August 28, 2014

Day at the Docks 2014 will be
Sept. 20 at the Hatteras waterfront


The 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.

Day 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.

The 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. 

On 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.

On 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.

Saturday, 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 Registration can also be done weekdays in person at Hatteras United Methodist Church.  Call Linda O'Neal at 252-986-2149 for more information.

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:

  • Music 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.
  • Seafood 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.
  • Seafood 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 throwdown emcees.
  • 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.  
  • An educational tent and a tent for community organizations will be open all day for information on everything from weather forecasts to marine fisheries.
  • Crab races, a concrete marlin contest, and kids' fishing tournament with times to be announced.  
  • The 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' activities.  
  • 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.

The 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.

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