Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!
The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!
Outer Banks to Roanoke Island, Southern Shores to Marshes Light: exploring life on a barrier island. A guide to fun, family, home, real estate, restaurants, surf, sun and more.
Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!
The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!
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.
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:
It’s a beautiful time of the year to visit the Outer Banks!
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.
I have tagged along on a surf trip with my husband. It is beautiful here, and remote – on the southwest coast of Nicaragua, about 2 hours drive from the airport in Managua. There’s not much to do here, except surf, fish (if you have the gear, a boat and a guide), play on the Internet, read and run. There aren’t many shells, I was told that was due to the fact that the coral reefs are dead – perhaps from ancient rumblings from nearby volcanoes.
There are howler monkeys here, they come out at dusk.
According to this video, only the male monkeys howl, and they do so to let other monkeys know that they are here as they are very territorial.
We’ve eaten fresh fish, lobster (small rock lobsters), chayote and tostones (fried plantains) which we prepared ourselves. Tona is the “official” beer of Nicaragua and I found a crisp Chardonnay – Lazo from Chile, which paired very well with the tostones last night.
A couple of two hour flights brought us into Managua from Raleigh via Miami. From there, it was another two hour drive to the coast, the last 30 minutes of which were on a dusty gravel road, which is in the process of being paved.
My inner time clock is still on Outer Banks time. There’s a two hour difference, if 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, it’s 5 a.m. here. But I pretty much get up at dawn and go to sleep at dark.
Happy Spring from Marshes Light!
Two new homes have sprouted up at Marshes Light. Traditional Manteo styled, one with a pop of bright blue.
Home site #13 reduced: $150,000.
April is a happening month along the Outer Banks! Check out these great events and click here for more information:
Lots of things to do and see along the Outer Banks, here’s a sample:
FIRST FLIGHT CRUISERS 5TH ANNUAL SHAMROCK CAR SHOW AND POKER RUN
March 15 – 18
All events are ‘rain or shine’! Start the show off right with a Welcome Reception, Thursday, March 15th at Mako Mikes. The following day enjoy the Poker Run, Friday, March 16th. The Shamrock Car, Truck and Bike Show is Saturday, March 17th at First Flight High School. Visit http://firstflightcruisers.com for more information.
SOUTHERN CIRCUIT FILM TOUR PRESENTS A GIFT FOR THE VILLAGE
Dare County Arts Council is pleased to bring the Southern Circuit Film Tour to the residents of Dare County! Six independent films will travel to Dare County, and local residents and visitors are invited to screen the films and meet the director. The film, A Gift For The Village, will be screened at Roanoke Island Festival Park Indoor Film Theater on March 24th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The filmmaker, Tom Landon will be on hand for a question and answer session after the film is screened.
TASTE OF THE BEACH
Presented by the Dare County Restaurant Association, this grand food festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, celebrity guest chef appearances, brewery tours, tapas crawls and many more events with an exciting array of creative combinations and culinary delights. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.obxtasteofthebeach.com/home.htm.
KELLY’S 4TH ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS 8K
Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 2316 S. Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC 27959
8K ADULT or under 18 age categories. Register at http://fsseries.com/index.php?action=event&event_id=104
KELLY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Sunday, March 18 – 1 p.m. on the Beach Road, Nags Head
This year’s parade celebrates The Outer Banks Hospital’s 10th Anniversary & a Decade of Care, and the theme is “Health is Happiness!” Following a traditional Irish Blessing, each petal on the Shamrock represents a wish for good health, good luck & much happiness. Awards include Best Overall, Best Float, Best Band/Music Theme, Best Unity & Best Parade Route Theme. The parade hosts 100+ entries annually & is viewed by 8-10 thousand bystanders.
March 27 – 4 weeks
The camp will culminate at the 3rd annual running of the Flying Pirate Half Maratho. Curriculum includes but is not limited to:
For more information on how to join and train with the leader in Race Training on the Outer Banks call 252-489-8239 or email us at outerbanksbootcamps@yahoo.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I’ve spent the past 18 weeks participating in the Outer Banks Boot Camp. It consisted of three 6-week sessions, meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m., and an “optional” run on Sunday mornings at 6:30. With the exception of one Sunday, I didn’t miss a single day.
Personally, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done; I lost 10 pounds and dropped my cholesterol level by just over 50 points. I have gained muscle, reduced flab and have increased energy levels. My clothes fit better, and quite a few things are now too big. My confidence has grown and I feel I am part of a very special group of like-minded people. The encouragement from my friends and the rousing threats from the coaches helped me overcome my fears of failure, embarrassment and weakness.
One day during the first session we ran through side streets to the Avalon Pier, stopping along the way at every STOP sign for 10 push-ups before continuing down to the next STOP sign. I was the last in the group, and I was puffing, panting and really struggling.
The faster ones in the group – the ones who had already completed this run – came back to get me! They were cheering me on and running with me. They lifted me up and I was able to gather the strength to finish. Fast forward 14 weeks, same route, same run with push-ups and I was in the lead group. This time I was one of the ones who went back to “get” someone. We flanked her side-by-side and together we ran to the end. That’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment!
There’s a one-week session starting Monday, August 22, and another six-week session starting September 6. For more information, click here.
Sunday, August 7th, 2011, marked the tenth anniversary of the Sandbar 5K run in Kitty Hawk. This event benefitted the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, whose focus is to help local people in need. I spoke with Millie Ward, Vice President and Founding Member of the Relief Foundation recently, who said that this event has grown from a 40 person foot race with the finish line being drawn in the sand to a sanctioned run with official timing and over 550 registered runners this year. “This year’s race was our biggest ever, up 100 from last year,” said Millie.
Taking place on the beach at Kitty Hawk, 502 men, women and children participated in the race which was a simple, direct route, out and back 3.1 miles. The race occurred at low tide, and the beach was wide and the sand was packed, perfect conditions.
Sky diving parachutists and the national anthem started the festivities. It was quite a sight! Runners from Texas, Washington (state), New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada, participated. There was a strong local showing too, with members of the Outer Banks Boot Camps dominating in their red and gold shirts.
You can see the race results here.
The weather was perfect for our recent Open House celebrating the Marshes Light Marina. We enjoyed Carolina blue skies and a light easterly breeze, a perfect day to be on the water.
Thanks to all who came by and big thanks to Manteo Marine for bringing some boats over for display and to Kitty Hawk Water Sports who provided free sailing demonstrations from the Marshes Light beach.
There were over 100 entries in our drawing for the use of a boat slip for a year. Congratulations to Harry W. of Massachusetts who won the boat slip drawing!
We are now turning our sights to the planning of the next Marshes Light Fishing Tournament. This year’s format will be different, with four categories of fish – king mackerel, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. There will be two days of fishing and it is scheduled for the weekend of October 14-15, 2011.
Boot Camp. 6 weeks running and fitness camp on the beach. Great workout for all skill levels. www.outerbanksbootcamps.com.
Hang Gliding. Soar high above Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Visit Kitty Hawk Kites and learn to fly.
Paddle Boarding. Ocean or sound, it’s a great way to explore and see the aquatic wildlife in our local waters. www.kittyhawkwatersports.com.
Sailing, Jet Skiing, Windsurfing. Hobie cat day sailing or windsurfing. You can do it all at Kitty Hawk Water Sports, excellent instructors, great location on the By Pass in Nags Head, next to Jurassic Putt.
June 4-10 brings the Triple-S Invitational Kiteboarding Competition to Cape Hatteras. This professional event attracts the top 24 men and women kiteboarders from around the world to compete.
Surfing. Some of the best breaks on the East Coast are right here on the Outer Banks. There are a number of local surf shops that can hook you up. In the meantime, check out these sites: www.surfline.com/travel/index.cfm?id=2150; www.obxsurfinfo.com; and outerbanksesa.com.
The Lost Colony. Live outdoor theater about the story of 117 men, women and children who vanished without a trace more than 400 years ago. May 27 through August 20th 2011, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (252) 473-3414 or www.thelostcolony.org.
Art. Dare County Arts Council showcases local artists including Chris Bickford (photojournalist) and Holly Nettles (acrylic, oil & collage) in the old court house, Manteo. www.darearts.org.
PIZZA – Pizzazz, 4 locations, Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk & Nags Head. www.pizzazzpizza.net or 252-261-1111.
COFFEE – Front Porch Café, 3 locations, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head & Manteo. www.frontporchcafeonline.com.
SEAFOOD – Carawan’s Seafood Market, Kitty Hawk. Fresh to go. 252-261-2120.
CASUAL DINING –
MUSIC & WINE & FOOD – The Brine and Bottle, on the Causeway, Nags Head. Every Thursday enjoy live jazz on the deck from 7 – 10 p.m. www.thebrineandbottle.com.
They say, “No Pain, No Gain.” After a certain age, though, pain caused by an injury can be a serious setback. I have observed over the past year a couple of friends suffer injuries during the course of their workouts. Just yesterday, a guy in my husband’s bike group had a serious accident and ended up in the hospital with broken ribs, broken clavicle, punctured lung and serious road rash.
Being new to running, I am mindful of my ability and surroundings. I really don’t want to lose a year or so of the progress I’ve made (from regular kickboxing classes) recuperating from a fall or accident. So, I go slow and steady.
Today’s boot camp was all about running. We ran to the pier on the beach and back on the pavement. I’m told it was a little over 5 miles. Unfortunately I wore shoes that are meant for the water (they have little holes in the soles to allow the water to drain out). But I ended up running with shoes full of sand, rubbing a big blister on my instep in the process. There’s no comparison to the injuries that others have suffered, but, still, a simple blister was a huge drain on my focus and ability.
Our instructor, Matt Costa, demonstrated the best way to run. He said “breathe in through your mouth, out through your nose, swing your arms and stretch your legs.” He said to land heel first and roll forward to your toes, eyes on the horizon. I try to visualize and focus on his words as I run, steady and slow.
I woke up to a light drizzle this morning; it was pitch black. No lightning or thunder means Boot Camp is still on. It’s 5:30 a.m., and about 40 of us are in Knuckle-Up’s parking lot, stretching, joking, and wondering what’s in store for us this morning. Cindy and Brenda are celebrating their 50th birthdays and Rev. Jay (our drill instructor) wishes them well and tells us that 50 is only a number, but it will have special meaning today.
So, we ran to the beach, then ran up one way and down the next. After that, we did 50 push-ups, then ran back up the beach and did 50 sit-ups. Thank you birthday girls – why couldn’t you be celebrating your 20th birthdays?
While this was going on, an obstacle course was being set up with rebar and tape – like a bunch of hurdles a horse would jump over. Our task was to partner with someone and crawl under the hurdles (they were about 18 inches off the ground), then run back through the surf, get back in line to hop over the hurdles, then run back through the surf again, to alternately crawl under and shoulder-roll over the hurdles. My partner, Joy, is a veteran Boot Camper, Squad Leader, and far surpasses my physical abilities. She was game to hang with me even though I didn’t attempt a single shoulder-roll (it’s like a somersault only more explosive and I envisioned ending up with my head in the sand and my butt in the air, legs flapping like a fish out of water.)
After running up and down the beach a few times, we lined up at the water’s edge linking arms, hands clasped in front. The surf was rolling in around our feet.
Birthday Girl Cindy was to my left, cute 20-something blonde (definitely not a beginner) was to my right. I worried that I would go under and drag them down with me. We sat down for sit-ups (don’t those two cancel each other out?) and I manage one fairly well. Then the second sit-up came in unannounced with an unwelcome house guest – a good sized wave – and I was thoroughly soaked, losing my grip, and totally shaken. I was ready to bolt, but Cindy, wise, Birthday Girl Cindy, said “together we’re strong.” And we linked arms again and braved another sit-up in the surf.
Thank you, wise Birthday Girl Cindy, for not letting me wash away to sea! Today’s bottom line: I am reminded (and humbled by) the incredible encouragement, friendship and remarkable strength of my fellow boot campers. Thank you Jay, Dee, Joan, Cindy, Lorena, Joy, Diane, Beth, Beverly, Margaret, Victoria, Elaine, Pam, Chrissy, Christine, Michelle, Jason, Tammy, Brenda, Shannon, Nora, Laura, Billy, Matt and Every One for making this a truly, profound experience!
My intention was to blog about Boot Camp from week to week with witty comments and inspiring tales of physical ability and dedication. The truth is I have found myself immersed in something that is shaking out the cobwebs and rattling mindsets I’ve grown accustomed to for the past 30 years.
In my 20’s, I left suburban DC where I grew up and ended up sight unseen on the Outer Banks. Having settled down with a family, kids and a steady job, I haven’t really done anything mind-blowing (for me) since. I stress for me as I do not want to diminish being a wife, having children and being a care-giver to first my mother, then my brother as they battled cancer as anything but mind-blowing, but this Boot Camp thing is mine, I own it – it’s not for anyone else.
The top three benefits that have impacted me are:
And the best part of it all is the setting – the reason I fell in love with the Outer Banks so many years ago.
The Virginia Symphony
May 1. First Flight High School Auditorium. 2:30 p.m. Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by a nationally acclaimed conductor. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, this exceptional program will highlight classical music. outerbanksforum.org.
14th Annual Mollie A Fearing Memorial Art Show
May 2 – 31. Roanoke Island Festival Park. The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show features an eclectic mix of local art, on display at the Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders members of DCAC. Open to members and residents. Cash awards. Opening reception May 1, 2pm – 4pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or see Dare County Arts Council’s website at darearts.org.
Katy Caroline: Collected Paintings (Vault Gallery)
Georgia Griffiths: New Works in Jewelry (Front Gallery)
May 6 – 31. Dare County Arts Council, Manteo. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or see Dare County Arts Council’s website at darearts.org.
28th Annual Yuengling Nags Head Woods 5K Run
May 7. Not your typical walk down the beach, the dirt trails of the preserve weave through one of the best remaining examples comical forest and deciduous hardwoods. active.com.
March of Dimes for Babies Walk
May 7. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. Registration begins at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. For more information contact: JMoseley@marchofdimes.com or (757) 361-0000 Ext. 4 or visit marchforbabies.org.>
Couture by the Shore
May 7. Presented by the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring a luncheon fashion show with 10 retailers, silent and live auction, raffle and door prizes. $30 tickets available at the following participating retailers: Amity, Birthday Suits, Charlottes, The French Door, Gray’s, Jewelry By Gail, Lady Victorian, Plum Crazy, Sun Shack and Whalebone Surf Shop. For more information visit outerbanksrelieffoundation.com.
KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios – 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
May 7. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Art-making Demos from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. including wheel throwing, glass lampworking (torch work), jewelry demos, batik on silk, painting, mosaic stepping stone collaborative, iron work at the forge, and much more. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Grilled hot dogs, chips and sodas. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Adult style food and beverages, including a celebration cupcake tower, mingle with the artists. Enter to win one of many giveaways of artwork all day and get to know some of the Outer Banks working artists. kdhcooperative.com.
May 13. Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. KidsFest is an annual outdoor young children’s event sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County for toddlers and preschool children up to age 5. Art, block play, music, nature, games, puppets and exhibits. Free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch. (252) 441-0614 or darekids.org.
Theatre of Dare’s 20th Anniversary Show
May 13 – 15 and 20 – 22. COA Roanoke Island Campus Relive the best of the last 20 years with TOD! This show pulls together all the fantastic musical numbers and comedic scenes from our past seasons, and will have you tapping your feet and rolling in the aisles. Enjoy highlights from South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Pajama Game, Little Women the Musical, and so much more! Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 for students with valid school/college identification. theatreofdare.org or (252) 261-4064.
RIFP Performance Series: Western Carolina University Gamelan
May 14. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
Coastal Gardening Festival
May 14. Thomas A. Baum Senior Center, 300 Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Gardening: Green Thumb NOT required.” The festival offers everything from plants, jewelry and home decor to yard art and food. Educational displays and demonstrations address composting, recycling, container gardening, native plants and pruning. Children’s activities focused on gardening and tours of the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden, adjacent to the Senior Center are also offered. A raffle with numerous prizes from local businesses and vendors assists in supporting the ongoing maintenance and construction in our Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden. (252) 473-4290.
39th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular
May 20 – 23. Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head. This is the world’s oldest, continuous hang gliding competition. Hang gliding professionals from all over the world come to the Outer Banks to compete and have fun on Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Demonstrations, street dances and awards ceremonies are all features of this spectacular event. Families can enjoy a rock climbing wall, hang gliding simulator, kite making and face painting. A portion of the events proceeds will go to benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a non-profit organization which supports the development of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.
RIFP Performance Series: UNC Pembroke Godspell
May 21. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
Jennette’s Pier Grand Opening
May 21. Fishing, families, and fun. That’s what we can all look forward to with the grand reopening of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head! The new state-of-the-art, LEED certified, wind-powered, 1,000-foot concrete pier and 16,000 square-foot pier house will be christened and reopened to the public. Originally built in 1939, Jennette’s is the oldest fishing pier on the Outer Banks. Battered by storms and rebuilt many times throughout its seventy-year life, Jennette’s was knocked down by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, just after the pier and its five-acre tract were purchased by the NC Aquarium Society. Now, after years of planning and twenty-four months of construction, Jennette’s will reemerge in 2011 as a one-of-a-kind educational ocean pier. The Aquarium-operated complex will feature educational classrooms and programs, alternative energy demonstrations, live animal exhibits, meeting facilities, a snack bar and tackle shop, and a host of other displays and features for good family fun….with great fishing too! Check our website for updates on grand opening events, fees and hours, activity calendars, facility rental options and other pier news. jennettespier.net.
74th Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony
May 27 – August 20. Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony tells the story of 117 men, women and children who vanished without a trace more than 400 years ago. Featuring lavish costumes designed by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long and directed by Robert Richmond, the story comes to life summer nights at the open air Waterside Theatre. May 27 through August 20th 2011, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Children 12 and under $10.00, Group rates for 10 or more. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
The Hatteras Kite/SUP Expo
May 28 – May 30. Waves Village Resort, 24502 Highway 12 (mile post 40), Rodanthe. This is the first ever East Coast Kite & SUP Expo! Dozens of kiteboarding and stand up paddleboarding vendors will have booth spaces on site showcasing their newest products. Free demos will be available from 11am to 6pm each day. Anyone can try out a Paddleboard, but experience is required for testing out Kiteboarding gear. Come enjoy product demos, presentations, live music, great food, and some good vibes! Admission is FREE to the public! Call us at 252.305.2629 for more information, or go to thekitexpo.com.
Kiteboarding Demo Days
May 28 – 30. Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Waves, NC. Industry representatives will be on hand from the top three manufacturers to show you the hottest new kiteboarding equipment. Get your hands on one of the new kites and find out how the most advanced kites on the market can propel beginners to another level of kiteboarding in 2011! 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124.
Link to special site for upcoming kid’s summer camps here: http://www.marsheslight.com/blog/index.php/2011/04/outer-banks-summer-camps-for-kids/
Life can get hectic anywhere; the Outer Banks are no exception. We get caught up with work, kids, school, traffic, and often take where we live for granted. I was reminded bright and early this morning during day two of Boot Camp that I live in an incredibly beautiful place. I have not been to the beach early in the morning in a long time, but today along with 23 other Boot Camp companions, I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the ocean, complete with dolphins and a whale sighting. After a series of exercises, running, pushups, sit-ups, squats and crawling along in the sand, we all jumped into the ocean! Wow – that will wake you up!
P.S. If you look out into the ocean, you can just make out the shape of the whale cruising at the surface.
It’s 5:30 a.m., at the parking lot of Knuckle Up in Kitty Hawk. 70+ people stretching on asphalt. We line up and take off running. Orders were to bring a change of clothes and bottle of water in a backpack. Backpack and I are not a happy couple. This pack is hell-bent on slapping my backside every step of the way. It’s the only backpack I own, a cute little black leather “Prada” I bought from one of those street vendors in New York City. As the mother of three sons, I’m pretty sure I could have found a more appropriate back-happy backpack than the one I brought this morning!
Anyway, even though I was tempted to leave the “Prada” on the beach a couple of times, I hoisted it above my head and ran through the surf with the rest of my compadres. And what I realized, deep down, was that my most biggest fear was tripping, falling and dragging the rest of the group down with me.
Even though I’ve never been particularly athletic, I’ve always been active. Blessed with an obliging metabolism, I’ve been able to muster the energy for regular, albeit half-hearted, periods of physical fitness most of my early adulthood.
Upon turning 40, however, my metabolism declared a four day work week. Upon turning 50, she packed her bags and headed for the hills.
In an effort to woo Miss Metabolism back to work, I joined Knuckle-Up Fitness in Kitty Hawk. The sculpted, healthy bodies I encountered there kicking and punching to loud heavy hip-hop rock music were just the right tonic to jumpstart the sluggish Miss M to attention.
Now after a year and a half, I’m ready for the next step – BOOT CAMP (beginners) and it starts April 19. I’m going to chronicle my efforts here.
Matt McGuire and Communion. The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills. 10:30 p.m. Unique blend of rock – blues – southern rock with a sprinkle of jazz. (252) 449-2739.
Dare County Master Gardeners Yard Sale. Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills. 8 a.m. – 12 noon.
April 1 – 30
Michael Lay: New Works in Printmaking and Graphics (Vault Gallery)
Phil Cameron: Recent Works (Front Gallery)
Dare County Arts Council, Manteo. Opening Reception for both shows on Friday, April 1st from 6pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or www.darearts.org.
April 1 – 3
Theatre of Dare presents “Diamond Studs” a rip roaring country and western rendition of the Jesse James saga that had New York critics stomping their feet to the music. Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 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. www.theatreofdare.org or (252) 261-4064.
DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES ~ at Outer Banks Brewing Station. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Benefits Heron Pond Montessori and Outer Banks Relief Foundation. (252) 449-2739.
The Lost Colony Gala – Fire & Ice Gala. 7:00 to Midnight. Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion, Kill Devil Hills. Individual Tickets $100.00. Black Tie Optional. Reserve online www.lostcolonygala.org.
April 9 – 10
Flying Pirate Half Marathon. Outer Banks Half Marathoners, here’s your chance to see the first half of the Outer Banks Marathon course. www.obxmarathon.org.
RIFP Performance Series: Western Carolina University Catamount Singers & Electric Soul
Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The shows are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or www.roanokeisland.com.
Casting Call for Character Actors & Other Skallywags. Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head. www.pamlicojacks.com.
The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island is offering two exciting art classes for new and experienced artists and photographers of all ages. Classes begin Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. till noon.
Photographing Nature with Jeff Lewis
Art in The Gardens
April 16 – 24
9th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week. Packed full with entertainment, great food, events and special attractions. Bike shows, poker runs, guided tours, party nights, tattoo and bikini contests, over 100 vendors, live music, outdoor concerts, pig pickin and more! www. outerbanksbikeweek.com.
April 21 – May 1
Ocean Rodeo Kiteboarding Hatteras Crew Gathering. Join us and up to 40 other Crew Members for a week of riding and demos in Hatteras NC! Registration is required. 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 1 p.m. Presented by East Carolina Radio. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the dare County Food Pantry. Over 3,000 eggs will be hidden with several age categories. (252) 475-1500 or visit www.roanokeisland.com.
April 22 – 23
Easter Eggstravaganza & Fly Into Spring. Kitty Hawk Kites Annual Easter Eggstravaganza – Located at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head (mp 12.5). Kites show on top of Jockey’s Ridge. 11:00AM to 1:00PM. 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email email@example.com.
Elizabethan Gardens Easter Eggstravaganza – Fun Family Event. 10 a.m. – 1p.m. or 2 p.m. Featuring over 40,000 blooming bulbs and traditional egg hunt with live Easter bunnies for photo opportunities, bake sale, educational crafts, games of hopscotch, bean bags and an Easter bonnet and hat contest for girls and boys as well as adults. Prizes will be awarded for the Easter Bonnet & Hat Contest. Please visit our website for an update on times. www.elizabethangardens.org.
Bunny Hop 5K & Jelly Bean Fun Run. Kitty Hawk, 9 a.m. A fundraiser for the local OBX GO FAR (Go Out For A Run) Children’s Program. Proceeds from this race will help to support our local youth running program that serves over 300 children in Dare County. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28 – 30
Watercolor Art Class with Linda Miller 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Elizabethan Gardens. Two or three day classes, working with flora from The Elizabethan Garden’s greenhouses and grounds. 2 Day Class Members/Friends: $100. 3 Day Class Members/Friends: $135. 2 Day Class Non Members: $115. 3 Day Class Non Members: $145. Price includes admission to The Gardens. www.elizabethangardens.org.