MANTEO, NC November 4, 2013 – To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Outer Banks History Center is partnering with the Dare County Arts Council to present an art exhibit, An Eye for Art, a Heart for History, showcasing the many aspects of the heritage and history of the Outer Banks and surrounding areas through a broad spectrum of artistic media and expression. Artist submissions are being sought. “We’re inviting artists to submit works that embody a personal sense of appreciation for our unique culture and history for display in the History Center Gallery,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr. Awards will be presented in five categories: Best in Show, People’s Choice, Excellence Award for Best Depiction of Theme, Excellence […]
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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.
Roanoke Island, NC September 10, 2013 – Give the gift of life Thursday, Oct. 10, from 1-6 p.m. during the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Donors meet Count Sharkula and can tour the Aquarium, as well has have a chance to win tickets to the Aquarium’s popular October Trick or Treat Under the Sea event in a drawing at the end of the day. If you would prefer to set up an appointment for your donation between 1 and 3 p.m., please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.
MANTEO, NC September 4, 2013 — The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo has received a one-of-a-kind donation of hand drawn maps of the Currituck Shooting Club property at Poyner Hill on the Currituck Banks. The donation, given by an anonymous donor, belonged to Murray J. Chappell, Sr., the superintendent of the hunt club from 1959 to 1977. The collection contains 32 hand-drawn color maps created by Chappell and features the ponds, creeks and duck blind locations. They even show the best wind direction for hunting in each section. “The history of the hunt clubs in our region is a popular topic with a broad audience,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr of the donation. “This collection is exceptional […]
Roanoke Island, NC August 15, 2013 – We know you love our alligators. but have you ever seen a rare leucistic alligator? Both the albino and leusistic alligator’s skin coloration is due to rare genetic traits. The white coloration of both the albino and leucistic alligators comes from the recessive genes that are masked in most alligators, but displays itself in the albino and leucistic alligators. A white alligator will most likely be an albino one rather than the extremely rare leucistic alligator. Albino gators lack pigment completely. Blood vessels that are visible through the transparent tissue give them their pink eyes. Abnormities are also common, such as crossed jaws and curved spines. Out of the roughly 5 million alligators […]
MANTEO, NC August 13, 2013 – Come join us for Pirate Scallywag School on August 23 at 2 and 3 p.m. (1 hour each class) at Roanoke Island Festival Park.! Children can learn from the pirate crew how to walk, talk and act like a pirate. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer pirate face painting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Outer Banks Pirate Festival is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and continues with other activities on the Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites and celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and […]
MANTEO, NC July 26, 2013 — Come learn a few steps of the “Big Apple,” the dance craze that swept the nation in 1937. As an adjunct to the Outer Banks History Center’s exhibit Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination and as part of Department of Cultural Resources’ “2nd Saturdays” celebration, you are invited to join Sarah Downing as she teaches a short routine. Downing, the assistant curator at the History Center, is always willing to shake a leg for history. The dance originated in Columbia, South Carolina’s black night club, the Big Apple, after which the dance was named. Two University of South Carolina students are credited with introducing the dance to the white community. Its popularity spread, […]
HOTEL D’AFRIQUE SITE SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HATTERAS, NC July 18, 2013 – A commemoration and monument dedication for the Hotel D’Afrique will take place on July 31 at 11 a.m. at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. The site of the Hotel D’Afrique was recently identified as making a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad and will be officially included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Visitors to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum might notice a black stone monument near the entrance commemorating the site of the Hotel D’Afrique. In August 1861, Union forces captured Hatteras Inlet. As word of the victory spread to […]
Event to be held Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke Ferry Landing HATTERAS, NC July 8, 2013 – The security of New Bern and Ocracoke during the War of 1812 was maintained and protected by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Mercury in a daring maneuver 200 years ago. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to commemorate the July 12, 1813, escape of the vessel from pursing British barges on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke ferry landing followed by an exhibit opening on the War of 1812 the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. Adm. George Cockburn landed with 15 barges and 1,000 men at Ocracoke and Portsmouth that day […]
Available for download on Apple and Android Devices Outer Banks, NC – June 26, 2013 – Take Me to the Beach, a new smart device application providing users with information about public beach accesses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is now available for download on both Apple and Android devices. Take Me to the Beach provides directions, photos, and a list of amenities for each public beach access on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach access amenities include; restrooms; parking, handicap parking, lifeguards, showers, private access, wooden walkway and food nearby. Accesses can be viewed by proximity to location or on a navigable map. There are 124 public beach accesses along the Outer Banks from the northern […]
Roanoke Island, NC April 19, 2013 – Top off your trip to the Aquarium with a search for take-home treasures in the new Shark Tooth Creek adventure. This hands-on, family-friendly activity on the deck beyond the Dairy Queen opens in May. Here’s how it works: Buy bucket of sand. Run it through the sluice – and cool off a little at the same time. Then look for sharks’ teeth or other fossils the water may have revealed. You keep the pail and whatever you find