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OBX May Music a Merry Mix
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 28, 2017

Here it is almost May on the Outer Banks and the entertainment scene is really heating up. So much so that we can’t even list everything that going to be happening.

Almost every nightclub and bar on the Outer Banks has some live music now, and by the summer that’s going to be just about a nightly thing.

May is sort of a prelude to what can be expected when the peak season comes, and looking over the what is on tap of this month, the Outer Banks summer of 2017 may be the best in years.

Two shows in particular we know will be great—HMS Pinafore presented by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on May 7 and the Mustang Music Spring Jam on May Sunday May 21. 

The Mustang Music Spring Jam is always a great time and this year with Big Something and London Souls headlining, it’s looking better than ever. The local bands that are going to by playing are outstanding as well—Zack Mexico and the Ramble especially are worth a listen.

Including everything that’s coming up this month just isn't possible, so we’re listing some of the highlights. But our highlights don’t include shows at some of the most popular night spots, so check out their websites for nightly entertainment.

Major Shows

H.M.S. Pinafore 

Sunday May 7

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

(252) 564-9767

Presented by the Don and Catharine Cultural Art Series, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta promises to be the highlight of the Outer Banks classical music season.

Dare2Care Obx Shred Fest

Saturday, May 20

The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

The second annual Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest will be held Saturday, May 20 from 2-8:30pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

Shred Fest is an annual fundraiser for Dare2Care OBX, which builds awareness for Veterans and encourages inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Outer Banks community.

Bands include Southern Culture on the Skids, Manday Huge, Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One. 

Mustang Music Spring Jam

Sunday, May 21

Mike Diana's Grill Room, Corolla

For more information go to Mustang Music Spring Jam 6

Headlined by North Carolina based rock-funk band BIG Something and New York City’s blues rock act The London Souls on two intimate non-overlapping stages. Great local bands and the Mustang Music Outreach Student bands, who are outstanding.

Soundside Live Sunset Concert Series

Thursdays, May 25, June 1 and June 8

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

Thurs, May 25: Red Wanting Blue, The Commonheart & Tropidelic

Thurs, June 1: Cris Jacobs, Selwyn Birchwood & Ruth Wyand and the Band of One           

Thurs, June 8: Marco Benevento, Ripe & Fireside Collective

Big Something Hms Pinafore London Souls Mustang Music Nags Head Shredfest Soundside Event Site Zack Mexico

Outer Banks Restaurant Moves
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Every year just about the time the summer season is ready to begin on the Outer Banks, there’s news about goings and comings in the restaurant world. This year is no exception, and after scouring our local sources for particulars we came up with three bits of information that we think are especially important. 

The Country Deli Moves To KDH

For over 25 years the Hutchins family has been creating what are arguably the best and biggest deli sandwiches on the Outer Banks from their Nags Head location at Surfside Plaza.

The problem is there is no seating and no possibility of getting seating so when a new location opened up at a soon-to-be-opened plaza at MP 9.5 in Kill Devil Hills. The new location is more than twice as large and offers seating for 35.

If all goes as planned they should be in their new digs by the beginning of June.

OBX Frozen Yogurt Moves to Southern Shores Crossing

With a new owner, Jeff Schwartzenberg, and a new location OBX Frozen Yogurt looks as though it may be the place to go for frozen treats.

Originally located at Shoreside Shopping Plaza next to the Kitty Hawk Harris Teeter, the new location should give the shop better visibility. It certainly gives it a lot more space and Jeff is planning on filing it with craft sodas, traditional candies and expanded toppings for the yogurt.

Chef Pok Opens New Restaurant

Chef Pok Choeichom is an Outer Banks favorite and for good reason. 

When he was at the Brewing Station he was the original force behind their outstanding menu. Three years ago he opened Pok’ Art with his brother Art in Kitty Hawk. Serving a wide variety of Asian food dishes, his reputation has continued to grow.

Now it looks as though it’s back to his Brewing Station roots with his newest restaurant, Single Fin, in Nags Head.

There will be a sushi bar, but according to Pok the cuisine will be American classic with a European flair.

The new location is 2424 S. Croatan Highway in Nags Head.

Chef Pok Country Deli Kill Devil Hills Nags Head Obx Frozen Yogurt Outer Banks

Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon Beats the Weather
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 23, 2017

Our favorite costume for the day. The sign seems to indicate they will be getting married at the finish line.

Never say a little rain will stop the dedicated runner!

A little more than 1600 runners toed up to the starting line this morning on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk to run the Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon. It was raining—fairly hard at that time; the wind was from the northeast at 15 mph, with higher gusts.

But unless there is thunder and lightening the race will go on and go on it did.

Actually, cooler temperatures, which it was, and some rain, make for ideal running condition for long distance races. It keeps the body cooler, and the winning time reflected that. Chass Armstrong from Asheville, NC crossed the finish line in 1:12:13. That’s right around a 5.30 mile.

The race conditions being what they were, the Flying Pirate is half marathon and a fashion statement, with many of the runners dressing up as some form of pirate, although admittedly we weren’t always sure just what kind of pirate they were.

However, our favorite has to be the couple dressed for a wedding with a sign that seemed to say they were going to get married when they completed the race.

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon is part of a weekend of race activities. In addition to the half marathon there is also a 5K race on Saturday.

Sponsored by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the Flying Pirate is a fundraiser for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation.

Dare Education Foundation Flying Pirate Kitty Hawk Outer Banks Relief Foundation Outer Banks Sporting Events

OBX Strawberry Fields
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fresh strawberries from Mr. Malco's strawberry patch.

The warm February we had seems to have had an unanticipated effect—Mr. Malco’s strawberry patch opened about two weeks earlier than usual this year.

Just north of the Outer Banks, about a half mile past the Wright Memorial Bridge, Mr. Malco's strawberries are a u-pick ‘em enterprise, and worth every ounce of effort. 

The field seems to be about three acres which doesn’t sound all that large but that’s a lot of strawberries to pick. 

And they are wonderful. 

There are flavors in fresh picked strawberries that no store bought fruit can ever match. Bursting with juice and flavor, sweet and tart and layers of flavors that call out to be consumed in quantity.

Strawberry picking is a perfect thing to do with a little boy or girl; it is the type of activity that creates a lifetime memory and once that memory is there, every year about this time the question is asked, “Is it time to pick strawberries yet?”

The weather has turned a rainy and cool and will be that way for the next few days, but the end of the week is looking like perfect strawberry picking weather—warm, but not too warm and plenty of sunshine.

Outer Banks Strawberry Strawberry Picking Wright Memorial Bridge

OBX Gets Ready for Summer
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Thursday, April 20, 2017

As the Outer Banks gears up for summer there are always some new businesses coming along that catch our attention 2017 is no exception.

A quick survey of what’s happening on the restaurant scene reveals a newcomer to the frozen yogurt scene and an well-respected chef renewing his love affair with classic American food.

Single Fin

For years Chef Pok Choeichom was the genius behind the outstanding cuisine the Outer Banks Brewing Station served with their beer. Good enough to warrant a visit from Guy Fieri and the Triple D crew back in 2013.

A year later Pok opened his own place in Kitty Hawk—Pok’s Art with his brother Art. Their Asian fusion food is excellent and worth checking out. But now it looks as though Chef Pok is going back to his Brewing Station roots.

Single Fin, his full service restaurant in Nags Head should be open mid May although grand openings often fall behind schedule.

With a full bar and a menu featuring classic American and European cuisine, the restaurant should be a great addition to the Outer Banks bistro scene. There will also be a sushi bar.

The address is 2424 S. Croatan Highway in Nags Head.

OBX Frozen Yogurt

Jeff Schwartzenberg who has been the marketing manager for Kitty Hawk Kites for three years, mentioned to us once that he always dreamed of having an ice cream shop.

His dream is coming true, his work schedule is going to be pretty demanding since he’s going to continue at KHK.

He’ll be moving OBX Frozen Yogurt from the Shoreside Shopping Center next to the Kitty Hawk Harris Teeter to Southern Shores Crossing.

With an additional 600 square feet of space he’s growing the inventory and bringing in craft sodas, toppings for the yogurt and other goodies.

Situated between two restaurants—Coastal Provisions and Steamers—he should have the perfect location to satisfy after an after dinner sweet tooth.


Chef Pok Kitty Hawk Kites Nags Head Obx Yogurt Outer Banks Single Fin

Five Outer Banks Picnic Suggestions
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 16, 2017

Whalehead Club in Corolla. One of our favorite places for a picnic.

The Outer Banks weather was so nice today that we couldn’t help but think of summer, and when thinking of summer it’s natural to think of picnics and family time or time with someone special.

To help the picnic plans along, we’ve picked out five easy to get to picnic places on the Outer Banks. There are of course many many more than this, some pretty difficult to get to. Run Hill with its panoramic view of Buzzard Bay and Albemarle Sound is spectacular but it involves a half mile trek over sand dunes or a mile and a half trail through Nags Head Woods. Well worth it for the adventurous, but there are easier places to get to.

Brindley Beach Vacations List of Easy to Get To Picnic Area

The Beach

We had to list the beach. Easy to find. Head east. When you get to the Atlantic Ocean you’re there.

Whalehead Club

A beautiful setting. Wide, expansive lawn with plenty of shade. A perfect setting for a picnic.

Duck Boardwalk/Duck Town Park

With plenty of seats along the boardwalk, there is sure to be the ideal spot to sit and enjoy a meal with someone special. If the whole family is there, probably better to go the Duck Town Park. Forgot to pack a lunch? Plenty of places on the boardwalk to get a bite to eat.

Kitty Hawk Skate Park

908 W Kitty Hawk Rd

Don’t let the name throw you. The setting is very nice and there’s a covered picnic area. There is also a dog park on the site as well. 

Nags Head Park

415 Health Center Drive

A gem of a little park. Includes a covered picnic area with trails that connect directly to Nags Head Woods.

Brindley Beach Duck Boardwalk Kitty Hawk Nags Head Picnic Skatepark Whalehead Club

Great Shows Highlight End of OBX Concert Season
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 14, 2017

There is some great music coming up on the Outer Banks over the next few weeks as the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and the Outer Banks Forum wrap up their seasons. 

Because they are volunteer organizations members of the organizations find it difficult to put the time in during the summer to create a professional performance, so April and May is when they put the final show on for their seasons. 

But what a show they are putting on. 

The Bryan Series actually has two shows over the next few weeks.

First up is David Holt with Josh Goforth. Holt is a Grammy award winning bluegrass and traditional country performer with a great voice amazing technique on guitar and dobro. 

Goforth is a relative newcomer to the bluegrass/country music scene, but his guitar and fiddle playing has garnered well deserved praise. Great blending of voices in performance.

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players were on the Outer Banks two years ago performing the Pirates of Penzance. They were outstanding. Their performance of HMS Pinafore may be even better. 

Like the Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore lampoons the British navy and traditions. Although first performed in 1878, the play remains remarkably contemporary.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts has made a tradition of ending their season with a visit from the Virginia Symphony. One of the finest regional orchestras in the nation, this should be a spectacular afternoon of music.

David Holt with Josh Goforth
April 23, 4:00 p.m.
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Tickets $15

More information

The Virginia Symphony

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3 p.m. www.virginiasymphony.org 

Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by Benjamin Rous. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, this exceptional program will highlight classical music.

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
H.M.S. Pinafore

May 7, 7:30 p.m.
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Tickets $20

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