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Outer Banks Marathon

November 23, 2012

Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!

OBX Marathon

 

The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!

 

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Fall on the Outer Banks

October 7, 2012

It’s been a gradual change of seasons with lots of things going on on the Outer Banks. I’ve participated in the Outer Banks Triathlon as a member of a relay team – I did the bike portion: 13.1 miles starting at the Dare County Regional Airport over the old Manns Harbor Bridge and back. The ride out was smooth and the views were spectacular, but when I made the turn at Mashoes Road, I hit a wall of wind and it took everything in me to get back across the bridge.

This weekend marked the First Annual Bluegrass Festival at Festival Park in Manteo. This was a sell-out event. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go, but it’s on my calendar for next year. Check out some great photos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OBXBluegrassFestival?fref=ts.

View from the Duck Soundside Boardwalk

Today marked the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, featuring The Rippingtons with Russ Freeman, Paula Atherton, THE FUZZ BAND, and Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen.

Today also marked the final day of the 20th Annual Outer Banks Home Builders Parade of Homes. The homes were selected featuring new designs and many incorporate new technologies, best building practices and ‘green’ features.

There is a plethora of events and activities coming up. My favorite resource for all things is http://www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-events/.

My favorites include:

  • The Colony Lost & Found 5K and Fun Run, October 13 in Manteo
  •  Outer Banks Seafood Festival, October 20 in Nags Head
  • Trick or Treat Under the Sea, October 24 at the Roanoke Island Aquarium
  • Outer Banks Marathon, including Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, Southern 6 & more, November 9 – 11

It’s a beautiful time of the year to visit the Outer Banks!

 

 

 

 

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A Thanksgiving List

November 25, 2011
  1. Starting the day with my Boot Camp friends in the Gobbler 5K in Nags Head was great.
  2. Happy birthday wishes to my friends Sharon, Cathy & Shearl.
  3. Cool winds gave way to warm sunshine.
  4. Turkey took forever to cook.
  5. Son’s mashed potatoes were the best I ever ate (secret ingredient parmesan cheese, but not too much).
  6. Son told me about the oysters he and his girlfriend gathered down near the new inlet at Rodanthe, found enough up to feed them for a few days – salty plump oysters, he made oyster stew (he is very talented in the kitchen).
  7. Next time I’m going to slow-cook a turkey in a crock pot with cranberry barbeque sauce.
  8. I am thankful for my family, health, friends, pets and this beautiful community I live.

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Manteo Community Comes Together

November 16, 2011

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OBX Half Marathon. Check.

November 15, 2011

The Outer Banks Marathon and related events happened this past weekend, November 11-13. The weather was perfect, sunny with temperatures in the upper 60’s. This was the first time I have ever participated in a big race, and I’m happy to say that I finished the Half Marathon in a little over 2 hours and 20 minutes. The course was incredible providing views of the Sound, and winding along Nags Head Golf Links, over the bridge to Manteo. I drive to Manteo every day to my office at Marshes Light, but running part of that route gives me a whole new perspective.

There were 1,215 runners in the Marathon and 2,757 runners in the Half, and the oldest runner  was 83 years old! In addition to the Marathon held Sunday, on Saturday there were the Outer Banks 8K starting at the First Flight High School track, the Buccaneer 5K and a Fun Run. It was a great family weekend with something for everyone.

Franco's & daughters at the Finish

 

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OUTER BANKS MARATHON WEEKEND IS HERE

November 10, 2011

Marathon Fever!

Last day of Marathon Training was held this morning. We ran about 5 miles early this morning and witnessed a beautiful (almost) full moon setting over the Sound at Kitty Hawk Bay. Coaches Matt and Jay gave us a pep talk and reviewed what to expect and several things to avoid on race day (i.e., stick to your plan, avoid trying anything new – no new socks!).

We’ve been enjoying lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 60’s. Sunday – race day – is expected to be partly cloudy and temperatures in the mid 60’s.

On Sunday, traffic to Manteo from the beach will be diverted over the bridge to Manns Harbor and back to Manteo via the old Manns Harbor bridge.

For important Marathon information, click here: www.obxmarathon.org/Top_Nav/Outer_Banks_Marathon/need2knowinfo.htm.

To view the course map, click here: http://www.obxmarathon.org/Top_Nav/Outer_Banks_Marathon/fpraces_courseinfo.htm.

Wish me luck! This is my first ever Half Marathon!

 

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Get Your Shrimp Fix On

November 5, 2011

“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There’s, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There’s pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… That’s, that’s about it.”

Bubba Blue from the film, FORREST GUMP.

The second annual Shrimp CookOff will be held on Sunday, November 6,  at Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar on the Beach Road in  Kitty Hawk – from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm.  This casual, fun competition was a huge success in 2010 and raised almost $5,000 to benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

There will be nine competing chefs from around the Outer Banks, cooking fresh, local shrimp in their favorite style of preparation.  A DJ will be keeping up with announcements and door prizes and a silent auction will also be held on the second floor of Ocean Boulevard, with a People’s Choice Ballot.  The bar will be open serving Beer & Wine specials along with your favorite beverage.  The cost per person is $20 at the door, and tickets can be bought in advance at Ocean Boulevard, or at Outer Banks Veterinarian.

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Outer Banks Forecast: Rainbows and Wind

November 4, 2011
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Early morning rainbow, sound-side OBX. 

 

It was a warm and rather cloudy morning, a little breezy and good conditions for an easy 3 mile run around the neighborhood with my friend Amanda. We headed towards the ocean and saw a patch of blue sky (Carolina Blue, that is) and then followed the road in the opposite direction. There it was, a beautiful crystal clear rainbow.

Lots of people around the Outer Banks also saw it and captured it on film, this photo looks like Colington in Kill Devil Hills.

The weather steadily deteriorated and we’ve been experiencing a coastal storm with spitting rain and northeast winds of about 25 mph.

If you’re thinking of visiting this weekend, here’s what to expect from the weather:

Tonight
nt_rain Mostly cloudy. Rain likely this evening. A slight chance of rain after midnight. Very windy with lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph and gusty. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday
partlycloudy Partly cloudy and very windy. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts.
Saturday Night
nt_cloudy Mostly cloudy and windy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph.
Sunday
partlysunny Partly sunny and breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night
nt_cloudy Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Monday
partlycloudy Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.

 

Looking forward, especially to the Outer Banks Marathon weekend on November 12-13, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts sunny & cool. The next full moon will be on November 10. I’m thinking of a walk on the beach when the wind calms down – a great time to find shells, beach glass and other treasures, followed by home-made chili or oyster stew! So come on down and discover why so many people love Fall on the Outer Banks!

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Enjoy the Outer Banks this Fall

October 21, 2011

AT THE ELIZABETHAN GARDENS

October 22 – Autumn Finale with Brent Heath
12noon-2p.m. Workshop for Adults Autumn Finale with Fall Flowering Bulbs – We’ll guide you through the process of adding interesting, new colors to your garden that will change it from a ‘waning garden’ to a colorful, end of the season gala. For more information contact nharvey@elizabethangardens.org.

October 29 – Harvest Hay Day
Fun, food and festivities; stuff a scarecrow and learn at our discovery stations. Hot cider, pumpkin pie and bonfires are sure to warm your heart. We will also crown Miss Mum and The Chrysanthemum King this year (For children 6 and under.)

October 29 – Harvest Hoedown ~ Diamonds and Denim
Evening Adult Fund Raising Event for the Elizabethan Gardens. Wear your blue jeans with your diamonds and have a good old fashion hoedown with dancing, food and seasonal harvest fun like hay rides and dancing. Enjoy the harvest moon as well as a silent and live auction. Ticket Price $50 per person. Contact nharvey@elizabethangardens.org.

AT THE AQUARIUM ON ROANOKE ISLAND

October 27 – Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Popular event! 6 – 8:30 p.m. Ghosts and strange aquatic creatures will greet children as they enjoy this “spooktacular” event. Hosting the event is Count Sharkula who always scares up lots of ghoulish fun. Crazy costume contests, creepy crafts, spine-tingling scream contests and yummy munchies are just a few of the things to howl about. Tickets are limited. (252) 473-3494 or www.ncaquariums.com.

DOWNTOWN MANTEO

November 4 – First Friday
Manteo Waterfront. 4– 8 p.m. Historic Inn Tour from 4 – 6 p.m. (tour maps at Dare County Arts Council), Live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Blue grass to Jazz to Classic Rock ‘n Roll), Boutiques and Restaurants open late, Enjoy family friendly activities, Famous rock climbing wall, Historical interpreters in period costumes and more.

November 4 – 29 Art, Automata and Christmas Clocks by Michael Davis
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. (252) 475-1500 or www.roanokeisland.com.

November 4 – 30 Nancy Pederson: A Fiber Exhibit (Vault Gallery)
Dare County Arts Council. Opening Reception Friday, 6 pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558; www.darearts.org.

November 5 – South Arts Film Festival – Ahead of Time
7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The event is sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at http://darearts.org/film-media. For more information call 252-473-5558 or visit www.darearts.org.

November 12 -Outer Banks Jewelry Expo
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Local and regional designers showcase a wide variety of their jewelry and metal work in this expo. Demonstrations included. (252) 475-1500 or www.roanokeisland.com.

RUNNING EVENTS

November 12 – Outer Banks 8K, Buccaneer 5K & Fun Run
The Outer Banks 8K is an out-and-back course which will start in Kill Devil Hills at the First Flight High School track (in front of the grandstand), continue through Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest and finish at the track. The course is partly on a dirt road and is walker-friendly.

Buccaneer 5K & Fun Run presented by Kelly Hospitality Group
An out-and-back course (part of the Outer Banks 8K course), which begins at First Flight High School (FFHS) track in Kill Devil Hills, enters and returns along Old Nags Head Woods Road, and finishes at FFHS.

November 13 – Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon
The marathon starts in Kitty Hawk, the half marathon will begin in Nags Head, near the largest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and both cross the beautiful Washington-Baum Bridge and finish on Roanoke Island.
www.obxmarathon.com or register online at http://www.active.com/marathon/to-nags-head-nc/outer-banks-marathon-half-marathon-8k-5k-and-fun-run-2011.

November 24 – Annual Outer Banks Gobbler 5K and Little Giblet Fun Run
8 a.m. Run, walk, stroll through the picturesque Village of Nags Head and enjoy views of the Roanoke Sound! Post Race Feast! Pumpkin Cheesecake to the Overall Finisher who gets bragging rights at the 2011 Outer Banks Gobbler! Presented by the Outer Banks Running Club. Register at http://www.fsseries.com/index.php?action=event&event_id=163.

FISHING

November 19 – 14th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo
Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. A fishing tournament sponsored by the Manteo Rotary. (252) 473-6644 or www.rockfishrodeo.com.

For more fishing information, check out http://www.outerbanksfishing.com.

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Living Shoreline Project at Marshes Light

October 17, 2011

About a month ago, the Town of Manteo provided a dump truck load of fossil/spent oyster shells to Marshes Light.  This past Saturday (October 15) a group of volunteers bagged the shells for placement along the marsh to help stabilize an eroding expanse of coastal marsh – one of the last of its kind in Town limits.  The bagged shells will be used much like rip rap or wood and vinyl bulkheads; however, this method utilizes natural materials.

The volunteer effort was part of an overall project aimed at creating a “living shoreline” to protect a Juncus marsh that is part of the Marshes Light Development in downtown historic Manteo.  The “living shoreline” stabilization will allow the marsh to regenerate along its eroding fringe and return valuable oyster shells to our waters.  These shells will also provide a great home to numerous marine creatures.

Thriving coastal marshes are vital to the overall health of our estuary, effectively filtering nutrients, fine sediments and toxins from overland runoff.  These critical habitats also support fisheries and protected resources by improving water quality and buffering shorelines.

It was an interesting process and hard, dirty work. We used UV resistant netting material (used and recommended in the aquaculture industry) which was stretched over a piece of PVC pipe that was about 36” long and 8” in diameter.  Wearing thick gloves, we placed the shells into the pipe with bag stretched and when full, the pipe was pulled out of the bag and the bag tied.  Each bag was estimated to weigh about 30-35 pounds!

Once the necessary permits are in place, the next step will be to load the bags onto a barge and haul them over to the marsh.  The Town also plans to install native marsh plants along the landward side of the stabilized shoreline next spring.

 This project is an on-going and volunteer collaborative effort between Marshes Light new home community, the Town of Manteo, Quible & Associates, P.C., and our many friends!  Check back in early next spring for information about volunteering for more projects along the Manteo waterfront.

I want to give special thanks to Marshes Light owners, Bob & Joan Ciardi (and friends), Jim Lambie and Jeff & Carol Nease for their hard work!

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Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to the Coast” Fall Ride

October 8, 2011

There were over 850 cyclists registered for the 2011 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” October 1 to October 8; and they arrived in Manteo yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful, sunny day for their ride from Plymouth, 80 miles inland.

Photo by Wayne Whitley

Working with Cycle NC event organizers, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, College of the Albemarle, Town of Manteo, and the Marshes Light community, we gave them a warm and exciting welcome. Shuttle service provided transportation to area hotels and restaurants. A good number of cyclists camped on COA property and walked over to Manteo on the sound-side boardwalk, a short walk to First Friday with live music, food, wine, and other festivities.

They leave Manteo on Saturday and ride to Corolla, 61 miles, along the Beach Road for the last leg of the trip.

For more information about Cycle North Carolina and future rides, click here.

Directions to downtown

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2nd Annual Marshes Light Marina Super Slam T-Shirts Now Available

October 1, 2011

Back of Shirt

  • Pocket, crew-neck style
  • Short sleeve
  • 100% cotton
  • Pink, Carolina Blue, ECU Purple, Camo, Black & White
  • Sizes Small to 2XLG
  • $20 (not including shipping)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Email lee@marsheslight.com
  • Phone 252-475-9863
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    2nd Annual Marshes Light Marina Super Slam

    September 21, 2011

    For more information and registration, visit www.marsheslightmarina.com.

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    Run, Swim, Surf, Fish, Bike the Outer Banks

    September 12, 2011

    The Outer Banks has been a mecca for physical activity ever since the surfboard was first introduced to the natives. Over the years, due to the demand in current trends of recreation, tennis courts, golf courses, health clubs and bike paths have added to the Outer Banks environment.

    With a mild Fall and Spring season and a beautiful coastal setting, the Outer Banks is the perfect destination to host a variety of events and competitions. Coming up this Fall (with links for more information) are:

  • Outer Banks Triathlon, September 10-11, Manteo
  • 2nd Annual Get Pumped for Pink 10K, September 24, 2011 8 a.m.
  • 2011 Easterns® — Grand Finals Surfing Competition, September 18 – Saturday September 24th Jennette’s Pier (mile post 16.5) in Nags Head
  • Mountains to the Coast” Fall Ride, Saturday, October 1 to Saturday, October 8. The ride will begin in Elkin, NC and end at Heritage Park in Corolla, with final lay-over on Friday, October 7, at the campus of COA in Manteo.
  • First Friday Festival, downtown Manteo, October 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
  • 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament Super Slam - October 14 – 16
  • Outer Banks Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, 5K & Fun Runs, Weekend of November 11-13.
  • Photo by Rev. Jay Bowman

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    A case of mistaken identity

    December 8, 2010

    We were walking Buster one fall day a few years ago, around the corner to the end of the cul-de-sac and back. 

    As she was want to do in her younger days, Pepper, our cat, popped out of the bushes.

    What are you doing? You never walk with us anymore.

    (I’m not in the mood to walk now, just making sure you acknowledge my presence.)

    Buster stops sniffing the ground and looks at me quizzically when he sees me talking to the cat. He begins to bark. WOOF! Wayne is pulling on his leash, but Buster is holding his ground. He is now facing back at me and the cat. Every pull of the leash, he moves a little bit backwards. WOOF!

    Will you shut up? You’re scaring the living daylights out of the cat.

    (What a blockhead, he sure is loud)

    I picked up the cat and told Wayne to go on ahead, that I would bring Pepper home.

    WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!

    (And obnoxious.)

    Wayne finally gets Buster about 30 feet in front of us and was soon within sight of our front porch.

    Hey Lee? 

    That’s

    Not

    Our

    Cat.

    Pepper’s on the front porch.

    I dropped the cat (thank you very much). And sheepishly went home.

    Buster was sitting on the front porch wagging his tail and looking at Pepper.

    (I see you’ve met the neighbor’s cat;  why did you think Blockhead was barking? Even he knew it wasn’t me!)

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    Diving at Marshes Light Marina

    November 21, 2010

    We’ve been enjoying beautiful sunny weather on the Outer Banks this month, and this past Friday morning was no exception. We recently moved our Marshes Light sales office over to the new ship’s store at the Marina, and I’m getting used to my new digs.  I noticed some unusual activity going on out on the docks; a couple of guys milling about with lines and hoses. One of them was wearing a strange coverall with a rubber hood and scuba mask, the other in jeans and a Nags Head sweatshirt. Our resident boater, Steve, was also nearby, overseeing the event.

    Intrigued, I grabbed my camera and went outside. The coverall guy with hood was a professional diver, hired by Steve to find something boat-related that fell into the brink a while back. He was lowering himself into the water, attached to air tanks on deck by a good length of rope and hoses, and assisted by the Nags Head sweatshirt guy. He had a microphone, so he could converse with the guys on the dock as he explored the shallow depths of the marina basin. I mentioned to him to be on the lookout for vintage glass bottles as Marshes Light was a dairy farm about 100 years ago and there might be some interesing finds buried out in the muck. 

    After a few minutes under water, the diver found what he was looking for and brought it up. Steve was thrilled, but I was a little disappointed that he didn’t find anything more exciting. I wondered how much the diver and assistant cost, compared to the value of the casing that they retrieved.  

    All in all, not a typical Friday at the office; but I sure am liking our new location at the marina!

    Salvaged!

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    5th Annual Outer Banks Marathon

    November 16, 2010

    There’s always movement on the Outer Banks. Foremost are the ocean and its surf. Each day brings new tides, big, ride-able waves, or small little ankle-slappers. Then there’s the wind, recently blowing in from the northeast, causing ocean over-wash in some areas and high seas.

    And this past weekend, it was the Outer Banks Marathon.  Sunny skies blessed the weekend’s events, which included an 8K, 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, and the Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. With over 7,000 registered runners from all over the world this November, the marathon celebrated its fifth year. The two day event provides a positive economic boost to our local economy in the late fall, (see www.obsentinel.womacknewspapers.com/articles/2010/11/10).

    The full marathon runners started in Kitty Hawk on the scenic Woods Road (near the Wright Memorial Bridge); and the half marathon runners started on the ByPass in Nags Head, near Milepost 11. The course takes runners through scenic Nags Head Woods and across the 35 foot tall Washington Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island, through Marshes Light and culminating in downtown Manteo.

    As a first time volunteer at the Marathon, I passed out medals and congratulations at the Finish Line. It was incredibly exciting to be a small part of the event and I was humbly dumb-struck at the energy and fortitude of the participants coming across the Finish Line. They were from all over the world, all shapes and sizes, young and old, some very fit, some not so fit.  Completing the course is truly admirable!

    The Outer Banks provides the perfect venue for running with plenty of opportunities to participate; check out http://outerbanksrunningclub.org for more information and calendar of events. Maybe there’s a Fun Run or 5K in my future!

    P.S. For race results visit http://www.obxmarathon.com/Left_Nav/results_and_bibs.htm.

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    1st Annual Marshes Light King Mackerel Tournament

    November 1, 2010

    The Marshes Light King Mack Tournament was a great success this past weekend. We sweated out “Small Craft Advisories” on Friday, but the wind fell off on Saturday and produced a sunny day perfect for some serious fishing.

    Fishing began at 7 a.m. and ended in the afternoon in time for weigh-in at 4 p.m. at the Marshes Light Marina. At the end of the day, five fish were presented for weigh-in. I volunteered and helped the Marine Fisheries staff biologists collect data and tag the fish.  They weighed and measured the fish, then the biologists gutted the fish to determine if the fish were male or female and extracted the  otoliths, or ear bones, to determine the age of the fish. When an otolith is removed, it is sectioned into thin slices and viewed through a microscope, where it reveals a pattern of light and dark concentric rings. A darker denser ring forms in the winter months, while during warmer months, when the fish grow faster, they produce a clearer ring. These yearly growth rings are called annuli and are similar to the rings found in tree stumps. Fascinating!

    Big thanks go to Bill Boykin, our Tournament Director and Dock Manager, who put everthing in place and recruited local fishing guru, Captain Marty, to be our resident expert. We are very grateful for Captain Marty’s expertise and for lining up all the volunteers needed to operate the tournament.  Also special thanks to my co-worker and dear friend, Ann Davis, for all her help and for organizing the vendors from the Manteo Farmers Market who sat up booths to sell their handcrafted goods along the boardwalk. We especially want to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors and vendors for being a part of the inaugural Marshes Light Marina King Mackerel Tournament.

    The winning fish weighed in at 41 pounds, 9 ounces, and was caught by Amy McMullan on the Ocean Isle Fishing Center boat. Congratulations Amy and winner of the $10,000 first place prize!

    1st Place King Mackerel

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    Lots of great reasons to visit the Outer Banks this Fall!

    October 20, 2010

    October 23
    The Colony Lost & Found 5k and Fun Run 8 a.m. Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m. The course will take you through the grounds of The Lost Colony, Fort Raleigh and the woods of Roanoke Island, returning on the bike path and back to The Lost Colony parking lot. For more information and to register please go to: outerbanksrunningclub.org. 100% of event proceeds will go to Food For Thought and The Lost Colony.

    October 23
     7:30 p.m. Red Clay Ramblers. The Tony® Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, a North Carolina string band whose repertoire encompasses old-time mountain music, bluegrass country, rock, and the American musical. Performances at First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills. For more information call 252-255-2274. Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.

    October 24
    The Conner Miller Duo.  Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 4 p.m. The duo performs traditional renditions of Old-Time, Brother Duets, bluegrass, acoustic and American Roots, as well as original songs. Admission is included in the general admission ticket to the Park. (252) 475-1500. roanokeisland.com.

    October 28
    Trick or Treat Under the Sea. NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ghosts and strange aquatic creatures will greet children as they enjoy this “spooktacular” event. Crazy costume contests, creepy crafts, spine-tingling scream contests and yummy munchies are just a few of the things to howl about. Tickets are limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (800) 832-3474, (252) 473-3494 or ncaquariums.com.

    October 28 – 30
    The Haunted House at The Lost Colony: QUARANTINE ISLAND. Blood curdling scares from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Box Office opens at 6:00 p.m. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult; not recommended for those under 10. Tickets are $10 per person; $8 per person if purchased before Oct. 28; no refunds. Rain or shine at Waterside Theatre, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, NC. Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Island Historical Association and Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse. For advance tickets or information call 252-473-2127 x223 or visit thelostcolony.org.

    October 29 – 31, November 5 – 7
    Theatre of Dare presents “Sylvia”. Directed by Don Bridge.   This show is a “howlingly funny” modern romantic comedy about marriage… and a talking dog.  Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, at the COA Roanoke Island Campus.  Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 for students with valid school/college identification.  For more information, visit theatreofdare.org or call 252-261-4064.

    October 29 – 31
    Marshes Light Marina 1st Annual King Mackerel Tournament. Guaranteed first place prize of $10,000.  Proceeds benefit Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Town of Manteo Fisherman’s Landing Project. For more information, please call 252-305-4737 or visit marsheslightmarina.com.

    October 30
    Halloween Parade and Party. Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building, 23186 Myrna Peters Dr., Rodanthe. 2 to 3:30 p.m. A Halloween parade and party marks the spooky season on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parade starts at North Beach Campground in Rodanthe and processes along N.C. 12 to the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building. Call (252) 987-1303 for information. Visit rwscivic.org. The event is sponsored by the villages’ civic association.

    October 30
    RIFP Performance Series A& T Presents Dancing & Drumming of Africa & the Caribbean. 2 and 7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Dance to the Beat of Africa and the Caribbean: The E. Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will transport you to the exciting world of African and Caribbean dance. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 roanokeisland.com.

    November 3 – 6
    53rd Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, Buxton. Registration – Wednesday, November 3, Team Fishing – Thursday, November 4, Team Fishing – Friday, November 5, Bob Bernard Individual Tournament Saturday, November 6, Tackle Show – Thursday, November 4. capehatterasanglersclub.org.

    November 5
    First Friday. Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more. firstfriday-roanokeisland.com.

    November 6
    RIFP Performance Series A&T presents a Musical program. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Musical Moods and Melodies: Join the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Music Programs exciting Jazz Ensemble under the direction of renowned trumpeter Mondre Moffett. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.

    November 8
    4th Annual Paul Shaver Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Sea Scape Golf Links. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Tournament Proceeds will be donated to The Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Entry fee is $100 per person or $400 per team. Fees include: cart and green fees, t-shirt, box lunch and refreshments. Post tournament dinner and raffle follow at The Black Pelican.  Dinner Tickets are also available for $20 per person. For more information, contact Michelle Robertson at 252-261-3171. Tournament entry forms are available at The Black Pelican and Sea Scape Golf Links.

    November 9 – 14
    Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. Offering over 85 programs in themes ranging from paddling and wildlife photography to birding, natural history and more! (252) 216-9464 or wingsoverwater.org.

    November 12
    Lecture with Duane River and Charles S. Manooch. Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 7 – 9 p.m. Charles Manooch, author of Fisherman’s Guide: Fishes of the Southeastern United States, and Duane Raver, the book’s illustrator, will discuss their book project and share anecdotes. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.

    November 13
    Outer Banks 8K. Kill Devil Hills, near the First Flight Schools Campus. An out-and-back course which will start in Kill Devil Hills, continue through Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest and finish at the First Flight High School track. obxmarathon.org.

    November 13
    Outer Banks Fun Run. 10 a.m. A family friendly event where kids and adults can run and walk for the fun of it! Walker-friendly and strollers allowed. obxmarathon.org.

    November 13
    Outer Banks Jewelry Expo 2010. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Local and regional jewelry designers will gather at Roanoke Island Festival Park Saturday, November 13th for the 2nd annual Outer Banks Jewelry Expo. (252) 475-1500, roanokeisland.com.

    November 14
    Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon. The marathon starts in Kitty Hawk, the half marathon starts at Jockeys Ridge and both cross the beautiful Washington-Baum Bridge and finish on Roanoke Island. obxmarathon.org.

    November 19, 20
    13th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo. Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. A fishing tournament sponsored by the Manteo Rotary. (252) 473-6644 or rockfishrodeo.com.

    November 20
    RIFP Performance Series UNC Chapel Hill presents Opera. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. UNC Chapel Hill, with Director Terry Ellen Rhodes, will present a program entitled “Scenes from Verdi Operas.” The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.

    November 20
    7:30 p.m. Greg Gelb Jazz Quartet –  Savor the sizzling sounds of this widely popular quartet which encompasses great jazz and swing standards, bebop, early jazz, post bop and originals lead by Gregg Gelb, recipient of the 1997 Jazz Fellowship Award from the NC Arts Council.  Performances at First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills. For more information call 252-255-2274. Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.

    November 25
    15th Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot. Duck. A great warm up for your Thanksgiving Feast! Starting on Scarborough Lane in Duck with a finish line full of post race festivities! Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome. active.com.

    November 26 – 27
    Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights. Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider on Friday and Saturday. November 27, watch the night sky magically transform as skilled flyers maneuver their lit stunt kites to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.

    November 26 – 27
    Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show. Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Free admission, food and a scholarship raffle. Local artists. (252) 441-1850.

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    Snippets from the Annapolis Boat Show

    October 19, 2010

    The weather on the first day of the show was a replay of last year’s weather: lots of wind and rain. The weather cleared up on Friday and sunny skies ruled for the rest of the weekend.

    Midshipmen, as the students from the U.S. Naval Academy are known, were seen on the streets in full uniform. Smart and tailored, the midshipmen were no doubt enjoying their victory over the SMU Mustangs in football on Saturday in non-conference action at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

    Oysters Rockefeller, oysters casino, crab balls, duck pot-stickers and pit-cooked beef and turkey were some of the culinary treats we enjoyed at the show and nearby eateries. Walk-ability is of utmost importance, and we found a diverse choice of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores and more all close by to our hotel. I discovered a yummy new wine, Main Street Chardonnay from Santa Barbara.

    Big and small boats were on display, as well as all sorts of booths selling boat parts, supplies, repair services, equipment, furniture, t-shirts, sunglasses and marinas and marina communities. We were there promoting the Marshes Light Community and Marina and we spoke to a lot of people who told us how much they love visiting Manteo either by boat or car. Manteo has the walk-ability thing going on, too, which will only improve as the retail shops and the Inn in Marshes Light are developed.

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    Outer Banks + October = Love is in the Air

    October 1, 2010

    October 2
    Manteo Farmer’s Market
    George Washington Creef Park on the Manteo Waterfront. Saturdays from 8 am – 12 pm. Rain or Shine. Where all the cool cows buy their flowers, herbs and pies! For more information visit townofmanteo.com

    October 1
    First Friday
    Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more. firstfriday-roanokeisland.com

    October 2, 2010
    Ben ². Recent Paintings by Ben Morris and Ben Miller. Dare County Arts Council. In the old Courthouse downtown Manteo. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Opening, food by the Food Dudes.

    October 1
    The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks
    Kill Devil Hills “The Ramada Plaza Hotel” Friday 9:00 p.m. Kevin Downy Jr. and Matt Bergman
    Please visit us online at comedyclubobx.com or call our info line at 252-207-9950.

    October 1 – 3
    Outer Banks Bike Fest™ – Fall Motorcycle Rally
    harleybay.com

    October 2
    5th Annual NHES Pumpkin Fair
    10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Choose from hundreds of pumpkins, all of them grown in eastern North Carolina, including pie pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, small, medium and gigantic pumpkins, white pumpkins and more. Other fall decorating items for sale will include mums, corn stalks, gourds and straw bales.
    Proceeds will go directly to the Nags Head Elementary School PTA. For more information contact Nags Head Elementary School at 480-8880.

    October 2
    2nd Annual Chicahauk Surf Contest. Southern Shores Chicahauk Beach Access. 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration starts at promptly at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Isabella Rainey.

    October 2- 3
    21st Annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza
    Dare County Family Recreational Park, Kill Devil Hills. Features artist live demonstrations, kid’s hands-on activity booths, professional artist show and sell, artist quick draws, music, children’s auction, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The following evening is Dare County Arts council’s premiere fundraising event, the Artrageous Art Auction. (252) 473-5558 or darearts.org.

    October 2 – 3
    24th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition
    Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills. Throughout the weekend, non-competitors can enjoy workshops, demonstrations and kite making for kids. The highlights of this event include graceful kite ballet competitions set to music and team flying that blends both kite control and speed. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.

    October 2 – 30
    Flat Tops: A New Perspective
    Glen Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Nags Head. Photographs by Manteo High School Students. 252-441-6584.

    October 3 – November 29
    Duane Raver: Wildlife illustrator, Jeff Lewis: Flora and Fauna Photography
    Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 10 a.m. 4 p.m. (Sat). A reception will be held on October 3 from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.

    October 7 – 10
    Outer Banks Home Builders Association’s 18th Annual Parade of Homes
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. A select offering of new homes covering the coastal Outer Banks. Tickets $10. Good all four days. (252) 449-8232 or obhomebuilders.org.

    October 8 – 9
    REAL Fall Swap Meet
    Kite, Surf, Standup. Buy, Sell, Trade. At the REAL Swap Meet you will find TONS of new and used gear, have the ability to sell your own used gear to other interested buyers, plus find the deals of the century on all the new gear in the REAL Flagship Store. 10am to 4pm daily at REAL Watersports in the Village of Waves. (252)987-6000 or REALwatersports.com.

    October 10
    Fourth Annual Duck Jazz Festival
    Duck Town Stage. 11 a.m. to dusk. Joyce Cooling, a San Francisco-based Jazz guitarist and vocalist, will headline the fourth-annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday in Duck, NC. Best-known for her eclectic style and colorful body-moving sound, Cooling is funky, soulful, and always original, and is recognized as one of the most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists in the world. Plan to join us for this popular event! Free. (252) 255-1286 or townofduck.com.

    October 16-17
    8th Annual Outer Banks International Wine Festival
    Native Vine 9138 Caratoke Hwy, Point Harbor, NC. 12 noon until 5 p.m. 50+ Wines & beer, great food & Live music with two bands each day! Local artists & gift vendors. Tickets $25 in advance/$30 day of the event. (VIP upgrade available, call for details). Proceeds benefit the Currituck Animal Shelter.

    October 23
    Red Clay Ramblers
    7:30 p.m. Come be captivated by the Tony® Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, a North Carolina string band whose repertoire encompasses old-time mountain music, bluegrass country, rock, and the American musical. Founded in 1972, accomplishments include original NYC theatrical productions, movie scores, premiering a symphony and a ballet, national TV appearances and touring the globe.

    October 24
    The Conner Miller Duo
    Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 4 p.m. The Conner Miller Duo combines the playing and singing talents of Mike Conner and John Miller. The Conner Miller Duo introduces a fresh sense of “acoustic Americana” to their listeners. Admission is included in the general admission ticket to the Park. (252) 475-1500.

    October 28
    Trick or Treat Under the Sea
    North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ghosts and strange aquatic creatures will greet children as they enjoy this “spooktacular” event. Hosting the event is Count Sharkula who always scares up lots of ghoulish fun. Crazy costume contests, creepy crafts, spine-tingling scream contests and yummy munchies are just a few of the things to howl about. Ticket sales begin October 1st and will be sold at the Aquarium. Admission. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (800) 832-3474, (252) 473-3494 or ncaquariums.com.

    October 28 – 30
    The Haunted House at The Lost Colony: QUARANTINE ISLAND
    Come find out what’s been causing the dead to rise and the local population to mutate! Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult; not recommended for those under 10. Blood curdling scares from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Box Office opens at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person ($8 per person if purchased before Oct. 28). Rain or shine at Waterside Theatre, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, NC. Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Island Historical Association and Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse. 252-473-2127 x223 or visit thelostcolony.org.

    October 29 – 31
    Theatre of Dare presents “Sylvia”
    Directed by Don Bridge. When Greg brings home a dog he found in the park, bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag, she is a major bone of contention between husband and wife, becoming a rival for affection to his wife, Kate. 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, at the COA Roanoke Island Campus (formerly Manteo Middle School). Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 for students. For more information, visit theatreofdare.org or call 252-261-4064.

    October 29 – 31
    Marshes Light Marina 1st Annual King Mackerel Tournament
    King Mackerel Tournament with guaranteed first place prize of $10,000. Proceeds benefit Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Town of Manteo Fisherman’s Landing Project. For more information, please call 252-305-4737 or visit www.marsheslightmarina.com.

    October 30
    Halloween Parade and Party
    Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building, 23186 Myrna Peters Dr., Rodanthe. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children are invited to wear costumes for the parade which starts at North Beach Campground in Rodanthe and processes along N.C. 12 to the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building. Halloween races, pin the nose on the pumpkin, and break piñatas. A costume fashion show kicks off the fun. Call (252) 987-1303 for information. Visit rwscivic.org. The event is sponsored by the villages’ civic association.

    October 30
    RIFP Performance Series A&T Presents Dancing & Drumming of Africa & the Caribbean
    2 and 7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Dance to the Beat of Africa and the Caribbean: The E. Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will transport you to the exciting world of African and Caribbean dance: energetic and skilled performers dance with authority, and the driving rhythms of the drums, vibrant costumes and emotional performances allow audiences to truly connect with another culture. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 roanokeisland.com.

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    Change is in the air

    September 23, 2010

    It’s the beginning of the Fall season on the Outer Banks. This is truly one of the most enjoyable times of year on the Outer Banks. The air feels good against your skin. The nights are cool and with the windows open, you can hear the distant rhythm of the waves crashing on the shoreline.

    But after a week of feeling homeless from the crash of my laptop’s operating system, I am beginning to get grounded again, thanks to a new HP laptop. My only complaint is that when I type, I inadvertently hit the touch pad and land in another country/program/format or, more often, some part of the sentence that I just typed.  This laptop requires a sensitive touch or a heavy hit and totally doesn’t care about the mood I’m in!

    Back to Roanoke Island… The Ships Store at Marshes Light is nearing completion. We’ll be moving our sales center to this new location – the view is incredible over the water! It’s really shaping up and I’ll post pictures soon.

    In the meantime, if you are in the DC area this weekend, please come visit our display at the Greater DC Live South Real Estate Expo at the Tysons Corner Hilton on Saturday and Sunday. Look for the Marshes Light, Arlington Place and Viniterra displays – we will be well represented.

    Categories: Computers, Fall Weather, Roanoke Island, Things to do.