On the Dock of the Bay 2009 For the past six years, the Eastern 4-H Center, has hosted its annual beach music party. Aptly named, “On the Dock of the Bay”, the event is important on several fronts. The primary functions are Fundraising, “Friend”-raising, and FUN. A portion of the funds that are generated from Dock of the Bay go directly to camp scholarships that enable many northeastern North Carolina youth to attend Summer Camp at the Eastern 4-H Center. Other proceeds are devoted to the facility’s building fund, critical to the Center’s future growth. ‘Dock of the Bay’ is fun because it can be enjoyed by a variety people. The event showcases the best of the center’s services and facilities, live beach music on the waterfront, and an exciting auction. These ingredients are sure to persuade anybody into a good time. Other ingredients to this successful event are a wonderful network of dedicated corporate and individual sponsors, tireless volunteers, and hardworking staff. “On the Dock of the Bay” optimizes its people resources which makes it the great event it is now. “On the Dock of the Bay” serves up sumptuous, local lump crab donated by Captain Neill’s Seafood, steamed shrimp, beef tenderloin medallions donated by US Foods, Spencer Sausage balls and other local favorites. Obviously, dishes akin to these needed to be washed down with palate cleansing and refreshing North Carolina vintages from Yadkin Valley’s Rag Apple Lassie, which were available. This year’s event featured the traditional S’mores fountain and the 4-H Centennial Ice Cream State Winner – Camp Fire Delight – the winning recipe from Tyrrell County! A fountain of chocolate cascaded among a mountain of assorted cookies, brownies, pound cake, pretzels and some of the sweetest locally grown strawberries ever picked (from Luton’s in neighboring Roper, NC). As event patrons filled their plates at the dinner and dessert buffets, they enjoyed the smooth sounds of The Mighty Saints of Soul. The “Saints” played some famous favorites, and indulged the “shagger” in many of the attendees. They were the perfect musical match for ‘the Dock of the Bay’. As some attendees danced the night away, others enjoyed the silent auction. Items on the silent auction included weekend getaway packages, framed paintings, framed photographs, golfing excursions, spa packages, and even a hand-stitched quilt from one of the quilter’s retreat hosted at the center. The event’s silent auction was orchestrated through a network of great 4-H volunteers that are dedicated to finding the best items that feature Northeastern North Carolina and points across this state. For the first time, a live auction was also available to attendees. Up for bid were autographed sports memorabilia from NC State, ECU and UNC-Chapel Hill. Delicious, homemade specialties, framed artwork and furniture were also awarded to the highest bidders. Additional fun was found at Sunset with the “Dockside Diamond” and Champagne toast. Tied to each flute, a small, sheer bag holds either a treasure or a treat. The treats are 4-H green gems, but the treasure, is obviously the diamond! Beverly Moors, first time guest from Edenton, was the lucky recipient of the “Dockside Diamond.” As guests waited to claim their auction treasures, the winning ticket for the John Deere Lawnmower Raffle was pulled. We congratulate Ricky Spivey of Windsor! He now has a beautiful John Deere Mower – it even has headlights, for pre-dawn landscaping! Raffle tickets are sold by numerous volunteers throughout northeastern North Carolina, especially including those in Bertie County! Last, but by far not the least, special recognition is due to East Carolina Bank, Embarq, and Farm Bureau. These signature sponsors are both consistent and dedicated to the Dock of the Bay, but most importantly, our local youth. We would also like to congratulate the regional farm bureau offices for meeting the challenge set by Tyrrell County. “On the Dock of the Bay” is a great event with great food, great fun, and great support from many of our Northeast neighbors and good folks from all across North Carolina.