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Seafood Festival 2017-Best Yeat
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, October 22, 2017


 

Record crowd lines up for outsanding seafood at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

Perfect weather, a great setting at the Nags Head Event Site on Roanoke Sound, local wine, local beer, fantastic music, things for kids to do…

And fresh, local seafood prepared by some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks. Wonderful, wonderful seafood.

It would be hard to imagine how the 6th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival could have gotten any better. That’s not a individual opinion—that seemed to be the attitude of just about everyone who was there. And the 2017 version looked as though attendance may have been record setting.

Beyond all the fun and the great food, the Outer Seafood Festival is really about history and heritage, which is why it’s so great to see some working boats onsite.

That history and what it means to the community is an important part of the story. Before visitors came to the Outer Banks, fishing was a way of life. And even now, when thousands of visitors come to spend a week or two weeks or perhaps just a weekend, there are still Outer Banks fishermen, plying the waters of the sea and sounds, working to make a living at fishing. In many cases, the fishermen of today are fourth, fifth, sixth generation fishermen, and some of those tales range back 200 years or more.

So a celebration of what that means to the Outer Banks seems right—seems important. But it doesn’t hurt that the celebration has a distinctly party like feel to it.

Leaving the food out of it, because there was so much of it and it was so good, picking a favorite seems neater fair nor possible, here are some highlights.

The craft fair part of the festival seemed to have better quality and be more diverse than in the past. Really fun walking through the area.

And—once again we have to give big kudos to the music. Great local bands with the Crowd and Old Enough to Know Better with headliner Kevin Mac rocking the house.



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Kitty Hawk Last Piece of Beach Nourishment Project
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, October 20, 2017


Workers moving sand on the beach on the south end of Kitty Hawk by Black Pelican Restaruant.

After a few weeks of rough seas and high surf, the Outer Banks beach nourishment project is back on track and about to finish up.

Saving, perhaps, the area most in need of nourishment for last, the beach in Kitty Hawk is getting a makeover…and the makeover is creating a wider beach than anyone has seen in decades.

The beach in front of the Black Pelican to about 200 yards north has been known as a hotspot for ocean overwash and flooding for some time. Although every area of the Kitty Hawk oceanfront is susceptible to overwash, the force of the ocean around Black Pelican has been noticeably more focused with increasingly frequent overwash and damage to the Beach Road since Hurricane Sandy passed offshore in 2012.

With a much wider beach and a slope engineered to dissipate the force of the waves, the oceanfront should be protected for the next six to seven years. 

It is important to understand that beach nourishment is done for shoreline and infrastructure protection. The wider, better beach is a happy consequence of that, but over time a significant portion of sand will return to the ocean and form an offshore sandbar. That sandbar is the first line of defense in dissipating the energy in the waves.

Over time, as more sand returns to the ocean, the nourishment project must be repeated. Generally every six to seven years.

After the project is finished, NCDOT is required to remove the sandbags installed over the past few years to protect the Beach Road. A schedule for that process has not yet been posted.



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End of October Filled with OBX Things to Do
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The Last Dance Womanless Beauty Pageant sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations coming up November 4 at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern is, of course, the one not-to-miss-at-any-costs event of the fall season. It is not, however, the only event happening over the next few weeks.

We’ve already mentioned the Outer Banks Seafood Festival happening this Saturday at the Nags Head Event Site, but that’s not the last event of the season at that location.

The following weekend, on October 28, the folks at Kitty Hawk Kites bring out BrewTag, attempting to answer the burning question, “If mankind can fly, why not beer kegs?” The previous two BrewTags have answered that question with a resounding because they can’t. But who knows…maybe third time will be the charm.

For history buffs or the curious about what really happened to the Lost Colony, check out the OBX History Weekend at the US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center on old US 64 on the west end of Roanoke Island. A Friday through Sunday event, the symposium will feature researchers and speakers from the United States and Britain.

Here’s the Details:

BrewTag October 28

Outer Banks Event Site, Nags Head

Flying kegs, a beer garden featuring over 20 local and regional beers, kids zone featuring arts and crafts and a mechanical shark, live music, local food vendors … you can’t ask for much more! OBX Brewtag is presented by Kitty Hawk Kites, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, and BrewThru with the proceeds benefitting The Rogallo Foundation. This third annual only-on-the-OBX celebration of flight and beer is not to be missed! 

OBX History Weekend October 27-29

US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center 

100 Conservation Way, Manteo

A group of 13 distinguished British and US speakers will convene at the US Fish and Wildlife facility on Roanoke Island to conduct a free public symposium concentrating on recent advances in information about the Roanoke colony of 1584 and the fate of the 1587 lost colony

From archaeology to maps to New World shopping lists to frauds and fables all will be presented and discussed in an instructional yet easy to follow and enjoyable interactive format.

In addition to the presentations at the primary venue, the following extras will be offered: air tours to Site X (ticketed), boat tours (ticketed), walking tours to ongoing archeological digs, film, costume displays, artisanal offerings, and opportunities speak with the presenters at informal settings.



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Seafood Fest This Saturday
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Thursday, October 12, 2017


Serving fresh North Carolina seafood at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival coming up Saturday, October 21 is more proof that that fall has become Festival Season on the Outer Banks.

This is definitely a day not to miss with some really cool demonstrations, great music, crafts and most importantly fresh North Carolina seafood prepared by some of the best Outer Banks restaurants.

The setting, at the Event Site in Nags Head is the perfect location for a seafood fest. Overlooking Roanoke Sound, the view is a reminder of how much fishing has meant to the history, culture and economy of the Outer Banks.

Gates open at 10:30, although the official opening ceremonies are not until noon. There is music all day with the headliner Kevin Mac taking the stage at 3:30 with a scheduled two-and-a-half hour show. 

Mac is mostly country—with a great voice—but there is no doubt it’s country with an attitude. And, from time to time, he throws in some classic rock and a little bit of funk. Should be fun.

But we don’t want to take our eyes off the prize, and that is the food…and wine and beer and, or course, soft drinks and water.

From the outset when organizers thought of this event, it was envisioned as a day of rate family, and over the years, it has continued to be geared toward all ages.

Please note: there is no onsite parking. There is free shuttle service between parking sites and the event. Here are the sites:

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival will be held at:

6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 (MP 16.5 on Route 158).

There is no onsite parking. Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Festival. Shuttle/off-site parking locations are shown below the map.

• Whalebone Park [Blue Lot]:

▪ In the 7200 block of S. Virginia Dare Trail, across from Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, 10:00am – 7:00pm. (8:00 a.m. for vendors)

• Nags Head Town Hall [Red Lot]:

▪ Handicap Parking ONLY

▪ 5401 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, 10:00am – 6:30pm.

• First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills [Green Lot]:

▪ 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, 10:00am – 7:00pm

• Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head [Gold Lot]:

▪ 3100 S Wrightsville Ave, Nags Head, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Shuttles run approximately every half hour or less.

Please note no food or beverages will be allowed on the shuttles.



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The Last Dance-Womanless Beauty Pageant Last Dance at Kelly's
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 11, 2017


When we came up with the idea of The Last Dance-Womanless Beauty Pageant we had no idea that it really may be the last dance at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern. But as it turns out, it looks as though it will be.

Mike Kelly has announced that he will be closing his flagship restaurant in Nags Head at the end of November.

So that’s an even better excuse for coming out to The Last Dance-Womanless Beauty Pageant sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations.

It’s a guaranteed great time, it’s all for charity and food and drink are included in the ticket price

Here’s how it works—Seven contestants representing seven charities: Interfaith Community Outreach, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, Dare Education Foundation, ARTS Dental Outreach (A Reason to Smile), Community Care Clinic of Dare and Dare Co Toys 4 Tots (Marine Corps).

The concept is simple…seven men dressed as women vie to be the most Miss Womanless Beauty for 2017. And, since this our last Womanless Beauty Pageant, the winner will wear the crown in perpetuity.

The judging based solely on money. That’s right—the hidden feminine side of our contestants is not nearly as important as what the funds they raise can do for the Outer Banks community. Whoever raises the most money is Miss Womanless Beauty 2017…now and forever.

Ticket sales are, of course, an important part of the fundraising, but almost as important are the contributions made during the event. OK, maybe sometimes the contributions are thrown on stage or even at a contestant, but it all goes for a good cause and when everything is said and done, we’re all better for it.

Mark November 4 on your calendars and don’t miss this one.



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A Silent Horror Film Comes to Life
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Here’s some help getting into the Halloween spirit—the silent movie "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will be screened Sunday evening at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores. Released in 1920 and starring John Barrymore, the movie has stood the test of time and remains an classic in horror films.

But what will really set this performance apart will be Dorothy Papadakos accompanying the movie on the just renovated pipe organ at the church. 

This should be a night to remember. 

Before movies had sound, piano and organ provided the mood for a movie, usually with scripted music. Papadakos picks up where those musicians left off, improving the sounds that accompany the movie. 

Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson novella published in 1866, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde examines what is the true nature of the human spirit. Is it the kindly, benevolent personality of Dr. Jekyll or the evil, the malevolence, of Mr. Hyde.

What makes this particular movie version so terrifying is Barrymore’s portrayal of the transformation from Jekyll to Hyde. Rather than use makeup or even film editing, Barrymore transforms the character solely through facial expressions and mannerisms.

Presented by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, this is one evening of film horror that will linger well past Halloween.

Tickets are $15 and are available online or at, Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Dept. Store in Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head.



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25th Annual Owners Weekend at Brindley Beach Vacations
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, October 8, 2017


Power Play Band--great sound, great dance music at the 25th Annual Brindley Beach Owners Weekend.

We’ve had a lot of success over the years here at Brindley Beach Vacations and that success is a direct result of the great relationship we have with our property owners.

That’s why, every Columbus Day Weekend for the past 25 years we have held our annual Owners Weekend as a way to say thank you.

Last year Hurricane Matthew threw a monkey wrench into our plans, and we were able to get a little bit of celebration in, but never did quite get the full two days of food, fun, music and oysters.

We made up for that this year with our biggest Owners Weekend yet.

With over 600 properties for visitors to choose from and our great staff, it’s no wonder Brindley Beach is a leader in vacation rentals.

That’s the business side. The fun side is when we can all get together and celebrate with friends, and that’s what we did on Saturday and Sunday. Added to that, we were able to introduce our owners to our new offices in Corolla, and the response was an overwhelming, “Well done!”

Saturday night we had music and dancing thanks to the Power Play Band from Virginia Beach. Talented musicians who understand how to get feet moving. Some of our favorite images from the evening were kids dancing the night away with parents.

The food from Metropolis in Corolla was typically amazing. There was wine, beer, mixed drinks and soda, of course, for the kids.

The result was a great evening for everyone.

We always follow our Owners Evening with a Sunday oyster roast…and wow, did we put down some oysters.

The weather was perfect—if anything a bit warm on Sunday—the company of friends marvelous, and now it’s on to more success this coming year.



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