05/22/12

WE ARE #1!


U.S. News and World Reports has ranked the Outer Banks as the Top Family Beach Vacation in the USA!
It’s official! The Outer Banks is the place to come to truly vacation!
Miles and miles of vast, unspoiled beaches await you on this slender stretch of barrier islands. There is beauty around every bend and twist, whether it’s Corolla’s wild horse population, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is something to pick everyone’s interest and invite you to explore the #1 Family Beach in the USA!
Experience world-class fishing, as well as the #1 surfing and kiteboarding destination on the East Coast. The Outer Banks also abounds with rich history and exciting exhibits!
Relax, explore, adventure, and immerse yourself in the Outer Banks! Afterall, we’re #1!
See you in the Outer Banks!


03/15/12

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Events on the Outer Banks

If you are LUCKY enough to be spending St. Patrick’s Day on Hatteras Island, be sure to check out these fun events happening all weekend.

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St. Baldricks Day 2012: March 17

3:00pm to 6:00pm on Hatteras Island Help raise money for childhood cancer research in honor of Maddie Chandler! With a minimum of $25 donation, participants will shave their heads to show support of kids undergoing chemotherapy and receive a 2012 St. Baldrick’s Day T-shirt! Bake sale goodies available for “non-shavees” as well! Don’t miss a fun event for a great cause! Be Brave and Shave!!! At the Avon Fire Station 40159 Harbor Rd. Avon NC 27943 US
Sponsored by Avon Surf Shop and Kinnakeet Civic Association. For questions or more information about St. Baldrick’s Day please call Jennifer Harmon at 995-4783 or Jenn Augustson at 995-3855.

Sea Glass Pendant Class: March 17

Make your very own sea glass pendant jewelry at Indian Town Gallery, located in Frisco on Hatteras Island. The class is Saturday, March 17th from 10am to 11am. Cost is $25 and includes all materials. Call for more information! (252)995-5181.

Hurricane Heathers St. Patrick’s Day Party: March 17

Come out to Hurricane Heathers restaurant in Buxton Saturday night and enjoy live music, Irish food and great times! Visit Hurricane Heathers on Facebook or call (252)995-3060 for more information! Wear your green!

Live Music at Sandbar & Grille: March 17

Head out to Sandbar & Grille in Buxton for live acoustic music Saturday night by Rory Kelleher, plus corned beef and cabbage and a variety of green beverages served up at the bar! Sandbar & Grille says, “Bring your Irish on!!” Visit Sandbar & Grille on Facebook or call (252)995-3413 for more information!

OBX Taste of the Beach: March 15-18

Four Days of FOODIE fun! This grand food festival will feature awesome multi-coursed dinners, wine pairings, festivals, oyster roasts, tapas crawls, pub crawls, rum dinners, tequila tastings and many more events. It all takes place over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Join us at the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach where we celebrate fresh seafood, highly trained Chef’s, fine wine tastings and brewery tours, and the company of friends and family. www.obxtasteofbeach.com

Kelly’s 23rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: March 18th

1:00pm Rain or Shine. We may not be full-blooded Irish, but we do host the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North Carolina. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching, walking and motorized units. Wear your green and bring your luck to this Shamrock tradition. MP 11.5 – 10.5 Beach Road. www.kellysrestaurant.com

5th Annual Shamrock Car Show: March 15-18

Car enthusiasts start your engines for this Saint Patrick’s Day tradition! The 5th Annual Shamrock Car Show boasts plenty of activities for everyone including Welcome BBQ Dinner, Poker Run, Car, Bike and Truck Show, and more! All events are ‘rain or shine’. First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills. www.firstflightcrusiers.com

Kelly’s 4th Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K: March 17

Runners and walkers embark on an 8K point to point course including road and trail, for a share of Kelly’s “pot of gold”, Green Glory and fun! Awards and post race celebration and hospitality is held immediately following the race at Kelly’s Tavern. 9 a.m. Nags Head. www.kellysrestaurant.com


11/10/11

Surf or Sound Realty is Set to Sponsor the Outer Banks Marathon

Surf or Sound Realty Volunteers at the 2010 Outer Banks Marathon

Surf or Sound Realty Volunteers at the 2010 Outer Banks Marathon

Surf or Sound Realty is set to man Mile Marker 25 once again for the 6th Annual Outer Banks Marathon. It will be held November 13th with more than 5000 runners from all over the country and world running and walking the 26.2 mile stretch of beautiful scenery from Kitty Hawk to downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island.

Mile Marker 25 is near the finish line, and volunteers from Surf or Sound Realty, along with their friends and family, will encourage all of the runners and pass out water and Gatorade to the marathon participants. We have created signs with encouraging statements on them that we will post leading up to our station, and the signs will be paired will pink flamingos! You can rent 12 pink flamingos for a minimum donation of $25 and the funds go to Hatteras Island Meals. HI Meals is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers that delivers a hot meal to nourish and enrich the lives of homebound and other people in need in every village on Hatteras Island.

The Outer Banks Marathon is one of the events organized by Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE). The mission of OBSE is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living resources, provide financial resources for needed relief and support for education while contributing to economic development for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 100% of net proceeds are split 50/50 by the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.
For more information on races and sporting events on the Outer Banks throughout the year, visit www.obxmarathon.com.


10/27/11

Hatteras Island Donations accepted at Surf or Sound Realty

Hatteras Island is a strong community, but is still hurting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Many Hatteras Island Food Pantry (run by the Buxton United Methodist Men) supplies that normally sustain the island through the winter have been depleted, going to families that lost everything from the storm.

We are grateful to have many guests and friends from all over that have expressed interest in helping out our community. Surf or Sound Realty’s Avon office is an official drop-off location for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, as well as Irene’s Giving Tree.

When you walk into our office you will find three boxes. Two boxes are for collections for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry. One is for the Buxton United Methodist Men and the other is for Daisy Troop 4175 from Cape Hatteras Elementary School, also collecting for the Pantry.

Items accepted include: non-perishable food, pet food, toiletries, personal items and cleaning supplies. When making a non-perishable food donation, perhaps try to think in terms of a complete meal – such as a box of spaghetti, a jar of sauce, parmesan cheese, a can of vegetables and a can of fruit. All can be purchased at a dollar store totaling around $5.

Also, if you are vacationing and you have left-over non-perishable food, please do not throw it away. Bring it to our office and place it in our drop-off box. Your donations go a long way through the winter!

Monetary donations are also accepted for the HIFP and can be made by check to United Methodist Men and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry at P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, N.C. 27920. Your donation is tax deductible.

The third box in our Avon office is for Irene’s Giving Tree. A couple of students at Cape Hatteras Secondary School with huge hearts decided to start a community service project for families affected by Hurricane Irene. They are collecting Christmas decorations for families that lost theirs in the storm. Ornaments, tree skirts, lights, Christmas Trees, etc. can be placed in our drop-off box in our Avon office. If you would like to mail a donation, the shipping address is: Irene’s Giving Tree, 47468 Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations can be made out to CHSS DECA and mailed to: Irene’s Giving Tree, PO Box 71, Buxton NC 27920.

The Really Really Free Market is also in need and still accepting donations for items. The following is the most recent list of needed/requested items for Hatteras Island residents:

Dish detergent and Laundry Detergent
Diapers and wipes, baby powder
Throw Rugs, Area Rugs (Carpet Remnants)
Non perishable food items, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner fixings and any kind of non-perishable (canned or dried) proteins, and children’s snacks
(Gently Used) furniture, especially beds – refrigerators, stoves **Any homeowners, especially part time property owners, who may be trading out furniture or appliances, please let us know so we can arrange for someone who needs them to use your “tradeouts”
3T Boys Clothing – jackets/sweatshirts, pants, socks
Cat Food/Kitty Littler
Plastic totes with lids
Halloween Candy and small toys for Trick Or Treat / Halloween Costumes
New pillows
Sweatshirts (especially ‘hoodies’)
Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Lights
Boys clothing, size 6 to 18
Basketball shorts, basketball shoes (kids 5-17 years old)
Tools (many tri-village and Avon residents used their tools to make a living, and lost them in the storm)
Bookcases or display racks (for Really Free Market to borrow and return)

SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR DONATIONS OF ‘ITEMS’ for the Really Really Free Market
Hatteras Island Family Medicine
Attn: Alex Hodges
50204 Water Association Road
Frisco, NC 27936

Surf or Sound Realty sends a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their care! Hatteras Island is a loved place and we are lucky to share it with you!


10/13/11

Anglers Are Heading to Hatteras Island to Participate in the 26th Annual Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

Surf or Sound Realty is a proud sponsor of the 26th Annual Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament. The event is taking place in Cape Hatteras October 15th and 16th.

Capital City Four Wheelers, or CCFW, is a family-oriented four wheel drive club in the Richmond, Virginia area that formed in 1983. They hold a number of activities each year. One of their main events is their Surf Fishing Tournament, which they hold in Cape Hatteras, NC during October. It is a fund-raiser event that lets them give back to the community.

Anglers will compete for prize monies in the following categories: Red Drum, Blue Fish, Trout, Flounder, Sea Mullet, Croaker and Spot. Anglers may only win in one category. A prize will also be awarded to the child (12 and under) who catches and weighs in with a CCFW official, the largest fish by weight.

A trash pickup contest will also be held. Every year CCFW asks fishermen and their families to help keep the beaches clean and free from man-made waste. CCFW sponsors a contest where you can win a prize by gathering beach trash in a garbage bag and bringing it to the Trash Station at Ramp 44 or Ramp 34 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Turn in trash, get a ticket! The winning ticket will be drawn at the weigh-in on Sunday, October 16.

Besides the Trash Pickup Contest, there will be a raffle for a custom rod and reel combo to benefit a local Hatteras Island charity. Tickets will be sold during the morning meetings Saturday and Sunday, with the winner to be drawn during the Sunday meeting.

Participants will meet at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a total of 600 participants. CCFW will allow late registration on a first come, first served basis in the Fessenden Center for anyone wishing to enter the tournament. For more information log onto http://capitalcityfourwheelersrva.com or email Tournamnet@capitalcityfourwheelersrva.com.

Good luck from your Hatteras Island friends at Surf or Sound Realty!

**All photos are via davidaherron.com from the 2010 tournament.


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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