08/12/13

Hatteras Site Added to National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

A site on Hatteras Island, which served as a safe haven for hundreds of runaway slaves during the Civil War, has been added to the National Park Services’ Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Hotel De Afrique housed freed slaves from North and South Carolina during the period of 1861 and 1865 after the Union forces defeated the Confederate forces at Hatteras Inlet and at Forts Clark and Hatteras. The freed slaves helped Union forces build ships and fortify forts in exchange for housing and food. The original site of Hotel De Afrique has disappeared due to erosion and flooding.

A monument commemorating Hotel De Afrique and Hatteras’ participation in the National Underground Railroad was dedicated in late July during a ceremony held at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. The monument is located at the entrance to the museum.

Remember to include a visit to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum while you are here. The museum offers a unique view of Hatteras’ maritime and Civil war history. For information on the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, click here or call 252-986-2995.


03/25/13

Coming Soon to a Village Near You! Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Exciting plans are underway to open the first phase of the Hatteras Island Ocean Center this Spring in the former Beacon Shops located on NC Hwy 12 in Hatteras Village. The first phase of this multi-year project includes an interactive information and education center, as well as wetland trails for exploring the unique ecology of Hatteras Island. This series of noninvasive trails will lead to a launching area for kayaks and paddleboards at trail’s end.

The Ocean Center headquarters will house exhibits on the varied components of Hatteras Island’s ecosystem. These interactive exhibits will focus on marine life, shipwrecks, weather, shellfish, salt marsh ecology, and of course, sea turtles! As you enter the Center, a “larger than life” screen will display the underwater photography of local artist, Russell Blackwood. Next, head to the exhibit on sea turtles which will include a machine that simulates x-rays and probes, allowing visitors to learn about the biology of sea turtles while making the connection between sea turtle maladies and the environment’s impact. In addition to playing “Sea Turtle Veterinarian,” visitors will have an opportunity to learn about nesting habits and rehabilitation procedures for the sea turtles of Hatteras Island. From there, visitors can explore a fishing exhibit set up in conjunction with the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and Captain Ernie Foster of the Albatross Fleet. This exhibit will focus mainly on charter and commercial fishing, with the addition of beach and pier fishing in the future. As you make your way back around to the entrance, take a minute to check out the interactive whiteboard with daily updates on weather, tides, and island happenings. If you’d like to enjoy a Hatteras Island Ocean Center souvenir, choose from a few Ocean Center choice goods and be on your way to explore the wetland trails!

The second phase of the Hatteras Island Ocean Center will include a state-of-the-art pier and pier house located on NC Hwy 12 in the same vicinity as the former General Mitchell Motel in Hatteras Village. The pier house is expected to include a restaurant, other food vendors, a covered playground, an arcade, a public bathhouse, tackle shop, equipment rental, indoor and outdoor exhibits, classrooms, research areas, and a wildlife rehabilitation area. This phase is still in the very beginning stages as funding is being pursued.

Stay tuned for updates and make plans to stop by the Hatteras Island Ocean Center on your next visit to Hatteras Island! Visit www.hioceancenter.org or follow them on Facebook


03/18/13

Easter Weekend on the Outer Banks

March 23-30th
Sea Turtle Egg Hunt, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
Children will take part in a sea turtle program, come face to face with a young 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. $10, limit 25 participants. For ages 3-7. March 23 at 10:00 and March 30 at 9:30 & 11:00. Click here to reserve a spot!

March 26th
Paint a Beach Scene on ceramic for ages 7 and up, 4pm, Studio 12, Avon.
Carolyn will walk you through step by step on how to paint a beautiful beach scene on ceramics with glazes. $15 plus pottery ranging from $15 to $32. Click here to register.

March 27th
Glass Fusion Jewelry for ages 9 and up, 4pm, Studio 12, Avon.
Choose colorful eye popping jewels such rings, earrings or pendants. Class is $26 and includes all materials. Students can make more than one item for additional charge. Click here to register.

March 29th
10 Year Anniversary Party, 3-6pm, Studio 12, Avon.

Easter Arts & Crafts Show, Indian Town Gallery, 10am-5pm, Frisco.

March 29-30th
Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza, Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head.
Kick off the 2013 season with Kitty Hawk Kites! The Kite Festival will take place on both Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the largest living sand dune on the East Coast! Enjoy fresh spring air, high flying kites, and all around fun on the dunes. The Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Shopping Center, across the street from the Kite Festival. The Easter Egg Hunts start at 11am on both Friday and Saturday. The hunts will be broken down by age groups: 6 & under and 7& up. Stick around for a picture with the Easter Bunny from 12:00-1:00pm. Both events are FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

March 30th
Easter Eggstravaganza, Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo.
From 10am-2pm, participate in an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger 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.

Easter Eggstravaganza, Frisco Mini Golf and Go Karts, 1pm.

March 31th
Easter sunrise services at Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site, Avon Pier, and the former Lighthouse site in Buxton at 6:30am.

April 1st
7th Annual Hoppin’ Easter Egg Hunt, 11am-2pm, Avon.

Chicamacomoico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum OPENS for 2013 Season!


02/24/13

Stroll Down Memory Lane at the Outer Banks History Center

Located in Manteo within the Roanoke Island Festival Park complex is the Outer Banks History Center, a true gem for anyone who reserves a special place in their heart for the Outer Banks. The center came to fruition in 1986 when local writer and historian, David Stick, author of Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast and several other works, donated his personal library and research materials to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The History Center is home to many collections including manuscripts, maps, photographs, books, personal and organizational papers, natural history, environmental sciences and so much more. Spend a day in the reading and reference room of the center where you have access to several worktables, an online catalog, audio-visual equipment, a microfilm reader-printer, and a photocopier. Each year the center responds to thousands of research requests from the general public to national media outlets, such as the History Channel, so contact them today!

During your upcoming vacation, make plans to attend the exhibit, “Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination,” starting March 1st and running through October 14th!

The History Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm (excluding state holidays and weather emergencies) and be sure to visit the Outer Banks History Center Gallery 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. (Check with Roanoke Island Festival Park for up-to-date information and hours concerning the gallery).

Visit the Outer Banks History Center for a true understanding of the Outer Banks culture and its people!


11/26/12

December Events on Hatteras Island

The holidays are upon us and there’s plenty of cheer to go around, so grab your friends and family and head out to a few festive events on Hatteras Island!

Saturday, December 8
CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE WINTER CLIMB, 10am to 3pm in Buxton.
• Free admission. Climbers must be at least 42 inches tall and must be able to climb on their own. There are 257 steps to the top, which is the equivalent of a 12-story building.

ART SHOW, Hatteras Village Civic Center.
• Tackle that shopping list by supporting local artists.

GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC MUSEUM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, 12 to 5pm in Hatteras.
• Enjoy an afternoon of exhibits, live music, activities for children, and refreshments.

HATTERAS VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARADE
• Parade starts at 2pm at Teach’s Lair Marina and will continue up Hwy 12 to the Hatterasman Drive-in. After the parade, join everyone at the Hatteras firehouse for cookies, hot cocoa, and an announcement of the winning floats!

CAPE HATTERAS SECONDARY SCHOOL 6TH GRADE CHRISTMAS PARTY, Hatteras Community Building.
• Enjoy great food and live music all for a good cause! Join the 6th grade class following the parade in support of their efforts for a awesome end-of-the-school-year trip…

For more holiday events on the Outer Banks, check out our calendar


11/16/12

Thanksgiving week on Hatteras Island…the what, when, and where of it all!

If you’re here on Hatteras Island for Thanksgiving week, there are several fun events planned! Check out our compilation…
We look forward to seeing you around the villages! Enjoy your stay and Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17
HATTERAS ISLAND INDOOR COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, 12-4pm at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton.
• Food, live entertainment, and games brought to you by the Cape Hatteras Secondary and Elementary School PTA.
Sunday, November 18
Nothing planned? It’s a great time of year to go beachcombing or fishing!
Monday, November 19
THANKS FOR GIVING YOGA, 5:30 at Klub Koru, Avon.
• Class is free. Please bring a cash or food donation for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Tuesday, November 20
GLASS FUSION SUNCATCHER CLASS, 10am at Studio 12, Avon.
• Ages 6 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
REAL WATERSPORTS BLACK FRIDAY SALE, 9am-6pm.
• Sale kicks-off Tuesday and runs through Sunday.
Wednesday, November 21
GLASS FUSION JEWELRY CLASS, 10am at Studio 12, Avon.
• Ages 9 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING, 5:30pm at Lee Robinson’s General Store, Hatteras.
BLUEGRASS JAM, 7pm at Red Drum Pottery, Frisco.
• $5 admission. Drinks and refreshments will be served during intermission.
Thursday, November 22
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
SURFIN’ TURKEY 5K and DRUMSTICK DASH, Hatteras village.
• 5k starts at Hatteras Village Civic Center at 8am and loops around Hatteras village. On-site registration will be available from 7-7:30am the day of the race and includes a goody bag, t-shirt, and post race celebration. $30 for 5k and $15 for Drumstick Dash (1 mile).
• TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING BUFFET from 11am-6pm at Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Rodanthe.
Friday, November 23
GLASS FUSION JEWELRY CLASS, 10am at Studio 12, Avon.
• Ages 9 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
VISIT WITH SANTA, 1-3pm at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum, Rodanthe.
• Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy free admission to the 1911 Station. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
WINE DOWN, 5-8pm, Indian Town Gallery, Frisco.
• A relaxing evening of browsing the gallery, visiting with locals and visitors, sipping on a glass of wine, and enjoying live music by Jessie.
Saturday, November 24
HATTERAS ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFT GUILD WINTER SHOW, 10am-4pm at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

OTHER ADVENTURES
Hatteras Island Horseback Riding…252-216-9191
Equine Adventures…252-995-4897
Rodanthe Pier (Avon Pier is CLOSED)…Currently, 7am-6pm. Call before you head out…252-987-0030.

SHOP LOCAL! There will be many shops open throughout the week on Hatteras Island, offering unbeatable sales and discounts…Listed below are just a few specified Black Friday deals, but rest assured there will be many deals along Hwy 12!
BLACK FRIDAY SALES:
KLUB KORU, 6am-8pm.
REAL WATERSPORTS, 9am-6pm.
LEE ROBINSON’S GENERAL STORE, 8am-8pm.

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN (call for hours):
Tri-Villages
Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar
Leonardo’s Pizza
Waves Market and Deli
Boardwok South, Tues.-Sat. @ 5pm
StingWray’s, Wed.-Sun.

Avon
Ketch 55, Wed.-Sat.
Nino’s Pizza, Tues.-Sun.
Burger Burger, Lunch only
Oceana’s Bistro
Café 12
Gidget’s
LaFogota Mexican Restaurant

Buxton
Shipwreck
Diamond Shoals, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Angelo’s Pizza
Hurricane Heather’s
Orange Blossom Bakery, Fri.-Sun.
Pop’s Family Restaurant

Frisco
Capt’n Rolo’s
Frisco Sandwich Co., Wed.-Sat. @ 11am
Gingerbread House Pizza, Wed.-Sat. @ 4:30-8:30

Hatteras
Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop, Mon.-Sat., 6:30-12pm
Dinky’s, Thurs.-Sat. @ 5pm
The Wreck
Hatterasman Drive-in
Sonny’s Restaurant


10/22/12

U. S. Coast Guard to perform Historic Breeches Buoy Reenactment

This Thursday, October 25 at 2pm, the USCG will perform the Historic Breeches Buoy Reenactment in a special post-season beach apparatus drill. The demonstration will be held at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Museum in Rodanthe and will begin promptly at 2pm. Please allow plenty of time to park, get tickets, and get to the program start area. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors (62+) or youth (6-17).

For more information, call 252-987-1552.


10/3/12

United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration

On Monday, October 8th at 11am, you are invited to become a spectator at a dramatic, awe-inspiring U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, right here on Hatteras Island. This impressive demonstration will be performed on the Chicamacomico beach in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5, by U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Come watch as these remarkable men and women carry out this exciting demonstration using a 47 ft. motor lifeboat, accompanied by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
Tickets are $5 and include a self-guided tour of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum.


10/2/12

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closes on Oct. 8th for the 2012 season

Columbus Day, October 8th, will mark the last day to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for the 2012 season. Tickets can be purchased on site the day of the climb, starting at 8:15am. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for senior citizens (62 or older), children (11 and under and at least 42″ tall), and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass. This time of year, climbs are made every 10 minutes between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm.

Be sure to come prepared! The climb to the top consists of 248 spiral stairs, which is the equivalent of a 12 story building.

“Built in 1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. These powerful current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called the Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic“‘. -NPS

Join one of 120,000 people to date who have climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this year!

*The lighthouse will reopen for the 2013 season on Friday, April 19th.


09/25/12

Frisco Native American Museum participates in Museum Day 2012


Celebrate a day of learning in the heart of Frisco, NC on Saturday, September 29th! Frisco Native American Museum is proud to join Smithsonian magazine in celebrating the 8th Annual Museum Day! On this day, selected museums and cultural institutions open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors.

The Museum Day admission card has been printed in the September 2012 issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is also available on Smithsonian.com. The card must be presented in order to enter free of charge at participating museums and cultural institutions.

Spend the day browsing interesting exhibits at the Frisco Native American Museum, then hit the nature trail at the museum to experience and enjoy the maritime forest.

If you’re unable to make it to Frisco on Saturday, be sure to stop by on your next trip the island. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm. Visit them on the web at or call (252)995-4440 for more information.