ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Mar. 7, 2014 N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island art exhibition “Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett” March 7–-July 7, 2014 The Gypsy Fish Wife, Musical Lute Fish, Jules the Giant Squid, the Carolina Card Shark, and a host of other fabulous creatures have taken up residence in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Nautilus Art Gallery through July 7, 2014. Inspired by the ocean, literature, and the artist’s lifelong interest in cross-cultural mythology and crafted from recycled materials, paint, glitter, seashells and love, seventeen sea creatures by Outer Banks artist Carol Willett are delighting guests with a romp through Enchanted Seas of visual puns and near-magical art. Surrounded by her creations on every wall […]
Roanoke Island NC
Roanoke Island, North Carolina
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1. Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under. The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities. “These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.” The aquariums last […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – Lots of school groups and children are planning trips to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The attached video link shows the anticipation and excitement of one of the groups that visited recently. I think you will agree, they had lots of fun! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island from Max Media NC on Vimeo.
N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21
MANTEO, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – Roanoke Island became a prime destination for the enslaved to gain their freedom after Federal forces took control of the island in February 1862. A N.C. Highway Marker dedication and program Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Dare Center in Manteo will recognize their struggles and contributions. Confederates had slaves on the island already for the construction of Confederate forts, then Union soldiers employed them all for eight dollars per month. The runaways, called “contrabands” by Federals, worked on construction projects, building three forts, docks, bridges and the like. Some men were spies, scouts or guides, traveling from 30 to 300 miles behind enemy lines to acquire intelligence. An official colony was […]
RALEIGH, NC Feb. 7, 2014 – On February 7, 1862, Federal ships bombarded Fort Bartow, part of the Confederate defenses on Roanoke Island. One of three Confederate earthen forts on the west side of the island, Fort Bartow mounted nine guns. The other two garrisons were Fort Huger and Fort Blanchard, The three forts were designed to protect the mainland from Federal invasion and to complement obstructions placed in the channel. Of the three forts, Bartow was the only one actively engaged in what would become known as the Battle of Roanoke Island. The first shot of the battle was fired from Bartow’s guns, and the fort was subsequently bombarded by the Federal fleet for seven hours. The Confederate fleet, under Captain W. […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – The Dare County Friends of Youth (DCFY) mentoring program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 6 – 17 with caring adult volunteers who serve as role models and friends. The young people involved in the program are referred by various community and school sources, as well as by parents or guardians. Adult volunteer mentors provide the youths with one-on-one time, at least eight hours each month for one year, in activities that build self-esteem, strong character and friendship, helping the youth to strengthen times at home, at school and in the community. In addition to one-on-one time spent together, the program also provides opportunities throughout the year to participate in group activities. […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 3, 2014 – Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety Officer Patrick Murphy said of David, “In my heart and too many of us who knew David, he made the 300 dives.” David was 82 years old and was selected Co-Volunteer Diver of the Year in 2010 with friend and diver Jack May.
RALEIGH, NC January 22, 2014 – On January 22, 1828, Edward Warren, surgeon general of North Carolina and senior medical officer to the Egyptian khedive, was born in Tyrrell County. After earning his medical degree, Warren practiced medicine briefly alongside his father before departing for Paris, where he continued his studies. He returned to North Carolina in 1855, but soon left for a position as a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Warren again returned to North Carolina to serve the Confederacy. He held numerous appointments throughout the war years, including chief medical officer of Confederate naval forces in North Carolina, medical director of the Confederate Department of the Cape Fear […]
RALEIGH, NC January 21, 2014 – On January 21, 1891, Gov. Daniel Fowle declared “war” on northern fishermen poaching on North Carolina’s deep-water oyster beds. The oyster “pirates” had already depleted the Chesapeake Bay’s rich oyster beds during the 1880s. In an effort to meet seafood canneries’ growing demands, they had moved their dredging operations into North Carolina. In 1888, several dredging vessels from Virginia had gathered thousands of bushels of oysters weekly from Hyde County’s waters. The following year, North Carolina banned non-resident dredging, but there was little enforcement. In 1890, Carteret, Hyde and Pamlico Counties tried unsuccessfully to oust the oyster pirates using local patrol boats. Then, in early 1891, a small fleet of illegal oyster schooners were […]
MANTEO, NC January 16, 2014 – On Monday, January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day (MLKD), the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will offer visitors free admission. As part of its effort to support the community, the Aquarium is sponsoring a food drive for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. This year, our goal is 2,000 pounds of food for our “Ton of Love Food Drive.” The Roanoke Island Food Pantry has served serves all of Dare County and even Ocracoke. Highly sought items include hearty soups and canned meats, but all non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. We encourage families to bring a bag of food. Please help our neighbors and Outer Banks Community and give food items for […]