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THE Beach From Atlantic Beach, the oldest of the five beach towns that dot Bogue Banks, to Emerald Isle, the largest, visitors find mile after mile of sun, sand and surf. The collection of communities feature a variety of accommodations, restaurants and shopping. The area, while limited in full-time population, swells each summer as second home owners and vacationers make the trek to the shore.
BIKES & BLOOMS: Make sure to take a drive through Emerald Isle on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 & 5. To welcome the annual Bike the Banks event, the local garden club organizes Bikes & Blooms, which encourages businesses and residents to add a little color to their exterior with bicycle-themed floral arrangements.
LIVING HISTORY: People often remember their history classes as boring and dry. Fort Macon State Park will change some of that Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 with its popular Living History Weekend reenactments. The First NC Volunteers/11th NC Regiment and other reenactment groups will portray troops from the Civil War era from 10am-4pm each day, offering visitors a glimpse back in time.
BEACH RUNS BEGIN: Carteret County Parks and Recreationâ€™s popular Beach Run Series hits the beach for the first two races of the season May 9 and 23. Each run includes a 1-mile, 5K and 10K route. Walkers are welcome in the 1-mile and 5K. Additional races will be held June 6 & 20, July 23 and Aug. 6 & 20. Learn more at ccpr.recdesk.com/ recdeskportal.
SUMMER BEAT: On Saturday, May 18, music lovers with have a chance to enjoy the sounds of popular beach music with their toes in the sand. The Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival brings classic shagging music to the shoreline. From 11am to 6pm, the beach will fill with beach music enthusiasts to watch Jim Quick & Coastline, Fantastic Shakers, Band of Oz and the Mighty Saints of Soul perform.
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Cape Lookout National Seashore Best known for its towering lighthouse covered in black and white diamonds, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, spanning from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. Three pristine barrier islands make up the national seashore – North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. Accessible only by private boat or ferry, this incredible ribbon of sand hosts unparalleled fishing, shelling and a working lighthouse. The undeveloped seashore allows for true-to-nature camping, features a restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a boardwalk to the beach and regular ranger programs in the summer. Ferry transportation to the islands is available from both Beaufort and Harkers Island. Call 252728-7433 for pricing and reservations. North and South Core Banks, both noted for wonderful shelling, clamming and surf fishing, offer rustic cabins as an alternative to camping from April through November. Many visitors come to the
National Seashore to view, and climb, and lighthouse, a landmark since 1859. On. On Shackleford Banks, history may wander past you in the form of the Shackleford Banks wild horses. The Light Station Visitor Center, found near the lighthouse ferry dock, houses exhibits on lighthouse history and early shipwrecks and rescues. The seashore’s main visitor center is located on Harkers Island, which houses additional exhibits. An indoor theater offers a short film and a nature trail winds along the shore to an observation deck overlooking Core Sound. Public restrooms and a nearby picnic area are available and wheelchair accessible. For more information call 252-728-2250 or visit www.nps.gov/calo. All visitors should remember this is a remote, natural territory with no food vendors, limited fresh water access and no lifeguards. Be prepared to bring in everything you may need during your visit and carry out all that bring in.
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For more than a decade, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. has partnered with vendors, nonprofit organizations and boat dealers in our area to celebrate something that is a major part of our lives – boating and fishing. Living on the Crystal Coast, some of our fondest memories are on or along the waterfront, and the annual Crystal Coast Boat Show has become a reminder of this. For two days, boat and fishing enthusiasts and their families have a chance to stop by and learn the latest in boating, while taking time to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer, visiting shops and restaurants and enjoying the many ancillary events that enhance the Crystal Coast Boat Show experience. Those who enjoy the boat show year after year will be pleased to see some of the traditional events return to the line-up, including the Sunshine Band’s kick-off celebration in Jaycee Park and the Morehead City Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Classic Car Show. Also returning is the Carteret Home Builders Corn Hole Tournament, free sailboat rides by Sail Carteret and plenty of delicious food from local vendors. There will also be plenty of marine products and merchandise, and of course, boats, when the Boat 14 www.nccoast.com
Show returns May 18-19. The downtown Morehead City area sets a perfect backdrop, providing restaurants, bars and shops to visit after the show. “We are so excited to present to the community a variety of events throughout the weekend, all celebrating some of the most vital industries to our Morehead City community,” said Lisa Rueh, executive director with Downtown Morehead City, Inc. “This event wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful partners and sponsors. We welcome the community to come and see the largest in-water salt water boat show in Eastern North Carolina and invite them to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer.” The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land, showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free and open from 9am-5pm on Saturday, May 18 and 9am-4pm on Sunday, May 19. For more information, visit www.crystalcoastboatshow.com. Be sure to follow along on facebook and Instagram.
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THE MAINLAND From Cape Carteret on the shores of the White Oak River to the downtown Morehead City waterfront, the small communities that dot the Carteret County mainland are as eclectic as their residents. As the retail hub of the region, centrallylocated Morehead City is a haven for shoppers with its small boutiques and major chain stores. But don’t overlook the smaller communities as each has a flavor all its own and plenty of treasures to explore. PIG COOKING IN NEWPORT: Planned for April 5-6 at Community Park, the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest will draw thousands with its amusement rides, live entertainment, vendors and abundance of Carolina barbecue. About 70 hogs are cooked annually by teams from around the country all vying for top honors. Things kick off with a parade on Friday evening and the chefs quickly get to work. Judging takes place Saturday morning and barbecue plates go on sale around 11am. To learn more visit www.newportpigcooking.com.
MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: On April 12-13 the New Bern Historical Society invites everyone to celebrate New Bern’s extraordinary heritage and beauty with an exciting new homes tour featuring some of the finest properties in five historic neighborhoods. Visitors will be invited to tour 18 historic properties over the two days: 15 homes, including two with renovations in progress, one public building and three gardens. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour and can be purchased online at www.newbernhistorical.org/tickets.
LOOKOUT ROAD RACE IS APRIL 27: The annual Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Expect the same family fun atmosphere to prevail at the Morehead City Train Depot. The event offers a variety of races for all fitness levels on varying courses. On-site registration begins at 6:30am. Races have staggered start times and include a 1-mile run, 5K run/walk and a half marathon. Register online at runtheeast.com. Race day pick up begins at 6:30am. 16
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BEAUFORT & DOWN EAST While Beaufort offers a beautiful walking waterfront, the picturesque Down East communities of Carteret County, many of which are part of a Scenic Byway, provide a great opportunity for a car trip. Beaufort (pronounced “Bō-furt”), is well deserving of its “America’s Coolest Small Town” title bestowed in 2012 by Budget Travel, with its eclectic blend of history and the contemporary amenities we have all grown to appreciate.
BROWN BAG GAM: Grab your lunch and head over to the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, for its regular-occurring Brown Bag Gam program. The free, hour-long programs focus on a variety of topics. Scheduled in the new few months are: History of the Maritime Museum (April 17) and Sea Turtles (May 23)
CHECK YOUR SKILLS: The Fort Macon Power Squadron will offer its Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) during the annual Wooden Boat Show, Beaufort. Visitors will be guided by LED screens showing a lake and has an actual Mercury outboard throttle, trim controls and steering wheel. The trainer will be available in the NC Maritime Museum library from 10am4pm on Friday, May 3 and Saturday May 4 and from 1-4pm on Sunday, May 5.
ROCKING IN BEAUFORT: The Beaufort Music Festival, now 31 years young, provides the entertainment in Beaufort May 17 & 18 at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel property off of Highway 70 near the new high rise bridge. It’s a new location for the free, family-friendly festival, and one that allows for much more room to grow. Performers include Hiss Golden Messenger, No BS! Brass, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lilly Hiatt, Stop Light Observations, The Artisanals, Kamara Thomas plus others!
PUBLICK DAY IN HISTORIC BEAUFORT: On Saturday, April 13, the Beaufort Historic Site kicks off the spring season with Publick Day, an open-air market featuring a variety of artisans. Visitors can expect to find wood crafts, hand-made jewelry, baskets and pottery among other things. In addition, the Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale just in time for spring planting.
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Wine & Dine in Beaufort Beaufort Wine and Food’s 15th annual signature event is set to take place April 24-28 featuring five days of tastings, seminar, dinners, live and silent auctions and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort as guest chefs are paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants for an unforgettable experience. All in the name of charity! For 15 years, Beaufort Wine & Food has showcased great wineries and winemakers from around the world and pairs them with food prepared by local, regional and visiting chefs in a beautiful and intimate coastal setting along the Crystal Coast. “Beaufort Wine and Food offers something for everyone – whether it’s an intimate wine dinner in an area restaurants or the grand scale of the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village – it’s the perfect venue for a food festival to celebrate the chefs and cuisines of Eastern NC and beyond,” said Lindsay Parker, Beaufort Wine and Food’s executive director. “Our events are special because you get participating chefs and winemakers from all over the world and pair them with the great local talent we have in our area. Add to that the fact that all these events are held in the name of charity and it makes 24
for a truly memorable culinary experience that we hope festival goers will remember a long time.” The festival combines the public’s appreciation for wine and food with its drive to support worthy local organizations and has positioned itself as one of the premier culinary events in the Southeast. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Beaufort Wine & Food a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for April. Visiting chefs for this year’s event include: Chef Cedric Fichepain of Le Voltaire in Omaha, Nebraska; Jake Wood of Plates Neighborhood Kitchen in Raleigh; Clark Barlowe of Heirloom in Charlotte; Baptiste Knaven of Provence of Carrboro; Wayne Johnson of Durham’s Johnson Family Barbecue; Amy Tornquist of Watt’s Grocery in Durham; Amy Barnett of The Katharine in Winston-Salem and a host of others. Winemakers visiting Beaufort this year include: Alan Cannon of Rombauer Vineyards; Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards; David Merfeld of Merf Winery; Jeff Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards; Antonio de Heinrich of Banshee Wines; Gretchen Erpenbach of Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery; Master Sommelier Max Kast and more. The festival gets an early kick off at 6pm on Sat-
urday, April 13 with its Art Unveiling & Wine Dinner. Held in the NC Maritime Museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, the event will highlight the signature painting donated to BWF by featured artist Susan Hecht. The painting will be used on promotional material and sold as a limited edition fine art poster during festival week. French Chef Pascal Coulon, a Michelin chef, will partner with chefs from Carteret Community College’s Escoffier program to prepare an unforgettable meal for guests. Proceeds from the event will go toward BWF’s next large scale community project; funding $100,000 of the new, state-of-the-art culinary and hospitality building on the Carteret Community College campus. Dressy casual attire is suggested. General tickets are $100 per person. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-5150708. Proceeds from events go towards Beaufort Wine & Food’s mission to support local charities and nonprofit organizations that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has donated over $730,000. Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the group’s next major community project – a $100,000 donation toward 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 the culinary, baking and pastry and hospitality programs. BWF has also pledged $50,000 to the Salvation Army for the construction of a commercial grade kitchen in the new building located in Morehead City. For more information on the upcoming festival or membership – which provides a discount to Wine & Food events – call office at 252-515-0708 or email email@example.com. Additional event information can also be found at www.beaufortwineandfood.org. All guests must be 21 or older to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events, no exceptions. Pets are not allowed at any Beaufort Wine and Food events.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 12pm – Opening Wine Luncheon. The kickoff wine luncheon features a multi-course wine luncheon at the Royal James Café – the oldest business in Beaufort! General tickets, $50. 7pm – Private Home Wine Dinner. Held in the beautiful waterfront home of DJ Wood and Christa Hooper-Wood. General tickets, $125. 7pm – Wine Dinner at Beau Coast Clubhouse. This dinner is the unofficial kick-off to the festival week. General tickets, $125. 7pm – Wine Dinner at Promise Land Market. Host chef Maggie Ward will collaborate with a guest chef and master sommelier for a multi-course dinner. General tickets, $125. THURSDAY, APRIL 25 3pm – Artist Reception and Wine Seminar. Meet and greet with 2019 featured artist Susan Hecht at Black Sheep. General tickets, $35. 7pm – Wine Dinners. The dinners team local chefs, guest chefs and winemakers for a multi-course culinary experience at restaurants around the county. General tickets, $125. FRIDAY, APRIL 26 11:30am – Fashion Show Luncheon. A guest chef and winemaker work with a local chef to offer guests a multi-course paired luncheon, while a moderator walks you through a lineup of fashions. General tickets, $60. 3:30pm – Wine, Bread, Cheese & More Seminar. The audience is walked through pairings by a featured wine maker, cheese monger and guest baker. General tickets, $60. 6:30pm – Grand Reserve Tasting & Auction. The Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction pairs world-class libations and cuisine at the Beaufort Hotel. General tickets, $150. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 1-4pm – Vin de Mer Culinary Village. Beaufort Wine and Food’s largest single event. Guests can samples wine and dozens of local and regional restaurants. General tickets, $75. 5:30pm – Historic District Wine Walkabout. Guests enjoy wine and food pairings in some of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes. General tickets, $115. 7:30 – Saturday Night Throwdown. The festival’s energy peaks during this concert. Guests and sponsors mingle with guest chefs and wine/beverage representatives. General tickets, $65. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 12pm – Champagne Celebration Brunch. Beaufort Wine and Food wraps up the weekend with a guest favorite, the Champagne Celebration Brunch at Front Street Village. General tickets, $100. COASTER
Sites to See There’s more to living at the beach than dips in the oceans and offshore fishing. OK, so those things are really great. But there are loads of options in Eastern North Carolina when you get tired of feeling the warmth of the sand between your toes. Surrounded by museums, aquariums, historic sites and landmarks, there is so much to do beyond the beach that we could keep you busy every weekend for a year.
BEAUFORT HISTORIC SITE
The trials and tribulations of North Carolina’s third oldest town are preserved and remembered through the nearly 60-year-old Beaufort Historical Association and its accompanying site. With restored buildings and a variety of annual programs, the BHA transports visitors back to the first days of “Fish Towne.” Learn more at www.beauforthistoricsite.org.
CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE
The 56-mile of Cape Lookout National Seashore is home to some of the most natural undeveloped stretches of beach to be found in the United States today. The three barrier islands that make up the park are only accessible by private boat or water ferry, so getting there may require a little planning as well as reservations during the busy summer months. But it’s well worth the journey. Find info at www.nps.gov/calo.
CORE SOUND WATERFOWL MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER Located on Harkers Is-
land, this clearinghouse of Down East heritage is a must stop for anyone curious about this culturally-rich rural region. Once dependent on the water that surrounds it, Down East families entwined with boat building, decoy carving, hunting and fishing – a story that is told through community exhibits, artifacts and special programs. Details: 252728-1500, www.coresound.com.
HISTORY MUSEUM OF CARTERET COUNTY
Morehead City’s only museum focuses on the rich, abundant history of this waterfront area. Visit an early school room, peek in to Carteret County’s fishing industry and touch the wheels of spy Emeline Pigott’s carriage. The Jack Spencer Goodwin Library, lauded for its genealogy materials, is available for public research. Details: 252-247-7533, www.thehistoryplace. org.
NC AQUARIUM AT PINE KNOLL SHORES
From the Mountains to the Sea, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores explores the wildlife of North Carolina’s waterways with a focus on preservation of the state’s delicate ecosystems. One of the highlights, the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck, features sand tiger sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of fish gliding around a three-quarter-scale replica of a German U-boat found off the coast. Details: 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com.
NC MARITIME MUSEUM
One of three maritime museums in the state system, the flagship in Beaufort tells the tale of Eastern North Carolina’s long-standing relationship with the ocean. Museum staff members have been involved with the preservation of artifacts excavated from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the Pirate’s vessel that was lost just outside Beaufort inlet. For more info, visit www. ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST
Ready for a hike? Get back to nature with the Croatan National Forest, with its collection of hiking trails, boat launches, campgrounds and day-use areas. The Croatan is home to a large number of carnivorous plants native to the area, including the Venus flytrap. Headquarters is located at 141 East Fisher Ave., just outside of New Bern. Visit www.fs.usda. gov.
NEW BERN FIREMEN’S MUSEUM
FORT MACON STATE PARK
TRYON PALACE This regal centerpiece to New Bern’s historic districts is a reproduction of the mansion constructed in 1770 for Colonial Governor William Tryon, who, after spending just a year in the home, fled North Carolina to become governor of New York. The original home was destroyed by fire in 1798. Site includes the NC History Center, a state-of-the-art museum, theater and meeting space. Learn more at www.tryonpalace.org.
With a new visitor’s center and a schedule of daily programs, the state’s second most visited park continues to draw visitors to the northern peak of Bogue Banks with its 385 acres of beach, dunes and maritime forest. The well-preserved pentagonal brick fortress garrisoned for the Spanish-American War is always a favorite. Visit www.ncparks.gov. 26
Trace the steps of the first chartered fire brigade, the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Company, and its competitors, the New Bern Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1. Established in 1955, the museum is currently raising funds to restore the Central Fire Station on Broad Street to its 1928 appearance, with hopes of relocating into the space. Details: 252-636-4087, www.newbernfiremuseum.com.
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Fishing the Coast The warm waters of the Gulf Stream provide the Crystal Coast with the longest fishing season on the Atlantic coast. The area is home to one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world for blue marlin; other fish caught along the Crystal Coast include bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, red drum, false albacore, sea trout, striped bass, cobia, sailfish, dolphin and wahoo depending on seasons. Many species, including drum and flounder, are caught surf fishing. Saltwater and freshwater anglers age 16 and older must have a valid, state-issued recreational fishing license to take fish in North Carolina throughout the year. Specific regulations and restrictions apply including size and daily limits. North Carolina offers a variety of fishing licenses from temporary to lifetime. Licenses for recreational fishing can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org, by visiting the Div. of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City or through area fishing supply stores.
PUBLIC BOAT RAMP ACCESS
MUNICIPAL PARK IN MOREHEAD CITY, 3407 Arendell St.; several launching areas to the Intracoastal Waterway and parking for 33 boat trailers with additional parking at Marine Fisheries.
11TH AND SHEPARD STREETS, beach boat launching access strictly for canoes, kayaks and small sailing vessels; parking and two kayak racks available. SOUTH 10TH ST., Morehead City; large parking area, ramp is narrow and not conducive to certain vessels. Town recommended usage is for vessels under 16 feet. RADIO ISLAND BOAT RAMPS & PIER, located on the Beaufort side of the Morehead City Highrise Bridge, the site offers six boat launches, 56 truck/ trailer parking spots and restrooms as well as a 618-foot fishing pier. WEST BEAUFORT, 298 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort; launch site on Newport River is handicap accessible, equipped with restrooms and 48 spaces for boat trailer parking. TAYLORS CREEK, 2370 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort; handicapped accessible with restrooms and parking for 31 boat trailers. STRAITS LANDING, 1648 Harkers Island Road, Straits; on North River, allows space for 39 boat trailers and is handicapped accessible. OYSTER CREEK CORE SOUND, 1300 Highway 70, Davis; on Core Sound with 15 boat trailer spaces. SALTERS CREEK, 200 Wildlife Ramp Road, Sea Level; 15 boat trailer spaces. CEDAR ISLAND, 115 Driftwood Drive, Cedar Island; on Pamlico Sound with 16 boat trailer spaces 30
MOONLIGHT DRIVE, Atlantic Beach Causeway; access ramp with minimal parking. EMERALD ISLE, 6800 Emerald Drive; handicapped accessible, has canoe access, restrooms and space for 112 boat trailers and 19 single-vehicle spaces. CEDAR POINT, 144 Cedar Point Blvd.; ramp access is handicapped accessible, has canoe access, fishing pier, 37 boat trailer spaces and 7 single-vehicle spots. NEWPORT RIVER, 333 E. Chatham St., Newport; boat ramp with nine spaces for boat trailers, handicap accessible with one parking space and a ramp to the dock, canal is shallow and not conducive to larger vessels.
OCEANANA FISHING PIER, NC Hwy 58, Mile Marker 1; connected to the Oceanana Family Resort Motel in Atlantic Beach, this is a well-lit fishing pier carrying a blanket fishing license, so anglers are not required to have one. Equipment rentals are available. Onsite facilities include a bait and tackle shop with snack bar with grill and ample parking. For more information, visit www. oceanana.com. BOGUE INLET PIER, Hwy 58, Mile Marker 19; a 1,000-foot lighted wooden fishing pier with ample parking and access to the Emerald Isle beach. The Bogue Inlet Pier offers bathroom facilities, multiple fish cleaning stations, bait, tackle and snack bar on the premises. For more information, visit www.bogueinletpier.com. RADIO ISLAND PIER, located at the base of the Morehead City-Beaufort Highrise Bridge, the 618foot fishing pier is free and open daily.
Tidal Time Difference Between Morehead City &: HIGH LOW Atlantic Beach -:41 -:39 Atlantic Beach Bridge +:22 +:34 Beaufort Inlet -:19 -:17 Bogue Inlet -:13 -:13 Cape Lookout -:43 -:49 Harkers Island Bridge +1:26 +2:06
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Symposium Focuses on Whales Teaching is one thing, said NC Maritime Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster. But telling a story, that’s what makes learning easier and more engaging. “I’ve been at this 30 years,” Rittmaster said. “I’ve got a whole lot of stories.” Rittmaster is one of speakers scheduled at the 4th annual NC Whales and Whaling Symposium, an event that focuses on the whales found in our coastal waters, historic hunting practices, marine mammal conservation and other related topics. The symposium will be held from 10am-2pm on Friday, April 12 at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front St. The program is free, and advance registration is not required. “This symposium has been very popular,” Rittmaster said. “I think it’s fun too.” A shared interest in marine mammals led to the symposium’s creation in 2016, according to John Hairr, the museum’s education coordinator, who worked with Rittmaster in developing the museum’s most unique and innovative educational program. Hairr’s focus includes the history of whaling in North Carolina while Rittmaster is drawn to current biology and conservation. “We sort of complement each other,” Hairr said. So it was natural that they would incorporate their combined expertise into the day-long programming. “We just started the symposium to show off some of the cutting-edge marine mammal research being done in the region, as well as communicate about the region’s deep history in whaling and the porpoise fishery,” Hairr explained. 32 www.nccoast.com
The program will feature educators, biologists, environmentalists and historians giving presentations regarding whales and whaling that are appropriate for all audiences. There will also be displays showcasing marine mammal bones, teeth, baleen, oils and skeletons. “We like putting things in people’s hands when we can,” Rittmaster said. The program starts each year with his presentation. For those who have attended previously, he said he’ll have new photos and new information about some of the 34 species of whales currently found off the coast of North Carolina. “That’s more than any other state in the country,” Rittmaster said. “North Carolina has high diversity.” He’ll also provide an update on the endangered right whale. So far this year, there have been three births reported and it’s still calving season — a welcome change from 2017-2018 when 18 deaths were confirmed and then, in 2018, no births. As part of his presentation, Rittmaster also makes a point of addressing the threats facing marine mammals — such as military sonar activities, seismic testing, marine debris, fishing gear, ship strikes, and other hazards — and what can be done to counter them. “We’ve got a whole lot to lose,” he said. “But there’s something we can do about that. “And the public can be involved.” For more information on the 2019 NC Whales and Whaling Symposium or other programs and events at the NC Maritime Museum, visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com or call 252-504-7740.
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Celebrating Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 45th annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for you. The show, organized by the NC Maritime Museum, takes over Front Street in downtown Beaufort from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 4 and is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. This free event celebrates the art of wooden boat building, the sport of boat racing and the culture and history that surrounds these works of arts. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats, full size and model, will be on display, polished and shined, for all to see. Paul Fontenoy, museum curator and Wooden Boat Show coordinator, said the show has something to offer everyone, even if you’re not a wooden boat enthusiast. “We pay a lot of attention to making sure the show is not just interesting for wooden boat enthusiasts,” Fontenoy explained. “We have activities for children and opportunities for families to 34
Wooden Boats do things together, such as taking a boat ride.” Highlights of the show include: Wooden Boat Kids – Starting at 10am, children will be invited to sand, design and assemble their own wooden boats. If preferred, they can blow wind in their sails while boating on the temporary pond on the museum’s front patio. This craft is very popular and boat supplies often run out early. Free Sailboat Rides –On Thursday and Friday, May 2-3 boat rides will be offered from 1-3pm and on Saturday, May 4, free boat rides in a traditional wooden boat will be offered from 1-4pm. Donations are accepted. Traditional Sailboat Races – Watch the races on Taylors Creek. At 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Carolina Maritime Model Expo – In past years the number of model boats on exhibit has ranged from 30 to close to 60 models. Often some mem-
bers of the Carolina Maritime Model Society bring in as many as eight to 10 models each. Attendees to the show will have the opportunity to vote for “Spectator’s Choice” award. The award goes to the most popular model at the show and is voted on solely by visitors. Cricket II – The boat made its debut at the show last year. Once again, visitors to the Beaufort waterfront will have the opportunity to see the fishing boat that became the inspiration for the book and movie “Jaws.” In-Water Boat Show – A number of boats will be on display at the Beaufort Town Docks. From Sinbad’s pirate ship the Meka II to a traditional Core Sounder fishing boat. Boating Skills Virtual Trainer – Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron will have its virtual trainer on hand for demonstrations from 9am-5pm on Friday,
May 3 and 1-5pm on Sunday, May 5. Nautical Rope Tying – Don Van Hoy keeps alive a tradition of working with ropes and knots for practical purposes. The kick-off reception for the annual Wooden Boat Show will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center on Friday, May 3. The event includes food and live music from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the museum store. To learn more about the Wooden Boat Show or the NC Maritime Museum, visit www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. COASTER
Beach Days While there are more than 100 access points tucked into neighborhoods along Bogue Banks, the 25-mile barrier island that runs from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle, they are generally designed for the residents who live in the area and offer limited to no parking for visitors. There are, however, a large number of public beach access points with generous parking for visitors to the area. Several of the larger sites do charge for parking during the season (generally April-September). We have noted where a charge may be incurred. The list below follows the beach from the east to west.
FORT MACON STATE PARK
At the end of Hwy 58, guests will find 277 free parking spaces near the fort with several beach access points on the other. Closer to Atlantic Beach, the Bath House area features 317 free parking spots, bathrooms, concessions and a boardwalk.
TOM DOE REGIONAL ACCESS Offers 47 paid parking spaces, bathrooms, showers and a playground. NEW BERN STREET
In Atlantic Beach, this site offers 50 paid sites, bathrooms and showers.
THE CIRCLE & BATHHOUSE
The Circle in Atlantic Beach has paid parking for 146 vehicles and the nearby bathhouse has 64, along with picnic tables and outside showers.
MEMORIAL PARK In Pine Knoll Shores, just west of Mile Marker 6, this smaller beach access site offers paid parking for 35 cars, an overlook deck and a picnic table. IRON STEAMER With 45 paid parking spaces, bathroom facilities and showers this popular spot at Mile Marker 7.5 is home to the former Iron Steamer Pier and the wreckage of the Confederate blockade runner Prevensey. TRINITY CENTER This retreat at Mile Marker 9.5 reserves 20 free parking spaces for beach access under the water tower. Of note, parking is located on the south side of Hwy 58. SALTER PATH 36
The site offers 75 parking spaces,
outside showers, picnic tables and bathrooms and is located within the Roosevelt State Park area.
This unpaid lot offers 36 parking spaces and a 4-wheel drive access ramp for off-season use.
EASTERN OCEAN REGIONAL ACCESS This popular beach near Mile Marker 15 features 245 paid parking sites, a picnic gazebo, outdoor showers, bathrooms and drink machines. WESTERN OCEAN REGIONAL ACCESS
In the curve of the Cameron Langston Bridge, this access site offers 250 paid parking slots, picnic area, showers and bathroom facilities.
Located off the island between Morehead City and Beaufort, the Radio Island access provides plenty of parking, restrooms, showers and a narrow inland beach with limited wave action.
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Barbecue is a serious topic in North Carolina and that’s certainly true in the Town with Old-Fashioned Courtesy. It is barbecue, after all, that put the small rural town of Newport on the map. As the home to what many claim is the largest whole hog cooking contest in the country, the friendly town is once again preparing to share its down home charm with the masses. Planned for April 5-6 at Community Park, the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest will draw thousands with its amusement rides, live entertainment, vendors and abundance of Carolina barbecue. About 70 hogs are cooked annually by teams from around the country all vying for top honors. Things kick off with a parade on Friday evening and the chefs quickly get to work. Judging takes place Saturday morning and barbecue plates go on sale around 11am. To learn more visit www. newportpigcooking.com.
GARDEN LOVERS DELIGHT
Tryon Palace gardens will be open for free in conjunction with the New Bern Historical Society’s 2019 Heritage Homes Tour, Friday through Sunday, April 12-14 in historic downtown New Bern. Enjoy a variety of spring blooming plants, including tulips, irises and more, throughout the 16 acres of gardens of Tryon Palace during Garden Lovers’ Weekend. Visitors will have a chance to take a bit of the color home with them during the semi-annual sale. From herbs to bulbs, take some of Tryon Palace home to plant in your own garden. Gardens will be free and open to the public Friday, April 12, from 9am to 6pm; Saturday, April 13, from 9am to 6pm; and Sunday, April 14, from noon to 6pm.
EASTER ON THE CRYSTAL COAST
Several organizations are offering Easter egg hunts for the youngsters this spring. Grab the baskets and get ready for some Easter fun. April 13: Havelock Easter Egg Hunt. 10am, free. Join friends at City Park in Havelock for a free Easter egg hunt. Special guests are planned. April 13: Emerald Isle. 1pm, free. Visitors can enjoy sidewalk chalking, music, face painting and more leading to the big hunt and appearance of
the Easter Bunny. No hunt is planned – but there are plenty of treats available. Bring a basket. Details: 252-354-6350. April 20: Beaufort Historic Association. 11am, free. Children age 7 and younger are welcome to join the fun at the Beaufort Historic Site for its annual Easter egg hunt. Prizes, refreshments and an abundance of eggs will be ready and waiting – and it’s all free. Be sure to bring your basket. Details: 252-728-5225. April 20: Morehead City. 9:30am, free. The Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt is held at Rotary Park on Mayberry Loop Road in Morehead City. Designed for children 12 and under, the hunt will consists of an unbelievable 10,000 eggs, as well as three grand prizes. Details: 252-726-5083.
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White Oak Shores Camping and RV Resort is hosting the spring White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday April 25-27. The campground, located at 400 Wetherington Landing Road in Stella on the White Oak River. An array of performers are expected for the event, including the Garrett Newton Band, Hwy 58, Wood Family Tradition, Telluride, Constant Change, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, Po’ Rambling Boys and more. Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for both days. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and comfort items to enjoy the shows at the site’s amphitheater. Food will be available on site. For information, visit whiteoakshores.com.
MILES OF HOPE
Each year, the Mile of Hope Foundation brings pint-sized cancer patients to the shores of Carteret County for an all-expense paid trip to the beach. It’s a whirlwind of events, from special dinners and tours to treasure hunts with pirates and the always-popular sand castle building competition, which the public is invited to help judge. This year’s event is planned for May 10-12 and the public is invited to join in the fun on Saturday. May 11, during the sand castle building contest. Held on the beach at the Atlantis Lodge, the public is welcome to join in and build castles in the sand, or they can participate in voting for their favorite. COASTER
1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Story Time & Pre-K Play. 9-10am. Parents and tots 5 and under enjoy open play in the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation gymnasium. Parents must accompany children. Free. Details: 252-354-6350. Mon. 1: Flags of Fort Macon. 10am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon to learn about flags of the Confederacy. Details: 252-726-3775. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30: Behind the Scenes - Shark Snack. 2:30-3:30. Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck while aquarists feed the sharks. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com 2 & 30: Behind the Scenes – Gardens. 2pm. Tryon Palace Gardens Manager Hadley Cheris takes guests on a tour to discover what is popping up in the 16 acres of gardens on site. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. 40
3, 10, 17, 24: Civil War Musket Firing Demonstration. 10am. Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing at Fort Macon. Meet in the Fort. Details: 252726-3775. 5-6: Newport Pig Cookin’. Good old North Carolina barbecue takes center stage at Newport Town Park as the country’s largest whole hog pig cooking competition pulls out all the stops. Opening ceremonies are at 4pm Friday and live entertainment is slated for Friday and Saturday. Expect barbecue plates, amusement rides and games and plenty of fun. Details: 252-241-3488. Fri. 5: First Friday – Celebrating 60 Years: A Tryon Palace Anniversary. 2-3pm. Research historian Lindy Cummings discusses the efforts to rebuild the palace and the people behind it at the NC History Center. Cost is $6. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. 6, 13, 20, 27: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-
the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $25. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Sat. 6: Core Sound Run. This family-friendly event includes a 10K, 5K and Fun Run on Harkers Island. Prizes awarded in a variety of age groups. Registration ranges from $10 to $30. Details: runtheeast.com. Jamison Ipock Art Opening. 5-7pm. Beaufort artist Jamison Ipock brings her acrylic paintings to the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery at the Beaufort Historic Site. Details: www.beauforthistoricsite.org. Crystal Coast Choral Society Performs. 7:30pm. Catch the spring performance of the Crystal Coast Choral Society at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are available at crystalcoastchoralsociety.org. Mon. 8: Bird Hike. 9am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Fort Macon has an amazing mix of shore birds and songbirds, and
of the most beautiful homes and gardens in New Bern. Details: www.newbernhistorical.org. Heritage Plant Sale. Take a little piece of Tryon Palace home with you to enjoy all year long. The annual plant sale, held during Garden Lovers’ Weekend, offers a wide variety of annuals, heirloom vegetables, perennials, herbs and other favorites. Open from 9am5pm Friday and Saturday. Details: www. tryonpalace.org.
there is always something new to see. Details: 252-726-3775. Tue. 9: Behind the Scenes – Conservation Lab. 2pm. Learn about the conservation work that is done to artifacts on exhibit at the Governor’s Palace, NC History Center and historic homes around Tryon Palace. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Details: www. tryonpalace.org. Thur. 11: League of Women Voters Earth Day Program. 11:45am. In honor of Earth Day, the League of Women Voters will meet at Southern Salt in Morehead City and Dr. Hans Paerl, professor of marine and environmental sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill will discuss the impacts of a recent rise in tropical cyclones and extreme rain in North Carolina. Lunch is off the menu. 12-14: Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend. Tryon Palace celebrates spring with free admittance to the palace gardens from 9am-6pm on Friday, 9am-6pm on Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Details: www.tryonpalace. org. Fri. 12: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Bring chairs or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks are al-
lowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 252-354-6350. NC Whales & Whaling Symposium. 10am-3pm. This day-long event at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, includes presentations throughout the day on whales, species found in our waters, historic hunting practices and more. No registration required. Free. Details: 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Statewide Star Party. 7pm. Join Fort Macon State Park and the Crystal Coast Stargazers for this state-wide event. Telescopes will be set up so the public can view the heavens and astronomy related activities are planned. Rain date – April 13. Details: 252-726-3775. 12-13: New Bern Heritage Homes Tour. 10am-4pm. Homeowners in the historic district open their doors to the public for the opportunity to visit some
12-14: Oriental In-Water Boat Show. Sponsored by the Oriental Rotary Club, this annual show features more than 70 vendors representing new and used boats, varied maritime products and services and more. Show runs from noon to 6pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. Details: orientalboatshow.com. 13-14: Introduction to Wooden Boat Building. 9am-4:30pm. In this two-day hands on course, students explore the art of boat building from start to finish. 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. Course fee is $135. Must be 16 to participate. Details: www.the watercraftcenter.com, 252-504-7740. Sat.13: Merry Time for Tots – Boats that Float. 10am. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the NC Maritime Museum to learn all about boats. Ages 2-5, free. Details: www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com, 252504-7740. Emerald Isle Easter ‘Eggs’treme. 10am. Join the Emerald Isle Bunny at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation for festivities including a cake walk, spoon races, a drawing and more. Hunters should bring their own basket. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the (Continued on page 42) COASTER 41
COASTAL CALENDAR (Continued from page 41) person finding the bunny’s prize eggs. While no official Easter egg hunt is planned, all children will leave with special treats. Details: 252-354-6350. Havelock Easter Egg Hunt. 10am. The City of Havelock holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt at City Park. Hunts are divided into age groups with prizes and special guest appearances. Vera Quartet Perform. 8pm. These young artists from Spain and Cuba entertain at First Presbyterian Church, Morehead City, as part of the annual American Music Festival series. Tickets are $32 each, $15 for students. Details: 252-342-5034. Publick Day. 9am-4pm. An old-fashion flea market takes over the Beaufort Historic Site, just as it did in days gone by. Vendors offer arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, plants, books, food and more. Details: 252728-5225. Cannon Day. Watch a demonstration on the Civil War cannons at Fort Macon State Park. Firing demonstrations are planned for 10:30 and 11:30am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Details: 252726-3775. Bites & Blues. 5-8:30pm. The NC Seafood Festival celebrates local food and great music with this annual event. Restaurants on the Morehead City waterfront serve up “bites” of house specialties and various soloists and bands perform around town as part of a progressive dinner. Details: ncseafoodfestival.org. Sun. 14: White Oak Birding Cruise. 10am-Noon. Join birding ex-
pert Joanne Powell for a birding cruise on and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound including Huggins and Bear islands, for migratory birds. The group will slowly cruise on a covered ferry boat through the estuaries. Cost is $20-$25. All ages are welcome, although the program is geared toward adults and older children. Sponsored by the NC Coastal Federation. Details: 252393-8185 or www.nccoast.org. 16 & 23: Behind the Scenes – Costume Shop. 2pm. Visit the Tryon Palace Costume Shop for a discussion on historical clothing, research and sewing techniques used in the past. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. Tue. 16: Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking & History. 8:30am. Experience Outer Banks history and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, with the NC Maritime Museum. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Cost is $35 per person. Details: 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
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(Continued from page 42) 24-28: Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. Wonderful wine and tempting meals are the focal point of this weekend full of wine and food pairings, workshops, dinners and more. Details: 252-515-0708 or beaufortwineandfood. org. 26-27: Bluegrass Festival. The White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort in Stella host this annual event featuring more than 20 live performances. Food and beverages available. Tickets are $25, $40 for both days. Camping packages available, but not required. Details: whiteoakshores.com. 27-28: Living History Weekend. 10am-4pm. Reenactors with the 1st NC Volunteers spend the weekend at Fort Macon State Park for a variety of special demonstrations and programs. Visitors can expect musket drills, women’s dress talks, artillery demonstrations, flag discussions and more. A skirmish is planned for 1:30pm each day. Details: 252-726-3775. Sat. 27: Lookout Spring Road 44
Race. 8am. Sponsored by the Lookout Rotary Club, this annual family-friendly event begins and ends at the Train Depot, Morehead City and includes a 1-mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon runs with awards in a variety of categories. Pre-registration is available online. Onsite registration begins at 6:30am. Details: www.lookoutrotaryroadrace.com. Crystal Coast Earth Day. 10am2pm. Local museums and organizations come together at Fort Macon State Park with displays and activities showcasing their conservation efforts.
1, 8, 15, 22: Civil War Musket Firing Demonstration. 10am. Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing at Fort Macon. Meet in the Fort. Details: 252726-3775. Wed. 1: Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking & History. 8:30am. Experience Outer Banks history and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, with the NC Maritime
Museum. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Cost is $35 per person. Details: 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31: Behind the Scenes - Shark Snack. 2:30-3:30. Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck while aquarists feed the sharks. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Fri. 3: First Friday – Civil War Medicine. 2-3pm. Gary Riggs, the military interpretive units coordinator at Tryon Palace, delves into medical practices and procedures used during the Civil War, both at home and on the battlefield. Cost is $6. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. 4-5: Bikes & Blooms. To welcome riders for the Bike the Banks events, the Emerald Isle Garden Club encourages local businesses and residents to colorfully display bicycles and blooms. Be sure to vote for your favorite. Last year, more than 30 displays were featured.
4, 11, 18, 25: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Sat. 4: Wooden Boat Show. 9am-4pm. Join the NC Maritime Museum for a day full of demonstrations, lectures, races, competitions and more, all focused on some of the most elegant wooden boats still in action. While the fun takes place on the Beaufort waterfront, free parking and a shuttle is offered at the site’s Gallants Channel Annex. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. beaufortwoodenboatshow.com. Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge. 11am5pm. Join the fun under the big top on the Beaufort waterfront as two-man teams attempt to construct a skiff in four hours … and then take it for a spin! Construction runs through 3pm and judging is planned from 3-4pm. Entry fee is $100. Details: beaufortchallenge.com. Bike the Banks. 8am. This event offers three rides to choose from, 10 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles, all showcasing the area’s beautiful scenery. Entry fees are $25 to $40. Register at active.com. Details: email@example.com. Reelin’ for Research. This charity fishing tournament in Morehead City benefits UNC Children’s Hospital’s research division. Details: reelinforresearch.org. Mosquito Run/Walk. 8am. The Friends of Fort Macon organize this annual run/walk at the state park. This year’s event includes both a 5K and a 10K. Sign up at runtheeast.com. Sun. 5: Around the Island Race. 8am-Noon. This nonstop race around the islands that form Beaufort Harbor is organized by the NC Maritime Museum. Course is chosen on the day of the race based on wind and weather conditions. Begin and end at the museum’s watercraft center. Details: 252-504-7740 or www. beaufortwoodenboatshow.com.
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Merry Time for Tots – Pirate Hooks & Peg Legs. 10am. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the NC Maritime Museum to learn all about pirates through songs, stories and crafts.. Ages 2-5, free. Details: www. ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com, 252504-7740. 9 & 23: Beach Run. 6:30pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation organizes this annual series featuring 1-mile, 5K and 10K options for all skill levels at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Cost is $7 per race. Registration begins at 5:15pm. Register online at ccpr.recdesk.com. Fri. 10: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Bring chairs or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks are allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 252-354-6350. Sun. 12: Crystal Coast Full & Half Booty Triathlon. This first time event features a full triathlon, including a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run as well as a half triathlon option and other variations beginning in downtown Beaufort. Details: crystalcoasttri.com. Mon. 13: Bird Hike. 9am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Fort Macon has an amazing mix of shore birds and songbirds, and there is always something new to see. Details: 252-726-3775. 14 & 21: Behind the Scenes – Gardens. 2pm. Tryon Palace Gardens Manager Hadley Cheris takes guests on a tour to discover what is popping up in the 16 acres of gardens on site. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. 16 & 31: Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike. 10am. Meet in the Visitor Center for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Details: 252726-3775. 46 www.nccoast.com
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17-18: Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild. 9am-5pm. The Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild honors the art of quilting with a show at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Vendors, a silent auction, exhibits, raffles and more make this a great opportunity to learn more about the craft. Details: www.crystalcoastquiltersguild.org. Beaufort Music Festival. Historic Beaufort hosts this annual music festival that features a wide genre of music. Held at the Gallant’s Channel site off, just off Highway 70. Family friendly. Details: beaufortmusicfestival.com.
Sat. 18: Colonial Market. 10am4pm. Experience the excitement of a colonial market during a militia muster at Tryon Palace with historic craft demonstrations and performances by the Fife and Drum Corps. Details: www. tryonpalace.org. Outlander at Tryon Palace. Fans of the Outlander series can now follow Claire and Jamie’s footsteps in North Carolina s they visit Tryon Palace. Tours begin at 9:15am and at 4:15pm. Tickets are $15. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. AB Beach Music Festival. 11am6pm. The Town of Atlantic Beach brings a chance to shag on the shores this spring with its popular music festivals. Performers include Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers and the Mighty Saints of Soul. Free.
18-19: Crystal Coast Boat Show. Held on the Morehead City Waterfront, the Crystal Coast Boat show features both new and used boats and showcases a variety of marine products and services, including outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and resource conservation groups. The show includes vendors, vintage automobiles and entertainment. Details: www. crystalcoastboatshow.com. Introduction to Wooden Boat Building. 9am-4:30pm. In this two-day hands on course, students explore the art of boat building from start to finish. Begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam
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seum program includes a guided hike through the different habitats of Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Age 13 and up, $20. Details: 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Evening Gun. 4pm. Gather at Fort Macon State Park to watch the 19th century cannon firing process in the military tradition of the Evening Gun. Nearby US Coast Guard Base Fort Macon provides the cannon crew. Details: 252-726-3775. 31-June 1: Cruisin’ to the Cape. The annual car show at MacDaddy’s, Cape Carteret, features live music, craft vendors, plenty of food and more. Fri. 25: Concert at the Fort. 6:30pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. The season kicks off with the Carteret Sunshine Band. The
concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.
Sat. 1: Kayak for the Warriors. 10am. This signature Pine Knoll Shores’ event sees kayakers taking to the water in support of wounded servicemen. Expect an opening reception on Friday evening with Saturday bringing kayak and paddle board races and a hot dog lunch. An awards reception follows. Details: 252-247-4353 or k4tw.org. Tue. 4: Behind the Scenes – Gardens. 2pm. Tryon Palace Gardens Manager Hadley Cheris takes guests on a tour to discover what is popping up in the gardens on site. Cost is $6 adults, $3 students. Details: www.tryonpalace.org.
6, 13, 20, 27: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. Free. Details: 252-354-6350.
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6 & 20: Beach Run. 6:30pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation organizes this annual series featuring 1-mile, 5K and 10K options for all skill levels at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Cost is $7. Registration begins at 5:15pm. Register at ccpr.recdesk.com. Fri. 7: First Friday – The Importance of Pollinators. 2-3pm. Join Tryon Palace Garden and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris for a discussion on the historical importance of pollinators and how the palace has designed its gardens to encourage them today. Cost is $6. Details: www.tryonpalace.org. 8, 14, 22, 28: Concert at the Fort. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. Daytime concerts beginning at 1pm are scheduled for June 8 (Caffeinated Soul Boogie) and June 22 (The Mad Fiddler) and evening concerts beginning at 6:30pm are slated for June 14 (Unknown Tongues) and June 28 (Telluride). Concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.
Sat. 8: Maritime Day. 11am-2pm. Celebrate Maritime Day with the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Sail in the museum’s fleet of traditional wooden boats, cast a line with a cane pole, join in on the games or simply relax and enjoy the music and the view of Gallants Channel. Donations requested. Details: 252-5047740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Build a Boat in a Day. 9am-4:30pm. Adult and child teams use the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling. Teams are limited to four people with at least one adult. Minimum age is 8. Cost is $600. Reservations are required. Details: www.thewatercraftcenter.com, 252-504-7740. Youth Fishing Derby. 9-11am. Free event open to kids ages 5-12. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 100 participants. Bring your own rod. Bait will be provided while supplies last. Details: 252-354-6350. Wed. 12: Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking & History. 8:30am. Experience Outer Banks history and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, with the NC Maritime Museum. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Cost is $35 per person. Details: 252-5047740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Summer Science School – Preschool Story Time and Crafts. 9-10am. Includes a story, estuarine critter observation and a related craft at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Free. Details: 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort. com. Fri. 14: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Bring chairs or blankets.
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