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May 2016

Washington County

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Tom Harrison Photo The Washington County Chamber of Commerce has an exciting paddle route for this year’s Bear Fest on Saturday, June 4th, 2016! This pristine paddle trip in the heart of the Roanoke River Delta offers 2 options from which paddlers can choose. Both options depart from the NC Wildlife Boat Access Ramp located on Hwy 45 on the Roanoke River east of Plymouth. With regard to our estimated paddle times, bear in mind that individual paddle times will vary greatly (perhaps by one hour more or less) depending on wind speed and direction, amount of current, paddler’s experience, physical conditioning, pace, type of boat, and amount of stops to take pictures and soak in the natural beauty. To learn more or register - go online to Interested in information on lodging or overnight camping? Contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at (252) 793-4804. Classes at the Bead Spot Classes at The Bead Spot are by appointment during shop hours, Wednesdays thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. All classes are $20 per person plus materials. Participants can choose to learn the basics of jewelry making. Students will learn how to string and finish a necklace with a clasp and make a pair of earrings. Additional classes include: Introduction to Kumihimo – the Japanese art of braiding cord. Kumihimo II – Learn to add beads to your Kumihimo braid. Beadweaving Classes: Peyote, Herringbone, Brick Stitch, Dutch Spiral, etc – The bead weaving sessions demonstrate various techniques working with needle, thread and seed beads. 14 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016

BullFroggin By Jimmy Fleming mrfl There is something about a warm night in early spring that draws a fella’s attention to the weedy banks of a canal or pond. In the dark of night, in spite of mosquitoes and snakes, in search of the elusive and tasty bullfrog. As a youngster I followed my granddaddy William a many a night as we walked his secret frog spots in Scotia, Riders Creek, and on the Levels. We would be equipped with an old 2 cell flashlight, rubber boots, a burlap sack, and sometimes an old single shot 22 rifle. We used to catch the frogs that were close enough with our bare hands or we might be lucky enough to have a gig or a net with us. The frogs that were too far away for catching were shot with the old 22 and then scooped up with the net. I can remember nights in later spring when the roar of frogs hollering could be heard everywhere. That was my favorite time to go froggin’. You could hear frogs hollering everywhere and sometimes we would start as soon as it got dark and stay out until after midnight. As I got older the tools for froggin’ got better. There were Q beam spot lights, waders and hip boots, long gig poles with 5 prong gigs, and folks had better vehicles so they would travel farther away from home to go froggin’. I have frogged with some mighty fine froggers since my grandpa. Some of my buddies that I really enjoyed froggin’ with were Ray “Swamproot” Roughton, Elmo Hassell, Mike Spruill, Ricky VanHorn, and Aubrey Ludford. We spent many a night in search of frogs and it sometimes served as a date also when we would bring along our lady friends. Nothing like spending a spring night riding around Alligator or Gumneck gigging frogs with that special lady in your life. The true rewards of froggin’ came once you got home and got them cleaned. Sometimes we couldn’t wait until the next night for supper and we would come in the house and break out the frying pan and cook up a mess of legs for a midnight snack. FROGLEGS are good eating!!! I f you can get that squeamish person to ever try them they will more than likely get hooked. As my son Ty was growing up, he and I frogged the canals of Crosslanding where we lived at the time. Sometimes it would be just the two of us or sometimes we would invite friends, but we had many great hours walking pond and canal banks and bull froggin’. I don’t go froggin’ near as much as I used to, but I sure am glad to see that my son, his two boys, and his friends are still carrying on the tradition and having a good time bull froggin’ in Tyrrell County. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. We are located in downtown Elizabeth City. Our mission is to make using tobacco a thing of the past! Come by The Vapor Station every Saturday to receive 10% off Seduce Juice when you mention this ad. Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 15