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.