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The Sound of Sound

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:23
Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes, in their book Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks, have this to say about the sound of "sound":

"Despite the fact that the hoi toide sound seems to capture everyone's attention when they talk about the [Ocracoke Island] brogue, there are a number of other distinctive vowel sounds that more subtly act to set the brogue apart from other dialects of American English. One of these is the Ocracoke pronunciation of ow, as in town or sound, as more of an ay as in say, so that town sounds like tain and sound like saind."

They go on to say that "what we hear in these words isn't exactly an ay, just as what we hear in i-words isn't really oy. Rather the Ocracoke ow is actually two sounds spoken quickly together, just like the i sound. To pronounce the ow like an islander, you need to say eh as in bet, followed by ee as in beet. Thus sound comes out sounding like s-eh-ee-nd...-- almost like saind,...but not quite."

Wolfram and Shilling-Estes conclude that "The ow sound provides us with direct evidence that Ocracoke English is not the language of Shakespeare -- but it's certainly not the language of mainland America, either."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.
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Coal

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:59
Every now and again a lump of coal washes up on the beach at Ocracoke. If you find some you might wonder where it came from.















Most likely the coal was originally cargo or fuel on a schooner or steamboat that wrecked offshore. The steamboat Home was a coal-fired vessel that wrecked in 1837. The George W. Wells was a collier, and one of the largest schooners ever built. She wrecked in 1913.

A lump of coal may not seem very interesting, but it is a reminder of a grand seafaring tradition, tragedy offshore, and the bravery and courage of members of the US Life Saving Service.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.
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Clam Digger, Flounder Gigger

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:08
Native islander, Marcus Lawson, has started a new enterprise on Ocracoke.

Called "Clam Digger Flounder Gigger," this is a great way for visitors to experience Ocracoke Island. It is authentic, definitely not a typical tourist offering.








This is how Marcus describes his venture on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/clamdigger.floundergigger):

"While visiting Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, signing up for an excursion with Clam Digger & Flounder Gigger Charters can be a great way to explore the surrounding waters.

"Get to know the Pamlico Sound on a 24 foot Carolina Skiff, complete with all the equipment you will need to gather clams and to gig flounder. Then you can enjoy fresh local seafood and boast of your fishing skills.

"Call for reservations (252-921-0279) and further information on the fun you and your family can have."

You can also contact Marcus at clamdiggerfloundergigger@gmail.com.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.

 
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Willys Station Wagon

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:26
For years I have wanted a Willys station wagon. It is unlikely that I will ever get one. Recently, as I was looking through vintage Ocracoke Island photos I realized how many of these trucks are in the old pictures. Of course, they were the perfect vehicle for managing the island's sandy lanes.

This is the old store, Big Ike's Store. It stood where Captain's Landing is today. It was also the Post Office. The truck belonged to Carlton Kelly who lived in the large house with the widow's walk that backs up to Howard Street.




















If I can't own one of these vehicles, at least I can relive childhood memories every time I look at these old pictures.

Out latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.
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Crazy Guy on a Bike

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:02
The people you meet on Ocracoke!

My son-in-law, Fiddler David, was on tour with Molasses Creek recently. He returned home Monday on the Cedar Island ferry. Crossing the sound, David met Mark, a 49 year old cyclist from Germany who has been on the road for three years. We invited Mark for supper Monday night & Tuesday night. What an interesting guy.

Mark with his "naked" bike

















Mark worked at a VW plant back in Germany. One day he just decided that the sedentary life was not for him. So he got on his bike and started pedaling. I am not sure about everywhere he has been, but he told stories about Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. Mark has covered more than 21,000 miles on his bicycle.

Mark has no long-range goal. He simply decides as he travels. I joked that he was like Yogi Berra who said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Mark posted this 7:43 minute video on his website (www.crazyguyonabike.com/mid):



Mark is something of a philosopher. We talked about freedom...the freedom of biking around the world without an itinerary...and the freedom of the settled life (not worrying about finding a place to sleep every night).

He posted this quotation by Victor Frankl on his website:

"The more a person concerns himself with pleasure, the more it recedes.
The more he pursues happiness, the more it eludes him.
To understand this, we have to overcome the popular misconception that happiness is one of man's Basic wants.
What he actually wants is a cause that allows him to be happy. Once a cause has been established,
the feeling of happiness will appear of its own accord. To the extent, however,
that man aims at happiness directly, he loses sight of established cause,
and the feeling of happiness will collapse in itself. In other words, happiness is a by-product
and cannot be approached directly".
-Victor Frankl-

Here is the original quotation, auf Deutsch:

"Je mehr er [der Mensch] nach Glück jagt, um so mehr verjagt er es auch schon.
Um dies zu verstehen, brauchen wir nur das Vorurteil zu überwinden,
daß der Mensch im Grund darauf aus sei, glücklich zu sein;
was er in Wirklichkeit will, ist nämlich, einen Grund dazu zu haben.
Und hat er einmal einen Grund dazu, dann stellt sich das Glücksgefühl
von selbst ein. In dem Maße hingegen, in dem er das Glücksgefühl direkt anpeilt,
verliert er den Grund, den er dazu haben mag, aus den Augen,
und das Glücksgefühl selbst sackt in sich zusammen.
Mit anderen Wort, Glück muß er-folgen und kann nicht er-zielt werden".

Mark left the island this morning. Happy Trails!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.
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Oregon Inlet

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:09
Oregon? Inlet...what does the inlet between the Nags Head peninsula and  Hatteras Island have to do with Oregon?

The Territory of Oregon existed from 1848 until it was admitted to the Union and became the state of Oregon in 1859.

Oregon Inlet was opened by a violent hurricane in 1846, two years before the Territory of Oregon was established, and 13 years before Oregon became a state.

According to Roger E. Kammerer, in Recollections of Pitt County, "In [1846*], a number of businessmen in Edgecombe County purchased a steamer in Baltimore, the Oregon, to run as a passenger and freight boat between Tarboro and Washington. It was the first vessel to use a new inlet cut by a hurricane in [1846*], known as Oregon Inlet. The Oregon ran on the Tar and Roanoke Rivers until it failed early as a financial venture and was sold at public auction in Washington, North Carolina on October 6, 1849. It was used later as a freight and excursion boat to Hyde County and Ocracoke. (p. 31)"

*Kammerer writes 1848, but the inlet opened in 1846.

David Stick, in his book The Outer Banks of North Carolina, identifies the vessel as "the side-wheeler Oregon, owned by William H. Willard."

After a brief search of the Internet I discovered that no one seems to know the origin or the word "Oregon," and I was unable to learn why Mr. Willard named his steamship the Oregon.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.htm.


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The Five Harmaniacs

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:21
Ocracoke Island natives, Walter and Edgar Howard, made a name for themselves on the vaudeville stage in New York and other cities. Edgar played banjo, and Walter played guitar, harmonica, jug, ukulele and washboard. Walter was also a vocalist.

The following clipping (courtesy Walter Howard, Jr.) was from 1926, when Walter was a member of the cowboy band, "The Five Harmaniacs."

















The caption under the photo reads "Above are some of the special artists who will take part in the 'Loew Midnight Frolic' Monday night from station WBRC [Birmingham, Alabama]. They are top, the Five Harmaniacs and bottom two funsters from the Batcheler-Jamieson Revue. These numbers with other Loew artists will make up the feature for the special program."

Walter Howard is on the right. The other members of his band were Jerry Adams, Wayne Durand, Ned Nestor, and Clyde Shugart.

You can read more about the Five Harmaniacs here: http://www.redhotjazz.com/5harmaniacs.html.

Out latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of a 1948 article about the Mail Boat Aleta, "Boat Hauls Mail, More." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032114.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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Outer Banks Rules

Village Realty Blog - Fri, 06/19/2009 - 15:38
DIVYes, this is a laid back beach town and yes, it is summer. That means relaxation and rest and fun, fun, fun. Great.BRBR/DIV DIVHowever, there are some rules for everyone that will make your time here, no matter if you are here for a week or a weekend or even if you live here, much more pleasant and possibly safer.BRBR/DIV DIVAfter 35 + years of island living and having worked in many businesses here, here is what I have learned:BR/DIV DIV/DIVBR UL LISPANSPANNo socks with sandals. No exceptions. This is just wrong, peopleBR/SPAN/SPAN LIDo not pass a car on the RIGHT if you are on the beach road. Seriously. This is not only rude, it is dangerous. I cannot stress this one enough.BR LIIf you are not sure where you are going (guys, this one is for you) then ASK someone. We are happy to give you directionsBR LISTOP and let pedestrians cross the beach road. There are many places that are designated as crosswalks but you will see folks waiting sometimes at a non designated spot. Do the nice thing.BR LIDo go to John's Drive In on the Beach Road. Get a milkshake and a dolphin boat. You will thank me for thisBR LIPlease shop at the locally owned businesses ... you can tell which ONEs they are.BR LIPlease do not throw cigarrette butts out the window or dump the car ashtray in the driveway or in the sand.BR LIIf you have small kids, ask around for kid friendly restaurants. Most are, but some are truly not.BR LIIf your little one is screaming, crying or running around in the restaurant, please take him/her outside.BR LIDogs are welcome here. We love them, that is why so many A href="http://www.petfriendlyobx.com/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699vacation homes allow pets/FONT/A. Please clean up after your dog. Enough said.BR LII really do not care to read the suggestive slogan on your t-shirt and I am sure many other moms and dads and grandparents feel the same way. Save those for when you are IN the house, please. BR LIGo fly a kite. Seriously, go to Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head and fly a kite.BR LIGo see the A href="http://www.thelostcolony.org/" target=_blankFONT color=#336699Lost Colony Outdoor Drama/FONT/A. You will enjoy it.BR LITake lots of photos. Take them in high resolution. A href="http://www.villagerealtyobx.com/OuterBanks/VacationRentals/photocontest" target=_blankFONT color=#336699Enter our Photo Contest /FONT/Aand perhaps you will win a free week at the beach!BR LILeave the beach the way you found it. BR LIWant to visit a real old fashioned movie theater that still shows movies? Go over to Manteo and watch a show at the Pioneer Theater.BR LITake deep breaths, smell the ocean air and gaze at the water for long periods of time. You will never get this moment back so savor it.BR LIDon't, do not, no way ... forget about drinking and driving. Please don't do it.BRBRRemember that the locals appreciate that you are spending your time and your money here. We want you to come back. /LI/UL PStay safe. And thanks! BRBRUntil Next Time,BRYour OBX BloggerBRnbsp;BRJMBRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; IMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/youngadultsonbeachblog.JPG"BRnbsp;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; BRanother great photo by Kirsten Lewis of www.innatephoto.com/P
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Hocus Pocus on the Outer Banks

Village Realty Blog - Wed, 06/17/2009 - 10:16
BRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; BRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com"IMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/xtrememagicbanner2.JPG" border=0/ABRBRBRWe all know the Outer Banks is a magical place ... whether you live here or are visting.nbsp; The OBX offers peace, natural beauty, friendly people and things to do... or not.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRIf you are looking for some summer entertainment we have a new venue in town, a Magic Show.nbsp; More information is available at A href="http://www.OBXtremeMagic.com"www.OBXtremeMagic.com/Anbsp;BRBRHere is a blurb from the website telling you what the shows are all about:BRBRFONT size=2FONT face="Times New Roman""SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt"Experience the Outer Banks most incredible live show, SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: underline"OBXtreme Magic/SPAN.nbsp; Witness incredible illusions,nbsp;mind-bending magic and comedy audience participation the entire family will love live on stage!nbsp; OBXtreme Magic features some of the most incredible magic and illusions performed by world renowned illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy!nbsp; See people appear, vanish and float in the air right in front of your eyes!nbsp; Don't miss the most amazing family experience in The Outer Banks!"BRBRFONT face=Arial size=2For a preview ...check out thenbsp;/FONTA href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajqLPPFAsRA"FONT face=Arial size=2LINK/FONT/AFONT face=Arial size=2nbsp;to a video clip on You Tube. BR/FONT/SPAN/FONT/FONTBRA partial schedule of shows ...please go to the website for additional showings and more details.nbsp; Tickets are available online.nbsp; Looks like there is a show for all ages and one geared towards adults.nbsp; They also offer a "Magic Camp" where you can learn some of the illusions and tricks; that is only $15.00 per person and reservations are encouraged. Call 252-453-9040, Extnbsp;3 for some more information on this. I would think the older kids would get a kick out of this since they could impress their friends when they get back home.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRSTRONGJUNEBR/STRONGBR6/24 Wednesday BRShowcase Magic amp; Comedy Show, Kitty HawkBR7:30 pm at Outer Banks Music Showcase, Milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk. Featuring World-renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. View clips at A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892www.obxtrememagic.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=#396892http://www.outerbanksmusicshowcase.com/FONT/A BRBRSTRONGJULYBR/STRONGBR7/1 Wednesday BROBXtreme Magic at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty HawkBRChoose from two shows at 4 amp; 7 pm Starring World-Renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. Incredible Illusions, Mind-Bending Magic and Comedy Audience Participation Live on Stage! Hilton Garden Inn, Milepost 1 on the Beach Road. (252)489-9219. Event URL: A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892http://www.obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A , Tickets $19.95 Adults, $17.95 Seniors, $7 Children.BRBR7/1 WednesdayBRMad Jack Adult Comedy and Magic, Kitty HawkBRHilarious comedy, amazing magic and bizarre side-show stunts you will never forget all performed live on stage at the Hilton Garden Inn! This show is a riot, but contains adult language and subject matter. 9:30 pm. (252)489-9219. Event URL: A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892http://www.obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A, Tickets $19.95BRBR7/2 Thursday BROBXtreme Magic at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty HawkBRChoose from two shows at 4 amp; 7 pm Starring World-Renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. Incredible Illusions, Mind-Bending Magic and Comedy Audience Participation Live on Stage! Hilton Garden Inn, Milepost 1 on the Beach Road. (252)489-9219. Event URL: http:// A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892www.obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A, Tickets $19.95 Adults, $17.95 Seniors, $7 Children.BRBR7/3 Friday BRShowcase Magic amp; Comedy Show, Kitty HawkBR7:30 pm at Outer Banks Music Showcase, Milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk. Featuring World-renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. View clips at A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892www.obxtrememagic.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=#396892http://www.outerbanksmusicshowcase.com/FONT/A BRBR7/7 Tuesday BRChildren's Knight Magic Camps, Whalehead Club, Corolla, $15.00BREvery Tuesday morning at 9am-explore the history of magic amp; learn a few tricks from Clive Allen, world traveled magician. Meet at the picnic shelter. Appropriate for children 5 and above. For information call 252-453-9040. Event URL: A href="http://www.whaleheadclub.org/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892http://www.whaleheadclub.org/FONT/ABRBR7/8 Wednesday BROBXtreme Magic at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty HawkBRChoose from two shows at 4 amp; 7 pm Starring World-Renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. Incredible Illusions, Mind-Bending Magic and Comedy Audience Participation Live on Stage! Hilton Garden Inn, Milepost 1 on the Beach Road. (252)489-9219. Event URL: A href="http://www.1bcbugs.com/http;//www.obxtrememagic.com" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892http;//www.obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A, Tickets $19.95 Adults, $17.95 Seniors, $7 Children.BRBR7/8 WednesdayBRBRMad Jack Adult Comedy and Magic, Kitty HawkBRHilarious comedy, amazing magic and bizarre side-show stunts you will never forget all performed live on stage at the Hilton Garden Inn! This show is a riot, but contains adult language and subject matter. 9:30 pm. (252)489-9219. Event URL: A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892http://www.obxtrememagic.com/FONT/A, Tickets $19.95BRBRThere are more shows right through August and September (which is one of the best times to be here!).nbsp; The website says more dates will be added year 'round soon.nbsp; BRBRThis sounds interesting ... I will have to check both shows out.nbsp;nbsp; I wonder if they sell wands that make husbands sweep the kitchen floor or bring you breakfast in bed?nbsp; Hmmm...if so, I will certainly let you know.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggersBRJMBRA href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajqLPPFAsRA"/A
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Father's Day

Village Realty Blog - Mon, 06/15/2009 - 14:16
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; IMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/dadwbabyonbeach.jpg"BRBRBRBRSTRONGnbsp;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;FONT size=4 Father's Day is June 21. Don't forget!nbsp; BR/FONT/STRONGBRSometimes the best gifts don't cost anything or cost very little except your time.nbsp;nbsp; If you are having a hard time thinking of something for your dad this year, consider these suggestions:BRBRnbsp; UL LIWrite him a letter telling him why, if he was not already your father, you would choose him to be.nbsp; LITakenbsp; him out for coffee and dessert.nbsp; LIWash his car or truck LISend him a "beer of the month" or "coffee of the month" membership. Some of these are available for three month periods.nbsp; LIPut a small classifed ad in the local newspaper so he can read it. LISend him an e-card that will make him laugh LIMake an award fornbsp;him that denotes something special he did for you/LI/UL PIf you will be here on the OBX with your dad on his special day why not have a crab pickin' party? Ornbsp; stock up on cold drinks, pack some sandwichesnbsp;andnbsp;kick back on the beach or at the pool. Take lots of photos and then make an album for your dad next year. BRBRA really great present would be a week at the beach and we hope many of you will be here sometime this summer. BRBRIf you are here now or will be sometime in June, here are some events going on:BRBRSTRONGFONT color=#800000June 19BR/FONTAnnual Evening Under The Stars with the North Carolina Symphony/STRONGBROutdoor Pavilion, Roanoke Island Festival Park. 8 p.m. Parking available at Roanoke Island Festival Park and in the Town of Manteo. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is on the lawn. Picnics welcome. Free admission. (252) 473-2138, (877) 629-4386 or A href="http://www.outerbanks.org/" target=_blankouterbanks.org/A BRBRSTRONGFONT color=#800000June 21BR/FONTFONT color=#222222REAL Father’s Day SessionsBR/FONT/STRONGSpend time with Dad taking sessions! Buy 1 get 1 FREE for you and your father on REAL Kiteboarding Ground Control and Watertime Lessons, as well as REAL Standup Paddleboard and REAL Surfing Lessons. Nothing is more fun than spending a day with Dad on the water! For more information: (252) 987-6000. BRA href="http://www.realkiteboarding.com/index.cfm?page=instruction"Kite Boarding/A| A href="http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/index.cfm?page=instruction"Surfing Lessons /A| A href="http://www.realwatersports.com/standup/index.cfm?page=instruction"Standup Paddleboard Lessons /ABRSTRONGFONT color=#800000BRJune 24BR/FONTFONT color=#222222Showcase Magic amp; Comedy Show/FONT/STRONGBRKitty Hawk. 7:30 pm at Outer Banks Music Showcase, Milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk. Featuring World-renowned Illusionists Clive Allen amp; Tracy. View clips at A href="http://www.obxtrememagic.com/" target=_blankOBXExtremeMagic.com/A. Tickets $19.95 Adults, $18.95 Seniors, $7 Children. (252) 261-7505. Event URL: A href="http://www.outerbanksmusicshowcase.com"www.OuterBanksMusicShowcase.com/AFONT color=#800000STRONGBRBRJune 24 - 25/STRONG/FONTBRFONT color=#222222B8th Annual “Under the Oaks” Art Festival/BBR/FONT10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / 5 p.m. Enjoy 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. BRBRBFONT color=#800000June 25/FONT/BBRFONT color=#222222BDiscovery Thursdays /BBR/FONTDiscovery 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. nbsp;(252) 473-3234 or A href="http://www.elizabethangardens.org"ElizabethanGardens.org /ABRSTRONGFONT color=#800000BRJune 25BR/FONTFONT color=#222222Simon’s Pirate Adventure/FONT/STRONGBR3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Come 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"TheLostColony.org/ABRBFONT color=#800000BRJune 27/FONT/BBRFONT color=#222222BCheck-in Day Specials/BBR/FONT$7 laser tag games until 4 PM. Not valid with other coupons. For more information about Gearworks Laser Tag amp; Fun Center visit A href="http://www.obxgearworks.com"www.OBXGearworks.com/ABRBFONT color=#800000BRJune 27 - 28/FONT/BBRFONT color=#222222BKitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Competition/BBR/FONTKitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Center, Waves Village. Come see some of the best kiteboarders in the world. Free demonstrations and competitions will be held. (252) 441-4124, (877) FLY-THIS or A href="#"A href="http://www.kittyhawk.com"KittyHawk.com/ABRFONT size=+0BR/FONTUntil Next Time,BRYour OBX Blogger/P P nbsp; BRBR/P Pnbsp;/P
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School's OUT ... OBX is IN!

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 06/11/2009 - 08:43
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; IMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/happykidsgroup2blog.JPG"BRBRBRSchool is out almost everywhere or soon will be ... happy kids everywhere!nbsp; This picture expresses that as well as any I have ever seen.nbsp;nbsp; One perk of having an office near the beach is that we can hear kids laughing and playing all day long as they get in and out of the pool, play at the beach, etc.nbsp; We even have a good view of a few homes with pools from the window in our office and also a glimpse of the ocean.nbsp; BRBRIf you are one of our readers, we have a "deal for you"... mention that you saw this discount on our blog and get $100 off of any 2009 week.nbsp; But you have to make and confirm your reservation by June 23th.nbsp;nbsp; You can either call us at 877-271-2224 (toll free) or visit us online at A href="http://www.VacationsOBX.com"www.VacationsOBX.com/A BRBRJust mention that you saw the "STRONGSchool's Out Blog/STRONGnbsp;STRONGSpecial Offer"nbsp;/STRONGto one of our reservation agents when you call or if you're booking online (secure booking is available 24/7) please enter the "School's Out $100 off" in the comment section on the booking page. BRBRThis offer does apply to new reservations only, those made starting today June 11 and only runs through June 23rd , 2009.nbsp; Applies for any full week, any time of year.nbsp; BRBRSpeaking of great photos, and I did, Village Realty is sponsorngnbsp;a Photo Contest and anyone can enter. You do not have to buy anything or rent anbsp; home or agree to let us send you emails ...nothing!nbsp;nbsp; The only rules are (a) no professional photographers, please and (b) the subject has to be something on the Outer Banks. That can be people, places, things, events...anything.nbsp;nbsp; First (and only) prize is a free week in one of our homes or condos during the off season.nbsp; You do have to agree to let us use your photo any way we choose which mean you also could end up being a "Star" on the world wide web. We will not ever use names for any photo but we will try to let you know when we are adding to either our website or in an online ad or a print ad.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRWant more information?nbsp; A href="http://www.villagerealtyobx.com/OuterBanks/VacationRentals/photocontest"Click Here/A.nbsp; You can enter as many photos as you like.nbsp; BRBRThanks to Kirsten Lewis for letting me use her wonderful photo for this post. You can find more of her work on A href="http://www.innatephoto.com"www.innatephoto.com/A BRBRUntil Next Time, BRYour OBX Blogger BRJMBRA href="http://www.villagerealtyobx.com"www.VillageRealtyOBX.comBR/ABRBRBRBR
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