08/31/10

Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show

Explore the latest unique creations from the local artists by visiting the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show hosted by the Indian Town Gallery in Frisco. The show features original art, prints, glass, jewelry, candles, sun catchers, photography, pottery, textiles and gifts. The event is schedules for September 3rd and 4th from 10am to 5pm. Hot food and baked goods will be sold on location as a fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels association.

Indian Town Gallery is located at MP 65 in Frisco and is about 4 miles south of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. For more information please call 252-995-5181.


08/26/10

Rip Currents Awareness

What are rip currents?
Rip currents are channels of water that develop in an opening in a sand bar. Though relatively narrow near the beach, rip currents can increase to over 50 yards in width as they extend up to 1000 feet offshore. The velocity of the water can be as high as 5 mph.

How to identify rip currents?
Rip currents can be identified before entering the water. Look for an area of murky water due to sediment mixing as the channel opened in the sandbar. If the rip current has lasted a long time, the color of the water will appear darker than the surrounding water because of the channel carved by the flowing water. Rip currents will also move objects and/or foam steadily seaward and will cause a break in the incoming wave pattern.

What to do if caught in a rip current?
* Remain calm. Remember, rip currents can pull a swimmer away from the shore but not under the water.
* Swim parallel to the shore until you break free, then swim diagonally toward the shore. Do not attempt to swim directly back toward the shore
* If you cannot swim out of the current, float until it weakens, then swim diagonally toward the shore.
* Ask for help by waving your hands.

Please keep in mind the following Safety Tips:

* Stay out of the water during dangerous surf conditions.
* Know how to swim. Non-swimmers should not rely on floats, such as boogie boards, while in deep water.
* Always swim near a lifeguard.
* Locate rip currents before entering the water.
* Tune in to NOAA weather radio and monitor websites (National Weather Service, Eastern Dare County, NC) and local media for updated surf conditions during your stay on the Outer Banks.
* Check with the lifeguards about rip currents and other hazardous conditions.
* Do not attempt to rescue someone caught in a rip current. Notify a lifeguard or, if there is no lifeguard, yell directions on how to escape, throw the victim something that floats, and call 911.

This information was provided by the National Park Service. For more information on rip currents, ask a lifeguard or check the website at http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.


08/26/10

Kiteboarding – a popular watersport

Kiteboarding is becoming a popular watersport and Hatteras Island is the perfect place to try it out! Pamlico Sound offers the perfect conditions for kiteboarding for both beginner and advance level kiteboarders. If you are really adventurous and an experienced kiteboarder, you can try this sport in the waters of the Atlantic. Local watersports shops offer kiteboarding lessons for all levels. Click here for more information about kiteboarding on Hatteras Island.


08/13/10

Vote for Your Favorite Family -Friendly Restaurant on Hatteras Island!

Outer Banks Child Magazine is having their 3rd Annual Child’s Choice Award competition. Nominate your favorite family-and child-friendly restaurant on the Outer Banks. The one with the most votes will receive the title of outer banks child’s choice. PLUS! -Everyone who nominates a restaurant will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the winning restaurant!

Deadline for submission is September 5th.
What is your favorite Hatteras Island family- and child- friendly restaurant?
Cast your vote today! http://www.outerbankschild.com/childs-choice/


08/9/10

The Lost Colony A Mystery Continues

Imagine being outdoors with the breeze of cool evening air and the still of the summer night all around you, sitting in the very location where colonists first came to settle the new world. The Waterside Theatre in Manteo on Roanoke Island offers a unique experience to watch the compelling mystery of The Lost Colony unravel before your eyes.
In May, The Lost Colony kicked off its 73rd season of mystery, music, drama and dance. It is the nation’s longest running symphonic drama and tells the story of the first 117 English men, women and children settlers who came to be known as The Lost Colony. This show is truly an Outer Banks original. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, it was created in 1937 by a desire of the Roanoke Island community to honor the 350th Anniversary of the birth of Virginia Dare -the first English settler born in America.
On July 4, 1937, The Lost Colony opened to a packed house, despite the economic hardship of the Great Depression. The show was intended to run only through the end of that summer. But when Franklin D. Roosevelt attended on August 18, 1937, the nation’s eyes were fixed on the production, assuring that there would be subsequent seasons.

And the rest, they say, is history…
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit The Lost Colony.


08/5/10

North Carolina Tax Free Weekend August 6-8

Need to do some back to school shopping? Looking for ways to save a little extra cash? With the North Carolina tax free holiday, you can save money by purchasing items like clothing, school supplies and computers from Friday, August 6th through Sunday, August 8th. This tax exemption applies to:
Clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100
Sports and recreation equipment under $50
Computers under $3,500
Computer equipment under $250
The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6th and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 8th.
Please note: The specific types of items that are exempt from sales tax are defined in detail for the holiday. Items are not exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team. For more detailed information, visit the North Carolina tax free weekend website.