Harm's Way Exhibition to Open Thursday, June 21 at Core Sound Museum

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center announces the opening of Harm's Way:  How Storms Have Shaped Our Communities, Our History and Us. 

Everyone is invited to attend and are encouraged to bring family and friends!  An exhibition viewing and time to visit begins at 6:00 pm along with a covered dish meal.  The opening is Thursday, June 21 with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.  

The program consists of community leaders, storytellers and historians as they share memories of Isabel, Donna, Hazel, Irene and what they have been told about the Storm of '33 and '44 and the Big Storm that broke up the community of Diamond City.

Special Guests from Long Island, NY will be here to share their stories from Super Storm Sandy and how their communities responded and how they are still recovering.
Questions to be asked are "How have things changed, and how have they remained the same?" -   What is it like to "lose it all"?  And, how are we better prepared for the next?

Read/Listen/Remember:  www.harmswaystormstories.com <http://www.harmswaystormstories.com>  <http://www.harmswaystormstories.com <http://www.harmswaystormstories.com> >

A message from the museum - -

All are welcome!  
Bring a Friend (All of them)  ...
Bring a Dish (If you have time, there will be plenty!) ...

Most of all .. Bring Your Stories!


RISING - A Look at Our Changing Coast

Rising has been officially installed at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center on Harkers Island and will be on view through September.   It is opening in tandem with Harm’s Way, a powerful exhibition of community perspectives of the storms that have shaped bankers over generations.

There has been a beautiful dialogue between the exhibitions already, and there is excitement for the potential for that to flourish as RISING travels back home to the communities from which it was born, created and serves.

If you’re interested in discussing change on our coast, please join the discussion at Core Sound Museum in August for a community conversation.  More details on that to come; but for now, if you’re visiting The Crystal Coast this summer,  make the beautiful drive to Down East and visit the institution at the end of the road. even when RISING isn’t there, it’s always worth it.

— at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.

Musical STEAM Program - July 16

Richard Coffey, the STEM teacher at Down East Middle School is designing a "Musical STEAM Program" for the library.  

"Think music doesn't involve science and math?  Think again! Come to this creative workshop and get your STEM rhythm jumping!"

Mr. Coffey loves doing these programs to get the 3-5 graders psyched up for STEM in middle school

"Zydeco Musical Instruments" on July 18, should be a big hit with everyone.  The Unknown Tongues, from Gloucester, a well known group from Down East, have agreed to come and show the kids their instruments, up close and personal, play them separately and then together.  This program was first planned for the 5-8 graders at The Bridge, who will have first priority signing up.  However, once we determine how many of them will be attending we are opening up the sign up sheet for all ages until we are at capacity.  

Story Time at the Library!

The Down East Library plans to "Rock the Summer Reading Program In" on June 18 with a musical puppet show during our regular Storytime at 10 am.  Ruth van der Grinten, who has been with the Wake County Bookmobile Services for Young Children  for  many years, will present the puppet show.  The library spoke with her  and she is already creating a show.  She visited last year and her show was enjoyed by children and adults.  The library will also have a musical instrument craft.

Please call the library if they plan to be at Storytimes so they can have enough crafts prepared for all.  Storytime hours are Monday at 10 am.  All of those must  be signed up for ahead of time since our space is so limited.

Down East Library Hosts Trey Wright - Carteret County Health Department

Trey Wright, the new Public Health Educator at Carteret County Health Department, will be at the Down East Public Library in Otway on Thursday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.   He would like to speak with people from Down East to learn about health concerns in our communities.  Express your opinion by first taking part in the anonymous online health survey for the state at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/healthenc.   Then come to the Library to meet Trey. If you can’t attend on the 28th but want to address a concern about health in this area, email Trey at trey.wright@carteretcountync.gov.  Please call Tia Douglass at 252-728-1333 to let her know if you do plan to attend. 

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 www.LucasResearch.org 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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