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Marcus King Band Highlights Great Day of Music at Mustang Jam
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 20, 2018

Marcus King of the Marcus King Band performs on guitar at the Spring Mustang Jam.

The 2018 Mustang Spring Jam was exerting that was promised and maybe a little bit more. 

Great weather and the largest crowd yet for the spring Mustang Music event, crated perfect conditions for something special for the Corolla festival of music.

And this year’s event was something special.

The kids of the Mustang Music Outreach program are always great and this year was no exception. But when the main acts took to the stage, it was really something.

Kicking off with western NC group Porch 40, it was clear something special was happening. Featuring saxophone, electric fiddle, guitar, bass and drums, their should was unlike anything else but very interesting musically.

Local reggae group Sensi Trails was on tap next and over the past year and a half they have been together, the group has really improved

The headline of the day was the Marcus King Band and they were everything a headliner is supposed to be, but before they took the stage, Fireside Collective was gathered on the Mike Dianna Grill Room deck.

The group’s instruments are classic bluegrass, and their sound is kind of bluegrass…but this is bluegrass with attitude. Major attitude. Heart pounding rhythms merge with ways of thinking about bluegrass music that no one else seems to match.

As good as everyone else was, though, Marcus King Band stole the show. 

Listening to them there isa Southern Rock feeling, but that doesn’t begin to do justice to their sound. They 

They shift tempo and key in mid song; They take chances with music—the drum and guitar solo was amazing—the driving beat and scorching guitar playing isn’t something easily forgotten.

The should has a distinctly jazz/rock fusion sound—but the band will take things in a different direction in heartbeat. There are arrangements that feature King on guitar, playing slow hand blues.

And so it goes, making for a remarkable day of music.

Corolla Fireside Collective Marcus King Band Mustang Spring Jam

Dinosaurs Coming to the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 18, 2018

T-Rex getting ready for his summertime appearance at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Dinosaurs will roam the wilds of Roanoke Island once again. T-Rex and stegosaurus may be extinct everywhere else, but at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island the creatures the Jurassic age will take up residence once again. 

They were here once before—back in 2015, creating a thrilling walk along the Dinosaur path outside the Aquarium.

Fearsome they may be but they do know how to keep to a schedule and opening day for the Return of the  Dinosaurs will be Saturday, May 26. Look for them to take up residence all summer at the Aquarium, departing on September 4.

Life-sized and moving realistically, maybe they really are the real thing, something from a genetic testing, fearsome animals from some far distant past waiting their chance to walk the earth again.

Just as likely though, they’re animatronic creations that move as scientists believe they would have moved making sounds that research indicates are what they sound like.

It is a wonderful addition to the Aquarium attractions. Undergoing a massive renovation and updating of facilities last year, the Roanoke Island Aquarium includes state of the art sound and lighting systems, great exhibits of local fish and habitat that includes alligators and otters.

Located just past Manteo, adjacent to the Airport, its a great time for the entire family and truly worth a visit.

Aquarium Dinosaur Manteo Roanoke Island Trex

Strawberry Picking on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lots of strawberries ready to be picked at Mr. Malco's strawberry field.

May, on the Outer Banks, is strawberry season. 

Ok, maybe it’s also a lot of other things, but one of those small pieces of life that helps to make things so special is Mr. Malco’s strawberry fields just across the Wright Memorial Bridge in Point Harbor.

There was some doubt about whether today would be be a good day to go picking. There was rain everywhere on the Outer Banks, but it was as though the weather gods—or is that strawberry picking gods—were watching out for the tip of Currituck County. 

It was raining in Kitty Hawk, but the sun was shining six miles north on the strawberry field…and the strawberries were amazing. Sweet and juicy, it’s as though what is trucked into the local supermarket is a completely different species of fruit.

Although there are, from time to time, people who go there by themselves, picking strawberries is truly a family thing, a chance to explain to a four or five year old where food comes from and to have children experience the taste of truly fresh food. It’s not a classroom experience, but it may be as important to understanding our world as reading, writing and arithmetic. 

The Malco’s usually keep their strawberry field open until the first week in July. Later inn the summer they have had blueberries available as well.

Bring cash—it’s the only form of payment the couple accepts.

Currituck Kitty Hawk Outer Banks Strawberry Picking Wright Memorial Bridge

Outer Banks Music Scene Heating Up
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Outer Banks event calendar is really filling up, especially on weekend, and this coming weekend it’s looking as good as it gets—almost like a mini-music festival.

Although there is one of those in the mix as well.

Cory Hemilright has been bringing some of the best in bluegrass to the Outer Banks for a couple of years. He’s got a good ear for some of the groups that may not have quite the name recognition of the majors, but still really good. 

Friday, May 18, that’s what Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road offers. Good crisp, well-played bluegrass at the Bluegrass Island Store in Manteo.— Summer Concert Series

On Saturday Island Farm on Roanoke Island is doing something very different for them—their brining in some live music. And not just any live music. It’s Mercy Creek. It’s called aggressive folk rock and that’s about as good a description as there is. That’s a big thumbs up for that one.

The big event of the weekend though, is definitely the 7th Annual Mustang Music Spring Jam in Corolla.

The headliner is the Marcus King Band out of Greenville, South Carolina. Hard to put a quick description on their music, but it’s kind of southern rock with a psychedelic flair.

However, that’s just one of a number of groups that will be taking the stage. Actually two stages. One of the really nice features of the Mustang Music events is multiple stages so when one act ends, the next is already firing up.

For a real treat, get there early for the Mustang Music Outreach program. Ruth Wyand is an amazing teacher—as well as musician—and watching her young proteges perform leaves little doubt that they are the stars of tomorrow.

Corolla Manteo Mustang Music Outer Banks Roanoke Island

Beautiful Spring Weather, Great Events Highlight OBX Weekend
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, May 12, 2018

Face painting at Artrageous.

Today was about as perfect a spring day as there could be on the Outer Banks. Bright sunshine, a nice breeze, a little bit warm but not too warm. The perfect day to be out and about, and that is what a lot of people were doing.

Nags Head was certainly the place to be today with lots happening. At the Nags Head Soundside Site it was Woofstock. Hosted by Elizabethan Gardens, the Outer Banks SPCA and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, it was a day of dog crazy costumes and lots of fun. it’s a two day event, so still plenty of time to check it out on Sunday.

At Dowdy Park the Dare County Arts Council was hosting Artrageous. 

Artrageous is one of the most fun events on the Outer Banks calendar. It’s all about getting kids involved in art, and the whole day is really geared toward showing kids how much fun art can be.

There’s face painting, a whole wall where anyone can draw anything they want, games, demos…just a wonderful day.

Mother’s Day Weekend has become sort of the introduction to our Outer Banks peak season. It’s not quite as busy as it’s going to be, but it give a good indication of what is coming. Based on what we saw today, the summer looks to be one of the best yet.

Don’t forget…tomorrow is Mother’s Day! There’s lots to do for Mom. A great way to start the day is with a brunch and there are so many restaurants offering something special for Mom that we can’t list them all.

Artrageus Dare County Arts Council Elizabethan Gardens Mothers Day Nags Head Outer Banks

Making Mother's Day Special on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 6, 2018

The weather is sure looking better along the Outer Banks. It rained pretty well this morning, but looking ahead, the forecast for the upcoming week is looking fantastic right on through next weekend.

Which is Mother’s Day weekend, certainly something everyone should be aware of.

Glancing over the calendar of upcoming events there is a lot to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

There’s things for the kids—KidsFest on Friday in Manteo and Artrageous in Nags Head on Saturday. There’s a fundraiser at Professor Hacker's Miniature Golf Course in Kill Devil Hills to end polio worldwide and also on Saturday the 35th Annual Nags Head Woods 5k.

All great events, but we think there’s a good possibility that before going to anything over the weekend, Mom would really enjoy a Champagne Brunch, and as it turns out, Trio in Kitty Hawk serves a Champagne Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

They just improved their kitchen so they can offer more dishes, and glancing over the menu it looks as though they’re taking full advantage of that with some very nice but easy to eat breakfast dishes.

 Most of the sparkling wines that are offered are fairly reasonably priced as well, although the possibility exists to go all in for Mom with a glass of Mumm Cordon Rouge.

Mom does a lot to make things better for everyone. This could be the perfect opportunity to make things a little better for her.

Kitty Hawk Manteo Mothers Day Nags Head Outer Banks Trio

Saturday Filled with Great Things to Do
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 4, 2018

The ECU Four Seasons Chamber Music musicians in perfomance.

The weather is milder, the days are longer, people are coming again to the Outer Banks and suddenly there is so much to do that it’s just not possible to get to everything this weekend.

Almost all of it is on Saturday, although as we mentioned earlier, the ESA Regional surf competition runs from Friday through Sunday at Jennette’s Pier.

It is possible to get to every event we’re going to list on Saturday, although we’ll be the first to admit its would make for a pretty exhausting day.

But if that’s the plan, head over to Jennette’s Pier and check out the morning surf action at the ESA Regionals.

Then head over to First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills for the Relay for Life. It’s only a 10 to 15 minute ride, so it’s easily accomplished.

The Relay for Life begins at 10:00 a.m. and is an all day event. The Outer Banks has a tradition of supporting the Relay for Life cause so there will probably be quite a number of people there.

About 2:45 or 3:00 o’clock, hop in your car and head over to the Elizabethan Gardens for the Kentucky Derby Party. Last year’s event was a blast, and supported three very important Outer Banks nonprofits—The Elizabethan Gardens, the Dare Education Fund and the Beach Food Pantry.

While there, be sure to sample some of the outstanding fare prepared by local chefs and maybe have a mint julep.

At 6:15—at the latest—it’s back in the car for a trip to All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores for the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival.

This will be the perfect way to end a pretty hectic day.

The musicians of the Four Seasons Chamber Music are five internationally-renowned musicians in residence, teaching and performing at ECU. Their repertoire spans centuries of classical music from the 18th century to modern times.

The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

It can be done…not easily…but it can be done. Good luck!

Ecu Elizabethan Gardens Jennettes Pier Kentucky Derby Relay For Life Southern Shores

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