Fourth of July Festivities in Manteo

June 27, 2011

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Marshes Light Marina Grand Opening

June 10, 2011

Enjoying the new rocking chairs on the porch!

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.

Kitty Hawk Water Sports Sailing

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.

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Marshes Light Marina Open House

May 31, 2011

June 4, 2011 Noon until 5 p.m.

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It’s a Beautiful Day on the Manteo Waterfront!

April 30, 2011

Carolina blue skies, crisp, clean air! It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Enjoyed lunch at Poor Richards with my honey!

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May Happenings on the Outer Banks!

April 24, 2011

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.

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

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

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.

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: or (757) 361-0000 Ext. 4 or visit>

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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

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.


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

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. 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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:

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Boot Camp – Day One – Outer Banks Knuckle Up

April 19, 2011

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.

The Senior Group led by Jay Bowman Joining the Recruits

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Coors Cottage Transformed to Discover Marshes Light Get-Away

April 14, 2011

We’re in the process of outfitting our beloved Coors Cottage to be our new guest accommodations for Marshes Light. Previously, our guests enjoyed staying at the Marina Villas, in a three bedroom condominium. As a matter of fact, the last guests who stayed there, fell in love and immediately purchased it – hence the move.

Check out these adorable dishes that Mrs. C found in Hilton Head. They’ll work well with the white dishes and mugs I found at a local store.

The Coors Cottage will bring a new dimension to a visit at Marshes Light. A 2009 Parade of Homes winner, the Coors Cottage blends historical detail and craftsmanship of the past with an upscale, gourmet kitchen and an open and inviting floor plan.

How about a soak in the tub after a full day?

Located on stately Fernando Street, the Coors Cottage is just a short walk to downtown Manteo and quaint shops, restaurants, and Festival Park.

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April on the Outer Banks

March 29, 2011

April 1
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.

April 2
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

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. or (252) 261-4064.

April 8
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.

April 9
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

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.

April 16
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

April 16
Casting Call for Character Actors & Other Skallywags. Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.

April 16
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.

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

April 22
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

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

April 23
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.

Big Shout-Out to all my Peeps!

April 23
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:

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.

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Time for Lunch

March 22, 2011

When there’s a special occassion, or I’m just plain sick and tired of leftovers or frozen microwavable meals, there are some great local eateries to choose from in Manteo.

One of my all time favorite places in Poor Richard’s on the waterfront in downtown Manteo. The place is casual, the views are great and the food is fresh. Order at the counter and find a seat inside or out. If it’s not listed on the menu, chances are they can make it for you. 252-473-3333.

We recently tried the new Harbor Point Bar and Grill  at Shallowbag Bay. This is a new restaurant that took over the space once occupied by Striper’s. The view was outstanding and the food delicious. I enjoyed a turkey/bacon wrap with fresh home-made chips and salsa. 252-473-3222.

Another favorite place is Ortegaz Southwestern Grill and Wine Bar. The service is always great, and the food is served with a fresh spin and a nod to the flavors of the southwest. Their fish tacos are delightful.

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March 9, 2011

Could you imagine yourself living here? How about waking up each morning with the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean nearby? Perhaps, after a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, you put your kayak in the water and paddle around Festival Park, maybe take a fishing rod, but most definitely a camera. That might be the most you do in a day, or maybe you would meet some friends for lunch at a local restaurant that’s just a short walk away via the sound-side boardwalk. If your days are leisurely, perhaps you’d want to take a pottery class next door at the college.

Could you imagine yourself boating here and mooring up for a week? Staying in a destination marina and exploring a charming historic town on foot. There’s a history center, mariner’s museum, outdoor theater, summer farmer’s market and “First Friday” street festivals. There are plenty of locally owned restaurants serving fresh food and fresh caught seafood daily. Maybe rent bicycles or don your running shoes and hit the miles-long bike and jogging path that run the length of the island.


Visit for more information. For information on the Outer Banks and things to do, visit

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Cooking Workshop with Herbs at Elizabethan Gardens

February 26, 2011


Saturday, March 19th, 2011 from noon until 2 p.m.

Elizbethan Gardens on Roanoke Island presents: Green for Herbs – Learn how to grow, harvest and cook with fresh herbs presented by special guest Chef Jason Smith from the Black Pelican Restaurant, Kitty Hawk.

The class will concentrate mainly on appetizers. Appetizers include: rosemary skewered bacon wrapped scallops with caramelized onion and sweet thyme sauce, smoked salmon bundles wrapped in chive with lemon caper dill sauce, herb poached mussels and clams with toasted baguette. Chef Jason will be using herbs grown at The Elizabethan Gardens. Assistant Greenhouse Manager, Kathy Crawford will be on hand to give you hints on selecting, growing and purchasing herbs from The Gardens. Workshop includes a visit to the greenhouses and admission to The Gardens.


Plants and Herbs will be on sale 10% off in the plant sales area. Members/Friends:  $25 Non Members: $30 (Visa , MasterCard & Discover accepted)


4/16/2011 Photographing Nature with Jeff Lewis


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A Little Local Trivia

January 28, 2011

Marshes Light is a new home marina community located in the heart of Manteo, North Carolina.

Manteo is located on Roanoke Island, surrounded by the waters of the Roanoke Sound, and just west of Nags Head on the Outer Banks.

Manteo is a few miles or so from:

From almost anywhere in Marshes Light, it is only a five minute walk along a scenic waterfront boardwalk to downtown Manteo, with fine-dining restaurants and casual eateries, bookstores, shops and galleries.

 A little further along the boardwalk and over a wooden bridge is Roanoke Island Festival Park with an outdoor auditorium hosting concerts (in season), a maritime museum, and a replica of Sir Walter Raleigh’s brigantine that brought 110 British colonists to the Outer Banks in 1587. Manteo hosts First Friday Festivals and summertime Farmers Markets.

Marshes Light has a selection of home sites and condominiums for sale. There’s also a marina offering boat slips for sale or lease, slips will accommodate boats up to 60’ in length. While the Marina does not yet have fuel, there is power, water, pump-out service and restrooms and laundry facilities for boaters.

Please visit this blog often for updates and things to do throughout the year. For more information about Marshes Light, visit

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The Year in Photos

January 4, 2011

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Outer Banks Photos of the Season

December 20, 2010

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The Other Manteo

December 17, 2010

I use a couple of search engines and apps to find information to share with you in this blog including and several Google alerts (Outer_Banks, Roanoke_Island, Manteo) that send posts with those names mentioned to my In Box.

Which led me to an article in Written by Jennifer Schell for the Kelowna Capital News, the article lists her “Favourite Things to Share this Holiday Season,” and in which I discovered the other Manteo, a resort in Canada. Kelowna is located in the middle of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and lays approximately midway between Vancouver and Calgary. Pretty far from Outer Bank’s Manteo.

Let’s see what Kelownan’s want under their Christmas tree:

  • Homemade crackers at Discover Wines or Okanagan Grocery
  • A gift certificate to Wine Plus+ Wine School
  • A Thermomix. Just rated the No. 1 foodie gift on the Food Network
  • Sea to Sky Seasoning, mini flavoured salts, tins of luscious Fanny Bay Smoked Oysters, smoked salmon, Maldon Sea Salt from Codfather’s Seafood Market
  • Monika’s coveted Christmas cookie boxes at Okanagan Grocery
  • Moni’s Nuttier Than A Fruitcakes
  • Wine
  • Cheese, Carmelis Goat Cheese and Gort’s Gouda
  • Jars of grilled artichokes, olives and other Italian delights.
  • Simply the freshest, best olive oil (and red wine vinegar) from the Olive Oil Merchant—online store offers fast, free delivery in Kelowna (free delivery for olive oil? Wow!)
  • Beautiful chocolates and chocolate bars from Sandrine Pastry & Chocolate and great Christmas breakfast Ideas and quiche
  • Chef Rod Butters of Raudz Regional Table now has his personal line of preserves for sale. Drunken Cherries, homemade pickles and more
  • Chef Bernard’s, Wild Apple Restaurant at Manteo, Blackberry Basil Jam or Star Anise Marinade for your gift basket
  • Summerhill has the perfect bubbles (including the Cipes Gabriel that won Best International Sparkling wine recently) and decadent Icewine chocolates
  • Broken Barrel Furniture Company has beautiful wine racks or cheese boards (a place to store all that wine)
  • BBQ master, chef Martin Laprise’s line of sauces and rubs, including Taboo BBQ with cute, saucy labels
  • Wrap your wine gifts this Christmas in one of these gorgeous, cozy wine bags made from recycled wool
  • Gift Certificates to The Rotten Grape for your wine loving pals.

It’s all about food and wine! Here’s a link to the full article:

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Decking the Halls on the Outer Banks

November 28, 2010

Early December
22nd Annual Hotlines Festival of Trees
The Pearl Restaurant at the Sea Ranch Hotel, Kill Devil Hills. Noon to 9 p.m. Fundraiser of donated Christmas Trees, holiday items, with seasonal musical performances, a visit from Santa, including an auction to benefit crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks. (252) 473-5121 or

December 1
Christmas Sights and Sounds
Fort Raleigh, Roanoke Island. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with The Lost Colony. This seasonal celebration is complete with horse and carriage rides, Santa Claus, holiday music performances, hot chocolate and other Christmas-tide events.  Visit the upside down Christmas tree at the Lost Colony Office Building for hors d’oeuvres and more fun. (252) 473-3414 or

December 3
First Friday
Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival.

December 3
Santa at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come visit with Santa! Free. (252) 475-1750 or

December 3 – 4
Town of Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
Tree Lighting will be December 3rd at 6 p.m. with Santa visiting with the children afterwards at the Maritime Museum at the Creef Davis Boathouse. The parade will be December 4th at 11 a.m. in downtown Manteo.

December 3-4
Marshes Light Marina Open House
Visit our new Welcome & Sales Center and future Ship’s Store. Located on the waterfront, off of Uppowoc Street, in front of the College of the Albemarle’s Professional Arts Building.  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

December 4
Manteo Preservation Trust Holiday Tour of Homes9th Annual Manteo Preservation Trust Holiday Tour of Homes. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.10-12 houses, Inns and/or historic structures  (some properties not handicap accessible). Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased the day of the tour at the Dare County Courthouse (located in downtown Manteo) which is also the first stop on the tour.  For more information contact Grizelle Fearing 252-473-7336.

December 4
The Jazz before Christmas
Comfort Inn North Oceanfront, Kill Devil Hills. Mix, mingle and celebrate the holidays with jazz! A Semi-Formal Affair Hosted by Gwendolyn Meekins. Performance by Chante Moore. Live Jazz Band. Catering by Basnight’s Lone Cedar. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. One specialty beverage. Full cash bar. Admission: Advance Purchase – $50, Door – $65. For additional information, call 252-573-1014 or email Ticket and Semi-Formal Attire Required for Admission.

December 4 – 5
Nights in Rodanthe Holiday Open House
December 4 from 10am – 6pm and December 5 from 1pm – 6pm. The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and the new owners Ben and Debbie Huss of Newton, NC, will host a Holiday Open House at Serendipity. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from HICF board members or at the Midgett Realty office in Hatteras village, Buxton Village Books in Buxton, Vacation Traditions and Island Convenience in Rodanthe and the Dunes Restaurant in Nags Head. They can also be purchased through PayPal on the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation web-site at

December 3 – 31
Holiday Art Show
Dare County Arts Council Gallery, Manteo. Over 500 works of art to fit every budget, including original paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media and wood.

December 4
RIFP Performance Series Christmas at the Park with Elizabeth City State University
7 p.m. Indoor Theatre The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500,

December 5 – 29
Kitty Dough Botanical Drawings and Nature Art, Jim Fineman- Clay Vases and Basketry
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 10 a.m. 4 p.m. (Sat). Enjoy botanical drawings and nature art by this certified botanical illustrator, Kitty Dough and stoneware vases and basketry by Jim Fineman. Reception: Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m. (252) 475-1500 or,

December 7
Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner
Hatteras Village Civic Center. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Local fish, chowder, sides and dessert. $10 plus one non-perishable food item. Benefits Hatteras Island Food Pantry and Hatters Meals. (252) 995-4131.

December 8
Grand Illumination
Join The Elizabethan Gardens as we kick off ten nights of lights and floral displays at The Elizabethan Gardens, featuring holiday foods and festive drink in the Embellished Hall. Also featured are fire pits on the Great Lawn, where guests can roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa and be entertained by Dockside Theatre Company and others. Special holiday promotion is planned with many gifts under $15.00 and plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Please call The Elizabethan Gardens at 252-473-3234 for more information or visit

December 11
Home and Gardens Workshop ~ The Art of Wreath Making
Wreath making workshop by Kim and Wes Stetson of Holiday House Weddings will be held in The Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Class is limited to 25 participants. The Elizabethan Gardens will provide the wreath base, greening pins and cuttings from The Gardens. Participants may bring in ribbon, ornaments or anything from home to make it uniquely you. This workshop is open to Friends for $20 and to Non-members for $25. Light refreshments will be served. Call 252-473-1554 to register for class.

December 17
Dinner with Santa
Celebrate the holidays with your child by dining with Santa in the magically decorated Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Culinary delights will be provided by Ortega’z, and Santa will be available throughout the evening. Traditional holiday decorations. Ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm.. Call 252-473-1554 to register.

December 17
107th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
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.

December 21
Kid’s Craft Day
Elizabethan Gardens. Let Mom and Dad go shopping, while we entertain the children! This is a special day for children 5 and up. We will have an arts and crafts activity, healthy snacks, lunch, story time and a special stroll through The Gardens. Space limited to 30 children. Friends’ $15; Non-members $20 call 252-473-1554 to register.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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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!


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UNC Albemarle Ecological Field Site Students Visit Marshes Light

September 9, 2010

Professor Robert Perry and students of the Albemarle Ecological Field Site of the University of North Carolina visited the Marshes Light community in Manteo to learn about our wetlands and how to protect them.

We hosted an informal gathering with Warren Eadus and Andy Deel of Quible Associates P.C., a local Engineering and Environmental Science Firm. The students were then given a guided field review of the stormwater systems at the Marshes Light.

Identifying wetlands plants at Marshes Light

Andy identified sedimentation as the number one threat to North Carolina’s waterways and went on explain how the sand filters, wet pond, and bioretention basins at Marshes Light reduce the TSS (Total Suspended Solids) below State requirements, while also providing nutrient reductions for stormwater runoff.

Warren provided a tour of wetlands on site, which are being enhanced to encourage a healthy and diverse growth of native wetland species. Marshes Light is proud to be a part of Historic Manteo and provide state-of-the-art stormwater treatment to protect and promote healthy water quality throughout beautiful Shallowbag Bay.

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New Home Under Construction Sparks Interest/Sale in Marshes Light

August 8, 2010

On the corner of Up & Fer, this charming 1,800 square foot bungalow is taking shape in the heart of Manteo’s historic neighborhood.

This home is located on lot #1 in Marshes Light, and is owned by Bob & Norma of  Lorton, Virginia. The street’s been abuzz with interest and lot #3 recently went under contract.

The Marshes Light Marina Ship’s Store is in the works with construction to start in the next few days.

Construction on both projects is provided by local builder, Steve Daniels and Renaissance Construction.

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Crystal Dawn headboat dinner cruise

July 16, 2010

It was a beautiful evening for a dinner cruise. We left the docks at Pirates Cove at 6 p.m. and cruised around Roanoke Island for about an hour and a half. The boat let us off at the Town of Manteo docks where most of the guests went on to enjoy a concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

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Manteo’s Farmers Market

June 13, 2010

Saturday is the day to visit Roanoke Island. Starting at 8 a.m. in downtown Manteo, the Farmer’s Market, fresh produce, flowers, plants, sweets, pottery and more, until noon every Saturday through October.

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Manteo’s First Friday Festivities

June 1, 2010

June 4. Downtown Manteo.

We’ll kick off the evening with a small reception at the Coors Cottage at 326 Fernando Street. Stop by on your way to First Friday and visit Marshes Light showcase model home. Light refreshments will be served and you can register for a chance to win a two night stay in one of our upscale waterfront Marina Villas. Friday 4-6 p.m.

Coors Cottage

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Romancing the Home

May 18, 2010

Rafters, pilings, sheetrock, plywood, flashing. Sounds about as romantic as a root canal.

All these things individually don’t become a home without a designer, a builder, craftsmen and an owner with vision. The sum of its parts begins to grow as flooring is selected, cabinets are installed, lights are hung, and the sun shines through an open window for the first time.

The quality of the homes at Marshes Light is evident at every turn, from the welcoming foyers of the Marina Villas to the warm, reclaimed floors in the Coors Cottage. The charm of the neighborhood is evident at every turn, from the soundside boardwalk along Shallowbag Bay to the unique historical cottages nearby.

The homes at Marshes Light were built by Steve Daniels and Renaissance Construction, whose reputation is based on consistently producing superior quality custom homes for satisfied customers on the Outer Banks.

Only a few three bedroom Marina Villas are available, all have exceptional views of Shallowbag Bay with quiet and well thought-out floor plans.  New home packages are also available on a selection of Marshes Light homesites. Prices start in the mid $400,000s.

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Outer Banks Happenings – May 2010

May 2, 2010

May 1-9: Mother’s Day in the Museum StoreRoanoke Island Festival Park. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (252)475-1506 Ext.252.

May 2 – 27: Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday). Features paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, mixed media and photography, fiber and metal art and jewelry by local and regional artists. Free. (252) 475-1500 or

May 7: OBRF Spring Bling Fashion Show and Silent Auction
Kelly’s Restaurant & Tavern from 12 Noon to 2:00pm, featuring Spring fashions by Miss Lizzie’s Boutique in Kitty Hawk; Silent Auction, and Special Appearance by “Felvis.”

May 7 – 31: Linda Porter Photograph ExhibitDare County Arts Council Gallery, Join us for a First Friday opening reception on May 7th from 6pm until 8pm, featuring light fare, libations and the opportunity to meet the artist. DCAC Gallery hours beginning in May are 10 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday,  12 pm – 4 pm on Saturday. 104 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in beautiful Downtown Manteo.

May 6, 14 and 20: OBXtreme Magic Show
Outer Banks Music Showcase, Kitty Hawk. Witness incredible illusions, mind-bending magic and comedy audience participation the entire family will love live on stage! Call (252) 261-7505 or visit

May 7 – 9: Shag OBX
At the Pirate’s Cove Pavilion on the waterfront, Manteo, NC. Live Music featuring Jim Quick and Coastline. Dance Lessons with Sam and Lisa West. All proceeds benefit the Community Care Clinic of Dare. For more information and tickets:

May 7: 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.

May 8: 27th Annual Yuengling Nags Head Woods 5K Run
Not your typical walk down the beach, the dirt trails of the preserve weave through one of the best remaining examples of mid-Atlantic maritime forest and deciduous hardwoods., or

May 8: Lifesaver and Civil Rights Hero Honored
Collins Park, Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo. 3 p.m. An American hero will be honored Saturday, May 8th at 3 p.m. at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo, NC, featuring the unveiling of a life sized bronze statue of Richard Etheridge, the first African-American United States Life-Saving Service Keeper at Pea Island Station. For more information please call 252.305.2194 or visit

May 14 – 16, May 21 – 23: Meanwhile Back on the Couch
Theatre of Dare presents the comedy Meanwhile Back on the Couch. Performances are Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm, at the COA Roanoke Island Campus in Manteo. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 for students through grade 12. For more information, visit or call 252-261-4064.

May 14 – 17: 38th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular
Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head. The world’s oldest, continuous hang gliding competition with hang gliding professionals from all over the world. Demonstrations, street dances and awards ceremonies. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or

May 15 – October 2: Farmers Market
Historic downtown Manteo. Farmers’ type market selling home grown, home baked, and home made products. The Market will be held on Saturday mornings from 8 am till noon.

May 15: Coastal Gardening Festival
The Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden, located next to the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center on Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors, plant sales and children’s activities. (252) 473-4290

May 15: Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers
Roanoke Island Festival Park Performance Series. 2 and 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500

May 15 – 16: Outer Banks Relay for Life
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills.

May 16: Dare County Strings Concert
Roanoke Island Festival Park Indoor Theater. 3 p.m. Dare County Youth Orchestra strings students from Cape Hatteras Secondary, First Flight High, First Flight Middle and Manteo Middle Schools concert.

May 22: Youth Aviation Day
10 am to 4 pm. Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo. Static displays, Tri-State Skydivers and Tandem Jumps, food, games, $10.00 airplane rides and much more. For more information at (252) 475-5572.

May 25 – 27: NC Central University Presents Little Shop of Horrors
Roanoke Island Festival Park Performance Series. “Meet the Cast”— May 25 at 2 p.m.; May 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. “A La Carte Afternoons.” The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500

Last week in May – First 2 weeks in August: Outer Banks Daredevils Baseball
First Flight High School. View schedule online.

May 27: The Lost Colony Preview NightWitness the final dress rehearsal of America’s #1 outdoor drama before opening night of the production. Tickets sold at a special price for this pre-season opening event. (252) 473-3414 or

May 28 – August 20: 73rd Anniversary Season of The Lost ColonyWaterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Monday – Saturday at 8 p.m. (except July 30, 31 and August 6, 7 and 14). Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green’s The Lost Colony recounts the exciting events leading to the disappearance of the English colonists who settled here over 400 years ago. Lavish costumes, daring action, special effects, delightful comedy, music and dance. (252) 473-3414 or

May 28 – August 20: Backstage Tours of The Lost Colony
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Attend this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how theatrical magic is created at Waterside Theatre. Tours are held nightly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person. Reservations required. (252) 473-3414 or

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Manteo Historic Home, Then and Now

April 1, 2010

Brinkley House, yard with adirondack chairs, whitewashed elm, grape arbor, circa 1940's.

Imagine a sunny day 70 years ago. Fish are biting, crabs are plentiful. Fresh tomatoes and corn from the garden. Nice cool breeze off the water.

Over the years, the Brinkley house is forgotten… fallen into disrepair.

There’s potential buried under that lonely exterior.

Old siding is removed, and the Brinkley House is readied for its new location in the new Marshes Light Subdivision, 2007.

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