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to notice because they blend so well into their environment, but one Good Samaritan delivered one to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport, where it is weak but recovering.

15 Art Walk Kicks Off the Holidays In Downtown Morehead City Downtown Morehead City is open for the holiday season. The shopping season kick starts on November 4 with Small Business Saturday and Art Walk. Many downtown businesses will have specials lined up. Art Walk maps are available.

16 Maturing Chaos Pastor Paul Ortiz of the Island Church in

Emerald Isle shares his insight and some words of scripture that he hopes will help bring clarity and purpose to your life.

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12 SANTA BAR CRAWL To benefit the Make-A-Wish® foundation for ill children.

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THINGS TO DO

NOVEMBER 9

Friday Free Flicks in Emerald Isle: The Incredibles [ 7–9PM ] Movies are free and family oriented.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for $1. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. NOVEMBER 9

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in Emerald Isle. Movies are free and family oriented. Popcorn and drink for $1. Please bring chairs or blankets but no outside beverages or snacks.

Spend your evening in the kitchen with your child as we prepare pasta from scratch and make a meal to remember! You will learn how to go from dough to done and sit down and share a nice meal when it is over. This class will be suitable for children of all ages. You will be assisting your partner and working together as a team on this one. Please note that if you have a food allergy be mindful when registering we will be using dairy, wheat, eggs and possibly tree nut items. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You may visit us online at swansboro.recdesk.com. NOVEMBER 10

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show

[ 9AM–4PM ] This year’s Mistletoe Magic Holiday

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EXPLORING THE HEAVENS

at Fort Macon State Park on Atlantic Beach. Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman as she shares an overview of the Hubble telescope.

Gift Show is shaping up to be the best show ever, with almost 90 vendors expected. Browse the aisles for decorations, entertainment ideas for holiday gatherings, children’s gifts and clothing, jewelry, wood art, pottery, holiday crafts and many more unique, one-of-a-kind items. Check out the special showcase of the popular LuLaRoe fashion. Admission is just $4 per person and children 12 and under are free. The concession stand will be open all day selling fresh, homemade goodies. At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-247-3883. NOVEMBER 10

Crystal Coast Shrine Run

[ 9–11AM ] Join us for the first annual Crystal Coast

Shrine Run in beautiful Emerald Isle! Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 nonprofit medical facilities across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Proceeds from the Crystal Coast Shrine Run will support the Shriners Hospitals. For more info visit runsignup.com/Race/NC/EmeraldIsle/ CrystalCoastShrineRun.

NOVEMBER 18

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A traditional turkey dinner provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants, served at the Beaufort Historic Site. For information or tickets call 252-728-5225. 8

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Caviar Farm Tour + Tasting

That’s right, there’s a caviar farm right here in Carteret County! Marshallberg Farm is the largest producer of Russian sturgeon caviar in the U.S., with capacity to produce up to three tons of caviar per year. Due to popular demand, the Down East

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facility will be holding a series of farm tours and caviar tastings. The tour includes a guided walk amongst 40 indoor recirculating aquaculture tanks that teem with sturgeon and span some 54,000 square feet of building space. Following the tour, there will be a caviar and smoked sturgeon tasting and a chance to purchase products. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at marshallbergfarm.com/tours.

NOVEMBER 10 | DECEMBER 8

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

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 Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

NOVEMBER 10

Soldiers Through the Ages: A Live History Event [ 6–7PM ] Fort Macon will be doing a “Soldiers

through the Ages” program for Veteran’s Day this year. It has been several years since they have done this so if you are not familiar, there will be luminaries set up on the fort and soldiers in period uniforms will illustrate our historians’ talks about the wars they were involved with, the uniforms they wore and the weapons they carried. Each soldier will shoot a blank round from their weapon and demonstrate how it functioned. At the end of the program, a ceremonial salute will be fired in honor of all our past and current veterans. At Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. NOVEMBER 10

Holiday Extravaganza with Gaylon Pope + SweetWater [ 7PM ] This very popular Christmas show by

Gaylon Pope and SweetWater will come early this year! Due to heavy demand and a scheduling conflict at Joslyn Hall, the group will have to do their annual Christmas show at Joslyn Hall in November. But Gaylon and SweetWater always begin their 38-day Christmas Show schedule here, and are delighted to bring it back for the 9th consecutive year. Mr. Pope tells us that 75 percent of the show this year will be brand new. A lot of changes this year and a couple of Christmas characters that you do not want to miss! But not to worry, there will still be some of your all-time favorites as well. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the Kountry Kitchen located in the Brandywine Shopping Center or by calling 919915-1422. Seating is first come, first served.


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MID–NOVEMBER TO MID–DECEMBER

NOVEMBER 10–11

The 64 Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival th

The Swansboro Mullet Festival is a two-day weekend event that begins with a parade down Highway 24 on Saturday morning. Vendors line the various streets throughout historic downtown Swansboro and open for patrons at 10 a.m. Vendors include arts and crafts, commercial and food. The kids’ area also opens at 10 a.m. with a wide mix of activities for children of all ages. Live music begins at 11 a.m. at the Pug Pavilion in the heart of downtown Swansboro and continues throughout the day and into the evening. To accent the meaning behind the festival, the Jacksonville Rotary serves fried mullet throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services are offered from behind the Hampton Inn at Ward Farm. NOVEMBER13

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Wreath-Making and Wine

Join us for a BYOB wreath-making class. You will be able to pick from two fun designs—one will be a wine-inspired design and the other will be a holiday design. Register by November 11 for the $35 Early Bird pricing. The regular price of $40 starts November 12. Don’t forget this is BYOB, bring some wine, beers and something to munch on and join us for a fun craft night with all wreath supplies included. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center for more information.

NOVEMBER 17

Swansboro by Candlelight [ 5–9PM ] Start your holiday shopping in

downtown historic Swansboro. Enjoy hot apple cider as you walk along streets lined with

luminaries, entertainment and the lighting of the Christmas tree at Olde Towne Square. Please visit the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information at swansborochamber.org. NOVEMBER 17 | DECEMBER 8

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. Course is $135 (Friends of the Museum $121.50). Minimum age is 16. Advance registration required. Call the Program Registrar at 252-504-7758. NOVEMBER 17

An Evening for Broad Street Presents ‘A Tribute to the Ladies of Song’ [ 6–8PM | 8:30–10:30PM ] Jeanne Jolly will be

performing such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and more as well as a few holiday favorites to ring in the holiday season. At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information and tickets call 252-726-4562. NOVEMBER 18

BHA’s Community Thanksgiving Feast

THINGS TO DO

NOVEMBER 18

Shop, Savor + Sip Luncheon & Fashion Show

[ NOON–3:30PM ] The Carteret County Domestic

Violence Program is proud to announce our signature fundraising event, the 29th annual Shop, Savor and Sip Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Doors will open to the public at 11:45 a.m. for early shopping. The event will offer unique opportunities to shop with a variety of local businesses, including fashion, home goods, jewelry and more. The fashion show will feature men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. The luncheon will be provided by Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant. With a full luncheon, opportunities to shop, silent auction, live auction, 50/50 raffle and a fashion show, this is sure to be an exciting and fun event for the entire family. Tickets for the event are $40 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under. Reserved group seating for eight is available for $300. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jade Theresa Morton at 252-7262336, CarteretDomesticViolence.com or visiting Caroline’s Collectibles Thrift Shop in Morehead City. NOVEMBER 19

Fellowship Night

Join us for fellowship and fun at the Swansboro Recreation Center as we get together an evening of fellowship. This program is geared towards adults with special needs and will be held once a month as an after dinner/evening group. We extend this invitation to anyone who is in their senior year of high school and above. For more information call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. NOVEMBER 22

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

provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. At 150 Turner Street, Beaufort. For information or tickets call 252-728-5225.

Pine Knoll Shores Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Pine Knoll Shores Parks and Recreation committee is excited to host its annual Turkey Trot for the Carteret County community. The Thanksgiving Day celebration is free and open to all community members and out-of-town visitors and their families and will be hosted along the Bogue Sound waterfront in Pine Knoll Shores.

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The 3.1-mile walk/run begins at McNeill Park, located off of Oakleaf Drive on the Bogue Sound. The PKS Turkey Trot begins at approximately 9 a.m. when Pine Knoll Shores Mayor Ken Jones sounds his bugle. Walkers and runners will travel down Oakleaf Drive and will turn left at the Crystal Coast Country Club and continue running along the sound. Participants then cross over Oakleaf Drive and will travel down Cypress Drive and up Cedar Road before heading to the finish line at McNeill Park. Coffee, donuts and hot chocolate will be provided at the end to celebrate. The event will occur rain or shine. For more information call 252-622-2338. NOVEMBER 22

Thanksgiving Day Walkabout: A Historic Walking Tour [ 9–10:15AM ] Enjoy a Historic Beaufort Walking

Tour for $20 per person and two large nonperishable items for Martha’s Mission Cupboard. Begins at 400 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-648-1011.

NOVEMBER 23

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

At dusk, gather along Swansboro’s waterfront and watch the spectacular parade of lights down the White Oak River. Music will fill the air and you can enjoy treats, such as funnel cakes, cider and hot cocoa as you enjoy the lights glimmering off the river. You’ll be amazed by the lights and decor of the boats and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! At the end of the parade, Santa disembarks to hand out treats to the kids. For more information on the Swansboro Festivals please visit swansborofestivals.com or call 910-326-2600.

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NOVEMBER 24

Small Business Saturday Art Walk

[ 10 AM–5PM ] Support local businesses and artists

for Small Business Saturday and the Art Walk, sponsored by the Carteret County Arts Council. Check off items on your holiday shopping list while you view artwork at various locations in downtown Morehead City. For more information call 252808-0440. NOVEMBER 24

Crystal Coast Oyster Festival [ 1–8PM ] Come out on this holiday weekend

for the 3rd annual Crystal Coast Oyster Festival provided by Pints for a Purpose! This fundraiser festival will benefit the NC Shellfish Growers Association, as well as a commercial fishing organization. The mission is to make the festival a family-friendly, fun event that raises awareness for wild caught and farmed oysters. There will be live music and local vendors with arts, crafts, jewelry and more. The festival will take place at the Big Rock “Jib” landing site in downtown Morehead City. For more information visit ccoysterfest.org.

NOVEMBER 24

Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk

[ 2–5PM ] Art lovers can start their holiday

festivities with the annual Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk featuring downtown Morehead City galleries, as well as several participating downtown businesses and restaurants. There will be several pop-up galleries, one located at the Train Depot, featuring art from the Arts Council of Carteret County. Each downtown location will offer special demonstrations, promotions and refreshments. The ArtWalk map can be picked up at any of the participating galleries or at the Train Depot. After completing the gallery tour, walkers are encouraged to stay in the emerging art district to enjoy dining and shopping.

NOVEMBER 30

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

Waterfowl Weekend is one of Core Sound’s most highly anticipated events! A entire weekend dedicated to celebrating Down East history, traditions and community spirit. The weekend will kickoff Friday night with a ticket preview party, followed by two days of wildlife artists, decoys carvers and collectors, model boatbuilding and other crafters selling their wares, plus boat building, oar making and retriever demonstrations, plus local seafood, children’s activities and much more.

DECEMBER 1

Christmas in Downtown Morehead City

Locals and visitors are welcome to spend the day downtown as we celebrate the holiday season. Christmas in Downtown boasts a full day of holiday activities for the entire family. Events include Breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant, Tree Lighting, Flotilla and the famous Chowder & Cheer event. Visit downtownmoreheadcity.com for more information. DECEMBER 1

Breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant

Children can have breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant. There will be three seating times: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 252-7271921. DECEMBER 1

Chowder + Cheer

[ 1–5PM ] The 9th annual Chowder and Cheer

takes place with over 20 different restaurants participating. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo as they travel to each restaurant that’s participating. In

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addition to the downtown restaurants competing in Chowder and Cheer, restaurants that aren’t located within the downtown district will serve samples at participating shops and art galleries. At 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-808-0440.

DECEMBER 1

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail and until noon on December 1 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. DECEMBER 2

Theater Trip: Beauty and the Beast at Rivertowne Player

Join us for a trip to the theater! Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be providing transportation and tickets to Rivertowne Player’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Registration closes November 27 so act fast! The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities or, even more simply staged, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best. Check in will be at 1:15 p.m. at the Recreation Center. We will be departing at 1:30 p.m. for a 3 p.m. showing. For more information or registration visit swansboro.recdesk.com or call 910-326-2600. DECEMBER 2 | DECEMBER 9

Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout through Beaufort

[ 10AM ] Stroll through Beaufort’s historic district

with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the region’s most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch features on their restaurant menu. Tour includes guided tour, brunch, mimosa, Bloody Mary or a holiday drink and non-alcoholic


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beverages, taxes and restaurant gratuity. Take home a handcrafted traditional gingerbread man. Other alcoholic beverages additional. Departs Sunday at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Cost is $69 per person, with a two-person minimum. Must be 21 or over, although private tours can be arranged for groups or families with younger children. Call for reservations at 252-648-1011. For a complete schedule of Hungry Town Tours, visit hungrytowntours.com. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several unique award-winning walking, bike, culinary and history tours. Winner, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. It’s the best way to see “America’s Favorite Town.”

DECEMBER 7

Atlantic Beach’s ‘Light Up The Night’ Christmas Parade

Join us for the 12th annual Light Up the Night Christmas parade! Parade route begins at Oceanana and moves down West Fort Macon Road to the Circle. After the parade, bring your kids to meet Santa at the Fire Department. We are currently accepting applications for floats (cars, trucks, trucks with boats, etc.). Lights and Christmas spirit are a must! If you are interested in participating please complete the form below and we will be sending out more detailed information closer to the date. For more information call 252726-2121. DECEMBER 7, 8, 14, 15

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Kids Crafts + Fun

[ 10AM–1PM | 1:30–4:30PM ] Need some time to

get some holiday errands taken care of without the kids? Or maybe you just want to give them the chance to spread their wings and have some crafty fun outside the house (meaning: we take care of the clean up)? Whatever the reason, if you have kids aged K-5, join us for crafting and cookie decorating at Swansboro Recreation Center. Spaces are limited so make sure to register ahead for this three-hour block! For more information call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

DECEMBER 8

Morehead City Christmas Parade

Come join the fun! Parade starts at 11 a.m. along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured. For more information or an entry form, go to downtownmoreheadcity.com

DECEMBER 8

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk [ 1–5PM ] Enjoy a festive day in historic downtown

Beaufort and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. Art walk maps will be available at participating locations. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 252-728-5225, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street or visit beauforthistoricsite.org. DECEMBER 8

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour [ 5–8PM ] Tour private in Beaufort and ride on

the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so the public can delight in their festive decor and decorations. Tickets are $16 per person.

DECEMBER 8

Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla

DECEMBER 8–9

Gingerbread Festival

THINGS TO DO

[ 5:30–7PM ] Flotilla begins at Brock Basin and

Come join the fun at the 6th annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center! The Annual Gingerbread Festival has become a part of Holiday Magic as many hands come together to create a winter wonderland. At the heart of the festival is a Gingerbread Village, created by local artists, individuals, schools and community groups, spectacular Crab Pot Christmas Trees designed and decorated by individuals and corporate sponsors, fun activities for kids of all ages and holiday entertainment. For Christmas lovers, gingerbread enthusiasts, master sculptors, kids, amateurs, professionals and candy connoisseurs of all ages! Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that “gingerbread feeling.” At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-808-2244.

ends at McNeil Park. At 101 West Olive Court, Pine Knoll Shores. For more information call 252-247-4353.

DECEMBER 15

SantaFest of Swansboro SantaFest is coming to town! Come celebrate the holidays and the joys of the season with Swansboro Parks and Recreation and Santa on December 15. The Swansboro Recreation Center will be visited by elves and made over into a Santa certified wonderland. We will have tons of activities for children, adults and families. A full day of holiday festivities: pictures with Santa, holiday crafts in Santa’s Workshop, children’s candy cane hunt, gingerbread house building and tons more. Stay tuned for more information and event details. Contact us 910-326-2600 or visit swansboro.recedesk.com. €

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lease join the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club for the Island Santa Bar Crawl on Saturday, December 8, 2018. This event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina and your participation will help to provide “wishes” for critically ill children and their families in our area. The crawl will last from 2 to 6 p.m. and participants will visit local watering holes. There will be a drawing for a $200 cash prize for teams completing the scavenger hunt and prizes for the best team and individual holiday attire. The E-Club of Emerald Isle will host an afterparty with music, drink specials and a food truck. Teams will leave the E-Club and visit each designated site. There will be drink specials offered at each location and teams will follow a scavenger hunt along the way to collect photos and complete challenges. Scavenger hunt teams should have at least two members and costumes or holiday themes are strongly encouraged. As always, your Emerald Isle Parrot Heads will be Partying with a Purpose and raising money to support this amazing local charity. Online registration for this event can be found at emeraldisleparrotheads.com or you can register at the EIPHC monthly Phlockings on the first Friday of the month at the E-Club in Emerald Isle. The fee for the event is $10 (through December 7, 2018) and includes an event wristband and complimentary event koozie. Event T-shirts will be available for purchase with online preregistration until November 24. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase on the day of the event. If you are unable to pre-register online, same day registration will be available on the day of the event and the same day entry fee will be $15. Participants can pick up their wristbands and koozies beginning at noon the day of the event or register on site at the E-Club. We encourage everyone to arrive by 1 p.m. to meet with families who have benefited from support by Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina and to hear their stories. The Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club is excited to sponsor this new yearly event. This is an adult only (21 and over) event. We look forward to seeing you for some holiday fundraising! €

ABOUT PARROT HEADS The Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club was started in 2007 and is currently ranked fifth in the world for club membership. Our motto is “Party with a Purpose” and we pride ourselves in have fun while working to improve our environment and community through service projects and charitable contributions. In 2017, the EPPHC donated over $27,000 to various charities. We are on track to break that record in 2018, having already raised over $24,000 at the mid-year mark.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH The Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina creates life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses. Additional information can be found at eastnc.wish.org. 12 CAROLINA SALT November / December 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com


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Run, Virginia Rail, Run! These reclusive birds would rather outrun a predator than fly, even though they are known to migrate long distances. Run, Virginia Rail, run!

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hey’re hard to notice because they blend so well into the environment—a Virginia Rail becomes one with the landscape. For a Good Samaritan to recognize that this thin, wisp of a marsh bird is in trouble is even more remarkable, but a rescuer delivered a Virginia Rail to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport. He found it sitting on the roadway. That definitely means trouble and because it was even thinner than the thin it should be, we have two theories: either it was weak from not eating properly, ran low on flight strength and just landed in the road, or it was passing over the road and was grazed and stunned by a car. During a thorough examination, no injuries were found, so it was rest and full meal deals in the treatment plan. There are five species of rails found in North America. They are most often heard, and rarely seen. The species we see most often in eastern North Carolina is the skinny Virginia Rail. Although 8 to 10 inches long with a rounded wingspan of 12 to 15 inches, they weigh only 2.3 to 3.4 ounces. This chickenlike marsh bird with a long, heavy bill has a short, upturned tail with white undertail feathers. Head on, the Virginia Rail looks very thin, but from the side they take on a fuller bodied look. Biologists call that a “laterally compressed body.” They are mostly dull grays and reddish-brown in color and barred in irregular patterns. They demonstrate a jerky gait as they walk through their common habitat, the wetlands and that slender build makes it easy to run through reeds and marsh grasses. These extremely reclusive birds prefer dense marsh, which makes access to seeing them very difficult. The possibility of seeing young rails is more possible because they move about in search of food while being taught to hunt by their parents. Rails become active in the evening and feed into the dark of night and even when they migrate, they use the cover of darkness. A Virginia Rail is a marsh bird that uses its environment to the fullest, using tall grasses and cattails as cover. They can move about totally unnoticed most of the time. Their long toes give them the ability to walk on top of plant life on the surface of the water. Rails do not require deep waters, only enough to swim on the surface and reach into the water in search of its food. Rails belong in the same family as Coots and Gallinules, but they are not as ostentatious. While their more extroverted family members swim in open water and hang out conspicuously on shore, Virginia Rails will be hiding among reeds at the water’s edge and only at night will their calls be heard. Virginia Rails are particularly vocal in the spring. The birds sound off with a repeated “tick-it” in the hours of dawn and dusk and this vocalization is thought to be made only by males. Females and males also sing a “kicker” call that has a stuttering quality to it. Their diet consists mostly of insects, crayfish, snails and some seeds. Virginia Rails feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects and their larvae, especially beetles, flies and dragonflies. They also eat crayfish, earthworms, snails, slugs and a few small fish. They forage by probing in the mud or shallow water, picking items up from the ground or stalking small prey and capturing them with a swift thrust of their bill.

During breeding season, the male Virginia Rail will court a female by running back and forth with his wings raised. Both will make bowing motions to each other, the male will bring food and feed the female, which usually clinches the deal! Males and females perform duets of pig-like grunts to defend their territories and to communicate with each other throughout the breeding season. They both build a platform nest in a dry area of the marsh. A top-of-the-line nest will have living plants that form a canopy of protection over it. Momma Rail will lay 5 to 13 pale buff eggs with brown or gray spots that will be incubated by both parents. The hatchlings will leave the nest within days, but the parents will continue to brood and feed the chicks until they are 3 weeks old. The youngsters will be flying at 25 days. The parents will generally leave the breeding territory at that point, but the young will remain. Virginia Rails, although reclusive, are colonial birds, so there may be quite a few residing together in one area. A group of Virginia Rails collectively is known as a “reel” of rails. They are often found sharing territory with the Sora Rail, who really doesn’t compete much for the VR’s food, because the shorter-billed Sora eats more seeds. Although the Virginia Rail’s presence has declined in brackish and marsh areas due to the loss of habitat, they are still widespread, so you won’t find them on an endangered list. As common as these “thin as a rail” water birds are, we still don’t know a lot about their behaviors because they spend their time in hiding and are very fast runners (well, at least, we know that!). They would rather try to escape danger by outrunning predators such as snakes, rodents, crows, raptors, coyotes and cats rather than be quick to fly. If flying is the only option, it will happen in shortdistant bursts of flight, land and then take off again. Virginia Rails appear to be weak fliers, however, they are known to migrate long distances from our northern states to our southern states every year, so this unique avoidance behavior seems to be their “thing.” Run, Virginia Rail, run! €

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owntown Morehead City is open for the holiday season! Mark your calendars to kick off the shopping season on Saturday, November 24, by celebrating Small Business Saturday as well as Art Walk. Many downtown shops and restaurants will have specials lined up, so plan to shop and dine in the downtown area. Small Business Saturday, sponsored by Downtown Morehead City, Inc., is a national campaign sponsored by American Express to generate a Shop Local campaign. Art lovers can enjoy a stroll downtown from 2 to 5 p.m. with the annual Morehead City Christmas Art Walk featuring several downtown Morehead City galleries, downtown businesses and restaurants. Each downtown location will offer special demonstrations, promotions and refreshments. The Art Walk map can be picked up at any of the participating galleries the day of the walk. After completing the gallery tour, walkers are encouraged to stay in the arts district to enjoy dining, entertainment and shopping. Art Walk is sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County. â‚Ź

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5:00 - 5:45 - Swansboro Dance Studio - Nutcracker 6:00 pm Official lighting of the Tree 6:15-8:30 - Live Music Wine Tasting @ Bake Bottle & Brew Wine Tasting @ Gray Dolphin Musical Entertainment @ The Boro Restaurant & Bar

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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

PAUL ORTIZ

MATURING CHAOS AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE

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he chaos of today’s politics is the maturing of what began when man rejected God and chose a king over God. The Scriptures explain that with the coronation of a king in the place of God, man would lose a portion of the fruit of his labor and his liberties (1 SAMUEL 8:10-18). Do you realize how much richer and better off we would be if God were king? How much freer we would be? Instead the nation of Israel began a tradition that has evolved into what has become the politics of the day. When God is King and Lord of our lives, we are in the best hands. The Creator of the Universe has designs and plans that work in a specific way. When we go against that design, chaos ensues. The results are clear by just looking at the condition of the world today! As this chaos matures, we are seeing things degrade more rapidly. This coming election is not just about who is in any specific public offices, but more about who is king of your life. In Isaiah, we see a pattern when kings of God’s people leaned on other countries for protection and alliances, rather than on God. Each time they chose man, they paid dearly. And not because God was punishing them, but because they had to deal with the consequences of their choice. The very few times they chose to rely on God, they saw miracles accomplished. When we trust God and His promises, He is faithful! Unlike us... Ultimately, the nation of Israel chose man and lost their freedom and their country. They were held in captivity for 70 years. Finally, when they were released, the people and the country of Israel would never be the same. Through history, we see man make the same mistakes repeatedly by choosing wrong and paying the price. Today, we continue to choose wrong and if we continue to choose wrong, we will continue to lose our freedoms and ultimately our country... repeating the pattern of history. This is not a push for any candidate or party, as neither meet the standard when it comes to the requirements of holiness. In fact, none of us meet God’s requirements for holiness. Each and all of us have fallen short and that is why God sent His Son into this world. This is a push for God! We need to consider the condition of our nation and how it got there ... without God! With that, consider how we can change that ... with God. What we need is God as King! What matters more than who leads this country in any public office is who is on the throne of your heart! € Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day. [1 SAMUEL 8:10-18]

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

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DISCOVERY DIVING

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

HURRICANE REPORT Hurricane Florence sat over the North Carolina coast for 36 hours as it made its way inland in September. As it approached the coast, it was a Category 4 hurricane but as it got nearer, the intensity dropped to a Category 1. As Florence approached, it passed over the offshore and inshore wrecks. The weather after the storm was not favorable for going offshore. As the remnants of Hurricane Michael made its way up the East Coast, the weather kept dive boats at the dock. When the dive boats were finally able to leave the dock, it was discovered that some of the wrecks had been changed. The Schurz had some of the sand removed from the wreck and the crow’s nest had been ripped off of the Army Tug. No one has dove Fort Fisher since the hurricane, but sonar images have returned fuzzy. This is probably the result of the tugboat rolling over onto its side and the sonar being returned from the bottom of the hull.

ABOUT THE FORT FISHER On September 8, 2018, the Fort Fisher was sunk at AR-320, the Clifton Moss Reef. The Fort Fisher is a 98-foot tugboat that was used by Moran Towing at the Morehead City Port. It was built in 1956 by the Bethlehem Steel Company of Staten Island. It was originally named the Cleveland for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company of Philadelphia. In 1968, the tug was transferred to the Pennsylvania Central Railroad Company of Philadelphia. In 1971, the Cleveland was acquired by the Morehead City Towboat Company and was renamed Fort Fisher. The Morehead City Towboat Company was later acquired by Cape Fear Towing Company of Wilmington. In 2007, the Cape Fear Towing Company was acquired by the Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut. She was a single screw tug, rated at 2,400 horsepower. New regulations required that all tug boats that operate in the U.S. have two engines. This made the Fort Fisher obsolete and she was provided to the Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association (ECARA) at the end of 2016. The sinking was originally scheduled for the spring of 2017. ECARA received a grant that was generated by the selling of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses for the acquisition, cleaning and deployment of the vessel. The grant was large enough to sink two ships but the delay in getting the permit by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries required that the funds for the second ship be used for the dockage of the Fort Fisher. ECARA is in the process of applying for grants for another ship to be sunk as an artificial reef.

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