What an amazing weekend on the Outer Banks. OK, a bit windy, but it didn’t stop anybody or anything.
The Dare County Arts Council had what may have been their best Artrageous ever.That’s the organizations’s celebration of the arts and kids in the community and this year’s theme, The Art of Compassion, came together beautifully. Lot’s of people at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills and a great day.
Meanwhile, Kitty Hawk Kites was sponsoring the Eastern League stunt kite competition at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau event site in Nags Head. Wonderful skill with kites, and the kite display was head turning spectacular.
The topper, though, for the weekend, was two time Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough’s lecture at First Flight High School Suday evening where he read an excerpt from his newest, although not yet published, biographical novel on the Wright Brothers.
And all of that is just a warmup for what’s coming in October.
There is so much happening we can’t possibly list everything, so here are some highlights–
Next weekend, Thursday through Saturday, the 2nd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park. If you missed last year’s event–here’s your chance to make up for that. Headliner Rhonda Vincent and the Rage returns for an encore performance and they may be the best bluegrass band around.
Columbus Day weekend, don’t even know where to start. The 21st Annual Parade of Homes runs Thursday through Sunday (10/10-10/13). Sponsored by the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association, it features the best of new and remodeled homes.
Then it’s music, music, music as first the 3rd Annual Mustang Music Festival takes over in Corolla on Friday and Saturday, then just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Duck Jazz Festival comes along on Sunday in Duck. A free day of great music, the setting on the Duck Town Green is sublime and in seven years it has always been better than billed.
The following weekend, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, last year’s surprise success story, takes over at the Nags Head Event Site. Last year the biggest complaint was no one expected 10,000 visitors. This year, with events spread over two days–things are looking a little more organized.