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Folklife Flashes
March 2017

Celebrate our state's folklife and traditions!

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Hey Folks! March is here and we've got a lot to be excited about at NC Folk! Its Rockfish Season in North Carolina, and to celebrate we are bringing you our second episode of the InsideNC podcast, as well as some wonderful food writing from David Cecelski! We've got new programming and partners in Pembroke and in Halifax County. Come share in the celebration!

Gloria Barton Gates


 North Carolina history—Robeson County, in particular—has always played an important role in Gloria Barton’s life. Growing up in Pembroke, her family understood the importance of agriculture and food in southeastern North Carolina. They worked as migrant laborers and harvested everything from cotton to cucumbers. “We turned the money into our families…It wasn’t like we were doing that for spending money,” she recalls. “We were doing it to put food on the table.”
Food would end up defining much of Gates’s career as a writer...


March Forth: Students with Instructors Kim Pevia and Jefferson Currie, Pembroke, NC March 04, 2017.

NC Folk has teamed up with students at UNC-Pembroke to start March Forth, an oral history leadership initiative held at UNC-Pembroke's Entrepreneurship Incubator. NC Folk is training students in theory and practice of oral history, photography and digital humanities. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stay tuned to hear more about March Forth!

Inside NC: Episode 2, Rockfish Stew


Anglers from around North Carolina converge on Roanoke Rapids, NC every spring. They come to take advantage of the running of the rock fish. The annual upstream migration of the striped bass brings fishermen to the Roanoke River in Halifax County to pull “stripers” over 18” to take home and prepare.

In this episode, Carol Jones Shields, director of Roanoke River Partners invites producer Joe O’Connell into her home to prepare the season’s first rockfIsh stew...

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Washtub Fish Stew


Writer David Cecelski shares his wash tub fish stew story from Fort Barnwell, NC.

by David Cecelski

“Wash tub” fish stews are a spring-time tradition along the Neuse River.  When the shad and rockfish swim upriver to spawn, local fishermen take to the water and cooks get out their biggest pots. In the old days, that stew pot was often literally a tin wash tub. These days it’s more likely a big cast iron kettle or an aluminum pot, but the river’s people still call them “wash tub fish stews.” 

Roanoke River Partners

Roanoke River Partners (RRP) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit group of organizations & individuals formed to create a positive, healthy vision and future for the historic communities that reside throughout the region - the Roanoke River, Albemarle Sound and their communities.

Director, Carol Jones Shields shared her family recipe for Rockfish Stew. Shields knows how to cook, and how to be a great host! Visit their website, and get the Roanoke River experience.
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