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“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

CHARLESTON, SC July 29, 2014 – Situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington is awash in unusual tales and legends. A prevalent pirate hideaway, the area harbored the infamous Blackbeard and the cunning Calico Jack Rackham. Since its initial settlement, the region has witnessed an abundance of fantastical lore, including passionately fought duels, explosive train wrecks, Revolutionary and Civil War heroes and some legends that are said to take the form of apparitions. At the local Cape Fear Wine & Beer pub, the ghost of a fallen redcoat can’t seem to get enough of a frothy porter brewed from yeast salvaged from an early nineteenth-century shipwreck. Wonder at these and other fascinating and strange tales as local […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Bussing across the U.S.A.
By July 27, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Bussing across the U.S.A.

San Diego, CA, July 27th, 2014-Crossing the country on a bus is something everyone should try to do more often. It’s a reasonably affordable way to actually see things. I rode the Greyhound from Wilmington, NC to Los Angeles, CA with a slight layover for Bonnaroo and a little Salem, VA vacation. You read about the festival previously and leaving the farm in Coffee County and the campsite was a pretty bittersweet moment for me. It was so much fun, you just wanted to go back and start over. Unfortunately, if you stick around after the music stops, it’s time to clean. I briefly considered trying to hitch a ride to LA or Denver from the festival but jumped into […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Bonnaroovian Adventures
By July 13, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Bonnaroovian Adventures

San Pedro, CA, July 13th, 2014-I left North Carolina on a Greyhound from Wilmington headed towards Roanoke, VA. It was a 14 hour ride but it was overnight and really not that bad, to be honest. People complain about the bus but they’re air conditioned, some have wifi and all have a bathroom. You do have to share a little personal space but it isn’t bad at all. I was on my way to what would be one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Bonnaroo is a 4 day music and art festival in Manchester, TN. I’d never been to a festival before and was a little anxious to get started. I was also a little bit nervous. I […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades
By June 24, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades

San Pedro, CA, June, 23, 2014-I don’t like to fly. Something about the entire process just makes me want to scream out loud about how crazy we all must be in order to pack ourselves into what amounts to a pile of metal and hurl ourselves into the air. Despite my misgivings about defying gravity, I made the decision to buy a round trip ticket to NC from Denver after talking it out with several of my friends. I needed to downsize my bags and my guitar needed to be put in a closet after sustaining some road wear. I packed the things I wanted to leave, along with the essentials and flew to Jacksonville, where my friend Steve and […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Colorado Crazy
By June 2, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Colorado Crazy

Sneads Ferry, NC, June 2, 2014-On March 1st, I came into Denver on the Amtrak for the first time. I was staying with a friend in Arvada and after a 44 hour train trip that had drunks, cops, wifi hijackers and some crazy conversation, I needed to sleep for a day or two. It wound up being two. I did some laundry and caught up with my buddy, Taylor, while starting to look for work. Last winter, Taylor took an Elk in Wyoming and that first night, we split a backstrap and I started to fall in love with the state of Colorado. It was the first Elk I’d ever tasted. I have to admit that I was pretty broke […]

A Pirates Exile: Things to Remember
By May 4, 2014 Read More →

A Pirates Exile: Things to Remember

Denver, Colorado, May 3, 2014-Well, it finally happened. I stayed so long in one place that the articles I’ve been writing have caught up to me. When we left off, I was on the Amtrak headed to Denver with no clue what awaited me. Rather than stumble through a sloppy recollection of the last two months just to give you guys something to read, I’ve decided to change things up for now. I spent 6 weeks in the Rockies at a ski resort, cooking at a restaurant and I’m currently starting week 4 in Denver. Suffice it to say that the only way I can do Colorado justice is to split it into two articles, the mountains and the city. […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  New England Rambling
By April 3, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: New England Rambling

Dillon, CO, April 3, 2014- Coming into Fairhaven, Massachusetts, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I was staying with a cousin of mine that I hadn’t seen in about a decade.  We had a weekend to catch up.  My Grandma in Tampa originally hails from this part of the world and I wanted to get the opportunity to lay eyes on it.  After spending so much time in NY, having only a week in Massachusetts was definitely a call to reality and to the pace that I had set for myself.  This was a guerrilla visit with several stops in several different locations and I would have to maneuver well in order to do everything I wanted to. Massachusetts […]

NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 – NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at www.ncpedia.org. The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “The North Carolina Gazetteer” is a dictionary of North Carolina’s geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins. First published by the UNC Press in 1968, it was compiled by noted North Carolina historian William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus […]

Moore County Student, Casey Coggin, Wins Poetry Out Loud for Second Time

Moore County Student, Casey Coggin, Wins Poetry Out Loud for Second Time

RALEIGH, NC March 18, 2014 – Casey Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County is the North Carolina champion of Poetry Out Loud for the second consecutive year and will compete in the national finals next month in Washington, D.C. The 16-year-old Goggin’s wowed the judges with his recitations of the complex poems The Bad Old Days by Kenneth Rexroth, Chorus Sacerdotum by Fulke Greville and To Elsie by William Carlos Williams. He was challenged by 33 other students from across the state in the annual recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Goggin, who is a member […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Wandering in Winter
By March 18, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Wandering in Winter

March 18, 2014, Dillon, Colorado-If you’ve ever driven through the Adirondacks in winter, you know what I mean when I say that there are literally cliff faces of ice that line the highways.  I was in three different states this winter, taking in the polar vortex in some of the most incredible places I know of in the northeast.  When I left D.C. a few days before Christmas, I was on my way to Canton, Pennsylvania and my Dad’s side of the family by way of an overnight in Harrisburg. I headed away from our nation’s capital with my sister, who was kind enough to shuttle me off to the next stop on my agenda.  We met my cousin, Sherri, […]

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