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.

Portsmouth Island Homecoming

A must see … must do for all who appreciate NC’s coastal heritage and an absolute MUST for those who have not yet learned to appreciate this dynamic part of North Carolinas history.

Read all about it.

On the ferry

“Oh Lord. No, I give up; that just can’t be.”
“Will the sun ever rise again? Oh, thank heaven, yes, it did, at the Per, .”

Supporting not just visual art / photography ... a little jazz

Ladies & Gentlemen, please welcome Willie E. Atkinson to your music library and list of things to do. Willie, retired from flying high with the US Air Force, now sends his distinctive bluesy jazzy voice over the airwaves. He is the digital archivist for the NCCHA

An accomplished musician himself, along with his wife Jacquelyn, who is in her own right a noted historian, invite you to absorb the following opportunity into your cultural DNA.

Check this out.


NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson contributed an opening poem for the book, Sound People. He has published a new book of poetry, Our World.
See more, click here.
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 nccoastalheritage.org. Go to events, see story on 2018

You’ll be glad you did?

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.