Archive for May, 2010

Miss Hygeniality Award

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Made in Durham: by Sandi Grey Terry

In 2008 Beaverly Woody added the title of Miss Hygeniality to the Beaver Queen Pageant. 
Here’s how Beaverly Woody tells it:  “any beaver can be nice. Congenial in any other pageant is just that, nice. Nice, what is nice without clean? Look at the Gulf.
If we treat it nice then all manner of crap can happen. If we treat it clean then animals to not get covered in oil.
The old is ‘play nice’, new is ‘play clean’, it rhymes with green.”

Dirty Beaver-Miss Hygeniality 2009

photo by Barry Ragin

Dirty’s thoughts on winning Miss Hygeniality 2009:   Being Miss Hygeniality has been the best thing a Dirty Beaver could ask for. I feel as if my life has meaning now.. a cleaner, more pleasant-smelling and darn attractive existence. Though I still embrace and accept my name as Dirty Beav to not forget my past, I can hardly articulate the joy I experienced of having the Miss Hygeniality plaque placed around my neck. I believe slip and slides have magical powers.. and I think everyone should try saturating themselves with the frothy foam of slip and slide love, so that they too, can truly feel the clean.   


Made in Durham. plaque by Barclay McConnel

Old Thyme Beaver muses upon Miss Hygeniality 2008:
What has it meant to be the first Miss Hygeniality?? OMG! It has meant so much! First of all… if you Google the word “hygeniality” what happens?! My picture comes up… and well… whoever the 2009 award went to… 😉 WE DEFINE “hygeniality”. What a fabulous honor! We ARE “Hygeniality”   

During my reign the award gave me the power to judge the hygene, and etiquette of other beavers ( both male and female) in the collective pond. Passing out citations became a role to help those beavers who had fallen astray. I truely hope the collective Beaver Pond is cleaner because of my efforts in 2008/2009. Thank you all Beavers great and small, male and female for the honor of Miss Hygeniality. 

The Tail of Bad Beaver

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Who's Bad?

One part mammal, one part outlaw, two parts legend: That’s Bad Beaver. Some say he hails all the way from Canada, where they made a nickel in his image. Others say he walked all the way from Maine to Oregon in search of the original beaver queen. Still others recall Bad Beaver on the Tail of Tears, back in ought-six when the NCDOT forced his entire lodge out of the wetlands. That’s when Bad Beaver renounced his given name of Castor and became an outlaw.
Bad Beaver recalls how his brothers and sisters gave their lives and their fur in the expansion of the American Frontier. “Why, a feller can’t tell the tail of Lewis & Clark, wagon trains or railroads without acknowledging us beavers and the sacrifices we made,” says Bad Beaver. “And what do we get for our contributions to history? We’re called ‘destructive,’ and ‘nuisance’ – the government tries to kill us in the name of ‘progress.’ And people laugh and make jokes about ‘wet beavers’ and ‘ shaved beavers’ . . . what does that even mean??!”
As an outlaw, Bad Beaver’s whereabouts are unknown, his movements mysterious. But wherever you find a healthy wetland, Bad Beaver is there. Whenever a new lodge is built, Bad Beaver is there. And whenever the NCDOT tries to eradicate nature’s most efficient engineers, you can bet your boots that Bad Beaver is there.

as told by Orange Sabrina

Meet the Beaver Queen Contestants’ Pets

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Meet me at the Pin Hook

In an unprecedented act of charity the 2010 Beaver Queen Contestants’ pets have organized a drive in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Knowing the importance clean wetlands are to the critters that inhabit the Gulf marshes the contestants are hosting a “Meet the Beaver Contestants’ Pets” event @ The Pinhook on Wednesday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Please come out to have some cold beverages with the beaver contestants (and their fine pets), and help us gather supplies to help the Gulf Coast address the oil spill.

Needed supplies: Dawn liquid soap, pantyhose, down pillows, human/animal hair in bags, T-shirts, heavy waterproof gloves and garbage bags.
More details to follow.
For more information about the Beaver Queen Pageant and it’s quest to have a good time while raising money for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association visit: