09/19/11

NPS Offers Special Programs to Hatteras Island Kids

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists

Hatteras Island is a great place to grow up–beaches, fishing, sea turtles, pirates, shipwrecks, surfing, and, yes, even hurricanes. As a special post-Irene Hatteras Island event, the National Park Service is offering all Hatteras Island kids and their families the opportunity to learn and experience more about this unique barrier island that they call home.

Designed for the children of Hatteras Island, the Especially for Hatteras Island Kids interactive programs are crafted to add to the island youths’ recognition of the many different natural and cultural resources and stories of our nation’s first national seashore.

Join a park ranger for Especially for Hatteras Island Kids programs Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 30th at 4 p.m. daily and additionally at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the pavilion on the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. All Especially for Hatteras Island Kids programs are free to Hatteras Island kids and their families!

For more information, call the Buxton Visitor Center at 252-995-4474.


08/24/11

Dare County Orders Evacuation of All Visitors – Hurricane Irene Update 8/24: 7:13PM

The Dare County Control Group has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all visitors throughout all of Dare County effective 8:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25.

All visitors are urged to make preparations and leave the area. Dare County Emergency Management urges visitors to take all personal belongings with them during evacuation. Other preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com

Although the mandatory evacuation order is for all Dare County visitors, residents are advised to take proper precautions and make general storm preparations. This effort should include securing all loose items outdoors. Monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Thursday, August 25 after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center. Further evacuations should be anticipated as Irene moves closer to the Outer Banks.

At this time there are no new reentry stickers being issued. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may use a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.

A high rip current risk remains in effect, through Thursday evening, south of Rodanthe, NC.

All NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, closed at noon today and the reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks closed at noon today and the Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today and then will remain closed until further notice.
Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach closed at 5:00 p.m. today until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closed at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches are closed to off-road vehicles and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Nags Head will collect ALL residential trash on Friday, August 26. There will be will no residential or commercial trash collection on Saturday, August 27. The recycling trailers located at Nags Head Town Hall and at the Huron Street public beach access will be not be available until after Hurricane Irene has passed. All commercial recycling is suspended until after the storm. The bulk item/brush drop off yard located across from Nags Head Public Works will be closed Saturday, August 27.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

Hurricane Irene Update 8/24 – 3:00 PM

Dare County Activates the Joint Information Section

The Dare County Control Group has activated the Joint Information Section (JIS) in preparation for Hurricane Irene. All information regarding local government agencies in Dare County will be released through this source effective today.

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring reports from the National Hurricane Center and plans are in place to handle whatever contingency may arise. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet later today, after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center, to further assess the situation and take whatever action is necessary to assure public safety. Although Hyde County has issued an evacuation order for Ocracoke, there have been no evacuation orders issued, at this time, for any portion of Dare County.

Residents and visitors should now be making general storm preparations. This effort should include securing property and making contingency plans for evacuation, in the event an evacuation is ordered. Predetermining a destination is recommended. If an evacuation is ordered, consider calling ahead to make arrangements. During storm events, there are no emergency shelters operated in Dare County. North Carolina Emergency Management will operate shelters elsewhere and information will be announced later as it is made available.

The Ferry Division of NCDOT is assisting with the evacuation of Ocracoke Island running regular departure times from Ocracoke to Hatteras on a first-come, first-serve basis. All other ferry routes will continue to operate normal schedules until such time as they are required to tie up vessels for safety.

Rip current hazards are at a high risk in southern portions of Dare County including Hatteras Island. Wind and wave conditions at this time support a dangerous rip current advisory and are life threatening to anyone entering the surf.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Duck Emergency Operations Team has met and is preparing for the event.

The Town of Nags Head is watching Hurricane Irene closely. At this point, there are no changes to operating hours or Town services.

Contractors are reminded by the Dare County Planning Department to secure all loose materials at job sites.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

NC DOT Plans For Likely Closure of N.C. 12

The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks.

DOT spokeswoman Nicole Meister said Wednesday that workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as it is safe for crews to work. The island highway is routinely covered with water and sand during big storms.

Immediately after the storm, workers will inspect the aging Bonner Bridge. The two-lane span is the only link to the mainland for Outer Banks residents. Meister says the bridge will not be opened unless engineers are sure it is safe.

Ferries will be standing by to handle vehicle traffic if the road remains closed following the hurricane.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

National Park Service Visitor Centers, Campgrounds and Beach Closures Due to Threat of Hurricane Irene

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Friday, August 26, 2011 with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

In preparation for the storm, Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th; all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/23/11

Surf or Sound Realty Teams Up With Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project

It’s no wonder so many people choose Hatteras Island as their vacation destination of choice. The beautiful weather, the gorgeous beaches, and the laid back, easy going attitude all of the locals seem to share.

When a couple of locals decided they wanted to start the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project, it came as no surprise to us that they would want to share the island’s natural beauty with those that have been wounded while fighting for our country’s freedom.

Kevin McCabe of Buxton and John McGee of Frisco are sons of Marines and founders of the project. They are working with the Military Order of The Purple Heart and the Wounded Warriors-Battalion East, both out of Camp LeJeune, NC. WWBn-E focuses on caring for and helping wounded Marines and Sailors.

The Wounded Warriors Vacation Project relies on donations from the community to give the selected service men or women and their families a relaxing vacation on Hatteras Island with little or no out-of-pocket expenses. Gift cards and certificates have been donated to everything from restaurants and grocery stores, to gas, fishing trips, parks, lighthouse climbs, parasailing, horseback riding, and air tours.

One of Surf or Sound Realty’s homeowners graciously donated a week’s stay at their condo, making it possible for David Donchess and his wife, Kim, to enjoy a much needed vacation at the beach. David is a Marine, stationed at

David and Kim Donchess

David and Kim Donchess

Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune , NC. He heard about the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project through his chain of command at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and was chosen as a recipient for a vacation this week.

David was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. He has traumatic brain injury, injuries to his knees and right hip, shrapnel to his back, amongst other injuries. David knew from age twelve, after September 11th, 2001, that he wanted to join the military. “I wanted to serve my country and felt the military was the best way I could contribute. I chose the Marine Corps specifically because my uncle Bill is a former Marine and I very much respect and admire him as a man,” said David.

David met his wife, Kim, online and the pair married this past January. They are both excited for their vacation on Hatteras Island and extremely humbled at the generosity the local community has shown them. They can’t wait to explore the island, do some fishing and learn about the local history. David added, “We are also looking forward to some much needed R&R and being able to spend uninterrupted time together.”

For more WW Vacation Project information, call John McGee at (252) 995-2924 or Kevin McCabe at (252) 995-4788. You can also email them at kmbythesea@charter.net.

A BBQ Dinner Fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project is taking place Thursday, August 25th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Buxton Fire House. For more information on the event, check out our Facebook page.

Donations are always accepted to make more vacations for wounded vets like David possible. You can make donations by check or money order only to Military Order of the Purple Heart. Please write on the memo line: for WW-Hatteras Vacation Fund. Send checks to WW-Hatteras, P.O. Box 431, Frisco, NC 27936. Make gift certificates to Purple Heart Recipient.


08/17/11

Flags Over Hatteras – Civil War Sesquicentennial on Hatteras Island and Events for the Week of Aug. 20-Aug.27

Surf or Sound Realty is a proud sponsor of the “Flags Over Hatteras” Sesquicentennial Event on Hatteras Island, happening August 22nd through August 28th.

This 150th anniversary will commemorate the events that occurred on Hatteras Island in August of 1861.

While visiting Hatteras Island, make sure you stop by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and check out the Civil War Exhibit! The special exhibit “Flags Over Hatteras” is open to the public and free of charge.

Here are the detailst:

Exhibit open’s August 22, 2011 – July 31, 2012
Museum Hours: April – October
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
November – March
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This exhibit will feature items and documents spanning from across our country that is related to Eastern North Carolina activities and actions during 1861. The exhibit is focused around the Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, Aug. 28-29,1861 and will also explore “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Races” in October of the same year.

Three events are scheduled throughout the week:
1. The Blue-Gray Reunion – August 22-August 24, 2011
2. The Civil War Conference – August 25-August 27, 2011
3. Living History Programs – August 27-August 28, 2011

The Blue-Gray Reunion is by invitation only to descendants of soldiers who participated in the battles from August-October, 1861. It’s a great way to meet the ancestors of the soldiers. Descendents will be sharing stories, photos, journals, etc. Lots of activities are planned and speakers and Civil War music will be provided. There is no charge or fee for this event but they do require you to register by mail or email here.

The Civil War Conference will feature three nationally known authors and historians: James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig Symonds. Stick around after dinner and listen to one of them give their talk each evening at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras. Attendance is open to the public, but limited to about 250 attendees. The registration fee is $175 which includes 3 dinners, 3 nationally known speakers, refreshments, additional speakers and power point presentations, Civil War exhibits, collections, ‘Living History’ programs, Civil War music and ‘Monument Dedication’.

Living History Programs are scheduled to be held at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Saturday, August 27th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, August 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The programs will feature re-enactors of the regiments involved in the action at Hatteras Inlet in August of 1861. The re-enactors will present artillery demonstrations, encampments, drills and period music. In addition, a civil war era’ Ladies Fashion’ show will be presented as well as a Civil War era Battery forge. These programs are free of charge and are open to the public.

For a complete schedule of programs and events, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to step back in time and enjoy this educational experience! It’s not too late to take a last minute vacation this summer with Great Savings! Book your Hatteras Island Vacation home for the week of August 20th today!

Check out these other fun events happening the week of August 20th:

Saturday, Aug 20 & 27
Hatteras Village Fish Fry
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hatteras village Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children. Carry-out is available. Come out and enjoy a little bit of island life as you feast on fresh fish and all the fixin’s – Hatteras Island’s best traditional summer dinner!

Tuesday Aug 23
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites
2 locations and times: 10am -12pm in Hatteras Village -at Hatteras Landing Shops, next to the ferry and 4pm – 6pm in Avon village. Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games.

Wednesday Aug 24
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites
4pm -7pm at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Rodanthe at Waves Village. Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games.

Aug 23- 25
REAL Kids Camp
Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: REAL Watersports in Waves village.
Get your son or daughter into the water in a safe and positive instructional environment with the REAL Kids Camp! Let the coaches at REAL show your kids the ropes in and around the water. Surfing, Kiteboarding, Standup Paddleboarding and more. Ages 7-12. Call for information: (866)REAL-548 | (252)987-6000.

FREE Kona Summer Concert Series at REAL Watersports.
Monday, August 22 – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, August 25 – MOJO COLLINS
Concerts are family friendly and all ages are welcome! The concert location and waterfront views are unbelievable with epic sunsets and exciting kiteboarding action right at the water’s edge. You can sit at tables near the band, enjoy a draft Kona Beer at the bar at MOJOs Sunset Cafe, or enjoy the Bermuda grass lawn area on a beach blanket or chair. This is the best way to wrap up any day in Cape Hatteras! All shows are FREE and OPEN to the public.

SUMMER PROGRAMS ON HATTERAS ISLAND

The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station and the National Park Service offer Daily Summer Programs. Below are some fun events for you to check out during your Hatteras Island vacation!

WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN… Evening events on Hatteras Island offered by the Park Service

Tuesday Aug 23

Evening Campfire
Time: 8:00pm. Location: Buxton Lifeguarded Beach. -Spend an evening under the stars hearing stories of the Outer Banks. Topics may include shipwrecks, pirates, sea life, and legends. Bring a beach chair, a blanket, flashlight, and bug spray.

Wednesday Aug 24
Night Lights
Time: 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a short walk to search the tide line for glowing marine plankton and the sky for planets and constellations. Find out why protecting the dark is valuable to both people and wildlife.

Thursday Aug 25
Night Climb
Time: 8pm and 9pm. Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Enjoy a guided tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. ..at NIGHT! You will need to pre-purchase Night Climb tickets in person between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the lighthouse ticket booth Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the week you intend to climb. Each program is limited to 30 participants and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are non-refundable and children must be at least 42″ tall. Bring a flashlight!

The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station Summer Programs
Time: All programs are at 2pm
Location: Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station – 23645 NC Highway 12, or Milepost 39 ½ (Programs are outdoors and thus weather dependent. Programs are free with Regular Site Admission Fee)

Monday Aug 22
Nights in Rodanthe the Movie — Behind the Scenes
Nearly all exterior scenes were actually filmed right here in Rodanthe, where Chicamacomico is located. Site Operations Manager, Linda Molloy, was cast as Jill Torrelson opposite Richard Gere in a brief but pivotal role. Come get the scoop! Linda will autograph and personalize your book and DVD purchases here for a truly unique vacation souvenir.

Tuesday Aug 23

America’s Forgotten Heroes
Discover the forgotten yet fascinating history of the United States Life-Saving Service, the original “Storm Warriors” who were the predecessors of today’s U.S. Coast Guard… Absorb the unbelievable details of actual rescues done here, especially the dramatic SS Mirlo story- the most highly awarded maritime rescue in U.S. history, right here!

Wednesday Aug 24

The Real Taffy Of Torpedo Junction
This fictional novel tells the daring antics of an independent young teenager living on Hatteras Island during World War II. ‘Taffy” was based on the real-life Carol Dillon, Hatteras Island native. She will enthrall you with her stories of what was fiction and what was not.

Thursday Aug 25
Beach Apparatus Drill
The U.S. Life-Saving Service required all stations to practice this rescue method weekly. Chicamacomico is now one of only two places in the country– and the ONLY one to be performed by active-duty US Coast Guard personnel–that performs the complete Drill. It is recommended to arrive by 1:30.

Friday Aug 26
What Really Happened to “The Lost Colony”?
Where did they go? Right here on Hatteras Island, where they actually first started. Scott Dawson’s compelling delivery will have you spellbound. Documentation & evidence abound.

FREE Park Service Events:
The Cape Hatteras National Park offers FREE Hatteras Island events for the family and kids of all ages.

Daily in the Summer:
Sentinel of the Shore
Time: Daily 12:00pm to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 2:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Learn about the rich history of, and future plans for, the park’s majestic lighthouses.

Daily in the Summer
Hatteras Island – Pirates!

Time: Daily from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -In the 1700’s, pirates frequently visited the Outer Banks. Find out why the area was so attractive to pirates and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
National Park Service Program: Especially for Kids
Time: 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This program offers hands-on activities that allow kids to have fun learning about the seashore. Check at the visitor center to learn the topic of the day. Free for all ages.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Hatteras Island – Soundside Snorkeling
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -It’s not the Caribbean, but the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound are home to an array of small fish, shrimp, and crabs. Limited to 20 participants.

Monday, Wednesday ,Friday
Civil War on the Outer Banks
Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a view of the Outer Banks’ role in the Civil War!

Tuesday
Old Days at the Weather Station
Time: 3:30pm to 4:15pm. Location: Hatteras U.S. Weather Bureau Station, in the heart of Hatteras Village. -Join this tour of the restored Hatteras Weather Bureau Station and hear about the villagers who worked there during both tranquil and stormy times.

Tuesday & Thursday
Graveyard of the Atlantic
Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Countless ships have met their end off the Outer Banks. Learn how storms, shoals, war, and commerce have contributed to the wreckage, and hear stories of those who risked their lives to save the victims.

Wednesday Programs:
Explore the Shore: Beach Walk
Time: 8:00am to 9:00am. Location: Old Lighthouse site parking lot
Enjoy an early morning ranger-led walk across the undeveloped ocean beaches of Hatteras Island. Learn about this changing shoreline and the plants and animals that make this dynamic environment their home.

Cast Netting
Time: 9:30am. Location: Pre-register at the Hatteras Island Museum at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Casting a net from shore is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Give it a try or just come to observe the action. You’re welcome to bring your own cast net. Wear wading shoes. Limited to 25 participants.

Seashore Arts
Time: 11:00am to 11:30am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Get in touch with your artistic side and create a lasting memory of the seashore! Bring a cotton t-shirt or pillow case to create a seashore-inspired masterpiece. Limited to 16 participants.

Thursday
Coast Guard Station Tour
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor, the U.S. Life-Saving Service, have a long and heroic history on the Outer Banks. Sign up today and enjoy a unique tour of an active U.S. Coast Guard Station. Limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday, Aug 24 & Friday Aug 26

Pea Island Family Canoe Tour
10am – 12 noon. Designed especially for kids and others who want to explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. This tour includes hands-on exploration. Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended – footwear required. (2 hours); $25 per person ($15 for children, 12 years and under). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call 252-216-9464. Meet at New Inlet; 3 miles south of Visitor Center

Thursday, Aug 25
Pea Island Canoe Tour
9am – 12 noon. Visit the quiet side of Pea Island. Explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. Learn about the natural history of the area. Look for birds, crabs, terrapins, skates, and more! Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. (3 hours); $35 per person ($20 for children, 12 years and under). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call 252-216-9464. Meet at New Inlet; 3 miles south of Visitor Center


08/4/11

Chicamacomico's Centennial Celebration Trifecta on Hatteras Island

“Honoring Our Heroes – Preserving Our Past.” That’s the motto at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Today, August 4th, 2011, the 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (located at MP 39.5 in Rodanthe) will celebrate their centennial with a trifecta of events to be remembered for another one hundred years!

Three celebrations take place today:
The 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Centennial
The 6th Annual National Heroes Day
National Coast Guard Day

According to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Museum Complex, “Chicamacomico was part of the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and was the first station built in North Carolina. The original station, dating from 1874, is still on the site as one of eight buildings belonging to the Chicamacomico Historical Association. The men of the United States Life-Saving Service (1871-1915) were the original rescue heroes, the “storm warriors” who made dramatic and heroic rescues of shipwreck victims whose lives were in peril from the sea. In their history, nation-wide, the USLSS’s men responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea, of which they saved over 177,000! In 1915, this service merged with the US Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard who routinely continues this tradition of heroism.”

Chicamacomico decided to honor and celebrate true American heroes of the past and the present. Participants invited include the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local volunteer fire departments, local law enforcement agencies, local EMS units and Ocean Rescue squads, Cape Hatteras Electric, NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and perhaps some last-minute surprises. Equipment on display and/or in use includes fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Coast Guard helicopter, rescue boats, and others. There will be numerous displays, demonstrations, and exhibits as well as hands-on activities and participation events and live period music.

Today’s Schedule of Events for Chicamacomico’s 6th Annual “American Heroes Day” and the 1911 Life-Saving Station Centennial:

10:00 Event Opens (All emergency vehicles: NO sirens or lights this time)
10:30 Opening Ceremonies – Main Stage Area
-Posting of Colors, United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, Alexandria, VA.
-Welcoming Remarks: James Charlet, Chicamacomico Historic Site Manager.
-Guest Speaker for the1911 Centennial: Capt Anthony Popeil, Commander, USCG Sector North Carolina.
-Guest Speaker for the 6th Annual American Heroes Day: Joe Swartzer, Director, North Carolina -Maritime Museums System
-1911 Life-Saving Station Restorer: Ken Wenberg
-Browsing time for exhibits, displays, tables and talking with Special Guests
12:00 S.S. Mirlo Rescue Story & Sea Chantey Singer John Golden Ramp of 1874 Station
1:00 Beach Apparatus Drill Starts at 1874 Station
(Teams USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet & Station Hatteras Inlet)
2:00 Water Rescue Demo (Chicamacomico Banks VFD Water Rescue Unit) On the Beach
3:00 USCG Search & Rescue Demo (SAR), Jayhawk Helicopter & GC 47’Lifeboat On the Beach
(USCG Air Station Elizabeth City and USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet)

Ongoing Events Throughout The Day:

• Hot dogs, chips & sodas, for sale!
• US Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet- static display of 25 foot response boat & tow truck
• US Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet- interactive demonstration of fixing vessel water leaks
• Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Dept & Water Rescue Unit- static display and inspection of ladder truck and jet-ski, and tow truck. See demo above.
• Dare County Sheriff Department- live demos of K9 Officer and dog, static displays and inspection of patrol car and 5 ton “storm truck”
• Dare County Emergency Medical Services – static display of EMS ambulance and equipment
• Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Unit – static display of truck and lifeguard equipment
• Salvo Volunteer Fire Department – static display and inspection of company fire engine
• North Carolina Highway Patrol – static display and inspection of SUV Patrol vehicle.
• Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Bucket Truck-climb in trucks, try on lineman gear, ride way up in the bucket!!
• Tables, displays, handouts, and conversations with – Interaction with Special Guests, Dare County Emergency Management, NPS Cape Hatteras Nation Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.
• 1911 Centennial Participants- Restorer Ken Wenberg in the old cookhouse, Period 25′ shad boat, Antique sewing machines, Antique gas engines, Period songs from Sea Notes, John Golden, and Juliann & Richard

*This is a tentative schedule and subject to change due to the fact that active-duty emergency personnel and equipment are present and may be called out before or during the event.

Admission fees are a flat $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Chicamacomico’s seven acre site will be filled with equipment and displays of the participants, so parking will be across the street. Carpooling is encouraged. No coolers allowed. Cold bottled water will be available for sale.

For additional information, contact the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at (252) 987-1552.

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to be a sponsor of the Centennial Celebration on Hatteras Island. If you are visiting the Outer Banks today, don’t miss this fun family event during your Hatteras Island vacation!


07/13/11

Mixed Drinks on the Menu at Hatteras Island Restaurants

All villages on Hatteras Island have voted in favor of allowing mixed drinks to be served at area restaurants and bars.

The private kitchen in your vacation rental home is great for serving up meals, but the chefs in your group deserve a relaxing dinner, too! On at least one night of your Hatteras Island vacation, it is always fun to get everyone together and head out to one of the fantastic local restaurants for fresh seafood and special memories. Now, the adults can also order a Sundowner or one of the other variety of mixed drinks you are sure to find with a catchy name.

In year’s past, locals and visitors were not able to order a mixed drink at our island restaurants. Hatteras Island was a “dry” island where only beer and wine could be sold in properly licensed restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. Liquor was only sold at one ABC store on the island. As of today, that is no longer the case. (“Case” -no pun intended!) Liquor drinks were voted to be made legal in the southern villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton back in December and the northern villages of Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe this July.

Liquor drinks are now available at most restaurants in the villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton and will become available once the restaurants in the newly voted villages apply for their ABC permits and start stocking their restaurants.

Mixed drinks have been sold on Ocracoke Island for four years and they are also sold in restaurants in the northern beaches. Those who were in favor of allowing liquor by the drink feel that there will be a boost to island businesses in a down economy and that mixed drinks are an amenity that many tourists expect.

Whether you enjoy a nice dinner with friends and family at your vacation home, or prefer to get together at an area restaurant for cocktails, cuisine and good conversation, remember to drink responsibly.

From your friends at Surf or Sound Realty we hope you have a safe and memorable Hatteras Island vacation.


06/15/11

Outer Banks Makes Coastal Living’s List For Best Coastal Bike Trails

Coastal Living just released its list of best coastal bike trails on its website. It came as no surprise to us that the Outer Banks made the list. Hatteras Island is known for its abundance of recreational activities, including a favorite past time for young and old – riding bikes.

For distance cyclists, there’s no better route than right along NC Highway 12. With a bike lane that extends for 55 miles, and a flat, even route throughout the entire stretch, (aka, no hills), Highway 12 attracts cyclists from all over the world who want to go the distance and enjoy some amazing scenery along the way.

Looking for a more leisurely ride? Explore the trails along the Pamlico Sound and maritime forests. For example, the National Park Service grounds around the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offers a multitude of trails, or the Salvo Day Use Area has small paved unused roads winding along the sound. Many communities, like Wind Over Waves and Hatteras Colony in Salvo and Avon, are also perfect for bicyclists, with winding roads and little traffic. Kinnakeet in Avon and Hatteras Village are especially nice for bicycle rides with historic houses and scenic architecture and island historical spots.

If you didn’t bring your bikes with you on your vacation you can always rent them! Ocean Atlantic Rentals offers bike rentals, as well as rentals for just about all of your beach needs, and they offer delivery service! Visit them online at www.oceanatlanticrentals.com, or call their Hatteras store at (252) 995-5868.