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Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Setting
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Quarter on the Duck Amphitheater stage. (LtoR) Katy Hyun, Elizabeth Vonderheide, Jacob Fowler, Luke Fleming.

Sometimes something unexpected comes our way on the Outer Banks that is a reminder of what an amazing place this is to live or visit. That happened this evening.

The Duck Town Park is a pretty amazing little stretch of greenery along the sound. Tucked away from the the noise of NC12, down a side path, the Duck Amphitheater is shaded beautiful outdoor setting for a musical performance. At 7:00 p.m. this evening, as the sun was setting sun over Currituck Sound backlit the stage, the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Quartet took the stage.

Brought to the Outer Banks by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, the four musicians that performed tonight were as good as any musicians anywhere. 

The cicadas provided an interesting counterpoint to the music, but nothing could diminish the beauty of a Hayden string quartet played to perfection or the genius of Claude Debussy.

This was a classic string quartet—two violins, viola and cello, and the professional backgrounds of the musicians, which includes world tours and performances with some of the most prestigious concert symphonies, became apparent as they performed.

The Chamber Music Series has two more performances scheduled on the Outer Banks. Neither one, unfortunately, outdoors. Tomorrow night—Thursday—they’ll be at the Blue Point in Duck and Friday evening at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo.



Blue Point Dare County Arts Council Debussy Don And Catharine Bryan Duck Amphitheater Hayden Outer Banks

September Events Keep Fun in OBX
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 21, 2016


Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in concert at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival.

Summer is winding down but don’t worry there is still lots to do on the Outer Banks.  The worst of the summer heat seems to be abating—and yes even for our North Carolina sensibilities this was a hot one—and the weather in September is almost alway as close to perfect as it gets.

There is something for all tastes on the upcoming event and entertainment calendar—great music, outdoor activities, events of for kids . . . it’s all covered.

A cultural event that is sure to be a little different is the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series, sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series this Tuesday through Friday. Yes, it is classical music, but the settings are perfect for chamber music and these are truly world-class musicians. 

On the other end of the music spectrum, check our ZoSo, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Roanoke Island Festival Park September 3.

Runners there’s lots of opportunity. For something a little easier and a very pleasant run, check out our Brindley Beach Vacations Lighthouse 5K on Wednesdays. For the more serious runners and athletes, take a look at the Outer Banks Triathlon September 17 and 18.

For the kids—and the whole family, the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous is a perfect day celebrating the joy and creativity of being a child. Really worth checking out—September 24 at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills.

2016 Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series

Aug. 23-26

The 2016 Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series will feature five acclaimed musicians from around the country. Residents and visitors are invited to attend free concerts.

Venue Schedule

Tues August 23, 7:00 p.m.

All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores

Wed. August 24, 7:00 p.m.

Town of Duck Amphitheater, Duck

Thursday August 25 – 6:00 p.m.

Blue Point, Duck

Friday August 26, 7:00 p.m.

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

Lighthouse 5K

Whalehead in Historic Corolla

Date(s) - 8/24, 8/31, 9/7

8:00 a.m.

Sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations.

Big SUP one Design

Aug 25-Duck

Sept. 2-Manteo, Final event of the year

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. hosts the Bic SUP One Design Series. Family-friendly competition is free to the public. A great activity for all!

ZoSo, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

September 3 at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.)

Outdoor Pavilion, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Outer Banks Charity Classic Tennis Tournament

Sept. 15 - 18

Duck Woods Country Club, Southern Shores

Dare Hospice together with the Outer Banks Tennis Association (OBTA) are reaching out the Outer Banks community to ask for your support. 

Kayak Fishing Tournament

Sept. 17

Registration September 16, 6:00 p.m.

This is a kayak and SUP fishing tournament. This is a photo catch and release style tournament. Sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites.

Currituck Heritage Festival Bulls & BBQ Edition

Sept. 17

11:00am until...

Currituck County Rural Center, Powells Point, NC

A fun-filled day for the entire family as we are partnering with the Currituck County NC Cooperative Extensive Center, Kansas City Barbeque Society, and Professional Bull Riding for a day of good food, family fun, and excitement!

For Cook Team Applications, and more information: http://www.visitcurrituck.com/events/heritage-festival-bulls-bbq-edition/

Outer Banks Triathlon

Sept. 17 & 18

Aquabike new for 2016

Triathletes train for months to achieve their dream.Come to the Outer Banks Triathlon and experience the enthusiasm, inspiration and skill!

ESA-Easterns

Sept. 18 – 24

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

The best amateur surfers on the East Coast competing to be Easterns® champion!

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 21 - 24, 2016

Roanoke Island festival Park- Outdoor Pavilion

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Headliners include, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and the Soggy Mountain Boys.

Artrageous

Sept. 24

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Recreational Park, Kill Devil Hills

Artrageous is an annual arts festival for children, featuring live art demos, kids activities, art vendors, music, dancing, delicious food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Artrageous Youth Scholarship Fund.



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35 Years of Creativity
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 19, 2016


Walking around the New World Festival of the Arts in Manteo on Wednesday and Thursday an internal debate started to bubble up; what’s more impressive, the art or the creativity.

There wasn’t a clear answer.

Any arts festival that features Outer Banks artist James Melvin, who is an extraordinarily gifted painter as well as the illustrator for Suzanne Tate’s children’s book, gets high marks for artistry.

But then there’s David Graves coming to the show from Florida, who makes flutes from the river cane that only grows in the state. The flutes, exquisitely crafted,  create a sound that is beautiful and unique. David’s wife mentioned that she wasn’t sure if they liked living in Florida, but that’s where the river cane grew that was so important to their flutes.

Chris Sawin, who is the Executive Director of the Dare County Arts Council, the festival’s sponsor, said there were 78 exhibitors this year, and with booths lining the waterfront and into the small park next to it, that seems about right.

Considering how hot it was, especially on Wednesday, the crowds were pretty good and number of vendors remarked on what looked to be a fairly successful show.

This was the 35th year for the New World Festival of the Arts. Begun by the Christmas Store’s Edward Greene in 1981, it’s an Outer Banks tradition that looks like it’s going to keep going for a while.



Christmas Store Dare County Arts Council James Melvin Manteo New World Festival Of The Arts Suzanne Tate

The OBX Baby Sailfish Fishing Report
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, August 16, 2016


The day's catch at Jennette's Pier when the wind shifted and ocean temperatures climbed into the 70s.

Sure is hot on the Outer Banks right now. For fishermen—and women—that’s a mixed blessing.

Offshore charters are coming back in with happy crews and grinning customers. Lots of reports of wahoo, dolphin, yellow fin tuna and some sail fish thrown in.

Inshore fishing on the sounds, the reports have been good as well with bluefish, spot, croaker and some speckled trout.

Nearshore and on the piers—that’s a different story. We wrote about upwelling a few weeks ago—a phenomenon that happens when the wind blows day after day from the west of southwest. Those constant winds blow the warm sea surface waters away from the shore and the colder ocean temperatures at the bottom come to the surface and dominate the near shore sea temperatures.

That’s the scientific way of saying the fish that swim in the Outer Banks surf in the summer don’t seem to like the 63-65 degree ocean temperatures we’ve had for almost the entire summer. The surf and pier fishing has been slow.

Not a complete disaster, but slow.

If the ocean temperatures do warm up, interesting things happen. About a week ago, the winds shifted to the east for a few hours, the sea temperatures warmed up and anglers at Jennette’s Pier landed some sailfish.

Admittedly at 6”-8’ they weren’t citation size, but it was different experience.



Fishing Report Jennettes Pier Outer Banks Sailfish Yellow Fin Tuna

Two Great Reads from Two Outer Banks Authors
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 14, 2016


Over the past year, two mystery novel have come out by Outer Banks authors that are worth checking out. Well-written and well-paced, they will certainly appeal to fans of the genre, but there is enough in them that almost anyone will enjoy the novels.

The Serpentine Flower-Joseph Terrell

Joseph Terrell is a gifted writer who shunted back and forth between Washington, DC and his native North Carolina plying his writing craft with newspapers and public relations.

Along the way he wrote a couple of books, but after retiring to the Outer Banks he started writing his Harrison Weaver mystery novels, turning out about one a year. Set on the Outer Banks, our only disclaimer is there is not nearly as much crime as he describes in his books.

His latest work, The Serpentine Flower, is also a mystery although in a real departure for him the main character is a woman and the story is placed takes place in a small North Carolina town, not the Outer Banks.

The book is very readable and there are some scenes that Joseph describes that are as well-written as anything readers will encounter.

Strange Goings on at Mother Nature’s-David Tanis

Retired judge David Tanis writes with an eye to human foibles that shows remarkable understanding of the human condition, but does so with a wink and a nod to humor that is sure to raise a chuckle or outright laughter from time to time.

Drawing on his time sitting on the bench, David is able to weave a bit of the theatre of the absurd that happens in courtrooms with the very real drama that happens in life.

Filled with memorable yet very believable characters, there’s a great plot twist to the novel, and we can’t give that away. 

Strange Goings On is worth picking up just for the courtroom scenes and the plot twist.



David Tanis Harrison Weaver Joseph Terrell Outer Banks Strange Goings On At Mother Nature’s The Serpentine Flower

Three Things about the Corolla Wild Horses
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 12, 2016


Corolla wild horses grazing on beach grass. Direclty related to Colonial Spanish Mustangs, they have adjusted to their environment.

One of the iconic images of Corolla are the Spanish Mustangs that roam the Carova area of the the Currituck Banks. Majestic reminders of the history of the area, there are 100 or perhaps 110 horses left in the herd.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding them andmuch that is not known about them. There are some facts we do know; here are three of them.

The Herd Was Once Much Larger

In 1926 National Geographic came to the Outer Banks to report on report on a wild and remote part of the United States. The article’s author estimated between 5000-6000 wild horses roamed the area from the Virginia State Line to Oregon Inlet. When the National Park Service established Cape Hatteras National Seashore the horses were considered a nuisance and they offered a bounty on them. That, loss of habitat and fatal accidents with cars decimated their numbers.

There Are No Spanish Mustangs Left in Spain

Seems strange since there are clear records indicating the Wild Mustangs that are part of the Americas came from Spain, but careless breeding and a lack of appreciation for the horse and its virtues left no true Spanish Mustangs in Spain.

The Corolla Wild Horses are mostly Spanish Mustangs—we say mostly because there was some cross breeding with other breeds. Genetic testing and physical characteristics, though, have shown clear evidence that they are directly related to Spanish Mustangs.

Betsy Dowdy Rode a Spanish Mustang

The tale of Betsey Dowdy is an undocumented but often retold tale of a young girl who overheard her father and friends talking about a British force advancing toward Great Bridge—a causeway and bridge over a swamp in what is now Chesapeake.

Hearing that the Colonial forces would be overwhelmed, she leapt upon her horse, Black Bess, and rode off into the frigid December night. Swimming across the Currituck Sound and crossing numerous streams and two rivers, she made the 50 mile trip to Hertford by daybreak. 

The militia arrived too late for the Battle of Great Bridge, but their reinforcements stopped British plans to attack again.

Every tale told about Betsy Dowdy’s ride describes the horse as a “Banker Horse”—another name for what is now called the Colonial Spanish Mustangs.



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Runaway Mustang Comes to Corolla
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Colonial Spanish Mustangs cooling off on a hot day in Carova. (photo, Corolla Wild Horse Fund.)

There appears to be a rogue Colonial Wild Mustang roaming around Corolla, unless the folks from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund managed to catch up with him today.

It seems about a month ago he walked out into Currituck Sound, kept going until he came to the end of the fence that is designed to keep the horses in the 4WD Carova area and headed for the green grass and manicured lawns of Corolla. He probably had to swim a little to get all the way around the fence, but especially on hot days, horses like going in the water anyway, so it probably wasn’t too difficult.

He was rounded up once and taken back north of the fence, but it didn’t take him long to make his way south again.

Karen McCalpin, the Executive Director or the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, notes that he’s an older stallion and probably doesn’t want to fight with the younger, more aggressive stallions. 

The Spanish Mustangs are tough smart breed of horse and it appears as though he’s figured out that whenever the humans show up to round him up, if he heads to the marshes the two-legged creatures can’t get to him.

It sounds like a funny story—and there is some humor in it, but there is also a very real potential for the horse to be harmed or killed. The primary reason the horses were originally moved north of the paved road in Corolla was because so many had been hit by cars that the viability of the herd was threatened.



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