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16 Holiday Strolls & Food Tours Hungry Town Tours of Beaufort is offering a series of around-town food and wine tours. They were featured in the June issue of Our State magazine.

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OLDE BEAUFORT FARMERS’ MARKET Providing us with local foods, arts, crafts and information. The market takes place under the live oak trees on the grounds of the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort.

Kayak Fishing Excursion

Sunday afternoons for a one-hour relaxing, scenic cruise around historic downtown Swansboro, the Intracoastal Waterway and nearby Huggins Island. Enjoy the sights and sounds of being on the water. At the end of the cruise, stay downtown and enjoy live music at SwanFest at the Olde Town Square. Cost is $10 per person (under age 2 free). Reservations required. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

gear, bait and equipment as well as advice! Join us for this guided kayak fishing fun. Cost is $60. Rain date will be September 14. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

TUESDAYS

Yoga At the Pug

[ 9–10AM ] Join Second Wind for a four-week

outdoor yoga series. Spend your morning in the sunshine at the Pug in Downtown with us. Classes will focus on basic yoga postures, meditations and relaxation. The series cost is $30 (drop-in for $10 per class). Classes will be moved indoors to the Recreation Center in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

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Conservation: Blackbeard’s Ship ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’

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MISPLACED MUTTS ADOPT-A-THON

At 515 Atlantic Beach Causeway in Atlantic Beach. A non-profit that helps find homes and medical attention for dogs and puppies in need. For information call 252-247-7600.

what happens to artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the conservation lab in Greenville to answer questions about the process. Free admission. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information or to register, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

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Natural Side of Fort Macon

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

a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

✪ SATURDAYS

Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market SEPTEMBER 9

‘CELLOBRATION’ WITH AMIT PELED Peled plays the 1733 Goffriller cello with his five-member “cello gang.” For more information or for tickets, visit americanmusicfestival.org.

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The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market provides Beaufort and the surrounding communities a marketplace for local foods, arts, crafts and information. Local farmers, food producers, craftsmen and artists proudly sell what they have raised, created and produced locally and by hand. The market takes place under the live oak trees on the grounds of the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort. For more information call 252- 564-8822 or visit oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org.

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✪ SEPTEMBER 7

Fish Away Your Troubles

[ 6:30AM ] This free and exciting getaway

embarking from Capt. Stacy Fishing Center is intended for cancer survivors and their caregivers to engage in living life to the fullest. Come join us on this chartered excursion and catch some delicious grouper, black sea bass, porgies and triggerfish. Don’t forget medication, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, packed lunch or money to purchase lunch. No alcohol or coolers allowed. At 416 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-847-7943. SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21

Paddle Trip at the Aquarium

[ 9–11AM ] Grab a paddle and join the aquarium for

an adventure your family will never forget. Load up canoes or kayaks provided by the aquarium and enjoy a leisurely paddle through quiet backwaters to explore the diversity of the salt marsh. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $25. For details or to register, call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com. SEPTEMBER 8

Learn To DJ at the Pug

[ 6:30–8:30PM ] Have you ever wanted to be a

DJ? Join Swansboro Parks and Rec and DJ Deaf Ears for an evening of fun and music at the Pug in Olde Towne Square. If you have an interest in DJing and vinyl, this is the time to try it out. Free and open to the public so come out! Only $5 gets you a 15-minute block to choose the music and learn the basics of DJing. This event is a great way to discover music in a new way. Light refreshments will be served. Fun for all ages! For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. SEPTEMBER 8, 15, 21, 29

Surf Fishing

[ 8–11AM ] Learn to catch big ones from the

surf with expert, hands-on instruction. License requirement is covered; equipment and bait are provided. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $25. For details or to register, call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com. SEPTEMBER 8

Kayak the Salt Marsh

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a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants must know how to swim; some kayak experience is recommended. Advance reservations required. Cost is $25 per person ($15 with own kayak). At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information or to register, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. SEPTEMBER 8, 9 | OCTOBER 6, 7

Evening at the Lighthouse

[ 7:15–10PM ] This special program is offered

on select dates near the full moon. Bring your own flashlight and experience the island and the lighthouse as the keepers did: in the dark of night. Hear stories of the light keepers, watch the sunset and moon and stars come out on the unlit beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Discover a different side to your favorite beach! The cost of the program is $28 per person (price includes ferry fee) and is non-refundable (weather dependent). Reservations are required. Children joining the climb must be at least 44" tall and able to climb the steps on their own. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult 16 or older. Footwear is required. Reservations will be accepted on Monday of the week prior to each month’s dates. All reservations must be made online through recreation.gov. For more information, visit go.nps.gov/eveningatcape.htm.

✪ SEPTEMBER 9

Newport Community Festival [ 10AM–2PM ] This event will feature Touch

A Truck, Mini Food Truck Rodeo, hands-on demonstrations, performing arts, crafts and living history demonstrations, old school games, Police Department and Fire Department displays. At 200 Howard Boulevard, Newport. For more information call 252-223-4749.

✪ SEPTEMBER 9

Misplaced Mutts Adopt-A-Thon [ 10AM–2PM ] Come to the Homes For Dogs

Adopt-a-thon at 515 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach. Misplaced Mutts is a non-profit organization that helps find homes and medical attention for dogs and puppies in need. They rely a lot on the community to help make all of

this possible through donations, fostering and adoption. They are in desperate need of pee pads (lots of them); leashes; collars; harnesses; dog bowls and toys; rolls of linoleum; clean towels, sheets and blankets; wire crates; quality dog and puppy food; paper towels; laundry detergent; gift cards from Amazon, chewy.com, Sea Paws, Beaufort Pet Provisions or Petsmart and cleaning supplies. If you can’t come by the adopt-a-thon but would like to donate, drop off donations at Coldwell Banker Spectrum Properties through September 9. For more information call 252-247-7600. SEPTEMBER 9

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Bird Hike

[ 9–10AM ] Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center

and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

✪ SEPTEMBER 11

Red Cross Blood Drive

[ 2–6PM ] Swansboro Parks and Recreation

songwriter Jeanne Jolly in concert. Food and beverage provided. This event will take place at Joslyn Hall at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 252-726-4562.

will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. To make this event happen, we need donors to go online and sign up for a time slot. Please visit redcross.org/give-blood and find the drive scheduled for September 11 at 830 Main Street Extension and help save a life. For more information please visit swansboro.recdesk.com or www.redcross.org/give-blood, stop by 830 Main Street Extension or call 910-326-2600.

SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 12, 19, 26

A Concert for the Broad Street Clinic with Jeanne Jolly [ 6–8PM, 8:30–10:30PM ] Featuring singer-

‘Cellobration’ with Amit Peled for American Music Festival [ 8–10PM ] The American Music Festival of

Carteret County is proud to begin its 28th season in Morehead City with Amit Peled and his fivecello “cello gang.” This concert will be a unique collaboration between Mr. Peled, his cello students and the audience. Mr. Peled says, “Creating music with my very own flesh and blood students has been truly special to me. Witnessing how they blossom on stage, engage with the public and create magical moments has given me the greatest pleasure…” Part of the audience experience will be exposure to Amit Peled’s instrument, the 1733 Goffriller cello. It was used by Pablo Casals and was loaned to Amit by Casal’s widow, Marta, so the instrument could be brought to life again. Tickets are $30 through americanmusicfestival. org. At First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City.

✪ SEPTEMBER 10

SwanFest: Scearce & Ketner

[ 6:30PM ] Join us at the Pavilion at Olde Town

Square in Swansboro! Free outdoor concerts will be held each Sunday evening throughout the

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

[ 9–11AM ] Explore Bogue Sound on a stand-up

paddle board with an instructor to guide you. Discover the plants and animals that call the Roosevelt Natural Area their home. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $50. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com to register.

✪ SEPTEMBER 12

Spy Sensibilities

[ 10–11AM ] Come out to Fort Macon and learn

about the contributions women spies made during the mid-1800s. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252726-3775.

✪ SEPTEMBER 12

Whale Tales and Trash Talks

[ 6–9PM ] Join us at the Maritime Museum for

a free social gathering. Enjoy beverages and light eats while learning about local marine mammals, watch a new film and engage in community conservation conversations. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

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Invest in Your Health: Sleep [ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join Martha Vaughn as she helps

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STARGAZING AT THE FORT

Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to view space through a telescope and learn more about our universe. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach.

you find sleep solutions the natural way at this free seminar. For more information, call 910-3262600 or visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

TERRI CLARK IN CONCERT

This 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and 5-time Vocalist of the Year winner and Member of the Grand Ole Opry brings hits to Morehead City. Call 252-497-8919.

Intro to Wooden Boat Building

SEPTEMBER 16

[ 9–11:30AM ] Discover the various plants and

animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through the different habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Not suitable for children under 12. Reservations required. Cost is $20. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

[ 9AM–1PM ] Experience Outer Banks heritage and

wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks. Not suitable for children under 12. Reservations required. Cost is $25 per person. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

Join a ranger at Fort Macon’s swim beach to look for and talk about shells that can be found along our coast. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach.

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SEPTEMBER 15

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Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History

SEASHELL HIKE

The 2017 Flounder Fishing Tournament kicks off the surf-fishing season. Registration is free, and the Reel Outdoors will be providing prizes for the top three anglers! All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. See complete rules on the registration form at The Reel Outdoors or Emerald Isle Parks and Rec. For more information call 252-354-6350.

invited to the Maritime Museum to explore the world of pirates! Following a story about a boy who joined a pirate crew, everyone will get to make pirate hats and explore a pirate treasure chest—it isn’t just gold and jewels! Students will also review their senses, body parts and colors. For ages 2–5. Free. Registration is required. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

Merry Time for Tots: Pirate Hooks & Peg Legs

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Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament

In this 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 backbone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Cost is $135. Minimum age is16. Registration required. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

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

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

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Beach Volleyball Tournament [ 9AM–2PM ] A one-day double-elimination

tournament fundraiser for the United Way in Carteret County at the Atlantic Beach Circle volleyball courts. Registration is $100 for a 6-person team, including lunch and T-shirts for each player. For information or registration, call 252-637-2460.

✪ SEPTEMBER 16

Day4Kids In Emerald Isle

[ 10AM–2PM ] The 12th annual Day4Kids takes

place at the Emerald Isle Community Center. Day4Kids brings adults and children of all ages together for a free fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, face painting and more! The first 100 kids receive a free T-shirt. Some of the attractions and activities this year include laser tag, a book exchange, hot dogs and drinks, cotton candy, inflatable rides, a raffle, face painting and balloon sculpting by Isabel the Clown. Sensei Joyce Trafton instructs a fun self-defense course. The Emerald Isle Police Department will be on hand to make child identity kits. Curly Top from Dairy Queen, Sparky from the EI Fire Department and Fat Cat from State Employees Credit Union will be walking around to greet the kids. For more information or to find out how to become a vendor, visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org or call 252354-6350.


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Free Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag

[ 7–8:30PM ] Summer nights are the perfect time

for the classic outdoor game with a modern twist. Bring a friend or two and join in on the fun. This event is geared toward teens. At Fort Benjamin Park, 100 McQueen Avenue, Newport. For more information call 252-222-5858. SEPTEMBER 16

Jefferson Ross In Concert

[ 7:30–9PM ] Southern folk artist Jefferson Ross

is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter, weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. His art is inspired by the sights, sounds, flavors and texture of the American South. Based in the Peach State, Jefferson travels throughout the US and Europe performing his original music and displays his art at festivals and galleries across the South. An evening with Jefferson Ross is a homespun Southern experience that you’re unlikely to forget. At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information and tickets call 252-646-4657.

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Fellowship for Special Needs Adults

[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for fellowship and fun

at the Swansboro Recreation Center. This program is geared towards adults (senior year of high school and above) with special needs. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. 9/18................................................... Yoga with Second Wind 10/9............................................................ Pumpking Painting SEPTEMBER 21

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Bone Suckin’ Sauce Presents ‘King of the Cape’ Open

Tight lines to all and be safe! Please bring check or cash, no credit cards will be accepted this year. There will be a $500 prize for Lady, Junior and Senior Anglers. At Town Creek Marina, 232 West Beaufort Road, Beaufort. For information call 252373-2504.

✪ SEPTEMBER 22

Seashell Hike

[ 10–11AM ] Join a ranger at Fort Macon’s swim

beach to look for and talk about the shells that can be found along our coast. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. SEPTEMBER 23–OCTOBER 29

Garner’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Admission includes entrance to Garner’s Corn Maze including our family-friendly activity center with activities like our tire mountain with pipe slide, dual racing pipe slides, sand fossil pit, corn kernel pit, straw bale maze, barrel train, tug-owar, petting zoo, corn shooters, bouncey hops, pumpkin’ chunkin’ and more! Enjoy a hay ride around the farm and pick a pumpkin straight from the vine at our U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Fridays 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m. Cost is $11 (ages 11 and up) or $8 (4–10). Kids 3 and under admitted free. Garner’s U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a complimentary hayride out to the patch and pick your perfect pumpkin off the vine.

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Beach Sweep Underwater and Beach Cleanup Operation [ 8:45AM–1PM ] Help clean our beaches! We will

be cleaning up the Radio Island Public Beach Access and rock jetty. Scuba divers and nondiving friends and families will participate in a beach and underwater cleanup of the access. This event is scheduled to meet at Discovery Diving in Beaufort before heading to Radio Island. Nondiving participants will pick up litter on the beach and dunes. For divers, there will be prizes for the most litter and weirdest litter. After the cleanup, lunch will be provided at the dive shop. Scuba gear can be signed out for free at Discovery Diving for participants of this event while inventory lasts. At 414 Orange Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-2265.

Build a Stitch & Glue Kayak

Each participant in this class will use the stitch and glue method to build a boat, preselected in consultation with the instructor from a range of styles. Suitable types include performance kayaks, sea/touring kayaks, canoes or a pram or rowboat. Participants will assemble and complete their boats to the point when they are ready to take home to be painted or varnished. Cost is $750–$1,250. Friends of the NC Maritime Museum cost is $675–$1,125. Minimum age is 16. Registration required by phone at 252-728-7317, Ext. 31, or online at thewatercraftcenter.com.

✪ SEPTEMBER 23–24

Living History Weekend

[ 10AM–4PM ] Reenactors with the 1st NC

Gyotaku (Fish Printing)

[ 10AM ] Learn the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku

or fish printing. This class is recommended for children ages 6–11. Younger children are welcome with additional support from a parent or guardian. Please wear old clothes or bring a “paint shirt”

as permanent inks will be used that can stain your clothes. We will be using rubber fish made for gyotaku for the class. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.

SEPTEMBER 23–OCTOBER 1

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Volunteers will be spending the weekend at the fort presenting the public with special events and programs. Events may include flag talks, women’s dress talks, musket drills and artillery demonstrations. A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At

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THINGS TO DO

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2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775. SEPTEMBER 23

Crystal Coast Sci-Fi Con [ 10AM–6PM ] The Crystal Coast Con is Eastern

SEPTEMBER 23

CRYSTAL COAST SCI-FI CON

Eastern NC’s premier sci-fi, fantasy and gaming event! Meet special guests from well-known TV shows and movies. For information or tickets call 252-393-6500.

NC’s premier sci-fi, fantasy and gaming event. Special guests from well-known television shows and movies will be available to meet and interact with guests. From incredible celebrity guests to delicious sci-fi inspired food and drinks, you are not going to want to miss this! There is no other place in Eastern NC that you can witness this! If you are interested in attending as a guest please contact us! We can’t wait for you to share in the fun. At 130 Golfin’ Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret. For information or tickets call 252-393-6500. SEPTEMBER 23

Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters [ 2:30–3:30PM ] Visit labs and holding areas, help

with food preparation and feed the animals in this behind-the-scenes tour. Includes a look at fresh and saltwater habitats as well as the Living Shipwreck. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $20. For details call 252-2474003 or visit ncaquariums.com to register. SEPTEMBER 25

Waffle Bar [ 5–7PM ] Join us as we serve up breakfast for

SEPTEMBER 23

BEHIND THE SCENES

Aquarium Close Encounters allows you to visit labs and holding areas, feed the animals and tour the habitats. Cost is $20. For information call 252-247-4003.

dinner and leave the dishes to us. Swansboro Recreation Center will be hosting a waffle bar with all the fixings. Plates will start at $5 for individuals and $15 for families up to five. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. SEPTEMBER 29–30

Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival

OCTOBER 7

FISHIN’ FOR A CURE GALA

A night of fellowship and fun celebrating survivors. Delicious food and the sounds of Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. Tickets are $50. Visit fishinforacure.com.

Beaufort Wine and Food is gearing up for their second annual Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival. The two-day festival will feature a variety of seminars, luncheons and dinners on Friday. The highlight of the festival is Beer Bubbles & BBQ on Saturday at Front Street Village. Purchase ticket for these events online at beaufortwineandfood. com or at Beaufort Wine & Food, 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort. Note: Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend any events, no exceptions. Tickets are non-refundable, as these events are for charity. 9/29..............Craft Beer Seminar at The Backstreet Pub 9/29..........................................................Beaufort Pub Crawl 9/29................................................Beaufort Grocery Dinner 9/30....................................... Black Sheep Beer Luncheon 9/30......................................................Aqua Beer Luncheon

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SEPTEMBER 30

Runnin’ on Empty Road Race

[ 7:30–10:30am ] Beaufort Wine and Food is pleased to announce its second annual road race as part of the Beaufort’s Brewin’ craft beer festival. The race will offer something for runners of all levels. For racers 21 and up, be sure to hang around after to race to enjoy frosty beer (root beer will be available for racers under 21). All proceeds will go towards non-profits in Carteret County. For more information visit Beaufort Wine & Food at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort, or online at beaufortwineandfood.org. SEPTEMBER 30

Sports Center Chum Run

[ 7:45–10:45AM ] The Chum Run is a 5k obstacle

course at Camp Albemarle. There will be approximately 15 obstacles of all types, including an open-water swim. This year we will be having a Little Chummers Run for ages 7–15. Participants will swim, jog, crawl, climb, slide and jump their way to the finish line where fans, refreshments and showers will be waiting. This year’s race will be held at Camp Albemarle in Newport. For information on the races and events, visit sportscentermorehead.com/chum-run. Costs range from $20 to $45. SEPTEMBER 30

Beer, Bubbles & BBQ

[ 3–7PM ] The largest event during the Beaufort’s

Brewin’ craft beer festival. The event will feature dozens of craft breweries from across North Carolina and beyond, all offering a truly unforgettable culinary experience. Enjoy a variety of food samplings from local and regional chefs and cast your vote for your favorite BBQ entry! Live music and lawn games will round out the entertainment. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend any BW&F events, no exceptions. No strollers or pets allowed at any BW&F events. Events are subject to change. Tickets are nonrefundable as these events are for charity. Tickets online at www.beaufortwineandfood.com. OCTOBER 1–21

Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Saltwater Slam

The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament is back! Registration period is open through September 24. The registration form can be found at abkmsaltwaterslam.com/ and can be mailed to Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament, P.O. Box 1074, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. The first fifty entrants in the tournament will be entered in a drawing for a $500 cash prize.

✪ OCTOBER 2

Flags of Fort Macon & The Confederacy

[ 10–11AM ] Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to

learn about the wide range of flags used by the confederacy during the War Between the States. At


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2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775. OCTOBER 2, 9

Succulent Seafood Series [ 2–4PM ] Local chefs demonstrate how to prepare

fresh, local seafood with a flourish. Sessions include a taste test! Ages 12 and up. $18. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com to register. OCTOBER 3

Emerald Isle Garden Club Bunco and Blooms Fundraiser [ 6–8:30PM ] Emerald Isle Garden Club is hosting

its first Bunco and Blooms Party at the Town Commissioner’s Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive. In addition to a fun evening of the parlour game Bunco, guests will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of beautiful spring flowering bulbs. Tickets are $15 which includes delicious desserts, beverages and snacks. There will also be a raffle and prizes. If you are already a Bunco player, want to learn how to play this fun dice game or just want to have an enjoyable evening of laughter and fellowship we hope you will be our guest. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot call 252-764-0420.

✪ OCTOBER 3

Essential Oils 101: Body Systems [ 6–7PM ] Our body is made up of many complex

systems all of which play separate, yet interrelated roles in supporting health. Learn how each essential oil determines the body system that it most powerfully impacts. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. OCTOBER 6–8

Atlantic Beach Surf Fishing Challenge Fish categories are puppy drum, black drum, sea mullet, flounder and bluefish. On Atlantic Beach. For details call 252-726-2607.

✪ OCTOBER 6–8

THINGS TO DO

✪ OCTOBER 7

NC Seafood Festival

Get excited for the North Carolina Seafood Festival on the Morehead City waterfront. The largest three-day festival in North Carolina, its highlights are an endless variety of seafood, street dances, concerts, arts and crafts (about 200 vendors), Flounder Fling and an international award-winning Chef ’s Tent, Southern Outer Banks boat show, educational exhibits, hands-on programs for kids and rides and games. Saturday night fireworks. Free parking is available at the port with shuttles to the fun. Admission is always free, but bring cash for all the extras that will tempt your wallet! OCTOBER 6, 7

Cook with Your Kid!

[ 5:30–7PM ] Spend an 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. Suitable for children of all ages. Please note that we will be using dairy, wheat, eggs and possibly tree nut items. Cost is $12 per parent and child ($2 for each additional child). For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. OCTOBER 7

CycleNC: Mountains to the Coast Ride Finale

Beginner Coupon Class

[ 6–7PM ] Attention holiday shoppers! Participants

will learn how to save without spending hours at the store. Learn how to decide which store is the best to shop in based on weekly sales and coupons. It’s free to attend. Pre-registration preferred. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. OCTOBER 7

Fishin’ for a Cure Gala

[ 6–9pm ] Join us for a night of fellowship and fun as we celebrate our fifth year of Fishin’ for a Cure. We will celebrate survivors. We will have opportunities to fundraise while we enjoy delicious food and listen to the sounds of Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. Gala tickets must be purchased in advance for $50. Fancy attire is not required, but feel free to look pretty in pink! Dress for fun! You can also purchase a raffle ticket for $50 for a chance to win a golf cart, Emerald Isle oceanfront accommodations for a week, an off-shore fishing tournament or a gas grill. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Please visit fishinforacure.com to sign up.

✪ OCTOBER 8

Adam Hill Band Live for Seafood Festival

[ 2–6PM ] Come spend the final afternoon of

[ NOON–4PM ] Party with us and some expert

pedalers in downtown Swansboro! We will be welcoming hundreds of cyclists as they wrap up a week-long, state-wide ride. There will be live music and of course, a beer garden. OCTOBER 7–8

Paddle-Making Course

Make a canoe, stand-up paddleboard or kayak paddle or a pair of oars in this two-day class. Each participant will take home a paddle or pair of oars ready for paint or varnish. Cost is $275 or $325 for a pair of oars (Friends of the NC Maritime Museum $247.50 or $292.50). Minimum age is 16. Registration required by phone at 252-728-7317, Ext. 31, or online at thewatercraftcenter.com.

Seafood Festival weekend on the deck at Off The Hook and enjoy the great food and good vibe found here. Check out the hottest guitar driven band found on the NC circuit today! For information visit adamhillmusic.net. €

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The Maine Lobsters Are Coming! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 • NOON TO 3PM St. Peter’s By-the-Sea E P I S C OPA L C H U RC H

LIVE $18 COOKED $21

Purchase lobsters from parishioners, at the church office or by calling 910-326-4757.

Sold in advance only; order deadline is September 10. Net proceeds will help fund our outreach programs. For more information email office@stpetersbythesea.org.

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ENTERTAINMENT IN THE BACKYARD

September

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1.............. Seaside Arts Council Annual Sale & Social 5.........................Chris Bellamy 7........Werewolves of Morehead

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Holiday Strolls & Food Tours With Hungry Town Tours

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eaufort has received many accolades over the last few years, ranging from “America’s Favorite Town” by Travel+Leisure magazine to the “Coolest Small Town in America” by the readers of Budget Travel magazine to “Best Yachting Town 2012” by Yachting magazine. And Beaufort has been singled out for special attention at Christmas. In 2015, Beaufort caught the attention of the travel editor of Coastal Living magazine and was named one of “America’s 10 Best Beach Towns for Christmas.” Beaufort was also named one of “The Best Small Towns for Christmas in the South” in July 2017 by Southern Living magazine. “We wanted to create a tour for the holiday season since there is no better place to shop, dine and stay,” stated Betsy Cartier, owner of Hungry Town Tours. “The Holiday Stroll & Food Tour gives visitors and locals an opportunity to nosh, sip and stroll their way through 300 years of Beaufort’s history.” Tour participants will make five culinary stops, including three restaurants, a holiday wine tasting and olive oil pairings at a chefinspired kitchen store. The roughly three-hour tour will take place November 27–December 30 and it will be available Monday through Saturday, departing at 11:30 a.m. All stops are near each other. Restaurant partners will vary by the day of week and season. This tour is built around a three-course progressive dining experience to include appetizer, entrée and dessert, so you

won’t leave hungry. Afterwards, you’ll stroll through the historic district to look at some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. The cost of the tour is $69 per person and includes local guide, food samples, holiday wine tasting, some non-alcoholic beverages, taxes and restaurant gratuities. Alcoholic beverages are additional. Hungry Town Tours will also offer a two-hour Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout during the holiday season. The tour will take place on November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 and 31, departing at 10 a.m. Participants will take a leisurely stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with a guide. You’ll see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. The Beaufort Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. There are about 285 historic homes in the district. Of these, over 150 boast the plaques awarded to homes at least 100 years old, dating back to the late 1700s. After the tour, you can relax and enjoy Sunday brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the area’s most renowned dining establishments. Tour participants will choose their entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. The cost of the tour is $69 per person and includes a local guide, choice of brunch or lunch menu, coffee or tea, mimosa or Bloody Mary (other alcoholic beverages are additional), restaurant gratuity and taxes. Both holiday tours will take place rain or shine. They are an

easy walking tour for people of all ages. Participants must 21 years old and up, but younger adults and children can be accommodated. At the end of each tour, everyone will receive a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers fifteen different award-winning walking, bike, culinary and history tours. The tour company is a three-time recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Hungry Town Tours was featured in the June issue of Our State magazine with 22 pages of stunning photography highlighting Beaufort by Bike. For more information, call Hungry Town Tours at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or visit them online at hungrytowntours.com. They are located at 400 Front Street on the waterfront in Beaufort. €

BHA Volunteer Picnic and Membership Meeting

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he Beaufort Historic Site will hold its Semi-Annual Membership Meeting & Picnic Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street. The picnic and brief meeting will acknowledge and thank the members and volunteers that dedicate countless hours to the BHA. Without the support of the community and volunteers, the BHA and the Beaufort Historic Site could not present the area’s treasured heritage in such entertaining and informative detail. Both the membership meeting and picnic will recognize current BHA members and volunteers, as well as welcome those who may be interested in participating or donating volunteer time in the future. 16 CAROLINA SALT September / October 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com

The official “thank you” picnic kicks off with a very brief meeting that will include the election of new members to the 2017 Board of Governors. Attendees will then enjoy delicious BBQ and sides catered by Roland’s BBQ of Beaufort. The picnic is open to current Beaufort Historical Association volunteers, potential volunteers, BHA members and anyone who wants to come out and support the BHA. RSVPs are requested to provide an accurate count for the picnic. To RSVP, or for more information please contact the Beaufort Historical Association at 252-728-5225, visit www.beauforthistoricsite. org or stop by the Beaufort Historic Site Visitor’s Center at 130 Turner Street. €


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Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival

repare to raise a glass September 29–30 at Beaufort Wine and Food’s second annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin’. The two-day festival will feature a variety of events held in Beaufort and will range in size from intimate beer dinners, luncheons and seminars to the 500-person Beer, Bubbles and BBQ tasting event at Front Street Village. “Beaufort Wine and Food is excited to once again tap into this passionate industry and following and offer our second annual craft beer festival in late September,” explains Lindsay Parker, executive director for BWF. “With over 175 breweries and brewpubs across the state, North Carolina boasts the largest number of brewers in the American South. Beaufort Wine and Food is thrilled to have the opportunity to spotlight the Crystal Coast as a beer destination for our state.” Partnering with regional distributors and over two dozen breweries from across the state and beyond, BWF has crafted a stellar lineup of events:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Craft Beer Seminar at The Backstreet Pub [ 3:30–5:30PM ] A beer seminar featuring several breweries will kick-

off the event. Guests will meet brewmasters and brewery owners and sample their products directly. Featured breweries include Heavy Seas, Duck Rabbit, Mother Earth Brewing, Carolina Brewing Co., Carolina Brewery, Uptown Brewing and Waterman’s Brewing. Tickets $20 [ $18 BW&F Members ]

Beaufort’s Brewin’ Pub Crawl

[ 5–7PM ] Start at the Beaufort Wine & Food office on Middle where they

will receive wrist bands, a complimentary beer cup and a punch card with each stop listed. Venues include Cru Wine Bar, Backstreet Pub, Royal James, Finz Grill, Dockhouse, Black Sheep, Beaufort Grocery, Pecan Tree Inn, Inn on Turner, Clawson’s and Aqua. The final stop will be Harborside Park. Tickets $35 [ $31.50 BW&F ]

Beer Dinners

[ 7PM ] Rounding out the evening are two multi-course paired beer

dinners at Beaufort Grocery Company with chef Benjamin Park (Founders Brewing) and Clawson’s with chefs Jon McGregor and Corrie Robbins (Catawba Brewing). Tickets $50 [ $45 BW&F ]

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Runnin’ On Empty Road Race

[ 7:30AM ] The Beaufort’s Brewin’ road race will be held in conjunction

with the festival. Racers of all levels are invited to partake in the 1-mile walk/fun run, 5K or 10K. Online registration at runtheeast.com. Cost $25 in advance; $30 starting September 23; $35 day of race.

Beer Luncheons

[ NOON ] After the road race, there will be multi-course paired beer

luncheons offered at Aqua with chef Jayson Foster (Mother Earth Brewing) and Black Sheep with chef Michael Morrone (White Street Brewing). Tickets $40 [ $36 BW&F ]

Beer, Bubbles & BBQ

[ 4–7PM ] The headline event takes place at Front Street Village, featuring

dozens of North Carolina craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state and beyond. The event features a BBQ competition with pitmasters from across the state, live music by The Unknown Tongues and lawn games. BW&F members admitted at 3 p.m. Tickets $65 [ $58.50 BW&F ]

FEATURED BREWERIES Featured breweries include Aviator Brewing, Blake’s Cider, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing, Catawba, Double Barley, Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery, Founders Brewing, Fullsteam, Heavy Seas Brewing, Highland Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Mill Whistle Brewing, Mother Earth Brewing, Red Hare, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Tarboro Brewing, The Unknown Brewing, Uptown Brewing, White Street Brewing and more. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards BW&F’s mission to support local charities and non-profits that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has raised almost $600,000 to donate to area nonprofits—almost $150,000 of that in the last two years. Tickets and information are available online at beaufortwineandfood. com, by calling 252-515-0708 or stopping by the BW&F office at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort. €

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Fall Birding Cruise at NCCF

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all is a great time for bird watching. As the air gets cooler and the days shorter, migratory birds begin to arrive on the Crystal Coast. North Carolina is home to many types of birds, and others come down from up north to spend their winters here. There are also many species of resident birds that make appearances in the fall. Some of these birds include resident and migratory eagles, black skimmers, great blue herons, cormorants, kingfishers and a variety of sandpipers and gulls. Black skimmers are among the most impressive birds around the area in the fall. These birds fly low, just skimming the water for food (hence the name) and are a spectacular sight to see. They find their food by touch, rather than sight and generally feed in the evening. Cormorants are usually seen in the fall and winter in North Carolina. Fairly adaptable, their diet varies based on where they are. Kingfishers are commonly seen. These birds are known for their wild, rattling calls and feed by diving into the water. Great egrets are also a regular sight. They catch fish in shallow waters but also eat crustaceans, frogs and worms. The North Carolina Coastal Federation leads birding cruises every fall that allow participants to get closer looks and photographs of the great variety of birds. JoAnne Powell, a local birding expert, leads the cruises through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River. Occasionally, birding cruise participants catch a glimpse of some rare birds. While white pelicans are not usually seen in this part of North Carolina, but they have been spotted around Bogue Sound during past autumns and winters. These birds are sometimes seen in the northern Outer Banks and many spend their winters in Florida. With a ninefoot wingspan, they are among the largest birds in North America and often fly high in the air. Cruises are scheduled for September 17, October 15 and November 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Participants meet at the Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center in Swansboro and are asked to bring their own binoculars. Those interested in the federation’s birding cruises should be sure to secure their spot as soon as possible. Details are available at nccoast.org/events. €

Occasionally, bird cruisers catch a glimpse of some rare birds. White pelicans are not usually seen in our area, but have been spotted around Bogue Sound during past fall and winter seasons.

Black skimmers are some of the most impressive birds around in the fall. They feed by touch, skimming the water in the evenings. A L L P H O TO S B Y S A M B L A N D

Chum Run Set

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n September 30, Camp Albemarle will host the third annual Sports Center Chum Run. Located on the Crystal Coast, Camp Albemarle offers residential and day summer sessions and adventure camps. “Partnering with Camp Albemarle is win-win. Not only does it open up the race to more obstacles, it also provides support to a program that has been in this county since 1953,” says Grant Kelly, personal trainer at The Sports Center and founder of the race. With over 15 obstacles that will challenge ones strength, balance, agility and endurance, participants as young as seven can swim, jog, crawl, climb, slide and jump their way to the finish where spectators, refreshments and showers are waiting. The race begins in the

sound, with what is called a Shoal Skipper, where participants get their feet wet and their legs burning. Obstacles such as Beached Whale Crawl, an army crawl 75 yards under rope netting, or The Sandy Ninja, where one hops from platform to platform without touching the ground, are just a few of the fun but challenging obstacles. “In the past we have done this race at Atlantic Beach and the swim part of the race has always posed a concern,” says Paul Gillikin, director of operations at The Sports Center. “Having the swim portion of the race in the sound eliminates those concerns.” Volunteers and local sponsors are what make this race so successful. The Chum Run raised over $2,500 which went to local organizations throughout Carteret County. Organizations such as The Atlantic Beach

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Junior Life Guard Program and the Boys and Girls Club are just a couple that benefited from this race. This year, as the Sports Center Chum Run partners with Camp Albemarle, funds generated will go to support their mission. “This race is about having family-oriented fun,” says Grant. For questions about sponsorship or the event, contact Grant Kelly at grantekelley@ gmail.com. For additional information go to facebook.com/chumrun. €


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ver a year ago, an adolescent female mallard with a leg injury was admitted to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) in Newport. A thorough examination revealed what appeared to be an old injury that had healed in a way that caused her to limp or to occasionally tuck her bad leg and hop on the good leg. Another theory was that the bad leg could be the result of a congenital defect. We really didn’t know for sure, but the shelter staff decided to give her a second chance by raising her at the shelter and monitoring whether she could compensate for her disability and still live a quality duck life. A short time after she was taken into shelter care, an even younger mallard mix was admitted who had been plucked naked! Really! He had no feathering anywhere on his body but his head! The Good Samaritan who brought in the naked duckling believes that his siblings had bullied him and picked at him so much that eventually, all his down and feathers were gone. With no thermal insulation and skin protection, he would be at risk for all kinds of bad things. We kept him isolated for a while to make sure he was eating well and that there was no disease or illness present. After a few weeks, the decision was made to put the two young mallards together for socialization as they both were going to spend a lot of time in rehabilitation. They shared an inside enclosure with plenty of food, a heated spot for the little naked duck and a water tub for an occasional dip if they desired. The two got along famously and became inseparable. It was heart-warming to watch the little naked Mallard stick like glue to the not-much-older female with the imperfect leg. Although little naked duck would not get into the water because it was too cold for him, he would stand next to the tub while the young female floated around comfortably and very duck-like. They stayed inside the shelter until this spring, eating, growing, bonding and becoming stronger in their duck behaviors. After the weather warmed they were both moved to an outside enclosure where they could graze on grass, dig bugs, get to know their natural outside habitat and enjoy a large pool maintained just for them. Little naked duck still looked like he was given a buzz-cut for there was no evidence of primary feathers even after eight months in rehab. Our female mallard with the bum leg was getting around quite well and both seemed to enjoy the larger space which is as close to the wild as we could let them get. About a month ago we noticed the female had laid a couple eggs and now they have a duckling! Not only did this unlikely pair, who got off to a difficult start in life, bond and become what we thought to be best duck friends, they are now partnered mates! The saga will continue for our two disabled ducks who made the best of a difficult situation: one naked but not afraid and the other wanting to live normally despite her leg impairment! Mallards, perhaps the most familiar of all ducks, are “dabbling ducks,” which means they feed by tipping forward in the water and grazing on underwater plants. Mallards have hefty bodies (two to three pounds), rounded heads and wide, flat bills. Females and juveniles have mottled brown plumage with orange and brown bills. The more colorful male, called a drake, has a dark, shiny green

Our enclosed and protected mallard duck family at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter is safe and thriving in our care and we are anticipating long and happy lives for all three (or more) of them! At this point, they just might need to be given names other than Little Naked Duck, Crazy Leg and Baby! Any ideas? head, a brilliant yellow bill and a curl at the end of his black feathered tail, so with this duck species it’s easy to tell the males from the females. Both sexes have a white and iridescent blue patch on their wings, which span 32 to 39 inches. The body is long and their blunt tail rides high out of the water. Mallards can live almost anywhere and can often be spotted grouping with other species of dabbling ducks such as wood ducks, pintails, wigeons and teals. You might spy them on lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, coastal habitats and city parks, as well as residential backyards. Mallards are omnivores so they eat plants (especially grasses, grains and pondweeds), as well as, insects, tadpoles, frogs, earthworms, small fish and crustaceans. During breeding season, mallards will nest in a down-lined, shallow bowl of plant material gathered at a site within a mile of water. Seven to 10, sometimes more, whitish to olive-buff eggs are laid. Incubation takes 26-30 days. After hatching, the ducklings will be able to swim and eat on their own immediately, so Momma Duck will lead her string of dabblers to water. Within 52 to 60 days, the youngsters will be ready to fly. Mallards are a very adaptable species that is not in decline and prolific throughout the world, however, North America is home to more mallards than any other continent. Mallards are known to breed with other duck species, therefore genetic pollution is quite evident. So mallards are increasingly hybridized, which could result in extinction at some point due to interbreeding. Predators are many for mallards of all ages, so they must be on the lookout for a wide diversity of dangers to include humans, birds of prey, snakes, crows, herring gulls, heron, geese, raccoons, opossums, skunks, turtles, large fish, swans, fox, coyotes, wild cats and domestic cats and dogs. It’s a harsh world for mallards, young and old! However, somehow they manage to keep their average life span statistics stable at five to ten years. Our enclosed and protected mallard duck family at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter is safe and thriving in our care and we are anticipating long and happy lives for all three (or more) of them! At this point, they just might need to be given names other than Little Naked Duck, Crazy Leg and Baby! Any ideas? €

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My son and I saw a lot of dragonflies while fishing at a pond near our home. He asked if dragonflies could hurt you. I’d never thought about it. Are dragonflies harmful to humans?

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Not unless you’re a small insect or fish – then you’re a potential meal. Dragonflies can’t sting – although that’s one of the enduring myths – nor can they sew your ears together, another myth that gave then the nickname “devil’s darning needle.” Dragonflies and damselflies look very much alike and both belong to the order Odonata. Dragonflies are larger than damselflies and fly faster. Dragonflies also hold their wings spread when they alight, unlike the damselfly that folds its wings over its back. Both are ravenous feeders and the dragonfly nymph is one of the most voracious pond predators. Both like similar environments and dragon and damselfly nymphs are important food sources for fish in ponds, swamps and streams. The dragonfly begins life breathing through gills under water for about a year before it matures and leaves the water for a few glorious weeks in flight feeding and mating. Of all the winged insects that flit about a summer pond, the dragonfly is the largest. It’s also the oldest. Huge dragonflies with 2½-foot wingspans were around 300 million years ago when the brontosaurus roamed the Earth. Dragonflies hatch from eggs laid in ponds or streams. As nymphs they spend about a year eating and trying to avoid being eaten. They breathe air through internal gills and, if escape becomes necessary—say from a giant water bug—they can expel water forcefully and propel themselves forward. Nymphs usually hunt by ambush, using their large eyes and binocular vision to locate other small nymphs or fish. The pursuer then flips forward a hinged lower lip equipped with hooks, grabs the prey and pulls it back to the jaws. Dragon and damsel flies must grow by molting their hard, external nymph shells (external skeletons, really) several times. Finally, in about a year for most species – three years for some – the nymph is ready to begin its metamorphosis into an adult. One night in spring or summer, the dragonfly nymph climbs out of the water onto a stalk of grass. Over a period of several hours it wiggles out of its larval form and emerges as a creature of the air, its wings folded on its back. It begins to dry as blood rushes into the wings and organs and in about half an hour the dragonfly is airborne. Between its maiden flight and death, the dragonfly has about eight weeks to fulfill its chief purpose: mating and reproduction. It is well prepared to survive, with two pairs of wings, each controlled separately, enabling it to swoop, hover, rise and dive rapidly. Wings beat 25 to 40 times per second and it can fly up to 60 mph when it spies an especially juicy meal. The dragonfly’s head is almost all eyes and revolves on its thorax to see in all directions up to 120 feet. Its six bristly legs form a basket for carrying prey for the dragonfly to eat in midair. €

Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic environments and inhabitants by visiting the aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. Call 1-800-832-FISH for more information. 20 CAROLINA SALT September / October 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com


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riends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. and Hammocks Beach State Park has released the 2017 schedule for the popular Marsh Cruise programs. The nearly two-hour interpretive tours will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 6 and conclude on Nov. 18. The cruises leave the park and will navigate the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island and Swansboro on a 35-passenger Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat. Space is limited and preregistration is required by going online to http://www.fhbi.org/Marsh-Cruise. Marsh cruise programs will focus on a variety of topics including history of the park and Swansboro, ghosts of Swansboro and a costume cruise. All the marsh cruise programs can include the occasional appearance of dolphin and other wildlife including sea turtles, bald eagles, osprey and egrets to name a few. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park. A minimum donation of $15 for each passenger secures a seat on the cruise and additional donations are welcome. Proceeds this year will go toward events, educational programs and special projects, as well as any assistance that may be requested by Hammocks Beach State Park or the Division of Parks and Recreation. For more information on registering for a Marsh Cruise or becoming a member of Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. go to fhbi.org or call 910-326-4881. €

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Stay Positive!

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here is so much turmoil brewing in this country. There is a lot of turmoil in the world. And no this is not some gloom and doom column. Just hang out with me for a short read. I don’t know about you, but I almost don’t want to turn on the news anymore. It really isn’t news anymore. Well, not good news. In fact, recent polls show at least 90 percent of all news reported is negative. It is no wonder our world view is such a negative one. The world around us is creating an environment of fear. Don’t think me naïve enough to believe there are no threats in our lives—there are many out there. However, if all that we consume is negative and depressed information, what can we expect to come from our lives? If all I put into my head is negative and destructive thinking, I can expect my life actions to echo what I am putting into my mind. What you believe in your heart and mind will be lived out by your life actions. What you put in is what comes out. So, if you are still hanging out with me for this short read, I want to challenge you to make up your mind and change your thinking. Stop putting negative thoughts into your mind! Stop letting your life be led by fear and instead let your life be led by hope. Now a better hope has been given to us. That hope brings us nearer to God. One thing which has been perverted is the Gospel. The Ggospel is positive and wonderful news. And I know you’re thinking, “Here it is, someone is trying to sell me this Jesus stuff!” And you’re right! But I am not trying to get you to change your behavior. I am trying to get you to change your beliefs. I want you to believe in something that is good. I want you to believe in something that is pleasing. I want you to believe in something that is perfect. Something that will change your life forever! Something that gives you hope. And not just hope for today, a hope that will last! This hope comes not from a government or from an institution or from anything that’s short-lived in this world. Instead this hope is from a source your life can depend on. The beauty of the Gospel for too long has been distorted with judgement and legalism, leaving many without a hope. As a result, a religion has been created that many have turned from and others don’t want. That is not God! God wants to offer you mercy and grace over His judgement.

JAMES 2:13 2 Mercy triumphs over judgment.

ROMANS 12:2 2 His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.

JOHN 4:7-8 7 Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” JAMES 2:13

The challenge for you and me is not to buy into the lies of this world or fall in line with what is happening around us. When we do, we lose hope and buy into a temporary outlook. We are then forced to respond from a reactive and threatened point of view, which takes us further down a hopeless path. Instead, look at the beauty of the Good News God has provided. The beauty of the Gospel is that a new hope has been given to us and hope brings us nearer to God. Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right. “His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.” ROMANS 12:2

Why not join me and make up your mind to a new way of thinking? A new thinking that is filled with hope and belief in God. He is the only hope in this world that is worth going after because He is the only hope rooted in perfect love. “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” JOHN 4:7-8

You are not going to find your hope in the news, the government, a cause or anything in this world that is lasting. You will find an eternal hope in the God of the universe Who has provided you a new hope which brings you nearer to him. Why not try God? €

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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


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FOLLOW THE BAIT!

A H O O K E D U P L O O K AT W H AT ’ S B I T I N G I N S E P T E M B E R

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s September sets in Anglers along NC’s Crystal Coast, know that fishing this area of the coast is very enjoyable, even on Labor Day weekend! September is a great month to fish along the Crystal Coast because various baitfish (mullet, glass minnows, shrimp and menhaden) become so prevalent throughout the marsh, creeks and lower rivers that it draws the attention of all of our inshore and nearshore popular fish species. The inshore waters will produce plenty of redfish, flounder, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead, ladyfish, bluefish, spots, croaker and more. The nearshore waters will be alive with Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, flounder, grey trout and plenty of other bottom fish. Following the mass movement of bait, using the best artificial baits and understanding the tides, conditions and locations to target each species are all crucial to having a successful day of fishing.

TARGETING INSHORE SPECIES

Mike Rice and Chris Navinski had an amazing experience battling overslot redfish this August with Capt. Jeff of Fish’n4life Charters.

Some of the most popular inshore species that anglers look for this month are redfish, flounder, black drum and speckled trout. Anglers can expect to find these species scattered throughout much of our backwaters this month. When working the shallow marsh bays behind our beaches or the oyster beds in the lower river for reds and flounder, I prefer to cast an ⅛-oz jighead or a ¼-oz spinner bait tipped with a 3-4" Berkley Gulp Alive bait. If you suspect there might be some black drum in these same areas, a popping cork rigged with a live shrimp on a small circle hook is an excellent bait and it will catch the other species as well. If the tide is high try working a top water bait along the flooded grass for some incredible blow ups from redfish. If speckled trout is what’s peaking your interest this September, move out of the shallow bays and target the edges of the secondary channels that meander their way throughout the marsh systems. Some of the best trout baits include Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Bett’s Halo Shrimp, VooDoo Shrimp and a variety of mirrolures. Anglers should look for current breaks pushing off the shores along deep channel walls. Anchor offshore of these locations and toss across the current breaks, working the baits back very slowly with an occasional twitch of the bait. Boat docks along the ICW and the rivers are often overlooked, but to a fish these structures are a bait haven and provide good current breaks. This type of structure will attract all inshore species, especially on the falling tide. Try fishing the downcurrent side of docks, casting either an artificial bait or a Carolina-rigged live bait under the dock and working out slowly.

TARGETING NEARSHORE SPECIES

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leads fishing and nature charters on the Crystal Coast. To get out on the water with him, call 910-325-8194. You can also visit him online at nccharterfishing.com.

Anglers that want to venture outside one of the Crystal Coast’s many inlets this month will have a multitude of options available as every species that roam our nearshore waters can be caught this during the early fall months. Our tidelines, artificial reefs and nearshore hard and live bottoms will be alive with Spanish and king mackerel, amberjack, cobia, barracuda, bull red drum, flounder and plenty of other bottomfish. There will also be plenty of schools of albacore blitzing clouds of glass minnows in the early morning hours. Without a doubt, slow-trolling live menhaden or jigbait will produce the best action on the surface for Spanish, kings, amberjack and barracuda. If targeting big Spanish, use 4-5" menhaden rigged with No. 4-6 gold trebles rigged with 20-30-lb. wire and target tidelines and artificial reefs or hard bottoms within two miles of the beach. When focusing specifically on kings, use larger live baits with No. 2-4 trebles rigged with 40+-lb. wire. Amberjack fishing is in a class of its own. If you want to double down with one of these “reef donkeys,” you want to step it up to a heavier rod/reel. I prefer Penn’s Rampage jigging rod paired with a Penn 750 Spinnfisher and loaded down with 60-80-lb. Spiderwire Ultracast Invisibraid. These fish are rarely shy but, a 6-8" live menhaden pulled on a 5/0 to 6/0 hook using 60-80-lb. fluorocarbon will draw their attention and keep them hooked up during one of the strongest nearshore battles you’ll ever experience. If flounder and seabass are what you’re wanting to put onto the dinner plate, nothing will be more productive than Bett’s 2-oz. Flounder Fanatic Bucktail rigged with a 4" Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp. This bait combo is absolutely amazing! My clients and I jig these baits each summer along our nearshore live bottoms landing deck loads of flounder and seabass each trip and never have to waste time to catch bait before our trip. Regardless of what species you’re targeting this month, chances are you’ll stretch a string and have plenty of action. Have a great time along the Crystal Coast this September and enjoy our beautiful marine resource. €

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DISCOVERY DIVING

LEE MOORE

DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N S E P T E M B E R

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eptember is when the water normally begins to start cooling. The offshore water temperatures have been from 77 to 80 degrees on the bottom and the surface temperatures have been 82–84 degrees. Water temperatures on the inshore wrecks were in the 75–80-degrees range. Water temperatures should remain in the low70s throughout September. Opportunities to see migrating marine life will offer additional possibilities to the ever-present diverse marine life off of the Crystal Coast.

THE CARIBSEA

The wreck of the Caribsea lies in a comfortable 85 feet of water about ten miles east of the Cape Lookout shoals. The visibility in summer is on average about 40 feet but because it is located so close to the shoals, the visibility can be 15 to 20 feet. It can also be 80 to 100 feet. It is scattered and broken up due to the Navy Salvage Service, which depth charged and wire dragged it as a hazard to navigation in the spring of 1944. The bow section of the wreck extends to about 60 feet from the surface and the rest of the wreck is scattered in a roughly continuous debris field. In 2005, the weight of the windlass on top of the bow caused the deck to begin to fall inward. Also in 2005, the starboard anchor fell from the bow and is now resting on the ocean floor. The stern still has some structure that offers relief from the sand and is concluded with the rudderpost. Just past the rudderpost, in the sand, is the propeller shaft. Between the bow and stern sections, the boilers and engine are the most prominent features. The starboard boiler has broken its mounts and can move back and forth in heavy surge. Other than the wreck itself, the main draw for divers to the wreck are the sand tiger sharks. Besides the sand tigers, the Caribsea also has grouper, flounder, sea bass, amberjacks, triggerfish, oyster toadfish, barracuda, blennies and damselfish. This is just some of the marine life that can be seen on the wreck.

SURPRISE VISIT FROM MARINE LIFE During the month of August, a manta ray with an 8-foot wingspan was regularly seen swimming above the Caribsea. Manta rays differ from stingrays in a variety of ways. Coloration is an easy way to tell the difference. Manta rays are black on top and their underside is white. The front of the body has two cephalic fins that hang down when they are feeding but are usually curled up in a spiral. Since the manta ray is a filter feeder, the large, rectangular mouth is located on the front of the body to allow it to take in zooplankton, such as krill, as it swims. A stingray’s mouth is located on the underside of the body. When the cephalic fins are curled up, they give the appearance of horns which was the reason manta rays were called devilfish. Unlike a stingray, the manta ray does not have a long tail. The eyes are located on each side of the body behind the cephalic fins, unlike stingrays which have their eyes on the top of the body. The side location of the eyes allow manta rays the ability to see objects that are beside them while they are swimming. Manta rays often interact with scuba divers, even raising their wings to avoid hitting them as they pass.

HOW TO SEE THE UNDERWATER SIGHTS The Crystal Coast has some of the best wreck diving and large animal encounters in the world. For more information about charters, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving. com, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what charters, classes and events are coming up in the near future. €

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