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Cool Weather but Hot Music Marks OBX Weekend Scene
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Monday, May 22, 2017

Urban Soil performing at the 2017 Mustang Spring Concert.

This was a musical weekend to remember on the Outer Banks. Two great festivals back to back and if the weather wasn’t ideal, it didn’t stop the shows from going on.

Shred Fest

The Pharcyde in performance at Shred Fest.

This was he second year for Shred Fest and the idea is simple—great music, bring in a portable ramp so skateboarders, BMX bikers and anyone who wants to try can shred a little. Mix in some food and drink and the event is an instant success.

Saturday was cold. It started warm but that didn’t last long and by the time Pharcyde took the stage at 7:30 it was downright chilly at the Nags Head Event Site.

But if the outside temperature was chilly, Pharcyde was on fire. An international touring troupe based in Los Angeles, Pharcyde takes hiphop to a whole new level, with incredible mixing of classic songs…everything from big band to modern…a literate words to go with the sounds. A great show with a lot of energy.

Early in the day, it was Southern Culture on the Skids. S.C.O.T.U.S. is as different from Pharcyde as a group of musicians can be, but both are amazing stand alone acts and to have two shows of this caliber on one day was amazing.

Maybe the best part of Shred Fest is that is all for local charities—special Olympics, the Mustang Music Outreach Program and local veterans needs.

Mustang Spring Jam

London Souls. Two musicians but a wall of sound.

For six years, Mike Dianna has been bringing the Mustang Spring Jam to Corolla and one thing if for sure—Mike Dianna knows how to put on a show.

The shows always begin with performances from the kids in the Mustang Music Program and this year for the first time some of the students will be graduating from high school. The show those kids put on was professional level in every sense of the word.

There are always some hidden or maybe unexpected gems in Mike’s Mustang Music shows and the 2017 version was no exception. 

The headliners, London Souls and Big Something were every bit as good as advertised, but Urban Soil, hailing from Raleigh may have stolen the show. 

Incredibly diverse sound, but tight musically with a very different sound to their arrangements. 

And kudos to local band the Ramble. The group just formed about two months ago but they’re already playing some of their own material. Great vocals from Graham Outten with talented musicians everywhere in the band. Truly worth checking out when on the Outer Banks.

Proceeds from Mustang festivals go to the Mustang Music Program and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

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45th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular Happening Now
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, May 20, 2017

With all the talk and attention being paid to what a spectacular weekend of events we have on tap on the Outer Banks, one of the oldest and best events of all seems to have been overlooked.

The Kitty Hawk Kites 45th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular at Jockey’s Ridge State Park is this weekend. Yes, that’s right—45th Annual going all the way back to 1973.

Along with being one of the longest running annual events on the Outer Banks, it is also the oldest hang gliding competition anywhere.

The competition is fun, but it has become a gathering of old friends as well. The Kitty Hawk Kites hang gliding school was the first of its kind and the number of hang gliding pilots who earned their first rating at Jockey’s Ridge State Park probably runs into the thousands.

There are a number of different levels of competition, from beginning where pilots fly in a straight line and attempt to land their glider as close to the middle of a landing zone as possible, to more advanced that require a pilot to maneuver their craft along a course.

It’s all dependent upon the wind, of course, so the weather forecast plays an important part in this. 

Looking at what we have on tap for the weekend for Jockey’s Ridge, winds look light and variable this morning but should pick up a bit this afternoon. Tomorrow looks good and Monday when everything wraps up should have good conditions as well…if the weather holds. Winds are predicted to be from the NE which is a good direction for some of the best flights.

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Hot May on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Thursday, May 18, 2017

As daytime temperatures approch 90, visitors head to the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the Outer Banks.

We seem to have a mini summer heatwave here on the Outer Banks. Daytime temperatures have been hovering in the upper 80s almost to 90 and that’s really close the record for the day.

It’s not going to stay around long; the weekend temperature call for some cooling with daytime highs in the mid 70s. That’s probably for the best since there are at least three outdoor festivals this weekend—the Buns N Rosés - Grand Crü, BBQ and Brü 80's Rock Party at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg, Shred Fest in Nags Head on Saturday and on Sunday the Mustang Spring Jam in Corolla.

But yesterday, Wednesday and today, Thursday—it feels like summer. The breeze is from the south, there’s a touch of humidity in the air and we have bright sunshine. We may even break the record for the daytime high for today. That’s 88 set in 1987.

The beautiful weather we’re having—and it is beautiful—is sending visitors, and probably some locals, into the ocean to cool off. And anyone venturing into the surf will get cool. Ocean water temperature are still in the mid 60s…not cold enough to shock the system, but it will certainly get your attention.

Since we’re talking about the weather, we should note the long-range forecast, ten days out, looks pretty good. Moderating temperatures with a chance of midweek showers, but other than that, close to spectacular.

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Grand Opening of Dowdy's Park an Artrageous Affair
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 14, 2017

Creating art at the Children and Youth Partnership table.

It was a close call on the weather, but the Grand Opening for the new Dowdy Park in Nags Head went off without a hitch on Saturday.

There was a three hour weather delay, and, although skies were mostly overcast and the wind a bit blustery, pushing the start time back to 1:00 p.m. kept everyone dry.

Combining the Grand Opening with the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous made for a spectacular day. Artrageous is all about kids and creativity and booths lined the perimeter giving kids opportunities to do everything from making paper hats to painting a wall.

This was a fantastic way to remember much of what is best about the Outer Banks community. Dancers from the Atlantic Dance Studio, a local dance studio, gave demonstrations and the bands from the Mustang Music Outreach program rocked the place.

Local musicians also got some time on stage and it was all to celebrate a wonderful new park that will add to the quality of life for Outer Banks residence and visitors.

Dowdy Park, located in Nags Head next to Nags Head Elementary School rests on the property that was once Dowdy’s Amusement Park.

At one time Dowdy’s was the perfect place to take kids for a small town amusement treat, but over time upkeep seemed to become a problem and when it closed in 2005 much of its charm had deserted it.

Nags Head eventually purchased the property, and with input from town residence designed the park. 

There is a marvelous playground with some of the latest in playground equipment; there is a paved path that circles the infield. Plenty of picnic tables and grills and there are plans on the books to fill in some of the nooks and crannies with rain gardens and butterfly garden.

Stay tuned on this one—it looks as though it’s only going to get better.

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Weekend of Music On Tap
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 12, 2017

Southern Culture on the Skids. Live at Shred Fest, Saturday, May 20.

Always looking to give our Brindley Beach friends a heads up on what’s happening on the Outer Banks, we’re putting the word our on the music scene for next weekend. That’s Saturday and Sunday May 20 and 21.

Two great days—and these are all day events—of music will fill the weekend with great sounds and some amazing bands.

The weather is looking great for the weekend, so plan on being on the Outer Banks for some great music and a great time.

Shred Fest

First up for the weekend on Saturday it’s Shred Fest at the Nags Head Event Site on Roanoke Sound.

A fundraiser for Dare 2 Care, an organization providing funding for Outer Banks veterans and special needs communities, this is a day filled with skateboards and music…and the best of the music has got to be Southern Culture on the Skids.

S.C.O.T.S. is a remarkably talented group of musician who never lose sight of how much fun music should be. People who have seen them before will break the gates down to see them again. For anyone who has never seen them, the group is a bucket list item.

Mustang Music Spring Jam

As Mike Dianna regroups from the disaster Hurricane Matthew wreaked on his fall Mustang Music Festival, he proves he has not lost his touch for music promotion with his Mustang Music Spring Jam.

The headliners are Big Soul with a funky kind of jazz sound and the hard rock sound of London Soul. 

It’s a whole day of some great music but what sets Mustang Music really apart is it’s a whole day of continuous music—two stages, one set finishes and the next starts immediately.

Great local bands too, including Zack Mexico, Graham Outten’s new band The Ramble and the kids of Ruth Ryand’s Mustang Music Outreach kicking things off.

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Last Time for Dune Replenishment on Beach Road
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Building the duneline along the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.

What’s the lyrics to the Rolling Stones? “This may be the last time?”

Hopefully that’s what’s happening on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk as NCDOT rebuilds the dune in front of Black Pelican once again. 

That strip of road between Starfish Lane and White Street has been subject to repeated ocean overwash and damage to the roadbed over the past five or six years.

This latest attempt should hold things together until the beach nourishment scheduled for Kitty Hawk in late June begins.

The entire length of the Kitty Hawk Beach will be nourished in this round of nourishment. The process is expected to take right around 60 days.

Although the beach will be sectioned off as specific areas are nourished, there will be some disruption, and that can’t be avoided. Beaches have to be nourished when the weather is less likely to be stormy. 

Storms can remove some sand prematurely if the process has not been completed—keeping in mind that there is a planned loss of sand to form a sandbar as part of the nourishment process to protect the shoreline. 

The main concern, though, during a storm event is getting the dredges and equipment to a safe harbor—a time consuming process that will cost two to three days every time it happens.

With spring here and summer close behind, the Outer Banks is out of the storm season. We do sometimes get summer storms, but they are rarely as powerful as a nor’easter, they don’t hang around as long and they’re less frequent.

So, hopefully the dune that is being rebuilt will hold and “this will be the last time…”

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Outer Banks Celebrates Derby Day
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 7, 2017

And they're off. Colorul hats and cheering crowds at the First Annual Run For the Roses Kentucky Derby Party at the Elizabethan Gardens

What’s not to like about the Kentucky Derby—mint juleps, hats as works art and 143 years of tradition. 

And a little bit of that tradition came to the Outer Banks on race day at the First Annual Run For the Roses Kentucky Derby Party at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island.

A fundraiser for the Elizabethan Gardens, the Dare Education Foundation and the Beach Food Pantry, Saturday was a day of elegance and fun.

The Outer Banks is not noted as a place that dresses up very often, so when the opportunity comes along, the results can be spectacular. And the hats were spectacular. Perhaps the hats began as a basic design, but after adding multi-colored ribbons, miniature horses in some cases, flowers and patterns of every sort, the hats were transformed into millinery art.

An outdoor event, it was held on the great lawn of the Elizabethan Gardens. With champagne and mint juleps being served and white tablecloths on the tables, there was wonderful sense of elegance to the day…as well as a wink and a nod to how much fun the day was.

Of course it was all about the Run for the Roses and with wide screen TVs around the Green there was a bit of the real feeling of a trip to the races. As the horses came down the homestretch, no one was going to catch Always Dreaming but imploring voices still urged favorite mounts on.

And as Always Dreaming crossed the finish line, just as it is at the race track, there were cries of jubilation and moans of disappointment.

The day, though, was not a disappointment. According to Carl Curnutte, the Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, the generosity of the Outer Banks was proven once again. He didn’t have a final figure, but he did say it exceeded all expectations.

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