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Blackbeard: Raider of the Carolina Seas

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BLACKBEARD: RAIDER OF THE SEAS Locally written historical drama first performed by Carteret Community Theatre in 1964 comes to life again. Tickets are on sale now at 252-497-8919.

2020 marks the 300th anniversary of the capture and execution of Blackbeard. We are proud to present this work written and produced by local historian, Ruth Peeling Barbour in 1964. It was first performed by Carteret Community Theatre at the Beaufort School Auditorium in July of 1964. This historical drama features maritime music, sword fights, fair maids in peril and of course, pirates! March 9 and 10 at 7:30 and March 11 at 2 p.m. Location: 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-497-8919.

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Bird Hike at Fort Macon

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.

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Volunteer Training at BHS

Attendees are invited to learn about volunteering at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. Anyone interested in becoming part of the backbone of the Association are welcome to attend. For information call 252-728-5225.

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Merry Time for Tots

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at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission and parking are free. Over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters and more family fun.

invited to the Merry Time for Tots program, which takes a unique look at a different nautical topic each month. Topics include Pirate Hooks and Peg Legs, Hatteras Jack, Boats that Float, Whale of a Time and Shark Tales. The program is free. Register at 252-504-7758. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort.

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Musket Firing Demonstration

[ 10–11AM ] Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a

Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.

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rich coastal environment and culture at these informal lectures. Bring your own lunch. Free admission. No advance registration. Walkins welcome. The lectures start at noon and registration is not required. So bring your lunch and join us for the free program. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-504-7740.

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Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Wes Collins

[ 6:30–8PM ] Wes Collins hails from Chapel Hill.

He is a husband, a dad and a librarian. He’s a late bloomer in the songwriting world. He won the NC Songwriter’s Co-Op Song Contest. In 2015, he was one of the six winners in the Kerrville competition. He has played Nashville TN’s Bluebird Cafe, The Threadgill Stage in Kerrville, TX, Blue Rock Studio Stage in Wimberely, TX and more. In 2013, he released his first CD, One Layer Down. In 2017, the NC Arts Council awarded Wes a songwriting fellowship which helped to fund his most recent CD project, Welcome to the Ether. Location: 425 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-646-4657.

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Emerald Isle Friday Free Flick: Dr. Dolittle Join us at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Gymnasium (7500 Emerald Drive). Movies are family oriented. Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for $1. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. Contact 252-354-6350.

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Astronomy at Fort Macon [ 7–9PM ] Come out to the Beach Access

(bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775. MARCH 13, 14, 15

Legacy Show Choir: 100 Years of Broadway at Joslyn Hall

[ 8–10PM ] Carteret Community Theatre presents

“Legacy Show Choir: 100 Years of Broadway” in Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College, Morehead City. Show dates are March 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. Legacy is a group of singers and musicians whose purpose is to offer their talents to produce concerts to benefit worthy causes in our community. This show is a musical tribute to the history of musical theatre. This is a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the theatre. Ticketed event and available at www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 252-726-1501. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. MARCH 14

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have a big goal to raise $20,000 for the Loaves and Fishes Men’s Recovery program to aid men who can’t pay. Loaves and Fishes Counseling Ministries is located in Beaufort and is changing people’s lives. Join the Ann Street UMC Outreach Committee for the inaugural “Run for Recovery 5k” on March 14. You may run, walk or stroll all or some of the course during this family event. There will also be a 50 yard kids dash! Sign up to run with your friends, family or church! www.runsignup.com/Race/NC/Beaufrot/ LoavesandFishesRunForRecovery. Contact Oriel Homan for additional information. Location: 417 Ann Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-728-4279.

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Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival

[ 9AM–6PM ] The 29th Annual Emerald Isle

St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission and parking are free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters and many other fun, family-oriented activities. Location: 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Contact: 252-354-6350 MARCH 14

Rope Making at Hammock Beach State Park

Do you feel a little “tied down” and “knot” sure what to do? Come out to the park and learn how to make your own three-stranded rope using a simple machine in this hands-on program. Fun for all ages! Location: 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro. Contact: 910-326-4881 MARCH 14

Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents Day at the Aquarium

Put on some wings, a dash of glitter and let your imagination fly during the aquarium’s annual Fairy Day. Fairy Day is full of fun and learning, where imagination and education come together. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for fairy and mermaid doors around the Aquarium and make your own magic wand. Add to the fun and come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea

serpent or other mythical characters. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free with admission or membership. Location: NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores (1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores. MARCH 14

IWLA Oyster Roast and BBQ

Join us for our 4th Annual Oyster Roast and BBQ with sides of coleslaw, baked beans and hush puppies! Tickets are $20 each for non-members and $15 each for members of The Izaak Walton League of America. Tickets are pre-sale only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.! Bring your own oyster shuckers and gloves! Tickets can be purchased online at www. whiteoakriveriwla.org Location: 287 Hadnot Farm Road, Peletier. MARCH 15

Coastal Crafts Series at Hammock Beach State Park: Craft a Hummingbird Perch

Each month come out to the park and learn about some of the unique beach findings and what crafty ways can be applied with them. You will get a chance to build your own craft to take home. This month’s craft: hummingbird perch. Location: 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro. Seating is limited; registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881. MARCH 15

Beaufort Picture Show: Present Laughter

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Bird Identification

What makes a bird a bird? An owl an owl? Or do you know how to tell apart the many species of warblers we have here? Come out to the park and join a ranger to learn about some quick tips on identifying some of our park residents. Location: 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro. Contact: 910-326-4881. MARCH 18

Theatre Trip to Cirque Eloize: Hotel

Join us for a trip to the theatre! Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be providing transportation and tickets to Wilmington’s Wilson Center’s production of Cirque Eloize: Hotel. Registration price is $70 per person (includes ticket and transportation). Check in will be at 5:20 p.m. at the Recreation Center (830 Main St Ext). We will be departing at 5:30 p.m. for a 7:30 showing. For more information or registration call 910-3262600 or stop by the Recreation Center at 830 Main St Ext. No unaccompanied minors.

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Natural Side of Fort Macon

[ 10–11AM ] Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for

a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775

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organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. The movie for this showing will be Present Laughter: Andrew Scott (of Fleabag) stars in Noel Coward’s provocative comedy. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, an actor’s life is in danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, his days are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Location:1354

Job Fair at the Civic Center

If you are looking for a new job or wondering what job opportunities are available in Carteret County, the 2020 Job Fair will feature more than 60 employers. You will have an opportunity to speak with hiring managers, present your resume and fill out applications. Some employers will be conducting on-site interviews. All industry sectors will be represented. If you are an employer seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies in your organization, please reserve your spot today! Time: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Contact: 252-726-7151

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Burn Your Socks On The Equinox Event

[ 6–8PM ] In the mid-1980s at a boatyard in

Annapolis, Maryland, Captain Bob Turner wore socks all during the long, cold winter months while working on OPB’s (Other People’s Boats). By winter’s end, his socks were stand-up stiff with sawdust, caulk and bottom paint. On the first day of spring, Capt. Bob placed his leavingsladen socks in a paint tray, doused them with lighter fluid, set them on fire and then drank beer to celebrate. And so the spring tradition of sock-burning began, and it has grown to coastal communities across the country. Come join us and celebrate the age-old maritime tradition of burning your socks on the spring solstice. Enjoy oysters, food, brew and music. Ticketed event and available online at www.beaufortnc.com or Harbor Specialties in Beaufort. Bring a pair of old socks to burn. Bring a pair of new socks to donate. Location: Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252728-2141. MARCH 21

Beaufort Picture Show: Harriet [ 3PM | 7PM ] Beaufort Picture Show is a non-

profit organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. The movie for this showing will be Harriet: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. Location: 1354 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort. Contact: 252528-7395 (text only). MARCH 21

Golden Oldies Dinner/Dance: The 20s Roar Again [ 6–10PM ] The Roaring 20s are back! Did they

ever leave? Join your friends from 6 to 10 p.m. at the 4th annual Golden Oldies dinner dance at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. All are invited to dig deep into their closets or scout the local vintage markets for anything with fringe, feathers or stripes to recreate the style and excitement of the Roarin’ 20s. Music legend and Heritage Award winner Mr. Dick Knight is the headliner with contributions arranged by DJ Travis Thompson. Fat Fellas BBQ and Catering will provide a complete meal with an all-you-can-eat entrée. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-670-7530. MARCH 21

Swansboro Rotary Oyster Roast and Pig Out

Call 910-326-6175 for tickets. Includes all-youcan-eat-and-drink steamed oysters, flounder, pig pickin’, clam chowder, hush puppies, soft drinks,

coffee and beer. Adults $50, children $20. Proceeds benefit the Swansboro Youth Scholarship Fund and Community Youth Projects. Location: 1104 Main Street Ext. Swansboro.

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The popular annual dinner series in support of the CCC culinary program is back! Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Culinary Students and top local chefs. Get a ticket for an individual dinner or the whole series but act fast because they always sell out! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres until 6:30 p.m. This event occurs once a month during January, February and March. All three four-course dinners will feature the best French cuisine. Carteret Community College is very proud that we send 3 to 4 students annually to France for a month internship. During this trip the students train under the best French Escoffier chefs in the world! Dinners will take place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center on the campus of Carteret Community College. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-222-6262.

Get Hooked Fishing School at the Aquarium Fish on! Sign up now for the annual Get Hooked Fishing School hosted by the Aquarium. The popular one-day course features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers on many aspects of the sport, including topics such as inshore fishing for striper, drum, trout, mackerel and flounder, fly fishing and offshore fishing. Additional demonstrations will feature fly-tying or instructions on helpful knots. The school offers an opportunity to gather a lot of information in one day at one place. The action-packed event includes participation in up to six sessions of instruction, a catered lunch, giveaways and drawings for some great fishing gear. Agencies and businesses of interest to fishermen and boaters will be on hand. Get Hooked is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all sessions are at the Aquarium. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $60 per person; $54 for Aquarium members. See the website for more information or to sign up online. Registration also is accepted by phone and at visitor services at the Aquarium. Get Hooked is sponsored by the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

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BHA Lunch + Learn with Susan Zurenda at Clawson’s [ NOON–1:30PM ] Join the BHA for a literary

luncheon with author Susan Zurenda. She will be singing books, meeting with attendees and speak about her new book, Bells for Eli. The luncheon will take place at Clawson’s Restaurant at 425 Front Street, Beaufort. Ticketed event. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www. beauforthistoricsite.org, call 252-728-5225 or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street.

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Beach Gems at Hammock Beach State Park

Film Screening: Vanishing Sail—A Caribbean Tradition

You can find many unique items while combing the beaches here in eastern North Carolina. Shells and shark’s teeth are highly sought after while the many varieties of smooth stones are often overlooked. Discover how these river stones can be polished to reveal beautiful pieces that can be used for jewelry or decoration. Location: 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro. Contact: 910326-4881. MARCH 24

Bear Island Eco-Hike Enjoy a ranger-guided boat ride to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina’s hidden treasures. You will be able to explore and discover about some of nature’s wonders in the winter and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs! Dress for the weather! Subject to cancellation due to the weather. Location: 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro, NC. Seating is limited; registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-3264881.

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[ 7–9PM ] The last wooden sailboat builder of a

small island in the West Indies dreams of saving the tradition of boat building, which was brought to the island centuries ago. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a screening of “Vanishing Sails: The Story of a Caribbean Tradition. The award-winning film follows the journey of a father and sons who build a sloop that will compete in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Stories of the Caribbean are shared along the way. The showing is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-504-7740

✪ MARCH 26

Red Cross Blood Drive

We will be hosting another community blood drive with the American Red Cross. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 252-393-1000 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org. According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Schedule your appointment today!


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MARCH 28

Carteret County Gun Bash Ticket includes heavy appetizers, open bar and refreshments, complimentary Ducks Unlimited membership, 1 raffle entry into the tier raffle of guns and the opportunity to participate in all the other various raffles at the event. Tickets are $40 per adult or $15 per youth (17 and under). Advance tickets (purchased by March 20) will be entered for a free chance to win a DU Edition FN Model 509 9mm pistol. Limited space available. Once we sell out, no tickets sold at the door! Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Contact: 252-241-9680. MARCH 26

Sea Glass Resin Art Class Join us at the Swansboro Recreation Center for a Sea Glass Resin Art class instructed by Carla Paschal from The Wild Child Art Studio on Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $60 per individual. The sea glass resin art liability waiver form must be filled out when registering for this class. Register now at swansboro.recdesk.com or call us at 910-3262600. Must be 13 years of age or older to register. No unaccompanied minors. Location: 830 Main Street Ext. Swansboro. MARCH 27

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In this tomato grafting workshop participants will learn why grafting tomatoes may help them overcome soil-borne pathogens like verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, nematodes and bacterial wilt. The process for grafting will be explained and then participants will have the opportunity to practice grafting some heirloom tomato varieties onto a disease resistant rootstock. Participants will get to take home plants they have grafted with instructions on how to treat the plants for best success after the graft. Tickets: $15 per person. Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Location: N.C. Cooperative Extension - Carteret County Center (303 College Circle, Room 320 Morehead City. More Information and ticket info www.carteret.ces.ncsu. edu.

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Emerald Isle Marathon, HalfMarathon and 5K Races

[ 7–11AM ] The 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon,

Half Marathon and 5K was organized as a way to give back to the community and local charities while showcasing the beauty of our island. Location: 101 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle. Contact: 252-354-3424. MARCH 28

Shuck, Rattle and Roll

[ 4–7PM ] All seafood served at this event will be

produced by current and former CCC aquaculture students. Talk to local growers about their growing techniques and taste the freshest shellfish, straight from the growers themselves. Menu prepared by Carteret CC culinary students. Local restaurants will also be serving menu items. Enjoy craft beer, wine and live music. Proceeds support programs. Ticketed event. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-222-6262. MARCH 28

Beaufort Picture Show: The Guilty

[ 4–6PM ] Beaufort Picture Show is a non-profit

organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. The movie for this showing will be The Guilty: A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Rated R. Location: 1354 Lennoxville Beaufort. Contact: 252-528-7395 (text only). MARCH 29

Love, Loss and What I Wore, By Nora and Della Ephron

THINGS TO DO

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black—based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. Location: Joslyn Hall at CCC (3500 Arendell Street Morehead City. Contact: 252-726-1501.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Class

Join Swansboro Parks and Recreation for a Ukrainian Easter egg decorating class on March 30 and April 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Registration is $25 per person. The Ukrainian Easter egg or pysanka, is decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. Instructor, Debra Pylypiw, has four decades of experience making Ukrainian Easter Eggs, many of which have been exhibited in shows and galleries. Participants will decorate 3-4 eggs. Fee includes kit to keep and other needed materials. Bring an empty egg carton and a smock or apron. We will be working with dyes. Register now at swansboro.recdesk.com or call us at 910-3262600. Must be 13 years of age or older to register. No unaccompanied minors. Location: 830 Main Street Ext. Swansboro.

✪ APRIL 1

Emerald Isle Summer Job Fair

The Emerald Isle Summer Job Fair is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Emerald Isle Community Center Gym (7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle). The Job Fair will feature employers seeking to hire both summer and year round employees. This Job Fair is for all ages, is free and open to the public. Come dressed to impress! For more information call 252-3546350 or email wsmith@emeraldisle-nc.org.

✪ APRIL 1

NCCF Shoreline Cleanup at Wards Creek

One of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s primary initiatives is to reduce the amount of marine debris littering coastal and waterways. Since marine debris can be harmful to wildlife, coastal habitats and the local economy, we invite volunteers to help us clean up the shoreline surrounding Wards Creek in Down East Carteret County. In addition to picking up trash, volunteers will also record data on the types and quantities of debris collected. This will help to identify sources of debris and focus educational and prevention efforts. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing that may get wet and dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. Boots are appropriate if you choose

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to walk along the water’s edge. Trash collection supplies, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the Wards Creek Bridge, on the northeast side in the gravel parking area by 10 a.m. on April 1. Contact: 252393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org

✪ APRIL 3

Swansboro Easter Egg Hunt

Swansboro Parks and Recreation invites you to join the Easter Eggs-travaganza at 6 p.m. at Swansboro Municipal Park, 830 Main St. Ext. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and don’t forget your basket for egg gathering. Event is free and is sponsored by Gigi Robles with Southern Coast Realty Group. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Ext. for more information.

✪ APRIL 3

Whales and Whaling Symposium

[ 10AM–3PM ] This day-long event will include

presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Participants will learn about species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters. Free; no registration required. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-504-7740

✪ APRIL 3–4

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest

The USA’s largest whole hog BBQ Pig 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. Serving begins Saturday at 11 a.m. Concession stands, rides,bake sales, funnel cakes, live music, souvenirs and so much more! Location: 200 Howard Blvd, Newport. Contact: 252-223-3112. APRIL 4

Bites and Blues Gourmet Tour [ 5–8:30PM ] Bite through the night on the

Morehead City Waterfront at Bites and Blues! Tempt your palate with 22 bites from locally owned restaurants as live blues music fills the waterfront. Use your ticket as your guide as you walk the Morehead City Waterfront, stopping at each waterfront restaurant or host business to taste a delicious “bite” from each locally-owned participating restaurant. At the end of the night, attendees will choose their favorite “Bite Of The Nite”. The winning restaurant will receive honors along with the prestigious White Plate and a monetary prize. Second and third place restaurants will also receive a monetary prize. This sell-out event has become a Carteret County favorite among locals and visitors alike so don’t miss out on the chance to “Bite Through The Night” on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront! Location: 412-D Evans Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252726-6273

APRIL 4

Fishstrong Foundation’s Easter Eggstravaganza

3rd - 5th Grade...............................................2:30-1:00 p.m.

Location: 614 West Corbett Ave., Swansboro. Contact: 910-326-5768

We will have thousands of eggs to find that will be fun for all children, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, craft stations, food and drink vendors, raffle prizes, professional pictures with the Easter Bunny and much more! This years Easter Extravaganza will be one event not to miss. The best part of all is that the $5 admission price goes towards a great cause. Ticket purchases will help our funds that support the family’s we sponsor in North Carolina that are experiencing a life-altering illness. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 3100 Freedom Way, Hubert.

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APRIL 4

[ NOON–3PM ] Not only will we have dogs and

Core Sound Run

A family-friendly 10K, 5K and Fun Run on one of North Carolina’s most beautiful islands -- Harkers Island. The Core Sound Run begins and ends “at the end of the road”—at the edge of Core Sound. For registration and more information visit www. runtheeast.com. APRIL 4

Friends of the NRA

Get your ticket now for Crystal Coast Friends of NRA! Great food, live and silent auctions, raffle games and prizes! Tickets are $45. Help support youth shooting sports, hunting opportunities, range improvements, law enforcement and Second Amendment education in Eastern NC. Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Contact: 252-342-7808

✪ APRIL 4

Cedar Point Easter Egg Hunt

Town of Cedar Point’s 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Town Hall, 427 Sherwood Avenue. Separate egg hunts for 0-3 years of age and 4-11 years of age! Find a golden egg and win the prize inside the egg! We will also have bounce houses, popcorn, snow cones and a visit from Mr. E.B. himself ! All free of charge!

✪ APRIL 4

Cape Carteret Easter Egg Hunt Hop on over to the Cape Carteret Community Park for the third annual Cape Carteret Easter Egg Hunt. The Cape Carteret Community Park is located at 104 Dolphin Street Cape Carteret. We will have additional Easter baskets available on a first come first serve basis.

✪ APRIL 4

Swansboro Easter Egg Hunt

You are invited to join us for a time of fun, bounce houses, food and an Easter egg hunt. This is a free event. Help us be prepared by letting us know that you are coming: RSVP at https://forms.gle/ Sz6FxCzusZJ8Jc418 Preschool....................................................... 11:30-12:00 p.m. K - 2nd Grade..............................................12:00-12:30 p.m.

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Easter at Humphrey Farm

Join us when the Easter Bunny rides up on our 1949 Cub Cadet. Free pictures! Food trucks, vendors, cookie decorating station, cupcake bakeoff with free samples, farm store, bounce houses, horse rides, free hay rides and games and more! Time noon to 5 p.m. Location: 522 W. Willis Landing Road, Hubert.

✪ APRIL 4

Adopt-a-thon for Misplaced Mutts puppies to adopt, we will have face painting for the kids (and young at heart), a Doggie Photo Booth and refreshments for canines and humans! Location: Pine Knoll Shores Realty and the PKS Safety Building Parking Lot (next door to Bogue Banks Library) 320 Salter Path Road Pine Knoll Shores. We will also be collecting supplies for Misplaced Mutts: dog food, puppy food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, food/water bowls, towels and blankies. Items can be dropped off at Pine Knoll Shores Realty or call/text Amy for Pickup at 252723-7972. APRIL 5

Murder On the Orient Express

Join us for a trip to the theater! Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be providing transportation and tickets to New Bern’s Rivertowne Players production of Murder on the Orient Express. Cost is $40 per person (includes ticket and transportation). Check in will be at 12:50 pm at the Recreation Center. We will be departing at 1 p.m. for a 3 p.m. showing. For more information and registration go online to swansboro.recdesk. com/Community/Program, call 910-326-2600 or stop by 830 Main St Ext. No unaccompanied minors. Recommended for ages 12+ due to adult themes and violence and contains simulated smoking, gunshots and murder! (There is no official rating system for live theatre. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child’s age and maturity level.) APRIL 5

Full Moon Paddle Trip

[ 6–9PM ] Join us for a full moon paddle trip on

Bogue Sound. Watch the sky transform from vibrant colors of the sunset to the rising of the full moon. The trip will conclude with a campfire and s’mores. We provide the kayaks, life jackets and glow sticks. Wear clothes that can get wet and water shoes and bring a change of clothes, water bottle and bug spray. Beginners welcome. Single and tandem kayaks available. Admission fee. Preregistration required. Location: 156 Albemarle Dr, Newport. Contact: (252) 726-4848 €


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OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER LINDA BERGMAN–ALTHOUSE

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t has been a very long time coming for North Carolina, but the Wildlife Resources Commission in Raleigh recently authorized our state’s wildlife rehabilitators to medically treat and rehabilitate raccoons, bats, fox and bobcats (and oh yes, skunks—but we just don’t have skunks on the coast).

BIG EXCITING NEWS This is very big news and in turn, calls for some big changes for individual wildlife rehabilitators and all wildlife shelters across the state. North Carolina Wildlife rehabilitators have been scrambling since last fall to meet the eligibility criteria set forth by the commission to achieve this special permit from the state. Not all rehabilitators will choose to take this path, but some will, and we won’t have to turn these animals away when they are injured or orphaned as we were required to do in the past.

THERE ARE RISKS There is a risk associated with working with these species because within this group a slight possibility to carry the rabies virus exists. Most of these animals do not harbor the disease, but we must err on the side of caution and be very, very careful. Wildlife rehabilitators working with these animals are required to take the rabies vaccine series and routinely have their blood checked for rabies antibodies.

BE CAREFUL! The public must be very, very careful, too, when coming across an orphaned, sick or injured raccoon, bat, fox or bobcat. Do not touch any of these animals with your bare hands. Besides bare hands, other circumstances that are not safe for you

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OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER

Bats, Fox + Bobcats, Oh My! would be if the sick or injured animal is still alert in your presence, can still move around or is located in an area unsafe for rescue such as in the middle of the road. Please call your local animal control officer or a wildlife rehabilitator in your area for assistance. Also, if a wildlife rehabilitator or someone from animal control is not on site, do not attempt rescue if any raccoon, bat, fox or bobcat is displaying abnormal behavior. Keep children and pets away from the animal and alert animal control. If any of those animals are roughly two-thirds the size of an adult and subsequently weaned from their mother, they are considered adult by law. So, you are not rescuing an orphan. If you find young raccoons are nesting in your attic, locate the nest site and place a small radio nearby and leave it on around the clock. The constant noise bothers the animals when they want to sleep, causing the mother to move her young to another, quieter location, which will hopefully be out of your house. When you are sure all the babies are gone, find the entry location and patch it to prevent them from coming back or another creature from moving in. If a professional resource is not available and the animal needs immediate assistance, you may rescue only if it is safe to do so.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS Please follow these safety precautions. ① First, have a sturdy box or animal carrier ready to contain the animal. Garbage cans, recycling bins and plastic containers will work in a pinch, depending on the size of the animal. Make sure you have a lid that will fit securely on the box or container. ② Secondly, protect yourself by wearing thick leather gloves and have a heavy towel

in hand to prevent getting bitten, licked or scratched. Avoiding direct contact with the animal is essential during rescue because most wildlife have sharp teeth and claws and will muster whatever strength they have left to try to protect themselves from you, even though you are trying to help them – they don’t know that. A thick pair of work gloves, a thick jacket and other personal protection can prevent injury. Do not ever use bare hands when helping these specific mammals. Approach the animal from behind, drop the towel over the animal, including the head, quickly gather the animal in the towel, then immediately place into the container. Cover and seal the box to ensure the animal cannot escape. ③ Lastly, transport the animal to a wildlife rehabilitator without looking or even peeking at the animal again or removing the animal from its enclosure during transport. Do not allow someone to hold the animal during transport, even wrapped in a towel, and keep the car quiet, which means no loud talking and turn your radio off.

DON’T FEED Do not worry about feeding them. The concerns for animals at the time of rescue are focused on injury or sickness. Please allow the wildlife rehabilitator to stabilize the animal and food will come later. The rehabber will know how to feed them based on their condition and what to feed them based on the dietary requirements for their species. This includes infants. Do not feed them. If you don’t have the skills needed to appropriately feed a wild baby, you may unknowingly force food or water into their lungs which will cause pneumonia or you might provide an improper diet that can kill the baby. Tell the wildlife rehabilitator the location

where the animal(s) were found, including street address or nearest crossroads with a description of the area. We try to release most animals close to their site of origin. Yes, there are a lot of don’ts when trying to help Raccoons, Bats, Fox and Bobcats, so we all, especially the public, who are usually not protected medically when handling these animals, must take extreme precaution.

HERE’S THE DO LIST However, here are a few do’s when it comes to rescuing this category of wildlife. Do rescue any bat found on the ground by placing it with your gloved hand in a secure box and transport to a wildlife rehabilitator. Rescue any fox baby, called a kit or cub, found abandoned and cold, but take note, foxes have multiple dens and may be in the process of moving their litter. A lone kit that appears abandoned may be the last to be moved. Give the parents time to retrieve the kit before intervening. Rescue any kit with visible injuries. Do rescue baby raccoons, also called kits or cubs, that were attacked by another animal, especially a cat, hit by a car or moving equipment and any kits that are pestered by flies and/or ants. If a young raccoon appears distressed, check for injuries and from a safe distance, watch to see if the mother retrieves the young before intervening. Always keep your rescue animal warm and quiet and remember the bottom and most crucial line is, get the animal to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Although tempting, because wildlife babies are so cute, raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have the proper state or federal permit.

WE CAN DO IT! Authorization to finally treat these animals has been a very long time coming but OH MY! We can do this thing and we must all do it in a fully knowledgeable, conscientious and safe manner. Please call the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport at 252-240-1200 if you have concerns or questions regarding raccoons, bats, fox or bobcats and find out how this new authorization to rehabilitate these specific species will apply to their rescue. €

ABOUT OWLS TAKE A TOUR of the facility at 100 Wildlife Way in Newport. To volunteer, call 252-2401200. If your organization would like to learn more about wildlife, our education animals jump at the chance!

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Southport Tower Damage Impacts Maritime History

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he heavy winds that swept through the region in early February took out one of the nation’s few remaining coastal warning display towers. The storms toppled and significantly damaged the iconic weather tower that stood along the Southport waterfront for more than a century. The tower, owned by the City of Southport, was one of only five reported to still be standing along the east coast. “It’s a great loss for the maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear and the City of Southport,” Museum Manager Lori Sanderlin said. “The city is working on a plan of action and we are ready to help support them however we can.” Southport Mayor Joseph P. Hatern said in a statement that he has asked the city manager to contact a structural engineer to look at the tower to see what options they have. “This is an important restoration project for the city and we must salvage our heritage,” Hatern said. Southport’s tower was one of many the U.S. Weather Bureau erected along the coast at the turn of the 20th century by order of then-President William McKinley. He wanted a system in place to warn ships of approaching hurricanes. “That tower has sat there since the turn of the century,” the museum’s education curator Katy Menne said. “It was an integral part of the Cape Fear weather system.” The structures themselves are referred to as skeletal frame light towers based on their open, metal frames. “That construction, that tower, was seen all over,” Menne said. Specific flag combinations or an array

of the tower’s lights would warn mariners of hazardous weather conditions. For example, two red pennants flying indicated gale-force winds. At night, that message would be signified by a red light over a white light. The towers were each equipped with three lights: two red and one white. However, Southport’s tower had only two remaining lights: lower red and middle white; the white one broke in Friday’s early morning fall. Today, the only known remaining towers are located in Manteo, North Carolina; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island; and New Haven, Connecticut. The coastal warning network was deactivated in 1989. The Southport tower also served as a memorial to Jessie Taylor, who manned the tower for more than 60 years. A flag she raised on the tower to warn of Hurricane Hazel hangs in the museum, as do two others that flew during 2018’s Hurricane Florence — just two of the many storms the tower previously withstood. “This just goes to show that mother nature is always in control and our history is everchanging,” Menne said. “We are a strong community and we will not lose our identity.”

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ABOUT THE MARITIME MUSEUM The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport tells the story of the Cape Fear region and its people. The museum is at the intersection of the mighty Cape Fear River and the vast Atlantic Ocean. It shares tales of pirates and pillage, blockade running and riverfront archaeology and other nautical adventures. Ongoing educational programs for children and adults about this area, which was a haven for blockade runners and also a pirate hideout, are available. The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open to the public with free admission. Donations are always appreciated. For more information, visit www. ncmaritimemuseumsouthport.com. The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. €


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ASK the AQUARIUM Do cuttlefish live in North Carolina waters?

Common cuttlefishes can change color quickly to blend in with their surroundings. PHOTO FOR THE NC AQUARIUMS, COURTESY OF WILLIAM LAWSON

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nfortunately our waters are too cool for these fascinating animals, but we do have their cousins, octopus and squid. All are in the class Cephalopoda. Cuttlefish are found primarily in shallow, tropical waters. Depending on the species, they inhabit depths from a few to several hundred feet and migrate to deeper water in winter. Like the octopus, the cuttlefish’s body is malleable, but tends to be more flattened and elongated in shape. Narrow fins run along each side of the body and undulate rapidly when it is swimming. There are approximately 100 species of cuttlefish. All have eight arms with suction disks plus two longer, lightning-fast tentacles used to capture prey. The arms are noticeably shorter than that of the octopus. The common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis feeds primarily on crustaceans and small fishes. The term “sepia” refers to the ink cuttlefish produce, used to deceive predators like large fish. When a potential predator approaches, the cuttlefish ejects the dark ink into the water in hopes of confusing the possible attacker so it can jet-propel itself to safety. A cuttlefish’s body is made up primarily of the mantle, which houses the cuttlebone and vital organs. The cuttlebone is made of calcium carbonate and plays a major role in the cuttlefish’s buoyancy. The head is located at the base of the mantle and has two large eyes on either side and sharp, beak-like jaws in the center of the arms. Depending on the species, cuttlefish range in size from a mere inch to 35 inches in length. Common cuttlefishes are usually a mottled blackish or brown, but color can vary greatly. Like their octopus cousin, cuttlefish can change color, texture and pattern to blend with their surroundings. The scientific community is also studying the possibility of color change as a form of communication among cephalopods. 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. €

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Information provided by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The state operates three public aquariums; one in Pine Knoll Shores, another at Fort Fisher and a third on Roanoke Island, as well as Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The facilities are administered by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and are designed to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. For more information, log onto ncaquariums.com, or call 800832-FISH

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OUTDOOR SPORTS AMANDA ROBLES

Spring is for Running

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pring is for running. When the sunshine comes out and the temperatures start to rise, I just want to run free and soak up the sun. Our winter has been a harsh one. Every single person I know is ready to see its end! Friends and clients who regularly run are getting ready for the road races that begin every spring and take us through the summer. More and more non-runner friends and clients are catching on to the excitement and would like to become runners. In my experience, there are lots of people who want to enter a road race and challenge themselves in a new way, but there are far fewer people who actually doit. While it does take preparation and consistent training to be ready for a race, the biggest hang up most wannabe runners face is themselves. Without previous experience, new things can appear huge and unattainable. Non-runners that I have spoken to feel too out of shape, too overweight and of course, too this and too that to take on a run. Here are a few tips to get those of you who would like to call yourselves runners out the door and running! Make this your year!

1. Set a goal and start small. Set a date and a goal you would like to reach by that date. For

example, be able to run a mile by the time your fit sister comes into town so you can accompany her on her runs. Or, enter and finish a 5K in May. It doesn’t have to be a huge goal at first. Crystal Bryant, a personal training client and cosmetologist from Swansboro, says that putting in the effort it takes to prepare for a race is a part of what has held her back for so long. I always advise people to start small. Set easily attainable goals. This will raise your self-esteem, giving you the confidence you need to eventually reach the larger goals. Don’t start right out with the big goal looming large in front of you. Keep it simple. Keep it completely doable. Walk two minutes. Jog one minute. Repeat. Walk one mile, jog half a mile. Cool down. Before March ends you will be able to look back and see how far you have come and how much closer that big goal now looks.

2. Even better, set a goal with a friend or group. Accountability can sometimes make or break any goal, no matter its size. My clients have all been challenged to enter an April 2 road race. They will not only have my 100% support, but also the friendly competition of their fellow friends and training buddies. Knowing that someone is there to provide positive affirmation or a push in the right direction when you need it can make all the difference when climbing towards a goal. 3. Develop a training plan. There are plenty of good running plans available on reputable websites such as www.runnersworld.com and www.running.competitor.com. Or, you can plan one of your own. Be consistent in your training and you will see results. Keep in mind, start small. To reduce the risk of injury, don’t increase your mileage by more than 10 percent each week. If you do suffer an injury at some point, don’t get down on yourself. At least 60 percent of regular runners have had a running injury or deal with chronic problems. It’s all a part of the game! However, by being smart and listening to your body, you can avoid a number of these problems. 4. Be practical. Keep to your training plan, rest when you feel you need to, invest in good running

shoes. (Athlete’s Foot in Morehead City is amazing at finding the proper shoe for your foot and needs.) If you have been training and suddenly something doesn’t feel right, there’s probably a reason behind it. Our bodies are smarter than we usually realize. Setbacks do happen, even when we’ve done everything right. Push when you can, rest when you need it.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and have a blast! If you feel inspired to jump into

spring with all your might and make this your best year yet, here are a couple of upcoming races that are perfect for beginners and competitors alike. Choose a cause or location and go for it! € 18 CAROLINA SALT March / April 2020 » CarolinaSalt.com


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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

CELEBRATE LOCALLY

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig! { HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! }

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elebrating St.Patrick’s Day in the U.S. means drinking a Black and Tan or a light beer with green food coloring. Contrary to popular belief, however, Black and Tan as a mixture of two beers is not a drink commonly consumed in Ireland, nor is green beer. Indeed, the Black and Tan has image problems in parts of Ireland due to its association with past paramilitary dealings in Ireland. The group called the Black and Tans was largely composed of British World War I veterans employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary as temporary constables from 1920 to 1921 to suppress revolution in Ireland. Although it was established to target the Irish Republican Army, it became notorious through its numerous attacks on the Irish civilian population. The Black and Tan drink is believed to have originated in pubs in Britain with no association to the paramilitary group. It was just happenstance that the English drinkers were ordering a mix of dark stout and draught bitter. As the recipe was carried over the pond to the U.S., Yuengling, the oldest brewery in America, commercialized their “Original Black & Tan” into one of the best-selling brands of beer in the U.S. since 1986. In March 2006, Ben and Jerry’s released an ice cream flavor called Black and Tan in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. The name, with its paramilitary connotations, offended many Irish nationalists. Ben and Jerry’s has since apologized and stopped the production of their Black and Tan ice cream. Even if you can’t get a scoop of black and tan ice cream, you can still make your own delicious concoction by pouring any dark beer over vanilla or coffee ice cream—a favorite treat!

MAKE THE PERFECT BLACK AND TAN Pour a light-colored lager or ale into a tall beer glass. Do not fill the glass more than half full. It helps to tip the glass to prevent foaming. Place a spoon over the glass, upside down. The spoon will help disperse the flow of the heavier dark beer, allowing for the layering of the two beers. Slowly, very slowly, pour the dark beer over the upside down spoon. You do not want to rush this part of the process, as the desired separation is best achieved with a slow pour and no foaming. A perfect Black and Tan will have the lighter lager or ale in one layer on the bottom and the dark stout in another layer on the top. If you find that your layers are a little mixed, allow the beer to sit for a minute or two. €

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HERE’S TO IRISH TOASTS! Here’s to you and yours. And to mine and ours. And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours! May the Devil cut the toes off our foes, that we may know them by their limping. May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want. May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead. CarolinaSalt.com » March / April 2020 CAROLINA SALT 21


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oin the Beaufort Historical Association for the Annual Volunteer Training Program on March 10 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. With over 20 volunteer opportunities ranging from working in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery to narrating historic tours, there is a spot for everyone. Attendees will have a full day to get a glimpse of what it is like volunteering for the Historic Site. They will have the opportunity to tour the historic homes and buildings of the site, take a tour of Historic Beaufort on the double-decker bus and tour the Old Burying Ground. During the provided lunch break, prospective volunteers will have the chance to meet the BHA staff, hear about different volunteer positions and get to ask questions about them. Volunteers are at the heart of the Beaufort Historical Association. Without them, many of the events and tours would not be possible. From Kindergarten Thanksgiving to driving the double-decker bus, a variety of volunteers devote their time and unique skills to entertain and educate visitors of the site. New additions to the volunteer family are always welcome. Volunteers are needed for giving tours, working in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, answering phones and helping plan and execute the many different events throughout the year. “Whether it is occasional or on a regular basis, we would love to have any and all interested volunteers,” Volunteer Coordinator Denise Finley said. “Volunteer positions and internships to high school and college students are also offered. It’s a great way to meet new friends that you’ll have for a lifetime.” For more information or to reserve your spot for the training, please call 252-728-5225, email bhaeducation@outlook.com or stop by the Welcome Center located at 130 Turner Street. For a full list of volunteer descriptions, visit https://beauforthistoricsite.org/volunteer/. € 22 CAROLINA SALT March / April 2020 » CarolinaSalt.com

Winters in Beaufort are not too bad; unlike the winter my husband and I spent working and living in the Appalachian Mountains with the snow, sleet, cold bitter winds and gray days. The only positive note about winter in Beaufort is that I have not seen any mosquitoes yet. Tired of being stuck inside I decided to go for a walk. I began at the waterfront on the boardwalk. Already the flower pots that line the railing where the boats dock are were filled with beautiful flowers planted by the Beaufort Garden Club ladies. I made my way down Front Street to the Town Hall. Spring flowers were poking out of the ground around the white benches where folks can stop to rest. On Ann Street some of the flower beds showed signs of life. I made my way back to Front Street to get back to my car. I saw some dolphins playing; I stopped to watch. You can learn some lessons from a dolphin. Things like have a playful spirit, find someone you click with, jump for joy and glide through your day with ease. Maybe spring is a gardener’s Christmas morning! Maybe spring is nature’s way to say “let’s party.” I love the poem by Percy Shelley:

And Spring rose on the garden fair, Like the spirit of love felt everywhere, And each flower and herb on earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. It amazes me how tulips and jonquils can stay dormant all winter and they know when it is time to bloom. Just maybe it is time to start something new and let the magic begin. Bloom where you are planted. Happy spring. €

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he Beaufort Historical Association’s popular Lunch and Learn Program is back again this year at Clawson’s Restaurant at noon on Wednesday, March 25 with visiting author, Susan Zurenda. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli set to release on March 2, is already receiving rave reviews. “A stunning debut, Bells for Eli establishes Susan Beckham Zurenda as one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction,” says Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of five novels and the memoir Tell Me A Story: My Life with Pat Conroy. Zurenda will talk about the history of “Cousin Culture,” especially in the South, in connection to first cousins Delia Green and Eli Winfield’s deep bond in her book. Zurenda will conduct a Writer’s Workshop the next day, March 26, in the Beaufort Historical Association Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to noon.  The hands-on instructional workshop will be limited to 15 participants and the title of the workshop is “Family Stories:  Evoking Emotion in Your Characters.” This is a unique opportunity in our area that will allow aspiring writers to learn from a published author.  The price of the workshop is $40 and includes a copy of her debut novel, Bells for Eli. After 33 years of teaching young adults literature, writing and composition Zurenda turned her attention to finishing a story she had begun years ago. Bells for Eli, is a Coming of Age story in which fate plays a heavy hand. One where family secrets must lay dormant. It explores culture, relationships, scars and the fate of two cousins who are deeply devoted to one another. Tickets for the luncheon are $30 and tickets for the Writer’s Workshop are $40. For more information or to purchase your tickets call 252-728-5225, visit beauforthistoricsite.org or stop by the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner Street. For more information about Zurenda, visit susanzurenda.com €


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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

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MAKE EVERY EFFORT AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE

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his past weekend, my message was focused on a passage of scripture in the Book of Hebrews that has a very strong appeal and one that if applied to everyday life would change the world. In my Bible, the header for this passage is titled, “Warning and Encouragement.” This passage is meant not only to encourage us, but also to warn us that when not practiced, the outcome is harmful. “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” [HEBREWS 12:14-15] There are three very specific implications for us in verse 14. First, we should make every effort to live in peace with everyone. To “make every effort” is strong language. This is not something we should take lightly. It is something we should strive for with strong effort. It’s a fight! It’s not easy to “have peace with everyone”— and why would it be? People can be difficult. People can be hard on each other. Our tendency is to respond to others as they do with us. But this verse filled with wisdom from God makes the appeal that, no matter what, “make every effort to live at peace with everyone.” It doesn’t matter how someone else is carrying on, we should make every effort to live at peace with them. This doesn’t mean we take abuse over and over again. It means we leave that person with a positive reflection of who we are. The second piece of that verse is critical: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy.” It is not enough to just live in peace with everyone, but we must strive to be holy while doing it. There is only one way to do this and it is to abide in God. To walk after God and have a meaningfully growing relationship with the Living God. No one can be holy apart from God. No one! This exhortation in verse 14 cannot be accomplished in whole without being in yoke with Jesus. However, being able to accomplish the first part of the verse becomes so much easier when we are walking with God and He with us. His holiness spills over into our lives when we are abiding in Him. And can you imagine what the world would look like if more Christians would abide in God and apply this Scripture to their lives? The third part of the passage reveals why we must make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy, because without holiness in our lives no one will see the Lord. If we are not displaying the goodness of God in our lives to others, no one will see God in our lives. If we do not give grace to others as it has been given to us, no one will see God in our lives. Is it no wonder why so many look at the Christian world with disdain and disregard? When we fail to apply Scripture to our lives, it will be easy to be influenced by ungodly influences. On average, Americans spend almost two hours per day on social media. Could you imagine the difference in so many people if that time was applied to study and applying Scriptures to their lives. Verse 15 provides the warning from avoiding to live out verse 14. “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” [HEBREWS 12:15] When we fail to live at peace with everyone while striving for holiness by the grace given us, we will instead by the nature that is within us act like a fallen world that is full of bitterness. That bitterness if left unchecked will keep growing up, causing trouble and causing others to fall away. What a different world this would be if we could go from just listening or reading Scriptures to actually making it applicable to our lives. I am not saying it is easy. This is definitely a difficult task, but when we are walking with God and going after God, He provides the strength and power we need to be able to do it. This is the grace of God to us, that He would share His holiness and righteousness with us so that we could make a difference in this world and the world would in turn see Him. Be the difference God created you to be in this world! €

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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


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WHY I (WE) SURF FISH

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n some of my recent articles, I talked about my “Book Club,” my library of books on fish, fishing, sea critters, techniques and such, both factual and fiction and one basically a memoir that I recently read. The book is “Casting into the Light, Tales of a Fishing Life,” by Janet Messineo which describes the tales of a champion surfcaster surf fishing for old linesides, the prized striped bass, on the spectacular Island of Martha’s Vineyard. All this on a male dominated fishing community on the challenging rocky beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and fighting demons some self inflicted. Towards the end of the book, Messineo waxes philosophic trying to answer or just muse on why! Why surf fishing? What is the lure, what brings out the drive in her and many of us to challenge the fish and the beach, casting into the light? Below is a late passage from her book that sums it all up for me at least! I often think, “What is it about fishing that has possessed every part of my being and why?” Is it because it brings me in close contact with nature? Is it because I love to walk on the beach under the stars and the moon? Or is it the sun, the wind, the rain in my face? Maybe it’s the social game we fishermen play? The sneaky thinking trying to outwit nature and other fishermen? Is it the hunter-gatherer in me that loves to cook and share a meal of fresh fish that I caught myself ? Is it the love of the fish itself ? Thinking at first that they all look alike and now seeing that, like humans, every individual fish is unique. Is it the challenge of the hunt and the long hours of finding and catching them? I deeply feel the ultimate paradox of wanting so badly to hook and land the biggest fish in history, but then I see myself standing over a magnificent creature and feeling compassion for all the years it evaded other fishermen and I make the decision to set it free. I don’t understand the hold over my entire being that the act of fishing has on me. I do know that it’s become a part of me and like my dear friend and inspiration Charlie Cinto says, ‘’As long as I can put one foot in front of the other, I’ll be fishing.”

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BOGUS NOTES Check me out at www.Facebook.com/ Dr.Bogus. Log onto my web site at both fresh and www.ncoif.com, I have lots of new articles and making it better than ever. Ask Dr. Bogus is on the radio every Monday 7:30 AM, WTKF 107.1 FM 1240 AM. The show is also replayed on Sunday morning at 6 AM. Call in and Ask Dr. Bogus, 800.818.2255. 3) I’m located at 118 Conch Ct. in “Sea Dunes”, just off Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5225, Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Don’t forget a gift certificate for your favorite angler for fishing lessons or my totally Bogus Fishing Report subscription. Please stop by at any time and say “Hi” (252-354-4905).

For a full list of my books including fishing pamphlets, books of fiction as well and what I call “Get Info” books on fish facts and identification, check out https://www.ncoif.com/drbogus-fishing-book-club/. We are currently in the doldrums of winter. We are late in winter and not yet in spring mode. That doesn’t mean that there are no fish to be had, you just have to be smarter and work harder since there are still fish to be had. Water temperatures still hover above normal and as I write this report both surf and sound are still in the 50s. One thing I have noticed is that in some of the local creeks the bait, birds and trout seemingly have moved out. There are still specks and reds in the New and Neuse Rivers and many fish are 18 to 22-inches. A couple areas that are notable include Adams Creek, especially at Back Creek and Isaac Creek. Another area continues to me the North River area, which has been producing fish over the past month. Another area producing fish are in the Morehead Port from the Causeway Bridge to the High-rise Bridge over to Radio Island. There are red and black drum being caught, some gray trout sheepshead and short sea bass. If you mosey over to Taylors Creek, there are both reds and black drum along the docks. A little farther out, this time of year there are always red drum to be found in front of Bear Island, in the Shack surf and out at the Lookout Shoals and east facing beaches from the surf. Actually it sounds like the reds are there in good numbers and are being caught on soft plastics. Just prepared to get wet! Then there are the sea mullet, it seems like they have never taken a winter hiatus. There are still reports of sea mullet in Beaufort Inlet from the 18-buoy into the port area to the No. 8 and 9-buoys. The sea mullet are among some of the early arrivers in the late winter and early spring, but have been caught throughout the winter. Think slack tide and Sam’s Gitters rigs tipped with shrimp or Fishbites. There have even been puffers in the mixture, another early spring visitor. Offshore I’ve heard of a good wahoo bite and heard of some big AJs as well. €

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DISCOVERY DIVING

LEE MOORE

DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N M A RC H

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arch is traditionally one of the coldest months of the year in North Carolina. In February, water temperatures offshore were in the upper 50’s, while the inshore water temperatures were in the low 50’s. The all-weather divers get to see marine life that isn’t present during the warm weather season. As spring approaches, more divers will be making their way to the coast to go diving on the wrecks out of Beaufort Inlet. The wrecks farthest from shore usually have the warmest water.

THE WRECK OF THE NAECO One of the wrecks that is infrequently visited that is far from shore is the Naeco, a 412-footlong tanker that is in 140 feet of water. The bow and the stern section of the ship are about a mile apart. About 38 miles south of the Beaufort Inlet, it usually takes about two and a half hours to reach this dive site after leaving the inlet. The high part of this wreck is at 120 feet on the stern section. Many features on the stern section are visible, such as deck hatches, the steering quadrant, the triple expansion three-cylinder engine and the boilers. The bow section has little relief and no noticeable features. The Naeco was originally named the Charles M. Everest and carried a cargo of kerosene, heating oil and gasoline from Texas to New Jersey. Naeco is “ocean” spelled backwards. In March of 1942, Captain Emil H. Engelbrecht and his crew of 37 left Houston with a cargo of 72,000 barrels of kerosene and 25,000 barrels of heating oil bound for New Jersey. On March 23, 1942, the Naeco was headed towards Cape Lookout. Even though the Naeco was alone on the surface of the water, she had company below the surface, the U-124. Korvettekapitan Erich Mohr had been following the Naeco hoping to add to his tonnage sunk. The U-124 launched its first torpedo at the Naeco, but it either missed or was a dud. Determined to sink the Naeco, the U-124 launched a second torpedo and it found its mark hitting amidships on the starboard side. The explosion ignited the cargo of fuel oil and engulfed the deck house and bridge. As the burning fuel spread across the water, all hands in the bridge area and forward were killed. The lifeboats forward of amidships were destroyed. The No. 3 and 4 lifeboats were undamaged. The ship was still moving at 14 knots when the No. 4 lifeboat was lowered to the water and was immediately swamped. The four men in the lifeboat were thrown into the water. One found a raft floating nearby and climbed into it, one swam back to the ship and two kept swimming. The chief engineer shut the engines down and ten minutes later, the Naeco was moving slowly enough to lower ten men in the No. 3 lifeboat. The USCG Dione rushed to the scene and arrived after the explosions and rescued the survivors from the life boat and two more from the water. The Navy fleet tug, USS Umpqua (ATO-25) and minesweeper USS Osprey (AM-56), also looked for survivors. The USS Umpqua found one survivor on the burning stern and the USS Osprey found one more survivor clinging to a partially destroyed life raft. Of the crew of 38, 24 crew members lost their lives in the attack. After the rescues, the Naeco burned for an hour when the ship broke into two sections. The bow slid beneath the water while the stern continued to float and burn. The stern section drifted for about a mile until it sank a little while later. 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 dive@ discoverydiving.com or like us on Facebook to see what events are coming up in the future. €

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