Even though the first successful English colony, Jamestown, is sometimes spoken of in history, there is the story that really never gets spoken of because it is mired in mystery. In some legends, the entire story is probably one of the biggest horrors in history. The pilgrims are always spoken of around Thanksgiving and there are often mentions of the settlement at Jamestown, however the Roanoke settlement goes down in history as the mysterious colony that disappeared without a trace and many believe all kinds of strange stories about it.
From National Geographic:
A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.
Despite his reputation as a ruthless killer, many eastern North Carolina residents consider Blackbeard something of a hometown boy. And the long-ago pirate is still bringing money into the state. When a special exhibit of artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge opened at the North Carolina Maritime Museum last year, it drew 50,000 visitors during its first month.
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Brooklyn Rider (an atypical but not unprecedented – nor particularly modernist – name for a string quartet, itself a form going back as far as the sixteenth century) brought the music of a rather newer group of composers, mostly still living, in fact, to the First Flight High School Saturday evening. Johnny Gandelsman, violin, Colin Jacobsen, violin, Nicholas Cords, viola, and Eric Jacobsen, cello, didn’t shy from modernism – or storms of eighteenth-century romance, for that matter. Philip Glass (b. 1937), whose Suite for String Quartet was the centerpiece of the first set, appeared to hold the key to deconstruction of ‘the classics,’ but the evening’s only composer not among the living, Beethoven, still ruled after the intermission. His Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, received a stirring reading from the expert musicians, who brought their twentieth-century passions to the work with fascinating results. (Peter Hummers | Sentinel)
Miss Barbara Hird, as Texas housewife Louise Seger, seated at right, reminisces about her unexpected friendship with country music legend Patsy Cline, played and sung by Laura Martier, in Ted Swindley’s bio-concert Saturday evening at the Outer Banks Forum. Seger began as a fan, hounding her local radio disc jockey to play Cline’s records. Lucky enough to meet the rising star, they remained fast friends until Cline’s untimely death at age 30 in a plane crash. Miss Hird, as Seger, recounted their times together with wit and poignancy; Ms. Martier, backed by the ‘Bodacious Bobcats Band,’ made Cline’s songs her own in a great performance, from ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ to Bill Monroe’s ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’ (Peter Hummers | Sentinel Staff)