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Vol. 30, #1 March 7 - April 18, 2012 Published by: NCCOAST Communications 201 N. 17th Street Morehead City, NC 28557 Phone: 252.240.1811 • 800.525.1403 Fax: 1.877.247.1856 Director of Sales: Jamie Bailey (252.241.9485), sales@nccoast.com Managing Editor: Amanda Dagnino, editor@nccoast.com Staff Writer: Melissa Jones Creative Director: Kim Moore Layout/Design: Mimi Davis Graphic Design: Kyle Dixon, Corey Giesey On the Cover Fort Macon State Park recognizes the 150th anniversary of its bombardment with special events in April. Mimi G. Davis photo Entire contents, maps, ad and graphic design elements copyright 2012 by NCCOAST Communications. Reproduction of any portion of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from the publisher.

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Pine Knoll Shores, NC Aquarium 10, 14 Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon State Park 18 Morehead City, The History Place 22, 8 Beaufort, Rachel Carson Reserve 25 NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort Historic Site 30 Cape Lookout National Seashore 34 Down East, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum 52 Emerald Isle 56 Indian Beach, Salter Path 56 Swansboro, Cape Carteret, 57 Hammocks Beach

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Something cool is coming to the aquarium – a summer exhibit featuring a quartet of penguins. Suit up and celebrate at a Pre-Penguin Party March 10. Little chicks age 12 and under wearing penguin costumes get in free. Bigger birds – teens and grownups dressed as penguins – pay the kids’ rate of $6. Costumes can be plain or fancy, purchased or homemade. A group march of penguin pretenders begins at 11am, with prizes for “wonderful waddles” and

culminating with a penguin quiz game in Big Rock Theater. Also enjoy penguin crafts and other activities, 10am-3pm, free with admission or membership. Watch for more on the future arrival of the real penguins. On March 24, the spotlight shines on three of the aquarium’s favorite residents – river otters Pungo, Neuse and Eno. The annual Otter Birthday Party celebrates the conservation successes of their species. Sign birthday cards, watch them share an ice cake and explore more about otters with playful programs and activities. Activities are free with admission or membership. See the website for information the otter art competition. March brings a new line-up of weekly activities, including more behind-the-scenes tours, the season’s last Succulent Seafood sessions and weekend kayak outings. Registration is required for these, and can be done online through the aquarium website. Already thinking of summer camp for the kids? Registration for expanded camp offerings begins April 1. The Aquarium is open 9am to 5pm daily at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Admission is $8 for ages 13-61; $7 for ages 62 and up and $6 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members are admitted free. For a full list of programs and activities and general information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.

Rachel Carson Reserve Visitors looking for a “greener” vacation will quickly find the Crystal Coast is a natural wonder, teeming with wildlife. And there’s perhaps no better place to discover this than the Rachel Carson Reserve, a component of the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve. The breathtakingly beautiful area is a series of islands often referred to by locals as Bird Shoal or Carrot Island and lies just across from the Beaufort waterfront. Lucky explorers might spot a few of the beautiful Carrot Island wild ponies congregating along the shore. The 2,650-acre reserve is a favorite place for hiking, shelling and exploring the natural and human processes that affect coastal areas. The site was named for Rachel Carson, the famous scientist and author who conducted research on the island’s coastal habitat. Comprised of salt marshes, salt flats, tidal flats and eelgrass beds, the area is a favorite place for beachcombing, swimming and sunbathing, but is only accessible by boat. While there, you’ll spot water birds,



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ATLANTIC BEACH With a soothing blend of convenience, attractions and solitude, Atlantic Beach is the oldest of the five towns along Bogue Banks. It was here, where decades ago a ferry would bring vacationers for a day to frolic in the waves and lay in the warmth of the sun. The town continues to be not only a vibrant vacation spot, but a favorite for Carteret County residents ready for their day in the sun. While the amusement Circle everyone came to love through the 90s is no longer in business, the town’s center is used for outdoor movies, concerts and an array of special events during the summer months. It’s the towns laid back spirit, however, that keeps people coming back for more With ample opportunities for surfing and fishing, Atlantic Beach is home to one of the three remaining fishing piers on the island. The Oceanana Fishing Pier and the accompanying hotel are a traditional stop for many families looking to avoid the crowds during summer vacation.

Atlantic Beach is close to shopping and dining options and convenient to area attractions. One of the most popular, Fort Macon State Park, is located at the northern tip of the island. Other favorite events include the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament the Penguin Plunge and Carolina Kite Fest. Details: www.atlanticbeachnc.com.

PINE KNOLL SHORES

A sanctuary for turtles, birds and trees, the residential community of Pine Knoll Shores is the midway point between Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach and features one of the most natural untouched areas of Bogue Banks despite its population of just over 1,500 residents. Visitors will notice an historical marker along Hwy 58 noting the site of one of the first landings in the New World by Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, putting the area on the map – lit-

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erally – long before Pine Knoll Shores was born. Alice G. Hoffman purchased most of the land on Bogue Banks extending from Atlantic Beach to the Emerald Isle town line in hopes of creating a private retreat. Local historians have documented that in 1935 Hoffman’s land passed to a trustee, Llewellyn Phillips. In 1939 it went to John Marshall Mathias, who served as trustee for four children of the late President Theodore Roosevelt, a relative of Hoffman’s. The children allowed development of the property with a focus on minimal disturbance to the land around them, making Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s most environmentally-sensitive towns. Pine Knoll Shores is home to one of the state’s three aquariums, which is open year-round. A variety of programs, both on-site and on-location, make this a hub of activity for visiting families and local residents. To learn more about town, visit www.townofpks.com.


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If there was a center for the Crystal Coast’s Civil War history it would be deep within the walls of Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina’s second most visited state park. The five-sided brick fortress stands as proudly today as she did in the 1800s, complete with battle scars to show for her years of protection.

Garrisoned in 1834, Fort Macon was seized from Union forces by the Confederate army at the start of the Civil War. But in April of 1862, Union forces recaptured the oceanside fortress, giving the North control of the entire NC coast. A reenactment of the bombardment is celebrated annually, and 2012, the 150th anniversary of the event, is sure to bring an array of special events to the park. A new visitors center and education space helps serve the approximate 1.3 million visitors to the site, sharing the story of Fort Macon and providing a backdrop for workshops and conferences. In addition, audio programs, displays and a variety of artifacts throughout the protected site help illustrate what life was like at the fort during its years of service. The fort is the focal point of Fort Macon State Park, which encompasses 385 acres of pristine beach, dunes and maritime forest just east of Atlantic Beach. At the park’s beach access, visitors can fish from rock jetties or park at the bathhouse area for swimming and summer concessions. The park opens at 8am and closes at sunset. Fort hours are 9am-5:30pm daily. Details: 252-726-3775.

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t’s one of the most prominent structures in the county, rivaling the Cape Lookout Lighthouse as the shape that defines our small section of Eastern North Carolina. Like a sentinel guarding the coast, Fort Macon is as much a part of the Crystal Coast landscape as the waters it protects. And while its history and grandeur add to the rich historical environment, its cracks and divots stand as a reminder of just how vulnerable coastal communities can be. In April, Fort Macon State Park is planning an observance of the 150th anniversary of the battle and capture of Fort Macon by Union forces in the War Between the States. The observance is in keeping with similar programs across the country spanning from 2011 to 2015 to mark the sesquicentennial of the war. Built and designed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the fort was named after statesman Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837). Completed in 1834, the construction included more than nine million bricks. Even though it went through some renovations in the early 1840s, the complete cost of the fort was $463,790. As a result of Congressional economizing, the fort was used only intermittently over the years that followed. It was actively garrisoned during the years of 1834-36, 1842-44 and 1848-49 and at other times, an ordnance sergeant acted as caretaker of the site. The siege of Fort Macon began on March 23, 1862, with the first demand by the Union forces of Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside for the surrender of Fort Macon, held by Confederate forces of Col. Moses J. White. White refused this demand, forcing Burnside’s forces to besiege the fort. The siege culminated on April 25, 1862, with the bombardment of the fort by Union artillery posi-

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tioned in the sand dunes about 3/4 of a mile from the fort and navy gunboats offshore. The 11hour bombardment ended with the fort heavily damaged and in danger of being destroyed by the explosion of its own gunpowder magazines. Col. White had no choice but to surrender the fort the following morning. Victorious Union forces then occupied the fort for the remainder of the war. To mark the sesquicentennial of these important events in the fort’s long history, the park staff is teaming up with the Friends of Fort Macon, the 1st North Carolina/11th Regiment of Volunteers and NC State Historic Sites to host an observance April 21-26. The commemoration will include a reenactment of the bombardment and an on-site encampment by reenactors. From uniforms and weapons and Civil War medicine to blacksmithing and children’s games, demonstrations of life during the Civil War will be at the forefront for the family-friendly recognition. According to Park Ranger Paul Branch, the longtime park historian, this will be the largest event of its kind in this area and the largest reenactment the park has ever held. The 1st North Carolina/ 11th Regiment of Volunteers and other invited living history units from across the state will stage a dramatic modern-day replay of the events of April, 1862, at the fort. Other daily activities are being planned for April 23 and 24, culminating with an observance ceremony of the bombardment of the fort on Wednesday, April 25, in commemoration of those on both sides who fought and died in the siege, along with an observance on the morning of Thursday, April 26, of the actual surrender of the fort. To learn more about the fort, call 252-726-3775 or visit www.clis.com/friends.


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MOREHEAD CITY

The largest community in Carteret County, centrally-located Morehead City, is also the retail hub of the region. From its walk-worthy waterfront with a mixture of locally-owned shops to the large well-known chains that surround the western edge of town, Morehead City is an evergrowing community with a rich historic past. The cornerstone of the community is one of the state’s two shipping ports where military ships and freighters from all over the world can be seen coming and going on any given day. While big in stature, it does little to overshadow Morehead City’s own fleet – its charter boats that line the working waterfront. The plethora of fishing char-

ters and tournaments has put the region in the sites of big game fishermen across the state and beyond. June brings the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, now more than 50 years old, for a week of fishing, fun and a purse that consistently tops the $1 million mark. Thanks to several area advocates, Morehead City is also known for being a gateway to the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Named as one of the country’s best dive locations by several national magazines, thrill seekers will find several dive shops in the area ready to help them explore the treasures beneath the surface. As with other area communities, seafood is abundant in Morehead City – with several large waterfront icons that are ready to serve up the day’s catch any way you’d like it. Watch the fish roll in from the working boats each evening, then sit down for a big plate of whatever is on the day’s menu. Of course walking it off with a sunset stroll is completely OK, too. Whether you’re here for a visit, or you’re here to stay, Morehead City is an ideal blend of historic charm and convenient amenities. For more details, visit downtownmoreheadcity.com.

HISTORY PLACE Lauded time and time again for its vast genealogy library, The History Place in Morehead City is a great place to get an overall history of the region. For genealogy and Civil War buffs, the Jack Spencer Goodwin Library houses more than 6,000 publications and an extensive county photo file. The Civil War collections are especially notable – drawing a large research audience annually to the site. The museum itself is nothing short of a success story. Originally housed on the campus of Carteret Community College, the Carteret County Historical Society members undertook a fundraising campaign that would bring them to a new home in downtown Morehead City more than 10 years ago. An old furniture store was renovated to

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house exhibits, the library, meeting space and a small café. Space rentals and the leased restaurant space continue to buoy the nonprofit operation. From Carteret County’s relationship with the sea to its military history, the stories are told here at The History Place. Browse the antique doll collection, Native American artifacts, award-winning carved decoys, vintage clothing, period furniture, military memorabilia, coastal artwork and more. Learn the history of shrimp boats, read about the Tuscarora Indians and take a look at the carriage Civil War spy Emeline Pigott was riding in when captured. It is purported that Pigott carried more items of importance in her petticoat than would fit in any modern-day suitcase. The museum store offers unique gifts and a wide variety of local books and merchandise for all ages. Publications feature the Civil War, black history, pirates, poetry and local cookbooks. Nautical ornaments, jewelry, pottery, collectibles and children’s items are also featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 252-247-7533 or visit www.thehistoryplace.org.


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Wish You Were Here Crafting for History The History Place in Morehead City, will host its popular indoor Craft Fair from 9am-4pm on Saturday, March 10. Admission is free and the public is invited. Forty talented crafters will be on hand. Their specialties include pottery, fabric dolls, clay seahorses, jewelry and gemstones, fused glass pendants, painted gourds, sculptures, hand painted wood art, birdhouses, hand painted porcelain, beaded jewelry, Native American crafts, baskets, carved birds, doll clothes, aprons, nature photography, carvings and much more. Lunch items and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the event. To learn more about the sale, call Cindi Hamilton 252-2477533 x 101 or email historyplace@thehistoryplace.org.

Red Clay Ramblers at Croatan Nationally-recognized North Carolina icons the Red Clay Ramblers will join the Croatan High School Band in concert on Saturday, March 17, at Croatan High School in Ocean. Formed in 1972, the Ramblers are a traditional North Carolina string band with roots in oldtime mountain music, bluegrass, country, rock, gospel and Zydeco music. Now in their 40th year, the Tony Awardwinning Ramblers are set to visit with Croatan music students during the day and join them in

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concert that evening. Tickets are $15, rows AH; $10, open seating; and $7, students. Funds raised will help support the band booster program. The band is sponsored in part by the NC Coastal Federation, which will sell raffle tickets and have a booth during the concert offering discounted rates on membership. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, call 252-393-8185 or visit www.nccoast.org.

Rotary Oyster Roast Planned The Swansboro Rotary Club is gearing up for its 33rd annual Oyster Roast and Pig-Out. Set from 5-8pm on Saturday, March 17, at the Rotary Civic Center in Swansboro, the all-youcan-eat extravaganza has become one of the club’s most popular fundraisers. Featured this year will be Machine Gun of Wilmington, a popular and well-known cover band. Diners are reminded to bring an oyster knife and a glove. In addition to oysters, the menu includes roasted pig, fried fish, clam chowder, hotdogs with chili, coleslaw, hush puppies, condiments and a variety of beverages. The civic center, which is on West Main Street Extension off Hwy 24, provides a spacious indoor area for diners. The site will be equipped with several large screen televisions tuned to the NCAA basketball tournament so guests can follow the action during dinner. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased from any club member or Darden Insurance, Mills & Thomas Furniture, Century21 Waterway Realty and the Rotary Civic Center in Swansboro and at Eastern Mortgage in Emerald Isle. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $45 for adults and $20 for children 15 and younger.


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ages 4-13 are welcome. Details: 252-354-6350. Sat. 7: Morehead City, 10am, free. The Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt is held at Rotary Park on Mayberry Loop Road in Newport merely to accommodate the size of the event. Designed for children 12 and under, the hunt will consists of a whopping 15,000 eggs, as well as three grand prizes. Details: 252-726-5083. Sat. 7: BHA, 11am, free. Children age 7 and younger are welcome to join the fun at the Beaufort Historic Site, which provides the perfect backdrop for a hunt. Prizes, refreshments and lots of eggs will be ready and waiting – and it’s all free. Be sure to bring your basket. Details: 252-728-5225.

Western Homes on Tour Carteret County Easter Eggs That magic of spring is quickly moving into place and with it comes the first major events of the season – including Easter. Anticipated by children far and wide for the bounty of goodies it brings, Easter will inevitably see the youngsters running from bush to tree in search of those elusive colored eggs. This year, several organizations are offering Easter egg hunts to keep the kiddies entertained. Grab your baskets and your bonnets and get ready for some spring fun this April. Sun. 1: Emerald Isle, 1pm, free. Join the Emerald Isle Bunny in his search for prize eggs. Bring a basket and enjoy the fun. Children

The Friends of the Western Carteret Library are busy planning for its annual Homes Tour and Art Show scheduled from 10am-4pm on Saturday, April 21, featuring seven homes and two gardens along Bogue Banks and the popular art show at the Land’s End clubhouse.

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flagship of one Blackbeard the Pirate, was found just outside of Beaufort Inlet about 10 years ago and continues to be a draw for the community. A large two-day Pirate Festival continues to reinforce Beaufort’s pirate history. With a picturesque waterfront, the town is a favorite for those eager to shed their cars and put on their walking shoes. Whether it’s strolling down the wooden boardwalk or simply walking along the live oak draped residential streets of the historic district to gander at the historical architecture, Beaufort is a town best seen on foot. Scenic strolls are highlighted by shopping opportunities, fine dining and fiery red sunsets. Tour and charter boats, plus a wealth of area artisans help make Beaufort a fun and eclectic spot to spend time. Noted events include the Wine and Food Weekend in April, the NC Maritime Museum’s Wooden Boat Show in May, the Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour in June and the Carteret County Arts and Craft Coalition Show and Sales on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Details: www.beaufortnc.org.

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The majority of the small towns and communities along the Crystal Coast were built upon the regions close proximity to the ocean and the bounty it holds. The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort pays homage to that rich heritage, making it the perfect place to see exactly how deep that connection is. Under the auspices of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, the museum illustrates the story through artifacts and displays, educational programs and special events. The site was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when it became home to the first permanent ex-

hibit of artifacts raised from the vessel believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the Pirate’s flagship. Located in 1996 just outside of Beaufort Inlet, the Dept. of Cultural Resources and the museum have played a huge role in funding the excavation and bringing the artifacts to the surface. The new 1,200 sq. ft. exhibit takes up about a third of the museum’s total floor space and continues to be a huge draw for the site. Free to visit, the museum features a variety of additional exhibits, from sea life and sailing to boat building and commercial fishing. Across the street, the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center features an active boat and model shop, where visitors can observe the active construction of wooden boats, or take a class to learn how to build their own. The museum is open from 9am-5pm, weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturday; and 1-5pm on Sunday. For more information, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

BEAUFORT HISTORIC SITE If there was a core to the historic town of Beaufort, the Beaufort Historic Site on Turners Street would be it. Cited for recognizing the town’s historical significance more than 50 years ago the Beaufort Historical Association, which maintains the site, has been a leader in the restoration and preservation of some of the town’s most prestigious structures. The site itself includes 11 historic buildings and the Old Burying Ground on Ann Street. Buildings include the Courthouse of 1796, the oldest surviving wooden courthouse in the state; the apothecary shop, circa 1859; the Carteret County Jail, circa 1829; the Rustell House, circa 1732 and others. Enhanced by authentic artifacts, a doubledecker tour bus and facts and stories that have been passed down through the ages, the Historic Site has documented the lifestyles and customs of Beaufort’s past to preserve its historical identity for the future. Throughout the year, the Beaufort Historic Site offers a variety of tours, seminars, volunteer opportunities and special events, including several

of the town’s largest annual social engagements. From the educational Kindergarten Thanksgiving to the popular Old Homes & Gardens Tour held each June, there is always something on the horizon at the Beaufort Historic Site. In addition to its own events, the grounds host three shows and sales by the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition annually and are available as a special event rental. The Beaufort Historic Site is open from 9:30am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am-4pm during the off-season. Details: 252-728-5225 or www.beauforthistoricsite.org. Coaster

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Each property on this year’s tour is quite unique, ranging from an expansive estate on the Intracoastal Waterway to a gingerbread cottage and garden. Hostesses will greet guests at each site, guiding them through the open houses and pointing out areas of interest. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour and include a self-guided map. Tickets are available at county libraries and the Hwy 58 visitor’s center. They can also be purchased online at carteret.cpclib.org/western/friends/ homestour. All proceeds from the event will support the expansion project  for a new children’s/youth space in the library.  For more information about the tour or tickets, call the library at 252393-6500 or Diane at 252-354.2916. 

Going Publick Historically, it was the day that court was in session when an impromptu marketplace would evolve in the town center. When the circuit court came to town to handle business, farmers and craftsmen were quick to follow, bringing their wares to town to sell and barter with the visitors on official business. That tradition, at least a portion thereof, is maintained each year at the Beaufort Historic Site. No, court is not is session, but the oldfashioned market that follows it is. Vendors offering arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, plants, books, jellies and more will be on hand from 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 21, ready 26

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to share with the visitors who wander up and down Turners Street. The annual event raises much needed funds for the Beaufort Historical Association. To learn more about the BHA or Publick Day, call 252-728-5225 or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

Get Hooked by the Aquarium Registration is open for the annual Get Hooked Fishing School at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The one-day course on Saturday, March 17, is packed with presentations from the pros on many topics and types of fishing. The line-up includes: Bryan Goodwin – red drum; Ashley Williams – kayak fishing; Gary Dubiel – speckled trout; Jeff Cronk – flounder; Dr. Bogus – pier and surf fishing; John Mauser – fly fishing; Gene Wooster – tarpon; and Dale Collins – Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. The event includes participation in up to four sessions, plus mini-sessions and drop-in demonstrations, a catered lunch, drawings for fishing gear and fishing giveaways. In addition, agencies and businesses of interest to fishermen and boaters will be on hand. Get Hooked is held from 8am to 4:30pm, and all sessions are at the aquarium. Star Rods, Sea Striker and ifishnc.com help sponsor the event. Advance registration is required and space is limited so sign up early. The fee is $60 per person; $54 for aquarium members. Register online, call 252-247-4003 to register by phone or stop by the visitor services desk at the aquarium.


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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Best known for its towering lighthouse covered in black and white diamonds, the 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 cape allows for true-to-nature camping, features a renovated lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a boardwalk to the beach, daily ranger programs and facilities in summer. There are no guarded beaches or maintained roads, as to preserve the seashore’s pristine and serene nature. For those seeking to discover the cape’s history, remnants of old gun mounts are visible on an ocean side walk between the rock jetty and Cape Point. Many visitors come to the National Seashore to view the black and white diagonal checkerboard-patterned Cape Lookout Lighthouse. A landmark since 1859, it is now maintained by the National Park Service, who has rehabilitated the lighthouse tower to allow for public access Thursday through Saturday, mid-May through September.

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The visitor’s center, found near the South Core Banks ferry dock, has a shaded pavilion and boardwalk connecting it to the area adjacent to the Keepers’ Quarters, which has been renovated and includes new exhibits. The Cape Lookout Light Station Visitor Center and Keepers’ Quarters Museum is open to the public 9am through 5pm, April through November. Exhibits focus on lighthouse history and early shipwrecks and rescues. A bookstore features items related to the National Seashore and also carries bottled water and insect repellent. In addition to its lighthouse, Cape Lookout National Seashore includes adjacent Shackleford Banks, site of the extinct fishing village Diamond City, with large dunes and wild Outer Banks ponies. North and South Core Banks, both noted for wonderful shelling, clamming and surf fishing, are open April through November and picturesque Portsmouth village, found at the northeastern tip of Core Banks, is a 250-acre uninhabited island community dating from 1753 and preserved as a national historic site. A visitor center located on Harkers Island is open year round from 9am-5pm (except for Dec. 25-Jan. 1). Exhibits tell the story of island communities, the Life Saving Service and other local his(continued on page 32)


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Charleston & Vicinity,” LePrince will share his impressionistic work at the Mattie King David Art Gallery on the Beaufort Historic Site. Things go live on April 25, with an opening reception at Aqua Restaurant, Beaufort. The event, which features 2011 Culinary Contest winners Chef James Clarkson and Jon McGregor, sets the pace for the week that follows. Wine dinners at fine dining facilities around the county pair visiting chefs with local talent for a night of wine and food pairings. The dinners are joined by historic home receptions, tasting seminars, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, a grand gala and more, as well as the alwayspopular Vin de Mer Grand Tasting Village. Tickets to Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend events can be purchased online or by contacting the Beaufort Historical Association. For more information about this year’s events, visit www.beaufortwineandfood.com or call 252728-5225. Coaster

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DOWN EAST

Heritage and tradition are alive and well in Down East Carteret County. Rich in maritime history and folk arts, this rural region sweeps visitors back in time to a more laid back, simpler time. Some of the country’s most talented boat builders are hidden amidst the small clustered communities. Commercial fishing continues to be a mainstay. And family is one of the most important assets a person can have.

Found east of Beaufort along Hwy 70, Down East encompasses the communities of Atlantic, Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island, Lola, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy, Straits and Williston. Each of these communities are unique and rich in maritime heritage and beauty, which was recognized in 2009 as part of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. On Harkers Island, you’ll find the National Park Service Visitor Center offering information on Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the Outer Banks. There are also marinas, campgrounds and accommodations, plus ferries and charter boat services for visitors ready to hop over to the islands for the day. At Cedar Island, travelers have the option of jumping on a state ferry to Ocracoke, a small village at the southern tip of the Outer Banks, to follow the byway north.

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promote and preserve the Down East region’s valued heritage by showcasing the talents and skills of Down East residents. With a focus on decoy carving, boat building, storytelling, oral histories of the region, local writers, traditional music, food, hunting, fishing and other skills, the talent is bountiful Down East, and the Waterfowl Museum is a great place to find samples of it all. The museum’s goal is to pass these community strengths on to the next generation, educating residents and visitors alike about the crucial role these talents have played through history. Many heritage programs and demonstrations are offered throughout the year and the site’s Waterfowl Weekend, held the first weekend each December, is not to be missed. Museum hours are 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 2-5pm, Sunday. Admission is free. Details: 252-728-1500, www.coresound.com.  


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21st St. Patrick’s Festival Takes Hold of the Emerald Isle Drawing 15,000-20,000 people to Carteret County’s own Emerald Isle for more than 20 years, the St. Patrick’s Festival organizers are ready to paint this island home green – at least for one day. The 21st annual undertaking is planned from 9am-5pm on Saturday, March 17, at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center With more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food, clowns, amusement rides and static displays, the festival provides the perfect platform for a day of family fun. Sift for artifacts with the 5 Star Gem Mining Company, learn about goats with the Oak Grove Stables Petting Zoo and see exactly how much you and your dog look alike in the Owner/Pet Look-Alike Contest. While rides, food and fun take center stage, a full schedule of live entertainment will provide the back beat for the festival. A canine fashion show and other pet-related contests flow into the popular Little Mr. and Miss Leprechaun Contest at 11am. Both boys and girls age 2-3 and 4-5 will be judged on the originality and creativity of their costume and overall

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stage presentation. Preregistration is required by noon on Friday, March 16 by filling out a form at Emerald Isle Parks and Rec or printing it off from www.emeraldisle-nc.org/stpats and dropping it by the office. While each entrant wins a small prize, the winners receive a $50 savings bond. Because the festival will be busy, no registration can be handled that morning. While the youngsters warm up the crowd at one end of the event, the Emerald Stage will get things started at 11am with Pamlico Joe. Also slated to perform are Conch Stew and Selah Dubb, while Spare Change, My Three Kilts, Craicdown and others keep things rolling on the Gold Stage. New this year, North Carolina based Transit BMX Team will wow the crowds with performances at noon, 2 and 5pm. And be sure to be on the lookout for the Port City Pipes & Drums parading around the festival throughout the day. Entrance to the festival and parking, as always, is free. To learn more about the St. Patrick’s celebration, call 252-354-6350 or visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org/stpats.


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introduce friends and family to the game of golf. Open year-round and lighted during the season. Call 3931020. (Map #60) Celebrating more than 30 years of golf traditions and 27 championship holes, Star Hill Golf Club is the Crystal Coast’s premier golf club. Our three 9-hole courses, the Lakes, Pines and Sands, feature bent grass greens that will excite the average golfer and challenge the expert. We are nestled in the heart of Cape Carteret near Emerald Isle and minutes away from Swansboro. The Champions Room is the ideal place to relax after your round and settle your score. Our facility is the perfect setting for your next company golf outing, corporate meeting or family celebration. Amenities: Total short game area, Cayman driving range, PGA professional instruction, rental clubs, golf shop, swimming pool and private airstrip open to the public. Memberships available. *Soft spikes required. General Manager and Director of Golf: Mick Brown. Superintendent: Damon Libby. Course Architect: R.T. Birney. Call 393-8111. (Map #59)

wine Bay. Visitors enjoy a putting green, pro shop, snack bar and lessons by appointment. Call 247-2541 or visit brandywinegolf.com. (Map #17) As the only golf course on Bogue Banks, the Country Club of the Crystal Coast is a treasure for golfers hoping for a picturesque setting of rolling sand dunes, tall pines, majestic oaks and a view of Bogue Sound. For group outings, membership information and times, call 252-726-1034 or visit cccrystalcoast.com. Silver Creek Golf Resort, located on Hwy 58, 3.5 miles north of the Emerald Isle Bridge, is an 18-hole championship course with newly renovated “Tifeagle” greens and Bermuda fairways. This beautiful par-72 layout golf course was designed by Gene Hamm and offers four sets of tees. Men can be challenged by our 7,005 yards of course while ladies can enjoy 4,962 yards worth. During your round, you will discover elevated greens, water hazards and bunkers. Prior to your game, warm up on the driving range or work on your stroke at the putting greens. Call 393-8058 to book your tee time. Also enjoy Crystal Palms Par Three and Hawaiian Thunder Mini Golf, two fun places to

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Bicycle Sales/Rentals Beach Wheels Bike Rentals, 607 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Suite 103, free delivery & pickup anywhere on the Crystal Coast, free lock; we also carry child seats; adult bikes, beach cruisers, children’s bikes, adult tricycles, tandems, tag-a-longs & more. Let us know what you need, 252-240-BIKE (2453), 800-504-2450. (Map #19)

Charters, Cruises, Ferries, Fishing, Tours Calico Jack’s Ferry, departs from Cape Lookout Ferry Service Terminal located on Harkers Island adjacent to the Cape Lookout National Seashore headquarters. Calico Jack’s is the closest ferry to Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks. The ferry rides takes approx. 10 minutes and departs twice an hour from Harkers Island. New for the 2012 season – a 49-passenger power catamaran, new restroom facilities, a remodeled gift shop with T-shirts & souvenirs and approx. 2 acres of free daily parking for customer convenience. Please visit our website for pictures and information. Thank you for your business! For info, call 252-728-3575 or visit www.capelookoutferry.com. (Map #92) Cape Pointe Marina & Ferry, 1390 Island Road, Harkers Island, approx 3.5 miles after Harkers Island Bridge, is a full-service marina with boat storage,

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repairs, ramp, lifts & slips. Annual RV sites available on premise, gift shop & ships store with tackle, boat & beach supplies including ice, sodas, beer, coolers, snacks, sunblock, cameras, caps & more. The ‘Down East’ location for passenger ferry service to Cape Lookout Lighthouse & Shackleford Banks. Marina & ferry info, reservations, 252-728-6181. Marina is open year-round. Major credit cards accepted, www.capepointemarina.com. (Map #91) Capt. Stacy IV, docked at the Capt. Stacy Fishing Center on the Atlantic Beach Causeway, 83-ft. air-conditioned vessel, leaves for the Gulf Stream at 6am; 24-hr. trips to the Gulf Stream, call for reservations 800-533-9417, 252-726-4675 or 252-2477501, MC/V/DC. (Map #21) Davis Shore Ferry, departs from Davis Shore to South Core Banks on Cape Lookout National Seashore. Family owned for 50 years, services include day trips, overnight camping, cabin rentals (available through NPS), tackle shop, bait and ice. Open March 16-Dec. 31, reservations recommended. Located 16 miles from Beaufort, follow Hwy 70 East to 148 Willis Road in Davis. For more information, call 729-3474 or visit davisferry.com or drumwagon. com (Map #93). Island Ferry Adventures, voted 2011 Coaster Magazine Readers’ Choice Award Winner: Favorite


Ferry Service, Tour Service & Outdoor Adventure Business. Located at 610 Front St., across from the Inlet Inn. Passenger Ferry Service begins 9am daily, weather permitting, departures top of the hour to Shackleford Banks (west end) (CLNS), shipwrecked Spanish mustangs & voted #1 shelling beach; Carrot Island (Rachel Carson Reserve); Sand Dollar Island & Bird Shoal. Ferry service operates late March to mid-October. Horse & Waterfront and Pirate & Nature scenic tours available during the summer. Reservations, passenger and rate minimums are required for all scenic trips. Group rates, MC/VISA. See you spring, 2012. 252-728-7555, www.islandferryadventures.com. (Map #71) Outer Banks Ferry Service, ’06 Coaster Readers’ Award for Best Ferry Service & ’07 Red Ribbon Award for Best Local Tour Service, departs Front Street, Beaufort (across from NC Maritime Museum) on demand or reservation starting at 9am, 7 days/wk, explore the hidden treasure of the Crystal Coast with Capt. “Barrow-Cuda” & his buccaneers; personal water taxi to Carrot Island-Rachel Carson Reserve & Shackleford Banks where wild mustangs roam; on very end of Cape Lookout National Seashore, the best shelling on the coast; fishing, camping, surfing, swimming, hiking, bird & horse watching. Luxury houseboat rentals, fully furnished with skiff, reservations required; Cape Lookout Tour with guide, reservations required; Pirate Treasure Hunt, real life treasure hunts guided by an authentic pirate, reservations required; Water Bug Tours, relaxed and shaded, harbor tours, departs hourly; Anything Adventurous, custom tours & charters,

inshore fishing, reservations required. Snack Shack with cold drinks, hot dogs & ice cream; showers available when you come off the boat. Open yearround, call for details, reservations, 252-728-4129. (Map #80)

Family Fun Golfin’ Dolphin, Cape Carteret, offers driving range, mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages & go-carts. Located next to MacDaddy’s, 393-8131, thegolfindolphin.com. (Map #58) The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events, 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, is the No. 1 place on the Crystal Coast for live family entertainment. From comedy to magic, rock to country, plays and seminars, we offer the best shows on the beach. Visit www.themoreheadcenter.com for a full lineup of year-round performances, or call the box office at 252-726-1501. (Map #7) NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (mile marker 7), dive into adventure at the new NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Explore shipwrecks without getting wet. Look a 350-pound shark in the eye. Touch a stingray. Watch river otters play; 38 exhibits depicting NC’s aquatic environments “from the mountains to the sea.” In the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit, fierce-looking sand tiger sharks up to 8 feet in length, schools of fishes & many other creatures glide around a three-quarter scale replica of a sunken submarine. Other highlights include a 32-foot waterfall, cypress swamp, lionfish, jellyfish, octopus & two touch tanks. Fishing lessons, boat trips & other adventures are now (continued on page 50)

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available – check the website for the full schedule or see Coaster’s calendar of events for programs & dates. Regular hours, 9am-5pm daily. Admission, $8 (ages 13-61); $7 ages 62 & over; $6 ages 3-12. Children age 2 & under and members of the NC Aquariums admitted free. Annual memberships, $60 family; $40 individual, ncaquariums.com, 252247-4003. (Map #32) Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway, Salter Path, features go-carts, mini-golf, bumper boats, arcade & mining train, adventure & thrills galore for the entire family. At 10.3 mile marker, 252-247-3024. (Map #46)

Paddle Boats: 2-3 passengers. Dolphin Deck Tiki Bar: #1 Readers’ Choice Award Best Bar, over water on end of 200’ pier at the Indian Beach location, 2 levels, fabulous sunsets, cold beer, soft drinks, etc., 252-247-7303 Indian Beach or 252-247-4386 Salter Path. (Map #47)

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Oceanana Fishing Pier, E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, offers bait, tackle & rod rentals, fishing license not required, pier provides blanket license. Caters to families with snack grill, arcade & paved parking for beach-goers, 252-726-0863, www.oceanana.com. (Map #26)

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vacationers searching for a perfect stretch of beach. Despite the climb in population, the two towns continue to be the ideal place to find a spot in the sun. Play on the beach, kayak, Jet Ski, watch shrimp boats bring in their catch or embrace your inner child with a day of mini-golf, go-karts and bumper boats. Accommodations range from private homes to family run hotels with plenty of dining options in between. Still a hub for commercial fishing, the day’s catch is abundant in Salter Path and Indian Beach with an array of locally-owned restaurants ready to serve it up on a daily basis. Cradled in the arms of Indian Beach, the village of Salter Path was the first on the island, having emerged in the late 1800s. Historical reports claim that local fishermen would carry barrels of mullet from the beach to the sound to trade with a boat offering sweet potatoes and corn. Over the years, a permanent path was worn beside Riley Salter’s house; hence the community’s name. Visitors find a variety of accommodations, including condominiums, resorts, beach homes and more. The area’s main public beach access offers restrooms, showers and picnic tables, and features a long, winding boardwalk that meanders through forested dunes down to a beautiful, wide beach. Details: www.indianbeach.org.

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ing and delightful dining, or take a look at historic markers to learn about Otway Burns and other local legends. As you head from Swansboro to Emerald Isle you’ll discover a treasure trove of antique shops, kayak shops and more in Cedar Point. At the intersection of Hwys 24 and 58, Cape

Carteret welcomes visitors with golf courses, restaurants, shopping and more. Tucked away behind the trees, beautiful residential properties lie along the Intracoastal Waterway on Bogue Sound, offering a small piece of heaven for those who settle there. Details: swansboronc.org

Hammocks beach Kayaking and canoeing, camping, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, swimming and strolling along quiet beaches are just some of the enjoyable pastimes found at Hammocks Beach State Park, south of Swansboro off Hwy 24. On the mainland and on the state park’s Bear Island, rangers often schedule seasonal nature programs and talks focusing on the area’s fascinating features and history. Getting to Bear Island can only be done by boat or the park’s 2.5-mile ferry. On the way, you can view wetland inhabitants, including graceful herons and egrets. On the island a half-mile trail travels through magnificent sand dunes to the beach. Camping sites, hiking trails and a bathhouse are also available to guests.

Bear Island and Huggins Island (also in Hammocks Beach State Park and of great interest because of its lowland marsh system and Civil War history) have interesting stories to tell so be sure and inquire. Hammocks Beach State Park is open 8am until 6pm daily, September through May, and 8am until 7pm daily, June through August. The park ferry operates daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, except during inclement weather. For more information, call 910-326-4881. Coaster

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Local Flavor Sat. & Sun. at 11am. Catering available, ample boat dockage. MC/V/D/AE. No checks, no reservations, all ABC. Banquet, business function facilities, 252-247-2344. (Map #18) Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant, Salter Path Road, features local fresh seafood, homemade dinners of the South, dieters’ fare & daily breakfast, lunch & dinner specials; oceanfront Cutty Sark Lounge has daily drink specials & DJ on weekends, 247-4155, clamdiggerinn.com. (Map #31) Island Grille, 401 Money Island Drive, Atlantic Beach, serves inventive, creative cuisine featuring fresh local seafood & ingredients, plus signature sauces. Steak, seafood & pasta dishes featured, see the ad for popular Monday & Tuesday specials, extensive beer & wine list, open for dinner daily at 5pm, reservations highly recommended, 252-240-0000. (Map #25)

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The following restaurants are listed alphabetically by towns. Call to verify hours, especially during off season. Map #’s refer to restaurant locations on our maps, indexed alphabetically by advertiser in each area. Atlantic Beach/ Pine Knoll Shores: Channel Marker, only restaurant overlooking Bogue Sound at the foot of the bridge, offers fine hospitality in its waterfront atrium lounge & adjacent dining room, largest outside dining area on the beach, fresh seafood, steamed or grilled, & Black Angus beef, open 7 days a week for dinner at 5pm, lounge opens at 4pm. Open for lunch

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Beaufort Grocery Co., just off the waterfront at 117 Queen St., creative menu of local seafood, beef, lamb & veal, freshly baked breads & desserts, original soups & salads, Sunday brunch; ABC, catering, open for lunch & dinner, open 7 days a week, Memorial Day to Labor Day, MC/V/ Amex, dinner reservations recommended, available for private catered dining, 252-728-3899 (Map #73) Blue Moon Bistro, 119 Queen St., fine dining in a casual setting in historic Beaufort, daily specials, comprehensive wine list, all ABC permits, dinner only, reservations recommended, 252-7285800, bluemoonbistro.biz. (Map #81) Finz Grill, 330 Front St., Beaufort. Join us for classic Down East seafood, choice ribeyes, a full


service lounge and panoramic views of Taylors Creek and the Beaufort waterfront. Outside seating and second floor viewing deck and dock space for water access, 252-728-7459. (Map #79)

chicken & more; open daily all year for lunch & dinner; outdoor dining available. All ABC, MC/V/ AE, 252-354-2413. (Map #56)

Morehead City: Emerald Isle: Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar, 8002 Emerald Dr., dinner with exceptional American cuisine. 12+ wines available by the glass, 24+ martini choices. Come taste the difference, 252-354-6200. (Map #54) Portofino, Bell Cove Village, Coast Guard Road. Now open for lunch, new lower priced dinner menu. Dinner served 4:30pm-until, 252-3548111. (Map #57) RuckerJohns Restaurant, Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, prepares everything in-house; great sandwiches, salads, pastas, lightly battered & barbecued shrimp, grilled seafood, steaks,

Sea Side Cheese Cake Dessert Shoppe, 1002 Arendell St., more than 20 varieties of cheesecake, pastries, cookies & cakes, coffee & tea, eat in or take out, open Wed.-Sat. 10am-5pm, 252-7262339. (Map #5) Beaufort Grocery Too, 913 Arendell St., downtown Morehead City, invites you to “come casual and leave impressed.” Features the classic Carolina cuisine diners have come to know and love, with an emphasis on seafood and barbecue. From the Mo’ Better Cheeseburger to the delectable Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, Chef Charles Park is ready to serve dinner at 5pm daily. Closed on Tuesday. 252-727-0815. (Map #3) Coaster

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Judging doesn’t take place until Saturday morning, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. Rides, entertainment and vendors open to visitors on Friday evening and the popular king and queen awards are handed out on the main stage. Come Saturday, however, the combined work of all the chefs is chopped and combined into one giant flavorful batch of barbecue. Plates or bulk pork is usually available around 11am, either onsite, or through the festival’s creatively planned drive thru. While the annual event more than doubles the town’s population, it’s been an ideal relationship for small town. To date, more than $700,000 has been returned to the community through grants and scholarships. While the first event in 1979 helped raise money for the Newport Development School, many additional nonprofits have gained along the way, including Scout troops, sports teams, school booster groups and churches. To learn more visit newportpigcooking.com.

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cludes sautéed shrimp & scallops and two fresh catch choices. Once the delectable food brings visitors in the door, it may well be the wine menu that keeps them there. With two Wine Spectator Magazine Awards of Excellence to show off, Amiee Scott, general manager, is constantly adding to and changing the 135-bottle wine menu to maintain an array of options in all price ranges. In addition, the restaurant continues to expand its beer offerings and holds monthly beer luncheons for $25 per person. “Our North Carolina and craft beer selection includes many hard to find bottles and seasonals,” added the manager. Beer tasting at a high end restaurant? Absolutely – and there lies the beauty that is the Island Grille. While upscale in offerings and taste, the restaurant embraces its proximity to the beach with its casual, laid back air. Wearing flip flops and a bathing suit cover-up? That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a quick drive-thru for dinner, at least as long as you are on Atlantic Beach. The long-term, knowledgeable staff members go out of their way to make everyone comfortable at the Island Grille, whether dressed for a formal affair or a day on the beach. Open seven days a week, the Island Grille is located at 401 Money Island Drive, Atlantic Beach. Hours are 5-9pm (5:30-9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday). Call 252-240-0000 for reservations or more information.


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Good Buys swimwear, sizes 4-24, juniors, long torso, special cup sizes AA-EE, separates, the right suit for every size & taste; maternity, mastectomy, casual & cruise wear by Ann Trinity, Jams World, Foxcroft, PB&J, Wild Palms, French Dressing, Tracy Negoshian, Peppermint Bay, Tommy Bahama and more. Great selection of beach bags, sandals, hats, sunscreen (SPF 50), shoes and accessories, 252-7264812. (Map #27)

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Books & Gifts:

Blu Sail Gallery, 903 Arendell St., Morehead City. Featuring contemporary art, local and international photography, pottery, wood carving, stained glass and more with an array of classes for all experience levels. Hours, 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, open until 8pm on Fridays, 252723-9516. (Map #6) Carolina Artist Studio Gallery, 800 Evans St., corner of 8th, Morehead City. Largest gallery on the Crystal Coast featuring fine art, pottery & stained glass by local & regional artists. We offer a variety of classes. Hours 10am-5pm Tue.-Sat., 252-7267550. (Map #2) Handscapes Gallery, featuring fine arts and crafts on the waterfront in historic Beaufort. The gallery promotes American traditions in pottery, jewelry and glasswork with an emphasis on North Carolina artists. Over 200 artists are represented in a full range of work from the traditional to the contemporary in pottery, glass, jewelry, metal, wood and other media, 410 Front St., 252-7286805, www.handscapesgallery.com, handscapes@ gmail.com. (Map #78) Tierra Fina, 415 Front St., Beaufort, handpainted pottery from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Morocco & Tunisia. Open 7 days a week, tierrafinanc.com, 252-504-2789. (Map #76)

Beach Book Mart, Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach, features the largest selection of books on the beach including bestsellers, local books, children’s, cookbooks, crafts, magazines & many more, 252240-5655. (Map #30) Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books, Morehead City waterfront, fine selection of greeting cards, paperback & hardback books, Byer’s Choice carolers, jewelry, toys, nautical charts, original paintings & prints, china, gifts, open every day, free gift wrap, we ship anywhere, 800-DEE-GEES (3334337), 252-726-3314. (Map #1) Rocking Chair Book Store, 400 Front St., Beaufort (Somerset Square), featuring bestsellers, children’s books, local/regional books, new & used, 252-728-2671. (Map #77)

Beachwear: Sandi’s Beachwear, West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, emphasizes women’s specialty

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Clothing & Accessories: Harbor Specialties, 437 Front St., Beaufort, offers “nautical but nice” fine gifts & clothing. Featuring the Tilley Hat, Vera Bradley bags & accessories with complimentary monogramming, Tervis Tumblers, Dubarry deck shoes, Chelsea clocks & barometers, boat models & ready to embroider Adams Caps. We do custom embroidery & logos in-house. Bring in yours, 838-0059 or 877369-4999, www.harborspecialties.com. (Map #75) Island Essentials, Linen & Leisure Supply Company, 208 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle. High quality baby & beach gear rental equipment with free delivery & pick-up to your vacation home. Also


bed & bath linen service. Visit the new showroom, 8002 Emerald Drive, by appointment only. Services available year-round, reserve ahead to ensure availability, 888-398-8887, 252-354-8887, info@ island-essentials.com. (Map #55) Island Traders, 421 Front St., Beaufort, 5043000 and Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach, 2402825, features great names & great prices, come in & browse the bargains. Large selection of Vibram Five Fingers and Merrell Footwear. Find famous brands like Patagonia, Costa Del Mar, Smith Optics, Toms, Reef, Sanuk and more, www.beaufortislandtraders. com. (Map #29) Sandi’s Beachwear, West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, emphasizes women’s specialty swimwear, sizes 4-24, juniors, long torso, special cup sizes AA-EE, separates, the right suit for every size & taste; maternity, mastectomy, casual & cruise wear by Ann Trinity, Jams World, Foxcroft, PB&J, Wild Palms, French Dressing, Tracy Negoshian, Peppermint Bay, Tommy Bahama and more. Great selection of beach bags, sandals, hats, sunscreen (SPF 50), shoes and accessories, 252-726-4812. (Map #27) Second to None, 4370 Arendell St., Pelletier Harbor Shops, Morehead City, women’s brand name clothing & accessories, sizes 0 to 3x, including maternity. Casual to formal wear, shoes, jewelry & handbags. Original artwork, also available. Mon.Sat. 10am-5pm, 252-240-2002. (Map #34) Tassels, Pelletier Harbor Shops, 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City, great place to shop for shoes, handbags, jewelry & gift items; a shoe store plus a whole lot more; we now carry a wonderful selection of invitations & personalized note cards for all occasions, 252-247-7463. (Map #33) Top Deck, largest mens’ & ladies’ clothing store in Beaufort, brand names such as Fresh Produce, Royal Robbins, Sperry shoes, Rainbow sandals, Crocs, Hook & Tackle, Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Tori Richards and more; fill all your casual

clothing needs from head to toe. MC/V, 252-7286670. (Map #29).

Gourmet Items & Edibles: Ginny Gordon’s, 1011 Arendell St., downtown Morehead City. Specializing in cookware, aprons, gadgets, knives, cookbooks & everything else for the cook, 252-726-6661. (Map #4)

Gifts & Specialty: A Men Shop, Brandywine Crossing, Morehead City, offers a shopping destination for anything a man would want or need. The store carries everything from clothes, athletic and recreational equipment, records, furniture, musical instruments and more, 252-648-0939. (Map #15) Gloria’s Hallmark, Cypress Bay Plaza, Morehead City, offers gifts for special occasions, holidays and every day. Carries Vera Bradley, Jim Shore, Willow Tree, Yankie Candle and more, 252726-2888. (Map #8) Bird Stuff Etc., Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach, everything for the bird enthusiast: bird feeders, premixed or mix-your-own seeds, houses, supplies & more. Tilley clothes for men & women, Sloggers, Gnomes, Waterfalls, New Chairs. All in one convenient location with Kites Unlimited, 252-2477011. (Map #28)

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Medical: Carteret General Hospital Urgent Care, 3722 E. Bridges St., Morehead City, 252-808-6611, provides full medical care 7 days a week for minor emergencies, such as sprains, simple cuts and ear infections, filling the gap when your doctor isn’t available. Open from 9am-9pm Mon.-Sat. and noon to 8pm on Sun. (Map #10) Crystal Coast Family Practice, two locations at 505 N. 35th St., Morehead City and 540 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point. Comprehensive medical care for all ages: pediatric, adolescent, adult, preventative, acute illnesses and injuries, women’s health, minor surgical procedures, dermatology, physicals, skin cancer screening. Accepting new patients – appointments and walk-ins welcome, 252-726-8414 (Morehead City), 252-393-6374 (Cedar Point), www.crystalcoastfp.net. (Map #9)

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Outdoors, Etc.: Kites Unlimited, at Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach, offers quality kites & windsocks, stunt kites, unique games & puzzles, kite accessories, flags & banners; go flying with us 9am Sun., Fort Macon State Park, 252-247-7011. (Map #28)

Seafood: Atlantic Beach Seafood Market, 211-A Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, the only fresh seafood market in Atlantic Beach; fresh daily, shrimp, crabmeat, scallops, lobster tails, crab legs, tuna, grouper, mahi, trigger, flounder, salmon, special orders & more; locals’ choice for best seafood. Family operated by Sonya Willis, owner. Tackle outlet. 252-247-2430. (Map #24) Cap’n Willis Seafood Market, 7803 Emerald Dr., look for the bright red roof! Fresh local seafood daily from Cap’n Willis boats – peeled & deveined shrimp, tuna, local oysters, grouper, scallops, clams, crabs, crabmeat, homemade crab cakes & more. We pack coolers for travel! Open 7 days a week, 9am-7pm, 252-354-2500. (Map #53)

Transportation: Albert J Ellis Airport, proudly serving Eastern North Carolina since 1971. OAJ offers jet service via Delta Air Lines and US Air with daily flights to Charlotte, Atlanta and Washington, DC. Conveniently located in Richlands, 10 miles northwest of Jacksonville, close to Hwy 17. Call 910-324-1100 or visit www.onslowcountync.gov.


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Coastal Calendar march Tue. 6: Piccadilly Circus. 2:30 & 7:30pm. Agile acrobats, motorcycle madness and comedic clowns will welcome guests at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Details: www.thefuncircus.com.

Wed. 7: Whim’n Rhythm. 7pm. Concert to benefit The Hospice House at The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Details: 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com.

Fri. 9: 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. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title.

10, 17, 24, 31: Kayak the Roosevelt Natural Area. 9-11am (weather permitting). Explore tidal flats and quiet back waters as you navigate the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment with the NC Aquarium. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. Sat. 10: Scrapbook Workshop. 10am-1pm. A Creative Memories Scrapbooking Workshop will be held at Emerald Isle Parks Recreation. For ages 12 and up, pre-registration is required. Use of tools and snack provided with $5 fee. Additional packages available. Details: 910-326-6164. Embers in Concert. 8pm. Enjoy a little beach atmosphere in winter as the Embers hit the stage at the 68

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Morehead Center. Reserved seating is $10. Details: 252-726-1501 or www. themoreheadcenter.com. Pre-Penguin Party. 10am3pm. Help celebrate the coming of a penguin exhibit this summer with the NC Aquarium’s party. Come in penguin costume and get free admission for kids under 12 and discounted admission for all visitors in costume age 13 and up. A penguin march is planned for 11am. All activities are free with admission. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums. com.

Thur. 15: Living History Program. 2pm. Join the Beaufort Historical Association in a celebration of Pierre and Annie Henry, leaders in the education of emancipated slaves. Details: 252-728-5225. Volunteer Training. 9am. The Beaufort Historical Association will hold its annual volunteer training session for new volunteers. Learn about the varied volunteer openings and get to know the BHA and its mission. Details: 252-728-5225.

17-18: Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn traditional boat building techniques in this hands-on workshop offered by the NC Maritime Museum. As a team, participants will construct a traditional “rack of eye” flat-bottomed skiff. Reservations required. Cost is $135. Details: 252-7287317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com.

Sat. 17: 21st Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Scott Taylor Photo Festival. 9am-5pm. Held at the Emerald Plantation shopping cen11, 18, 25: Behind the Scenes – Aquarium Close Encounters. 2- ter, festival features more than 75 arts 3:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and crafts vendors, food vendors, help with food preparation and feed clowns and static displays along the animals in this thorough behind- with amusement rides, a climbing the-scenes adventure that includes wall, face painters and several other an overhead view of the Living Ship- fun, family-oriented activities. Other wreck exhibit. Ages 6 and up, $15. events surrounding the festival inDetails: 252-247-4003 or www. clude an 8k road race and the Little Ms. and Mr. Leprechaun contest. Dencaquariums.com. tails: 252-654-6350. 12, 19, 26: Succulent Seafood. Swansboro Oyster Roast 2pm. Local chefs demonstrate how & Pig Out. 5-8pm. Hosted by the to prepare fresh local seafood with a Swansboro Rotary Club and held at flourish. Sessions include a taste test. the group’s civic center, the evening This month’s programs will be held, features oysters, clam chowder, fried in order, at Ruddy Ducks, McCurdy’s flounder, port and all the trimmings. and Amos Mosquito’s. Advance reg- Funds raised from the event are used istration required, call or check the for scholarships. Tickets are $40 in website for other dates. Ages 12 and advance, $45 at the door. Details: up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or 910-326-6175. www.ncaquariums.com.


benefit the band. Detail: www.nccoast.org. Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynrd Tribute. 8pm. The band may be gone, but their sound is alive and well thanks to this tribute band set to perform at the Morehead Center. Reserved seats are $10. Details: 252726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com.

Still on the Hill Still on the Hill Perform. 8pm. The Down East Folk Arts Society welcomes the musicians to Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or downeastfolkarts. org. Get Hooked Fishing School. Experts in a variety of fishing techniques present workshops and demonstrations throughout the day at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Instructional sessions, giveaways, drawings and lunch included. Advanced registration is required. Details: 252-2474003, www.ncaquariums.com/pineknoll-shores. Red Clay Ramblers & Croatan High School Band. 7:30pm. The Red Clay Ramblers will visit the coast for this jam with the Croatan High School Band. In their 40th year, the Ramblers are a North Carolina string band whose repertoire reflects their roots in mountain music, bluegrass, country, rock and more. Tickets range from $7-$15. All proceeds

21, 28: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Join the NC Maritime Museum for this free lunch program. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch if they wish or simply sit and enjoy the show. This month’s topics include Piracy Today and Whales in North Carolina. Details: 252-728-

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Sat. 24: NC Symphony Performs – ESPANA. 7:30pm. Sarah Hicks takes you straight into the intersection of neighboring cultures with this fresh look at how Spanish flavors inspired French music and vice versa as the NC Symphony performs at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults, $10 for students. Details: 877627-6724 or ncsymphony.org. 4 v 4 Coed Indoor Volleyball Tournament. 8am. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation sponsors this annual tourney. Must be 16 to play. Advance registration is required. Team fee is $55 with prize money going to the top two teams. Teams

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must bring their own balls and act as officials when not playing. Event runs until the last game is played. Details: 252-354-6350. 13th Annual Half Marathon. 7:30am. This public event based aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point features a 13.1-mile flat course through a combination of residential neighborhoods and forest. Awards will be given to first through third place winners in various male/ female categories. Cost for military members is $10, all others are $25. Details: 252-466-2208 or email bernadine.crosby@usmc-mccs.org. Living History Day – Civil War Sesquicentennial. 10am-3pm. Beaufort becomes a Civil War town during this program at the NC Maritime Museum. See vignettes with infantry reenactors, see weapon demonstrations, participate in children’s activities and more. Details: 252-7287317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums. com. River Otter Celebration. Celebrate a conservation success story with a birthday salute to the NC Aquarium’s three river otters, Pungo, Neuse and Eno. The fun-loving trio represents a species that has made a remarkable comeback after nearly vanishing from the state. Explore more about otters with playful programs and activities throughout the

day. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com.

30-31: Newport Pig Cookin’. Good old North Carolina barbecue takes center stage at Newport Town Park as the country’s largest whole hog pig cooking 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, games and plenty of fun. Details: 252-241-3488.

Sat. 31: Used Book Sale. 10am2pm. The Friends of the Bogue Banks Public Library will have a used book sale at Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church to raise funds for the library. A special preview for members will be held the evening before. Details: 252247-4660.

april 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Behind the Scenes – Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck exhibit. Ages 6 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com.

Sun. 1: EI Easter Egg Hunt. Noon. Join the Emerald Isle Bunny in his search for prize eggs. Bring a basket and enjoy the fun for free. Ages 4 to 13 are welcome. Details: 252-354-6350. 4, 18, 25: Behind the Scenes of Tryon Palace Gardens. 2-3pm. Join the garden staff at Tryon Palace for a behind-the-scenes look. Tour the greenhouse, stroll through the palace gardens and learn about specific plants and design techniques. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Free with regular admission. Details: www.tryonpalace.org.

7, 14, 21, 28: Kayak the Roosevelt Natural Area. 9-11am (weather permitting). Explore tidal flats and quiet back waters as you navigate the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment with the NC Aquarium. Age 12 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. Sat. 7: Ultimate Family Fun Quest. 10am-2pm. Join the Carteret County Partnership for Children for games, fun, inflatables, educational exhibits, magicians, clowns and so much more at the Crystal Coast Convention Center, Morehead City. Get a hug from Sparky the Fire Dog, learn about recycling at Green Acres or learn about animals at the Animal Junction. Details: 252-727-0440. BHA Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. Children age 7 and under will enjoy a little Easter fun at the Beaufort Historic Site. Prizes and refreshments follow. Details: 252-728-5225. Mostley Crue and Shoot to Thrill. 8pm. One night, two shows, as a Motley Crue tribute band and an all female AC/DC tribute band entertain at the Morehead Center for Performing Arts and Events. Tickets are $10. Details: 252-726-1501 or www. themoreheadcenter.com.

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11, 18, 25: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Join the NC Maritime Museum for this free lunch program. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch if they wish or simply sit and enjoy the show. This month’s topics include Diamond Lady – The Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Barbour Boats and Beaufort’s Dolphins. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

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and more. Cost is $6 per child, adults are free. Details: 252-639-3581 or www.tryonpalace.org.

13-14: New Bern Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour. 10am4pm. Homeowners will open their doors so the public may visit some of the most beautiful and interesting homes and gardens in New Bern’s historic district as well as homes in historic Ghent. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. Details: 252-638-8558 or www.newbernhistorical.org. Garden Lover’s Weekend. Visitors will see the splendor of thousands of tulips in bloom during this popular weekend event at Tryon Palace held in conjunction with the Homes & Gardens Tour. The Heritage Plant Sale will be held on the grounds, featuring perennials, herbs, annuals, trees and shrubs gown at the palace greenhouse. Hours are 9am-5pm both days. Details: www. tryonpalace.org. 13-15: Oriental In-Water Boat

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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: 252249-0228 or orientalboatshow.com.

Fri. 13: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm.

Concert. 8pm. The Down East Folk Arts Society welcomes the musicians to Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for members; and $8, students. Details: 252-633-6444 or downeastfolkarts.org. Kontras Quartet. The American Music Festival, Beaufort, presents the Kontras Quartet, known for its “superb and lively performances” and “highly entertaining and informative presentations.” Details: 252728-6152. FunFest. This fundraiser for the NC Seafood Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center includes dance music, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person. Details: 252-726-NCSF. Nautical Tool & Tag Sale. 8:30am-4pm. This annual sale helps support the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Free to attend. Held at the museum’s Gallants Channel site. Details: 252-728-2762. Earth Day Party for the Planet. 10am-2pm. This hands-on collaborative event by area museums brings a day of activity at Fort Macon State Park. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

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. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title.

14-22: Party for the Planet. Enjoy special Earth Week activities all week with a focus on conservation at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Free with admission. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.

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NC Ferry Schedule Call 1-800-BY-FERRY or visit www.ncferry.org for updated information and rates. See ncferry.org for additional ferry schedules for the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry and Southport-Fort Fisher ferry. CEDAR ISLAND-OCRACOKE TOLL FERRY

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2 ¼ Hours - 50 Cars Reservations Recommended Call 1-800-293-3779 Jan. 1 - April 18, Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Depart Depart Cedar Island Ocracoke 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM Apr. 19 - May 23 Depart Depart Cedar Island Ocracoke 7:00 AM 7:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:30 PM 8:30 PM May 24 - Oct. 31 Depart Depart Cedar Island Ocracoke 7:00 AM 7:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:30 PM 8:30 PM Name of driver & type of vehicle are required when making reservations. Can call up to one year in advance.

Free Ferry - 20 minutes - 30 cars Year-Round Depart Depart Cherry Branch Bayview 5:05 AM --------- 5:25 AM 5:25 AM 5:45 AM 5:45 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:45 AM 6:45 AM 7:15 AM 7:15 AM 7:45 AM 7:45 AM 8:15 AM 8:15 AM 8:45 AM 8:45 AM 9:15 AM 9:15 AM 9:45 AM 9:45 AM 10:05 AM 10:05 AM 10:25 AM 10:25 AM 10:45 AM 10:45 AM 11:15 AM 11:15 AM 11:45 AM 11:45 AM 12:15 PM 12:15 PM 1:15 PM 1:15 PM 1:45 PM 1:45 PM 2:15 PM 2:15 PM 2:45 PM 2:45 PM 3:15 PM 3:15 PM 3:45 PM 3:45 PM 4:15 PM 4:15 PM 4:45 PM 4:45 PM 5:15 PM 5:15 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM ---------- 6:15 PM 6:45 PM --------- ---------- 7:15 PM 7:45 PM --------- ---------- 8:15 PM 8:45 PM --------- ---------- 9:15 PM 9:45 PM --------- ---------- 10:30 PM 11:30 PM --------- ---------- 12:15 AM 12:45 AM ----------

SWAN QUARTER-OCRACOKE TOLL FERRY Reservations call 1-800-293-3779 2 ½ Hours - 50 cars Jan. 1 - April 18, Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Depart Depart Swan Quarter Ocracoke 10:00 AM 7:00 AM 5:00 PM 1:00 PM Apr. 19 - May 23 Depart Depart Swan Quarter Ocracoke 10:00 AM 6:30 AM 4:30 PM 12:45 PM May 24 - Oct. 31 Depart Swan Quarter 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:30 PM 4:30 PM

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OCRACOKE-HATTERAS INLET Free Ferry - 40 minutes - 30 cars Jan. 1 - April 18, Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Departs Hatteras and Ocracoke every hour between 5:00 AM and Midnight. Apr. 19 - Oct. 31 Hourly departures from 5am-7am and 7pm-midnight Departs Hatteras every half hour from 7:30am-7pm. Departs Ocracoke every half hour from 8:30am-8pm.

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Perfect Stay Atlantic Beach Realty in the Causeway Shopping Center for cottage and condo sales and rentals, atlanticbeachrealty. net, call 800-7867368, 240-7368, for a free brochure go to atlanticbeachrealty.net. (Map #23) Bluewater Real Estate, 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle, 415 WB McLean Blvd, Cape Carteret & 610 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, offers more than 900 vacation rental homes and condos on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach to Emerald Isle. Stay with Bluewater for a week, a month, a year or a lifetime with vacation, monthly and annual rentals available and a full-service real estate office. Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals has been voted Coaster Readers’ choice since 2006. Visit one of the three offices for all your rental and real estate needs. Vacation rentals, 866-429-2578 and real estate, 888-3542128. See website for specials and to browse properties, www.bluewatercoaster.com. (Map #22) The Clamdigger Inn on Salter Path Road has all oceanfront rooms with full amenities. Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, private balconies, restaurant, lounge, pool, hot tub, pool bar and meeting and banquet facilities, 252-247-4155, 800-338-1533, clamdiggerinn.com. (Map #31) Cannon & Gruber Realtors, beach vacation sales or rentals, user-friendly online booking at cannongruber.com, 800-317-2866, 252-7266600. (Map #20) CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty, 7603 Emerald Drive, has weekly, monthly and annual rentals, call 800-822-2121, 252-354-2131, 74

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residential, commercial sales, www.coastland. com. (Map #49) Deanna Hull Realty, 607 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Suite 103. Whether looking to buy or sell, you should call us first. We specialize in resort properties. Deanna S. Hull, broker/ owner, serving timeshare owners since 1984, 252-240-0273, 800-477-4180, deannahullrealty. com, deanna@deannahullrealty.com, bikes@ deannahullrealty.com. (Map #19) Emerald Isle Realty, 7501 Emerald Drive, has been handing out keys to vacationers since 1962. Enjoy staying in one of their cozy vintage cottages, a condo resort or an elegantly furnished Sand Castle with a pool or elevator. We offer amenities and adventurous packages to please all family members, including pets. Going above and beyond the call of duty for customers is an everyday occurrence. Visa/MC, 800-849-3315, www.emeraldislerealty.com. (Map #48) Sun-Surf Realty, 7701 Emerald Drive, come for a week – stay for a lifetime. Over 300 resort rentals on the Crystal Coast. Rentals, 866-8296849, 252-354-2658; sales, 877-698-3194, 252354-2958. View rental and sales properties at www.sun-surf.com. (Map #50)


(continued from page 75) Build a Boat in a Day. 9am3pm. 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 $300. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com.

tomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $135. Reservations are required. Details: 252-7287317 or ncmaritimemuseums. com.

Thur. 19: Marine Life Cruise. 9am-Noon. Trawl and dredge aboard a Duke University research vessel through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $30. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

20-21 and 27-29: Broadway at the Morehead – “Kismet.” Produced by Phil Routszong, “Kismet” is a tale spun by Scheherazade that follows the remarkable and repeated

changes of fortune that engulf a poor poet. Performances are 7:30pm, Friday’s and Saturday’s and 2pm, Sunday’s at The Morehead Center, 14th and Arendell Streets. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Details: 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com.

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Advertiser Index Food & Drink Atlantic Beach Seafood Market..................... 14

Outer Banks Ferry Service ........................... 51

Beaufort Grocery Co.................................... 61

Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf............ 47

Blue Moon Bistro ....................................... 22

Silver Creek................................................. 63

Cap’n Willis Seafood Market........................ 43

Star Hill Golf Club....................................... 45

Channel Marker........................................... 71

Water Sports Rentals................................... 11

Finz Grill.................................................... 23 Island Grille................................................ 19

Shopping & Services

Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar...................... 78

Albert J Ellis Airport..................................... 39

NY Deli...................................................... 15

A Men’s Shop............................................. 43

Pizza Inn.................................................... 50

Beach Book Mart......................................... 11

Portofino.................................................... 78

Blu Sail Gallery............................................ 23

RuckerJohns . ............................................. 55

Carolina Artist Studio Gallery....................... 11

Seaside Cheesecake & Dessert Shoppe.......... 15

Carteret General Hospital................. Back Cover Crystal Coast Family Practice........................ 27

Lodging & Real Estate

Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books................................ 3

Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc. ............................ 4

Diamond Shoal Jewelers............................... 43

Bluewater Rentals & Real Estate.................... 7

DP Jewelry Designs...................................... 76

Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS...................... 75

Fran’s Beachwear....................................36, 37

CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty.................... 75

Ginny Gordon’s........................................... 11

Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant....................... 27

Gloria’s Hallmark........................................... 5

Deanna Hull Realty . ..................................... 3

Handscapes Gallery..................................... 23

Emerald Isle Realty...................................... 53

Harbor Specialties........................................ 12

Sun-Surf Realty........................................... 54

Island Essentials.......................................... 79 Island Outfitters.......................................... 41

Outdoor Fun & Night Life

Island Traders............................................. 40

Bear Trail Golf............................................. 44

JR Dunn Jewelers ....................................... 54

Brandywine Bay Golf Club........................... 43

Kites Unlimited........................................... 35

Calico Jack’s . ............................................. 35

Pacific Beachwear.......................................... 6

Cape Pointe Marina & Ferry.......................... 31

Rocking Chair Bookstore.............................. 23

Capt. Stacy Fishing Center............................. 7

Sandi’s Beachwear....................................... 13

Davis Shore Ferry........................................ 79

Second to None.......................................... 11

Golfin’ Dolphin........................................... 46

Stamper’s Jewelers....................................... 22

Island Ferry Adventures............................... 32

Tassels......................................................... 5

Morehead Center for Performing Arts............ 19

Tierra Fina.................................................. 23

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores................. 9

Top Deck Clothing......................................... 2

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