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Water Park Coming to Currituck?
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 29, 2016

Is a water park coming to Currituck County? If it does it will be on mainland Currituck about two miles north of the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge in Harbinger.

There have been a number of proposals over the years to create some type of tourist draw along the corridor leading to the Outer Banks; none of them really had any traction, though, but this one may be different.

It’s still very early in the game but a proposal from Aquatic Development Group (ADG) that is coming up for public hearing on May 2, may be the concept that goes from design to reality.

ADG is a New York based company that specializes in waterparks. Their proposal of an 80 acre water park is the most professional and complete package presented to commissioners yet. 

As Ben Woody, Plannng Director for the county told the Outer Banks Voice, “This is probably the most tangible project we’ve ever approved.”

The design submitted for approval includes a 110’ water slide, a lazy river for tubing and a surf simulator. 

ADG has designed water parks for 6 Flags, a number of ski resorts as well as pools on a scale rarely seen—they were the firm that redesigned and built the Coast Guard’s rescue swimmer pool in Weeksville, completing the project in 2012.

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Fresh from the Farm in Currituck
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mr. Malco has opened his strawberry patch for picking again. That calls for the annual trek just to the Currituck County side of the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge. 

This will be the 15th year in a row that we’ve done this and we wouldn’t miss it for all the tea in China, as the saying goes. Fresh picked, the strawberries are so filled with flavor, sweetness and juice that they are like an addictive candy.

There’s no way of knowing what Mr. Malco and his wife will be charging this year, but it’s a sure bet that it’s less than any price in a grocery store or fruit stand and the strawberries are demonstratively better.

Oh—and the best part is he doesn’t weigh you before you begin picking to see how many pints of strawberries didn’t quite make it to the bucket.

Mainland Currituck is still pretty much farm fields, despite sporadic development. The evidence of that is pretty clear too.

Just up the road from the Malco’s are the Newbern’s fields that are planted with tomato, squash, melon, peppers and assorted other veggies. That’s the produce that shows up at Green Acres Farm Market in Duck that the Newberns own.

Bordering on the Newbern’s fields, Sanctuary Vineyards comes next—and yes, John Wright, manager of the winery, makes most of his wine form the grapes grown on the farm.

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Great Weekend of Activities on OBX
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 24, 2016

The 14th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week wrapped up today.  It seemed to start a little slowly last weekend, but bikers were out everywhere for the last couple of days. It probably started a bit slowly because last weekend was a little bit cold and damp.

Not sure what the next big event on the Outer Banks will be but with summer just six weeks away, there’s not much time for big hoopla.

There was a lot happening this weekend beyond the roar of Harleys.

Kill Devil Hills and Southern Shores hosted tours of historic homes—Kill Devil Hills on Friday and Southern Shores on Saturday. They were different in a lot of ways but similar in others. 

In Kill Devil Hills the homes are older, often built in the 1930s and 1940s. Rambling wooded structures, they have a classic beach cottage look with cedar shingles and roofs. 

At Southern Shores it was the Flat Top tour—classic homes built by Frank and David Stick in the 1950s to early 1960s. Constructed from local wood—mostly juniper—with cement block often cast from Outer Banks sand, they’re small but sturdy structures that have been able to handle everything thrown their way.

The Kill Devil Hills homes are often owned by the third or fourth generation of a family; although a few of the original families still own their flat tops, that is usually not the case. 

Very different homes in many ways, but pride in ownership really seems to be at the core of all of the homes.

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The Joy of Music on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 22, 2016

The Outer Banks has a pretty good selection of almost everything, fantastic beaches, great restaurants, beautiful sunsets, live entertainment. But one thing there very few of are music stores, which is really surprising given how many musicians—and really good musicians—live on the Outer Banks.

Luckily the best local music store is as good as it gets. Ronnie Swaim’s Jubilee Music Store in the Seagate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills is like a small slice of heaven to a musician. 

Ronnie’s a more than fair musician himself strumming guitar, plucking a banjo and picking a mandolin in the local bluegrass band Drifting Sands, so when someone comes in and is asking about instruments, he knows what he’s talking about.

It’s hard to tell, though, if the best part of the store is Ronnie or his attitude toward his inventory. Someone walks in the store and Ronnie greets them because it’s a small store and Ronnie likes to meet people.

“I want to look ukuleles,” the customer says.

Ronnie points to a floor rack. “Got plenty of them there,” he says. “You go ahead and try anything you want. If we need to tune it, just bring it up here and we’ll get it tuned for you.”

That’s the way it is with all of the instruments in the store—if it’s on display it’s there to be played. 

He also does instrument repairs; everything from brass and woodwind instruments local schools send him to any stringed instrument. His skill servicing and repairing stringed instruments is as good as the work anyone anywhere is doing.

One other service he is offering—Ronnie rents instruments by the week. As he points out, “They’re coming on vacation. They don’t want to pack their $3000 Martin Guitar with them.”  

Musicians, call ahead and reserve and instrument. Ronnie says he’ll have it ready for you.

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OBX May Event Calendar Filled with Things to Do
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Specatacular, one of many Outer Banks May events.

May is just around the corner—it’s obvious because the weather is getting really nice here on the Outer Banks. 

We have the 14th Annual Bike Week going on right now and there are a lot of bikers down and the weather is about as good as it could be—sunshine, temperatures in the 60s and low 70s.

Now that April is winding down, it’s time to look forward to look forward to next month and glancing over the event schedule there is little doubt things are really picking up.

There is something for everyone—some great 5Ks and other races, an art show and classical music with the Virginia Symphony. KidFest that Dare County Children and Youth Partnership put on every year is a wonderful time for preschoolers and parents. For adults, one of the most innovative evenings is Enchantment By The Sea – A Prom for Grown Ups at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg.

We’ve gathered what we could of events for the month of May on the Outer Banks, but it’s a sure bet that we’ve missed a couple of things, so check back with us from time to time or check out some of the event listings at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau or Currituck County Travel and Tourism.

19th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

May 1 - May 30

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over. Opening reception at DCAC Gallery Sunday, May 1 from 2-4pm, and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live music.

33rd Annual Nags Woods 5K

May 7

North Banks Rotary Club, in partnership with Outer Banks Kiwanis Club, hosts the race. All net proceeds go to support local charities, youth programs, and military relief charities.

Relay for Life

May 7

Roanoke Island Festival Park

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.

Enchantment By The Sea – A Prom for Grown Ups 

May 7

7-10 p.m.

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

Prom for Grown Ups. Get creative with your outfit (formalwear recommended) and your dance moves, because there will be awards for Best Dressed and Best Dancers.



Roanoke Island Festival Park

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..

Sponsored by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. Free and fun-filled day where children, 5 and under, face painting, bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, art and crafts, music much more.

Coastal Gardening Festival

May 14

Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills

The 14th annual Coastal Gardening Festival will highlight the "ABC's of Gardening. Over 50 vendors will be offering a variety of price-friendly plants, garden art, handcrafted goods and refreshments.

44th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

May 13 - May 16

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head

The longest running hang gliding competition in the world!

EVP Beach Volley Ball Tour: Outer Banks Pro Am

May 21

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Extreme Volleyball Professional’s Outer Banks Pro-Am, a competitive beach volleyball tour for all ages.

Tri Outer Banks Sports Spring Spin 

MAY 21, 2016

Ready, set, spin! Join us for a spring bike ride, starting and ending at Tri Outer Banks Sports. A portion of proceeds will go to bikes for kids at Christmas. Ride options include a Metric ride (62 miles) or Quarter Century ride (25 miles).

Virginia Symphony

May 26

First Flight High School

Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony presented by the Outer Banks Forum for the Arts.

Run-A-Muck in Currituck 5K Mud Run

May 28

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

Join runners from the mid-Atlantic in a day of challenging obstacles, mud and wine. That’s right-this is not just another “mud run”.

Memorial Day Beach Blast

May 29

Historic Corolla Park, Corolla

A free, fun-filled day of great beach music! Performances by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium Big Band. 

Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Fest

May 30

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Performers include Jim Quick and Coastline; The Embers; The Tams & Band of Oz.

National Running Day

June 1

The Marketplace Shopping Center, Southern Shores

National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners nation-wide declare their passion for running.

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Flying Pirate Highlights Great Week on Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 17, 2016

Flying Pirate Half Marathon, running east on Kitty Hawk Road, 7:45 a.m.

They ran the Flying Pirate half Marathon today—and a great day for a distance run it was. Temperature at the 7:00 a.m. start in Kitty Hawk was 50 degrees with a brisk following wind the whole way.

The winning time was 1.10.15 for the men’s division and 1.27.59 for the women. But what was really neat to see was how many Outer Banks locals showed up in the top ratings. 

Third place finisher was Chad Motz from Nags head at 1:21:55.8. Eric Reece was out there. With Aubrey Davis he runs the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

Eric finished 17th at 1:32:07 which is pretty impressive—maybe even more impressive, though is that he was third in his age group.

The Flying Pirate Weekend kicks off what should be a really interesting week here on the Outer Banks—the weather is set to change to springlike just in time for Outer Banks Bike Week which is happening all this week. 

No rain to speak of in the forecast and daytime temps should stay in the high 60s to low 70s.

The ocean has been unsurfable all weekend—strong NNE winds, 8-9’ seas and unpredictable chop. Tomorrow looks pretty tough too, but forecasts point to a break mid week.

Summer is coming up quickly. Here at Brindley Beach Vacations, we do have some availability but as summer gets closer our homes fill quickly. 

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Flying Pirate Half Marathon Part of OBX Running Scene
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 15, 2016

Runners during Lighthouse 5K.

The road signs are up telling drivers the Kitty Hawk Road and the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk will be closed for the Flying Pirate Half Marathon; they’re advising drivers of the same thin on the north side of the Wright Memorial by First Flight High School; the starting line is ready in Kitty Hawk and Sunday should be a great day for a long distance race.

We should see some really fast times—temperatures are forecast to be right around 50 degrees at starting time bright sunshine and a 12-15 mph following wind. It might be a bit chilly to watch, but the runners have great conditions.

The Flying Pirate is just one of a a number of races that are sponsored on the Outer Banks. The big one is, of course, the Outer Banks Marathon with Marathon Weekend November 11-13 this year.

But there are also innumerable other races—iron man races, triathlons and that doesn’t even include all the 5K races.

There’s a 5K race every week during the summer. Here at Brindley Beach Vacations we sponsor the Lighthouse 5K every Wednesday beginning July 13 and running through August.

It just confirms what we already knew—the Outer Banks is an ideal place for runners with beautiful scenery and near perfect conditions. So pack your running shoes and jogging shorts when you visit this summer and explore a little bit on foot.

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