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Waterfowl Weekend

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Core Sound Means Community Traditions … and when the wind shifts Down East that means Core Sound Season is on its way!

We invite you to come “home” again to Harkers Island as we usher in Core Sound Season … heritage, traditions and Christmas.  The first weekend of December has become Down East’s homecoming weekend for friends and neighbors to gather to see some of the region’s finest waterfowl artistry, taste some of the best seafood anywhere, share memories and experience the community spirit that is “Down East.”

The first weekend of December calls all Coresounders (young and old, near and far) to come to Harkers Island to experience all that the weekend means to locals and returning visitors year after year.  The Decoy Festival at the school church dinners all over the Island, local crafts along the roadside, auctions at the school and museum, children’s activities, artists and carvers from the entire Mid-Atlantic and community church on Sunday brings in the Christmas Season with a blur of crabpot Christmas trees!  

This is our Weekend to celebrate the traditions we love with the people who “keep the lights burning bright” here at the Museum all year round. From decoy carving to boatbuilding, stewed shrimp to scallop fritters, beautiful artwork and more decoys than you can count, the entire Island becomes a showcase of rich traditional art amidst a deep-felt celebration of community.

First-time visitors members, volunteers, contributors, partners and friends are all part of what keeps the “community spirit” alive and growing all year long, and this Weekend reassures us that our shared work, commitment, dedication and investment is truly preserving the heritage of Core Sound.



Friday, Dec 1

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend Preview Gala & 3rd Annual Janice M. Smith Champagne Waterfowl Decoy Competition | 6:30PM The Wild Game and Seafood Extravaganza will be followed by a massive dessert party with specialty coffees, live music, silent auction and a preview of more than 60 of the region’s most talented artists, carvers and crafters.  Complimentary beer and wine is served. 

The 3rd Annual Champagne Decoy Floating Competition will welcome carvers from across the country to compete for this unique decoy carving category.  Decoys, detailed and true-to-life, small enough to fit into a champagne glass will be judged and awarded during the Friday Night event.

2017’s Friday Night Honorees are Warren and Joan Davis who have been a key part of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center’s success from the beginning. We are grateful to Warren and Joan for their dedication to Core Sound. 

Tickets are $75 a person. Purchase below or by calling the museum at 252.728.1500. Lifetime members receive two complimentary tickets. 


Weekend Long Events

Exhibitors | More than 75 carvers, artists, photographers and crafters of all kinds will fill the education hall, the tent, porches and outside areas with a wide selection of collectibles.

Silent Auction |  Not to be confused with the Heritage Auction, the Waterfowl Weekend Silent Auction offers a range of items including vacations, a hand built skiff, a Yeti Cooler, decoys, apparel, home decor, gift certificates and more. The silent auction will close on Sunday at 3 pm. You can bid online, so you don't have to be present to win! Register and bid here or text CORESOUND to 855.735.2437




Core Sound's Anniversary Exhibition | 25 years of memories featuring the faces, places and voices that have built the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.

Anniversary Film | Core Sound's Anniversary Film, “Core Sound’s Place” will be showing throughout the weekend in the Gallery and in the Education Hall.

Food | Scallop fritters, fried shrimp and stewed shrimp .. Sweet Puppies too!  

Watch & Learn | Carving demonstrations, old workboat restoration and retriever demonstrations will be on-going throughout the weekend.

Kids Activities | Children have a place at the end of the road, too. Check out the Education Tent for activities that will make your kids feel at home!  

Saturday, December 2

2017 Heritage Auction |  Online and live!  Saturday, Dec 2nd. Preview starts at 12 noon on, auction begins at 4:30. This is THE auction of the weekend offering 20 select Core Sound decoys, all 100% donations to the work of the CSWM&HC. Bidding begins Nov 17. Visit 



Sunday, December 3

Sunday Morning Church | 8am Music, Memories and Fellowship, led by Corey Lawrence and Kerry Willis who give everyone who joins a glimpse of the Harkers Island they knew as children; followed by our very own Core Sound breakfast.

Community Christmas Gathering | 2PM Harkers Island Community Choir, the Nelson’s and the announcement of winners for the “Cab & Barbara Ramsey Island Decorating Contest.”  


Shuttles to the Core Sound Decoy Festival throughout Fri & Sat




Chadwick’s Tire



Trader Construction

Neuse Sports

B&J Seafood

Island Express Ferry

James C. Briley, CPA



Knott’s Warehouse

First Citizens

Sound Bank

Styron & Styron

Rob & Suzanne Bizzell


Piggly Wiggly of Kinston

Chalk & Gibbs

Turner Family

NC Department of Agriculture – Seafood Division

Duke Energy

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Carteret NewsTimes

Emerald Isle Realty



Fishermen’s Creations

First Bank

Mike Toler Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT




Mike Hargraves, carver

Ronnie Wade, carver

Lou Doughty, model hunting boats

Ken Humphries, artist

Anthony Brooks, carver

Mark Cunningham, chain saw fish

Gary Freeman, carver, wildlife artist

John Kelley, carver

Tony Craig, artist

Kent Lee, carver/painter


Bill Ellis, woodcarvings

Lou Ann Sekely, alpaca Products, socks, gloves, scarves and hats

Marty Freeman, pottery

Connie Mason, CDs and handcrafts

Carolyn Temple, coastal photography

Rosalyn Ahner/Ashley Wimberly, burlaped wrapped decoys

Cathy Winborne, handcrafted jewelry

John Brooks & Bill Whitehurst, model boats/shell Art

Jennifer Harvell, Paintings/Fine Art

Eric Shwinn, Hats/T-Shirts/Banquet Tickets

Brent Hood/Gary Weaver, Tees, Hats & Stickers

Don Barbee, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Janet Hong, Acrylic painting and prints

Carteret Community College Carving Class – Daniel Nicholson

Jim Canady – Shore Birds & Decoys from Sam Barnes, Dodge Decoy Colin & Jennifer Taylor, Sink-Box Decoys

Falyn Styron – “Banks Bred Clothing Co”


Marty & Melissa Hodges, Salsa

Keith Hendrickson/Brandon Causey, Vintage styled Foam Decoys

Jeff Buck & Sue Buck, Wood Tables and Gun Carvings

Heidi H Roberts, Minature Fish Boxes

William L. Sauls, Decoys walking sticks

Mike Hiester, Glass

Howard Bauer, New Decoys, Oyster Cans

Donald Robertson, Seaglass, Metal Cutouts

Earlier Event: November 27
Harkers Island Community Night
Later Event: February 23
Winter Taste of Core Sound