Even on a stormy day, the beauty of Hatteras Island is breathtaking. Check out our rainy day activities for fun things to do if it rains. With dark clouds over a deep blue ocean and a lightning show across the sky, a rainy day on a beach vacation beats any day at work.
Photo submitted on Facebook by Jessie Bourne.
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have had no fireworks displays the past two years, but that may change for this year as the local community, businesses, organizations and Park Service work together to take the necessary steps toward hosting a fireworks display in Avon village for 2012.
The reason for no displays the past two year is that, on July, 4, 2009, four pyrotechnics workers died due to a terrible explosion on Ocracoke Island when the crew was near the ferry docks in Ocracoke village unloading fireworks for the display. As a result, ew restrictions were put in place that made it very complicated and costly to continue with the fireworks displays.
Due to massive support from local officials, businesses and individuals, the Cape Hatteras National Park Service has agreed to allow a permit for the launching of fireworks off Avon Pier.
Launching fireworks from the beach is illegal, however, concessions will be made for the Fourth of July as the Avon Pier is privately owned, and the fireworks will be launched into the ocean, past the mean low-water mark, and ergo outside of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore boundary.
While there will still be permits that need to be issued, this approval basically paves the way for the annual fireworks display to proceed.
The biggest hurdle to the annual display has been cleared, but there is still a lot of work to do.
Pyrotechnico, a pyrotechnics company from Pennsylvania, will be coming to Hatteras Island for a community meeting on March 15 to meet with the council and anyone who wants to be involved.
Fundraising efforts will continue on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to provide the necessary financial support. So far, for 2012, Avon will be hosting the only professional display. We are very excited to share this news with our vacation guests and will keep you informed of any additional information as we receive it so that you can plan for your Hatteras Island vacation!
Donations for the display can be sent to APOA, PO Box 9, Avon, NC 27915.
Checks can also be dropped off (with attn: Norm Campbell) at any of the islands’ East Carolina Bank locations.
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.