September 1, 2015

Annual Day at the Docks
celebration will be Sept. 17-19

The annual Day at the Docks, a celebration of Hatteras Island watermen, will start with a panel discussion on sustainable seafood on Thursday evening, Sept. 17, and conclude with events from early morning into the early 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 11th year, Day at the Docks 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.

Here's an overview of the events:


The kick-off event for the weekend will feature a dynamic panel discussion on the myths and truths of seafood sustainability, separating seafood fact from fiction.  

"Talk of the Villages: From Local Waters to Your Plate" is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Wanchese commercial fisherman Dewey Hemilright, seafood distributor Ryan Speckman from Locals Seafood, chef Seth Foutz from Ketch 55 Seafood Grill, and cookbook author Elizabeth Wiegand. They will bring insight shaped by first-hand experiences at different points along the seafood supply chain, will share their personal stories, and will answer questions about marketplace choices that sustain healthy waters and support local fishing communities.


Hurricane Awareness Town Hall. A discussion is scheduled for 2 until 3:30 p.m. at the Hatteras Community Building, located behind the Hatteras Library, which is next-door to the Fire House. Meteorologists from NOAA's National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C., will give a presentation on both hurricane awareness and rip current safety and will answer questions.

Taste of North Carolina, Hatteras Style. From 4 p.m. until sunset on Friday, everyone is invited to Lee Robinson General Store and Sticky Bottom Produce for the fourth annual Taste of North Carolina, Hatteras Style, featuring the food, beer, wine, and music of the Old North State. Location of the store is on Highway 12 toward the ferry docks.


Fishy 5K and Dock Dash Fun Run. The day begins with the second annual Fishy 5K race at 8 a.m. and the Dock Dash fun run and walk that will begin at 9. The course will begin and end at Hatteras United Methodist Church and will take runners in a loop through the historic village.  The Dock Dash is a 1-mile loop that also begins and ends at the church. Pushing strollers is allowed, but not pets. The cost is $30 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.

Information on registration is available at Runners can also register on weekdays in person at Hatteras United Methodist Church.  Call Linda O'Neal at 252-986-2149 for more information. Packets can be picked up at the Taste of North Carolina on Friday evening or at the church on the morning of the event.

After the race and fun run, the celebration moves to the village's working waterfront, where there will be non-stop activities from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • Entertainment Tent. Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Performances include Clifford & Friends for some toe-tapping and singing from 11 a.m. until noon, folk singer Bob Zentz from 1 until 2 p.m., and the Smith Island Crab Co-op Picking and Singing from 3 until 4 p.m.
  • Seafood Throwdown. At noon at the Food Demonstration Tent. This year's annual event will be the first ever inter-island throwdown.  The 2015 Seafood Throwdown chefs are Taylor Rawl from The Mad Crabber Restaurant in Avon and Eduardo Chavez from Eduardo’s Taco Stand in Ocracoke. Rawl and Chavez will have one hour to create dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed only when the event gets underway. Dishes will be scored on taste, use of the whole fish, originality and presentation. Judges for 2015 are Reverend Richard Joyner from the Conetoe Family Life Center in Edgecombe County, Jack Thigpen with NC Sea Grant, and Ryan Speckman with Locals Seafood. Emcees are Bob Barris from Hatteras Realty, Jeff Aiken from Jeffrey’s Seafood, and food writer and Outer Banks SeaSalt founder  Amy Huggins Gaw. The secret seafood ingredient will be provided by Jeffrey’s Seafood and the produce by the Conetoe Family Life Center.
  • The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation annual Chowder Cook-off.  All day under the HICF tent. Everyday cooks and restaurant chefs compete for the title of the  island's best chowder. For a donation, you can sample the entries.
  • Good things to eat, including seafood, will be for sale by various Hatteras Island churches.
  • Artists Village, featuring local art by folks involved in the fishing industry.
  • Children's Fishing Contest.  Registration at 1 p.m. and contest begins at 2 p.m. at Hatteras Harbor Marina near Jeffrey's Seafood.  Lots of donated prizes for the kids.
  • U.S. Coast Guard 47' Motor Lifeboat. All day near Oden's Dock. Children really enjoy sitting in the captain's chair and "steering" the boat.  The "Coasties" also bring along their wet trainer, a device the children can climb into and learn how to repair a ship at sea.  With mallets and wedges, they react to sudden leaks while getting thoroughly soaked.
  • Education Tent. Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. An educational tent will be open all day for information on everything from weather forecasts to marine fisheries.
  • Community Tent. Information on local non-profits.
  • Harbor Tours. Tour the Hatteras village waterfront on the Albatross, the oldest boat in the historic Albatross Fleet. Tours will depart every hour, beginning at 10 a.m., with a maximum of six persons per tour, for a donation of $10 per person – cash or checks only. Make out checks to Day at the Docks. All children must be 42 inches tall and those under age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations for each -hour slot can be made at the Albatross Fleet Dock about 30 feet from the main stage.
  • Marsh Tours. The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be giving Marsh Exploration Tours at times that will be announced.  Look for the schedule and map when you arrive on Saturday.  
  • Crab races and T-shirt painting for kids. Look for times on schedule and map.
  • Competitions and Demos. A concrete marlin contest is planned for 1 p.m. Demos on such things as net picking and fish cleaning will be going on all day. Commercial fishermen and their boats will be around to answer questions and explain their work.
  • Awards Ceremony.  4 p.m. on the Main Stage. Winners of the kids' fishing tournament, chowder cook-off, concrete marlin, and others.

Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet. The day will end with a parade of workboats into the harbor at 5 p.m. and the blessing of the fleet at 5:30 p.m. in the harbor at Village Marina.

For more information, go to A map and schedule for Saturday will be available closer to the event.

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