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Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, N.C. -- Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Friends of Portsmouth Island would like to invite everyone to the celebration of Portsmouth Homecoming on April 24, 2010. Held every two years, the theme of this year’s event, “Portsmouth Lives,” will highlight the grand opening ceremony for new exhibits recently installed by the National Park Service.
The exhibits tell the story of the rise of Portsmouth Village to become one of the most prominent seaports in North Carolina and the many forces of change culminating in the Civil War that lead to its decline and evolution into a coastal fishing community. Exhibits are featured at the Dixon-Salter Visitor Center, the Post Office, Schoolhouse, Life-Saving Station, and the originally furnished Methodist Church.
This year’s celebration will feature demonstrations of coastal life such as quilting, boat building, net making and decoy carving. The traditional homecoming program, storytelling, hymn singing in the Portsmouth Methodist Church, and a special stamp cancellation will also be included in the day’s events. Everyone is encouraged to bring food and drink to share for a “dinner on the grounds.”
Passenger ferries from Ocracoke begin at 7:30 a.m. The Homecoming Program begins at 9:00 a.m. Ferries will begin returning to Ocracoke at 2:00 p.m. Bring your own boat or contact Rudy Austin (early) (252.928.4361) for ferry reservations.
In case of inclement weather, the Portsmouth Homecoming will be held at the Assembly of God Church at Ocracoke beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by “dinner on the grounds.”
For more information, contact: Richard Meissner (252.728.2250 ext. 3008) at Cape Lookout National Seashore or visit the Friends of Portsmouth Island web site at http://www.friendsofportsmouthisland.org.