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"The Education of an Island Boy" by Joel Hancock     Read the blog!

Benefits of the Scenic Byway!
First the North Carolina Outer Banks Scenic Byway, and then the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, this route holds two designations that make Down East, Ocracoke, and Hatteras Island very proud.  Continue reading.....  

"The Shoes"    
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What is Down East?
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The Outer Banks Heritage Trails  and the Down East Kayak Paddle Trails map can now be found in visitors centers and businesses througout Carteret County, Ocracoke and Hatteras. Information about the brochure can be found here.
The Down East Paddle Trail Map is also available. This map provides 16 different  paddle trails in the Down East area.  You can catch a glimpse of this map by going to this link.  

"Where Monkeys Abound"    
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Life Enrichment Classes
Carteret Community College

From ballroom dancing to yoga, CCC offers these classes at very reasonable prices!  Check out the latest offerings here.
Down East Council now has a dedicated page on our website.  We will be posting minutes from their meetings, any upcoming events, as well as highlighting projects that are underway.  Check out their page here or on the menu bar on the left!  The page is currently being updated, so keep checking back!

The Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 2 at the Gloucester Community Center beginning at 7:00 pm  All Down East residents are encouraged to attend!
The Carteret Local Foods Network will be hosting a meeting to garner support for and interest in local foods.  Should you get involved?  Absolutely!   To find out information, please read more here.
"A Stretch Called Down East"
TRAVELS WITH RIGBY is a website devoted to writing about travel, food and music - and, of course, the dog!   So we found this article about Down East and was very excited to see this story about one of our own - Brother Gaskill!  Read the article here!  

They also give get tips on traveling with a dog! Not to mention the info on food and travel destinations!
Blessing of the Shackleford Horses
"So God Made a Fisherman" is a video tribute to commercial fishermen created by Joel Hancock and Cathy Rose.

"In 1978, as American farmers struggled to survive in a changing economy, Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” became part of the American consciousness. Now, as Core Sound watermen are engaged in a similar struggle, Cathy Rose and I have prepared a tribute to our family and friends who strive to make a living “in the water.” 

So God made a Fisherman!      Joel Hancock

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The Blessing of the Shackleford Horses will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015.   Those participating will be departing from the Cape Lookout National Seashore Headquarters at Harkers Island at approximately 1 p.m., traveling to the East End of Shackleford Banks, for a blessing service lasting approximately 30 minutes, led by The Rev. Dr. John B. Pollock of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Morehead City.  After the service, we will return to Harkers Island and hold a reception and a Blessing of the Pets, commencing at approximately 3 p.m., at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. 

If you wish to go to Shackleford for the Blessing of the Horses, contact Island Express Ferry, or 252-728-RIDE to make ferry reservations. Or you may travel in your own boat. Please bring a chair if you wish to sit during the service. If you wish to come to CSWM for the reception and Blessing of the Pets, please make sure your pet is on a 6' leash (no flexi leads) or in a carrier.
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To all the Young and Young at Heart
Kick off the Holiday Season at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center on November 21st at the Christmas Open House! 

Our Awesome Educator, Miss Teresa, has once again developed a super-fun event for kids, parents, grandparents and all who love getting in the Spirit of the Season: CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & ELVES WORKSHOP! 

Included in the activities are pictures with Mr & Mrs Claus by the fireplace in the Exhibit Hall, crafts, letters to Santa, refreshments and an Elf Mart, where K-5 age children can get gifts for Mom & Dad for the price of some canned goods or small monetary donation for a local food bank.....and we will wrap the gifts!!!!

 11a - 4p in the Education Hall: 

Write letters to Santa and mail
 Craft area 1: Create snacks for Santa's reindeer
 Craft Area 2: Glitter a painted shell as ornaments
 Craft Area 3: Jar rings and a "cross stitch" tree
 Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen: snacks
 Elf Mart: area near Children's area, fun and safe place for children to learn the joy of giving. Personal Elf Shoppers can assist young children in selecting the perfect gift for Mom or Dad for the price of cans of non-perishable food items!

Bows and Holly Wrapping Station: each purchase will be wrapped, tagged & ready to give!

This is going to be an awesome time so we hope you will make plans to visit!

From Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center