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Thank you for picking up Carolina Salt magazine, published to depict your life here on the Crystal Coast. All articles are written by locals. We cover a wide range of topics including local history, outdoor sports, wildlife, special events and more. Every month we look to you, our readers, to keep our magazine fresh. If you have a story to tell, an event to promote, an interesting local photograph or just some good times stories to share, send them our way. Participation is welcomed and appreciated. Reader contributions are the founding principle of the magazine. We want to be a local resource for you, our readers … SO GET INVOLVED! If you like what you see, tell people about it ... especially our advertisers. Let our folks paying the bills know where you saw them. For questions, concerns and more information about Carolina Salt, send e-mail to will@crystalcoastoutdoors.com or give us a call at 252-723-7628. For up-to-date info regarding our latest shenanigans, be sure to look us up on Facebook under Crystal Coast Outdoors. Editorials & Advertising Please contact the publisher Will Ashby at will@crystalcoastoutdoors.com or 252-723-7628 for ad rates and editorial ideas. Ad & editorial deadline for the June issue is May 16, 2012. Email your letters to the editor, photos, community listings and articles to will@crystalcoastoutdoors.com. Next issue will be published June 1, 2013. Published by Crystal Coast Outdoors Publications P.O. Box 572, Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-723-7628

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THINGS TO DO IN may May 3

Alive at Five Concert Series

Free to public. From 5–8 p.m. at Katherine Davis Park in downtown Morehead City between 6th and 7th Streets. No coolers allowed. Call 252-808-0440 for more information.

Classic Movie Night at Emerald Isle Parks & Rec

At 6 p.m. Movies are films based on classic novels. Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Parental guidance may be recommended for some films. Popcorn and drink for $1. Please bring chairs and or blankets, but no outside beverages or snacks. Call 252-354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing. May 4

Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge

Teams of two get four hours and enough materials to build a Carolina Bateau. Boats will be judged on speed of construction, finish quality and a rowing race. Come and watch or come to build! Entry fee is $100 (you get $500 worth of materials and you keep the boat!). Includes free plan set and two award reception tickets. For information or to register, please contact Vic Fasolino at 252-648-0944 or beaufortchallenge@gmail.com. You can also visit www.beaufortchallenge.com.

‘Down and Derby’ Fundraiser

Presented by Emerald Isle Friends of the Path and Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club. All proceeds will benefit Emerald Isle’s bike and pedestrian path. At Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club in Dolphin Ridge from 4–8 p.m. Live entertainment, cash bar, silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase, contact Carla Abee at 252-342-8248 or cabee@transportationimpact. com, Joe Eckard at 252-241-0590 or joe@spinnakersreach.com or Diane Schools at 252-354-2916 or dschools@ec.rr.com. You may also stop by the Emerald Isle Community Center at 7500 Emerald Drive to purchase tickets.

Coastal Gardening Workshop

At the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum at 1785 Island Road in Harkers Island. Love to garden, but find the challenges of storms, sand, salty winds and sun overwhelming in your coastal garden? Join us the first weekend in May when master gardeners will lead a workshop to help address the challenges of gardening at the coast. There will be speakers, booths, demonstrations, handouts and sales of

plants. Call 252-728-1500 for more information.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

From 5–7 p.m. on the sound behind the Hampton Inn in Morehead City. Tickets are $15 and include light Mexican hors d’oeuvres, a glass of sangria and salsa lessons. Remember to dress festive! Reservations requested. Contact libby@bistro-by-the-sea. com or call 252-247-2777. May 7

Kids Nature Trek at the Swansboro Recreation Center

Hammocks Beach state park rangers are coming to Swansboro Parks and Recreation to offer a nature trek on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. Program may include nature hike, ocean studies, camping safety, sea mammals and more. Open to ages 6–12. Drop-ins are welcome; pre-registration is encouraged. Refreshments will be provided. Call 910-326-2600 for program details. May 10

Friday Free Flicks

At Emerald Isle Community Center at 7500 Emerald Drive at 7 p.m. Movies are family oriented. Free and open to the public, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for $1. Please bring chairs and or blankets, but no outside beverages or snacks. Call 252-354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing.

Commemorating the Confederates at the History Place

For all true southerners, this is Confederate Memorial Day. To honor the occasion, historian Rodney Kemp will take an hour-long waltz through “The War of Northern Aggression.” He also plans to delve heavily into Fort Macon’s fall to Union forces, an event that occurred 151 years ago on April 26, 1862. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell Street in Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-7533 or visit www.thehistoryplace. org. The cost for a reservation including lunch is $15 ($12 for members); for the lecture only, $8 ($5 for members).

Free Senior Life Expo

Carteret County Aging Services will provide a free Senior Life Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Leon Mann, Jr., Enrichment Center. Area seniors are invited to discover aging-related services and offerings provided by county departments and non- profit agencies, licensed doctors and local businesses.

The Expo will also offer health education, fitness demonstrations, wellness services and screenings. The Enrichment Center is located at 3820 Galantis Drive in Morehead City behind the Medical Park off Penny Lane. Please contact April Thurmond at 252247-2626 or email april.thrumond@carteretcountygov.org for more information. May 10–11

Beaufort Music Festival: It’s Fun and Free! Join in a multi-day, multi-genre music festival in historic downtown Beaufort on the waterfront. Contact Brett Harrison for more information at info@beaufortmusicfestival.com or 252-269-0488. May 11

Family Fitness Fun Day Bringing families together for a day of fun, fitness and healthy choices. Celebrate a healthy future by spending time with the family learning about healthy foods and fun exercises, including hula hooping, yoga, karate, relay races and games! Family Fitness Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center at 7500 Emerald Drive in Emerald Isle, rain or shine. Call 252-354-6350 for details or email Sarah McNally at smcnally@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild Hosts Free Loon Day Event The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild will be hosting Loon Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the H. Curt Salter Building. The event includes an in-water decoy competition (the decoy is the entry fee and becomes the property of the guild), a live decoy auction and lunch. All activities are free. The decoy competition carries a $200 first prize cash purchase award, $100 for second place, $50 for third and $25 for fourth place. For more information, including competition guidelines, please visit the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild’s website at www.decoyguild.com. You can also find them on Facebook.

Airport Appreciation Day at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort Airplane rides for $25! See Cape Lookout and Fort Macon from the air. Event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1523. All proceeds go to aviation scholarships. For more information call 252-726-2134.


THINGS TO DO IN may May 14

Surfrider Foundation Bogue Banks Chapter Meeting is Free for All

At 6:30 p.m. at Hannah’s Haus, 900 Live Oak Street in Beaufort. Meetings are open to the public. The chapter loves new members and accepts anyone who cares about keeping our beaches and waters clean. For information, email SurfriderBogueBanks@gmail.com or look them up on Facebook.

Community Night at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

At the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, 1785 Island Road, Harkers Island. County historian Rodney Kemp will lead discussions on area history each second Tuesday of the month. A covered dish supper begins at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. program. Call 252-728-1500 for more information. May 18

Free Youth Fishing Derby

This is a free event open to kids ages 5–12. Preregistration is required and is limited to 100, so the sooner you register, the better! Registration is open through May 15 or until all spots are filled. Bring your own rod. Bait will be provided or bring your own. To register, stop by or call the Emerald Isle Community Center at 252-354-6350.

Family History and the Internet: Pro Research Technique Class

Presented by Herb Stanford and Lisa PelletierHarman, this class will focus on internet research techniques for finding the best, most accurate geneological information. The center has WiFi capability; laptops are encouraged to access sites and explore along with the instructors. The program begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 12 p.m. The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell Street in Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-7533 or visit www.thehistoryplace.org. The workshop cost is $25, which includes handouts, a small snack and bottled water. There will also be a Q&A session to help users break through any brick walls they may have stumbled upon.

Scrapbooking Workshop with Linda Phelps

At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and is open to those ages 12 and up. Fee is $5 (additional packages available). Use of tools and snack included. Fees payable at workshop. Call Linda Phelps at 910-

326-6164 or email rphelps@ec.rr.com.

Down East FolkArts Society Concert at Clawson’s in Beaufort

Join Down East FolkArts at 8 p.m., clapping to the music and enjoying the intimate venue at the upper room at Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort. Membership is encouraged, volunteers are welcomed and all are invited to enjoy the live music! Visit www.downeastfolkarts.org for details on activities or call 252-633-6444 for more information. Admission is $15 ($12 members, $8 students).

Surfrider Foundation’s ‘Hands Across the Sand’

At Fort Macon at 11 a.m., the Bogue Banks Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will be taking part in Hands Across the Sand, a global event spurred by individuals with the conviction to promote a clean energydriven future and end our dependence on dirty fuel sources. The gatherings will bring thousands of American and global citizens to beaches and cities everywhere to peacefully protest offshore drilling and promote clean, renewable energy sources. For more information, email SurfriderBogueBanks@ gmail.com or look them up on Facebook.

The Parrot Heads Present a Beach Bicycle Poker Run

This adults-only Beach Bicycle Poker Run benefits the Hope for the Warriors charity. Registration is $20 per person and takes place from 1–1:45 p.m. at the Emerald Club parking lot. Prizes for best bike decorating in three categories: Cowboy in the Jungle, Boat Drinks, and Growing Older But Not Up. The ride is from 2–5 p.m. with five local stops to collect a poker card. The best hand at the end wins a cash prize (first place $300, second place $200, third place $100). There will be raffles of donated items, door prizes and a free pig pickin’ at 6 p.m. All are invited!

Battle of the Bands at Mac Daddy’s

At Mac Daddy’s, at 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive in Cape Carteret. Call 252-393-6565 for more information.

Antique Car Show

Car show held at Katherine Davis Park in Morehead City with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Awards and trophies at 3 p.m. Contact Jim Kraft for more information at karylk@ec.rr.com.

Armed Forces Day Paddle Race Benefits Heroes On the Water

The race is held in conjunction with the Crystal Coast Boat Show to benefit Heroes On the Water, Camp LeJeune Chapter. Race time is 2 p.m. Parking provided at the 10th & Shepard Street boat ramp. Entry fee is $25 for early registration or $35 at race. Race includes standup paddleboard (SUP) and kayak divisions, and runs to the bridge and back. See website for details and registration at www. flatwaterspaddling.com. For more info call Kim at 252-269-3975. SUPs are available up for rental. Call in advance for reservations. Great prizes awarded to winners. Captain’s gift bags for all entered. Visit www.flatwaterspaddling.com for more information. May 18–19

Annual Free Crystal Coast Boat Show

Sponsored by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. Free show takes place on the Morehead City waterfront between 7th & 11th Streets. For more information on the boat show, call Downtown the Morehead City Revitalization Association at 252-808-0440, email Lisa at dmcra2@ embarqmail.com or visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

2013 Hot Wax Surf and Paddle Sports Expo

This is a community and family event promoting the love of watersports. Many free demos by the world’s top watersports manufacturers. Watersports contests and races. Visit www.hotwaxsurf. com or call 252-354-6466 for more information.

Free Stand Up Paddleboard Demos

All weekend during the Crystal Coast Boat Show, Flatwaters Paddling of Emerald Isle will present SUP Yoga demos with Ann-Marie’s Yoga, kayak fishing setup with the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association and Heroes on the Water representatives, SUP demos with a Focus SUP Hawaii representative and BOTE SUP demo. Come try out Standup Paddleboards for free! Call 252-269-3975 or visit www. flatwaterspaddling.com for more information.

ARTrageous Art Show On the Morehead City Waterfront

The fourth annual ARTrageous Art Show, sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County, will be held on the Morehead City Waterfront from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More than 40 vendors will be displaying their art for sale: paintings, pottery, wood carving and much more. There will be activities for children, art


THINGS TO DO IN may demonstrations and a raffle for art prizes. ARTrageous is fun or the entire family and is held in collaboration with the Crystal Coast Boat Show. For more information call 252-726-9156 or visit www. artscouncilcarteret.org.

Street in Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-7533 or visit www.thehistoryplace.org. The cost for a reservation including lunch is $15 ($12 for members); for the lecture only, $8 ($5 for members).

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May 25

SwanFest Free Summer Concerts

Free summer concert at The Pavilion at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music by the sea! No pets or alcohol please. For featured performers or more information contact Brittany Wood at 910-326-2600 or visit www.seasideartscouncil. com/swanfest-2013/.

Cornhole Tournament

At 9 p.m. join the crowd at The Circle main public beach access at Atlantic Beach for a spectacular fireworks display. May 25–26

Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Spring Show

This juried sale of arts and crafts of coastal artisans is held three weekends a year at the Beaufort Historic Site——Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day——and at another venue for a three-week show between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a perfect opportunity to browse and buy the work of coastal artists and craftsmen. Call 252-728-5225 or email lindsay@beauforthistoricsite.org.

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May 26

First Sergeant Hal Gray, a graduate of West Carteret High School and presently with the NC National Guard, will provide us with an illustrated talk on his experiences in Bosnia and the first and second Iraq Wars. Sargeant Gray’s talk will correspond with the opening of a new exhibit with the Modern Warfare section within the Warriors of Carteret County exhibit. The program will run from 6–7:30 p.m. CCHS members only; admission will be by donation. The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell Street in Morehead City. For more information call 252-2477533 or visit www.thehistoryplace.org. May 24

The History Place Presents ‘The Lost Colony’

One of the biggest mysteries of our state’s history is that of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Late in the 16th century, 117 settlers vanished into what is now North Carolina (then just a vast, uncharted wilderness). Historian Rodney Kemp will break out the many theories associated with the mystery and comment on the possible location of the colony, one possibility being Carteret County’s own Cedar Island. The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell

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Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Free Fireworks Celebration

Held in conjunction with the Crystal Coast Boat Show in May, the After Hours Rotary Club of Morehead City will host a regional Cornhole Tournament beginning at noon. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $40 per two-person team ($20 per person). For more information or to register call 919-2747745.

‘A Sergeant’s War Lecture’ Presented by 1SG Hal Gray

All aboard the animal baby train with Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter!

SwanFest

Free summer concert at The Pavilion at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music by the sea! No pets or alcohol please. For featured performers or more information contact Brittany Wood at 910-326-2600 or visit www.seasideartscouncil. com/swanfest-2013/. May 29 & 31

Morehead City Marlins Baseball Game

Take me out to the ball park——specifically Puck O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium! The Marlins are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. For general and ticket information visit www.mhcmarlins.com or call 252-269-9767. May 31 –June 9

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em Spearfishing Tournament

The If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em Spearfishing Tournament is a joint effort between Bistro-Bythe-Sea, Hampton Inn of Morehead City, Discovery Diving, Carteret Catch and the Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association (ECARA). This annual tournament raises public awareness of the lionfish invasive species problem in the Atlantic, works

to develop a possible management strategy by creating the means for a sustainable commercial fishery; and encourages the sale of locally caught seafood. For complete tournament rules and regulations, visit www.discoverydiving.com June 1

Third Annual Kayak & Paddleboard Race in Beaufort

At the Town Dock on Taylor’s Creek in Beaufort. Race begins at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee is $30 and includes a T-shirt, racebook and race number. Kayakers and paddleboarders of all skill levels are welcome. Limited to 100 participants. Race distance is 3.6 miles roundtrip. All proceeds benefit the Beaufort Boys and Girls Club. For information and registration forms visit www.bgccc.net/events, call 252-808-2286 or email cynthia@bgccc.net. June 2

SwanFest

Free summer concert at The Pavilion at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music by the sea! No pets or alcohol please. For featured performers or more information contact Brittany Wood at 910-326-2600 or visit www.seasideartscouncil. com/swanfest-2013/.


THINGS TO DO IN may every thursday in may

Talkin’ Art with Donna

[ 3 – 4 p.m. ] Join artist Donna Nyzio as she creates maritime masterpieces depicting the Queen Anne’s Revenge and the HMS Bounty. Weekly progress on each oil painting will interest any artist, historian or sailor. Presentations are free and will be held in the Auditorium. may 4

Wooden Boat Show and Boatbuilding Challenge

[ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ] Enjoy skills demonstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, nautical crafts, models and traditional sailboat rides. may 7

Boatbuilding Past and Present

[ 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. ] Wooden boatbuilding of the past and today. Tour the Watercraft Center then board the museum van and head to a modern boat manufacturer. Ages 12 and up. Register before May 6. Reservations are $10 may 9

Brown Bag Gam: A Pirate’s Table

[ Noon ] gam; (n.) 1. a school of whales 2. a social visit or friendly conversation, esp. between whalers (v.) to visit, esp. while at sea. Come learn about our rich coastal environment and culture. may 10

Salt Marsh Kayak Trip

[ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ] Basic instruction followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Reservations are $45 ($25 with own kayak). may 14

Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History

[ 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ] Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided on the island. Not suitable for chil252-728-2762 hike dren under 6. Reservations are $25. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com

may 15

Waterside After School

[ 3:30 – 5 p.m. ] Kids ages 8-12 can come to the museum after school to learn about coastal fish and recreational fishing! Learn how to fish with a cane pole, best fishing practices and see what types of fish live along the Beaufort waterfront. Free. Space is limited, advance registration required. may 16

Brown Bag Gam: Heroes of the Surf

[ 12:30 p.m. ] gam; (n.) 1. a school of whales 2. a social visit or friendly conversation, esp. between whalers (v.) to visit, esp. while at sea. Come learn about our rich coastal environment and culture. may 18

How to Use Marine GPS and VHF Radio Seminar

[ 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ] The Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron presents this informative seminar on basic navigation and communication equipment. Free, but reservations are required. For information and reservations call 252-822-0022 or email seo@ec.rr.com.

Carolina Maritime Model Society

vations required; cost is $135. may 21

Explore Rachel Carson Reserve [ 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ] Get up close and personal with the 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. Reservations required; cost is $15. may 23

Brown Bag Gam: Sea Turtles [ 12:30 p.m. ] gam; (n.) 1. a school of whales 2. a social visit or friendly conversation, esp. between whalers (v.) to visit, esp. while at sea. Come learn about our rich coastal environment and culture. may 24

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Project [ 3 p.m. ] Museum Nautical Archeologist David Moore will give an update on the recovery of artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. Free. may 30

Waterside After School

[ 2 p.m. ] The CMM Society exists to promote the production of high-quality ship models and encourage members and the public to participate in a craft that is as old as shipbuilding itself. All meetings are open to the public.

[ 3:30 – 5 p.m. ] Kids ages 8-12 can come to the museum after school to learn about coastal fish and recreational fishing! Learn how to fish with a cane pole, best fishing practices and see what types of fish live along the Beaufort waterfront. Free. Space is limited, advance registration required.

May 18-19

by appointment only

Contemporary Boatbuilding Carpentry

This class teaches skills essential for building round-bottomed boats. Students examine and experience the properties of various boatbuilding materials, the advantages and limitations of different construction styles and the properties of the range of fasteners and adhesives for boat construction. Reser-

Sailing Lessons Learn how to sail! Pick from traditional boat handling, adult or family sailing lessons. Call 252-728-2762 for prices and details. Cost ranges from $70–$210.

Custom Kayak Trips For groups of 4 to 8 people ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Call for availability and prices.


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or 60 years, Camp Albemarle has provided quality summer programs with the goal of providing safe and fun experiences that allow children to try new activities, make new friends and grow in their Christian faith. Camp Albemarle now offers overnight traditional and adventure camp options, as well as a full schedule of day camps, so you can find the best fit for your child. [ one week ]

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Albemarle 252-726-4848 campalbemarle.org

Summer Day Camps

Living in community for a week of summer camp provides campers with a sense of self-reliance, achievement, exploration and wonder, leadership and compassion——not to mention a week filled with fun, sun and adventures! Whether your camper prefers the challenge of climbing the Alpine Tower, the fun of a game of Frisbee, the creativity of the arts or simply the laughter of free time with their cabinmates, they will discover an inviting community of friends at camp! The theme for Summer 2013 is “All Things New.” Campers will learn to see God at work around us as we explore the fullness of God, who we are created to be and what we are called to do.

Camp Albemarle is excited to begin its Day Camp program in Summer 2013! Students entering first through fifth grades are invited to enjoy their summer days participating in games, art projects and Bible studies centering on an exciting theme. Each week of day camp will be different, so campers can sign up for one or several! Dedicated to providing an environment where all campers will be welcomed to a safe place where they can explore their faith and their world, Camp Albemarle’s Day Camps will provide a fun way for children to learn about coastal Carolina, try out new skills and make new friends!

156 Albemarle Drive, Newport, NC • office@campalbemarle.org • campalbemarle.org

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hings are heating up at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort this summer with programs and activities for visitors of all ages.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy guided history hikes on Shackleford Banks or exploring Rachel Carson Reserve. Kayaking trips are also offered for both children and adults. Marine life cruises will be offered throughout the summer as participants trawl for fish and marine creatures aboard a Duke University research vessel. History buffs and pirate scholars will enjoy an update on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project on May 21 at 3 p.m. Museum Nautical Archeologist David Moore will give an update on the latest work that has taken place with the recovery of artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship. The Museum will also once again offer Second Saturdays in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Resources. The events are free and highlight history, heritage, arts and fun! The first event is scheduled for June 8 and particpants will celebrate the recreational and commercial fishing fields in North Carolina. Bring your kids to our Watercraft Center docks to try their angling skills with

a cane pole. Grab an Angling Guide to learn the latest bag limits. Or, if fish art is more your style, make a fish print to take home. Our popular Junior Sailing Program has very few spots left, however, there are still spots available in our Summer Science School. The Summer Science School for Children was formed back in 1958 by interested parents and scientists as “an educational summer activity for all children regardless of ability or neighborhood location.” Faculty spouses for the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and Duke University Marine Lab designed and operated the program. The Museum assumed administration in 1980. For over 50 years, Summer Science School has taught children the wonders of the maritime environment. Classes are available for children from preschool all the way through grade 10 with topics for a variety of interests including boats and models, fish and fishing, coastal adventures and even pirates!


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Art Camp

Session 1................ June 17-21 Session 2............ August 5-9 Time................. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost..................................$125

Session 1..............June 24-28 Session 2..........August 12-16 Time................. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost..................................$125

Session.................. July 15-19 Time................. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost..................................$125

Fun, hands-on camp for the wildlife lover! This week campers will experience the outdoors through journaling, hands-on activities, games, crafts and of course some up close wildlife encounters!!

In this Birds of Prey Camp, we will explore the world of flight daily with our Education birds at the shelter. Camp includes daily wildlife encounters and the opportunity to learn about local native mammals and reptiles.

Campers will have a chance to learn about North Carolina animals while using them as models. Activities include sketching and sculpting, as well as using items found in nature to make collages guided by a local artist.

We invite you to drop by to say hello and take a tour of our facility at 100 Wildlife Way in Newport on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays at 2 p.m. for the nominal fee of $3 per person (carried infants are free). OWLS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting and protecting native wildlife. Donations of supplies from our wish list or good ol’ fashion money are greatly appreciated. If you’d like to volunteer at the shelter, contact our volunteer coordinator at 252-240-1200, stop in to fill out a screening application or visit our website and click on the “How Can You Help” link for a copy of the volunteer application. Need a guest speaker? We can do that too! Our non-releasable education animals jump at the chance to be the star of a getting to know your wildlife program! Come see what we do and how you can help us do it!

252-240-1200 www.owlsonline.org

Crystal Coast

GYMNASTICS Camps are fun at Crystal Coast Gymnastics. CCG offers weekly themes creating unique camp experiences for everyone. Camps are available for full day or half. Camps are a la carte, pay for just the days you need. Multi-week and sibling discounts available. Supervised early drop off and late pick up available for working parents. Keeps kids active while they are having fun!

Dance Arts Studio offers awesome summer programs for kids of all ages interested in the arts. With two locations in Morehead City and Beaufort DAS offers easy access to a variety programs. Summer is a time to explore something new, be creative and be active! With all types of camps and classes in the arts, we think you will find something to enjoy!

300 greenfield drive • newport

123 bonner avenue • morehead city

www.crystalcoastgymnastics.com

www.danceartsstudio.net

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Wild Babies Among Us All aboard the baby train! We have officially shifted into the busiest time of the year at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) in Newport. Wildlife babies of all shapes, sizes and species are making their way to the care of wildlife rehabilitators everywhere, and our shelter is no exception. It all started a month ago when a couple of baby squirrels were admitted after being found on the ground after a storm went through the area. Then a litter of baby opossums weighing only 20 something grams each was brought to us after their mom was hit by a car. Once the baby train started chugging, it just gained speed and the number of admits grew large. An infant Barred Owl is on board after being found on the ground in the same place we have picked up baby Barred Owls for the past three years. We always see the mother in a tree close by and although it’s sad to remove the little one, especially with her looking on, we know the ball of fluff would not make it if she remained on the ground. We find solace in thinking mom may boot them out of the nest because she’s stressed or tired and knows someone will show up to take over with their care. I mean … three years in a row, really? By the way, the little girl is doing great and started eating on her own the first day. We’re having quite the influx of Eastern Cottontail admits for a variety of reasons such as a dog or cat discovering the nest site, but mainly as a result of those engaged in yard work. It is spring, and that’s what humans do! If you come across a nest of bunnies in the wild and mother is nowhere to be seen, please DO NOT disturb them if they are not in imminent danger ... this is normal. You will not see the mom as she will only come back in the middle of the night to feed her babies. Mother rabbits only nurse their babies for approximately five minutes twice a day. By removing them from the nest you greatly reduce their chances of survival. So if you do pick up a baby before thinking it through, please put it back. Infant cottontails are the most difficult of all furry wildlife CONTINUED ON P36 ››

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The Town of Beaufort Presents The 25th Annual Beaufort Music Festival May 10–11, 2013 The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with some of the most diverse and entertaining acts the festival has ever had. The artist lineup for this year includes talent that is nationally recognized as well as great bands and individual acts from North Carolina with genres including Americana, R&B, Reggae, Afrobeat, Folk/Bluegrass, Indie, and more. Aside from the musical entertainment on the main stage, there will be other activities taking place around town throughout the day. A 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday morning at 8 a.m. in front of the First Citizens Bank as well as the Sister Cities Mural Competition. Middle Lane will be open to the public, but closed to all vehicle traffic, and will have the children’s play area and the local stage for small bands and acoustic acts. This year there will be T-shirts, koozies, visors, beverages (alcoholic and non) and food vendors set up along the boardwalk. Stop by the Waterfront in Beaufort to enjoy FREE family-oriented live entertainment! It’s sure to be a great time for everyone! To contact the Beaufort Music Festival, send an email to info@beaufortmusicfestival.com.

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Friday, May 10 5:30–6:30 p.m. �����������������JUSTIN LACY & THE SWIMMING MACHINE 6:30–7:30 p.m. ���������������������BRAND NEW LIFE 7:30–8:30 p.m. ���������������� HAMMER NO MORE THE FINGERS 8:30–10:00 p.m. ���������������HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL

Saturday, May 11 12:00–12:30 p.m. ���������������� WCHS JAZZ BAND 12:30–1:30 p.m. ���������������������������� SELAH DUBB 1:30–2:15 p.m. �������������������� BAREFOOT WADE 2:15–3:15 p.m. ������������������������������������ 6 PACK OF GENTLEMEN 3:15–3:45 p.m. �������������������CHERRY POINT 2ND MARINE AIRWING BAND 3:45–4:45 p.m. ������������������������������MATTY BEGS 4:45–6:00 p.m. ������������������������� JO GORE & THE ALTERNATIVE 6:00–7:15 p.m. ��������������THE RIVER WHYLESS 7:15–8:30 p.m. ������������������������������ THE SPREAD 8:30–10:00 p.m. ������������� ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND

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c o a s ta l s t o r i e s || j e a n n i n e p a t a n é

A Handywoman’s Story It was mid-morning when I phoned my Uncle Alan from a highway rest stop just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. I had just realized how close his Emerald Isle home was on my path of traveling south, and thought I’d stop in for a visit. Alan had no idea I would call on such short notice, but he went out of his way to accommodate his road-weary niece for an overnight stay. Alan had already made dinner plans for the evening, but he invited me along. He informed me that we’d be having dinner with Howard, an 80-year-old widower who led an amazing life. Alan had known Howard for many years; they had been neighbors in Valhalla, New York, and both men and their spouses retired to North Carolina. Howard and his wife, Marge, came to North Carolina in 1986. Within a month of their arrival, he had been elected Commissioner of Cape Carteret. Howard’s lifetime of credentials and prestigious work ethic let him easily fill the position. We walked up to Howard’s front door. Alan reached out to push the doorbell button and chuckled, “Look at this.” There was a hole in the center of the button like a worn out, old shoe sole. I had never seen a doorbell wear out like that. Over the decades, numerous visitors had tapped that plastic button so regularly they rubbed a hole right through the plastic. I chuckled with Alan and commented on the need for maintenance. Yet the condition of the button intrigued me. I wanted to learn more about Howard. We drove Howard to the local restaurant. During dinner, I told Howard I wanted to replace his doorbell button and paint his front door. We set up a date

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for the following day to work on his front entry. Changing the doorbell button was simple: it’s just two wires to swap over. Howard’s front door needed caulk around the panels before I gave it a new coat of white paint. The work was soon finished. Afterwards, I sat with Howard, ate our leftovers from the night before with him and heard more about his life. He didn’t tell his story in a linear way; I mentally arranged it so I could grasp an understanding of his life. And I knew what he was telling me was only a fraction of his story. Howard’s story began during the draft for World War II while he attended Valhalla High School in New York. There was only one other boy in school when Howard got called up—all the other male students had already been drafted. At boot camp, the Marines asked who wanted to volunteer to fly planes. “I was told to never volunteer myself for anything, but I couldn’t pass up flying a plane,” smiled Howard. He jumped at the chance, and with expedited training he was flying military aircraft at the age of 17. He piloted a SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, destroying defenseless supply ships and submarines bringing the Japanese supplies for the war. Howard informed me, “It was a minimal risk assignment.” When his flying assignment was complete, he was called to California to be deployed on a ship heading out in the Pacific to continue fighting. “But then they dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and all orders were cancelled,” Howard said. We talked about how the entire war suddenly ceased and how that impacted the nation.    

The author poses with Howard after the house’s entry door project was completed. When Howard returned back home to New York the atmosphere had changed, especially between him and his high school friend, Marge. There was magic between them, a spark, that wasn’t there before. They married in 1946. Howard and Marge were taking the train north to Poughkeepsie, New York, so Howard could re-enlist in the Marine Reserves. It was winter, and there was such a heavy snowstorm it stopped the train. They were stuck in the train all night through the following morning until the track was cleared enough to continue north. But the train didn’t stop in Poughkeepsie. In fact, it missed all stops and went straight north to Albany. On their way back south, Marge said to him, “You got your jollies flying planes during the war, and that’s enough. I don’t want you to fly anymore.” Flying was the one thing that upset Marge and Howard honored her request by not re-enlisting. Howard found another line of work CONTINUED ON P37 ››

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c a p t . j a m e s r o s e m o n d || AT S E A

living the dream The fog’s just lifting. Throw off your bowline, throw off your stern. Head out to South Channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I skated as a kid. Blow your air horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper’s kid on Thatcher Island. Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dumb ducks. The sun hits ya. Head north. Open up to 12 … steamin’ now. The guys are busy. You’re in charge. Ya know what? You’re a swordboat captain. Is there anything better in the world?” ——Captain Billy Tyne, The Perfect Storm That film sends chills down my spine every time I watch it, and whenever it plays on the television I always take the opportunity to enjoy it one more time. It hits home with me like no other story. It is men against the sea, the fish and each other. It portrays the joy and the angst of going to sea in such an elegant way. I recently attended my dear Aunt Nita’s funeral. She was my mother’s older sister and I adored her. Mom and Nita were best friends. After the funeral I had the chance to speak for a little while with my mother’s younger brother. Perplexed by my decision to toss away “normal” life and start a dive charter business, he asked, “Are you making a living?” My response was quick: “Well, I am as alive as I have ever been.” Many folks remember Captain George Purifoy as the godfather of North Carolina diving. George passed away unexpectedly in my first year of operation as a Captain. I respected him immensely. There is a wonderful tribute to him on YouTube. In the video, he expresses how turning his passion into his business allowed him a lifestyle that gave him the opportunity to do and see things he could have never imagined. Take a few minutes and Google “tribute to George Purifoy” and watch the video. www.CarolinaSalt.com >> may 2013

I do not expect people to understand my decision to live a lifestyle instead of making a living. I love going to sea, slipping below the water’s surface and exploring the world beneath the waves, then returning to port. Nevertheless, I often wonder what set of life events led me to make that decision. I like to blame it on a midlife crisis. I guess it is the benign presentation of male menopause, but at least I didn’t buy a small, red convertible or take up with younger women. I decided to chase my lifetime love: going to sea. What I have come to realize about my own journey through this period is an understanding of what I was going through. I dare not project onto others

suffering from similar symptoms, but I would venture to assert there are commonalities. In my case it was an overwhelming feeling that I had spent my whole adult life trying to do what others expected of me. The operative word is “trying,” because by no stretch of my imagination do I think I even came close to success. But it felt like I was trying. I have heard the midlife crisis for men explained as a fear of death. I don’t think that is true. It is a fear of not living, and a suspicion that the time to start living is running out. That was the manifestation of my midlife crisis. The long-term effects have had a positive impact on my view of the world. Like many men who emerge on the other side from the collateral life damage of the crisis, I have a new and improved sense of self with a relaxed attitude about how I will live the rest of my life. I would like to say that I found myself, but the honest fact is that my self found me. Finally I am comfortable in my own skin. I am no longer afraid of not living and as a result of that I am not afraid of death.

We cast off lines and pull away from the dock, anxious divers aboard with gear neatly stowed away. Under the high-rise bridge we go, as porpoises frolic beside the port seawall. The inlet is turbulent as the tide falls against the southwest wind. We round Fort Macon as the sun peeks over Shackleford Banks. I pilot the boat to the east side of the channel out of the current and across Rough Point. The sun is above the horizon now, the lighthouse at the cape silhouetted by the early morning rays. I power up and we are making 17 knots heading south. Everyone settles in for the ride, but I am at the wheel. I am a dive boat captain. It doesn’t get any better than that.” ——Captain James Rosemond, Captain of Tortuga and author of Hiding On the Bottom. Visit him at tortugacharters.net.

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Where do the horses live and who manages them?

Meet Beaufort’s Locals, The Wild Horses:

Wild Horse

Q &A www.nccoastalreserve.net

The Shackleford Banks (SB) horses live on federal government land. Shackleford Banks is part of Cape Lookout National Seashore (CALO). The SB horses are co-managed by CALO & the non-profit Foundation for Shackleford Horses (FSH). The Rachel Carson Reserve (RCR) horses live on state government land.Rachel Carson Reserve (including Carrot Island) is part of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve program. The RCR horses are managed by the Coastal Reserve. The horses do not swim back and forth between the Reserve and Shackleford.

How did horses get to Shackleford Banks? We don’t know for sure. There were shipwrecks along the coast and the horses are recognized as Colonial Spanish. But the legends about horses swimming ashore from sinking ships are not proven. Early European explorers also brought horses, and colonists and settlers bred them. Overland traders and colonists who moved south through the area met Chickasaw Indians on horses. Two recorded events link horses to our barrier islands: Sir Richard Grenville landing sometime between June 21 and 26, 1585; and DeAyllon landing on Cape Feare in the 1520s. Old Department of the Interior maps show Cape Lookout had been called Cape Feare. The Outer Banks were heavily used as grazing for livestock.

How long have horses been on Shackleford Banks? For centuries. Long enough to adapt to the harsh environment.

How and when did horses get to the Rachel Carson Reserve? There are historic accounts of horses being present on the site although this has not been thoroughly documented. We don’t know how early they lived here. More recently, in the late 1940s, Dr. Fulcher, a Beaufort physician, had about

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ten of his own horses moved off Core Banks (which later became part of CALO) and put on what would become RCR.

Are the SB and RCR horses related?

Selected mares on both areas are contracepted on a year-by-year basis if needed. Selected SB horses are removed if needed due to population growth. Decisions on removal are made by genetics and horses are removed from the most prolific family lines.

Core Banks and SB were not divided by an inlet until 1933, so it’s likely that the RCR horses are closely related to the SB horses.

Do mares have to be sedated, captured or handled to be contracepted?

Are the horses of Spanish origin?

No. The contraceptive is delivered remotely in a dart, which injects its contents and then falls out.

We have genetic information about the SB horses, and since the RCR horses are related, we can draw some conclusions about them. Geneticists consider them Colonial Spanish. DNA analysis groups them with horses that originated in Spain and Portugal. The English had Spanish horses, too—so the horses could have come with the English.

Are they feral or wild? Wild means they live on their own, without help or interference from people. They do. Feral means their ancestors were domesticated. They were. So they are both feral and wild.

Are they ponies or horses? They are small and powerful horses. When fully grown, they range in height from 11 to 13 hands (a hand equals four inches).

What breed are they? How do they relate to other wild horses? How do they relate to domestic breeds? Like others along the Outer Banks, they are Banker Horses, often referred to as Banker Ponies. They are genetically closer to the other Atlantic coast wild horses than to domestic breeds such as Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Which horses am I seeing from the Beaufort waterfront? RCR horses are often visible. SB is on the far side of the RCR, across Back Sound, so the horses are too far away to be seen.

Do horses swim back and forth between SB and RCR? No, but they do swim between marsh islands on their respective reserves.

Why are these horses preserved? They are a symbol of wildness and freedom. They are part of our history and cultural heritage. Their natural social structure and behavior make them a living laboratory. They are considered important to preserve by equine geneticists.

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Do the horses receive any immunizations? No. To be effective, immunizations would need to be given two times per year, which is not feasible and would impact the horse’s wildness.

What happens to the removed Shackleford Banks horses? They go to the FSH with the goal of adoption by private citizens. To adopt a horse, you must show that you can properly house and care for the horse. There is also an adoption fee.

What happens to the horses during storms? The wild horses take care of themselves, as they have been doing for centuries. After storms, the horses are checked. Sometimes it takes as long as two months to find all the herd members on SB. RCR horses can usually be located in a day or two.

What do island horses eat? Horses receive their nutrients by grazing on a number of grasses, including smooth cordgrass, Spartina alternifl ora, in the marsh; saltmeadow cordgrass, Spartina patens; and sea oats, Uniola paniculata, in the dunes. Supplemental feeding is not necessary and can be dangerous to the horses.

Do they need fresh water? Absolutely. They do not drink brackish or salt water. Fresh water is found under barrier islands in wide, deep lenses which fill ponds, surface pools, seeps and digs. If it looks like the horses are drinking salt water, they are probably either eating grasses that grow under the salt water or sipping fresh water off the top of quiet salt water.

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s o u t h e r n g a r d e n || m i c h a e l s t a n l e y • s & h f e e d a n d g a r d e n o f s w a n s b o r o

Lawn Care for Eastern NC As the first warm days of spring arrive, some of the first questions in the garden center seem to be focused on what to do for the lawn. Questions range from what type of grass to plant to “Why is my grass dying?” Growing a lawn in eastern North Carolina can be a bit challenging, so let’s cover some of the basics. When planting a new lawn you first want to choose the type of grass best suited for your situation. Most of the time you should choose a warm-season grass such as Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine or Zoysia. These grasses are green during the summer and dormant during the winter. Cool-season grasses such as fescues and ryegrass have their uses but are not good choices for lawns in our area. Most people kill their lawns with kindness. It is very important to follow some guidelines if you want to have a nice, trouble-free lawn. The most common mistake in lawn care is fertilizing too early in the spring. Fertilizer should not be applied until the lawn has fully greened up and is actively growing. Bermuda and St. Augustine can be fertilized once a month from May through August. Remember, the more fertilizer you apply the more you will have to mow. If you would rather be fishing than mowing I would suggest only one or two fertilizer applications during

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the summer. It is recommended that you fertilize Zoysia in April, June and August. Centipede, unlike other warm-season grasses, doesn’t like a lot of fertilizer. Many people who have trouble with Centipede lawns trace it back to over fertilizing. It is recommended to give Centipede one application of fertilizer in June. I recommend using a slow-release lawn food with no more than 15 percent nitrogen. No more nitrogen should be applied to the lawn after August. A final application of potassium (0-0-60) in August or September will help strengthen the roots and promote winter heartiness. Remember, over-fertilizing, especially Centipede, can lead to disease problems. The pH of your soil will affect your lawn’s ability to absorb nutrients. I recommend a soil test every 2 to 3 years to determine if your lawn needs lime or other pH-modifying materials. Some common insects found in turf grass are chinch bugs, mole crickets, grubs, spittle bugs, sod web worms and army worms. The lawn should be monitored for these pests March through September and treated as necessary. Insect damage will usually appear as irregular yellowing followed by dead spots in the lawn. If you have areas where grass will not grow, it is possible you have an insect called ground pearl. There is no control for this insect

at this time. If your lawn has areas diagnosed with ground pearl you may consider planting a tree or flower bed in that area. If you have problems with disease such as large patch or brown patch, a preventive fungicide treatment should be done in the fall and early spring. Irrigating at night, mowing too short, thatch buildup and over-fertilizing are the main contributors to diseases in lawns. Proper lawn management is the best way of preventing disease in your lawn. Weed control can be done most any time. Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied in September and February to prevent a lot of your annual weeds such as bluegrass, clover, crabgrass and dandelion. Once weeds are up and growing, post-emergent herbicides can be used. Be sure to check the label on any herbicide to make sure it is safe for your particular grass and that that it will kill the weeds you are targeting. Always read and follow the directions on all pesticide labels. Irrigation is another aspect of a healthy lawn. The lawn needs about an inch per week of water. Overwatering can lead to disease problems. A good, deep watering once a week will encourage deep root growth and build drought tolerance. Now that you know the basics, you are now ready to whip those lawns into shape.

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Hot Wax Surf and Paddle Sports Expo Hot Wax Surf and Paddle Sports Expo is on! Time to reserve your space for free demos for this event. Hot Wax will be contributing well over $3,500 in products through their manufacturer sponsors to get the ball rolling. We have worked well over 200 hours on the event this year alone. Hot Wax will also be contributing expo T-shirts to be sold with all proceeds going to our event charity, Hope For The Warriors®. This event is open for beginners to advanced, adults and children age 7 and up. All participants must be able to swim. Saturday, May 18 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bogue Inlet Pier • Yoga with Second Wind (9 – 10) • Wave Hog SUP Surfing Contest (10 – Noon) • Lunch to Benefit Hope For The Warriors® (11:30 – 1:30) • Low Tide Clyde Longboard Surfing Contest (1 – 3) • FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), Surfboard, Bodyboard, & Wave-Riding Kayak Demos All Day • Torq Surfboard & Waveskater Bodyboard Giveaway sunday, May 19 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emerald Isle Public Boating Access • Yoga with Second Wind (9 – 10) • Dog On SUP Race (10 – 11) • Flat Foot SUP Race (11 – 1) • Lunch to Benefit Hope For The Warriors® (11:30 – 1:30) • Downwind Race & Touring Board Race (1 – 3) • Kayak Fishing Clinic (TBA) • Average Joe SUP Tug of War (TBA) • FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard & Kayak Demos All Day

Scan here to sign up for a competition, demo or activity! Official Expo Page: www.facebook.com/EIHotWaxExpo Contact Hot Wax if you have any questions. Mike Crews, Owner: 252354-6466; Jeannie Chan, Manager: 252-354-6466. www.CarolinaSalt.com >> may 2013

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Parrot Heads

» by KE N STONE

April showers, May flowers!

Summer’s here! With better weather, Parrot Heads have been mucho busy out there in the community. Our regular PHirst PHriday night PHlockings at the Emerald Club keep coming up with great fun, the last being a primer for the next day’s scavenger hunt with the crew running around the back yard Tiki Bar looking for a list of items. Scearce & Ketner had their longjohns on and cranked out the tunes outdoors with lots of good grub from the E Club & Eddie, a 50/50 raffle to help out a Parrot Head in Need and of course plenty of fun and frolicking. Deals were cut and teams formed for the next day’s “Offishul” Scavenger Hunt that brought out 18 teams of 4 and a bunch of others who hung out to enjoy the rowdiness of Parrot Heads zipping around town in search of strange items. Many thanks to Bob & Marsha Horner and the rest of their group who organized the event and made sure that everything went off like clockwork. The big-time winning team this year of Bernie and Emily Zucker, Doris Speicher and Mary Passey took home first place with the team name of “Senior Moments.” They called themselves by that moniker because they couldn’t remember what they had called themselves last year; guess what … same name last year. For forgetful PHolks, they sure kicked it by coming in first time wise and with every item on the list. Congrats! Prizes were given out for first through sixth place but everyone who participated had a ball. Ending a gorgeous early summer day with music from our very own DJ (and judge) Bobbi Raub along with a cold one or two and a lot of hysterical stories of the searching, made this another day to remember. Partying With A Purpose, all proceeds from entry fees were split between the Carteret County Humane Society and the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program,

two deserving charitable organizations. Hey, we’ve gotten a bunch of new members this year already, so we decided we needed to have a meet and greet session for them (as an excuse for a party). Somewhere around 70 new and old (not in years) Parrot Heads PHlocked over the bridge to Señor Dick’s for an evening of fun and frolic and a chance to get better acquainted. Of course the addition of Coconut Bowling thrown into the mix with prizes and some tasty appetizers cranked the rowdiness up a notch. Amazing how insane it is trying to roll a coconut into a hula hoop; the ladies seemed to do better than the guys (sometimes with a little help from Head PHlocker James’s foot). Lots and lots of laughter and new friends made with a crew of folks who all like to have a great time and do good things for their communities. CONTINUED ON P39 ››


the hooked up fishing report … It’s been an incredible spring so far along the Crystal Coast and we’re expecting May to offer up some great rod-bending, reel-screaming action! We landed hundreds of Puppy Drum and Trout in April along with some decent Flounder and Black Drum. As the action continues, May marks the arrival of many more species to our waters. Regardless of your favorite target species, as you get the boat prepped to fish and explore this Memorial Day Weekend, be ready for some great action both inshore and nearshore along the Crystal Coast!

inshore The water temps are currently hovering between 65 and 70 in the surf zone with much warmer temperatures in the backwaters. Anglers will find inshore waters to be very productive this May. The Inter Coastal Waterway will be teaming with plenty of bottom fish including Sea Mullet, Bluefish, Flounder, Gray Trout, Croaker, Hogfish and Blowfish. Anchoring around the Swansboro Waterfront and the MHC turning basin on a falling tide and fishing standard bottoms rigs with fresh shrimp or Berkley strip bait will produce plenty of action for the family! The best bite will usually occur on the first half of the rising or falling tide during with SE to SW winds. Redfish and Flounder will dominate the shallow bays and mudflats throughout the backwaters and will feed aggressively on soft artificial baits fished on jig heads. My favorite bait targeting both species simultaneously is a 3–4" Berkley Gulp Shrimp or Pogie fished on an 1/8-oz. to 1/4-oz. jig head. A spinner bait is also great for reds and flounder and is especially good when fishing around structure. The design allows the blade to protect the hook from snagging on shells and other bottom structure while offering some vibration known to draw in strikes! If you want to focus just on redfish, nothing beats the incredible surface explosions of working a top-water bait, such as Sebile’s Bonga Minnow, through a school of redfish! Reds will often clear the water upon striking these baits! Good numbers of 1 to 3-pound Bluefish, along with some 5 to 10-pounders showed up in late April and they should continue to school up around the inlets and inlet connecting channels through mid-May. They offer a great fight and often continuous action while making good table fare too. The easiest way to target them is to slow troll 3–5" shallow diving hard baits such as Yozuri’s Crystal Minnows. I like to bleed them before placing on ice by cutting the neck area where the gills/ gill plates come together. This ensures better quality meat. Anglers will also find plenty of in the creeks along the lower rivers (ie. Neuse, New River) and along the inlet connecting channels. Mirrolures, Gulp baits or plastics on jig heads and imitation shrimp will often entice these specs to strike. It’s important to fish very light baits for speckled trout. These fish really prefer a lure that suspends momentarily in between taps and retrievals. One of May’s toughest fish to get a hook into is the “Convict,” or Sheep Head. These fish will school around deep water structure such as bridges, docks and rock piles

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Spearfishing isn’t as popular as it was 10 or 15 years ago, but is still just as enjoyable. Unlike the days where everyone on the boat participated, today only a few divers on each charter may be spearfishing. These divers should be considerate of the other divers. If divers are planning on spearfishing, they should bring their own cooler for their fish and quickly get the fish into the cooler. The coolers should have plenty of ice in them so the fish will stay cold on the way back to the dock. There are plenty of locations along the Crystal Coast where ice can be purchased 24 hours a day. The other divers don’t want fish slime on their gear. All fish and lobsters must be returned to the dock intact. For the safety of the boat crews and other divers, when jumping off and getting back onboard, all spearguns must be uncocked

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The wrecks off of the Crystal Coast offer divers many opportunities to try their spearfishing skills. Some of the most popular species of fish are grouper, flounder, hogfish, Spanish mackerel, triggerfish, African pompano, lionfish and sea bass. As the offshore wrecks like the Papoose, Schurz, U-352 and Aeolus are visited frequently throughout the summer, the fish become wary of divers and keep their distance.

Divers that don’t have luck with fish can try to catch a spiny lobster or a slipper lobster. Unlike Maine lobsters, spiny lobsters and slipper lobsters don’t have claws for defense. They rely on speed to elude predators. They can be found hiding under overhangs or in crevices on wrecks. In addition to their speed, spiny lobsters have a row of spines on each side of their tail. If a diver grabs a spiny lobster by the tail, it will curve its tail around the hand and the spines will dig in. For this reason, thick gloves are recommended.

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Just like fishermen who use a rod and reel, spearfishers are required to have a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL), a salt water fishing license. Some of the dive charter boats on the Crystal Coast have blanket CRFL licenses that cover their divers. Before bringing your speargun on a charter, check with the charter boat to ensure that you don’t have to have an individual license. Regulations on sizes and limits also apply to spearfishing.

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While spearfishing is an enjoyable sport, more times than not, divers return to the dock with an empty cooler. Many divers learn to dive because they want to shoot fish to fill their freezer, but as with any sport, there is a learning curve. The first skill to master is diving. Once a diver can manage their air consumption and be able to keep track of their time, they can begin to learn the art of spearfishing.

wrecks is diving the rock ledges, areas of hard bottom that can range in height from a few feet off of the bottom to 10 to 15 feet off of the bottom. Divers infrequently visit them and the fish are more curious.

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ay will continue to have the warm days that began in April. The offshore temperatures in April were in the low 60s. At the beginning of May, the inshore temperatures will be in the mid 60s and by the end of the month, the temperatures will be around 70. The offshore wrecks will have water temperatures in the upper 60s at the beginning of the month and will see the temperatures in the low 70s by the end of the month. As the water temperatures increase, tropical fish will be seen in large numbers on the offshore wrecks.

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Divers should learn to identify their target fish. If they don’t know what a fish is, they shouldn’t shoot it. The next thing that a diver should work on it their aim and the ability to recognize if a fish is legal in length. Divers can develop their aim by learning to use a pole spear, a simple shaft with a spear tip and a rubber sling used to propel it. After practice and learning, divers can move up to using a speargun to fully enjoy the thrill of having a truly fresh fish for dinner.

For more information about fish size and limits, go to www.ncfisheries.net and for more information about diving on the Crystal Coast, contact Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265, dive@discoverydiving.com, or follow them on facebook.

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›› WILD BABIES, CONTINUED FROM P14 orphans to rehab because they are ever alert to danger and subject to fatally overstressing. Holding baby bunnies can easily cause them to succumb to heart failure. Cottontails will still care for their babies even if they have been touched by human hands. We recommend putting a string around their nest area and checking back a few times to see if the string is disturbed. If the babies still look plump and healthy, mom is taking care of them, as it should be. In four weeks or less they’ll be out on their own. In the rare situations where you are sure the bunnies have been orphaned, such as evidence that momma rabbit has been killed by another animal or found in the road, then it is definitely time to get the babies to a skilled wildlife rehabilitator, trained to provide appropriate care. Speaking of more babies, our brooders are full of Mallard, Muscovy and Wood ducklings who found themselves alone, confused and separated from their mothers and siblings as a result of whatever the crisis was at the moment. We can only speculate. Baby birds are now heading into the shelter as well. First in was a House Finch, all by her lonesome and found on the ground. Breeding season for birds gets started a little later than mammals, but when it happens, it is full on! The environment can be very hard on baby birds just trying to make their way into the world. The reasons are many, from wild or domestic predators wanting to dine on them or the ‘incredible edible egg’ to humans who find their presence annoying (that one is hard to figure out from a wildlife rehabilitator’s perspective). Baby birds are brought to the shelter daily throughout spring and summer and caring for them is quite time consuming. There

Wild cottontail babies are among the most difficult of all wildlife orphans to rehabilitate.

is no down time between feedings because baby birds, especially songbirds, eat every 30 minutes or less, depending upon their size when admitted to the shelter. By the time a wildlife rehabilitator at OWLS has made the bird nursery feeding rounds, it’s time to start the process all over again. And because birds eat from sunup to sundown, the shelter adds a third shift of volunteer personnel to cover evening hours until the sun dips beneath the horizon. So the bottom line for OWLS this time of year … We are very, very busy, but as wildlife rehabilitators, we don’t mind working earnestly to ensure all baby critters in peril get their second chance! Please watch out for the wild babies among us. SUMMER CAMPS are right around the corner! Please flip back to page 13 and take a look at the week-long camps on offer in 2013.

We invite you to drop by to say hello and take a tour of our facility at 100 Wildlife Way in Newport on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays at 2 p.m. for the nominal fee of $3 per person (carried infants are free). OWLS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting and protecting native wildlife. Donations of supplies from our wish list or good ol’ fashion money are greatly appreciated. If you’d like to volunteer at the shelter, contact our volunteer coordinator at 252-240-1200, stop in to fill out a screening application or visit our website and click on the “How Can You Help” link for a copy of the volunteer application. Need a guest speaker? We can do that too! If your organization would like to learn more about wildlife and what they do to help us maintain ecological balance and improve our quality of life, please call on us. Our non-releasable education animals jump at the chance to be the star of a getting to know your wildlife program! The holidays are here, so please browse our gift shop for some wildlife related finds that make wonderful Christmas gifts. Come see what we do and how you can help us do it!


›› handywoman, CONTINUED FROM P16 with the railroad as a ticket teller. Fifteen years later, after being promoted to ticket agent with an office that overlooked St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, he was laid off. “As soon as the 707 came out, it hurt the railroad. Nobody traveled by railroad anymore,” Howard said. That was 1959. The railroad wasn’t the only form of transportation he was involved with. Howard also owned his own taxi company. “That was just a side business,” he said. Hospital administration was another industry that Howard got involved with for the next 20 years. He started out as a department head in Grasslands Hospital in New York, on the fringe of an era where college degrees weren’t necessary. He took a one-year course for his credentials. By the time he left Grasslands, he oversaw all of the department heads. “I had over 500 people to look after, and I got to know everyone’s names, even the patients.” The leadership that Howard demonstrated highlighted his people skills. “I knew how to talk to people.” He made the time and effort to get to know each person’s name. Marge believed whatever Howard worked at always put him a leadership position. She once quipped, “You have to be at the top of everything you do, don’t you?” But Howard knew Marge was

great at golf, bridge and making friends. Howard didn’t feel the same about himself when it came to making friends. “You didn’t get close to others at the top. I always worked in the upper echelon and it was always about business,” Howard stated. It was his way of saying that it’s lonely at the top. That certainly does not reflect Howard’s personality. I was honored to spend time with this thoughtful, soft-spoken man. At the age of 80, his sense of loneliness has intensified. Howard has seen many of his friends and co-workers pass away or move away after retirement. But nothing has had such a strong impact on his life as Marge’s death two years ago. He explained they were watching TV one evening as they usually do, and Marge said she felt tired and was ready for bed. Howard helped her into her wheelchair and took her into the bedroom. She passed away during the move to her bedside. “Just the way she wanted to go. In her sleep,” Howard recalled, “She never complained about a thing.” Howard and Marge’s lifetime relationship reflected an ideal that most couples wish to have. “We never argued, we never had a fight,” Howard said. “Then again, I never argued with anyone.” Now Marge’s urn resides next to Howard’s bed on the nightstand. Placed

next to the urn is a picture of the family plot in Valhalla. The stone has Marge’s name and dates of birth and death, as well as Howard’s name and birth date in 1924. When Howard passes on, his ashes are to be buried with Marge’s at the Valhalla plot, so they may rest in peace together. I told Howard that it’s okay to take his time to get there, but Howard admitted his loneliness. Marge was his lifetime partner and they raised a family together. With Howard biding his time to be with Marge, we reflected on his life. Howard isn’t as alone as he led his heart to believe. It takes a lot of pressing fingers to wear a hole through a doorbell button. The condition of Howard’s doorbell represented his and Marge’s close tie to family, friends and the extended Carteret community. We go through life alone, but surrounded by others. We are responsible of making our own enriching life stories. The more people we can include in our experiences, the better we understand and enjoy our own journey. Howard made me want to stay on hand to listen to his stories and replace his doorbell button as needed. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to a man who always speaks so well of all the people in his life, and who decided to retire in such a blessed piece of the world.

Jeannine Patané currently resides in Emerald Isle. she is Editor-In-Chief of HandywomansCompanion. com, an Online magazine for ingenious and resourceful old school self-reliance.


›› wild horses, CONTINUED FROM P18 a cold brand which destroys the color follicle but not the growth follicle so the hair grows back white.

How many horses are on the island? The SB population is managed between 110 and 130 horses. The RCR herd numbers around 30.

Where can I find the horses? Horses are scattered across their entire island homes. They are most commonly found in groups (herds, harems or bands) of a dominant stallion and his mares. Sometimes males without females are found alone or with other males. Occasionally young or old females are found alone, by their choice.

How can I safely see the horses? The horses are truly wild animals and don’t want people in their space. While they aren’t afraid of people and don’t necessarily run away, they will bite, kick or charge if their immediate space is invaded or if they feel cornered. Watch from a distance. Stay at least 50 feet away. Back up if they approach. Horses have the right-of-way. Don’t get caught off guard. Don’t attempt to interact. Use binoculars. Keep your pet on a leash. Control protects both the pets and the wildlife.

Are the horses protected by law? Yes. On SB, they are protected by federal law. On RCR, they are protected by North Carolina law and Town of Beaufort ordinance. Feeding, touching, teasing, or intentionally disturbing wildlife including horses is dangerous and illegal. On SB, if you observe someone disturbing wildlife, please take a photo and call 252-728-2250, Ext.4444. Anonymous tips may be left after hours. On RCR, if you observe someone disturbing wildlife, please take a photo and call the Reserve at 252-8380886; after business hours call 252-726-1911.

Why should people avoid interfering with the wild horses? Horses that are too used to interacting closely with people become habituated. Habituated wildlife lose in the end. If wild animals get too complacent around people and then hurt someone, the animals are likely to lose their wild lifestyle. Summer Field Trips on the Rachel Carson Reserve Public field trips on the Rachel Carson Reserve are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:3 a.m. during June, July and August. Reservations are required at least the day before the field trip as boat space is limited. Call 252-838-0883 to make reservations or for more information. Please email Lori Davis (lori.c.davis@ ncdenr.gov) to make reservations if you cannot reach someone by phone. All field trips are free, however, we do accept donations for our nonprofit organization, Friends of the Reserve (FOR).


›› PARROT HEADS, CONTINUED FROM P32

Well, the entrance to beautiful Emerald Isle was starting to again look littered, so we fired up our regular Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup, meeting on a Saturday morning with 18 Parrot Heads taking to the side of the road for our litter pickup from Rte. 24 to the bridge. As usual (sadly), trash was in ample supply with our crew picking up 29 bags of various stuff chucked or blown out from passing vehicles. Aside from too many plastic bags, styrofoam cups, beer cans and bottles, the clean team came up with a full woman’s purse (no wallet for ID), a broken cane, Ford hubcap, a quarter of a bottle of Gray Goose and an instructional DVD on exploding targets. We even had one jerk (wish we had gotten the license number) throw out an empty water bottle as he went by; amazing how stupid some people can be. Okay, lecture time. PLEASE don’t litter on purpose or by accident. Never chuck anything out the window (including cig butts). If you have a pickup truck make sure trash doesn’t blow out of the back. Meanwhile, if you see a Parrot Head, tell them thanks for helping to keep the entrance to the Isle looking spiffy. Show up for our next PHirst PHriday PHlocking (looks like a Kentucky Derby theme) and you’ll catch the buzz of excitement over our upcoming biggest event of the year, namely the infamous Beach Bicycle Poker Run on May 18 with major cash prizes, bicycle decorating contests, raffles for lots of great goodies

from generous local merchants and individuals, door prizes and tons of laughter and good times at five local stops. As always, in honor of those who have given so much for our country, all proceeds from this event are donated to the Hope for the Warriors charity. Last year we raised $4,000 and had 140 folks participating and we expect this year to be even bigger and better. Watch for signs around town and come on out for a fun day for a good cause and Party With A Purpose with us! Meanwhile, don’t forget to send out a big happy birthday wish to the following Parrot Heads who are making another trip around the sun this May: Jane “All the Way From Morehead” Sewell, Bets Love, Lisa Miller, Leanne Reed, Jenni Douglas, Wayne Young, Jim Tuttle, Allen Ross, Emilie “Bennett’s Mom” Zucker, David Collins, H. Curtis Umphlett, Jeanne LaVana, Russell “Sailor” Adams, Jean “Vice Prez” Jensen, Sharon Alford, John Henrickson, Rich Wells, Kip “Artiste” Baker, Terry Groseclose, Bob Linder, Leslie Herrle, Ken “Hey, That’s Me” Stone, Deanne Sicular, Doris Speicher, Kathey Fairchild, Tom Reed and Emily Sears. So, tha’s all folks for this month, aside from a cerebral thought for y’all: Don’t miss the donut by looking through the hole. Live some life and we’ll see you around the Isle!

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›› hooked up, CONTINUED FROM P33 beginning in early May. They will range from 1/2lb to 10lbs or more and the best baits include: fiddler crabs, mud crabs, shrimp, sand fleas and sea urchins. Due to the heavy, sharp structure these fish hover around, it’s important to use a strong, short shank hook (usually 1/0 to 3/0) and heavy fluorocarbon leader (30lb to 50lb) when making your rigs. If you swing by Dudley’s marina in Swansboro, they can provide you with the rigging material as well as the live fiddler crabs you’ll need to successfully land these powerful, delicious fish!

nearshore Our near shore waters really come alive this month as many more species arrive. The warm water dropping out of the inlets attracts both bait and their predators. We’ll still see some Bonito and Bluefish that have been working these waters since April but, May marks the arrival of Cobia, Spanish, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda and many bottom fish. Just before and After Mother’s Day we can expect large numbers of Cobia from 15lbs to 80 plus pounds to arrive around our inlets. These brutes will remain around the inlets and surf this month and spawn before moving back offshore when the water temperatures get hot. Slow trolling live baits at different depths near the inlets or anchoring and drifting baits back with the current will often result in a hook-up and a serious battle. Anglers looking for a sure bet on some surface action should set up some live bait rigs for Spanish and kings and slow troll around near shore live bottoms and artificial reefs this month. These Spanish will range from 3lbs to 6lbs and the rigs consist

of 1 to 2ft of 20 to 30lb wire, 2- no. 4 or 6 gold trebles, a small swivel and a 4 to 6in live bait. If targeting Kings, just step up your hooks to a no. 2 or 4 and your wire to 30 to 60lb. These rigs will require baits in the 6 to 8in range for a good, lively presentation. Anglers wanting to target the smaller Spanish Mackerel under 2lbs can fast troll clark spoons or bird tree rigs around the inlets and tidelines looking for birds working over feeding fish. If Spanish are seen surfacing, anglers cast 1oz to 2oz metal baits (Maria Jigs, Double Spec rigs, Crippled Herring, etc) using a fast retrieve to draw strikes. Finally, a very popular near shore species that makes their showing this month is Summer Flounder. During May, flounder can be found on any live bottom or Artificial Reef within 10 miles of the beach. The season kicks off well this month and lasts through October. Our typical 6hr trip of 2 to 4 passengers results in average catches of 15 to 50 flounder ranging from 1.5 to 5lbs each. It’s exciting and very rewarding come dinner time! We prefer a 2oz Bett’s buck tail tipped with Berkley Gulp’s 4 in. Shrimp. This buck tail has an offset hook, allowing for more hook ups with flounder and less hangs on the bottom. Anglers should use a short (6in to 1ft), sharp twitching motion to pop the buck tail off the bottom then, allow the bait to pull your rod tip back down until it bumps bottom. These hard striking flatfish will usually strike the bait on the fall. Be sure to set the hook hard and bring them up slowly to keep from pulling them off the hook. Regardless of what you and your friends/family decide to target this May, have fun and be safe on the water!

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