The annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is always filled with holiday spirit and cheer, but this year, in spite of the very chilly weather, that spirit and cheer was more abundant than ever and felt by all that attended the event, which was the biggest to date!
When Hurricane Irene ripped through the island three-and-a-half months ago, many residents’ lives were interrupted and displaced. You couldn’t tell by looking at the happy and cheery faces of those that attended and participated in this year’s parade. The people of Hatteras Island are resilient, and the tight knit community became even closer after the events of the natural disaster.
The parade began at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continued through the village and ended at the Hatterasman Drive-In. There were fun floats, horses, bikes, fire trucks, marching bands, and, of course, Santa! After the parade, everyone was invited to the Civic Center for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winning floats.
This year’s winners were:
Brownie Troop 1660 – Most Comical. ($250)
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Most Creative ($250)
Creative Ballance (Dune Billy’s)- Most Comical ($250) The “Dune Billy’s” donated their winning to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
CHS Senior Class ($50)- Kids 1
CHS Sophomore Class ($50) Kids 2
From all of us at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
(The Hatteras Village Civic Association sponsors the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, held this year on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Hatteras village.)
A special Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 from 10am to 3pm and is absolutely FREE to the public! It’s called Up We Go! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Lighthouse Society and National Park Service employees from the Interpretation Division will staff the lighthouse, which will be decked out for Christmas with a wreath on the door.
As a reminder, all climbers are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own — they cannot be carried. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age older). The climb is strenuous. The 248 steps to the top are equal to climbing a 12-story building, and there may be damp and chilly conditions inside depending on the weather.
What to Expect
The climb is strenuous! The 248 iron spiral stairs to the top equal climbing a 12 story building. The stairs have a handrail only on one side and a landing every 31 steps. There is no air conditioning. It may be noisy, humid, hot and dim inside the lighthouse and there is two-way traffic on the narrow stairs.
Visitors with heart, respiratory or other medical conditions, or who have trouble climbing stairs, should use their own discretion as to whether to climb the tower.
The lighthouse may close at any time if weather conditions are unsafe.
The following safety rules apply:
• Children must be at least 42″ tall and capable of climbing all steps on their own.
• Children under 12 must be escorted by an adult (16 years of age or older).
• No person may be lifted or carried.
• Running, jumping, or stomping on stairs and landings is prohibited.
• Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew tobacco.
• No pets, other than service animals.
• Do not arrive in heels over 1 ½ inches high or in bare feet.
• Leave umbrellas in your car.
• Backpacks, tripods, coolers, beach bags, surfboards, fishing poles, etc. also need to be left in your car.
• Throwing of objects, including frisbees, boomerangs, etc, off the lighthouse is unsafe and may get you in big trouble!
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is inviting everyone to a free Open House Saturday, December 10th from noon to 4pm. They have been busy decorating and are anxiously waiting to show off their festive spirit!
If you bring a donation for the food bank, you will receive a 5% discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop and each shopper will be given a special holiday bag.
When you stroll through the holiday village, you will be delighted by the vintage Santa Claus displays, and your eyes will sparkle at the sight of twinkling lights and ornamented trees. The animatronic dog and bear is sure to cause laughter to erupt from young and old!
Caroling and children’s activities will be held in the education wing. Open the doors to the Burrus Couch Midgett Gallery and learn Hatteras Island history by viewing: the “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil War exhibit with pieces assembled from collections around the nation; the “Pirates, Scalawags, and Brigands” display with actual artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck; recognize some familiar names and faces and learn about the cultural implications of shipwrecks in “Ship Ashore” ; and even view actual pieces from the dining room table of the U.S.S. Monitor.
Enjoy a variety of hot soups and holiday cookies for free! All events and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages.
The 12th Annual Red Hot Christmas Party and Sale is sure to be a Fun, Festive, Cheerful event at Indian Town Gallery in Frisco. The party and sale will be held Thursday, December 8th from 5-8pm at the gallery.
Enjoy great holiday deals – up to 40% off most gallery items, as well as delicious SPICY refreshments and live holiday BLUES by EZ Malone to cool things off! Put on your dancing shoes and grab a partner, because this will be one spicy holiday event!
Indian Town Gallery is located at Mile Post 65 in Frisco. For more information on this fun event, call (252) 995 – 5181 or visit them online at www.indiantowngallery.com.
While basking in the sun and strolling along the shoreline during your Hatteras Island vacation, you are bound to have come across many unique and beautiful seashells. You collected them in buckets, coolers – even pockets – and took them home with you at the end of your stay.
Now what? Since the holiday season is rapidly approaching, (oh who are we kidding – it’s HERE!) why not take some of those treasures you have collected and use them to create one-of-a-kind holiday seashell crafts? They are the perfect way to have a little bit of Hatteras Island for the holidays! They also make wonderful gifts to give to your loved ones. What’s better than receiving something someone else put love and care into?
We have compiled a few simple craft ideas you can try. Don’t limit yourself to just these ideas though. The possibilities are endless!
What you’ll need: Seashells, wreath, clear nail polish, a glue gun or crazy glue, ribbon, and decorations like bows, ornaments, strings of beads, glitter, etc.
Best shells to use: Whole scallops, clams, and arc shells.
How to do it: Paint all the shells with a heavy coat of clear nail polish so they look like they just washed up from the ocean – or – glue white glitter on them to make it look like sand or snow. Once your shells have dried, place them where you want them on your wreath (available at dollar stores and craft stores). Using a glue gun or crazy glue, glue them to the wreath. Continue gluing bows and/or other decorations you want on the wreath. Once dried, add a hanger or ribbon to hang your pretty creation on a door or wall.
What you’ll need: Seashells, clear nail polish, a glue gun or crazy glue, ribbon, and decorations like strings of beads, glitter, etc.
Best shells to use: Whole scallops, clams, moon snails, and arc shells.
How to do it: Paint all the shells with a heavy coat of clear nail polish so they look like they just washed up from the ocean. Once shells are dry, loop a ribbon or string of beads into a circle, and glue it to the back of the shell, creating a “hanger” for the ornament. (If you have two similar shells, you can even glue them together, with the loop of ribbon in between the two shells.) Then decorate each individual shell any way you’d like: add glitter, glue a string of beads along the edge of the shell, or even paint holiday designs on the shell.
Mirrors, Picture Frames, Trinket Boxes:
What you’ll need: Lots of shells, a glue gun or crazy glue, clear nail polish, and a plain mirror, a frame you can decorate, or a trinket box. (You can also get cut pieces of mirror at a hardware store, and simply add a hanger to the back.)
Best shells to use: Small, decorative shells, or pretty shell pieces.
How to do it: Glue the shell pieces around the mirror, overlapping each other so that there are no spaces of mirror visible. Once the glue has dried, coat the shells with nail polish to make them shine.
Have fun and get creative, and don’t forget that these ideas are just the start of the number of projects you can do with your seashells. Grab a little glue, polish and paint – there’s no limit to the number of remarkable, one of a kind craft projects you can create with these treasures.
What you’ll need: A nice thin piece of driftwood, approx. 12″ – 18″ long, seashells, rustic twine, fishing line or strong thread, nails or tacks.
Best shells to use: Small decorative shells with tiny holes in them, large enough to pull thread or fishing line through.
How to do it: Create strings of shells by looping the fishing line or thread through each shell and tying a knot, creating an even 8″ – 12″ long string of a dozen shells or so. If the driftwood is sturdy enough, space tacks or nails along the piece of driftwood and tie on each string of shells. If not, simply tie each string of shells to the piece of driftwood. Essentially, you’re forming a “beaded curtain” of shells along the piece of driftwood. Once this is complete, add hardy twine to each side of the piece of driftwood, or around each of the nails, gathering and tying the individual pieces at the top, and creating a hanger for the wall hanging.
The following craft ideas and pictures are via Better Homes and Gardens:
Beach Detailed Flower Holder:
Repurpose a tin can with beach finds. Gluefabric or paper around the clean can. Add desired beach details. To use on a chair back, cut a hole near the top and the bottom of the back of the can, then tie with ribbon threaded through the holes. Or set decorated tin on the table as a centerpiece.
Shells and Twine Bookmark:
Craft a lovely bookmark to remind you of days at the beach. Natural string fits right in with seashore finds, such as shells, buttons, and bottle caps. Knot eight 18-inch-long strands together at one end to make the main bookmark; knot 8 inches below the first knot, or farther depending on
the size of the book. Drill holes in items to attach to the string ends or use hot glue.
Clean shells and let dry. Melt small chunks of a paraffin block or old candle stubs in the top of a double boiler. Cover the work surface with plastic or newspaper. Slowly and carefully pour melted wax into shells. Quickly put a wick in the center of the wax. Let cool about 30 minutes. Never leave burning candles unattended.
Beach Memory Jars:
Bring home beach memories to store in a jar. Collect clear jars and bottles. Put shells and sand inside. Label each container with rub-ons or stickers to spell out the name of the destination.
Have fun with these projects! Happy Holidays from your friends at Surf or Sound Realty!
Hatteras Island’s very own Studio 12 has been chosen to have an ornament they have designed and created displayed on North Carolina’s tree at the 2011 National Christmas Tree Display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. and for the Christmas tree at the White House Visitor Center. The tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec 1st.
Studio 12 worked with Locomotion to create the limited edition ornament, and a portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated to Locomotion. Locomotion is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Hatteras Island youth by providing programs for students in grades 6-12. For information on the organization, contact director Kathy Kiddy at email@example.com.
Studio 12 is located on Highway 12 in Avon and is owned by artists Carolyn and Gary Schena. The studio is a wonderful place that offers a unique experience to paint pottery and create mosaics and glass fusions. To purchase the limited edition ornament, click here. For more information on classes or anything else Studio 12 has to offer, contact Carolyn Schena at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-995-7899.
*Poulos Christmas Lights
When: Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 through Christmas
Click here for a map
DescriptionEnjoy one of the most famous homes in America for its Christmas and Holiday Lights display. Featured as a national winner of a Today Show lights contest, and on HGTV! A night viewing is optimal to get the full effect of the lights. The time and effort the Poulos family puts into this display every year is astounding…you’ll see little vignettes and decorum found absolutely nowhere else! Directions: The house is located in Kill Devil Hills near the Nags Head Woods entrance Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills 1. Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Dr. (opposite McDonalds) 2. Turn right at Ocean Acres Dr. 3. The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.
*Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
When: November 25
Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, located at NC 12 MP 39 ½ ocean side, Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. The Site itself will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, but Santa will be there from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. Santa will be in the main building inside the white picket fence, which is the 1911 Life-Saving Service Station. Children accompanied by adults may tour the station in an orderly manner. Admission is free with one non-perishable item per person for the Hatteras Island Food Bank. There will also be great sales in the Gift Shop! Bring your camera- there will be plenty of photo ops! To learn more about Chicamacomico, its exciting activities and offerings, visit www.chicamacomico.net, email at email@example.com , call 252-987-1552.
*Ocrafolk Festival Fundraising Concert
When: November 25; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ocracoke Community Center.
Join local musicians for an evening of entertainment as the community raises funds for the Ocrafolk Festival in June 2012.
*Hangin’ With Santa
When:Friday, Nov 25, 2011
Where: Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head.
Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider Friday and Saturday, set up at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This event is free, so bring your cameras!! Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 1pm-6pm. 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show
When: Friday & Saturday Nov. 25-26; 10am – 4pm
Where:Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Route 12 in Buxton.
Free admission, food and a scholarship raffle. For more information call (252) 305-1606.
*First in Flight Holiday Lights
When: Nov 25 – January 1
Click here for a map
The Town of Kill Devil Hills, home of the First Flight, offers visitors and residents an opportunity to reflect on the many aspects of the holiday season with a beautiful lighted display on Frog Pond in Aviation Park. With a backdrop of dark trees, and against the reflection of the water, the display features a classic Christmas tree design more than 20′ tall. The tree will be lit from November 25th – January 1st.
*Kites with Lights
When: Sat, November 26, 3pm – 6pm
Where: Jockey’s Ridge State Park (mp 12.5), Nags Head.
Watch the night sky magically transform as kites with lights glow in the sky atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us for hot apple cider and cookies beginning 4pm across the street at the Kitty Hawk Kites store. Kites go up around 3pm and will be in the sky until 6pm. This is a very well attended event so get there early to get your parking spot! 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email email@example.com
*Thanks Thursday, Black Friday, Redfish Saturday
When: Sat, November 26, 8am – 12pm
The new Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head will hold its first ever Redfish Saturday tournament on Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event has something to offer everyone in your family. Trophies will be awarded that day for the longest fish of these types: red drum, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout, striped bass, croaker, flounder and others. Jennette’s Pier has partnered with Tanger Outlet Center also of Nags Head for the event. Everyone who registers for the tournament will receive a free Tanger Outlet coupon book, a $350 value. The pier’s educational staff will offer fee-based programs for children during the tournament. So, let the angler in your family go fishing and the shopper go shopping at the nearby outlets. Families must register, however, by Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the programs. For more information, call 252-255-1501, ext. 202.
*UNCG Old Time Ensemble Christmas Performance
When: Sat, November 26, 7pm – 8pm; November 27 at 2 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Indoor Theatre
The Old Time Ensemble from the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will present two Christmas concerts with some holiday sing-a-longs. Don’t miss this creative group of fiddle-playing, banjo-picking, accordion-squeezing, washboard-strumming musicians. The event is part of the RIFP Performance Series. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for those 12 and under.
*23rd Annual Festival of Trees
When: Dec. 1 – 3
The Festival of Trees brings together residents and visitors to the OBX to celebrate the holiday season with twinkling lights, festive musical performances, punch and homemade cookies, craft activities for children, a visit with Santa complete with a souvenir photo, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts. The culmination of the Festival is an auction of donated, decorated Christmas Trees and Holiday Objects at a catered Gala Holiday Social. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser that benefits crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks Hotline for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
December 1 & 2 Location: 108 Budleigh Street in downtown Manteo. 108 Budleigh is a spacious special event and reception venue. There will be the very popular Holiday Bazaar where volunteers will display and sell a wide variety of gift items, decorations, and even holiday attire. These items will have been collected throughout the year from the best of the best of donations to Hotline’s fundraising thrift shops. Most items are gently used, new, collectible, vintage, and unique! Also a large silent auction fundraiser for vacation packages and other gifts. Photo opportunities with Santa’s Snow Princess plus live performances by local groups. Cookies and punch will be served.
December 3 Location: Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The events room in the new Jeanette’s Pier will provide a spacious venue for the Holiday Social and Benefit Auction of beautiful Christmas Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and artists. There will be approximately 12 to 15 full size Trees decorated around a specific theme. Each tree will also have gifts associated with it that add value and excitement to the bidding. Holiday Social — a ticketed event that begins at 6:30pm. The Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the evening will be local personality, Bill Rea. The Benefit Auction will begin at 8pm after a Holiday Social that will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and champagne, and live entertainment. During the Holiday Social, approximately 6 items (including original paintings, stained glass, jewelry, etc.) will be offered in a Silent Auction to conclude at the beginning of the live auction. Visit for more details visit www.obhotline.org
*Holiday Small Works Show (Vault Gallery)
When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Over 500 works of art to fit every budget, including original paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media and wood. Perfect for your holiday shopping. Great stocking stuffer items available. Shop locally and support Dare County artists and craftspeople! Opening reception, Friday, December 2nd 6pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or see Dare County Arts Council’s website at darearts.org
*Manteo Tree Lighting
When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC
Set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street, is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams. www.townofmanteo.com
When:Fri, December 2, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Manteo Waterfront.
Historic Inn Tour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tour maps at Dare County Arts Council), Live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Blue grass to Jazz to Classic Rock ‘n Roll), Boutiques and Restaurants open late, Enjoy family friendly activities, Famous rock climbing wall, Historical interpreters in period costumes and more. townofmanteo.com
*Downtown Manteo Christmas Parade
When:Saturday, Dec 3, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC
Winding through the streets of Manteo, the Christmas parade is a Manteo tradition. Local schools, charitable organizations, and business help spread the spirit of the season. townofmanteo.com
*Grand Illumination – The Elizabethan Gardens
When: Sat, December 3, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC
Kick off 19 nights of lights, seasonal and floral displays at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. This kick-off event will feature holiday foods and festive drink in the Embellished Hall and on the Great Lawn. Also featured are fire pits on the Great Lawn, where guests can enjoy the glow of the season. On this evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, offering 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Illuminations for Non-Members are $14 for adults; $9 for youth (ages 6-17); $6 for children (5 and under). Tickets for Friends’ are $10 for adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). Groups of 20 or more receive $1.00 off each ticket. www.elizabethangardens.org
*Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner, Hatteras village
When: December 6; 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hatteras Village Civic Center, 56658 NC 12, Hatteras
Connect with local, sustainably harvested seafood prepared by local chefs. Benefits Hatteras Island’s Food Pantry and Hatteras Island Meals. Reserve dinner ticket at (252) 995-4131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
*Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb
When: Saturday, December 10; 10am – 3pm
Where: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, NC
Free. All climbers are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they cannot be carried. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older). The climb is strenuous–the 248 steps to the top equal climbing a 12-story building. nps.gov/caha
*Holiday at the Museum
When: December 10
Where:The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 12 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday village and laugh at the animatronic dog and bear, see vintage Santa Claus displays and twinkling lights and a variety of ornamented trees. Relax with free soup and holiday cookies. If you bring a donation for the food bank, you will receive a 5% discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop and each shopper will be given a special holiday bag. Caroling and children’s activities will be in the education wing. Open the doors to the Burrus Couch Midgett Gallery and learn Hatteras Island history by viewing: the “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil War exhibit with pieces assembled from collections around the nation; the “Pirates, Scalawags, and Brigands” display with actual artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck; recognize some familiar names and faces and learn about the cultural implications of shipwrecks in “Ship Ashore” ; and even view actual pieces from the dining room table of the U.S.S. Monitor. All events and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages. On December 11th, don’t miss the Museum Reindeer Explorer in the Hatteras Village Parade. For more information call (252) 986-2995.
*Free Holiday Tours | The Whalehead Club
When: Sat, December 10, 3pm – 6pm
Free holiday tours of the Whalehead Club displaying traditional 1920s holiday decorations, complimentary hot chocolate on the porch. Singing of Christmas Carols and the simultaneous lighting of the Currituck Beach Light and the giant Cedar tree inside Currituck Heritage Park.
*Hatteras Village Christmas Parade
When: Sun. December 11; 2:00pm-6:00pm
The parade will begin at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continues through the village and ends at the Hatterasman Drive-In. Everyone is invited to the Civic Center after the parade for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winners.
*Dinner with Santa
When: Fri, December 16, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC
Celebrate the beginning of the holidays with your child by dining with Santa in the magically decorated Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Culinary delights will be provided by Ortega’z, and Santa will be available throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture wonderful family holiday photos. The Gardens will also have a professional photographer available to take photos which can then be purchased from the photographer’s website. Your ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm. Come experience holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Enjoy the spirit of the season, dinner and Santa! Friends’ tickets: $35 for Adults; $20 for children. Non-members tickets: $40 for Adults; $25 for children. www.elizabethangardens.org
*108th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
When: December 17
Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this milestone. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright’s first flight. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago. outerbanks.org
*WinterLights – Come See Santa
When: Friday, Dec 23, 2011
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC
Kids come see Santa before the big day. Admission to WinterLights is required. www.elizabethangardens.org
When:Fri, December 23, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC
Come experience Holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Stroll through The Gardens and enjoy the spirit of the season. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse, Reception Hall and great Lawn. WinterLights is 18 nights of lights and floral displays at The Gardens! Each evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, which offer 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). www.elizabethangardens.org
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.