01/14/14

Welcome to the new SurforSound.com

Surf or Sound Realty is pleased to announce the launch of our newly rebuilt website: www.surforsound.com. Since 1978, Surf or Sound Realty has offered premier family vacation rental homes to thousands of happy vacationers and homeowners. Now renting one of those vacation homes is easier than ever.

SurforSound.com

As one of the first vacation rental companies to offer real-time availability, and a few years’ later e-signature leases for seamless online booking confirmation, Surf or Sound Realty has once again positioned itself as an innovator in the vacation rental industry with its new website. It is loaded with a bevy of new features and functionality designed to provide an easy-to-use, interactive experience to discover, book, share, and enjoy the perfect Hatteras Island vacation home.

The new website provides a more robust search and real-time filtering tool for easily identifying the perfect home for your family vacation, supported by quick-photo-viewers, interactive floor plans, narrative descriptions, and satellite and road maps with integrated points of interest to help vacation planning. There is a new custom account area where guests can log-in to view saved beach bag collections, check the status of their reservations, make payments, and share details with friends and family.

The new surforsound.com was engineered by MMGY Global based in Kansas City, Missouri in close partnership with the marketing team at Surf or Sound Realty. “MMGY Global is a leader in tourism marketing and research and was the perfect partner for this redesign,” says Melvin Stone, President of Surf or Sound Realty. “We are convinced that this website with its ease of use and feature-rich functionality will become the leader in the vacation rental home industry.”

View a tour of the new website on Surf or Sound Realty’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/surforsound

Some notable features include:

      • Streamlined booking engine allows quick online reservations on one page including e-signature lease, flexible payment plans, and multiple payment methods – all making it as easy as possible for you to plan your vacation.
      • Enhanced search capability provides real-time filtering based upon various amenities including number of bedrooms, cost, features, date of stay, and location. Scroll through house photographs easily, without leaving the search results page.
      • A “Quick Quote Calculator” shows the final cost of the vacation home including tax, travel insurance, and optional add-ons. The calculator will also divide the cost per guest and per bedroom to enable guests to easily identify each group member’s cost.
      • Real-time interactive road and satellite overlay maps enable users to view vacation homes in proximity to the water, as well as show which restaurants, shops, and activities are nearby.
      • Log-in account area allows users to e-sign and print leases, view reservation details, request changes, make payments, and even invite other vacation party members to make their payments on the account – all easily online.
      • A new “Waitlist” feature enables guests to request notification in the event that an unconfirmed reservation becomes available.
      • Redesigned home overview pages feature more and larger images of the homes, interactive floor plans, guest ratings, narrative descriptions, amenities, and details.
      • Enhanced Beach Bag functionality enables users to save collections of favorite homes and share them with family members to vote and comment on their favorites.
      • PDF Mini-brochures are easy to download and print to share single or multiple vacation homes with family members.

Surf or Sound Realty, proudly in business for 35 years, manages an extensive portfolio of premier vacation homes on each of the seven charming villages of Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has two convenient office locations: 40974 NC Highway 12, Avon, North Carolina 27915 and 26204 Rampart Street, Salvo, North Carolina 27972. Surf or Sound Realty can be contacted via phone 1-800-237-1138 or email at rent@surforsound.com.

Follow us online at www.surforsound.com; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube at “surforsound”; Instagram at “surforsoundhatteras”; and LinkedIn at “Surf or Sound Realty” for the latest news from Surf or Sound Realty and our team of Hatteras Island vacation specialists.


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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02/7/13

Chowing Down on Hatteras Island in the Off-Season

The off-season is still a great time to visit Hatteras Island…Little to no traffic, secluded beaches, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of restaurants to offer up a heaping bowl of Hatteras Island Clam Chowder to warm your soul.

If you’re venturing to Hatteras Island during the month of February, we don’t want to leave you wondering if you’ll be able to enjoy a favorite meal at one of our quaint island establishments, so we’ve compiled a list for you to browse. Check out these restaurants while you’re on the island during the month of February and enjoy Hatteras-style dining any time of year!

In Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo, visit:
Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Open TUES.-SAT., Noon-8pm
Marilyn’s Deli (Located inside of Island Convenience), OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-3pm

In Avon, visit:
Oceana’s Bistro, Open EVERYDAY, 8am-9pm
Café 12, Open WED.-SUN., 11am-8pm
China Town, Open EVERYDAY, 10:30am-9:30pm
Gidget’s, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-8pm
La Fogota, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-9pm
Uglie Mugs Coffee, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-noon

In Buxton, visit:
Angelo’s Pizza, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-9pm
Hurricane Heather’s, Open WED.-SUN., 11:30am-9pm
Shipwreck Grill, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-3pm
Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Open, Call for hours – 995-5217
Pop’s, Open , Call for hours – 995-7734

In Frisco, visit:
Gingerbread House Pizza and Bakery, Open WED.-SAT., 4:30-8pm
Capt’n Rolo’s, Open TUES.-SAT., Open at 11am, LUNCH and DINNER

In Hatteras, visit:
Dancing Turtle Coffee, Open MON.-SAT., 6:30-noon
Hatterasman Drive-in, OPEN SUN.-THURS., 11am-3pm, FRI.&SAT., 11am-7pm
Saltwater Café, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-3pm
Sonny’s, OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-2pm


12/18/12

A holiday tradition…Hatteras Island Pone Bread

Sit down for a meal with a Hatteras Island resident this holiday season and you’ll likely be the lucky recipient of a true Island treat, Hatteras Island pone bread. Pone bread has been served in Island homes as long as any Island native can remember, due to the perfect blend of basic ingredients and a long shelf life. This is a recipe that has been passed down for generations and will continue to be a Hatteras Island “staple” during the holidays.

In the days before freezers and short hunting seasons, all the thrifty islanders had a barrel of salted wild fowl, which made an excellent stew, and its gravy was enjoyed over the pone bread. Any gravy is good with it, however, so choose your own favorite to serve with this Cape Hatteras tradition.
-Mrs. Rebecca Burrus

Hatteras Island pone bread is prepared the evening before and left to set overnight. It was originally cooked for hours over an open fire with hot coals on the lid, but can now be seen through the glass door of most ovens on Hatteras Island.

Hatteras Island pone bread keeps well, so be sure to prepare plenty to enjoy in the days ahead!

Traditional Hatteras Island Pone Bread

3 cups cornmeal
5 cups boiling water (1 more may be needed, if too thick)
2/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons shortening

• Scald cornmeal with boiling water in deep mixing bowl. Stir well and add salt, sugar, molasses and cold water. Blend in flour, mix well, cover, and let stand at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours.
• In a Dutch oven, a 3 qt. iron skillet, Pyrex, or other heavy baking pan, melt the shortening and pour in the batter. Bake uncovered for two hours at 375°F.
• Reduce oven temperature to 300°F and continue to bake for another hour, covered. If oven is not needed, turn it off and leave covered pan in for an hour or more longer.
• Slice and serve cold.

Indulge in a true Hatteras Island treat this holiday season!


11/19/12

What do you bring to the (Thanksgiving) table?

As Thanksgiving Day approaches here on Hatteras Island, we find many people making lists and checking them twice. There is the Thanksgiving Day meal list, the dinner guests list, the “who’s bringing what?” list, and the grocery list. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning of it all and run around like a “chicken turkey with your head cut off.”

Do you have a signature dish that everyone looks forward to year after year? If not, and you’re always left scrambling to come up with that perfect dish, look no farther…Oyster dressing proves to be a crowd pleaser time and time again.

Here’s how to make it…

yield: Makes 8 -10 servings or about 10 cups
prep time: 1 hr
total time: 2 hr

Ingredients:
• 2 loaves Italian or French bread (1 lb total), cut into 3/4-inch cubes (12 cups)
• 1/2 lb sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (if needed)
• 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
• 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
• 18 oysters, shucked, drained, and chopped (3/4 cup)
• 2 1/4 cups turkey giblet stock or low-sodium chicken broth

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Spread bread cubes in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden, 25 to 30 minutes total. Cool bread in pans on racks, then transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving fat in skillet.
If bacon renders less than 1/4 cup fat, add enough oil to skillet to total 1/4 cup fat. Cook onions, celery, thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper in fat in skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bread cubes, then stir in bacon, parsley, butter, and oysters. Drizzle with stock, then season with salt and pepper and toss well.
Transfer stuffing to a buttered 3- to 3 1/2-quart shallow baking dish. Bake, covered, in middle of oven 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until browned, about 30 minutes more.

Cooks’ note: Stuffing can be assembled (without oysters and not baked) 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature and stir in oysters before baking.

Next year, there will be no question as to what you bring to the (Thanksgiving) table!

Enjoy!


09/12/12

Let the festivities begin…Day at the Docks kicks off tomorrow!

We are happy to announce that this year’s Day at the Docks festivities will run for 4 days, starting tomorrow, September 13th. Join us to celebrate the spirit of Hatteras and to honor the heritage and living traditions of local watermen!

This year’s event kicks off on Thursday at 4pm at The Seaside Inn in Hatteras with a free public forum, “Talk of the Villages: Fishermen, Fish, Food, and Livelihood.”

On Friday morning, September 14th at 11am, join the National Weather Service from Newport, NC, Dare County, and the Island Free Press for a Hurricane Awareness Town Hall Meeting at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Wind down and gear up for a plethora of Saturday activities by heading down Hwy 12 to Lee Robinson’s General Store for “Taste of NC.” Starting at 4pm, this event will feature tastings of North Carolina wine, beer, and seafood, along with talks from local authors and live music by Banjo Island.

Saturday is a BIG Day at the Docks! The docks of Hatteras village will be teeming with activities and events starting at 10am. Activities for the day include a concrete marlin competition, a survival suit race, and a net hanging competition showcasing this time-honored skill. There will also be several activities and events geared specifically towards children, such as designing a fish print t-shirt, crab races, and a fishing contest. There will also be musicians, poets, and authors performing throughout the day around the docks, as well as free skin cancer screening sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Be sure to stop by The Gazebo at Village Marina from 10am-3pm to catch a few local seafood demonstrations and then head on over to the Chowder Cook-off sponsored by the HICF. At 3pm, claim a spot at the Willis Boat Landing main stage to watch two of Hatteras Island’s most popular restaurants and their chefs go head-to-head in an hour long competition to prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed just as the competition gets underway! There will be an awards ceremony at 4:30pm, followed by the boat parade at 6pm and the solemn Blessing of the Fleet.

Be sure to join in the fun at the Hatteras Village Community Building at 8pm by dancing the night away on the “lawn” in true Hatteras fashion.

On Sunday, September 16th, head over to The Seaside Inn at 1pm for shrimp ‘n’ grits and then head out on the water to culminate a great weekend of celebrating our watermen and their generous contributions to our fragile, island community.

Click here for a full schedule of events!


08/22/12

Calling all Chowder Cook-off Contestants

The time is near to perfect your Hatteras Clam Chowder recipe! The 6th Annual Chowder Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, September 15 during the Day at the Docks festivities in Hatteras. Everyone is invited to enter! The registration fee is a $50 tax deductible donation to the local watermen’s association and the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

What exactly is Hatteras Clam Chowder, you might ask? Well, it’s simple and delicious. There is no other soup that says “HatterasIsland” like Hatteras Clam Chowder. “True” Hatteras Clam Chowder is composed of just a few fresh ingredients…clams, potatoes, onion, and bacon.

Try your hand at Hatteras Clam Chowder and be the next registrant in the Chowder Cook-off!

BASIC HATTERAS CLAM CHOWDER

4 cups of shucked clams and juice (about 24 chowder clams)
3 cups of diced potatoes
2 cups of diced onions
1 cup of water
6 pieces of bacon f(ried and grease rendered)

Chop clams, drain the juice, and save it. In a large pot, add water, clam juice, potatoes, onions and grease. Bring to a boil until potatoes are tender. Add chopped clams and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves about 6.

If you don’t have fresh shucked clams handy, canned clams and juice (about 2 cans) can be substituted in a pinch.

**If you’d like to reinvent your own version of Hatteras Clam Chowder, a few popular additions are parsley, green onion, celery and carrots.

If time is not on your side, and you can’t seem to get this dynamic and delicious chowder off of your mind, visit one of our local restaurants for a taste.

Be sure to head down to Day at the Docks on September 15th, to serve your version of Hatteras Clam Chowder or be the judge of many fabulous takes on the original!

See you there!


08/8/12

Fish House Restaurant

There are many great places to eat on Hatteras Island, however there is one little gem tucked neatly along the Buxton Harbor that has a story to tell, with excellent eats and a great sunset to boot!

“The Fish House has had a long history here at Buxton Harbor. It was originally, as the name implies, a fish house. A place where commercial fishermen unloaded their catch to be packed and shipped. The floors were slanted (and still are today) to allow excess water to drain away from the fish boxes. After the fish house closed, the building became a restaurant, known to several generations of Hatteras Island locals and visitors for its fine, fresh seafood. Today, children who first ate at the restaurant with their parents decades ago are bringing their own children to enjoy both the seafood and the harbor.”
Open EVERYDAY @ 5pm…


08/1/12

Lowcountry Boil…It's what's for dinner!

It’s a warm summer night, you’re surrounded by a multitude of friends and family, and everyone is ready to eat! What could you possibly prepare that would not only feed, but satisfy the large group of people you are entertaining, while still allowing you to enjoy their company?
How about a Lowcountry boil?
Originally called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder, was the result of National Guardsman, Richard Gay needing to feed a group of 100 hungry soldiers. Gay used his family’s recipe, which was later named by the soldiers after Gay’s hometown of Frogmore, South Carolina.
A Lowcountry boil consists of a few simple, yet superb ingredients…shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn-on-the-cob. Nontraditional Lowcountry boil items can also be added, such as clams and crab legs.
Grab a stockpot and get started! While the pot is boiling, be sure to set your table with newspaper (to cover your table top), cocktail sauce, and melted butter set aside for dipping.
Lowcountry Boil
4 pounds small red potatoes
5 quarts water
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1˝-inch pieces
6 ears of corn, halved
4 pounds large fresh shrimp (peeled and deveined optional)
Add potatoes to large pot and then add 5 quarts water and seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 5 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and return to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain. Serve with cocktail sauce.
Serves 12
(Recipe courtesy of Coastal Living magazine)
**The rule of thumb is the larger the crowd, the larger the pot!
***If you are staying in the tri-villages, head on over to Austin’s South Island Seafood in Rodanthe for delicious fresh shrimp or Risky Business Seafood on the south end of the island. There are a few produce stands located along Hwy 12, as well for hand selecting the perfect ears of corn for your feast.
ENJOY!


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 ˝ 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