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And Then There Were Three

So it seems Paul Charron from Full Moon Cafe in Manteo has now entered the Outer Banks brewpub scene.

Actually, Paul has been brewing his English and Irish styled beers for some time, but over the summer, he finally started producing enough to place a couple of kegs in some local restaurants and bars. We’re not sure about the whole list, but from what we can gather his beer is on tap at Trio, Red Drum and Lone Cedar Cafe

That makes three really good brewpubs on the Outer Banks—Full Moon, Outer Banks Brewing Station and Weeping Radish.

Weeping Radish was the first . . . actually the first in the state . . . and it’s not really on the Outer Banks anymore, since Ule Beniwitz moved his operation to Jarvisburg. But he gets a pass on that since he started in Manteo and his signature beer, Corolla Gold, is pretty easy to find.

The Brewing Station is probably the best known of all of them. Fantastic food, excellent beer with some very interesting experimentation going on. Hard to pick out a favorite there, but the LemonGrass Wheat beer is very refreshing on a hot day.

Outer Banks Fish Stories

Mike Kelly serving seafood at the 2014 Outer Banks Seafood Fest. Photo, OBXentertainment.com.

 

We’ve been talking about the fishing on the Outer Banks and after after a slow start to the fall, things have really picked up. That seems like perfect time to talk about the Outer Banks Seafood Fest that was held yesterday (Saturday).

It was a beautiful day, perfect for being outside and enjoying some great local seafood from local restaurants, fantastic music and a chance to learn a little bit about Outer Banks Fishermen and how they make a living.

Sitting right at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean as we do, the sea really is a large part of our life and there is a sense of wanting to give back for the gifts the ocean has given us.  

Here’s a great feel good story about local fishing tournament that says a lot about the Outer Banks community.

The 32nd Annual Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) will run Monday through Wednesday (10/20-22). It may be the largest in the world, with over 500 visually impaired fishermen ready to take to the sea to try their luck.

This is a huge undertaking with four local fishing piers involved and two headboats, 375 volunteers, and over high school and college students.

It’s snapshot of one of those things that makes living on the Outer Banks so special.

Great Outer Banks Fishing & a Great Outer Banks Event

44" Red Drum landed at Jennette's Pier. Photo, Daryl Law, Jennette's Pier.

 

We’ve been writing about all the entertainment stuff for the past few weeks and haven’t even mentioned the fishing, which just turned great—especially the piers. Trophy red drum seem to running in really good number according to the reports we’re seeing.

Surf fishing has been good as well. Pompano are still being landed and there’s a lot of reports of bluefish in good numbers.

Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a washout, but after that there is no rain in the forecast for at least a week with nice mild temperatures, which, of course, is why everyone who lives here keeps saying fall is the best time of the year on the Outer Banks.

With the weather looking this good and the fish biting, everything seems to be aligning for the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival to be another spectacular success. Held at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Event Site in Nags Head the past two years have been a great time, great music and a lot of very tasty seafood.

It’s all day Saturday. There’s no parking at the site, but lots of shuttle buses all day.

 

Great Day for the Duck Jazz Festival

Rene Marie performing at the Duck Jazz Festival.

 

Amazing weekend on the Outer Banks. The Mustang Music Festival wrapped up yesterday and today it was the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival—and it would be tough to imagine a better day for it.

This may have been the best attended yet—although hard numbers are tough to come by since it’s free and no one is sitting by the gate with a clicker. But the Duck Town Green was filled with chairs and people and the music was great.

It would be difficult to pick out a best but that won’t stop us from noting a couple of things that really stood out.

The Legendary Louis Hayes and the Jazz Communicators played a set that was straight from the days of classic jazz. It was New York nightclub music—free flowing, the wonderful drumming of Louis Hayes, great sax solos and amazing piano.

That was followed by Rene Marie. One of the powerful vocalists around, her set was pure jazz until she told the crowd, “You know I’m a GRITS (Girl Raised In the South).”

Saying that, she performed one of the most soulful and beautiful renderings of the folksong “Shenandoah” imaginable.

Not afraid to take a chance and sounded great doing it.

 

A Great Day for the Mustang Music Festival

JJ and Mofro perfoming Friday night at Mustang Music Festival

 

It was a great first night for the Mustang Music Festival. In its new digs at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the yearly event seems to have even more energy than it has it the past . . . and that’s saying something.

There’s lots more room to spread out than in previous years when it was held at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room at Timbuk II. Along with more room there are a lot more food vendors and craft booths.

The music, though, is what is at the heart of the festival, and once again Mike Dianna managed to some great acts—groups that in many cases are just about to hit the big time.

The last three groups in tonight’s lineup were particularly strong.

London Souls take classic hard rock songs and really make them their own. Great sound and lots of energy.

They were followed by local band TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio). Reynolds is the lead guitar for Dave Matthews and he wails on the instrument—bit it’s a controlled wail. Backed up by Mick Vaughn on bass and Dan Martier on drums, their sound is hard, edgy and absolutely compelling.

The headliner for the evening, JJ Grey & Mofro were great. Polished, professional performers, their sound is almost big band with hefty dose of rock and a touch of country. 

Great show, great evening and there is more tomorrow—followed by the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday.

Good News for Brindley Beach Homeowners

 

The first set of numbers are in and our eyes and the heavy August traffic was what we thought it was, and it appears as though the Outer Banks has just had the best summer for visitation ever.

It all comes with a cautionary note—the visitation figures we’re reviewing come from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and does not include information from Corolla. However, Duck and Southern Shores posted some of the strongest gains of any of the towns reporting, and if that northern trend continues it’s a pretty sure thing that Corolla also had a very strong summer.

Particularly good news for our Brindley Beach homeowners, rental homes was one of the areas that showed the strongest growth, and August in particular was a very strong month—by far the strongest August on record.

We have no way of knowing this soon after the September ends, but there has been a general feeling that September was also a good month and with a full slate of activities planned through October and even into November, there is a good possibility that the strength in property management we’re seeing will continue throughout the fall shoulder season.

Speaking of events—this weekend has a full slate on tap with the 22nd Annual Parade of Homes Thursday through Sunday, the Mustang Music Festival on Friday and Saturday and the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday.

Southern Shores Town Meeting Looks at Summer Traffic

 

Facilitator Madeline Henley at the Southern Shores Traffic public forum on traffic.

 

Traffic in Southern Shores on summer weekends is bad and it’s not getting any better. There are two problems that is confronting the town—vehicles using residential streets to bypass US 158 and NC 12 when traffic is backed up; and slow moving traffic as cars go from a four lane highway to two lane as they head north. 

Looking for answers, the Town Council sponsored a meeting to discuss possible solutions at Kitty Hawk Elementary School that brought a very strong turnout.

A lot of suggestions were tossed around, but as the evening rolled on it became clear some ideas could not be implemented. 

As an example there was considerable agreement to the idea of restricting access to residential streets, either by sealing off the roads or not allowing turns from the highways. Town Attorney Ben Gallop pointed out that had been tried in other locations and invariably failed constitutional muster.

The Mid Currituck Bridge was discussed; although the project is still under consideration by NCDOT, its priority ranking is so low it’s very doubtful that if construction would start within the next five years.

Three ideas seemed to be the most practical to undertake and implement: 

There was a lot of support for additional police presence on weekends. A number of residents spoke out in favor of multi-use paths and with a Bike and Pedestrian Safety Committee already working on the issue, that should go forward.

Better cooperation with local towns, governments seemed to be the one issue that everyone agreed on. Much of the traffic that cuts through residential streets originates in the gridlock at the intersections of US 158 and South Dogwood and Juniper Trail. Any solution to that problem would involve Kitty Hawk who has jurisdiction over the highway.

 

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