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February Out with a Bang
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Parents telling the story of how the March of Dimes helped their child at the 2016 Signature Chef's Auction.

February on the Outer Banks is going out with a bang—great weather and lots to do. 

We mentioned the Theatre of Dare’s production of Spamalot in earlier this week. We recommended it then and we’re recommending it again. A hilarious play and the cast does it full justice. Check it out if you get a chance.

Performances are at the COA auditorium in Manteo. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday is a 2:00 o’clock matinee.

Spamalot manages to skewer everyone and everything with equal abandon, but it is does tend toward a lowbrow humor. To balance that, or for those who love culture and opera, Anton Dvorak’s opera Rusalka will be simulcast from the New York Met at the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movie theater. Start time is 12:55.

The opera got very strong reviews from the critics in NYC, so this is a chance to see opera at its best.

The highlight of the weekend and one of the highlights of the winter season has got to be the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, Sunday beginning at 5:30.

Ten of the finest Outer Banks chefs will gather together at Duck Woods Country Club to create memorable dishes for the evening. All proceeds go to the March of Dimes.

What is particularly touching and effective about the Chef’s Auction are the personal stories local people tell of how the March of Dimes has affected their lives. If there are tickets left to it—and this is an event that does sell out—it truly is a great time for a great cause.

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Spamalot Performed by the Theatre of Dare
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sir Robin, described as the knight who “slew the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who personally wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill,” and minions.

Spamalot, the stage version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a madcap comedy that manages to make fun of every convention imaginable and probably some no one had even considered before the play got to Broadway.

Performed by the Theatre of Dare, the community theatre troupe does the play justice, moving the plot along at an almost frenetic pace, never missing a beat as they sing their way through “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and other hit songs from the movie and play.

Somewhere in all of the mayhem there is a plot…maybe. But going to see Spamalot and expecting a focused story line is sort of like coming to the Outer Banks looking for snow. Wait long enough and something will appear, but it’s not really the reason to be there.

The classic lines from The Holy Grail are all here. Not-Dead-Yet Fred telling anyone who will listen that, “I’m not dead,” as his relative offers the undertaker nine pence to take the body.

Told it’s against regulations to take him if he's not dead, the relative says, “Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.”

And that’s just a small sampling of the what goes on in the play.

Somewhere in all of this there’s a plot about the quest for the Holy Grail, which the Knights of the Round Table did have for a brief time. Their journey to take the grail somewhere—although it’s not exactly clear where, is dealt a massive blow when the French defeat them as they “fetchez la vache.” 

A moment later a cow flies over the walls of the French castle, scattering the Knights of the Round Table, who then go off on their own personal quests.

The plot is thin…but the jokes are wonderful. There does not appear to be any sacred cows in the script, with the exception, perhaps, of the “vache” that defeated the Britons.

The play will be performed next weekend, February 24-26 at the COA auditorium in Manteo. Friday and Saturday are evening performances. Sunday is a matinee.

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Public Forums Tell Nourishment Story
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, February 17, 2017

The barges Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will bring to the Outer Banks for beach nourishment.

The start date is a little later than originally planned, but Outer Banks beach nourishment is going to come to the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills soon. There is also a possibility that a small section of Southern Shores will be included.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week, representatives of Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the onsite contractor visited Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills to talk to the public about what was going to be happening on the beaches.

The original schedule had nourishment beginning in April in Duck but that schedule has been moved back to May. The timetable as it now stands will be:

Duck: Late May with completion late June or early July

Kitty Hawk: Mid June with completion mid August

Kill Devil Hills: Early August with completion mid September

Julien Devisse of Coastal Engineering stressed that schedules were tentative. He pointed out that weather and mechanical breakdowns could change the schedule.

The work will proceed in 1000’ sections along the beach and during construction, for safety reasons, no one from the public will be allowed on that part of the beach.

There are two borrow areas for the project located about six miles offshore. Devisse and the Great Lakes representative, Armand Riehl, felt the sand in the borrow area matched the beach sand very closely.

According to Reihl there will be two dredges on hand. The dredges are able to work in seas up to 6-8’.

Nourishment will widen the beaches; the beach provides protection for the infrastructure behind it by dissipating the power of the waves. Over time some of the sand on the beach will be lost; however, that is part of the design plan. The lost sand typically forms a sandbar that helps to break up the power of incoming waves.

Federal regulations do require monitoring for sea turtles. Monitors will be with the dredges at all times. On the beaches, the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) has agreed to do the monitoring.

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Latest Outer Banks Visitors-Harbor Seals
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Harbor seal resting on the Nags Head Beach next to Jennette's Pier.

Every species, it seems, has a different idea of what is the best time to visit the Outer Banks. Humans, of course, seem to prefer summer. Seals, however, appear to prefer sprawling on a local beach in the winter.

The Outer Banks doesn't seem like it would be part of the regular travel itinerary for seals, but as it turns out, they’re fairly common along coastal North Carolina in the winter.

For proof of that we offer this image of a harbor seal that decided to catch a few rays on the Nags Head beach next to Jennette’s Pier. Typically what seals are doing when they show up on an Outer Banks beach is the same as what human visitors are doing—resting, recuperating and getting ready for the life tests that will come when they head north.

According to studies that have been done of seal activity along area, although individual seals are seen on local beaches from time to time, it is unheard of for a colony to take up residence in an area that is frequented by humans.

That doesn’t mean they’re not around…it’s just that seals prefer avoiding humans for the most part. 

The National Park Service reported in 2015 that in the winter seals regularly take up residence on a marshy piece of land just south of Oregon Inlet called Green Island. “The most observed at one time … was … up to 33…” they noted.

Most of the seals are harbor seals, although once in a while a gray seal will be seen.

The seals look cute and cuddly, but they’re really not. They’re wild animals weighing 200 to 250 pounds. They are also Federally protected under the Marine Mammals Protection Act and approaching them could result in some pretty hefty fines.

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Mother Nature's Gift
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, February 12, 2017

Western Willets on the South Nags Head beach.

Sometimes Mother Nature gives us a gift, and if this weekend seemed to have been delivered with beautiful bows in the color of blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

Temperatures in the mid to upper 60s are a rare thing in February on the Outer Banks—and usually when that happens there’s some tropical moisture embedded so the days tend to be overcast and damp.

Not this weekend.

Not a cloud in the sky, a little bit breezy, but it felt wonderful.

A perfect day to walk along the beach and get some fresh air.

Coquina Beach just past South Nags Head is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Wandering on the sand next to the ocean, there aren’t any houses or structures…just the ocean, the wind and shorebirds.

The breeze was almost due west today, blowing the tops off waves so the surf was was more of a riffle than a wave—at least by Outer Banks standards.

Willets populate the damp sand, their beaks probing the beach for ghost crabs. As a wave rushes in they sprint away from it, then hurry back to the wettest part of the beach to continue looking for a meal.

A fantastic day on the Outer Banks and a reminder that the best is still to come.

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Southern Shores Moves Closer to Beach Nourishment
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, February 10, 2017

Damaged stairs and a high tide mark at the dune line at Pelican's Watch in Southern Shores.

It’s looking more and more as though Southern Shores is going to authorize beach nourishment at the southern tip of the town at Pelican’s Watch.

Already retreating significantly over the past few years, when Hurricane Matthew brushed the Outer Banks, the beach disappeared. Attempts to push sand back and create a protective dune line have failed.

The beach that needs nourishment is only about 1500’ in length and was already designed  to be a taper zone for the Kitty Hawk project slated to begin this summer. 

After Matthew passed, beginning in November, town council started to consider nourishment, hoping to piggyback on the Kitty Hawk project.

If the town can do so, the savings would be immense; because equipment is already mobilized for the Outer Bank project, there would be no additional charges for Southern Shores to bring dredges or sand moving equipment to the site. 

The Dare County nourishment project that currently includes Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills is being funded through an interlocal agreement with the County. The cost is being shared equally.

Southern Shores was not part of the original agreement, but at the February 8 County Commissioner’s meeting, the Commissioners voted to provide up to $500,000 for Southern Shores.

The town has authorized a study of the area and has begun the permitting process. They have not yet, however, voted to move the project forward.

If the town does not vote to move forward with nourishment at this time, the next opportunity to cooperate with a local town would be in 2019 when Nags Head will replenish their nourished beaches. The savings, however, would not be nearly so great at that time because Nags Head is not immediately adjacent to Southern Shores.

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Great Events for a Great Cause-OBX February Charity Events
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Riff Tides in concert. Great music from the 1950s and 60s.

When we took some time to compile all the events that are happening on the Outer Banks in February we were really surprised at just how much there is to do. And something that really jumped out at us are three event that are all about helping others. 

It doesnt’ hurt that they should be a lot of fun.

Mike Kelly has a well-deserved reputation for reaching community involvement and sponsoring the Riff Tides in a charity event for GEM Adult Services on Sunday, February 12 is very much a part of that tradition.

GEM is a local nonprofit that words with people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The Riff Tides do a great job of playing the music of the 1950s snd 60s so this should be a great time for a good cause.

February 18 is pretty much the depths of winter, but for some hearty souls, that’s the time to take the Outer Banks Polar Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis. 

The water temperature is sitting at 46 degrees right now, and there’s not much chance it’s going to warm between now and next Saturday. 

It should be fun though. Food following the event and all proceeds go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The big charity event for the month, though, has got to be the Signature Chef’s Auction as the Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores. 

The kickoff of the Outer Banks March of Dimes spring events, the Chef’s Auction has become one of the best charity event of the year.

Riff Tides

February 12

Kelly's Outer Banks Tavern, Nags Head

(252) 441-4116

For more information visit www.gemdayservices.org.

Outer Banks Polar Plunge For Cystic Fibrosis

February 18

Ramada Inn, Kill Devil Hills

For more information go to polarplungeobx.passioncff.org/

Signature Chef’s Auction

February 26

Duck Woods Country Club, Southern Shores

More information, www.facebook.com/events/1596588467313488/

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