Talk About Recycling

The Friends of the Down East Library is sponsoring a conversation about recycling with Lisa Rider, Executive Director of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, the umbrella organization for Crystal Coast Waterkeeper. Lisa will address questions about recycling. Is what we do effective? What can we recycle? What happens when our recycling leaves Carteret county? What’s the story with China?

 What We Talk About When We Talk About Recycling will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Down East Library in Otway. Bring your questions and leave with more information about why we should and how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

 Lisa is a board member of the National Recycling Coalition. During her career she has received the NC Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award as the Conservation Communicator of the Year, North Carolina Environmental Educator of the Year, and the Carolina Recycling Association Recycler of the Year. Lisa initiated the NC Marine Debris Symposium, serves on the Mid-Atlantic NOAA Marine Debris Program Consortium and leads the regional consumer debris prevention and removal planning team. She is also an advisor for the Plastic Ocean Project. As a part of the eXXpedition Amazon crew in 2015 she sailed from Recife, Brazil to Bartika, Guyana studying ocean plastic.

 Much to talk about. Much to learn. For more information call the Down East Public Library at 252-728-1333.

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What Is Down East

If you ever wanted to know the heart and soul of Down East, this article precisely describes it. “What is Down East” was written a year ago by an extremely thoughtful young man who was born and bred Down East - Michael Martin. Although he now lives in Kinston, he is a truly and remains a Down East boy!

What is Down East?

It is the people who come and pick my dad up off the floor when he falls and my mom can’t help him up and refuse to take anything in return for their kindness.

It is the kid who spends his afternoon fishing to catch a mess of fish for the old folks around the island because it’s just the right thing to do.

It is the friend you haven’t seen in months that drops everything to take your family on a day trip to Ocracoke because he would not have it any other way.

It is the teacher that meets you at school to unlock the building when you forgot your math book because she believes in you.

It is the fella that picks you up on a hot day and gives you a ride to where you are going because he walked in that heat before you.

It is the children playing barefoot without a care in the world because that is what children should do.

It is the blood that flows through your veins.

It is a language that is not an accent or a brogue. It is a language spoken with a wink, a look and a smile.

Down East is love and it isn’t the love you will read about in a novel, it isn’t a love that you will learn about in a poem, it is a love that is born within the heart of the men, women and children that cannot be duplicated it can only be shared.

Tomorrow the sun will rise and it rises in the EAST.


If you ever wanted to know the heart and soul of Down East, this article precisely describes it. “What is Down East” was written a year ago by an extremely thoughtful young man who was born and bred Down East - Michael Martin. Although he now lives in Kinston, he is a truly a Down East boy!

Taste of Core Sound

Summer version of “Taste of Core Sound” will be held Friday, August 23 at 6:00 pm. Thankfully, the event will be held at the museum even though repairs are not fully completed. But that’s ok! It’s getting there!

The special guest that evening will be Chef Bill Smith of Chapel Hill’s Crook’s Corner. Included in the evening will be a silent auction as well as a live auction.

And now for the menu!

5 course family-style meal featuring fresh local seafood with trimmings from the garden!

Oysters on the Half Shell - Shrimp & Grits - Hot Fresh Fish & Cold Fried Chicken - Stewed Hard Crabs - Collards - Succotash - Atlantic Beach vs Harkers Island Lemon Pie

Tickets are on sale for $65/single (members) and $75/single (non-members)

To make reservations, call 252.728.1500. Remember seating is limited so call now!

Plan now to attend this event “at the end of the road!”

Diamond City Homecoming 2019

“Coming home to a place we’ve never lived….”

August 17 is the date for Diamond City Homecoming. It is a day celebrations and a day of remembering the ancestors of so many that are descendants of those that lived and died on Shackleford Banks. This year’s celebration will be bringing together the descendants of Shackleford Banks who migrated to Salter Path, Promise Land and Harkers Island to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Storm of 1899 that drove their Shackleford Banks ancestors to higher ground.

The schedule of the day’s events are below:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wade's Shore Cemetery (Meet at NPS Docks at 9 am. Reservations Needed)

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch - Food Trucks -- Surf Shack and Sub-Tropics

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Homecoming Service

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Stories Around the Lighthouse / Lighthouse Climb / Sunset Cruise (Meet at NPS Docks at 7 am. Reservations Needed.

For more information, please go to Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center or call 252.728.1500.

Primary Election - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Information


A primary election will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Carteret County to vote in the following contest: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the election, Tuesday, April 30. One-stop early voting will be held at the Carteret County Board of Elections office located at 1702 Live Oak Street, Beaufort, North Carolina 28516 and Western Park Community Center located at 275 Old Highway 58, Cedar Point, North Carolina 28584. One-stop early voting will be open from Wednesday, April 10 until Saturday April 27. One-Stop early voting hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with Saturday April 27 being the only weekend day in which to vote from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Canvass will be held in the Carteret Board of Elections office at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 10.

Absentee voting by mail is available. Requests for an absentee ballot must be made on an absentee request form (available on the State Board of Elections website and at the county board of elections office), and must be received in the Carteret County Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Absentee voting requires the voter to complete an application on the return envelope that must be witnessed by two qualified persons or a notary public. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the Carteret County Board of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (ballots received by mail after this time will be timely if received within three business days and postmarked by Election Day). Voters may receive assistance voting a mail-in absentee ballot from a qualified person of their choice. If the voter lives in a facility such as a nursing home, and the voter’s near relative or legal guardian is not available, the voter or the facility can arrange to have the county board of elections schedule a visit by a Multipartisan Assistance Team to provide assistance and witnesses.

Voters voting in person are entitled to assistance by an election official, or, if assistance is needed due to disability or illiteracy, by a qualified person of their choice. Voting sites are accessible to all voters. Curbside voting is available for voters who are not able to enter voting sites.

All persons who are registered unaffiliated or with the Democratic, Libertarian or Republican parties and who are registered to vote with the Carteret County Board of Elections may vote in this election. Persons who are not already registered to vote in the county must register by Friday, April 5 to be eligible to vote in this election. Voters who are not registered in the county by that deadline may register and vote during one stop early voting only, and will be required to provide documentation of their residence. Voters who wish to change party affiliation or who have changed name or address must do so by the registration deadline. Voters who fail to timely make a change in name or address in the county must update the information when presenting to vote, and may be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Persons with questions about registration, polling places, early voting, absentee ballots, a Multipartisan Assistance Team visit to a facility, or other election matters may call the Carteret Board of Elections Office at 252-728-8460.

Rick Heal, Chairman
Carteret County Board of Elections

Early Voting Schedule
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Friday, April 26, 2019 -  7am to 7pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8am to 1pm
Board of Elections Office, 1702 Live Oak, Beaufort
Western Park, 275 Old NC Highway 58, Cedar Point

Vote by Mail!
Friday, March 15, 2019 - Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Complete the Absentee Request Form

To see sample ballots, go to the Board of Elections website - link here or click a link below for specific party ballots.

Republican Ballot (All Precincts)

Democratic Ballot (All Precincts)

Libertarian Ballot (All Precincts)

Shackleford Banks Cleanup!

Shackleford Banks received the brunt of the trash washed out of North River and Back Sound by Hurricane Florence. The park, the Foundation for Shackleford Horses and Carteret Big Sweep invite volunteers to spend a morning cleaning up the west end of Shackleford Banks. Island Ferry Express Services is providing free ferry passage, plus donuts and coffee, to those who contribute half a day of work on Saturday, April 13.


Down East Scouts Sponsoring Ham Dinner

The Friends of Scouting announce a Ham Dinner that support their Scouts. The money they make at these fundraisers goes to keeping the building going, the vans going (insurance isn’t cheap!) and they even do scholarships for graduating seniors who are going to college.

It takes a village and they truly appreciate all that support their youth!!!

They hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 30!

Dinner will be held at the Scout Center in Davis, NC

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Eat In or Take Out

Bake Sale Items Will be Available

$9.00 per plate - includes drink

Public Forum Hosted by Carteret Food and Health Council

Are you interested in food and in the health and wellness of our community?

If so, the council would like to invite you to a public forum about the Carteret Food and Health Council.

The Task Force has been working to create a food and health council. Now, all that's missing is you! The council hopes to see you on April 30th. Llight refreshments will be provided from 5:30pm-6:00pm!



COMING SOON .. Are you registered?


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.

High quality, long sleeve t-shirts provided to each 5 and 10k participant.  Also, prizes provided per age group and overall winners of the 5 and 10k races:

Overall grand prize per age group is a collectible decoy
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prices per age group.
Age groups: 1-14, 15-19, 20-29,30-39, 40-49,50-59,60-69,70+ (16 prizes per race type/gender)

Packet Pickup: Early packet pickup will be available from 10am-5pm on Friday, April 5 at the Core Sound Museum Store at 806 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

NEW THIS YEAR – REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM: When you signup, you’ll receive a unique referral link. Share that with friends and when three of them have signed up using your code, you will automatically received a $15 refund. Then, for each additional 3 people who sign up using your link, you’ll receive another $15 back (up to the amount of your registration, $30 maximum.)

Ole Beaufort Farmers' Market to Open!!

Message from the Ole Beaufort Farmers’ Market!

We know you have all been waiting for this news! We are so happy to announce that the county and market leadership have reached an agreement that keeps the Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market on the courthouse grounds under the shelter of the magical live oaks for our 2019 season! We are so thankful to you for the words and expressions of support you have shared over the past several months. We now look forward to this year's focus on "Celebrating Community" with appreciation and respect for all.

We open on April 20 with an Earth Day celebration complete with opening day festivities and organizations which work to bring attention to environmental issues and their solutions. Again this year the market will aim to help out by selling reusable shopping bags to replace plastic bags. Come renew your friendships with our regular vendors and meet our awesome new ones too! Find the freshest locally grown veggies, microgreens, farm raised meats, locally caught seafood, delicious homemade baked goods, and beautiful, quality handmade art and craft work. Grab a cup of coffee and be filled with the joy of the market, the place where life slows down so neighbors can catch up.

Climbing Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout Lighthouse will be open to climb beginning May 15 through September 15

Climbing the lighthouse is a wonderful experience - especially when you get to the top! Self-guiding tours of up to 10 people will begin every 15 minutes during the hours of operation. Tours begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The ticket office opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 3:50 p.m.

During the Season

The Lighthouse is Open for Climbing:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The Lighthouse is Closed for Climbing:
Monday & Tuesday

Cape Lookout National Seashore Announces Student Art Exhibition

Cape Lookout National Seashore, in partnership with the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC), announces a student art exhibition themed, Connect with the Rhythms of Nature on the Southern Outer Banks. 

The exhibit features over 60 mediums of varying compositions completed by 470 student artists representing 19 public and private schools from around North Carolina.  

The main exhibit will be on display at the Harkers Island Visitor Center (131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC 28531) from Saturday, March 9 through Monday, September 9, 2019.  A satellite-exhibition of the art will also be on display at the Beaufort Visitor Information Center (Beaufort Town Hall at 701 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516) beginning on March 25, when the park information center reopens for the 2019 season.

The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) was founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  They develop and promote community programs that create collaborative opportunities in art and civic engagement that link learning and creativity in the arts to science, math, engineering, and the humanities.  Public programming has been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations. 

The IFC is proud of its efforts in engaging others in community art making, as their growth and success signify the degree to which the organization’s purpose/need is affirmed.  For more information on the International Fiber Collaboration, checkout their website,

For park information, including visitor center hours of operation, please visit our website at


It's time to RAISE OUR ROOF!

Below is a message from Core Sound Museum & Heritage Center. The museum suffered substantial damage during Hurricane Florence, with the roof. If you can help with this project by making a monetary donation, the museum will be greatly appreciative.

Our insurance WILL be paying for a shingle roof replacement - but that just doesn't work down here "at the end of the road" now, so we're making sure we are ready for the next storm with a COMMERCIAL-GRADE METAL ROOF! (Let'er blow!)

As of March 15 contributions for the RAISE OUR ROOF campaign total $21,565, representing 141 givers in amounts from $10 to $1000. THANK YOU!

We have grant applications and corporate proposals underway, but nothing counts like YOUR gifts. When we report how many people are giving to those funders, it makes a difference. Please keep those gifts coming in.

Today we signed the contract for our new roof, believing - and knowing - that our members, friends and supporters will come through. YOU are the "how and the why" we are here!

If you haven't already, NOW would be an important time to be part of making sure we are ready for the next storm!

The roofers are scheduled to begin work May 1. We need your help.

Follow this link to make your donation!

We have a persistent problem - - TRASH!

Down East, like many other areas around the state and country, has a persistent problem; and the problem is trash along our roadways. It is definitely a huge problem - but one that we can control as WE are the real problem.

Last week, a crew came through the area and picked up all the trash along the road, including the ditches. It didn’t take 24 hours before the trash began to pile up again. In my yard alone, there are plastic drink bottles, soft drink cans, paper bags, and plastic bags. If you look on the east side of the Ward’s Creek Bridge, you will see a couple of chairs and other trash that someone has dropped off in the marsh. If only they had driven a few more miles, they could have actually disposed of the items at the convenience site!

Now along the Harkers Island Road, you will see the “LITTERING IS ILLEGAL” signs erected, again as they were some years ago, indicating a $1,000 fine for littering. This should serve as a warning to all about the cost of throwing out their trash.

However, signs alone will not help curb the amount of trash people are throwing out of their car windows. It will take each of us reminding our friends, family, and neighbors that discarding trash out of their car windows impacts us all and makes our communities look “trashy.”

I challenge residents and visitors alike to make an effort to remind folks about making sure trash is disposed of properly - - and not out the window!


STRIKE OUT CANCER - Pepe Strong Fundraiser

Down East is definitely a wonderful place to live! The communities in which live experience the joy of being neighbors every day and this is witnessed and experienced during hurricane recovery, tragic events, loss of loved ones, or when facing horrific medical diagnoses. And now the communities are coming together again.

A local man, who is a son, husband, and father is facing a cancer diagnoses. Having been enduring treatments, expenses have also begun to mount. So, as Down East always does, there will be a fundraiser for Pepe Rodriguez, Friday, March 15. Details of the event are below.

The organizers are that you join them on March 15 beginning at 11 am. Fat Fella's Chicken and Down East BBQ will be cooked at the lodge for lunch. There will also be a bake sale. Tickets on sale now until the March 12. They will also be delivering to numerous drop off points in the county.

Tickets can be purchased at Chadwick Tire in Otway. You may also call Kathryn Chadwick at 252-723-0820.

Friday, March 15
11:00 a.m. until
Location: Masonic Lodge, Smyrna, NC
BBQ, Chicken & Fixings
Bake Sale Items Also Available

Diamond City Homecoming

Save the date ... Saturday, August 17, 2019

This year’s celebration will be bringing together the families of Shackleford Banks who migrated to Salter Path, Promise Land and Harkers Island ~ Down East to celebrate the120th Anniversary of the Storm of '1899 that drove their Shackleford Banks ancestors to higher ground.

First project --- looking for pictures of Diamond City residents. Any images you have - even after they have moved to the mainland will be greatly appreciated. Contact the museum, of visit their Facebook page, to provide the photo(s) with names, dates, locations, etc.

The video from the 2014 Diamond City Homecoming is in production. The museum will have those by early summer.

The museum will be calling a meeting soon to plan the day. They know they are going back to Wade's Shore Cemetery and the Cape. Contact Karen Amspacher with your ideas.

“120 years later and we are all still "going home to a place we never lived before" but we know who we are and where we come from!”

More details will be coming soon - but put AUGUST 17 on your calendar!