Rodanthe Old Christmas – 250 Years of Tradition Keeps Colonial Customs Alive

They’re celebrating Old Christmas at the Village of Rodanthe today. It’s a tradition that goes back at least 250 years. Maybe even a bit longer, it’s hard to say. It all depends on when a group of isolated villagers in Colonial times along the Outer Banks were told that England had adopted the Gregorian Calendar—the … Continue reading Rodanthe Old Christmas – 250 Years of Tradition Keeps Colonial Customs Alive

Manteo New Year Celebration Perfectly Outer Banks

There is something so perfectly small town life about the Manteo New Year’s Eve Celebration that once it is experienced it almost always becomes an annual tradition. Maybe it’s the 8:00 countdown and ball drop for the kids; maybe it’s the street fair atmosphere with food trucks and local charities serving hotdogs, hamburgers, Reuben sandwiches … Continue reading Manteo New Year Celebration Perfectly Outer Banks

Manteo New Year in New World Place to Be on New Year’s Eve

There are a lot of ways to bring in the New Year. Some people sit at home contemplating the year gone by. Sometimes friends gather to spend a special evening with the people who mean the most to each other. Others head out to a favorite nightspot, especially if there is entertainment and sparkling wine … Continue reading Manteo New Year in New World Place to Be on New Year’s Eve

40 Years of Lighting the Outer Banks Sky – The Poulos Family Christmas Lights

In the darkest of nights, which is what the winer solstice is, the beauty of Christmas lights have a power beyond the decorations of the season. A lot of homes and businesses take the time to create Christmas scenes with their lights, but, there are two places on the Outer Banks that take that whole … Continue reading 40 Years of Lighting the Outer Banks Sky – The Poulos Family Christmas Lights

Colonel Halvorsen – the Candy Bomber – Honored at Wright Brothers Memorial on First Flight Anniversary

It’s nice when the good guys win, and with his induction into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, Colonel Gail Halvorsen proved that nice guys really can finish first. He’s 99 years old, still very engaged with the world, energetic, and seemingly optimistic.  Get him … Continue reading Colonel Halvorsen – the Candy Bomber – Honored at Wright Brothers Memorial on First Flight Anniversary

Candy Bomber Drops Candy for Hundreds of Outer Banks Children

As the C54 Spirit of America came in low over the trees at the Dare County Regional Airport, anticipation on the ground grew. Would this be the pass when the Candy Bomber dropped its load. The first pass, just a few parachutes with candy attached floated to the ground, as the flight crew assessed the … Continue reading Candy Bomber Drops Candy for Hundreds of Outer Banks Children

Christmas–and Santa–Come to the Outer Banks

Christmas has come to the Outer Banks. We know that because the tree lighting was held in Manteo last night and today Santa Claus hopped off a fire truck in Duck to the delight of a lot of kids…and adults too. In a lot of ways, the Manteo tree lighting and the Duck Christmas celebration … Continue reading Christmas–and Santa–Come to the Outer Banks

Big Currishuck, Great Food, Great Music and a Great Good Time

If it’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving it has got to be the Big Currishuck at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg. It’s just a little ways north of the Outer Banks. Close enough that we can still call it the Outer Banks. This is the seventh or eighth version of the annual event and it always seems … Continue reading Big Currishuck, Great Food, Great Music and a Great Good Time

Perfect Running Weather Greets Outer Banks Marathon Runners

Just before the weather breaks and becomes bitterly cold with 30 mile per hour winds, we got the Outer Banks Marathon in yesterday. And the weather was a close to perfect as it could have been. There were actually two long distance races on the Outer Banks on Sunday. The Outer Banks Marathon linking Kitty … Continue reading Perfect Running Weather Greets Outer Banks Marathon Runners

Veteran’s Day Weekend Brings Annual Outer Banks Marathon

Beautiful Course Ties Kitty Hawk and Manteo Together As marathons go, the Outer Banks Marathon has a lot going for it. It has a few challenges here and there, but no mountains to climb; the local people come out in force to support it, it’s a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  Perhaps most importantly, … Continue reading Veteran’s Day Weekend Brings Annual Outer Banks Marathon