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Labor Day Issue 2013 Hyde County’s Country Magazine Published quarterly


Maggie Duke

Antiques, Books & Art in Columbia, NC

Specializing in items of unusual quality and desirability Always buying Antiques and Collectibles -- Single Items or Entire Estates Come find us off U.S. Hwy 64 at 210 HISTORIC MAIN STREET. Now open daily from 10 to 5 and weekend nights (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), also by chance or appointment!

Contact us at (252)706-0534

















Quote of the Quarter


“Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.” ― Albert Einstein

DEAR READER Before I introduce our new editorin-chief, Tim Nielsen, allow me to thank Ms. Margie Brooks for her “We are delighted to welcome priceless editorial support in the past. We couldn’t Tim Nielsen to our team. Tim’s publishing and editorial have done it background is invaluable to without her and us and allows us to continue are grateful that publishing both magazines, she helped out The Swan Quarterly and for a little while. The Scuppernong Gazette.”

Meet Tim!

Ingrid Lemme


Ms. Emily’s Village Consignment, Crafts, Cust om Mats/Framing Shop  Labor Day Issue 2013

—Running into Tim Nielsen, I feel, was a ‘message from above’, as Neli and I were seriously considering to drop both publications. Open Wed.-Sat. 8:30-4:00. Closed Second Sat. of each month. Hard copies of the Swan Quarterly are available for purchase here! Located 45 NC Highway 45, Swan Quarter.

Tim not only agreed to edit both magazines, The Swan Quarterly and The Scuppernong Gazette, but he also agreed to do some interviews and writings himself, as he has done in his past life.— Life is ever changing, but you Hyde County and especially Swan Quarter, don’t you go changin‘— I love you just the way you are... Love Ingrid

Teens of the Quarter

Kasidy Lynn Jarvis &Joshua Dunbar

Kasidy goes to Mattamuskeet High and works for “The Sweet Escape Ice-Cream Shop” in Swan Quarter while Joshua goes to the Pungo Christian Academy and farms for Dickie Tunnell! Labor Day Issue 2013

On the Board Walk

Kid of the Quarter

Teens of the Quarter

Josie Cahoon, she is 8 years old and attends Mattamuskeet school


Kasidy Lynn Jarvis & Joshua Dunbar of Hyde County!


Swan Quarter Annual Yard Sale

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree


Down East Arts & Crafts Show

Couple of the Quarter

Ms. Odessa Williams Jarvis & Capt Harry Glyn Jarvis

DEC 7TH Hotline’s Annual Ice Gala

Business of the Quarter

Book of the Quarter

“What’s for Supper” By Sharon Peele Kennedy

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Hyde County Hotline’s 3rd Annual Winter Event “An Ice Gala” Saturday, Dec. 7th

OCT 25-27

Organization of the Quarter

Friends of Hyde County's Historic 1854 Courthouse, congrats to Greater Hyde County Chamber of Commerce award!

Event of the Quarter

Gibbs Store, located in the heart of Engelhard, has been a part of the community since 1895.

Boat of the Quarter “Charcoal”

MAN OF THE QUARTER HARRY GLYN JARVIS OYSTER CREEK MARINA Capt Glyn, as they call him, has lived on, worked and harvested the water all of his life. The first born of four children to Harry Glyn Sr. and Hazel Jarvis (deceased), he was raised initially in Belhaven and then in Engelhard where Mr. Harry Sr. opened a seafood business. Glyn was the first child in his father's business, and he helped his dad operate Chief Engelhard Seafood, bringing prosperity to Engelhard, NC. In the early years, Capt Glyn piloted a shrimp boat alongside his two brothers, Laurin (deceased) and Ralph (still living in Swan Quarter). The boys and their father were responsible for bringing in the bounty of seafood from the Pamlico Sound and oceans of Eastern Labor Day Issue 2013

Carolina in the late 40’s and continuing for many decades. One sister, Esther Pearl went off to school, married, and lived in parts of Florida and Georgia, but the boys stayed home and worked the family business. As a young man, he was called to duty in the US Army in 1951 to travel to Korea to fight a war in a land that few knew about. Little did he know that he’d soon end up in a land that required extreme measures just to survive the horrible climate. Winter temperatures were 20-30 degrees below zero, and many solders did not survive and froze to death. Summers were unbearable at temperatures reaching 115 to 120 degrees.

Capt Glyn managed to command a tank as a Sergeant, and fought many battles on Korean ground over a period of 2 ½ years. The war ended in 1953. He was only one month shy of coming home when it was announced the ‘War is Over,’ and then it was another eight months in a foreign land before he was finally headed home. He still remembers seeing the Golden Gate Bridge aboard a ship and realizing that it was true. He was coming home. Glyn did what other soldiers did in ”the forgotten war”. He returned home to the family seafood business in Engelhard, NC. He went back to attending

Photo left to right: Chief Jeff Stotesberry, Glen Jarvis, Ray Stotesberry, Henry Williams - Photo Margie Brooks

gatherings at the a popular hot spot with young folks at the Pop-A-Rina (located between Engelhard and Swan Quarter). It was there that he’d met a pretty little dark haired girl prior to going off to war. He’d told her that he was going off to war back in 1951 and asked her for a date when he would return. After he returned in 1953 he kept looking for her and would run into her occasionally; when he asked her for a date, she said "No." He’d promised to ask her out when he returned, but he was dating other gals. She’d grown up, and graduated while he was overseas and moved to DC where she worked for the FBI. She would return home from time to time to visit with family. But, he was interested and she was, too. He never forgot her and she never forgot him. They both loved to dance the jitterbug at the hot spots in and around town. They’d finally started to date. He’d take her to the dances when she was home. And he’d visit DC to meet her, but then he grew tired of the travel and still working in his family’s business. He then decided he needed to make a move. So bravely he sent her a letter expressing his interest in Labor Day Issue 2013

her, but explaining he had to work the family business in NC; he wished she would quit her job and move back to Hyde County. So, Odessa, decided it was time to make her move, put in her two-week notice, and came back home. They continued to date, and on July 4, 1954, Glyn and Odessa were on a ferry ride between Manteo and Nags Head. It was there that Glyn popped the question. They’d seen a cute little curly blackhaired girl in a car riding the ferry with her parents. Glyn said to Odessa: “One day I want one of those. How about we get married and see if we can have one?” So, on Christmas Day in 1954 they said “I do” in Bath, NC and 13 months later were blessed with a cute little curly black-haired little girl and named her Susan,

which just happened to be the name of Odessa’s childhood baby doll. They were living in Engelhard then, both of them working for Capt Glyn’s father's seafood business, Odessa doing the books and accounting, and Capt Glyn fishing the waters of

Eastern North Carolina and distributing seafood up and down the coast of NC and Virginia. A second child was born, a boy, they named Harry Glyn Jarvis III. Capt Glyn soon grew tired of working for the

family business and desired to move further south to raise his family and branch out on his own. So, down they went to Key West, Florida. They lived in a nearby village from where the docks were but then after a few years decided to move back to North Carolina to once again work the family business in Engelhard. Odessa secured a job with the Postal Service as Post Master of Engelhard and Capt Glyn decided to build his own Marina in Swan Quarter. In 1964 the Oyster Creek Marina located near the ferry in Swan Quarter was built. Capt Glyn knew this was his destiny. He continued to build his business and added three more children to their family. The marina business thrived, as it was a family run business where he taught his five children, Susan Jarvis, Harry Jarvis, Gwen Jarvis Newman, Kent Jarvis, and Madge Jarvis Williams how to help. Soon he would open another business in Chesapeake, VA. It was a seafood market and restaurant. Susan and Harry were teenagers and began to operate the big truck that distributed the seafood between Swan Quarter, Engelhard and the restaurant/ Labor Day Issue 2013

market in Chesapeake, VA. Susan had her license to drive and Harry would shift the gears on the manual transmission truck. His five children grew up learning how to run a business, some left for other states, some stayed in the area. They all married, had children, and then grandchildren, but none of them ever forgot where their heritage began, and the value of good seafood. Capt Glyn is proud of all of his children and their spouses, and the kids and grandkids that have all called North Carolina their family home. Capt. Glyn’s health has taken a toll lately, and the Rescue and Fire Dept employees have come to his home to transport him to nearby medical facilities and helped him. Capt Glyn lets no kind deed go unnoticed. When he found out that the Fire Dept was ‘borrowing’ grills, and other cooking equipment to put on the BBQ’s and chicken cookouts, to help raise money for the local fire dept/rescue squad, he wanted to donate money to aid their endeavors. So in April 2013, Capt Glyn donated $5,000, but told the folks not to make a big deal of it and keep it anonymous. But

then, after he thought about it, a wondered why he should keep it a secret? These volunteers needed money to keep things going, so he told them to “BLOW it UP” and let the locals know that they needed help. “If he could do something, perhaps others would help too!” he said and that’s what they did. In July 2013, the local EMT’s and fire department had it publicized, just as Capt Glyn wished. They thanked him with his picture in the paper and a FULL-BLOWN Up-Sized Check for $5,000. They got the word out, and bought a brand new BBQ setup so they no longer had to borrow cookers from the locals. Capt Glyn still runs the Oyster Creek Marina, and Ms Odessa, retired from the US Postal Services, will tell you that they proudly lived and raised their family in Hyde County, NC. They are proud of their five children, and their spouses, their 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. The seafood legacy of Hyde County still remains alive and active, thanks to the Jarvis’ pioneering spirit in the 40’s-- where it all began.


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LADY OF THE QUARTER ODESSA WILLIAMS JARVIS SWAN QUARTER, NC When it comes to a Good Ole Fashioned Southern Belle who is strong willed, determined, and a willing to help others ….well, Odessa Jarvis comes to mind in Swan Quarter. A lady that raised five children, in Hyde County, teaching Good Manners and Southern Charm. Odessa was the youngest of five born to Whitfield & Ida Williams in Swan Quarter in the late 1930’s. She grew up in a home just across the street from where she currently lives on Credle Rd. As a young girl she was the baby of the family, both pretty and smart. She thrived in the family home, helping her Mom and Dad raise chickens, picking vegetables from the garden and living off the land. They didn’t have running water back then, and there was an out-house that she Labor Day Issue 2013

wasn’t too fond of, especially in cold winters.

being on her own with a great career.

In her senior year of high school at Swan Quarter, she met a handsome young man, Glyn Jarvis. While attending a dance at the popular and local Pop-ARina-- a hot spot for bands and young folks, she noticed him and he noticed her. Before he headed off to war in 1951 he made her a promise. He asked,

Betty Lou and Odessa would often return home for a visit to their family in Swan Quarter. They would go to the local dances at the Pop-A-Rina, as well as the Nags Head Dance Hall on the Beach, where the big named bands would play. That continued for a couple of years, until 1953, when Glyn returned from the war and they ran into each other from time to time. Finally he asked her out, and she replied, "NO, you told me you were going to ask me out a year later, and you stood me up." But finally Odessa decided that she’d quit playing hard to get and went out with him.

"When I get back, can we go out on a date?" She said, "Yes," and he went off to war and she graduated. After graduation, Odessa , along with her cousin and best friend Betty Lou, got an apartment in DC, and began working for the Federal Government in the FBI. She loved living in the city and

They would see each other when she came home to Swan Quarter from DC, and when he traveled to DC. However he grew tired of the traveling, while still having to work the family business, and decided it was time to make a move. so he wrote a letter, asking her to move back to Hyde County so he could see her more often. Odessa, upon reading the letter, gave her two week's notice and moved back

to Swan Quarter. She got a job in the Register of Deeds office in Swan Quarter, and she and Glyn would meet at the Local Howards Inn Restaurant (where East Carolina Bank in Swan Quarter sits now). They’d also be seen at the local Ice Cream Shop on the corner (across from Pat’s Service Station), and they’d go to movies in Engelhard. Then, on July 4, 1954, on a ferry ride from Manteo to Manns Harbor, Glyn

asked Odessa for her hand in marriage. He saw a cute little curly haired girl in a car with her parents, and asked Odessa, “Hey, wouldn't it be nice to have one of those one day?” I’d like to get married to you and have one just like that. What do you think?” Odessa said yes, and on Christmas Day in 1954, they were married in Bath, NC. Thirteen months later, they had Labor Day Issue 2013

their sweet curly haired baby girl; they named her Susan. After they married, they moved to Engelhard. Odessa worked as a bookkeeper and accountant at her father- and mother-i nlaws' seafood business there. When Odessa became pregnant with their second child, she and Glyn decided to go out on their own. Glyn purchased his own shrimp boat, and they moved to Key West, Florida. They lived near the docks and enjoyed the tropical air breezes and the easy life. After a few years, it was time for Susan to start Kindergarten, and they decided to move back to Hyde County to help with the family business again. So Glyn took to the sea bringing back the boat , and Odessa hitched up the trailer driving the kids back to Hyde County, where they settled down again. Odessa, with her past Government experience quickly found a good job as the Post Master of Engelhard, and quickly adapted to working full time job. Glyn built a Marina in Swan Quarter in 1964, where he could operate his own family business and teach his kids how to run it. Odessa continued to work with as the Post Master of Engelhard for three decades.

But upon retiring she grew tired of sitting home, and decided to go into the AVON business. After all, as Post Master, she knew pretty much everyone, so her business grew into a very successful one. She won the President's Award with Avon for many years in a row, and was known as one of the top sellers in North Carolina. Odessa recently retired from selling Avon, but continues to enjoy visiting the folks at the Nursing Home next door to her residence. She goes over to keep them company because they can’t get around and out. She also goes to son Kent and his wife Karen Jarvis’ restaurant in town, “The Hyde-Away Café.” There you’ll find her tidying up a bit, talking to the customers and telling visitors what to see and what to do in Hyde County while they visit or travel through. She and Mr. Glyn love to travel when they can. They’ve been to foreign lands, traveled the USA, and visit often with their children and their families. Home is, and always will be, Hyde County for them.



treasure trove for those folks who enjoy the thrill of the hunt” and this year is expected to surpass previous offerings!

Avid yard sale goers, always the On the first Saturday of each early birds, begin arriving in car October the residents of Swan loads well before the posted 7 Quarter, a rural fishing village am start. From antiques to zip on the Pamlico Sound, hold a drives, shoppers find furniture, yard sale. Not just any yard sale, appliances, jewelry, kitchen mind you, but a “Mile-Long items, collectibles and clothing Community Yard Sale.” Loosely modeled after the World’s Longest Yard Swan Quarter Community Yard Sale Sale that runs Features Everything over 600 miles From A to Z! from Ohio south to Alabama, the Swan Quarter event takes place for just over a mile along, or directly off of, Main Street (NC 94)in this rural Hyde County town. for all age groups and sizes. Since the first event in 2006, the sale has grown from a few families offering items for sale to over sixty different sales in 2012. An editorial in the Washington Daily News several years ago described it as a “penny pincher’s paradise – and a Labor Day Issue 2013

Discriminating shoppers might find automobiles, hunting and fishing gear, tools and lawn-care items in addition to the usual yard-sale wares. The male population, not usually known for such junkets, are also eagerly

participating - both as sellers and as buyers. Planning for the event begins in late summer and the village will take on an air of festivity as the date draws nearer. This year, the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department will move its regularly scheduled lunch/ dinner fundraiser from the last Saturday in September until the day of the sale. Each family or organization that participates pays a small fee to help defray the cost of advertising in regional newspapers and to pay for signage. One of the organizers, Patsy Newman, reveals that she “is totally blown away by the number of folks that show up each year.” “I’ve never seen so many folks in Swan Quarter at one time!” Newman offers her large yard and paved driveway for her some of her neighbors to set-up their sale tables.

Shoppers will also enjoy the added bonus of two shops near the Historic Hyde County Courthouse. The Village Consignment and Craft Shop at 35 NC 45 has a great selection of new and gently used items. A portion of all sales is donated to the local volunteer fire department. In the Historic Hyde County Courthouse, 10 Oyster Creek Road, the nonprofit group the Friends of Hyde County’s Historic 1854 Courthouse will have the MATTIE Arts Center open. Local artists’ wares are featured in the gift shop and there are public restrooms available. All proceeds are used to preserve, utilize and sustain the courthouse which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

email . The Yard Sales will be spread out along Main Street (NC94) and on nearby side-streets. Additional sales will be held on Quarter Road and US 264 as shown on this map. Free offstreet parking “P” is available in several locations (look for the signs in the village). Attendees are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk to nearby sales to help with traffic congestion. A porta-potty “PP” is also centrally located and food and drink “F” will be offered at various locations during the day.

The roads marked in green on the map indicate the yard sale route. Swan Quarter is easily accessible via US 264 from the east or the west. Visitors coming from the north can take NC 45S or NC94S to US 264. When nearing Swan Quarter, shoppers should look for and follow signage that will lead them directly to Main Street (NC94). The majority of the sales will be right on Main Street, but several will also be held on adjoining side streets and Quarter Road.


The 2013 Swan Quarter Community Yard Sales is planned for Saturday, October 5 beginning at 7 am and continuing as long as customers are shopping. October 12 is the rain date. For more information call 252-925-0087 or Labor Day Issue 2013

"FLYING BEAUTIES OF FALL" Lovely butterflies are easily observed on sunny fall days in Hyde County. Of the 170 species native to North Carolina, more than 100 have been recorded in our marshes, woods, yards, and gardens. Our moderate temperatures coupled with a variety of habitats provide an ideal residence for these delicate insects. Some, such as the majestic Tiger Swallowtail, the North Carolina state butterfly, enjoy forest habitats near the Pungo River and the swamps along Lake Mattamuskeet; Tigers also frequent gardens for an easy source of nectar. Other species such as some of the Skippers prefer deep woods, but also inhabit gardens and yards. During the summer and fall, Hyde County’s landscape is flooded with butterflies in all stages of life—pearly eggs are hidden on the undersides of Labor Day Issue 2013

leaves, caterpillars devour foliage as fast as it can grow, chrysalises angle from stems and ledges, and adults float through the air, alighting on their favorite plants to feed or deposit eggs. With the right mix of host and nectar plants, a Hyde County yard can provide habitat for all stages of a butterfly’s life, from egg to adult. Although the lifespan of many species may exceed three months, only about two weeks are spent

as adults. Adult butterflies spend a lot of time searching for and consuming nectar through a straw-like proboscis. Some, such as the Variegated Fritillary are attracted to plants with platformshaped flowers that allow easy landing and maneuvering, while others such as the Zebra Swallowtail like short-tubed

clustered blooms. Hyde County native plants that entice nectaring butterflies in the late summer and fall include Sweet Pepperbush, Joe-Pye weed, New York Ironweed, and Swamp Sunflower (all of which can be purchased through native plant nurseries). Butterflies also feed on the nectar of fall-blooming Zinnias, Cosmos, Asters, and Daisies, and are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blooms. If your yard is lacking these plants, don’t despair – you can plant now for next spring’s parade of colorful blooms and wings!

BY ANNE BLYTHE DAVIS Photo: The North Carolina state butterfly, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, lays its eggs on a variety of plants including sassafras, tuliptree, wild cherry, and sweet bay. This one is resting on a holly.

A Palamedes Swallowtail uses its proboscis to suck nectar from a heliotrope; this flower has a bloom period that stretches from late May until frost.

The Variegated Fritillary likes open and sometimes disturbed habitats. It feeds on swamp sunflower, Joe-Pye weed, and other flat-topped flowers.Â

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LOVING SWAN QUARTER I don’t know if ya’ll remember when we first came around, Sunny and I? We came through Lake Mattamuskeet, drove into to town, got gas and a good welcome at Pat’s "no name" gas station, got freezer-burned ice cream from the Quarter Grill and were then harassed by biting flies at the outdoor picnic tables. That was shortly after Isabel; the Swan Quarter dike hadn’t been built and the remnants of the devastating storm were still quite evident. As we so often had taken ‘the road less traveled,’ we discovered the land of Hyde. We visited The Landing, saw the havoc Isabelle had left there as well and passed shortly thereafter, on the way out of town towards Belhaven, the old house with the steeple. That’s when I fell in love. Life was easy then, we were happy, we had good paying jobs and were gonna live forever. Now some of you might be wondering what these Yankees were doing in this part of coastal Carolina anyway? A couple of years earlier we’d bought a piece of land in Tyrrell Labor Day Issue 2013

County, over the Internet, sight unseen; those were the days when the economy was healthy and so was Sunny, my husband. Sunny was working on his Masters in Emergency Management at John J. in New York City. And with his background as EMT-CC, Fireman and with a couple of dozen of other certificates he had already earned, Hyde County

was the place we both just might fit in for retirement. You see, Sunny was a 6 foot 6 man with a cowboy hat who had decided to fall in love with me, a woman of quite independent means with a German accent. That was on Long Island’s East End, in a little town called Montauk, where there is no reasonable land left to be bought and with little hope to ever reunite the Lemme family. To be honest Sunny wasn’t crazy about buying ‘the castle.‘

“ Too much work,” he’d commented. But I was, and that was the end of it. We hired our son, who is a carpenter, to do most of the work, and Sears for windows and siding, and spent every vacation helping him with whatever was on the agenda.   The first person we ever meet in Swan Quarter was Steve Bryan, and then our neighbors, Lynn & Garry Sadler, Pam & Darla Sawyer and Stephanie Watson and her sons Tyius and Edward. Later we became friends with Chief Jeff Stotesberry, Ms. Emily and her husband, Pat from the Gas Station, and many others as well--the kindest people you will ever meet. Make a long story short, Sunny was about four years ago diagnosed with cancer and passed away about 2 ½ years ago. I’ve sold our ‘castle’ recently to a couple that loves the house and the community as much as we did and whom I believe will fit right in. I wish them all the best and all the love that Hyde County has to give. And you Swan Quarter, don’t you go changin’—I love you just the way you are. Love Ingrid

Boat of the Quarter “Charcoal”

Photographed by Tiffany Randalls Randalls Photography “My husband's grandfather Willie Williams Sr. built the boat and operated it for many years. We sold it a couple of years ago. This boat has many memories in our family though. The name Charcoal came from Willie because right after he bought it it caught on fire and completely burnt up, so he rebuilt everything and named it "Charcoal"...” - Tiffany Randalls Labor Day Issue 2013

SAUTEED SHRIMP BY SHARON PEELE KENNEDY OF ‘WHAT’S FOR SUPPER” ON BEACH 104 6-8 medium shrimp per person more per if desired Olive oil 1-2 cloves garlic Salt and pepper

Peel and devein the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a 5th of an inch olive oil in a medium weight skillet to medium high heat, toss in the garlic clove let cook a few minutes, then remove, carefully place a few shrimp in skillet, careful not to over crowd. Let saute without moving until lightly brown, give one or two stirs let cook until shrimp a good pink, remove from pan. Cover, set aside. Serve over easy Spanish rice.

After removing shrimp from pan, drain some of the excess oil, toss in some diced onion celery or and green pepper, minced garlic, let saute a few minutes, stir in 1 cup uncooked rice, letting brown just a little, add 1 cup diced tomatoes, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 bay leaf, bring to a boil, cover, lower heat, simmer about 15-20 minutes.

“What's for Supper” cook books are available at Buxton Village Books, Island Convenience in Rodanthe, Askins Creek in Avon, Conner's Supermarket, Frisco Shopping Center, Burrus Red & White, Lee Robinson's, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Austin's Seafood and at The Book Store in Manteo.

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MATTIE ARTS CENTER GEARING UP FOR FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY! On October 26, 2013 MATTIE Arts Center will celebrate its one year anniversary. On this day, in conjunction with the 7th Annual Hyde County Arts and Crafts Show to be held in the county government building across the commons in downtown Swan Quarter, the public is invited to engage with local artisans and artists as they wield their crafts inside and outside of the Arts Center studios from 10 AM to 4 PM.   

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Also, don’t miss our Sales Gallery- there are a lot of local artists who, having “regular” jobs, do not have enough inventory to support a full booth at the show; their works, and those of other artists unable to attend the show, will be on sale in our gallery. We have a fine array of quality art objects, reasonably priced and perfect for any gift occasion. At our initial opening last year, MATTIE had four “artists in motion."  This year promises to be a much more expanded program-twice the size.  Already lined up for the “artists in motion” program are Gregory Berry of Engelhard (duck carving), Ed Clarke of Middletown (decoy building),

Cathy Clayton of Ponzer (wood burning), Jessica Credle, a Fairfield native (glass etching), Laura Hayes of Engelhard (faux stained glass), Mark Hierholzer of Swan Quarter/Richmond and Jane Gibbs of Engelhard (oil painting), and Carol Lynn of Engelhard (fire art).   In addition (AND YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!) we will take consignment receipt of a Jim Gallucci creation fabricated especially for MATTIE Arts Center.  Mr. Gallucci is a world renowned metal sculpture artist. I first met him in February of this year at the Southeastern Entrepreneurship for the Arts Conference in Greensboro, and after an engaging conversation at his studio, he made the magnanimous offer to build one of his famous interactive “gateways” especially for our center to help make us a tourist destination.  I won’t go into details here except to tell you it’s 8 feet tall and 12 feet long and definitely has a theme exclusive to Hyde County…you’ll just have to come see!  As Jim describes it THE UNLOADING AND ANCHORING DOWN IS


The idea to use the courthouse for an arts center was conceived in October of 2011 when Friends board member Mack McLawhorn went to internationally acclaimed Penland School of Crafts near Spruce Pine, NC to visit his daughter, Marsha McLawhorn, along with our long time family

  As many of you are aware, MATTIE Arts is a program of the Friends of Hyde County’s Historic Courthouse, a private non-profit organization.  The program was conceived not only as a way to sustain the historic building but also as part of the economic development of Hyde County.  Our vision is that the arts center will expand throughout and beyond the village of Swan Quarter with resident art studios and additional teaching studios as other artists relocate temporarily or permanently to teach, learn, and work. Labor Day Issue 2013

idea. In January of 2012, the Friends approved the initiation of a feasibility study.  Eight months later, after an invitational art forum in March where more than 40 local and area artist attended and collaborated on the idea, after tallying results from a mass community mailer in June, and after holding two art classes for 22 students in July, the Friends deemed the art program viable and began hot pursuit of a lease on the first floor of the courthouse. The lease was obtained October 1, 2012, but only for one year.  

friend, Jerry Jackson, Deputy Director of Penland.   For some time, the Friends had been trying to come up with a strategic plan to utilize and sustain the courthouse, on the historic registry since 1979.  Being no stranger to Hyde County and its wealth of natural resources artist thrive on, the floor plan of the old courthouse, and its proximity to the Ocracoke Ferry landing, Jerry assisted Mack in formulating a plan to pursue the

The first art class was taught in the new center October 13, 2012 and the sales gallery opened for the first time Oct. 27th. In spite of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, more than 300 people crossed our threshold that day, engaging in conversations with our “artists in motion”, visiting our gallery-resulted in sales beyond expectations- and signing up for art classes and email announcements of future classes.

Since that time we have enjoyed many accomplishments key to which was the newly seated county commissioners’ approval of a new five-year lease, pivotal in enabling us to plan for the longer term. We have enjoyed the monetary support of the NC Arts Council and from local citizens and businesses, have conducted fund raising projects and have been graced by continuous publicity efforts not only from the SwanQuarterly, but also the Beaufort-Hyde News, the Coastland Times, and just of recent, the Washington Daily News.  Tideland Electric has humbled us as an unsolicited sponsor of full page ads in Eastern Living Magazine’s 2013 spring and fall issues and also in the Hyde County ChamberGram for the entire fall season. The Hyde County Chamber of Commerce also selected our organization for the 2013 Tourist Award.  We have had more than 200 student enrollments in various classes, clinics, and workshops in our first year which has translated to income for nine local artists and enabled us to pay the expenses Labor Day Issue 2013

on the center. Our fund raisers have enabled us to purchase tables and chairs, signage, a utility sink, and place murals of artwork on the outside of the building to name a few.    There is still much to be done.  Our greatest challenge is in getting the word out to all the citizens of Hyde County.  There

communities tend to be isolated from one another. As an example, one of my greatest sources of gratification is in witnessing “mini reunions” at art classes where someone jumps up to hug the neck of someone they went to high school with and haven’t seen in 40 years though they still live in the same county.  As a volunteer, this, alone, is a truly heartwarming experience that  makes all the countless hours of effort worthwhile.   

are a lot of folks in the county that don’t know about us- more artists and potential art students. Mass mailers are cost prohibitive for us so we rely on the media and our own e-mail data base to keep the public informed. As you know, Hyde is the second largest but least densely populated county in NC.  Being Tier 1, a lot of our citizens do not have internet, and, with no central “city”,

Our next greatest challenge is bringing the opportunity to take classes to folks who can’t afford the fee. Though we have managed to hold down the cost down to around $5 to $6 per hour, there are a lot of people who just can’t swing that.  I’m not just talking about folks who would mainly enjoy the camaraderie of the occasion, but people who have unrealized talent, and others a real aptitude for art who need guidance to capitalize on that raw talent.  We have the instructors to teach them…from excellent craftspeople who can

provide continuing or groundwork instruction for students to continue advancing their skills on their own at home, to artists who hold a Masters of Fine Arts. These next few months we will concentrate on obtaining some major grants not only for operating expenses, but for administration and scholarships.    Meanwhile, our art program will continue offering classes, workshops, and clinics at least every Saturday plus keeping the sales gallery open on Saturdays, thanks to our gracious volunteers.  So come support the arts in Hyde County.  We need you to get involved! 

making both Sept. 14th and Sept. 28th. Carolyn Sleeper of Slatestone Studios in Washington intends to continue her monthly Saturday Clay classes.  The next class is Sept. 21st.                                Sol Levine is already slated to return for another photography class in November. We are always looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts at the arts center.  If you would like to help in any way, or wish to be included in our email

data base, please call Judy McLawhorn at (252) 943-8991 or write In addition to inclusions on our email data base, watch for our announcements at, at, the Beaufort-Hyde News community happenings, Coastland Time community events, the Washington Daily News, Our State Magazine, Eastern Living Magazine, and of course, the Swan Quarterly publications.   

Impressionist Oil Painting Classes with fine arts colorist, Mark Hierholzer, are already slated for the first Saturday of every month starting Sept. 7, 2013 through June, 2014.                                        Valda Belyeu of Washington is slated to teach a small metals class in jewelry Labor Day Issue 2013


Art Class Announcement I M PRESSI ONI ST OI L PAI NTI NG ³WKHVWXG\RIWKHHIIHFWRI OLJKWRQFRORU´ With Fine Arts Colorist, Mark Hierholzer

Learn about the beauty of Impressionist Oil Painting through the works of some of the most accomplished impressionists and colorists of our time: Henry Henche, Cedric Egeli, and Frederick Guess.


Oct. 5 9AM -5 PM

Nov. 2

Select any or all sessions- $50 per session; Materials/supplies available for $10 per session per student All session will be held outdoors (en Plein Air) weather permitting

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The Hatteras-Ocracoke Council of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will present Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, a weekend pirate festival from Friday Oct. 25 to Sunday Oct. 27, on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands.             Chief activity of the jamboree will be an historically authentic encampment by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, a 12member living history organization from Hampton, VA.,  Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke.  The festival will begin Friday evening with a meet-and-greet at Hatteras Landing with a dozen of the pirates from the crew.  

longboat The Flory, will battle with Sinbad and his crew on the Meka II.             Other activities for the festival include a scavenger hunt in Ocracoke Village, book signings, sing-alongs and a memorial remembrance Sunday morning at 10 at Springer’s Point, the site of the demise of Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard.             “We wanted to have an event to promote the area in the shoulder seasons on both islands,” said Daphne Bennink, an Ocracoke business owner who spearheaded the event. “This was Blackbeard’s favorite place and we want it to span both islands.”

           This is the first year of this jamboree (despite its having to be canceled in 2011 and 2012 due to hurricanes), building up to a grand event in 2018--the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death.             Organizers want the yearly dates for the event to be the last week in October. Updates will be posted on the website m and the Facebook page: Ocracoke/Hatteras Pirate Jamboree.


Among the weekend reenactors will be Captain Horatio Sinbad and the Devilmen of Cape Feare, who will arrive in boats and conduct and authentic ship-to-ship battle on Saturday. The 10person Devilmen crew on their Labor Day Issue 2013

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Oct 5, 2013 [Rain date: Saturday October 12]

7 am until ?

Follow signs off US 264 to

Swan Quarter. 60+ different yard sales! Swan Quarter VFD Lunch/Dinner Porta-potty available. Free off-street parking mid-way on Main Street!

Village Craft & Consignment Shop & mATTIE Arts Center are open !

For more info: 252-925-0087 Labor Day Issue 2013

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   Hyde  County    Weather  Averages



mean precip



73°F 4.80in. 101°F (1939)

44°F (1981)

OCT 74°F 51°F 63°F 2.85in. 95°F (1941)

26°F (1942)

NOV 65°F 43°F 54°F 3.14in. 85°F (1974)

19°F (1970)


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Photo by Guy Livesay

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SQly Fall 2013  

Swan Quarterly Labor Day Issue 2013. Before I introduce our new editor- in-chief, Tim Nielsen, allow me to thank Ms. Margie Brooks for her p...

SQly Fall 2013  

Swan Quarterly Labor Day Issue 2013. Before I introduce our new editor- in-chief, Tim Nielsen, allow me to thank Ms. Margie Brooks for her p...