May Meeting – John Batchelor — Chefs of the Coast

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month is John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer, food critic and author of Chefs of the Coast and Chefs of the Mountains.  He comes to us from the Triad and will have copies of his books for sale and signing.

Chefs of the Coast profiles 50 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the coastal region of North Carolina. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef’s cooking philosophy, influences, and personality.

Each profile also includes: A description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items; Color photographs of the chef, restaurant, and food. Sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region, and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land.

Batchelor has written about restaurants and travel since 1981. He is the restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News & Record and formerly for the Winston-Salem Journal.

Batchelor came across the idea for this book through his frequent judging of cooking competitions, including the “Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants compete in and around Asheville, N.C.) and the “Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants in and around Blowing Rock and the High Country).

 

From the President – May, 2017

By Elaine Henson

Our World War I exhibit will be opening soon.  We are focusing on soldiers with local ties to Wilmington and Federal Point. Over the next three months we will be featuring Major William A. Snow, Andrew Emile Kure, Sr. and Arthur Bluethenthal.

William Arthur Snow was born at Fort Hamilton, New York, to Major General and Mrs. William J. Snow.  He graduated from West Point in 1916 and was assigned to the Corps of Engineers as a Second Lieutenant. He first served in Mexico from graduation to the spring of 1917.  In late September, 1917, he sailed to France with the 2nd Division.  He immediately engaged his company in construction work and training for battle.

He was at the front in Verdun Sector, Chateau Thierry, Belleau Woods and Soissons being wounded twice and later serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany.  Major Snow was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Silver Cross, Chevalier Legion d”Honneur, Croix de Guerre with two Palms, and the  Silver Star Citation during the war.

Following the war, Major Snow served in the Army Corps of Engineering in Kansas after which he obtained a BS of Civil Engineering at M. I. T.  For the next two years he was in Washington, D. C. as assistant to the Chief Engineer in that district.

In July of 1926, he was assigned to Wilmington, N. C. as the chief engineer for the Wilmington District.  He was 32 years old.  His assignment was being in charge of the 93 mile continuation of the Intracoastal Waterway from Beaufort, N. C. to the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

There was only one land cut in the whole project that being the area we now know as Snow’s Cut.  That land cut, completed in 1930, transformed our Federal Point peninsula into an island requiring a bridge to cross over.  The cut and the bridge have been known ever since as Snow’s Cut, named for the young Army Corps Engineer.

Next month: Andrew Emile Kure, Sr.

Note:  Last month I mentioned the old Federal Point School on the Cape Fear River and stated that it was located on what is now known as Dow Road near Henniker’s Ditch, which would put it near the Newton Cemetery.  I was contacted by A.E. “Punky” Kure who told me the road leading to the old school on the river is about a quarter mile from where Dow Road curves and becomes K Avenue. 

Punky showed me several ledger sheets belonging to his grandmother, Ellen Kure, who owned the land and the building. They were dated early 1900s and showed $100 a month rent for the property paid by the School Board.  I apologize for the error and am most appreciative that Punky reads our newsletter so carefully and often calls us to task.  A historical society needs to have its facts straight and we welcome corrections when you see an error.

 

National History Day, 2017

National History Day®

Have you ever heard of it?

I hadn’t either, until about a year ago.  But the chance to meet young people who LOVE history and are engaged in the process of historical research intrigued me so I volunteered to judge at the regional level here in Wilmington.

As a volunteer judge, I reported to the Cape Fear Museum not quite sure what I had gotten myself into, but the short training session and some handouts made me familiar enough with the goals of the program to ease my worries.  We hear a lot about how little history kids get in school today, but the crowd of high schoolers at the Cape Fear Museum blew me away. Bright and knowledgeable, sophisticated and earnest, a building full of them renewed my faith in the next generation of historians.

I was assigned to judge individual documentaries. Each student had produced an up to 10 minute video using this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” Some were good, and some were okay, but our winning choice just blew me away!  A poised and articulate young woman presented her documentary on how, in the 1960s, Coach Dean Smith took a stand and helped integrate the UNC system and college basketball country-wide, something I knew nothing about. As we talked to her after we watched her film we discovered she is headed to UNC next fall to a program that combines History and Communications into a five year undergraduate and graduate program. Frankly, she’s ready for PBS or CNN now.

Because the competition is so large, the middle schoolers were at the Bellamy Mansion so I didn’t get to see any of them here at the regional. But, I’d volunteered to be a judge at the state competition as well and was assigned the middle school level documentaries in Raleigh.

What a day! The top three regional winners in each category; paper, exhibit, documentary, website, and performance, had qualified for the state level where the competition intensifies.

The North Carolina Museum of History and the State Archives Building were literally mobbed with young people and parents from all across the state. There must have been close to fifty judges to cover all the categories. I may be slightly prejudiced but the halls had the energy and feeling of a sports championship! I just loved seeing kids so totally engaged in history.

Among the documentaries I judged at the State level were ones on Bernie Sanders, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther, Edward Snowden, Alexander Hamilton, and our first choice Kay Lahusen, an early gay rights activist. Remember these kids were middle schoolers. They can do stuff with digital media and video editing software I can only begin to comprehend.  I so wanted to stop them and say, “Teach me how to do that!”

The top three winners in each category and age level advance to the national competition in College Park, Maryland in early June where they will join the 3,000 winners across the country to compete for top prizes.

Last year Jordyn Williams from Greenville, NC won a full four year scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her topic: “Exploring Plants and Society: The Life-Altering Encounters of Dr. Percy L. Julian.”

What I learned: It is cool to be a “history nerd” in today’s schools and colleges.  And that makes me relieved that there will be a new generation of historians to study history so we don’t make the same mistakes all over again.

– Rebecca Taylor

 Would you like to be a judge?  They are always looking for people for the regional here in Wilmington in late March.  I’d be glad to hook you up with the local coordinator. All it takes is a short (less than an hour) training and about ½ a day of your time on the day of the competition.

 

Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club

Featured Business Member
May, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

By the standards of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, May is late in the year for fishing. For over 30 years, these folks have started early.

With over 800 Facebook members and over 300 family memberships in the club itself, they are already out there at Snows Cut in February for the Chowder Cook-off. That is also when they award the prize for the largest fish of any species caught the year before on live bait and weighed in at Dennis Barbour’s place for the Chartbuster Tournament.

March finds them at the Dennis Barbour Fishing Seminar. Dennis provides so many things to this club. His warehouse is used as a storage place for all the gear they use for the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s fishing tournament held each year on Kure Beach Pier. This year it is on May 12th. This is about the 14th year for this remarkable event which gives back to the community and to those not as lucky.

The club was founded many years ago when boats gathered off of Carolina Beach and while using live bait to catch King Mackerel, they would shout out at every catch, “got ‘em on!”

Now, the club is catching a lot of flounder, but its roots go back to the King Mackerel tournaments.  Big money is still awarded to the winner of the July tournament named the “East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament.

The club meets at the Federal Point History Center each month and donates to the History Center as well. We are so very proud to have the Got-Em-On Club as Business Members.

If you are interested in fishing and generally having a great time year round with like minded souls, contact them and begin enjoying the fun of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club today!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/49595563365/

Society Notes – May 2017

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 85 visitors in April. We had 55 in attendance at the April Meeting. The gift shop took in $92.80.
  • The History Center was used for meetings held by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy
  •  Welcome to new members Eddie Capel of Carolina Beach, and Julie Memory of Carolina Beach.

 

Events Calendar – Summer-Fall 2017

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

Events Calendar Summer/Fall 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Jennifer Daughterty, Local History librarian for the New Hanover  Public Library, will talk to us about genealogy, genetic testing, and how it is affected by race and ethnicity.

 

 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Author Tanya Binford, will talk about her book Crossing the Wake.  At age 51 she took a year off work and  accomplished her goal of circumnavigating the  Eastern United  States in a 25 foot boat.

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Chris Fonvielle, author, historian and noted expert on Fort Fisher, returns to  present his newest program, “Sex and the Civil War.” This one is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development & Training Officer, NC Division of State Historic Sites, returns to present a program titled, “North Carolina Personalities of the War of 1812.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday,  November 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00.
Program: Vann Pearsall, of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, will present a program on the mission and goals of this nonprofit formed in 1992 to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.

 

 

Monday December 18, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members to celebrate the holiday season with all our history friends.

 

 

 

History Center — Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex

 ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.   federal-point-history.org.