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Spring 2010

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Tales from the Transom Discover the Nation’s Most Popular Boat Names

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contents SURF’S UP _____________________________________ 8 Morehead City steps up to the plate with a new baseball team.


TIME TRAVELING ______________________________ 10 Boatbuilding and the timeless tradition of wooden boats return to Beaufort.

BENEATH THE SURFACE _________________________ 12 Getting to know the jetty at Radio Island.

LURE OF THE LORE _____________________________ 16 ‘Knot’ sure about naming your boat? Discover this year’s most popular choices.


CHANNEL SURFER _____________________________ 18 Spring is the perfect time to start signing kids up for summer camps.

ON THE HORIZON _____________________________ 20 New Bern and Oriental gear up for tours of historic homes.

KNOW THE ROPES _____________________________ 22 Follow this checklist before pulling your boat out of hibernation.

ON THE WATERFRONT __________________________ 26 In-water boat shows fill the docks at Morehead City and Oriental.

HAPPY LANDINGS ___________________________________________28 From pig cooking to the Civil War, take an inside look at ‘New Port.’

DOWN THE HATCH ___________________________________________30 Celebrity chefs and hundreds of wines make for a perfect weekend.

MAKING WAVES ____________________________________________34 Thunderous roars fill the Carolina skies during the Cherry Point Air Show.

BURIED TREASURE __________________________________________41 Dance in the streets to the Steep Canyon Rangers.


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Chasing Marlins Coastal Plains Baseball League Calls Morehead City Home Big game fishing has been the only sport bringing marlins to the town of Morehead City for more than 50 years. This May, however, that’s all going to change as the great American pastime comes to town in the form of the Morehead City Marlins. Few of the teams sound familiar – the Asheboro Copperheads, Columbia Blowfish, Wilmington Sharks, Fayetteville Swamp Dogs and the Thomasville HiToms – yet the game they play is as All-American as … well, apple pie. Set to play in the newly built Big Rock Stadium on Mayberry Loop Road, the Marlins are the newest members of the Coastal Plain League, a wooden bat summer league full of college players looking to get better and hopefully noticed for the majors. In its 14th year, the CPL features 15 teams in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, giving college level players a little more than extra batting practice to do during summer vacation. The transient players often reside with “host” families, much like students participating in a semester abroad program, but just one glance at the Marlins summer schedule makes it easy to conclude that these athletes have little free time for anything more than baseball. June, for example, only has seven days without a scheduled game and 11 options for home games for interested spectators. “The closer we get the more excited we are to get started. We’re definitely looking forward to May 28 and forward to bringing collegiate baseball to Morehead City,” said Buddy Bengal, vice president of the fledgling team. And that excitement, hopes are, will be shared by Carteret County residents. In an era that has seen the erosion of many recreational outlets – the Atlantic Beach Circle sits vacant, the bowling alley and skating rink in Morehead City have disappeared and Jungle

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Land has gone back to the wild – nothing should be better received than a familyfriendly venue that reintroduces America’s favorite summer pastime. There have been concerns over noise and debates over beer sales, but ultimately, the one thing everyone can agree on, is that now Carteret County residents and visitors alike have a new option. When another evening on the beach just isn’t in the cards – now you can head down to the park and enjoy a hotdog as the summer sun hangs low in the sky. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The season opens May 26 and runs through mid-August with the first home game slated for Friday, May 28. For tickets, visit To learn more about becoming a summer host for a player, call 252-269-9767.

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Carving Out History Wooden Boat Show Returns to Beaufort Waterfront Despite the technological advances we’ve made as a society there are those among us who still appreciate the tried and true – the basics, if you will. This fact will be grandly illustrated May 1 in Beaufort as the NC Maritime Museum unleashes its annual Wooden Boat Show, showcasing the more artistic side of water transportation. In its 36th year, the Wooden Boat Show is the largest undertaking of the NC Maritime Museum – and draws the biggest crowds. The festival pulled about 5,000 visitors to Beaufort in 2009, which is noteworthy, points out curator of maritime research, Paul Fontenoy, because it exceeds the town’s population of 4,000 and some change. Along the tree-lined streets of the historic fishing hamlet, birch, mahogany, oak and teak will reign supreme – polished and shined in all its glory for visitors to enjoy. Expect anywhere from 60-70 small boats at this year’s festival, Fontenoy said. The majority of this year’s entries, he explained, are less than 25 feet in length simply because space is limited. The fun, however, isn’t limited at all. Beginning Sunday, April 25, boat rides will be offered from 1 to 4 pm daily. 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. At 2pm on Tuesday, April 27, Fontenoy will present Heritage Watercraft: The Ancestry and Development of North Carolina’s Sport Fishermen, featuring a lecture and an array of archival photos. Reservations are not required for this free program. 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 5:30-7pm, the party includes live music and light hors d‘oeuvres. This is a great time to mingle with boatbuilders, owners and the staff of the museum in a more intimate setting and get a glimpse inside the Watercraft Center before the crowds take hold Saturday morning. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the museum. On Saturday, free parking can be found at the museum’s Gallant’s Channel site, off of West Beaufort Road, and a free van shuttle will be available from 10am to 4pm to carry guests downtown. The wooden boats will be on display from 10am to 4pm, interspersed with demonstrations and displays of traditional skills, educational activities, boat model displays and the annual Boat 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. This year’s competition runs from 11am



to 3pm, and the newly crafted boats will soon after be put to the test. Fontenoy said he hopes to see nearly 15 teams compete this year for the coveted prize. Sailboat races are planned for 11am and 3pm and free boat rides will once again be offered between the races. “We have a lot going on this year,” said Fontenoy. “Lots of demonstrators, maritime crafts, wood carving and knot tying and things like that. Then we’ll have a ship model exhibit in the auditorium of the museum. Outside, we’ll have the radio control model boat pond on the patio out front and kids maritime craft activities.” Festivities roll to a close with two ticketed events. From 5-7pm a post-show reception is planned in the Watercraft Center. Tickets are $5 per person. The festivities then move into the museum’s auditorium from 79pm for the dinner and awards program. The cost to attend is $18. For those interested in taking a more active role in this year’s show, the cost is $30 to register a boat and includes a Wooden Boat Show T-shirt and one ticket to the Saturday reception. Additional boats can be registered for $5. To learn more about the event, to register a boat for the show or to purchase tickets for the parties and fanfare, call 252-7287317 or visit By Amanda Dagnino

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Radio Island: Not Just for Beginners By Lee Moore Most coastal visitors see Radio Island as a piece of land that connects Beaufort and Morehead City, with a drawbridge at one end and the high-rise bridge at the other. However, divers see Radio Island as a local shore dive where new divers get to experience their first open water dives. This location is where a great number of divers complete their certification dives, participate in continuing education, or dive for fun to gain experience and enjoy the marine life. The feature that makes Radio Island a good dive site is the rock jetty that runs parallel to the beach on the southern end of the island, near the US Navy Landing Ramp. At low tide, the top of the rock jetty can be seen sticking out of the water near the fence that extends from the beach at the end of the island. High tide raises the water level so the tops of the rocks are underwater and divers can easily swim over them. High slack tide is the best time to dive Radio Island because the incoming tide brings in water from the ocean, which helps to give better visibility. Rain also affects visibility because the rivers bring sediment from inland down to the coast and out the inlet. Tide tables are an important piece of equipment for divers that dive Radio Island. Since water flows through Beaufort Inlet to the channel, the current can be in excess of two knots. The slack high tide allows divers to dive while the current is slowing down as it is coming in, when it has stopped and when it is starting to go back out. This allows divers about an hour and a half of dive time. The rock jetty slopes down at a 45-degree angle to the sandy bottom of the channel. The depth ranges from 33 feet by the fence to 43 feet at the green day marker.



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It’s ‘Knot’ Easy Naming a Boat Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors … but nobody wants a boat named Accident. So you’ve picked out your new boat, you’ve trailered that beauty home – and now she sits in the driveway longing for a name all her own. For some, this process may take much more contemplation than choosing the vessel of your dreams. It’s not like naming a dog … you can always hide your pooch at home. A boat name, on the contrary, is a statement on the seas. It gives passing boaters a sense of who you are and what you stand for in two or three succinct, finely-crafted words. And it’s a task many boat owners take seriously. So what’s in a name? When choosing one it’s the perfect time to express what is important to you – your job, your family, your sense of humor. Unsure where to start? Knot to Worry, there’s a Bounty of The graphics department at BoatUS has been putting together its top boat names since 1991. Released in February, the 2010 list includes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Once again spring is upon us and while it opens many doors and opportunities not afforded during the cold winter months, it often leaves us wondering exactly what we should do with our children who are now free from the confines of the classroom and ready to embrace their free time with a vengeance. Whether you’re here for a few weeks – or you live here year-round, there are myriad summer activities for young people in Carteret County if you just know where to look. Here is a sampling of what’s available:

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Throughout the summer the aquarium offers an array of educational and fun programs geared toward children and teens both inside the site and out. Indoor programs for this year include Behind the Scenes tours, Aquarist Apprentice, Dinner with the Critters, Breakfast with the Rays, Aquarium ABC’s and more. Outside activities include surfing, Sound Seafood – Catching Crabs and Clams, surf fishing, kayak and canoe trips, kids fishing programs, Night Trek (turtle program) and Cape Lookout Exploration. Be sure to check the aquarium’s calendar at In addition, the site plans Family Nights every other Thursday through the summer. In addition to the regular schedule of programs, themed activities are at 4pm and free with admission or membership. Here’s the lineup: June 17 – En Garde! Pretend-pirates invade for a swashbuckling look at a colorful swath of our maritime history. July 1 – North Carolina Culture Night. A celebration of the state’s diverse cultural heritage from the mountains to the sea. July 15 – Slime, Scales and Salamander Tails. Close encounters with amphibians and reptiles. July 29 – Sharks! “Fin-filled” activities that shed light on these mysterious and misunderstood predators. Aug. 12 – Birds! Meet some new feathered friends. The aquarium’s normal operating hours are 9am to 5pm daily. For additional information on these and other programs, call 252-247-4003 or visit

NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort

Located in the heart of North Carolina’s third oldest town, the NC Maritime Museum has a nonstop supply of educational (and fun) programs for the younger sect throughout the summer. Jr. Sailing Program The popular program holds five 2-week sessions June through August for ages 8 and older, offering basic through advanced sailing education. The program takes a fun approach to teaching seamanship, navigational skills, maritime traditions, rigging and sportsmanship. The classes are sponsored annually by the Friends of the Maritime Museum and taught by instructors certified through the US Sailing Association. Sessions are held at the museum’s Gallant’s Channel location. The cost is $225 per session and includes a T-shirt. Participants must be able to pass a swimming test and are required to bring an approved life jacket. To learn more, or to apply, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritime. org/programs/junior-sailing. 18


Summer Science School It may sound like school–yet it’s so much more fun. These various interactive programs run June through August and cover a variety of subject matter. Fees vary, depending upon the program. For a full schedule, visit programs/summer-science This year’s offering include: Beginning Coastal Photography – An introduction to nature photography. Students learn perspective, subjects, lighting and framing techniques through field work, editing, and photo projects. Cameras, prints and developing included. Boats and Models – Build a model of a fishing boat or a tug boat at the museum’s Watercraft Center. Use museum exhibits and take field trips to learn about coastal waterways, local boats and the skills needed to work on and around the water. Coastal Adventures – Coastal Adventures is a two-week course filled with daily field explorations and activities at local area museums, coastal trails, shores and beaches. Students may also enroll for a one-week-only session at half the price. Fish and Fishing – An introduction to coastal fish and fishing methods. Cane poles, bait and tackle are provided for dock fishing. Students then board a research vessel to trawl and dredge and identify more types of marine life. Pirates I & II – Explore the life of pirates at work, play, and in battle through hands-on activities suitable for the age group. Preschool Storytime & Crafts – Includes a story, estuarine critter observation, and a related craft. Registration required, free of charge. Saltwater Science – Students investigate wildlife and water quality while exploring coastal waters and ecosystems of the Rachel Carson Reserve. Sea Stewards – Field course designed for students seeking to volunteer with local marine conservation efforts. Participants will learn to use kayaks for shoreline cleanups, recycle monofilament fishing line and create improved coastal habitats. Searching for Blackbeard – This field course investigates historic and geographic aspects of Blackbeard’s piracy legends in NC. Visit important sites and learn professional field techniques from staff archaeologist David Moore. Seashore Life I & II – Investigate coastal marine life with an emphasis on adaptations and food chains of the tidal flats,

salt marshes and sounds on local islands. Field based classes include ferry ride, barrier island hiking and animal identification.

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Operated by the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, Trinity Center on Salter Path takes advantage of its remote location to provide popular environmental programming, Sound to Sea, for rising 1st through 6th graders each summer. With both sleep-away and day camp programs available, it’s a great option for both local and visiting parents. Day camp runs from 9am to 4pm daily in weekly sessions. This year’s themes include Icky Creatures, We Will Survive, Water Wonders and Sensing It. Using biology and current events, students will have the opportunity to learn about the unique plants and animals that live on a barrier island, how man has used these plants and animals throughout history and how the loss of this amazing biodiversity is harmful to human health. The fee for a full-week of day camp is $165, although partial weeks and half-day programs are available at certain times during the summer. Slots fill up quickly so parents are encouraged to plan ahead. To learn more, or to obtain an application, call 252-247-5600 or visit

Fort Macon State Park

Throughout the summer, Fort Macon offers an array of free programming, ranging from butterfly hikes and bird watching for beginners to Turtle Talk and Civil War demonstrations. To learn more, call 252-726-3775.

Emerald Isle Parks and Rec.

In addition to its summer-long day camp program, tennis camp is slated at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Dept. for young people this summer. Two sessions are scheduled, June 14-18 and July 20-24, with classes running from 9-10:30am. Tennis instructor Tony Pereira welcomes all levels to this week-long program for ages 7-13. For more information, contact Brittany Wood, 252354-6350 or NCCOAST COMMUNICATIONS



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Oriental and New Bern are luring visitors to take that short leisurely cruise down the Neuse River in April to visit some of the area’s most prestigious homes. The annual fundraisers in these waterfront towns see private residences welcoming guests to appreciate their architecture, design and gardening handywork. In New Bern, where the Trent and Neuse rivers converge, history runs abundant as the town celebrates its 300th anniversary. The New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation, co-sponsors of the annual homes and garden tour, are never at a loss when it comes to choosing homes for the annual undertaking. The 2010 New Bern Spring Homes and Garden Tour, slated from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, features close to 20 homes in the town’s four historic districts: Downtown, Riverside, DeGraffenried and Ghent. A free trolley will be available to carry ticket holders from one area to another. Construction dates of the homes range from 1770 to 1949, giving a diverse illustration of New Bern’s architecture through the ages. From the modest to the most lavish, from remodeled to historically intact, the offerings this year run the gamut, but there’s enough diversity to make it easy for just about everyone to find that one home they can’t wait to see inside of. Featured on this year’s New Bern Homes Tour are: Gull Harbor House – Owner: Betsy and John Sprague Hawks House – Owner: Jim and Linda Howell Mary Louise Turner House – Owner: Melinda J. Robinson Attmore-Wadsworth House – Owner: Joe and Annette Hunt Attmore-Oliver House – Owner: New Bern Historical Society Dr. Edward Smallwood House – Owner: John and Cheryl Young William Blades House – Owner: Mark and Lynne Harakal Benton-Cassidy House – Owner: David and Patricia Cassidy Elijah Clark House – Owner: Alma and Ed Vaupel Mitchell-Stevenson House – Owner: George W. Hearn Brinson-Fulshire Garden – Owner: Jane Millns Dr. William Hand House – Owner: Jim and Martha Ross William R. Guion House – Owner: Mr. and Mrs. David F.X. Preis Kafer-McDaniel House – Owner: Paul and Brenda Gauthier Prio-Monette House – Owner: Michael S. Monette Reeves-Orriger House – Owner: Annette D. Stone Baxter House – Owner: Jerry and Beth Walker Lustron House – Owner: Buck Loy Eure House – Owner: Tripp Eure



Featured on this year’s Oriental Homes Tour are: Inn at Oriental – Owner: Marie and Hugh Grady Hardy House – Owner: Barbara and Stuart Hardy Dr. Daniels/Ragan House – Owner: Jennifer and Frank Roe King House – Owner: Susan and Jamie King Applegate House – Owner: Linda and Bob Applegate Reed House – Owner: JoAnn and Ken Reed

In addition, the former Hawkins Grocery Store and former Sun Shine Station will be open to the public along with an array of historic churches and gardens, including the gardens at Tryon Palace Historic Sites. Advance tickets for the New Bern tour are $15 and include a reception from 5 to 7pm on April 9, at Carolina Creations. Tickets can be purchased at various locations about town, by calling 252638-8558 or 252-633-6448 or visiting or Tickets will be $20 on the day of the show. All proceeds from the event are used to fund educational and revitalization projects of the sponsoring organizations. In Oriental, the event is offered by the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women and The History Museum and also features a nice blend of history and contemporary architecture. The Tour of Homes and Gardens runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April 17, and features six homes and three gardens. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Croakertown and Oriental’s History Museum and the Bank of Arts in New Bern. Tickets are also available on the day of the tour at Oriental’s History Museum, 802 Broad St. In addition, the gardens of Melinda Penkava, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Nicholas and JoAnn Reed will be featured. The Reed House, otherwise known around town as Rivertyme, is the featured home on this year’s tour. Built in 2004 on the former homesite of “Uncle Lou” Midyette, founder of Oriental, the openness of the home’s layout affords guests views of the picturesque Neuse River from almost every room. With a wraparound porch and a collection of nautical artwork, the home emanates the relaxed atmosphere of Oriental. In addition to the Tour of Homes and Gardens, Oriental visitors can expect art gallery exhibits and sales, sailing races, a bake sale, wine tasting, musical performances, farmers’ market and more as the town shows off its hospitality. To learn more about the tour, email

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Is it Safe to Go Back in the Water? Making Sure Your Boat is Ready for Spring Who can imagine a fate worse than loading your boat up with friends and supplies for that first cruise around the inlet since last fall, only to hear the engine sputter … but never catch. Spring is the ideal time to give your vessel a thorough once over, ensuring that everything is in good working order and that all necessary safety equipment is in place. The Trailer Anyone who has seen a broken down trailer on the side of the road knows that the only safe alternative is regular checks of the tool you so heavily rely upon. • Look for cracks in the frame. • Examine the rollers for wear and tear. • Check the lights, making sure you remember the brake lights and turn signals. • Check the winch strap for signs of fraying. • Take a look at the tie down straps for damage. • Look over the coupler and latch assembly as well as the hitch on your towing vehicle. The Boat Once that tarp or cover is removed, give the boat a good overall cleaning and visual check for any issues with the hull. Also look for missing or loose rivets. • Check the bilge area for debris and install your drain plug. Test the pump. • This is a great time to reload the boat with all the things that were removed for winter storage – seats, first aid kids, fire extinguishers, flares, life vests … examining everything for issues as you put them away. Life vests can be washed and treated with a mildew deterrent for longer life. 22


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Boats Aplenty In-Water Boat Show Returns to Morehead City Waterfront

Whether it’s a kayak, rowboat, sport fishing boat or a yacht, anyone that lives near the water has longed for his or her own boat. Standing on the shore, gazing out at one of the barrier islands and not being able to reach it is only matched in frustration by watching other boaters zip across the water, each leaving a wake behind them that seems to whisper, “follow me, follow me.” That whisper is certain to grow louder with the continued warmth of spring and with it comes the area’s easiest way to put yourself in a boat or fix up one you already have. The 3rd annual Morehead City Family Boating and In-Water Boat Show will take over the Morehead City waterfront May 14-16, showcasing boat exhibitors, marine products and services, new and used power boats, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, guides and outfitters. “Temporary docks go in at the Morehead City transient docks and those fill up and we have another 30 or 40 displayed on trailers,” said Capt. Steve Miller, chairman of the boat show. “There will be more than 60 boats – kayaks, motor yachts, twin engine outboard, inboard, new and used. People come in with brokerage boats, everything from skiffs to motor yachts.” Morehead City’s waterfront first came alive with the boat show three years ago as the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association was searching for a way to raise money for its efforts of bringing more businesses and tourist attractions to the waterfront. The plan was a success from the start, raising nearly $1 million during its inaugural year. “It’s highly unusually for a show to do that in the first year, but we have made money for DMCRA every year,” said Miller. “The dealers have been very excited to work with us. This year we would expect to grow the show in the number of boats and exhibitors … and we have some plans for kid friendly, family oriented activities.” Among those additions will be a pirate treasure hunt on Sugarloaf Island and the ARTrageous art festival. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County and the Morehead City Downtown Revitalization Association, this free festival will take place on the waterfront with unique art activities for the whole family. Browse through a colorful marketplace of fine and functional art, watch talented local artists at work or make a painting of your own.



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Kids that aren’t quite ready to shop for their first boat haven’t been left out either. The new treasure hunt offers free ferry rides from the Morehead City waterfront to Sugarloaf Island, where adventure awaits in the form of treasure and pirates. At a cost of $5, kids and their parents can take part in the treasure hunt, scheduled for Saturday at approximately 1:30pm, where they will interact with pirates and return to shore with a goodie bag. Organizers hope this addition will greatly increase 2009’s estimated attendance of 5,000 people but they aren’t taking any chances. They’re also pushing for additional marketing and making sure they’ve given any Carteret County boat dealer that wants to participate the chance to do so. “We’re focusing on Carteret County, the Crystal Coast, those are the boat dealers we go to first,” said Miller. “Once we get all the spots filled with everyone that’s going to participate from Carteret County, then we go outside the county. We’re trying to protect our dealers. We’re trying to say, ‘come down to the Crystal Coast with these boats.’” For more information on the boat show or treasure hunt, or to participate, contact Stephanie Slocum at 252-808-0440. Morehead City isn’t the only town taking advantage of its waterfront with a boat show. Oriental will have its second Oriental In-Water Boat Show the weekend of April 16-18. Held at Pecan Grove Marina this event offers new and used watercraft (power and sail), new products, services, informative seminars and food. For more information on the Oriental show, call 252-249-0228.

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HAPPY LANDINGS The ‘New Port’ is Alive With History They call it the “Town with Old-Fashioned Courtesy” and nothing could be closer to the truth. Nestled along the banks of the Newport River, the New Port, as it was historically called to avoid confusion with the old port of Beaufort, is the quintessential small town. Newport is a town where the same mayor has been at the helm for 30 years, where neighbors still say “good morning” to each other over the garden fence and where parents come together to form a recreation committee of volunteers to ensure that Little League and Pop Warner is offered without a paid parks and recreation staff. The Newport Pig Cookin’, in its 32nd year this April, is a prime example of what a focused community can achieve. Since its inception as a fundraiser for the Newport Developmental School in 1978, the event has gone on to raise more than $700,000 for Scout troops, sports teams, churches, boosters clubs and various other nonprofit organizations. Scheduled for April 9-10, the two-day festival, dubbed the largest whole hog cooking competition in the country, features a parade, live music, a pageant for younger children, rides, booths and of course plenty of freshly cooked swine and creative sauces. The town itself went through several names, including Bell’s Corner and Shepardsville, as it saw the many factions come and go, including early Quakers, the railroad, the armies and then an influx of military personnel from nearby Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. “I tend to think that even if we do grow, right here in the center of town things will remain the same – it will always be a small town,” said Josie Mullins, a lifelong resident of Newport. “I’m from here and I just love the people. It’s kind of like a Mayberry kind of town. You walk in the store and people know you and they talk to you and there’s something comforting to that.” Keeping up with Newport’s history has fallen into the lap of the Newport Consolidated School Alumni Association (NCSAA), which operates the Newport History Museum in the old Teacherage – a boarding house constructed in 1927 for single teachers. Located across the road from the elementary school, the site is open from 10am to noon on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and has a collection of school and town artifacts on display as well



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Eat Drink and Be Merry Wine & Food Weekend returns to Beaufort This spring, as temperatures warm and flowers bloom to life, there’s no better place to bring your taste buds out of winter’s hibernation than the Beaufort waterfront. Celebrating its sixth year April 21-25, the Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend returns with five days of delicious gourmet food prepared by locally and nationally renowned chefs and more wine than you can shake a corkscrew at. “We just try to make it a little bit different every year to add some excitement and bring in different people’s interest,” said Patricia Suggs, executive director of the Beaufort Historical Association. Palates seasoned enough to taste the grassy aromas in a glass of chardonnay or define the origin of a piece of cheese always get a workout from the hundreds of types of wines and various tasting seminars held throughout the event. Beginning Wednesday, April 21 with an opening at Carteret Community College’s culinary school and ending the following Sunday with a brunch at the Beaufort Historic Site, wine and food lovers have 18 different events to choose from in their search for the tastiest wine, dish and pairing of the two. Food and wine come in their largest variety Saturday afternoon at the Vin de Mer Tasting and Culinary Village, located at the NC Maritime Museum at Gallants Channel. Held from 12:30-4:30pm, spectators can choose from more than 300 types of wine and numerous hors d’oeuvres. Some of this year’s featured wines will come from Italy, Australia, California, Washington and North Carolina. While strolling beneath a tent that faces the serene waters of Gallants Channel, opportunities abound to sample wines, meet celebrity chefs, watch cooking demonstrations and discover unique pairings of gourmet f o o d with fine wine.



Often referred to as the heart of the Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend, Vin de Mer is the largest attended and most popular of the events, with ticket prices including wine and food tasting, commemorative glassware and cooking demonstrations. “We’re going to have over 300 pours of wine and several new restaurants that haven’t been before,” said Suggs. “It’s a good showcase to get to know some of the restaurants. In addition to local favorites that have come year after year, lots of other local restaurants will be involved, including McCurdy’s, Ruddy Ducks, Piccata’s and Circa 81. We’re going to have more food than we’ve had in the past.” Vin De Mer will also have its usual cooking demos and the wine education tent. Another hot ticket that’s not to be missed is the always popular Beer, Bubbles and BBQ. Also held Saturday, only later in the

day from 7:30-10:30pm at the Beaufort Historic Site, Beer Bubbles and BBQ is a time when everyone lets their hair down and squashes any preconceptions about wine lovers being stuffy. Catered by Roland’s BBQ of Beaufort and The Q-Shack in Raleigh, traditional Southern fare is just as plentiful as the choices of wines and handcrafted beers. As food and fermented goodness flow, so will the crowd as the band L-Shape Lot serves up its usual acoustic groove in a mix of bluegrass and roots rock. “One of the most fun things about the Beaufort Wine and Food event is tasting different wines from all over the world,” said Suggs. “Whether you are used to wines from the grocery store at $10 a bottle or those way more expensive, this is an opportunity to try them all. It’s just fun. We’re in Beaufort, not New York City … these winemakers are here to have fun.” Adding emphasis on healthy eating, the event Your Favorites Made Healthy, held Thursday at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach, gives visitors a chance to meet Ed Brantly from NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser as he works alongside local and guest chefs to show you how to make some of your favorite dishes, the healthy way. This event also features Steele Winery, voted best in show for the 2009 Beaufort Wine and Food event. “There will be tons of food and wine, it’s just not a five course dinner,” added Suggs. “It will be fun to have an event with some healthy choices and several wine makers for $45, instead of $110 per person for a dinner.” To learn more about the Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend visit beaufortwineandfood or call 252-728-5225.

Schedule of Events Wednesday, April 21 Carteret Culinary School Luncheon, 11:30am-2pm Carteret Culinary School, Morehead City ($35) Delicious luncheon with guest chef Scott Crawford and wines from Terra d’Oro. Beaufort Wine and Food Kickoff Opening Reception, 7pm Chef’s 105, Morehead City ($40 advance, $50 @ door) Kickoff event for the weekend featuring food by 2009 overall winning chef Andy Hopper, and drink by Terra d’Oro in the company of celebrity and guest chefs and winemakers. Bartender’s After Dinner Drink Challenge, 9pm The Arendell Room, Morehead City ($25) Vote on your favorite after dinner drink. Thursday, April 22 Around the World with Wine, 1pm NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort ($25) Taste wines from around the world and learn how geography influences and shapes the wine. Sip and Sign, 3pm Beaufort Historic Site (free) Meet local celebrity chef Charles Park, of Beaufort Grocery Co. and Shepard’s Point, and taste some of the favorite recipes from his new cookbook, as well as featured wines. Your Favorites Made Healthy, 7pm The Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach ($45) Meet Ed Brantley, from NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser as he works alongside local and guest chefs to show you how to make some of your favorite dishes, the healthy way! Taste wines from 2009 overall best in show, Steele Winery. Winemaker Dinners, 7pm $95 per person Beaufort Grocery Co., Beaufort (sold out) Carlton’s Fine Dining, Salter Path Amos Mosquito’s, Atlantic Beach Sharpies Grill and Bar, Beaufort Carlton’s Fine Dining, Salter Path Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by local and guest chefs complemented by select wines from host vintners. Friday, April 23 Fashion Show Luncheon, Noon-2pm William’s Restaurant, Morehead City ($40) Enjoy a fantastic lunch complete with wine as you view fashions from local boutiques. Top Sommelier Blind Tasting Seminar, 1:30pm NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort ($35) Learn tips on how to taste wines and tell them from one another from two certified sommeliers. Wine and Cheese Seminar, 3pm NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort ($35) North Carolina cheeses paired with suggested wines. Celebrity Grand Gala and Auction, 6-10:30pm Beaufort Historic Site, Beaufort ($110) Enjoy perfect food and wine pairings selected by

local and celebrity chefs. Bid on silent auction items and dance to the music of a live band. Saturday, April 24 Vin de Mer Grand Tasting and Culinary Village 12:30-4:30pm NC Maritime Museum at Gallants Channel ($60) Sample more than 300 wines and taste delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Learn secrets from the pros during the cooking demonstrations given by local and celebrity chefs. Historic Home Vintners Receptions Both receptions 6-7:30pm The Home of Robin and Katherine Team or The Home of Nelson and Tanis Wilder ($75) Enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening in one of Beaufort’s beautiful historic homes. Beer, Bubbles and BBQ, 7:30-10:30pm Beaufort Historic Site, Beaufort ($60) Enjoy music, food, bubbles and handcrafted beers at this popular event. Sunday, April 25 Celebration Brunch, Noon- 2pm Beaufort Historic Site, Beaufort ($60) A three-course brunch is served with sparkling champagne as the 2010 winners from the event are recognized. 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.

Featured Artist Judy Crane Beaufort’s Wine and Food Weekend gets an early start with the unveiling of original artwork by Judy Crane, official artist of the 2010 Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. The opening reception will be from 5-7pm on Saturday, March 27 at the Beaufort Historic Site. This event is free. Appetizers from Beaufort Grocery and wine chosen as a preview for the festival will be provided for those attending the reception.




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Trading Blue Water for Blue Skies Grab your earplugs! North Carolina’s largest air show will roar through the skies over Carteret and Craven counties May 21-23. That’s right, it’s time once again for the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show, featuring some of the world’s most talented pilots and showcasing some of the military’s most powerful toys. Regularly playing host to more than 150,000 guests over its three-day schedule, the air show is one of those great opportunities to entertain the entire family at one venue. Add to that the fact that entry and parking is free – and folks really can’t go wrong. The show features a static display, ride simulators, vendors, entertainment, games, food, a business expo and plenty of activities for the young and the young at heart. Of course it’s the acrobatics in the sky that everyone truly comes to see – and this year there will be no disappointments. The Blue Angels, ambassadors for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, return to headline the festivities much to the delight of visitors. This year they’ll be joined by the Black Daggers, the US Army Special Ops parachute demonstration team; the amazing acrobatics of the Red Eagle; Otto the Helicopter; Panchito, a historic B-25 bomber used during World War II; the Geico 300s, an aerobatic plane constructed out of carbon fiber composites; and the Super Shock Wave Rocket Truck. Pedro, the Marine’s rescue helicopter, will also be on hand, as well as numerous military aircraft in the static displays. The Marine Corps also has plans to exhibit their technologically enhanced brute force. Watch out for the AV-8B Harrier demo and Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force showing off its fire power. On Friday, May 21, the air show will host the state’s only night show, featuring afterburners, rocket trucks, aerial pyrotechnics, skydivers, plus a wall of flame – all culminating in the area’s largest fireworks display. Gates for the night show open at 5pm and flying begins at twilight. Saturday and Sunday feature full day shows, with a large variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations and dozens of historic and modern military static displays. The base gates open at 8am and flying 34


runs from approximately 10:30am to 4:30pm. The Blue Angels, as always, will be the grand finale each day. While all events are free, including parking, there are a limited number of box seats and chalet tickets available. For pricing and availability, call 866WINGS-NC or visit cherrypointairshow. com. Organizers recommend that guests bring along “comfort items” to help make their visit, well, more comfortable. Lawn chairs, blankets, sun screen, umbrellas, hats, jackets, cameras and, of course, those earplugs, are suggested. ATM’s are available on-site, but organizers note that the lines are often quite long. Shuttle buses will operate throughout the festivities to help people get from parking areas to the tarmac. Keep in mind that the following items are prohibited: pets, glass, coolers, alcohol and any wheeled vehicle other than strollers and wheelchairs. It’s also important to be mindful of the fact that guests are entering a government facility and are subject to searches at any time. By Amanda Dagnino




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30 Years of Fighting the Blues Fishing is a tradition along the North Carolina coast that has grown to not only include the commercial netters and recreational boaters, but a string of tournaments as well. One favorite among those traditions reaches a big milestone on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, as the Swansboro Rotary Fishing Tournament Series reaches its 30th anniversary. Formerly a tournament for blue marlin and king mackerel known as the Swansboro Rotary King Mackerel Bluewater Fishing Tournament, the event is now divided, with marlin fishing in the spring and mackerel in October. The Bluewater portion of the series offers the second blue marlin tournament of the annual Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, which also includes tournaments like the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and the Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament. Events for the Swansboro tourney begin Friday, May 28 with registration from noon until 9pm, and a captains and sponsors party at 5pm with food provided by the Ice House Restaurant. Lines go in the water on Saturday and Sunday, with scales opening at Casper’s Marina in Swansboro and Big Rock Landing in Morehead City at 3pm. The competition comes to a close with an awards ceremony Sunday night, beginning at 7:30pm. For more information visit

Mastering the Mahi When it comes to fishing along the Carolina coast, one catch anglers can usually count on is mahi mahi, also known as dolphin. Thriving in the Gulf Stream as the tournament season kicks off, these fantastic fighters will be the focus of this year’s JWR Gaffer Dolphin Tournament, held May 22-23. Now in its seventh year, this Hillsborough Sportfishing Club tourney stretches from Hatteras to Swansboro, with a grand prize of $10,000 based on 100 boats paying entry fees of $150. Adding a unique twist, this tournament offers anglers without a boat the chance to fish by pairing them with a charter, three nights at a condo and dinner for approximately $300. Tournament headquarters will be based out of Seawater Marina in Atlantic Beach, with additional weigh-ins available at Dudley’s Marina in Swansboro and Hatteras Harbor in Hatteras. For more information, call 919-667-3508 or visit hillsboroughsfc. com. The following is a sampling of the major fishing tournaments spanning from Oriental to Wrightsville Beach. E-mail your 2010 fishing tournament information to editor@nccoast. com. April 30-May 1: Reelin’ For Research. Charity fishing tournament in Morehead City for UNC Children’s Hospital Research Division. $1000 entry fee with 100 percent donated to the hospital for cancer research. Captain’s meeting 7pm and welcome cocktail party at 8pm Friday at Chefs 105 Restaurant. Lines in the water at 8am Saturday, all fish must be weighed in by 6pm at Morehead City Waterfront. Awards ceremony at 7:30pm, Chefs 105 Restaurant. Winners receive trophies and a gift pack. Not a cash tournament. Winner determined by aggregate weight of three largest meat fish (dophin, wahoo, tuna, mako). Details: or 38


May 11-15: Hatteras Village Offshore Open, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 800-676-4939. May 14: 12th annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Tournament. 8am-12:30pm. Open to anyone with any disability to join in on a free day of fishing, friends, food and fun. Offering a special welcome to any and all honored disabled veterans. Participants provided with rods, tackle, bait, refreshments, food, T-shirts and prizes. Kure Beach Fishing Pier, Kure Beach. Details: 910264-8397 or email dawsonfre@yahoo. com. May 22: Redfish Tour. A series of one-day catch and release, close-tohome, in-shore saltwater events for the professional lure fisherman. Surf City. Details: June 11-19: Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Total prize money tops $1 million, weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. Details: 252-247-3575 or July 1-4: Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set in Wrightsville Beach with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 910-686-9778 or

Other than fishing, there is no other sport more popular for coastal visitors and residents than golf. Whether searching for a picturesque view or just another way to combine relaxation with sport, golf has taken hold of the hearts of many players along the coast. For some, that means finding a favorite course and mastering it, while others prefer to branch out and develop a more well-rounded ability by facing different obstacles at country clubs they have never played before. To help our readers in this quest, Waterfront has added Coastal Greens as a special spotlight on area courses. This edition is dedicated to the Country Club of the Crystal Coast in Pine Knoll Shores and Bear Trail Golf in Jacksonville. To be considered for the next edition of Coastal Greens, call 252-247-7442.

Country Club of the Crystal Coast 152 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, 252-726-1034. The Crystal Coast’s only island golf course, overlooking Bogue Sound, offering 18 championship holes of golf, swimming pool, clay tennis courts, restaurant, banquet facilities and much more. Golf and tennis open to public daily and when you play, you can dine with us too. Memberships available for residents, nonresidents and juniors. Now offering a new dining membership with dues as low as $10 per month. Call for details at 252.726.1034 Bear Trail Golf Course is a beautiful 18 hole semi-private facility located approximately 6 miles southwest of Jacksonville. The course is situated within the new Southwest Plantation residential community. Future plans call for the construction of approximately 500 spacious and comfortable homes, as well as a clubhouse and swimming pool, that will provide a relaxing atmosphere for residents to call home. Call 910-346-8160 for tee times or visit our website for a listing of upcoming events.



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The following is just a sampling of major events in waterfront locales that might entice you to come off the water (at least for an hour or two). E-mail your waterfront event announcements to For more regional event listings, visit nccoast. com.

March Tue. 16: Taste of Coastal Carolina. 68:30pm. Enjoy the Neuse River Foundation’s 7th year showcasing restaurants in New Bern and the surrounding area. The show includes tastes from the menus of a variety of New Bern restaurants, a silent auction and a Culinary Combat competition featuring area chefs. Tickets are $35 on the day of the event and $30 in advance by calling 252-637-7972, visiting neuseriver. org or e-mailing Sat. 20: Swansboro Oyster Roast. 5-8pm. Hosted by the Swansboro Rotary Club and held at the group’s civic center, the evening features oysters, clam chowder, fried flounder, pork and all the trimmings. Funds raised from the event are used for scholarships. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Contact: 910-326-6175 or FunFest. 7pm-midnight. The NC Seafood Festival will have its 11th annual FunFest – Flip Flopping Beach Party at the Crystal

Coast Civic Center. The Craig Woolard Band will provide authentic beach music. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and an open bar. Details: 252726-NCSF or Tue. 23: Succulent Seafood – Shepard’s Point. 2-4pm. This NC Aquarium program has local chefs demonstrate how to prepare fresh local seafood. Sessions include a taste test. Advance registration is required. Ages 12 and up. Cost is $15. Details: 252247-4003 or “Merry” Time for Tots – Boats and Boaters. 9-10am. Preschoolers age 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to take a unique look at the nautical topics and museum artifacts. The program is free. Reservations are required. Details: 252728-7317 or Sat. 27: Adult Learn to Sail. 9am-1pm. Learn to sail with the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, aboard stable 17-19 foot vessels. Cost is $60 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-7317 or Sun. 28: Easter Egg Hunt. 1pm. Join the Emerald Isle Easter Bunny in his search for eggs and prizes during this favorite spring event. The free festivities take place at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation center. Details: Laura Lee Davis, 252-354-6350. Irish Open. Benefiting the Beaufort Music Festival, the 3rd annual Irish Open is slated for Sunday, March 28, at the North River Club. Registration begins at noon and tee off will be at 1pm. Teams may sign up in advance at the North River Club, or by calling Jon Besch at 252-732-5887. The cost is $75 per person ($300 per four-person team) and includes greens fees, cart and the reception that follows. Awards will be presented to the

first place winners along with the longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one categories.

April 2-3: King Mack and the Wild Ponies. 7:30 pm. Celebrating 25 years of performances, the Coastal Cohorts take the stage at Joslyn Hall, on the campus of Carteret Community College. Sponsored by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-1500. Sat. 3: Aquarium “Egg”stravaganza. Throughout the day be on the lookout for the varieties of eggs that can be found in the coastal environment. This Easter celebration features egg scavenger hunts, arts, crafts and live animal programs during the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shore’s regular hours. Easter Egg Hunt. 10am. The Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Rotary Park on Mayberry Loop Road. Designed for children 12 and under, the hunt will consist of more than 10,000 eggs, as well as three grand prizes. Details: 726-5083.

9-10: Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest. This annual event features the best of the best Eastern North Carolina barbecue at Newport Community Park. A parade kicks off the festivities, which include a pageant, rides, carnival games, live music and plenty (continued on page 42)




Dancing in the Streets The Beaufort Music Festival, in its 22nd year, brings the streets of this small fishing hamlet to life for two days each spring through music, and yes, a little dancing in the streets. Scheduled for May 7-8, the annual event brings an eclectic collage of sounds to the waterfront of historic downtown Beaufort on multiple stages. Headlining this year is the Steep Canyon Rangers, who are

From 10am to 1pm Saturday, a special children’s area comes to life at the Beaufort Historic Site on Turner Street, and features live family-friendly performances, face painting, crafts, storytelling and an instrument “petting zoo” that encourages youngsters to get up close and personal with the tools of the trade. If you’re new to the festival, be sure to check out the “locals spotlight” on Saturday afternoon at the Beaufort Historic Site showcasing some of Carteret County’s most popular musical acts.

Have Guitar, Will Travel It’s nice to know that the economic recession has an “up” side. When Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) lost his job in a steel mill, he tossed his hard hat and picked up his guitar, much to the benefit of the music world. The artist is set to visit Carteret County for two performances. At 7:30pm on Thursday, April 15, Angelo M. will perform in the community room at Swansboro Town Hall. Sponsored by the Seaside Arts Council, tickets for this concert are $10 and available from the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce and town hall. To learn more, call 910-326-4428. Then at 8pm on Friday, April 17, the musician visits Beaufort for a concert at Clawson’s, thanks to the Down East Folk Arts Society. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members and $8 for students and are available by calling 252-633-6444 or visiting

Celebrating Chopin Pianist Barbara McKenzie will celebrate Chopin with two performances slated at The History Place, Morehead City. Planned for 8pm on Saturday, March 20 and Saturday, May 1, the concerts are part of the ongoing American Music Festival series. Tickets are $25 or $15 for full-time students and active duty military members. To learn more, visit Steep Canyon Rangers also slated to play at the popular Bonnaroo music festival with comedian/banjo player Steve Martin later this summer. Music runs from about 6-10pm on Friday and picks up again around noon on Saturday afternoon, continuing into the wee hours of the evening. Many area nightspots get in on the action by sponsoring live performances at their own establishments during the event. Catch live music at Ribeye’s on Friday, performances on the patio at the Backstreet Pub throughout the day on Saturday and one of the many popular favorites at the Dockhouse on Friday and Saturday night.

King Mack and Wild Ponies Celebrating 25 years of performances, the Coastal Cohorts, otherwise known as Bland Simpson, Jim Wann and Don Dixon, take the stage at Joslyn Hall, on the campus of Carteret Community College, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3. The anniversary performances are planned in support of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Harkers Island. Weaving tales of coastal North Carolina through skits, song and plenty of humor, the Cohorts’ newest offering “Wild Ponies” celebrates the protected wild ponies found along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-1500.



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of food. Hours are 6pm-midnight on Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday. Fri. 9: Learn to Kayak. 9am-1pm. Join the NC Maritime Museum for kayaking instruction. The cost is $35 for members; $40 for nonmembers; and $10 for individuals with a kayak. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or Sat. 10: Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. The Beaufort Historical Association will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the historic site in Beaufort for ages 7 and under. Free. Details: 252-728-5225 or Nautical Tools and Tag Sale. 7-11am. The NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, will hold a nautical yard sale at its Gallants Channel site. Details: 252-728-7317 or Tue. 13: “Merry” Time for Tots – Fish and Fishing. 9-10am. Preschoolers age 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to learn more about area fish and fishing during this monthly series. The program is free. Reservations are required. Details: 252728-7317 or Wed. 14: Collection Cruise. 9am12:30pm. Enjoy a trawling adventure with the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort,

aboard a Duke University research vessel. Cost is $25. Details: 252-728-7317 or Thur. 15: Coastal Whales in North Carolina. 11am. Join Keith Rittmaster, natural science curator at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, as he offers a lecture and slide program on North Carolina’s whales. Free. Details: 252-728-7317 or Fri. 16: Traditional Boat Handling. 9am1pm. Join the NC Maritime Museum to learn the basic handling traits of a traditional small craft. Cost is $60 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-7317. 16-18. Oriental In-Water Boat Show. The second Oriental show will be held at Pecan Grove Marine and feature new and used watercraft, informative seminars and food. Details: Sam Myers 252-249-0228. Sat. 17: Publick Day. 9am-4pm. This Colonial-style flea market takes over the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site each spring with proceeds helping the agency’s conservation efforts. Watch for arts and crafts, homebaked goodies, collectibles, jewelry and more. Entry is free. Details: 252-728-5225. Western Carteret Public Library’s 13th Homes Tour and Art Show. 10am-4pm.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the show. Tickets and tour maps are available at the Western Carteret Library, 230 Taylor Notion Road, Cape Carteret; the Highway 58 Visitor’s Center; Emerald Isle Books; Through the Looking Glass, Swansboro; Swan Feathers/Sweet Dreams, Cedar Point; the Carteret Country Public Library, Beaufort; Ginny Gordon’s Gifts and Gadgets in Morehead City; or by calling 252-393-6500 or 252-3542916. Sportfishing Clinic. 1:30-3:30pm. Expert fisherman Greg Voliva leads this instructional workshop on “Striper Fishing on the Neuse and Roanoke Rivers.” The program is sponsored by the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and will be held in Soundside Hall. Free with aquarium admission. Details: 252-247-4003 or 21-25: Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. Various times. The Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend is a five-day event showcasing wine makers and local and celebrity chefs. The weekend includes wine dinners, seminars, art, music and tastings. Details: 252-646-5220 Sat. 24: Portsmouth Island Homecoming. This daylong event brings relatives and friends of the former thriving Portsmouth Village back to the site for history demonstrations, music, church and a good old-fashioned dinner on the grounds. Events begin at 9am and continue through the afternoon. New exhibits installed in the post office Lifesaving Station and school by the National Park Service will be unveiled this year. Molasses Creek from Ocracoke will provide music during this year’s dinner. Details: Richard Meissner 252-728-2250. Build a Boat in a Day. Each adult and child team uses the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling through this NC Maritime Museum program. The boat is 7’10” long, 32” wide and weighs about 40 pounds. By the end of the class each boat will be completed to a watertight condition and clear-coated with epoxy. The minimum age limit for this class only is 8 years. Cost is $275 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-7317. (continued on page 44)



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Lookout Spring Road Race. Sports Center, Morehead City. Sponsored by the Lookout Rotary Club. 252-726-7070. Fri. 30: Watercraft Center Party. 5:307:30pm. This annual event kicks of the NC Maritime Museum’s Wood Boat Show. Tickets are $10. Details: 252-728-7317.


Sat. 1: Wooden Boat Show. The first weekend in May sees boat lovers converge on the streets of historic Beaufort for a glimpse at these engineering marvels. Enjoy sailboat races and rides, displays, historic vessels, nautical vendors and reenactors, boat models, a kids craft and activity village, book sale and live music and much more. Details: 252-728-7317 or Tue. 4: “Merry” Time for Tots – Fish and Fishing. 9-10am. Preschoolers age 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to learn more about area fish and fishing during this monthly series. The program is free. Reservations are required. Details: 252728-7317 or 7-8: Beaufort Music Festival. This annual two-day event brings an eclectic collage of sounds to the waterfront of historic downtown Beaufort. Special children’s area with live acts is included and many area nightspots add to the full slate, carrying the music into the wee hours. To learn more, visit



Sat. 15: Adult Learn to Sail. 9am1pm. Learn to sail with the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, aboard stable 17-19 foot vessels. Cost is $60 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Details: 252-7287317 or 21-23: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show. Gates open 8am. With a full day and night time show schedule, the Cherry Point Air Show is one of the most anticipated events along the Crystal Coast for flying enthusiasts. Details: Sat 22: Build a Boat in a Day. Each adult and child team uses the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling through this NC Maritime Museum program. The boat is 7’10” long, 32” wide and weighs about 40 pounds. By the end of the class each boat will be completed to a watertight condition and clear-coated with epoxy. Detail finishing and painting is the responsibility of team members and may not be undertaken in the Watercraft Center. Teams are limited to a maximum of four, at least one of whom must be an adult. The minimum age limit for this class only is 8 years. Cost is $275 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Details: 252728-7317. Sun. 30: Neuse River Day. The event celebrates the 300-year history of

the Neuse River. Join the Neuse River Foundation at Union Point Park where there will be environmental exhibitors, live music, entertainers, arts and crafts vendors and lots of good food. There will also be kayak, canoe and raft races on the river.

June Sat. 5: Youth Fishing Derby. 9-11am. This free event sponsored by the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Dept. is open to youth ages 5 to 12. Bring your own rod, bait will be provided. Preregistration is required by calling 252-354-6350. 5-6: Traditional Boatbuilding Carpentry. Traditional techniques, developed to solve woodworking problems unique to vernacular boatbuilding, are taught in this hands-on workshop. Participants work as a team to construct a 12 to 14-foot version of a traditional “rack of eye” flat-bottomed skiff. In the process they learn how to set up the boat, spile and bend planks, plane bevels, erect framing, and explore fastening options and the characteristics of traditional boatbuilding woods. Cost is $110 for members and $135 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-7317. 25-27: BHA Antiques Show and Sale. Held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, this event is part of the Beaufort Historical Association’s Old Homes and Gardens Tour. The show features more than 40 vendors from up and down the east coast with a variety of antique wares. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the event and are good for all three days. Details: 252-728-5225 or 25-26: Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour. 10am-5pm. Celebrating its 50th year, the popular annual undertaking features private homes, bed and breakfasts, churches and other public buildings. A choral concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church kicks off the festivities on Friday evening. All buildings on the Beaufort Historic Site and the Old Burying Ground are also open for visitors. Bus tours on the group’s vintage double-decker bus are available at an additional fee. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Details: 252-728-5225 or beauforthistoricsite. org.



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Goose Creek Marine .........................7

The Red Rickshaw ..........................29

Al Williams Properties......................32

Great Windows ................................13

Rivertowne Repertory Players .........32

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Island Traders ..................................36

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Bluewater GMAC Rentals................14

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New York Corner Deli ......................35

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Adjacent to Beaufort Inlet. Electricity: 30/50/100/200 amp. Clean Restrooms/Laundry/Clubhouse. Marina services available. Over 1200 ft. of side-tie floating docks. Yacht Brokerage on site. Professional and courteous staff. Only a 3 hour drive from Raleigh.

Morehead City Yacht Basin Serving Boaters and Sportsmen since 1947 208 Arendell St. Morehead City, NC 28557 For reservations call 252-726-6862 Fax 252-726-1939 or e-mail



The Islander Suites Ocean Front • Emerald Isle

Luxury Condo-Tel Units Emerald Isle’s only Ocean Front Hotel Resort Starting at $149,000 Fully furnished

Investment property with owner privileges All suites offered for sale Own a part of the Legendary Islander Inn Located at 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle NC

Marketed By Hamad Realty • Call Sam Hamad at (252) 342-9294





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Lots Starting at $85,000 Clubhouse • Pool • Gated Community • Zoned R20

Call Hamad Realty (252) 342-9294



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