05/31/12

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs

Each afternoon of the summer (Monday-Friday) from May 28th-August 31st, The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station will be hosting a wide range of programs for all to enjoy!
Programs begin at 2pm. All programs are outdoors and will be held weather permitting. Programs are FREE with the regualr site admission of $6 for Adults and $4 for Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17.
Join the Chicamacomico Historical Association for an afternoon of entertainment and adventure!

Monday- Nights in Rodanthe movie- Behind the Scenes
~Meet with a cast member of the Nights in Rodanthe set and get her autograph! You will also be able to view the movie site from the Chicamacomico Station!
Tuesday- America’s Forgotten Heroes
~Explore the fascinating history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service through their awe-inspiring tales of rescue, right here on our shores!
Wednesday- The Real Taffy of Torpedo Junction
~Taffy was the main character in a popular children’s book published back in the ’50’s. Along with Taffy, you will get to explore Hatteras Island during World War II. During your visit to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, you will have a chance to meet the real Taffy, Carol Dillion, whom this fictional novel was written about many years ago. Truly fascinating!
Thursday- Beach Apparatus Drill
~Watch the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard practice the weekly “Breeches Buoy Rescue Reenactment” method. Chicamacomico is now the ONLY place in the world that performs the complete Drill, including live black powder firing and live shot. Come be a part of U.S. history!
Friday- What Really Happened to the “Lost Colony“?
~Wonder where everyone went? Join Scott Dawson for a compelling talk based on documentation and evidence!

We hope to see you in Rodanthe, milepost 39.5, at The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, for a week full of exciting learning opportunities! For more information click here!


05/29/12

OBX EVENTS June 1-10th


Here at Surf or Sound Realty, we are looking forward to a busy, fun-filled month! There is always something exciting happening on the OBX! We’ve made it our mission to make sure you are well-informed of the week’s activities and events so that you can make the most of your well-deserved vacation!

This week’s line up is packed to the brim (just like your suitcases) with activities and events for all ages!
June 1-3 OBX Paddle Palooza, Frisco, Frisco Woods Campground.
~Stand up paddleboard races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels! Don’t forget about the pig-pickin’ Saturday night!
June 2 Dare Day, Manteo.
~Starting @ 9am, enjoy a beautiful day in Manteo’s downtown historic waterfront! Dare Day is an annual celebration of the people and history of Dare County. There will be enterainment and demonstrtations provided. Admission is FREE! Come enjoy a day full of exploration and learning!

June 2-8 Triple S Invitational, Waves, REAL Watersports.
~Be a spectator as the pros compete for the most sought after victory on the professional kiteboarding circuit! You will have a unique opportunity to meet the pros and learn more about the thrilling sport of kiteboarding! After all, there is no better place to kiteboard! Cape Hatteras is one of the top 3 kiteboarding destinations in the world! There will also be bands playing throughout the week, so don’t miss it!
June 2 Fish Fry, Hatteras Village and Avon Village, 5-7pm.
~Does fried local fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, and potato salad sound like the perfect Hatteras Island dinner? We think so! Head to the Hatteras Fire Station at 57689 Hwy 12 or the Avon Fire Station at 40159 Harbor Rd. for a delicious meal, hosted by the Ladies Auxilary.
June 4-8 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs, Rodanthe, 2pm.
~Monday-Friday at 2pm, join The Chicamacomico Historical Association for an afternoon of entertainment ranging from talks with local historians to dramatic demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visit the Station’s website for program details.
June 5 Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, Avon 10am-12pm, Hatteras, 3-5pm. June 6, Waves 4-6pm.
~A fun-filled free opportunity to climb a rock wall, shoot water guns, have your face painted, and try out the latest toys and games!
June 6 Bluegrass Jam at Banjo Island/Red Drum Pottery, Frisco, 7pm.
~Enjoy local musicians at the “Wednesday Happening” OR bring your instrument and join them!
June 7 2nd Annual Sunset Swim: A Charity Runway Event, Waves, REAL Watersports.
~Come out and support Athletes For Cancer Survivorship Programs. The night will begin at 6:30 with drinks, followed by a silent auction, and dinner at 7. The show will get underway at 8:30, with dancing and a raffle to follow. The event will showcase emerging local designer and boutiques! What a fun, charitable event! Mark your calendar!
June 9 Family Fishing Tournament, Nags Head, Jennette’s Pier, 8am-12pm.
~What better way to start your weekend! Door prizes and awards with be given.
June 9-10 30th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival, Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
~Enjoy a weekend of kite exhibits and demonstrations and be sure to bring your camera!

Make the most of your vacation and plan to attend one or all of the week’s events! There is something for everyone!


05/18/12

The 1st Annual Shorebreak 5K and Tide Pool Fun Run

On Monday, May 28th, you will have the opportunity to make history by partcipating in Hatteras Island’s 1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and Tide Pool Fun Run! Come one, come all!

Feel free to walk, jog, or sprint the 3.1 mile scenic loop through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon. The 5k will start at 8am at the Oceanfront Pavilion of the Beach Klub in Avon. The Tide Pool Fun Run will begin immediately following the Shorebreak 5k at 9am on the beach.

This event is a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition Program.

Registration is $35 and $25 for ages 18 and under. The fee includes a goody bag, t-shirt, medal, age group winner prizes, and a post-race party for adults 21 and older. The fee for the Tide Pool Fun Run is $10 and includes finisher medals and a t-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund on the web.

Come out and support our local community and each other during this Memorial Day weekend event!


05/17/12

Gearing UP for Memorial Day week festivities!

No matter what you’re gearing up for, whether it’s surfing, kiteboarding, some of the world’s best fishing, or just a fun time on the beach, the OBX delivers!
Memorial Day week on the OBX will prove just how “geared up” everyone is to get this season rolling and off to an eventful start!
We’d love to see you at one or all of the holiday week events, so go ahead and mark your calendar and we’ll see you there…or on the beach!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 25th & May 26th (10am-6pm)

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT will also be selling plates of BBQ on May 26th, so stop by and grab a bite for lunch and support this worthy cause!

Endless Summer Weekend
May 25th-May 28th

~Join Robert August and son in their quest for the best waves Hatteras Island has to offer! Admission is FREE! There will be a surf party with LIVE music on Saturday night, and a special showing of the 1966 original film, “Endless Summer,” on Sunday night, as well as demos and autograph sessions. Both events are located at REAL Watersports, 25706 Hwy 12, Waves. For more info contact 252-987-6000 or visit them on the web.

Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
May 26th (9am-5pm) & May 27th (9am-4pm)

~This crafty festival will be held rain or shine at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Kills, behind the Kill Devil Hills Post Office. Be sure to stop by and support our talented local artists and browse their wares!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 26th

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and The Tide Pool Fun Run
May 28th @ 8am

~All are welcome to run, walk, or jog the scenic 3.1 miles through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon! The Shorebreak 5k will begin at 8am followed by The Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach. Come support each other and our community! All proceeds from this event go towards the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition program.
Click here to sign up!

REAL Summer Concert Series
May 26th-Performers TBA
May 28th-The Wilders
May 31st-Soul Rebel

~Enjoy free live music at REAL Watersports in Waves, from 6-10pm!

Banjo Island Bluegrass Concert and Jam Session
May 30th

~Travel down to Red Drum Pottery in Frisco for a fun night of entertainment by an assortment of talented local musicians or bring your own instrument and be apart of the entertainment! Show starts @ 7! $5 admission, which includes snacks and a drink served during intermission.

OBX Paddle Palooza
June 1-3rd

~Bring the entire family to Frisco Woods Campground to enjoy a day of stand up paddleboard races for all ages and experience levels! The races get underway early Saturday morning, June 2, so don’t forget to register early! Online registration closes @ 8pm, Friday, June 1 and on-site registration closes @ 8am, Saturday, June 2! Come and join the fun and see what the paddleboard craze is all about! For more information on this event visit the sponsor’s webpage.

Dare Day
June 2nd

~Starting @ 9am, enjoy a beautiful day in Manteo’s downtown historic waterfront! Dare Day is an annual celebration of the people and history of Dare County. There will be enterainment and demonstrtations provided. Admission is FREE! Come enjoy a day full of exploration and learning!

Enjoy your week and thank you for visiting The Outer Banks!


03/28/12

Easter Events on the Outer Banks

Hop on over to Hatteras Island for a week filled with family fun and Easter festivities! Plan your Hatteras Island vacation today and enjoy these EGG-cellent holiday events!

April 5: Glass Fusion Sun Catchers Class at Studio 12

9:30am -10:30am. This will be a fun class putting together different shapes and colors of glass to make your very own sun catcher. Pre-cut pieces allow kids to not have to cut glass, older students can use some basic tools to cut shapes. Projects are kiln fired and ready for pick up the next day. Ages 4 and up. Class Price: $24.00. Studio 12 is located in Avon on Hatteras Island and offers various classes throughout the season as well as a full art gallery and working studio.

April 6: Colorful Acrylic Wall Art Classes at Studio 12

10am. A fun class for ages 4 and up that loosens you up to make colorful fun paintings working with acrylics. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter you are sure to have some fun in this class! Great for both kids and adults! Studio 12 is located in Avon on Hatteras Island.

April 6 & 7: Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring & Easter Egg Hunt

This annual spring event will be held during National Kite Month,on April 6th and 7th,the kite festival will be from from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.The Easter Eggstravaganza will ONLY be on Saturday from 11-1pm. This Festival is a free event and is open to the public. Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head. It is the LARGEST Easter Egg Hunt on the Outer Banks! Several hunts will be held from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun event for all ages! The Easter Bunny will be at Kitty Hawk Kites for photo opportunities. For more information, call (877) FLY-THIS or (252) 441-4124 kittyhawkkites.com

April 7: Easter Art Show at Indian Town Gallery

10am to 5pm. Enjoy a fun day at the art show, located outside in the fresh open air at Indian Town Gallery on Hatteras Island. Meet local artists and browse everything from paintings, prints, recycled art, carvings, metal works, pottery and photography to sea glass jewelry, handmade jewelry, handpainted furniture and so much more! Indian Town Gallery is located at milepost 65 on highway 12 in Frisco. For more information, call (252) 995-5181 or visit indiantowngallery.com

April 7: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Elizabethan Gardens

10:30am- 2pm. Enjoy an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring a family fun scavenger egg hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun. Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. The Elizabethan Gardens are located at 1141 National Park Drive in Manteo on Roanoke Island.

April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church

11am. The Cape Hatteras Baptist Church, located in Frisco Villlage on Hatteras Island, will be hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids and parents! Lunch is provided with hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at Hatteras United Methodist Church

2pm. Hatteras United Methodist Church is located in the heart of Hatteras Village next to the post office. Hop on over for an Easter egg hunt and fun times with Mike the Magician. Ice cream will be served as well!

March 31 – April 7: Sea Turtle Egg Hunt

Join the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and learn about one of our local endangered species, the sea turtle. This activity is more than just an egg hunt! Children will take part in a sea turtle program, come face to face with a loggerhead turtle, and make a craft to take home. The program will conclude with an egg hunt on the Aquarium grounds as children search for eggs filled with treats! Event will be held rain or shine. (Ages 3-7) Preregistration required by calling the Aquarium at 252-473-3494 x232.

April 9: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Opens for the Season

10am- 5pm Monday – Friday. With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Its purpose is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to the U.S. Life-Saving Service, as well as interpreting the history of the buildings and artifacts. Open to the public from mid-April through November, and provide visitors with tours, programs, reenactments and special events. Don’t miss the Chicamacomico Summer Porch Programs held Monday through Friday in season.

April 8: Easter Sunrise Service on Hatteras Island

Avon: Avon Fishing Pier at 6:30 a.m. Pastors Bryan Gray and Roger Dill will be leading the service.

Buxton: Old Lighthouse site at 6:30 a.m. with Rev. Cory Oliver of the Hatteras United Methodist Charge. Sunrise services will be followed by worship service at Little Grove UMC at 8 a.m., Buxton UMC at 9:30 with a cantata presentation by the Hatteras Charge choir, and at 11:15 at Hatteras UMC with cantata.



Rodanthe: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site at 6:15 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Bliss of Fairhaven and Clarks Bethel United Methodist churches.

Ocracoke: Lifeguarded Beach at 6:30 a.m. with pastors from Ocracoke United Methodist Church and Ocracoke Assembly of God Church

Book your Hatteras Island vacation today and check out our specials page for egg-cellent last minute savings!


03/22/12

Community Events at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum located in Rodanthe village on Hatteras Island is hosting two community events. We hope you can make it to these events and that the Life-Saving station is a stop on your upcoming Hatteras Island vacation. It is rich with history and the summer programs are fun for all ages!

Special Off-Season Coast Guard Historic Drill Reenactment

A very special “pre-season” performance of the popular Beach Apparatus Drill, aka “Breeches Buoy Reenactment” will be held at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum on Thursday, March 29th.
The program will start promptly at 10:00 am. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors (62+) or youth (6-17). This historic reenactment will be performed by area Coast Guardsmen who are about to be promoted to the rank of Chief, which is a big step forward and is considered by the service to be a very big deal.


This exercise is part of what the U.S. Coast Guard calls the “Chief’s Indoctrination.” What is that you ask? The answer from the official Coast Guard website: The purpose of the Chief’s Call To Indoctrination (CCTI) is to prepare Prospective Chief Petty Officers (PCPO) to perform their roles and responsibilities as a chief petty officer. In addition, this event recognizes the achievement of a significant career milestone. CCTI reinforces the responsibility of all Chiefs as leaders and mentors.

Chicamacomico and Coast Guard History
The Beach Apparatus Drill, first used by the U.S. Life-Saving Service and continued when that organization was reformed and renamed the U.S.Coast Guard in 1915, was used to save hundreds of thousands lives from 1871 until 1962 when it was last used. Now helicopters and powerful lifeboats do the same. Thus, the prospective Chiefs get some direct and first-hand experience of what their predecessors went through, although they won’t be pulling a 1,000 pound Beach Cart three miles up the beach… in a storm.

Visiting Hatteras Island this summer? The Drill is regularly scheduled for every Thursday at 2:00 PM during June, July and August. This also gives attendees some pretty strong bragging rights: this is one of only two places in the entire country to perform the full drill regularly. And the ONLY one done by the Coast Guard!



Free Community Shredding Event & Family Activities

Saving Lives and Safeguarding Security, the Tradition Continues. The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum will be hosting a secure document shredding event on Saturday, March 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm as a fund-raiser for the Historic Station.

But wait, there’s more! Also free that afternoon are presentations by the Dare County Sheriffs Department about Identity Theft and deputies will also offer fingerprinting and ID kits for whoever wants them, including children. Free refreshments generously provided by Island Convenience will be available on the porch of the 1911 Station, inside the fence.The icing on the cake is free self-guided tours of the 1911 Life-Saving Station (the rest of the Site will remain closed). Please browse the Gift Shop while you are there.

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, in cooperation with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, its Hatteras/Ocracoke Island Council, Shred X of Manteo, the Dare County Sheriffs Department, and Island Convenience of Rodanthe, is proud to announce this free and valuable event for the Outer Banks community to be held at the Chicamacomico Site in Rodanthe.
There is no limit of documents to bring. Mercifully there is also no need to remove staples, clips, spirals, hanging file folders because the machine will shred them all EXCEPT cardboard. What should you bring to destroy securely? The Shred X website says any and all old, outdated or expired payroll records, marketing plans, human resources documents, design ideas, legal briefs, medical records, personal and business information, confidential correspondence, canceled checks, trade secrets and blue prints or whatever you like. You will witness your own shredding being done right in front of you.

This event is a fundraiser for the Life-Saving Station which is still suffering the effects of Hurricane Irene. Chicamacomico wants to offer these valuable services to the community with the hopes that this generosity will be returned with donations and/or purchases in its unique Gift Shop. All are welcome.Questions about the event can be directed to Sara at the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce at 252-441-8140 or to James at Chicamacomico at 252-996-0493.


About the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum is one of the many sites on the Historic Albemarle Tour and the National Outer Banks Scenic Byway. The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is only 30 minutes south of Nags Head or the same 30 minutes north of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. All are welcome. It is located in Rodanthe, the northernmost village of Cape Hatteras Island, oceanside at 23645 NC Highway 12, or MilePost 39.5, or GPS 35 35 737N, 75 27 981W.
It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm mid-April-Thanksgiving. To learn more about Chicamacomico, its exciting activities and offerings, visit www.chicamacomico.net, email at clss@embarqmail.com, call 252-987-1552, and now on Facebook.


12/30/11

Picture of the Week

There are so many things to enjoy on Hatteras Island – from relaxing on the beach, playing in the surf, breathtaking sunsets and being with loved ones in one of the most unique places on earth!
Family time together is one of the many things that make a Hatteras Island vacation so very special!

Photo submitted on Facebook by Amanda Sablak Tanay.


12/23/11

Picture of the Week

There are so many unique sights and sounds to enjoy while on a Hatteras Island vacation – from relaxing on the beach, to exploring the Pamlico Sound and watching boats of all sizes bring in the daily catch at our area fishing marinas.

Photo submitted on Facebook by Paul V Kelley


12/12/11

The Hatteras Village Christmas Parade Was Filled With Holiday Spirit and Cheer

The annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is always filled with holiday spirit and cheer, but this year, in spite of the very chilly weather, that spirit and cheer was more abundant than ever and felt by all that attended the event, which was the biggest to date!

When Hurricane Irene ripped through the island three-and-a-half months ago, many residents’ lives were interrupted and displaced. You couldn’t tell by looking at the happy and cheery faces of those that attended and participated in this year’s parade. The people of Hatteras Island are resilient, and the tight knit community became even closer after the events of the natural disaster.

The parade began at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continued through the village and ended at the Hatterasman Drive-In. There were fun floats, horses, bikes, fire trucks, marching bands, and, of course, Santa! After the parade, everyone was invited to the Civic Center for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winning floats.

This year’s winners were:

Brownie Troop 1660 – Most Comical. ($250)
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Most Creative ($250)
Creative Ballance (Dune Billy’s)- Most Comical ($250) The “Dune Billy’s” donated their winning to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
CHS Senior Class ($50)- Kids 1
CHS Sophomore Class ($50) Kids 2

From all of us at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

(The Hatteras Village Civic Association sponsors the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, held this year on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Hatteras village.)


11/29/11

Seashell Holiday Crafts – Give A Little Bit Of Hatteras Island This Holiday Season

While basking in the sun and strolling along the shoreline during your Hatteras Island vacation, you are bound to have come across many unique and beautiful seashells. You collected them in buckets, coolers – even pockets – and took them home with you at the end of your stay.

Now what? Since the holiday season is rapidly approaching, (oh who are we kidding – it’s HERE!) why not take some of those treasures you have collected and use them to create one-of-a-kind holiday seashell crafts? They are the perfect way to have a little bit of Hatteras Island for the holidays! They also make wonderful gifts to give to your loved ones. What’s better than receiving something someone else put love and care into?

We have compiled a few simple craft ideas you can try. Don’t limit yourself to just these ideas though. The possibilities are endless!

Holiday Wreath:
What you’ll need: Seashells, wreath, clear nail polish, a glue gun or crazy glue, ribbon, and decorations like bows, ornaments, strings of beads, glitter, etc.
Best shells to use: Whole scallops, clams, and arc shells.
How to do it: Paint all the shells with a heavy coat of clear nail polish so they look like they just washed up from the ocean – or – glue white glitter on them to make it look like sand or snow. Once your shells have dried, place them where you want them on your wreath (available at dollar stores and craft stores). Using a glue gun or crazy glue, glue them to the wreath. Continue gluing bows and/or other decorations you want on the wreath. Once dried, add a hanger or ribbon to hang your pretty creation on a door or wall.

Holiday Ornaments:
What you’ll need: Seashells, clear nail polish, a glue gun or crazy glue, ribbon, and decorations like strings of beads, glitter, etc.
Best shells to use: Whole scallops, clams, moon snails, and arc shells.
How to do it: Paint all the shells with a heavy coat of clear nail polish so they look like they just washed up from the ocean. Once shells are dry, loop a ribbon or string of beads into a circle, and glue it to the back of the shell, creating a “hanger” for the ornament. (If you have two similar shells, you can even glue them together, with the loop of ribbon in between the two shells.) Then decorate each individual shell any way you’d like: add glitter, glue a string of beads along the edge of the shell, or even paint holiday designs on the shell.

Mirrors, Picture Frames, Trinket Boxes:
What you’ll need: Lots of shells, a glue gun or crazy glue, clear nail polish, and a plain mirror, a frame you can decorate, or a trinket box. (You can also get cut pieces of mirror at a hardware store, and simply add a hanger to the back.)
Best shells to use: Small, decorative shells, or pretty shell pieces.
How to do it: Glue the shell pieces around the mirror, overlapping each other so that there are no spaces of mirror visible. Once the glue has dried, coat the shells with nail polish to make them shine.
Have fun and get creative, and don’t forget that these ideas are just the start of the number of projects you can do with your seashells. Grab a little glue, polish and paint – there’s no limit to the number of remarkable, one of a kind craft projects you can create with these treasures.

Wall Hangings:
What you’ll need: A nice thin piece of driftwood, approx. 12″ – 18″ long, seashells, rustic twine, fishing line or strong thread, nails or tacks.
Best shells to use: Small decorative shells with tiny holes in them, large enough to pull thread or fishing line through.
How to do it: Create strings of shells by looping the fishing line or thread through each shell and tying a knot, creating an even 8″ – 12″ long string of a dozen shells or so. If the driftwood is sturdy enough, space tacks or nails along the piece of driftwood and tie on each string of shells. If not, simply tie each string of shells to the piece of driftwood. Essentially, you’re forming a “beaded curtain” of shells along the piece of driftwood. Once this is complete, add hardy twine to each side of the piece of driftwood, or around each of the nails, gathering and tying the individual pieces at the top, and creating a hanger for the wall hanging.

The following craft ideas and pictures are via Better Homes and Gardens:

Beach Detailed Flower Holder:
Repurpose a tin can with beach finds. Gluefabric or paper around the clean can. Add desired beach details. To use on a chair back, cut a hole near the top and the bottom of the back of the can, then tie with ribbon threaded through the holes. Or set decorated tin on the table as a centerpiece.

Shells and Twine Bookmark:
Craft a lovely bookmark to remind you of days at the beach. Natural string fits right in with seashore finds, such as shells, buttons, and bottle caps. Knot eight 18-inch-long strands together at one end to make the main bookmark; knot 8 inches below the first knot, or farther depending on
the size of the book. Drill holes in items to attach to the string ends or use hot glue.

Seashell Candles:
Clean shells and let dry. Melt small chunks of a paraffin block or old candle stubs in the top of a double boiler. Cover the work surface with plastic or newspaper. Slowly and carefully pour melted wax into shells. Quickly put a wick in the center of the wax. Let cool about 30 minutes. Never leave burning candles unattended.

Beach Memory Jars:
Bring home beach memories to store in a jar. Collect clear jars and bottles. Put shells and sand inside. Label each container with rub-ons or stickers to spell out the name of the destination.

Have fun with these projects! Happy Holidays from your friends at Surf or Sound Realty!