A Valentine’s to Die For
COULD YOU AND your sweetheart solve a crime together? Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by becoming sleuths at the aquarium in a special masquerade-themed murder mystery dinner, “A Masked Murder.”
Dashing detectives are encouraged to wear masks, but not required. The event begins at 6pm, and includes dinner – catered by The Flame restaurant of New Bern. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The show is put on by The Murder Mystery Company out of Charlotte.
You must be age 18 or older to partake of this after-hours, adults-only event. Activities work best when done in pairs and tickets are sold in sets of two, so bring a spouse, a sweetheart or a friend to share the fun.
Space is limited and advance registration is required. Tickets are $135 per couple. Receive $5 off the total price if you register before Feb. 4.
Sign up now for the annual Get Hooked Fishing School hosted by the aquarium. The popular one-day course on Saturday, March 19, features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers on many aspects of the sport – including inshore fishing for striper, drum, trout, mackerel and flounder, fly fishing, offshore trolling, offshore bottom fishing and more.
The school offers anglers an opportunity to gather a lot of information in one day and one place. The action-packed event includes participation in up to four sessions of instruction, a catered lunch, giveaways and drawings for some great fishing gear. Agencies and businesses of interest to fishermen and boaters will be on hand.
Get Hooked is from 8am to 4:30pm, and all sessions are at the aquarium. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $60 per person; $54 for aquarium members. See the website for more information or to sign up online. Registration also is accepted by phone and at Visitor Services at the aquarium.
Cooking the Catch
For tips on how to cook your catch and other local seafood, the area’s top chefs share their secrets in Succulent Seafood. The program, usually scheduled for Mondays, takes participants to popular restaurants for insights on how to prepare a delectable dish of a featured finfish, shellfish or crustacean – and a taste-test of the results. Aquarium staff members also share information on the life cycles and habitats of the featured seafood species from local waters.
Programs start at 2pm. The current line-up includes: Feb. 1 – Ruddy Duck in Morehead City, Feb. 8 – Island Grille in Atlantic Beach, Feb. 22 – Amos Mosquitos in Atlantic Beach, March 7 – White Oak Bistro in Swansboro.
Goodbye Winter Blues
Come on in, the water’s fine! The aquarium is open year-round and always full of possibilities to brighten any winter day.
- Programs free with admission: Toddler Time, 9:30am and 10:30 am Wednesdays has lots for tots and parents to do together – crafts, games, stories, puppets, music and animal encounters; no registration required. Dive programs, animal feedings and creature features continue twice daily throughout the winter. The popular river otters are featured in the morning feeding program on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Special activities: Behind-the-scenes tours are available five days a week for a small fee in addition to admission. Succulent Seafood, mentioned above, can make you happy as a clam on those gloomy winter Mondays.
- Coming events: Get your wands and wings ready. From Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents returns on Saturday, March 5.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61; $9.95 for age 62 and up and military; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for age 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members. State taxes are additional to fees. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.