Dare County Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary–History and Culture Will Be Featured

Dare County Courthouse as it appeared in 1904 when it was built.
Dare County Courthouse as it appeared in 1904 when it was built.

The 150th anniversary of the founding of Dare County happened just a few days ago. There will be a full year’s worth celebrations to mark the event.

When it was created there wasn’t much here, which has a lot to do with why Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties were willing to give up small pieces of their land to form the new county.

Named for Virginia Dare, when it was created the new county was a far flung sliver of swamp, maritime forest and barrier islands. The closest town to a central place was Manteo, so it became the county seat.

It was smaller than it is today. When it was created the northern border was just about where Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills meet.

According to author and historian David Stick, the land that is now Kitty Hawk, Duck and Southern Shores was added in 1920 because the state legislature realized that area logically should have been a part of Dare County all along.

A more colorful tale was told by Pops Scarborough of Duck in a 1997 interview. Approaching 100 years of age at the time of the interview, according to Pops, Currituck County was going to start taxing fishermen on their catch. Local residents approached Dare County commissioners and asked if they planned to tax fishermen on their catch. The answer was no, so they petitioned the state to become part of Dare County.

A colorful tale but difficult to prove.

From the first English child born in the New World to the Wright Brothers first flight, Dare County is filled with remarkable firsts and fascinating pieces of history.

The county is planning a number of event in conjunction with its sesquicentennial celebration. One of the biggest will be Saturday May 2 at Island Farms with interpreters dressed in clothing of the era.

Take the time to explore the history and culture of the Outer Banks. Book your vacation today and stay in a Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates home.

Candy Bomber Drops Candy for Hundreds of Outer Banks Children

Candy Bomber candy floating to the waiting hands of children.
Candy Bomber candy floating to the waiting hands of 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 wind. 

But the next pass, a few hundred small white parachutes with the dark wrapping of a Hershey’s Chocolate bar fluttered from the four-engined aircraft.

And the next pass, the same thing happened.

The annual December visit from the Candy Bomber has become a wonderful part of the Outer Banks Christmas tradition. According to event organizers this is the 21st visit to the area.

What seems to make the Outer Banks Candy Bomber tradition so special is the original Candy Bomber, Colonel Gail Halvorsen, now 99 years old, makes the trip almost every year.

During the Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949, then Lt. Halvorsen took to dropping candy for the children of Berlin. At the time, West Berlin was sealed off from the rest of western Europe and the United States by the USSR, what is now Russia. 

The only way to get supplies to the city was by air, and Halvorsen and his fellow American and British pilots flew up to three times a day, day in and day out to keep the city alive.

Halvorsen, seeing that the children had no treats or candy, took to dropping candy with small parachutes attached as he flew over the city. Soon other pilots joined in.

The Outer Banks Candy Bomber is a wonderful reenactment of that act of generosity.

Take some time to learn about what a special place the Outer Banks is. Stay with us at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates for a week or two.

DCAC Reopens with Spectacular Daniel Pullen Photo Show

Looking almost brand new, the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo reopened just three weeks after flood waters got inside the building.
Looking almost brand new, the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo reopened just three weeks after flood waters got inside the building.

Centerpiece of downtown Manteo Looks Great after Repairs

It was great to see the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) reopened just three weeks after flood waters from Tropical Storm Michael got inside the building.

By the time Michael got to the Outer Banks it was a day of wind and intermittent heavy rain showers. It was the tail end of the storm that packed a wallop though, pushing flood waters into a number of soundside areas…including Manteo.

The waters receded almost as fast they come in, but water in a building is still water in a building and the DCAC Gallery and offices had to close while they made repairs and dried out.

Reopening on First Friday in November, the old Dare County Courthouse where it’s located, looked as good as it has. The word must have gotten out because the Gallery was packed.

The featured artist this month is really worth a trip to the DCAC. Daniel Pullen is a true artist with a camera. A native of Hatteras Island, he’s been capturing images that tell the story of life on the Outer Banks is a way very few manage.

The photographs are a delight to look at individually, but taken as a whole, what emerges is a picture of the collage of life on the Outer Banks. There is beautiful imagery of lighthouses and full moons; Daniel has captures some remarkable images of surfing and the pictures he has taken of local fishermen seem to tell in a single picture what words often cannot describe.

The Daniel Pullen Photography Exhibit will be on display through the month.

Next First Friday brings Santa Claus to Manteo—a must see event on the Outer Banks.

Enjoy long walks on almost deserted beaches and the Outer Banks in the off season. Check out Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates to find the finest in accommodations.

Goodbye to Hurricane Florence, Outer Banks Welcomes Our Visitors

Dimitri Maramenides of Epic Kiteboarding  at Jennette's Pier on Friday. Although the Atlantic Ocean was extremely rough, there was no reported damage along the northern Outer Banks.
Dimitri Maramenides of Epic Kiteboarding at Jennette’s Pier on Friday. Although the Atlantic Ocean was extremely rough, there was no reported damage along the northern Outer Banks.

All Travel Restriction Lifted for Outer Banks

Hurricane Florence stayed well to the south of the Outer Banks and as of Sunday, all evacuation notices and travel restrictions pertaining to northern Dare and Currituck Counties have been lifted.

NCDOT is working feverishly to clear the road at the S Curves just north of Rodanthe and according to their latest bulletin, Hatteras Island will be open to all traffic after 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

The Ocracoke ferries are not running and at this point in time there is no access to Ocracoke.

For all the inconvenience Florence caused on the Outer Banks, the fact is, we got off with little or no damage—in stark contrast to our neighbors south of the Outer Banks and along the eastern shore of the Pamlico Sound.

There was a little bit of ocean overwash and no one lost power. It rained very hard on Thursday, and we have had intermittent squalls coming off the ocean for the past two days, but nothing at all like Wilmington and surrounding areas are experiencing with 30”-40” of rain.

It feels good to be open again and welcoming visitors. It is, after all, what we do on the Outer Banks, and we do it very well.

Our calendar is filled with things to do this week.

It looks as though the ESA Easterns Surf Championship will happen, although the first day will be Tuesday instead of Sunday. It may still be a challenge for some of the competitors from the south to get here, but we’ll hope for the best.

Surfalorous is also happening this coming week. The surf film festival sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council will run Thursday through Saturday at various locations.

If we have one really fun event to attend, it would have to be CrabDaddy at the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg. It’s a combination celebration of the Sanctuary Vineyards harvest, local catch—with an emphasis on crab, and music.

It’s always a fun afternoon and great for the family.

See for yourself what we mean when we say the Outer Banks is a welcoming place. Check out our listings at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates.

When Rain Goes Away Musicians Come Out to Play

First Friday in downtown Manteo. It looks like the rain will be gone and it should be a good evening for music and visiting.
First Friday in downtown Manteo. It looks like the rain will be gone and it should be a good evening for music and visiting.

Live Outdoor Music Back on Tap for Upcoming Week

We have had a lot of rain here on the Outer Banks over the past week. If the rain gauge at the Dare County Airport on Roanoke Island is accurate—and it’s the official record keeper—it looks like 14” over the past seven days.

We’ve had a couple of breaks in the clouds and the sun has come out from time to time, but honestly? It’s time for the rain to go away. And if the weather forecast is accurate, we’re going to have another day or day and a half of this, then finally some consistent nice weather.

When it finally clears up, we can go back to some got the things that make summer on the Outer Banks so special.

All of the small outdoor music venues had to cancel their shows this past week. That would be places like Ocean Boulevard, with it’s wonderful setting on the beach road. Or the roof top venue at Rundown Cafe. Both of those are n Kitty Hawk.

In Nags Head it would be hard to find a better place to relax with a drink, watch the sunset over the Roanoke Sound and listen to music than Pamlico Jacks.

And those are just a few of the venues that had to cancel shows this week because of the weather…and thankfully, the weather is looking like it’s going to cooperate for Tuesday evening on.

That also means things are looking great for First Friday this coming Friday in downtown Manteo.

First Friday has truly become one of the Outer Banks summer traditions that people really look forward to. There is four or five block area along the water front in the town that is ideal for enjoying live music, some sidewalk cafes, some art and a night out.

There’s always a lot happening on the Outer Banks. Check out our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates homes for the perfect location to enjoy all the there is to do and see.

Joe Lamb, Jr. Founders Honored by Dare County

Chair of the Dare County Commissioners Bob Woodard presents Certificate of Appreciation to Ann and Joe Lamb.
Chair of the Dare County Commissioners Bob Woodard presents Certificate of Appreciation to Ann and Joe Lamb.

50 Years of Service to the Community Recognized

For 50 years Ann and Joe Lamb have believed in the Outer Banks. They have believed in it as a place to raise their family, grow a business and and welcome visitors to the community they call their home. At the Dare County Commissioner’s meeting this week, the couple were recognized for what they have meant to the Outer Banks.

Chairman Bob Woodward summed up what it means to be successful over the 50 years the Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates has been a part of the community.

“Fifty years is proof that what they have created has stood the test of time,” he said. “To be in business for 50 years you have to do a lot of things right. You have to treat your clients right and you have to treat your employees right.”

The legacy and impact of Ann and Joe is not just in our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates business, though—as successful as it has been. The impact the couple has had on this community is immeasurable.

Students have gone to college because of the scholarships they created; the couple has supported some of the most important charitable causes on the Outer Banks including the arts and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Ann was one of the founders of the Outer Banks Woman’s Club, named the 2017 nonprofit of the year by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

For eight years, Joe was a County Commissioner.

The couple is the very essence of what a successful family run business is supposed to be—a company that prizes customer service, its employees and the community where it is located.

The employees of Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates have known all along that our founders, Ann and Joe Lamb are great people to know and work for. We are proud to be associated with them and so happy that they have been recognized for the impact they have had on the Outer Banks community.

Father’s Day and Fun Fare Mark Beginning of OBX Summer

Fun Fair at Nags Head Event Site. A classic carnival. Fun Fair and Father's Day mark the real beginning of Outer Banks summer.
Fun Fair at Nags Head Event Site. A classic carnival. Fun Fair and Father’s Day mark the real beginning of Outer Banks summer.

Summer Season Comes to the Outer Banks

The official start of summer on the Outer Banks is simple—Father’s Day weekend. Memorial Day may be the symbolic start of the season, but things don’t really get rolling until schools are out and families can plan on some real time together.

So—it’s Father’s Day weekend…the third weekend of June that always seems to kick things off in a big way on the Outer Banks.

We’re starting to get a nice tradition going for the week leading up to the Father’s Day.

For the past three years, Children and Youth Partnership of Dare County has sponsored the Fun Fair at the Nags Head Event Site.

The fair will be in town through Wednesday and for anyone who is going to be on the Outer Banks during that time, come on out and have some fun.

This is a good old fashioned traveling carnival, complete with rides, games and food. There are lot’s of rides for thrill seeking kids and their parents, most of them going in circles really fast. There is, however a haunted house and bumper cars.

They seem to have added a ride or two for the younger set, so everyone should have a great time.

The weather is looking really promising for the week…if anything a bit on the hot side on Monday and Tuesday. After that, if the forecast holds, sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid 80s.

The water temperatures are still at a refreshing 70-75 degrees and on those hottest days, it’s going to feel fantastic.

A quick safety reminder about swimming in the ocean. It is safe, but it is a big, powerful body of water. Be sure to go to the beach with friends and swim around a lifeguard. And if red flags are flying, do not go in the water.

Every season on the Outer Banks has something special to offer. Find that special place to stay at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates.

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment Project Gains National Recognition

The beginning of the Outer Banks intra-local beach nourishment project. Duck, spring 2017.
The beginning of the Outer Banks intra-local beach nourishment project. Duck, spring 2017.

Intra-Local Effort Recognized for Multiple Community Benefits

What does a couple of years of planning and $38.5 million earn? When it comes to beach nourishment, recognition as one of the best projects in the nation.

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) which is a trade organization for companies engaged in nourishment, recognized the Intra-local project, taking note especially that it took a couple of years to move the project forward and that multiple towns and jurisdictions worked together.

“The take-home message for these projects is a multi-town beach nourishment project can be successful even when the odds seem to be against you,” Lee Weishar, chair of the association’s Best Restored Beach Committee, said.

The initial observation is that the project, that included the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, performs as advertised. Although there were a number of significant storm events over the fall and winter of this past year, overwash and flooding was minimal with no reported infrastructure damage.

For a town like Kitty Hawk that is remarkable. The town’s beaches in particular suffered significant loss of sand and even storms that were not particularly strong caused widespread road closures as waves overtopped the dunes.

The ASBPA ranks nourishment  projects on three criteria:

  • The economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community;
  • The short and long-term success of the restoration project; and
  •  The challenges each community overcame during the course of the project.

The funding for the project was an innovative combination of local and Dare County money. Contributions from the towns were significant, but the lion’s share came from County coffers.

“Dare County is committed to preserving our beaches,” county board chairman Bob Woodard told the Outer Banks Voice.“They are the engine that drives our tourism economy and they require ongoing attention.”

Take some time to explore Outer Banks beaches. Check out Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. for the best properties and the best locations.

Two Art Shows at DCAC Worth Checking Out

Frank Stick and COA Highlight DCAC Month

Eure Best in Show: Mike Bennett “Savannah” (oil on canvas)
Frank Stick Memorial Art Show Eure Best in Show: Mike Bennett “Savannah” (oil on canvas)

There’s a couple of events that are happening at the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) in Manteo in February and they’re really worth checking out.

First up, and it’s already in progress is the 40th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show. The opening reception was last Saturday at the DCAC Gallery which is the old Dare County Courthouse.

The Frank Stick Art Show is open to anyone who is a member of the DCAC, meaning there is no preselection before the show.. Anyone can enter, and for a lot of young artists, it’s a great opportunity to get a sense of what is involved in a professional presentation.

The quality of the art is excellent and the themes addressed all encompassing.

Until recently the show was at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. Glenn and Pat Eure are getting a little older and the display area at the DCAC Gallery is larger allowing for a little better showing of the art.

The other show that’s worth checking out will be opening this Friday in the vault at the Gallery. Keeping in mind that at one time the DCAC building was a courthouse, the vault was a gigantic safe where the most valuable evidence and records were kept.

Now it is the home to the monthly featured show, and during February it’s COA’s Jewelry Student & Alumni Exhibit.

The exhibit is always an outstanding demonstration of creativity and craft. The exhibit gives COA students a chance to show what they are doing with their art and to get the feedback so necessary to become successful in their field.

Both shows will run throughout the month. The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show ends February 24. The Jewelry Exhibit will be on display until February 28.

Back to Normal on Outer Banks as Frigid Temperatures Retreat

Ducks, geese and sea birds at Kitty Hawk Bay escaping the north wind.
Ducks, geese and sea birds at Kitty Hawk Bay escaping the north wind.

With temperatures finally climbing above freezing it looks as though Snowmageddon is finally coming to an end on the Outer Banks.

Effects of Cold Temperatures and Heavy Snowfall

Not completely back to normal yet. Dare County Schools will be closed on Monday—that’s three snow days in a row. But county roads are still not completely cleared and the decision is a good one.

The main roads are cleared—and NCDOT, after what many considered a slow start, did put a number of plows on the roads to get them cleared. The problem is the secondary roads still have a lot of packed ice on them, and it’s doubtful if that will melt before noon tomorrow.

The kids are all celebrating, of course, but all that time will have to be made up at some point.

The snow certainly snarled things, but what really set this particular event apart from other was the extreme cold. We had four days in a row where daytime temperatures didn’t even come close to reaching the freezing mark.

Admittedly for someone living in Chicago or Bangor, Maine, that may not seem so odd, but here by the Atlantic Ocean, 250 miles or so south of the Mason Dixon Line, it’s not so common.

The storm also brought some very strong winds with it. At 2:20 a.m. Thursday morning Jennette’s Pier recorded a 74 mph gust with sustained winds of 63 mph. The measurements are taken on the pier itself, so winds on land are not quite as strong, but things were pretty lively for a while there including a thunder snowstorm.

The sounds are solid ice about 150 to 200 yards offshore, depending on where the winds are located. Kitty Hawk Bay, which is sheltered from the north winds, has more ice on it than areas where the waters are churned up by the winds.

Kitty Hawk Bay, though, is also where the ducks, geese and shorebirds have fled for protection.

The forecast for the next few days calls for moderating temperatures, and even a few above normal. We’ll take that and be ready for the next snow…just in case there is one.