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An Artrageous Saturday

How to make a hat from a grocery bag at the DCAC's 25th Annual Artgareous.


More reports from this past weekend, which seemed to have a bit of everything happening Thursday through Sunday.

The Dare County Arts Council held its 25th Annual Artrageous celebration of the arts Saturday at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills. 

Saying it’s a celebration of the arts is accurate to a degree, but even more so it’s a celebration of kids and creativity. There was hat making from paper grocery bags; a wonderful table that Pocosin Arts set up for kids to make jewelry; and Children & Youth Partnership was there with a table of crafts for the youngest children.

There was also live music and a marvelous dance demo featuring a Bollywood style dance with five or six kids trying their best to follow the moves.

The weather was spectacular. A full slate of soccer and football games at the Rec Park field insured lots of participation—there were a number of kids there still in their football uniforms.

A fantastic tribute to the Arts Council, creativity and community.

Amazing Outer Banks Weekend of Events

 Dr. Jeffrey Linkenbach addressing the State of the Child audience.

There was so much happening on the Outer Banks this weekend that we don’t know if we’ll be able to cover everything, but that  won’t stop us from trying. There was a kids art festival--Artrageous, a four day Bluegrass Festival and the State of the Child Conferecne.

We’ll start with an event on Friday that’s something that is very locally oriented, but it speaks volumes about the quality of life and priorities of the Outer Banks community.

The fifth State of the Child Conference was held at the Ramada on Friday. Sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, the conference is held about every six years and takes a hard look at what the local needs are for our kids.

This one was a little be different than the others. In the past, what was examined was what are the things that we are doing wrong and how can they be corrected. The 2014 State of the Child Conference focused on the “Positive Community Norms”, and the consensus was feeling of energy and hope after emerying from the daylong affair.

The presenter was Dr. Jeffrey Linkenbach from the Montana Institute. The institute works to identify the positive in communities and how to build on that. 

Although the day focussed on the positive in the Outer Banks community, there were full discussions about on the issues confronting us and how to use the knowledge of what is positive in our community to effect change.

A very worthwhile day.


Last Weekend of September with Lots to Do

Scene from Artrageous 2013.

A little earlier this month we mentioned how many things there are to do in September on the Outer Banks and here it is the last weekend of the month and it may be the busiest three days yet.

Well, actually four days.

The big event is the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Festival Park in Manteo that runs Thursday though Sunday. It might be sold out, but if tickets are available, by all means try to get here for this one. Two headliners, both really worth a look. Rhonda Vincent and the Flame on Friday evening and Ricky Skaggs Saturday.

The other big event is the Dare County Arts Council’s  25th Annual Artrageous celebration of the arts at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills. It’s really geared toward kids and families, but anyone going will have a great time. 

There’s actually a headliner year as well. North Carolina Road Scholar John Santa will be on hand. If there is a stringed instrument that John doesn’t play, it hasn’t been found yet, although he really shines on guitar and mandolin.

John’s going to be making appearances through the Outer Banks for the next two weeks, so if his name pops up, by all means check him out. 

A great musician, but he may be an even better story teller.

Sea Turtle Nest in Kitty Hawk

I took a walk this morning an I saw something I really didn’t expect to see on the beach in Kitty Hawk. A sea turtle nest.

Well, I didn’t actually see the turtle nest, just the area marked off that indicates there are eggs incubating in the sand.

I suppose I should not have been so shocked—sea turtle nest are all along the Outer Banks, and actually fairly common, although there are a few more recorded south or Oregon Inlet.

The nest was identified by N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles) an Outer Banks group that have been in the forefront of educating the public about sea turtles and protecting their habitat.

The biggest concern , other than inadvertent damage. are bright lights when the turtles hatch. Lights confuse them and they will move to the light instead of making a beeline to the ocean.

We’re getting very close to the prime time of the year for a hatching, officially called a boil. It’s pretty exciting when the turtles do hatch as 50 or 60 miniature versions of an adult turtle that typically weight 200+ pounds all scramble for the surf. Actually this was identified as a loggerhead nest, so we're looking at a turtle weighing between 300-500 pounds.

Bonner Bridge Replacement May Be in the Works

Who knows? Maybe a replacement span for the Bonner Bridge may actually happen within a typical person’s lifetime. A press release from the SELC and NCDOT indicate the longtime foes are in “confidential . . . discussions”, to quote from the joint statement, to find a way to move forward.

Twenty years past its predicted lifespan, it’s still safe to use the link between the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island, mainly because of the time, effort and money NCDOT has put into it, but it is becoming more and more expensive to keep the bridge safe, and a replacement span is long overdue.

What seems to have sparked the talks was a ruling from the US Appeals Court that seemed to favor each side. On the one hand the court found that NCDOT had followed the law in developing their environmental impact statement. However, the Court agreed with the SELC that there had been a procedural flaw that had to be reexamined by the lower court.

It’s been three years of constant legal battles, and although no one is saying why the two sides are now in conversation, it may be that simple legal exhaustion—and the price tag involved—has taken its toll.

TR3-An Outer Banks Original

Talk to just about anyone on the Outer Banks about the entertainment scene and you’ll hear rave reviews about the quality of the musicians. The local music talent really is out of proportion to the population.

If there is a king of the hill or top dog, though, it’s got to be Tim Reynolds and TR3

Reynolds, who is the lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band, has been living on the Outer Banks since 2007 and soon after he got here he teamed up with drummer Dan Martier and bassist Mick Vaughn to reincarnate TR3.

Their music is an extraordinary blend of electric ballads, jazz and hard rock—complex and layered it’s sometimes hard to imagine that just three musicians can create that much sound. That’s sound referring to the texture of the music, not necessarily their volume . . . although they can be loud at times.

We’re bringing this up now, because their latest CD, "Like Some Kind of Alier Invasion", is about to be released in early October and they are about to go on tour. The CD was recorded at a local recording studio and the trio took their time about. The early reports are they really got it right.

Outer Banks Heats Up with Things to Do

Here it is September, and the summer season is officially history here on the Outer Banks. However, although summer is gone, there is still a lot to do on the Outer Banks. This is just a list with a few of the highlights.

The next big event will be the ESA Championships (Eastern Surf Association) at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head coming up September 14-20. The amateur label may be misleading for some of these surfers . . . they are really good.

The end of the month—September 25-28—the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival takes the stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. It has gotten more and more successful every year and this year the headliner, Ricky Scaggs, takes it to a whole new level.

Two weeks after that, music is again center stage with the Mustang Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 10 and 11 followed by the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday the 12th. The Mustang Music Festival is moving to the grounds of the Whalehead Club this year, so look for even more arts and crafts along with the full spate of music on two stages.

The Duck Jazz Festival never disappoints, so Columbus Day weekend is definitely the time to plan an Outer Banks trip.


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