Andrew Shorter- Airport Professional of the Year!

Andrew Shorter- Airport Professional of the Year!


EWN Airport Director, Andrew Shorter, Receives 2020 Airport Professional of the Year Award from the American Association of Airport Executives, Southeast Chapter


Originally, Shorter was to receive the award on March 31, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but plans changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The SEC AAAE award winner recognition is for examples of outstanding contributions in the business of aviation.

Shorter began the award period working on clean up and recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence, which inundated the general aviation side of the airport with flood waters as high as 40 inches and ended the award period coordinating an air bridge to potentially airlift up to 700 victims from their Outer Banks homes during another hurricane.

In between these natural disasters, the Airport Director was instrumental in the following accomplishments:

  • Served as panelist for the North Carolina Division of Aviation’s strategic planning initiative, “Envisioning our Future, Aligning for Impact”
  • Member of the State’s Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI) aviation working group
  • Became a member of the Craven County transportation plan working group
  • Launched his airport into two major business initiatives
  • Delivered the keynote speech for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies at the North Carolina History Center
  • Served as Vice President and Annual Concrete Committee Chairman of the North Carolina Airports Association
  • Oversaw eighteen capital projects at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport last year

Mr. Shorter first came to EWN in 2014 as Deputy Director before his promotion to Airport Director in 2016.  Before joining EWN, he held a storied military career highlighted by Chief, Joint Training, Readiness Exercises US European Command, Commanding Officer, Marine Air Group 14 and Director of Operations, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives has 450 members from 12 States, District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport-EWN serves Eastern North Carolina with non-stop flights to Charlotte and Atlanta with worldwide connections through American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Beaufort Music Festival – May 15-16, 2020

Beaufort Music Festival – May 15-16, 2020

Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run event put on by Beaufort Arts and Music, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in historic Beaufort, and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.

Two of the main goals of the Festival are to present a diverse music line-up and to introduce attendees to fresh musical acts. In addition, the BMF strives to be a family-inclusive event and to provide an immersive experience for all ages over two days with food trucks, a family area with children’s activities, and a beer garden highlighting North Carolina craft brews.

Past BMF performers include the Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Margo Price, Richie Havens, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Banditos, the Rosebuds, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Tift Merritt, Mandolin Orange, American Aquarium, Donna the Buffalo, Yarn, River Whyless, AJ Ghent Band, Chatham County Line, Old Man Markley, Bombadil, Justin Townes Earle, Wrinkle Neck Mules, and many, many more.

Each year, the Festival gives back to the local community with outreach activities. The BMF is funded by sponsorships from local businesses, donations, partnerships with local organizations, and beer and wine sales during the Festival, all of which allow it to remain a free event.

2020 Lookout Rotary Road Race- Port to Fort-  Morehead City, NC     April 25th

2020 Lookout Rotary Road Race- Port to Fort- Morehead City, NC April 25th

1001 Arendell Street
Train Depot
Morehead City, NC US 28557

The 31st Annual Lookout Rotary Road race!




USATF certified courses (all 3), USATF sanctioned event.

A health oriented family fitness event organized by Lookout Rotary, Morehead City, NC. Race proceeds will be given as donations to Rotary-sponsored charitable groups with emphasis on local county programs. Flat and fast certified neighborhood course. An event for every age and skill level.

Packet Pickup:

Early packet pickup will be held on Friday, April 24 from 5 pm- 6:30 pm at the Sports Center in Morehead City.

Race day packet pickup & registration will be held on-site beginning at 6:30 am.

6:30 am- Race Registration
7:30 am- Half marathon start (NOTE: there is a 3 hour time limit for the half marathon)
7:40 am- “Run for Healthy Living” 1 mile
8:00 am- 5K Run & Fitness Walk start

* Tot push/pull welcome in 5K.
* No walkers in half marathon.

Entry Fees:
5K: $25 (by 4/18); $30 (on/after 4/18)
Half marathon: $55 (by 1/15); $60 (by 2/15); $65 (by 4/1); $70 (After 4/1 through race day)

Includes a performance long-sleeve race shirt to the first 350 registered.

Military Discount:
$15 for 5K prior to 4/18 – $55 for half marathon prior to 4/18
$20 for 5K on/after 4/18 – $60 for half marathon after 4/18

Family Special:
Up to 4 entries per family (children under 18). Each family member must complete a separate entry form.
5K: $15 per person prior to 4/18 – $30 on/after 4/18
Half marathon: $55 per person by 4/1 – $70 after 4/1

Race day registration: $30 for 5K, $70 half marathon

NOTE: There is a 3 hour time limit for the half marathon!

Age Divisions:
Half Marathon: M/F 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
5K: M/F 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

If you are interested in training for the Half Marathon, call the Sports Center 252-726-7070 to make arrangements.


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2020 Oriental In-Water Boat Show- Friday, April 17- Sunday, April 19

2020 Oriental In-Water Boat Show- Friday, April 17- Sunday, April 19

The 2020 Oriental In-Water Boat Show Friday April 17 – Sunday April 19

boat show logoSpringtime, a historic boating village, a great array of exhibitors, and visitors from ten states all make for a great Oriental In-Water Boat Show.

Oriental’s annual In-water Boat Show has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2009. The 2019 show drew over 100 exhibitors from as far away Hampton, Virginia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Bryson City, NC. In addition to nautical goods and services, dealers and brokers brought in boats on land and in the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina, many of which were available for in-water sea trials.

Based on the combination of number of vendors, number of boats, sales attributed and number of attendees, the Oriental show has become one of the largest and most successful in-water shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2020 show is scheduled for April 17-19.

Penguin Plunge- January 1, 2020 Atlantic Beach, NC

Penguin Plunge- January 1, 2020 Atlantic Beach, NC

Looking for a different way to celebrate the New Year?

Start your New Year with a splash at the annual Penguin Plunge! Each year, hundreds of participants start their New Year off with a splash, bounding into the icy Atlantic Ocean to raise money for local charities.

The 2020 Penguin Plunge featured charity will be the The Salvation Army of Carteret County. Risk the chilly waters for a rewarding cause at the Penguin Plunge!


Where does the Penguin Plunge take place?

The Penguin Plunge takes place each year at Alfred B. Cooper Memorial Park in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.


How do I register for the Penguin Plunge?

Pre-registration for the Penguin Plunge begins online November 1st, but you can also register on site the day of the event.

On-site registration for the Penguin Plunge begins at 10am on Wednesday, January 1st in front of The Crabs Claw Restaurant.


How much does it cost to enter the Penguin Plunge?

The minimum donation for participants 12 and older is $10. For participants under the age of 12, the cost is $5.

Penguin Plunge t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts can also be purchased:

2020 Penguin Plunge T-Shirt: $20 donation
2020 Penguin Plunge Hooded Sweatshirt: $35 donation


For more information on the Penguin Plunge event, visit the official website at www.penguin-plunge.org.

2020 Crystal Coast Half Marathon- Morehead City, NC    Saturday March 7, 2020

2020 Crystal Coast Half Marathon- Morehead City, NC Saturday March 7, 2020


Additional race information can be found at http://runcrystalcoast.com.

812 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC US 28557

The Crystal Coast is the perfect spot for your next race or adventure. The event is hosted in Morehead City, the largest town in Carteret County and is is located on the coast of North Carolina.

The climate in March is perfect running weather With an average high temperature of 64 and low of 44. Combine this with our picturesque flat course and you have a great race experience waiting for you.


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Hampton Inn Morehead City
Because We Run
Tight lines Pub & Brewing