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HISTORY 18 Walk this way:

Finding new history in old Washington


‘The Brackish Life’: Family enjoys simple life on the river






Little girl lost: Wondering spirits welcome visitors

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Holiday house: House is home for the holidays


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ON THE COVER The MIllers of Chocowinity deck the halls for the holidays. See HOLIDAY HOUSE, page 34. (Photo by Ashley Vansant) 4 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012











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ooler temperatures have set in as the holidays are fast approaching. In the spirit of the season, we’ve put together a collection of features making up our most festive issue of the year. • Step inside the beautiful home of Ernest and Sandy Miller. Their Chocowinity house is adorned with Christmas décor to put even a Scrooge in the decorating mood. They also share a few holiday recipes passed down for generations of cheer. • From cranberry fluff to snowy mashed potatoes and tomato pudding, seasonal recipes are aplenty in this issue’s Let’s Eat. • Still puzzling over the perfect present? What’s in Store offers a plethora of gift items you can pick up right here in town. Our November/December issue is not entirely wrapped in Yuletide and mistletoe. • Take a walk with Leesa Jones that

begins along the Pamlico River in the 18th century and weaves through Washington’s past, unearthing a buried history of the town’s African-Americans. • Meet a local family dedicated to the celebration, education and preservation of coastal waters. If you’ve spent any time in Washington retail stores, you’re likely familiar with the Brackish Life brand. Learn how it all started from David and Lori Sneed. • Explore Washington’s spookier side with the tale of a little girl lost in time. Take the ghost walk with Terry Rollins as he visits one of the most compelling local haunts. And much more. It truly is a wonderful time on the Pamlico. From our family to yours, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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Picture perfect Dress up any photo with a Christmas picture frame. These bright, colorful frames are an easy way to spread holiday cheer throughout your home and make a perfect gift for that favorite teacher or coworker on your list. Available at Nautilife on Main Street in downtown Washington. Prices start at $20.

Add a bit of fun to your Christmas tree with these whimsical ornaments. The hand-painted balls hang from hooks as dazzling as the ornaments themselves. Larger ornaments come with a stand. Available at Nauti Life on Main Street in downtown Washington. Prices start at $11.95.


Jigsaw piece on earth Melissa & Doug puzzles will keep the little ones busy as they learn hand and eye coordination. The popular extrathick wooden pieces will last for years of fun. Available at The Little Shoppes of Washington. Prices start at $9.

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Good scents Try a candle that will last the season. These natural soy candles by the Sydney Hale Company burn cleaner and longer than wax candles. The hand-poured candles come in exquisite scents like “mint and geranium” and “macadamia and coconut.” Sydney Hale donates 10 percent from the sale of each candle to animal rescue. Available at Lone Leaf Gallery and Framing at the corner of Main and Market streets in Washington. Priced at $28.

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Walk this way

Properties owned by Hull Anderson, freed slave and ship-builder, in Washington circa 1838.


Tour attendees listen as Leesa Jones tells the story of "Big Bob," an escaped slave who fought for the Union Army in Washington during the Civil War. Opposite page: Copy of an 1878 deposition of the descendants of Hull Anderson sent by a notary from Monroeville, Liberia, to counsel in Washington regarding cleared titles on properties once owned by Hull Anderson.


"They called us watermen..." Leesa Jones describes the lives of slaves in the bustling port town of Washington, which rivaled Wilmington's in size.

Finding new history in old Washington Written by VAIL STEWART RUMLEY | Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN

“I love this town.” The words are emphatic and sweet, replete with the steadfastness of a native Washingtonian who’s been away for many years and is now looking to find a way home. She’ll find it eventually. She’s adamant about that. But while she’s been looking, Leesa Jones has run across a lot more than a way home. She’s unearthed a buried history of the town’s AfricanAmericans. Jones didn’t set out to become a historian — she’s a teacher. Her original plan was to put together a written account of her family history 20 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

for her grandchildren so they, and future generations, would have that knowledge. But the more she looked, the more she found, and her generous spirit demanded she share. “I’m from Washington and nobody told me this!” Jones created a Facebook page: “I’m from Washington and nobody told me this!” On it, she posts interesting tidbits about African-American life long ago, and over time, it’s become a repository of Washington’s black history. But Jones is a true educator: sharing her knowledge via the Internet

was no equivalent to hands-on classroom learning, so she took her discoveries on the road, back to the very place from which they originated. Several times a year, Jones invites anyone who wants to come along to join her for a stroll down the streets they already know, walking into the past on The African-American History Walking Tour. “The river that brought us here, blessed us here” On a hot September Saturday, a group gathers on the Washington waterfront. They are young and old,

black and white, and they’re all here for one purpose: to learn what Leesa Jones has discovered about the town in which they live. Jones and her husband, Milt, welcome the crowd enthusiastically, introducing themselves as Hull and Cherry Anderson. Today is the day the Andersons’ story, along with others’, will be told. Jones begins to weave a tale in her angelic voice, the Pamlico River a perfect backdrop for her story of a man born a slave, given as wedding gift to another family but eventually allowed to purchase his freedom. Hull Anderson had great value as a slave because he made caulk and used it to seal ships watertight. And in the late 18th century when Washington rivaled Wilmington as the busiest of North Carolina ports, caulkers were in high demand. Anderson made plenty of money — for his owners. In exchange, it was written into Sally Anderson’s will that Anderson would be allowed to purchase his freedom from her estate upon her death. In the early 1800s, Hull Anderson became a free man — one with sought-after skills. What he did was parlay his skill into land and wealth. Anderson purchased the freedom of his mother and his wife. He built a shipyard on the river, between Washington and Bridge streets. Between 1830 and 1836, he bought 17 lots in what would become historic Washington. In 1841, Hull and Cherry Anderson were called away, to a new town on the coast of Liberia: Monrovia, so named for U.S. President James Monroe, a prominent advocate of establishing a self-sufficient colony for freed American slaves in Africa. Jones tells Hull’s story in first person, as she and her tour group

“They called us watermen,” says Jones. “We knew these rivers. We were cooks, we cleaned, we navigated on ships, but we used it to get to our freedom. We could go to Baltimore, Philadelphia. Some of us never came back.” An inspirational story

Leesa and Milton Jones

stand on the property that was once Anderson’s shipyard. On the way to that spot, other stories emerge: of rice-growing technology brought by slaves from Africa, of Union Civil War camps where a black man could be paid for work, and the many plantations where slaves labored. Jones has found 27 in Washington and nearby towns. Walking up Main Street, she points out the building once occupied by A-A Shaving Parlor, the 19th-century black community’s one-stop shop for everything from toothache cures to a shave and a haircut. Bill’s Hot Dogs is there now. She talks about the Jones Hotel, once located next to the modern-day Peterson Building on Main Street where lodging for the many African-American workers who arrived daily by ship could be found.

Jones hasn’t had time to put together the account of her family history for her grandchildren. In between her tours, she’s too busy ferreting out African-American history for the book she’s now writing. It seems that wherever she looks, there are more stories lying in wait, stories that need to be told. Jones is a woman with many roles: a full-time teacher and parttime historian, yet when she takes on the role of Cherry Anderson and tours people through the town they thought they knew, she becomes partinspirational speaker. “I believe it’s crucial for people to learn about this,” Jones says. “It’s a message I want the young people in Washington to get. It doesn’t matter what color you are — you can go beyond being just ordinary.” Like Hull Anderson and his wife were not just ordinary. “These people made Washington great with the odds stacked against them,” she explains. “It’s not just me telling facts, it’s me trying to inspire people: if you don’t think Washington is great then do something to make it great. We can all do something.” It would appear Leesa Jones has something to teach us all. For more information on Jones’ African-American Walking Tours, become a fan of the “I’m from Washington and nobody told me this!” page on Facebook. The next tour, “Freedom: A River Runs Through It,” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 21


The Sneeds (from left) — Sam, Lori, David, Allie and Hoyle — have gotten back to basics at the Pamlico River home where they live a “Brackish Life.”

‘ The brackish life’ Brackish: (adj) 1: Saltish or salt in a moderate degree. 2: Where the salt water meets the fresh water.




David and Lori Sneed look to preserve coastal waters, including the Pamlico River, by supporting the efforts of the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation.

Family enjoys simple life on the sound



avid and Lori Sneed have a three-word mantra that captures the essence of “Brackish Life”: enjoy life simply. They do this by celebrating, educating and preserving the coastal waters — sounds, rivers and marshes — from Virginia through Florida and to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The Sneeds have made this commitment for three of the most important people in their lives: their children, Allie, Hoyle and Sam.


“I have a job that I work basically just to be able to keep doing the Brackish Life,” David Sneed said. “When people ask ‘what do you do for a living?’, this is what I do for a living. “It’s my passion at this point.” It all started several years ago with the burst of the real estate bubble. As construction work slowed to a trickle, David found himself out of work as a manager for a Greenville construction company, a job he had held for 12

years. “I felt that if we were ever going to try this, now was the time to do it,” David said. “My kids said, ‘Dad, you always have these great ideas, but why don’t you ever do anything with them?’ That’s kind of where it all came from.” Both David and Lori had grown up near the water. David’s father, a former personnel manager at Hamilton Beach, had a river cottage on Kilby Island in Bath. Lori’s father had a place on Wrightsville Beach.

There is but one rule at the Sneeds’ river house: “Enjoy Life Simply.”


Afternoons at the Sneeds’ river house are spent roasting oysters, steaming crabs or playing a friendly game of corn hole.

“We’ve grown up on the water all our lives,” David said. “We spent some time at the beach and went to the beach a lot. We got back to where we had the house on the river and we realized we were river people. We enjoy that lifestyle.” While the Sneeds’ primary home is in Greenville, most of their leisure time is spent at their river house on Whichard’s Beach Road on the south side of the Pamlico River across from Washington Park. Like many families, their time on the river is spent fishing, sailing, swimming and kayaking while enjoying its bounty of shrimp, blue crab, oysters and fish. “The brackish life idea is a more simple lifestyle, a lot more laid 26 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

back,” David said. “When you go to the river, it’s not as fast-paced. There’s not as much traffic. You don’t go out to dinner all the time. It’s more about relaxing and lying in the hammock and steaming some shrimp and crabs and that sort of thing — a really simple life. “There really is a difference between beach people and river people and that’s where our brand came from. We wanted it to be more than just the river and that’s where we came up with the term brackish life. We liked the word ‘brackish’ and thought it was kind of catchy. There are still a lot of people who don’t know what it means, believe it or not. But it’s kind of a conversation

starter.” The Sneeds began to see a connection between their brackish life and that of other families around the southeastern United States. With the desire to preserve and educate people about coastal waters, and at the urging of his family, “Brackish Life” was created in 2010 with the mission of “being a force for good when it came to protecting the river environment.” David, a self-taught artist who enjoyed drawing and sketching his ideas, came up with the “Brackish Life” brand that is now available on T-shirts, hats, visors and bumper stickers at several retail stores in Washington. As the brand begins

“Brackish Life” t-shirts are available in Washington for purchase at Nauti Life on Main Street, Inner Banks Outfitters at Havens Gardens and the N.C. Estuarium on Water Street as well as The Quarterdeck in Bath.

to grow, the Brackish Life is supporting the efforts of the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation. “We’re not really generating a profit,” David Sneed said. “I take whatever income we do have and support certain groups financially and through volunteer work. We are closely associated with the coastal conservation group. We auction off an oyster roast for a party and the money goes to CCA. We participate actively and financially as best we can. Ultimately, we’d like to be able to say a percentage of our income goes to support conservation efforts.”

The Sneeds also hope that The Brackish Life is something that will remain a passion for the family in generations to come. “I would love for the whole Brackish Life idea to be something that (the children) can take on,” David said. “If they don’t know exactly what they would like to do when they get out of college, it’d be great to have a little family business that we’re all passionate about. “Everybody says if you find something you love to do, you never work a day in your life. And that’s kind of my goal with it is to be able to do something that you love and make a living at it and then, at the same time, make a difference in the

world. And I would love for my kids to be part of that.” Brackish Life items are available at Nauti Life, Inner Banks Outfitters and the N.C. Estuarium in Washington; The Quarterdeck in Bath; Island Traders in Beaufort; Sportsmans Toy Store and Charisma in New Bern; Second Wind Eco Tours in Swansboro; Southeast Expeditions and Chris’ Bait and Tackle in Cape Charles, Va.; and the Nags Head Hammocks Stores on the Outer Banks. They can also be found at the Edenton Music and Water Festival, the New Bern Mum Festival, the Bridgeton Arts Festival, the Swansboro Arts Festival and the Swansboro Mullet Festival. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 27


Little girl lost Written by MIKE VOSS | Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN


The Ghost Walk Begins and ends at The General’s Store 144 W. Main St., Washington $10 per person • Nine stops • 90 minutes The next scheduled Ghost Walk is Nov. 24 For specific information regarding the Ghost Walk or to schedule a Ghost Walk for 10 or more people, contact Terry Rollins at 252-402-8596 or by email at bardelf@gmail.com

The light coming from this lantern provides some measure of comfort to those who walk at night as they learn about Washington’s best-known ghost tales.

Wondering spirits welcome visitors


ashington’s history attracts people to the Beaufort County seat. Washington’s historic district with its distinct architectural styles attracts folks to the oncebustling river port. Washington’s waterfront draws boaters, joggers and those who just want to relax. Ghosts are becoming a part of that mix. Like any town with several hundreds of years of history behind it, there are “ghost stories” that have been handed down — orally and in

written words — over the years. Terry Rollins, who leads the Ghost Walks in Washington, is quite familiar with those tales. And he would be because he tells those tales. This tale is about the ghosts who walk — or whatever ghosts do to move around — not the Ghost Walk nor Rollins, but Rollins is the perfect “medium” when it comes to providing details about Washington’s ghosts. In Beaufort County, there have been many reports of the ghost of 3-year-old Carrie Foreman haunting

roads leading east out of Washington. Her tombstone is in the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church cemetery in Washington, next to her two sisters’ tombstones. Carrie died in 1887. “Carrie is a ghost. She has not stayed put,” Rollins said. “Many people have experienced her.” One set of Carrie’s grandparents owned a general store. The store, according to Rollins, was located on the old Bath Highway. The store no longer exists. “It was a gathering place for the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 29

The cemetery at Washington’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church contains the grave of Carrie Foreman, who some people claim is still at play, not at rest. Carrie died from injuries sustained in a fall when she was 3 years old.

neighborhood. The porch on it was long and wide. … There was a high railing around that porch. People loved to be there,” Rollins said. “Carrie loved to be there as well. She often spent her days there at her grandparents’ store, playing with her dolls and her toys. She also enjoyed — it was a dirt path, the highway then — watching the buggies and carriages go up and down it. Her grandparents had to keep a sharp eye on her because she’d try to get out there, if she had her way. One afternoon, Rollins noted, Carrie climbed on top of the railing and began walking on it. Carrie 30 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

slipped, fell and suffered serious internal injuries, he said. Carrie died several days later from her injuries. “Her family bought a small, wooden casket for her, dressed her in a yellow dress and buried her here at St. Peter’s beside her two sisters, who had died of the fever just a few years before,” Rollins revealed. “Her sisters seemed to be at peace, asleep in Jesus, but not Carrie. From the time of her death up to present day, Rollins said, travelers and motorists have said that at times — where the general store was located — they have encountered Carrie’s ghost, he said. “Folks in their wagons and

buggies would say that all of a sudden a small child in a yellow dress would come running out of nowhere right in front of them, causing them to rein in the horses and stop, barely missing her,” Rollins said. “Once they stopped, then she was gone. As automobiles came into being, the same reports. …People said it was the ghost of Carrie Foreman.” Rollins said a spate of accidents, vehicles colliding with one another, occurred in the late 1980s as they tried to “swerve and miss the spirit of this little girl.” “Carrie Foreman — still at play, not at rest,” Rollins concluded.

This home, one of Washington’s most beautiful residences, was built by Samuel Potts, a bachelor lawyer. After not showing up for a court appearance related to an affair he had with a married woman, a judge sent a bailiff to bring Potts to court. The bailiff found Potts, who had hung himself from the balustrade of the main stairway.


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Music is an important part of the Miller household. Ernest Miller built these harpsichords, and Sandy Miller painted the landscape scene.


Sandy Miller hangs doves in the living room. “With the air movement, it looks like they’re flying,” she said.


House is home for the holidays

rowing up in the Bronx, Ernie and Sandy Miller were used to white Christmases. But the snow was never their favorite part of the holidays. The Millers prefer North Carolina Christmases with the family. “Ernie’s afraid they’ll have an ice or snowstorm and we won’t be able to leave till April,” Sandy said. Ernie smiled and agreed. “I’ve had enough snow to last a couple of lifetimes,” he said. For them, the holidays are all about friends, music and family. The Millers have an annual dessert party a week or two before Christmas. Among the many desserts are a few family favorites — like cookies. “These are recipes from my husband’s parents,”

Sandy said. She said her family would skip the holiday dinners before they would give up the cookies. The holiday music starts right after Thanksgiving. The Millers like to play a mixture of classics and a few pieces that were recorded on a harpsichord Ernie Miller built. The holiday decorations go up around the same time. “Always start early,” Sandy advised. “If you wait till the last minute, you become frazzled.” When the Millers moved from upstate New York to Chocowinity eight years ago, it took Sandy Miller about a week to figure out where all of her favorite decorations would be displayed. Ernie Miller had more holiday-decorating advice.

Written by Mona Moore | Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN


The family room tree includes ornaments with the music theme and 20-year-old bulbs the Miller children painted. Each family member has an ornament with his or her name on it.

“Don’t take it down after Christmas. Just leave it up, make it easier on yourself,” he said. Sandy Miller agreed that taking down the decorations was a lot of work. They usually stay up until Epiphany. “Sometimes I wish I had a closet where I could shove it all,” she said. “I know some people stop putting things out except the tree. But, I think I’d miss it.” The decorations include two Christmas trees, collections of carolers and a music theme that runs throughout the retired music 38 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

teachers’ home. Sandy Miller uses sheet music, little instruments and Ernie’s handmade harpsichords as backdrops for the holiday fare. “She doesn’t know when to stop,” Ernie Miller said. The living room houses a 9-foottall Christmas tree decorated to fit the room’s décor. The family room’s 6-foot-tall tree is sentimental to Sandy Miller. It holds all of the ornaments her daughters made as kids. The Millers have two daughters, Kelly and Kristy, and a handful of

grandchildren who live in New York. Everyone comes down for Christmas. The girls are still surprised when they spot an ornament they made years ago. “They say, ‘Oh Ma, you still have that? It’s falling apart.’ That’s fine. It means more to me,” Sandy Miller said. Ernie Miller’s favorite decoration hasn’t been used in a few years. “We used to put electric trains under the tree. It just makes everything look nice and cozy,” he said. “I used to like that. But I got outvoted.”

Sandy Miller chose Christmas trees for the Christmas table. She changes the theme just about every year, pulling in other decorations from her extensive collection.


The cookies served at the Miller holiday dessert party are from family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Sandy Miller’s eggnog recipe is a relatively new addition. She makes it with French vanilla ice cream, rum and crème de cacoa, a dark-chocolate liqueur.

Roulourakia Yields 60 cookies

1 ¼ cups sugar 4 to 5 cups unbleached all purpose flour (start with 4 cups) ½ pound unsalted butter, melted 4 eggs, plus 1 egg 4 teaspoons baking powder ¼ cup cognac 2 teaspoons vanilla (NOT “imitation” kind) • • • • • •

In a large bowl, mix 4 eggs and sugar; In a separate bowl, beat melted butter and add to bowl; Add cognac and vanilla, mix well; Sift baking powder and flour, then add to wet mixture. Kneed dough until it no longer sticks to your hands. You can sift more flour as needed. Set aside for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with Reynold’s release foil or other nonstick products. Prepare cookies on a nonstick surface. Pinch off about a 1-inch piece and roll into a ball in the palms of your hands. Then roll ball out to about a 6 to 7-inch long strand. Bend the strand in half and twist over each other 2 to 3 times. The last cookie is traditionally a “good luck” cookie. It is rolled into an open circle and two extra pieces are added on top to make a cross. Brush the cookies with the extra egg and bake until deep, golden brown (about 15 to 20 minutes).


Paximadia (Greek biscotti)

Paximadia (Greek biscotti)

½ pound sweet butter, melted 1 cup oil 2 cups sugar 6 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup finely chopped walnuts • • • • • • • •

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Mix butter and oil; Add sugar; Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well; Add vanilla; Add flour and baking powder; Add walnuts; When mixed well, refrigerate overnight in a covered bowl. On day two, make 4 to 6 long, narrow (about 2 inches wide and 2 inches high) loaves. The loaves will expand as they cook. Bake at 350 degrees until they feel hard enough to cut, about 45 minutes. Cut diagonally and put back in the oven until golden brown.

Kourabiedes (Snowballs) Yields 65 cookies

Kourabiedes (Snowballs)

1 pound unsalted butter 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (plus one box to use after cookies are done) ¼ cup orange juice A little less than ½ cup cognac 3 teaspoons vanilla 6 teaspoons finely diced walnuts 2 egg yolks 3 to 4 cups flour (Start with 3 cups and add as needed. Do not make dough too hard) • • • • •

Mix all ingredients together. Pinch off about 1 inch and roll into a ball in the palms of your hands. Place on cookie sheet that has been lined with Reynold’s release foil or other nonstick products. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Pour 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar in a gallon-size Ziploc bag (or on a plate). When cookies come out of the oven, immediately place in bag and shake to coat cookie in sugar. If using a plate, mounding the sugar until the cookie is covered. Work quickly so that cookies don’t cool. Keep adding sugar to plate or bag as needed.




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Life is nothing without a good story Written by VAIL STEWART RUMLEY Photographs by MEREDITH LOUGHLIN

“What this town needs is a good murder.”


Jayne Wall poses before her piece "Libby Behr's Sago Palm," a commentary on the agony of keeping a friend's favored plant in good health.

here’s no ill will behind the words. But the moment they leave her wine-red lips, she begins to worry, a frown wrinkling her brow as if the mere expression of such an idea could very well lay a dead body on her doorstep. It’s not murder she’s after, though. It’s a story: a salacious one, rife with passion and greed, with betrayal; the kind of story that could sweep a town away on a wild current of rumor and gossip and innuendo until justice is swiftly — but not too swiftly — served. Life is nothing without a good story. Jayne Davis Wall has plenty of them. They dart in and out of her conversation, conveyed by a husky and slow Southern cadence: stories about living on the Left Bank in 1960s Paris; of hearing a girl named Barbra sing at a neighbor’s party in New York City before the world ever heard the name Streisand; about a man, who would later become her husband, falling at her feet at a croquet party in southern California — literally dropping eight feet off a wall, landing on his back before a startled Jayne, only to dust himself off and stick by her side for the rest of the night. Her stories are big and bold. They are rich and colorful and grace the walls of many fine homes in Washington and other places, far away. Most of her stories, she tells with paint. “My art is imperfect, and anybody who NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 43

knows art, knows it,” Wall says wryly. She’s dwarfed by one of her immense canvases, a backdrop to her diminutive figure. It’s her day to keep shop at River Walk Gallery and Arts Center on Washington’s West Main Street. Wall and her husband, Sam, helped found the gallery 15 years ago — an artist’s refuge from stiff commissions; when it opened, a muchneeded venue where local artists could display their work. Indeed, it doesn’t take long to realize the proportions of Wall’s painting are a bit askew: in bright pastel acrylics, some features of the women portrayed are exaggerated, others not. Another piece, this one propped against the wall, has a white calla lily looming larger than life, certainly larger than the woman holding it. “I’m not a person who cares too much about realism,” Wall waves a hand, encompassing everything around her. The implication of the vague gesture is that there’s no need to create realism when we’re stuck with it as it is. The only thing missing is a

“Erica with baby blues”

shrug of her slight shoulders. Perhaps Wall’s work does not prescribe to artistic realism, but every piece tells a real story, part of her own history. The sprawling canvas hanging behind her, “Libby Behr’s Sago Palm,” depicts the female figures of winter and summer — angels with halos — both pensive, with hand to mouth expressions, worrying over the palm that grows between them. They are Jayne Wall. They are her drama of a not-so-very-green-thumbed woman agonizing over stewardship of a friend’s much-nurtured plant, concerned she won’t be able to keep it alive. It would seem those halos represent the best of intentions. Born in Washington, raised in Wilson, Wall says she was always the girl who could be found at the back of the classroom, drawing. After a stint at Salem College, she took off to art school at the University of Colorado, where she found her work veering away from the status quo. “We were under the influence of Clyfford Still — he taught there. It was very abstract. That was all we were


doing and I kind of broke off from that,” she explains. “I don’t think I was very well thought of.” Even as she says the words, it’s apparent Wall now cares little for those long ago critics. Despite the disapproval of her college peers, her paintings began to change, their style and substance evolving as she did her own thing. It started with the song “Seven Spanish Angels” and led to a series of the same. Since, halos have become a recurring theme in her work. “I don’t think I’ve painted a woman in years without a halo.” She says it as if the thought has just occurred to her. Her angels have won best-in-show titles at fine-arts shows locally and in Wilmington. They’ve hung in museums and been reviewed by art critics from North Carolina’s major newspapers. And as the years have gone by, as Wall’s style has grown, so have her angels. “My paintings have gotten bigger and I feel smaller,” she laughs. Wall doesn’t claim to know why it’s the case. It does, after all, require a lot of planning to paint such large pieces. And she is a rather small person. But this rather small person looms large on canvas and in print (her other passion). While at first glance Wall’s colorful angels may seem peculiar, certainly different, they grow on you, and quickly. They become strangely real and endearing — as real and endearing as the artist herself. “That’s what I’m here for: to write and paint. Good, bad or indifferent, I can’t do anything else,” she says, but stops momentarily as another thought occurs. “Except make pimiento cheese,” she adds, the serious words belied by the twinkle in her eye. “I can do that.”


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or Inner Banks fishing enthusiasts, November and December bring excellent speckled trout and striper fishing. As fall progresses and water temperature decrease, many of the flounder and puppy drum left over from the summer and early fall begin to exit the estuary and head for the nears-shore waters of the ocean. If we have a mild winter and baitfish supplies remain plentiful, then many of those fish will stay throughout the winter. Hooking a flounder or puppy/slot drum while trout or striper fishing is just an added bonus for the late fall angler and can add considerably to the mixedbag potential. The fall speckled trout fishing season is one of the most anticipated and revered fishing seasons of year. After having two cold winters in 20092010 and 2010-2011 resulting is cold stuns and winter mortality of our speckled trout population, last winter was mild and allowed the population to rebound, resulting in an abundance of legal sized speckled trout for this fall's season. Many of the fish are in the 16-inch to 18-inch range while some of the fish are over 20 inches. November is usually the peak of our fall speckled trout season with water temperatures hovering in the high 60s to high 50s depending on the nighttime and daytime air temps. Each year is a little different, but water temps ranging in the 60s are ideal for speckled trout fishing. The water is not so cool that anglers must resort to winter tactics and slow down their presentations and not so warm that they shut down during the middle of the day. Most Inner Banks speckled trout anglers use artificial baits during the fall. Popular artificial baits include soft plastics such as paddle tails, jerk baits, curly tail grubs, or shrimp. Most soft plastics are fished with 1/8 ounce or 1/4 ounce jig heads. Choosing the lightest jig head for the particular fishing area is an important


concept because lighter heads create a more natural rate of fall when the bait is jigged. I recommend a 1/8-ounce head when fishing in less than seven or eight feet of water. Anything deeper might require a 1/4-ounce to 3/8-ounce head, depending on the current and the wind. In extreme winds, fishing a 1/4-ounce head in shallower water might be the only option to gain any significant casting distance. On really calm days when fishing a lighter setup, some angler might even choose as 1/16-ounce or 3/16-ounce head, especially when trout are feeding in shallow two to three foot flats. When fished properly and around heavy baitfish concentrations, popping corks can be a really effective means of increasing your bites on soft plastics. I prefer a shrimp or soft-plastic jerk bait, depending on what the fish are feeding on. Match the hatch. Fish a shrimp when you are around shrimp, and fish a jerk bait or paddle-tail bait when you are fishing around concentrations of menhaden or finger mullet. Fishing artificial baits is really more of a trial and error ordeal. Experiment with different strategies and figure out what works best for you. You might be fishing dramatically different than the next guy and both or you are catching fish. Fishing is a very subjective sport that leaves alot for the imagination. There is no exact right technique although there can be many wrong ones. 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 252945-9715 or richard@ tarpamguide.com
















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’Tis the season of feasts and flash Written by James McKelvey and Yvonne Sedgwick


hose of us who are passionate about good food and wine really love the season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. So many feasts, so many parties, so much glitter. It’s the time to try those special cheeses you love so much or serve some festive bubbly as a way to start a memorable evening. We love the feasting and the flash of the season. But if you’re the host or hostess, you might start getting “party anxiety.” How am I going to make this event the special occasion I’ve dreamed of? You can agonize over holiday magazines that show you how to make gingerbread houses in 1,500 simple steps or pore over long lists of “perfect” wine and food pairings for the person who has a 500-bottle wine cellar. Or you can follow Chef Yvonne’s voice of experience and wisdom: “Keep it simple and enjoy!” As our holiday gift to you, here are a few of Chef Yvonne’s “Tips for Enjoying Your Own Party (and getting a good night’s sleep)”: Plan ahead: Keep a notepad handy and write down every idea that comes to you. Then make a strategic plan, with dates each step has to be done by. Plan to serve a number of things you can prepare two or three days in advance and hold in the refrigerator. Beware of last minute presentations that involve trumpet fanfares and flaming cakes. Get the numbers right (and pad them): The caterer’s rule is always to have enough food for 10 percent more than the number you’re expecting. And it doesn’t hurt to have a few extra items, in case someone brings their Uncle Harry who just stopped in. The rule for wine is 4 glasses per bottle. Allow three

glasses per wine drinker. Some people won’t drink wine; others will drink more than their share. And always choose wines you like yourself. If there’s any left over, you’ll be happy. Use the best ingredients: We like the food philosophy of Spain, a country renowned for their family festivals. They say, “Get the freshest ingredients, and don’t mess them up.” Sometimes it’s hard to find really good quality foods in a small market area like ours, but it’s worth the effort. Time and energy spent gathering the finest ingredients will save you time and disappointment as you prepare your big event. Please the eye as well as the tongue: Many people spend a lot of time decorating the house, the front door, the mailbox and forget to use the same principles when plating their food. Contrast colors as well as flavors. For example, we make a wonderful finger food by stuffing brilliant red Peppadew peppers with white Manchego cheese. Add a fringe of rosemary greens to a plate of these beauties and you’ve got a treat for all of the senses. Have fun: The whole point of hosting a party is to enjoy the special people you’ve invited and to have fun treating them to fine goodies. You can’t do that if you’re stressing around the kitchen. Plan to have it all ready ahead of time, so you can greet people at the door with, “So glad to see you!” Happy holidays to one and all! James “The Wine Guy” McKelvey and “Chef Yvonne” Sedgwick are proprietors of Wine & Words ... & Gourmet in downtown Washington. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 49


Sweet Potatoes & Apples



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Side dishes co-star in holiday dining Written by KEVIN SCOTT CUTLER Photographs By MEREDITH LOUGHLIN Food PREPARATION By VAIL STEWART RUMLEY


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more memorable. With a little help from the Pamlico Pantry collection of local fundraising cookbooks (readers of the Washington Daily News enjoy such recipes on a regular basis), Washington the Magazine offers a few dishes that should whet your appetite and make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's get-togethers the talk of the town.

4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries; 3 cups miniature marshmallows; 3/4 cup sugar; 2 cups diced, unpeeled tart apples; 1/2 cup halved green grapes; 1/2 cup chopped nuts; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1 cup whipping cream, whipped.

Process cranberries in blender until finely chopped (put in freezer first, they chop better). Transfer to a bowl. Add marshmallows and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, stir in apples, grapes, nuts and salt. Fold in whipped cream. Serves 18.

Tomato Pudding Alva Douglas First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1 quart canned tomatoes; 1/2 cup butter or margarine; 3/4 cup sugar; 1 teaspoon salt; 2 cups cold biscuit crumbs or 8 slices toasted bread broken into small pieces. Mix sugar and bread crumbs. Melt butter or margarine in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Mix all other ingredients, reserving enough bread crumbs and sugar to sprinkle on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Increase temperature to 375 degrees the last 15 minutes or until golden on top.

Sweet Potatoes & Apples Christine Jackson, Rachel Futrell and Martha McRoy Beaufort County Arts Council 5 medium sweet potatoes; 5 medium apples; 1/2 cup butter; 1 cup sugar; 1/2 to 1 cup water; 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Boil sweet potatoes and cut into thick slices. Core apples; slice thickly. Place alternating layers of sweet potato slices and apple slices in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Dot with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Pour hot water and lemon juice over mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Yield: 10 servings.

Broccoli & Rice Casserole Alice McClure Beaufort County Arts Council 2 cups rice, cooked; 1 (8 ounce) block cheddar cheese, cubed; 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen broccoli cuts, cooked and drained; 1 can cream of chicken soup; 1 can water chestnuts, sliced and drained; 1/2 cup milk; 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce; salt and pepper to taste; bread crumbs. Combine hot rice and broccoli with cheese. Allow cheese to melt before adding other ingredients. Place in buttered casserole. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.


Snowy Mashed Potatoes Donna Parker Ware's Chapel United Methodist Church

8 to 10 potatoes, peeled and quartered; 8 ounces cream cheese, softened; 1 cup sour cream; 1/2 cup scallions, including green portion, minced; 1/2 cup celery, minced; 1/4 cup green pepper, minced; 1 tablespoon parsley, minced; 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted; 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (may be omitted and use garlic salt instead of salt); 1 teaspoon salt or to taste; 1/2 teaspoon paprika; 2 tablespoon butter or margarine. Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain thoroughly and return to low heat to dry excess moisture. Cream together cream cheese, sour cream and hot potatoes until smooth and fluffy. Stir in minced vegetables, seasonings and 1/4 cup melted butter. Spoon into a 2 1/2 to 3 quart greased baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika and dot with two tablespoons of butter. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until heated through and top is golden. May be prepared the day before use and refrigerated.

Candied Sweet Potatoes Charlie Cline Grace Lutheran Church 4-5 medium sweet potatoes; 1/2 cup pecans, chopped; 2 cups sugar, white or brown; 1 tablespoon corn syrup; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; 2 tablespoons butter; 1 cup water; 1 cup marshmallows. Slice potatoes 1/4 inch thick and place in a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle pecans over potatoes. Combine remaining ingredients (except marshmallows) in sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Pour over potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, basting several times with syrup. Sprinkle marshmallows over top and bake until melted and toasted.


Curried Fruit Rosalyn Edwards Saint Peter's Episcopal Church 1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple; 1 (29 ounce) can pear halves; 1 (29 ounce) can peach halves; 1 (20 ounce) can apricot halves; 1/2 cup butter; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 4 teaspoon curry powder; cherries (optional). Arrange drained fruit in a two-quart casserole. Mix together butter, sugar and curry powder. Cook and stir over low heat until hot and bubbly. Pour over fruit. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Yield: 10-12 servings.  

Whiskey Corn Pudding Athy Cooper Saint Peter's Episcopal Church 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn; 1 tablespoon cornstarch; 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; 1 cup milk; 1 egg, beaten; 3 tablespoons butter; 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey; paprika. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook corn by directions on package; drain and set aside. Mix cornstarch, sugar, salt and pepper in sauce pan. Add milk and beaten egg, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat; stir until thick, then remove from heat. Add corn, butter and whiskey. Pour into a one-quart casserole. Sprinkle paprika on top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Yield: 4-6 servings.  

Ritzy Green Bean Casserole Elaine Bridgman First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2 cans seasoned French-cut green beans; 1 can shoe peg corn; 1 can water chestnuts; 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream; 1 can celery soup; 3 tablespoons mayonnaise; 1/3 cup chopped onion; 1 1/2 cups grated cheese; 1 1/4 sticks margarine or butter, melted; 1 1/2 packets Ritz crackers, crushed; margarine or butter. Drain beans, corn and chestnuts. Put in buttered casserole dish and dot with butter. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, onion and cheese; pour over bean mixture in dish and top with margarine and cracker mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Serves 6-8.

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• 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., with the exception of Thanksgiving Day in November. Musicians and fans are encouraged to attend and play. There is no admission fee.

beverages, raffles, silent auction, and music by a popular DJ with two objectives: 1) Raise money for PAL to fund community and afterschool projects within Beaufort County, NC to help at-risk kids while improving the community relationship with law enforcement officials; 2) Allow the community to meet, socialize with and show their appreciation to members of the law enforcement community and fire/rescue first responders. For more information, call 252-923-9482.

November 3 Darleen’s Flamingo 5K

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• Belhaven • Raise money for the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center at this third annual 5K run/walk. Be sure to wear your pink … everybody else will be! For more information, call 252-9754308 or visit www.facebook. com/pages/Darleens-Flamingo5K/109036169157076

November 4 2012 Wearable Art Show • Inner Banks Artisans’ Center • From noon to 4 p.m. New and exciting, one-of-kind, wearable art pieces are created and released to the public, for the first time, during this show. Works featured in the show are designed and implemented by artists who call the Inner Banks Artisans’ Center their artistic home. Wearable art included in the show will be silk art, nuno felting, embroidered beading and an array of jewelry. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Bob Henkel at 252-975-2333.

The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation will host its 27th annual PTRF Oyster Roast from 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Washington Civic Center. Come out to enjoy steamed oysters, draft beer, soft drinks and chili, all served under the stars.

November 8 Washington Women’s Luncheon • Washington Yacht & Country Club • Join the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce at the Washington Yacht & Country Club for a luncheon featuring renowned comedian Celia Rivenbark. For ticket information, call 252-946-9168.

November 8 Senior Dance • Washington Civic Center • 7 p.m. Featuring music by “DJ Linwood — the King of DJs”. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. $7 admission. No alcohol, smoking or children.


November 8 Art Walk • Downtown Washington • This free-to-the-public showcase of local visual art runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Main, Water and Gladden streets. The quarterly happening features art in galleries open to browsers, collectors or the plain curious, with refreshments and live entertainment thrown in for good measure.

November 9 Police Activities League Dinner & Dance • Washington Civic Center • The event will feature a buffet dinner dance with free alcoholic

• Washington Civic Center • 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Enjoy massive quantities of steamed oysters served under the stars, beer on tap, soft drinks and chili. Also, a silent auction featuring many unique and creative items. Oysters are served from 6 p.m. until about 8 p.m. For more information, call 252-946-7211.

November 14 – 15 Home School Days • N.C. Estuarium • Programs suitable for children ages 6 to 12. If only attending the stated program, there is a $2 per child program fee. Admission fees for the museum exhibits are $4 (adult) and $2 (student). The themes of the two days are “Birds of the Coastal Plain” and “Reptiles and Amphibians.” The program is from 11 a.m. to noon each day. Call for preregistration and more information at 252-9480000. Educational programming supported by The Karns Fund.

November 15 Historical Film Series • Historic Bath • “The Magic of Ordinary Days” (1982). At 7 p.m. in the Historic Bath Visitor Center. It's 1944, and pregnant, unmarried Livvy Dunne

OUT AND ABOUT is sent to a rural community where she is to marry a shy farmer. The story follows the couple's story as well as that of some Japanese American women from a nearby internment camp. This movie has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes and is free with refreshments served. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

CALENDAR December 2 Historic Bath Christmas Parade • Historic Bath • Begins at 2 p.m. The Bath Community would like to invite everyone to attend their annual Christmas Parade with over 125 entries. For more information, please call 252-923-2451.

November 17 “Tellabration” • N.C. Estuarium • Come and enjoy an hour of storytelling. What is a Tellabration? It is a day of storytelling held around the world traditionally on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The storytellers are members of the Inner Banks Storytellers Group. Stories are suitable for school-age children and adults. The program is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and there is a $2 program fee. Call 252948-0000 for preregistration.

November 17 Goose Creek Trail Races • Goose Creek State Park • The Tar River Running Company invites you to the second running of the Goose Creek Trail Races on November 17. This exciting trail event features a 10-mile trail race and a 7K (4.34 miles) option that is half trail and half road. The 10-miler begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 7K begins at 8:45 a.m. Be sure to check out last year's race awards and our 10-mile medals. www.goosecreektrailraces.com

November 24 Holiday Open House • Goose Creek State Park • From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friends of Goose Creek State Park will host its annual Holiday Open House. Come to the park’s Visitor Center and get into the holiday spirit before the season gets too

December 4 Holiday Cookie Swap • N.C. Estuarium • Bring one dozen cookies and a cookie recipe to swap. Also enjoy a demonstration in making pull mints, a Southern traditional holiday favorite. Educational programming supported by The Karns Fund. The program is from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with a $2 program fee. Call 252-9480000 for reservations. Over 125 entries will usher in the Christmas season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Historic Bath Christmas Parade. Call 252-923-2451 for more information.

hectic. Everyone is certain to enjoy this very special event! For more information, call the park office at 252-923-2191.

November 30 – December 1 Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show • Washington Civic Center • Visit the Beaufort County Arts Council’s Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Show. The two-day craft show running from November 30th to December 1st will feature a variety of original, quality handmade items for sale by more than 45 artists and craftspeople from eastern North Carolina, including many who are new exhibitors in the craft show. Call 252-946-2504 for more information.

December 1 Annual Washington Christmas Parade • Downtown Washington • Begins at 10 a.m. This annual parade sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club and the City of Washington will stroll through Historic Downtown Washington. This will be great fun for the whole family.

December 1 Christmas Flotilla • Downtown Washington • Featuring the Toys for Tots Campaign, merriment and festivities, and concludes with a parade of lighted boats. For more information, call 252-946-3969.

December 6 Wreath Making with Native Evergreens • N.C. Estuarium • From 10:30 a.m. until noon. $5 program fee. Learn about fragrant evergreens and make a fresh wreath for the holidays. Take a break and enjoy refreshments in the Nature Room. Bring small garden clippers if possible. Educational programming supported by The Karns Fund. Call 252-948-0000 for reservations.

December 6 Elizabeth City State University Chorus • Northside High School • 7 p.m. This free concert is presented as part of Beaufort County’s 300th anniversary.



December 7 and 8 Chris Cringle Craft Show • The Blind Center • From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Local crafters will display and sell their beautiful handmade products that include crocheted items, quilts, aprons, dish towels, jewelry, scarves, pocketbooks, wire crafts, placemats, embroidery, glycerin soaps, intarsia wood art, rustic stools and hiking sticks, stained glass, painted glass, wood turning, and pottery. The Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey St., Washington, at the corner of Harvey and Third Streets. For more information, email theblindcenter@aol.com or call 252-946-6208.

December 9 Christmas Open House • Historic Bath • At the Palmer-Marsh House, Bonner House, and Visitor Center from noon until 4 p.m. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas past with music, food and decorated homes. Free of charge. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

CALENDAR December 12 – 14 Mistletoe River Roving

• N.C. Estuarium • At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The pontoon boat makes its annual voyage to gather mistletoe, a holiday tradition. No admission fee or other cost is involved for the trip, but advance reservations are required. Children must be at least 12 years old. River Roving 2012 is sponsored by Lee ChevroletBuick of Washington. Interested individuals can make reservations starting on Tuesday, November 13, by calling 252-948-0000.

The local Kiwanis Club and the City of Washington welcome young and old to the annual Washington Christmas Parade through historic downtown Washington Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The day will also feature Hometown Holidays and the ninth Christmas Flotilla to benefit Toys for Tots.

December 9 Christmas Concert • First Christian Church • Christmas Concert performed by the Beaufort County Community Orchestra. 3 p.m. Free admission.

December 13 Senior Dance • Washington Civic Center • 7 p.m. Featuring music by "The Colours Band." There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. $7 admission. No alcohol, smoking or children.

December 14 HeART of the City Concert in Washington • Washington Civic Center • 7:30 p.m. Featuring music performed by the Beaufort County Choral Society. Free. For more information, call 252-975-1698.


December 15 HeART of the City Concert in Bath

CALENDAR December Paintings on Display • N.C. Estuarium • Paintings by Mimi Rumley Jakubowski, Mary-Walter Rumley and Mary Beth Rumley Evans are on exhibit.

• St. Thomas Episcopal Church • 3 p.m. Featuring music performed by the Beaufort County Choral Society. Free. For more information, call 252-975-1698.

November – December “Opening the Doors to Bath’s History”

December 15 Christmas Parade • Belhaven • The Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce presents its seventh annual Belhaven Christmas Parade. The event includes Santa Claus, Christmas music, a bounce house and ornament making activities for children. There is no fee for an entry to be in the parade. Entry applications are available at the chamber office. For more information, call 252-943-3770.

December 20 Children’s Night Out • Historic Bath • From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Historic Bath Visitor Center. Children are the stars in this Christmas activity! While parents

The Beaufort County Arts Council presents its 48th Annual Fine Arts Show at the Washington Civic Center from Oct. 30 to Dec. 23. Call 252946-2504 for more information.

take a break to shop or wrap presents, children can take part in creating a craft present, singing Christmas songs, watching a Christmas movie and eating supper. This program requires preregistration and the cost is $5 per child. This is for children ages 5 to 12 with a limit of 25 children. For more information, call 252-9233971.

ON EXHIBIT November “Back Roads” • N.C. Estuarium • Susan Cheatham exhibits her pastel paintings of the back roads of eastern North Carolina.

• Historic Bath • This display will highlight the restoration of the PalmerMarsh and Bonner Houses from acquiring deeds to opening doors. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

October 30 – December 23 Juried Work from the 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.


“Jamie’s performance makes her gender a nonfactor,” said Sheriff Alan Jordan about Lt. Jamie Cahoon, the sole woman on the tact team. “She goes to work as a member of the team. In terms of her performance, she doesn’t ask for any kind of special consideration and we don’t give her any. In law enforcement, there’s no reason for any woman to be excluded from any job she wants to do.”

Ready. Set. Go. Dead asleep to wide awake in the time it takes the cellphone to ring once. He knows it’s not good — it’s never good at this time of night. Before he reaches for the phone, he can already feel the familiar surge of adrenaline.

“What ya got?” He listens, filing away information, assessing the coming risk. Seconds later, the message goes out to his team, calling them to the latest crisis. 60 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

All in a day’s work



t reads like fiction, but it’s not. It’s real. The guy who’s getting the phone call is Capt. Russell Davenport; those meeting him at the scene are the five other officers on his Tactical Response Team. They’re the ones at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office who get mobilized when things get dangerous, when someone becomes a threat to themselves or others. Taking on high-risk operations is their job, but doing it well is something else entirely. When the tact team goes in, it only has one chance to get it right. It takes skill — which they have in spades. It takes training — which they do, a lot. But it also takes time and practice to get six people on the same wavelength, knowing what to do and when to do it. Not only that, but they have to be able to move quickly and decisively, all without a word being said. To that end, the tact team trains regularly: running drills, breaking down potential scenarios and practicing how to resolve them safely and effectively. It requires working as a team, moving as a team, thinking as a team. It also requires a whole lot of trash talk because no good team is complete without it. All joking aside, though, three times a week they’re hitting the gym (wearing decidedly less than full tactical gear). Those monthly trainings might establish trust in one another to do the right thing in a tight spot, but working out together means they know,

Capt. Russell Davenport, head of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team.

physically, they’ve got each other’s backs. “We’ve got the black outfits, the big guns, the helmets and all that,” laughs Sheriff Alan Jordan. “But we don’t want to just look like a tact team, we want to function like one. The basics of that is being able to do the job physically.” Physically, they’re hitting it hard at the gym. Davenport may be head of the tact team, as well as head of the sheriff’s office’s drug unit, but what many people don’t know about him is that he’s also an AFAAcertified personal trainer, tasked with designing, implementing and occasionally modifying workouts that keep his team prepared for whatever they may face physically.

“First of all, being a member of a SWAT team, you’ve got to carry heavy gear,” says Davenport from behind his desk in the narcotics division. “But the number one reason to be in shape is to reduce injury.” He continues to tick off the reasons why the tact team needs to work out regularly: it builds strength and endurance, and reduces fatigue; it gives them the ability to take care of themselves (and each other) in life-threatening situations; it serves as a deterrent for those who literally want to fight the law. The tact team is called on to deal with situations in which all the above may be necessary, Davenport says, adding that it takes a lot of strength to maneuver freely in a NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 61

Investigator David Richards (drug unit), Lt. Jamie Cahoon (investigative division), Lt. Josh Shiflett (drug unit), Capt. Russell Davenport (drug unit), Deputy Kent Hill (lead training officer) and Investigator Kasey Neal (drug unit) make up the Tactical Response Team.

30-pound tactical vest, while armed and carrying a 40-pound ballistic shield; and a lot of endurance to do it for hours on end. Add a scorching midsummer day to that formula and any tool that battles fatigue is invaluable. Working out also serves as preventative medicine. If a body remains virtually motionless for long periods of time, when it's time to act, spikes to the heart rate and adrenaline could be, really, quite lethal for a not-so-healthy heart. So Davenport leads them through the customized workouts three times a week. It’s obvious he knows of, and lives by, what he speaks: if there’s an ounce of fat on the man’s body, it’s hiding someplace good. He’s dedicated, to health and to the team. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, you can find them in 62 • WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

Investigator Kasey Neal, a member of the sheriff’s office narcotics unit, demonstrates an Arnold press.

signature grey shirts and black shorts, working out together at Fitness Unlimited in Washington. Tuesdays and Thursdays, team members do the cardio work of their choice: running, cycling, walking. But by the end of every

week, they’ve worked the entire body. Anytime you see them at the gym, they are, indeed, working: at getting stronger, faster, leaner — all the better to protect and serve. It’s part of the job.

Try tackling the Tactical Response Team’s workout. MONDAY

Keep the body guessing Davenport says avoiding falling into the same routine with each workout means keeping the body guessing, thus working harder. Try trading out some of the Monday leg exercises with these: weighted step-ups, plyometrics and weighted calf raises. Four sets of twenty will do it.

Mondays are all about chest and lower body strength, which includes one exercise that gets the heart rate up and back down again. “A heart is just like any other muscle,” says Davenport. “It needs to be worked.” Alternating sets of three chest exercises with three leg exercises, here’s what Monday may look like for the team. Sets consist of 10 to 15 consecutive repetitions. Weights may vary.

Alternate four sets standing press — hold bar at shoulders’ height, pushing straight out with arms — with pushing a weighted sled — four up and back lengths of the gym pushing the sled at a run.

Alternate four sets of pushups with four sets of squats — weighted straight bar resting on shoulders, feet braced wide, bend knees until thighs are near parallel to the floor then straighten again.

Alternatives: weighted step — weights in each hand step both feet up and back down from a stable platform (heights vary); plyometrics — explosive, fast-acting movements to develop muscular power and to improve overall speed — in one movement jump from ground level to a stable platform; weighted calf raise — weights in each hand, isolate the calf muscle by lifting from flatfoot to tip-toes in a controlled motion.

TUESDAY Tuesday is a cardio day, your choice: running, biking, swimming, walking, etc. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of cardio work several times a week for average, healthy adults to maintain good health. Bumping that number up to 60 promotes weight loss.

Alternate four sets of inclined bench presses — torso at about a 45-degree angle — with weighted leg lunges — weights in both hands, take large steps the length of the gym and back, bending the front knee with each step while the back knee drops to within inches of the floor.



Core Strength Core strength is not just about having a set of six-pack abs. True core strength comes from a variety of muscles attached to the hips, pelvis, lower back and abdominals. Strength here enhances balance, coordination, body awareness and flexibility and generally makes you faster and stronger. Added bonus is that it will also prevent low back injury. In between the other Wednesday exercises, squeeze in some real core-building with four sets of plank and four sets of flutter kicks.

Wednesday, the focus is on the back, biceps and core strength. Alternating these back exercises with bicep work, and adding on some abdominal exercises, here’s what Wednesday morning may look like for the Tactical Response Team.

Alternate four sets of dead lifts — back straight and knees bent, hands gripping a weighted straight bar, lift the weight slowly, straightening the legs as you come up — with four sets of bicep curls —arms straight, hold a weighted straight bar with both hands, bend the elbows and slowly bring the weight up to shoulders’ height. Alternate four sets of pullups with four sets of seated dumbbell curls —back upright, bending elbow to lift the handheld weight to the shoulder in a controlled movement, one arm at a time.

THURSDAY Thursday is more cardio, but Davenport recommends shaking it up again — if you ran on Tuesday, you might want to consider biking, working out on an elliptical trainer, or another type of cardio work, on Thursday.


Alternate four sets of bent over rows — torso parallel to the floor, start with arm perpendicular to the torso then slowly bend the elbow, pulling the dumbbell to the shoulder — with four sets of hammer curls — arms down by the side, bring the forearm across the body and keep elbow stationary while lifting the dumbbell to chest’s height.

For plank, forearms are on the ground and legs extended back, so that the entire body makes one long line parallel with the floor. Holding the position for one minute is considered one set. For flutter kicks, lie on your back, arms beside you, palms down, then lift the legs about six inches off the floor and scissor the legs, alternating one atop the other while keeping the abdominal muscles engaged.

FRIDAY Friday is all about building shoulder strength and working triceps. Davenport calls it their easy day, but they often extend their workouts with more cardio, more weights — more, period.

Alternate four sets of military presses — lift a weighted straight bar from chest level to straight arms overhead — with four sets of tricep extensions — start by lying on a bench with straight arms holding a weighted barbell (begin with a light one to get the movement down) then bend elbows and lower the weight until the barbell is inches from the forehead.

Alternate four sets of shoulder raises — lift dumbbell forward from a straight arm at hip-level to shoulders’ height — and seated dips — prop the lower legs and hands on two stable surfaces with the body resting between, then slowly bend the elbows, lowering the body down and up again.

Alternate four sets of Arnold presses — elbows bent, dumbbells in both hands at shoulders’ height with palms turned toward shoulders, rotating wrists 180 degrees as both weights are lifted overhead to straight arms — with four sets of tricep pushdowns — start with bar near chin, elbows stay stationary at sides as arms are straightened.

Think you’re up for it? Give it a try. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | WASHINGTON THE MAGAZINE • 65


Why I love Washington

Steeped in history and opportunity



fter being raised in New Orleans, and spending the majority of my career in Atlanta, I would never have predicted that I would move to the small city of Washington. In 2008, I found Washington quite by accident while traveling to Greenville. With a few hours off, I decided to drive to the closest city on the water. My adventure took me through the beautiful cotton and tobacco fields off N.C. Highway 33 and then on to the Pamlico River bridge from Chocowinity. As I crossed the river, I had my first view of the shining waterfront of Washington. As an architect, I appreciated the architecture of the buildings downtown as well as the quaint homes on Main Street. As I crossed a smaller bridge and rounded the corner, I found myself in beautiful Washington Park. The riverside that is lined with moss-covered trees reminded me of the Old South and days gone by. It was at that moment that I knew I was home. Shortly after settling in Washington, I found that the beauty of the river and the serene lifestyle paled in comparison to the residents. After spending “porch time” with the “Treasures of Washington Park,” Jane Small and Marion Worthy, I learned how Washington’s history shaped the city we love. Washington, the first town named after Gen. George Washington, has fueled my passion to restore historic homes one home at a time. And with the support of the city officials and the Washington Harbor District Alliance, my business partner and I will embark on the restoration of a historic building downtown. A little more than 18 months ago, my mother


Laura Darre (center) is flanked by her “Treasures of Washington Park.”

visited and announced that she wanted to leave New Orleans and retire in Washington, or “paradise” as she called it. She is now settled in with an active social life and dear friends. It warms my heart to have her close by and enjoying the Washington lifestyle. So why do I love Washington? I love Washington because it is The heart of the Inner Banks, both in location and people. I love Washington because it provides a wonderful lifestyle with incredible beauty and tremendous history. I love Washington because it is a place where history can be persevered for generations to come. And I love Washington because in Washington, dreams really can come true.

You are invited to join the dozens of people in our area who have donated money to the Beaufort County Community College Foundation. This fall those donations have provided some 50 scholarships totalling more than $30,000 to students attending BCCC. These recipients, a few of whom are featured on this page, are our future accountants, auto mechanics, business owners, electrical engineers, nurses and teachers. Megan Phelps, of Washington, a student in BCCC’s Business Administration Program, received the James Franklin and Hannah Roberson Bagwell Scholarship. The Bagwell family establshed the Roberson/Bagwell endowment with the BCCC Foundation in memory of Mr. Bagwell and William “Bill” Bagwell and in honor of Mrs. Bagwell.

Lawrence Satchell, of Washington, a student in BCCC’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program, received the Tayloe Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is funded from an endowment begun in 2003 by Mrs. Sam Tim Carter, with encouragement from her children. The endowment memorializes Mrs. Carter’s grandfather, Dr. David Thomas Tayloe.

Kenneth Rickard, of Fairfield, a student in BCCC’s Criminal Justice Program, received the Art and Alice Keeney/East Carolina Bank Scholarship awarded from an endowment established in honor of Art Keeney, the bank’s former president and chief executive officer, and his wife, Alice. The Keeneys have been active in civic affairs in Hyde County and eastern North Carolina for many years. Ashley Belote, of Washington, was awarded the Cypress Landing Scholarship. She is a student in BCCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. In 2007, the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association raised money among its members to create a $5,000 endowment. Since then, it has grown to $25,000 thanks to Mrs. Helen Sommerkamp Inman and Mrs. Chris Harris, who led the initial effort.

Isis James, of Plymouth, received the Margaret Hodges Hackney Scholarshsip. She is a student in BCCC’s Practical Nursing Program. The scholarship is funded by the Margaret Hodges Hackney Endowment, established in 2005 in her memory by her children. The endowment made permanent the long-time annually-funded scholarship Mrs. Hackney gave in memory of her father, Ralph Hodges. Leonardo Chavez, of Pantego, a student in BCCC’s Criminal Justice Program, has received the Linda Louise Penrod Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded from annual gifts provided by Mr. and Mrs. Leland Penrod of Washington in memory of their daughter, Linda Louise, who died in infancy in July, 1958.

Make your tax deductible contribution today! For more information, contact

Judy Meier Jennette, Director Beaufort County Community College Foundation P.O. Box 1069 Washington, N.C. 27889 By telephone at 252-940-6326 By email at judyj@beaufortccc.edu or visit us at www.beaufortccc.edu

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