Continuing education courses offer wide variety of lessons

Published 5:24 pm Friday, August 30, 2019

Beaufort County Community College has classes coming up to help you learn about the past, including time-honored regional skills like cane-weaving and hog-roasting, and a class to focus on the current events of our present. These classes are offered through BCCC’s Division of Continuing Education. Call 252-940-6375 to register.

Woven Cane Chair Seats

Reid Brodie will teach the seven steps to weave a cane chair seat. Reid is an expert at this old-fashioned skill, so bring your busted chair to this requested class. We will have the cane and supplies to complete one standard dining room chair. You’ll have new skills and a chair you’ll be proud of. This class runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 9. It costs $65, and you can register and pay online.

Women in the Bible

Learn about eight women in the Bible who influenced the theology of their times and also the theology of today. Ann-Marie Montague will lead this class, and she will explore these women and their personalities, their times, and their enduring legacies. Listen, contribute, and learn from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting September 12. You can register and pay for this $30 class online.

Current Events Discussion Group

All points of view are welcome in diverse, free-wheeling and civil conversations about local, state and national events This new offering will be led by Polk Culpepper. We will come together on alternate Thursdays to explore the issues that affect our lives every day. The group may elect to invite guest speakers to help illuminate specific topics. Otherwise we offer unbiased discussion and plenty of coffee. Please join us from 10 a.m. noon on Thursdays starting Sept. 12. You can register and pay for this $15 class online.

Pamlico’s Past

We all know that we live in a very special place. When you join this exploration of local history you will appreciate our area even more. Ray Midgett will connect our towns and our river to the Outer Banks and beyond. You’ll discover how we came to be what we are, and why the river means everything to the life we enjoy. One session will be spent on a walking tour of Washington’s waterfront. Ray’s understanding of recorded history and all the accompanying charming anecdotes will make this class a pleasure. This class runs on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 17. It costs $40, and you can register and pay online.

Pig Pickin’ University

We are going to roast a pig – nose to tail and everything in between. To learn this traditional skill from two local pig pickin’ experts is a rare opportunity. Fred Tetterton and Brownie Futrell will lead members of this class as they prepare and roast a whole hog, and later enjoy a pig pickin’ with all the fixings. On Wednesday evening, Oct. 16 we will meet on the BCCC campus to learn the process of whole hog cooking (always best as we will cook; over charcoal). On Thursday morning, Oct. 17 we will meet early to put the pig on and start making all the requisite sides. By 5 p.m. the pig will be ready, and each student may invite a guest to join the feast. Instructive, memorable, delicious, and fun! Roasted whole pig with Pinetown VFD sauce, homemade slaw, pig pickin’ potatoes, hush puppies, and pig pickin’ cake. This class runs on Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It costs