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Wednesday Morning Will Be Miserably Cold
Our so-far, so-pleasant November is rapidly disappearing. Temperatures started dropping this afternoon, and will continue to drop until 6 tomorrow morning. During tomorrow’s commute actual temps could be as low as 30 degrees, and gusty, north winds will make it feel ten degrees colder.
The good news is the line of rain showers that will be hitting us by late afternoon should be gone before the freezing air gets here. The National Weather Service has Eastern Carteret under a freeze warning from 1 am to 8 am but doesn’t expect there to be any ice on the roads. We’re also under a wind advisory from 4 pm today through 10 am Wednesday with gusts up to 45 mph possible.
Highway Cleanup Volunteers Needed
The Friends of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort need volunteers to help clean up their Adopt-a-Highway section from the eastern base of the Beaufort bridge to Highway 101. The cleanup takes place at 10:30 am Tuesday, Nov. 19, and is expected to last two hours. Email Gina Holland or call the Friends’ office at 252-728-1638 for more information.
Did you know that the Washington Post recently ran an article on Ocracoke’s struggle with sea level rise? Read it here
Lennoxville Boat Ramp Reopens
The Wildlife Commission’s boat ramp on Lennoxville Road passed inspection Thursday and reopened Friday. The old gravel parking lot was replaced with two surfaces: asphalt along the driveways and a permeable gravel and mesh covering on the parking spaces to help with stormwater runoff. The town and the NC Coastal Federation also took part in the project. Read more about it here
Share Your Florence Experience
Your Hurricane Florence experience could help the entire community, but only if you share it! Researchers partnering with SeaGrant, Duke University, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and the Town of Beaufort are collecting these experiences – specifically from Eastern Carteret residents – to help inform future hurricane preparedness strategies. The event takes place 6-8 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Train Depot in Beaufort. Light refreshments will be offered.
We’re looking for social, church and charity organizations to partner with! If you’d like to publicize your group’s monthly news at no cost, contact the editor. You can take a look at the Beaufort Garden Club’s November News to get an idea.
Town of Beaufort News
- The Planning Board will meet Thursday, but the only items on the agenda are September’s minutes and the 2020 calendar.
- The Board of Commissioners did not meet this week due to the Veterans Day holiday. They will meet for their regular monthly meeting Nov. 18.
Take a look at what’s going on in Carteret County below, or submit your own event.
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Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, located at 315 Front St. in downtown Beaufort, for the free Merry-time for Tots program. The program is held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and includes an age-appropriate activity and craft. Upcoming topics are Shark Tales Oct. 9; Whale of a Time Nov. 13; and Boats that Float Dec. 11. Advance registration is requested. For more information or to register,…Find out more »
Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, games, crafts, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 1o a.m. but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!Find out more »
The Brown Bag Gam lecture series has resumed for the off season! The program is designed to reflect that relaxed atmosphere and invites attendees to pack a lunch and come learn about North Carolina’s rich coastal environment and culture. Each of the programs begin at noon, and they are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Topics in the series include: Oct 17: the story of ‘Echo’ the juvenile…Find out more »
Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, crafts, games, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 1o a.m. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 1o a.m. but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!Find out more »
Donate Online Here Every year Holland Shepard Group with Keller Williams Crystal Coast holds a special event to encourage donations of bicycles to Toys for Tots. This event is called the Race to the North Pole and Holland Shepard Group has invited some of Carteret County’s community and business leaders to participate in an adult tricycle race. Participants ride in a series of small races against each other. Competition is fierce and a winner is crowned at the end of…Find out more »
Enjoy Holiday Brunch and pictures with Santa at 34° North Restaurant from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Choose from the full brunch menu and the children's menu. Santa will be at the restaurant to meet the kids. Parents don't forget to bring your camera! Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Beaufort's Loaves & Fishes. Complimentary valet parking available for restaurant patrons. Dining reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 252-838-7250 or visit our website and book through OpenTable.com. 34° North…Find out more »
Santa Claus will be on the Beaufort Waterfront Dec. 7, 14 and 21, ready to hear all about Christmas wishes! Visits are between 11 am and 3 pm, except on Saturday the 7th while Santa will be in the Beaufort Christmas parade from 1-2 pm.Find out more »
Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Beaufort Historic Site's Mattie King Davis Art Gallery will be showcasing work from local artist, Ken Moore. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art…Find out more »
Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants. The walk begins at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art walk maps will be available at participating locationsFind out more »
Kick-off the holiday season in beautiful historic Beaufort, NC. Start your afternoon by taking a stroll around town meeting talented artists and buying those perfect holiday gifts during The Beaufort Art Walk. Then later that night join the Beaufort Historical Association for our annual Christmas Candlelight Tour and visit gorgeous historic homes and buildings by candlelight. The Beaufort Historical Association’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tour will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The tour showcases Beaufort’s…Find out more »