NORTH CAROLINA’S CRYSTAL COAST Weekly Calendar of Events
NORTH CAROLINA’S CRYSTAL COAST
Feb 24: Succulent Seafood Series- The Aquarium once again teams up with top restaurants to dish up recipes and tips on selecting and preparing fresh, seasonal, local seafood. Succulent Seafood sessions are scheduled for selected Mondays and occasionally other days of the week at 2 p.m. Aquarium staff members share information on the life cycles and habitats of featured seafood species.
Chefs provide favorite recipes and insights on preparing finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. A taste test of the featured dish tops off each gathering. Succulent Seafood is for ages 12 and up; $15 per person, per session. Advance registration is required. Feb. 2: Clawson's Restaurant- Beaufort, Feb. 24: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach, Mar. 3: Amos Mosquitos- Atlantic Beach & Mar. 17: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach. Call 252-247-4003 for more information
Feb 24-Mar 1: Art from the Heart- Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County, this three-week exhibition and sale of original, innovative and traditional works by area artists occurs each year in mid-February, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30-7:30. The reception is free and open to the public. Combined with an annual exhibit of work by area school children, this exhibition is a great opportunity for art lovers to view and buy original oils and acrylics; water media; photography and computer generated art; glass, stone, fiber arts and other three-dimensional artwork; pastels and drawings; and mixed media. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Arts Council. The show is open 7 days a week through March 1.
Location: Morehead Plaza, 3000 Arendell Street, Morehead City, just west of Lowes Food Store. Gallery Hours: Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6 pm, Thus - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm For more information go to the ACCC's website at www.artscouncilcarteret.org or call 252-726-9156
Feb 27: Book Fair- 7 am to 4 pm at Carteret General Hospital (1st floor, birthing center) 3500 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Event sponsored by the gift gallery and benefits patient care.
Feb 28: Taste of Core Sound- Every winter the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center in Harkers Island gathers to celebrate the a wonderful winter menu of stewed oysters, duck and rutabaga, scallop fritters, stewed beef and taters, collards and sweet potatoes, light rolls, homemade pie ... the list goes on ...
Wine & cheese begins at 6, dinner at 7, program at 8 ... There will be music, and good friends, a silent auction, a live auction, and a great time "at the end of the road." Guest speaker is Joe Smith (an avid waterman and fishery biologist and is employed by the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory. He maintains the annual fishery-dependent databases for the Atlantic and Gulf menhaden fisheries. Joe's perspective of fisheries spans nearly 30 years and is one that has been honed from the water and working alongside fishermen). For more information call 252-728-1500 or visit www.coresound.com
Feb 28: Merry Time for Tots- 10 am at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Admission to the program, designed for ages 2-5 is free, but advance registration is preferred as space is limited. The program theme for Feb. 28th is "Ahoy, Pirates!". To register, call 252-728-7317 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
Mar 1: Coastal Home & Garden Show- This annual trade show in March assembles the services, wares and expertise of local businesses that focus on aspects of building, landscaping and decorating. With more than 65 exhibitors you can gath-er ideas, good advice and the right products for do-it-yourself projects. Or you can shop for professional services during the show. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity for businesses and the community, too. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM & Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Entrance fee is $3. Call 252-247-3883 for more information.
Mar 1: Spring Craft Fair- Location: The History Place Museum, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Three times a year we bring talented crafters in ceramics, alpaca products, shell ornaments, jewelry and gemstones, etched glass, and a changing variety of artwork to our History Place. We also feature a bake sale that has some of the best homemade cakes, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies. All proceeds go directly to the Carteret County Historical Society. Bring your appetites and be ready to indulge yourself. Hosted by the CCHS/History Place, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free, refreshments will be available. 252-247-7533 or www.thehistoryplace.org
Mar 1: Crystal Coast Half Marathon & 5K- 8 am in downtown Morehead City. The race starts and finishes on the More-head City Waterfront and makes a loop past the neighborhoods and businesses of Downtown Morehead City. After passing the gift shops and charter fishing boats, runners cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach. This part of the race offers a beautiful view of the sound and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. For information on the marathon and how to register, visit http://ncraces.com/events/crystal-coast-half-marathon-and-5k/
Mar 1: Seafood “Shellabration:- Join the N.C. Coastal Federation and Swansboro Parks and Recreation in Historic Down-town Swansboro for a celebration of North Carolina oysters and seafood and the healthy coastal habitats and waters that provide them. Time: 11 am - 5 pm. For all details, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=59CBEB878CC0F86B84F24D1F72B7CF17.worker_registrant?llr=zt44nadab&oeidk=a07e8sspkql9171956b or contact Lexia Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 1: Fishtowne 5K Race Series- 9 am beginning on the corner of Turner and Front Street along the Beaufort waterfront. Registration at 8 am. Fee is $15 per runner per race. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina. Register online at www.beaufortnc.org. For more information, contact Lauren Hermley at email@example.com or call Beaufort Town Hall at 252-728-2141.
Mar 1: About Boating Safety- Location: Carteret Community College, Morehead City. This one-day seminar will be taught by certified instructors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The seminar will meet all requirements to satisfy NC laws for recrea-tional boating certification. The course is suitable for beginning boaters or for the more experienced boater who may wish to remain current on boating requirements and regulations. Cost is $25 with a family discount available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information or to enroll, contact Ben Crabtree at 252-808-3091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 1: Mardi Gras on Middle Lane- 2-6 pm on Middle Lane in Beaufort. Parade begins at 3 pm. Cajun and New Orleans delicacies, jazz and zydeco music, games, street dance, "krewes" competition and crowning of Mardi Gras king and queen. Hosted by Beaufort Sister Cities.
For all programs and events offered at our major attractions, please visit individual websites:
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: www.ncaquariums.com (252-247-4003)
North Carolina Maritime Museum: www.ncmaritimemuseum.org (252-728-7317)
Beaufort Historic Site: www.beauforthistoricsite.org (252-728-5225)
Fort Macon State Park: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/foma/main.php (252-726-3775)
The History Place: www.thehistoryplace.org (252-247-7533)
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum: www.coresound.com (252-728-1500)
Cape Lookout National Seashore: www.nps.gov/calo (252-728-2250)