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BEAUFORT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, guest post by Terrance Zepke

Into food and wine? Then you need to make plans to attend this fun event. The Eighth Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend will be held April 25 – 29 in Beaufort, North Carolina. There are lots of special events to choose from, but a few are already sold out. Ticket cost depends on the event, ranging from free to $95 for gourmet wine dinners. It is one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state, but winemakers come from as far as Sonoma, California. And this years promises to be spectacular with an A-list of chefs participating.

One of the chefs participating this year is Chef/Owner Scott Howell of Nana’s in Durham. Nana’s is ranked as one of the top twenty best organic restaurants in America and  has won Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” for its wine menu. But I’m especially excited about Chef Nathan Thurston. He is the top chef at one of my favorite restaurants, Ocean Room at The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island. I know firsthand why he’s won numerous American Culinary Federation competitions.

There will be lots of special events, such as wine and cheese tastings with live music, seminars, wine dinners, a contest for the best bartender concoction, and cooking demonstrations. If you’d rather have a cold beer than a glass of Riesling, then plan to attend on Saturday, April 28. There will be barbeque from a couple of top pit masters and some great beer breweries, such as Sierra Nevada and Natty Greene Brewing Company, will be featured.

The event is a fundraiser for the Beaufort Historical Association and the NC Maritime Museum at Beaufort. So, be sure to drink and eat lots in the name of charity!

For more information, visit http://beaufortwineandfood.com

Terrance Zepke, Guest Blogger
Author of Coastal North Carolina and Ghosts & Legends of the Carolina Coasts

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Guest Post: Oldest and Largest North Carolina Festival

The Azalea Festival held on April 11 – 15 in Wilmington is the oldest and largest festival in the Old North State. This year marks the 65th year that it has been held and promises to be one of its best years.

The event kicks off on Wednesday morning with the arrival of Queen Azalea, which will be Erika Dunlap, Miss America 2004. The traditional garden party will be held at Airlie Gardens on Friday and a wonderful two-hour parade will kick off Saturday’s events. The parade will include floats, marching bands, circus animals, clowns, and celebrities. Following the parade will be an all-day street fair on Saturday and Sunday. Participants will be rewarded with live musical and dance performances, a kids’ area, food vendors, dance contests, special exhibits, visiting ships, and lots of arts and crafts. There will be a concert and fireworks on Saturday night.

Some of the spectacular festival-sponsored events that will also be held during this time is the Azalea Garden Tour and Azalea Home Tour. This is your chance to see private homes and gardens that are not normally open to the public. For more information, go to www.azaleagardentour.org and www.historicwilmington.org. For a schedule of other fun events, such as a traveling tent circus, coin show, and boxing tournament, check out
www.ncazaleafestival.org/schedule.asp

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the magnificant azaleas! You won’t want to miss the beautiful, blossoming azaleas that can be found all over greater Wilmington. For more information on the festival, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org

Terrance Zepke, Guest Blogger
Author of Coastal North Carolina: Its Enchanting Islands, Towns and Communities www.terrancezepke.com

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An Update on ORVs on Outer Banks Beaches by Terrance Zepke

UPDATE! A few days ago I wrote a post about a new NPS regulation requiring permits for all ORVs to access Outer Banks beaches (see below). Soon thereafter, The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance filed a lawsuit against the new regulation. The NPS says it was done to protect turtles, shorebirds, and other wildlife. The alliance says there is no proof that off-road vehicles on the beach does any damage to wildlife. Environmental groups have already begun denouncing the lawsuit.

The National Park Service is initiating an ORV (off-road vehicle) plan for Outer Banks beaches. This new regulation will go into effect on February 15, 2012. Some things you need to know before you go:

  • Every vehicle must have its own ORV permit. No piggybacking off someone else’s permit.
  • You must not exceed the speed limit, which is 15mph, unless otherwise posted.
  • There are two types of permits: ($50) weekly and ($120) annually. Note: No day rate but there is limited access on Hatteras and Ocracoke beaches.
  • The permits may be obtained at NPS offices during normal business hours, seven days a week, at: Bodie Island at the north end of the Coquina Beach parking lot (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head, NC); Hatteras Island by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC); Ocracoke Island by the NPS visitor center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC).
  • You must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration. You will be required to fill out a form, pay the fee, and watch a brief educational video.
  • The permit must be prominently displayed on your vehicle while engaging in off-road driving. Maps are available that show designated ORV areas at the permit offices and OB visitor centers, as well as on their website, www.nps.gov/caha

For more information, call 252-473-2111 or visit the park website.

Guest Blogger, Terrance Zepke
Author of Coastal North Carolina and Ghosts and Legends of the Carolina Coasts

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Guest blog: News About Driving on Outer Banks beaches

The National Park Service is initiating an ORV (off-road vehicle) plan for Outer Banks (NC) beaches. This new regulation will go into effect on February 15, 2012. Some things you need to know before you go:

  • An ORV permit will be required from now on.
  • Every vehicle must have an ORV permit. No piggybacking off someone
  • else’s permit.
  • You must not exceed the speed limit, which is 15mph, unless otherwise posted.
  • There are two types of permits issues: ($50) weekly and ($120) annually. Note: No day rate but there is limited access on Hatteras and Ocracoke beaches.
  • The permits may be obtained at NPS offices during normal business hours, seven days a week, (but not prior to 2/15/12) at :
  1. Bodie Island at the north end of the Coquina Beach parking lot (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head, NC);
  2. Hatteras Island by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC);
  3. Ocracoke Island by the NPS visitor center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC).

You must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration. You will be required to fill out a form, pay the money, and watch a brief educational video.

The permit must be prominently displayed on your vehicle while engaging in off-road driving. Maps are available that show designated ORV areas at the permit offices and OB visitor centers, as well as on their website, www.nps.gov/caha

For more information, call 252-473-2111 or visit the park website at: www.nps.gov/caha.

Terrance Zepke, author of Coastal North Carolina and Lighthouses of the Carolinas
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What’s going on in the Carolinas?

Charleston Wine and Food Festival will be held March 4 – 12 in Charleston, SC. Some of the best chefs in America can be found in the Lowcountry, so this is a great opportunity to sample their cuisine. www.charlestonwineandfood.com

Or check out the Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival (February 3-5) at the Coast Line Event Center in the historic district of Wilmington, NC. www.wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com

IronMan 3 will be filmed in Wilmington, NC starting this summer and throughout 2012. The movie will come out in 2013.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will unveil a new outdoor “Adventure Reef” in late spring that features a climbable reef with a moray eel slide, giant octopus, and more. In late 2012, a new whale and dolphin exhibit will be added. www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

The 65th Annual Azalea Festival will take place April 11-15. It is one of the biggest annual events along the North Carolina coast. www.ncazaleafestival.org

A contract was awarded to a Colorado company to design a new cruise ship terminal for Charleston, SC. This will make Charleston much more competitive with Norfolk and Fort Lauderdale.

Guest blogger Terrance Zepke
Author of Coastal North Carolina and Coastal South Carolina: Welcome to the Lowcountry
www.terrancezepke.com

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SOMALI PIRATES CAPTURED!, a guest post by author Terrance Zepke

Six weeks ago, an Iranian fishing vessel, Al Mulahi, was seized by Somali pirates. Thanks to a quick-thinking captain and crew, the men
aided in their own rescue by dumping fuel and requesting help over the ship’s radio. The captain spoke in a language that the pirates did not understand, so they did not know that he was summoning help! Despite their suspicions of piracy, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service was not able to intervene until this week when the captain officially asked for aid. Otherwise, they might have sparked an international incident given our relations with Iran and the fact that the U.S. has been warned not to return to the region by senior Iranian defense officials. It was a coup for the international piracy task force given that fifteen Somali pirates were captured, along with their floating base and weapons cache.  The best news is that none of the thirteen hostages were harmed. The war on piracy continues…

Guest blogger Terrance Zepke
Author of Pirates of the Carolinas and Pirates of the Carolinas for Kids
www.terrancezepke.com

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Pineapple Press Ghost Books

Are you looking for Florida ghosts? Georgia ghosts? North Carolina ghosts? South Carolina ghosts?

Look no further! We sell a ton of regional ghost books that are sure to scare you.
Check out this link to learn more.

Here is a listing of our ghost titles:
Ancient City Hauntings
Ghosts of St. Augustine
Oldest Ghosts
Florida Ghost Stories
Haunting Sunshine
Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore Vols 1, 2, 3
Ghost Orchid Ghost
Haunt Hunter’s Guide to Florida
Best Ghost Tales of North Carolina
Best Ghost Tales of South Carolina
Ghosts and Legends of the Carolina Coasts
Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts
Ghosts of the Carolinas for Kids
Ghosts of the Georgia Coast
Haunted Lighthouses and How to Find Them

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A new contest by author Terrance Zepke

Check out this link to enter this week’s contest being run by author Terrance Zepke. It’s called Crazy about NC Coast. You could win an autographed copy of Coastal North Carolina.

http://terrancezepke.com/2011/09/19/crazy-about-nc-coast-contest-question-1/

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FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD VISIT CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE

  1. If you make it to the top, you can say that you climbed to the top of America’s tallest lighthouse.
  2. It’s an excuse to visit the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
  3. To see where and learn how the beacon (which is the equivalent of a 12-story building) was moved. A remarkable feat!
  4. Because it is one of the few lighthouses that permits night tours and full moon climbing tours (seasonally).
  5. The view from the top offers a bird’s eye view of the lower Outer Banks.

For more on Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and all the other beacons that dot the shores of the Carolinas, check out Lighthouses of the Carolinas Second Edition, by Terrance Zepke. For more on the author and her books, visit www.terrancezepke.com


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Win a copy of Lighthouses of the Carolinas 2nd ed by Terrance Zepke

Who doesn’t like to win?

Now’s your chance! Head over to author Terrance Zepke’s website and get the details about her upcoming contests. Next week, one lucky contest winner can win a copy of Lighthouses of the Carolinas 2nd ed. Don’t miss out. http://terrancezepke.com/

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