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For a first-time visitor, the words ‘down’ and ‘east’ just don’t seem to go together, especially when you’re driving in a northerly direction. But for anyone who has ventured through the rural reaches of Carteret County have a different sense of the term Down East altogether.

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Just about anyone who has taken a boat ride through the picturesque waters surrounding Down East Carteret County has spotted what is oft-referred to as the Big House on Davis Island. Since 1885 the Davis Island Hunt Club has had a looming presence, like a sentinel guarding the entrance to Ja…

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Music and seafood combine tonight and tomorrow in Gloucester at the 7th annual Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival. Organized by Accidental Productions, the festival celebrates local seafood and produce, homegrown music and the maritime heritage of Down East Carteret County.

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“Wild” is not the word that comes to mind when you first meet Dr. Sue Stuska, wildlife biologist at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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The Gloucester Mardi Gras has been giving Down East Carteret County the chance to celebrate rural Louisiana traditions. Planned from 11am-6pm on Saturday, Feb. 18, the annual event at the Gloucester Community Center (476 Piggott Road) includes turkey, red beans and rice, hot gumbo, live musi…

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Walter “Brother” Gaskill’s living room is part sitting room, part museum. It’s hard to stop your eyes from quickly roaming from the comfortable sofa and cheerful wall colors, to the multiple shelves displaying decoy after decoy. Some, he carved himself, while others were gifts or purchases f…

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Picturesque Harkers Island takes center stage in Carteret county each December as the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center and the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild hold events that focus on decoys and the region’s rich seafaring heritage. Both offer an introductory course on Down Ea…

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The Harkers Island brogue is thick with Jamie Lewis. Leaning against the stern of a 33-foot wooden skimmer in the workshop at Lewis Boats in near stifling August heat, he is modest about his accomplishments. Quiet and unassuming, he reminds us that sometimes the best things in life are just …

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Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce the first Horse Sense and Survival trip of 2016, which will be offered as one of several Ranger-led tours on a day that honors Cape Lookout’s 50th Anniversary and the National Park Service Centennial. This opportunity will depart from the…

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The National Park Service invites visitors to the Harkers Island Visitor Center on Saturday, June 18, to join park staff, volunteers and local dignitaries for festivities and a ceremony honoring both the 50th anniversary of Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the National Park Service’s 100t…

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As stunning in scope as it is in its presentation, “The Old North State at War – The North Carolina Civil War Atlas,” recently released by the N.C. Office of Archives and History, is a compilation of North Carolina’s role in the Civil War. The oversized 190-page volume penned by historian an…

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The Core Sound Decoy Festival, sponsored by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, puts an emphasis on the traditional craft of decoy carving in hopes of passing the skill down to younger generations. Events are held at the group’s headquarters, which is located just before the bridge to Harker…

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The Sensation is something of an icon on the Morehead City waterfront. The busy charter boat, captained by Dale Britt since 2006, can be spotted coming in and out of port daily, unloading its catch along the boardwalk to the delight of gathering tourists.

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Under a bare-beam carport to the side of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, Harkers Island, the Jean Dale is catching her second wind. She sits proudly atop a cement strip in the floor, flanked by wooden supports and surrounded by a catwalk to facilitate the ongoing work. This is her house – a structure built to protect her from the elements she has weathered for more than half a decade.