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

Heber Guthrie, NCCHA's Miss Frances, big hits at Pamlico County Heritage Day, Saturday, September 30.

Visitors to the annual Heritage Day at the Pamlico County Heritage Center & Museum in Grantsboro, NC found 2 attractions of significant interest, Heber Guthrie, who built the Core Sound work boat, Miss Frances, and a static display of Miss Frances.
Heritage Day opened with Nancy Prescott Potter’s rendition of the national anthem, accompanied by the MCAS Cherry Point band. Following a concert of patriotic music by the band, visitors surveyed a cornucopia of exhibits featuring varied components of the area’s heritage.
Seeing a traditional rack-of-the-eye built workboat was a treat, but attendees found the opportunity to converse with the boat’s lone builder to be an added bonus. Heber Guthrie explained rack-of-the-eye, strip planking, and how different parts of the vessel were hand shaped. He also explained that workboats would have different styles and features defined by the differing functions for which an owner would use the boats.
Those viewing the exhibit enjoyed touching the hull to see if they could feel the strip planking lying beneath the very thin coating of epoxy resin and glass.
Next scheduled exhibit of the NC Coastal Heritage Association’s Miss Frances is November 18 at Pamlico Community College. Before that event, formal christening of the vessel will take place at a yet to be determined date.

Eclipsed on Core Sound

Snapshots at a beach, one of NC's best kept secrets

Quick trip to a beach off the beaten path. A couple of shots grabbed coming and going. A clean beach, more gulls than people. No bath house, no fast food joints, no tourist gift shops, no sharks, no rip current warnings. Just sand and gentle surf.

A cruise ship docks nearby. It traverses the Pamlico Sound but offers no lavish buffets, no live entertainment, no casinos. Also, no known existence of crippling illnesses evolving among passengers, no murder mysteries, no record of half of a honey-mooning couple disappearing overboard.