Celebrating the heritage and craftsmanship of the region, Down East is host to two events kicking off the month of December. The 28th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival and Waterfowl Weekend, both held the first weekend of the month, are the perfect events to learn more about the rural region of Carteret County and check out the local artisans.
There is no shortage of talent, food or excitement at the Decoy Festival, held at the island’s only school, Harkers Island Elementary. The festival runs from 9am-5pm on Saturday, Dec. 5 and from 10am-4pm on Sunday, Dec. 6. The event features silent and live auctions, raffle tickets, competitions and the reason for the event, about 100 vendors and exhibitors. Youth day will be held on Sunday and all youth will receive free entry and can enjoy door prizes, kids decoy painting and competitions, archery and youth loon calling contests. The annual festival is sponsored by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and more information can be found on its website at www.decoyguild.com.
At the end of the island, the fun continues with Waterfowl Weekend at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. The museum opens its doors for two days of demonstrations, including boat building, decoy carving, quilting and retriever demonstrations, live music, storytelling, artists and exhibitors, educational displays and programs, competitions and Core Sound seafood. For more information about Waterfowl Weekend, call 252-728-1500.