For the past 25 years, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center has been preserving and protecting Down East heritage and traditions.
On Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, the museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a weekend of events that focus on Down East customs and traditions.
The weekend starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, with the anniversary gallery reception, which is sponsored by Chadwick Tire Co. and BB&T.
The gallery is dedicated to Purcell and Helen Jones. Mr. Jones was the director of Camp Morehead by the Sea, founder of Ducks Unlimited in Carteret County and a waterfowler extraordinaire.
He became one of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum’s strongest voices for the establishment of the museum in 1992.
The exhibition will open with a dedication and a ribbon cutting. It documents the museum’s history, leaders and accomplishments.
After the ribbon cutting, a Core Sound heritage documentary will premiere.
“Core Values” tells the history of old decoys carved and used on the Core Sound.
The film features Doily Fulcher and Jerry Talton, decoy collectors and historians, vintage footage remembering Stacy carver, Homer Fulcher, aerials of Core Sound during hunting season and dozens of Core Sound decoys from more than 100 years of waterfowling.
Robbie Smith is the visionary and producer of the film. It will be on sale through the museum store and online.
Anniversary events continue Saturday, June 24, with Core Sound Community Day – A Day of Celebrating Our Traditions.
The day is from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes the Kent Hood Superior Craftsmanship Competition and Core Sound Rig of Six Competition.
As well as the decoy competitions, there will be community heritage programs.
Children of all ages can take part in learning activities from the museum’s education partners who will be on the front porch. Partners include the N.C. Coastal Federation, who will be discussing oysters; the Crystal Coast Beekeepers; discussing bees; Cape Lookout National Seashore, John Waszak, also known as Dr. Woz, who will discuss pond invertebrates; and Carteret County Wildlife Club, discussing trails and wildlife.
Willow Pond trail walks will be scheduled throughout the day.
The day will also feature arts and crafts, health screenings by Carteret Health Care, an antiques road show and Harkers Island traditional music by original recording artist, the late Ivey Scott.
Food will be provided by Carteret County fishermen, and museum visitors will be able to enjoy Core Sound’s original Sweet Puppies.
Listed is a full schedule for the anniversary weekend:
Friday, June 23: Core Sound’s 25th celebration begins
• 6 p.m.: 25th anniversary gallery reception. Sponsors are Chadwick Tire Company and BB&T.
• 7 p.m.: Purcell and Helen Jones Heritage Gallery dedication, recognizing Purcell’s Circle members.
• 7:15 p.m.: Exhibition
opening, ribbon cutting, showing of “This is Core Sound” documentary. Exhibition sponsors are Carlyle Adams Foundation, Big Rock, Wells Fargo and Don and Patsy Walston.
• 7:30 p.m.: Premiere showing of “Core Values,” a reflection on Core Sound duck hunting and decoy traditions.
Saturday, June 24: Core Sound Community Day – A Day of Celebrating Our Traditions
Sponsors are Carteret-Craven Electric and Carteret Health Care.
• 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Kent Hood Superior Craftsmanship Competition.
• 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Core Sound Rig of Six Competition (10 a.m. competition at Shell Point.)
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Arts and Crafts – Eastern North Carolina’s finest art, decoys, photography, model boats and collectibles.
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Health screenings provided by Carteret Health Care.
• 10 a.m.: Core Sound Anniversary Welcome – Recognition of Anniversary Sponsors.
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Building a Place for the People” Anniversary Exhibition will be open all day.
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Antiques (Waterfowling) Roadshow – Hosted by the N.C. Decoy Collectors Association. They will offer decoy and hunting artifact identification and appraisals.
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Gift shop porch sale and book signings.
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Children’s science learning activities.
• 11 a.m.: Tribute to Harkers Island’s legendary the late fiddler Ivey Scott
• 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Carteret County fishermen will serve fresh Core Sound shrimp burgers and hot dogs.
• 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Core Sound Crew will serve Core Sound’s original Sweet Puppies.
• Noon to 6 p.m.: Harkers Island Traditional Music – Celebrating the Scott-Rose family.
• 1 p.m.: North Carolina Working Shorebird Program.
• 2-3 p.m.: IWCA-Style Decoy Competition (float tank.)
• 3:30 p.m.: All decoy competition winners announced.