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Story and Photos by Terry Leigh McCune
This year’s annual Goose Creek Island Homecoming Play is a hilarious musical romp through our current political climate.
Rump wants to build a barrier on the bridge to limit undesirables. Mallory wants unlimited access to the island, even stating she would like to build a shoreline condo complex to cater to international clients.
There are senior citizens robbing banks and men dressed as women coming out of the new “Transformers” bathroom!
From Rump being serenaded with “You’re So Vain” to Secret Service men dancing to “Men in Black”. There is even a beauty contest that has an interesting outcome! This play is great entertainment for all. Don’t miss it!
The performances are October 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Goose Creek Island Community Center in Hobucken, NC.
Adults – $6.00, 6-12 years – $4.00, under 6 – free. Come early for supper at 6:00 p.m. Hot Dogs, Chili Boats, Baked Goods, Popcorn and Drinks.
On the ground: Residents have a different perspective
GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – From the air, this remote northeast corner of Pamlico County looks like an ideal stopping spot for migratory waterfowl cruising the Atlantic Flyway, especially so in recent years with an unprecedented proliferation of man-made duck impoundments. However, down on the ground, these shallow, flooded feeding grounds – designed to attract various types of waterfowl, which in turn attracts a bevy of upscale, shotgun-toting hunters – have kindled the ire of many island residents.
A contingent of well spoken Goose Creek Island citizens showed up at Monday night’s meeting of the Pamlico County Commission to ask for some type of regulations to govern both the construction and location of these new impoundments.
“We are not opposed to hunting,” said Alexis Ireland. “For most of us, these impoundments are a safety issue. There are no fences, no barriers of any type. There is hunting on both sides of the highway. We are concerned about falling birdshot, unexpected loud noises, and construction of impoundments very close to existing homes.”
Peggy Page, who lives and works in the area, echoed Ireland’s comments.
“It’s not about hunting, it’s about safety,” said Page. “These impoundments are virtually being created overnight. I’ve always thought hunting is for the woods,” she added, “but now, some type of zoning or regulations are needed.”
County Commissioner Paul Delamar III did not hesitate in responding. Though clearly empathetic – “I don’t want one of these things 25 feet from my house” – Delamar quickly nixed any prospect of zoning.
“You want to fill up that courtroom over there?” asked Delamar, pointing in the direction of a large room, occasionally used by the County Commissioners for public hearings on controversial topics. “Just mention the Z-word.”
However, the reasonable entreaties did indeed spur the County Commissioners. Delamar requested “a formal legal opinion” to outline what elected officials at the county level can do to address the residents’ concerns. Jimmy Hicks, a New Bern-based attorney who is paid to advise the board on legal issues, promised to produce such a report for the next meeting of the Commission on Monday, July 6th.
Three letters written by Goose Creek Island residents, which were hand-delivered to the board Monday night.
By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer
GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – This resilient community, put to the test last August by Hurricane Irene, has come together for the 37th time to produce its traditional Homecoming Play: “That’s What I Think.”
To be presented Oct. 18, 19, and 20 at the Community Center in Hobucken, all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and free for youngsters under 6.
In 2011, organizers made the tough decision to cancel the play in deference to hundreds of area citizens who were displaced in the wake of the devastating storm. Experts agree that Pamlico County’s remote northeast corner took perhaps the heaviest hit of any area in the nation affected by Hurricane Irene
This year the cast abounds with both newcomers and veterans: Kaitlyn Belangia, Elaine Benedict, Rebecca Bennett, Taylor Cahoon, Floyd Campen, Martha Campen, Lottie Caroon, Randy Caroon, Ernest Dunn, Mary Clyde Dunn, Kayley Guidry, Loni Guidry, Karin Ham, Wendy Hayes, Holly Ireland, Zachary Jones, Timmy Leary, Lynn Lewis, Linda Lupton, Bernie Mallon, Gary Mayo, Rhonda Mayo, Edna McKinney, Mavis O’Neal, Carson Peed, Rebekah Peed, Josh Potter, Phil Williamson and McKenzie Whitley.
The play is coordinated and directed by Annette Jones and Rhonda Mayo.