May 1, 2, 2015 - HATTERAS VILLAGE - OUTER BANKS
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Danny Couch is a lifelong resident of Hatteras Island.
As a youngster, I used to ride around the island with my dad and our dog, "Caesar," in the ol' jeep. My big ears picked up all sorts of great stories at the tale-end of the good-old days - before cell phones, video games, and satellite TV - when people actually talked with each other.
I've saved those stories for you. By the time I am through, you'll be an Outer Banker too!
Elvin Hooper- local author, was born and raised in Salvo on Hatteras Island . Elvin transports you back in time when folks on these island lived by their wits and determination.
Elvin will transports us back to an earlier time on the Outer Banks when folks on these isolated islands lived by their wits and determination. Without conveniences we take for granted today, they relied on sailing ships to bring supplies and deliver mail. Families often kept a horse and cart for transportation . Funny, poignant, and exciting, these stories offer a look back at an amazing place and a way of life long gone.
Clifford Swain and his wife Billie live in Hatteras Village, NC. He is a retired educator, counselor, administrator and motivational presenter but music has always been an important part of Clifford’s life. Music is a way to safely communicate and express emotion while telling a story. His father, who was a gifted musician, taught him to play guitar when he was very young and gave him an appreciation for traditional music. Clifford enjoys playing all types of music but has a real love for artists like Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Willie Johnson, The Fairfield Four, The Blind Boys from Alabama, Hank Williams Sr., Sonny Boy Williamson, Bob Dylan and Delbert McClinton. To him Blues, Country, Folk and Gospel music are wonderful vehicles for expressing a story that enables you to lose yourself in a “truth” for the moment. Accompanying himself on the guitar and blues harp seem to be a natural way for him to paint a picture with music.
Ben Cherry lives in the coastal North Carolina. The Albermarle Sound near Ben's home served as one of Blackbeard's hideaways druing the pirate's swashbuckling days. Long working in the acting field, Ben's love of the sea and the lore that surrounds it drew him to the role of Blackbeard. Through his research, costumes, and authentic props, he gives a spellbinding rendition of this most famous pirate's life. Ben has been a stronghold at many nautical festivals such as Seafair in Seattle, WA, Harborfest in Norfolk, VA, and Pirates Week in Grand Cayman, BWI. After experiencing his stories, you will see why he is invited back year after year to these celebrations along with many schools, museums and corporate gatherings.
Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel Routh, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels.
When Rodney Kemp was named North Carolina Historian of the Year in 2003, he was really rewarded for decades of telling lies! Kemp is what old-timers in the Morehead City area call a “fish house liar,” delivering dozens of time-worn history-based stories that actually contain many truths.
The Historian of the Year award is presented annually by the North Carolina Society of Historians. The society’s main activities are the promotion of works by historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and preservationists. Rodney Kemp couldn’t have been a better recipient. Although his stories may be embellished, they capture the voices and experiences that characterize generations of coastal Tar Heels.
Kemp’s involvement with the Carteret County Museum of History and Art (now simply known as “The History Place”) is a perfect example of why he was named North Carolina Historian of the Year. The once small museum was originally located in the local community college’s church building, but a growing collection and interest in county history led locals like Kemp, along with lots of other volunteers and sponsors, to find and fund a new location.
James Charlet has been involved with the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum for the past 21 years and currently is the Historic Site Manager. His previous professional experiences were 24 years teaching North Carolina history, 13 years in historic interpretation at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Roanoke Island Festival Park; a writer, published author and public speaker he says “have all been to prepare me for this exact position!” The best thing about his dramatic stories is that they are all true.
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