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for Carolina Country Vol. 42 Issue 7, July 2010
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Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park & Eco-Center in Scotland Neck, Halifax County has more than two-hundred species of birds, and the world’s largest collection of waterfowl. Internationally famous aviculturist Mike Lubbock and his wife Ali raise and sustain the waterfowl at the park’s breeding center. Sylvan Heights is also recognized for its educational program and conservation efforts.
In Haywood County, volunteers are gleaning or gathering produce left in fields after commercial harvest. The leftover crops are either donated to feed the hungry or shipped to local grocers. Farmers are also contributing produce as an outlet for unsold goods, to receive state tax credit, and to help people in the community.
North Carolina has thirteen outdoor theaters, more than any of the other states with outdoor dramas. The art form began in 1937 with the production of The Lost Colony in Manteo, and most of the outdoor dramas are historical dramatizations of North Carolina’s heritage or traditional theater classics. This article provides a list of 2010 summer productions and descriptions of each.
Parker Family Farms in Orange County is run by Renee and Randall Parker and their four children. As fewer family farms continue to operate in North Carolina, the Parkers hope to save their farm and their agricultural heritage. Several local farming programs have helped the family continue to grow tobacco and raise pigs and chickens.
Built in 1734, St. Thomas Episcopal Church is the oldest church in North Carolina and is located in the town of Bath. Reverend John Garzia, the first rector called to serve at the church, brought several gifts to the parish. These gifts, which are still displayed in the church, include royal candelabras, Bibles, and a silver chalice believed to be one of the oldest communion cups in existence.
The Plott hound is North Carolina’s official state dog, and recognized as a premier hunting dog. This article provides the history of how the dog breed became established in North Carolina and gained popularity among hunters. The history begins with the two German immigrant brothers, Johannes and Enoch Plott, who brought five of their best hunting dogs to America in 1750.