Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin’, Foot Tappin’ – Hatteras Style

What exactly is a storytelling festival?
It’s often an annual event that features local, regional, and/or nationally recognized oral storytellers. Each storyteller is allotted an amount of time to share stories with their audience. The featured storytellers are often professional performing artists however; semi-professional or amateur storytellers may also be included in the festival.

What should you expect during the inaugural Hatteras Storytelling Festival?
The first-ever Hatteras Storytelling Festival, May 3rd-5th in Hatteras Village, will be a unique event for the Outer Banks as nothing like this has been done before on such a large scale. The 3-day festival presented by Our State magazine will feature one of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake, as well as many other well-known and local storytellers alike. In addition to yarn tellin’, live music will be provided by Clifford Swain and Banjo Island for foot tappin’ Hatteras style! You will also have the opportunity to explore the quaint village of Hatteras. Make plans to visit local shops and galleries, enjoy Hatteras Island cuisine at local eateries, and mingle with local islanders.

Event Details:
Participating Storytellers include:
Connie Reagan-Blake – one of America’s most celebrated storytellers
Clyde Edgeron – author of 10 novels and numerous short stories including his recently published novel Night Train
Bland Simpson – author, storyteller, professor, and member of The Red Clay Ramblers
Tom Carlson – author of Hatteras Blues
Ben Cherry – AKA Blackbeard the Pirate

Click here for a schedule of events…
**Most events will take place at the Hatteras Civic Center, 56658 NC Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.**

Get your tickets!
Full Festival Weekend, Friday-Sunday: $100
Friday only: $75
Saturday only: $75
Sunday only: FREE! Those with full festival weekend tickets will receive top priority to Sunday’s events.
Click here to purchase tickets…

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Outer Banks history and celebrate one of North Carolina’s most beautiful places! Click here to learn more about Hatteras Island…

Stay tuned for updates as the festival quickly approaches! We look forward to seeing you in May!

For more information visit: www.HatterasYarns.com


Let the festivities begin…Day at the Docks kicks off tomorrow!

We are happy to announce that this year’s Day at the Docks festivities will run for 4 days, starting tomorrow, September 13th. Join us to celebrate the spirit of Hatteras and to honor the heritage and living traditions of local watermen!

This year’s event kicks off on Thursday at 4pm at The Seaside Inn in Hatteras with a free public forum, “Talk of the Villages: Fishermen, Fish, Food, and Livelihood.”

On Friday morning, September 14th at 11am, join the National Weather Service from Newport, NC, Dare County, and the Island Free Press for a Hurricane Awareness Town Hall Meeting at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Wind down and gear up for a plethora of Saturday activities by heading down Hwy 12 to Lee Robinson’s General Store for “Taste of NC.” Starting at 4pm, this event will feature tastings of North Carolina wine, beer, and seafood, along with talks from local authors and live music by Banjo Island.

Saturday is a BIG Day at the Docks! The docks of Hatteras village will be teeming with activities and events starting at 10am. Activities for the day include a concrete marlin competition, a survival suit race, and a net hanging competition showcasing this time-honored skill. There will also be several activities and events geared specifically towards children, such as designing a fish print t-shirt, crab races, and a fishing contest. There will also be musicians, poets, and authors performing throughout the day around the docks, as well as free skin cancer screening sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Be sure to stop by The Gazebo at Village Marina from 10am-3pm to catch a few local seafood demonstrations and then head on over to the Chowder Cook-off sponsored by the HICF. At 3pm, claim a spot at the Willis Boat Landing main stage to watch two of Hatteras Island’s most popular restaurants and their chefs go head-to-head in an hour long competition to prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed just as the competition gets underway! There will be an awards ceremony at 4:30pm, followed by the boat parade at 6pm and the solemn Blessing of the Fleet.

Be sure to join in the fun at the Hatteras Village Community Building at 8pm by dancing the night away on the “lawn” in true Hatteras fashion.

On Sunday, September 16th, head over to The Seaside Inn at 1pm for shrimp ‘n’ grits and then head out on the water to culminate a great weekend of celebrating our watermen and their generous contributions to our fragile, island community.

Click here for a full schedule of events!


Graveyard of the Atlantic Summer Programs

AHOY MATEY! The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is offering a plethora of weekly summer programs and activities for all ages! It would be a pity to miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore and discover more about our maritime heritage.
Here’s a list of programs that you may be interested in attending…
Monday-Saturday 1st Mates Program
-For ages 8-12. Children will receive a certificate of rank and 1st mate’s wristband by doing a Museum search and attending two programs, or doing a Museum search, attending one program, and completing one written activity.
Monday and Fridays
Maritime Movies @ 11am and 2pm

-These shows include information about the U-85, Chicamacomico, the Alligator, the Battle of the Atlantic and more!
Tuesdays @ 2
-A speaker’s series on the people and events that shape our island’s history.
Island Treasures @ 11am

-Talks and demonstrations related to or island’s heritage.
Civil War Mini Talks @ 3pm
Children’s Nautical Crafts @ 10:30-12pm

Canvasback Decoys @ 12-4pm
-Visit with a local decoy maker, Sam Green, as he demonstrates the art of creating various decoys.
2nd Saturday
-Come down to the Museum on the 2nd Saturday of the month and see what it’s all about!
Well shiver me timbers! I think the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is the place to be this summer!
The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10am until 4pm.


OBX EVENTS June 1-10th

Here at Surf or Sound Realty, we are looking forward to a busy, fun-filled month! There is always something exciting happening on the OBX! We’ve made it our mission to make sure you are well-informed of the week’s activities and events so that you can make the most of your well-deserved vacation!

This week’s line up is packed to the brim (just like your suitcases) with activities and events for all ages!
June 1-3 OBX Paddle Palooza, Frisco, Frisco Woods Campground.
~Stand up paddleboard races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels! Don’t forget about the pig-pickin’ Saturday night!
June 2 Dare Day, Manteo.
~Starting @ 9am, enjoy a beautiful day in Manteo’s downtown historic waterfront! Dare Day is an annual celebration of the people and history of Dare County. There will be enterainment and demonstrtations provided. Admission is FREE! Come enjoy a day full of exploration and learning!

June 2-8 Triple S Invitational, Waves, REAL Watersports.
~Be a spectator as the pros compete for the most sought after victory on the professional kiteboarding circuit! You will have a unique opportunity to meet the pros and learn more about the thrilling sport of kiteboarding! After all, there is no better place to kiteboard! Cape Hatteras is one of the top 3 kiteboarding destinations in the world! There will also be bands playing throughout the week, so don’t miss it!
June 2 Fish Fry, Hatteras Village and Avon Village, 5-7pm.
~Does fried local fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, and potato salad sound like the perfect Hatteras Island dinner? We think so! Head to the Hatteras Fire Station at 57689 Hwy 12 or the Avon Fire Station at 40159 Harbor Rd. for a delicious meal, hosted by the Ladies Auxilary.
June 4-8 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs, Rodanthe, 2pm.
~Monday-Friday at 2pm, join The Chicamacomico Historical Association for an afternoon of entertainment ranging from talks with local historians to dramatic demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visit the Station’s website for program details.
June 5 Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, Avon 10am-12pm, Hatteras, 3-5pm. June 6, Waves 4-6pm.
~A fun-filled free opportunity to climb a rock wall, shoot water guns, have your face painted, and try out the latest toys and games!
June 6 Bluegrass Jam at Banjo Island/Red Drum Pottery, Frisco, 7pm.
~Enjoy local musicians at the “Wednesday Happening” OR bring your instrument and join them!
June 7 2nd Annual Sunset Swim: A Charity Runway Event, Waves, REAL Watersports.
~Come out and support Athletes For Cancer Survivorship Programs. The night will begin at 6:30 with drinks, followed by a silent auction, and dinner at 7. The show will get underway at 8:30, with dancing and a raffle to follow. The event will showcase emerging local designer and boutiques! What a fun, charitable event! Mark your calendar!
June 9 Family Fishing Tournament, Nags Head, Jennette’s Pier, 8am-12pm.
~What better way to start your weekend! Door prizes and awards with be given.
June 9-10 30th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival, Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
~Enjoy a weekend of kite exhibits and demonstrations and be sure to bring your camera!

Make the most of your vacation and plan to attend one or all of the week’s events! There is something for everyone!


Hatteras Village's connection to the Titanic

Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks have played a role in many history-making events, but this one might surprise you. Did you know that the first received and recorded distress message sent by the Titanic was received at the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station?

“CQD”, meaning “Come Quickly Distressed” (this was the code used prior to “SOS”), was the telegraph message sent by the RMS Titanic and received in Hatteras Village at 11:25pm on the night of April 14, 1912. Further details in the message included “Have struck iceberg”.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the log page recording of the telegraph message will be displayed for the first time at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village. The log page had been discovered in the walls of the weather station during the building’s renovation in 2005. The building is now being used by the park service and the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau as a welcome center.

The log page along with other related items will be on display from April 14 to May 31. For more information about the exhibit, click here to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s website.