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13 Beaufort’s Brewin’ for Lovers of Craft Beers From September 28–29, lovers of craft beers
can enjoy a variety of events, from beer dinners, luncheons and seminars, to the 500-person Beer, Bubbles and BBQ tasting.
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This month we welcome again the fundraiser Fishin’ for a Cure, with events all around the county that helps bring awareness of and support for ending breast cancer.
14 Ask the Aquarium: How Does An Octopus Reproduce? Reproduction by this creature is as unique as the
animal itself. Some 200 species of octopuses are known, but only one is common here in the waters of North Carolina: Octopus vulgaris, a small one.
17 Evening Singer: The Nightjar The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport
welcomed a very well-mannered guest recently that sent them straight to the identification manual. They knew he was from the Nightjar family...
18 Great Things... Pastor Paul Ortiz invites you to reflect on the early
days of the Protestant missionary church with his memories of his studies of the 18th century figure, William Carey, and his calling.
Things To Do................................................ 8 17 EVENING SINGER Meet the Chuck-Will’s-Widow, a member of the Nightjar family.
19 COASTAL FISHING September offers “effortless” hookups along the Crystal Coast.
Hooked Up Fishing...................................... 19 Diving Our Coast.. ....................................... 20 Tides. . ........................................................ 21
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All shows are at 7:30 p.m. except September 16 and 23, which are 2 p.m. matinées. Gypsy, loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, focuses on Lee’s mother, Rose and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential “stage mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of musical theatre, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” General admission seats are $18 to $24 in advance and $20 to $25 day of show. At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-726-1501.
‘Gypsy’ at Carteret Community Theatre
HARRY POTTER TEEN PARTY
For ages 12 and up at Swansboro Recreation Center. The Recreation Center will become the Great Hall for one night only. For information call 910-326-2600.
Swansboro After School Program
Swansboro Parks and Recreation is excited to offer an After School Program of enrichment activities for grades K through 5 until 5:30 p.m. The program is designed to provide a safe, fun and structured environment for children. Children will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, physical activity, group activities, community projects and begin homework assignments while under the supervision of staff. Program fee is $40 per week for residents, $45 for non-residents for the first child and $30 and $35 for each additional child respectively. Fees are payable monthly. TUESDAYS
✪ SEPTEMBER 15–16
LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND
Reenactors with the 1 NC Volunteers will be spending the weekend at Fort Macon presenting the public with special events and programs. For information call 252-726-3775. st
Qi Gong Classes
[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for Qi Gong with Brenna
Wilcox. We are all made of energy so let’s explore what “it” is, where it is, how we can move it and feel way better in the process! Qi Gong is the art and science of using breath, gentle movement, meditation and sound to cleanse, strengthen and circulate one’s vital energy for living. The 8 brocades will be our focus. We will open the energy channels of the body, nourish organs and experience one’s own flow of electricity through the flow of bioelectricity inside and out! Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. WEDNESDAYS–SUNDAYS
Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
[ 10:15AM–4PM ] The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is
Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse starting at 10:15 a.m. Self-guided tours start every 15 minutes. For information visit islandexpressferryservices.com. 8
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open for climbing for self-guided tours of up to 10 people. Children must be at least 44” tall. Regular admission $8, children and seniors $4. Ticket prices do not include cost of ferry transportation. Warning: Climbing the 207 steps to the gallery is roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups going up will share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom. The lighthouse may close at any time if conditions are
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Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market [ 8:30AM–1PM ] Head to the Olde Beaufort
Farmers’ Market on lazy summer Saturday mornings on the courthouse square in Beaufort. You’ll find farmers with beautiful, fresh local veggies, meats and seafood along with artists and craftspeople offering their work in the shade under the huge live oaks. Catch up with your neighbors, make new friends, have a cup of iced tea, lemonade or coffee and some breakfast from the market bakers or lunch with the food truck. Listen to entertainment from local musicians and enjoy this hometown market that has something for everyone! Find more about weekly events at oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org or on Facebook. At 300 Court House Square, Beaufort. For more information call 252-564-8822.
Morehead City Curb Market [ 8AM–1PM ] We are a quaint, old market
welcoming vendors of handmade and hand grown products since 1931. We are open every Saturday morning at 13th and Evans Streets in Morehead City. For more information call 978-621-5436.
✪ SEPTEMBER 10
[ 1–6PM ] Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be
hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. In order 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 10 at 830 Main Street Extension and help save a life. SEPTEMBER 11
Invest In Your Wellness: Feel Rested After Sleep
[ 6–7PM ] Sleep. It should be easy right? But all
too often, the restless mind, the anxious thoughts and the stress gets in the way of deep, restful sleep. So what’s the solution? Come hear about some lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can also register online at swansboro.recdesk.com
✪ SEPTEMBER 10, 24
[ 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 information call 252-726-3775. SEPTEMBER 11
Kayak the Salt Marsh
Learn about local history and the importance of salt marshes while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons followed by a relaxing paddle
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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 registration required. Call the program registrar at 252-504-7758. Cost is $30 per person ($20 with own kayak). Through the Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
✪ SEPTEMBER 12, 19, 26
Musket Firing Demonstration
[ 10–11AM ] Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a
Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-7263775.
✪ SEPTEMBER 14
Free Light Therapy Session: Sunshine for Your Mind
Join the “Talk About Light” conversation to learn how people are incorporating this health enhancing self-care tool into their lives. Whether you’re looking for relief from chronic pain, an injury or a new approach to wellness, InLight’s gentle, pulsing LED light wavelengths increase circulation to relieve pain and rejuvenate the entire body… pain relief without pills. You will have the opportunity to experience a complimentary Polychromatic Light Therapy session. For more information on light therapy check out rockingthelights.com You can sign up ahead by making a call to 910-326-2600 or coming by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com SEPTEMBER 14
Harry Potter Party for Teens
[ 5:30–7:30PM ] The event will be ages 12 and up!
Join us for a night of creating, fun and a whole lot of magic. We will be turning the Recreation Center into the Great Hall for one night only with the help of Jessica’s Dance Academy. This is a great chance to come out and meet your fellow witches and wizards, talk about houses, professors, adventure—basically anything Potter related. We will be offering some transfiguration opportunities (that’s crafting, to you muggles) that is perfect for everyone. Spaces are limited for this program
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so make sure to register ahead! You can sign up ahead by calling 910-326-2600 or coming by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com
Island. For information call 252-728-1500.
Volunteers will be spending the weekend at Fort Macon 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. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information, call 252726-3775.
Lookout Shootout Poker Run
What started out as a boyhood passion has become one of the most popular events on the Morehead City waterfront. A small group of volunteers put together an event for the locals and invited guests and participants from as far away as Florida. The Fun Run is a Saturday event that takes you to stops in Oriental, Cape Lookout, Beaufort and Morehead City to compete for the best poker hand. There is a blackjack option available as well. Call 252-515-0301 for more information. Let’s take a ride in our boats for a good cause. SEPTEMBER 15
Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Tournament
The third annual Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Tournament is a one day double-elimination tournament fundraiser for United Way agencies in Carteret County. The event takes place at the Atlantic Beach Circle volleyball courts. Team registration is $100 for a 6-person team and includes lunch and a T-shirt for each player (up to six). For information or registration, call United Way of Coastal Carolina at 252-637-2460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
✪ SEPTEMBER 15
✪ SEPTEMBER 15–16
Living History Weekend
[ 10AM–4PM ] Reenactors with the 1st NC
✪ SEPTEMBER 15
‘Wild Horses of the Outer Banks’ Gallery Reception
[ 5–7PM ] One of North Carolina’s most beloved
treasures, the wild horse herds of the Outer Banks, is the subject of an exhibition at Carolina Artist Gallery. Original art in many mediums celebrates the beauty and resilience of the horses, with benefits going to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses. The public is invited to an opening reception. Carolyn Mason, president and chairman of the foundation, will speak about the horses. Several prizes will be awarded to artists. At 800 Evans Street, Morehead City. For information call 252-726-7550. SEPTEMBER 15
Bistro-by-the-Sea’s Anniversary Concert Celebration [ 5PM ] Come rock out with Sleeping Booty Band,
Day4Kids at Emerald Isle
all ages together for a fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, face painting and more! Celebrate our children by spending meaningful time with them. Day4Kids will be held at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, rain or shine. Call 252-3546350 or email email@example.com for details on becoming a vendor or a sponsor.
friends and the community at the Crystal Coast Civic Center to raise scholarship funds for at risk and foster students to attend Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps. The party will kick off at 5 p.m. for sponsors with a VIP reception hour. Open to the first 250 tickets sold at $35 each! Around 6:30 the doors will open to public. Buy your tickets online at eventbrite.com. Search Morehead City, NC. For more information call 252-247-3883
✪ SEPTEMBER 15
[ 10AM–2PM ] Bringing adults and children of
Core Sound Family Fun Day
Calling all families, kids, parents and grandparents: Mark your calendar for fun times together the Core Sound Way! At 1785 Island Road, Harkers
Garden Party Dance Camp
[ 10–11AM ] Calling all fairy flowers! Swansboro
Parks and Recreation is partnering with Swansboro Dance Studio to offer a Garden Party
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DID BLACKBEARD SEE HORSES?
A Shackleford Banks hike through the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Cost is $30. For information call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
Dance Camp. Preschoolers are invited to dance and groove with us. The cost is $45 for 4 days and class will last one hour. We hope to see your little one there, each camper will be taking home a treasure trove (tutu and dance bag)! This class is geared towards pre-K. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 5878 Arendell Street, Newport. For information call 252-241-1184. The last admission is one hour prior to closing time. Admission includes entrance to corn maze, activity center and hayrides (picked pumpkins are extra). Ages 11 and up is $11. Ages 4–10 is $8. Ages 3 and under are free. Military discount is $1 off with military ID. On Highway 70 in Newport.
Bogue Sound Full Moon Paddle
Shackleford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard See Horses?
Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Participants will see an undeveloped barrier island like Blackbeard may have seen. This field trip requires hiking through sandy terrain for long distances. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, not suitable for children under 12. Advance registration required. Call the Program Registrar at 252504-7758. Cost is $30. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. For information call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above Bogue Sound. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water. Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to take in our surroundings. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and depart at 7. The paddle will last about 1½ hours and kayaks are provided. Couples can have individual kayaks or a tandem kayak. (Please note when checking out if you prefer tandem.) We look forward to seeing you! At 9404 Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle. For information, call 252-422-0559.
✪ SEPTEMBER 20, 27
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.
GARNER’S CORN MAZE
Opening weekend. Admission includes entrance to corn maze, activity center and hayrides. Picked pumpkins are extra. Ages 3 and under free. Military discount.
BREWIN’ CraftBeerFest SEPTEMBER 28–29
A two-day craft beer festival featuring a variety of seminars, luncheons and dinners as well as a pub crawl and the Beer, Bubbles and BBQ event. Call 252-515-0708.
Sports Center Chum Run
The 4th annual Sports Center Chum Run is the first event of its kind on the Crystal Coast. The Chum Run is a 5k obstacle run to benefit children’s programs at Camp Albemarle. There are approximately 15 obstacles of all types, including an open water swim, to challenge your strength and endurance. The Little Chummers Run for ages 7–15 makes this a fun event for the whole family. Participants swim, jog, crawl, climb, slide and jump their way to the finish line, where fans, refreshments and showers are waiting. Multiple heats accommodate participants of different ages and ability levels. A timing system is provided for a select number of heats, but the goal is to have fun completing the event. Little Chummers race open to ages 7–15. Must be 16 to participate in main event. Choose to complete both the run and the swim or just the run. Participants must complete both to be eligible for awards. View more information at sportscentermorehead.com/chumrun. SEPTEMBER 22–23
Garner’s Corn Maze Opening Weekend
Garner’s Corn Maze will open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday
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Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival
[ 3:30–7PM ] The exciting two-day festival will
feature a variety of beer seminars, luncheons and dinners in area restaurants, pubs and breweries as well a Pub Crawl and crowd favorite—Beer, Bubbles and BBQ! The festival will focus on North Carolina craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state. Check back often for details on this not-to-be-missed event. This incredible festival lineup will be published soon! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for our mailing list. Don’t miss a single drop! Guests must be 21 years or older to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events. For more information email: info@beaufortwineandfood. org, call 252-515-0708 or stop by Beaufort Wine & Food,129 Middle Lane, Beaufort. Visit them online at beaufortwineandfood.org. SEPTEMBER 29–30
Intro to Wooden Boat Building
A two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Cost is $135 (Friends of the Museum $121.50). Minimum age is 16. Course size limited. Advance registration required. Call the Program Registrar
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at 252-504-7758. The Watercraft Center offers more intensive longer classes on an on-demand basis: build your own stand-up paddleboard or surfboard; stitch-and-glue kayaks and skiffs; skinon-frame boat building; building and shaping masts, spars and oars or paddles; and half-model making. Visit thewatercraftcenter.com or Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Register by calling 252-504-7740.
✪ SEPTEMBER 29
Emerald Isle Beach Music Fest [ 11AM–5:30PM ] The Town of Emerald Isle
hopes to see you at the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! Over 9,000 joined last summer and we can see this close to doubling. Make plans early! This year’s free concert will again take place on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access and promises to be another great Emerald Isle event! This year’s bands include Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Chairmen of the Board, The Embers, The Tams and Sammy O’Banion. SEPTEMBER 30 | OCTOBER 7
Healthy Kids Running
[ 3:30–4:30pm ] Please arrive at 2:45 p.m. if you have not pre-registered or if you have not picked up your race bag. On-site registrations are welcome each week, checks are preferred. Wear your sneakers! Thank you! At Fort Benjamin Park, McQueen Avenue, Newport. For information call 252-646-2976.
✪ OCTOBER 2
[ 6–7PM ] Join Lisa Sparr as she takes you through
the wide world of essential oils! This month will be a seminar on how to incorporate essential oils into your cooking routine to really spice up your life. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com
✪ OCTOBER 2
Dr. Bogus Free Surf Fishing Seminar
In conjunction with the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament, Dr.
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Bogus will be offering a free seminar. Learn about speckled trout surf fishing from one of the area’s most renowned experts. At the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department Community Center. For more information, call 252-354-6350.
✪ OCTOBER 5–7
NC Seafood Festival
The North Carolina Seafood Festival, celebrating its 32nd year in 2018, will take place on the Morehead City Waterfront. The largest threeday festival in North Carolina, its highlights are an endless variety of seafood prepared in a multitude of ways, 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 are enjoyed by festival goers and neighbors alike. The festivities are spread from the North Carolina State Port to 11th Street on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront. Free parking is available at the port on Saturday and Sunday with shuttles transporting festival-goers to the fun. Admission is always free, but bring cash for all the extras that will tempt your wallet!
✪ OCTOBER 2
FREE SURF FISHING SEMINAR
With Dr. Bogus in conjunction with the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament. For more information call 252-354-6350.
Pine Knoll Shores Annual Community Yard Sale
[ 8AM–4PM ] Event will take place at the Public
Safety building in Pine Knoll Shores. At 314 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores. For information call 252-247-4353.
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Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Saltwater Slam [ 9AM–1PM ] From the fishing family to the
experienced king mackerel fisherman, this tournament will again be a fun and exciting event for everyone. So bring your family and fishing buddies and join us for this historic tournament. We welcome you. We hope you enjoy all the fun and excitement Atlantic Beach, Carteret County and the Crystal Coast has to offer. For more information visit abkingmack.com. €
✪ OCTOBER 5–7
NC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Seafood Festival takes off with an endless variety of seafood, vendors, concerts, arts, crafts, rides and fun. Free parking and admission.
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BEAUFORT’S BREWIN’ BEER FEST
Beaufort’s Brewin’ For Lovers of Craft Beers BEAUFORT’S BREWIN’ SEPTEMBER 28–29 Prepare to raise a glass to mark Beaufort Wine and Food’s third annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin’. The two-day festival will feature a variety of events, from 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 in to this passionate industry and following and offer our third 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.”
A beer seminar at the Backstreet Pub will kick off the two-day event on Friday. The format for this event will allow guests to meet a number of brewmasters and brewery owners and sample their products directly. This event will begin at 3:30 p.m.; tickets will be $20. On Friday evening, BWF is excited to announce the return of its popular Pub Crawl. Participating restaurants and venues in downtown Beaufort will offer guests a chance to meet brewers and sample beer and cuisine pairings at each stop. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and feature ten stops. Rounding out the evening on Friday are beer dinners starting at 7 p.m. which will be offered in two area restaurants. These beer dinners will feature a local host chef and a guest brewer on site to walk guests through the multi-course menu. Tickets to these events will sell out, and are on sale now. Call 252-515-0708.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE On Saturday, two beer luncheons will kick off the day starting at noon. They will feature a host chef and brewer to walk guests through the multi-course menu. Then it is time for the headline event for the festival—Beer, Bubbles and BBQ—which will be held at Front Street Village at 2400 Lennoxville Road in Beaufort from 3 to 7 p.m. It will feature over 25 craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state and beyond. In addition to tasting dozens of beers, guests will be treated to a variety of BBQ and sides, as a number of regional pitmasters put their best dishes forward in a BBQ competition. The winner will be announced during the event and will receive $500 to donate to charity. Live music will round out the entertainment. Guests can also vote on the People’s Choice beer—a title that was tied between Carteret County’s own Mill Whistle Brewing and Georgia-based Red Hare Brewing in 2017. “These events are unique in that they allow festivalgoers a chance to interact with the brewers and brewery owners who live and breathe beer,” say Ms. Parker. “These are the folks whose passion, patience and creativity have produced the amazing beer selections we see both locally and on retail shelves nationwide.” Proceeds from ticket sales go towards BWF’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 donated almost $700,000 to area nonprofits. Proceeds from this year’s Beaufort’s Brewin’ festival go toward BWF’s next major community project: a donation of $100,000 to the construction of the new, state-of-the-art culinary building on the campus of Carteret Community College. This new facility will more than triple the number of students served in these programs. “Our efforts to give back to organizations that support our community are at the forefront of what we do … it’s why we hold events throughout the year and it’s something our members, volunteers and sponsors and guests can be proud of,” explains Ms. Parker. Tickets are on sale now. More information is available online at beaufortwineandfood.com, by calling 252-515-0708 or stopping by the BWF office at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort. €
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How does an octopus reproduce?
eproduction by this creature is as unique as the animal itself. The male deposits a packet of spermatozoa into the mantle of the female—the part that makes up the majority of the body. In some instances, the female will retain the packet until she decides the time is right to fertilize her eggs. Depending on the species, females can produce some 200,000 eggs. Once the eggs are fertilized, the female produces long egg strings and attaches them to the underside of ledges, rocks, caves, or beneath submerged objects. She stops eating and broods her eggs for four to six weeks by blowing oxygenated water over them with her siphon. She dies shortly before or soon after eggs hatch. Newborns are tiny replicas of their parents. They measure about half the size of a grain of rice and rest on the sea bed or in grass flats where they mature quickly, lest they become part of the marine food web. Many never reach maturity. Some 200 species of octopus are known. The species found in North Carolina waters is the common octopus, Octopus vulgaris, a small variety weighing only a few pounds and having a short lifespan of 12 to18 months. Larger species are most often found in colder, northern waters. Octopuses are loners and make their homes in shallow water dens or small caves on or near the ocean floor. If no such nooks are available, they easily adapt to living inside wrecks, old car tires, pots, jars or other debris. They frequently block the entrance to their homes with rocks or other found objects to keep out intruders. These interesting animals have highly developed central nervous systems, well developed eyesight and are excellent at camouflage. They exhibit complex behaviors, are masters at coordinating their eight independently working arms, and quickly learn to navigate mazes and distinguish colors and shapes. Such characteristics indicate an unusual degree of intelligence. They are truly awesome animals. Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic environments and inhabitants by visiting the aquariums on Roanoke Island, at Fort Fisher and at Pine Knoll Shores, or Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. €
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n odd and fluffy, amber-colored baby bird was admitted to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) in Newport over a month ago that sent us straight to the Audubon identification manual. Based on the wide mouth that opened vertically as well as horizontally, tiny beak, bulbous but flat head, short legs, small feet and large black eyes, we knew he was from the Nightjar family, but what specifically he would become, we weren’t quite sure. As he grew and matured, it became evident that we had the largest Nightjar, a Chuck-will’s-widow, at our center, which is not a routine baby bird admit. People also call this ground-nesting bird a Nighthawk—and let’s not forget the folklore nickname of “goatsucker.” An ancient folktale speaks of these birds, with those broad, vast mouths, being known to suck milk from goats. Superstitious goat herders started that rumor because they saw Nightjars flying around their flocks and assumed that was what was going on! They were more than likely feeding on insects on the ground, which were probably plentiful since livestock were present. Our Nighthawk, who was not injured when he arrived at the shelter, just alone and found in a dangerous location, has been a well-behaved rehabilitation patient who got along famously with other species of birds in the incubator despite being three or more times their size. Because he is so big, his intake of meal and wax worms per day matched the intake of all his incubator mates combined. After fully feathering and growing quite large, he was moved to his own playpen complete with leaved branches for ground cover and hiding. The Chuck-will’s-widow is a nocturnal bird of the Nightjar family that feeds on flying insects such as beetles and moths. They have stiff, forward facing bristles on each side of their mouth to help trap insect meals. However, on occasion, a Nightjar will snatch a small bird like a sparrow or hummingbird and swallow it whole if the opportunity presents itself. Nightjars are found in the southeastern United States near swamps, rocky uplands and pine woods, but migrate to the West Indies, Central America and northwestern South America when temperatures drop in the fall. They have protective coloring of mottled or streaked gray, brown or reddish-brown plumage that resembles bark or leaves and provides ideal camouflage in the daytime. Their wings are pointy with a 25-inch span and tail feathers are very long, much like kestrels or cuckoos. Their flight is silent much like an owl’s. They will usually be sitting or flying since their legs and feet are small and poorly developed. It’s interesting to note that Nightjars generally perch along a branch rather than across it like most other birds. Since they match the branch, this position helps to conceal them. They will roost during the day on a branch or on the ground and in the same location day after day. They are mostly active in the late evening, late night and early morning. At night, most birds go quiet, but for a Nightjar that’s their noisy time of day and when communication is key amongst their species. They will sing to high heaven, especially the male, all night long! And their voices carry, as they will holler, in a most pleasant way, across a woodland area, field or canyon. A Chuck-will’s-widow sings its own name in a rich, throaty chant. To find a
mate, a male will strut or sidle up to a female with his body plumage puffed up, wings drooping and tail spread. He moves with jerky actions while vocalizing. Nightjars do not build nests, but rather lay two to four patterned eggs on patches of dead leaves or pine needles on the ground. The eggs, which are pink with spots of brown and lavender, are subsequently incubated by the female for only three weeks. The young are tended to by the female alone. She shelters them during the day and feeds them at night by regurgitating insects. First flight occurs at 17 days or more. It has been suggested that nightjars will move their eggs and chicks from the nesting site in the event of danger by carrying them in their mouths, a behavior not shared by other birds. This theory has been repeated often in a variety of ornithology books, but Nightjar research has little evidence to support that idea. However, she has been noticed feigning a broken wing in efforts to lead potential predators away from the nest much like the behavior of a Killdeer. It’s sad to note that the Chuck-will’swidow numbers have declined over the years. Besides predators, the Chuck-will’s-widow fate is impacted by habitat loss, automobiles and pesticides since their diet relies mainly on insects, but on a happy up-tick, CWW’s are benefiting from the American Bird Conservancy’s “Bring Back the Birds” conservation efforts! Our young Chuck-will’s-widow at OWLS has such a good disposition and has been a joy to work with. He occasionally vocalizes, especially late afternoon, but his appetite, size and physical behaviors really set him apart from the other birds in the nursery. If he’s hungry, his tendency is to rock side to side to let us know to bring on the worms! He has such impressive table manners that he ohso-gently removes worms from the tweezers. We will hate to see our little-big guy go! But, eventually, go he will to live his Nightjar life and sing his evening songs in the wild! €
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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
GREAT THINGS... AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE
was reflecting the other day on some of my previous studies when William Carey came to mind. Carey was known for being the father of modern Protestant missions. In a meeting in 1786, he found himself to be the newest member of an English Baptist ministerial association. He was asked if he would like to suggest a topic for discussion. Carey, without consideration suggested, “Seeing that the accompanying promise was of equal extent—the command given to the apostles to teach all nations was not binding on all succeeding ministers to the end of the world.” He was quickly rebuked and told to sit down for suggesting such conversation. This idea of reaching out to other nations was at best radical and, more than that, out of the question. You see, these other men felt it was not their duty to reach people of other nations. They did not heed Jesus’s words of action in Matthew 28:19 to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” What had been revealed in this meeting was Carey’s true desire and calling. This idea became a dream from the Lord that truly burdened his heart. Carey spent the next several years planning and preparing for the mission God had placed on his heart. He was perceived by many to be mad for such an endeavor. His wife did not even want to go. She feared the idea and was terrified of the ocean, the only means of long-distance travel at the time. And financially, they were in no position to go do missionary work. Carey did what only we can do dealing with such difficulty. He went after God in prayer. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” [HEBREWS 11:6] In time, finances were arranged. Carey’s wife changed her mind. In 1793, Carey, his wife and three children would sail to India to begin missionary work, never to return to England. There is so much more to Carey’s story. He worked diligently for the profit of God’s kingdom through great trials and difficulty. Upon his death, he was referred to as “the very foremost name of our times in the whole Christian world,” and not for any other reason than his humility to serve others and willingness to answer the call. Today, so many of us are busy about our business and our desires. Sometimes the only difference we make in anyone’s live is in our own. Carey had this radical idea that God had placed in his heart and mind. If you study Carey, you would know that he also knew God’s word very well. His knowledge of God’s word became applicable wisdom for how he lived his life. Many thought his ideas and desire for missionary work to be folly. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” [1 CORINTHIANS 1:18] In your life, God will place something on your heart that may seem crazy to others. If God is calling, you would be wise to answer. It would be for your good and for His glory. That is the qualifier to know if it is God. Obedience to God means doing things we don’t want to do, saying things we don’t want to say and giving up things we don’t want to give up. Here is a heads up: “If you feel God is asking you to do something that is to your advantage alone, it is probably not God asking!” In 1792, several years after Carey made that crazy suggestion in the ministerial association meeting, he gave a sermon at the same association. His text for the sermon was from Isaiah 54 verses 2 and 3: “Enlarge the place of Your tent… For Your seed shall inhabit the Gentiles.” Carey’s purpose in life was to love the Lord and make His name great! Every single person in this world was created by God for the same purpose. Every day, so many people walk through life purposeless and without hope because they are missing out on God. They are walking aimlessly trying to find something to give their lives meaning. When we reject God, we reject our meaning and our purpose. Take on the attitude of Carey and live life with meaning and purpose for your creator God. € “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” William Carey Miller, Basil. William Carey, Cobbler to Missionary. Zondervan, 1952. 18 CAROLINA SALT September / October 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com
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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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
s September sets in Anglers along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, know that fishing this area of the coast is very enjoyable and with the variety of fish available each fall, fishing is often “laborless.” September is a great month to fish along our coast because various baitfish (mullet, glass minnows, shrimp and menhaden) become so prevalent throughout the marshes, 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. Knowing the best baits, tides, conditions and locations to target each species is crucial to having a successful day of fishing.
Martina Cook of Hubert caught this 32-inch Redfish while fishing the Swansboro backwaters with her family.
September offers up many opportunities for anglers fishing the nearshore waters along the Crystal Coast. There will be a plethora of bait moving out of the inlets which will cause false albacore as well as large Spanish and king mackerel to feed aggressively along our nearshore live bottoms and around our inlet tidelines. Slow trolling 4 to 6" live menhaden or mullet will produce some amazing strikes on light tackle this month. I prefer to fish these baits on a rig consisting of two No. 4 gold trebles rigged on about 12 to 15 inches of 30-lb. sevenstrand wire. When targeting those albacore, try casting a 1 to 2-oz. metal bait such as a Sting Silver or downsize to a ¼-oz. double-speck rig if they refuse those heavier metal jigs. Our nearshore live bottoms and reefs will also be holding plenty of summer flounder and seabass which anglers can target effectively using Bett’s 2-oz. Flounder Fanatic bucktails tipped with Berkley’s 4" Gulp Shrimp.
TARGETING REDFISH As fall approaches, there are large numbers of shrimp and finger mullet working their way out of our coastal rivers and moving into the open sounds and closer to the inlets. Redfish will join together in pods of a few dozen to 500 or more along the surf, in our shallow sounds and bays and in the coastal rivers to take advantage of all this bait. Early mornings as well as late afternoons are great times to avoid the heat and crowds to take advantage of these incredibly strong fighters. I guide my clients to redfish averaging between 5 and 10 pounds using a variety of artificial and natural baits. We’ll find fish on grass flats, sand flats, mud flats and around structure like oyster beds, docks and rock piles. Regardless of which situation you’re fishing, it’s important to use baits that closely mimic the bait in the area. I prefer to cast an ⅛-oz. jighead or a ¼-oz spinner bait tipped with a 3 to 4" Berkley Gulp Alive bait because these baits will catch redfish as well as flounder which are prevalent during the fall.
TARGETING SPECKLED TROUT Speckled trout will begin showing up in our area in good numbers this month. These fish will be moving with the tidal flow throughout the deeper creeks behind our beaches or staging up in the current around oyster beds in our rivers. September and October usually offers up good numbers of larger 1.5 to 4-pound fish and often strike artificial baits very well. Imitation shrimp and glass minnows are excellent soft baits as well as suspending hard baits like Mirrolures. During the rising tide these fish will stage on top of shallow shoals or edges along the marshy shores and when the tides are falling they often congregate along the dropoffs. If you’re on an area producing fish well and the bite slows, you can often relocate farther down current and follow the bite.
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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
eptember is when the water normally begins to start cooling. The offshore water temperatures have been from 68 to 80 degrees on the bottom and the surface temperatures have been 82 to 84 degrees. Water temperatures on the inshore wrecks were in the 73 to 80 degrees range. Water temperatures should remain in the low 70s 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 WRECK OF THE NAECO
The Naeco is a 412-foot-long tanker that is in 140 feet of water. The bow and the stern section of the ship are about five miles apart. About 38 miles south of the Beaufort Inlet, it usually takes about two and a half hours to reach this dive site after leaving the inlet. The high part of this wreck is at 120 feet. The Naeco was originally named the Charles M. Everest and carried a cargo of kerosene, heating oil and gasoline from Texas to New Jersey. Naeco is “ocean” spelled backwards. In March of 1942, Captain Emil H. Engelbrecht and his crew of 37 left Houston with a cargo of heating oil and kerosene bound for New Jersey. On March 23, 1942, the Naeco was headed toward Cape Lookout. Even though the Naeco was alone on the surface of the water, she had company below the surface, U-124. Korvettenkapitän Johann Mohr had been following the Naeco hoping to add to his tonnage sunk. The U-124 took aim and fired a single torpedo into the starboard side of the Naeco, just forward of amidships. The torpedo set the fuel oil on fire and soon everything forward of amidships was on fire. All of the lifeboats forward of amidships were destroyed. The No. 3 and 4 lifeboats were undamaged. The ship was still moving at 14 knots when the No. 4 lifeboat was lowered to the water and was immediately swamped. The four men in the lifeboat were thrown into the water. One found a raft floating nearby and climbed into it, one swam back to the ship and two kept swimming. The chief engineer shut the engines down and ten minutes later, the Naeco was moving slowly enough to lower ten men in the No. 3 lifeboat. Four hours after the attack, the Coast Guard cutter Dione picked up the two men swimming in the water and the crew aboard the No. 3 lifeboat. The USS Umpqua picked up the crewman that swam back to the ship and the USS Osprey picked up the crewman that was in the raft. An hour after the rescues, the Naeco broke into two sections and slid beneath the surface. There were fourteen survivors and 24 men were lost. The Crystal Coast has some of the best wreck diving and large animal encounters in the world, but the weather can be unpredictable. When you cannot get offshore, there are inshore wrecks that still provide a lot of marine life. For more information about charters, contact Discovery Diving at email@example.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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