Gin Blossoms perfomrmiing at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

People who don’t live on the Outer Banks tend to think of them as a single place with one identity. But for those of us who live here, we know there are a lot of different stories to tell in the 100 or so miles that make up these barrier islands.

If there is one town that is in the middle of things, though, it’s got to be Manteo, which is on Roanoke Island.

Admittedly Manteo is a pretty long ride from Corolla (about an hour) but we’re bringing up the town, because there is so much happening there that it’s a good idea to know about it.

It has a wonderful little downtown that has a couple of sidewalk cafes, coffee shops and art galleries, but beyond that, it has really become the place to go for some of the bigger events on the Outer Banks.

The Brew Thru Summer Series at Roanoke Island Festival Park just wrapped up last night with the Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms in concert. Performed on an outdoor stage right on the Roanoke Sound with an expansive grassy infield, it would be hard to imagine a better setting for an outdoor concert. And the Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms really delivered.

However, any discussion of an outdoor theatre on the Outer Banks has to include the Lost Colony, which is the longest running outdoor drama in United States—77 years. What management is now doing, in addition to the Lost Colony performances, is bringing in some excellent entertainment to their Waterside Theatre.

This Sunday it will be the Lovin’ Spoonful, followed by Jars of Clay August 3rd and Marty Stuart August 17.

In addition to the evening entertainment, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is about two miles past downtown Manteo. The aquarium is running the Tyrannosaurus Trek—life sized animatronic replicas of dinosaurs. Take the kids . . . pretend you’re a kid. You’ll have a great time.