Southern Culture on the Skids headlining Rock the Cape in Avon.

Thank goodness summer has come to the Outer Banks. Ok, not official solstice longest day of the year summer–that comes on June 21; but the summer season . . . when our roads are filled with New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio license plates . . .  that’s here, and there’s something special about it. Most of the people who live here, genuinely like working with the public and meeting people. The truth is, it’s a tough place to live if that’s not part of your personality.
Summer 2013 is looking great for our property owners–most of our properties are rented, although procrastinators may still be able to find something. However that slim window of opportunity is going to be shut soon.
The weather is warming nicely, the beaches are filling–the ocean water temperature is still a bit cold–but we’ll euphemistically call it bracing or refreshing. It does feel good jumping in, though it does get your attention.
The activity calendar is bursting with things to do. We’ve mentioned the “Beach Music Festival” at the Whalehead Clubthis coming weekend, but there’s even more great music on tap. Next Friday Southern Culture on the Skids is headlining Rock the Cape down in Avon. That’s a bit of a trek–but SCOTS is everything anyone could want in a show–a great show, lots of humor and they’re amazing musicians. It’s a benefit for the Dare County Arts Council so it’s all going to a good cause.
The Outer Banks as a vacation destination is all about families. Both the “Beach Music Festival” and Rock the Cape are focused on a day with Mom, Dad and the kids. But there is far more than music for families to do together.
Outer Banks life and fun is all about the water–no surprise there–and the newest way to experience the sound or the Atlantic Ocean is on a standup paddle board (SUP). A great way to find out what it’s all about is at the BIC SUP One Design Challenge at NOr’Bank’s Sailing Center on Saturday. Here’s what Jon Britt, owner of Nor’Banks said about it: “We have a great location for the event with shallow water, sandy bottom  . . .” Jon, as well as a number of other businesses, will be offering SUP lessons throughout the summer.
More family stuff to do–Children at Play, (the Outer Banks Children’s Museum) screens a family family movies every Friday night at the Visitor’s Bureau Event Site in Nags Head. Take a blanket, some beach chairs and sit out under the stars and watch and enjoy a movie and have some family time. $7.00 per car. It’s kind of like a re-incarnation of the old drive-in movie days–except you don’t have to sit in your car.
Of course, the whole reason for coming to the Outer Banks is to relax, do just enough to keep it interesting, so remember–it’s vacation and digging your feet in the sand is a great way to spend a day.