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

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

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.

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.

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.



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