May 2019
Mission of the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum - Beaufort
The Friends support and enhance the mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort through communications, programs,
and financial support.

Friends of the NC Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation.

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This Saturday, May 4th is the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show.  The show began in 1975 and Mr. Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford were conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats when they decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful… wooden boats. Though McNeill, director of the Hampton Mariners Museum in Beaufort (predecessor to the North Carolina Maritime Museum), had the ideal setting for such an event, the surrounding buildings and streets were not quite conducive to such a display, downtown Beaufort was still undergoing its transformation from a working waterfront to a quaint little tourist town. So an alternative waterside location was chosen on the East side of the Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City. Though only held at this locale twice, this early beginning would be the start of an annual event that pays homage to wooden boat building of the past and to those that continue the craft today.
The first Traditional Wooden Boat Show was actually called The Heritage Boat Show and was held in conjunction with a Bicentennial Heritage Week; there were nine boats that participated that first year. In 1976, twenty boats were entered in what was obviously a big hit in the community, just four years later the number of boats registered for the show would hit fifty.
One of the largest events was in 1982 when over 80 boats were registered.
Since its’ inception, the only year that the show did not go on was in 1985 when Hurricane Gloria brushed the coast on her due North track towards Long Island, New York. In order to make up for the cancelled event, Maritime Museum and Friends of the Museum staff decided to hold the boat show that following spring, a tradition which has continued ever since. Both Mr. Alford and Mr. McNeill worked for what is now the North Carolina Maritime Museum, host of the Annual Wooden Boat Show. They may have never anticipated that what they started forty years ago would still be going strong today, whether rain or shine. It is a gathering of friends and a welcoming of strangers to be looked forward to every year. Through the efforts of Museum staff, their support group The Friends of the Museum and numerous volunteers, the Wooden Boat Show has become a part of North Carolina’s maritime history.

We hope to see you Saturday!

Friends of the Museum
    Brent Creelman                 Gina Holland
Director of Operations      Director of Communications

315 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


1             Shackelford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History
3-5         Wooden Boat Show Activities
4             45th Annual Wooden Boat Show
8             Kayak the Salt Marsh
8             Merry-time for Tots: Pirate Hooks & Peg Legs
15           Brown Bag Gam: Explosion on the Steamer Pulaski
18-19      Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class
21           Kayak the Salt Marsh
23           Brown Bag Gam: Sea Turtles in North Carolina
29           Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve

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May 3-5
Wooden Boat Show
Saturday May 4
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Front Street in Beaufort
The 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show’s schedule of events will be packed full of exciting things to do. Set sail in a traditional wooden boat, or practice your boating skills in the Virtual Trainer. Don’t forget to stop by our vendors and of course visit all of our wooden boat exhibits. Wooden boat owners come from all over to be a part of the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show!

Saturday May 4
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Front Street in Beaufort
If you think traditional boat building has its challenges, you don’t have to look any further than the 12th Annual Beaufort National BoatBuilding Challenge. It’s an afternoon of fun and competition as the event showcases the art, skill and speed of traditional boat builders.

Sunday May 5
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Front Street in Beaufort
Cardboard and duct tape, that’s it. Three hours later a cardboard boat that will go into Taylor’s Creek for a rowing race. Some make it, others will wish they had used more duct tape!!  

June 14
NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort
On April 16th, eighteen volunteers that included Museum staff and Friends board members spent two hours cleaning up east of the Graydon Paul bridge to Highway 101.  Thirty-six bags of trash were collected.  The Friends staff send a big THANK YOU to all who helped make our community better.  Also, a special thanks to Keith Rittmaster for hosting the check-in and luncheon at the Bonehenge Whale Center.  

Watch your emails for future clean-ups and ways you may help!
Cyndi Brown is the new Public Information Officer for the NC Maritime Museums. Cyndi, who grew up in Orlando, Florida, attended the University of Central Florida, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in English. Her first professional job after college was as the corporate writer for a resort near Walt Disney World (and yes, she did work at Disney while going to college). After moving to North Carolina in 2000, she started working for The Daily News as the lifestyles editor for a weekly publication. She later moved to the daily newspaper and, after a series of promotions, was eventually named managing editor, becoming the first woman in the paper’s history to lead the newsroom. Under her leadership, the paper received General Excellence awards from the North Carolina Press Association two years in a row and the American Legion’s Fourth Estate Award, the only time the paper has received the prestigious national award. Her work history also includes three semesters teaching within the continuing education program at Coastal Carolina Community College and a stint with the American Red Cross. 
Cyndi and her husband Kevin, a Jacksonville, NC, native, live in Cape Carteret. They share their home with a black lab mix and a calico cat — both of which were rescues —and their yard with a small flock of chickens. 
Learn more about the Friends' sponsored Community Boating Clubs. 

License Plate Program
The NCMM license plate proceeds help protect and increase our understanding of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast. To learn more click here.
As a member of the Friends, you can join us by showing your appreciation of the value of the  coastal communities, both past and present. Your commitment is reflected through your dues, donations, and volunteer hours, which assist in supporting museum programming and exhibits.
Please join us by making a donation in one of the following ways:
Gifts for the Present
Gifts for the Future
Tangible Gifts
To learn more click here.

Business Memberships
There are many advantages to becoming a Business Member of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. With over nine events a year, your company has the opportunity to be recognized as a community partner.  To learn more click here.

Individual and
Family Memberships
The reason the museum can provide a large variety of programs and exhibits for the community is largely due to member support.  State funding makes the museum possible.  Membership support enhances community outreach and the quality of exhibits and programs.  To learn more click here.


Purchase your 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show Poster today.  Poster costs $20 and $50 with Remarque.  Click here for more information.
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14 - Friends Go Hollywood Fundraiser
20 - Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve

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NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-504-7740
Joseph W. Schwarzer - Director

Friends of the NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-728-1638
Walt Wood - President of the Friends of the Museum
Southport and Hatteras
About the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. 
The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   The museum is open to the public with free admission. Donations are always appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi Hamiilton, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history,