The Flyway: Community Event Space
The Flyway: Community Event Space

Welcome to The Flyway!

Originally constructed in 1920 as a duck hunting lodge by Ogden Reid, then-owner of the New York Tribune, The Flyway is full of history and heritage. 

The lodge has hosted historical figures such as President Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, and Nelson Rockefeller. Our living room was the venue for conversations that led to the formation of Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation.

Meet The Dowdey's!

My name is Paul and I'm a firefighter from Charlotte, NC. My wife and I sold our home in July 2016 and moved ourselves and our 11-year-old son into my dad's 400 squarefoot basement when we learned that The Flyway was available for sale! 

Flyway is our retirement dream! Unfortunately, we are still 5 or so years away from retiring. Flyway is a 6 hour drive from us, but I make the trip every chance I get to work on renovations.

The Dream:

We see The Flyway as a community space. We want to host weddings, events, bed and breakfast guests, and outdoor adventurers! We are waterfront and we have 26 acres. The lodge has plenty of space for relaxing, and the grounds and barn are the perfect place to explore. We really have something for everyone, and we want to Kickstart our renovations so we can begin sharing our space!

The Problem(s):

Renovations to the lodge are wrapping up. The lodge is 5,500 square feet- in the past 3 months, we refinished all the hardwood floors, installed air conditioning, installed kitchen cabinets, painted, installed appliances, and landscaped. The 11,000 square foot barn is a separate building on Flyway's grounds that was built in 1920 to serve as the servant's quarters.

Parts of it are in incredible shape for a nearly 100 year old structure! But other parts are literally falling apart. I recently tried to patch a few places where shingles are missing, but there was nothing to nail to. The barn desperately needs to be re-roofed. The focus of our money and time so far has been the lodge. There is so much to do inside (and we are on a very limited budget) so we've regretably been neglecting the farm building. 

The Goal:

We are hoping to raise $30,000 to purchase materials to re-roof. I will do the labor myself. Our project will launch on Kickstarter in early November!

The Rewards:

$1 contribution: we will add you to our email list, so you can receive 1-2 monthly photo updates on our progress!

$5 contribution: 5 digital, desktop wallpaper sized images from Flyway will be emailed to you!

$10 contribution: your name will be added to a Thank You plaque in the Farm Building (+digital images, +a spot on the email list!)

$15 contribution: an awesome koozie, with The Flyway's awesome logo will be sent your way! Your choice of color, US shipping included (+digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$25 contribution: a set of 10 4x6 pictures from around Flyway will be mailed to you (+awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$50 contribution: The Flyway grounds will be yours for 2 hours! Bring up to 4 people & tour the barn, play tennis on our private court, take our kayaks out to our private island, cookout, walk your dog, (almost) anything goes! (+set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$75 contribution: Local Knotts Island, NC goodies will be mailed to your door! Will include wine from the local vineyard, assorted Knotts Island bumper stickers & other gear, and handmade items from residents (+set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$100 contribution: an invitation for you & your family to attend a pig-picking / barbecue at Flyway! Beer, good times, and a tour of the barn are included. December 10th at 2pm OR March 11, 2pm (+set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$150 contribution: campout under the stars at Flyway! You bring the tent, we'll provide s'more supplies. May 6-7, 2017! (+invite to the barbecue, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$500 contribution: use Flyway as the backdrop for your family pictures! Includes 15 minutes with a professional photographer, 5 digital professionally edited images, and a photo print release. (+invite to the barbecue & campout, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$750 contribution: Weekend getaway at Flyway! One queen-sized bed in a private suite & all the outdoor activities Flyway has to offer will be yours for 3 days and 2 nights. (+campout invite, +barbecue invite, +local goodies, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$2000 contribution: Week-long escape to Flyway! One queen-sized bed in a private suite & all the outdoor activities Flyway has to offer will be yours for 7 days and 6 nights. (+campout invite, +barbecue invite, +local goodies, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$5000 contribution: Your Special Event at Flyway! Up to 250 wedding guests, corporate team members, etc. will have use of the farm building and grounds for 12 hours. (+campout invite, +barbecue invite, +local goodies, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

$7500 contribution: Family Vacation! The entire lodge and grounds will be yours for 7 days and 6 nights. Flyway has 3 bedrooms with queen size beds & ensuite full bathrooms, as well as a bunk room with 2 sets of twin bunk beds and an ensuite full bathroom (+campout invite, +barbecue invite, +local goodies, +set of 10 4x6 images, +awesome Flyway koozie, +digital images, +your name on the plaque, +email list)

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