Tom and Pat Wilson reading their letters, marking a relationship that spanned more than 50 years.

The Outer Banks is known as a great place for sun, the beach and especially in the fall, maybe checking out one of the many festivals that seem to be happening every weekend. 

There is though, more to the Outer Banks than that, and tonight, Tuesday, we had a great example of how diverse the local entertainment scene can be.

Love Letters is a bittersweet play about a decades long relationship told through the letters the man and woman write to each other over the course of the years.

It only takes two actors and they get to actually read the script on stage since the underlying theme of the play is that they are reading the letters they have written.

The Bryan Cultural brought the play to the stage at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. There was a good sized crowd on hand and the performances by Tom Wilson and his wife Pat. Tom was, until five months ago, the pastor at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores.

The play follows the twists and turns of the characters’ lives; the man’s career path takes him to tremendous success. The woman, born rich but into a dysfunctional family, struggles throughout her life.

Although the play delves into fairly serious issues of how we think about love, relationships, alcoholism and family, it is filled with humor and affection.

It is somewhat offbeat and not necessarily what would be expected to one seen on the Outer Banks, but the Bryan Cultural Series consistently seems to find the hidden niches of the Outer Banks cultural scened. 

The next Bryan Cultural Series event is not until February 9 when the ECU Four Sessons Clarinet Quintet will be performing. After that it’s Clay Jenkinson for there nights, March 25-27.

Next up for the Outer Banks festivals is BrewTag this Saturday, October 27, pitting Mother Nature against the aerodynamics of beer kegs. The weather has improved dramatically for Saturday, so it should be a good chance to see what it’s all about as the Nags Head Event Site.