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13 Rebecca’s Corner: Nature Trail Take a hiking trail at Fort Macon, enjoy nature
and the stillness of the day. Use that quietness of the path to connect, reflect and see your own path.
14 Salty Childhood: Reflections On Growing Up Local New contributor Booth Parker shares her insights
about raising children on the Crystal Coast, where life is a little slower and moves with the tides.
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15 OWLS: Pumpkins for Wildlife! People are not the only pumpin eaters out there. When you’re done with your jack-o’-lantern, it’s lots of fun for hungry wildlife!
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16 The Old Halloween A hilarious look back at how much times have changed since we were all kids in homemade costumes, trick-or-treating with flashlights.
17 The Phantom Ship This historical nautical tale excerpted from the
book Ghosts By the Coast will send a gently spooky shiver up your spine.
19 Oyster Roast at Wine + Food Beaufort Wine and Food’s 6th annual oyster roast is set for November 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. Guest chefs, live music, wine and beer pairings and a hayride!
19 Beaufort Historic Site Fall Party The BHA’s annual fall party and fundraiser is set 14 SALTY REFLECTIONS A perspective on raising children outside on the Crystal Coast.
19 BHA FALL PARTY One of the year’s most anticipated events is almost here!
for October 12! Enjoy art and jazz in a beautiful Beaufort home. Tickets are available for purchase.
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Merry Time for Tots
10–11AM Preschoolers and their caregivers are
invited to the Merry Time for Tots program, which takes a unique look at a different nautical topic each month. Topics include Pirate Hooks and Peg Legs, Hatteras Jack, Boats that Float, Whale of a Time and Shark Tales. The program is free and includes lessons, activities and a make-and-take craft. Register at 252-504-7758. Location: NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort.
PINK PINT NIGHT
with Steve Owens and the Summertime Band in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A $10 donation gets you a pink pint koozie to keep your beverage cold.
Transportation Impact + Carteret Community College Golf Tournament 12:30–5PM Join us for the 24 Annual th
Transportation Impact and Carteret Community College Golf Tournament at Star Hill Golf Club in Cape Carteret. There will be a dinner and silent auction the evening before. An awards ceremony will follow golfing. Location: Star Hill Golf Club, Club House Drive, Cape Carteret. Contact: 252222-6262. OCTOBER 10
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Free at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for $1. At 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.
Cancer Awareness month. Fishin’ for a Cure is hosting Pink Pint Night. For a $10 donation, get a pink pint koozie to keep your beverage cold. Steve Owens and the Summertime Band will be playing all night, cool raffle items and giveaways and fun time is always guaranteed. Location: 8302 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Contact: 919-3693226. OCTOBER 11-13
Surf Fishing Workshop at the Aquarium
This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it’s a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. Admission fee. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund. Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores. Contact: 252247-4003. OCTOBER 11
BHA FALL FUNDRAISING PARTY
From 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at a beautiful Beaufort home featuring the works of a selected artist. Admission fee. For information call 252-728-5225. 8
two of our most famous lighthouses—one being part of “Uncle Billy’s” life. On disaster’s end of the spectrum, he will completely submerge us in the loss of the Chrissie Wright and the Booshot, two of our more infamous shipwrecks. Life preservers will not be provided! Lunch is served at 11:30. There is an admission fee. Program only starts noon. Free for CCHS members and a small admission fee for non-members. Call 252-2477533, ext. 1, or stop by the History Museum by 4 p.m. on Thursday prior to the event to reserve your lunch.
Beaufort Picture Show: ‘The Post’
Beaufort Picture Show is a non-profit organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. The movie for this showing will be The Post. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events. Early show is at 5 p.m. and the late show is at 8 p.m. Location: 1354 Lennoxville Beaufort. Contact: 252-528-7395 (text only). OCTOBER 11
Fishin’ for a Cure Party: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band 6:30–10:30PM Join us for live music and a silent
auction as we celebrate a week of fishing, fun and fellowship. A private dinner and celebration for participants will start the night. At 8:00, doors open to the public for a $30 donation to Fishin’ for a Cure. Please visit www.fishinforacure.com for more information.
Friday Free Flicks in Emerald Isle: Mary Poppins Returns
7–9PM You are invited to join us in the gymnasium
at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month for our Friday Free Flick series. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise stated, movies are appropriate for all ages. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. Call the Emerald Isle Parks and Rec at 252-354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing. Popcorn and drink for $1. Location: 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.
Ca’e Bank Lighthouses + Shipwrecks with Rodney Kemp
without the first one, you will always get the second. In providing us with two very different, but interconnected aspects of Carteret County’s history, Rodney will first shine his Fresnel lens on
parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event.
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Astronomy at Fort Macon
7–8PM Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse)
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‘I Do I Do’ at Joslyn Hall
The musical, I Do I Do, follows the marriage of Michael and Agnes through the first half of the 20th century. Portrayed by three talented couples, they take you from the honeymoon years, to the stressful years and finally to the settled years. With them we experience wedding night jitters, raising children, midlife crisis, quarrels and reconciliations while growing ever more settled and comfortable. Presented with minimal script and set, this concert version of I Do, I Do will provide maximum entertainment regardless of marital status. We promise you the “fun” in this fundraiser supporting the rebuilding of the Carteret Community Theatre. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-726-1501. OCTOBER 12–13
Intro to Wooden Boat Building
Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758.
Newport Fireman’s Day
Please join us for our second annual Newport Fireman’s Day. Fireman’s Day will be filled with all sorts of fun for all ages! There will be food, games for children, fire prevention activities, fire department demonstrations and much more. We will be drawing tickets for the winners of the 2019 Newport Fireman’s Day Raffle. We will also be hosting three extremely talented and well-known bands. At 3 p.m., Bryan Mayer will be kicking off an evening full of music. At 5 p.m.,
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The Green Room will be continuing the fun. At 7:30 p.m., The Tim Clark Band will be finishing off the night! New this year, Shortway Brewing and Brütopia will be sponsoring a Beer Garden during the concert series! The Beer Garden will open at 3 p.m. and will remain open until the end of the concert series. Admission into Fireman’s Day is free so invite all your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you there! 200 Howard Boulevard Newport. Contact: 252-223-4749.
Fall In the Water Meet
1–5PM The Friends of the Museum’s local chapter
of the Traditional Small Craft Association hosts a gathering with small boat sailing and a BBQ picnic. Gallants Channel provides a great venue and there is loads of room for boats. All small boats are welcome. The Museum’s fleet of Spritsail Skiffs will be there with volunteers offering free boat rides from 1 to 4 p.m. Dinner will be a pig pickin’, served from 4 to 5. The public is welcome so mark your calendars and come do some sailing! Location: N.C. Maritime Museum Gallants Channel Annex, Beaufort. Contact: 252-728-1638.
Sea and Play Fall Festival
4–7PM Happy fall, y’all! Come celebrate the new
season at the first annual Sea and Play Fall Festival! Enjoy food and drinks, face painting, games, DIY Trick-or-Treat buckets, a silent auction and a dunk tank! Come join us for some serious fall fun! Tickets are $1 each. Wristband: $20 (unlimited activities). OCTOBER 12
BHA Fall Fundraising Party 6:30–11PM Gala fundraising party held in a
beautiful Beaufort home featuring the works of a selected artist. Artwork is available for purchase. Admission fee. Location: 150 Turner Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-728-5225. OCTOBER 13, 20, 27
Healthy Kids Running Series
3:30–4:30PM The Healthy Kids Running Series is
a five-week national nonprofit running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K (age 2) to 8th grade. It is designed to introduce children
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to a love of running and a healthy lifestyle. Each HKRS Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series, boys and girls, who accumulate the most points in their respective distances are awarded trophies. All participants receive a medal on Week 5! The registration fee covers the entire five weeks of the series and is non-refundable. Location: Fort Benjamin Park, McQueen Avenue, Newport. Contact: 252-646-2976.
Bird Hike at Fort Macon 9–10AM Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center
and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Location: 2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775. OCTOBER 17
Kayak Fishing Class 8AM–2PM Learn the basics of saltwater fishing
from a kayak. Kayaks, tackle and rods provided; N.C. Saltwater Fishing license required. For intermediate or advanced paddlers ages 12 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission fee. Advance registration required. Register at 252-504-7758. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort.
Alive at Five Outdoor Concert: The Embers Alive at Five is held in Jaycee Park on the downtown Morehead City waterfront. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for music and dancing. Beer, wine and sodas are available for purchase at the event. Jaycee Docks are available for boats to dock for free throughout the concert on most Alive at Five days. Stay tuned to the Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Facebook page as we continue to announce this year’s lineup. Questions? Contact Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at 252-808-0440 or info@ downtownmoreheadcity.com. See y’all downtown!
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Mystery Dinner Fundraiser at Floyd’s 1921 5:30–8:30PM It’s a fundraiser dinner to die for!
Come join us upstairs at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant to support Crystal Coast for Humanity. Katie Dixion will be directing this “who done it.” Call Crystal Coast Habitat to pre-pay by check or credit card to reserve your seat— if you dare. Seating is limited. Prizes for the best costume to be awarded. You are a building block to a family’s future to call home. Thank you for your support. Location: 400 Bridges Street, Morehead City Contact: 252-223-2111.
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DOODLE DAY MEET UP
All Doodle lovers (labradoodle, schnoodle, bernadoodle, whoodle, etc.), come out and meet other doodle owners! At 8101 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Info at 252-354-3410.
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Underwater Treasure Hunt and Pig Pickin’ Feast 9AM–8PM Discovery Diving will be hosting its
40th Annual Underwater Treasure Hunt which helps raise money for the Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) and the Mile of Hope Children’s Cancer Event. This event is a true treasure hunt where divers get to scuba dive off the rock jetty at Radio Island in Beaufort. They seek treasure in the form of numbered oyster shells. After numbered oyster shells have been found and collected, we then return to the dive shop for a pig pickin’ feast and the drawing for prizes. It’s all very exciting and makes for a really fun day! This event is one of the largest single day gathering of divers and likeminded people in North Carolina. Sign ups have already begun and will continue until the day of the event, so call the shop to get on the list! Happy Hunting! Location: 414 Orange St, Beaufort Contact: 252-728-2265. OCTOBER 19
Diamond City Gala Art and Music Festival
Diamond City Gala is a non-profit organization annually celebrating local history, art and music while raising money to support our local community. This year’s gala aims to help rebuild Carteret County’s Community Theatre, damaged from Hurricane Florence in the fall of 2018. Diamond City Gala is named after the historic village called Diamond City which was a fishing and whaling village on Shackleford Banks. It was
called Diamond City in reference to the diamonds on the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Across the sound is nearby Morehead City. The Diamond City Gala is held in Morehead City and its name reflects the heritage of the region. The event takes place in Morehead City from 12 to 6 p.m. at MLK, Jr. Park which is located at the intersection of 10th and Arendell Streets (behind the historic Train Depot).
Doodle Day Meet Up!
1– 3PM Calling all Doodle lovers! Our first event
was a hit so we decided to do it again, especially for those of you who couldn’t make it out the last time! Join us for the second bi-annual Doodle Day Meet Up! Whether you have a Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Schnoodle, Bernadoodle, Whoodle or any other Doodle dog—today is your day! Meet other Doodles and the owners who love them. Come with or without your dog and take advantage of special discounts throughout the store! Location: 8101 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle Contact: 252-354-3410.
Howling Hayride + Night Hike at Fort Macon
6:30–8PM Join us for a special hayride and night
hike at Fort Macon State Park. Meet at the bathhouse for the hayride, then hike back 1 mile along the Elliott Coues Nature Trail. Participants should bring a flashlight. Suggested donation $5 per adult to support the Friends of Ft. Macon’s ongoing trail improvement efforts. Call the park office to sign up. Location: 2303 Fort Macon Road Contact: 252-222-0422. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. OCTOBER 19
Diamond City Gala Founders’ Dinner and Art Benefit for Carteret Community Theatre
Parrott’s on Eleventh and Promise Land Market collaborate for the Diamond City Gala Founders’ Supper to benefit Carteret Community Theatre. Following the Diamond City Gala Art and Music Festival in MLK, Jr. park in Downtown Morehead City, the Founders’ Supper will continue the
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fun and fundraising. Diamond City Gala is a non-profit starting its first year raising money to support local projects and community needs in Carteret County. With a stellar menu, exceptional wines and an art auction benefiting the Carteret Community Theatre, this exciting new event in Downtown Morehead City, North Carolina is one not to be missed! The Carteret Community Theatre was chosen as the focus for this year. Having the Theatre destroyed by Hurricane Florence was devastating for Downtown Morehead City. This event intends to help the Theatre reconstruction process. Location: 909 Arendell Street Morehead City. Contact: 252-2220422.
Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat
on over for a day full of ghosts, ghouls, goblins and more! We will have trick or treat baskets for sell donated by local businesses full of awesome goodies for adults and kids alike! A photo booth for those wanting to get their pets and kids photos taken! Costume contests, with prizes and a fun trunk or treat to attend! All proceeds benefit the Jaded Paws rescue. 8101 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Contact: 252-354-3410.
market! Bring your goblins, princesses, witches and superheroes to the market. We love to see costumes! This event is our way to give back to our community. Bring your treat bags! There will be vendors, music, food and drinks. Location: 307 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point
Beaufort Picture Show: ‘The Favourite’
Beaufort Picture Show is a non-profit organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. The movie for this showing will be The Favourite. The Favourite is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England. At the center of the story is the Queen herself (Olivia Colman), whose relationship with her confidante, adviser and clandestine lover Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess’s younger cousin Abigail (Emma Stone). Soon the balance of power shifts between the women as they jockey for influence with the Queen and the court. Early show is at 5 p.m. and the late show is at 8 p.m. Location: 1354 Lennoxville Beaufort. Contact: 252-528-7395 (text only). OCTOBER 26
Tuna Run 200 Overnight Relay Adventure
The Tuna Run 200 is an amazing, overnight relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 200 Scenic Miles to finish at the beach and enjoy tuna and your beverage of choice after a job well done. The Tuna Run 200 begins just outside of Raleigh in Lake Benson Park in Garner and will finish at the beach in Atlantic Beach on the Crystal Coast. Location: 110 E Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 843-209-3510. OCTOBER 26
‘Wag This Way’ Dog Walk
9–11AM Mitchell Village Animal Hospital is going
to host their 1st annual “Wag this Way” dog walk this fall. All proceeds to benefit a different local charity each year. This year’s proceeds go to the Carteret Community Theatre. Event will take place at Jaycee Park in Morehead City. Entry fee $20 per person. Children walk free. Sponsorships are available. Location: Jaycee Park, Shepard Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-726-4033.
Early Bird Holiday Bazaar
9AM–3PM Art, homemade items and food will be
There are still booths available, so it you are interested in renting a booth, please call 252-5157291. At 2005 Arendell Street, Morehead City.
offered by local artists. The bazaar will be held at the Peer Recovery Center. There is no entry fee. The Otway Burns Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the Festival and proceeds will be used to assist the military and provide scholarships for college. Location: 3900 Bridges Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-326-6164.
9AM–3PM Jump on your broomsticks and head
9–11AM Join us for the 2nd 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. T-shirts only guaranteed for those signed up by October 12. We run so they can walk! Location: 2812 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.
Kites Unlimited presents the 32nd Annual Carolina Kite Festival at Sands Villas Resorts in Atlantic Beach. Bring a kite and a camera and enjoy the day. We will be on the beach around 10 a.m. Most of the kite action takes place during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be a night fly on Saturday 6 p.m. until. Spectators are welcome but all are encouraged to participate. Admission is free—just the wind, sand and colorful kites. Bring your kites and join us for a fun event for the entire family. Location: Sand Villas 400 East Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-247-7011. OCTOBER 26
Fall Craft Fair in MHC
2–6PM Indoor Trick or Treat with booths
providing games and candy for the kids. Game tournaments too. Location: 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret. Contact: 252-393-6565 OCTOBER 26
6–8PM Glow-in-the-dark Halloween fun at the
Trunk or Treat Chili + Chowder Cook Off at Chapel by the Sea the 2nd annual Trunk or Treat Chili Chowder Cook Off! We’ve got free chili! We’ve got free chowder! We’ve got trunk or treat! Carnival games! Bounce houses! Face paint! Who wants to go out at night? No one. Come on out for a late lunch/early dinner. Have some free award winning (potentially) chili and chowder, trunk or treat and fun for the whole family! Want to enter the cook off? Let us know! Location: 6712 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle Contact: 252-354-3210. OCTOBER 27
Farms, Food and Friends Supper Club: The Barnyard
6–8:30PM Four suppers per year featuring our
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Crystal Coast Con Halloween Edition at Mac Daddy’s
3–5PM Fall is at hand and that means it’s time for
Crystal Coast Shrine Run
Save the date, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan to attend and bring the family for a fun filled day. Check out some of the best crafts offered in the area. Enjoy music, food trucks, bake goods, face painting and lots of holiday and unique crafts.
county’s freshest from our local farmers crafted into a delicious meal by a local chef. What could be better? Pair this up with 50 other foodie friends and you have a sweet memorable evening! We host these dinners at local farms so you can enjoy a different outdoor experience, meet the farmers and ask questions of our chefs. Try new vegetables, fruits and proteins local to Carteret County. We have fun and we eat really well! Location: 844 Roberts Rd, Newport. Contact: 252-515-4799.
Preschool Pumpkin Patch at The Aquarium
9AM–3PM Join us for a Halloween event specially
made for youngsters. Enjoy games, pumpkin patch, stories, crafts, costumed characters and photo ops. Tickets are $4 per person in addition to daily admission or aquarium membership. No advance tickets. Event is geared toward ages 5 and under. Costumes encouraged! Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores Contact: 252-247-4003.
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Spooky Seas Trunk or Treat
6–8PM Get a head start on Halloween with the
Atlantic Beach Police Department at the 2nd annual Spooky Seas Trunk or Treat! The event is free to attend and will feature multiple photo booths throughout the entry line (say goodbye to waiting in a boring line!), candy, music, games and $1 Mini Golf (children ages 6 and under are free). Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a bag for candy! Location: 915 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach Contact: 252-726-2121 NOVEMBER 2
Beaufort Bridge Run 5K & 1 + Mile Dog Strut 7–11AM The Beaufort Lions Club is pleased to
announce our 1st Annual Beaufort Bridge Run 5K Race and 1+ Mile Dog Strut on November 2, 2019, with the course going on and over the two new bridges in Beaufort. These events will be the first to feature Beaufort’s new bridges – the high-rise Gallants Channel Bridge and the Turner Street Bridge. The Beaufort Bridge Run is held in historic Beaufort NC, offering magnificent views of the town, Gallants Channel and Taylor’s Creek. All courses are USATF certified and runners are chip-timed. An added touch to this year’s event will be a post-race party at Backstreet Pub, where participants will ‘cool down’ after their run or
walk, mingle and receive their awards. Location: Front Street and Middle Lane, Beaufort. NOVEMBER 7–8
Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Jane Kramer
In keeping with our mission “To Build Community Through Music,” the Down East Folk Arts Society will once again be bringing world class singers/ songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast this fall. Down East Folk Arts Society presents Jane at St. Claires Coffee house at St. Francis by the Sea Church. Drinks available before the show. All shows are free but donations are suggested. Location: 425 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-646-4657. NOVEMBER 9
Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show at the Civic Center
This year’s Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show is shaping up to be the best show ever! With almost 90 vendors expected, the Crystal Coast Civic Center is the place to be. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-247-3883
MHC Veteran’s Day Parade
11AM–1PM On behalf of the Carteret County
Veterans Council and over 8,000 veterans in Carteret County, the public is invited to participate in the 2019 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held in Morehead City on November 9, 2019, starting at 11:00 AM. The parade will start at 17th Street and proceed down Arendell Street in the east-bound lane to 5th Street. The Reviewing Stand will be located between 10th Street and 11th Street at the Train Depot. We now have convenient online registration for the parade at americanlegionmhc. org/veterans-day-parade/.
WWII Weekend at Fort Macon
2–5PM A small group of reenactors will be in the
fort Saturday afternoon and Sunday showing what Ft. Macon would have looked like during WWII. Uniform talks, weapons demonstrations and other short talks and presentations will be given throughout the day. Location: 2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach Contact: 252-726-3775. €
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he other day I pulled in the driveway after picking my son up from school and he said, “Oh wow, it’s slick calm!” It is pretty rare for the sound to be calm like that late in the afternoon. The warm southwest breeze generally picks up throughout the day and white caps soon form. The lower humidity of the impending change of season to fall had created a beautiful and calm, but still warm day. My son followed up with, “If I go get my homework finished, can we go wakeboarding?” “Of course we can buddy,” I replied. My husband and I wrapped up our workday and we headed down to the dock. It was gorgeous on the water. The sky was clear and the sparkle of the sun beginning to set across the water was simply stunning. When my son had enough wakeboarding, we decided it was too nice to head in and chose to just go on a boat ride. As we rode along just enjoying the evening, my son began to ask my husband about his childhood on the water, about growing up in Harker’s Island. My husband began to tell a story about coming home from school in January and hopping in the boat and heading out to go duck hunting. He was out in the middle marshes and the lower unit of his motor fell off and he became stranded. He snapped an orange life jacket onto a paddle and began waving it when he saw another boat coming his way from North River. Turned out to be a family friend
who towed him back to the neighborhood dock. Just another day of life on the water. As they chatted about funny stories, it made me think of my son’s childhood growing up on the water. Beginning with the toddler days of tidal pools on a sandbar in Core Sound. Just letting him explore and pick up hermit crabs and splash in the surf. Days spent enjoying the company of family and friends, fresh air in our lungs and warm sunshine on our faces. Even though he is a teenager now, not much has changed in regards to the speed of life on the water, just some of the activities. Children learn a lot about life when they can just take it all in and the parents are still enough to let them; not hurrying to the next thing. Childhood on the water has taught my son many things. He has learned a lot about responsibility. The water is Mother Nature after all and one must be prepared and vigilant while out on it. Tide charts, currents and maps to learn. Safety gear to pack and knots to learn to tie. All of this learning leads into respect. Not only respect for Mother Nature and wildlife (especially our favorite sea turtles), but also for the generations of people here from whom there is so much to be learned. Every little bit my son learns in talking with the “old salts” makes him curious for more and he simply listens and absorbs it like a sponge. The learning and being still has taught him how to be content. Just to relax. Float on the board until the perfect wave comes along, wait on the tide
to come back in when the boat is high and dry at Shackleford, watch the stars until the tide is just right for flounder gigging. Peaceful. Enjoying every minute of it and not wanting anything more. What a blessing it is to live on the Crystal Coast. Media outlets everyday are talking about trying to live a simpler life, a less scheduled life with more blank space. They tell us to value experiences over material things. And that is exactly how we live in this beautiful place. Here, our children are growing up experiencing a simpler life and learning so much more about life than can be taught in a classroom. They are learning from the experience. In turn, I have learned so much about life as I pause, slow down and watch my son grow. People tell me every day that he has an old soul but maybe he’s just destined to become an old salt like his family before him. €
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ho doesn’t love pumpkins, especially this time of year? Humans hunt for their favorite size and shape pumpkins to decorate or display for the holidays, carve into masterpieces for Halloween and cook into scrumptious donuts, pies, muffins, sweet breads, pancakes and you name it. It’s pumpkin everything! Most people don’t think about wildlife loving this fruit or is it a vegetable (the debate rages on) as much as humans do, but it’s true! From bats and birds to bears, if a pumpkin is nearby, they are going to eat it. Pumpkins are tempting treats most wildlife can’t and won’t resist. Pumpkin flesh is full of water, so it’s as refreshing as it is tasty. Our wild animal patients and residents at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport will soon be munching pumpkin, because some pumpkinloving people “over-pumpkin” and need some place to take all those perishable, post-holiday pumpkins. After Halloween or Thanksgiving is officially over, many wildlife enthusiasts will dismantle their jack-o’-lanterns or whole pumpkins by breaking them into pieces to put in their woods or yards for their own wildlife visitors and bring the rest to us! They know the wildlife in our care will benefit from the addition of this nutritious food source to their diets and through the enrichment of exploration. At the shelter, we’re known to hollow out pumpkins, save the seeds for the birds and squirrels and fill the shells with foods for our vultures, opossums and foxes. All the animals seem to enjoy maneuvering the big orange ball and taking it apart to get to the hearty and scrumptious morsels inside. They also do not pass up munching the tasty pumpkin! If you decide to put pumpkins out for wildlife, it’s best to cut them in half or better yet, break them into pieces to ensure squirrels or smaller animals won’t get stuck inside, especially if temperatures drop to freezing. That doesn’t happen often in eastern North Carolina, but it has! We also don’t want a deer’s head stuck in a pumpkin. That has happened, too. Please don’t feel too badly if critters start munching on your holiday decorations earlier than you’d like them to. They, especially squirrels, are known to do that, even if the pumpkins aren’t carved yet. These gnawing experts will start the carving process themselves! If you have squirrels in your area that get into the Halloween spirit early and are notorious for carving their own pumpkins, just don’t put them out to early and that will remedy that. Keep in mind that they don’t know that’s your pumpkin and that you’re trying to make a seasonal statement. You’re basically putting out food for wild animals. So let’s see, who is going
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to visit you if you put your pumpkins out: deer, rabbits, squirrels, bats, groundhogs, seed-eating birds, opossums, raccoons, foxes, snakes, porcupine, skunks, if you’re creek or river side or close to marsh lands – otters or beavers and if you are in bear territory, bears (so, if that’s the case, best not put the pumpkins out or at least wait until brown and black bears are entering their winter dormancy, which is usually just after Halloween passes). Okay, let’s take bears out of the equation. If you don’t have bears and your pumpkins are still fresh and not moldy, recycle your pumpkins by making a “Snack-O’-Lantern” for your wildlife, because they will love all that pumpkinliciousness! When in season, zoos around the world provide their resident animals pumpkins for enrichment and special treats, too. From tiny fish and weasels, large chimpanzees and red pandas to huge hippos and rhinos, pumpkins provide great excitement for zoo and sanctuary residents. Research states that a whopping 39 million pounds of pumpkins are thrown away after Halloween! That’s about the weight of 1,500 double-decker buses! So, instead of trashing your pumpkins, please use them to help wildlife. Humans, who anticipate the setup of seas of orange splendor, go crazy at pumpkinpatch time, but remember animals like them, too! So, what you can’t use at your house or in your neighborhood after the holiday, take them to a wildlife shelter near you and the staff
will present them to some adorable wild ones who will make good use of them. If a pumpkin unfortunately succumbs to mold before you can use it as food for wildlife, bury that one in your garden or yard or add to a compost pile. Pumpkins quickly break down in the soil and worms and insects will be all over the pumpkin yumminess. Then, all the birds and animals that eat worms and insects will be all over them. It’s the whole “circle of life” thing. Pumpkins are extremely popular with such a wide range of animals and insects that it would be a shame to let them go to waste. Enjoy the happy orange season and hope to see you at the wildlife shelter soon, with pumpkins! €
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THE OLD HALLOWEEN R E M E M B E R H O W I T U S E D T O B E I N T H E O L D DAY S ?
h fall. The crunch of the leaves, the crispness in the air, bright starry nights and cool mornings, all heralding one thing: the dawn of holiday decorating season. Specifically, Halloween. Remember Halloween? Not the new, glittery, plastic and store-bought Halloween. OLD SCHOOL Halloween. You know the one. The one that USED to be a single day’s event. The one that didn’t require parties, planning, strategic trick-ortreat-route meetings by moms over their Starbucks pumpkin lattes, whole days dedicated to costume shopping, whole nights dedicated to carefully assembling “gift baggies” of candies tied off with expertly executed little bows to be handed out to well-coiffed, perfectly manicured tots in expensive, over-the-top costumes. Remember? Do ya? Do ya? Do ya? Back in the day, Halloween consisted of, oh, I don’t know, TWO things: you colored in a jack-o-lantern at school that day, you trickor-treated that night. End of story. Oh, sure, sometimes a few days in advance we would make a glittery construction paper jack-o-lantern in school or we’d assemble one of those weird paper skeleton things that you attached the arms and legs to with brads so you could move them. Remember? We’d bring ’em home and Mom would pop them on the door (unless, of course, she had sprung for one of those plastic door cover deals that had Frankenstein on it—but only the coolest kids had those) and voilà! Halloween decorating was done! Sidenote: Did you guys also have a mischievous neighborhood kid who would rearrange the limbs on your door skeleton, making its knees buckle in and using its hands to cover its privates so when you came home from school, you had a skeleton on your door that looked like it desperately needed to go potty? One time we came home and our skeleton was giving us the finger. No? Hmmm. Costumes consisted of some whacko collaboration of things from your parent’s clothes closet or the linen closet if you were going ghost. I remember one time, for like, three years running, my little sister and I went as the same thing: gypsies. Was it because we had a penchant for gypsies? No. Was it because we had a great respect for the gypsy culture? No. Did we dream of growing up to be gypsy princesses? Um, no. It was because we owned funky pajamas, we had kerchiefs that could be tied onto our heads, and we were the benefactors of a handful of plastic Mardi Gras beads that came from a party that my parents wouldn’t talk about around Grandma. There you have it folks … gypsy. Talk about a minimal investment in money, time … and effort. (I don’t know that I’ve ever met a gypsy in real life, but I can’t imagine that’s the official gypsy outfit. I remember the last year of our gypsy-dom. When we scoffed at our tired-out gypsy ensembles, our mother, ever the clever one, slapped red circles on both of our cheeks and TA DA! Gyspy CLOWNS. Eh, what can I say? We fell for it one last time. The next year though? Ghosts. Mardi Gras ghosts.) Get out that easily with new, fancy Halloween? Not so much. To start out with, nothing sends hordes of Suburban-driving mommas out to the superstore like having a THEME. First stop: garden department. Why? Hay bales. Now, not a single one of these ladies is out to do a little light landscaping with this stuff or feed their herd. Nope. THESE bales shall form the base of the most beloved of early fall/Here Comes Halloween yard decorating ideas ever: the obligatory hay bale/mum/scarecrow/pumpkin sculpture. Ya can’t get away with a simple, one-bale deal anymore either. They get taller and more complicated every year. I suspect in the fancier neighborhoods, structural engineers are called in to design schematics and support systems so that the mini New York City Skylines of Straw don’t topple over onto the inflatable jack-o-lanterns or send pots of carefully color16 CAROLINA SALT October / November 2019 » CarolinaSalt.com
coordinated mums flying to the ground, taking Mr. Scarecrow out at the knees in the process. Next stop: craft department, because nothing says “welcome to my humble abode” like $50 worth of wide, wired candy corn-and-jacko’-lantern themed ribbon tied around a giant grapevine wreath with a bedazzled 18-inch tall monogram in the middle of it. At this point, the first cart becomes the “drag behind” cart because, lucky you, right as you were running out of space in your own shopping cart, you found another cart (henceforth, known as the “push” cart) that had apparently been abandoned by a lesser mom who couldn’t handle the pressure. Amateur. On to: costumes! Yeah, right. No self-respecting mommy is buying a costume from a superstore. They get purchased online … after your kid picks them out … after scrolling up and down and up and down and up and down and … because nothing says “mom fail” like your kid and some other kid wearing the same costume. Six-year-olds just don’t need the pressure of a Who Wore It Best episode in the middle of the street on Halloween night whilst their peers play judge and jury. And they will. For they are evil. And jacked up on candy corn and Pop Rocks. Next department: candy aisle. Or rather, candy aisles. Rows and rows in the middle of the store, where once summer supplies lived, are now wholly dedicated to the art of repackaging treats in Halloween wrappers so that, if you hand out the REGULAR wrapped Hershey’s minis—which in the past would have made you the “cool” house on the block—you now rank among the ill-prepared and unfashionable. Candy must be wrapped in THEMEware. And it wouldn’t hurt if the candy and the bowl holding it matched your wreath, too. Just saying … Last on the list: The humble pumpkin. Humble, that is, until you get out your Leonardo da Vinci Let’s Make A Masterpiece pumpkin carving kit. The “punkin” your kid made with those silly triangle eyes and goofy, jacked up teeth? Back porch. How can we capture the essence of Halloween without one of those tediously carved Kitty Cat Juxtaposed Against the Backdrop of a Full Moon pumpkins on the front porch? Ah. The simplicity of Halloween, like everything else in life, seems to now belong to a bygone era. I miss it, I do. We’ve done it ourselves, though. We all cave in to the pressure, making everything in our lives so over-the-top that “normal” and “easy” just won’t suffice anymore. I wonder sometimes if maybe just one of us would stand up and say, “Not THIS year. This year will be simpler. I’ll add one less story on the hay bale sculpture. My KIDS will get to decorate our front door with homemade paper jack-o-lanterns. We are going to MAKE our costumes … with stuff we ALREADY have! I’m going to spread some newspaper on the kitchen floor and let those sweet babies of mine design and cut their OWN front porch ‘punkins’.” Yeah, right. Gotta go. My Dad just pulled up in the front yard with his big utility trailer. Gotta go string the lights and get the sound system set up to carry the kids trick-or-treating. We’ve only got a few weeks to get it right! What? Your kids WALK? Cretins. €
THE PHANTOM SHIP A S T O RY F R O M ‘ G H O S T S B Y T H E C O A S T ’
t was the last of August and Captain Joe Sabiston’s ship was back in the busy port of Beaufort. This was not the first time Sabiston had noticed the girl among the crowd of villagers who came down to meet the ships when they sailed into Beaufort. She was taller than most of the women and held herself proudly. Her chestnut hair was streaked gold by the sun and he liked the way she moved—with grace and vitality—a look of eager anticipation on her face. As he walked along the dock, he found himself headed directly toward her and passed so close that his large duffel bag brushed the sky blue chambray of her dress. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he said. “It’s quite all right, sir.” Her voice was breathless. “Have you seen Robert Chadwick?” “He was one of the first off.” “Then he is already on his way home,” she said, a quick smile lighting up her face. “Thank you,” she said and, turning away, walked quickly through the crowd. An unusually attractive young woman, thought the captain, who told himself Chadwick was a lucky fellow. But marriage and the sea don’t always mix and Sabiston reflected that it was not for him. As his friends had so often told him, “You are married to the sea and your ship.” He had heard that, in Greece, a man taking command of a vessel for the first time would hang a crown of laurel leaves on the ship. It was the custom in that country for the bride to wear a crown of laurel upon the exchange of her wedding vows. Captain Sabiston was approaching thirty and had been captain of his own vessel for a year. This morning as he looked about him, he saw his friend Captain Ireland and the two men greeted each other warmly. Ireland asked where he would be staying and when Sabiston admitted he had no idea, Ireland invited him to be his houseguest. Since he would be in port for a week or more while his schooner was unloading and preparing for her next voyage, Sabiston accepted gladly. Captain Ireland’s wife, Jane, was an accomplished musician as well as a good cook and Captain Sabiston’s visit promised to be even more pleasant than he expected as he and Ireland, whom he had known but casually, discovered shared interests. Both were students of botany and enjoyed taking long walks together while Sabiston acquired considerable information about the plant life of the southern coast. The second night Sabiston was in port, Mrs. Ireland had a party and for the first time Sabiston met many of the townspeople socially rather than primarily as customers for his cargo or as merchants who stocked his vessel with supplies
for the next voyage. Chadwick was there with the girl who had been looking for him at the dock and they joined the captain as he stood listening to Mrs. Ireland play the harpsichord. “I am glad to see you again, Captain,” said Chadwick. “I think from my conversation and letters to her that Mattie here already knows our paths have crossed in various ports. Mattie, this is Captain Sabiston.” Sabiston bowed courteously yet felt strangely ill at ease and inwardly blamed his awkwardness upon his months at sea with only the rough men of a ship’s crew for company. “How do you do, Mrs. Chadwick.” Mattie looked surprised and Chadwick spoke quickly. “I’m sorry, sir. I thought you knew I am unmarried. Mattie is my sister.” The captain gazed at her. “I see and I am most happy to meet you ma’am.” “Beaufort is my home port,” explained Chadwick and I am always glad to put in here to see my sister and widowed mother. It was apparent that the captain was quite taken with Mattie, for he stood there staring at her with obvious approval and scarcely seemed to hear Chadwick’s words. Mrs. Ireland noticed this with a woman’s perception and, rising from the piano, whisked them away to seats at the dining room table. She placed the captain and Mattie on her right and before long the two were engaged in animated conversation. During the following weeks Mattie joined Captain Sabiston and Captain Ireland on their daily nature walks and at night Sabiston often called upon her at the Chadwick home. All ideas of laurel wreaths as the symbol of a captain’s marriage to his ship were forgotten. Captain Sabiston proposed and he and Mattie were married before he went on his next voyage back to Baltimore. On these trips his ship was filled with hides, fist, tar, pitch and turpentine from Carolina as well as tea, spices, rope and cloth that had arrived in the Beaufort port from abroad. John and Mattie were happy together, their marriage blessed with children and the years passed quickly. Each time Sabiston’s three-masted schooner would sail into the harbor on its return from Baltimore, he would anchor in the same place. Mattie could see it from her window and, scarcely able to contain her happiness, she would run down to the dock to greet him. When his ship, the Esmeralda, was tied in port, she would hurry to open the drapes each morning and stare out at the harbor, hoping to see its sails with the salmon-tinted glow of the sunrise behind them. And then one September dawn, it was there. From her window she saw the vessel lying at anchor,
the sun glinting on its brass fittings, the ship’s sleek lines a joy to behold. Her husband stood beside the mizzenmast looking toward the house as if he knew what was at the window. She saw him raise an arm and wave. Mattie’s heart quickened within her. Snatching up a small shawl, she opening the window and waved, but he did not wave again. Dressed quickly, she hurried down to the dock to greet him. But to her amazement the schooner was not there, nor was it anywhere in the harbor. As her eyes searched the waterfront, she saw her brother just stepping over on the dock from his own vessel. His lean, tanned face was grave and immediately she knew something was wrong. He put his arm around her, “Mattie, I don’t know how to break the news to you, but I must. John’s ship went down in the storm.” “No! I just saw it!” cried Mattie. “It was right in the place where he always anchors. The ship I saw was John’s. Where has it gone?” “You couldn’t possibly have seen the Esmeralda, sister or John either. We were separated during a nor’easter and near dusk when the wind abated I saw him through my glasses to the south of us. We set our sails to overtake him, but the sea was still rough and the waves towered above my ship. I saw the Esmeralda rise from the trough to the crest and then fall back on its side as if felled by some monstrous hand. It sank so rapidly no one could help them.” “But his ship—it was out in the harbor this morning in its usual place.” “Mattie, you can’t have seen it. The Esmeralda will never anchor in Beaufort Harbor again,” her brother said sadly. Mattie began to sob wildly and then to berate the sea. “Why did the sea snatch him away? I hate you! I hate you, I… hate… you!” she cried out looking across the water. “Hush, Mattie. Hush,” said her brother holding her to him until her cried died away and became soft anguished moans. “But how could I have seen his ship this morning?” “My dear, you can only have seen a phantom ship sailed by a crew from another world.” “No. It was John,” said Mattie Sabiston. She took a deep breath and straightened her shoulders. “He came back for one last good-bye,” she said quietly and walked toward the house. €
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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
WHAT KIND OF FAITH DO YOU HAVE? AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE
he question we must ask ourselves is, is the faith I have a saving faith or a non-saving faith? In the Book of James in the New Testament, the writer inspired by God gives us tests so we can evaluate our faith to determine whether our faith is a living faith or a dead faith. In the Christian Church it is important we possess what we profess. If we claim to be a Christian, the characteristics of being Christ-like will be evident in our lives and if they are not… well you get the idea. Here are the tests given in James for determining whether or not our faith is a living saving faith or a dead non-saving faith: ① JAMES 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. How do you respond to trials in your life? All of us will go through trials of all kinds throughout this life. How you respond determines much about the kind of faith you have. ② JAMES 1:15 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. How do you respond when you are tempted? Who do you blame when you are tempted? A lot of us always look to blame others for our shortcomings in this area. What does this area say about your faith? ③ JAMES 1:19-22 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. How do you respond to the Word of God? Do you receive it? Do you obey it? It is one thing to say you believe the Bible, but another thing to obey and apply it in your life. Are you a doer of the Word or only a hearer? ④ JAMES 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. How do you respond to those in need? Caring for those who are hurting and broken can keep us from being lured into the world because we can see others’ needs above our wants. ⑤ JAMES 2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. This verse is clear in meaning in that, you cannot hold faith, true faith in Jesus Christ and show partiality to specific people and not others. If God had this attitude, we all would be in trouble because none of us measure up. ⑥ JAMES 2:14,17: 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. This is where the rubber hits the road for those who profess what they don’t possess. We know someone’s faith is real by what they do. There is evidence of a faith that has changed a life to reflect the heart of God in our good works. Otherwise, our faith is dead. So, if you claim to have faith, then show me your faith otherwise it is lip service. What we do and how we live reveals what kind of faith we have and in who that faith is in. Take the test? If you come up short, Christ is the answer. He has the power to forgive and the power to change your life. Today, I humbly ask if you haven’t already done so, put your faith in Christ and Christ alone. €
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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
Oyster Roast Features Guest Chefs, Music ENC’s Favorite Bivalve!
eaufort Wine and Food’s sixth annual Oyster Roast takes place Saturday, November 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. on the site of Beau Coast, overlooking Turner Creek, where guests will enjoy outstanding views of Davis Bay. In addition to steamed oysters, guests can enjoy a variety of additional seafood selections and other menu items prepared by local and guest chefs. Guest chef Wayne Johnson, of Johnson’s Family BBQ in Durham will be lending his culinary expertise to the event. “We are thrilled to have Wayne and his team once again bring their award winning BBQ and chicken to a Beaufort Wine and Food event,” says Christine Garnett, executive director for BWF. Chefs Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery Company and Anthony Garnett of Blue Ocean Market are also working on a variety of menu items. Chef Park is also the program director of the Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program. Guest can expect to see a variety of expertly paired wines and NC craft beers. Wine selections at special Beaufort Wine and Food discounts will be available throughout the event. Winery representatives and brewers will be on hand to mingle and guide guests through this annual culinary adventure. Guests will arrive and depart the grounds by tractor-pulled hayrides to the event. During the event, they can even roast their own S’mores by the fire pit. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Mac and Juice. In addition to ticket sales, Beaufort Wine & Food plans to raise funds with their popular silent auction. The auction features largeformat, rare and high-end wines, artwork and more. Bidding takes place online and guests do not have to be present to win. Auction information is available online at beaufortwineandfood.com. Beau Coast has sponsored the event every year since its inception. “Beaufort Wine & Food is a great organization that gives back to the community in so many ways,” stated Karl Blackley, president of Preston Development. “We’re excited to be able to host the annual Oyster Roast again,” he said. In the last five years, the oyster roast alone has raised almost $60,000 to benefit the Carteret County community. Tickets are $75 per person and this is expected to be a sold out event. To purchase tickets to this event or for more information, call 252-515-0708, go online to beaufortwineandfood.com or stop by the Beaufort Wine and Food office at 129 Middle Lane in Beaufort. €
BEAUFORT WINE + FOOD Beaufort Wine & Food has once again been named a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for April 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society. It began as a weekend event in 2004 and has evolved into an organization that holds fundraising events year-round. BWF has donated over $790,000 to area non-profits since its inception. For more information email email@example.com or call 252-515-0708.
Annual Fall Party at the Beaufort Historic Site
t is almost time for the Beaufort Historical Association’s annual Fall Fundraising Party. This year’s party will take place at the Aiken home at 2011 Front Street in Beaufort on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. The party will feature the artwork of Gosia Tojza, delicious food from the Beaufort Grocery Company, and classic jazz music performed by Blue Moon Jazz. The Aiken home belongs to brothers George and Hovey Aiken and their wives, Debbie and Josephine. Nestled right on Front Street, the home has gorgeous views of Taylor’s Creek and Carrot Island. If you’re lucky enough, you may catch a glimpse of wild horses on the island. The home has a beautiful yard featuring gorgeous live oak trees that have been uniquely shaped from storms and winds over the years. This very comfortable home welcomes guests immediately with the spacious porch complete with an outdoor fireplace. Once inside, the home has an open floor plan, beautiful French doors, and large windows to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery. The featured artist for the party is Gosia Tojza. Tojza comes from a family with a long history of artists. Her grandfather and great grandfather were fine artists, brother a gifted painter and film maker, and her mother paints ikons. Tojza began her artistic journey over 15 years ago when she discovered painting as an art form. She began painting lessons on her own and then was mentored by art teacher Susan Hecht for about three years. She has lived and traveled many places around the world which has had an impact on her artistic journey. She was born and raised in Poland, moved to Germany in her teenage years, then to Canada where she married her husband. The two decided to move to North Carolina in 2000. She and her husband spent over a year extensively traveling so she could get a grasp on the concept of art and where it comes from. “We have gone to many museums, castles and local villages, we have walked miles and miles, to try to answer my one question: where is art coming from…the answer is not complicated, it comes from authenticity, reflection of one’s feelings towards the outer world, simple things, kind gestures, good words, a bird flying over your head,” she says. “Art has opened up a huge wide world for me with wonderful people in it. It also has allowed me to self-reflect, teach me to notice things in the world, to hear words that other people are saying, to be present, and I think that other people feel it and see it in my art.” The Beaufort Historical Association is excited to welcome Tojza back to Beaufort and to be hosting the Fall Fundraising Party at such a wonderful home with fantastic hosts. With the wonderful food, art, home, and music the 2019 Fall Fundraising Party is set to be a wonderful time! Tickets are $100 and may be purchased in advance at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street, or online at www.beauforthistoricsite.org. Sponsorships are also available online or at the Historic Site. The Fall Party committee members will host a party at the Historic Site on Thursday, October 10 to thank the sponsors. All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales benefit the preservation, restoration and educational programs of the Beaufort Historic Site. To find out more about sponsoring the Fall Party or purchasing tickets, contact 252-728-5225. €
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DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N O C TO B E R
ctober is when divers will find that the marine life off of the Crystal Coast isn’t the same as they have been seeing over the summer. Hurricane Dorian moved along the Crystal Coast in the first week of September and made landfall in Ocracoke. The wrecks did not show any changes from Hurricane Dorian, but the visibility was affected. In October, the water should still be in the mid 70s and as the water begins to cool down, the marine life that has been up north will move south to take up residence off of the coast. As the nights get cooler, the water temperatures along the beaches will begin to get into the low 70s.
OUTRAGEOUS V The blue and white Outrageous V has been a familiar sight along the Crystal Coast since 1985. Even if divers were not on the Outrageous V, they saw the boat while diving on the wrecks and ledges. On Sunday, September 29, 2019, at 7:27 a.m., Captain Terry Leonard fired up the engines of the Outrageous V and the lines were cast off as he left the dock on his last diving charter. The charter enjoyed two dives on the Aeolus. At 2:54 p.m., the Outrageous V was backed into the slip at Discovery Diving, the lines were put back on and the engines were silenced. This signified that Captain Terry Leonard was now retired. Terry Leonard grew up in Carteret County and was on the water early in his life. Spending time on the water taught Terry to be a great fisherman. After high school, Terry attended Pitt Tech and received a degree in Law Enforcement in 1976. When Terry wasn’t patrolling the streets of Beaufort, he was a commercial fisherman. After seeing all of the fish that he pulled from the water, Terry got scuba certified in 1978 so he Captain Terry Leonard (RET.) could see what was down there that attracted the fish. Captain Terry Leonard began running dive charters in a Boston Whaler that he named Outrageous. In 1982, he got a bigger boat, the Outrageous II. With each passing year, Captain Terry Leonard got a bigger boat—Outrageous III (1983) and Outrageous IV (1984). By 1984, Terry was a lieutenant with the Beaufort Police Department and his time was divided between running dive charters and being a police officer. The 1980s saw a big increase in new divers and an increase in the number of divers that wanted to see the wrecks off of the Crystal Coast. As the numbers of charters were increasing, he made the decision to leave the police department and start running dive charters full time. After the years of running charters in a six pack, it was time to move up to a crew boat. In 1985, there was a downturn in the oil industry and the oil companies were selling off their crew boats. Captain Terry Leonard went down to Louisiana and bought a crew boat. After resting up from bringing the boat back, he began outfitting the boat to be a dive charter boat. A dive platform was added to the stern, fins on ladders were added to the platform, seats were added on the stern and the head was moved from below in the bow to the passenger area. The hull was painted a dark blue, the structure was painted white and the boat was renamed the Outrageous V. Over the years, improvements were made to the Outrageous V. The engines were upgraded to Caterpillar 3208 naturally turbocharged engines, a cover was added to the stern area to provide shade to the passengers, air conditioning was added and the electronics were constantly being upgraded to the newest model. All of these improvements provided a great experience for the thousands of divers that have been aboard the Outrageous V. Captain Terry Leonard will be missed by the thousands he introduced to the Crystal Coast. During his time on the water, he has shared his love of history about the coast and the wrecks off of the coast. He has also shared his knowledge of diving and fishing. Because of his sharing of knowledge, he has helped many friends become better fishermen, divers and boat handlers. We wish him well in his retirement as he will be fishing, hunting, diving and enjoying life. Enjoy your retirement, Captain Terry Leonard. € 20 CAROLINA SALT October / November 2019 » CarolinaSalt.com
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