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2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Next Weekend
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, September 22, 2018

Back for a second year, The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival is just around the corner—Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29.

Last year we had a great time sampling some truly excellent wines and it in looking over the selection fo this year, it may be even better.

The big event is on Saturday…that’s the Grand Tasting. With over 100 wines on hand as well as beer from five local breweries, the day promises to be something truly special.

The Vintner’s Dinner on Friday evening seems like a great warmup to the event, with dinner any 108 Budleigh in Manteo. Two of Durham’s finest chef’s Josh DeCarolis of Mother & Sons Trattoria and Phil Bey from Saint James will be on hand creating a special night of dining. 

But what should truly elevate the evening are the wine pairings that will be offered with the wines from Francis Ford Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery. The event last year highlighted how wine and food can elevate each other and the same should be the case for the Friday evening event.

But Saturday is the big day with wine being poured in the Sound Stage Theater and beer in the breezeway leading to the Waterside Theater stage—where there will be live music.

The event last year was memorable, with outstanding wines, some wonderful light food offered with the wines, great local beer and a fantastic setting nestled against the backdrop of the Roanoke Sound.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival online.

Copolla Wines Grand Tasting Lost Colony Manteo Virginia Dare Winery

Glenn Eure--A Celebration of a Life Well Lived
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, September 21, 2018

Laughter as tales of Glenn Eure are recounted. That's Pat Eure, Glenn's wife, in the black and white striped top.

Hurricane Florence put just about every event there was on the Outer Banks on hold for a week, and maybe in a couple of cases it worked out well.

That certainly seems to be the case with the monthly open mic literary reading the Dare County Arts Council sponsors at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head.

Glenn Eure passed away recently and the one week delay gave everyone a chance to take a step back and think about what Glenn had meant for the community. Instead of the usually free ranging subjects of the readers, tonight—Thursday—it was all about Glenn and how he had touched people.

What emerged were stories that were touching, sometimes sad, but mostly filled with the joy that Glenn showed in his everyday life.

The tales his grandchildren told of being embarrassed were hillarious. His grandson especially recounting how, at age 19, he went to lunch with Glenn and Pat, Glenn’s wife. Glenn saw a waitress that looked about the same age as his grandson, called her over and proceeded to tell her that his grandson was a fine young man who needed a girlfriend. 

Humiliating at the time, but a wonderful memory later.

The evening was filled with tales of how Glenn reached out to touch people, to help them be better at whatever they wished to be. 

Quite a number of Outer Banks artists were on hand to talk about Glenn and how his personal involvement in their development made them better artists and people.

Pat was there, very much a part of what was a celebration a life very well lived.

Ghost Fleet Gallery Glenn Eure Hurricane Florence Nags Head Outer Banks

Week Filled with Events as Outer Banks Gets Back to What It Does Best
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, September 16, 2018

On the Outer Banks, life is pretty much back to normal. All of our roads and bridges are open, what little evidence of Hurricane Florence’s passage was has been cleaned up and there’s lots to do this coming week.

There has been a little bit of rescheduling.

The ESA (Eastern Surf Association) Eastern Championships has been moved back two day, so it will be starting on Tuesday instead of Sunday. It does shorten the event by two days, but organizers have worked out a schedule that should work. Much of the delay is to allow competitors south of the track Hurricane Florence took a chance to get to the Outer Banks.

Surfing is definitely an important part of the theme for the upcoming week. The Dare County Arts Council will be sponsoring the annual Surfalorus Film Festival for the sixth time. There are always some great shorts and feature length films in the three day event. 

By all means, check out Outer, an hour long film by Manteo High School Senior Logan Marshall. The movie will be screened Saturday evening at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills. It is a remarkably well made movie, and that Logan is a high school senior is only incidental to the quality.

The weekend is so filled with events, that it’s not going to be possible to get to everything. So…our suggestion is do what can be done, but be sure to check out CrabDaddy at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg. It’s a day of crab, wine, beer and music. Hard not to like that.

Upcoming Events Week of September 16-23

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

Jennette's Pier 

Nags Head

September 18-22

Surfalorus Film Festival

Dare County Arts Council and various locations

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave.


September 20-22


Various Locations

Nags Head

September 21-23

Recurring daily

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Kayak Fishing Tournament

3925 S. Croatan Hwy.

MP 12.5 

Nags Head

September 22


Sanctuary Vineyards,


September 22

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents...The John Brown Groove Shop Band

First Flight High School

100 Veterans Dr 

Kill Devil Hills

September 22

Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run

Vertigo Tattoo 

7594 Shipyard Road

Manns Harbor

September 22

Crabdaddy Dare County Arts Council Esa Hurricane Florence Outer Banks Surfing Surflorous

Outer Banks Mandatory Evacuation Lifted
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, September 14, 2018

National Hurricane Center 5:00 p.m. September 14 TS Florence track. As noted, the northern Outer Banks does not have a tropical system warning.

The mandatory evacuation order for Dare County will be lifted Saturday morning, according to Dare County Emergency Services. The lifting of the evacuation applies only to the Northern Outer Banks, the areas north of Oregon Inlet.

The lifting of the restrictions on entering the Outer Banks will be in two stages.. Beginning Saturday morning residents and property owners who evacuated will be allowed entry. Sunday all restrictions will be lifted.

Dare and Currituck Counties are cooperating on this and Currituck County residents and property owners will also be able to come home beginning Saturday morning.

Hatteras Island is still under a mandatory evacuation. Closer to the track of Hurricane Florence than the norther towns, there was significant ocean overwash in some area. NCDOT had to close NC12 at the S curves north of Rodanthe. According to the information they have provide, the roads are being assessed and they hope to have them open soon.

The northern Outer Banks in particular seem to have come through Hurricane Florence relatively unscathed. There was a little bit of ocean overwash along the Beach Road, but no damage and at no time was there any loss of power.

We’re including the 5:00 p.m. Tropical Storm Florence track from the National Hurricane Center with this post. After fielding numerous questions from worried family members about our safety, we thought it might help to show how far the Outer Banks is from the track the storm is taking. 

There’s a lot happening this coming week. Some of it has been on the schedule for a while, some of it postponed from last week. It’s a great time to visit.

Currituck County Dare County Hurricane Florence Mandatory Evacuation National Hurricane Center Outer Banks

Hurricane Florence Heads South but Effects Felt on Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Thursday, September 13, 2018

Kitty Hawk Pier at low tide, Thursday morning.

As Hurricane Florence spins off the southern cost of North Carolina, the effects spread across the all of the state’s coastline.

The full effect of the storm will be felt in the Wilmington area, but even here on the Outer Banks the wind and rain will be fierce. 

There is really no reason to go out—grocery stores are closed and restaurants shuttered. But as the wind and rain builds, it is certainly best to stay in place.

If the forecast holds, and so far the National Hurricane Center has had a very good handle on Florence, tomorrow will be the worst of it, although as the the storm tracks south and west, the forecast has improved for the northern Outer Banks.

There is still going to be ocean overwash in some areas. Beach nourishment does a great job to a point, but when the storm surge overtops the dunes, there will be water on some of the roads. Much less than what he have had in the past, but it will still be there.

Hatteras Island is isolated at this point and it will probably stay that way until sometime low tide Saturday afternoon or Sunday. NCDOT reported the ocean breached the dunes at the S curves just north of Rodanthe.

That is the area where the next major project bridge project is just beginning. The Jug Handle, a curved bridge that will extend into Pamlico Sound and then reconnect with the road at Rodanthe is being built. NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law Center—who sued  the state for years over the Bonner Bridge replacement—have determined that is the most cost effective and environmentally sound solution to keep the road open.

Florence is a slow moving storm, so Saturday looks to be a wash. Sunday looks better. We're hopeful the madatory evaucation order will be lifted soon, but please be aware that the decision to lift the mandatory evacuation order will be made by emergency personnel and county officials when they feel it is safe for visitors to come to the Outer Banks. Check local news and county websites for current information on the status of the mandatory evacuation order.

Bonner Bridge Hurricane Florence National Hurricane Center Ncdot Outer Banks

Outer Banks Welcomes Surfalorous Film Festival Next Week
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, September 9, 2018

We have one more day of good surf along the Outer Banks, then a couple of days of waiting to see what Florence does. Right now the forecast call for her to pass to the south of us, but we’ll know more in another day.

In the meantime, anyone thinking about getting a fix for their surfing mojo, check out Surfalorous next Thursday, Friday and Saturday .

Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC), it’s a film festival that’s all about surfing. 

The locations move around a bit—Thursday it’s two shorts and a feature length movie at Jennette’s Pier in Nags head. Friday it’s all shorts with a chance for the audience to choose their favorite at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo. And Saturday the show moves to the Outer Banks Brewing Station for two one hour films.

The Saturday viewing will wrap up with Manteo High School Senior Logan Marshall’s movie, Outer. The movie premiered in July and it is a movie worth seeing.

A nice touch this year—live music at Jennette’s Pier and the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

Surfalorous Schedule

Thursday, September 20 • Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Peter’s Peelers // Chris Hannant
Life Rolls On: Back to the Water // Tony Morin
Momentum Generation // Jeff and Michael Zimbalist

Featuring live music by Blurky’s Quirky Friends, and a local shaper and artist showcase.

Friday, September 21 • Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

El Porto Surf // Marci Klein
Girl // Jess Lowcher
Forgiving Pipeline: The Amber Mozo Story // Tay Steele
Ntando, The Journey // Simon Cotter
North Sea Holes // Lewis Arnold, Chris McClean
Way of Life // Blaze Hunter
The Agave Gun // Ross Haines
A Onda da Pedra D’água – The Cornerstone Wave // Caio Antunes & Laurent Refalo
The Chapati Surfers // Luke Williams
Can’t Steal Our Vibe  // Graham Nash
Sisterhood by the Sea // Leah Dawson

Featuring live DJ Charlie Huff, Collector’s Classic Longboard Exhibit curated by Steve Wise, and Voting for Audience Favorite Short Film.

Saturday, September 22 • Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills

Blue Road // Alena Ehrenbold
Outer // Logan Marshall

Dcac Jennettes Pier Manteo Nags Head Outer Banks Brewing Station Surfalorous

Glenn Eure-An Outer Banks Original
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, September 7, 2018

Glenn Eure was an Outer Banks original. 

He didn’t grow up on the Outer Banks, but for anyone who knew him—and there were probably thousands of us who did—it isn’t possible to picture him anywhere else than the Outer Banks.

Walking into his Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head was something special when he was there. He was a master of bad jokes and he had lots of them and he was not shy about repeating them over and over. 

Every woman was beautiful, but sometimes when he said that, there was a question if it was physical beauty or that he meant that they were a beautiful person. 

Beyond that, though, he was a remarkably talented artist, and he was comfortable working in almost any medium. If, however, there is one work of his that will truly be a tribute to the man, it is the hand carved life sized depiction of the Via Crucis he donated to the Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk.

The detail, artistry and creativity of the work puts it among the best that have been done, and in assessing its value, at least one estimate put it at museum grade.

There was, though, much more to Glenn than his art and bad jokes. 

His love for the Outer Banks community seemed endless and he was always coming forward to help wherever he could. He was one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council and every year, the Ghost Fleet Gallery would host the art of every school in the Dare County.

It is hard to describe the pride a child felt walking into a real gallery and seeing their painting on display—and he, and Pat, his wife, did that every year.

Glenn also served in two wars, Korea and Viet Nam, retiring after a number of combat tours of duty as a major in the US Army.

He was, in short, a remarkable and complex man, and we lost him this week. Glenn passed away on Thursday.

Dare County Arts Council Ghost Fleet Gallery Glenn Eure Nags Head Outer Banks

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