05/31/12

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs

Each afternoon of the summer (Monday-Friday) from May 28th-August 31st, The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station will be hosting a wide range of programs for all to enjoy!
Programs begin at 2pm. All programs are outdoors and will be held weather permitting. Programs are FREE with the regualr site admission of $6 for Adults and $4 for Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17.
Join the Chicamacomico Historical Association for an afternoon of entertainment and adventure!

Monday- Nights in Rodanthe movie- Behind the Scenes
~Meet with a cast member of the Nights in Rodanthe set and get her autograph! You will also be able to view the movie site from the Chicamacomico Station!
Tuesday- America’s Forgotten Heroes
~Explore the fascinating history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service through their awe-inspiring tales of rescue, right here on our shores!
Wednesday- The Real Taffy of Torpedo Junction
~Taffy was the main character in a popular children’s book published back in the ’50’s. Along with Taffy, you will get to explore Hatteras Island during World War II. During your visit to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, you will have a chance to meet the real Taffy, Carol Dillion, whom this fictional novel was written about many years ago. Truly fascinating!
Thursday- Beach Apparatus Drill
~Watch the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard practice the weekly “Breeches Buoy Rescue Reenactment” method. Chicamacomico is now the ONLY place in the world that performs the complete Drill, including live black powder firing and live shot. Come be a part of U.S. history!
Friday- What Really Happened to the “Lost Colony“?
~Wonder where everyone went? Join Scott Dawson for a compelling talk based on documentation and evidence!

We hope to see you in Rodanthe, milepost 39.5, at The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, for a week full of exciting learning opportunities! For more information click here!


05/29/12

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!


05/25/12

Picture of the Week


Can’t you just feel the salt air blowing through your hair as you sit on the beach in front of Idle Minds in Salvo? What a peaceful end to the day!
Thanks for sharing this amazing photo to our Facebook page!


05/25/12

Cape Hatteras is ranked as one of America's Top Ten Beaches!

Dr. Beach has just released his list of America’s Best Beaches and Cape Hatteras has made the cut for the Top Ten, for another year in a row! This year Cape Hatteras comes in at #10! (In previous years, the rankings have been as follows: #5 in 2011, #4 in 2010, #7 in 2009, and #8 in 2008.)
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (Dr. Beach), Director and Professor of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, travels up and down the coastline each year in search of the absolute best beaches in America. He evaluates each site using 50 criteria, which range from beach condition to water temperature, to sand softness and color.
Being a strong contender in America’s Best Beaches, does not surprise those of us who live and breathe Cape Hatteras! Whether you live here, visit here, or long to visit our shores, you know from the moment you arrive, that you’ve reached paradise! From our clean, uncrowded beaches to the best surf on the East Coast, to world-class fishing and adventure! Cape Hatteras has it all while still managing to hold on to the small island charm that everyone cherishes and loves.
Dr. Beach describes Cape Hatteras as:
“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing. Hurricane Irene in 2011 cut a few inlets through Hatteras Island so travel down to the Cape will be slowed.”
So if you’ve never visited Cape Hatteras, start making plans to head this way! We’d love to share one of America’s Best Beaches with you and help you enjoy an unforgettable vacation! On your way through, stop by Surf or Sound Realty and say HI!


05/24/12

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration

After seeing the movie The Guardian a few years ago, have you become intrigued by the men and women who put their lives at risk everyday to perform Search and Rescue?
On Tuesday, May 29th at 11am, you are invited to become a spectator at a dramatic, awe-inspiring U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, right here on Hatteras Island. This impressive demonstration will be performed on the Chicamacomico beach in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5, by U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Come watch as these remarkable men and women carry out this exciting demonstration using a 47 ft. motor lifeboat, accompanied by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
This is an opportunity you will not want to miss! The Search and Rescue Demonstration will leave you on the edge of your beach chair seat!

Admission is FREE with the regular site admission of $6 for adults and $4 for Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17. Please allow yourself time to park at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Historic Museum, get tickets, and get to the Chicamacomico beach.


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!


05/18/12

The 1st Annual Shorebreak 5K and Tide Pool Fun Run

On Monday, May 28th, you will have the opportunity to make history by partcipating in Hatteras Island’s 1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and Tide Pool Fun Run! Come one, come all!

Feel free to walk, jog, or sprint the 3.1 mile scenic loop through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon. The 5k will start at 8am at the Oceanfront Pavilion of the Beach Klub in Avon. The Tide Pool Fun Run will begin immediately following the Shorebreak 5k at 9am on the beach.

This event is a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition Program.

Registration is $35 and $25 for ages 18 and under. The fee includes a goody bag, t-shirt, medal, age group winner prizes, and a post-race party for adults 21 and older. The fee for the Tide Pool Fun Run is $10 and includes finisher medals and a t-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund on the web.

Come out and support our local community and each other during this Memorial Day weekend event!


05/17/12

Gearing UP for Memorial Day week festivities!

No matter what you’re gearing up for, whether it’s surfing, kiteboarding, some of the world’s best fishing, or just a fun time on the beach, the OBX delivers!
Memorial Day week on the OBX will prove just how “geared up” everyone is to get this season rolling and off to an eventful start!
We’d love to see you at one or all of the holiday week events, so go ahead and mark your calendar and we’ll see you there…or on the beach!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 25th & May 26th (10am-6pm)

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT will also be selling plates of BBQ on May 26th, so stop by and grab a bite for lunch and support this worthy cause!

Endless Summer Weekend
May 25th-May 28th

~Join Robert August and son in their quest for the best waves Hatteras Island has to offer! Admission is FREE! There will be a surf party with LIVE music on Saturday night, and a special showing of the 1966 original film, “Endless Summer,” on Sunday night, as well as demos and autograph sessions. Both events are located at REAL Watersports, 25706 Hwy 12, Waves. For more info contact 252-987-6000 or visit them on the web.

Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
May 26th (9am-5pm) & May 27th (9am-4pm)

~This crafty festival will be held rain or shine at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Kills, behind the Kill Devil Hills Post Office. Be sure to stop by and support our talented local artists and browse their wares!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 26th

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and The Tide Pool Fun Run
May 28th @ 8am

~All are welcome to run, walk, or jog the scenic 3.1 miles through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon! The Shorebreak 5k will begin at 8am followed by The Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach. Come support each other and our community! All proceeds from this event go towards the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition program.
Click here to sign up!

REAL Summer Concert Series
May 26th-Performers TBA
May 28th-The Wilders
May 31st-Soul Rebel

~Enjoy free live music at REAL Watersports in Waves, from 6-10pm!

Banjo Island Bluegrass Concert and Jam Session
May 30th

~Travel down to Red Drum Pottery in Frisco for a fun night of entertainment by an assortment of talented local musicians or bring your own instrument and be apart of the entertainment! Show starts @ 7! $5 admission, which includes snacks and a drink served during intermission.

OBX Paddle Palooza
June 1-3rd

~Bring the entire family to Frisco Woods Campground to enjoy a day of stand up paddleboard races for all ages and experience levels! The races get underway early Saturday morning, June 2, so don’t forget to register early! Online registration closes @ 8pm, Friday, June 1 and on-site registration closes @ 8am, Saturday, June 2! Come and join the fun and see what the paddleboard craze is all about! For more information on this event visit the sponsor’s webpage.

Dare Day
June 2nd

~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!

Enjoy your week and thank you for visiting The Outer Banks!