annual Day at the Docks, a celebration of Hatteras Island watermen,
will start with a roundtable discussion on Thursday evening, Sept. 18,
and conclude with events from early morning into the evening on
Saturday, Sept. 20, in Hatteras village.
at the Docks was started to celebrate the "Spirit of Hatteras"
when the village recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact
community, anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen. The
celebration, which now features events over three days, is a
confirmation of the strength of community, heritage and the living
traditions of the island's watermen.
Now in its ninth year, it has become a true celebration of the Hatteras Island way of life.
The event is supported by a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
Thursday evening kickoff event, "Talk of the Villages: Local and
Underloved," will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hatteras Civic Center. The
roundtable discussion, featuring four speakers from around the country,
will center on what it means to eat local sustainable seafood, as well
as how consumers and the seafood industry can help protect
healthy oceans and support local fishing communities.
Friday, the Hatteras Island Ocean Center on Highway 12 in the village
will be hosting an open house from 11:30 to 1:30 with refreshments.
Friday afternoon, from 2 until 4 o'clock, meteorologists from The
National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., will host a "Hurricane
Awareness Town Hall." It will be at the Graveyard of the Atlantic
Museum near the ferry docks and is sponsored by NOAA, N.C. Sea Grant,
WRN (Weather Ready Nations), and National Weather Service.
The schedule for the meeting is:
2 p.m. -- Welcome and Introduction
2:15 -- Hurricane Arthur Impacts, David Glenn, NWS
3:00 -- NHC Tropical Cyclone Product Changes, John Cole, NWS
3:20 -- Hurricane Hazel Anniversary and the 2014 Seasonal Update, John Cole, NWS
3:45 -- Tropical Q&A, feedback with NWS Newport staff
At 4 p.m. on Friday, Lee Robinson General Store will host the third
annual Taste of North Carolina, Hatteras Style. Donations will be
accepted to support North Carolina Watermen United.
Sept. 20, will begin with a new event, the Day at the Docks 5k race or
fun dash, sponsored by the Hatteras United Methodist Church, where both
will start and end
The Fishy 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and
the Dock Dash fun run and walk will begin at 9. Pushing strollers is
allowed, but not pets. Prior to Sept. 1, the cost is $25 for the Fishy
5K and $15 for the Dock Dash. Entry fee includes a T-shirt and
goody bag. All finishers of the Fishy 5K will receive a unique
finisher medal. After Sept. 1, the cost is $30 for Fishy 5K and
$15 for the Dock Dash. Online registration available at https://www.raceit.com/search3/event.aspx?id=28568.
Registration can also be done weekdays in person at Hatteras
United Methodist Church. Call Linda O'Neal at 252-986-2149 for
After the race and fun run, the celebration
moves to the village's working waterfront, where there will be non-stop
activities from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Here are some of the highlights:
on the main stage behind Village Marina off and on all day, featuring
Dave Densmore, Bob Zentz, Clifford Swain, Dixie Browning, Elvin Hooper,
James and Linda Charlet, and others.
preparation demonstrations at the food tent in Oden's Dock parking lot
by Amy Huggins Gaw, Sharon Peele Kennedy, Steve Bailey, Smith Island
Crab Pickers, and Michael Jenkins from the Mad Crabber restaurant.
Throwdown at 1 p.m. at the food tent in Oden's Dock parking lot. Chefs
Seth Foutz from Ketch 55 Seafood Grill in Avon and Eric Gill from
Breakwater Restaurant in Hatteras will prepare dishes using a local
seafood ingredient that will be revealed only when the event gets
underway. The chefs will have one hour to prepare dishes that will
be scored on taste, originality, presentation, and use of the entire
fish by a panel of judges. Bob Barris and Amy Huggins Gaw will serve as
- The Skipjack Ada
Mae all day at Oden's Dock. The skipjack Ada Mae was built in 1915
at Rose Bay by Capt. Ralph Hodges and named for his youngest sister who
loved to keep him company while he worked, chatting and singing along
with his sea chanteys. Ada Mae was used as an oyster dredger and
brought oysters to coastal waterfront communities during the early 20th
century. Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were
close to a 1,000 of these distinctive vessels sailing the waters of the
Chesapeake Bay, Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the rivers of coastal
North Carolina. Today there are only a few of these vessels left
in existence. Ada Mae is the only remaining skipjack that was
built in North Carolina.
- The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be giving Marsh Exploration Tours four times between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
educational tent and a tent for community organizations will be open
all day for information on everything from weather forecasts to marine
- Crab races, a concrete marlin contest, and kids' fishing tournament with times to be announced.
Coast Guard Auxiliary will be giving harbor tours throughout the day
from Village Marina's boat ramp. The Coast Guard will be at
Hatteras Harbor Marina with its 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and some kids'
- The N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries will have a display at Jeffrey's Seafood at Village Marina
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with examples of locally caught fish on ice.
- The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
will have its annual Chowder Cookoff. Everyday cooks and
restaurant chefs compete for the title of the island's best
chowder. For a donation, you can sample the entries.
- More good things to eat, including seafood, will be for sale by various Hatteras Island churches.
- New this year will be an "Artists Village," featuring local art by folks involved in the fishing industry.
- Awards to winners of the kids' fishing tournament, chowder cookoff, and others at 4 p.m. on the main stage.
The day will end with a parade of workboats into the harbor and blessing of the fleet at 6 p.m. in the harbor at Village Marina.
celebration will continue into the evening from 8 until 11 with a lawn
party at the Community Center with live music by the Cashmere Jungle
Lords of Richmond, Va. The event is free.
For more information, go to www.dayatthedocks.net.
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