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Outer Banks Daredevil Baseball 2015

It’s summertime. On the Outer Banks that means beach, burgers and baseball. It means a lot more than that, but that’s a good start.

One of the hidden gems of family entertainment on the Outer Banks are the Outer Banks Daredevils playing from the First Flight High School baseball field in Kill Devil Hills. This is a wooden bat league, brining some of the best college talent to take the summer learning how to play major league ball. 

Is it major league talent? Some of the kids who have played for the Daredevils have gone on to play in the bigs, although that is rare. But the brand of ball these boys play is worth a look.

This is great family entertainment, though. Because it’s on school grounds it’s very protected and if the kids want to wander around while Mom and Dad watch the game, it’s a nice safe environment. Very reasonably priced, a family of four should be able to buy tickets, get something to eat and have change left from $50.

The season kicks off this coming Monday, June 1. If you're in the area, don’t miss opening night. 

Here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates we’re proud sponsors of the Outer Banks Daredevils. To us they represent two of the most important reasons folks come to visit us—family and fun.

OBX Visit from David McCullough

David McCullough speaking at First Flight High School.

What a great Memorial Day Weekend gift we just had on the Outer Banks. Pulitzer Prize winning author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient David McCullough was on the Outer Banks to promote his latest book, The Wright Brothers.

Speaking before a standing room only audience at the First Flight High School auditorium, McCullough’s lecture was filled with humor, insight and wisdom. He talked at length about family and how the strength of Wilbur and Orville’s family sustained them in their quest to bring flight to the world.

The book itself is a great read and highly recommended. Although McCullough’s books are about the historic events and people at the center of them, he does not write dry books of events, one stacked upon the next. Rather his interest is in the human element, the people who create the great events, and that fascination with the individual creates a book of a historic time that reads like a novel.

This is the second visit McCullough has made to the Outer Banks at the request of the Don and Catharine Cultural Arts Series, and there are certain themes that he does return to—the American spirit of perseverance in the face of what appears to be failure was key to the Wright Brothers success, and is point that McCullough makes in a number of different ways.

OBX Mustang Spring Jam-Great Music, Great Time

 Fireside Collective in concert at the Mustang Music Spring Jam.

A great weekend last weekend. The highlight had to be Mike Dianna’s Mustang Music Spring Jam up in Corolla.

A day of wonderful music capped off with New Madrid, a group who is putting southern rock back on the map.

Innovative music too with the top award for innovation going to Asheville’s Fireside Collective. Playing classic bluegrass instruments—except for the electric bass—they tore in to some classic rock ’n’ roll songs and were great. They did some classic bluegrass as well, but there is something about hearing the guitar lead from Johnny B. Goode played on mandolin that creates a permanent memory.

The highlight of the day, though, had to be the kids of Mike Dianna’s Mustang Music Outreach

Working with local musician, amazing guitarist and teacher Ruth Wyand, Mike has been supporting lessons, helped to find  place to teach and created an environment where kids can learn how to perform. And it all seemed to come together at this year’s Mustang Music Spring Jam.

From an opening set that included Beatles and Rolling Stones numbers to closing out their time on stage with Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, the kids showed what happens when they’re challenged and they accept that challenge.

Now We are Two Again-Westbound Wright Memorial Bridge Reopens

Traffic entering Currituck County mainland on the just reopened span of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

After two years the Outer Banks has two Wright Memorial Bridges again. 

Although the westbound span of the twin bridges was the most recently completed, the outbound road never offered the smooth almost seamless ride the inbound lanes did. The expansion joints that allow the road surface to expand and contract with temperature differences never seemed to be quite right and as a result the ride was bumpy swaying trip over the Currituck Sound.

That rough ride also contributed to the damage to the road surface and a decision by NCDOT to strip the bridge to its expansion joints, put them in correctly and resurface the road.

The plan was to close the westbound bridge after the 2013 summer, work all winter and have the bridge ready for 2014. Then a harsh 2014 winter set construction back and the bridge had to reopen for summer traffic safe, but clearly unfinished.

After the 2014 peak season ran its course, construction crews were back on the job, finishing the repaving and as of Wednesday of this week, both spans are open again.

The new surface that was put on the bridge is a latex concrete—an expensive process, but by all accounts it will pay for itself in greatly reduced maintenance costs.

OBX May Music Madness

It’s May, the weather is warming up nicely; the days are getting longer and suddenly music is everywhere. Here are four great upcoming music festivals happening this month that will keep toes tapping a voices singing.

Mustang Music Festival

May 17

Timbuck II, Corolla

Mike Dianna always seems to find national acts that fly just below the radar, and he’s done it once again this year with New Madrid and Josh Daniel. Those are the headliners but it’s a full day of music starting at 1:00 p.m. Always family friendly, this is a great way to kick off the 2015 festival season. 

2nd Annual Shallowbag Bay Shag Music Festival 

Memorial Day, May 25

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

A full day of classic beach music at a beautiful outdoor setting . . . what could be better?  The Embers, The Tams, Band of Oz all the sounds from the 1950s and 60s with the Roanoke Sound as a backdrop.

Rock The Cape 

May 30

Koru Village, Avon

The folks at the Dare County Arts Council have been putting this on for the past three years at Koru Village on Hatteras Island. It’s worth the trip. Great music with Big Daddy Love and local favorite The Hound Dogs Family Band, who put on an amazing show. 

OBX Brewfest

May 31

Outer Banks Event Site, Nags Head

This will be the inaugural happening at the Outer Banks Event Site and what a great way to introduce the newest site for outdoor music on the Outer Banks. Amazing music from Tauk, People’s Blues of Richmond—who wowed everyone at last year’s Mustang Music Festival, and Schimick String Band. They’ll be almost 50 breweries on hand all in a great setting. This is an adult only event.

Soundside Live=Families, Fun, Great Music

Here’s what the Outer Banks is all about—families, a beautiful environment, having fun. Here’s what the first of what we hope is an annual event Soundside Live was was all about—families, a beautiful environment, having fun.

It was supposed to be the first event at the new Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head, but weather delays pushed everything back so an alternative had to be found. The alternative? The beach at Jennette’s Pier.

There was a bit of a northeast breeze, but it never it kept the temperature comfortable; the ocean was rough, but somehow that just added to the atmosphere. Families were everywhere . . . kids of all ages running around; there were maybe a dozen dogs—all well-behaved; a couple of kiteboarders kept sailing by.

And then there was the music: Roadkill Ghost Choir and Greensky Bluegrass

Great stuff. Roadkill has an eerie almost classic rock and roll sound and Greensky does bluegrass with an attitude. Good driving beat and great musicians.

The event was sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and originally it was supposed to be a ticketed event, but it’s kind of tough to sell a ticket to the beach. So maybe the way to think of this is a gift to the Outer Banks from the OBVB.

Joe Lamb, Jr. Sponsors Relay for Life

Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates has been one of the sponsors of the Dare County Relay for Life for quite a number of years. It feels really good to be connected to  community effort that does so much good for so many people. 

The Relay for Life kicked off at 1:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon and walkers kept going all through the night ending at Sunday morning at 8:00.  Held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, it was a great venue. Walkers experienced just about ideal weather with bright sunshine, if a bit cool, but the lower temperatures made it easier for the participants.

The first lap belongs to the cancer survivors—and seeing the children, mothers, fathers, the elderly, teenagers is a reminder that this is truly a disease that effects everyone in the community.

The efforts of the walkers paid off with over $40,000 raised toward finding a cure for cancer.

A quick housekeeping note: in our last blog we mentioned that the Beach Road just north of the Black Pelican was washed out. NCDOT is on the job and has indicated that they’ll have the road repaired and open by Friday.


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