Cultural showcase is Aug. 11 in Southport

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The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, Aug. 11, in this year’s summer series, Second Saturdays.
The theme for the final Second Saturdays event for 2012 is “Original Inhabitants of the Cape Fear.” Discover Southport’s “locals” from prehistoric to the present.
Hold a giant shark’s tooth in your hand and imagine C. megladon plying the waters of Southport’s coast as a giant eating machine. Learn of a land and waters where Native-American culture speaks to us. Hear net-makers and shrimpers share their stories.
Author and historian Jack Fryar will offer a lecture, “The First Locals: Native Americans and Colonial Settlements along the Lower Cape Fear.” He will explore the region’s Cape Fear Indians and the clues they left behind.
He will also look at two colonial towns: Charlestowne and Brunswick Town. What happened to these “locals” is an interesting story of settlement, politics, and the port. Lectures will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Artists and vendors will include photographer Jeri Ward, watercolor artist Linda Carole, Donna Michaux of Turtle Track Pottery, musician P.D. Midgett, “Ships in a Bottle” crafter Jim Goodwin, Plimsoll Gear, crafter Kaye Chapman (PVC pipe egrets), jewelry designer Sherrie Faulk, potter Janice Wyckoff, author Harry Mathis (book signing for “History of Tileston School”), water-fired copper by Cape Fear Copper Shop, dollmaker Debbie Vann, wooden toys by Paul Gurin, beach décor by Linda Goldston, artist Donald Byrum, blacksmith Lenny Moore and sculptor and jewelry designer Kim Koltzau.
“Second Saturdays helps families have some good, old-fashioned fun whether they are visiting a site close to home or across the state,” said Mary Strickland, site manager.