The year is winding down, coming to what looks like a very cold close. Manteo has a day of celebration lined up on New Year’s Eve, but definitely wear your longjohns. It’s going to be cold.

With the new year almost upon us, we should take a moment to look ahead and see what’s coming up and it looks as like, even though it’s winter on the Outer Banks, there is still some great entertainment on tap.

Wednesday, January 10 the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series brings Matthew Van Hoose to All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores for a piano recital.

This could be really interesting. As it turns out, Van Hoose isn’t just any old piano player tickling the ivories. When he’s not being the Musician in Residence at American University in addition to other teaching positions, Dr. Van Hoose is the organist for the Washington Nationals.

The evening is billed as a piano recital, but it seems appropriate to mention St. Andrews recently installed a pipe organ.

Tickets are available at Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Department. Store in Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head.

The following night, Thursday, January 11, local musician, teacher, performer and amazing guitarist Ruth Wyand takes the stage at Waveriders. It’s a fundraiser to help send Ruth off to the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Ruth was a finalist last year in the first year competing. That was an amazing accomplishment—the Memphis Challenge is one of the largest blues competitions in the world.