NEW BERN, NC March 15, 2013 – Tryon Palace will honor Core Sound’s rich maritime culture with “Salute to Core Sound” on Saturday, March 30. This celebration and benefit auction—complete with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a special screening of the new “Core Sounders” documentary and the live auction of a 21-foot handmade wooden sail skiff—also marks the end of the “Workboats of Core Sound” exhibit at the North Carolina History Center.
Since opening in August, 2012, “Workboats of Core Sound” has welcomed more than 17,000 visitors.
Several arts and crafts items with coastal themes will be auctioned during “Salute to Core Sound” but the highlight of this live auction will certainly be the Miss Kay. This magnificent 21-foot dead-rise Core Sound sail skiff was constructed on the Tryon Palace grounds last fall by master boatbuilder Heber Guthrie and his son Clifford. Originally from the community of Harkers Island, located in Down East Carteret County, the Guthries built Miss Kay using the traditional “rack-of-eye” method—that is, without drawings or plans.
“I guess it’s just something in my blood,” said Heber. “I love the smell of the wood and paint, and they’re just beautiful running on water.”
For those interested in seeing just how beautiful a Core Sound sail skiff looks on the water, Heber will take Miss Kay on her first and only voyage before the auction this Monday, March 18. The general public is invited to observe from Union Point Park in New Bern, beginning at approximately noon (weather permitting). Rides for the media are limited and must be reserved in advance.
“Salute to Core Sound” also includes a special screening of “Core Sounders.” A documentary created by the North Carolina Language and Life Program, “Core Sounders” depicts a fishing and boatbuilding community in Eastern North Carolina that’s teetering between 300-year-old traditions and the encroaching modern world.
These values are also preserved in Tryon Palace’s “Workboats of Core Sound” exhibit, originally organized by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, and the North Carolina Museum of History. Officially closing at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, this exhibit will be open during “Salute to Core Sound” as a final toast to its popular seven-month run. At the core of this exhibition is a collection of evocative photographs by Lawrence Earley, each offering an intimate look at the wooden workboats built in the fishing villages of Eastern North Carolina’s Core Sound region. The exhibit also features several extraordinary boat models, as well as three full-size skiffs.
“Salute to Core Sound” will be held in the North Carolina History Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as admittance to the “Core Sounders” documentary and the “Workboats of Core Sound” exhibit in the Duffy Gallery.
All proceeds from the live auction will benefit future exhibitions and related programming at the North Carolina History Center and Tryon Palace. Sealed bids for the Miss Kay are also being accepted in advance of the auction at the North Carolina History Center ticket desk, located at 529 South Front St. in downtown New Bern.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP before Friday, March 22. For more information or to make a reservation call (252) 639-3524.
Tryon Palace is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.