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Outer Banks Independence Day-Lots of Celebrations

With the 4th of July falling on a Saturday this year, it may seem a bit inconvenient for visitors coming to the Outer Banks in late June or early July.

Actually, looking at the timing of events and how things are scheduled, it doesn’t look so bad. The Duck Independence Day Parade is going to be held on Friday, July 3rd—a wise move NC12 is closed down for an hour in the morning for the parade. It’s fun but inconvenient during the week. It would be a very different story on a summer Saturday.

The Whalehead Club is also holding their festivities on Friday. Things kick off on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park—where the Whalehead Club is located—at 5:00 with fireworks around 9:00 p.m.

Families coming on Saturday may be concerned that they’ll miss the festivities, but there will be plenty of time to get to the home and still catch the nighttime show. Manteo has an all day celebration with fireworks at night and we just got confirmation that once again Nags Head will be lighting the night sky from Nags Head Pier. There is something magical about being on the beach not he edge the continent and celebrating our nations birth.

An alternative place to watch the fireworks is from the top of Jockey’s Ridge. Some of the pop and bang of the fireworks are lost at that site, but it’s great vantage point to watch two shows at once.

Here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates we still have some good availability for the last week in June and the first week in July. Give us a call or check us out online and make a point of celebrating our nations birth on the Outer Banks this year.

Outer Banks Art Scene at Frank Stick Memorial Art Show

One of the best things about living on the Outer Banks is the amazing art scene, and with the opening of the 37th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show Saturday night, just how dynamic and talented that community is went on full display.

Held at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery—Glenn and Pat have hosted every year since it began—there were 99 entries this year representing an incredible array of styles. Multi-media, water colors, acrylics, photography, fabrics—a full range of artistic expression that barely scratches the surface of who and what the Outer Banks artists are all about.

Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council—celebrating their 40th anniversary this year—the opening night reception has become one of the social highlights of the winter season. Nobody seemed to be taking a head count but it there seemed to be somewhere around 150-200 visitors to the Gallery over the two hour reception.

The show will be at Glenn Eure’s through March 20, perfectly timed so that visitors coming to the Outer Banks for Taste of the Beach can stop in and see for themselves how remarkable the local talent is.

Independence Day on Outer Banks-A Great Celebration

It’s cold. . . . it’s the middle of the winter . . . and summer seems so distant right now that it’s hard to imagine in just four or five months the Outer Banks summer vacation time will be here. But sure as there is winter, summer will follow and with so much to do from the beaches of Corolla to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, it’s time to shake the winter blues and finalize the family plans.

Interesting this year that the Independence Day falls on a Saturday, but if timed right vacationers, it’s a great opportunity to commemorate our nation’s birthday twice. Recognizing that Saturday is changeover day, some of the best celebrations will be held on Friday, July 3.

Start the day at the Town of Duck Independence Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. This may be the wackiest, funniest and best small town parade in the country. Fire trucks, dancing dogs. a lasso twirling unicyclist and anyone who signs up in time. After the parade, there are fun and games and live music on the Town Green.

Up in Corolla, the Whalehead Club has turned its Independence Day Celebration into an evening festival for the past 23 years and this year is no exception with live music, lots of family activities and fireworks. Festivities kick off at 5:00 and the fireworks are always spectacular.

There are actually two days of celebrations this year. The town of Manteo is holding their 4th fo July festivities on Saturday. An all day affair, it has a wonderfully small town feel to it. The Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be on hand to provide music, which is about as all American as it gets.

Here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates, we still have some great availability for the last week in June and the first week in July or for a two week stay that would include all the Independence Day celebrations and plenty of time to explore the Outer Banks.

Winter Weather But OBX Taste of the Beach Coming Soon

Ice on low-hanging brances at Kitty Hawk Bay.

All things being relative, we probably shouldn’t complain too much about the Outer Banks weather right now, but it is cold out there. Admittedly compared to Boston, we’re not buried in snow—in fact, there’s bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. It would be a perfect day if the wind wasn’t holding steady at 25 mph and the temperatures struggling to reach the high 20s.

It is President’s Day Weekend, and a lot of the restaurants that take four or six weeks off are reopening. And by mid March almost everyone will be ready for the new season . . . just in time for the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, coming up March 19-22. As much a tour of the Outer Banks as an amazing way to experience the skill and creativity of local chefs, the Taste of the Beach is a not to be missed event.

Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates is the sponsor for the BBQ & WINGS Showdown on Friday at the Sea Ranch in Kill Devil Hills. Last year’s competition featured some of the best barbecue we’ve ever had, and this year there promises to be more restaurants and even better bbq and wings.

For our visitors staying with Joe Lamb, Jr. for the week of the Taste of the Beach, we are including two free adult tickets to the Showdown – plus a Joe Lamb, Jr. Cooler and T-shirt.

Soap Box Derby Comes to Southern Shores

The winner, crossing the finish line at 19mph.

Here it is mid week, the weather is miserable and just about now it’s great to be able to look back to the weekend and remember something special. . .  like the Soap Box Derby that Cub Scout Pack 117 ran in Southern Shores on Sunday.

It was a picture perfect day as the boys gathered at the top of East Dogwood to race to the bottom of the hill. The car designs ran the gamut from wooden seats on four wheels to sleek, aerodynamic creations complete with a latched door.

A double elimination contest, the competition was fierce with cars racing down the road, neck and neck to the finish line.

In the end, green #7 ruled the day with the police at the bottom of the hill clocking the racer at 19mph on their radar gun.

First run in 1934 in Akron, OH, the Soap Box Derby had been a part of many Cub Scout packs for years. With parents in attendance, neighbors popping out of their homes to watch and a few passersby, it was a great day to celebrate community, scouting and sunshine on the Outer Banks.

Joe Lamb, Jr. Sponsors BBQ Showdown at Taste of Beach

Yes, it’s the dead of winter and there’s snow on the ground and the warm side of the freezing mark hasn’t been seen for  a week or more. OK, that’s not quite what it’s like on the Outer Banks right now since it was a very nice day today, but for our neighbors to the north, that seem to be the reality of the past few weeks.

To help the snowbound envision better times and sunny days, here at Joe Lamb, Jr & Associates we offer these springtime events.

The big even for the spring has got to be the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach beginning this year on Thursday, March 19 and running through Sunday, March 22. For most places a “Taste of . . .” is an all day affair taking place in a tent or on one street. Not so on the Outer Banks. As much a tour of the towns from Corolla to Manteo it is a four day celebration of the skill and creativity of Outer Banks chefs.

One of the most fun events is the BBQ Showdown the Joe Lamb, Jr. sponsors. Held at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills on Friday, March 20, it’s must participate event.

Adding to the fun this year, the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Sunday, March 15 in Nags Head. For anyone who has never seen Kelly’s paean to patron saint of Ireland, it is one of those lifetime experiences that remind us how much fun life can be. Where else, as an example can anyone witness a precision beach chair drill team?

It makes for a perfect week for a springtime getaway, and guests staying with Joe Lamb Jr. the week of Taste of the Beach will receive two free tickets to the BBQ Showdown—plus a Joe Lamb Jr. cooler and T-shirt !

One other springtime event to put in the Outer Banks calendar: the Duck and Wine Festival is April 25. It’s a great day on the the Currituck Sound waterfront. Hosted by the Waterfront Shops in Duck, the Festival brings some of the finest chefs and restauranteurs together to prepare duck in a myriad of different styles then pair that with wine. 

Wind Energy Coming to the Outer Banks?

BOEM depiction of offshore wind turbines. Areas availalble off NC coast are in waters 30-60 meters in depth.

There’s general agreement that the Outer Banks is one of the windiest places around—that is, after all why the Wright Brothers chose Kitty Hawk to learn about flight. But until recently, not much has been done to develop the wind as an energy resource.

That may be changing.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)—the federal agency that watches over energy development in the ocean—just released an environmental assessment of areas off the North Carolina coast that can be developed for wind energy.

The process is complex, it’s going to take a while, but without the environmental assessment, nothing moves forward. 

At one time, an area off the Outer Banks west of Kitty Hawk was one of the largest wind energy  areas on the east coast, but concerns about shipping lanes and the visual impact of commercial turbines too close to shore, have shrunk the area by almost 90%. Nonetheless, there is a lot of energy that can be generated there and a lot of interest.

This is truly the beginning of a complex and time-consuming process. The environmental assessment only indicates areas that may be suitable for utility grade wind energy. Businesses that are interested in developing the area will lease the sites from the government.

If they determine the site is suitable for commercial development the business would then have to develop an environmental impact statement, a much more detailed study than the environmental assessment.

There will be a chance tor the public to learn more about the just released assessment this coming Monday, February 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

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