Duck Woods women host local historian, donates to charities

By on December 20, 2017

Local historian Marjorie Ann Berry discussed the “Nags Head Portrait” during a recent meeting of the Women’s Association of Duck Woods County Club. (Photo courtesy of Francie Serbousek)

The Women’s Association of Duck Woods Country Club has had a busy pre-holiday season this year, hosting an educational program for the community, along with sharing time and money to support Outer Banks charities.

Marjorie Ann Berry, a local historian, was the highlight of the group’s December educational program. Berry enlightened and entertained more than 75 club members and guests during the recent meeting, where she discussed the mysterious Nags Head Portrait.

The portrait, on display at the the Museum of the Albemarle, tells a haunting tale of a vice-president’s daughter, pirates and a shipwreck.

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The meeting included a raffle for a chance to win a handcrafted clock by area artist Mike Davis. Proceeds from the raffle, now in its 10th year, are donated to Food for Thought.

Members of the Women’s Association of Duck Woods Country Club play Santa for area families. (submitted photo)

In addition to financial support, the Women’s Association provides volunteers to pack weekend meal bags for children who participate in Food for Thought, a program that provides weekend meals to Dare County schoolchildren who meet specific criteria.

The association’s other community outreach programs include hosting two blood drives, donating to the Beach Food Pantry, providing a scholarship to an area student whose post-secondary education has been interrupted or delayed, and participating in the Angel Gift program.

For the Angel Gift program, club members donated bicycles, skate boards, sporting goods and a variety of toys, which were distributed to 20 children in need through Dare County Social Services. In addition, the Currituck County Angel Program received a $500 contribution from the club. Plus, each child received an age-appropriate book from the Women’s Association of Duck Woods Book Club.

Pictured are displaying donated items for local families are Sandy Feyrer (left to right), Susan Lang, Pat Toolan, Patty Nelson, Gayle Waldmann, Maureen Buckley, Ann Laughner, chair of the Christmas Families Committee, Sandy Byberg, Patty Cooke, Robyn Deger and Carole Kimmel.

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Duck Woods Country Club is the only full service semi-private country club on the Outer Banks. Its 18-hole golf course, designed by Ellis Maples, opened for play in 1969.

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