The sun has come back to the Outer Banks; we’re getting some nice breezes from the south, which is what is expected as the weather turns to spring and summer. We had a couple of rugged days in there, but spring is always like that as the atmosphere makes up its mind about what the season is going to be.
Kites are starting to pop up again on Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head—a sure sign that more pleasant days are here.
In a landscape filled with symbols of the beach life, Jockeys Ridge seems to have taken its place an icon that people look to and remember. With over 1,000,000 visitors every year, it stands to reason that visitors and locals see the massive dune structure as a symbol of the Outer Banks.
It was almost destroyed.
Back in the early 1970s developers were ready to level Jockeys Ridge and build vacation homes. In fact, the bulldozers were ready to move when Carol Lista (there’s road named after her in Nags Head) stood in front of the ‘dozers and refused to move.
Her actions inspired others and from that People to Preserve Jockey’s Ridge was formed. Some intense lobbying and excellent marketing followed and in 1975 Jockey’s Ridge State Park was established.
People to Preserve Jockey’s Ridge eventually became Friends of Jockey’s Ridge and nonprofit organization that continues to advocate for and support the park. Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates is a proud sponsor of the organization.
There is nothing like Jockey’s Ridge anywhere. It is a living dune—meaning the sands are in constant motion, changing the shape and landscape throughout the year. The highest sand dune on the East Coast, it is home to the Kitty Hawk Kites hang gliding school and may be the finest place in the world to fly a kite.
Improved, expanded and even better than ever, the 2016 version of our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown promises to be the best one yet. So mark your calendars now for Friday, March 18 and plan on being there.
The event has been growing in popularity since we first introduced it four years ago as part of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach and it’s gotten so big that we just couldn’t fit all the chef, restaurants, barbecue and wings into our old location at the Sea Ranch Resort.
So we teamed up with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and moved the event to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Way more room, the setting is beautiful and we’re looking forward to a great time and very full bellies.
The BBQ & Wings Showdown is part of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach—a four day celebration of the food and culture of the Outer Banks. The dates are March 17-20 and with events happening from Corolla to Manteo, it’s as much a culinary exploration of excellence and creativity as it is a tour of the Outer Banks.
The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is a must see springtime event. Beg, borrow or steal the time off, give us a call here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. and we’ll help you find a place to stay and enjoy one of the best events of the year.
Now that we’re halfway through the month of February, it’s time to start looking forward to some of the springtime events coming up on the Outer Banks.
The big springtime event is the Taste of the Beach, which, with restaurants from Corolla to Manteo participating, is as much an exploration of the area as it is a culinary delight. Scheduled from Thursday March 17-Sunday March 20, this is one to put on the calendar.
Of course for us here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates & Associates, the highlight has got to be the Outer Banks BBQ & Wing Showdown. We’ve been the sponsor of this event of a number of years, we always have a blast with it, the food is amazing, and the fun over the top.
Even better this year, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is co-sponsoring with us and we get to use the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head which allows us to have even more people on had to sample wings and barbecue and vote for their favorite.
We also have the perfect way to kick off the week. Be here Sunday March 13 for the 27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A mile long parade on the Beach Road in Nags Head, it may be the whackiest most fun parade ever to grace the streets of the Outer Banks.