Sunrise ... sunset     West Side of the creek

Average, run-of-the-mill sunset, mouth of Dawson’s Creek, waning days of winter.
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

The Poetry of Jazz

Willie E. Atkinson & The Transitional Jazz Quintet

Craven Community College
Exploration of the Arts Series

Willie Atkinson, veteran blues and jazz singer from New Bern, performed in concert at Orringer Auditorium on the Campus of Craven Community College, Friday, February 15, 2019. He was accompanied by the Transitional Jazz Quintet, Stephen Anderson, piano, Phil Owens, guitar, Doug Trammel, bass, Michael Hanson, percussion, and Jeff Bair, saxophone.

In a news release about the concert, reviewers of his work said, “Atkinson uses his talents as a jazz vocalist to provide audiences with a fluid interpretation of jazz and blues standards”

“Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swing tune or telling the story of a lonesome wanting heart, Atkinson offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment in his performance to make the songs his own.”

Atkinson’s vocals were intertwined with several solos from each member of the Transitional Jazz Quintet.

Willie and his wife, Jacquelyn, are noted historians as well as musicians. They teach in the Lifetime Learning Continuing Education Program at Craven Comunity College. Willie is also the archivist for the NC Coastal Heritage Association.

Old fishing boats don't die

They just rust, and piece by piece, flake away …

2019 NCCHA membership drive and meeting scheduled

North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association to meet in Atlantic, NC

Through the ages, hurricanes have defined a significant part of coastal heritage. Hurricane Florence impacted many non-profits. Keith Bruno, president of the NC Coastal Heritage Association, witnessed Florence totally destroy his seafood business and damage his home. Vice-president Joe Miller’s home was severely damaged by flood waters in Fairfield Harbor. But recovery and rebuilding are well underway, paving the way for NCCHA to build on its past accomplishments.

More members translates into more people becoming more intimately aware of the state’s coastal heritage. A larger membership base including more talent and enthusiasm leads to improved efforts in documenting and preserving that heritage. The board is beginning the new year with a membership drive. Each new member or old member renewing membership through February 9 will receive a copy of All in One River, a photo essay on the Neuse River published in 2002. Those who already have a copy can use this membership reward as a gift to friends who appreciate NC waterways.
Membership fees are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. See the join/donate page to join now or remit dues to
NC Coastal Heritage Association
3325 Hwy 306 South
Grantsboro, NC 28529
Prospective members and the public are invited to attend the association’s annual general membership meeting scheduled for 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 9, at the Hunting Quarters Museum/Church in Atlantic.
Atlantic, at the eastern end of US 70, is approximately 25 miles east of Beaufort. The village was once known as Hunting Quarters. The name evolved from the Core Sound waterfowl hunting heritage of the early 20th century. At the end of US 70 in Atlantic, turn left at the Atlantic Fire Department on School Drive, proceed to Atlantic Elementary School, turn left on Shell Point Road, Hunting Quarters Museum is about 1/4 mile on the right.

Left behind

Dawn's early light ... Atlantic, NC

Silver Lining?


Thankful that Ben Casey Photography / Casey Studios survived what has now been assessed by state government as the most devastating natural disaster ever to strike North Carolina. Lake Florence has receded.   Work continues on the new Hurricane Dam on the south property line.   A professional engineer, a Mr. B. Beaver, is guiding that process.
Sound People is being reviewed by the publisher.   Ben, in a weak moment, agreed to be editor of The Pamlico News
Happy Thanksgiving with a prayer for peace to overcome the heart of the world.

It is difficult for Ben Casy to post on this website and not post an image from the inventory of his favorite subjects.

Core Sound haul boats, Atlantic, NC.