications for Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at 252-728-1638 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those people interested in showcasing their wooden boat at the show, online registration is available at www.beaufortwoodenboatshow.com.
ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA MARITIME MUSEUM IN BEAUFORT The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats and more. Studies in marine life, science and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. The museum is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is open to the public with free admission. Donations are always appreciated. Visit the museum online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information about the museum, call 252-728-7317. €
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ig Bird has landed in Morehead City! An elegant and exotic Mute Swan found itself grounded: unable to stand, sickly and underweight. She has been admitted to The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport. With no injuries evident during examination, the staff has theorized toxicity and is flushing her system to rid her of possible poisons or lead ingestion. Time will tell if our efforts will win the race against organ damage. She is still weak, but is eating very well, which is always a good sign. The admission of a Mute Swan is atypical to the shelter because they are not native here. They are commonplace in Europe and Asia and a few were imported to northern regions of the United States during the 18th century. The American population has grown in the last few years. Although it’s rare to see Mute Swans this far south, it is believed that because they are not migratory, developers or land owners are bringing them in to decorate ponds and lakes. Probably not the best thing to do, but it is happening. If a few have made it here on their own, that is a major feat for one of the heaviest flying birds on the planet! Male Mute Swans, known as cobs, typically weigh between 23 and 27 pounds (females a little less). The only waterfowl heavier than the Mute Swan is the Trumpeter Swan. The beautiful adult Mute Swan can tower four feet high, cover 56 to 62 inches of length and boast an impressive 79 to 94-inch wingspan! The bill is a vibrant orange with a black base and sports a bulging black knob on the base. A Mute Swan is easily recognizable with its long neck curved into an S and its snowy-white plumage. Sometimes under-feathering presents in orange or brown, but that is stain caused by iron and tannins in the water. These gorgeous, giant water birds are written into fairy tales, romanticized because a pair of swans, who mate for life, create a lover’s heart as their heads touch when they greet or during mating. As a child, this author always referred to beautiful swans as “ballerina birds” after experiencing the ballet Swan Lake. Mute Swans feed on submerged aquatic plants, such as read head grass and widgeon grass, as well as on fish, frogs and insects. It is estimated that the adult male Mute Swan eats up to nine pounds of aquatic vegetation every day and for that reason alone their presence is controversial. That voracious appetite can easily disturb local ecosystems and displace native species. They feed on underwater plants by plunging their long necks into the water. Our Mute Swan at the shelter is currently putting away quite the haul of greens and trout chow. Mute Swans nest on large mounds they build in the middle of a shallow lake or pond. They reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding as needed. Male and female swans share the care of the nest. Although Mute Swans appear very statuesque and dignified, they are strongly territorial and become fiercely aggressive when defending a nest. They have been known to attack people who venture into their nesting area by biting and jabbing with the bony spurs on their wings. So, if you catch 16 CAROLINA SALT April / May 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
a glimpse of a Mute Swan and choose to go bold by moving in to get a closer look, be careful. If you hear a hissing or grunting sound and see the swan’s wings half raised, that is a threat display and they will be coming after you! The female Mute Swan, called the pen, lays four to eight greenish brown eggs and the hatchlings, called cygnets, are ash gray-brown, born within 35 to 38 days. Their bills are grayish rather than orange for the first year. Once the cygnets fledge, it is not uncommon to see the whole family looking for food. In approximately three months after hatching they are adult size but do not match adult coloring. Within 6 to 7 months the youngsters develop their white plumage and the long necks that help them reach through the water to snatch the aquatic food they enjoy. The young start pairing at age one and become sexually mature at age two but usually don’t reproduce until age three or four. Mute Swans spend most of their time floating on the water and in our area you may find them in city park ponds, rivers, lakes, coastal bays, wetlands, marshes, streams, slow flowing areas, large fresh water areas and estuaries. Although they do grunt when making a threat, they are generally silent waterfowl. The most familiar sound associated with the Mute Swan is the “whooshing” of their wings in flight because it takes extreme effort to take off from the water. Adult Mute Swans don’t have many natural enemies other than the fox, but because the Mute Swan is so big, fierce and agile for a bird that size, the fox doesn’t always win! There are threats greater to the swan than predators. Pollution, lead poisoning, swallowing discarded fishing hooks and fishing line entanglements are extremely dangerous encounters. Also, if they take flight, collisions with overhead power lines have been known to occur. Their longevity in the wild is only five to six years but in domestication, up to 25 years. Please keep in mind that it is unlawful for anyone to release Mute Swans into the public waters of North Carolina! They can be maintained on privately controlled waters that do not have access to public waters, but you must ensure that the Mute Swans understand that they must stay put and therein lies the challenge. We are working hard to help our big, beautiful girl recover so she can return to her Mute Swan mate, as well as goose and swan friends in her neighborhood pond that does not reach public NC water! €
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The Crystal Coast Boat Show May 19-21
he 2017 Crystal Coast Boat Show is celebrating 10 years at the Downtown Morehead City waterfront May 19–21! Plans to celebrate the anniversary are underway, including additional docks for more boats in the water at Jaycee Park to accommodate the expanding show. Captain Steve Miller, chairman of the Boat Show Committee said, “We have become one of the largest boat shows in the eastern part of the state. Before the end of last year’s show, dealers and vendors were signing up for the 2017 show. Each year this boat show continues to attract people in the market for buying the boat of their dreams.” The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land, as well as showcasing a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. This year’s show will feature 45 in-water boats and 50 boats on land. Viking Yachts will be debuting their Hull #4 37' Billfish in the water at this year’s show. The boat show is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the show is kicking off with a new event on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., an Education Series in partnership with the Carteret Community College. Individuals interested in learning more about boats, maintenance and enjoying your inshore catch are encouraged to attend morning and afternoon classes hosted by the college’s MARTEC, Culinary and the Marine Propulsion System Programs. A working lunch will be hosted by the Carteret Community College Culinary School. Classes are $40 each or $100 to attend all three workshops. All proceeds from the event benefit Carteret Community College’s Culinary, Marine Propulsion and Boatbuilding programs. For tickets or more information, call 252-808-0440. In partnership with Carolina Artist Gallery, the Crystal Coast Boat Show is expanding to include an Art Walk throughout downtown Morehead City on Friday, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. A schedule of participants can be picked up at 800 Evans Street before the event. On Saturday, May 20, the Sunshine Band will kick off the Crystal Coast Boat Show at 10:30 a.m. in Jaycee Park. Boats will be displayed in the water and on land from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Katherine Davis Park. The Morehead City Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its 44th annual car show featuring vintage vehicles. The public is invited to the Float Your Boat art show at Carolina Artist Gallery, located at 800 Evans Street. Prizes are awarded for art in all media depicting nautical themes, antique cars and fishing. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday during the Boat Show is 1 to 4 p.m. The show remains on display until July 7.
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During the boat show on May 21–22, children are invited to participate in a Boat-Building Workshop at Carolina Artist Gallery, 800 Evans Street, with Heber Guthrie of Gloucester, a member of the N.C. Coastal Heritage Association and organizer of a summer camp for kids to build small boats. Children assemble up to 20 small floatable boats on a first-come basis for a fee of $7 on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and on Sunday afternoon, depending on the response. In addition to the workshop, Guthrie displays a 14' model skiff built by a Down East school group. Sea Tow will be sponsoring a scavenger hunt for kids with prizes and a tent in Jaycee Park with family entertainment including ring toss, corn hole and a fishing game. On both Saturday and Sunday, at the 10th Street beach, Sail Carteret, a non-profit organization, will be holding sailing races and offering free sailboat rides. They’ll also have demonstrations and displays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 20th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 21st. On Sunday, May 21, at Katherine Davis Park, the Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club will host a regional Cornhole Tournament starting at 12:30 p.m. Burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be available for sale. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. To register or for more information, email email@example.com. “We are so excited to present to the community a variety of events throughout the weekend, all celebrating some of the most vital industries to our Morehead City community,” said Lisa Rueh, Executive Director with Downtown Morehead City. “This event wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful partners and sponsors. This year, we are thrilled to expand our partnership with Carteret Community College to bring boating education and a culinary component to the Crystal Coast Boat Show. We welcome the community to enjoy all of the activities that make the Boat Show a favorite event for locals and visitors to the Crystal Coast.” Downtown Morehead City is the premier year-round waterfront destination for both residents and visitors known for its vibrant opportunities to live, work and play. For more information, go to crystalcoastboatshow.com or downtownmoreheadcity.com or call 252-808-0440. € CarolinaSalt.com » April / May 2017 CAROLINA SALT 17
Beaufort Wine & Food 13th Annual Festival
ark your calendars for April 26–30, as Beaufort Wine & Food brings talent from across the country and beyond together for five days of fine cuisine and beverages, all in the name of charity. This year marks the festival’s 13th year, and guests can expect the same high level of epicurean talent that it has enjoyed for years. “Beaufort Wine and Food offers something for everyone, whether it’s an intimate wine dinner in an area restaurant or the grand scale of the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village. It’s the perfect venue to celebrate the chefs and cuisines of Eastern NC and beyond,” explains Lindsay Parker, Beaufort Wine and Food’s executive director. Kicking off this year’s festival will be the Opening Wine Luncheon at the Royal James Cafe. Local chef Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery Co. and guest chef Nate Allen of Knife + Fork (Spruce Pine, NC) will craft a menu to accompany great wines from the Queen of Wines. This luncheon offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy multi-course paired luncheon in the oldest continually existing business in Beaufort’s historic district. Wednesday evening, guests can choose between wine dinners being held at Circa 81 Restaurant in Morehead City and at the private home of David and Anna King in Beaufort. Guests at the Kings’ will be treated to the culinary talent of local chef Anthony Garnett and guest chef Baptist Knaven of Restaurant Provence (Carrboro). Wines from Chalk Hill will round out the evening. The Circa 81 wine dinner will feature host chef Clarke Merrell and guest chef Kyle McKnight of Fullsteam Brewery, and wines from Sokol Blosser with Robin Hawley, assistant winemaker. A second night of wine dinners will be offered Thursday night. All dinners are $125 per person and begin at 7 p.m.
EVENTS 2017 Beaufort: Aqua Restaurant’s Jayson Foster, and guest chef Clark Barlowe, Heirloom Restaurant; wines from Rombeaur with Alan Cannon, certified wine educator. • Beaufort Grocery’s Charles B. Park IV and guest chef Michael Lee of M Sushi and M Kokko, Durham, with Steve Nelson of Chalk Hill. • The Boathouse at Front Street Village with chef Kenneth Collins and guest chef Baptist Knaven of Restaurant Provence, Carrboro, featuring winemaker Marie Christine Dumangin with Guy Dumangin family. Atlantic Beach / Emerald Isle: Caribsea with host chef Patrick Hogan and guest chef Nate Allen, Knife + Fork with Larry O’Brien, Master Sommelier, Jackson Family Wines. • Island Grille at Celebration Cottage with host chef Jason Scott and guest chef John May, Piedmont Restaurant with Sanctuary Vineyards represented by John Wright, owner / viticulturist and Casey Matthews, winemaker. • Pescara with host chef Creighton McNeil and guest chef James Doss with RX and Pembroke, Wilmington paired with Davis Family Wines with Guy Davis, winemaker. Morehead City: La Perla Restaurant and Bar with host chef Kevin Davis and guest chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill featured paired with Isaias Lopez, WSET with Bodegas Torres. • Soundside Steak & Seafood with host chef Kris Dykeman and guest chef Kyle McNight, Fullsteam Brewery paired with winemaker Mike Merriman of Merriman Wines. Friday, April 28, will start with the Fashion Show Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will be held in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center 18 CAROLINA SALT April / May 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
on Front Street in Beaufort. A crowd favorite, the event features a variety of wines, paired with cuisine from guest chef Baptist Knaven of Restaurant Provence (Carrboro, NC). Friday’s events line-up will also include the popular Wine, Bread Cheese Seminar and the Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction—the festival’s single largest fundraising event. The Grand Reserve is special in that all our participating guest chefs and winemakers will be present. Vin de Mer, the festival’s biggest event, will be held Saturday, April 29. Guests are immersed in controlled chaos where 300 wine labels and dozens of local and regional restaurants come together in perfect harmony. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the event. Historic District Wine Walkabout will take place after Vin de Mer, and offer guests the opportunity to enjoy wine and food pairings in some of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes. Beaufort Wine and Food’s energy peaks on Saturday night, with the Saturday Night Round Up event. Guests and sponsors mingle with guest chefs and wine / beverage industry representatives. This tented event features live music from breakthrough Country Artists Farewell Angelina. Wrapping up the weekend is guest favorite, the Champagne Brunch, held Sunday, April 30. Guests can mingle with event personalities and reflect on a week filled with community and camaraderie in celebration of the epicurean arts, all in the name of charity. Multi course brunch paired with various sparkling wines and champagnes from Pol Roger and others. Guest chef Amy Tornquist, Watt’s Grocery and Charles Park and Wendy Park of Beaufort Grocery will create the menu for Celebration Brunch. For more information on how to request grant funding, purchase tickets to the upcoming festival or become a member, please contact the Beaufort Wine & Food office at 252-515-0708 or go online at www. beaufortwineandfood.com. €
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SPRING INTO ACTION! A H O O K E D U P L O O K AT W H AT ’ S B I T I N G I N A P R I L
ell, what else is there to say? Go fill up your fuel tank, spool up your rods, tie on a few new baits and spring into some amazing fishing this April! That’s what I’ll be doing this month. March 20 marked the beginning of spring this season and there will be some serious inshore and near shore opportunities available for those ready to brave the traditionally tough conditions this April. Regardless of weather, April is usually a time of change. The days are getting longer, the weather is often unsettled and many animals (including a variety of fish) are beginning their spring migration patterns. Along the Crystal Coast that means fishing heats up! So get on the water and scout out some of the amazing opportunities our marine environment has to offer.
Ray Brannon of Greenville caught this beautiful 3½-lb. speckled trout this spring while fishing with Capt. Jeff in the Swansboro area.
We’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy another extremely mild winter with amazing numbers of puppy drum roaming the shallow flats and a great trout bite in the rivers and creeks this winter along the Crystal Coast. During April, anglers can expect the inshore waters to continue to offer many chances to hook-up with speckled trout, redfish and some Southern flounder in our coastal rivers. The water temps should be making a steady climb into the 70s this month. The result will be some hungry fish easing out of their winter slumber to appease their increased metabolism. The first areas to heat up will be our creeks in the rivers and creeks along the mainland side of the sounds. These warming waters will begin to attract our wintering populations of speckled trout and puppy drum as they attempt to feed upon the surfacing schools of peanut pogies, scattered finger mullets, clouds of mud minnows and crabs. Due to the large amount of “terd moss,” or slimy green algae that will be covering much of the high salinity bays this month, anglers can better target reds by setting up a Carolina rig or fish finder rig and rigging it with a Gulp shrimp, frozen shrimp, cut mullet or some fresh blue crab. By casting this rig and letting it rest on the bottom in an area holding redfish, anglers can avoid constantly getting their bait covered in slime. If you prefer to cast artificial baits, I would suggest working a top water bait such Sebile’s Bonga Minnow in the Natural Golden Shiner color or a 5-6" Berkley Gulp jerk shad in the New Penny or Smelt color rigged on a weightless worm hook. Anglers wanting to target speckled trout this month will do well to head into the creeks off the rivers. These areas have a lower salinity and less terd moss. Some of the best baits for April trout fishing are Berkley’s 3" Gulp Shrimp, 4" Smelt Minnow, Bett’s Halo shrimp and Halo Shad, Mirrolure’s MR-17 and Rapala’s Shad Raps. All of these baits will suspend and attract some intense strikes!
Anglers can expect to catch tasty bonito this April like this six-pounder caught by Beth from Chapel Hill while fishing with Capt. Jeff out of Bogue Inlet.
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The surf water temperatures usually surpass 60 degrees by the early April and we begin to see schools of one to three-pound bluefish showing up around the inlets and nearshore live bottoms. But regardless of the arrival of bluefish, large schools of false albacore and bonito will be working around the inlet tidelines, just outside the surf zone and around our nearshore hard bottoms and artificial reefs by April. This spring run of albacore and bonito will feed voraciously and will strike most 3-4" metal jigs or soft plastic shiner imitations. If these fish are not surfacing well, trolling 4-5" shallow and deep-diving hard baits about 2 to 4 miles an hour will get strikes. To locate these fish, anglers should look for flocks of small, white terns hovering frantically just a few feet above the water’s surface. If sight casting to these fish, always approach a school of surfacing fish slowly from upwind and cast a few yards ahead of the school. Use a fast retrieve with an occasional pop or twitch to the rod tip. Both albacore and bonito strike swiftly and their run is high speed. It’s important to keep the rod bent and the drag light to avoid unwanted break-offs. Although the albacore are not great table fare, the bonito are excellent and are even sushi grade. That being the case, you’ll want to learn to identify both species and avoid using a gaff. I prefer to net them or grasp them by their forked tail and release them quickly after they are de-hooked if I’m not keeping them. The major identifying differences between the species are that bonito have stripes and noticeable, sharp teeth while albacore have elongated blotchy dots and bristle-like teeth. This is an amazing fishery and by late April anglers can expect to catch a ton of action with a mix of albacore, bluefish, bonito and Spanish mackerel. €
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hy Jesus? Why did He come from heaven to earth a long time ago? Why did He come and live among us and die in our place? When we consider most of the world is moving away from the God of the universe because of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam among many others, including simply no religion, it asks the question, “Why would the all-knowing God come to earth in the person of Jesus Christ?” John 3:16 and Matthew 5:17 paint a picture of what God is doing through His Son: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17 ESV These passages set up the fact that God not only wants to sacrifice His Son to meet a requirement we never could, but also give us the reward of His meeting that requirement. Then why not just give us the reward? Why go through all the trouble of being born, living a hard life, dying a terrible death and then being resurrected? There are many passages that speak of a glorious inheritance God has prepared. Ephesians 1:18 (ESV) quotes, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance…” Let’s say you have an uncle and he is a very rich man. He has decided to include you in his will and leave you a monetary trust as an inheritance. Your uncle has chosen to do this because you are in good standing with him. You met a requirement he had for you as a nephew or niece. Maybe you were obedient and genuinely loved your uncle. This love for your uncle was easily seen in your actions and words toward him. As a result, you will receive an inheritance, but only after your uncle has passed away. At the time of his death his will will be executed; sometime thereafter you will receive the inheritance he has promised to you. With God, no one has met the requirement He had established. Romans 3:23 (ESV) states, “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” So, God in His wisdom and never-failing grace had a plan. He would step out of heaven, come to us, live with us, hurt with us, suffer with us and ultimately die for us. Jesus would be the fulfilment of the requirement that was necessary to gain the inheritance of God. The crazy thing is… He lived a perfect life: no mistakes, no screw ups, no bad words, no drugs, no hypocrisy, no lies, NO SIN! He did this and could have taken the reward for himself, but instead he died a criminal’s death for you. He did the work and we get the reward. You see, in order for there to be an inheritance, someone had to earn it and someone had to die. That was God’s plan executed through the life, death and resurrection of His Son. So, here we are with the questions: Why did He come from heaven to earth a long time ago? Why did He come and live among us and die in our place? The simple answer is You! He came for you! He came for me! He came for us! As a result, Jesus can make the statement He makes in John 14:6 (ESV) when He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is the only One who came for us! This Easter, instead of asking how Jesus can be the only way, we should be joyful someone loves us enough that He came to where we are and sacrificed Himself for us. He loves us enough to pass on an inheritance we did not earn and we don’t deserve. This love of God is so true, He even has given us the freedom to choose Him or not. €
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JOHN 3 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, tha whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
MATTHEW 5 17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
THE ISLAND CHURCH PASTOR PAUL ORTIZ
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 paul@TheIslandChurchEI.org
DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N A P R I L
s the cool days in March faded away to warm days that got into the mid 70s, everyone got a case of spring fever. Water temperatures were slow to warm up as quickly. The offshore water temperatures in March ranged from the low 50’s to the mid 60s, while the inshore water temperatures ranged in the upper 40s to upper 50s. These temperatures were the normal temperatures for March. With these warm days, the inshore temperatures should continue to rise.
THE SEASON IS BEGINNING
Diving Radio Island will become more frequent as classes begin to happen more often. During the winter months, Open Water (beginner) students were getting certified so they could enjoy the warm water of the summer months. Some divers buy all of their gear at one time and others buy it a piece at a time. If they buy it one piece at a time, the question they ask is, “What should I buy first?”
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT: REGULATOR A consideration is the amount of money you have to spend. A regulator is going to be one of the costliest pieces of gear. When a diver buys a regulator, they are getting a first stage and their primary second stage. An alternate air source, an inflator hose, a compass and a pressure gauge will need to be added to complete the regulator. A depth gauge will be needed if the diver isn’t getting a dive computer. Deciding on which regulator is the next important decision. There are many manufacturers that make regulators. Some manufacturers offer parts for life if the regulator is serviced every year. A regulator might cost more at the time of purchase, but the savings in parts can make it less expensive in the long run.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT: BUOYANCY COMPENSATOR Another piece of gear is the Buoyancy Compensator (BC). The BC is the piece of gear the diver uses to get neutrally buoyant underwater, positively buoyant at the surface and holds the tank. The most commonly used BC is the jacket style, but the wing and back plate is gaining popularity with recreational divers. Features that many divers look for in a BC are multiple d-rings to attach accessories, quick release weight pockets, trim weight pockets and a strap system that can be adjusted to fit the diver properly. Divers that choose a wing and a back plate have to decide what type of back plate they want. The heavier the back plate, the less amount of weight the diver has to wear on their weight belt. To determine the size of the wing, the diver has to take into account how much lift they will need because of their weight and if they will be wearing one tank or two. Once the diver chooses the style of BC with the features they want, the next step is getting the correct size. Because sizes differ between manufacturers, the BC should be tried on to ensure proper fit.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT: DIVE COMPUTER A dive computer is another piece of gear that has become standard for divers because it lets them extend their dive times compared to dive times using the dive tables. Dive computers can be mounted in a console or worn on the wrist. Dive computers have the ability to be set to use enriched air, also known as nitrox. Other standard features are displaying the current depth, maximum depth, elapsed dive time, remaining dive time and water temperature. Some computers offer the ability to download information to a computer. The information of the dive or the dive profile, could be as short at the start time, end time, water temperature and maximum depth or it could record the profile throughout the entire dive showing the diver’s depth every few seconds. Some computers are air integrated which means that the pressure gauge is built into the computer. This eliminates the need for the diver to have a pressure gauge. Whether a diver wants to have a BC because it fits them well and they know where everything is located, a regulator that breathes well, has a mouthpiece they are comfortable using and they know how well it is maintained or they want a dive computer to get the most out of their dive, they are all an investment that shouldn’t be rushed into. Cost is not the basis for selecting a specific piece of gear. The features are the main concern when buying gear. You have to ask yourself “Does this do what I want it to do now as well as what I want it to do in the future as I gain knowledge and experience.” If you have any questions about getting the right gear, contact Discovery Diving at firstname.lastname@example.org, at 252-728-2265. Follow them on Facebook for the latest news and dive conditions. € 24 CAROLINA SALT April / May 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
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