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.

Hot Coals at Oriental's Croaker Festival

It was a dark and cold night, but not stormy, circa 1985. From the coastal plains to the foothills and beyond, patrons of the theater filled every seat available every night of Ira David Wood’s production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Scrooge, played by the famous playwright, Wood, was facing Stage Right as he approached the end of a profound and emotionally charged soliloquy. The house was quiet, all spellbound by Scrooge’s oratory, when, just before he spoke the last line of his oracle, several men dressed in black tuxedos entered from Stage Left.
Scrooge turned to face the audience, seeing from the corner of his eye, the handsome and dapper young men that had suddenly appeared. He faced them, and, with a startled shriek, yelled, “My God, it’s The Embers, I’m on stage with The Embers.” A wide-eyed country boy from Pamlico County never forgot that moment.
A performer’s bus that would have been the envy of the likes of Dolly Parton rolled into Oriental Saturday afternoon, preceded by a customized tractor-trailer hauling stage equipment emblazoned with the logo of The Embers. The last event before the Croaker Festival fireworks was attended by a dancing crowd of far more than 900, the number of permanent residents in the Village of Leisure Living, as it was known before a few sailboats arrived in the 1970s.
Gerald Davis, right, not looking a bit older, bass for The Embers, along with Craig Woolard, lead singer and saxophone, were in that troupe on the same stage with Scrooge. The Embers, the original performers of beach music, were founded in 1958.
It was a concert and it was entertainment. The wide-eyed country boy from Pamlico County, somewhat of a photojournalist by trade, made the trek with Nightingale from Arapahoe to Oriental to hear The Embers. A good time was had by all, especially Fay Bond and Hugh Midgette.

Gerald Davis and Andy Swindell, keyboard, above, both an integral part of the band’s success, occupy positions behind the other 5 performers. But a little effort and a long lens brought them forward.

Jeff Grimes, guitar.

Craig Woolard, lead vocalist and saxophone..

Wayne Free, interim drummer.

Stephen Pachuta, trumpet and percussionist of all trades.

Bob Nantz, trombone.

If Tthe Embers were to hear Hugh Midgette sing the national anthem, he would have a gig with them every performance.

Oriental Boat Show, April 13 - 15, to feature 2 NC Coastal Heritage Association Vessels

Click here for the story on the events page of the NC Coastal Heritage Association website.