04/30/14

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style with Kinnakeet Clay and Tanoshii Workshops

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We may not have horse racing here on Hatteras Island but we won’t let that stop us from celebrating the equine event of the South. Nothing says Kentucky Derby like beautiful horses, mint juleps and hats! Over-the top, fancy, beautifully embellished derby hats. If you don’t have one – don’t fear – just join the Derby Hat Decorating party over at Tanoshii workshops at Kinnakeet Clay Works – Studio & Showroom. This Thursday from 5 – 7 bring a simple hat and they’ll provide the materials, tools and skillful ideas for embellishing your one-of-a-kind eye catching derby hat.

Part of the new class and workshop series, Melissa Symolon of Tanoshii workshops is offering classes in a variety of art and craft in her studio just above the shop. Tucked beneath live oaks off of the soundside North End Road in Avon, at the new Kinnakeet Clay location you can learn pottery techniques from master craftsmen, or take an evening watercolor class from a local watercolor artist. Summer will bring music and outdoor art classes on the big wraparound porch for island locals and visitors of all ages. Besides the Derby Hat Party, upcoming courses include creating your own wind catcher, paper quilling, and nautical knots (where you’ll learn age-old knot-tying skills you’ll need to fashion jewelry, decorative housewares and more).

Whichever class you choose to take, you’ll leave with an authentic piece of art and a reminder of a very special Hatteras Island vacation.

Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom


09/26/13

What Are Your Top Five Things To Do On Hatteras Island?

We all know that there are so many wonderful things to do here on Hatteras Island. Our pristine, family-friendly beaches and quaint villages offer a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting us.

The Huffington Post recently listed its top “5 Free Things to do on Hatteras Island.” It is no surprise that spending time enjoying the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is top on the list. There is nothing quite like a day at the beach for exploring, relaxing, and playing in the surf!

The Huffington Post list also includes: a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where admission is free, although donations are encouraged; attending programs offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge; visiting Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses (there is a fee to climb them, but not to walk around the grounds); and taking a free ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island for the day.

We would love to hear what you and your family like to do while visiting us! What are your Top 5 Things to do on Hatteras Island? Please share them with us on our Surf or Sound Facebook and Twitter pages, and follow us on Pinterest to see of few of ours!

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07/16/12

OBX Events July 21-29

Be sure to check out the week’s events and mark your calendars! There is something for everyone!

SATURDAY, JULY 21

REAL Swap Meet, Waves.
~Buy, sell, or trade used kiteboarding, surfing, and standup paddleboarding gear at unbelievable prices. Over 4 acres of gear available.

Kitty Hawk Kites Wright Kite Festival, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, 10am-4pm.
~This festival celebrates the history of aviation with two days of flight. Endless amounts of aviation fun for all ages.

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.

ALL WEEK LONG

National Park Service programs, Hatteras Island.
~Check out their selection of summer programs by clicking here

YOGA on the beach, Beach Klub, Avon, 8-9:30am.
~Bring a yoga mat and get your day started off on the right track!

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Summer Programs, Hatteras.
~Monday-Friday, programs are offered by Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic for further exploration and discovery if our maritime heritage. For complete information and details, visit the Museum on the web.

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.

Studio 12, Avon.
~Feeling creative? Studio 12 offers lots of fun classes, including mosaic stepping stones, glass fusion picture frames, suncatchers, and jewelry. Be sure to visit their website for class details.

Indian Town Gallery, Frisco.
~Offering fantastic weekly classes. Check out their Facebook page for details.

LIVE MUSIC featuring local musicians EVERY NIGHT of the week, Atlantic Coast Cafe, Avon, 6-9pm.

MONDAY, JULY 23

Karaoke, String Wray’s Restaurant, Rodanthe, 9pm.

The Wilders, REAL Watersports, Waves, 6-10pm.
~Enjoy free LIVE music with a spectacular view in a family/group friendly atmosphere.

TUESDAY, JULY 24

Hatteras Island Farmer’s Market, Avon, 9am-1pm.

REAL Watersports Kids Camp, Waves, Tues.-Thurs., 10am-4pm.
~Kids ages 7-12 will have a chance to learn how to have fun and be confident in the water! They will experience paddleboarding, kiteboarding, and surfing, with an emphasis on water safety. Cost is $595 per child, which includes lunch from Mojo’s Sunset Cafe. Click here to sign up!

Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, Avon 10am-12pm, Hatteras, 3-5pm.
~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!

Outer Banks Art Adventure-Under the Sea, SeaWorthy Gallery, Hatteras.
~Learn to paint on Yupo paper using acrylic paints or design and create a fabulous piece of jewelry reminiscent of your seaside vacation. Ages 8-15, 10am-12pm. Ages 16-adult, 1:30-3:30pm. For more information, call (252) 986-6510.

Balloonacy Children’s Show, COA Auditorium, Manteo, 2pm.
~For over 40 years, the cast of The Lost Colony has produced a show just for kids. Let your imagination run wild! Balloonacy is a funny, sweet, and uplifting performance. Tickets are $5-10.

Turtle Talk program, Pea Island Visitor Center, 2:30-3:30pm.

Avon Jamboree featuring Trent-Town Trio, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 6-8pm.
~FREE admission. Enjoy drinks at the oceanfront bar and grab a bite to eat at the concession stand.

Music on the Deck, Sandbar & Grille, Buxton, 7-11pm.

The Lost Colony, Waterside Theatre, Manteo, Tues.-Sat., 8:30pm.
~Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paul Green recounts the historical events leading to the disappearance of the first English colonists who settled on Roanoke Island over 400 years ago. This is a production you don’t want to miss. Visit The Lost Colony for more info and tickets.

Karaoke, Froggy Dog, Avon, 9pm.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

Bird Walk, Pea Island Visitor Center, 8am.

Bird Adaptations program, Pea Island Visitor Center, 2:30-3:30pm.
~Learn about the adaptations birds need in order to survive, then try your hand at building your own bird.

Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, 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!

BINGO, Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, 47231 Light Plant Rd, Buxton, 6pm.

Music on the Deck, Sandbar & Grille, Buxton, 7-11pm.

Bluegrass Jam at Banjo Island/Red Drum Pottery, Frisco, 7pm.
~Enjoy local musicians at the “Wednesday Happening” OR bring your instrument and join them!

Teen Night, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 8-10pm.
~Ages 13-19. $5/teen.

Waterhigh, Down Under Restaurant and Lounge, Waves, 8-11pm.
~Enjoy an evening of live, local music!

Karaoke, Froggy Dog, 9pm.

THURSDAY, JULY 26

Bird Walk, Pea Island Visitor Center, 8am.

Balloonacy Children’s Show, COA Auditorium, Manteo, 2pm.
~For over 40 years, the cast of The Lost Colony has produced a show just for kids. Let your imagination run wild! Balloonacy is a funny, sweet, and uplifting performance. Tickets are $5-10.

Soundside Adventure, New Inlet, 2:30-3:30pm.

YOGA, Hatteras Village Community Center, 5:15-6:30pm.
~All levels. Donations accepted. For more info, contact Wendi Palmer 252-305-0090.

Jack Jr., REAL Watersports, Waves, 6-10pm.
~Enjoy free LIVE music with a spectacular view in a family/group friendly atmosphere.

The Embers, Papawack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 7-10pm.
~Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

Music on the Dec with Hal & Bruce, Froggy Dog, Avon, 5-8:30pm.

Steve Howser, Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar, Rodanthe, 6-10pm.

Open Mic, Big Mama’s, Stowe on Twelve, Hatteras, 8-11pm.
~All artists welcome! Come enjoy food, drink, & music at this great outdoor venue!

Karaoke, String Wray’s Restaurant, Rodanthe, 9pm.

Karaoke, Froggy Dog, Avon, 9pm.

Karaoke, Sandbar & Grille, Buxton, 10pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Bird Walk, Pea Island Visitor Center, 8am.

The Break, Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar, Rodanthe, 6-10pm.

Music on the Deck, EZ, Froggy Dog, Avon, 5:30-8:30pm.

River Whyless, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 7-10pm.
~FREE admission!

Karaoke, Froggy Dog, Avon, 9pm.

LIVE MUSIC every Friday night, Buxton.
~Mad Crabber
~Pop’s Raw Bar and Restaurant
~Capt’n Rolo’s

SATURDAY, JULY 28

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.


07/10/12

"To market, to market…" Hatteras Island Farmer's Market is in full swing!

The Hatteras Island Farmer’s Market has returned for a 3rd season and we’re berry very happy about that!
Every Tues. in Avon (through August 28th), be sure to stop by from 9am until 1pm for fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as eggs and grass-fed beef produced locally in Eastern NC. There is also quite a spread of homemade baked goods, jams, and other delightful bites, so bring your reusable shopping bags and fill up!
Artisans will also be on site featuring their pottery, soaps, linens, and other housewares…
Here’s a taste of some of the local vendors you may see on Tues.:
Coastal Farmers-an array of seasonal fresh veggies
Sweater Box Confections-delectible homemade baked goods
Vicky Lowe-kitchen textiles and dinnerware
Moore Brothers Beef-grain-fed, all natural beef with no added hormones or antibiotics
Wendy’s Homemade Bread
and so many more!!!
Come check it out and enjoy the seasonal abundance of goods!
The Hatteras Island Farmer’s Market is brought to you by Coastal Harvesters Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to a making healthy local foods available to the Outer Banks community.


06/18/12

OBX Events June 23-July 1

There is so much to do here on the OBX! If you’re wondering how you’ll spend your time once you come off the beach, check out the list of events we’ve compiled for your enjoyment!
Mark your calendars! There are some events you will not want to miss!

June 23 & 29 Watercolor class with Vicky Lowe, Indian Town Gallery, Frisco, 10:30am.

June 23 & 30 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 25 Inaugural Sunset Spectacular 5k and Luau, Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head.
~Run the sands of the out and back 5k course and finish with a post race luau. Specifically designed trophies for top 3 males and females. Unique finisher medal to all participants. For more info contact, outerbanksruncations@gmail or click here to register.

June 25-29 YOGA on the beach, Beach Klub, Avon, 8-9:30am.
~Bring a yoga mat and get your day started off on the right track!

June 25-29 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 25-29 Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Summer Programs, Hatteras.
~Monday-Friday, programs are offered by Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic for further exploration and discovery if our maritime heritage. For complete information and details, visit the Museum on the web.
June 25-29 The Lost Colony, Waterside Theatre, Manteo, 8:30pm.
~Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paul Green recounts the historical events leading to the disappearance of the first English colonists who settled on Roanoke Island over 400 years ago. This is a production you don’t want to miss. Visit The Lost Colony for more info and tickets.
June 25 The Wilders/June 28 Jack Jr., REAL Watersports, Waves, 6-10pm.
~Enjoy free LIVE music with a spectacular view in a family/group friendly atmosphere.
June 26-29 Studio 12, Avon.
~Feeling creative? Studio 12 offers lots of fun classes, including mosaic stepping stones, glass fusion picture frames, suncatchers, and jewelry. Be sure to visit their website for class details.
June 26 Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, Avon 10am-12pm, Hatteras, 3-5pm/June 27, 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 26-28 East Carolina presents Seven in One Blow Children’s Show, Festival Park, Manteo, 10:30am.
~Indoor theatre. This show is based on a contemporary fantasy based on the old Grimm brothers’ fairy tale. Tickets are $5 for all children 6 and over and can be purchased in advance at the Vistiors Center or the day of the event.
June 26 Hurley “Rip My Shred Stick” Surf Contest, Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head.
~Free surf contest for children ages 16 and under. Attendees will have a chance to meet and surf with professional surfers. Check out Hurley’s website for more info.
June 26, 27, 29 Music on the Deck, Sandbar & Grille, Buxton, 7-11pm.

June 26 Avon Jamboree featuring Ocracoke Jazz Society 6-10pm/June 27 Teen Night with DJ 8-10pm, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon.
~For more info, contact Koru Village.
June 27-30 Outer Banks Sand Sculptor Festival, Kitty Hawk.
~Watch a professional sand sculpture company create an amazing sand creation. Sand clinics will also be held, as well as a sandcastle competition. There will be lots of fun events and entertainment throughout the festival at Kitty Hawk Kites. Benefit event for the prevention of skin cancer with all proceeds going to the Outer Banks Hospital. Check out the schedule of events.
June 27 Creating jewelry with found objects with Chris Cantwell, Indian Town Gallery, Frisco, 5pm.
June 27 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 27 Highwater, Down Under Restaurant and Lounge, Waves, 8-11pm.
~Enjoy an evening of live, local music!
June 27 BINGO, Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, 47231 Light Plant Rd, Buxton, 6pm.

June 28 Avon Art Show, next to Hatteras Realty office, Avon.
~Enjoy of day of browsing and shopping local artists’ wares and take home a plate of fried locally caught fish, starting at 5pm.
June 28 & 29 Small Fry Fishing Tournament, Manteo.
~Two categories for children ages 3-8 and 9-15. Entry fee is nominal and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Trophies will be presented in each category for the largest fish caught. For more info call 800-367-4728.
June 28 Paint a silk scarf with April Trueblood, Indian Town Gallery, Frisco, 3pm.

June 28 YOGA, Hatteras Village Community Center, 5:15-6:30pm.
~All levels. Donations accepted. For more info, contact Wendi Palmer 252-305-0090.

June 28 Hurrah Players perform Anchors Away, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 7-10pm.
June 29 LIVE MUSIC every Friday night, Buxton.
~Pop’s Raw Bar and Restaurant
~Capt’n Rolo’s
~Sandbar & Grille

Hope to see you out and about on the OBX! Enjoy your week!


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!


12/2/11

Indian Town Gallery is RED HOT!

The 12th Annual Red Hot Christmas Party and Sale is sure to be a Fun, Festive, Cheerful event at Indian Town Gallery in Frisco. The party and sale will be held Thursday, December 8th from 5-8pm at the gallery.

Enjoy great holiday deals – up to 40% off most gallery items, as well as delicious SPICY refreshments and live holiday BLUES by EZ Malone to cool things off! Put on your dancing shoes and grab a partner, because this will be one spicy holiday event!

Indian Town Gallery is located at Mile Post 65 in Frisco. For more information on this fun event, call (252) 995 – 5181 or visit them online at www.indiantowngallery.com.


11/25/11

Hatteras Island's Studio 12 To Be Part Of The National Christmas Tree Display

Hatteras Island’s very own Studio 12 has been chosen to have an ornament they have designed and created displayed on North Carolina’s tree at the 2011 National Christmas Tree Display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. and for the Christmas tree at the White House Visitor Center. The tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec 1st.

Studio 12 worked with Locomotion to create the limited edition ornament, and a portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated to Locomotion. Locomotion is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Hatteras Island youth by providing programs for students in grades 6-12. For information on the organization, contact director Kathy Kiddy at klocomotion@embarqmail.com.

Studio 12 is located on Highway 12 in Avon and is owned by artists Carolyn and Gary Schena. The studio is a wonderful place that offers a unique experience to paint pottery and create mosaics and glass fusions. To purchase the limited edition ornament, click here. For more information on classes or anything else Studio 12 has to offer, contact Carolyn Schena at carolyn@studio12hatteras.com or call 252-995-7899.


11/17/11

Outer Banks Holiday Events

*Poulos Christmas Lights
When: Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 through Christmas
Click here for a map
DescriptionEnjoy one of the most famous homes in America for its Christmas and Holiday Lights display. Featured as a national winner of a Today Show lights contest, and on HGTV! A night viewing is optimal to get the full effect of the lights. The time and effort the Poulos family puts into this display every year is astounding…you’ll see little vignettes and decorum found absolutely nowhere else! Directions: The house is located in Kill Devil Hills near the Nags Head Woods entrance Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills 1. Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Dr. (opposite McDonalds) 2. Turn right at Ocean Acres Dr. 3. The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.

*Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
When: November 25
Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, located at NC 12 MP 39 ½ ocean side
, Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. The Site itself will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, but Santa will be there from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. Santa will be in the main building inside the white picket fence, which is the 1911 Life-Saving Service Station. Children accompanied by adults may tour the station in an orderly manner. Admission is free with one non-perishable item per person for the Hatteras Island Food Bank. There will also be great sales in the Gift Shop! Bring your camera- there will be plenty of photo ops! To learn more about Chicamacomico, its exciting activities and offerings, visit www.chicamacomico.net, email at clss@embarqmail.com , call 252-987-1552.

*Ocrafolk Festival Fundraising Concert

When: November 25; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ocracoke Community Center.

Join local musicians for an evening of entertainment as the community raises funds for the Ocrafolk Festival in June 2012.

*Hangin’ With Santa
When:Friday, Nov 25, 2011
Where: Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head.

Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider Friday and Saturday, set up at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This event is free, so bring your cameras!! Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 1pm-6pm. 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email events@kittyhawk.com

*Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show
When: Friday & Saturday Nov. 25-26; 10am – 4pm
Where:Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Route 12 in Buxton.

Free admission, food and a scholarship raffle. For more information call (252) 305-1606.

*First in Flight Holiday Lights
When: Nov 25 – January 1
Click here for a map
The Town of Kill Devil Hills, home of the First Flight, offers visitors and residents an opportunity to reflect on the many aspects of the holiday season with a beautiful lighted display on Frog Pond in Aviation Park. With a backdrop of dark trees, and against the reflection of the water, the display features a classic Christmas tree design more than 20′ tall. The tree will be lit from November 25th – January 1st.

*Kites with Lights

When: Sat, November 26, 3pm – 6pm
Where: Jockey’s Ridge State Park (mp 12.5), Nags Head.

Watch the night sky magically transform as kites with lights glow in the sky atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us for hot apple cider and cookies beginning 4pm across the street at the Kitty Hawk Kites store. Kites go up around 3pm and will be in the sky until 6pm. This is a very well attended event so get there early to get your parking spot! 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email events@kittyhawk.com

*Thanks Thursday, Black Friday, Redfish Saturday
When: Sat, November 26, 8am – 12pm
The new Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head will hold its first ever Redfish Saturday tournament on Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event has something to offer everyone in your family. Trophies will be awarded that day for the longest fish of these types: red drum, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout, striped bass, croaker, flounder and others. Jennette’s Pier has partnered with Tanger Outlet Center also of Nags Head for the event. Everyone who registers for the tournament will receive a free Tanger Outlet coupon book, a $350 value. The pier’s educational staff will offer fee-based programs for children during the tournament. So, let the angler in your family go fishing and the shopper go shopping at the nearby outlets. Families must register, however, by Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the programs. For more information, call 252-255-1501, ext. 202.

*UNCG Old Time Ensemble Christmas Performance
When: Sat, November 26, 7pm – 8pm; November 27 at 2 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Indoor Theatre

The Old Time Ensemble from the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will present two Christmas concerts with some holiday sing-a-longs. Don’t miss this creative group of fiddle-playing, banjo-picking, accordion-squeezing, washboard-strumming musicians. The event is part of the RIFP Performance Series. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for those 12 and under.

*23rd Annual Festival of Trees
When: Dec. 1 – 3
The Festival of Trees brings together residents and visitors to the OBX to celebrate the holiday season with twinkling lights, festive musical performances, punch and homemade cookies, craft activities for children, a visit with Santa complete with a souvenir photo, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts. The culmination of the Festival is an auction of donated, decorated Christmas Trees and Holiday Objects at a catered Gala Holiday Social. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser that benefits crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks Hotline for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
December 1 & 2 Location: 108 Budleigh Street in downtown Manteo. 108 Budleigh is a spacious special event and reception venue. There will be the very popular Holiday Bazaar where volunteers will display and sell a wide variety of gift items, decorations, and even holiday attire. These items will have been collected throughout the year from the best of the best of donations to Hotline’s fundraising thrift shops. Most items are gently used, new, collectible, vintage, and unique! Also a large silent auction fundraiser for vacation packages and other gifts. Photo opportunities with Santa’s Snow Princess plus live performances by local groups. Cookies and punch will be served.
December 3 Location: Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The events room in the new Jeanette’s Pier will provide a spacious venue for the Holiday Social and Benefit Auction of beautiful Christmas Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and artists. There will be approximately 12 to 15 full size Trees decorated around a specific theme. Each tree will also have gifts associated with it that add value and excitement to the bidding. Holiday Social — a ticketed event that begins at 6:30pm. The Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the evening will be local personality, Bill Rea. The Benefit Auction will begin at 8pm after a Holiday Social that will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and champagne, and live entertainment. During the Holiday Social, approximately 6 items (including original paintings, stained glass, jewelry, etc.) will be offered in a Silent Auction to conclude at the beginning of the live auction. Visit for more details visit www.obhotline.org

*Holiday Small Works Show (Vault Gallery)
When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Over 500 works of art to fit every budget, including original paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media and wood. Perfect for your holiday shopping. Great stocking stuffer items available. Shop locally and support Dare County artists and craftspeople! Opening reception, Friday, December 2nd 6pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or see Dare County Arts Council’s website at darearts.org

*Manteo Tree Lighting

When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC

Set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street, is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams. www.townofmanteo.com

*First Friday
When:Fri, December 2, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Manteo Waterfront.

Historic Inn Tour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tour maps at Dare County Arts Council), Live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Blue grass to Jazz to Classic Rock ‘n Roll), Boutiques and Restaurants open late, Enjoy family friendly activities, Famous rock climbing wall, Historical interpreters in period costumes and more. townofmanteo.com

*Downtown Manteo Christmas Parade
When:Saturday, Dec 3, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC

Winding through the streets of Manteo, the Christmas parade is a Manteo tradition. Local schools, charitable organizations, and business help spread the spirit of the season. townofmanteo.com

*Grand Illumination – The Elizabethan Gardens
When: Sat, December 3, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Kick off 19 nights of lights, seasonal and floral displays at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. This kick-off event will feature holiday foods and festive drink in the Embellished Hall and on the Great Lawn. Also featured are fire pits on the Great Lawn, where guests can enjoy the glow of the season. On this evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, offering 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Illuminations for Non-Members are $14 for adults; $9 for youth (ages 6-17); $6 for children (5 and under). Tickets for Friends’ are $10 for adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). Groups of 20 or more receive $1.00 off each ticket. www.elizabethangardens.org

*Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner, Hatteras village
When: December 6; 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hatteras Village Civic Center, 56658 NC 12, Hatteras

Connect with local, sustainably harvested seafood prepared by local chefs. Benefits Hatteras Island’s Food Pantry and Hatteras Island Meals. Reserve dinner ticket at (252) 995-4131 or e-mail ridgeroad@earthlink.net

*Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb
When: Saturday, December 10; 10am – 3pm
Where: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, NC

Free. All climbers are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they cannot be carried. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older). The climb is strenuous–the 248 steps to the top equal climbing a 12-story building. nps.gov/caha

*Holiday at the Museum
When: December 10
Where:The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 12 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy the holiday village and laugh at the animatronic dog and bear, see vintage Santa Claus displays and twinkling lights and a variety of ornamented trees. Relax with free soup and holiday cookies. If you bring a donation for the food bank, you will receive a 5% discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop and each shopper will be given a special holiday bag. Caroling and children’s activities will be in the education wing. Open the doors to the Burrus Couch Midgett Gallery and learn Hatteras Island history by viewing: the “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil War exhibit with pieces assembled from collections around the nation; the “Pirates, Scalawags, and Brigands” display with actual artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck; recognize some familiar names and faces and learn about the cultural implications of shipwrecks in “Ship Ashore” ; and even view actual pieces from the dining room table of the U.S.S. Monitor. All events and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages. On December 11th, don’t miss the Museum Reindeer Explorer in the Hatteras Village Parade. For more information call (252) 986-2995.

*Free Holiday Tours | The Whalehead Club
When: Sat, December 10, 3pm – 6pm
Free holiday tours of the Whalehead Club displaying traditional 1920s holiday decorations, complimentary hot chocolate on the porch. Singing of Christmas Carols and the simultaneous lighting of the Currituck Beach Light and the giant Cedar tree inside Currituck Heritage Park.

*Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

When: Sun. December 11; 2:00pm-6:00pm
The parade will begin at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continues through the village and ends at the Hatterasman Drive-In. Everyone is invited to the Civic Center after the parade for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winners.

*Dinner with Santa

When: Fri, December 16, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Celebrate the beginning of 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. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture wonderful family holiday photos. The Gardens will also have a professional photographer available to take photos which can then be purchased from the photographer’s website. Your ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm. Come experience holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Enjoy the spirit of the season, dinner and Santa! Friends’ tickets: $35 for Adults; $20 for children. Non-members tickets: $40 for Adults; $25 for children. www.elizabethangardens.org

*108th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
When: December 17
Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this milestone. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright’s first flight. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago. outerbanks.org

*WinterLights – Come See Santa

When: Friday, Dec 23, 2011
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Kids come see Santa before the big day. Admission to WinterLights is required. www.elizabethangardens.org

*WinterLights
When:Fri, December 23, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Come experience Holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Stroll through The Gardens and enjoy the spirit of the season. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse, Reception Hall and great Lawn. WinterLights is 18 nights of lights and floral displays at The Gardens! Each evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, which offer 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). www.elizabethangardens.org


11/16/11

Make Your Own Holiday Gifts At Indian Town Gallery!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner! Time to start thinking about what gifts to give to our loved ones. Indian Town Gallery in Frisco is offering a unique experience and opportunity to make your own holiday gifts during one of their four classes being offered all day Wednesday, November 23rd.

Make your own Christmas Cards with Vicky Lowe. The class is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Cost is $30 and materials are provided. Vicky will coach students to design and paint their own Christmas Card using watercolors. All skill levels are welcome!

Learn Glass Blowing with Phil Bickley. Classes are available all day November 23 and 24. They are half-an-hour long and cost $25. Make your own Christmas ornament or necklace pendant from scratch. Anyone would love to receive such a unique and thoughtful gift! Classes are taught outside and are dependent upon the weather.

Make Sea Glass Jewelry with Betty Kungle. Half hour classes run between 10:00am and noon. Cost is $15 per student and includes sea glass, wire and tools. You won’t believe how easy it is to wrap sea class and create a one of a kind gift!

Create a Sea Glass Necklace with Chris Cantwell. This advanced class is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Cost is $30. Students can bring their own beach finds to create a unique sea glass necklace using beading and wrapping techniques. Designing is a big part of this class.

For more information call 252-995-5181, or visit Indian Town Gallery’s website here.