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HONORING FORT MACON The historic site recognizes the 150th anniversary of its bombardment

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m a g a z i n e Published by: NCCOAST Communications Phone: 252.247.7442 • 800.525.1403 201 N. 17th Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 nccoast.com Managing Editor Amanda Dagnino (editor@nccoast.com) Staff Writer Melissa Jones Sales Director Jamie Bailey 252.241.9485 (sales@nccoast.com) Account Executives

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On the Waterfront With spring comes an abundance of festivals and fun along the Crystal Coast, from wooden boats to air shows

Special events in April memorialize the 150th anniversary of the historic site’s bombardment during the Civil War.

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Pick the perfect boat with shows slated for Oriental and downtown Morehead City.

20 On the Horizon

24 Lure of Lore

Graphics Mimi Davis Kyle Dixon

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Friends and family return to the desolate Portsmouth Island on April 28 for the site’s 10th Homecoming celebration.

30 Down the Hatch

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With special exhibition games added to the schedule and beer in the stands, the Morehead City Marlins prepare for an exciting season.

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On the cover Standing guard over Beaufort Inlet, Fort Macon State Park marks the 150th anniversary of its bombardment with special events this spring.

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Pigging Out in Newport

Claiming the title of the US’s largest whole hog barbecue cooking competition, the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest encourages a little friendly competition while putting the “Town with OldFashioned Courtesy” on the map. And on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, the smell of pork will fill the air at Newport Park for the 34th time. Barbecue is serious business in Eastern North Carolina and that’s certainly true in Newport. The annual fundraising event has brought in more than $700,000 for the community, benefiting various sports teams, school booster groups, churches, Scout groups and more. The Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest draws more than 10,000 visitors 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 from the discerning judges. The chefs, elaborate grills in tow, arrive in town on Friday and by sunset, the sweet aroma of grilled pork begins wafting through downtown. 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 are usually available around 11am, either on-site, or through the festival’s creatively planned drive thru. Vendors, carnival rides and live entertainment rings out throughout the afternoon. Awards are handed out mid-day to the top 10 competitors and there are always a few surprises in the results. Scheduled performers include the Morehead Brass Consortium, Ryder Preston and Sammy O’Banion & Mardi Gras. To learn more visit newportpigcooking.com.

Celebrating Heritage

The 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point “Celebrate the Heritage” Air Show, commemorating 100 years of Marine Corps aviation and celebrating the air station’s 70th anniversary, will take place May 4-6 aboard MCAS Cherry Point. Friday’s show feature nighttime performances, while Saturday and Sunday’s shows feature many daylight performances. Gates will open for the Friday night show at 5pm and flying will run from 7:30-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 8am and

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flying will go from 10:30am-4pm. This year’s air show highlights include the Blue Angels US Navy flight demonstration team, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, a jet-powered rocket truck, the Red Tails, a host of civilian and military aerobatic demonstrations, a concert with country stars Bill Gentry, Darryl Worley and up-and-coming star David Kroll, a fun zone for the kids, plus historic and modern static aircraft displays on the flight line. The night show will include a variety of night-oriented aerial pyrotechnic displays, afterburner flybys, the roaring afterburner display of the jet-powered rocket truck, skydivers, a wall of fire ordnance demonstration and a large fireworks display set to patriotic music. Air show admission and parking are free and open to everyone in the community. Parking space is limited, so carpooling is recommended. For those interested in premium seating, several options are available via the air show’s website to include bleacher, box and chalet seating. MCAS Cherry Point’s air show is the largest air show in the Carolinas and one of the largest military air shows in the Southeast. It is also the only air show in North Carolina for 2012. For more information, visit www.cherrypointairshow.com or call 252466-7550.

Celebrating St. Patty’s

Irish eyes smile upon Carteret County’s own Emerald Isle each spring, blessing the small 4,000 resident coastal village with the area’s largest annual St. Patrick’s celebration. This quiet, familyoriented town plays host to many a vacationer each season, but never does it see as many guests as it does each March, when Emerald Isle flies its Irish flag. Drawing an average of 15,000-20,000 people a year, the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Festival is set for Saturday, March 17, fully prepared to see more visitors than ever for a day of fun, food and merriment. Set in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, the festival runs from 9am-5pm and is free to attend. 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, browse through the various vendors, 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.

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Canine contests get the fun rolling on Saturday morning, including a fashion show and look alike and cutest pup contests. The popular Little Mr. and Miss Leprechaun Contest takes center stage 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 stage presentation. Preregistration is required by noon on Friday, March 16 by filling out a form at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation 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.

The Old Woodies

The artistry and practicality of the wooden boat will be celebrated May 5 in Beaufort as the NC Maritime Museum launches its annual Wooden Boat Show. In its 38th year, the Wooden Boat Show is the largest undertaking of the NC Maritime Museum – bringing more than 5,000 visitors to the quiet tree-lined streets of historic Beaufort. The little fishing hamlet, if only for a few days, will become home to 60-70 small wooden beauties. Throughout the preceding week, boat rides will be offered from 1 to 4 pm daily as the museum gears up for the big event. The rides are free, however, a $5 donation is suggested and all funds collected will go toward the ongoing sailing program at the Maritime Museum. It’s Friday night, however, when the weekend’s pace is set with the Watercraft Center Party, a reception slated to kick off the show. Scheduled from 5:30 to 7pm, the party includes live music and light hors d‘oeuvres. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the museum. The wooden boats are on display from 10am to 4pm Saturday, interspersed with demonstrations of traditional skills, educational activities, boat models and the annual National Boat

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Building Challenge, which gives teams of two builders four hours to complete a 12-foot skiff. While it can be fun to watch the craftsmen at work, it’s often much more fun when it comes time to test the vessel’s seaworthiness. Sailboat races are planned for 11am and 3pm and free boat rides will once again be offered between the races. Festivities roll to a close with a post-show reception and awards ceremony planned from 5-6pm at the Watercraft Center. To learn more about the event, to register a boat for the show or to purchase tickets for the parties and fanfare, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseum.org.

In Celebration of Music & Art

Teaming art and music, the Beaufort Music Festival and the Beaufort Sister Cities Mural Competition are joining forces for the second year in a row, creating a weekend celebration of culture and arts by the sea. For 24 years, the Beaufort Music Festival has brought throngs of visitors to this picturesque waterfront town for two days of free musical entertainment. From special music for the youngsters at the Beaufort Historic Site to rock, blues and jazz on the festival’s two main stages, the event brings together an eclectic offering with everybody’s tastes in mind. Keeping pace, many of the town’s pubs, restaurants and bars pick up the tab when the festival closes each evening at 10pm, offering live music inside (and out) for the visitors who are eager to keep the beat going. Planned for May 11-12, visitors to the musical festival will also have the opportunity follow along as artists compete in the annual mural competition on Saturday afternoon. Sanctioned by the Beaufort Sister Cities organization, the winner of the contest is provided with a trip to France as Beaufort’s entry to the International Mural Competition held annually in Beaufort-enVallee. As always, the festival is free and open to the public. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are suggested. Pets and glass containers should be left at home. WF

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HONORING FORT MACON The historic site recognizes the 150th anniversary of its bombardment

dding to the Crystal Coast’s rich historical environment, Fort Macon has been guarding this coastal paradise for nearly 180 years, keeping watch on those who approach and standing guard for those who reside nearby. From the pitted and cracked bricks to the cannons that man the top of the fort, the site continues to be a tangible living history demonstration just waiting to be touched. The fort’s most significant milestone to date continues to be her bombardment and capture by Union soldiers in April, 1862, the 150th anniversary of which will be observed April 21-26. To mark the sesquicentennial 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. The commemoration will include a reenactment of the bombardment and an on-site encampment by reenactors. From 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 familyfriendly recognition. To learn more about the fort, call 252-7263775 or visit www.clis.com/friends. When it comes to looking back over the fort’s vast history, no one does it as completely and succinctly as park ranger and historian, Paul Branch. The following, in his words, is the history of one of the state’s most well-preserved Civil War forts.

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HISTORY OF FORT MACON Among the most prominent of the many historic attractions of coastal North Carolina is Fort Macon State Park, situated on the eastern point of Bogue Banks in Carteret County. The park preserves within its boundaries not only a small stretch of one of North Carolina’s barrier islands, but also historic Fort Macon. Fort Macon is a 19th century masonry fortification that guards the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, one of North Carolina’s two principal seaports. It is one of the best preserved forts in the country today. Although now quiet and peaceful, its creation resulted from times of war, unrest and the demonstrated need of a young nation to protect it maritime boundary against foreign aggression. A succession of wars between the New World colonies and the European powers of Spain, France and Great Britain during the

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Colonial Period provided a constant threat of coastal raids by enemy warships. Indeed, the nearby town of Beaufort, third oldest town in the state, was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747, and again by the British in 1782. Early North Carolina leaders sought to construct forts for coastal defenses to prevent such attacks. To protect Beaufort Harbor, the eastern point of Bogue Banks was determined to be the best location from which a fort might guard the harbor entrance. In 1756 a small fascine fort known as Fort Dobbs was begun there, but was never finished. The inlet remained undefended during the American Revolution. Because of this, British warships were able to raid the harbor in 1778 and 1782. Following the Revolution, relations with both France and Great Britain continued to be strained during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Fearing the threats posed by these mighty European powers, the fledgling United States sought to build two successive national defense systems of coastal forts to protect itself. As a part of these defenses, a small masonry fort named Fort Hampton was built during 1808-09 to guard Beaufort Harbor. This fort protected the harbor during the subsequent War of 1812, but was abandoned shortly afterward. Shore erosion and a hurricane were responsible for sweeping Fort Hampton into Beaufort Inlet by 1826. The War of 1812 exposed the weakness of existing United States coastal defenses. As a result, the U.S. government now began construction on a third improved system of coastal fortifications for national defense. This “Third System” ultimately called for the construction of a national defense chain of 38 new, permanent forts along the U.S. coast between 1817 and 1865. The present Fort Macon was a part of this defense system. Fort Macon was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Its namesake was North Carolina’s eminent statesman of the period, Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837). The fort was constructed during 1826-1834. The work required over nine million bricks. Following its completion in December, 1834, the fort was then improved and modified during 1841-46. Total 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 only during the years of 1834-36, 1842-44, and 184849. At other times, an ordnance sergeant acting as a caretaker was usually the only person stationed at the fort by the Army. The War Between the States began on April 12, 1861, with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Two days later, local North Carolina militia from Beaufort and Morehead City seized the fort from its Army caretaker for the state of North Carolina and the Confederacy. North Carolina Confederate forces then spent a year arming the fort with 54 heavy cannons and preparing it for battle. The fort’s garrison ultimately consisted of five heavy artillery companies totaling over 400 men, commanded by Col. Moses J. White. Early in 1862, Union Maj. General Ambrose E. Burnside led a powerful amphibious expedition of Union forces into the eastern coastal region of North Carolina. After defeating Confederate forces at Roanoke Island and New Bern in February and March, 1862, Burnside turned his attention to recapturing Fort Macon. The capture of the fort would allow both the Union Army and Navy to use Beaufort Harbor. After New Bern was taken on March 14, 1862, part of Burnside’s command under Brigadier Gen. John G. Parke was sent to capture Fort Macon and secure the use of the harbor. Advancing from New Bern, Parke’s forces captured Morehead City and Beaufort without resistance. An initial demand for the fort’s

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Schedule of Events Saturday, April 21 9am Fort interior opens to public Federal troops assemble for formations and drill (on outer glacis) Confederate Company Drill (Parade ground) 9-10:30am Historical demonstrations 11am The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon Noon 1-3:30pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 5:30pm 8-8:30pm

Battle concludes/troops return Historical demonstrations Confederate Company Drill The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon Battle concludes/troops return Fort closes Night artillery bombardment

Sunday, April 22 9am Fort interior opens to public Period church service 9am-Noon Historical demonstrations 10am Confederate company drill 11am Federal troops assemble for formations and drill Noon-1pm Lunch 2pm The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon 3pm Battle concludes/troops return 2-4pm Historical demonstrations Wednesday, April 25 4pm Observance of the 150th Anniversary Thursday, April 26 10am Surrender of Fort Macon Flag Ceremony

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surrender was offered on March 23, 1862. Col. Moses J. White and 403 North Carolina Confederates in the fort refused to surrender even though the fort was soon hopelessly outnumbered and surrounded. Beginning at the end of March Parke ferried his men, supplies and siege artillery over to Bogue Banks. After driving Confederate outpost forces back toward the fort, Parke was able to establish three battery emplacements about 3/4 mile from the fort for siege guns with which to bombard the fort into submission. Union infantry entrenched in the sand dunes nearby. Offshore, four Union Navy gunboats blockaded the entrance to Beaufort Harbor and cooperated with Parke’s land forces. Two other Union gunboats, one of them with Gen. Burnside aboard, and two floating batteries took position in the sound northeast of the fort. The Confederates were completely surrounded, yet they refused two final demands from Gen. Burnside to surrender. Just after dawn on April 25, 1862, Parke’s forces opened fire on the fort with their heavy siege guns. They were aided for a time by the fire of the four Union Navy gunboats in the ocean offshore and by one of the floating batteries in the sound to the northeast. The fort’s guns easily repulsed the Union gunboat attack after only an hour and a half. However, the Confederates were unable to defend successfully against Parke’s land batteries. Among Parke’s siege guns was a battery of new rifled cannons, which were tremendously powerful and accurate at long range. These guns knocked out a number of the fort’s cannons and were able to penetrate the fort’s walls adjacent to the main gunpowder magazine. In all, the fort was hit 560 times by the three Union artillery batteries. Faced with extensive damage to the fort’s walls and armament, and with one of the fort’s magazines in danger of being exploded by the Union artillery fire, Col. White had no choice to raise the white flag over the fort at about 4:30pm that afternoon. The bombardment ceased and on the following morning, April 26, White formally surrendered the fort. The Confederate garrison was paroled as prisoners of war. Despite the intensity of the bombardment, the fort’s stout walls protected the garrison from suffering heavy losses. Seven Confederates were killed and 18 wounded. The Union loss was one killed and three wounded. The bombardment of Fort Macon was the second time in history that new, modern rifled cannons were used against a fort in combat. These powerful cannons demonstrated the growing obsolescence of masonry fortifications as a way of defense. The Union Army held Fort Macon for the remainder of the war. For part of the war it was utilized not only for defense of the harbor but also as a military prison. Beaufort Harbor served as an important coaling and repair station for the Union Navy during the war and as a staging area for other Union Army coastal operations. During the Reconstruction Era, Fort Macon was continuously occupied as a US Army garrison post until 1877. Because there was no state or federal penitentiaries in the military district of North and South Carolina, Fort Macon was also used for about eleven years as a civil and military prison. The fort was deactivated in 1877 at the end of Reconstruction and returned to caretaker status. However, during the summer of 1898 the fort was garrisoned once again for the Spanish-American War. By the beginning of the 20th century the US Army realized that Fort Macon and the other masonry coastal forts of its era were completely obsolete for defense. Accordingly, in 1903 the fort was completely abandoned. In 1923 it was placed on a list of surplus military property to be sold.


North Carolina leaders recognized the historic importance of the old fort to the state and took steps to acquire it. By Congressional Act of June 4, 1924, the fort and its surrounding reservation were given to the state of North Carolina to be used as a public park. Fort Macon became the second area to be acquired by the state for the purpose of establishing a state parks system. During 1934-35, the fort was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Public recreational facilities were also established. Fort Macon State Park officially opened on May 1, 1936, as North Carolina’s first functioning state park. With the entry of the United States into World War II in December, 1941, the US Army recognized the need to occupy the fort again to protect a number of important nearby facilities. The old fort was actively manned once again with Coast Artillery troops. Soldiers lived in the fort and in barracks erected just outside. Harbor defense headquarters were also established in the fort. Shore batteries were established on the beach just outside the fort to guard against coastal raids by German submarines. Although these defenses were never called upon to fight the enemy, their presence served as a deterrent that forced the German U-boats to keep their distance. The Army occupied the fort and park from December, 1941, to November, 1944, under a special lease arrangement with the state of North Carolina. At the end of the war, the troops and weaponry were withdrawn. On October 1, 1946, the Army returned Fort Macon State Park to the state. Fort Macon State Park today is one of the most visited state park in North Carolina. It has an annual visitation of over a million. There are two major areas that comprise the park. The fort area showcases historic Fort Macon with museum exhibits and restored soldier quarters. The bathhouse area offers public recreational facilities in the summer season. In between these two areas are pristine beaches, sand dunes, maritime forest and salt marshes that preserve at least a part of the barrier island ecology on Bogue Banks. The park is truly one of the wonders of coastal North Carolina. Paul Branch Fort Macon State Park

The park is truly one of the wonders of coastal North Carolina. -Paul Branch

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The history of fishing along the Carolina Coast was gelled in 1957 when young Jimmy Croy heaved that blue marlin off the Mary Z and onto the Morehead City docks, providing all the impetus needed for the state’s cornerstone fishing tournament, the Big Rock. The search for a marlin continues today creating an active tournament season. Seven billfish tournaments now dot the North Carolina calendar. Known as the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series, the 2012 tournaments begin in Hatteras with the Hatteras Village Offshore Open from May 15-19 and end with the Pirates Cove 28th annual Billfish Tournament held Aug. 13-17. The tradition returns home each June for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Each year this week-long parade of the area’s biggest and best fishermen draws hundreds of anxious spectators and reporters to Big Rock Landing, where the luckiest of fishermen have a chance to weigh in blue marlin that tip the scales at 450 pounds, up to the record 831 pounds in 2000. This event’s popularity has also played a hand in swelling the cash prizes paid to the winners. The 2011 tournament marked the tournament’s 15th year in a row where the overall purse reached

at least $1 million and there is little reason to think the trend won’t continue. Luckily for those unable to pony up an entry fee of up to $18,000 for all levels, this game of high stakes and giant fish draws in the public with its daily weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. While blue marlin are brought to the scales as soon as they are caught, game fish weigh-ins of wahoo, mahi mahi and tuna occur Monday through Friday from 4-7pm and on Saturday from 3-6pm. It’s here where you’ll find spectators, fishermen and media outlets clamoring for a glimpse of the elusive blue marlin. Now in its 54th year, the Big Rock tournament gets off to a running start with the lady angler party from 6-9pm on Friday, June 8, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler portion of the week-long event sees the women hit the water on Saturday. Their male counterparts man the boats Monday through Saturday, picking four of six fishing days to chase down the marlin. Big Rock keeps fans up to date before and during the tournament with a running ticker of each hook-up at thebigrock.com.

TOURNAMENT TRAIL Big fish, big money, big excitement… The following is a sampling of the major fishing tournaments spanning from Hatteras to Wrightsville Beach. E-mail your 2012 fishing tournament information to editor@nccoast.com. Red Fish Action Elite Series. This series sees anglers taking to the water in Wilmington on April 28, Sneads Ferry on June 23 and Beaufort, Aug. 4. Details: redfishaction.com. May 4-5: Reelin’ For Research. Charity fishing tournament in Morehead City for UNC Children’s Hospital Research Division. Details: reelinforresearch.org or info@reelinforresearch.org. *May 15-19: Hatteras Village Offshore Open, the annual kick off for the NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament, now in its 18th year, brings prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 1-888-544-8115. May 18-20: JWR Gaffer Dolphin Tournament. With boundaries from Hatteras to Morehead City, this contest for billfish, wahoo, tuna and cobia includes women’s and youth divisions. Details: www.hillsboroughsfc.com. *May 26-27: Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-422-9100 or www. kingbluewater.com. June 1-2: Fisherman’s Post Spring Inshore Challenge. Flounder and speckled trout divisions, as well as divisions for aggregate weight, senior angler, lady angler and junior angler. Wrightsville Beach Marina, Wrightsville Beach. Details: 910-409-8379 or www.fishermanspost.com. June 17-24: Invitational Blue Marlin Release Tournament. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo weigh-ins daily during this five-day event at the Hatteras Marlin Club. Details: 252-986-2454 or www.hatterasmarlinclub.com.

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Myers said, he surmises another $150,000 was spent at various booths. Hosting the show brought about $9,000 to the local club, which annually provides $30,000 in college scholarships for Pamlico County students along with grants to support area nonprofit organizations. “The success of the boat show has allowed us to almost double the total amount of scholarships we provide in the last two years,” said Myers. “It’s great for the community.” The focus turns to Morehead City, May 19-20, as the Crystal Coast Boat Show shoves off, promoting one of the most popular recreational activities in Carteret County and just about everything related to it. Sponsored by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA), the annual undertaking continues to expand, bringing a variety of vendors from all walks of the marine industry together for the two day show. New and used boats line the waterfront while booths showcase marine products and services, outdoor gear, tackle, guide services, conservation groups and others. This year, according to DMCRA Executive Director Tom Kies, the event will

add a street fair on Saturday, complete with vendors and live entertainment, an antique car show on Saturday and a muscle car display on Sunday. In addition, the show’s art element, ARTrageous, held in partnership with the Arts Council of Carteret County, will expand to almost twice the size of last year’s event, bringing artists from around the region to show off their work. “We’re looking forward to a full, busy show,” Kies said. “Plenty of reasons to come to Morehead City and spend some time downtown.” For more information on the Oriental boat show, visit orientalboatshow.com. For information on the Morehead City event, call 252-808-0440 or visit downtownmoreheadcity.com/boat_show. WF

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on June 27 featuring Team USA. “We’re really excited about it,” said the vice-president. “It’s a wonderful exhibition when you can look out on the field and see the country’s 25 best players. It’s a great reason to come to Carteret County in the summer. We have the beach and we also have family entertainment in the evenings.” Blending the Crystal Coast’s love for baseball and billfishing, the Morehead City Marlins quickly became popular among locals and visitors with its dugout full of promising talent that included Rodney Quintero, who made four appearances with the Marlins in 2010 before signing with the Houston Astros. In all, more than 15 members of the Marlins have gone on to sign with major league clubs, Bengal said, a testament to the level of talent on the field. This year, that talent includes former

Kansas City Royals’ player Brian McRae, who fill the role of manager for the Marlins. As a member of the Coastal Plain League, the Marlins are made up of college baseball players hoping to gain experience in a wooden bat league during the offseason. The result is a win-win for players searching to improve their game and for fans, who get to kick back with a few hot dogs, popcorn, and now a beer, for an experience that’s sure to bring them back for more. With the Kinston Indians moving on this season, the door is open to make Morehead City a hub for sports fans and Bengal said he is continuing to see a rise in interest and ticket sales. The Marlins open the season on May 29, with their first home game slated for May 30. For a complete schedule, or to purchase tickets and gear, visit www.mhcmarlins.com. WF

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Reunion Celebrates its Anniversary People arrive by boat, carrying picnic baskets across the expanse of church lawn at the town’s center, prepared for a good old-fashioned dinner on the grounds. They meet with friends, share stories, sing hymns and take tours of the refurbished structures. For 20 years the Friends of Portsmouth Island has organized a biannual trek to the remote village, bringing former residents, descendants and friends for a day of remembrance and reflection. On Saturday, April 28, the group celebrates its tenth event, traveling to the island once more for a special anniversary program.

As the old tale goes, Henry Piggott, one of the last three remaining full-time residents of Portsmouth Island, was told he was crazy for continuing to live at the remote site. Piggott’s response was quick – he had been to New York City and seen the crime and heard the noise. “Now tell me who’s crazy?” he asked. Nestled at the northern edge of Core Banks, the uninhabited village of Portsmouth was once a bustling shipping port. Located on the edge of Ocracoke Inlet, then the largest passage between Pamlico Sound and the open ocean, the town was ideal for “lightering,” or the unloading of cargo for transfer to smaller vessels there were able to navigate the treacherous shallow water surrounding North Carolina’s coast. The town was created by the North Carolina colony in 1753 and divided into half-acre lots. By 1770 it was the largest recorded settlement on the Outer Banks and by 1842, about two-thirds of the state’s exports found passage through Ocracoke Inlet. To say that Portsmouth is a remote location doesn’t fully do it justice. Isolated, may be a more appropriate word. In today’s world, where immediate access to conveniences is more common than ever, it’s hard to imagine being completely cut off from the mainland. Yet despite its location, the residents had just about everything one could ask for. The small, well-manicured homes were surrounded by a

school, two churches, a federal hospital, post office, barbershop, several stores, a lifesaving station and a cemetery. Cattle roamed and grazed freely upon the island, with no need for fencing to keep them close to home. Life was simple, and for most, it was dependent upon the waters that surround the village, but it was peaceful, quiet and fulfilling for those who made Portsmouth their home. Several historical events contributed to the town’s quick demise. When the Union Army made their way down the Outer Banks, many of the residents fled before their arrival, never to return to their homes. In 1846, the village took another blow, as a hurricane cut a deeper inlet near Cape Hatteras, beginning a slow northward move in commercial shipping. The storm also made it alarmingly obvious just how vulnerable the residents were to the elements. A total of 17 residents remained in 1956, and when Piggott died in 1971, friends and neighbors, Elma Dixon and Marion Babb, left their long-time home and moved to the mainland, leaving life on Portsmouth Island to the history books. The town literally sat vacant for more than 20 years. But in 1976, with the formation of Cape Lookout National Seashore, Portsmouth officially had a caretaker again. More than 20 buildings remain at the site, many of which have been painstakingly restored by the Friends of

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“One of my favorite things is to stand out on the lawn by the church while they’re singing hymns inside,” said Richard Meissner, volunteer coordinator with the park service and president of the Friends of Portsmouth Village. “Of course it’s great to be inside, but to me, it’s nicest outside, where you can hear the piano playing and all the people packed into the church lifting their voices. It’s special.” The last two homecoming events have averaged about 500 attendees, Meissner said, many familiar faces, but many newcomers as well. Each event provides guests the opportunity to see the restoration work that has taken place during the two previous years. Prior homecomings have unveiled the restored school, the post office, the Methodist church, and most recently, the lifesaving station. This year, Meissner said, Henry Piggott’s house, the lease for which was recently taken over by the Friends, will be ready to receive guests. All of the public buildings will be open during homecoming, with historical displays to illustrate Portsmouth’s past. The post office will offer a special cancellation stamp commemorating the day for anyone who would like to send themselves, or another, a letter or post card from the longclosed office. Dinner on the grounds in planned for lunch. Guests are asked to bring their own beverages and a dish 26 |

to share, while paper products and ice are provided. And, much to Meissner’s chagrin, there will plenty of hymn singing at the church. “For some it’s a little too remote, but most people really, really enjoy the experience,” said Meissner. “The park service is good at telling people what to expect and what to take with them, which definitely makes for a better experience.” Those who attend should be prepared for the elements. Full coverage clothing is recommended and comfortable walking shoes, as well as sun block, bug repellent and plenty of water. As with any natural resource, guests are asked to leave things as they find them so they can be enjoyed for years to come. There are two approaches to the village. From the south, four-wheel drive owners can take a ferry from Atlantic (Morris Marina, 252-225-4261) to the beach, offering the chance to drive the historic dirt roads of the Outer Banks. For most, however, a ferry ride from Cedar Island to Ocracoke is followed by a short 1-mile boat ride from Ocracoke to Portsmouth. For information on the state ferry schedule to Ocracoke, call 800-293-3779. From Ocracoke to Portsmouth, transportation is provided by Rudy Austin, 252-928-4361, at a rate of $20 per person, round trip. Reservations are recommended for all ferry transportation, especially during this popular event. To learn more about homecoming, call Meissner at 252728-2250, ext. 3008 or visit www.friendsofportsmouthisland.org. WF

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Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend Schedule of Events Saturday, March 31 Artist’s Reception for Kevin LePrince 5-7pm, Free Mattie King Davis Art Gallery

Wednesday, April 25 Opening Reception at Aqua Restaurant 7pm, $40 in advance, $50 at the door Local Chefs: Jon McGregor & James Clarkson Special Guest Winery: Folie à Deux

Bartender’s Cocktail Challenge 9pm, $25 per person

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Thursday, April 26 Cooking Class at Circa 81 Noon, $35

Circa 81, Morehead City Interactive Cooking Class with Clarke Merrill & guest chef

Blind Tasting Wine Seminar 1pm, $25

The Boathouse at Front Street Village Guest Winemakers: Robin Gerber of Arietta Vineyards, Caitlin Pianetta of Pianetta Winery, Frank Baroudi of Puro Uno, Argentina

Deck Party 5:30-7:30pm, $40

Channel Marker, Atlantic Beach Local Chef: Mike Barnes Guest Chef: Bobby Passarelli

Winemaker Dinners 7pm, $95

Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by local and guest chefs complemented by select wines from host vintners. Locations include Beaufort Grocery Co., Aqua, Blue Moon Bistro (sold out), Chef’s 105, Front Street Grill at Stillwater and Island Grille.

Celebrity Grand Gala and Auction 6-10pm, $110 Beaufort Historic Site

Saturday, April 28 Vin de Mer Grand Tasting and Culinary Village 12:30-4:30pm, $60

NC Maritime Museum, Gallant’s Channel View cooking demonstrations, taste wine from around the country and world and enjoy tempting treats from area restaurants and chefs.

Historic Homes Vintner’s Receptions 6-7:30pm, $75 Two locations to choose from

Beer Bubbles and BBQ 7:30-10:30pm, $60

NC Maritime Museum, Gallant’s Channel Music: Dirty Bourbon River Show Pit Masters: Roland Humphrey, Roland’s BBQ, Beaufort Tom Meyer, Q-shack, Raleigh Breweries: The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Highland Brewing Co., Mother Earth Brewing, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Foothills, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams and more.

Sunday, April 29 Celebration Brunch Noon-2pm, $60

Beaufort Historic Site Music: Gumbo Lily Chefs: Guest Sandra Gutierrez & Charles and Wendy Park of Beaufort Grocery Co. Wines: Nicolas Feuillate Champagne from Empire For tickets, or additional information, visit www.beaufortfoodandwine.com or call 252728-5225. All events are subject to change due to the varied schedules of the guest chefs and winemakers. Tickets are nonrefundable as this is an event for charity. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Friday, April 27 Fashion Show Noon-2pm, $40

The Boathouse at Front Street Local Chef: Cole Mills Guest Chef: Sandra Gutierrez Guest Winemaker & Winery: German Bistue, Wine Bridge Imports

Seminar – Around the World with Wine 1pm, $25 NC Maritime Auditorium

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2, 30: Lunch with a Dash of History. Noon. The History Place, Morehead City, 252-247-7533.

7, 14, 21, 28: Kayak the Roosevelt Natural Area. 9-11am, NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Details: 252247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.

4-6: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show. Demonstrations, static displays, entertainment and fireworks can be expected. Blankets, lawn chairs and other comfort items are suggested. Details: www.cherrypointairshow.com. “Always … Patsy Cline.” Morehead Center, 252-241-1152 or www.themoreheadcenter.com.

2-4: Coastal Home & Garden Show. 4-8pm, Friday; 9am-5pm, Saturday; and 11am-4pm, Sunday, Crystal Coast Civic Center, 252-247-3883.

Sat. 3: They Byzantine Shipwrecks of Yenikapi. 5:30pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www. ncmaritimemuseums.com. Tue. 6: Piccadilly Circus. 2:30 & 7:30pm, Crystal Coast Civic Center, www.thefuncircus.com. Wed. 7: Whim’n Rhythm. 7pm. Concert to benefit The Hospice House at The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events, 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com. 10-11: Civil War Weekend. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Bern with special programming at Tryon Palace from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 15pm on Sunday. Sat. 10: Embers in Concert. 8pm, Morehead Center, 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com. Thunder in the East – The Civil War in Eastern North Carolina Symposium. 9am-6pm, NC Historic Center, Tryon Palace. Details: 252-638-8558 or www.newbernhistorical.org. Wed. 14: Living History Program. 2pm, Beaufort Historical Association, 252-728-5225. 17-18: Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am5pm. Learn traditional boat building techniques in this hands-on workshop offered by the NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 17: 21st Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival. 9am-5pm. Emerald Plantation shopping center, 252-6546350. Swansboro Oyster Roast & Pig Out. 5-8pm. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Swansboro Rotary Club, 910-326-6175. Still on the Hill Perform. 8pm, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort, 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 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com/pineknoll-shores. Red Clay Ramblers & Croatan High School Band. 7:30pm, Croatan High School, www.nccoast.org. Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynrd Tribute. 8pm, Morehead Center, 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter.com. 21, 28: Brown Bag Gam. Noon, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 24: 13th Annual Half Marathon. 7:30am, MCAS Cherry Point, 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, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 30-31: Newport Pig Cookin’. Details: 252-241-3488. 34 |

Sun. 1: EI Easter Egg Hunt. Noon, Emerald Isle, 252354-6350.

Sat. 7: BHA Easter Egg Hunt. 11am, Beaufort Historic Site, 252-728-5225. Mostley Crue and Shoot to Thrill. 8pm, Morehead Center, 252-726-1501 or www.themoreheadcenter. com. 11, 18, 25: Brown Bag Gam. Noon, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 13-14: New Bern Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour. 10am-4pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event, 252-638-8558 or www.newbernhistorical.org. 13-15: Oriental In-Water Boat Show. Details: 252249-0228 or orientalboatshow.com. Sat. 14: Tumbledown House in Concert. 8pm, Clawson’s Restaurant, 252-633-6444 or downeastfolkarts.org. Nautical Tool & Tag Sale. 8:30am-4pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-2762. Earth Day Partnership for the Planet. 10am2pm, Fort Macon State Park, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Build a Boat in a Day. 9am-3pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Thur. 19: Marine Life Cruise. 9am-Noon, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums. com. 21-22: Contemporary Boatbuilding Carpentry. 9am-5pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 21: Publick Day. 9am-4pm. An old-fashion flea market takes over the Beaufort Historic Site, just as they did in days gone by at the Beaufort Historic Site, 252-7285225. Western Carteret Library Homes Tour. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the event. Details: Carteret.cpclib.org. Sat. 21: 150th Anniversary of the Bombardment of Fort Macon. 11am & 4pm, Fort Macon State Park, 252726-3775. Night Cannonade at Fort Macon. 8pm, Fort Macon State Park, 252-726-3775.

Thur. 3: 13th NC Seafood Festival Golf Tournament. 1:15pm. Details: 252-726-6273.

Sat. 5: 38th Wooden Boat Show. Join the NC Maritime Museum for a day full of demonstrations, lectures, races, competitions and more, all centered on some of the most elegant wooden boats still in action. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge. 11am-7pm, 252-648-0944. 9, 16, 23: Brown Bag Gam. Noon, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Thur. 10: Kayak Local Waters. 10am-3pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 11-12: Beaufort Music Festival. The streets of historic Beaufort come to life with live music during this annual festival, with three stages, including a children’s area. Details: www.beaufortmusicfestival.com. Thur. 17: Heritage and History Field Trip. 9am-1pm, Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking and Heritage, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 18-19: Quilt Show. Crystal Coast Civic Center, 252-2473883. 19-20: Crystal Coast Boat Show. Downtown Morehead City, 252-808-0440 or downtownmoreheadcity.com. Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 19: Joel Mabus Performs. 8pm, Clawson’s Restaurant, 252-633-6444 or downeastfolkarts.org. 8K Road Race & 5K Fun Run. Emerald Isle, 252354-6350. 26-27: CCAC Spring Show. Beaufort Historic Site. Wed. 30: Learn to Kayak. 10am-2pm, NC Maritime Museum, 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums. com.

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25-29: Beaufort Wine & Food Festival. Wonderful wine and tempting meals are the focal point of this weekend full of wine and food pairings, workshops, dinners and more. Details: 252-728-5225 or www.beaufortwineandfood.com. 27-29, May 4-6: “Always … Patsy Cline.” Morehead Center, 252-241-1152 or www.themoreheadcenter.com. Sat. 28: Lookout Spring Road Race. 8am, Sports Center, Morehead City, 252-726-7826.

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