I hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful weather! May is a great time to be out biking, walking, kayaking and planting your gardens!

At our April program we had a fascinating talk by Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens. As a follow-up, we have arranged for a guided tour of the Gardens on May 10th, with an overview of its horticultural collection and a discussion of its rich history. A highlight will be an extended stop at the John White Butterfly House to gain insight to butterfly friendly plantings. We will then help in building the Monarch butterfly population by releasing a butterfly into the house. More info to come on how to register for this event.

Mark your calendar for our May 5th program. Jill Landon, curator of the Whalehead Club in Corolla, will present the fascinating history of the Club! Hope to see you out and about!

President, Carol Riggin

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens and one of our favorite guests, returned to our March meeting with his very interesting and informative butterfly program. Not only did he educate us about the life cycle of butterflies, but we also learned how to attract them by growing certain plants in our home gardens. The Elizabethan Gardens has its own butterfly house where butterflies are released several times in April, and, as Carol says above in her President’s report, we are planning a trip to the Gardens for a release… so be sure to look out for details to come!

Our May program features Jill Landon, curator of Corolla’s historic Whalehead Club, as she regales us with the rich history of this beautiful Art Nouveau mansion. She will tell us why the wealthy Edward Knight built the lavish hunt club for his French wife, Marie Louise in 1925 and why he chose this spot to do so. In addition to showing us pictures of its interior, Ms. Landon will also present historic photos of the way the Currituck Outer Banks looked back before modern day development came to this maritime strip of land. She will be happy to entertain questions from the audience after her presentation.

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
WADWCC and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will be co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on August 10th & 11th. More details will be available in June, on our Facebook page and the DWCC newsletter. Any questions regarding the upcoming Blood Drive, please email me at patty8523@gmail.com or call me at 252-715-1120.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
The Pantry is looking for some computer savvy people to help with an upcoming project to create an online shopping site for clients. If interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We have our schedule for the remainder of the school year and all slots are filled.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Movie and Book Group will meet on May 17, at 10:30 AM via ZOOM (if this changes members will be notified). Our book will be DEACON KING KONG, and the discussion will be led by Andrea Schollaert. Members will be sent a link ahead of the meeting. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
The end of March we had the pleasure of welcoming the following new members: Linda Hefferman-Stroud & Zach Stroud, Ann Taylor and Matt Lusk. In April, we also had the pleasure of welcoming Rebecca (Becky) Harrell to the club.

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)