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A Memorable Way to Start Summer 2016
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer is almost here. Or at least Memorial Day Weekend which is the unofficial start to the summer season. Of course kids are still in school and the real summer season doesn’t begin for another two or three weeks, but as point in time to say summer is here, it works pretty well.

There is lot’s happening this weekend, especially musically.

At the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the Memorial Day Beach Blast is happening Sunday—which isn’t actually Memorial Day but it’s a great way to kick off the season with the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium on had to jam from 12-5p.m.

It’s free, although coolers aren’t allowed but with food and drink vendors on hand, no one will be starving.

On Monday—that is Memorial Day—the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival is happening at Roanoke Island Festival Park. It’s an all day affair running into the evening with music scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and keep going until 8:30 or 9:00 o’clock at night.

The Shag Music Festival is a Hemilright Entertainment production and Cory Hemilright, who is the company, reminded us that he has some great shows coming up this summer at RIFP. First up is Collin Raye, Dave Atkins and the Lonesome River Band this coming Thursday, June 2nd.

Beer drinkers rejoice! Next Sunday—that’s June 5th—OBX Brewfest comes back for a second year. Lots of fun; lots of beer at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head.

Even better this year, the week leading up to Brewfest is Outer Banks Craft Beer Week with lots of event featuring some great beers and inspired chefs matching cuisine to it.

Worth checking out. Craft Beer Week begins on Monday, Memorial Day.

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Mustang Spring Jam Rocks Corolla
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 22, 2016

People's Blues of Richmond at Mustang Music Spring Jam.

The music was great, the weather not so much at this 5th Annual Mustang Music Spring Jam.

The forecast called for overcast skies but dry conditions in Corolla for today, but maybe dry is a relative condition. It never actually rained but a cool breeze from the northeast and on again off again drizzle kept the day chilly.

The music more than made up for any weather shortcomings. 

The kids in Ruth Wyand’s Mustang Music program always kick off the day and have never disappointed and they definitely did not did not disappoint this year. No Clue—that’s the name of the group—are the youngest members and they really did a great job.

The older kids in Last Days of May really rocked the house. Gracie Deichler’s version of the Janis Joplin classic “Piece of My Heart” was a show stopper.

The real key to the success of the Mustang Music festivals—there’s another one coming up in October—is the quality of the bands Mike Diana brings to the Outer Banks. This year was no exception to that. 

Buddha Council with their heavily reggae influenced sound was a great way to kick things off. And the full, rich sound of Major and the Monbocks really kept things going.

People’s Blues of Richmond first showed up on the Mustang Music radar last October at the Mustang Music Festival. They weren’t the headliners then, but they could have been.

A trio—bass, guitar and drum—these guys are great!. Tight, talented with a great set of hard driving blues and rock songs, keep your eye on them—they may be going places.

Proceeds from the Mustang Music Spring Jam benefit the Mustang Music Program and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

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Mustang Music Spring Jam This Sunday
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 20, 2016

The weather won’t be perfect Sunday for the 5th Annual Mustang Music Spring Jam, but it does look as though the rains are going to hold off.

The Mustang Music festivals always promise some great music and this year is no exception. The headliner this year is People’s Blues of Richmond, and for anyone who saw them perform on an undercard at the fall Mustang Music Festival. . . there is no doubt about why they’re the headliner.

Tight, musically gifted with a driving beat, these guys put on a great show.

Featuring trumpet, sax, guitar, keyboard and bass, Major and the Monbacks have a sound reminiscent of Chicago—for anyone who remembers the group. A full, rich sound, the brass and sax add a lot of texture to the music.

A day filled with music, the Spring Jam begins with No Clue and High Maintenance—two groups from Ruth Wyand’s Mustang Music Outreach program. The kids range in age from 10 to 15 or 16 and they are great. These are really the budding stars of tomorrow.

The Mustang Spring Jam benefits fits the Mustang Music Outreach Program and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Held at Mike Diana’s Grill Room in Timback II Shopping Village in Corlla, the music begins at 2:00 p.m. and is scheduled until 10:00. 

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Food, Wine, The Lost Colony & a Good Cause
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Eleanor Dare (Shannon Upshold) and her husband, Anais Dare (Philip Culton).

Some wine, some food, Elizabethan characters strolling though the dining area—just another night at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head. 

Maybe A Night of  Friends, Food & Fine Wine Benefitting The Lost Colony was a little bit different than a typical night on the Outer Banks, but it was a great way to celebrate The Lost Colony as a part of local life.

The evening was a wine dinner and festivities started on the restaurant’s deck overlooking Roanoke Sound. Protected from the breeze that was coming from the north and with clear skies, the setting could not have been more beautiful.

The bacon wrapped pineapple and salmon appetizers were perfect for starting the evening; the wines were provided by Francis Coppola Winery and and the Sofia rose started things on a very good note. Graham Outten was on the deck playing guitar . . . it was so pleasant going inside for the main course was a tough decision.

It was worth it, though—going inside.

Barbara Hird was on hand reprising her Queen Elizabeth I role that she performed for ten years at The Lost Colony. Her performance as the Queen is one of the highlights of any evening; she has a professional actors sense of comedic timing and delivery and while skewering everybody and everything while retaining a certain hauteur of nobility.

The wines with dinner were a new venture for Coppola Winery—Virginia Dare Winery. Not to be confused with long defunct North Carolina winery of the same name, the labels were very accurate copies of the originals. 

These were classic California wines, though; a crisp, dry chardonnay; a light and very drinkable pinot noir.

It all paired beautifully with the food and it made for a very nice evening of food, wine and entertainment.

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Tall Pines Bridge Opens
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tall Pines Bridge as it appeared 45 years ago.

Good news coming out of Southern Shores—the Tall Pine Bridge replacement project is finished. Just about when town official said it would be done too.

The detour signs are down and South Dogwood Trail is open from the light in Kitty Hawk at the Woods Road to East Dogwood Trail. 

That route does show up on every navigation software in existence as a bypass to the bottleneck at US 158 and NC 12 in Kitty Hawk—which is really unfortunate because as a bypass it’s not really all that effective.

The problem is South Dogwood Trail is a twisting, narrow residential street. It’s very pretty—mature trees line the road, sometimes encroaching on the shoulder; there’s a bike path for about the first mile but after it ends, cars share the road with bikers. Bikers, joggers and walkers are a regular part of the mix along the road and there are a number of blind turns and hills.

Adding to the mix that says it’s not a very good alternate route—the route back to NC 12 is not very direct. For residents or regular visitors to the Outer Banks, the roads makes sense . . . first time visitors or once a year vacationers, not so much.

Honesty compels us to admit that when traffic is really backed up coming off the Wright Memorial Bridge in the summer, it probably is a little faster to cut through Southern Shores—unless you get lost. 

We should also point out that Southern Shores police do patrol the road and they’re serious about the 25mph speed limit.

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Outer Banks Produce Stands
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 13, 2016

Tarheel Too in Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills.

It’s been seven and a half hours on the road from Philadelphia, but at long last the car tires exit the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge, the family cheers wildly and . . . vacation has officially begun!

Of course there are a couple of things that have to be done before the everyone runs to the beach and jumps in the ocean.

Check-in is first. With the keyless entry that Brindley Beach Vacations offers on many of our homes it’s a little easier, but for most people the most important thing to do is to get to where they’re staying, unload the car and decide what to do next.

Certain staples call for a trip to the supermarket, but a more pleasant way to finish or begin the shopping experience might be a visit one to one our local produce stands. There are quite a number of them, both on the road through Currituck County and on the Outer Banks, but rather than make an endless list, we’ll just call out three that have been around for a while and have built up a loyal following over the years.

Tarheel Too, Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills

For almost 30 years, Ed Goninan has been manning the produce stand that seems to be plopped on top of the asphalt on the south end of Seagate North. 

Ed often has he best prices around, and when he can get it, he carries local produce. 

Cash only, though, so don’t pull out the credit card because he doesn’t take them.

Green Acres Farm Market, Soundside Duck Road, Duck

Owned by the Newborn family, one of the oldest farming families in Currituck County, when it’s being picked at their farm, it in the bins at Green Acres. 

Dockside in Duck, the store next to it is also run by the Newberns. A couple of the family members are commercial fishermen, so the catch of the day is actually the catch of the day.

Seaside Farm Market, Timbuck II, Corolla

Probably the most full service of all the Outer Banks produce stands, includes fresh baked goods—the pies are wonderful—seafood and of course, produce.

Run by the Grandy family, whose family farm is just north of the Newbern’s property, they do stock their shelves with some of their own produce. They don’t grow peaches, but for some reason the peaches they stock are always the best around.

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Bad Bean-New Location, Same Great Food
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Two months after they moved and a few trips to the new place to make sure the quality hasn’t slipped, we can say with absolute assurance that Bad Bean Baja Grill is as good as it every was.

Taking over the old Pizzaz Pizza in Kitty Hawk, the new location gives the owner and chef Rob Robertson a little more room and much more visibility over his old location, tucked away in a corner of SeaGate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills.

The visits we made to the new location confirmed that a.) the burritos are stuffed with so much filling that eating one at one sitting is a challenge; b.)the seafood tacos are outstanding; and c.) the beer is cold and the margaritas refreshing.

In short, it’s a lot like it was only a little bit better.

Bad Bean isn’t like most Mexican Restaurants. Rob is a classically trained chef who has a passion for the cuisine of Mexico. If there is a hankering for beef burrito with a side of refried beans—La Fogata, about a mile south on the Bypass is a great choice.

But Rob’s  slow-cooked brisket of beef burrito elevates the simple burrito to classic cuisine;  his Pork Belly Jalapeno Popper Eggroll is like nothing else out there.

It’s worth checking out. For regulars, there’s no need to convince anyone. For anyone who hasn’t tried Bad Bean, this a great excuse—better location, a little more room in the dining area, but same great food.

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