Dancing the Day Away at the Carpe DM Marathon

Carpe DM–A Dance Marathon for a Good Cause

The 2nd Annual Carpe DM Dance Marathon is just around the corner. This Sunday, November 5 at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head, the chance to dance ’til your feet fall off is just waiting to for the right hoofer.

The Carpe DM is a fundraiser for GEM Services. The organization provides day services for adults suffering from memory loss.

If last year’s event is any predictor—and we’re confident it is—the 2017 version should be a blast. Music from the Riff Tides is always a good time. The music is straight from the late 1950s to mid 1960s—ie. it’s du whop music and the Riff Tides do it to perfection.

It’s all about the dance, of course, and that’s where it gets interesting. Individuals, teams, partners…anyone who pays the fee and wants to dance can get on the waxed dance floor of Kelly’s and try their luck.

The object is to be the last dancer dancing. It’s sort of like the movie “They Shoot Horses Don’t They” without the angst, depression and rage. Actually, it’s really fun…at least that’s what the contestants reported last year.

GEMm Adult Day Services has become an important part of helping local individuals and families coping with memory loss. Through education, programs and support the organization has been invaluable in bringing awareness to the issues surrounding dementia, including information on treatment and care options as well as helping families find ways to cope with the stress of caring for a loved one.

This may be a last dance at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern. Mike Kelly will be closing his signature restaurant at the end of the month. The 4.9 acres that is home to the building is being sold to Lidl, a discount grocery store headquartered in Germany.

Kelly’s other restaurants, Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head and Mako Mike’s in Kill Devil Hills will remain open. Kelly’s Catering Services will also continue to serve customers.