It’s an amateur competition, but the level of surfing, especially from the masters, longboards particularly, and juniors on shortboards is astonishing.
The Easterns is the East Coast Championship competition for the Eastern Surf Association, an amateur surf association that bills itself as the largest amateur surfing association in the world. The organization has been around for 40 years, and it probably does have more members and does more for them than any other organization.
Tuesday night’s performance at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores was absolutely amazing. And then the musicians equaled that with their outdoor presentation at the Duck Amphitheater last night.
Jacob Fowler—cello, Luke Fleming—viola, Elizabeth Vonderheide—violin and Katie Hyun—violin are musicians at the absolute top of their game. Tuesday night’s performance also included Amanda Halstead on piano, which allowed the performers to take on music with a little more orchestral sound.
The performance at the Duck Amphitheater was a traditional string quartet—and it may have been nice if the piano could have been there as well, but moving a concert grand to an outdoor stage doesn’t seem like a good plan.
Nonetheless, the music was sublime leading with a classic Haydn composition, his String Quartet in G Major. They came back with a Debussy piece, String Quartet in G Minor, that challenged the musicians and the audience.
The Tuesday night performance spanned the 400 years, from Mozart to Paul Schoenfield, modern American composer. His Cafe Music written in 1985 was a revelation and a delight to hear.
Looking at the professional experiences of the musicians, these are incredibly accomplished artists with very strong performance backgrounds. The concerts are free, and what is particularly nice about this series are how perfect the settings are for chamber music.
It will be interesting to see how the Blue Point sets up the restaurant to accommodate the musicians, but no matter what it will be great music with amazing food.
Although all of the venues should be excellent for chamber music—with the Blue Point caveat included—one evening in particular may really be worth considering. The Wednesday concert at the Town of Duck Amphitheater is an outdoor setting that is beautiful. Set in a slight bowl, the sound should be perfect and, although now weather forecast is faultless, right now conditions appear ideal for an outdoor concert.
Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series-Venue Schedule
It was a kind of hot, the sun, especially on Wednesday was intense, but the 36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts on the waterfront in Manteo was as good as it has ever been.
With 78 artists on hand working in a wide variety of medians, this is an annual event worth checking out.
From the beginning, when Edward Greene of the Christmas Store came up with the idea, the Festival has been a celebration of art of all kinds with crafters coming from all over the East Coast.
Five years ago Edward asked the Dare County Arts Council to take over the event and they have done and great job of continuing the tradition.
There’s seems to be something for every taste at the Festival. There is some absolutely remarkable pottery—the Celtic Pottery in particular was stunning—local artist Lisa LeMair was on hand with her very differently styled jewelry and James Melvin, who is in some ways the dean of Outer Banks artists was also on hand.
There are always some first time exhibitors who warranted a second look. Bob Bohannon with his Seashore Carvings had some interesting pieces; also the sea glass work that local jeweler Pembroke Bryant created with did a great job of highlighting the beauty of the glass.
The Outer Banks is a far more complex natural environment than it may appear to be at first. A cursory glance may give the impression that it’s ocean, beach and some sawgrass thrown in, and certainly along the seashore, that is what it appears to be . . . although even that’s pretty complex.
But step away from the shoreline, cross over to the sound side and whole new world opens up.
Part of the Nature Conservancy, Nags Head Woods is 1100 acres of swamp, marsh and surprisingly steep trails that follow the contours of relict sand dunes. Of all the forests, woods and preserves located on the Outer Banks, the Nags Head Woods trails are by far the most challenging.
Not all of the trails are difficult. The Center Loop Trail is a short trail that is perfect for the anyone five years of age and up.
For hikers looking for a bit of a challenge, check out the Sweet Gum Trail.
Over millennia soil has accreted on the ancient dune system that of Nags Head Woods, and a dense maritime forest like no other in the world has grown up. At the base of the dunes are swamps and fresh water ponds with trees typical of that environment.
The trail ascends rapidly—really, this is akin to mountain hiking although the ascent is not as long—and as it does so, hardwood trees typical of a inland forest dominate.
The best way to get to Nags Head Woods is to turn on to Ocean Acres Drive at Pigman’s Barbecue. Ocean Acres will bear to the right and turn into a dirt road. Continue on until the Nags Head Woods parking lot appears on the left.
With North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on hand to cut the ribbon on the renovated North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the final step was taken to introduce a remarkable transformation of one of the most popular sites for visitors on the Outer Banks.
With over 300,000 visitors annually, the Aquarium is an important part of the Outer Banks experience, a point McCrory referred to in his remarks noting how important tourism is for the economy of the entire state.
The renovations were long overdue—the last major work on the facility was 16 years ago, although the STAR (Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation) Center was put in place two years ago.
The cost of the renovation was put at $6.5 million with almost all of that—$5.5 million—coming from private donations funneled through the North Carolina Aquarium Society. The success of that public/private partnership was a key point in McCrory’s address.
“The government can’t do it by itself, the private sector can’t do it by itself, but by working together is a win win for everyone,” he said.
Mostly, though, the Governor talked about the wonder of walking through a facility that combines some of the best features of technology with a very hands on experience for visitor—especially children. “When you come here, the first thing you notice are the children,” he said.
Now that was a concert for the Outer Banks to remember!
Performing at The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre, Who’s Bad brought the genius on Michael Jackson to the Outer Banks. Sheer energy, great choreography, excellent musicians and a show stopping performance by Joe Bell—Jobel as he is known on stage.
The range of Jackson’s music and choreography really come alive in a production of this caliber. What really seemed to bring everything together, though was Jobel. His vocals were on pitch, his dancing had the same fluid yet crisp, precise moves associated with Jackson and teamed up with a band that seemed to be able to do it all and two stellar dancers recreating the Jackson choreography, Waterside Theatre was jumpin’.
With so much of Jackson’s’ repertoire brought to life, it’s difficult to pick out any one performance that was the best. Jobel included a set of Jackson 5 hits— and he did amazingly well. What seemed to make that set work, was the genuine effort he put into bringing those songs to life.
If pressed, the last set that featured Jackson’s best known and earliest hits, would be the pick as best—although given how good everything else was, that’s a tough argument to make.
But Billy Jean, Thriller and Man in the Mirror carry a certain mystique with them to this day.
Joe Lamb, Jr. is a proud sponsor of The Lost Colony and we’re looking forward to next year’s Live at the Waterside Concert Theatre.
Over the years certain Outer Banks traditions and celebrations become favorites. The Fourth of July, of course and Christmas has a marvelous charm, but it’s the smaller festivals that create such a unique experience for anyone living or visiting that that are really what the local culture is all about.
The Annual Outer Banks Watermelon Festival, sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, is one of those events. Yes, there’s lots of watermelon, a watermelon eating contest and a watermelon seed spitting contest; but that’s only one part of what makes this one so much fun.
Kitty Hawk Kites has built its reputation on being the place for fun for the whole family and in this case they have done it up right, turning their Nags Head Jockey’s Ridge Crossing location into a fairground that includes an inflatable waterslide, juggling lessons, face painting and a chance to create your own tie-dyed T-shirt.
Here’s something a little bit different to do. The Outer Banks Women’s Club is holding there 43rd Annual Senior Arts and Crafts Show on Wednesday and Thursday August 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at The Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills.
The OBWC has been around for 45 years so the Senior Arts and Crafts Show has been going strong almost as long as they have.
It will be a little bit of everything at the show, so much so that it’s a little bit tough to predict exactly what will be there. There are always some great gift items, some artwork and toys, but what this is really about is giving back to the community.
An organization that has made it its mission to give back to the community by supporting the arts, conservation, education, home life, international outreach and public issues through volunteer support and funding.
Admission is $1.00, children 12 and under are free. Proceeds from the show benefit scholarships and community projects.
And . . . there’s lots for kids to do with the 10th Annual OBX Watermelon Festival at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head and a puppet show at RIFP.
Alligator River Refuge Van Tour
August 2, 16 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Creef Cut Trail Parking Lot, 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island, Hwy 64 & Milltail Rd.
Join us for a personal tour through popular areas for viewing and photographing wildlife. Our two photographer leaders know the refuge. $30 per adult. $20 children 6-12. Limited to 5 participants. Reservation required. 252-216-9464 for reservations and details.
43rd Annual Senior Arts and Crafts Show
August 3, 49 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Baum Center, 300 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills
Sponsored by The Outer Banks Woman’s Club. Admission is $1.00- children 12 and under free. Proceeds from the show benefit scholarships and community projects.
10th Annual OBX Watermelon Festival
Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head
August 4 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Enjoy games, food, face painting, tie-dye shirt making, arts and crafts activities, an inflatable waterslide, TONS of watermelon fun and more. Compete in classic competitions like seed spiting and watermelon eating. Benefits Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition.
Movies On The Sound
Dusk, Weekly on Tuesdays
Town of Duck, Town Green
Although FREE, donations are appreciated to benefit Children @ Play, the films’ presenter. Blankets and chairs are encouraged.
Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light.
Rainbow Puppets Children’s Show Really Big Dinosaur Show
August 3 – 5, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Roanoke Island Festival Park- Indoor Theatre
It’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing… there’s a long-necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16 feet from nose to tail, there’s a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. Tickets are $5/ ages 2 and younger-free.
John Michael Montgomery
August 4, 6:00 pm
Roanoke Island festival Park- Outdoor Pavilion
One of the best voices in country music comes to the Outer Banks.
Red Wolf Howling-Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Date: August 10, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road
Refuge staff/Red Wolf Caretaker offer you the experience of a lifetime! Come and learn about the endangered red wolf during a short presentation. Then journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear our captive red wolves produce their haunting sounds. Call 252-216-9464 with questions.
OBX Pirate Festival
August 10 – 11
Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head
Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbuckling good time as pirates and their friends invade Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.Kids are invited to participate in a free Scalawag School to see if they have what it takes to be part of Blackbeard’s Crew!
Singer/songwriter and professional surfer, rforming from his catalog and latest album, The Heart.
2016 BIC SUP One Design Series
Kitty Hawk Kites, Duck
BIC SUP is a series of stand up paddleboard races featuring BIC’s One Design race style SUP. This event is a fun and friendly competition. Brief clinics will be held prior to each competition. Registration and clinics start at 9:00a.m., Races begin at 10:00a.m. for most events.