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From campfires to tailgates, its all about relaxing

the making: Beaufort County's birthday with the N.C. Symphony

House of refuge: Home inspired by lifesaving stations

‘Secluded and tranquil’: Garden is many things to many people


Nature's front yard: Park programs educate, fascinate

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A moveable feast: Learning to live the life of a liveaboard

Super dog: The indomitable, incredible, laughable, lovable dog named Pete

Grin and grill it: Traditional tailgating ideas with extra flair

ON THE COVER Wayne Woolard II performs a wakeboarding trick, called a Stalefish, behind the boat on Bath Creek. See WAKE TO WAKE, page 40. (Photo by Ashley Vansant)













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t was going to be an exciting afternoon. That much was clear shortly after pulling up to the house at Catnip Point. There’s something about these waters that draws the adventurous, who flow here as surely as the estuaries feed the sounds. These waters inspire exploration, enthusiasm, thrill. Those caught in the current of adventure are easy to spot. You can see it in their eyes. I imagine the earliest explorers to sail here all had it. Certainly, the infamous Blackbeard did, too. Within minutes of formal introduction, it flashed in the eyes of Wayne Woolard. As he recalled his own adventures as a competition skier and general thrill seeker, I could see his sons didn’t fall far from the tree — they bounced, flipped and twisted over it. Tethered by ski rope, they prepared

for an afternoon exhibition for Washington the Magazine by performing tricks on a trampoline in their Bath yard. “Hope you brought your swimsuit,” Woolard said with a grin. There is a spirit of adventure here. Those who possess it, share it, surely as we all share the waters that inspire it. We hope you enjoy the resulting feature from a day on the water with the Woolards. This issue is filled with exciting tales, such as how the Smithwicks came to love a rambunctious dog named Pete, the transformation of a local woman learning the ropes of life aboard a boat and a preview of a celebration 300 years in the making. As you explore these slices of life on the Pamlico, I hope you enjoy many happy and exciting adventures of your own.

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Night Out The community turned out in force to the National Night Out block party sponsored by local law enforcement with the Washington Housing Authority. Kids were treated to a bouncy house, hula-hooping and other competitions, a DJ and refreshments at the Aug. 14 event held at Beebe Memorial Park.

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Crimestoppers Coordinator Karen Ball and McGruff the Crime Dog, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Magistrate Donald Sadler and Washington PoliceFire Director Stacy Drakeford

Division Chief Jasper Hardison and Lt. Jonathan Hardin, Washington Fire Department SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 9

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Festive fire Enjoy the outdoors this fall with this woodburning fire pit from Garden Treasures. Made of black steel with a decorative edge stamped around the fire bowl, this 35-inch fire pit also features a classic designed leg base. Available at Lowe’s, 1701 Carolina Ave., Washington. Price $79 including cover.

Relaxing realm Fishing fanatics This fishing rod and reel by Shimano is the perfect combo for the beginning fisherman. It’s a good size and weight for fishing from the banks of the river or a boat and comes in several colors. Available at Warren’s Sport Headquarters 240 W. Main St., Washington. Price $49.95


It’s not too late in the year to enjoy the outdoors. Why not spend some time on your porch relaxing in this multi-colored hammock swing by Magnolia Shores. With matching pillow, the hammock swing makes the perfect place to watch the sunset with a loved one. Available at NautiLife on Main Street in downtown Washington. Price $149.99


Team pride Show your school colors this fall at football games or just around town with a collegiate knit shirt from Southern Tide, Peter Millar or Cutter and Buck. They are available in most school colors. Available at Russell’s Men's Shop, 118 W. Main St., Washington. Priced as shown at $82.

Sunset on the Pamlico This framed photograph of “Sunset on the Pamlico” by Washington photographer Mark Collie exhibits the beautiful colors of fall. Available at Quiver Tree Photography inside Inner Banks Artisans Center on Main Street in Washington. Price $70.

Tailgating brew This Dark Cloud Munich-style dunkel lager from Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston would be the perfect addition to any tailgate party this fall. The beer, similar to the beers sold at Octoberfest in Germany, goes perfectly with cheeseburgers, North Carolina barbecue and chicken — all popular tailgate fare. Mother Earth is just one of the locally brewed beers available this year. Also check out the Duck Rabbit beer from Farmville for your tailgate picnic. Dark Cloud is available at Wine and Words, 220 W. Main St., in downtown Washington. Price $2.25 per bottle/$12.15 a six-pack. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 15

Saturday serving Take your tailgate fare from freezer to oven to table in this Pennsylvania Bowl from Beatriz Ball. Made of eco-friendly recycled aluminum, these products will not tarnish or lose their shine. They can be used with confidence to heat, chill and safely serve food. Available at Stewart’s Jewelry Store, 121 N. Market St., Washington. Priced as shown at $118.

Gleaming glass This fused glass plate in a brilliant red and black poppy design would make a lovely gift or beautiful art display in your home. Available at Crabby’s Stained Glass and Collectables, 143 W. Main St., Washington. Price $34.

Warm wraps Just in time for the start of cool weather, is this jacket in black with hot pink and bronze color blocks by Bali. In polyester and spandex knit, the jacket closes with a stone toggle. It coordinates with travelers pants and tops. Available at Charisma Boutique on Main Street in downtown Washington. Price $112.

Autumn jewels In beautiful fall colors of gold, yellow-green and dark brown, this sterling silver and gemstone charm bracelet from Bonn Bons will brighten up any wrist this season. The bracelet, dubbed The Harvest Hottie by designer Lori Bonn, features garnets, citrines, quartz, pearl and sterling silver charms on a sterling silver bracelet. The charms can be purchased individually and fit necklaces and rings as well as bracelets. Available at Amy’s Hallmark, 611 Washington Square Mall. Charms start at $55 each. Bracelet priced as shown, $849. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 17

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300 years in the making A musical, historical celebration of place Written by VAIL STEWART RUMLEY | Photographs supplied by North Carolina Symphony


hen, the land was a forest of tall pine, marching to the banks of the immense river. Scattered between small Native American villages were settlers of European descent, cultivating great swaths of land, loading its bounty, along with pine tar and pitch, onto tall ships setting sail from the port town of Bath, North Carolina’s first town, to their native land. To them, the river was all: the mode of trade and travel, the source of communication from afar, of food and sustenance. While the land was peaceful, its people were not. Upheavals born from politics and religion disrupted daily life, yellow fever swept through


the struggling colony along with drought and a growing animosity between settlers and the native population. For four years, war raged across eastern Carolina. From this strife came a semblance of structure — the naming of a place. Beaufort County, a tribute to one of King Charles II’s Lords Proprietors, Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort. Three hundred years later, many of the same names populating Beaufort County’s earliest records remain: Archbell, Arnold, Barrow, Blount, Carrow, Gurganus, Grimes, Harding, Jones, Oden, Powell, Ward, White. On Sept. 22, descendants of these

settlers, of later settlers, newcomers and music lovers alike are invited to the Washington waterfront to celebrate three hundred years of Beaufort County’s survival, its growth and its history. The all-day extravaganza starts with the oral history of the county and ends with a performance by the North Carolina Symphony, followed by fireworks to light the night sky. “The North Carolina Symphony is honored to be invited to mark significant community milestones and anniversaries across the state … We genuinely appreciate Beaufort County asking the state’s orchestra to celebrate this momentous occasion as one of North Carolina’s

earliest established counties,” said a statement from the symphony office. Taking the show on the road is part of the symphony’s stated purpose. Recently, the orchestra has performed at celebrations of Craven County’s and New Bern’s 300th anniversaries, Fayetteville’s 250th anniversary and Morehead City’s 150th anniversary.    “Serving our entire state has always been part of our mission. It’s in our DNA, especially since the N.C. State Legislature passed the 1943 Horn Tootin’ Bill — the first bill in the nation that allocated (state) funds to a symphony orchestra,” said the statement. The orchestra started as a group of volunteers in 1932, unpaid musicians uniting to share a love of music with everyone they could reach. In the ’40s, the focus shifted to education, exposing children to music and live performance. Today, many of the Symphony’s forays outside Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh are for educational programming. They’ve been here before, in years past, performing for the county’s schoolchildren. But this trip represents a special occasion, and one to which every resident of the county is invited. “As far as a public performance like this — it’s very unique,” said Joey Toler, executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council. “This is a very special event for Beaufort County.” Beaufort County celebrates 300, while this year marks the symphony’s 80th. And on Sept. 22, the two will meet at Festival Park for an unforgettable anniversary party — they’ll supply the music, we’ll take care of making history. After all, we’re good at it. We’ve had 300 years to practice.

Beaufort County celebrates 300 years September 22 • Festivities begin at noon Festival Park in Washington

Kick-off • Noon Craig Woolard Band • 4:00 p.m. Colonial Re-enactments • 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Symphony • 7:00 p.m. Fireworks • 8:30 p.m.




Super dog

Pete gets a little excited playing with Braden.

The indomitable, incredible, laughable, lovable dog named Pete Written by VAIL STEWART RUMLEY | Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN


he heavy metal door slammed behind them. In the echoing quiet, they waited for the guard, questioning the choices that had brought them to this point, life-changing decisions looming as large as the next metal door in front of them. That door would eventually swing open — it had to. And when it did, they braced themselves for the next phase of their lives. It was the day the Smithwicks went to prison. Now, don’t be fooled. The Smithwicks are fine, upstanding people. But on this December day, Austin and Kristen Smithwick had been instructed by Santa Claus to go

to the Craven Correctional Institution and get themselves a dog. Specifically, a dog named Pete. Pete was Santa Claus’s gift to their daughter, Sydney. You see, Sydney had let her parents in on a secret she’d only shared with Santa: she wanted a dog. She wanted a small dog, a nice dog, a best friend. And from what the Smithwicks had been told by the good volunteers from the “New Leash on Life” program, in which inmate-trained dogs go on to lead good lives with good families, Pete was their man. Pete was small, he was friendly, he was great with kids, they’d been told. Pete was coming home with the Smithwicks. They were committed, even had the dog crate

and leash and toys stashed in the car to prove it. A menace to society Austin took the seat in the middle of the table. On his right, Kristen chatted with program volunteers who sang Pete’s, and every dog’s, praises. To his left sat the inmates who’d trained the dogs, spending 16 hours a day, every day, of the past two months with their canine companions. These men knew their dogs, their habits, their strengths, their foibles, and here, at the end of the road, they sat dissecting the personalities of the newest graduates of “New Leash on SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 23

“I thought he was really crazy,” says Sydney of her first encounters with Pete. Here, Pete gets riled up playing tug-of-war with Sydney.

Life,” patting themselves on the back for yet another job well done. Until it came to Pete. “That Pete … ” said one man. As one, the inmates slowly shook their heads before turning their attention back to the meal of beanieweenies, plastic forks clicking against plastic plates. The silence dragged on. It stretched until it could hold no longer, until the truth was just too big to hold back. “That Pete,” he said. “He’s just a menace to society.” Pete? Austin thought. Our Pete? He pondered the idea for a minute then shrugged it off, assuring himself the inmates must be mistaken. He made a point of not worrying his wife with the men’s obvious misreading of their good, soon-to-be dog as the group was herded to the next room where they’d meet their new pets for the first time. 24 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012

Journal entry, day 58: Pete loves for someone to initiate rough play. In every way possible, I would not recommend this. Bryan Jackson, Pete’s trainer, Dec. 4, 2010 One by one, the dogs were trotted out and put through their paces — sit, heel, stay — in front of an admiring crowd. But beneath the oohs and aahs, another sound lurked behind the closed door. Not quite a whimper, not quite a bark. It was the voice of desperation. With a sudden sense of doom, Austin just knew it had to be Pete. And Pete, well, Pete had to know this was his last chance. Some wellintentioned soul had pulled him off the killing table and volunteered him for “New Leash on Life” because they just knew Pete was a good dog. He could be reformed. But Pete had a small problem with

polite behavior (he didn’t have much use for it) and rules (he didn’t like them) and authority (couldn’t quite wrap his head around the concept). Some would say jail was the right place for Pete. Pete, however, had a “get out of jail free” card and he was determined to play it. Journal entry, day 25: Pete loves to play tug-of-war. Never allow Pete to win a game of tug-of-war. Bryan Jackson, Pete’s trainer Nov. 1, 2010

Only one dog remained. The door opened and Kristen’s eyes went wide. As Pete came barreling into the room, a few things became apparent. Pete did not weigh 35 pounds, as they’d been told. Pete was … well … bigger. Tall and rangy. Energy bristled off him like a bad case

of static electricity. He went through the routine — sit, heel, stay — and passed with flying colors, all the while emitting that curious mix of whimper and bark. The Smithwicks put their heads together. Pete was too big. Too energetic. Too much dog for them to handle. But they’d made a commitment. Sydney needed her dog. With great trepidation, Austin took Pete’s leash from his trainer and Pete, with great determination, dragged his new 6 foot, 5 inch, 240-pound owner across the prison parking lot to the car and freedom. Pete could barely fit in the crate they’d bought. As Kristen looked at the leash, collar and other dog paraphernalia in which they’d invested, all way too small and delicate for the likes of Pete, hysterical laughter welled up. It was quickly followed by hysterical sobs. Then laughter. Then sobs. The parking lot of the Craven Correctional Institution was engulfed in a onewoman maelstrom of Category 4 proportions. For better or worse, Pete was their dog. Journal entry, day 50: I cannot express enough how important it is for Pete to have a lot of exercise. He needs an outlet to burn off energy. Bryan Jackson, Pete’s trainer Nov. 26, 2010

Pete liked his new home. He’d tear across the yard, tail end outpacing front end, breaking stride only to go airborne and spin 360 degrees before landing again in a dead run. It was so much fun, he’d keep at it for hours. He entertained himself digging really cool caves in the sloping edge of the Smithwick’s driveway, holes big enough to fit three-year-old Braden.

Journal entry, day 58: Do not forget to dog proof, or should I say “Pete proof ” your home. Bryan Jackson, Pete’s trainer December 4, 2010

The Smithwick family, Austin, Kristen, Sydney (8), Braden (5), Isabella (2) and, of course, Pete Tucker Smithwick, the dog.

The Smithwicks entertained themselves wondering when the driveway would collapse. Pete made up exciting games, peeling the socks off nine-month-old Isabella with his teeth then using Kristen’s distraction while redressing the baby to steal dinner off the stove. He loved to play keep away, especially after trips to the grocery store, when he’d decorate the yard with groceries he’d pilfered from the car. That is, if he didn’t eat them first. And garbage, well, Pete had never met anything he loved better than garbage. Except maybe shoes. And clothes. And the screens on the back porch. During the first few weeks of life with Pete, the Smithwick children’s vocabulary grew exponentially, in increments of four-letter words.

Kristen was a bag of nerves. For a woman who’d grown up with cats, nothing had prepared her for Pete. She couldn’t take it anymore. Something had to be done. They loaded Pete in the car — their destination, Top Dog Academy and a dog-whisperer named Drake. There, 25 dogs eyed the newcomers suspiciously, barking their displeasure with the intruders. The racket grew until a shadow appeared in the doorway. “Y’all hush up,” the man said. Barking ceased abruptly as dogs of all breeds and sizes dropped to their bellies. The man hadn’t even raised his voice — he didn’t have to. He was Top Dog. Drake looked at Pete solemnly. He’d met Pete before, at the jail. He knew Pete had been saved from a certain death. But he also knew Pete was a tough case. “Pete,” he said. “If this don’t work out, you’re gone.” The graduate It worked out. Pete came back from his tour of duty at Top Dog a new dog — still a bit rambunctious, still a little rebellious, but also a bit better at following the rules. Two years later, Pete has turned into a pretty good dog. His new leash on life and the Smithwicks have grown into a good fit. Oh, Pete’s still not perfect. Every now and then, he’ll toe the line, eat a shoe, get into the garbage. But he can’t help it. That’s just his nature. That’s Pete. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 25


Slye converted her compressed natural gas stove into propane.

Annie Slye’s vegetable garden consists of some potted herbs and an upside-down tomato plant hanging off the stern of Sugaree.


A moveable feast

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"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - ERNEST HEMINGWAY, to a friend, 1950 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 27

Slye has a view of the water from her living room.

Learning to live the life of a livaboard



iguratively and literally, Annie Slye has transformed her life into a moveable feast. “It kind of best captures what I feel like living here,” Slye said. Born and raised in Hagarstown, Maryland, Slye came to eastern North Carolina in 2010 to finish her undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in occupational therapy at East Carolina University. Following graduation, she moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to be with her sister, brother-in-law and their newborn daughter. It didn’t take long for Slye to become homesick for the Inner Banks. “I missed the water and wanted to come back here,” Slye explained. “In that thought process was ‘I want to live on a boat.’ I’ve always been a water bug ever since I was itty bitty. When I was living in North Carolina


originally, I had two kayaks and I loved being on the water.” Slye loved being on the water so much that she decided to pack all her apartment furniture into a storage facility and find a floating home. “In Lancaster, you’re very landlocked,” Slye said. “I was missing the water and decided I’m not getting any younger, I don’t have any kids, I don’t have anybody else to consider right now. If I’m going to live on a boat, now is the time to do it.” Despite her limited sailing experience, Slye took the plunge a few days later during a weekend visit. “Most people do a lot more research when it comes to buying a boat. I didn’t. I looked at 10 boats maybe total and just jumped in. Because if I didn’t jump in, I was going to overanalyze it and talk myself out of it because it’s not

necessarily a very practical decision in the minds of most people.” With the help of David Norwood and his staff at Carolina Wind Yachting Center, Slye found her new home docked in Belhaven — a 1986 30-foot Catalina sloop named Sugaree. With her moveable feast of a home, the next decision for Slye was where to drop anchor. “I knew I wanted to be in Washington because I had done a lot of kayaking around here and I liked the small-town feel. … I wanted to be in town because I like the downtown. It’s fun for me to think that I can ride my bike to the post office or walk to the library. It’s fantastic. There’s a fair amount of stuff that goes on for a town this size.” Little did she know at the time that 10 days after closing the deal on her boat, Slye would face her first challenge when Hurricane Irene blew

into town. “I’m having to prepare my boat for a hurricane and I have no idea what to do and I’m totally freaking out because I thought ‘I just bought this boat and it’s going to get destroyed.’” With the help of other livaboards and local sailors, Slye is learning the ropes of boat ownership in which the learning curve can be quite steep. She has managed to maintain the diesel engine (which shut down twice on the trip from Belhaven), replaced the compressed natural gas stove with a propane stove and installed a new faucet in her first attempt at plumbing. “If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can do a lot of things yourself which is cheaper,” Slye said. “You can’t pay somebody $50 an hour to install a faucet. I’ve never done any plumbing before in my life but between asking a few people and looking something up on the Internet or talking to the people at Lowe’s, you just manage to get things done.” In addition to the practical education, Slye is learning positive life skills that can only come from living on a boat. “There’s not too many negatives for me. I love the idea of never having to have a moving truck again to move all my stuff around. I don’t have furniture. It’s all built into the boat. Suddenly, you realize you only really do need one or two sweaters, you don’t need 20. It also makes you more mindful conservation-wise.” Slye confesses that when extra money comes her way, it is invested in the boat. She even received an anchor as a birthday gift from her parents. “Not a lot of women my age are spending on faucets or batteries or anchors or new lines.”

Other than not having a vegetable garden, Slye sees her mobile waterfront property as an even trade for a more conventional dwelling on terra firma. “Cost is comparable. It’s really not that much different. This is an investment. It’s not as impractical as you might think. It’s probably a little cheaper on the monthly basis but things do break down and boat repairs tend not to be the cheapest thing in the world and things even up.” Nearly a year into her new habitat, Slye is convinced she made the right decision about her moveable feast.

“Anytime I’m not on the boat, it’s always in my head. It’s like this treasure that keeps me going,” Slye concluded. “Waking up at anchor on the boat, feeling the gentle rocking of the boat, rocking you to sleep. I think I would miss it very much if I were not living on the boat.” As for the connection to planting her roots living in the ground? “I’m in the process of thinking of how can I have a storage unit sale and just unload all of my stuff because I don’t need that stuff. If I can help it, I don’t really want to go back to living on land.” SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 29



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The Mansfields mimicked Little Kinnakeet’s round walls and had baseboards custom-made to fit.



The 200-year-old beadboard was a salvage yard find. It had never been stained or painted, but did come with a free layer of dirt that had to be cleaned from every tongue and groove.


Home inspired by lifesaving stations


1954 when it was decommissioned and transferred atricia and Michael Mansfield had one to the National Park Services. concern when they decided to build their The station’s lookout tower was attached to a waterfront home in Bath. simple rectangular structure with a dormer window “Character,” Pat said. “One of the along each side of its hip roof. challenges was to build character into a new The Mansfields enlisted the help of a friend, Jon structure.” Buschke, an architect in Madison, Wis. On one They found the character they were looking for of many visits to Little Kinnakeet, they were able after a friend suggested they build a tower to take to accquire the original blueprints of the station. advantage of the amazing view their lot afforded Bushke modernized the plans and took liberties like them. Strong proponents of vernacular architecture, the adding bathrooms and attaching a bedroom that was a separate structure at couple had been the station. reading up on local “Jon Buschke … landmarks and assisted us in artfully history and planned transforming the interior to build a home space of the Little that looked like it Kinnakeet Lifesaving belonged on the Station into our home, Inner Banks. M.Kinnakeet by applying “There’s always a modern building sense of place with standards, creating older homes. That’s an open plan, adding why the materials functional spaces of always come from kitchen and baths, while around the area,” echoing interior details Pat said. of the 1904 historic They found structure,” Pat said. their inspiration The Mansfields in “Touring the Mansfields' Kinnakeet has a “sense of place” because of the homeowners’ named their home the Backroads of North commitment to North Carolina history and architecture. “M. Kinnakeet,” or Carolina’s Upper Mansfield’s Kinnakeet. Coast” by Daniel The couple docked their boat along their empty W. Barefoot. The book included photographs of lot and lived on it as they watched their dream home lifesaving stations along the Outer Banks. take shape. A series of 14 lifesaving stations lined the shore, Before they started on the house, the Mansfields and were once manned by people who put their own built a carriage house in the center of the property. lives at risk to save any ships in distress. They were “We’re not wealthy people by any means so we the precursors to Coast Guards, Pat said. built in stages,” Pat said. The couple concentrated on a station named A wide breezeway divided the carriage house into Little Kinnakeet, one of the first seven stations built two buildings. In one, Michael set up his workshop. in 1874 and active under the U.S. Coast Guard until Written by Mona Moore | Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN


A brick pathway winds its way through the front garden.

The space glows in afternoon light and smells of the wood and finishes Michael has put to good use over the years. Also on that side of the carriage house is storage space for their boat and car. Across the breezeway is a room that has served several purposes over the years, from art studio to an in-law suite. It shares the same afternoon glow and terracotta tile floor found in Michael’s workshop. The Mansfields were used to laying tiles and installed the floors, themselves. “We’ve been forever researching the details. We would see brackets for the overhang and take pictures. Michael finished each and every one of these,” she said standing in the breezeway and touching the decorative brackets that lined the roof’s overhang. 38 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012

Michael’s handiwork is all over the front yard. He made raised flowerbeds and an arbor for the space. Pat said she showed him a picture of what she wanted and he was able to build an exact replica. “I have to justify the tools I buy somehow,” Michael said with a laugh. A brick path from the front garden through the carriage house breezeway leads to a lush garden with palms, flowers, the occasional statue and the first glimpse of “M. Kinnakeet.” The home’s character is built on its details like the curving banisters that lead to a wrap-around porch, the custom molding that lines the porch and hand-painted wood shingles that cover the exterior. The Mansfields still laugh about the shingles. Michael said Pat must

have bought every clothespin in Beaufort County. She dipped each individual shingle into a trough of paint then hung them on a clothesline to dry. The character comes through in the antique doors the couple decided to use throughout the home. They hang by elaborate hinges Pat brought back with her from France. Some of the doors have been turned into pocket doors that disappear into walls that were framed with 2-by-6 inch wood instead of the usual 2-by-4s. Michael, a retired engineer, took advantage of the extra space between the walls to add an air pressure line that helped during the build. Builders were able to plug into the line from each floor and use the

pressure for their power hammers. He also added PVC tubes to make wiring a breeze. The turn-of-the-century character is in the heart-of-pine floors, 200-year-old beadboard that lines the staircase, the tin ceilings in the bathrooms and the rounded corner of the great room’s wall. “The original walls (in the lifesaving station) were plaster and we couldn’t afford to plaster,” Pat said. Their builder came up with a solution. He soaked sheetrock until it was pliable enough to curve. Color also plays a big role in the home’s maritime theme. “I used a monochromatic color scheme (a variety of values and intensities of the hue-blue) to create a unified backdrop for the multitude of maritime objects, ship models, paintings, etc.,” Pat said. “Smaller rooms — the library (keeper's office) and the butler's pantry/ laundry — are warm colors of the Caribbean (that relate to the lively import trade with the Carolinas, and rescues from ships making the passage northward.” The M. Kinnakeet is still a work in progress. They plan to turn secondfloor space into an office and add built-in seating to the third-floor tower. They are often rewarded for their hard work on building the period home when guests mistake the new construction for a renovated historic home. The M. Kinnakeet may not be complete, but it has what the Mansfields intended: a sense of place, true North Carolina style.

A model of Blackbeard’s ship “Adventure”is one of the many ways the maritime theme defines the M. Kinnakeet.



Wayne Woolard II passes the rope behind his back in this 540. A 540 is full airborne revolution and a half, started with front foot forward and landed with the back foot forward.


Wake to wake

Getting big air on Bath Creek Written by VAIL STEWART RUMLEY Photographs by ASHLEY VANSANT


aley. Tantrum. Japan Air. Heelside Backroll. 360. 540. 720. Stalefish. These terms don’t exist in the average person’s vocabulary. But for Wayne Woolard II and his brother Cole, they’re part of the lexicon defining the twists, turns, flips and tricks done at the end of a rope, skimming across the water at 25 mph. The two have been wakeboarding since the word, and the board, was invented. They grew up on water: Cole took his first solo waterski ride two weeks shy of his second birthday; at 10-years-old, Wayne II skied 46 miles continuously. They come by their love of skiing naturally — their father, Wayne Woolard, skied exhibition shows at Sea World and Cypress Gardens in the late 1970s, and competed on the barefoot skiing circuit for many years. When the weather warms up, the Woolard family can regularly be found tearing up boat wakes in Bath Creek, defying gravity as the board hits the wake, launching them into tricks high over the water where they land with perfect precision on the wake’s opposite side. These guys make it look easy. But the sport isn’t as simple as it may appear — you can’t just strap your feet in the boots, hop in the water, grab the rope and go. No, perfect performance relies on a combination of strength, balance, flexibility, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 41

Wayne II, mid-Raley, vaults over Cole on a rail board.


Wayne II practices an Indy Glide on the trampoline. For an Indy Glide, the body is twisted perpendicular to the water, and the backside of the board is grabbed with the back hand.

coordination and timing, not to mention preparation. And lots of it. Cole and Wayne II learn tricks not by flinging themselves at a new trick and hoping for the best — they practice on a trampoline, holding onto a handled rope tied to a nearby tree. Only when the physics of an airborne trick are deciphered on land will they take it out on the water. Of course, once they’re in the water, other factors come into play. According to Wayne Woolard, a larger wake with a clean lip is needed to launch wakeboarders higher, to get bigger “air” and buy themselves more time to pull off a trick. “You don’t want a wake that’s curly. You want a sharp edged wake,” Wayne Senior explained. “It’ll give you more

lift.” More lift means more time and in this sport, every second to land something like a Whirlybird — a backflip that includes a simultaneous 360-degree airborne rotation — makes a difference. The quest for more air means minute adjustments to the boat’s trim tabs to even out both sides of the wake, finding deeper water (greater water displacement creates a bigger wake), filling the boat’s specialized ballast bladders with 600 pounds of water (a heavier boat also means a larger wake) and pulling the wakeboarder through the water at a maximum 25 mph (too fast makes a smaller wake). “Wakeboarders are picky, that’s just the way it is,” Wayne II laughed.

“If it wasn’t all about the wake we wouldn’t be so picky.” A good wakeboarder isn’t made by wake alone, though. Wayne Senior said good form is even more important — keeping the head up and keeping the hands in close to the body, down near the hip, makes for greater stability. Good form, being picky and the constant quest for the perfect wake has earned Wayne II to a spot on the eight-member UNC–Wilmington wakeboard team, as well as taking top prize overall in the intermediate division of the four part Summer Series, a wakeboarding competition at East Coast Wake Park, one of the few wakeboarding parks in North Carolina, located in nearby Pactolus.

Cole Woolard on his rail board jumps off the stern.

Right photo: Landon Ormond, 11, takes wakeboarding lessons from Wayne II. Two weeks after Landon’s first lesson, Wayne II signed him up for a competition — where he won his division.

Cole, 16, and a junior at Pungo Christian Academy, won the amateur division in the same contest. Cole often trades the wakeboard for a rail board, a slick-bottomed wakeboard with no fins, made to glide over wake rails like the one the Woolards built in Bath Creek. It’s not for the feint of heart: a 60-foot wooden rail that gently slopes up, levels off four feet above the creek then slopes down again to meet the water. Hitting one at 25 mph and riding the length of it is a feat of balance. Passing the rope behind the back and spinning 360 degrees while it’s being done — without taking a dive — falls somewhere between a thing of athletic beauty and sheer lunacy. A talented wakeboarder is, by

definition, a risk taker, though the Woolard boys temper risk with safety, wearing helmets to protect from head injuries, adding mouth guards whenever they take on the rail. Athletically, wakeboarding is a challenging sport — that is, if you’re trying to nail the perfect Half Cab Double Backroll. But if you’re like most of us, who don’t know the difference between a Tantrum and a Front Flip to Fakie, two tricks that defy both gravity and logic, wakeboarding is a whole different animal. It’s a day on the water taking falls and face plants in stride because it’s all in the name of a good time. “My favorite thing is just being out on the boat,” said Cole. “I mean, I


grew up on the water. I love it. And to have a sport on the water …” It’s a sport that draws the Woolard family together and brings friends along for the ride. On any given day when the weather’s agreeable and the creek lays down, they can be found perfecting their acrobatic art. And like everyone else on the water, pulling kids on a ’tube or Dad on a slalom ski, the Woolards are out there having a good time, too — they just look better doing it.

Cole glides across the 60-foot rail the Woolards built in Bath Creek.




‘Old drum’ giants lurk in Pamlico Written by CAPT. RICHARD ANDREWS

hroughout the southeastern United States, anglers pursue redfish with a unique passion and enthusiasm. Countless hours and dollars are spent each year to experience the excitement of tangling with one of the South's premier inshore gamefish. While many anglers enjoy sightcasting a fly to tailing reds during high tide in the southeastern North Carolina salt marshes, twitching a topwater bait to a redfish school chasing finger mullet behind the barrier islands of the Crystal Coast or knocking back a few cold beverages while wading in the surf with a Hatteras Heaver in hand on the Outer Banks, Inner Banks anglers spend their time soaking fresh cut bait for the "old drum" of the Pamlico Sound. "Old drum" is an accurate, yet humble, description for the largest and most mature red drum within their geographic range. Every state claims to have big drum, and, yes, a 35- or 40-pounder is a big drum; however, North Carolina can accurately claim consistent catches of 50-plus pounders. The vast Pamlico Sound is a challenging place for mariners, but its bounty will reward dedicated and properly prepared anglers. The giant redfish live in the near-shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and move into the Pamlico Sound through the shallow inlets of the Outer Banks in early to midsummer to spawn. Peak fishing occurs during August and September until they exit the sound after spawning. Although these fish can be caught consistently during the daylight hours, many anglers prefer to fish in the late afternoon and evening hours because they believe the afternoon bite is better. Many of the local guides offer trips only during the day, since they are fishing day in and day out and night fishing every day is a bit tough. The most effective and popular way to consistently catch the "old drum" is to fish fresh cut bait on an Owen Lupton drum rig. An Owen Lupton drum rig usually consists of a three-ounce egg sinker crimped above a large circle hook. To comply with current N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries requirements, the Owen Lupton rig must have at least a two-ounce weight (no greater than 6 inches from the hook) and a barbless circle hook. These "design" measures are


in place to reduce catch and release mortality (deep or gut hooking) when targeting these old, spawning fish. Proper handling is also very important. The best practice is to dehook the fish while it is still in the water, but if photographs are a must, carefully support the fish's belly and don't keep the fish out of the water for any longer than absolutely necessary. Holding them vertically by the gill plates harms them. These fish are heavy and their weight must be supported properly. Most anglers fish four to eight baits consisting of medium-heavy or heavy action spinning or bait-casting combos with their baits fanned out around the boat. More baits in the water will increase the success rate. Preferences exist to what species of baitfish catch the most drum, but if you are around an abundance of drum, anything fresh will work. Those species might include mullet, menhaden, croaker, spot, blue crab, pinfish or others. Another key element to drum fishing is chumming. Some anglers choose not to chum but others chum heavily. Homemade or store-bought preground and frozen blocks of chum in a chum bag tied to the anchor or off the back of the boat or both is the most common method. Covering the entire water column with chum scent is an important concept. If going through the effort of chumming and when fishing in deeper water, covering the entire water column can increase bites dramatically. If catching big fish is something you think that can only be done at the beach or in the ocean, you should try catching a few giant red drum in the Pamlico Sound during their August and September spawn. After just a few tangles with these beasts, you might want more of what Inner Banks fishing has to offer. Capt. Richard Andrews is a resident of Washington and the owner of a local year-round guide service offering fishing excursions on the Pamlico and nearby rivers. He can be reached at 252-9459715 or richard@

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ere in eastern North Carolina the long, muggy dog days of summer don’t get us down. We know it’s time for grillin’ and chillin’. The grillin’ is how we eat. We fire up the outdoor cooker, whether it be gas grill, charcoal grill or smoker, load it up with fresh, locally caught seafood or great North Carolina pork or chicken — and don’t forget our bounty of fresh, local produce. When we grill at home (unless we’re in a food-divided, fiercely partisan family) we can lay aside the debates that occur away from the grill — debates about just exactly what constitutes a proper grilling sauce. North Carolina barbecue is divided between western style and eastern style. The western (Lexington) style uses only pork shoulders and slathers on a sauce heavy with ketchup and sometimes brown sugar. Eastern style slowly smokes the whole hog, “picks” the tender meat from the bones and serves it with a mere wetting of vinegar-based sauce. I once had an old-time Easterner tell me, “The way you can tell it’s real barbecue is if you spill some, it don’t leave a mark on your tie.” Instead of the ubiquitous deep-fried hushpuppies as an accompaniment, how about some fresh-roasted corn? Just strip the husks down to the stem, but don’t remove them.  Brush the exposed ear with a good olive oil. Then pull the husks back over the ears. Some people soak the ears in water to keep the husks from burning, but we think the smoky flavor from the husks is part of the joy of grilled corn on the cob. Cook the ears slowly for about 15 minutes, turning them

regularly. But let’s not forget the chillin’ part. My inner Wine Guy is screaming, “What are you drinking during all this food preparation?” No need to scream.  I already know the answer — dry rosé. No, not the sweet, pink “blush” wine that has taken the U.S. by storm. I’m talking about classic European-style rosé. These wines are made with the same grapes used to make red wine, but the red skins of the grapes are removed early in the fermentation process. You get just a little of the flavor and color from the skins, yielding a dry and refreshing wine for summer. You can find rosé made with almost any kind of grape. For grillin’, I’d recommend one of the great food reds like Sangiovese, Tempranillo or Cabernet Sauvignon. Serve it not quite as cold as a chilled white wine. Then slake your thirst while you’re basting the meat on the grill. When you bring the food into the air-conditioned house, you can switch to the red version of whatever you were drinking outside. If your sauce has fruit notes in it, go for a fruity red Zinfandel or Shiraz. If you lean more toward the fish and veggies side, a full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc or Unoaked Chardonnay would fill the bill. Grillin’ and chillin’ — that’s food and wine in the dog days of eastern North Carolina. James “The Wine Guy” McKelvey and “Chef Yvonne” Sedgwick are proprietors of Wine & Words ... & Gourmet in downtown Washington. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 49


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ports fans around the country eagerly anticipate the first weekend in September. Along with the start of football season is the traditional kickoff to tailgate parties. While many fans seek simple fare like burgers or dogs for their pre-game meal, others create a more elaborate game plan to keep the team satisfied until the final whistle. Here are a few ideas to cook up that should last until the postseason.


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1/2 tsp. ginger; 1/3 c. brown sugar; 1/8 tsp. garlic powder; 1 c. soy sauce (better with low sodium soy sauce); 10-12 chicken wings.

1/2 c. olive oil; 1/4 c. tomato sauce; 2 Tbsp. minced fresh basil; 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar; 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic; 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper; 2 lbs. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined; 6 metal or soaked wooden skewers.

Mix marinade together and pour over chicken wings (if you want to do more, just double the recipe). Marinate in airtight container at least two days in refrigerator. Turn container to mix everything (shake it up!) at least three times a day. Chicken can be baked in oven at 350 degrees until done or cooked on the grill until done.

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine olive oil, tomato sauce, basil, vinegar, garlic and pepper; add shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. Thread shrimp onto six skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat for three to five minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.  

Rosemary grilled flank steak Barbara Francisco Saint Peter's Episcopal Church 1 c. red wine; 1/2 c. olive oil; 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce; 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley; 2 bay leaves; 2 green onions, chopped; 3 cloves garlic, minced; 1 tsp. dried oregano; 1 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. pepper; 2 lbs. flank steak; rosemary sprigs; 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Combine first 10 ingredients. Reserve 1/3 cup and put aside. Place flank steak in a large shallow dish or a large, heavy zip-top plastic bag. Pour wine mixture over steak. Cover or seal and chill two to four hours, turning occasionally. Remove steak from marinade. Discard marinade. Grill, covered with grill lid, over medium high heat (350 to 400 degrees) for eight to 10 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness, brushing with reserved marinade, using rosemary sprigs. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin strips. Squeeze lemon juice over steak before serving. Yield: four to six servings.

Miss Carver's chili for hot dogs Elsie Lois Carver Beaufort County Arts Council 2 lbs. lean ground round steak; 1 1/2 tsp. onion salt; 1 Tbsp. chili powder; 1 (16 oz.) can tomato puree. Brown meat. Add other ingredients. If mixture is too thick, rinse the tomato puree can out with a little water and add to mixture. Simmer on low heat.  

Charlie's brunswick stew Charlie Cline Grace Lutheran Church 2-3 lbs. chicken (dark meat); 1-1 1/2 lbs. pork; 32 oz. tomatoes; 32 oz. lima beans; 32 oz. field peas; 32 oz. corn; 2-3 potatoes, cubed small; 1 med. onion; 2 tsp. salt; 1 tsp. black pepper; 1 tsp. red pepper flakes. Vegetables may be fresh or frozen. Cook chicken and pork together in enough water to cover; cool. Reserve stock. Skim off most of the fat. Remove bones and chop meat finely. Heat stock with meat to boiling; add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for three to four hours or more, adding water as needed. Caution: scorches easily.


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Wednesday through Friday River Roving Educational Tours • N.C. Estuarium • Learn about the history and habitats of the Washington waterfront. These tours cruise the Pamlico River Wednesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. No admission fee is involved for the tour, but advance reservations are required. Riders should check in 15 minutes in advance. Children must be at least 6 years old to ride; a responsible adult must accompany children under 16. River Roving 2012 is sponsored by Lee Chevrolet-Buick of Washington. Call 252-9480000 for reservations.

Every Saturday through October 13 Saturday Market • Downtown Washington • It is a great place to spend the morning with a terrific cup of coffee while talking with local farmers or maybe searching for a unique present. The market features local growers of fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers. The fishmongers offer fresh seafood from local waters. Try some delicious, fresh-baked goods. BCTMA hosts a Saturday Morning Jam across the street from the Farmer's Market under a shady tree from 10 a.m. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to come out for this informal event. Bring an instrument, a chair or just come to listen ( html). Shop for a unique item from a varying display of handmade crafts from jewelry, artwork, pottery to seasonal merchandise. This is the place to find one of a kind gift for that special person. Located across Main Street at the corner of West Main Street and Gladden Street near the red caboose and Beaufort County Arts Council.

CALENDAR September 15 Bath High School Preservation Fall Raffle Event

• Bayview Golf Club • All-day pig cooking, corn hole tournament, golf driving and putting contest, barbecue dinner, music and raffle drawing. Events begin at 4 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. For more information, call 252923-5061 or 252-923-7831.

The Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and the Bath Business Alliance will host the 3rd Annual Paddle Bath Poker Run around Bath Creek on Oct. 6. Teams paddle their kayaks to business stations along the creek to collect playing cards. The team who has the best hand of cards wins a cash prize. For more information, call 252-946-9168.

Every Thursday Night Traditional Music Association Jams

September 8, October 6, 27-28 Historic Washington Ghost Walk

• Union Alley Coffeehouse • The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association holds jams every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 and every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Musicians and fans are encouraged to attend and play. There is no admission fee.

• Downtown Washington • Join Terry Rollins as he leads you down the haunted streets of the Original Washington and through its three centuries of history. This 90-minute ghost walk begins promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, and may be purchased at The General's Store on Main Street.

September 7 - 8 Autumn Area Craft Show • The Blind Center • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local crafters will display and sell their beautiful handmade products that include quilts, aprons, dish towels, jewelry, watercolors, scarves, pocketbooks, wire crafts, placemats, glycerin soaps, rustic stools and hiking sticks, fabric wine gift bags, yarn and alpaca items, painted glass, wood turning, and pottery. The Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey St., Washington, NC, at the corner of Harvey and Third Streets. For more information, email theblindcenter@ or call 252-946-6208.

September 20 Historical Film Series: “The Help” (2011) • Historic Bath • 7 p.m. in the Historic Bath Visitor Center. This movie takes place in conservative 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Eugenia Phelan crosses racial lines by secretly writing about the experiences of the long-silent black servants in wealthy, white households. This movie has a running time of 2 hours and 26 minutes and is free with refreshments. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

September 21, October 19 Music in the Streets

• Washington Civic Center • 7 p.m. Featuring music by “DJ Linwood - the King of DJs.” $7 admission. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. No alcohol, smoking or children.

• Downtown Washington • Enjoy a wonderful evening with your friends and neighbors in Historic Downtown Washington. No matter what your musical taste, you will find entertainers to delight you in this monthly musical event. Downtown Washington comes to life, shops stay open late and the restaurants are glad to see you. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 252946-3969 for more information.

September 15 Motown Downtown

September 22 NC Symphony

• Downtown Washington • Noted musician Carroll Dashiell brings his star-studded Motown review to Washington from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 252-946-3969.

• Downtown Washington • The North Carolina Symphony will perform on the waterfront as part of Beaufort County’s 300th anniversary celebration. For more information, call 800-999-3857.

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September 28 – 29 "Sharing Our Quilting Treasures" Quilt Show

CALENDAR October 6 Paddle Bath Poker Run

• Washington Civic Center • From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. A judged quilt show, including wall hangings, bed quilts, home decor & wearable art. Quilts from the show challenge "A River Runs Through It" interpretations of the Pamlico River. Bed turnings showing antique and older quilts and a story told about them. Quilting demonstrations. Handmade gifts, holiday and home decor items for sale. Some quilts for sale. American Sewing Guild display. Vendors selling items. Admission is $5. For more information, call 252-946-0715.

October 5 Big Sweep River Roving Clean-up • N.C. Estuarium • 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Help clean up the beaches along the Pamlico-Tar River. Wear old clothes, closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. Children must be at least 8 years old to ride; a

• Historic Bath • Come down to Historic Bath for the 3rd Annual Paddle Bath Poker Run around Bath Creek. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one for the event. Collect eight cards at local Bath businesses and play your hand at the pull out station. Best hand played receives cash prize. This event is hosted by the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and the Bath Business Alliance. For more information, call 252-946-9168.

October 10 Beaufort County Business Expo The BCDC Fire Engine Pull will be one of the highlights at the annual Smoke on the Water barbecue competition in downtown Washington Oct. 26 and 27. Sponsored by the Washington Noon Rotary, this family festival features barbecue and chili cook-offs, a 5K run, Beaufort County Arts Council juried Fine Arts Show, music, children’s activities and an artisans’ market. For more information, call 252-946-3969. responsible adult must accompany children under 16. Call 252-9480000 for reservations. Contact the Beaufort County Coordinator,

Linda Boyer, at the Estuarium or if you are interested in participating in NC Big Sweep in your community.

• Washington Civic Center • Join the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and BCCC’s Business & Industry Services in showcasing the businesses of Beaufort County. The Expo will include many booths, free seminars, flu shots, door prizes, and more. For more information, call 252-946-9168.


October 18 Historical Film Series: “The Man from Snowy River” (1982) • Historic Bath • 7 p.m. in the Historic Bath Visitor Center. This movie, based on Banjo Paterson's famous poem of the same name, follows young Australian cowboy Jim Craig while he tries to earn money so he can keep his father's farm going. This movie has a running time of 1 hour and 42 minutes and is free with refreshments. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

October 19 Pancakes & Sausage Dinner • The Blind Center • 6 to 7 p.m. The Blind Center will be hosting its 7th Annual Pancakes & Sausage Dinner made possible by “Flippin’ for a Reason,” Roger & Diana Cates. $6 per plate. All proceeds benefit The Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey Street, Washington, NC, at the corner of Harvey and Third Streets. For more information, email or call 252-946-6208.

CALENDAR October 20 Bath High School Preservation 5K Pirate Run/Walk

October 25 – 27 Beaufort County Arts Council’s Juried Fine Arts Show

• Bath Elementary School • Race starts at 9 a.m. Registration/check-in at 7:30 a.m. Race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Visit or to register online or email BHSP5K@embarqmail. com for more information.

• Washington Civic Center • This annual show showcases artwork in five categories: oils/ acrylics, graphics/open mixed, three-dimensional, watercolors and photography. Entries will be available for purchase. Award winners will be on display through the end of the year. Call 252-9462504 for more information.

October 23 Owl Prowl • N.C. Estuarium • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening trip up the Tar River in search of owls and beavers. These nocturnal animals may be seen or heard from the pontoon boat as it cruises slowly up river. There is no program fee, but reservations are required. Educational programming supported by The Karns Fund. Children must be 12 years old or older. River Roving 2012 is sponsored by Lee Chevrolet-Buick of Washington. Call the Estuarium for reservations.

October 26 – 27 Smoke on the Water • Downtown Washington • The smell of downeast barbecue fills the air in Downtown Washington on the Pamlico River. This family festival features barbecue and chili cook-offs, 5K run, Beaufort County Arts Council juried Fine Arts Show, music, children’s activities, and artisans’ market! For more information, call 252-946-3969.

October 27 Smoke on the Water River Roving

• N.C. Estuarium • On the hour from noon to 3 p.m. Special river roving tours as part of the Smoke on the Water festivities on the Washington waterfront. River Roving 2012 is sponsored by Lee Chevrolet-Buick of Washington. Call the Estuarium for reservations (after Oct. 20).

October 28 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival • Washington Civic Center • Presented by the Beaufort County Arts Council. For more information, call 252-946-2504.

ON EXHIBIT October 30 – December 23 Fine Arts Show • Washington Civic Center • Juried Work from 48th Annual Fine Arts Show presented by the Beaufort County Arts Council. For more information, call 252-9462504.


The garden includes more than plants, with items like this water fountain and cross joining benches and other items.


‘Secluded and tranquil’ Garden is many things to many people


ucked away in an almost-hidden recess of the grounds at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Washington, there’s a place of solitude perfect for meditation, reflection and contemplation. Since 1973, the St. Peter’s Chapel Garden has been quietly, aromatically fulfilling its mission. The garden’s roots go back to a desire of the Rev. Irwin Hulbert Jr., rector of St. Peter’s from1965 to 1978. That desire was turned into reality by Verna Attmore, who undertook, at Hulbert’s request, the task of creating an herb garden on the church grounds. “A secluded and tranquil area adjacent to Brown Memorial Chapel on the east side of the church yard was chosen,” reads a pamphlet about the garden, which notes the project was “greatly supported” by Marianna Franklin and Mary Wilson, and more recently by Lily Grimes. The garden was dedicated June 29, 1973, St. Peter’s Day. A visit to the garden reveals that yellow is the prominent color. That’s because yellow is the representative color of St. Peter. A wrought-iron gate serves as the entrance to the garden. Its overall design, its plants and its amenities represent different physical aspects of the church. Sallie Scales, who helps maintain the garden, wants people to know the garden is open to anyone. “The spot was well-chosen. It’s off to the


The garden’s benches provide a place for visitors to sit and meditate.

side of the chapel. It’s surrounded by a brick wall, shady trees and nice benches. People can just sit there quietly and meditate. There’s a little fountain that adds to it. I think a lot of people, as I work out there weeding, a lot of people that are not associated with St. Peter’s or have anybody interred there, will come in just to sit and read. I think it’s just a quiet, little, tranquil spot for folks,” Scales said when asked about the garden’s appeal. “I was out there one day and a photographer came. He said it was his very favorite place to 62 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012

bring people to take pictures.” Scales said the garden is extremely inviting. “It means different things to different people. One mama used to bring her little children there all the time. I kept finding pennies in the fountain. She said, ‘They think they’re supposed to make a wish.’ So, they’d always want to come in here to make a wish.” The garden includes four areas, each featuring specific categories of plants — biblical, fragrant, medicinal and culinary. The biblical and fragrant plants are in

beds adjacent to the chapel’s east wall. The medicinal and culinary plants are in beds along the garden’s west wall. In the biblical bed, plants such as wormwood, mint, hyssop, anise flax and violets may be found. In the fragrant bed, plants such as rosemary, sage, pineapple and verbena may be found. Thyme, foxglove, Herb Robert, comfrey and yarrow are some of the inhabitants. Calling the culinary bed home are onions, garlic, oregano, basil, chives and parsley, just to name some of that bed’s inhabitants.

‘May all who enter to worship, meditate, and partake of its serenity, know the presence of our living Lord.’

Just one of the many colorful plants that adorn the garden, especially in the spring and summer.

Inscription on the plaque near the garden’s gate

A walkway leading from the front of the chapel leads people to the garden gate. Along that path, there’s a hand-carved (in Italy), limestone statue of St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners, standing on a bed of rocks. The garden has four white benches, where people may sit to contemplate and take in the aromas offered by the garden. The garden has seen changes over the years. In 1990, a plaque noting the efforts of Attmore was placed in the garden during a dedication ceremony. In 1992, the vestry approved the garden as a memorial garden for cremated remains (ashes of the deceased). Names of the deceased are inscribed on plaques on the chapel’s east wall. Hulbert’s cremains were the first buried in the garden. Revenues from memorial gifts and contributions are used to help maintain the garden. Volunteers and the church also help maintain the garden. For more information about St. Peter’s Chapel Garden, a pamphlet may be obtained from the church office. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 63


Nature’s front yard

Park programs educate, fascinate


Written by MIKE VOSS | Photographs by ASHLEY VANSANT

he Environmental Education and Visitors Center at Goose Creek State Park, especially its Discovery Room, is a place of education and a source of fascination, mostly for children, but also for some adults. The center’s collection of animals — all dead — is used to help tell the story of the park’s critters, from a small frog to a large black bear. The critters are featured in many of the center’s weekend classes that expose visitors to wildlife found in the park, how that wildlife lives and how the animals interact with one another. Leading those classes are park rangers or seasonal park employees, usually with some degree of expertise in the subject matters they teach. Among those at the center on a Sunday in July were Joe Martin, a N.C. State University graduate and


a relatively new park ranger from upstate New York; Charlotte Davis, a seasonal park employee from Roanoke Rapids and an East Carolina University student; and Caitlyn Joyner, a Beaufort County Early College High School student and Chocowinity resident. On that Sunday, Joyner and Davis talked about the park’s critters with a group of children and adults. Before talking with the group, they talked about the importance of the presentations. “For the people who do come, we’re going to try to teach them a little bit about the animals you see at Goose Creek and what you see around Goose Creek — mainly how to see them. If you see a snake, how to deal with it. Just to be mainly aware of your surroundings,” said Joyner when asked what points she and others strive to do when presenting programs about the

park’s animals. Davis said she and the other program presenters use strategies geared toward different age groups when talking about the park’s plant and animal life. “We use different techniques with different groups in an effort to make the presentation for them interesting,” Davis said. Davis and Joyner said there are times when using live animals during a presentation would be preferable to using dead ones. “If you were giving a snake program, it would be pretty neat if you could have a snake out and let people see it, maybe touch it. I would prefer to not have a live skunk out,” Davis said. Joyner said her exposure to the park over the years has influenced her decision to pursue an “outside” career.

“Working here, I’ve learned a lot about what is actually around me as opposed to just appreciating what’s around me,” Joyner said about the difference between visiting the park and working at the park. “I like being around the little kids, seeing their perspectives on things,” Davis said. Joyner and Davis agree the programs should accomplish some things, among them are making people appreciate the park’s animals and folklore associated with the park and its wildlife. The two seasonal employees also said they want the programs to give people an understanding of their roles and their places in the environment. Joyner said sometimes the program presenter gets a little education. “Sometimes, they have a story to tell you,” she said. Martin likes the idea of program presenters being someone other than a

park ranger. “I think it gives us great opportunity to present more programs to attract more people out here. By having seasonal staff, you may come across programs that you may not have

thought of or may not be particularly interesting to me,” Martin said. Martin said a campground folklore program developed by Joyner is an example of a program he would not have come up with on his own. That program includes a segment on the story about the supposed Devil’s hoofprints in Bath. Martin said having a program presenter with a local perspective enhances many of the presentations, something that likely could not be provided by someone from outside the region or state. For specific information about presentations, including dates and times, contact Goose Creek State Park at 252-923-2191 or visit www.ncparks. gov. Then, click “Find a park” on the left side of the page and scroll down to the listing for Goose Creek. The park is located at 2190 Camp Leach Road in Washington. Email may be sent to


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grew up in a wonderful, small town in northeast Pennsylvania. I went from kindergarten to high-school graduation with many of the same people. And, today, I still count many of them as friends. I was fortunate. After college and starting a business, I traveled extensively and lived in small towns and big cities. I enjoyed the interesting and stimulating people and events in which I participated over the years. And, today, I remember this period in my life fondly. I was fortunate. In 2005, my partner, Bill, and I found Washington while traveling on our boat. And, that has become my most fortunate event! I discovered a wonderful, small town in eastern North Carolina, which is enfolded by a region with unsurpassed natural beauty and a river and estuary system that is unrivaled. More importantly, I discovered residents of a town and area who love, defend and protect these magnificent treasures with deep commitment and passion. We are all fortunate to have these people among us. I have also discovered a town that welcomes, embraces, promotes and supports the arts, in its many forms — be it performance, painting, ceramics, photography or literature. The arts, artists and those who financially and emotionally support them have enriched the lives of us all. We are all fortunate to have such great talent and love for the arts among us. I also discovered residents who, whether they are transplants like myself or original Washingtonians, have embraced this city and region, and have volunteered and worked tirelessly and selflessly to make it a wonderful place for everyone. The sense of community and spirit of giving back to others is


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