NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson contributed an opening poem for the book, Sound People. He has published a new book of poetry, Our World.
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And, in the wake of serving an acclaimed DownEast clam chowder at the christening of the Frances Mae, the Oriental Women’s Club has invited the North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association to serve that recipe on March 17 at the Oriental Chowder Cook-off. It will be held on the grounds of the Oriental Marina where awards will be presented to the best chowders as well as for the best St. Patrick’s Day theme at each participant’s serving station.
NCCHA is looking for a sponsor to assist in procuring the closely held secret ingredients known only to Ben & Carolyn Casey and a thousand or more residents of DownEast Carteret County residents.

Look for a version of new NCCHA president, Keith Bruno with a green beard.

In Praise of Pungo Wildlife Officer & Pamlico Photographer

Recently, Ben & Carolyn Casey ventured to Pungo National Wildlife Refuge just north of Belhaven. They encountered a very kind and helpful wildlife officer, the Deputy Refuge Manager for Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The Pungo Refuge is contained in Pocosin Lakes NWR. Greg Boling guided them to a perfect spot to photograph tundra swans.
Excited to see the sky filled with feathers, alas, when they arrived at the location Officer Boling suggested, Ben’s one really good camera went into complete cardiac rest. Carolyn shot creditable images with her point and shoot.
An air ambulance transported Ben’s camera to a specialist in New York. Soon after the medivac flight, Ben was advised to turn off life support. Medicare would not cover a losing proposition.
Attempting to not wallow in despair, Ben is proud to exhibit a photo taken at Pungo by Pamlico County native, Buddy Rogers.
Ben was introduced to Buddy’s remarkable work by CAPTAIN RAY EVEREST.
Formerly of Oriental, now residing in Vermont, his name is trademarked.
Enjoy Buddy’s photo. Buddy is a low key giant of humanity and photography.

NC Coastal Heritage Assoc Update

Check out the news of a new president and a new year.

Visit Go to events, see story on 2018

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Snow days should be legal holidays in North Carolina

If snow days were legal holidays, all federal, state, and municipal offices would close, along with banks and schools. There would be no need for people to be out on treacherous roads; they could have time off to enjoy a wonder that comes around with any significance only every few years here in the East, and only a few times each year in the Piedmont and Mountains.
And another thing, when will common sense prevail and power companies stop this ruse about it being too expensive to put power lines underground? They never consider the costs to their customers when power goes out.
And, because there are never enough photos made to document this rarity here in the Coastal Plain, here are just a very few.

Merry Christmas 2017

DownEast students exhibit spritsail skiff at Waterfowl Weekend

Technology students at DownEast Middle School in Smyrna exhibited the 20 ft spritsail skiff they have been building during this past weekends Waterfowl Weekend events on Harkers Island Their project is part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, STEM, class in the school’s program known as Project Lead The Way, PLTW. Harkers Island native and veteran boatbuilder Heber Guthrie, assisted instructor Richard Coffey guide the students to understand the relationship of Core Sound rack-of-the-eye boat building with contemporary technology.

Heber Guthrie explains the spritsail skiff project to Oriental resident, Steve Leech, during the annual Waterfowl Weekend on Harkers Island.
Learning activities combine studies in core classes of math, science, language, and social studies. From a technology perspective, students learn linear and angular measurements, compositions of materials, and concepts of liquid and air movement. These skills are infused into classes that emphasize language arts, learning to listen, following instructions, and being a team member.
The North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association, NCCHA, sponsors a number of workshops taught by Guthrie and partnered with him, Coffey, and Carteret County Schools on this particular project. NCCHA’s president, Barbara Pearson, said, “Involving students in projects like this is one of the best and most effective ways to document and preserve the cultural heritage of North Carolina’s coastal communities. We hope the students will become motivated to learn how how their heritage impacts their present and future.”
The strip planking for this spritsail skiff was juniper. Once construction is completed, the students will learn to rig the sails and sail the vessel. Students will also be on hand with Guthrie and Coffey when it is exhibited in festivals and parades.

Evan Fullwood, one of the students in the DownEast Middle School project to build a spritsail skiff, explains aspects of the vessel to attendees at the Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend.

Frances Mae on the job

A week after her christening, the NC Coastal Heritage Association responded to a request to exhibit Frances Mae at Arapahoe Charter School’s See – Sea event, Saturday, November 11. Frances Mae is a traveling preservation of the rapidly disappearing rack-of-the-eye wooden boat building industry on the NC coast. Carolyn Casey explains the significant details of her construction to attendees of the See- Sea event.

Yesteryear ... Yesterday ... Today ... A Patriotic Exhibition