Schedule of Events

Friday, June 23 – Core Sound’s 25th Celebration Begins

6 PM | 25th Anniversary Gallery Reception

7 PM | Purcell & Helen Jones Heritage Gallery Dedication & Recognition of Purcell’s Circle Members

7:15 PM | Exhibition Opening, Ribbon Cutting, & ”This is Core Sound” Film Preview 

7:30 PM |  Documentary Premiere of Core Values: Reflections on Core Sound Duck Hunting and Decoy Traditions


Saturday, June 24 – Core Sound Community Day

7:15AM - 1 PM | Kent Hood Superior Craftsmanship Competition

8:30AM - 11:30 AM | Core Sound Rig of Six Competition (10am, Competition at Shell Point)

9AM - 6PM |  Arts & Crafts – ENC’s Finest Art, Decoys, Photography, Model Boats, Collectibles

9AM - 6PM |  Health Screenings Provided by Carteret Health Care

10AM | Core Sound Anniversary Welcome – Recognition of Anniversary Sponsors

10AM - 6 PM |  “Building a Place for the People” Anniversary Exhibition Open All Day

10AM - 6 PM | Antiques (Waterfowling) Roadshow: Hosted by the NC Decoy Collectors Association
                         Decoy and Hunting Artifact Identification and Appraisals

10 AM - 6 PM | Gift Shop Porch Sale & Book Signings

10 AM - 6 PM | Children’s Science Learning Activities

11 AM | Tribute to Harkers Island’s Legendary Ivey Scott, Fiddler and Others

11:30-6 | Carteret Co Fishermen:  Fresh Core Sound Shrimp burgers and hot dogs

11:30-6  | Core Sound Crew – Core Sound’s original SWEET PUPPIES

12-6 | Harkers Island Traditional Music – Celebrating the Scott-Rose Family

1PM | North Carolina Working Shorebird Program

2-3 | IWCA-Style Decoy Competition (float tank)

3:30 | All Decoy Competition Winners Announced


A Few Weekend Highlights 

Music on Harkers Island, "It's what has held us together." Today the music lives on in the schools, band, chorus and especially in the churches, carrying forward a rich tradition of natural talent. This gathering at the museum will be history ... be there to soak it up and remember what Harkers Island really and truly is. 

Part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration will be the release of the CD -Harkers Island's Music Legend Ivey Scott, an original 1951 recording of "The Booze Yacht Run Ashore" and other songs from the 50s. 




Saturday, June 24th Schedule 

Rodney Kemp, Connie Mason, Wayne Martin and Islanders will talk about music on Harkers Island, from Ivey Scott and the “Booze Yacht” to James Allen Rose including memories from the island school singing in the 60s, Coastal Playboys, & Huckleberry Mudflap. Emily Styron (niece of Ivey Scott) and Allen Rose (son of James Allen) will play a few songs.

Wayne Martin, Director of the NC Arts Council, will present the original recording of Ivey Scott’s music from 1951. (This CD will be available starting that Sat, June 24.)

12:30 Free Grace Choir & Trios

1:30 Pentecostal Church Trio

2:00 Grace Holiness Trio

2:45 Refuge Fellowship Choir & Trios

3:30 Lighthouse Chapel Trios

4:00 Rose Family Choir

4:30 The Nelson’s

5:15 Harkers Island Community Choir


Just like PBS's Antiques Roadshow, members of the Carolina Decoy Collectors Association will be on hand all day Saturday to identify, assess and help you learn more about your waterfowling treasures. Bring in your old decoys, shell boxes, guns, photos and hunting gear. Who knows — you might have a treasure!


As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Core Sound Museum will host three different types of decoy competitions on Saturday, June 24th. There will be something for everyone interested in waterfowl decoys! 


Join us Friday Night for the the 25th Anniversary Gallery Reception, Heritage Gallery Dedication, 25th Anniversary Exhibition Opening and the  documentary premiere of Core Values: Reflections on Core Sound Duck Hunting and Decoy Traditions