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Outer Banks Generosity-Joe & Ann Lamb

Joe and Ann Lamb presenting COA scholarship fund check to Ann Hoffman, COA Foundation Executive Director.


Sometimes you just want to tell the whole world how proud you are of the company you work for and this is one those times.

Ann and Joe Lamb, who started Joe Lamb, Jr. who started our company in 1968 have always believed in education and giving back, and they just did that in a big way donating more than $25,000 to the College of the Albemarle for a scholarship fund for Dare County students. 

This is just one of the many ways that Joe and Ann have been giving back to the community that has given them so much. 

COA is a two year school awarding associates degrees in a wide range of subjects. The school is part of the North Carolina university system and many of their students go on to earn four year degrees.

Ann and Joe have also created scholarships for Dare County students attending four year schools as well.

We also take pride in working with so many local organizations. We’ve written in the past about how generous the Outer Banks community is—well, when thinking of the Outer Banks community, think of Ann and Joe Lamb; they are very much a part of it.


OBX Woman's Club Arts & Craft Christmas Fair

The Outer Banks Woman’s Club is one of those organizations that seem to fall into the background, don’t get a lot of publicity but keep doing good works over and over again.

These are the folks that that always seem to be ones who find ways to give to local causes like the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, the Beach Food Pantry  and Food for Thought or the V.I.P Fishing Tournament that was just held.

Now that it’s the holiday season they’re really taking it up a notch with their Annual Angel Gift Program that reaches out to local children who may not have gifts otherwise.

It’s really grassroots funding which is what their Arts and Craft Christmas Fair is all about. It’s coming up Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29 over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills.

Admission is only $1.00, proceeds go to making sure as many children as possible have something from that “fat jolly old elf”—that’s a quote from A Visit from St. Nicholas for those who have forgotten about the night before Christmas. The funds also go into a scholarship fund. 

Something good all around.

OBX Holiday Calendar Is Filling Up

Manteo Christmas Tree after lighting.
It sure is nippy outside—not quite as cold as the rest of the East Coast but a high temperature struggling to reach 50 is cold for the Outer Banks, especially in November. Probably a little more like December, although even December isn’t usually quite this cold.
Since December has been mentioned, it’s a good time to take a look at December activities, because the calendar is really close to filled—especially on weekends.
Santa will, of course, be exhausted after his multiple visits to every site imaginable on the Outer Banks. 
The best known sighting of the “fat jolly old elf” is probably Kitty Hawk Kites “Hangin with Santa” November 28 and 29, with Kites with Lights painting the evening sky over Jockey’s Ridge State Park on Saturday.
Just about the biggest event of the season is the annual Tree Lighting in Manteo, which is a wonderfully small town Americana. That’s on December 5th. Bundle up; if you have little ones, expect to wait a bit to see Santa, but he will be there.
That same weekend Nu-Blu will be presenting their first ever Christmas show Friday, December 5-7. Nu-Blu is a bluegrass band that’s garnering a lot of attention. Their take on bluegrass is just a little bit different and their musicianship amazing. The just played for the Dare County Arts Council’s Veterans Writing Weekend and really wowed the audience.
Tickets for the show are selling quickly, so if interested don’t hesitate.
For anyone thinking of a long weekend getaway, that first weekend in December would be perfect.
That’s just a taste of what is coming up in December. We’ll come back with more later.

OBX Marathon Weekend A Huge Success

A big thumbs up for the 9th Annual Outer Banks Marathon.

What a fantastic weekend we just had for the Outer Banks Marathon. The Sunday 26.2 mile run from Kitty Hawk to Manteo is, of course, the crown jewel of the activities, but over the years, what started as a one day, one event happening has expanded to a family fest celebrating fitness.

There is something for everyone. Saturday features a diaper dash, one mile fun run, a 5K and 10K, and looking over how many people competed and the ages of the competitors, the concept of creating a weekend for the whole family seems to have borne fruit.

The Marathon is the big race for the weekend. It would be hard to imagine a more appealing run, passing through the dense growth of maritime forests, skirting the base of the Wright Brothers Monument and passing by Jockeys Ridge, there is no other run quite like it. And that’s not just us saying that; the national press as well as a large number of runners have remarked on the beauty of race.

There is also a half marathon run Sunday morning that begins in Nags Head and like the Marathon, ends in downtown Manteo.

Because it’s in the shoulder season, here at Joe Lamb, Jr. we are able to offer partial week stays. We’ll be able to do the same thing next year, so start planning now.

Outer Banks Sporting Events the organizer of the Marathon, sponsors three other races throughout the year—the Flying Tiger Half Marathon in April, Storm the Beach in June and the Outer Banks Triathlon in September.

The 2014 Marathon winner was Bryan Morseman from Bath, NY finishing at 2:27:39. Ginny Cronley from Greensboro crossed the finish line at 3:00:17 as the first place woman runner.

November on the OBX-Still Lots To Do

The big Outer Banks news this weekend is, of course, the Outer Banks Marathon, although a more accurate description might be the Outer Banks Marathon and Assorted Other Races, since there is everything from a baby dash to a 10K on Saturday, followed by the Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.

The interesting thing is, though, the big event is by no means the only event happening on the Outer Banks this weekend. 

Tonight—Saturday—the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is bringing the Malpass Brothers to Kill Devil Hills. A duo, Christopher and Taylor, they bring back the traditional sounds of country music and in reading over the reviews of their past performances, they are really good.

Down on Pea Island the Cape Hatteras Angler’s Club just wrapped up their 57th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament. According to Club President, Larry Hardham, with 120 6-person teams, it is the largest salt water fishing tournament in the world. Hard to say, but they had teams scattered from Rodanthe clear down to Hatteras Village, so maybe it’s true.

Even next weekend there’s lots to do with the Dare County Arts Council sponsoring their Veteran’s Writing Workshop. The centerpiece is Ron Capps' Veteran’s Writing Workshop on Saturday. 

Capps, a combat veteran and professional writer, works with veterans to write about their experiences. With sponsorship from a variety of Outer Banks businesses and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the workshop is provided free for 25 vets.

The night before, though, check out Nu-Blu at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Amazing musicians, and a great sound. Contact the DCAC for more information at 252-573-5558.

Hard to imagine with all of this to do, it’s November.

OBX Cook-off Weekend Comes Down to Sunday

Metropolis at the Shrimp Cook-off.

Oh, what we do sometimes for gourmet treats. This past Sunday, as it turned out, may have pushed the line on how much great food can be eaten in a relatively short period of time. 

With two cook-offs at the same time on the same day, there was a lot of food to go around and all of it was outstanding.

The original plan called for the first every Fish Taco Cook-off to be on Saturday at the Sea Ranch Resort followed by Sunday’s fundraiser for the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research--the 5th Annual Shrimp Cook-off at Ocean Boulevard

Mother Nature took care of that plan in short order with a fast moving coastal storm that forced the Outer Banks Restaurant Association to move the Fish Taco event to Sunday.

The problem, though, was how good everything was—not that there were two simultaneous events. It was impossible to not go back for seconds . . . and an occasional thirds.

As it turned out the Fish Taco Cook-off got moved back an hour to try to allow the weather to improve a bit, so the afternoon started at the indoor Ocean Boulevard Shrimp Cook-off.

Couldn’t possibly pick out a best of . . . it was all so good. Metropolis had a very different shrimp and cheese tapas that stood out because it was like nothing else there, but Dan Lewis of Coastal Provisions was cranking out some amazing shrimp and grits, and who’s to say if those were even the best.

Then it was on to the Fish Taco Cook-off. 

OK, it was cold. During those too infrequent moments when the sun would come out, it wasn’t too bad, but the north wind was certainly a part of the day.

But the tacos . . . oh, the tacos. Tuna, even a tuna tartare from Chili Peppers for the sashimi lovers, mahi mahi,  blackened red fish from Lone Cedar Cafe

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

I’ll diet and exercise later.


Marathon & More Coming Up in November

It will officially be November tomorrow and Mother Nature is reminding us that fall on the Outer Banks can be a pretty interesting place. Looks like we’ll have about 6-8 hours of a good old fashioned nor’easter hammering us, although this one is not predicted to hang around for three or four days.

The good news is it looks like the wind and rain will pass and take the nasty weather with it for at least a week. Outer Banks Marathon weekend—which is next weekend—is looking perfect for runners . . . temperatures in the mid 50s with some sunshine.

We’ve mentioned before, but it bears mentioning again, here at Joe Lamb, we do have partial week rentals available for runners or family who are coming down for the long weekend but can’t stay for a whole week.

The following weekend there’s an interesting event coming up. The Dare County Arts Council in cooperation with a number of sponsors, primarily the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, is holding its 2nd Annual Veterans Weekend. 

Friday night there’s a great concert planned with Nu Blu—an outstanding bluegrass band (worth seeing, even if you aren’t sure about bluegrass)—at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Saturday and Sunday is given over to a Veteran’s Writing workshop with Ron Capps, a combat veteran who is a professional writer. 

Capps ability to get the veterans to write about their experiences is extraordinary and the stories they tell are compelling and often horrific. 

The workshop is free to veterans but is limited to 25 participants. Contact the Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5558 for more information.


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