Here are a couple of more business expansions in addition to the ones I mentioned last month. Playa Graphics and Brad Styron Photography have moved to 100 Bogue Inlet Drive, right next to the pier. A lot more space, but same great beach scene and family photography.
Roy and Lisa Heverly have moved Emerald Isle Adventures fishing charter and boat rental to 8201 Emerald Drive next to “The Sweet Spot”. They are also running Old Time Photo at this same location. They have lots of costumes and scenes for taking some fun photos.
Renters, grand kids, etc are often looking for different and fun things to do while at the beach. I assume that most everyone knows about the major attractions so I want to put in few words for the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department and the Western Carteret Library in Cape Carteret.
The EI Recreation Center has lots of programs for all age groups including adults. They have indoor soccer for different age groups, Wii bowling, aerobics and yoga classes, weight lifting and work out equipment. Check with the staff at 252.354.6350 to see what activities will be taking place while you are in town. There are daily, weekly, and monthly rates available.
The Western Carteret Public Library is located on Taylor Notion Road in Cape Carteret. It is a full service library and you do not have to be a resident to check out books or participate in activities. There is reading time for 2-5 year olds at 10:30 AM and for 6 – 12 year olds at 3 PM both on Tuesdays. There are also programs for teenagers with the most popular being a film program. There will be several film camps throughout the summer. There will be an adult reading program this summer where the person reading the most books will win a Nook. These programs are very popular and advance registration is required for most of them. Call 252.393.6500 to see what is available and to reserve a spot.
The 10th Annual Story Telling Festival will be taking place at different places in the county during the month of July. The story tellers are professionals that travel to many parts of the United States telling stories. It has been a very popular event for locals and visitors, so don’t miss it if you are in Carteret County during July. Check with the Western Carteret Public Library for the dates and times.
If you are down here July 4th week, be sure to look for the Red Cross Bloodmobile in the Emerald Plantation Parking lot on the afternoon of July 3 and the morning of July 4.
The beach was renourished this past winter and is in great shape. Town staff and local businesses have been working to get things in shape for a great summer season. I look forward to seeing the many second homeowners and vacationers that spend their summers in Emerald Isle.