Looking for something different to do on the Outer Banks? Thinking that now that winter is here the sidewalks have rolled up and come sundown, everyone hurries home to wait for the summer?

After Dark at All Saints lays those myths to rest—hopefully to never rise again.

From the very end of January to the beginning of March the annual After Dark at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores breaths a remarkable life into Outer Banks life. What it is, are classes in everything from Outer Banks history to beer making, to how to make tamales. And that’s just scratching the surface of topics.

The event began as a combination charity event and way to create something to do during the Outer Banks winter. The church continues to give away the funds it raises from the event, but those first dozen or so classes have now expanded to more than 90 classes.

We’ve included some of the more interesting ones…or at least we think they are. But they are really just a sampling. Check out the full list online to see how much is really offered. 

Helpful hint—the cooking classes fill very quickly. Some are already filled.

Some Classes

CLASS 900 – SPANAKOPITA

“KIKI” KIOUSIS is back with daughter-in-law DAWN KIOUSIS to offer instruction in preparing Spanakopita, Greek spinach pie. You will enjoy this delicious dish almost as much as the charm Kiki and Dawn bring to the kitchen. Class size is limited to 20 with an additional fee of $5. Monday, Jan 29

CLASS 913 – CHICKEN TAMALES with SALSA MOLE

In this class, JOHN MARMANN promises students an exceptional meal Grilled Chicken Tamales with Salsa Mole and Tomatillo. Chef John has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of locales, including St John’s USVI, Scottsdale, AZ, and New York City. Class size is limited to 20 students with an additional fee of $10. Thursday, Mar 1.

CLASS 924 – THE MOSQUITO FLEET OF HATTERAS

Much has been written and discussed about the Civil War. But the impact on the isolated communities of the Outer Banks is less known. SCOTT DAWSON, historian, 8th generation native, history teacher, and museum owner will explore how naval battles in the region often split families on the battlefield. Spend an evening with Scott to hear his perspective on this aspect of the conflict as it impacted local citizens and the war effort of both sides of the conflict. Friday, Feb 2

CLASS 941 – HOME BREWING

his introductory course covers all the steps needed to make your first home brewed beer. TOM WELCH has been an avid home brewer for more than twenty years and has medaled in regional and national competitions. In 2013, he helped establish the OBX Home brewers Club. Tom will show how a locally available beginner’s beer kit can be used to illustrate the process and discuss ingredients and how they are combined. Class size is limited to 15 with an additional fee of $5. Monday, Feb 12

CLASS 942 – WINE 101

Join Chef and Certified Level II Sommelier DAN LEWIS of Coastal Provisions for a crash course on wine. The class will be packed with information from how wine is made, regional characteristics, and food pairings, to deciphering labels and restaurant wine lists. Best of all, you will taste while you discover. Plan on having dinner before class –it’s a “big agenda!” Class size is limited to 24 students with an additional fee of $10 for supplies. Tuesday, Jan 30.

CLASS 943 – BEER IS HISTORY

Beer has been around for a long time, and it's not going anywhere. After all, beer IS history! Join TRiO Beermonger JOHN MINNICH for a discussion of the history of beer – its origin, its role in society and culture, the role of the church and governmental agencies – and what that history means for the future. Of course, we'll supplement our discussion with living history, in the form of samples of historical beer styles to stimulate and enrich our discussion! Class size is limited to 15 with an additional fee of $10. Tuesday, Feb 20.

TURTLES IN JEOPARDY

All sea turtle species are either threatened or endangered, and thus in danger of becoming extinct. KAREN CLARK will lead a game show style presentation covering species of turtles that visit North Carolina, some of the threats they face, and conservation efforts to help protect them. Karen has worked with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on the Outer Banks for 12 years and serves as Scientific Advisor for the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST). Friday, Feb 9

CLASS 951 – NATIVE PLANTS ON THE OUTER BANKS

 Landscape Architect JIM CONNERS will offer a presentation on the use of native plants in our local environment, including examples of plants considered native to our area, pros and cons of using them, where they can be obtained, and which natives do best in each of the different micro-zones, stretching from sound-side to oceanfront. Thursday, Feb 15

CLASS 956 – INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

DENISE DEACON is president of the Outer Banks Beekeepers Guild and, with over six years of experience, has Journeyman Beekeeper Certification. Denise gives a fascinating presentation about honey bees and the numerous benefits humans derive from them. The class includes an overview of honey bee basics and an introduction to different hive styles and beekeeping equipment. Tuesday, Jan 30

 CLASS 967 – MAKE HISTORY: WRITE YOUR MEMOIR!

 Dr. CLIFFORD COX is retired from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Professor of Music as well as in multiple administrative positions. He believes that telling stories from your life is valuable and rewarding! He will help you get started, choose the stories you want to preserve, and make them come alive in the telling. He’ll even confess to mistakes made in writing his own memoir. Monday, Feb

Class 978 – STAINED GLASS – Two Successive Nights and 6PM START TIME

SANDY BRIGGMAN has worked in stained glass for 20 years now, originally taught by local artists Ellinor and Bob Nick in Wanchese. Her beautiful pieces can be found all around the Outer Banks and even overseas. San In this After Dark class, students will learn the “foil” method, working with glass, grinders, foil, and solder to create their own stained glass sun catcher to take home after the two-night course. The class is limited to 8 students, beginning each of the two nights at 6 PM and lasting for three hours. There is an additional fee of $15. Thursday and Friday, Feb 22 and 23

CLASS 988 – BLIND DATE BOOK CLUB

The Blind Date Book Club is made to order for you, led by JAMIE ANDERSON, the bookstore manager at Duck’s Cottage Coffee and Books and owner of Downtown Books in Manteo. Copies of the chosen book, new in paperback, will be available in the All Saints office on January 15. This gives you three weeks to read, but beware – Jamie read almost the entire volume in one sitting! Come to class ready to share lively talk about the Civil War setting, memorable characters, and more. Additional fee of $16 to cover the cost of the book. Tuesday, Feb 6

 CLASS 992 – SHAG DANCING

“There is no dance more associated with the South than shagging and there is no place more accommodating to shagging than the South. Learning to shag is learning to be a Southerner..” All that and good exercise too! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, come join local retired educators SANDY and JEFF ALBARTY, who will share their joy of the dance and teach you shagging, Southern style. Wear leather bottom shoes or socks, no tennis-type shoes. Wednesday, Jan 31