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!


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.)

Good Things Happening Down East

As we start a new year, there’s always hope for fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s rather like starting a new school year or a new semester - clean starts give us encouragement that our lives can and will be better! After the recovery from Hurricane Florence, this “2019 new beginning” is especially refreshing.

So, we’ve decided we need to share good news Down East! So here’s our new beginning as we spread some good news!!

Lookout Grocery reopened yesterday! For many folks Down East, this was great news to their ears!! This grocery store is owned by the Mark and Janet Eakes. Congratulations Lookout Grocery!


Budsin Electric Boats, located in Marshallberg, posted a pic of one of their boats now enjoying it’s new home in Amsterdam!! Tom Hesselink owns and operates Budsin Electric Boats. The canvas top was manufactured by Coastal Canvas of Straits, owned by Michael and Joyce Sasser.

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Down East Council December meeting

Down East Council will meet Tuesday night at the Davis Fire Department at 7:00 pm. All Down East residents are encouraged and invited to attend.

On the agenda:

Katherine Steele, principal of East Carteret High School, will present information about the Career Center they are hoping to develop. It will be beneficial for all of Down East.

Pruitt Health, located at Sea Level, will be relocating to a location in Beaufort. Dr. Besen, a clinical psychologist, will be attending to discuss ideas and possibilities for the Sea Level facility. The Council would like present our suggestions to the county commissioners.

Both topics are areas of interest for all residents.

Proposed Price Increase for Cape Lookout Cabins

Cape Lookout National Seashore will hold civic engagement through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website ( to discuss possible fee increases in 2019. The park is proposing the removal of seasonal rental rates and moving to a flat rate (8.5% increase of the Spring/Fall rate) for each cabin.  These rates can be viewed on the park website at  The park has not raised the cabin fees since they began administering the camps in 2009.

 These funds have been used in the past for improvements to both camp bathhouses, adding outdoor showers, and installing handicap accessible ramps.  Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help with upgrading the fueling stations, water and waste water systems. 

 Cape Lookout National Seashore is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area.  In 2017, more than 399,000 park visitors contributed $20.9 million to the local economy and supported 309 jobs related to tourism.

 Civic engagement will take place via the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website (  Visitors may then search by park or by the reference number 84742 and enter their comments.

 Following the public comment period, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.



Jeff West
Cape Lookout National Seashore
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC 28531
(252) 838-8890 - Office

2018 Christmas Parade RESCHEDULED

The 2018 Christmas parade has been RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 at 3:00 pm. The rescheduling of the parade is due to the predicted bad weather for this Sunday.

Please pass along the word about the parade being rescheduled!!

The community of Atlantic greatly appreciates your understanding and passing the info along to your friends and family.

The community of Atlantic will host the Down East Christmas Parade this year. The parade will be held on Sunday, December 9 and will begin at 3:00 pm

All communities, churches, organizations, clubs and individuals are welcome to participate. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact the Atlantic Civic & Beautification group at 252-656-4035.

Medicare Drug Plans Counseling Offer by Down East Library

Open enrollment for Medicare Drug Plans ends December 7th.

The Down East Library has arranged with Beth Simpson, Director of the Leon Mann Center to offer Medicare Drug Plan Counseling appointments at the Down East Public Library on two consecutive Mondays, November 19 and November 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 both days.

Please let your friends and neighbors know of this opportunity as they will otherwise need to go to the Leon Mann Center to get this assistance. It is critical for people to choose the correct plan. The Southern Maine Agency on Aging tracked the savings of the 5,000 people helped by volunteer counselors.  Every year people saved around $4,000 a year!)  

Please help spread the word. People must call the Library at 728-1333 to reserve a 30-minute appointment. They need to bring their Medicare card and either a list of their current prescription medicines with dosages and frequencies or a bag with their pill bottles.


Down East Council to Meet Tuesday, November 13

Down East Council will meet Tuesday, November 13, at the Davis Fire Department.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm

Residents of Down East are eligible to attend; we aspire to have two representatives from each community.

If you are interested in doing community work, this is a good option.

Vision Statement

To serve as a unified voice of our Down East communities by expressing our desires and needs for promoting and preserving livelihoods in a growing economy, celebrating and honoring our heritage while protecting our unique coastal environment.

Down East and other parts in Carteret County are still recovering from Hurricane Florence with extensive needs still existing for so many of our residents. There are still ways to make a contribution to assist in the rebuilding of our communities. Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center has organized three ways to direct your monies:

Community Relief (this is money we are distributing through classroom teachers to families w/ school students including parents and grandparents)

NC Watermen (this is money being raised by chefs/restaurants/markets inland to help fishermen w/ repairs and relief caused by the storm)

Museum Recovery (to help sustain operations during the 6-months plus we will be out of the  building and cover building restoration not covered by insurance)

Donations can be made to Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island or mail your donation to 1785 Island Road, PO Box 556, Harkers Island, NC 28531

FEMA/SBA Extends Deadline to Apply for Assistance

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in North Carolina. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Florence on Sept. 7 - 29, 2018, should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loans before the Dec. 13, 2018 deadline.

SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.

The disaster declaration covers the North Carolina counties of Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Union, Wayne and Wilson; for economic injury only in the contiguous North Carolina counties of Alamance, Cabarrus, Caswell, Dare, Davidson, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Martin, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nash, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stanly, Stokes, Tyrrell, Wake and Washington; and the contiguous South Carolina counties of Chesterfield, Dillon, Horry, Lancaster and Marlboro.

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.675 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.0 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 14, 2019

FEMA/SBA Disaster Relief Center in Carteret County locations listed below:

Carteret County Board of Elections Office
1702 LIve Oak Street
Beaufort, NC
Opens at 9:00 a.m.

SBA Business Recovery Center
Sound Bank
5039 Executive Drive
Morehead City, NC
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is Asking For Volunteers!

The next chapter of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center's history is about to begin.

Come be a part of it!

On November 1, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center will open their Downtown Morehead Center location at 806 Arendell Street and begin welcoming guests to the museum's temporary office and visitors center "at the end of the road."

Both locations will be important parts of rebuilding our museum and keeping

Core Sound's work moving forward!

Would you be willing to help volunteer at either location? 

The museum will be hosting a "greeters meeting" at the Museum at 10:00 am Monday, October 29. They are already making plans for Waterfowl Weekend and there's much work to do and lots of folks to talk to. They will be open there as many days as they can cover with staff and volunteers! Folks are coming to visit and now they have lots of questions and we have work to do!

The museum needs all of their friends in town who can help with the new gift shop location to meet with them at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 29 to discuss how you help with all the exciting holiday events happening at 806 Arendell, starting November 1 with their annual 25% off CRABPOT TREE SALE.

There will be their Christmas Open House on November 17 - their Thanksgiving Weekend Sales -and all the events that Downtown MHC folks have asked them to be part of! They have lots of decorating to do, shirts to fold and merchandise to price -- and most importantly, wonderful people to talk to about all their plans for Waterfowl Weekend "at the end of the road" and the museum's progress toward reopening in the spring!

ALL OF YOU know how important volunteers have always been to their work and now that's even more true. They need your help, encouragement and support! 

Message Karen Amspacher, or give Deb a call (728-1500) and let them know you're coming! This is going to be the best Core Sound Christmas ever - no matter what!

Otway-Straits-Bettie Precinct Polling Place Moved for this Election

The polling place for the Otway-Straits-Bettie precinct has been moved to Woodville Baptist Church in Bettie for the November 6, 2018 election. The change was made due to damages to the Otway Fire Department.

Letters were mailed October 23 to registered voters in this precinct to inform them of this change.

It would be helpful if voters in this precinct help spread the word about this change so there will be less confusion on the day of the election.

All early voting sites will be open week days from 7am to 7pm. The LAST DAY is Saturday, November 3 from 8am to 1pm (ONLY WEEKEND DAY OPEN).

Sample ballots for all precincts can also be found on the Board of Elections website and can be downloaded here.

Schedule for One-Stop Voting (Early voting) can be found here.

Early Voting has Begun!

Early voting began Wednesday, October 17 and will continue through Saturday, November 3.

NOTICE THE EXTENDED HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING. Polls will be open at 7:00 am and will continue until 7:00 pm!!

Sample ballots can be found on the Carteret County Board of Elections website; or sample ballots can be found at this link: Sample Ballots

Voter Registration Application

Voter Registration Deadline: 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018 at 5pm

You can also register to vote if you go to One-Stop Voting (Early) where you can register to vote AND vote at the same time!

Absentee Request Form

Absentee by Mail Request Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 5pm 


One-Stop (Early Voting) Information below

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