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Pea Island Lifesaving Station History

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Pea Island Lifesaving Station, in the years 1880 through 1915, housed the most unheralded American heroes this country ever produced. The only all-black crew that ever served in the US Lifesaving Service, the forerunner of the US Coast Guard, the men of Pea Island affected one of the greatest feats of lifesaving yet known during a late-season hurricane, Oct. 11, 1896. The schooner E.S. Newman, bound for Newport News, VA, from Providence, RI, struck at New Inlet in 95-mph winds, blowing so taut across the sea beach that exposed flesh was stripped from skin. As there were no dunes in those days, Pea Island was awash with storm surf. Four men tied themselves together on a dry patch of sand, anchoring the two strongest swimmers, Theodore Meekins and Rev. Stanley Wise, as they waded and swam 100 yards through hurricane surf to carry a line to the Newman, enabling the rescue of all 13 hands aboard. Ellen Gardiner, wife of Newman Capt. Sylvester Gardiner, wrote in her journal years later: &q…

Hatteras Reatly International Intern Experience

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If someone told me that working and vacationing at the same time actually works, I would not believe it. That is until last summer when I first got here. Tired from writing college papers and taking exams, after an exhausting 10 hour transatlantic flight, 3 plane changes and carrying all the baggage, I still remember the feeling when I first stepped out of the Norfolk Airport. The temperature was above 80 degrees – it rains a lot and it is cold in Lithuania, so this was something I really needed. This feeling was one of the many reasons why I came back to Hatteras Island again this summer.
Like a year ago, this summer work and vacation worked out pretty well for me. Though I work long hours in the office and am a little bit home-sick, I still feel like I am on vacation. My summer is no different than tourists’ that have to pay thousands just to come here and stay for a week or two. I spend my days off at the beach, climb the lighthouse, dine in local seafood restaurants, go to the movi…

Paddle Your Heart Out!

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The sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he’e nalu, is exploding worldwide! People of all ages are drawn to the sport for its ease of access, simple equipment, excellent core exercise potential and endless learning curve. From paddling the flat water of lakes and rivers to surfing the beach breaks and point breaks of the world. SUP is a sport that almost anyone can enjoy. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way forsurfinginstructors to manage their large groups of learner surfers, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint, increasing visibility of what was going on around them - such as incoming swell. In the early 1960's, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term "Beach Boy Surfing", another name for SUP, originates.
The warm shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound are a perfect loc…

Simple Shrimp Recipe

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1 stick butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried chives
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¾ teaspoon seasoned salt
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Hot cooked rice

Melt butter in skillet. Add remaining ingredients except for shrimp. Stir with a whisk until well blended. Add shrimp. Cook over medium heat, turning once, for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Serve over hot cooked rice. Spoon remaining sauce from skillet over shrimp and rice. Makes 2 to 4 servings.

For some more great Hatteras Island cooking tips and recipe ideas come to the Carolina Coastal Cooking show with Chef Bob Barris Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm.

Reconnect with Family on Hatteras Island

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The pace of family life has increased dramatically over the years. Between parent’s work, children’s school work, activities and sports there has been little time devoted to the family as a whole. Family dinners are scarce in this day and age and family movie nights are even rarer. These things are important to a family and can really change the way you interact with one another. 


The best way to slow things down and get back into the habit of spending time with family on a daily basis is to take a vacation. Get away from the stress of work and the rush of your busy schedule at home and take a trip to Hatteras Island. This is a great area for families looking to spend some quality time together. You can have a family dinner at a beautiful vacation home, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or a sunset on the Pamlico Sound. After dinner is a great time to take a walk as a family and watch the crabs run out from under you and see the flash of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse across the water. It i…

SeaWorthy Gallery

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Create beautiful photographs of beach landscapes! Learn how to make your beach photographs come alive with brilliant color, richness and clarity! The SeaWorthy Gallery in Hatteras hosts this two-part workshop.
The workshop will be led by Laura Ducceschi, a long-time friend of the Outer Banks, and award winning nature photographer. Laura’s images are in private and corporate collections and on display in galleries, shops, and restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic region. She has held many one-woman shows and is published in books, newspapers and calendars. Laura is on the faculty of the Wayne Art Center in the Philadelphia are. And, many of Laura’s works celebrating Hatteras are for sale now in the SeaWorthy Gallery.

The first part of the workshop, on Thursday evening August 5th, at the gallery from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, is a presentation, demonstration and discussion about the basics of composition, camera functioning, and resources for learning to edit your photographs. The second part of the wo…

Clams Casino

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3 dozen medium to large clams
¼ cup of chopped red bell pepper
½ cup of chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup of Parmesan cheese
¼ cup of finely chopped bacon
¼ cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons dried parsley
¼ teaspoon Old Bay
¼ teaspoon of thyme
1 cup of cracker crumbs
¼ teaspoon of paprika

In a small skillet, cook the bacon until crisp over medium heat. Crumble and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°. Wash clams. Place on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes or until the clams open. Discard any that do not open.Remove the meat from the shells and set aside In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the bell pepper, celery and onion in olive oil until tender. Remove from heat and cool.In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add clams and sautéed vegetables and mix well.Spoon the mixture into the cleaned shells and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with parsley, paprika, and more cheese if you’d like.Bake at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes.