This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County. Headlines were dominated by all sorts of crazy and unusual events.
In 2005, the East Regional Library hosted area pets for a show. In 1990, an East Wake High student entered a short story into the paper. And 50 years ago, Miss Zebulon headed to the North Carolina pageant.
Ten years ago, eastern Wake animals showed up to the East Regional Library in Knightdale for a “pet show safari.”
On a normal day, a grown man walking a Capuchin monkey around outside of East Regional Library might be classified as an odd sight.
Luckily for David Hersh and his 2-year-old monkey Einstein, June 4 was no ordinary day -- it was the library's annual Pet Show Safari. The event gives community members a chance to show off their pets and become more acquainted with library activities and staff.
For Hersh and Einstein, the Safari offered a chance to meet neighbors. “I figured people could see something a little unusual. He's a great companion,” Hersh said with Einstein perched on his shoulder.
Pet show coordinator Sandy Alger explained that staff members put together activities for patrons – including making balloon animals and caricature drawing. For the animals, there was an agility course to display their athletic prowess.
“We have a very talented staff,” Alger said. “So we managed to start some new activities this year. This is really a chance for us to kick off our summer reading programs. It's nice to get out of the building once in a while.”
Librarian Janet Morley said the event was about more than just pets. “It's also a chance for us to attract some non-traditional users to the library,” she said. “It's a good way to get people out to see what we have to offer.”
Amanda Williford of Knightdale walked around as she held her ferret closely. “The kids really just wanted to get out and show the ferrets off. They get a chance to see all the different animals. It's a very neat event for them.”
For Lori Lassiter of Knightdale, the Safari gave her and her kids a chance to test the skills of their dog, Flash. “They just love showing the dog off and meeting the other kids,” she said. Daughter Devin, 5, said she like(d) seeing all of the animals. “It's fun,” she said.
Ten years ago, under the East Wake High School news page in the Zebulon Record, sophomore Christina Evans entered her essay “Beware of the Night” for English teacher Cindy Rust.
“Someone is at my door.”
“Be careful,” I say. “There might be a nightly visitor that you won’t expect.”
“What do you mean?” is his only response.
“Well, at the door, when you shall open it, there would be frightful creatures. Ones not known to man by sight.
“Don’t open your door too wide, and they come through the crack. Be careful when you return to bed. Then reaching, little claws could get ahold of you.
“And when you sleep your restless sleep be warned of the creatures for they will climb into your high-post with no remorse. Up there, upon your pedestal they would tear and shred your flesh to meaty slivers of skin, leaving you to bellow out in pain as you were rended to death.
“They would suck you dry my friend, so beware of the night’s little creatures and be careful when you open the door.
“Oh, and good night my dear ... don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
Fifty years ago, reports continued to document the adventures of local pageant celebrities. Patsy Hales, 1965 Miss Zebulon, formally departed the town to head to the statewide competition based in Charlotte.
“Oh, I’m very excited,” Patsy Hales, Miss Zebulon, said Monday morning as she was getting ready to make the trip to Charlotte where she will be competing this week in the Miss North Carolina Pageant.
Miss Hales left for the pageant dressed in a black and white skimmer – white bodice with black skirt – black patent leather accessories, and a black and white braided straw hat with wide brim. In her arms she carried a dozen American Beauty roses.
“I guess I am looking forward to the parade the most,” she said. The parade was down the main business district Wednesday.
“The thing I’m most frightened of is eating with the judges,” Miss Hales laughed charmingly. The luncheon is Saturday.
In the evening gown competition she will wear a formal gown of white heavy satin, fitted bodice with scoop neckline, with the skirt highlighted with hand-embroidered designs of pearls and crystal beads. The back will be detailed with a satin bow. Her only jewlery will be pearl earrings.