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32nd Lions Outer Banks Fishing Tournament

800+ participants with compainions at dinner on Wednesday night.

The 32nd Lions VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Fishing Tournament managed to get in two out of three days of spectacular weather. The fishing was great—especially for those two days of incredible weather.

But the fishing isn’t nearly as important as the event.

As far as anyone can tell with over 800 participants and everyone who helps to make the three day event so amazing, the Outer Banks Lion’s VIP Fishing Tournament is the largest in the world. Just how many people come to the Outer Banks to be a part of the event really comes home at the awards banquet that was held on Wednesday at the Lions Hall at Wescott Park in Manteo.

There were people there from all over North Carolina; we spoke to people who came from Georgia, Rhode Island and New York. Participants came from as far away as Canada and states farther west, and everyone had the same sentiment, that this was a remarkable, even life-changing event.

The Tournament is more than the people coming to the Outer Banks—there is an amazing participation from local businesses as well. The northern fishing piers, Avalon, Kitty Hawk, Jennette’s Pier and Nags Head Pier all participated. The Crystal Dawn head boat took group after group out.

It was truly a community event . . . a community event in the largest sense of the word.

3rd Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival-Amazing, again!

Crowd at the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival. Photo, Matt Artz, OBXentertainment.com.

There’s no point in even trying to figure out which of the three Outer Banks Seafood Festivals was the best.

The 3rd Annual one was held on Saturday at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Event Site in Nags Head, beautiful weather again—we’ll cross our fingers for that to continue next year—there were thousands of people there . . . just how many thousands, we’ll have to wait for the official count . . . the music was great, the seafood dishes from local restaurants amazing. 

In short, about as close to a perfect day for a seafood festival as there could be.

A highlight? That’s tough. The music was great from beginning to end. Mojo Collins really rocked it this year. Mojo has been around for a while, and he knows how to get a crowd going.

After the first seafood festival we gave up even trying to say what was the best of the seafood. It was fun, though, seeing Mike Kelly from Kelly's Outer Banks Tavern in the mix, serving up platters with everyone else.

If there was a highlight, maybe it’s as simple as letting the world know how great the fishermen who live on the Outer Banks are and how good they are at keeping us fed.

Outer Banks Octoberfest

Sometimes we get so anxious to talk about all the big things that are happening on the Outer Banks that we forget to mention the day to day events that make this such a wonderful place to live.

This is one of those small things that would never make a newspaper or radio or anything like that, but it’s a great reminder that the Outer Banks is a great place to raise a kid.

The combined First Flight High School, First Flight Middle School and First Flight Elementary School Choirs held their annual Octoberfest on Tuesday night.

It was an all German song night. . . a couple of pieces from Bach, a medley of Beethoven songs and a few pieces from The Sound of Music, which is admittedly about an Austrian family but I suppose it qualifies on the basis of language.

It was held in the High School auditorium which has excellent acoustics and the kids sounded really good, especially when the high school advanced choir sang accompaniment.

There wasn’t anything about the evening that was earth shattering or newsworthy—just families and friends celebrating one of the small moments that make life so precious.

Columbus Day Weekend-Music Fest Time on the Outer Banks

Revivalists performing Saturday Night at the Mustang Music Festival.

 

Two great music festivals and almost great weather . . . it doesn’t get much better than that.

The 4th Annual Mustang Music Festival kicked everything off on Friday with new digs—the Whalehead Club in Corolla—and a fantastic lineup.

Then Saturday came for the second day of the the festival and if it wasn’t for a front that came roaring through about 3:00 in the afternoon it would have been a second perfect day. New Madrid had to cut things short (they go to perform later at Sundogs), but after an hour and a half, the rain and wind had stopped and the music began again. 

Really difficult to pick out a favorite, but local—and national touring band—TR3 really killed it on Friday night. Saturday night? Have to go with the Revivalists out of New Orleans, although the New Mastersounds who wrapped the show up on Saturday were nothing short of excellent.

That all got followed by the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival today. 

Great weather, great musicians, all of it free in a beautiful outdoor setting. It would be difficult to imagine a better day. 

Columbus Day Weekend, every year, the two festivals go back to back. The perfect time to visit the Outer Banks.

An Outer Banks Tradition

Take a few moments to read this wonderful article written by Horace Whitfield about our company.   Start your own Outer Banks Tradition by vacationing on the OBX with Joe. 

 

http://www.outerbanksthisweek.com/articles2/understanding/

Outer Banks Charity Classic Tournament

The Outer Banks Charity Classic was held this weekend. It’s a tennis tournament they’ve been doing it for 12 years now, so I suppose the official name is the 12th Annunal Charity Classic.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Dare County Home and Hospice and over the years it has been tremendously successful. Although Dare County Home and Hospice is a county agency there is an ongoing need for funding. The agency offers services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and the quality of service has consistently been rated outstanding.

The tournament, though, is about tennis. It’s for a good cause, but it’s still about tennis and the level of play is surprisingly good. And a lot of fun.

The fun part is something that really seems to show through. It is competitive but the competitors still seem find time to laugh about the games and remember that they are supposed to be having fun.

The tournaments were held at two area tennis clubs—Westside Athletic Club at Kilmarlic in Powells Point and Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores.

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.

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