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.>
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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 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/