Scotch bonnets, the state shell, are favored prizes members of the N.C. Shell Club seek when they visit Ocracoke each year. Photo: C. Leinbach

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A special live auction of shells from around the world will highlight the North Carolina Shell Club meeting in the evenings of March 29 and 30 in the Ocracoke Community Center.

Members and nonmembers are invited to attend each night.

Several shell collections were donated to the club this year, said Dora Zimmerman, president, and 50 shells from one of those collections will be for sale to all those who attend the meeting Friday night at 7 p.m. and wish to bid.

This collection, gathered by Rear Admiral Jerrold M. Michael, was willed to the North Carolina Shell Club by his wife.

The donors wished for the shells to be sold to collectors, especially members of North Carolina Shell Club, said John Timmerman, a club member who will be the auctioneer.

Timmerman said there are shells in the collection for all budgets.

The club usually holds a live auction at its November meeting in Ocean Isle but decided to have it on Ocracoke.

“We wanted our friends in Ocracoke to have an opportunity to see and buy shells from around the world,” said Everett Long, immediate past president.

Before the auction, Islander Philip Howard will talk about the Ocracoke lifesaving stations, active on both the north and south ends of the island from 1883 to 1917.

Club members will visit Portsmouth Island on Saturday for shell collecting and in the evening will gather at the Community Center for dinner, a speaker and a silent auction.

The cover of the N.C. Shell Club auction catalog for Ocracoke March 29
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