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Ideal Weather Greets Outer Banks Marathon Runners
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, November 11, 2018

It was a beautiful day on the Outer Banks to run 26.3 miles.

The weather could not have been much better for the 13th annual running of the Outer Banks Marathon. Temperatures began in the upper 40s and never got above 55; there was bright sunshine all day but a breeze from the north to keep runners from over heating.

With as close to perfect conditions as could be for a marathon, the times of the top finishers reflected that with overall top finisher Bryan Morseman from Bath, NY finishing in 2:26:36—that’s a blistering 5:35 per mile pace. As far as we can tell, Morseman led from start to finish.

The number three finisher this year was Dillon Pope from Kill Devil Hills, crossing the finish line in 2:53:57. That’s about a minute per mile off the winner’s pace, but still pretty impressive.

Although the Marathon is the signature race for the weekend, the most popular, by far, is the Southern Fried Half Marathon with over 1200 runners signed up and most of them finishing. That was more than twice as many runners at the starting gate for the marathon.

What makes the Outer Banks Marathon so special, though, is how focused it is on families and creating an entire weekend around fitness and enjoying time with moms dads and kids.

The marquis races are on Sunday, but Saturday is given over to the races that runners of all ages can run, and the results show what happens when that is the case.

A 14-year-old won the OBX 5K. Also noteworthy in that race, Kate Pullen from Buxton was the number one female finisher.

It was a good weekend overall. It’s a bit difficult to get an exact count of how many runners participated, but it was somewhere around 2800—not including the diaper dash and one mile fun runs.

Next year’s Outer Banks Marathon will be November 10.

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Icon of Beach Road in Kitty Hawk to Close
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, November 10, 2018

Winks convenience store on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk will be closing after Thanksgiving.

The Kitty Hawk Winks has always been there. Through hurricanes, nor’easters, scorching summer days, freezing winter temperatures, it never closed. Even after Hurricane Sandy pushed two feet of water into the store, it opened the next day.

But after 65 years maybe it is time to retire and Thanksgiving Weekend will be the curtain call for this icon of the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.

Opened in 1953, Winks never did go modern. It aways retained the look and feel of a beach community convenience store from the earlier days. It was the place you could go to get a sunscreen, milk, bread and a T-shirt…all in the same shopping excursion. The sandwich shop in the back turned out remarkably tasty treats for what, by appearance, was managing beach store.

It sits toward the south end of what was once the beachfront commercial zone of Kitty Hawk, and remnants and reminders of that time are still very much there. Next door is Art’s Place, and even with the recent addition of an outdoor deck, there is no doubt that it was part of that original strip of buildings.

Just across the street from Winks is Ocean Boulevard, beautifully restored and repurposed to one of the finest restaurants on the Outer Banks. At one time it was a hardware store.

Although nothing final has been presented, according to reports, the building will be demolished and a home or perhaps homes will be built on the property.

Beach Road Hurricane Sandy Kitty Hawk Outer Banks Winks

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens Coming Soon
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, November 7, 2018

One of the many displays at Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens.

Outer Banks Marathon weekend is almost upon us. Always held on Veteran’s Day Weekend, it has become a great part of Outer Banks traditions.

Tradition is very much a part of what makes this time of the year on the Outer Banks so special. Over the years there are so many events that have become a part of how this strip of sand along the Atlantic Ocean celebrates the holiday season that it’s tough to list everything at one time.

And yes, the holidays are right around the corner with Thanksgiving falling on the 22nd this year—which is pretty early.

So…rather than write about everything, we’ll just pick out one right now—Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens.

Beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Holiday Lights runs through January 19.

That tells when it happens, but it says nothing about what a wonderful event it is. The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island is a wonderful place to just visit and wander about. But during Holiday Lights the trees, the topiary, the plants, everything is ablaze with lights.

It is beautiful and it is magical.

And it’s fun.

There’s always a roaring fire in the center of the Gardens with marshmallows waiting to be roasted. On some nights there is music and there is always the magnificent light show of thousands of lights illuminating the paths.

Winter Lights is an outdoor event, so dress accordingly. If there is a breeze, it will probably be coming off Croatan Sound and it can be decidedly chilly. An extra layer of clothing will make walking around the Gardens much more enjoyable.

Some Particulars

November 24, 2018 - January 19, 2019. 

Tuesdays to Saturdays in December; Friday and Saturdays in January. (Closed on Dec 24, 25, 31 and Jan 1); 

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Price: Adults $11, Youth (ages 6-17) $9, Child (5 and under) $6.WinterLights Season Pass is $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for youth and $11.00 for a child.

If the weather is too bad, the event may be called off for the evening. Call ahead to be sure: 252-473-3234.

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Outer Banks Marathon Coming This Weekend
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, November 4, 2018

Outer Banks Marathon runners in Nags Head Woods.

Now that November is here, on the Outer Banks that means it’s time to gear up for the Outer Banks Marathon, arriving this coming weekend.

Actually the Marathon has become much more than just the one race—it’s an entire weekend of events center around family and fitness. 

Saturday is filled with shorter races—a 5K and 8K—as well as what may be the shortest race of all, the Diaper Dash and there are two of them. Happening with the diaper dashes are family fun runs.

For the more serious runners, there’s Sunday.

Sunday is when the Southern Fried Half Marathon and Marathon are run.

The half marathon begins at Jockey’s Ridge at 7:00 a.m. and the Marathon starts at 7:20 on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk.

Both races are have some great scenery—crossing the Washington Baum Bridge that connects the beach towns with Manteo gives a truly spectacular view of Roanoke Sound, but the first half of the marathon route offers some of the most beautiful scenery on the Outer Banks.

Beginning in the heavily forested Kitty Hawk Woods, the route takes runners along Kitty Hawk Bay, past the Wright Brothers Monument and onto the dirt roads of Nags Head Woods. It is a mini-tour of the Outer Banks that many people never see.

We checked the long-range forecast and right now for Marathon Sunday, things look just about ideal. Temperatures at race time should be in the upper 40s with a forecast high in the low 50s with very little chance of rain.

Saturday is a bit more iffy. Overcast skies in the morning with possible light rain. Not ideal, but still very manageable.

The Outer Banks Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier and an RRCA State Championship Race.

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Dare County Arts Council Gallery Reopens in Time for First Friday
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, November 2, 2018

Closed for three weeks to repair the gallery after flooding, the Dare County Arts Council reopened just in time for First Friday.

The Dare County Arts Council reopened tonight. It took three weeks after the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael passed to fix the building up and get it ready for the public again.

As Tropical Storms go, Michael wasn’t all that powerful by the time it got to the Outer Banks, but even a weakened tropical storm can create problem and in the case of Michael a lot of water got pushed onto streets and properties lining the sounds.

It was all gone pretty quickly, but even a couple of inches of water inside a building calls for some major repairs.

It was good to see the old Dare County Courthouse reopened…and actually pretty quickly. 

This being the first Friday of the month, it was also First Friday in downtown Manteo, so there were a pretty good number of people on hand.

In the DCAC gallery, the featured artist for the month is photographer Daniel Pullen. 

Daniel is an absolutely remarkable artist with a camera. He probably earns his living shooting family portraits and weddings, but his shots of the joy of life on the Outer Banks are remarkable for the breadth of what he depicts and the beauty of his photography.

From fishermen working the water, to surfers of all ages, to the awesome power of Outer Banks weather, Daniel’s images tell the story of life on this sandbar.

The Daniel Pullen photography exhibit will be on display at the DCAC Gallery through the month.

The next First Friday is December 7, and is the big one—the Manteo Tree Lighting marking Santa’s arrival. For anyone needing a good healthy dose of the best of small town life, this is as good as it gets.

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Halloween on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween decorations in the Frist Street area of Kill Devil Hills.

It’s Halloween on the Outer Banks and the truth is, it’s pretty much like Halloween everywhere. Little kids dressed up as ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses and their favorite heroes walk from house to house, holding their parent’s hand until they bolt up the steps, get a piece of candy and leave with a hurried “Thank you.”

Over the years, though, one very Outer Banks tradition has grown. In Kill Devil Hills there is something that has happened that has created the most concentrated gathering of kids, parents and candy-givers imaginable.

There is no clear reason why or how it began, but every Halloween for at least the past 20 years, a four or five block area around First Avenue in Kill Devil Hills is alive with Halloween decorations and thousands of children of all ages celebrating the night.

For about two hours, the only traffic on the streets are the families collecting enough candy to last at least until Christmas, and probably a bit beyond that.

This is the place to go to see a two-year-old Little Red Riding Hood or a miniature Cowardly Lion.  Evidently there is no dominant superhero this year, because no particular superhero costume stood out…although a couple of mother were dressed as Wonder Woman.

It is times like this that we are reminded that even with a few hundred thousand visitors sharing time with us on the Outer Banks, at heart this really is a small town community and it’s a great place to live.

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OBX Veterans Week Celebrates Service and Sacrifice
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Outer Banks community has a remarkable tradition of supporting our armed forces and in contributing to them. With Veteran’s Day coming up—November 11, this year—the local community has gone all in in honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

The celebrations are part of a Dare County initiative to highlight how much we have gained as a community from our veterans. 

Some of the highlights for the almost two week long celebration include the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend and the Veteran’s Writing Project

The Veterans’ Writing Project, sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council is one of the events that have been most effective. Bringing together veterans who are professional writers with other veterans to help in putting their thoughts and experiences down on paper, the project has garnered high praise from all the veterans who have participated in it.

There is also a full range of flag raising ceremonies this year at almost every town hall.

As a footnote to history, this year’s Veteran’s Day falls on November 11, the original date of what was once called Armistice Day that commemorated November, 11, 1918. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in that year all the guns of WWI fell silent. Supposedly that was the war to end all wars.

We’re publishing list of activities that we’ve found. There are, however, certainly more that are not on this list.

Celebrating Veterans in Dare County 

NOV. 1 - DEC. 10

Dare County Toys For Tots

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Dare and Currituck counties. Join our team and make a difference on Christmas morning.

INFO: Larry CZernik 252-619-0523. For local drop-off locations https://kill-devil-hills-nc.toysfortots.org 


Jerri Bell Book Reading

6:30 p.m.

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

Jerri Bell will read from the book she co-edited with former Marine Tracy Crow, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. The book conveys the experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words, from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East. Bell is a retired naval officer and the managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. 


Outer Banks History Center Veterans Display

Roanoke Island Festival Park


The Outer Banks History Center in Festival Park will display books and artifacts from World War I honoring many local veterans who were “Heroes Among Us” in an earlier time. Of special interest are historic photos that include the German submarine U-117 before her infamous meeting with the British tanker Mirlo. Don’t miss the celebration of these local “Heroes Among Us” during OBX Veterans Week.


The Little Red Mail Box

Glenmere Public Beach Access, Kill Devil Hills

The little red mailbox was created as a place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle to a place by the sea. Please leave a "note of hope" so all the world can see this new happy place, where love and hope can be. During Veterans Week a "Journal for our Heroes" will be placed inside Little Red Mailbox for Veterans Week.


5th Annual Veterans Writing Project

UNC Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese. 

Beginner and experienced writers will explore this year’s theme of Memoir writing- the art of writing biographical or historical accounts from personal experience. Veterans will be encouraged to continue working on their projects after the seminar and to submit their work for publication in the Veterans Writing Project’s Literary Journal: O-Dark Thirty. All former and current service men and women, and members of their families, are encouraged to attend.

More information at: Dare County Arts Council at dareartsinfo@gmail.com (252) 473-5558


Understanding and Using Your VA Benefits to Buy and Sell Real Estate

9 to 10 a.m.y

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

INFO: Register by email to alfriedman@sunrealtync.com or phone at 410-353-3927 by November 3 


Cape Hatteras Secondary School 4th Annual Veterans Day Celebration Breakfast and Assembly

Hosted by Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton

Veterans are invited to a breakfast at 8:30 a.m with an assembly following at 9:30 a.m. where veterans will be recognized for their service and sacrifice. The Cape Hatteras Secondary Band will perform and a guest speaker will address the audience. All veterans and active duty graduates are welcome to attend.


Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

The Dare County Center, Monarch Beach Club, and the American Legion Post 26 invite all Dare County Veterans to lunch in your honor.

Space is limited, so RSVP by calling 252-475-9270 by Friday, Oct. 27.


242nd USMC Birthday Luncheon

The Reese Jones Room at The Currituck Club- Corolla, NC 11:30am
581 Hunt Club Drive Corolla, NC 27927

You’re invited to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with your fellow Marines, Corpsmen and friends. Come commemorate 242 years of walkin’, talkin’, hell, death and destruction… THE finest fighting team the world has ever known. $17.50 per person/ payable at the door.

PLEASE RSVP BY NOV 3RD to Doug Wendling: dwcustomclubs@gmail.com or 252-457-0409

Friday, November 10

Free Dental Care For All Veterans

Atlantic Dentistry, in partnership with ARTS (A Reason To Smile), will be providing free dental care for all veterans. Cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed by our staff in recognition of your service. Please call 252-261-7700 to schedule an appointment.

Understanding and Using Your VA Benefits to Buy and Sell Real Estate

Free Seminar Hosted by Al Friedman of Sun Realty

Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo NC, 9 - 10 a.m.

INFO: Register by email to alfriedman@sunrealtync.com or phone at 410-353-3927 by November 7

Free Concert Outer Banks Sporting Events and Dare County Arts Council will host a free concert at Pamlico Jacks in Nags Head.


North Carolina eclectic bluegrass band Sassagrass will headline the concert, which starts at 9pm. This Outer Banks Veterans Week marquee concert will support local Veteran art programs and organizations with guests being able to make donations to the local Outer Banks VFW Post 10950 at the event. INFO: Dare County Arts Council dareartsinfo@gmail.com (252) 473-5558

November 10-12

12th Annual TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon
& Southern Fried Half Marathon Weekend

Known for its mixture of fast and flat stretches through unspoiled coastal wilderness and a steep, challenging run over the Washington-Baum Bridge that links the island with the mainland, the Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon takes runners on a scenic tour of this remote stretch of North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline.

Come run with us and cover spectacular ground! INFO: www.outerbanksmarathon.com


Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Pirates Cove

One Sailfish Drive, Manteo, NC. 

Join us for a 9am flag raising ceremony at the Pirates Cove main entrance flag pole.

Hosted by the Pirates Cove Home Owners Association.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Enjoy free admission for all visitors to the Aquarium on Saturday the 11th in honor of Veterans Day. A special presentation of “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Life Savers” will be presented on Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. in cooperation with the Pea Island Preservation Society. The program will offer reenactments, engaging storytelling and a message of perseverance and teamwork.

Veterans Day Ceremony- Manteo

9 a.m. at the Dare County Veterans Memorial, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 26

Veterans Day Ceremony- Nags Head

11 a.m.

Nags Head Municipal Complex.

Veterans Day Ceremony- Southern Shores

11 a.m. 

Southern Shores Town Hall 

The speaker this year will be U.S. Air Force veteran George M. Farrow, currently Senior Patrol Officer, Southern Shores Police Department. INFO: 252-261-0876

Veterans Day Ceremony- Kill Devil Hills

12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills Sponsored by American Legion Post 26.


Candle Lighting Ceremony:
Honor, Remember, Care 

St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Nags Head 4pm -5:30pm 

Hosted by GEM Adult Day Services, Inc.

A Ceremony to Honor and Remember Our Veterans and Others in Our Community Who Have Passed. Featuring a veterans Color Guard, and the music of the Outer Banks Chorus, Echoes of Heritage, and Angelo Sonnesso. Rev. Philip Glick will lead the service.


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