“Fish House Liars” Rodney Kemp and Chris Yeomans will kick off the Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center’s summer Parlor Talks at 2 p.m. Thursday with “Memories of lies, lies and more lies, Mule Trains and famous Downeaster’s whose stories never fade.”
A new topic is planned for each Thursday afternoon through Aug. 31 for the talks, which will take place in the upstairs parlor of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s downtown Morehead City location, 806 Arendell St.
The museum based on Harkers Island honors the heritage of Down East communities of Carteret County including decoy carving, boatbuilding and commercial fishing through its exhibits, fellowship, celebrations, documentation and preservation.
Museum Executive Director Karen Willis Amspacher told Coastal Review that the Parlor Talks, which began in the summer of 2019 as a relaxed way to discuss important issues, share history, enjoy stories, celebrate traditions and learn together — the perfect blend of what Core Sound is about — have evolved over the years.
“The format is very informal and very conversational for all who attend, so it’s more like a time to visit than a program, but a wonderful experience for those of us who have been here forever as well as those who are new to our community,” she said.
Parlor talks schedule
- June 15: “Fish House Liars” with Rodney Kemp, Chris Yeomans and fellow liars.
- June 22: “Shorebird Hunting And The Art Of Shorebird Decoys” with Robbie Smith of Carolina Decoy Collectors.
- June 29: “The Tide is Rising,” a panel discussion with researchers, journalists and scientists.
- July 6: “Cape Lookout Lighthouse past and present” with Nate Toering, chief of interpretation and education with Cape Lookout National Seashore.
- July 13: “Coastal Songs Old and New” with Connie Mason and friends.
- July 20: “Portsmouth Island Decoys” with Robbie Smith of Carolina Decoy Collectors.
- July 27: “Family Neighborhoods of Harkers Island” with Joel Hancock, author of “The Education of an Island Boy.”
- Aug. 3: U.S. Coast Guard History Carteret County with Todd Nelson, retired Coast Guard commander.
- Aug. 10: “Ocracoke A.D. (After Dorian)” with Ann Ehringhaus, photographer and community chronicler.
- Aug. 17: “Foundation for Shackleford Horses Presidents Past and Present” with Margaret Poindexter and Carolyn Mason.
- Aug. 21: Panel discussion with community historians on hurricane anniversaries, including the 90th of the Storm of ’33, 20th for Isabel, and fifth of Hurricane Florence.
The talks are to be be recorded and posted on the museum’s website.