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Inside This Issue your life on the Crystal Coast

14 Camp Albemarle Celebrates 65 Years of Camping Since 1953, Camp Albemarle has provided faith-

based summer camps, educational programs and facilities. This summer, they expect to serve over a thousand residential and day campers.

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ON THIS MONTH’S COVER The charity organization Kayak for the Warriors™, part of Hope for the Warriors®, enters its 11th year this year, and events kick off May 26 with a 5K Beach Run / Fun Run.

smallest herons in the world, from a cat. He was on the thin side, but with only a single puncture wound, his chances were excellent.

17 Focus on the Farmers Market: Underground Farm The Underground Farm and Learning Center

at 1586 Highway 101 will be opening every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. They strive to bring to market the best vegetables that can be grown.

18 Right Understanding Changes Everything The purpose of life eludes us when we don’t have

the right understanding of our worth. Without that understanding, there is little hope for the future.

19 Kayak for the Warriors Enters Its 11th Year of Fundraising Are your running shoes, kayaks and paddleboards 16 LEAST BITTERN This graceful bird is one of the smallest herons in the world.

17 UNDERGROUND FARM A new farm and learning center is opening in Beaufort.

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Harrika’s Brew Haus Happenings Live music and happenings at the Haus at 911 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point. For more information call 252-354-7911. 5/11.............................. Pure T & Urban Street Eats 6-10pm 5/18......................Scott Shelby & Lil Johnny’s Food Truck 5/25............................................ Mad Fiddler & Lil Johnny’s 5/20...............................Sundays in the Biergarten Kickoff Brunch, Beer & Bloody Bar with Urban Street Eats from 12:30–3:30— families encouraged!

MAY 9

SHACKLEFORD BANKS HIKE

Did Blackbeard see horses? Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided tour. Cost is $30. Register by calling 252-5047740 or at ncmaritimemuseubeaufort.com.

SUNDAYS IN SUMMER

Lady Swan Cruises Join us aboard the Lady Swan on Sunday afternoons for a 1-hour relaxing and scenic cruise around historic downtown Swansboro, the Intracoastal Waterway and nearby Huggins Island. Enjoy the sights and sounds of being on the water and if you’re lucky you may get a glimpse of some local wildlife. At the end of the cruise stay downtown and enjoy live music from bands performing as part of SwanFest at the Olde Town Square or partake in a tasty meal at one of the local restaurants. For questions, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension. Check in at the Main Street dock in downtown Swansboro at 4:45 p.m.; depart at 5. Cost is $10 per person; children under 2 are free. TUESDAYS IN MAY

✪ MAY 11

FRIDAY FREE FLICKS

From 7 to 9 p.m. at 7500 Emerald Drive in Emerald Isle. Popcorn and drink for $1. Bring chairs and blankets. No outside food and beverages, please.

Yoga at the Pug [ 9AM ] Spend your morning in the sunshine at

the Harry C. Pugliese Pavilion in downtown Swansboro with the Mandala Yoga Center. This five-week series of classes will focus on basic yoga postures, meditations and relaxation. The series registration fee is $45 (drop-in fee is $12). Classes will be moved indoors to the Recreation Center in case of inclement weather. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension for more information. MAY

Qi Gong

MAY 12

CHRISTIE LENÉE

Down East FolkArts Society Concert presents Christie Lenée, embracing the world with her stunning guitar work. At 1300 Evans Street, Morehead City. Call 252-646-4657 for tickets. 8

Join us for Qi Gong with Brenna Wilcox. From Brenna: “Qi Gong is the art and science of using breath, gentle movement, meditation and sound to cleanse, strengthen and circulate one’s vital energy for living. The 8 brocades will be our focus for these 6 weeks. We will open the energy channels of the body, nourish organs and experience one’s own flow of electricity through the flow of bioelectricity inside and out!” Please make sure to pre-register at 910-326-2600, at the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or online at swansboro.recdesk.com. 5/9, 16, 23.................................................................... 10:30am 5/15, 22.......................................................................... 6:30pm

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MAY 9

Shackleford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard see horses?

Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Participants will see an undeveloped barrier island like Blackbeard may have seen. This field trip requires hiking through sandy terrain for long distances. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult—not a suitable hike for children under 12. Advance registration required. Call the Program Registrar at 252-5047758. Cost is $30. Register at the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Front Street in Beaufort, at 252-504-7740 or at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort. com.

✪ MAY 9, 16, 23, 27

Musket Firing Demonstration at Fort Macon

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

Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252726-3775.

✪ MAY 10

Salt Marsh Grass Planting at Trinity Center

[ 10AM–NOON ] The North Carolina Coastal

Federation, in partnership with Sound to Sea at the Trinity Center, invites volunteers to help protect shoreline, one plant at a time. Volunteers will plant salt marsh grasses to help protect the shoreline from erosion and create habitat for hundreds of marine creatures. Volunteers will meet at the Trinity Center and park by the point of arrival before being directed to the shoreline. Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes that cover the foot and can get wet and muddy are required. Volunteers should also bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses and any medications. Snacks, water, sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. This event is most suited for adults and children over the age of 12. This marsh grass planting event is part of a living shoreline project. For more information on living shorelines check out the Living Shorelines Academy. The Living Shorelines Academy is an online exchange of information that encourages the use of environmentally friendly erosion control practices to protect valuable waterfront property. At 618 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores. For information call 252-393-8185.

✪ MAY 11

Mile of Hope: An Escape for Children With Cancer

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into the lives of these special children and their families. The Mile of Hope celebrates children treated by the Pediatric Oncology Departments of ECU in Greenville, UNC in Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham. Families from all over NC with children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood diseases are served by the quality care of these three facilities. Their goal is to help families cope with this illness by offering the treatment, support and care that they need. Dedicated physicians, nurses, social workers and child life specialists provide this care including psychological, nutritional, financial and social assistance. Guests are treated to a fun-filled visit to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast with activities and entertainment provided by our dedicated volunteers. The highlight of this three-day weekend is the Sand Castle Building Contest. Contact us to learn how you can contribute to the Mile of Hope and make a difference in the lives of young cancer patients. At Atlantis Lodge, Atlantic Beach. For information call 919-819-1637.

is $25 for the competitive 5K or $15 for the walk, but you can make an even bigger impact by recruiting family members, friends and co-workers to form a team and raise donations. Proceeds will fund local programs. Includes a competitive 5K, an awareness walk and a kids’ dash. Register today at crystalcoastrunwalkforautism.com.

No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-504-7740.

MAY 12, 19, 26

✪ MAY 11 | JUNE 8

[ 2–3PM ] Join us in the Visitor Center’s large

Camp Crystal Kai is a health and wellness stand-up paddleboarding retreat. Experience an all-inclusive, week-long adventure in one of the Southeast’s premier vacation destinations. Paddleboard through paradise along 85 miles of gorgeous coastline and escape for a week full of fitness, relaxation and fun on the water! Registration now open; limited space available. This camp is for women who are interested in getting outdoors, exploring different facets of SUP and living a healthy lifestyle. No prior paddle experience is required! All you need is a sense of adventure and a willingness to challenge yourself through new experiences. Newbie paddlers are welcome. Information at campcrystalkai.com.

Friday Free Flicks in Emerald Isle

Yoga at the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market

Join NC Coastal Life for an all-level yoga hour under the trees at the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market in Beaufort. Meet on the lawn on the Broad Street side of the Courthouse Square. Bring your mat or large beach towel. Class is $10. All proceeds go to the Plastic Ocean Project. For information call 252-368-YOGA.

✪ MAY 12 | JUNE 9

Exploring the Heavens with NASA Ambassador

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auditorium as special guest NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman shares an overview of the first non-terrestrial telescope, NASA’s Hubble. Learn how it has changed our understanding of the universe around us, some of the mission’s highlights and an introduction to the next step in observing’s evolution, the James Webb Telescope. At 2303 East Ft. Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.

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[ 7–9PM ] 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. At 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.

Stargazing at the Fort

[ 8–10PM ] Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to

view space through a telescope and learn more about our universe. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. MAY 12

8th Annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism

In North Carolina, one in 59 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families by registering for the Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism. Registration

Blackbeard 300: Blackbeard’s Blockade of Charleston

[ 2-3PM ] Since it was founded in 1670, Charleston

in South Carolina—or “Charles Town,” as it was originally known—has witnessed some of America’s more noteworthy history. Its almost 350year long history includes a significant interaction with numerous pirates including Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet. In 1718 these notorious pirates and their fleet of ships blockaded the port of Charles Town demanding a ransom of not gold and jewels, but medicine! During this hour-long presentation, David Moore, Curator of Nautical Archeology, will discuss this colorful and short period of pirating history of Charleston. Free admission.

MAY 12

Camp Crystal Kai Stand-Up Paddleboarding Retreat

MAY 12

Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Christie Lenée Christie Lenee’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Mathews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie Lenee’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and Andy Mckee. In concert expect to see and hear the Toe Kicker Foot Stomp box (similar to a kick drum), a tambourine, some effects pedals and a vocal harmonizer that allows Christie to perform three-part harmonies solo. You can’t miss her tapping guitar style that adds even more percussion to this one woman orchestra. Christie Lenee is embracing the world with her stunning guitar work and inspiring, uplifting songwriting. At 1300 Evans Street, Morehead City. For information and tickets call 252-646-4657.

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MAY 16

MAY 19

Pine Needle Basket Workshop

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[ 10AM–2PM ] As part of the Beaufort Historic

MAY 16

PINE NEEDLE BASKET WORKSHOP

As part of the Beaufort Historic Site’s Living History series, Sandi Malone will offer a workshop on this centuries-old art. Cost is $45. To register call 252-728-5225.

MAY 16–SEPTEMBER 16

CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE

The lighthouse is open for climbing. Selfguided tours of up to 10 people will begin every 15 minutes. Cost ranges from $8 to $4. Some limitations apply.

Site’s Living History series, Sandi Malone will conduct a workshop on the centuries-old folk art of pine needle basket making at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street. Participants will learn all aspects of the craft, from how to collect the necessary materials to making a pine needle basket of their own. Seating is limited so please reserve your spot by calling 252-728-5225. This workshop has a non-refundable materials fee of $45. For more information or to register call 252-728-5225. MAY 16–SEPTEMBER 16

Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse [ 10:15AM–4PM ] The Cape Lookout Lighthouse

is open for climbing. Self-guided tours of up to 10 people will begin every 15 minutes during the hours of operation. The lighthouse is open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). Children must be at least 44 inches tall. Regular admission is $8, children 12 and under are $4, seniors 62 and over are $4. Ticket prices do not include cost of ferry transportation. Climbing the 207 steps to the gallery is roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups going up will share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom. The lighthouse may close at any time if conditions are determined to be unsafe. MAY 17

Kayak the Salt Marsh [ 9AM–NOON ] Learn about local history and the

importance of salt marshes while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Advance registration required. Call the program registrar at 252-504-7758. Cost is $30 per person ($20 with own kayak). At the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

✪ MAY 18–19

Beaufort Music Festival MAY 19

CONCEALED CARRY CLASS

This is the required NC course to receive a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Cost is $100 per person. Call 910-326-2600 for more information or visit Swansboro Rec Center.

Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a communitysupported, volunteer-run non-profit event put on by Beaufort Arts and Music. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in Beaufort’s historic downtown and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music. Visit beaufortmusicfestival.com for more info.

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This is the required NC course to receive a permit to carry a concealed handgun. A certificate is issued at the completion of the course that will be accepted by any sheriff in NC when applying for a Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) permit. The course includes classroom instruction reviewing handgun safety and operation, concealed carry techniques and the current NC laws on the use of deadly force. At the end of the course there is a shooting qualification exercise with targets and requires 60 rounds of ammunition to complete. Individuals new to shooting should consider taking a pistol instruction course before taking this course. Ownership of a handgun is recommended. Price is $100 per person. Range portion of the class will follow at a location in Jacksonville or you will have the option to schedule with the instructor. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.

✪ MAY 19–20

Crystal Coast Boat Show The 11th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show will take place on the Morehead City waterfront. The Crystal Coast Boat Show features marine products and services, fishing gear, boat brokers, sailing races, boating education and various activities, including an antique car show. Admission is free! For more details, visit crystalcoastboatshow.com. MAY 19

Crystal Kai SUP Cup [ 7AM–2PM ] The Crystal Kai SUP Cup event is

offering $20,000 in prizes! Plus, join us for free clinics ranging from introductory paddling to race pro tips. A beginning clinic for kids has also been added to the schedule of events this year. Novices, elites and groms are all welcome at this WPA-sanctioned race. For more information visit campcrystalkai.com.

✪ MAY 19

5th Annual Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival This year’s event takes place at the Circle on the Boardwalk. Bands performing are Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Jim Quick & Coastline and Mighty Saints of Soul. The Beach Music Week events include a poolside Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 16, at the DoubleTree by Hilton with The Embers and a Sponsor’s Reception at Memories Beach Club on Friday, May 18. For sponsorship info and details please visit atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/beach-musicfestival/.


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MAY 19

Herp Trip: A ‘Catch & Release’ Wildlife Adventure

Join us for an exclusive trip as we head out to Catfish Lake Road for a “herping trip.” We will be meeting at the Recreation Center and jumping in the van to join up with Eastern Exotics as they lead us on a critter catch and release adventure. Get up close and personal with local wildlife and come adventure with us. No unaccompanied children under the age of 12. You can bring a scoop net if you would like and we will have a few to share. Please plan on bringing water, a snack and some bug spray. Register ahead! For more information, please call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You may register online by visiting us at swansboro.recdesk.com.

through the program is geared toward adults and older children. Registration is required and is nonrefundable. There is a maximum of 32 participants. At 1572 Hammocks Beach State Park For information or to register call 252-393-8185.

✪ MAY 21

Fellowship Night for Special Needs Adults

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship and fun. This program is geared towards adults with special needs. Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

What’s Wrong With Me?: Uncovering Root Causes

Are you dealing with an issue and no one seems to be able to tell you what it is? Let’s look at identifying potential causes that could hold you back from good health. Come learn how to easily and quickly identify and release underlying root causes of your physical, mental, emotional, relational or spiritual dis-eases. It will change your life! Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You may register online by visiting us at swansboro.recdesk.com. MAY 20

Birding Cruise on the White Oak River

[ 10AM–NOON ] Join local birding expert JoAnne

Powell for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. The group will slowly cruise on a covered ferryboat through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Huggins and Bear islands, looking for resident and migratory birds. Participants will meet at the Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center in Swansboro and are asked to bring their own binoculars as well as water and a snack and to dress appropriately for the weather. The program fee is $20 for federation members and $25 for non-members. All ages are welcome,

Summer Concerts In The Fort

MAY 22

Explore Rachel Carson Reserve animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through the different habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-504-7740.

Beach Run Series at the Atlantic Beach Circle

5/25, 6:30 p.m...................................... The Sunshine Band Contemporary mix of Show and Pop Tunes Classic Motown and Beach Music 6/9, 1 p.m...............................Morehead Brass Consortium

Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome! Registration and check-in start at 5:15 p.m. All races start promptly at 6:30. Cost for the entire 7-run series is $50 per person, and includes a T-shirt. Individual races are $7 per person per race. For more details and to register and pay online, ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252-808-3301.

Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market Farm To Table Dinner The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market will host a Farm To Table Dinner at Harborside Park on Front Street in Beaufort, located across from the NC Maritime Museum. This is Olde Beaufort

Our afternoon concerts were so successful we have scheduled two this year! All concerts are free although donations are welcomed. Doors open early for picnickers and all who want to take in the beautiful setting. Just in case it rains the concerts will be held inside the Education Center. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.

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Farmers’ Market’s main fundraising event for the season. They source delicious local and fresh ingredients from farmers and food-producing vendors at the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market and engage some of our area’s premier chefs to prepare a wonderful feast. Enjoy live music and enjoy the delicious buffet and camaraderie of friends who support Beaufort’s freshest place to find your own healthy ingredients: the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market. For information and tickets call 252-564-8822.

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Pop and Classic Tunes MAY 26

Women’s Wellness Workshop Swansboro Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in our first-ever Women’s Wellness Workshop. Ladies of all ages are invited to come and participate in a workshop aimed at healthier and happier living. We will talk about the importance of self-care, health concerns for women, best foods for our health and more. Certified Integrative Nutrition coach Kathryn K will lead a discussion and will provide everyone with handouts to go over as a group. There will also be interactive discussions, all with a focus on you. Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You may register by visiting us online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

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✪ MAY 26, 27

Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Spring Show

A outdoor juried show and sale of arts and crafts of coastal artisans, this is the perfect occasion to browse and buy the work of coastal artists and craftsmen. At Beaufort Historic Site, on Turner Street in Beaufort. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. For more information visit ccartsandcrafts.com.

✪ MAY 27 | JUNE 3, 10 JUNE 2

KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS®

3.2-mile kayak and paddleboard race through the Pine Knoll Shores canals and Bogue Sound. There is a $50 registration fee, which includes a T-shirt. Call 252-247-4353.

SwanFest Summer Concerts

[ 6:30PM ] Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great

music by the sea for the SwanFest concerts on Sundays at the Pavilion at Old Towne Square, at the corner of Front and Church Streets in Swansboro.

5/27......................................Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot Soul & R&B 6/3.................................................................................Big Drink Pop, Rock & Variety 6/10..........................................................................Wild Honey Blues, Country Rock & Originals MAY 31

Kayak for the Warriors® Reception and Auctions

[ 6–9PM ] The annual Warrior Reception with

JUNE 2

BOB ROSS PAINT ALONG

Enjoy a night of happy trees, happy clouds and zero mistakes—just happy accidents. At the Swansboro Recreation Center. Call 910326-2600 or visit swansboro.recdesk.com.

MAY 26

Kayak for the Warriors 5K and 1K Beach Run/Walk Kayak for the Warriors™ is an annual fundraising event for Hope for the Warriors® to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families. We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting a 5K Beach Run and 1K Fun Run/Walk. This run will be electronically timed by Run the East, a professional race timing service. The event fee for the 5K is $25 and includes a T-shirt. The Fun Run/Walk fee is $15. T-shirts for fun walkers/runners will be available for purchase for an additional $10. The course will head down the beach towards Indian Beach and return on the same route. Start time is 8 a.m. At McNeill Park in Pine Knoll Shores. For more information or to register call 252-247-4353.

its live and silent auctions will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.This event, which especially honors our combat wounded, is also intended to recognize all of our veterans. This is a delightfully entertaining evening for everyone. For an admission fee of $10, you gain admittance to the aquarium and all its exhibits and are invited to enjoy some of the finest food our local restaurants provide. Two beverages of your choice (wine, beer and soda) are included. Please stroll through the galleries and take a few minutes to place a bid on one of the silent auction items, featuring 100 items by local artists and craftsmen as well as items donated by local merchants. There will also be a live auction with another 40 or so items featuring the antics of Auctioneers on Deck in the aquarium auditorium. Last year these items included Carolina Panthers football tickets, hotels and vacation, golf outings, professional services, a hand-made quilt, stained glass, marble art pieces and more. We hope you participate generously for the benefit of our combat wounded. At the Aquarium at One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores. For information or tickets call 252-2474353.

✪ JUNE 1

Free Movie Friday: Creature Feature

[ 7–10PM ] Free Movie Friday is going to help you

get your summer started right! Eastern Exotics will be on site with their critters for you to get up close and personal with. This one is viewer’s choice with you voting on the film from the choices listed

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on our recdesk registration or the Facebook poll. The movie will be due to start about 10 minutes following sunset at the Pugliese Pavilion in Olde Town Square, just make sure to bring a blanket or chair! You can pre-register by calling 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Ext. You may register online by visiting us at swansboro.recdesk.com.

✪ JUNE 1

‘Alive at Five’ Outdoor Concert Bounce Party [ 5–8PM ] Alive at Five is a free summer concert

series the first and third Fridays of each month during the summer in downtown Morehead City at Jaycee Park (807 Shepard Street). Free public restrooms are available on site with handicap ramp access. Bring your blankets and chairs! Beverage concessions are available. Limited boat parking is available during the concerts at the Jaycee Docks. No coolers or outside beverages permitted.

✪ JUNE 1

Military Appreciation Day at Jaycee Park in Morehead City [ 8–10PM ] Military Appreciation Day Inc,

Morehead City chapter will host our heroes for a fun day of fishing and treating family members to many land-based activities, great entertainment and awesome food! Expect the same or more as last year: boat rides, kids’ Pirate Ship, games, DJ, corn hole, wild pony boat tours and much more! Registration is now open for volunteer captains, cooking crew and land-based volunteers who help make this event great! JUNE 2

Bob Ross Paint Along Join us for a night full of happy trees, happy clouds and zero mistakes—just happy accidents. We will be rolling with the best at our first-ever Bob Ross Paint Along! Everything you need will be supplied, just bring yourself and some paint clothes. In the words of the man himself, “Let’s get a little crazy here!” You can pre-register by calling 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You may register online by visiting us at swansboro.recdesk.com. JUNE 2

‘Tri for Fun’ Kids’ Triathlon [ 8:30–11AM ] Tri for Fun is open to kids ages 5–15.

The event is fun, empowering and supports a great cause. Last year this event raised $4,500 for local P.E. programs, thanks to local business partners. The program will be expanding in several different areas such as, formal training program, special needs division and a brand-new course. For sponsorship opportunities visit runsignup.com/ CreateRaceSponsor/. For more information contact, summer@sportscentermorehead.com.


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JUNE 2

Intro to Wooden Boat Building

A two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Cost is $135 (Friends of the Museum $121.50). Minimum age is 16. Course size limited. Advance registration required. Call the program registrar at 252-504-7758. The Watercraft Center offers more intensive longer classes on an on-demand basis: Build you own stand-up paddleboard or surfboard; stitch-and-glue kayaks and skiffs; skin-on-frame boat building; building and shaping masts, spars and oars or paddles; and half-model making. For more information visit thewatercraftcenter. com. At the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort Call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. JUNE 2

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a max of $15 per family. K4TW T-shirts will be available for purchase. A raffle will take place as well. Tickets are available prior to the event from committee members as well as at Saturday’s race. At Garner Park, Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores. For information call 252-247-4353. JUNE 2

Beaufort Old Homes Tour Kick-Off Party

[ 5:30–7:30pm ] The Beaufort Historical Association’s Kick-Off Party for the Old Homes Tour will include food and drinks along with an art opening featuring artist Paul Minnis. The annual Bartenders’ Challenge also takes place, with signature cocktails crafted by local bartenders. Tim Becker from Front Street at Stillwater is the twoyear reigning champion! At 150 Turner Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-5225. JUNE 7–8

Boating Education Course

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will be providing a free boating safety course. This class will be hosted over two evenings and you must attend both sessions. The NASBLA-approved courses are taught by wildlife officers throughout the year. Any person born on or after January 1, 1988, must complete a NASBLA-approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10hp or greater on public waterways. Please bring snacks, drinks, something to write with and a highlighter. Following completion of the course requirements a Boater Education Card will be sent. Pertinent information is recorded into the agency database upon completion. For more information please call 910-326-2600, stop by 830 Main Street Extension or visit swansboro.recdesk.com.

✪ JUNE 9 [ 9–11AM ] This is a free event open to kids ages

5–12. Pre-registration is required and will run through June 8 or until all 100 spots are filled. Bring your own rod. Bait will be provided (while supplies last) or bring your own. To register, stop by the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center or call 252-354-6350.

JUNE 9

‘Suddenly in Command’ Boating Class What would you do if you were in a boating emergency and the captain was unable to continue due to injury or some other problem? This class intends to help you take charge, assess the situation, establish priorities and protect life and property, so you can get necessary help and move your boat. The class is geared towards anyone who plans to ever set foot on a boat. This class is provided by the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension. You may register online by visiting us at swansboro.recdesk.com.

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Arts by the Sea Festival Join us at Swansboro’s 2018 Arts by The Sea Festival, held annually in historic Downtown Swansboro at the Pugliese Pavilion. This festival which takes place on our friendly city by the sea’s beautiful waterfront, features a wide variety of arts, from jewelry, paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, stained glass and plenty of other crafts, delicious food and wine tastings. There will be entertainment and activities for children as well, you do not want to miss this festival, so come on out and spend the day with us! €

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SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS CAMP ALBEMARLE

Camp Albemarle Celebrates 65 Years!

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amp Albemarle is turning 65! Since 1953, Camp Albemarle has provided faith-based summer camps, educational programs and facilities for retreats, reunions, picnics, worship, school groups and meetings. This summer they expect to serve over 1,000 residential and day campers. Summer camp is an opportunity to live and learn together in Christian community, make friends, explore nature and try new things. In 1953 the Albemarle Presbytery purchased 24 acres and the impressive home of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Paulson for a coastal youth camp. The selection committee worked many months identifying desired criteria, researching area camps and visiting possible locations. On the shallow waters of Bogue Sound in Newport, the beautiful site was literally stumbled upon. As the story goes, a caravan of committee members from the Albemarle Presbytery was traveling in search of their future to Wilmington to look at a piece of property on which to build their camping ministry. During the trip, the cars got separated, so one of the cars stopped near the intersection of State Road 24 and Hibbs Road. As they waited for the other car to catch up, they got out to stretch their legs wander down a drive to see Bogue Sound. This led them to an encounter with the property owners, where they learned this amazing place was for sale! They later claimed “divine guidance” and went about the process of buying and creating their youth camp at the coast. Early improvements included planting five acres of pine trees as a wind break and for soil conservation. Camp Albemarle has always strived to invest in the future. During the 1950s and 1960s, church groups from around the Presbytery worked to prepare the grounds and Big House to house summer campers and staff. For many years the decisions and finances were managed through a Committee of Trustees. The first camps were staffed by volunteer pastors and lay people for children ages 9–17. The ’60s brought expansions such as a dining hall, kitchen, six cabins and a caretaker’s house. In 1968, 220 summer campers were served during 4 youth camps and 4 weekend family camps, hosting 12 families. At this time, the charge for a week at camp was $15.50 per child. The 1970s marked the beginning of hiring year-round staff. Al and Marie McElmon were dedicated caretakers for 26 years, living on site, taking reservations and providing the upkeep of the property. A 600-foot pier was built and the purchase of canoes, Sunfish sailboats and rowboats. “Sail Into A Time of Discovery” was one of the camp themes in 1978 with the charge now $40 a week for camp. An additional 25 acres of forest land was leased 1½ miles from camp on Gales Creek for boat trips and hikes. The Murfee House was purchased and rented, later becoming the Camp Director’s residence on site. In the early 1980s a swimming pool and a large pavilion for outdoor programs and picnics was added. By 1988, there were 9 summers camps with a capacity of 25 campers each, at $110 a week. Some of the special programs offered were River Canoe Trips and Sailing Cruises with themes such as “Living as Christians” and “Christ and Relationships with Others”. In 1989 the Albemarle Presbytery merged with the Orange Presbytery to become today’s New Hope Presbytery. In 1992 the difficult decision was made to tear down the Big House, which was in much need of repair. The McElmon Lodge was built as lodging for summer staff and off-season rental with sleeping accommodations for 42 and a large kitchen and meeting area. Hurricanes Bertha and Fran brought much damage to trees, structures and the sea wall in 1996. The pine beetles came the following year and finished off many of the damaged trees. By 2005, Camp Albemarle was offering 10 summer camps ranging 14 CAROLINA SALT May / June 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com

from Mini, Junior, Middler, Last Blast to Sea Kayak, Service Corps and Scuba camps for rising 1st to 12th graders. In 2007, Camp Albemarle was incorporated as a non-profit organization with ties to the Presbytery. The leadership and decision making is now managed through the Executive Director and a Board of Trustees. A new Challenge Program was created in 2010 by adding a “Technical Tree Climbing” program and outdoor Team Building. A 50-foot Alpine Tower and Giant Swing were added in 2012. These programs are currently offered to school, church, business and community groups to explore outdoor fun, team building and personal challenge! In 2016, the Preschool At Camp Albemarle was opened, offering a unique outdoor preschool program. Children spend their days—even the rainy ones—outdoors as they learn through hands-on programs. The program has grown significantly and in the fall of 2018, the now titled “Nature SCHOOL At Camp Albemarle” will include Kindergarten and special programs for homeschooled children. Camp Albemarle is committed to continue to serve as a Christian ministry that has fostered faith formation for 62 years through its beautiful natural setting, fellowship and fun for all of God’s people. Everyone is welcome you to join in the fun! For more information call 252-726-4848 or email office@campalbemarle.org. €


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OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER LINDA BERGMAN–ALTHOUSE

Graceful Least Bittern

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e must have looked like a statue in the backyard, with his beak pointed straight up to the sky, standing so still. If movement was occurring, it was imperceptible to humans. However, the cat knew he was there and pounced before the resident of the Atlantic Beach home could stop the attack. The gentleman quickly intervened and lifted the wisp of a marsh bird from the feline’s clutches. The Good Samaritan did not know how badly the bird was injured, but did know its best chance for survival after a cat attack would be in the hands and care of a wildlife rehabilitator. When admitted to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport, positive identification recorded him as a Least Bittern, which is a very elusive marsh bird and one of the smallest herons in the world, averaging 11 to 14 inches in length with a 16 to 18-inch wingspan. A full examination revealed one small puncture wound. He was on the thin side, but he was still a lucky bird! Medications to prevent infection, getting him to eat in captivity and quiet for rest and recuperation became the treatment plan. Within three days, he was on his feet and eating mud minnows on his own from a bowl. Good boy! This small heron is adapted for life in dense marshes, but rather than wading in the shallows like most herons, the graceful Least Bittern climbs about in cattails and reeds, clinging to the stems with its long toes. Its narrow body allows it to slip through dense, tangled vegetation with ease. Thanks to its habit of perching among the reeds, the Least Bittern can feed from the surface of water that would be too deep for the wading strategy of other herons. Because of its habitat choice, it is often unseen until it flies. Although it is a rare sight to see, its cooing and clucking calls are frequently heard at dawn and dusk and sometimes at night. This primarily black and tan bird has a blackish-green crown and back, brown neck and brown and white underparts and a white throat. The Least Bittern is most readily identified in flight by conspicuous, chestnut-colored wing patches. Males are more colorful and have a darker back than females. The yellow bill for both is thin and the toes at the end of their short green and yellow legs sport long, curved toenails that work perfectly for grasping dense vegetation. The plumage of juveniles is similar to an adult female but paler. This bittern eats mostly small fish such as minnows, sunfish and perch and large insects like dragonflies. the Least Bittern will not pass on crayfish, leeches, frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, slugs, shrews or mice. To search for these tasty treats, the LB awkwardly moves about in vegetation above water and jabs downward with its long bill to capture prey at the water’s surface. It will also flick its wings open and shut to startle prey into motion. If the feeding site is good, the bittern has been known to build a hunting stand by bending down many reeds to form a platform. These birds nest in saltwater, brackish or freshwater marshes with dense vegetation from southern Canada to northern Argentina. The nest is a well-concealed platform built from cattails and other plants. Their nest usually presents as an elevated platform with an overhead canopy and is built of emergent aquatic vegetation and sticks. Least Bitterns are colonial nesters and nests are usually widely scattered in the marsh and occasionally in close association with Boat-tailed Grackles. You may discover 15 nests in one breeding area! The female lays four or five eggs and in extreme cases, from two to seven. The eggs are pale blue or green and incubation is by both sexes for 17-20 days. After hatching, both parents feed the young by regurgitating food. 16 CAROLINA SALT May / June 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com

Legs and feet of young LBs develop quickly and the youngsters may leave the nest as early as 6 days after hatching if the nest is disturbed. If not, they ordinarily remain in the nest for about 2 weeks and near the nest for another week or more. Least Bitterns are known to produce one to two broods per year. When threatened, the Least Bittern will freeze in place with its bill pointing up, turn its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm and sometimes sway to resemble windblown marsh vegetation. This is believed to be a predator-avoidance behavior, since its diminutive size makes the bittern vulnerable to potential predators such as coyotes, foxes and the great horned owl. When alarmed, they may also puff out their feathers to make themselves look larger or burrow through dense undergrowth that is impossible for larger animals to pass through. If those tactics don’t work, the shy and elusive bittern often slips away by inconspicuously walking or running through the reeds, for they would rather escape on foot than fly anyway. Although considered weak fliers, Least Bitterns do migrate from the northern parts of their range in winter for the southernmost coasts of the United States and areas further south, travelling only at night. The population of these birds have declined in some areas due to loss of wetland habitat and the encroachment of exotic species of marsh vegetation. The Least Bittern is listed as a threatened species at the state level due to the adverse effects of draining and the filling in of wetlands. Therefore, the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan rates it a Species of High Concern and all migratory birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Now that our bittern patient has passed live fishing school, he is ready to be wild again! We’re hoping he will rejoin his Atlantic Beach “dash” or “freeze” or “siege,” which are all names for a group of bitterns. Without the support of the people in our community, our Least Bittern release may never have been rescued, given the opportunity to recover and rejoin his flock. Dash On, LB! €

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


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nderground Farm and Learning Center at 1586 Highway 101 will host a mid-week market connecting families and friends with farmers and locally farmed food. This market, opening Wednesday, May 9, and then every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., will sell local farmfresh veggies, fruits, meats and eggs. All local farmers are invited to participate for free. Call 252-515-4799 to schedule. Underground Farm strives to bring you the best vegetables we can grow. We know you are seeking a “different kind of vegetable”—emphasis on non-GMO seeds and transplants. We use organic fertilizers like bone meal, cottonseed meal, fish fertilizers and compost full of nutrients. We use sustainable organic methods and approaches. We pluck off worms rather than spraying pesticides. We avoid problems of mono-cropping or relying on one or two cash crops, preferring instead to diversify and offer varied choices to our customers. Yes, we grow collards and okra and cabbage, but we also try bok choy, microgreens, blackberries, Asian greens and heirloom tomatoes. Josh Potter of Marshallberg has been farm manager of Underground Farm for several years now. Josh says, “As part of the Carteret Local Food Network, the farm is a hub where customers learn where to find the food that they want and where farmers learn more about what, when and how consumers want their food.” Come on down May 9 and pick out your produce, eggs and meat from local farmers and growers dedicated to healthy fresh food for Carteret County! We invite you! Bring your family, friends, local chefs and school groups. €

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND FARM

OPENING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1586 Highway 101, three miles north of Beaufort.

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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

PAUL ORTIZ

RIGHT UNDERSTANDING CHANGES EVERYTHING AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE

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he purpose of life eludes us when we don’t have the right understanding of our worth. Your worth determines so much about you. Without right understanding of your worth, we are left with little hope for our future. The result is playing a game of chance with life led by patterns society has created. Then, social norms and finding how to best fit into the game become our life. We are left always wanting and never satisfied. Yes, we are satisfied for a while, but only until the newness of the current circumstance fades away. And let’s face it, we all want to know who we are. This is why we look for more understanding and insight into our background. We take personality tests, DNA tests and all sorts of assessments in life. But have you ever thought to ask, “What does God think about me? Who does God say I am? The Holy God of the universe says this about us, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” [GENESIS 1:26] God gave us life. He breathed the breath of life into man. [GENESIS 2:7] God thinks so much of us that He makes this assertion: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” [JEREMIAH 29:11] In Matthew 10:31, God declares, “You are more valuable than the sparrows.” God thinks a lot of you and me even though we’ve turned our backs to Him. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” [ROMANS 3:23] “They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” [PSALM 14:2-3] The greatest mystery is attempting to understand God’s great love. You are so valuable to God. You are worth so much to God. How can you know this? Despite our turning from God, our rejecting of God, our denial of God… God still provides redemption and forgiveness of sin to all the world through His One and only Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” [JOHN 3:16] “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [ROMANS 5:8]

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” [ROMANS 5:10]

You find your greatest purpose in life when you come to understanding you were created by the most Holy and Glorious God of the World. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” [1 JOHN 3:1] “Beloved, we are God’s children now.” [1 JOHN 3:2] Have hope and take hold of the hope that is found in the freedom offered to you through God in Christ Jesus. When you understand, you were created by God and for God, everything changes. This life is bigger than your everyday routine and what you see. God’s love for you sets a precedent for your life and how you should live that give you meaning and reason for each day. “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.” [COLOSSIANS 1:16] We are the reflection of the glory of God as His prized creation. He loves us and at the cost of the life of His Son Jesus to provide way to Him. Awaken to His grace and love and find the purpose He made you for in Him. You were made for His glory. Serving any other purpose in life leaves us unsatisfied, discontented and weary in our soul. If you haven’t found this hope and purpose for life, I encourage you to try Jesus! “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” [JOHN 4:14] €

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THE ISLAND CHURCH PASTOR PAUL ORTIZ

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


HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS®

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re your running shoes, kayaks and paddleboards ready for the 11th anniversary of the Kayak for the Warriors events? Our first event is the 5K Beach Run and Fun Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, May 26. Runners will begin on the beach and go through beautiful Beacons Reach beginning at 8 a.m. at the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores. Walkers and fun runners will remain on the beach for their 1K. The 5K event fee is $25, which includes a T-shirt and water. The Fun Run/Walk is $15. T-shirts will be available for purchase as well as hats and visors for everyone. Runners and walkers of all levels are encouraged to come out. Chip timing will be provided by runtheeast. You can register at runtheast.com or see our website for more details and registration at k4tw.org. On Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m., our annual silent and live auctions take place at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Entrance to the auction is $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Items to be auctioned off are continually updated on our Facebook page and website, Kayak for the Warriors and k4tw.org. On Saturday, June 2, our signature kayak and paddle board race will begin at 10 a.m. at Garner Park on Oakleaf Drive. Participants will complete a 3.2-mile course through Bogue Sound and the canals of Pine Knoll Shores. A $50 registration includes a T-shirt and a barbeque lunch. Participants are encouraged to create teams so that friends and family can become sponsors for your efforts. Sponsors, spectators and

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guests are invited to participate in post-race activities, including a raffle and barbeque feast from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the lunch is $15 for non-participants. We also have the Warrior Race, a race within a race in which paddlers who secure donations will have one second subtracted from their raw time to equal Warrior time. The lowest Warrior time gets the trophy. All proceeds from these events benefit the 501(c)3 organization, Hope For The Warriors® which has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator for 7 years in a row. Programs that Hope for the Warriors provides are varied. Among them include Spouse Scholarships; Warrior’s Wish grants; immediate needs to aid in the recovery process and transition to life beyond; the Warrior House that provides adaptive living quarters for wounded families until long-term arrangements can be made; Family Support Program; Above and Beyond, a program designed to provide professional tools and guidance to move beyond recovery; and an Outreach program providing education and other resources. Hope For The Warriors had its beginnings at Camp LeJeune. For registration and further information, please log onto www.k4tw. org. On this site, you may register electronically, donate, or just learn more about our town’s efforts for this very worthwhile organization. Registration forms can also be picked up at Town Hall at 100 Municipal Circle in Pine Knoll Shores. €

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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 AY

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he offshore water temperatures in April were in the mid 60s and the inshore water temperatures were in the low 60s. These water temperatures were normal for April. The offshore wrecks will be in the upper 60s by the end of the month. As the water temperatures increase, the tropical fish will be seen in large numbers on the offshore wrecks. A wreck that isn’t visited regularly is the HMS Bedfordshire,

THE HMS BEDFORDSHIRE

The HMS Bedfordshire is a 162-foot-long British armed trawler that is in 100 feet of water. About 25 miles southeast of the Beaufort Inlet, it usually takes about two hours to reach this dive site after leaving the inlet. As a result of being hit by a torpedo, the wreck is in three separate pieces. Two of the pieces are within 75 feet of each other and the third section is 200 feet away. The highest part of the wreck is only six feet. There are a lot of I-beams, deck plates, pipes and pieces of machinery scattered about the sand. The main feature of the wreck is the boiler, which is the largest and highest piece of the wreck. There are six depth charges lying in the sand. Because of the shifting sand, all six might not be visible, but there are two that are stacked on top of each other that are always visible. Divers like to look for shells that collect around the wreck. The British government, after being leased 50 World War I-era destroyers and 10 Lake Class Coast Guard cutters, sent 24 armed trawlers and their crews to help protect merchant ships from the German U-boats. The HMS Bedfordshire was under the command of Lieutenant R. B. Davis and had a crew of 36 men. Her patrol area was from Norfolk, Virginia, to Cape Lookout. In addition to escorting tankers and freighters, the HMS Bedfordshire also performed lone patrols searching for U-boats. The British tanker San Delfino had been torpedoed and four of its crew were going to be buried on U.S. soil. For a proper burial, British flags were needed. Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Cunningham provided the flags from the HMS Bedfordshire, but he also sent along two extra British flags. On the night of May 12, 1942, U-558 was patrolling offshore of Cape Lookout. Kapitänleutnant Gunter Krech, commander of the U-558, did not have any kills on this patrol of the east coast of the United States. Unable to sink any freighters or tankers, he took aim at the HMS Bedfordshire and fired a single torpedo. The torpedo hit directly amidships and the force from the impact actually lifted the ship out of the water. The pieces fell back to the sea and disappeared beneath the water. The attack had been so swift that no message had been transmitted from the HMS Bedfordshire. For two days, everyone thought she was still on patrol and was observing radio silence. On May 14, 1942, two bodies washed up on the beach of Ocracoke. The bodies were identified as Stanley Craig, telegraphist, and Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Cunningham, both from the HMS Bedfordshire. The two extra British flags from the earlier burials were used to bury thee two men. If you would like to go out to the HMS Bedfordshire or any of the other wrecks off of the Crystal Coast, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving.com, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what classes, charters and events are coming up in the near future. €

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