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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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

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
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

LunchTime on the OBX

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 06/09/2009 - 12:11
BRBRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;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/sugarcreek2.JPG"BRBRTuesday lunch on the OBX ... we went to Sugar Creek on the causeway and had a fantastic lunch today. The wait person was very nice and the food as always was great. BRBRA href="http://www.sugarcreekseafood.com/sugarcreek/index.htm"Sugar Creek /Ais a great family restaurant and the menu offers something for everyone, kids included.nbsp; I highly recommend it for visitors alike. BRBRMost of the time I eat at my desk but sometimes you just need to get out of the office. Knowing that I can be somewhere near the water at the same time as enjoying a delicious lunch is also an incentive. BRBRWhat did we have? I had fried oysters and Jenny had tuna salad and shrimp salad. Wish we could have stayed longer, had a few drinks and enjoyed the views and the breeze but duty calls.BRBRUntil Next Time,BRYour OBX Blogger
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Sand Breaking

Village Realty Blog - Fri, 06/05/2009 - 13:00
BRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/Jennettes_Pier.jpg"BRBRJennette's Pier Sand-breaking BRBRHolly and I took a break from the usual morning tasks to attend the sand-breaking for the new Jennette's Pier at Whalebone Junction in Nags Head. The weather was absolutely perfect for the occasion which happened to be exactly 70 years from the day Warren Jennette Sr. built the pier. We listened to quite a few speakers including Sen. Marc Basnight, Rep. Tim Spear, Warren Judge and even Gov. Beverly Perdue who outlined the timeline of how the new Jennette's Pier project finally became a reality. BRBRThe pier and its' land was purchased by the North Carolina Aquarium Society in 2002. In the fall of 2003 the pier fell victim to Hurricane Isabel when most of it was destroyed. It was proposed that a new 1,000 foot concrete and wood pier be constructed along a pierhouse. The new pier and facility will be part of the North Carolina Aquarium offering educational and recreational programs. We heard the pier will be "green" with solar panels and wind turbines.BRBRThe new pier will take two years to complete and retain the name Jennette's Pier. BRBROur Friend Bob M. also wrote about this ... read his post and see more pictures A href="http://jockeysridge.blogspot.com/2009/05/jennettes-pier-groundbreaking.html"Here/ABRBRIMG style="WIDTH: 300px; HEIGHT: 204px" height=255 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/jennettes_pier_3.jpg" width=352nbsp;nbsp; IMG style="WIDTH: 334px; HEIGHT: 206px" height=302 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/Jennettes_pier_21.jpg" width=359BRBRJust proves that good things come to those who wait ... and petition.BRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggerBRJenny M
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Eat Your Vegetables

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 06/04/2009 - 09:08
FONT size=2BRInbsp;recently signed up for local vegetable delivery from Weeping Radish straight to Village Realty's Nags Head office. BRBRThe "Farmer to Fork" idea is trying to get fresh local produce from the farmer right to consumer, an idea which I absolutely love. I received my first box yesterday full of summer goodness cucumbers, squash, arugula, turnips, daikon radishes, leaf broccoli, yukina savoy and zucchini. I had some other veggies in my fridge so I decided to make a salad to go with the steaks. The arugula was peppery and delicious, cucumber and squash were nice and crisp. I have to say so far I am extremely pleased and can't wait to see what next week's delivery brings! BRBRTwo of the brokers in the office also get deliveries and they too have been very happy with the products.nbsp;nbsp; The cost is surprisingly low for what you get.nbsp; So now there is no excuse to not eat your veggies!nbsp; BRBRThe Weeping Radish is located in Currituck and also sells hormone free beef and free range pork as well as beer.nbsp; This is a fun day trip while you are here or you could stop by on your way to the beach. There is a restaurant there too and of course they have German food which is quite good.nbsp; BRBROn Wednesdays you can take a hay ride through the organic farm, brewery and the butchery. Reservations are recommended.nbsp; More information A href="http://www.weepingradish.com/index.htm"HereBRBR/AUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggersBRJCM and JMBRBRA href="http://www.weepingradish.com/grill_box_orders.htm"Visit the website BRBRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/weeping_radishvegetagbles.JPG" border=0BRBRPricesBRBR/ABR/FONT
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Enjoy a Wine and Jazz Fest Sunday May 31, 2009

Village Realty Blog - Fri, 05/29/2009 - 12:16
PFONT size=2How aboutnbsp;spending your upcomingnbsp;Sunday like this? ...BR/FONT/P UL LIEMFONT size=2STRONGListening to Live Jazz/STRONG music all afternoon/FONT/EM LIEMFONT size=2STRONGSampling Wines /STRONGfrom Currituck vineyards/FONT/EM LIEMFONT size=2STRONGEnjoying an Art Shownbsp;/STRONGof finenbsp;art from local Currituck artists/FONT/EM LIEMFONT size=2STRONGSampling dishes/STRONG from local restaurants/FONT/EM/LI/UL PFONT size=2BRWhat:nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;/FONTFONT size=2STRONGThe Currituck Wine amp; Jazz Festivalnbsp;BR/STRONGnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;presented bynbsp;A href="http://www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/" target=_blankSanctuary Vineyards/ABRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; sponsored by the Currituck County Arts CouncilBRBRWhen:nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;STRONGSunday May 31, 2009/STRONG ~ Noon to 7:00pmBRBRWhere:nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;STRONGThe Cotton Gin, North Lawn/STRONG ~nbsp;Jarvisburg, NCBREMnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;/EMFONT size=1EM(rain date:nbsp; June 7,nbsp;2009 Same Time, Same Place)BRBR/EMFONT size=2Tickets:nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;STRONG$15 in Advance/STRONG - available at all Cotton Gin locations amp;nbsp;online A href="http://www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/" target=_blankFONT size=2here/FONTEMBR/EM/Anbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;STRONG$20 at the Gatenbsp;/STRONG- EM$5 of every ticket benefits the Currituck Arts Councilnbsp;/EM/FONTBRBRFONT size=2BRGet Out There this Sunday ...nbsp;Enjoy this Greatnbsp;Event ... And Support OBX's Local Arts! BR/FONT/FONT/FONT/P
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Free Event in June on the Outer Banks.

Village Realty Blog - Thu, 05/28/2009 - 14:49
BRFree and Fun... works for me. On June 27, a Saturday, from 5-8 pm The Promenade in Kitty Hawk is hostingnbsp;a reunion of the old "Circus Tent".nbsp; Many long time residents and visitors will remember this family sponsored event that was held every summer. BRBRThe New Hermeneutics will be performing and there will also be a puppet show for all ages. Admission is free, however donations are accepted and will benefit the OBX Interfaith Community Outreach.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRRefreshments will be available including ice cream, treats and hot dogs.nbsp; So bring your beach blankets or bring your chairs and bring the family.nbsp;nbsp; If you want more information please visit A href="http://www.kittyhawkumc.org"www.kittyhawkumc.org/A or call 252-261-2062.nbsp; BRBRIMG style="WIDTH: 767px; HEIGHT: 946px" height=1049 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/CIRCUS_TENT_FLYER_copy.png" width=825BRBR
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Tortuga's Lie and OBX Volleyball

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 05/26/2009 - 10:32
The last few years, my summer has revolved around me playing a lot of volleyball. This summer is starting off the same, Monday night is traditionally the night we play 4 on 4 grass volleyball, and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s are usually good nights to find a crowd behind Tortuga’s Lie Restaurant (on the beach road in Nags Head) playing 2 on 2 beach volleyball. BRBRThis week, and often through out the summer, we’ll get some out of town players who will play volleyball any night the weather is good. This week we have a group who came down with his volleyball team that he competed with in Nationals. As soon as we heard these guys were in town, we had players flock to the courts to play on Saturday and Sunday as well. I’m not sure when I am going to get some rest this week, maybe by Friday everyone else will be worn out as well.BRBRUnfortunately with the caliber of players in town this week, I have played with several different partners, and worked pretty darn hard scrambling and diving for balls, but I haven’t scored a victory yet over these last few days. One of the partners I played with represented North Carolina in the Ms. Fitness contest in Las Vegas last fall, I might have been a little distracted during that game, but seriously, the rest of the games I worked really hard to win. BRBRIf you know any good volleyball players or want to make an event out of dinner, come to Tortugas during the middle of the week. You can grab a cocktail and come out back to one of the picnic tables, enjoy the Outer Banks weather, watch some volleyball, and when you get bored or hunger, go inside for some great Outer Banks food.nbsp; BRBRA href="http://www.tortugaslie.com/menus.htm"Click Here /Afor the menu. I recommend the white pizza, the coco loco chicken, baja fish tacos, any special of the day ... actually anything on the menu.nbsp; It is all excellent. Locally owned, which matters. Locals eat here, which matters too. That means it is really good!BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggerBRGuest Blogger BK (and some added comments by JM)A href="http://www.tortugaslie.com/menus.htm"BRBRBR/ABRBRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/VolleyballMay2009.jpg"
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Things You May Not Know but Might Need on Vacation

Village Realty Blog - Fri, 05/22/2009 - 10:44
PBRBRIMG style="WIDTH: 538px; HEIGHT: 273px" height=356 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/oneboyalonecabanablog.JPG" width=597BRPhoto by Kirsten Lewis A href="http://www.innatephoto.com"www.innatephoto.com/A BRBRFONT face=Verdana size=3You picked out the perfect home/FONT ... you packed everything you could think of...you have directions and you are ready for you week at the beach. Great ... BRBRWhile you are here you will surely realize that you forgot something, need something, want something or need a special service. BRBRIf you are going to be spending all those days at the beach, think about sunscreen, please.nbsp; If you have little ones, sunscreen may not be enough. Consider renting a Cabana ... that way you can let the kids play in the sand without the sun right on them. BRBRSTRONGFONT size=+0A href="http://emptyset.heritagewebdesign.com/~beac7777/cart/index.php"STRONGShady Beach Company/STRONG /A/FONT/STRONGoffers free delivery, set up and take down daily.nbsp; Their phone number is 252-305-1147.nbsp; This sounds like a good idea to me since I get sunburned after about 20 minutes.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRYou're hear having a wonderful time and one of the kids wakes up with an earache...or your allergies act up. You hate the thought of spending hours at the doctors office, once you find out where that is.nbsp;nbsp; Call Rikki Shuster at STRONGMedical House Calls /STRONGinstead. Rikki is a certified physician assistant with over 14 years of experience. She can treat non emergency conditions while you are on vacation. Rikki can be reached at 252-475-2007 or by visiting the website at A href="http://www.obxmedicalhousecalls.com"www.obxmedicalhousecalls.com/A BRBRMaybe you are looking for a perfect bottle of wine or a selection of beers for a celebration while here... problem solved. We have several excellent wine and beer shops here offering great selections and excellent customer service. BRBRA href="http://www.chipswinemarket.com/"Chip's Wine and Beer Market /Ais located in Kill Devil Hills. I shop here and have never been disappointed. BRBRIt is always a good idea to ask your rental company for restauant recommendations--make sure you tell them if kids are coming along or if you are looking for a specific type of food.nbsp;nbsp; We have everything from Mexican to sushi, great seafood, steaks and several places that serve Pacific Rim, island type fare. BRBRWant to catch a ball game while on the OBX?nbsp; we do have a team here called the DareDevils. You can see the schedule at A href="http://www.obxdaredevils.com"www.obxdaredevils.com/A.nbsp; The league is comprised of many of America's best college players ... getting ready for the big leagues. BRBRThis next topic is serious...STRONGdon't drink and drive/STRONG. The average DWI can end up costing you over $10,000 and that does not even take into consideration the inconvenience, embarrassment and points on your driving record. Please, don't do it. Call a cab instead. For less than $50 you can get most places here.nbsp; Even if younbsp; have to leave your car somewhere, you can always go back the next day and get it.nbsp;nbsp; BRBeach Cabnbsp; 252-441-2500BRBayside Cab 252-480-1300BRCoastal Cab 252-449-8787BRBRWe all want you to have a great week, stay safe and come back to the Outer Banks.BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggerBRJMBRBRBRBRBR/P
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Memorial Day ... It Begins Again

Village Realty Blog - Wed, 05/20/2009 - 15:41
Memorial Day 2009 is almost here and that means ... Ta Da... the start of the "season" on the Outer Banks.nbsp;nbsp;The merchants are excited, the grocery stores are stocking up and we--the rental companies--are getting ready for guests.nbsp;nbsp; We are all going to do the "no rain" dance starting Friday. BRBRWith things the way they have been over the last few months for the economy, I think I can truthfully say that this year everyone is glad the season is here. We are going to be happy to welcome people back to our beaches.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRVillage Realty always starts off the season with a Memorial Day Party at the Village Beach Club in Nags Head. Good food, good music, great company and great times.nbsp;nbsp; We invite our home owners and any guests who happen to be here that day to join us.nbsp;High Cotton BBQ in Kitty Hawk will be catering and they always do a great job. BRBRSo if you are here and are a VR guest or owner, we hope to see you on Saturday. BRBRSunday is the 11th Annual Outer Banks Beach Music Festival.nbsp;nbsp; This will be held at the Outdoor Pavillion at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.nbsp; Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.nbsp; For more information you can call 252-384-3494.nbsp; Tickets will also be available at ALL Outer Banks Brew-Thru Locations. A href="http://www.OuterBanksBeachMusicFestival.com"www.OuterBanksBeachMusicFestival.com/A.nbsp;nbsp;BRBRBring a great attitude, sunscreen, a lawn chair and cash!nbsp; Enjoy.BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggerBRBR
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Finally Friday and Outer Banks Events

Village Realty Blog - Fri, 05/15/2009 - 08:01
PIt is finally Friday. I always feel guilty when I say that because for many of my fellow Outer Bankers, Saturdays and Sundays are work days. I served my time working weekends too ... it is only within the last four years or so that I have weekends off.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;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; BRIt has truly been a crazy busy work week... looking forward to the next two days!BRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/2girlsonbeachjumpingblog.JPG"nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; IMG style="WIDTH: 233px; HEIGHT: 351px" height=393 src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/cartwheelboysmaller.JPG" width=270BREMKirsten Lewis PhotosBR/EMBRBRThere is a lot going on this weekend and I have listed some events below:BRBRBU37th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular/UA href="http://www.ncbeaches.com/OuterBanks/NagsHead/CalendarOfEvents/cDetails-1555/"BR/A/BFriday, May 15, 2009 - Monday, May 18, 2009BRJockey's Ridge State Park (Milepost 12.5): This is the world's oldest, continuous Hang gliding competition. Hang gliding professionals from all over the world come to the Outer Banks to compete and have fun on Jockey's Ridge State Park. Demonstrations, street dances and awards ceremonies are all features of this spectacular event. Families can enjoy a rock climbing wall, hang gliding simulator, kite making, face painting and a visit by Wil-Bear Wright. A portion of the events proceeds will go to benefit Friends of Jockeys Ridge, a non-profit organization which supports the development of Jockey's Ridge State Park. A href="http://www.kittyhawk.com"www.kittyhawk.com/A/P PBUMarch of Dimes: Walk America/U/BBRSaturday, May 16, 2009 (8am)BROutdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park: The March of Dimes sponsors this event which begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. The five-mile walk takes participants through historic Manteo. Picnic follows./P PSPANBUThe Coastal Gardening Festival/U/BBR/SPANSaturday, May 16, 2009 (10am)BROuter Banks Arboretum and Teaching Gardens (Mustian Street): Features vendors, demonstrations, plant sales, children's activities, food and much more! This festival is sponsored by and to benefit Dare County Extension Master Gardeners. (252) 473-4290.BRBRSTRONGU2009 Relay for LifeBR/U/STRONGSaturday, May 16 at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.nbsp; The Relay opens at noon. There will be many booths set up, things for kids to do, live music and more.nbsp; A href="#"More Information/ABRBRSTRONGFONT color=#222222Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show/FONT/STRONGBRArt Gallery, Roanoke Island Festival Park. Work ranges from paintings and pottery to sculpture, photography and fiber work. (252) 475-1500 or A href="http://www.roanoakeisland.com"www.roanoakeisland.com/ABRBRSTRONGFONT color=#222222Play Against the Best - Beat the Gearworks StaffBR/FONT/STRONGSaturday, May 16BRFree laser tag pass if your team outscores the Gearworks staff. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. For more information about Gearworks Laser Tag amp; Fun Center visit A href="http://www.obxgearworks.com"www.obxgearworks.com/A BRBRAnd of course you can always enjoy the FREE and beautiful Outer Banks beaches.nbsp; BRWhatever you are doing this Saturday and Sunday, enjoy. BRUntil Next Time,BRYour OBX BloggersA href="http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entryamp;fr_id=12896"BR/AFONT size=+0ABR/A/FONTBRBR/P
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Short and Cute

Village Realty Blog - Wed, 05/13/2009 - 09:34
EMBED src=http://www.youtube.com/v/NcIlzCCz7koamp;hl=enamp;fs=1amp;color1=0xe1600famp;color2=0xfebd01amp;border=1 width=500 height=405 type=application/x-shockwave-flash allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"BRBRBR/EMBEDWe shot this video on a beautiful Saturday morning in Nags Head. The kids had fun and we got some great photos to use on our websites. BRBRUntil Next Time,BRBRYour OBX Bloggers
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Say It Forward...a visit to CandyLand

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 05/12/2009 - 13:41
BRIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/candyab1.jpg"BRBROne of my favorite blogs to write is when I can brag about my co-workers.nbsp; I truly work with a group of fun, smart, loyal, talented and caring people. BRBRHave you ever met someone who you justnbsp; knew you wanted to be friends with? Someone who is always fun to be with no matter where you are or what you are doing?nbsp; Well, when I think of someone like that I think of Candy Basnight in our Nags Head office.BRBRShe is in a word ..."adorable" and funny as heck.nbsp;nbsp; Candy is Wanchese born and bred and that means several things:BRBR UL LIshe can take of herself LIshe can do almost anything LIshe is not afraid of hard work LIshe is very down to earth LIdon't mess with her or her family LIyou can count on having a good time if she is in the room/LI/ULUntil recently Candy was the receptionist in the Nags Head office and handled 90% of the phone calls coming in to the office plus had other duties as well.nbsp;nbsp; Now she is taking reservations and I am sure the person on the other end of the phone hangs up with anbsp; smile on their face.nbsp;nbsp; BRBRCandy is also one of those people in our office, actually the company, who can find it for you, get it for you or fix it for you. And if she can't she will find someone who can.BRBRIf she didn't have a great mom already I think I would adopt her...BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX BloggerBRJMBRBRBRBR
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Chicamacomico

Village Realty Blog - Wed, 05/06/2009 - 11:42
PIMG src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/41500-38006/chicamacomico2.jpg"BRBRCHICAMACOMICO LIFE-SAVING STATION HISTORIC SITE amp; MUSEUM COMPLEXBRBR2009 PROGRAM SCHEDULE BRBRPorch Programs: all programs are June, July amp; August at 2:00pm (1400 hours) at 1911 Station, except Beach Apparatus Drill which starts at the 1874 Station. All programs last about one hour. All are free with regular paid admission for self-guided tour of 7 acre, 8 building site. BRBRMonday – Live from the Set of Nights in Rodanthe. Chicamacomico’s Site Operations Manager, Linda Molloy, had a role in this Warner Brothers movie opposite Richard Gere. Come hear her exciting story and ask her to autograph the book and DVD available in the Gift Shop. A most unique vacation souvenir.BRBRTuesday – America’s Forgotten Heroes: Amazing True Local Wreck amp; Rescue Stories. Site Manager James Charlet gives a brief overview of the United States Life-Saving Service, predecessor to today’s Coast Guard, and highlights some of the unique and special things about the Chicamacomico site. Then he narrates in detail three dramatic and daring rescues that happened right here, culminating with the nearly unbelievable Mirlo rescue of 1918.BRBRWednesday – The REAL Taffy of Taffy of Torpedo Junction. Taffy of Torpedo Junction was a fictional work first published by the Universityof North Carolina Press in 1957 and recently re-released. It tells the dramatic story of a 12 year old girl living on Hatteras Island and is set during World War Two. It was written by Nell Wise Wechter who previously had been a teacher at the only school on Hatteras Island. One of Mrs. Wechter students was the then 12 year old Carol Dillon. The Taffy character was based on her. Ms. Dillon is alive and well as the owner and operator of the Outer Banks Motel in Buxton, where the lighthouse is. As is often the case, the truth is better than the fiction. Come hear Carol tell about this incredible and little-known period in our history . And yes, the book is available for purchase and autographing.BRBRThursday – The Beach Apparatus Drill. This popular re-enactment of the historic Breeches Buoy rescue is only performed in two places in the entire country; and Chicamacomico is proud that ours is the only one performed by active-duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel! A unique and interesting demonstation.BRBRFriday – What REALLY Happened to the Lost Colony? Once you know the basic true facts, it is no mystery at all! Scott Dawson will mesmerize you with his vast knowledge and stacato style. He is the author of a book on the subject and lectures widely. And why this topic at a life-saving station? Because in their day they were the social, cultural and educational centers of their villages. This is precisely the kind of topic a visitor would hear there.BRBRANNUAL EVENT: American Heroes Day, Thurday, August 6, 2009 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come see and talk to the real heroes of today. See the personnel, equipment and vehicles of area Coast Guard, law enforcement, fire fighters, water rescue, EMS, and much, much more. Static displays throughout the day and scheduled demstrations include Coast Guard Honor Guard and Color Guard, Coast Guard Search amp; Rescue helo and motor lifeboat demonstraion, military flyover, jet ski ocean rescue demo, Beach Apparatus Drill. $5 per person, Parking across the street and along the highway. Schedule will appear on A href="http://www.chicamacomico.net/" target=_BLANKFONT color=#396892www.chicamacomico.net/FONT/A BR/P
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Pat Murphy

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 05/05/2009 - 12:28
Roanoke Island, NC - Patrick Murphy, dive safety officer for the North Carolina Aquariums on Roanoke Island (NCARI) will receive a U.S. Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award for his efforts on behalf of the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition in the summer of 2008.BRBRDavid Alberg, sanctuary superintendent Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently contacted Murphy about receiving the award in Washington, D.C. Alberg said, “Your efforts have proven to be a constant in our partnership and conservation of the Monitor Marine Sanctuary.” “This award underscores not just the importance of preserving our Nation’s cultural heritage, but the role we all play in assuring those resources are managed properly for future generations. The participation by the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in helping educate the public about the value of maritime heritage resources was instrumental to the long-term success of the project. “Congratulations Pat!”BRBRThe awards ceremony will be held at the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium, Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday May 7 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. The Secretary of the Department of the Interior will present the awards.BRBRAs a long time volunteer at the aquarium, I have seen first hand the dedication, experience and knowledge Pat Murphy has brought to the Outer Banks. His passion for diving along with the knowledge he continually shares with the dive staff and volunteers. This award is a big time honor and he deserves all the credit. We are lucky to have such a dedicated individual on staff at our aquarium.BRBRFrom Guest Blogger Bill KoebernickBR
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Say It Forward

Village Realty Blog - Tue, 05/05/2009 - 12:18
Every few months I like to add to my "Say It Forward" posts and give props to people who make my job easier and who I can always count on. It is based on that movie Pay It Forward...you know, the tear-jerker where the little boy gets killed and then everyone starts doing random acts of kindness? BRBRAnyway, there is never a shortage of people I could write about and that is always, as Martha says, "A Good Thing" and today I want to talk about Karen Gregory in our Corolla office. BRBRKaren is one of those all around good workers who not only completes anything you ask her to do but also looks for more projects to take on herself. I know that her manager and her co-workers really count on her and also respect her. BRBRThe Corolla office is smaller and one result of this is that they are a tight knit group and really depend on each other. We are separated by geography but that does not mean we are not all working for the same goal. BRBRKaren is an avid supporter of the Corolla Wild Horses and a volunteer for the organization that monitors the turtle hatchings (I know there is a name for it-can't think of it). BRBRSo Karen, in case I have not told you lately....THANK YOU! You take great photos for us all the time and you also are my Proofer, because I am not good at that. I hope you know that you are appreciated. BRBRSo next time someone does something nice for you or goes out of their way --remember to let them know that you appreciate them. It is always nice to get a thanks from a co-worker.BRBRSay a kind word to the check out person at the grocery store or KMart and watch their reaction ...You might make their day and in the process, your own.BRBRUntil Next TimeBRYour OBX Blogger
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