Day at the Docks Celebrates Hatteras Island Watermen
Day at the Docks returns to Hatteras Island for four days of family friendly events celebrating the working traditions of the local waterfront.
Day at the Docks started as a day-long confirmation of strength celebrating the “spirit of Hatteras” after the village survived Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact community, anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen.
This year’s festival will honor Hatteras Island watermen with seafood cooking demonstrations, fishing boat and gear displays, fishing industry skills contests and competitions, local seafood cooking competitions, author readings, children’s activities, and live music.
Day at the Docks 2012 is happening Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16 in Hatteras Village.
Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted.
Read on for the full schedule!
Thursday, September 13
4:00 pm – “Talk of the Villages: Fishermen, Fish, Food and Livelihood” at Seaside Inn – Panel discussion featuring guest fishing industry “heroes” from Alaska, Texas, Louisiana and Massachusetts: Dave Densmore, Diane Wilson, Robert Fritchey, and Niaz Dorry.
Friday, September 14
2:00 pm – Gallery Talk at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum featuring the “Sons of the Pioneers” of the charter fishing industry: Spurgeon Stowe, Ernie Foster, Dwight Burrus, Homer Styron, Edgar Styron.
4:00 pm – “Taste of North Carolina” at Lee Robinson General Store – Local seafood, NC wine and NC beer tasting with entertainment by local musician, Wes Lassiter and noted author Kevin Duffus. Donations requested for The Watermen’s Relief Fund administered by Hatteras United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 15
9:30 am – White Dove Release and Blessing of the Day at Oden’s Dock – Liz Browning Fox, Linda and Lou Browning will release Hatteras White Doves.
10:00 am – Day at the Docks Celebration along the Working Waterfront – Includes demonstrations, exhibitions, and competitions of skills and harvest of the fishing industry. Included, but not limited to, are seafood cooking demos, seafood throw down, chowder cook-off, fisher poets, musicians, and author readings, fish print t-shirts, children’s crab races and fishing contest, concrete marlin competition, demo of net fishing techniques. Featured guests: Dave Densmore, David Cecelski, Robert Fritchey, Bob Zentz, Susan West and Barbara Garrity-Blake.
6:00 pm – Parade of working boats for the Blessing of the Fleet
7:30 pm – DATD Watermen’s Dinner, Seaside Inn – Details and price TBA.
8:00 pm – Hatteras Village Community Building Dance – Dancing and live music by Premiere, sponsored by Hatteras Village Civic Association.
Sunday, September 16
1:00 pm – Shrimp and Grits Lunch at Seaside Inn – Guest speaker, Elizabeth Wiegand author of “The Outer Banks Cookbook.” This is a ticketed event, details TBD.