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.

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. […]

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island chosen February Dare County Friends of Youth Partner!

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island chosen February Dare County Friends of Youth Partner!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – The Dare County Friends of Youth (DCFY) mentoring program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 6 – 17 with caring adult volunteers who serve as role models and friends. The young people involved in the program are referred by various community and school sources, as well as by parents or guardians. Adult volunteer mentors provide the youths with one-on-one time, at least eight hours each month for one year, in activities that build self-esteem, strong character and friendship, helping the youth to strengthen times at home, at school and in the community. In addition to one-on-one time spent together, the program also provides opportunities throughout the year to participate in group activities. […]

Volunteer Diver will be missed by dive team

Volunteer Diver will be missed by dive team

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 3, 2014 – Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety Officer Patrick Murphy said of David, “In my heart and too many of us who knew David, he made the 300 dives.” David was 82 years old and was selected Co-Volunteer Diver of the Year in 2010 with friend and diver Jack May.  

Updated North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28

Updated North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28

North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28 RALEIGH, NC January 28, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are closed today. They include: Closings:               East            Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington — reopens Thursday            Fort Fisher, Kure Beach Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Winnabow Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City — closing at 4 p.m. Tuesday; reopens                Thursday N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort N.C. Maritime Museum, Southport — reopens Thursday Outer Banks History Center, Manteo — reopens Thursday Tryon Palace, New Bern — reopens Wednesday at 11 a.m.   Piedmont Alamance Battleground, […]

North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28

North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28

RALEIGH, NC January 28, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are closed today. They include: Closings:             East             Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington — reopens Thursday, Jan. 30             Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach Brunswick Town State Historic Site, Winnabow N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras — closing at noon   All other state historic sites and museums currently are on a normal schedule. Updated information will be provided as conditions change. Check this page for updated listings. For additional information, call (919) 807-7389. About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) […]

Emergency officials continue to monitor rare winter storm

Emergency officials continue to monitor rare winter storm

WILMINGTON, NC January 28, 2014 – After briefings with the National Weather Service, residents of coastal and inland New Hanover County should be prepared for harsh winter conditions. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Weather conditions will deteriorate during the day on Tuesday with significant winter weather impacts this afternoon into the overnight. New Hanove​​r County’s Emergency Operations Center is partially activated as officials continue to monitor this winter storm in coordination with local and state partners. There are no plans to open emergency shelters in New Hanover County at this time. Emergency news and information is being posted online at http://emergency.nhcgov.com. The following impacts have been provided by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Timing: Precipitation […]

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