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Ten Thousand Breakfasts

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 05:27
Many of our readers are familiar with Oscar's House Bed & Breakfast, located on NC Highway 12. Many folks also know the proprietor, Ann Ehringhaus. In 2013 Ann published her latest book, Ten Thousand Breakfasts, a 206-page memoir of thirty years operating her business, including photographs, recipes, humor, and  quotations from many of her guests.

If you are looking for holiday gifts or would like some insight into one islander's life journey, for a limited time you can order Ten Thousand Breakfasts directly from Ann Ehringhaus at a considerable discount. Ann has operated Oscar's House Bed and Breakfast on Ocracoke since 1984, and this book is quite a tale of how she changed in order to share her home with now over 14,000 people!  This is a story of spiritual change affecting business change, and offers a lot of humor, some great recipes, and thoughts about sharing space and life with others..  From now until the end of the year Ann is offering her books for $10.00 each (the normal price is $18.00). Shippping is $5.00 for 1-2 books.  Please call Ann at Oscar's at 252-928-1311 or email her at aeocracoke@gmail.com to place your order or to obtain more information.

You can read reviews of Ann's book at http://ocracokeobserver.com/2014/08/02/ann-ehringhaur/ or at http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/76082.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm
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Thieving Yankees and Low-Life Unworthy Natives!!

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 05:44
In September of 2014 I wrote an Ocracoke Newsletter about "Hatteras, the Seat of NC Government During the Civil War."

I recently came across this interesting article about that time, from the  Charlotte Democrat, dated January 20, 1863 (click on the image for a larger, easier-to-read image):

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Tragedy On This Date, 1927

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 05:47
In a comment on a recent post, a reader asked about Ocracokers who have lost their lives at sea. I have learned of more than 40 islanders who were victims of accidents on the water. Following is an article from The Gastonia Daily Gazette, Friday, Nov. 8, 1927, about three Ocracoke fishermen who drowned on November 5, 1927.

"ELIZABETH CITY, Nov. 8 - Trapped by heavy seas in a roaring gale off Ocracoke last Saturday [November 5, 1927], three fisherman lost their lives, and a fourth, able to withstand the buffeting waters, managed to swim ashore to safety. First definite details of the tragedy were received at the coast guard station here today from James H. GARRISH, keeper of the Ocracoke life guard station. The sinking of the craft, the motor boat 2021-T, was witnessed by M.P. GUTHRIE, member of the Ocracoke coast guard crew patrolling the beach Saturday morning. The lone survivor, Joseph GASKINS, was observed wading in the surf near the shore a short time later. He was taken to the coast guard station and the crew set out in a motor boat in an effort to save the others. The body of John P. SPENCER was found floating and by use of a seine, the bodies of William and Ivy O'NEIL [sic] were recovered."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm
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More Halloween Photos

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 14:44
I just posted six more Halloween photos sent to me by Sally Beachy. You can see them here:
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Another Critter

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 05:35
Last week I made an excursion "down below" (an island expression for the area north of the NPS campground) to hike with friends at "old hammock." One of the island's largest live oaks is growing on an overgrown path there, near the sound.

Old Hammock Oak

To read more about Ocracoke's majestic live oaks click here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news122908.htm.

When we stepped out of the truck we were startled to see, just off the side of the highway, this black snake curled up, enjoying the sunshine.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm
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Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 05:27
On Thursday I published a post about alligators in Hyde County and on the Outer Banks. My friend Jim, from Manteo, sent me this recent photo:

And Marie sent me this a link to an article from August 12, about an alligator near the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina:    http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150812/NEWS/150819660/14880/NEWS

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Pirate Jamboree

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 05:59
Tricorn hats, muskets, cutlasses, feathers, and tankards of grog were in evidence Friday afternoon when pirates invaded Ocracoke! The buccaneers set up a pirate encampment at the Wahab House and at Berkley Manor. Tavern games, piratical gear, and 18th century clothing and artifacts were on display.

The Brigand's Bazaar featured seafaring arts & crafts for sale, with vendors dressed in period costumes.

Roving minstrels strolled village streets, and The Motley Tones entertained residents and visitors with songs, ballads, pub songs and sea shanties from Blackbeard's day. Bawdy songs were reserved for after-hours when the young-uns were in their beds.

Military detachments stood at attention as commands were issued and cannons were fired.

Early afternoon on Saturday the Meka II and the Ada Mae engaged in a battle in Silver Lake Harbor.

Many a piratical tale was told, and historian Kevin Duffus presented a detailed portrait of Capt. Blackbeard's last days and his battle at Ocracoke Inlet with Lt. Robert Maynard of the British Royal Navy on November 22, 1718.

On Sunday morning the pirate and militia crews marched from Blackbeard's Lodge to Springer's Point to remember the final battle.

It was a fun weekend for the re-enactors, visitors, and island residents. If you missed it this year, mark your calendar for 2016. Every year gets better!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 04:37
Halloween on Ocracoke kicks off with a parade of costumes around the school circle during the school's annual celebration. This photo was taken last week. Elementary students and teen-agers enjoyed dressing up for the day.

This year's celebration also included a hay ride and ghost stories (my daughter Amy, Heather Johnson, and I kept the children on the edge of their hay bales!), as well as games, horse rides, and a climbing wall. Trick or Treating will be Saturday, October 31.

To coincide with Halloween this year, today begins the annual Pirate Jamboree. This is always a rollicking good time for young and old. Hope to see you there. I am hoping to post photos of the 2015 Jamboree next week.

Update, 11/4/15: I am posting several more Ocracoke Halloween photos sent to me by Sally Beachy.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:47
I recently came across this short blurb from The Washington Gazette (Washington, Beaufort Co. NC) - Thursday, June 12, 1884; pg. 3; column 4: "It is not generally known that there are alligators in our county, but they are seen occasionally; one was seen at Rose Bay a short while since."

I wondered if any alligators have been seen in eastern North Carolina recently. I found this article from August 3, 2015, on the website, PilotOnline.com:

"Big alligators are showing up frequently where people are in North Carolina.

"A 12-foot monster blocked traffic in March on a back road in Brunswick County, according to news reports. A 9-footer was removed in June from a neighborhood in New Hanover County. A boater spotted a gator swimming in Oregon Inlet in June. A 12-foot veteran of the Dare County swamps was struck and killed on U.S. 64 in May last year....

"Though they haven't been found on Outer Banks beaches, alligators do linger in inland sections of coastal Dare and Hyde counties. And in those spots, they appear to be on the increase...."

The article assures us that "Despite the recent spate of human encounters with gators in North Carolina, biologists stressed that the creatures rarely attack. 'People can peacefully coexist with alligators,' [biologist Jeff] Hall said."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm
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An Evening Get-Together

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 05:17
Much like the salons of the 17th & 18th centuries, a small group of islanders and off-island friends gathered this week to share music, poetry, art, dance, and ideas.

An Evening Music Jam at the Soundfront Inn

This is what Wikipedia has to say about a salon: It is "a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.... Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until recently in urban settings."

A few Ocracoke islanders are continuing the tradition begun here in 1940 with the establishment of the "Island Workshop." You can read about the Island Workshop here:  http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112908.htm.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter, is the story of the 1909 wreck of the steamship Brewster, known to Ocracokers as The Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Bonner Bridge

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 04:35
On this date in 1990 a dredge collided with the Herbert C. Bonner bridge (which spans Oregon inlet) during a storm, causing the collapse of a lengthy segment of the bridge. The accident isolated residents and visitors on Hatteras Island. In order to leave Hatteras thousands of vacationers were forced to take the Hatteras Inlet ferry to Ocracoke and then board a ferry to Swan Quarter or Cedar Island. In short order, Ocracoke Island was flooded with refugees. Ferry lines for vehicles waiting to board the ferries to the mainland stretched down NC 12 as far as the National Park Service campground. Waiting times quickly expanded to days, rather than hours.

The situation developed quickly, with stranded visitors dealing with cold nights, extremely limited accommodations (hundreds of people were forced to sleep in their cars), hunger, and lack of facilities. As soon as Ocracoke islanders realized the extent of the problem, volunteers were organized to care for the stranded motorists. We made sandwiches, and delivered food and beverages to the unfortunate folks. Motel owners and individuals offered free rooms to families with young children or elderly persons.

It took days to evacuate visitors from Hatteras and Ocracoke, and many weeks for emergency construction workers to repair the breach and reconnect the only highway link to the rest of the Outer Banks and the mainland.

You can read more about the accident, with photos, in an article written five years ago in the Island Free Press. Click here to read the article.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.
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Vacationers help needy families on the Outer Banks

Village Realty Blog - Mon, 07/20/2009 - 13:41
Saturday, July 18, 2009 BRBRBy Jennifer Preyss BRStaff Writer for The A href="http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/vacationers-help-needy-families-726249.html"Daily AdvanceBR/A DIV class=subheadline H3Pa. families give 2 families $1,400/H3BRWhen Currituck locals get the urge to complain about tourists this summer, they might want to consider what three families vacationing from Pennsylvania are doing to make life a little easier for the area’s neediest residents. BRBRFor the second year in a row, the Malagise family of Freedom, Pa., the O’Donnell family of West Mifflin, Pa., and the Wilson family of Bethel Park, Pa., have donated money to help an area family struggling to make ends meet. BRBRAccording to Ginger Candelora, executive director of Interfaith Community Outreach, the families were vacationing on the Outer Banks last summer when they discovered that behind the Outer Banks’ beautiful beaches and tourist attractions, there was a rising unemployment rate and hundreds of families in dire financial straits. BRBR“They were just talking one night around the pool and said, 'It’s hard to believe you’ve got so many poor people living in the middle of paradise,’” Candelora said. BRBRCandelora isn’t sure how the families learned about ICO, but they contacted her office and inquired about making a donation to local family in need. BRBR“They said they wanted to donate money, but they wanted to write the check themselves and give it to the person, rather than go through ICO,” Candelora said. “We don’t usually do that, so we found a Currituck lady who was in the hospital, she had contracted a virus, and was facing eviction from her home. We told (the families) they could write a check to her landlord.” BRBRThe vacationers agreed, and wrote a $400 check to the woman’s landlord. BRBRWhen the families returned for a vacation this summer in Duck, they again contacted ICO and inquired about making a donation to another family. This time, they wanted to donate an even larger sum: $1,000. BRBRAs Candelora went through her 44 faith outreach networks and the Departments of Social Services in Currituck and Dare, one family rose to the top as a perfect candidate for the donation. BRBRA young Dare County family was struggling to pay bills after the husband had lost his construction job. Their troubles mounted after his hours at a local restaurant — where he had found another job — were cut. BRBR“He finally found full-time work at Food Lion, but they were hurting with their finances and about one and one-half months behind in their rent,” Candelora said. BRBRInterfaith was familiar with the family because that’s what it does: helps needy families in Dare and Currituck counties by providing them with emergency services and funding. Since January, the ecumenical outreach program and its network of donors between Moyock and Hatteras have helped more than 500 families in the two counties. BRBRThe families left quietly about a week ago, and requested their donations remain anonymous. But Candelora, touched by their giving, begged them to go public. BRBR“They wanted to give anonymously, but we wanted to let folks see that our visitors care so much for our paradise,” Candelora said. “And they’re so young. I was impressed with that. It gives us hope."BRBRA href="http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/vacationers-help-needy-families-726249.html"Link to the ArticleBR/A/:OD/DIV
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Simple Pleasures on the Outer Banks

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 07/16/2009 - 13:00
BRBRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/SunsetonSoundBEAUTIFUL.jpg"BRBRSTRONGEMFONT face="Courier New" size=3Simple Pleasures of the Outer BanksBRBR/FONTSunsets BRBRSunrises with a great cup of coffee or teaBR/EM/STRONGBRSTRONGEMFresh, Sweet Corn with real butterBRBRPink Crepe Myrtles in downtown ManteoBRBRSmelling the Russian Olive Trees as you drive the road to CorollaBRBRCustard cone from Kill Devils BRBRPicking up lunch from Stop and Shop and eating it at the Avalon Pier parking lotBRBRDriving home with your car windows down on the beach road BRBRChilling on the porch during a rain stormBRBRThe baby rabbits you see in the yard BRBRHaving breakfast at Nags Head PierBRBRWhile you are in Corolla, you see some of the Corolla Wild HorsesBRBRThe new soundside park in DuckBRBRPelicans flying over the oceanBRBRCrossing the Wright Memorial Bridge after being out of town ...whether it is for an hour or a week /EM/STRONG
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Our Beaches

Village Realty Blog - Mon, 07/13/2009 - 10:12
BROne thing I never hear is "the beach was crowded" when people are referring to the beaches here on the OBX.nbsp; OK, there can be a lot of people on the beaches at any given time but still, there is always lots of room to spread out and even play volleyball, cook out, etc. BRBROne of my co-workers sent me some pictures the other day of a beach in China.nbsp; Two of those are below.nbsp; My questions are:BR1. Where are the bathrooms ... how many are there? BR2. How do they even get wet ...is there enough water? BR3. Where do they all park?BR4. Do they have lifeguards and if so ...how could they possibly see someone in trouble?BRBREnjoy and have a great week,BRYour OBX BloggerBRBRBRBRSPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"IMG height=450 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/beachinchina.bmp" width=676BRBRIMG style="WIDTH: 677px; HEIGHT: 342px" height=355 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/beachinchina2.bmp" width=711/SPAN
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10 Great Tastes of the Outer Banks

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 07/07/2009 - 15:27
P BRIMG style="WIDTH: 376px; HEIGHT: 452px" height=512 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/10.jpg" width=428BRBRWhat a nice surprise we got today when Lorrie from Outer Banks Epicurean dropped off some gift bags with all kinds of local goodies in them./P PAmy Huggins has started a new business here on the beach and each Tuesday.nbsp; Inside each bag (which you get to keep) is an assortment of items that are grown, caught, roasted, harvested or crafted by hand on the Outer Banks of North Carolina by some of our good neighbor businesses./P PSample 10 homegrown tastes of the Outer Banks; All lovingly packed in a reusable insulated bag. /P PHere are the items featured today/P PSTRONGFood DudesBR/STRONGMilepost 9 on the Beach Road, Kill Devil HillsBRhabenero peppa sauce (spicy!)BR[habenero peppers, red onion, lime juice, tomatoes, brown sugar, BRsalt, garlic, apple cider vinegar]/P PSTRONGFarmer 2 ForkBR/STRONGMilepost 4.5 on the Bypass, Kitty HawkBR2 bean + local tomato summer chiliBR[local tomatoes, kidney beans, white beans, local roasted red peppers,BRorganic cilantro, garlic, chili powder, toasted cumin,BRlocal matamuskeet sweet onions, house ground beef]/P PSTRONGTarheel Produce/Outer Banks HoneyBR/STRONGMilepost 6 on the Bypass, Kill Devil HillsBRlocal honeyBR[raw honey from outer banks bees in wanchese]/P PSTRONGTommy’s MarketBR/STRONGHighway 12N, Village of DuckBRtommy’s secret seasoning blendBR[top secret]/P PSTRONGOuter Banks EpicureanBR/STRONGA href="http://www.OuterBanksEpicurean.com"www.OuterBanksEpicurean.com/Anbsp; BRMobile Outer Banksnbsp;BRmint-ginger-orange slawBR[cabbage, local organic herbs (lime mint, chocolate mint,BRlemon balm, cilantro) orange juice and zest, ginger, garlic, rice vinegar,BRsesame oil, outer banks sea salt, pepper]/P PSTRONGCoastal Provisions MarketBR/STRONGSouthern Shores Crossing, Southern ShoresBRchocolate paveBR[sugar, butter, bittersweet chocolate, egg, brandy]/P PSTRONGBagels to BeefBR/STRONGOuter Banks Kettle CornBRThe Market Place, Southern ShoresBRkettle cornBR[popcorn, sugar, coconut oil, salt, lots of love]/P PSTRONGTarheel Produce/Outer Banks HoneyBR/STRONGMilepost 6 on the Bypass, Kill Devil HillsBRlocal honey [raw honey from outer banks bees in wanchese]/P PSTRONGFatboyz Ice Cream and GrillBR/STRONGMilepost 16, Beach Road, Nags HeadBRchocolate dipped waffle cone bitesBR[secret waffle batter, bittersweet chocolate, sugar]/P PSTRONGOuter Banks Sea Salt BR/STRONGDebuts today! To order: A href="http://www.outerbanksepicurean.com"www.outerbanksepicurean.com/ABRhand harvested local sea saltBR[evaporated water from the atlantic ocean, kitty hawk]/P PSTRONGDistribution Locations:BR/STRONGCoastal Provisions Market Southern Shores Crossing, Southern ShoresBRTommy’s Market Highway 12N, Village of DuckBRFarmer2Fork Milepost 4.5 on the Bypass, Kitty Hawk BRBagels to Beef The Market Place, Southern Shores/P P$20 (includes the bag!)BRspecial pricing available for large orders/P PAVAILABLE ONLY ON TUESDAYS; SUMMER 2009BRAmy HugginsBRA href="mailto:amyhuggins@mac.com"amyhuggins@mac.com/ABR(c) 252.267.7884/P POuter Banks EpicureanBR252.305.0952BRA href="mailto:info@outerbanksepicurean.com"info@outerbanksepicurean.com/ABRA href="http://www.outerbanksepicurean.com"www.outerbanksepicurean.com/A/P
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Fireworks on the Outer Banks 2009

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 07/02/2009 - 09:33
Pnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; /PSTRONGDuck's Annual Fourth of July ParadeBR/STRONGJuly 3rd. Starts at 9 a.m.nbsp; Afterwards there isnbsp; music by Ruth Wyland and Friends at the Duck Town Park. For registration information please contact the Town at 252-255-1234. Website: A href="http://www.TownofDuck.com"www.TownofDuck.com/Anbsp; BRBRSTRONGRoanoke Island Festival Park in ManteoBR/STRONGJuly 4th. 8 p.m. A pre-fireworks show featuring music and dance. Outdoor Pavillion in the Park. 252-475-1500. Website: A href="http://www.roanokeisland.com"www.RoanokeIsland.comBRBR/ASTRONGKill Devil Hills Fireworks DisplayBR/STRONGJuly 4th at dusk.nbsp; Located at the Avalon Pier on Milepost 6 on the Beach Road. Website: A href="http://www.kdhnc.com"www.kdhnc.com/ABRBRSTRONGNags Head Fireworks DisplayBR/STRONG9:25 p.m. Nags Head Fishing Pier at Milepost 11.5 on the Beach Road. Presented by the Town of Nags Head. Website: A href="http://www.TownofNagsHead.com"www.TownofNagsHead.com/ABRSTRONGBRManteo BR/STRONGJuly 4th is a full day of fun featuring children's games, contests and a flea market. That night, enjoy the NC School of the Arts Pops Concert at A href="http://www.roanokeisland.com/"Roanoke Island Festival Park/A.nbsp; Enjoy the fireworks displacy over the Roanoke Sound. Website:A href="http://www.manteo.govoffice.com"www.manteo.govoffice.com/ABRBRSTRONGCorollaBR/STRONGJuly 4th. Saturday from 5 p.m. until ? Free Admission. The fireworks display starts at dusk but come early to enjoy food and music. Please bring a blanket or chairs.nbsp;nbsp; Website:nbsp;A href="http://www.VisitCurrituck.com"www.VisitCurrituck.com/A. Please note that the boat ramp at Currituck Heritage Park will be closed on Saturday, July 4.nbsp;BRBRBRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; BRIMG height=706 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/fireworks.jpg" width=617A href="http://www.kdhnc.com"BR/AA href="http://www.kdhnc.com"BR/ABR
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First Friday on Roanoke Island

Village Realty Blog - Wed, 07/01/2009 - 14:21
BRMore Information A href="http://www.firstfriday-roanokeisland.com"HEREBR/ABRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/fridayJuly.jpg"
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More OBX Rules

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 06/25/2009 - 15:48
BRSeveral readers sent in more suggestions for the Outer Banks Rules blog that was posted the other day.nbsp;nbsp; They were good ones, so here is Chapter Two.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; BRBRBR UL LIWhen you are in the grocery store, do not wear sunglasses unless you have (a) pink eye (b) a black eye (c) are a fugitive LIHang up your cell phone while you are (a) at lunch in a restaurant (b) in your car unless you are the passenger (c) at dinner anywhere LISit on the deck in the early morning and watch the sun come up LIWhen you are on a bike, please be careful. Look around you. Please stay within the Bike Path--do not go onto the Beach Road proper.nbsp; LIGo to the NC Aquarium and take the kids. LIUse recyclable bags when you go to the store LIFill up your holes that you made at the beach. Someone might break an ankle LIThe sun is brighter and hotter than you think ... wear sunscreen LIDrink lots of water or Gator Ade while you are out in the heat LITip your wait person well LISlow down...there isnbsp; no fire. One good tip---unless you are at a stoplight on the by-pass (the big road); don't even try to make a left turn.nbsp; Take a right, then a left and then a right again or stay on the Beach Road. Trust me on this during the summer months. LITurn down the music at night--your next door neighbors might go to bed earlier than you LIGo get the Fish Tacos at Mama Kwan's in KDH LICheck out the Manteo Waterfront. LIMake sure you know the physical address of the home you are renting LISit on the deck iin the evening and watch the sunset.nbsp;/LI/UL PThank you again for choosing to come to the Outer Banks. BRUntil Next Time, BRJMnbsp;/PIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/blog.jpg"BRBR
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Cookin' on the OBX

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 06/23/2009 - 09:56
BRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; IMG style="WIDTH: 616px; HEIGHT: 595px" height=1092 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/cookingclass.jpg" width=1134BRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; BRBRBRLooking for something really different to do while here? Are you a chef at heart?BRBROuter Banks Epicurean is offering cooking classes every Thursday and Friday right here on the Outer Banks. BRBRSUMMER 2009BRBRCOOKING CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY AND FRIDAYBRBRThe Lesson: Cookin' Outer Banks StyleBRTake a homegrown cookin’ class featuring tips, techniques and recipes focused on foods grown, caught, harvested or crafted by hand on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.BRBRLearn how to prepare local watermen's freshest catches!BRBRClasses emphasize the Slow Food philosophy and changing weekly recipes use the freshest available seasonal, local, seafood and produce.BRBRThe best part? You get to taste everything!BRThursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Fridays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBRBRClasses held at Tommy’s Bagels to BeefBRThe Market Place Shopping Center, Southern ShoresBRClass size limited. Reservations required.BRBRVisit A href="http://www.outerbanksepicurean.com/"FONT color=#336699www.OuterBanksEpicurean.com /FONT/Afor class topics, other classes and food tours!BRBRCall 252.305.0952 for reservations or more info.BRBR$49 per personBR$59 with wine sampling BRBRIf you attend a class please let me know how it was.nbsp; BRThanks,BRYour OBX BloggerBRJM
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This Week... Free and Otherwise

Village Realty Blog - Mon, 06/22/2009 - 11:34
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced June 2 that the National Park Service (NPS) will offer three fee-free weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures.BRBR"During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families," Secretary Salazar said. "I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation's crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends." The 147 NPS sites across the country that charge fees for entry will waive these entrance fees during the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009. This would include the Wright Memorial at Milepost 7!BRBRHere are some places that are always free:BRBROur Beaches! While I find it hard to believe that people PAY to get on the beaches in other parts of the country. I just have never encountered that but my co-workers assure me it is true. Thank goodness, that is not the case here. Our beaches are free, clean and welcoming.BRBRJockey's Ridge in Nags Head. This is a sand dune with over 460 acres--and 90 feet tall. Kite flying, hang gliding, climbing up to see the view and then letting the kids roll back down...they will love it. A href="http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/"FONT color=#336699More information /FONT/ABRBRVisit our lighthouses. The Bodie Island Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are free. Take the FREE ferry to Ocracoke Island. It is about a 40 minute trip. The kids can feed the seagulls and you can relax and enjoy the sights.BRBRUpcoming Events this week, free and otherwise:BRBRJune 23 - 26BRSummer Children’s Performance Series Tarradiddle Players present “The Commedia Aladdin”Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 10:30 a.m. Hop on a magic carpet with Aladdin as he summons the powerful Genie of the Lamp and changes his fortunes forever. (252) 475-1500 or A href="http://www.roanokeisland.com/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699roanokeisland.com/FONT/ABRBRJune 23 - August 13BRCharlotte Web’s Barnyard Brunch Waterside Theatre.BRStay after Tuesday’s performance of Charlotte’s Web for this barnyard bonanza! Meet the cast, enjoy fiddle music, learn a barnyard dance, watch Wilbur’s video web-log, play madcap barnyard games and enjoy a simple brunch at the Theatre. Brunch tickets are $8 Youth (11 amp; under) and $16 Adults. Price includes meal and keepsake photo. (252) 473-2127 or A href="http://www.thelostcolony.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699thelostcolony.org/FONT/ABRBRJune 24BRWild WednesdaysBRJoin nature photographer, Jeff Lewis, at The Elizabethan Gardens, as he shows stunning photos of the flora and fauna found in The Gardens. Located in our air-conditioned theater. (252) 473-3234 or A href="http://www.elizabethangardens.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699elizabethangardens.org/FONT/ABRBRJune 24BRShowcase Magic amp; Comedy Show Kitty Hawk. 7:30 pm at Outer Banks Music Showcase, Milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk.BRFeaturing World-renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. View clips at A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A. Tickets $19.95 Adults, $18.95 Seniors, $7 Children. (252) 261-7505. Event URL: A href="http://www.outerbanksmusicshowcase.com/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699outerbanksmusicshowcase.com/FONT/ABRBRJune 24 - 25BR8th Annual “Under the Oaks” Art Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / 5 p.m.BREnjoy this annual outdoor art show on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park with over 100 quality artists showcasing a wide variety of media, musical entertainment, food concessions, and children's activities. Admission is free - $5 parking donation requested. For more information call 252-453-9040.BRBRJune 25BRDiscovery ThursdaysBRDiscovery Thursdays at The Elizabethan Gardens, will include up to five interactive activities that families will enjoy together. These activities will focus on a specific aspect of The Gardens. Participants will gain further understanding and appreciation of The Gardens and Elizabethan Times which they can apply as they later tour The Elizabethan Gardens. Located in our air-conditioned theater. (252) 473-3234 or A href="http://www.elizabethangardens.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699elizabethangardens.org/FONT/ABRBRJune 25BRTea with the Queen BRWaterside Theatre.BRHave an audience with Queen Elizabeth I and her royal court. The Queen’s tea also includes a backstage tour of Waterside Theatre and a complimentary souvenir program. Advance reservations required. Tickets are $22 for Adults, $11 for Youth (7-18 years). (252) 473-2127 or A href="http://www.thelostcolony.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699thelostcolony.org/FONT/ABRBRJune 25BRSimon’s Pirate Adventure 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.BRCome with your bawdy crew to be dressed like a pirate, talk like a pirate and act like a pirate. Enjoy Simon Fernando’s famous Carolina pirate friends as they reenact their dramatic high seas adventures. Simon’s Pirate Adventure includes a backstage tour of Waterside Theatre, a keepsake photo of you with a pirate and delicious pirate’s feast. 24-hour advance reservations required. Tickets are $22 for Adults, $11 for Youth (7-18 years). (252) 473-2127 or A href="http://www.thelostcolony.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699thelostcolony.org/FONT/ABRBRJune 25BRThirsty ThursdaysBRFree fountain soft drink with the purchase of a 3-game laser tag admission. For more information about Gearworks Laser Tag amp; Fun Center visit A href="http://www.obxgearworks.com/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699obxgearworks.com/FONT/A.BRBRJune 25 - 26BRBeach ‘n Blues Festival Pirate’s Cove. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. BRBlue skies, blue water and the best blues music. Two evenings of great entertainment to share with friends and family while here at the beach. (252) 384-3494BRBRA href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7N2pVadDz0"FONT color=#336699Outer Banks Video/FONT/A
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