Posted on 7/6/2013

First Friday in Manteo

If there is such a thing as a real town on the Outer Banks itâåÛåªs Manteo. The downtown especially is a wonderful slice of Americana preserved from at least 50 or 60 years ago, the whole thing centered around beautiful brick courthouse that was built at the turn of the 20th century.

The Courthouse is now the home of the Dare County Arts Council, and is an the townâåÛåªs First Friday celebration that occurs--not surprisingly--on the first Friday of every month.

YesterdayâåÛåªs First Friday was about as good as it gets.

The weather was just about perfect--light breeze, humid but not sticky, air temperature in the low 80s. The Flip Flop Five were were absolutely killing it jamming out on the steps of the Courthouse; folks were sitting out enjoying a meal or drink at the sidewalk cafes at Full Moon and OrtegaâåÛåªz; Kitty Hawk Kites had their portable climbing wall set up and kids were trying their luck; and the streets were filled with people.

This type of ongoing event is really what makes the Outer Banks such a great place to bring the family. There is a similar event coming up later this month in Nags Head--the "Roll and Stroll of the Gallery Row Neighborhood". Thursday, July 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A wonderful chance to walk through Gallery Row in Nags Head, enjoy some great art, there will be an open mic reading at Glenn EureâåÛåªs Ghost Fleet Gallery, so bring your ears or anything you want to read, and discover how wonderfully different the Outer Banks truly is.

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