The Outer Banks is the most generous communities I have ever lived in. When disaster strikes we have a remarkable tradition of coming together to help those in need. One of the most active organizations in helping during times of crisis has been the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, which has given out almost $825,000 in direct aid to more than 380 recipients in the community since its founding in 2006. Almost all of that aid in small grants between $500 and $3000 designed to help people get back on their feet again.
This is an organization founded by local people, designed to help friends and neighbors–and does not rely on any national organization for its funding . . . which is pretty typical of Outer Banks charities. Its mission is certainly pretty serious but . . .
That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun raising money.
Next Thursday, July 11, the 2nd Annual Towne Bank Red Nose Wine Festival will explode on the scene at Marshes Light in Manteo. 
Last year’s event was fun . . . this year’s event is better organized and promises to be even more fun. 
The event starts at 4:00 p.m. and runs ‘til 9:00. There’s wine tasting, craft beers, food, great artwork, and an amazing lineup of local musicians.
Two groups in particular really stand out for me–Joe Mapp and the Cooodinates and Mojo Collins.
Joe Mapp is as good a guitarist as you will ever hear. His native style is jazz, but I have heard him play everything from country to rock and play it to perfection. The Coordinates play a variety of styles, but if they stick to jazz, expect a cool style of jazz with dynamite guitar riffs over a tight rhythm and chord background.
Mojo Collins is in a class by himself. During the late 1960s and early 70s he toured nationally and played with some of the biggest names around. When he was done with that he moved to the Outer Banks but has continued to play and  plays some of the best blues guitar you’ll ever hear. Widely respected with a well-deserved reputation for his artistry, he is a recipient of the NC Arts Council Fellowship in Music for Songwriting–which is a pretty prestigious award.
The list of wineries coming to the event is really surprising and should make for a truly enjoyable, fun and interesting day of tasting. All of the wineries are homegrown NC producers and there are some very good ones in the mix, including Childress and Biltmore which are two of the largest and best in the state. Also Sanctuary Vineyards, which is right up the road at the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, will be there. Vineyard manager, John Wright, has been steadily improving his wines every year and he is producing some very good wines.
Tickets are $50 and include the wine and craft beer sampling and a $5.00 food voucher. Tickets are available online or at the gate, although the permit for the event allows a maximum of 3000 attendees, so when that number is reached there’s no more tickets.
There is an excellent FAQ link on the site–honestly . . . these are typical questions that the typical person would ask with very clear answers. Check it out if you have questions.
Our own Lee Whitley is in the heart of organizing this event as the co-chair and we couldn’t be more proud of her.