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Surf & Sound Concerts Outer Banks Evenings with Great Music
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Surf & Sound in performance at the Duck Amphitheater.

Looking for something different to do this coming week? Check out the Fourth Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series presented by The Bryan Cultural Series.

Five internationally acclaimed musicians, will perform four free concerts beginning Tuesday, August 21 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores at 7:30 p.m.

That followed by a Wednesday performance at the Town of Duck Amphitheater, at 6:30. then  Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Thursday, and wrapping up their tour of the Outer Banks with a Friday evening performance at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo at 7 p.m. 

The level of performance that these musicians bring to the stage is astonishing. All five member of the quintet individually recognized international performers and hearing them play together truly elevates the experience for the audience. 

Although we probably shouldn’t be playing favorites, the outdoor performance scheduled for the Duck Amphitheater is the one we would really recommend. They have not published what they are going to be performing, but if the past is any indication, hearing music played at the level they present is marvelous.

Second choice would be the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. There is something about that setting that seems to lend itself to a great listening experience.

Next up for the Bryan Cultural Series—and mark the calendar for this one—will be La Traviata presented in cooperation with Elizabeth R and Company on September 15. The performance will be at First Flight High School and it’s free…that’s right free.

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September is Surf Competition Month on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 12, 2018

WRV Pro competitor at Jennette's Pier, 2017.

As we come up on the midway point in August, it’s time to start looking forward to what the fall has to offer and as surfer up and down the Eastern Seaboard know, autumn on the Outer Banks offers waves.

Of course you couldn’t tell by what we have happening right now. Except for occasional showers, it’s been two day of great conditions to go for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Surfing? Not so much.

But the waves will come and with the wave there are two fantastic competitions coming up in a couple of weeks.

Mid September brings the Eastern Surf Association (ESA) finals to Jennette’s Pier—September 16-22. The competition is great as the best of the East Coast’s amateur surfers come to Nags Head.

But the pros come to town first.

August 29 to September 3 WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest will also be held at Jennette’s Pier and if what we saw last year is any indication, there is going to be some great competition.

Conditions were a bit tricky last year as a series of tropical systems churned up the Atlantic. One system well offshore tends to create great swells.

In this case though, wind conditions, mixed with numerous storms created some challenging surf for competitors—but they seemed to be up to the challenge, turning in some great rides.

Hopefully the Atlantic season wont’ be as active as it was last year—signs right now is that it won’t be—but we’ll hope for something to create a nice even break come the end of the month and into September.

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Saving Sea Turtle over Breakfast
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, August 11, 2018

Looking at a beach the first thought it that it’s a sterile environment. That appearance is true for almost any beach, but especially an Outer Banks beach with its wonderful soft sand and smooth appearance.

Except it’s not sterile, not sterile at all. Walk along the damp sand at the surf’s edge as the sunsets and everywhere ghost crabs are scurrying about, emerging from holes then digging new ones.

The beach is very much alive, and one of the most fascinating slivers of live are sea turtle nests.

This summer nests have been identified as far north as Carova—a little bit north of where nest are typically found. With a nest that far north, it means every town and village north of Oregon Inlet has at least one sea turtle nest, and most of them have at least two or three.

We know about the nests because of N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles)—a remarkable Outer Banks organization that has been monitoring and protecting sea turtle nests since 1995.

The organization is an excellent example of citizen science and how effective a a group of volunteers can be in effecting change. N.E.S.T. has become the go to organization whenever an issue arises concerning sea turtles. In the winter when there’s a cold snap, N.E.S.T. volunteers are the saviors for cold stunned turtles.

N.E.S.T. volunteers are the people who identify, monitor and protect nest sites.

They do need money for the work that they do and through the end of this month, there is a great opportunity to get a good breakfast and make a donation. Bob’s Grille in Kill Devil Hills is offering a $10 breakfast with 30% of that—$3.00—going back to the organization.

That’s a win/win and worth checking out.

Bobs Grill Carova Kill Devil Hills Nest Outer Banks Sea Turtles

37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts Comes to Manteo This Week
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 10, 2018

Handmade reed flute at the New World Festival of the Arts.

Back in 1981 Edward Greene, owner of the Christmas Shop in Manteo was looking for a way to bring people to the town’s waterfront. He came up with the idea of hosting a regional arts and craft festival.

That was the first New World Festival of the Arts.

Edward, who is almost 100 years old, stepped away from the festival about eight years ago, turning it over to the Dare County Arts Council. The DCAC didn’t miss a beat and the New World Festival of the Arts is still an amazing collection of artists and crafters, all of it very high quality.

There is always a very good representation of local artists on hand, but there are also exhibitors from as far away as Florida to the south and New Jersey to the north.

Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, August 15 and 16, the NWFA is a offers a wonderful excuse to wander around the Manteo Waterfront. 

There is no way to be sure of everything that will be there, but in the past the festival has featured some very fine art, excellent jewelry, handblown glass figurines and wonderful pottery. With 75-80 exhibitors, that’s just a small sampling of what is typically available.

The forecast is calling for Wednesday and Thursday to be near perfect days for a visit. Warm, but not necessarily hot, very little chance of rain and there is almost always a light breeze off Roanoke Sound. 

It’s worth a little time away from the beach to check out a great Outer Banks tradition.

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Outer Banks Surf Events Fill Fall Calendar
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 5, 2018

Surfing for Autism-a great event and a great cause.

The Outer Banks has a justifiable reputation for some of the best surf conditions on the East Coast. So it’s no wonder it has become one of the go to places for surfers.

Where's there's surfers there are sure to be some great events, and we have three of them coming up in the four or five weeks.

Two of them are competitions, but one of the is one of those feel good things that people do that remind all of us how good it is to reach out to others.

Surfing for Autism is this coming weekend at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Pairing the surfing community with autistic children the event has become an August highlight for the local surfing community. Parents from as far away as Elizabeth City bring their kids to the beach and let them experience something wonderful.

The day is magic, and leaving it’s never clear who gets the most out of it—the kids, the volunteers or the parents.

At the end of the month, August 29 to September 3 the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest comes to the beach next to Jennette’s Pier. We’re never sure what the weather and waves are going to be for the event, but there is always action.

Later in September, 16 – 22, the best of the amateur surfing world comes to the Outer Banks as the ESA (Eastern Surf Association) finals are held at Jennette’s Pier. 

The ESAs are an all-encompassing surf sport event. Surfers from 10 to 80 compete—in their age group, of course. But there are also boogie board and skim board competitions. Yes, it’s amateur, but the skill level is remarkably high. In the adult classes, many are former pro surfers; for the kids—quite a number are on the cusp of turning pro.

What really seems to make the ESAs stand out though, is how much fun everyone seems to have and how it truly demonstrates surfing as a language that crosses all age barriers.

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Village Table and Tavern in Duck Opens at Last
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 3, 2018

At long last Village Table and Tavern in Duck is open. Brought to the Outer Banks by the same people who opened Trio Wine Beer & Cheese in Kitty Hawk seven years ago, this newest venture is a real step up.

Located at Nor’Banks Sailing center, it seems as though construction on the site has taken forever.

First of all—Nor’Banks is still very much open. In fact, part of the appeal to the location, according to the Trio folks, is having a builtin customer base for their newest venture.

But this latest venture is way more than a sailing center with a restaurant attached. The menu is targeting an in between customer—very well prepared food in a casual setting that won’t break the bank.

That is the big difference between Trio and Village Table—this is a full service restaurant and bar. Trio, by comparison, has moved toward full meals, but they are still, and will probably remain, mostly a wine and beer bar.

The bar is another difference, though. It’s full service, with some very nice specialty liquors and their own twist on seasonal cocktails.

There are some of the touches that would be expected from a management team that got its start in wine and beer. The wine menu is excellent, especially the wine by the glass. And the beers on tap are some of the most interesting and unique the world has to offer.

Having had a chance to visit, we can also attest to the quality of the sunsets—spectacular comes immediately to mind.

The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner. Plans call for it to be open year round, although in the middle of the winter it may not be open seven days a week.

Duck Kitty Hawk Norbanks Sailing Trio Village Table

September Events Highlight Outer Banks Surfing and More
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Held annually on the Manteo waterfront, the New World Festival of the Arts features artists from all over the East Coast.

The sun has finally come out to stay here on the Outer Banks. After almost two weeks of rain—some of it very hard—with little splashes of sunlight here and there it’s a relief to have the sun over our shoulder again. And, if the forecast is accurate, it will be that way for a while.

Now that we’re in August, it’s time to start looking forward to some the events that will be coming up after the summer season has ended. 

Fall on the Outer Banks is absolutely spectacular, and with that great weather comes some fantastic events.

We are going to mention one upcoming August event, though. 

The New World Festival of the Arts in downtown Manteo will be held Wednesday and Thursday August 15 and 16. Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC), the festival brings around 75 exhibitors from all over the East Coast as well as some of the best Outer Banks artists to the Manteo waterfront. It’s a great show and worth a visit.

September brings the first of the autumn waves to the Outer Banks shores and there are two surf competitions to take advantage of that.

The WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is August 31 to September 3 at Jennette’s Pier. 

Also at Jennette’s Pier the ESA Easterns Surfing Championships will be held 16 - 22. The Easterns are an amateur competition and a wonderful family affair as much as a surf competition. Competitions from age 8 to 80 are one the water.

Making a return appearance, the Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown returns on September 9 to the Nags Head Event Site. The first one was at the beginning of the summer and it was fun with a lot of great food.

Sponsored by the DCAC, Surfalorous is a wonderful surf film festival. Look for that at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo. Definitely check out Outer, a film by Manteo high school senior Logan Marshall that is in the lineup.

Finally The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival is back again this year on September 29. The inaugural event was a blast and we’re sure this year’s event will be just as good.


37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts 

August 15-16 


WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest 

Aug. 31 - Sept. 3

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown 

Sept. 9

Event Site, Nags head

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships 

Sept. 16 - 22

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head

Surfalorus Film Festival 

Sept 20 - 22

DCAC Gallery, Manteo

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

Sept 29

Lost Colony, Roanoke Island

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