Create Lasting Memories On Hatteras Island With Mom!

Hatteras Island is a wonderful place to make memories while on vacation. It’s an even better place to spend your Mother’s Day! There are plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in. If you’re going to be on Hatteras Island on Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with some fun ideas for mom that are sure to create lasting and cherished memories!

Fun Activities:

1. Paint your Own Pottery at Pottery in Avon http://www.studio12hatteras.com/ (252) 995-7899. A great way to spend time with mom while creating a keepsake!

2. We’re sure mom could use some relaxation and tranquility and nothing beats the spa and a massage at “In Touch Massage” in Frisco, next to Indian Town Gallery www.intouchmassageandwellness.com, (252) 995-4067. Massage on-site at the wellness center or ask about the mobile services that bring the massage directly to you at your vacation home!

3. A unique and treasuring activity on Hatteras Island is searching for sea glass! What’s even better is sea glass jewelry, which you and mom can make together! Take her to the Sea Glass wrapping jewelry class at “Indian Town Gallery” in Frisco. Call for appointment! http://www.indiantowngallery.com/ (252)995-5181.

4. Not into sea glass, but still want to make jewelry with mom? That’s covered, too! Make your own Jewelry at “The Glass Bead” – with two locations: Avon (252) 995-7020 and Rodanthe (252) 987-2005 -thousands of beads and all the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need to create your own jewelry.

5. If mom is the adventurous type, rent some gear from REAL Watersports in the village of Waves, or grab some food at Mojos’s Sunset Cafe’ and watch the views of the sound from their deck.

Specialty Shopping:

1. “Buxton Village Books” in Buxton – books, cards and gifts http://www.buxtonvillagebooks.com/ (252) 995-4240.

2. “Island Spice and Wine” in Avon – gourmet wine, food and gifts! Specialty gift baskets available! (252) 995-7750.

3. “The Elegant Attic” in Buxton – (252) 995-4468 -Antiques shop featuring a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England.

There are also plenty of simple and inexpensive things to do with mom on Hatteras Island as well!

1. Go for a stroll on the beach.

2. Take mom out for ice cream. Village Conery is a great place to get ice cream!

3. Climb the lighthouse together.

4. Hunt for seashells then paint them together using watercolor paints or make a simple seashell wind-chime together or save them in a decorative bowl that you find together at local shops like Lee Robinson.

5. Go for a bicycle ride through old Kinnakeet.

Another idea is a family photo! Two great photographers on Hatteras Island are:

Bryan Elkus – http://www.bryanelkus.com/

Daniel Pullen – http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/

If mom can’t be with you on vacation, bring the beach to her! Find a pretty jar from one of the local shops and fill it with sand and sea shells you find on the beach!

The possibilities to create cherished memories with mom are endless on Hatteras Island. From everyone here at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!


The Hatteras Island Walk for the Cure

The sun was shining on the beautiful Friday morning and the outdoor temperature was just right for the Surf or Sound Walk for the Cure on April 29th to raise money for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Surf or Sound staff together with other members of the Hatteras Island community gathered at Ramp 23 in Salvo at 6am for the long walk. Everyone was excited and ready to get started.
The walk was very pleasant and we all had a chance to see Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo from a different perspective. I noticed so many little details for the first time – some older buildings I haven’t seen before, everything looked quite different. On the way we encountered a family of ducks and small ducklings – they were enjoying the outdoors as well. It was just a sweet time to get some exercise, fresh air, catch up with news from colleagues and most of all raise money to support our island residents in their fight with cancer.
We managed to walk from Ramp 23 to Mirlo Beach in about one hour and forty five minutes and enjoyed every minute of it. We hope you can join us next time on our fun and leisurely walk!
Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or mail checks to: Post Office Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943. The donations are tax deductible.


Surf or Sound is Taking a Step for the Cure!

Surf or Sound Realty’s staff along with other members of the community will be walking to raise funds for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation that offers financial help to island residents fighting cancer. The walk is scheduled for April 29, 2011 at 6am starting from Ramp 23 in Salvo and ending in Mirlo Beach. The walk is about 5 miles long and anyone is welcome to join.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) was founded in 2000 by Laney Howell who lost her battle with cancer in 2001. During her four and a half years of treatment after she had surgery in 1997, Laney received great support from Hatteras Island residents who brought meals, cleaned her home, cared for her family and drove her to medical appointments in Elizabeth City and Norfolk. She wanted to give back to the community by creating the cancer foundation to help patients on the island.

Today HICF continues to help island cancer patients with medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance and travel expenses to medical centers for cancer treatment. In addition to financial support, HICF volunteers help with everyday chores such as yard work, light housekeeping, shopping, and meal preparation.

There is a great need today for this support in the Hatteras Island Community. Angie Ballance is a local resident who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is only 32 years old and is married with two young daughters, Karlene and Kimber. Her parents work and live here on the island as well. Her husband works in Frisco at the Frisco Rod and Gun and Angie is a dental assistant at Dr. Slagle’s office in Frisco.

Angie has started a blog to journal her experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer. It offers a very close to home example of what all men and women and their families have to go through in their fight against cancer. In Angie’s words, “I want young women to be aware of the importance of doing self exams, and if it takes my going through this to save someone else’s life, then maybe that is God’s plan.” You can visit her blog at http://keepingballance.blogspot.com/.

Surf or Sound Realty wants to support the efforts of the HICF by giving back to the Hatteras Island community. Please support our effort to raise funds for this great cause by sending your donations to the HICF. To make a donation please make checks payable to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. You can mail the checks directly to the foundation Post Office Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943. You can also make donations online by going to http://hicf.org/. The donations are tax deductible.

You are welcome to drop the checks off at our two offices in Avon or Salvo as well for your convenience. There will be buckets available for donations at multiple Hatteras Island businesses. When making your donation, please mention your support of “Surf or Sound Taking a Step for the Cure”.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the walk!


Visit The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the Moonlight

Every year the National Park Service offers an amazing chance to experience the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the moonlight. The NPS will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of April 17 to the visiting public and local communities.

Two tours will be given, one at 7:30 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m., and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will start on Friday, April 15. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable.

As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the startling reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Things to know:
1. Full Moon Tour tickets, limited to the first 60 purchasers, must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin Friday, April 15. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older). The lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site, is open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. daily.

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they can not be carried! If unsure, check with the park rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions to eating, drinking, gum etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, April 18, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on April 18. This ticket will be for day climbing only.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Moonlight Tours – just one of the many things to experience on Hatteras Island!


Live Music and Beautiful Sunsets are Back With The Kona Summer Concert Series on Hatteras Island!

A fun and exciting thing to do while vacationing on Hatteras Island is to take in some live music. REAL Watersports is the perfect place to do so with their Kona Summer Concert Series. You can watch live music every week on the waterfront stage at Mojo’s Sunset Café, located at the REAL Flagship Store in Waves. With a family friendly atmosphere and gorgeous sunsets over the sound, it’s a perfect way to end the day. Stop by, grab a drink and some food from Mojo’s Sunset Café, and enjoy the music! All shows are free to check out, and start around 6pm. This Thursday, PJ Pacifico will be playing.

Here’s the rest of April and May’s lineup:
Thursday, April 7th – PJ PACIFICO
Friday, April 15th – Band TBA (REAL Swap Meet)
Monday, April 18th – WILDER BROTHERS (Outer Banks Bike Week)
Thursday, April 28th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 2nd – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 5th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 9th – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 12th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 16th – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 19th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 23rd – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 26th – MOJO COLLINS (Endless Summer)
Saturday, May 28th – WILDER BROTHERS (Endless Summer)

For more information on the Kona Summer Concert Series and to check out the rest of the summer’s lineup, click here. Make sure you book your premier vacation home on Hatteras Island now at www.surforsound.com. See you around the island!


Easter Event in Hatteras Village

Looking for a fun Easter event on Hatteras Island that the whole family can enjoy? The Shops at Stowe on Twelve in Hatteras Village are hosting an Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday, April 23rd from 12pm to 4pm. It will be a great family event with live music, food and drink, sidewalk sales, face painting and so much more. Plus! The Easter bunny himself will hop on over for a visit from 12:30pm to 2pm. For more information, call (252)986-2024.


2011 Land of Beginnings Festival

The 2011 Land of Beginnings Festival is an annual celebration of Outer Banks and its community by preserving its past and promoting its future. The festival events cover interests for all ages and are located throughout Dare County:

Monday, April 4, Ramada Plaza Hotel Nags Head, 12pm- Community Luncheon: Presentation of the Living Legend Award to Suzanne Tate, the author of numerous educational children’s books in the Nature and History Series. Reservations Required. Cost is $25.

Tuesday, April 5, Black Pelican Restaurant Kitty Hawk, 7pm – Storytelling Session: Tales about “good ole days”. Free.

Wednesday, April 6, Dare Center in Manteo, 7pm – Storytelling Session: Tales about “good ole days”. Free. Old fashion pot luck dinner starting at 6pm.

Thursday, April 7, Fessenden Center in Buxton, 7pm – Storytelling Session: Tales about “good ole days”. Free.

Friday, April 8, Russell Twiford campus of the College of the Albemarle-Dare Campus, 9am – “Footprints in the Sand” – a presentation of the area’s historic sites. Free.

Saturday, April 9, Wright Brothers National Memorial Pavilion Kill Devil Hills, 7pm – The Lost Colony Fire and Ice Gala. Reservations Required. Cost is $100.


St. Baldrick’s Day on Hatteras Island!

Help support childhood cancer research by becoming a “shavee” during the St. Baldrick’s Day event in Avon on March 12th. You can choose to shave your head, volunteer or donate for this great cause!

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer based organization that is a leading grants supplier in childhood cancer research offering more that 57 million dollars in grants since 2005. You can help offer hope to those affected by childhood cancer!

St. Baldrick’s Day event will take place at 3p.m. at the Avon Firehouse on March 12, 2011. Come out and support a great cause! For more information contact Jennifer Harmon at (252) 305-2172. Click here to read more about the event and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.


Taste of Hatteras Island St. Patrick's Day Package from Surf or Sound Realty

Release your inner Leprechaun and get a Taste of Hatteras Island for St. Patrick’s Day!

To compliment the OBX Taste of the Beach event going on March 17-20, we are offering our guests a Taste of Hatteras Island. We have selected restaurants from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village to represent the island. Each has its own unique flavor.

Try them all – and don’t forget to ask for some green beverages!

Book one of our premier vacation homes for the week of March 12, 2011 and you get the following values:

    • Free cup of Seafood Chowder or choice of Salad (House/Caesar) with your meal at Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar in Rodanthe

    • 10% off your meal at Oceana’s Bistro in Avon

    • Free St. Pat’s Cupcake with Lunch order or Free Coffee with Breakfast order at Island Perks Coffee Shop & Cafe in Buxton

    • Buy 1 Get 1 Free Lunch at Capt’n Rolo’s Raw Bar & Grill in Frisco (does not include alcoholic beverages)

    • Free Stainless Steel Travel Cup with $50 purchase ($10 value) at Kaia’s Kitchen & Market in Hatteras Village

    • A week on peaceful Hatteras Island during the Outer Banks’ most exciting spring week

Check out these exciting events going on St. Pat’s week:

    • Taste of the Beach
    March 17-20 : Four days of food, drinks and fun! : Details

    • Kelly’s 3rd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K
    March 19 : Prizes for best costumed runners : Details

    • 14th Annual Polar Plunge
    March 19 : Take the Plunge if you Dare! : Details call 252-449-8897

    • Kelly’s 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    March 20 : Largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina! : Details

If you don’t want to stay for the full week, book for 4 nights and get 25% off of the non-discounted weekly rate for even more value!

Book your reservation online at www.surforsound.com and use the promotion code STP2011 in the field provided during the booking process. Or call 1-800-237-1138 to book over the phone with a Vacation Specialist.


'Know Your Park' Citizen Science Program

Did you know that Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were the place for several key Civil War milestones?

Some of those events included:

• July 10, 1861: The first hostile shots fired by the U.S. Navy at Southern-held territory on the oceanfront — The side-wheel steamer-boat Harriet Lane shelled Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark at Hatteras Inlet;
• July 21, 1861: The first true naval engagement –The USS Albatross fought the North Carolina steamer Beaufort off Oregon Inlet;
• August 28, 1861: The first amphibious landing – Union troops came ashore to capture Fort Hatteras;
• October 1, 1861: The first capture of a United States vessel–Confederate forces captured the Union tug Fanny in the Pamlico Sound; and
• November 18, 1861: The first provisional Unionist government within a seceded state was formed at Hatteras; it consisted of two men and did not last long.

To learn more about these Civil War events attend the National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series with a presentation from Civil War historian Drew Pullen on Monday, February 28th at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 1st at the Ocracoke Community Center at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour. For more information visit nps.gov.

You can also register for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Event programs planned for the summer of 2011 on Hatteras Island by visiting http://www.flagsoverhatteras.com/index.htm.