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International Field at WRV Pro World

The pros came to town and showed the Outer Banks why they’re the pros.

The 2015 WRV Pro World Surf competition didn’t seem to have the greatest conditions but if that bothered the international cast of surfer gathered at Jennette’s Pier this week it didn’t show in their performances.

A steady northeast wind has been blowing all week and onshore winds like that tend to create choppy conditions and sometimes will flatten the waves. In fact, Thursday they didn’t even try to get on the water with 2’ waves and choppy seas.

But Friday and Saturday, even with the northeast wind at 15-20 and choppy conditions, waves were waist to chest high with a lot of power behind them and the competitors took full advantage of the conditions. It was not a beginner’s day to be on the water—red flags were flying so there was no swimming allowed, but for someone who knew what they were doing, the rides were spectacular.

The competition wraps up tomorrow, Sunday. Going into the final day of competition surfers from Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the US will be taking to the water.

Ghosts Tell the Story of the Lost Colony

The mystery of the disappearance of the Lost Colony is but one of the many solved stories of the Outer Banks.

Roanoke is an ancient island, filled with the mystery of those who walked before us. The temporal bodies of Chief Wanchese, Chief Manteo, Virginia Dare and Captain White may have long departed, but their spirits live on, floating between the material world we occupy and the spectral existence of their afterlife.

Guided by Trevor Janzen, Founder of Astral Plane Investigations, the brave and adventurous will have the chance to explore the history of early America, encountering the spirits who once walked the forests, glens and paths of the first English attempt to colonize the New World.

A different way to experience history, the Lost Colony is offering their Ghosts of the Lost Colony Tour for a limited time only. Now through September 6. Two hauntings . . . make that tours . . . nightly at 7:30 and 8:30.

Is this a new Lost Colony tradition? Only time and the living can tell.

Joe Lamb, Jr. is a proud sponsor of the Lost Colony.

The Outer Banks Second Season

Easterns Surf Association Amateur surf competition at Jennette's Pier, September 20-26.

We’re in the last week of summer 2015 and it’s been a marvelous summer—great weather, lots of family coming to the Outer Banks to enjoy a week or two of vacation. But the end of the summer is not the end of reasons to come to visit the Outer Banks.

Here at Joe Lamb, Jr. we’ve seen the fall become a new tradition, a time of special events and wonderful new reasons to spend a week or a long weekend.

There’s some great competitions coming up in September with the ESA Eastern Surfing Competition at Jennette’s Pier and Hatteras Wave Jam (Wind Surfing) in Hatteras Village the week of September 20th.

If there is one thing that seems to define the Outer Banks entertainment scene in the Fall, it’s great and amazing music festivals, starting with he 4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo the last weekend in September. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

Columbus Day Weekend has become a tradition for music lovers with the, 5th Annual Mustang Music Festival followed by the 8th annual Duck Jazz Festival. The Mustang Music Festival runs Friday and Saturday, leaving Sunday open for the Duck Jazz Festival.

The setting for Mustang Music is the Whalehead Club and it is a perfect venue for an outdoor concert. Back this year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their funky New Orleans sound.

The Duck Town Green,is a beautiful setting that loans itself perfectly to the intimacy of jazz. The Duck Jazz Festival has become one of the highlights of the fall music scene and with Maceo Parker headlining this year, it just keeps getting better and better.

An important part of the local fishing heritage, commercial fishermen have always been a part of the community and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival (October 17) at  celebrates that heritage. Lots of music, cooking demonstrations and some really well-prepared offerings made from fresh (very fresh) seafood.

The Outer Banks Marathon has become a family tradition. A fun event with lots to do all weekend, the races includes a family fun run, 5K and 10K courses as well as a half marathon. The marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.


Second Season Schedule of Events


30th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

Sept. 12-13

Nags Head

Outer Banks Triathlon

Sept. 12-13


OBX Pride Fest 2015

Sept. 18-20

Day at the Docks

Sept. 17-19

Hatteras Village

ESA Easterns Surfing Championship

Sept. 20-26

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Hatteras Wave Jam

Sept. 21-26

Hatteras Village

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 23-26


DCAC Artrageous

Sept. 26

Rec Park, Kill Devil Hills


First Friday

Oct. 2

Downtown Manteo

Manteo Rotary Inshore Slam

Oct. 2, 3

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Island Farm’s Pumpkin Patch

October  October 3-31 (Saturdays only)

Island Farm, Manteo

Psychopath: Haunted Trails

Oct. 2-31st (Fridays and Saturdays only)

Waterside Theatre, Manteo

5th Annual Red Drum Tournament

Oct. 3

Jennette’s Pier

23rd Annual Parade of Homes

October 8-11

Mustang Music Festival

October 9 – 10

Whalehead Club, Corolla

8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

October 11

Duck Town Park, Duck

Manx on the Banx

Oct 12-17

Jennette’s Pier

2nd Annual Century OBX Ride 4 Life

October 17

Meet at Tri Outer Banks Sports in Sea Gate North Shopping Center

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

October 17

Nags Head

Mipso-Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts

October 17

First Flight High School Auditorium, Kill Devil Hills

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival

Oct. 20-25

Various locations

40th Anniversary Dare County Arts Council Ruby Renaissance Gala

Oct. 24

Pirate's Cove Pavilion, Manteo

Harvest Hayday 2014

October 24

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo


March for Babies

November 1

Festival Park, Manteo

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament 

Nov. 4-7


Draped in Black

Nov. 6

Island Farm, Manteo

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

Nov. 6-8

Low and Lower-Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts

November 7

First Flight High School Auditorium

21st Running of the Advice 5K Turkey Trot 

November 25

Town of Duck

3rd Annual Redfish Saturday Tournament

November 30th

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head


Grand Illuminations

Dec. 2

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

National Aviation Day Brings Flight to Wright Memorial

Stinson Flying Staton Wagon, 1947.

Today was National Aviation Day. It started back in 1939 when  FDR proclaimed August 19 as a day to celebrate flight, although it never has been one of the better known national celebrations. However, since it also commemorates Orville Wright’s 1871 birthday, the Wright Brothers Memorial is here on the Outer Banks and this is where flight began, the day has added meaning locally.

There weren’t a lot aircraft on the ground at the Memorial this year. There was a 1947 Stinson Flying Station Wagon that was beautifully restored. Mark Roberts flew it in for the day from Elizabeth City.

Dare County had a brand new Airbus Helicopter EC145 T2 for their Med Evac service and that was grabbing a lot of attention.The new helicopter is considered state of the art for this type of service.

 The old Med Evac helicopter was also there—the county is trying to sell it, hoping to get about $1 million for it.  Smaller and less powerful than the EC145, the pilot mentioned it was like going from a 30 year old pickup to a brand new one.

Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City brought a Jayhawk rescue helicopter to the grounds. Just looking at it on the ground, it’s apparent it’s a larger more powerful version of anything civilian.

We did get a flyover late in the afternoon, with what looked like an F16 flying low and slow over the Memorial grounds.

Puppet Magic at the Whalehead Club

Kids watching the "Legend of White Doe" on the lawn at the Whalehead Club.

This has been one of the best summers ever on the Outer Banks. It isn’t just the weather—which has been wonderful—rather it’s how much there is to do and how many different activities there are. There are so many it’s hard do keep track of all of them.

One of the more unique activities for kids is the North Carolina Marionette Theater’s production of the “Legend of the White Doe” every Thursday at the Whalehead Club in Corolla.

The show starts at 1:00 p.m. and its’a very pleasant half hour tale of how the white doe came to be. Not giving away any of the plot but it involves Indians, an evil medicine man and true love.

Particularly nice, Deb Kasten who runs the theatre, is great with kids and before and after the show she and the puppeteers work with the kids, introducing them to the various puppet characters and offering a puppet workshop.

White deer do occur from time to time, usually mixed with brown fur. For the purposes of explaining it to children, magic and wonder is fine. For adults who wish to know, it is a rare genetic variation that occurs in less than 1% of the deer population. A piebald deer has been reported in Southern Shores.

Pirate Facts for OBX Pirate Festival

It’s Pirate Week on the Outer Banks—at least for the end of the week with the Outer Banks Pirate Festival happening at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. So to help the uninformed or the visitor who wants to fit in with the local pirate culture, we humbly present the Joe Lamb, Jr. list of little known pirate facts.

Shipboard rules for pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries were subject to a majority vote by the crew. The crew decided on the captain, mates and personnel. The captain retained absolute authority during battle, but if the crew was dissatisfied with is handling of the ship he could be removed—rare but it did happen.

Many pirates were recruited from captured merchant or navy ships. Conditions on merchant and naval ships were harsh, cruel and dangerous. A pirate’s life might be dangerous, but the rules of how a pirate ship would operate were seen as a vast improvement for many.

Pirates needed a friendly port to unload their ill-gotten cargo. Ocracoke was a favorite port for contraband in North Carolina.

Although the image of pirates sitting on top of a treasure chest of jewelry and coin is popular, most of the booty captured by pirates was much more mundane cargo—cotton, sugar, rice perhaps lumber.

Blackbeard the Pirate was the best known but by no means the only Outer Banks pirate. Stede Bonnet and John "Calico Jack" Rackham also made a local name for themselves.

John Rackham was nicknamed "Calico Jack” because he preferred calico clothing. He is the pirate who flew the Skull and Crossbone flag.

New World Festival of the Arts Part of Great Entertainment Week

We have a great week coming up on the Outer Banks—the weather is looking fantastic with daytime highs in the mid 80s so it won’t be too hot, with sunshine forecast for most of the week. 

Some great events coming up: 2015 Club 420 North American Championship will be held in the Croatan Sound on the north end of Roanoke Island Thursday through Saturday. The 420 class are single-hulled sailboats about 14’ in length. A youth competition, the boats use a two person crew.

There’s a pirate festival at the Nags Head Kitty Hawk Kites store on Thursday . . .

But the highlight of the week has to be the 34th Annual New World Festival of the Arts in downtown Manteo on Wednesday and Thursday. Started by Eddie Greene of the Christmas Shop and an Outer Banks tradition since 1982 , the celebration of creativity and art is now sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council.

An outdoor festival, last year’s event had over 85 artists from all over the East Coast and this year looks to be even better. Manteo provides and absolutely wonderful setting  for the event; quaint and picturesque, the waterfront area of the town looks as though it was frozen in time in a Norman Rockwell painting. The booths, spread along the boardwalk bordering Shallowbag Bay provide a perfect setting for an Outer Banks day.


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