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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.

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 […]

A day at the Aquarium

A day at the Aquarium

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – Lots of school groups and children are planning trips to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The attached video link shows the anticipation and excitement of one of the groups that visited recently. I think you will agree, they had lots of fun! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island from Max Media NC on Vimeo.

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21

MANTEO, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – Roanoke Island became a prime destination for the enslaved to gain their freedom after Federal forces took control of the island in February 1862. A N.C. Highway Marker dedication and program Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Dare Center in Manteo will recognize their struggles and contributions. Confederates had slaves on the island already for the construction of Confederate forts, then Union soldiers employed them all for eight dollars per month. The runaways, called “contrabands” by Federals, worked on construction projects, building three forts, docks, bridges and the like. Some men were spies, scouts or guides, traveling from 30 to 300 miles behind enemy lines to acquire intelligence.   An official colony was […]

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are operating on different schedules Feb. 11. They include: East CSS Neuse, Kinston – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, Fremont – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras  N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort  Somerset Place, Creswell – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Tryon Palace, New Bern – closed Feb. 11 Central Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville  – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site — closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. All other state historic sites and museums currently are on a normal schedule. Call ahead […]

Eastern NC Red Cross Prepares for Winter Storm

Eastern NC Red Cross Prepares for Winter Storm

Tips to Stay Safe during Winter Weather EASTERN, NC, Feb. 11, 2014 – As the southeast once again braces for winter storms, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is preparing to respond if needed.  Five teams of Red Cross shelter volunteers are on standby in the Cape Fear, Coastal Carolina and Onslow County Chapter areas in the event that shelters need to be opened.   Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) crews are also on standby to drive Red Cross disaster relief vehicles located in Wilmington, New Bern, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Elizabeth City.  These vehicles can be mobilized to transport and distribute food, drinks, and supplies into disaster affected areas when travel becomes safe. With several inches of snow […]

Battle of Roanoke Island Commenced, 1862

Battle of Roanoke Island Commenced, 1862

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 7, 2014 – On February 7, 1862, Federal ships bombarded Fort Bartow, part of the Confederate defenses on Roanoke Island. One of three Confederate earthen forts on the west side of the island, Fort Bartow mounted nine guns. The other two garrisons were Fort Huger and Fort Blanchard, The three forts were designed to protect the mainland from Federal invasion and to complement obstructions placed in the channel. Of the three forts, Bartow was the only one actively engaged in what would become known as the Battle of Roanoke Island. The first shot of the battle was fired from Bartow’s guns, and the fort was subsequently bombarded by the Federal fleet for seven hours. The Confederate fleet, under Captain W. […]