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Another Rare Creature...

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00
...visits Ocracoke.

Watch this video of a harbor seal that Amy made yesterday as we were walking down the beach. If you keep watching you will see his head surface now and then between the waves.




 To see a few still photos, visit our Facebook page.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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Supercargo

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 06:02
"Supercargo" is a word I encountered not too long ago while reading Alexandre Dumas' book, The Count of Monte Cristo. It is a maritime term that designates a person hired by the owner of a ship's cargo to look after his property. Specifically, the supercargo is obligated to maintain the security of the cargo while at sea, to manage the sale of the property when arriving at the port of destination, and to purchase or receive other goods for the return voyage.

No doubt Ocracoke islanders were well acquainted with this word during the great age of sail when numerous coastal schooners and other ships passed our shores, stopped here to "lighter" their cargo, or anchored nearby to weather storms. In those days many a young Ocracoke man heeded the call of the sea to pursue the life of a sailor.

Today, the word comes to the great-great grandson of those eighteenth and nineteenth century sailors by reading a book!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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Oyster Wars

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:02
For many years oysters were harvested in coastal North Carolina with hand tongs. These consisted of wide rakes with attached "baskets" that were mounted on the ends of wooden tongs up to 20 feet long. The tongs were worked in scissor-like fashion from sloops and other sailboats. (Do an Internet search to see images of traditional oyster tongs.)

I don't have access to any vintage photographs of North Carolina watermen using oyster tongs, but this photo from Florida is typical.

Oyster Tonging in Florida











(Photo courtesy, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/6894)

In the late nineteenth century oyster dredgers were brought into Pamlico Sound. Skipjacks (or oyster sloops) could harvest as many oysters in an hour as a tonger could collect in a day. This led to the Oyster Wars of 1891, when local watermen, armed with rifles and shotguns, drove the dredgers out of the Sound.

James Horatio (Raysh) Williams, Jr. was eighteen years old when the Oyster Wars irrupted. He wrote a song commemorating the islanders' victory. Most of the song has been forgotten, but these few lines survive:

"It was just about night,
They sank the ships out of sight,
And drove the Core Sounders away."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.


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Parking Area

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 01/13/2014 - 05:41
I came across this photo a while ago. It was taken in the late 1950s or the early 1960s. This is one of the Ocracoke parking areas for access to the beach. In those days they were paved with WWII "landing mats."













I have written about landing mats in previous posts. But I thought our readers would enjoy seeing the mats in the ways they were actually used. There is more information here: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2013/07/marsden-mats.html.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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Bridge over the Gut

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:48
Prior to World War II two small tidal streams flowed from Cockle Creek (later renamed Silver Lake) toward the "bald beach." These streams, or "guts" as they were known by islanders, divided the village into two major areas, Around Creek (including the Community Store, Howard Street, etc.) and Down Point (from the southern side of the Island Inn to the lighthouse and in that general vicinity).

Several primitive wooden bridges spanned the guts. I discovered this never-before-published photo after my father died. It was probably taken in the 1930s.












From left to right (back to front), to the best of my knowledge: Juliana Guth (my mother's mother), Kunigunde Guth Howard (my mother), Helena Guth Webster (my mother's sister), Lawton Howard (my father), and an unknown man.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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Art Show & Silent Auction

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:34
Here is your opportunity to own an original Ocracoke work of art. On Jan. 25, 2014 the Ocracoke Preservation Society will be hosting an art show and silent auction titled, "Ocracoke, Through Your Eyes." 

Nearly 100 artists have received canvases (all 6" x 8") with which to be creative. Here are three examples:

Artist: Nancy Carlson
Artist: John Simpson
Artist: Pat Schweninger










































More canvases can be viewed on line at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.616651635038927.1073741838.109598372410925&type=1

OPS will be accepting remote bids (explanation of that will come soon) and will mail the canvases if you win. 

 Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.

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Motor Lifeboat

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 05:37
Last fall the Hatteras Inlet Coast Guard Station's 47 foot motor lifeboat was tied up at the National Park Service docks here at Ocracoke...and the crew welcomed visitors aboard.

Hatteras Inlet 47 Footer
A Peak Inside the Pilot House






























This very sophisticated vessel is built from marine grade aluminum, and is designed to right itself in fewer than ten seconds if it capsizes.

Many thanks to all of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard for their presence and dedication to duty protecting our shores and our coastal communities.

You can read more about this impressive vessel here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/47-foot_Motor_Lifeboat.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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The Winter of 1917-1918

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 06:00
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The bitter cold of the last few days brings to mind stories of the severe winter of 1917-1918 when much of Pamlico Sound was frozen solid. 

Capt. Joe Burrus (he built the building that is now "Oscar's House B & B" on NC 12) was stationed on the screw-pile lighthouse at Bluff Shoal, about seven and one half miles from Ocracoke.  According to old timers the cold lasted so long that for several weeks no supply boats could reach the light station on Bluff Shoal. 

Eventually Captain Joe ventured out onto the ice and walked quite a distance.  Whether he was attempting to walk all the way to dry land, or just trying to relieve the boredom, is uncertain.  At any rate he turned back and remained at the lighthouse until the weather broke and food and supplies were finally delivered to him. 
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 When the supply boat finally made contact with Captain Joe the seaman reported that the lighthouse keeper had run out of food.  Of much more concern to Captain Burrus, however, was the fact that he had used up his supply of chewing tobacco.  Maybe that's what he was after when he stepped out onto the ice that cold winter day. We’re told he had resorted to chewing boat caulking before the supply boat arrived.

For more stories of the Big Freeze of 1917-1918 follow this link to a superb story in Our State magazine by Bryan Mims:  http://www.ourstate.com/big-freeze/#.UszEQT2FAh0.facebook

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.


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Portsmouth Island Gallery

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 05:36
Last week Lou Ann and I accompanied folks to Portsmouth Island for the annual Christmas Bird Count. We aren't serious birders...and we didn't count any birds...but we did help Dave Frum rescue a Carolina Wren that was trapped in the Methodist Church. And later in the afternoon, back on Ocracoke, we helped locate the snowy owl that was hanging out at the South Point.

Lou Ann and I mostly spent our time wandering around Portsmouth village. Below are a few photos I took. It was a sunny day with the temperature in the low 50s...and no mosquitoes! It was perfect.

Henry Pigott's House
Approaching the Village
Inside the Washington Roberts House
Lath & Plaster
Early 1800s Graves
The Dennis Mason House
The Methodist Church
A Carpet of Lichens
The Schoolhouse






































































































































Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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Pelicans

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 05:46
In the early 1970s there were only a few nesting pelicans on the Outer Banks. The widespread use of DDT had caused pelican egg shells to grow unnaturally thin, and the embryos did not develop to maturity. Once DDT was banned in 1972 the brown pelican made a dramatic comeback. Today hundreds (probably thousands) of these birds can be seen in coastal North Carolina. This photo was taken from the deck of the Cedar Island ferry in October, 2013. These birds congregate on the spoil island near the channel that passes by the sunken dredge Lehigh. Click on the photo (and follow directions to the right) to view a larger, better quality image.














Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.
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We're Back!

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 05:14
We hope all of our readers had a joyous holiday season...and that 2014 will be the best year ever. It is good to be back sharing news of Ocracoke Island.

Lou Ann was on the island from Christmas Eve until just a couple of days ago. We enjoyed Christmas festivities, visits with family & friends, a boat trip to Portsmouth Island, and daily excursions to the beach. One highlight of the last week was the arrival of a beautiful snowy owl on the island. You can see one of Peter Vankevich's spectacular photos of this rare visitor on our January 1 Facebook page.

Peter also sent me a photo of a Peregrine Falcon that was spotted on Ocracoke:


















We will be here again tomorrow with more news, stories, and photos of life on Ocracoke, so come back often.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.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
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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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