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Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 Web Final

September 2016

Frisco Native American

Frisco Native American Museum FRISCO NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM & NATURAL HISTORY CENTER PARTICIPATING IN TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK One of the joys in life is seeing a child light up with the excitement of discovery. Opportunities to do that will abound during the annual “Take a Child Outside Week” September 24-30, 2016. The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History will join with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and partner organizations across the U.S. and Canada to provide a week of fun and challenging ways to explore the natural world. “We know the importance of physical activity and the means to interact with nature,” said Carl Bornfriend, executive director of the museum. “Our goal is to support the program objectives to break down obstacles and create confidence and a sense of enthusiasm for new adventures in the wild. In order to help facilitate that, the museum will provide complimentary admission to families, teachers, and caregivers who bring pre-school and school-age children to the museum during the week of September 24-30, 2016.” The museum nature trail includes several acres of maritime forest with geese, ducks, and other wild birds inhabiting the large pond and waterway that crosses the trail. Winding paths include exhibits on plant life, Native American habitat, a longhouse under construction and a fossil pile for hands-on activities. Opportunities will also be available to work on a 10 foot cypress log and help transform it into a dugout canoe using shell scrapers and lots of “elbow grease.” Other program opportunities are available with advance planning. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only. For more information visit or call 252-995-4440. It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings. -- Mahatma Gandhi Are Drugs & Alcohol Phone: 252-338-8476 Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center “Serving the Young at Heart, Adults 55 or Older” The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exciting programs, trips and activities for the senior citizens of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. We strive to create a “family” atmosphere that promotes social, mental, physical and emotional overall well-being. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Senior Center Lauren Turner Senior Center Coordinator Phone: (252)337-6661 or (252)337-6662 26 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016

Northeast North Carolina Family History – Camping… By: Irene Hampton - Last month, my husband and I returned from a visit to a camp in central North Carolina where a group of girls from our church were camping for a week. Remember the week where the weather forecasters were stating that it hadn’t been this hot for four years. And the humidity kept getting the “when it’s this high it’s tropical” comment! Well that‘s the week these brave souls were hanging out in tents. No air conditioning, a random snake nicknamed “Bob,” and a lot of fun activities involving water and lots of it. I did manage to return with a least one itchy chigger bite which was surprising as my husband is usually the chigger magnet. All that, especially the bug bite, reminded me of camping with my family. We never took a vacation to a resort, well we did live in one year round, in the Canadian Rockies, but no Disneyland or theme parks for us. No, when we went on vacation, we camped. Back before the days of seat belt laws, my parents would pack up a three room tent – yes, a three room tent, which travelled in the back seat and we kids rode on top of it. And everything else needed for six people fit in around it. We would drive to the Okanagan area of British Columbia and everything would get unloaded and the tent (did I mention it was three rooms) would get set up. Finally we had shelter and invariably when I threw myself down in the room my sister and I shared, I would get stung by whatever stinging creature was available. I don’t remember how many years we did this, but I know it seemed like forever. I remember one of my mother’s favorite comments was from a man who watched them pack everything up and get it and us in the car. He shook his head and said he was waiting to see if it could all (remember the three room tent) fit in our car. He was impressed when it did. If you’ve missed my ambivalence, I was a lot less impressed with camping than he was. So of course I married someone who enjoys camping and raised two sons who attended Boy Scout camp every summer. My husband was a Scoutmaster at various times and when he was, his troop camped at least once a month. When our boys needed an extra campout for a rank advancement, off they’d all go, thankfully leaving me behind. One of his favorite trips was a 60 mile canoe trip down the James River in Virginia with our oldest son. Our youngest son has introduced his fiancé to camping both in the winter snow and more recently, mountain summer. She posted a beautiful sunrise shot of the entire group in hammocks swinging between trees with a mountain meadow in the background with the comment she was really starting to like this outdoor “thing.” Oh well. All this begs the question, what did the family of your youth do for summer vacation? Were they fun or were they disasters? Or maybe something in between? What stories could you share that would help your current family come to appreciate their ancestors better? I can’t help but remember the times in the car with my children when our youngest would complain that his older brother was “looking at him.” I still use that to gently tease him, on occasion – I’m not sure if it’s a favorite memory for him, but it still amuses me. I hope you’ll take the time to relive and share some of those vacation memories and plan to create more in the future. Next month, October, is Family History Month. Set a goal to gather and be ready to share some memories (vacation or otherwise) with family members. Irene Hampton earned a Certificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 27