Core Sound Run

Early registration for Core Sound Run has been extended to 5:00 pm Monday, March 27!!

Core Sound Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 7.  This run is a family-friendly 10K, 5K and Fun Run on one of North Carolina's most beautiful islands — Harkers Island. The Core Sound Run begins and ends "at the end of the road" — at the edge of Core Sound.

Enjoy the event whether you walk, run or watch! 

FREE Diabetes School


Diabetes is becoming a health issue for many more of our citizens than at any other time.  Understanding the disease and learning how to manage it is extremely important and can do much in preserving a person's health and longevity.

Lucas Research is offering a free class on Saturday, February 24 at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.  The session will be from 8:30 until 12:30.  Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To attend the school, go to to reserve your spot.

Topics to be covered are:
     *What is diabetes?
     *Types of diabetes?
     *Diagnosis & treatment of diabetes
     *Research in diabetes
     *Good Carbs, Better Carbs
     *Proteins, fats, and food labels

There will be a lot of time for you to ask your own questions, so come prepared!  Plus, you'll be able to learn from other people's questions as well.

There will be chef demonstrations and refreshments by The Flame Banquet Center.

For more information, call the Lucas Research office at 252-222-5700.

Down East Council

Down East Council will meet Tuesday, February 6 at the Williston UMC.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  The meeting is open to all Down East residents.  We strive to have at least two residents from each of our 13 communities. 

Please encourage yourself, family, friends, and neighbors to attend and join in our efforts to address issues that are in the best interest of our communities!

Electronics Recycling Trailer

You can now dispose of your electronic devices, such as televisions, computers, laptops, etc. at the Otway Convenience site!

Carteret County received a grant to purchase a trailer from the North Carolina Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Program.  This will allow Down  East residents to dispose of their electronics without having to drive to the Hibbs Road Convenience site.

Please pass the word to your friends, neighbors, and family!

Carolyn Mason Featured as "Southerner Of The Year 2017" by Southern Living Magazine

Down East is proud today to recognize Carolyn Mason as she was chosen by Southern Living magazine as one of those featured as "Southerner of the Year 2017"!!   Way to go Carolyn!  We're so very proud of you and your work!

You can read the article by going to the link below.

Island Christmas!

A wonderful, year-long project is coming to fruition on Harkers Island!  Through the efforts of several Harkers Island residents, the Island will be decorated for Christmas as has not been seen in many years.   Brenda Nelson and Ellen Gillikin are just two of the many hands in this project that have worked tirelessly to "Bring Back the Lights!" so everyone can enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

An anchor was chosen and was constructed for folks to purchase and display them in their yards.  The anchor is certainly a reminder of what Harkers Island means to so many!

Along with the anchors in residents' yards, there will also be a Lighting of the Christmas Tree, which will be held at Down East Ramsey Center to begin 7:00 pm on Friday, November 24. 
The community choir will present music. 

It promises to be a great time of community fellowship!

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2017 Down East Christmas Parade

This year's Christmas parade will be hosted by Otway Fire/Rescue Department.  Below are details of the parade and how you can participate!


Sunday, December 10, 2017
3:00 pm


Line up begins at 1:00 pm on Otway Farm Road
Judging begins at 2:00 pm
Parade begins at 3:00 pm


Name of Organization:_______________________________________________________


Contact Phone#:_____________________________________________________________

Type:        Secular______________
                 # of Vehicles___________

Entry Cut-Off Date:   December 3, 2017

Contact Person:
Shirley Shafer
     Home:  252-728-2398
     Cell:      252-725-8339

Blessing of The Fleet 2017

2017 marks the 20th year for what has now become a sacred tradition for the fishing families of Down East and Carteret County ... The Blessing of the Fleet.

We invite you to join us once again to show honor and appreciation for the men and women who bring our seafood to the dock and to remember our fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles who are a proud part of this industry.

Sunday, October 8 - NC State Port - 10 am

The Bridge Downeast: Health and Wellness Program

Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm.  Carteret County Health Department will present a health and wellness program at The Bridge Downeast Ramsey Center in Harkers Island.  Join us for an opportunity to learn more about how to Reduce your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cancer.  Prevention is Better than a Cure!  Contact Susan McNamara at The Bridge Downeast – 252-504-2581 or email at with questions and for reservations.  This is a free program – Refreshments will be provided.

Community Night at the Museum!

Monday, September 25 is Atlantic-Cedar Island Community Night at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.  A covered-dish meal begins at 6:00 pm and the program at 7:00 pmRodney Kemp will lead the discussion!

Also - bring your family photos to be included in the Photo Archive Project that the museum is hosting!  Lillie Chadwick Miller will be available to scan your photos and return them to you prior to the end of the program!


Core Sound Museum is still collecting family and community photos!  Lillie Chadwick Miller is heading this project and is in the process of contacting Down East residents and anyone with connections to Down East to see if they have photos they would like to have scanned and used in the photo archive.  All photos will be returned to the owners.

Individuals can contact Lillie personally at 252-728-4566 or  Another opportunity to share your photos will be at each of the community nights held at the museum.  The next community night is Monday, September 11 (which was rescheduled from August 28) featuring Diamond City. 

So gather up your photos and carry them with you to the community night.  Lillie will scan your photos and return them to you before the end of the program.

The next community nights are:

September 25:     Atlantic and Cedar Island
October 23:          Promise Land
November 27:      Harkers Island

RESCHEDULED - DIAMOND CITY Community Night at the Museum Is On!

Monday night will be the Diamond City Community Night at the museum - rescheduled from August 28.

Make your plans now to join folks at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum to celebrate and learn about Diamond City on Monday, September 11.

The evening begins with a covered-dish meal at 6:00 pm with the program to follow at 7:00 pm.  The program will be led by Rodney Kemp.  As always, input from the those attending is encouraged!!

ALSO - - Lillie Chadwick Miller will be available to scan any photos from your community or Diamond City!  She will scan the photos and return them to you prior to leaving the event!