Category archive for: Roanoke Island
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!
Categories: Arts, Dining, Environment, Fall Weather, Fitness, Food & Wine, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Running, Sporting Events, travel, Uncategorized.
August 7, 2012
The Outer Banks is known for its pristine beaches and casual atmosphere. . Known for its fishing, sand dunes and lighthouses, you’ll also find the Outer Banks offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family
I want to highlight a couple of major events taking place in September:
ESA EASTERNS SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sept. 16 – 22, 2012
Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
The ESA EASTERNS are the season’s “grand finale” where the best of the best from each national and international district go head to head to declare the overall champions for the year in each division. For more information, visit: www.surfesa.org.
OUTER BANKS TRIATHLON
Sept. 22 – 23, 2012
374 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC
The Third Annual OBX Triathlon includes Half, Olympic and Sprint distance races through a unique coastal setting on Roanoke Island. Swim, bike & run – compete individually or as a relay team. For more information, visit: www.obxmarathon.org.
Categories: Cycling, Fitness, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Running, Sporting Events, Surfing, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
July 26, 2012
Yet tucked away from the hustle bustle, is a lovely three bedroom condominium at Marshes Light. Spacious, this lovely top floor home overlooks the Marina to the south and views of Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound to the southeast. Close enough to stroll to restaurants, theater and shopping, the sound-side boardwalk hugs the shoreline while providing a comfortable and picturesque walkway.
Marshes LIght Boardwalk
Perhaps the thing that speaks volumes, though, is the craftsmanship and quality of materials. You’ll notice the solid construction, the Hardi-Plank siding, the Andersen windows, the 10 1/2 ceiling heights, thoughtful use of space, transom windows above interior doors and in the kitchen, stainless appliances, granite countertops and natural maple cabinetry.
Built by Renaissance Construction
The recent TowneBank Red Nose Wine Festival has put Marshes Light on the map! To arrange for a tour, please contact Lee Whitley at 252-475-9863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Price: $425,000.
Categories: Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
June 5, 2012
2nd Saturdays at RIFP
Storytelling with Elizabeth II Captain Robbie
June 9th from 2-3 p.m. Small Auditorium
Captain Putnam will play video clips of the Elizabeth II under construction and under sail including a clip of its launching on November 22nd, 1983. He will also share stories about working on the ship, for the past 19 years, and sailing her to other ports as an outreach program. Free.
UNC Pembroke- Stuart Little Children’s Show
June 12th, 13th and 14th at 10:30 a.m., Indoor Theatre
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure which is reflected in this production.
Tickets are $5 for all 6 years old and older. 5 and under-free.
UNC Pembroke – I Love you, You’re Perfect…Now Change!
June 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7 p.m., Indoor Theatre
This production takes on the comedy and tragedy of relationships with a simplicity and truthfulness that will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter and quietly wiping tears from your eyes. Filled with the music and style from the 1980’s the audience will be inspired to explore the meaning of love and relationships. Tickets are $10 adults and 6-12 years old – $5. 5 and under are free.
A Soldier’s Life – Summer Kids Program
June 14th from 9-11 a.m., Visitors Center
Learn about the soldiers who came to Roanoke Island by exploring the Settlement Site. Participate in a military drill and make a buckler shield to take home. Ages 7 to 13 $20. Pre-register at (252)475-1500.
75th Anniversary Season – THE LOST COLONY at Waterside Theater
Over 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England in an attempt to settle on Roanoke Island; they vanished just two years later. The only clue left behind was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post. The Lost Colony is their story.
Tickets available at http://thelostcolony.org/tickets/.
Year-long highlights include beautiful winter-time Camellias, spring bulbs, colorful summer landscapes from hydrangeas to crepe myrtles, autumn hues of ornamental grasses and salvia, as well as seasonal events like an Easter Eggstravaganza, Harvest Hayday and WinterLights. The Gardens are founded and supported by The Garden Club of North Carolina.
The Gardens are located at 1411 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954 GPS: 35 56.2N 75 42.7w
Hours vary seasonally. Visitation is by paid admission.
Categories: Arts, Home & Garden, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
May 30, 2012
I hope these photos capture the happiness I feel when the air feels good on your skin and I’m outside and flowers are blooming and gentle breezes are blowing and the birds are chirping. I live in the most beautiful place on earth – the Outer Banks!
Carolina Jasmine on the back porch
Dogwoods along Fernando Street
Categories: Environment, Home & Garden, Land Development, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
May 18, 2012
Stuff I found on the Internet this week (thanks to Google Alerts and Pinterest):
http://www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/The-Will-of-Wanchese/14824/ A little bit of history of the fishing village, Wanchese, NC, from The Working Waterfront, by Susan West, published by The Island Institute.
New findings of The Lost Colony: Evidence Found At Lost Colony Site by Ran Northam at Chapelboro.com http://www.chapelboro.com/Evidence-Found-At-Lost-Colony-Site/13145894.
You’ll never guess what I saw on my OBX vacation At HamptonRoads.com.
Sillyness from Pinterest:
ha ha, get it?
Categories: Arts, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, People of Interest, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.
May 5, 2012
There’s a bag of fragrant strawberries sitting on the table, along with one perfectly ripe tomato and a bar of home-made lavender soap. They smell heavenly. I found these at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Manteo this morning.
In addition to fresh produce and soaps, there were baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, pottery, weavings, art and jewelry.
These beautiful scarves were made by Beth Burns of Waterside Weavers using a process known as Nuno Felting.
Beth also makes the lavender soap that I purchased. Her soaps also come in a variety of other scents and are created from quality ingredients (organic unrefined hemp seed oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, cocoa nut oil, palm oil).
I was enamored by the funky fish and crabs by Michael Tames, a local artist. This Seahorse is my favorite, the body is made of rope – really cool looking, unfortunately my photo does not do it justice.
Categories: Arts, Home & Garden, outer banks, People of Interest, Roanoke Island, Shopping, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
May 4, 2012
There’s so much to do on the Outer Banks as the weather warms.
The fish are biting, the beach is
welcoming, kites are flying, local businesses are reopening for the season, and two of my favorite events are back: FIRST FRIDAYS and SATURDAY FARM MARKETS in downtown Manteo.
Held on the first Friday of every month on the Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Historic Inn Tour from 4 p.m. – 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. Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: 252-473-2133.
Categories: Arts, Dining, Holiday Happenings, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Shopping, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
April 5, 2012
This little fella is a Killdeer, a type of plover or shore bird. They make their nests in the darndest places, like in the middle of a field or on a gravel rooftop, but wherever it is, the nest blends well into the background.
I have been watching him/her all week. I had originally assumed he was a she, but just a short while ago, another Killdeer showed up and this one followed her, jumped on top and mated. It happened so fast, I didn’t have time to tell them to get a room! He hopped off and came back to the nest. The males and females look a lot alike and take turns sitting on the nest.
I startled him and he jumped up and scurried away from the nest. There are four eggs and they are gray with black specks, blending in with mud and gravel. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby chicks hatch and will try to get a photo to share. It takes 24 to 28 days of incubating for the chicks to hatch.
According to www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/killdeer/id, the Killdeer is one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds.
You can hear the Killdeer whistle here: http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=18.
Categories: Environment, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
March 14, 2012
I just listed a lovely sound-front condominium at Marshes Light, took this photo today from the covered deck.
Facing east onto Shallowbag Bay
The Marshes Light boardwalk is one of very few waterfront boardwalks on the Outer Banks. This wooden walkway is roughly 2 miles in length and stretches from the marina at Marshes Light through to downtown Manteo. I love this little corner of heaven:
Facing southeast towards the marina
Along the boardwalk in Manteo is one of my favorite eateries, Poor Richard’s. Great sandwiches, soups and specials in a cozy and casual atmosphere. Eat inside or out on the porch overlooking the marina and Festival Park.
Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.
March 5, 2012
Top floor, top right
Historic downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island is beloved for its small town friendly atmosphere and waterfront location. Discover maritime history, live theater, art and cultural attractions, quaint shops, restaurants, First Friday Festivals and Saturday Farm Markets in Manteo, and, best of all, it’s located just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Nags Head along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
A one-of-a-kind, truly spectacular home in the new Marshes Light community is now available. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is located on the top floor of the Azalea condominiums and sits on the most eastern point of the community with panoramic views of Shallowbag Bay to the south, Roanoke Sound and Nags Head to the east, and the Marshes Lighthouse, Manteo waterfront and Roanoke Island Festival Park to the northeast. This home was enjoyed as a weekend get-away by its owners and has been lovingly cared for.
- 1,673 square feet
- Wrap-around covered decks
- Tiled kitchen and baths
- Stainless appliances
- Marble countertops
- Garden tub with separate walk-in shower
- Heated master bathroom floor
- Large walk-in closet
- 9 1/2 ‘ ceilings with transom light windows above interior doors
- Scrumptious upscale furniture and décor.
- Exquisite window treatments and remote-controlled shades.
- Parking garage with storage
For more information, contact Lee Whitley at email@example.com or call 252-475-9863.
Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
February 13, 2012
I’ve been a patron of the Dare County Library for many years. Back in the early days when there was just the one branch in Manteo, I looked forward to the bookmobile which came twice a month to the local fire department (close enough for me to run over for a few minutes). I would find books on the New York Times Best Seller List (from the Sunday newspaper) and place my requests and eagerly wait for the books to come in.
Over the past several years, I have been frequenting the Library in Manteo. I’ve checked out numerous books on tapes (great for long road trips), books on self-help, business development, personal wealth, cookbooks, gardening, fiction and nonfiction. I am currently working my way through NPR’s list of the ten best novels for 2011. In case you missed it, click here.
I’m nose deep in The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I agree with Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, who said:
“Not being a huge fan of the national pastime, I found it easy to resist the urge to pick up this novel, but once I did I gave myself over completely, and scarecely paused for meals. Like all successful works of literature, The Art of Fielding is an autonomous universe, much like the one we inhabit, although somehow more vivid.”
I love books, whether paperback or hardback, stories to read and mysteries to unravel, recipes to make your mouth water, photos to inspire and best of all, pages to turn.
For more information on the Dare County Library, click here.
Categories: Arts, Roanoke Island, Things to do, Uncategorized.
January 13, 2012
Renaissance Construction recently broke ground for the construction of a three bedroom home in Marshes Light on home site 7. This marks the fourth home in downtown Manteo’s newest neighborhood. Renaissance Construction is owned by Steve Daniels who is the Marshes Light preferred builder.
“I employ the best local craftsmen and personally oversee to be sure each home is well built in a timely and efficient manner.”
There are only a handful of home sites available at Marshes Light, and one or two will boast panoramic views of the Sound. Marshes Light is a unique location connected by a boardwalk to shops, restaurants, theater and Festival Park in downtown Manteo.
Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, People of Interest, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Uncategorized.
January 11, 2012
There are many natural and beautiful places to explore along the Outer Banks. Certainly one of the most beautiful is on Roanoke Island, The Elizabethan Gardens.
“ Built as a living memorial to Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists, The Gardens include a collection of Renaissance statues and Elizabethan-style buildings that let you imagine you are back in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Spring-time tulips lead to an ever changing palette of year-round color from hydrangeas, native plants, perennials and camellias. Enjoy the colorful crepe myrtles in the Sunken Garden or the view from a sound-side 16th-century style gazebo.”
Upcoming events at the Elizabethan Gardens:
Coldest Day of the Year Plant Sale
Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Yard sale with books, household items, clothing, damage gift shop items, tools and more. Members receive an additional 10% off all purchases. After the sale enjoy a walk in the Gardens.
State of the Non-Profit Dinner
Wednesday, February 8, 6 – 9 p.m.
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The cost is $25. per person for Members/Friends and $30. per person for Non-Members. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 1, 2012, call Nancy Harvey 252-473-1554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camellia Watercolor Workshop with Linda Miller
February 14, 17, and 16, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Gardens have over 300 Japanese camellias in the collection, represented by over 125 cultivars. Learn basic drawing skills, observation, and watercolor techniques to create a botanical painting. Each student will work at their own pace while Linda Miller consults with each student individually. Beginner to advanced welcome. Materials list provided. 3 day class for Members/Friends $135. 3 day class for Non-Members $145. Call 252-473.3234 or email for reservations email@example.com.
Categories: Arts, Environment, Historic Architecture, Home & Garden, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
December 29, 2011
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!
Photo by Amanda Mager
Categories: Arts, Fitness, Holiday Happenings, Home & Garden, Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, Uncategorized.
December 13, 2011
Dates are subject to change. Telephone area code is (252) unless otherwise specified.
Free Admission at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island with donation to “Santa Paws” program for our four-legged friends. Santa Paws needs donations of 7 lbs. of dog, puppy, cat or kitten food, rawhides, pillow cases, bleach, dog shampoo, blankets, paper towels and clumping kitty litter. All of these items will be placed under our Santa Paws Christmas Tree for delivery on December 23rd to the Outer Banks SPCA Animal Shelter in Manteo. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 252-473-3494 or visit ncaquariums.com.
Bears that Care
December 1 – December 19
Outer Banks Bear Factory, MP 12.5, Across from Jockey’s Ridge. Bears that Care is a program that the Outer Banks Bear Factory has started to assist Hotline in their effort to help the children of Dare County have a good memory at Christmas. For every 16″ animal purchased the Outer Banks Bear Factory will donate an 8″ animal to Hotline for their Christmas Toy Drive. Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (252) 255-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
50% off Storewide Sale – The Christmas Shop, Manteo
December 3 – 31. 50% off Storewide Holiday Sale! The best sale of the year! Plus 25% off all books at Manteo Booksellers. outerbankschristmas.com.
Art and Spirit: Sacred Works by Sixty Artists
December 3 – 22. Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
December 13-30. Elizabethan Gardens. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse, Reception Hall and great Lawn. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). elizabethangardens.org.
Dinner with Santa
December 16. Elizabethan Gardens. 6 – 9 pm prices are reduced. Celebrate the holidays with your child by dining with Santa in the magically decorated Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Bring your camera or purchase photos by professional photographer. Your ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm. Friends’ tickets: Was $35 now $25 for Adults; Was $20 now $12 for youth (ages 6-17); $6 for children (5 and younger). Non-members tickets: Was $40 now $27 for Adults; Was $22 now $14 for youth (ages 6-17); $8 for children (5 and younger). elizabethangardens.org.
Kids Craft Day
December 17 & 21. Elizabethan Gardens. 10 a.m. – Noon. Arts and crafts activity, healthy snacks, lunch, story time and a special stroll through The Gardens. Kids will enjoy seasonal and will delight in seeing floral creations of peacocks, butterflies and deer! Make sure they bring their coats! Space limited to 30 children. Friends’ $15; Non-members $20.elizabethangardens.org.
Annual Centerpiece Sale
December 15. Front Porch, Nags Head & Manteo. 7 – 10 a.m. The Dare County Master Gardeners Club will be hosting their annual Centerpiece Sale Stop by and purchase some festive, handmade, holiday greenery for your home or office.
108th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
December 17. Wright Brothers National Memorial. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright’s first flight. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago. outerbanks.org.
UNC Greensboro Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 18. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The tender, heartwarming story of Amahl and the Night Visitors is one of the most popular of American operas. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for those 12 and under. roanokeisland.com.
December 21. NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For ages 8-12. Spend a day learning what it takes to feed our sharks, sting rays, otters, and other residents. Campers will get to observe mealtime in action for some of the animals as they feast. Cost: $25 per camp. Closed toe shoes and a bag lunch required each day.
“Snakes, Gators, & Frogs, Oh My!”
December 29 NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For ages 8-12. The Aquarium has so much more to see than just fish. See how many reptiles and amphibians live at the Aquarium and learn about their care and interesting behaviors. Cost: $25 per camp. Closed toe shoes and a bag lunch required each day.
Categories: Arts, Dining, Holiday Happenings, Home & Garden, outer banks, People of Interest, Pets, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
December 7, 2011
This is the architect’s rendering of Marshes Light in Manteo, NC. Retail shops and restaurants along the water, homes and condominiums nearby, and a bustling marina. This new community is located within walking distance on a soundside boardwalk to historic Manteo with a variety of dining, shopping and cultural activities.
Categories: Arts, Historic Architecture, Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
November 10, 2011
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!
Categories: Fall Weather, Fitness, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Sporting Events, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
November 4, 2011
- 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:
||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.
||Partly cloudy and very windy. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts.
||Mostly cloudy and windy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph.
||Partly sunny and breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph.
||Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
||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!
Categories: Environment, Fall Weather, Fitness, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
Categories: Arts, Environment, Fall Weather, Fitness, Holiday Happenings, Home & Garden, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Sporting Events, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
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!
Categories: Environment, Fall Weather, Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, T Shirts, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
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
Categories: Cycling, Fall Weather, Fitness, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Sporting Events, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
October 1, 2011
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Pink, Carolina Blue, ECU Purple, Camo, Black & White
Sizes Small to 2XLG
$20 (not including shipping)
Credit card accepted
Back of Shirt
Categories: Arts, Fall Weather, Marshes Light Marina, outer banks, Roanoke Island, Sporting Events, T Shirts, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.
September 21, 2011
For more information and registration, visit www.marsheslightmarina.com.
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September 1, 2011
There’s been plenty written and photos posted of the effects and damages caused by Hurricane Irene. Like a bad house guest, Irene came to the beach, was demanding, made of big mess and left in a huff.
Along the Outer Banks, we are busy cleaning up and putting our lives back together. There has been a great outreach by locals and local businesses, the Red Cross and the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help those in need. Here are some links for information and donations:
http://www.gaacarc.org/ (local chapter of American Red Cross)
After it was all over, aside from the cleanup efforts, there was much to appreciate, most of all is the beautiful weather we are currently enjoying. There’s always treasure to be found after a storm, such as these intact conch shells and beach glass found on the beach near my house the day after the storm.
Categories: outer banks, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.