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You Can Finally Shop Local This Saturday


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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Shop Local

This Saturday, November 28th, is Shop Local Saturday – or, as we have all have grown to know it, “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving, when we spend quality time with family and friends around the table and then later rush out the door in the wee hours of the morning.

Raise your hand if you’ve been known to get in long lines at the nearest chain retailer to snag those special doorbuster deals or big-ticket items you’ve been holding off on purchasing.

In previous years,  this day has encroached on Thanksgiving Day, forcing us out the door before the turkey even gets cold. Keeping us from the memories we could be making with family and friends. To add to this frenzy is Cyber Monday, which allows for similar deals all by shopping from the comfort of your home. Can we please find a good middle ground?  YES, finally!

This Saturday, November 28th is Shop Local Saturday. While both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are exciting and can be helpful toward acquiring the perfect gift for all your loved ones, do your community a favor and shop local. Shop at your local small businesses, and help support the mom and pop shops. Spend your money where you live, work, and play. 

While you’re out and about, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of your favorite local eateries – preferably one that isn’t a chain restaurant.  Get out and wander into that shop you’ve been meaning to check out. And don’t forget, most of your local small businesses will also have great sales.

There are so many treasures for you to discover this holiday season, and most of them are right in your very own town, in small business owners’ shops. 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Every year, we look forward to spreading Holiday Cheer and raising money for an amazing local charity!

In partnership with the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, we are always proud to volunteer our time as a company to ring the bells outside local grocery stores for the Salvation Army. It is always a great time to get to know one another and help out in supporting our local community.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Morehead City residents lives in poverty
  • 1 in 5 Carteret County residents is over the age of 65
  • Single parent households are increasing
  • Since 1960, this area has been struck by no fewer than 95 hurricanes with varying degrees of destruction.

For the past 26 years, The Salvation Army of Carteret County has served as a resource and an anchor of hope for our neighbors struggling with poverty, hunger, job loss, addiction, and natural disasters.

The Salvation Army of Carteret County ministers to many with the most basic needs — food, utilities, mortgage/rent assistance, clothing and life skills training — as well as spiritual care. Even more residents of Carteret County depend on the Salvation Army when a natural disaster strikes, providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, a helping hand and counseling.

Thanks to many years of generous donations from our local community, the local Salvation Army of Carteret County was able to open up a brand new Family Store in Morehead City! We’re hoping that this can be a place for people in need to go for a very long time.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we partook in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With 4 year old, Macon, leading the charge! She put together 22 boxes filled with toys for boys & girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season. Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

If you would like to Build a Shoebox for a child in need, click below to find out how to get started!

Crystal Coast Holiday Events

The Crystal Coast is a wonderful place to celebrate the Holiday season!

Take advantage of the local parades, flotillas, and other events for some great family-fun.

Beaufort- America’s Favorite Small Town

And maybe Santa’s too!

  • Annual Christmas Parade

    • Downtown Beaufort- Saturday, December 7th  |  1:00 PM
  • Crystal Coast Flotilla to Beaufort

    • Downtown Beaufort Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  6:15 PM
  • 9th Annual Holiday Art Walk

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout

Morehead City- A Fisherman’s Paradise

Will you ‘fish what’s on your list’?

  • Small Business Saturday & Artwalk

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, November 30th
  • Chowder & Cheer

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, December 7th  |  *Ticketed Event
  • Breakfast with Santa

    • Floyd’s 1921 (400 Bridges St) – Saturday, December 14th  |  8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, & 10:30 AM
  • Christmas Flotilla

    • Downtown Morehead City Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  5:30 PM
  • Morehead City Christmas Parade

    • Arendell St (17th- 4th Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  11:00 AM
  • Community Tree Lighting

    • Jaycee Park (807 Shepard Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  6:00 PM
  • Downtown Countdown

    • Downtown Morehead City – Tuesday, December 31st  |  6:00 PM- Midnight

Atlantic Beach- Catch all the action at The Circle

Because it’s never too cold for a day at the Beach- Right?

  • ‘Light Up the Night’ Christmas Parade

    • AB Town Park to The Circle – Friday, December 6th  |  6:00 PM
  • ‘Smoke on the Water’ Bonfire on the Beach

    • The Circle (201 West Atlantic Blvd) – Sunday, December 29th  | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Penguin Plunge

Emerald Isle- Where ‘Nice Matters’

So you better make sure you’re on Santa’s ‘Nice List’!

  • 16th Annual Christmas Parade

    • Lee St to Mangrove Drive – Saturday, November 30th  |  3:00 PM
  • 8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Saturday, December 7th  |  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Santa & A Movie

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Friday, December 13  |  6:00 PM
    • Admission is one unwrapped gift per child- Regsitration Required! Call (252) 354-6350

Pearl Harbor Memorial, Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day Tribute

As a military wife of over 15 years, I have seen far too much of what our Veterans and their families experience.  Veteran’s Day (originally called Armistice day) was proclaimed on November 11, 1919, by Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the ending of World War 1. This National Holiday pays tribute to all who have served in America’s Armed forces.

What Veteran’s Day Means to Me

When I think of Veteran’s Day a wave of emotions, memories, and flashbacks come to mind. I think of ceremonies, promotions, Marine Corps Balls… I think of the heaviness of deployments.  I think of the brokenness in my boys’ eyes when they hug their Daddy before getting “on that bus”. I think of the sadness each military service member feels when they leave their loved ones behind- often missing holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, their children’s “firsts” etc.  I think of children growing up without a parent, and often even their extended family. I think of the joy, anticipation, preparation, and arrival of those who come home. I think of the heartache for those whose loved ones come home scarred..or not at all… You see, Veteran’s Day is far more than a day off of work or school.

What You Can Do to Honor a Local Veteran

What special meaning does Veterans Day hold for you? What emotions are evoked in you when you hear the word “Veteran”.  Below are just a few meaningful ways of how you can show your love and support:

1. Accompany a Veteran to a Veteran’s Day Parade

2. Seek out a Veteran to spend time with

3. Visit a senior Veteran in a nursing home or senior housing area

4. Help a Veteran check with the Veteran’s Benefits Administration for any unclaimed


5. Take a warm meal or dessert to someone you know is a Veteran

6 Offer to watch the children of a Veteran so the parents can have a nice date

7. Donate to a Veteran charity/organization

8. If time or distance makes it hard for you to spend time with your Veteran loved one you can reach out via phone, email, text, mail, etc.


Do you have any special way you honor our past and present military? Please feel free to share!

Many Blessings, and to those who have served or are currently serving… Thank You.

Crystal Shaw- Broker/Realtor at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

This blog post was written and prepared by Crystal Shaw, a Broker/REALTOR® at Bluewater Real Estate and proud Military spouse. She and her husband have relocated frequently due to new orders, but have been blessed to call The Crystal Coast their home for the last 9 years.

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Local events for Veteran’s Day:

The Carteret County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Morehead City on Saturday, November 9, and will start at 11 a.m. No invitation is required to enter – everyone is invited! The parade committee will no longer be sending out written invitations but is shifting to social media for notification/information. If you or your organization would like to participate in this patriotic event or for more information, please visit, email, or contact the Carteret County Veterans Services Office at 252-728-8440 for more information. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the number above and we will assist you in completing your entry form.

A small group of re-enactors will be in the fort Saturday afternoon and Sunday showing what Fort Macon would have looked like during WWII.  Uniform talks, weapons demonstrations, and other short talks and presentations will be given throughout the day. November 9th: 2-5 PM & November 10th: 10 AM- 4 PM

From Carteret County Speedway: We are proud and committed to carrying out Bobby Watson’s legacy and dream here at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway. Providing the Crystal Coast with the region’s finest short track facility and entertainment park. In the final race we will be honoring our active military and veterans. Join us for the final race on Saturday, Nov. 16, for a family military night of fun and entertainment. Located right off Highway 58 in Peletier. Visit or call 252-436-7223 for more information.