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Curri-Shuck Currituck-An OBX Celebration

Beer, wine, and oysters and a perfect day at Sanctuary Vineyards.

Oysters, oysters and more oysters. And when you’re tired of oysters, there’s some really good northeastern North Carolina barbecue. Oh and wine, beer and great music from the Cody Austin Band. That’s about as good a way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend as there is.

The Big Curri-Shuck is a huge thank you and festival sponsored by Sanctuary Vineyards and the Cotton Gin every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s been growing and growing in popularity and this year, with perfect weather, it may have been the biggest yet.

An amazing celebration of local culture the theme is simple and straightforward. 

Have I Got Your Crabs come in from their restaurant in Kitty Hawk and steam a lot—and we mean a lot—of oysters, dump them on a table and let the fun begin. And they were good. They also steamed some crab, but the focus was definitely on the oysters.

There was also some wonderful barbecue—classic northeastern NC served on a bun with cole slaw.

With Sanctuary Vineyards sponsoring the event, there was lots of wine to try—the Albarino especially seemed to pair well with the oysters. Local breweries were on hand as well. 

The music seemed to make the day. Great country rock sound from the Cody Austin Band. 

Made for a great day. . . on the schedule for next year already.

An Outer Banks Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is a remarkable holiday requiring nothing more than spending time with the people who are most important in our lives and eating a wonderful meal. It is in concept and at its heart, the very definition of fellowship.

Yet not everyone has a family or close friends with whom they can sit down to a meal of turkey and ham with all the trimmings; not every family can afford those things. It was that realization, the knowledge that there were people in need of friendship and a special meal that led Liberty Church in Colington to open it’s hall to serve any who come to their door on Thanksgiving.

Started five years ago, the annual feast has grown until today, the church pastor's estimate they will serve somewhere around 300 meal, most of them at the church, although starting last year they took to bringing meals to people who had to work or couldn’t get out.

Watching the volunteers prepare the meals and get ready to serve, it’s difficult to tell who gets more from the event—the diners or the volunteers.

Thanksgiving is about family, friends and the security that comes from knowing there are people who truly care. Sometimes that’s family and friends; sometimes it’s the spirit of caring that carries the day.

OBX Holiday Happenings

Holiday lights at the Poulos house, Kill Devil Hills.

There is so much happening on the Outer Banks this holiday season that it’s tough to know where to start. Santa will be making an appearance at a number of locations, there’s lots of holiday lights and cheer and some wonderful causes with great events attached.

For those of us lucky enough to live on the Outer Banks, though, one tradition that seems to mark the beginning of the season is the light display at the Poulos house in Kill Devil Hills. The yard is filled with Holiday lights—there’s even a Chanukah Menorah, Christmas music fills the air, Santa is on hand, free hot chocolate and very real sense of community.

The Poulos house is on Ocean Acres, which is the road that goes back to Nags Head Woods. Turn at Pigman’s Barbecue and stay on Ocean Acres. There’s no mistaking the light show.

Speaking of light shows, Kitty Hawk Kites puts on a very different on with Kites with Lights at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. It starts at 4:00 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving—November 27 this year.

A wonderful event that goes to a good cause, the 27th Annual Festival of the Trees will be at the Outer Banks Brewing Station December 3-5—Thursday thru Saturday. It’s the main fundraising event for Outer Banks Hotline, and it’s great time with lots of kids running around and Santa (of course).

For something different check out the town of Duck’s lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree on December 5. The event includes some great live music and a visit from Santa Claus.

Here are some additional Outer Banks Holiday Events.

Hangin’ with Santa

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

November 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

November 28, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kites with Lights

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

4:00 p.m.

Winter Lights

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

November 28, December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23, 26,30 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays) January 2,8,9,15,16,22,23 (Fridays and Saturdays) from 6pm-9pm

27th Annual Outer Banks Hotline Festival of Trees

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills

December 3-5

Tree Lighting


December 4

Christmas Parade


December 5

Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

Duck Yuletide Celebration Duck

December 5

3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.

A Dickens Tale

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

December 5m 3:30 p.m.

Whalehead Candlelight Christmas Tour

Whalehead Club, Corolla

December 5, 7, 12

Candlelight Tour of the Whalehead Club. Refreshments at end of the tour.

Breakfast with Santa

Pamlico Jack’s, Nags Head

December 6 9am - 1pm. 

Buffet breakfast with the big guy with proceeds going to the Dare County Angel Tree Fund.

Christmas Past at Island Farm

December 12, 10am - 4pm. 

Island Farm, Roanoke Island

Traditional 19th century Christmas including St. Nicholas arriving in an ox-drawn cart.

Dare County Candy Drop

December 13, 12:30 pm

Dare County Regional Airport, Manteo

Original C54 from the Berlin Airlift, the Berlin Candy Bomber will fly over the airport dropping miniature parachutes with candy bars attached.

112th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight

Wright Brothers Monument, Kill Devil Hills

December 17

Winter Lights Dinner With Santa

December 19

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

OBX Open Mic Adventures

Grab your guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, sax, trombone . . .  any instrument will do and head out to take a tour of the Outer Banks music scene. This isn’t a listening tour, though. It’s an open mic tour and for the hidden rock ’n’ roll star, the jazz aficionado or bluegrass master, this is a chance to sit in with some really talented musicians and have some fun.

There are three venues featuring open mic nights, the Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head, Art’s Place in Kitty Hawk and the Jolly Roger in Kill Devil Hills.

The open mic is a once a week happening at all three locations. Scott Franson is the host at the Jolly Roger, with music taking over the bar at 9:00 p.m. Look for Monte Hooker at Art’s Place starting at 7:00

Who knows who the house band will be at Kelly’s, but they’re always really good. The other night it was Bill Rea on bass and Buzz Bissette on keyboards, two of the best musicians on the Outer Banks. Look for the open mic at Kelly’s at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

There’s a choice of how to play—some people like to get up and do a solo set, others enjoy sitting in with the band. Some people just like to listen and a lot of the sounds are really good.

One other open mic that comes around once a month is a little bit different. The Dare County Arts Council sponsors a literary open mic the second Thursday of every month at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. Poetry, prose, essays, short works—it’s all welcome. Free coffee and snacks, the reading starts at 6:30 p.m.

Almost Maine on the Outer Banks

Maiah Tabb as Hope in the "Story of Hope" Almost, Maine

Life is becoming village-like again on the Outer Banks. It does that every year beginning in mid November through mid March. There are a couple of spikes in population when our visitors come back over Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for the most part for the next four months, life slows down a bit and we can concentrate on those things that make life so wonderful.

First Flight High School put on the play Almost, Maine this weekend. A real departure from the shows they have been doing, this play tackled some mature themes of love and relationships, and the kids did an absolutely superb job of handling their parts.

In the play love is a very tangible thing—a physical manifestation that has substance. In the first vignette a wife shows up in Almost, ME to witness the northern lights and say good by to her husband who died three days ago. In a small bag she carries the broken pieces of her heart, that, when they fall, sound like shards of shale that they have become.

As the story of her relationship with her husband emerges, the skit is actually much more lighthearted than it sounds and the kids did a great job of keeping it sweet, funny and romantic.

The full range of the emotions of the human heart came alive on stage; there are stories of relationships just beginning, of a marriage ending and what it means to fall in love—literally . . . the actors fell down when they realized they were in love.

The “Story of Hope” is a skit about the loss of hope, how lost opportunity may never be regained. Poignant and evocative, the piece tells a story of lost through one person’s attempt to regain a lost love.

Next up for the First Flight actors—The Drowsy Chaperone in April.

Al Roker Almost Visits Kitty Hawk

Al Roker's stops along the way to almost getting to Kitty Hawk.

Like a TV network version of the children’s book, Where’s Waldo, folks on the Outer Banks found themselves asking the question, “Where’s Al Roker?”

Scheduled to stop by Kitty Hawk this evening on his quest to do a weather forecast from all 50 states in one week, he never did make it to the Outer Banks. Not surprising, perhaps . . . but disappointing.

He did do his broadcast from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, tweeting out his change in itinerary saying, “So sorry we’re running behind,” indicating he couldn’t make the one hour trip from Elizabeth City to Kitty Hawk and back again and stick to his schedule.

Speculation had run rampant all day, the burning question was, Where? Where was he going to stand to do his broadcast? Guess we’ll never know now.

Looking over his itinerary for the day, the only surprise is that he came as close as he did to maintaining what had to be a brutal timeline. The day began in Slidell, Louisiana and will end in Charleston, West Virginia, where he’s headed as soon as he finishes in Elizabeth City. In between he stopped in Mobile, Pensacola, Savannah and Hilton Head. Some of it driving, some of it flying—but that’s a heck of a schedule.

So he didn’t get a chance to stop by and visit this time, leaving us with only one option: Al Roker, when you have some time, contact us here at Joe Lamb, Jr. and let us show you what a great place the Outer Banks is.

OBX Weekend-Outer Banks Marathon & More

Marathon pacesetters at mile 4.25. Peter Chebet in black won. Three runners pictured were top three finishers. 

The big event for the weekend was the Outer Banks Marathon and all the races that comes along with it. The event has really become a major part of the fall scene on the Outer Banks with runners coming from all over the United States to enjoy some time with family, runners and the challenge of running 26.2 miles.

The leaders set a blistering pace this year with winner Peter Chebet from Kentucky exactly matching the previous course record sort 2:20:22 set in 2010. 

What really seems to be setting the Outer Banks Marathon apart, aside from the beauty of the run, is that the whole weekend has become happening for the whole family and runners of every skill level. Saturday is filled with a Diaper Dash, and Fun Run a 5K and an 8K. Sunday is the day for the Flying Pirate Half Marathon and the Outer Banks Marathon.

Something has been added to the mix this year, though, and hopefully Americana Beer Fest will be back next year for an encore performance. Not associated at all with the Outer Banks Marathon, this was still a welcome addition to the weekend. 

Held at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion Saturday night was fun, with lot’s of craft beer from local breweries and veteran-owned breweries, some great music,  and awesome food. What’s not to like?

All for for a good cause, too with proceeds benefiting the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council.


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