OBX Outer Banks NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

Earth Fair OBX III

Earth Fair OBX III

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]

First Flight Foundation Donates Funds for Reproduction 1911 Wright Glider

First Flight Foundation Donates Funds for Reproduction 1911 Wright Glider

RALEIGH, NC March 29, 2014 – A full-scale reproduction of the glider that Orville Wright and British aviator Alexander Ogilvie flew at Kill Devil Hills in 1911 now soars inside the entrance at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The object is based on the glider the men used from Oct. 16 to 26 to make nearly 100 test glides. On Oct. 24, Wright made a flight of 9 minutes and 45 seconds into the face of a 45-mph gale, setting a record that stood for 10 years. With a 32-foot wingspan, the new addition to the N.C. Museum of History was made possible with funds from the First Flight Foundation in Kitty Hawk. On March 20, 2014, Will […]

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Summer Camps at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are where lasting friendships are made. Where fun and adventure go hand-in-hand. Sign your child or children up today:  Click here. Call 252-473-3494 ext. 232 if you have further questions.  

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Dunes of Dare Garden Club ladies helped the North Carolina NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Outreach Coordinator, Rhana Paris plant a bald cypress tree with NHES Kindergartners for Arbor Day last Friday. Working as a partner with and in our community, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 24, 2014 – Brooke Wilson, a native North Carolinian, was born and raised in Greensboro. She attended NC State University and graduated last July with a degree in zoology. Brooke has worked as a volunteer and intern with variety of conservation groups over the last 9 years , beginning as a docent at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. She also worked as an intern at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham and the Manatee Rehab facility at the Tampa Florida Zoo. Currently Brooke,  an AmeriCorps member,  is working with the Aquarium’s education team and presenting daily educational programs. Her stay will last for seven months, as she joins the staff in promoting the Aquarium’s mission […]

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 14, 2014 – On March 14, 1862, the Battle of New Bern was fought. The Battle was second of three major engagements in an expedition led by Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside. The first was at Roanoke Island in early February. After capturing the Island and securing the region, Burnside set his sights on New Bern, a strategic port. The advance on New Bern was a strategic success and provided a boost to Burnside’s reputation. He threw all available resources into the effort. Leaving a single brigade to guard Roanoke Island, Burnside’s fleet sailed on March 11, stopping at Hatteras where they were joined by an additional 13 gunboats, amassing a combined force of 11,000 men. On March […]

Seafood Series a locals favorite!

Seafood Series a locals favorite!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Mar. 12, 2014 – Tantalize your taste buds with new recipes from the sea, presented by a local chef. Different seafood is featured at each session, with an emphasis on local Outer Banks seafood. Class participants receive biological information, copies of all recipes and a savory sample of each dish prepared. Ages: 12 and up BLACK PELICAN OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT & CATERING COMPANY Thursday, March 20, Noon Monday, April 14, Noon $23 per Person $18 for NC Aquarium Members Duration 2 Hours  

“Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett”

“Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett”

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Mar. 7, 2014 N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island art exhibition “Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett” March 7–-July 7, 2014 The Gypsy Fish Wife, Musical Lute Fish, Jules the Giant Squid, the Carolina Card Shark, and a host of other fabulous creatures have taken up residence in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Nautilus Art Gallery through July 7, 2014. Inspired by the ocean, literature, and the artist’s lifelong interest in cross-cultural mythology and crafted from recycled materials, paint, glitter, seashells and love, seventeen sea creatures by Outer Banks artist Carol Willett are delighting guests with a romp through Enchanted Seas of visual puns and near-magical art. Surrounded by her creations on every wall […]

Aquarium admission changes effective March 1

Aquarium admission changes effective March 1

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1.  Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under.  The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities. “These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.” The aquariums last […]

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