Make plans now to attend the Emerald Isle/Bogue Banks Community Night at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on October 17 at 6 PM. Past Community Nights hosted by the Waterfowl Museum featuring Down East Communities, Promise Land, Ocracoke, Portsmouth, and Salter Path have been well received. The Community Night series started in November 2004, and has provided a time and place for people from each community to learn from one another, and neighboring communities to learn about their neighbors. This will be a covered dish dinner affair, so bring your favorite dish and sample the best eating that Carteret County has to offer. Things should wrap up around 8 PM, but attendees are encouraged to mingle as long as they wish.
Rodney Kemp will be the master of ceremonies and give us his version of the history of Bogue Banks. Since he is one of our well-known “fishhouse liar’s”, I am sure he will mix a little fiction with the truth to make it interesting. Paxon Holz whose father was heavily involved in the early years of Emerald Isle, will share with us a lot of stories she remembers from her father, as well as the changes she has seen over the years. In addition, Connie Mason, the regions Heritage Tourism Officer, is gathering information on the area and hopes to have a PowerPoint presentation to share with those in attendance. There will probably be several others sharing their knowledge of the history of Emerald Isle and Bogue Banks. Emerald Isle celebrates it’s 50 year anniversary in 2007, and this is a good time for all of us to start getting familiar with the history of Bogue Banks and Emerald Isle in particular.
Fall is the best time of year in Emerald Isle and I hope a lot of you that have been renting for the summer will spend some time in Emerald Isle this fall. It is always a pleasure to see you. Big Sweep (beaches and waterways) and Litter Sweep (roadways) are two cleanup campaigns that take place in September. Over the years, I have found it difficult to get everyone together on the same day for a coordinated cleanup. Therefore, I am encouraging groups and neighborhoods to get with their friends and to clean an area of their choice. If you need bags, please leave a message for me at Town Hall (252-354-3424) and I will get them to you. All citizens appreciate any loose trash you pick up. We have a reputation for being a “Tidy Town” and we want to keep it that way.
See you on October 17 at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, if not sooner.