Outer Banks Bright November Skies -Perfect Backdrop for Amazing Activities

Outer Banks bright November skies make the perfect backdrop for all the amazing activities and events taking place as the holiday season approaches! Hurricane recovery aside we just can’t stop having fun and we’re happy to have you join us. Check out all the excitement the OBX has in store for the next few weeks. Then plan your visit (or visits) and come and enjoy!!!!

UPCOMING EVENTS!

SHINING SOL CANDLE COMPANY HURRICANE MATTHEW OUTER BANKS RELIEF – through November 24th – We love, love, love the OBX!!! Starting today, and through Thanksgiving, Shining Sol Candle Company is donating 20% of every candle sale from our Coastal Collection to the Outer Banks Community Foundation (http://www.obcf.org/) to help aid in repairing damage from hurricane Matthew. Order yours today: http://www.shiningsol.com/coastal-collection-candles/

pop-upDARE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS – November Pop Up Show – through November 18th – Manteo – Featuring work by Kaleigh Trott and Ellen Usher.Ellen Usher and Kayleigh Trott met at the Monarch Beach Club, a day activity center for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, 3 years ago. Kayleigh, Ellen’s one on one mentor, discovered Ellen’s love for art very quickly. Combining her passion for drawing circles and colorful brush strokes with Kayleighs love for abstract art, together they create beautiful work they like to call their “masterpieces.” http://darearts.org/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Before the Storm Painting Event – November 9th – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Nags Head – Uncork your inner artist while learning how to paint a stormy seascape! Painting time will last about an hour as local artist Meghan Sadler guides you through creating your own 8×10 acrylic painting on canvas. Please order tickets in advance at http://www.localcolorobx.com/events/before-the-storm-november-9th/

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Dune Ranger – November 10th – 11:00 am – Visitors Center, Nags Head – Dune Ranger is a self-guided activity for young visitors to explore the park.  A park ranger will introduce the activities and help complete the first, attend one park program.  An official Dune Ranger patch will be awarded upon completion.  http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

CAPE HATTERAS SECONDARY SCHOOL 3RD ANNUAL VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION – November 10th – 8:30 am – Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton – Activities begin with a breakfast, followed by an assembly at 9:30am, at which time our veterans will be recognized for their service.  All veterans are welcome to attend. For more information: Gary Kierney (252) 995-5730 ext. 3008 or Randy Ratliff ext. 3003

MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON – November 10th – 12:00 pm – The Currituck Club, Corolla – $17.50 per person includes lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and cake. RSVP required. For more information – Doug Wendling dwcustomclubs@gmail.com (252) 475-0409

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION FOR DARE COUNTY VETERANS – November 10th – 1:00 pm – The Care County Center, Manteo – Lunch is free for veterans. Sponsored by The Dare County Center, Monarch Beach Club and the American Legion Post 26. RSVP required. For more information: (252) 475-9270

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – LIVE DJ – November 10th9:00 pm – 12:30 am – Nags Head – Dance the night away! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

29TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS WOMAN’S CLUB ANGEL GIFT PROGRAM – November 11th – December 2nd – Providing a magical Christmas experience to needy children in Dare County, in partnership with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. Christmas trees with angels to “adopt” that specify gifts the children have requested will be on display beginning November 11 through December 2 at Walmart, TJMaxx, Island Pharmacy, OBX Chevrolet/ Buick and the YMCA. Your generous support is even more necessary due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew.  Donations can be mailed to OBWC, PO Box 102, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. Checks should be made payable to Outer Banks Woman’s Club. You may also visit our website home page – www.gfwc-obwc.com to make a secure, on-line donation to the Angel Gift Program using our PayPal Donate button. Please email the Outer Banks Woman’s Club at: obwcobx@aol.com for more information.  In 2015, 468 children were provided with Christmas gifts. Former donors have received a request for 2016 support, which can be in the form of either a monetary donation or a child or family sponsorship. The continued success of this program would not be possible without the generous support and funding provided by businesses, organizations, and individuals from Dare County and beyond. To apply for assistance, please call Social Services: 252-475-5566. For all other program inquiries, please call: 252-305-4214.

marathonTOWNEBANK OUTER BANKS MARATHON & SOUTHERN FRIED HALF MARATHON 8K – 5K – FUN RUN and SOUTHERN 6 – November 11th – 13th – Enjoy cheers and encouragement by hundreds of Outer Banks residents along the way! Run through the village of Kitty Hawk, the historical Kill Devil Hills, (home of the First Flight), through the incredible maritime forest of Nags Head and finally… the equally historic Town of Manteo. During your down time visit our awesome OBX beaches, piers and restaurants. Come for the weekend … stay for the week! Come run with us and cover some spectacular ground! After finishing the Outer Banks Marathon, you will have run one of the most beautiful parts of the East Coast – but don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself! Sponsors also include Atlantic Realty, Hilton Garden Inn, and many other fine area businesses. http://www.outerbanksmarathon.com/

NC AQUARIUM FREE DAY – November 11th – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Roanoke Island – In honor of Veterans Day, on November 11 free admission will be offered to all visitors at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island! If you’d like to return the favor, bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry! https://www.facebook.com/events/1840299449590431/

FLAG ON BEACHVETERANS DAY FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT PIRATES COVE – November 11th – 9:00 am – At The Flagpole at Pirates Cove Pavilion, Manteo – Hosted by Pirates Cove Homeowners Association. For more information: Brenda Paul (252) 473-6366

VETERANS DAY PRAYER SERVICE ON HATTERAS ISLAND – November 11th – 9:30 am – Hatteras Island Veteran’s Memorial Park, Hatteras NC – For more information:  millerredtiger@aol.com

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN MANTEO – November 11th – 10:00 am – Dare County Veterans Memorial – Dare County Arts Council, Manteo – Sponsored by the American Legion Post 26. Refreshments provided by the Outer Banks Woman’s Club and hosted by the Manteo High School Interact Club. For more information:  Dare County Arts Council – dareartsinfo@gmail.com – (252) 473-5558

cowboyCOWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING PRACTICE – November 11th & 12th – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Currituck Rural Center, 184 Milburn Sawyer Rd, Powells Point – Double L Bar Shooters out of Franklinton NC invites you to the Currituck County Rural Center to watch them practice one of the fastest growing equine sports in the country.  Cowboy Mounted Shooting ™. A FREE family sport for all ages. The public will be able to enter a free drawing for a $30.00 Purina product Gift Certificate. http://www.visitcurrituck.com/events/cowboy-mounted-shooting-practice/

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN NAGS HEAD – November 11th – 11:00 am – 5401 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head – Sponsored by the Town of Nags Head. For more information:  Michelle Gray michelle.gray@nagsheadnc.com

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN SOUTHERN SHORES – November 11th – 11:00 am – Veterans Garden
Town Hall Flagpole Pavilion, Town of Southern Shores – Co-sponsored by The Town of Southern Shores and the Knights of Columbus Assembly #2989.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN KILL DEVIL HILLS – November 11th – 12:30 pm – Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills – Sponsored by American Legion Post 26 – For more information:   (252) 305-1239

A VETERAN’S HONOR – November 11th – 6:00 pm – Liberty Christian Fellowship, 244 Williams Drive, Kill Devil Hills – A free dinner is being served to all veterans, active duty, guard and reserve members and one guest. 6pm doors open, 6:30pm – BBQ Dinner, 7:30 pm – Honorary Service, Guest Speaker Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Oster, USMC Retired. For more information: (252) 441-6592

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Dune Critters – November 11th – 2:00 pm – Visitors Center, Nags Head – Join us for a talk about animals found around the park. Learn about their unique adapatations and behaviors that help them survive. Meets at the visitor center. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Tailgate Down – November 11th – 10:00 pm – 1:45 am – Nags Head – Hailing from southeast Virginia, Tailgate Down is a high energy country rock band. http://kellysrestaurant.com/event/tailgate-down-7/2016-11-11/

ALLIGATOR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TRAM TOUR – November 12th – 9:00 am – noon – Join us for a trip around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! Drinking water and insect repellent are also recommended. Tram seating is limited. To guarantee your tram seats, you may register ahead of time and pay $10 per person. Children 12 and under may register for free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge on a first-come/first-served basis on the morning of the tour. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Dress for the weather! Call 252-216-9464 for reservations.

FREE RED WOLF HOWLINGS (FULL MOON!) – November 12th – 4:30 – 6:00 pm – Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Red Wolf Recovery Program offer you the opportunity to learn more about red wolves at the only place in the world where they still exist in the wild! Meet at the designated time at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot for a chance to hear the harmonious howl of this endangered species. Map and directions to Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot. Questions: Call 252-216-9464

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Tailgate Down – November 12th – 10:00 pm – 1:45 am – Nags Head – Hailing from southeast Virginia, Tailgate Down is a high energy country rock band. http://kellysrestaurant.com/event/tailgate-down-7/2016-11-12/

CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY:  HONOR, REMEMBER, CARE – November 13th – 2:00 pm – St. Andrews By-The-Sea – Nags Head NC – Hosted by GEM Adult Day Services. A Ceremony to Honor and Remember Our Veterans and Others in Our Community Who Have Passed. Music, Poetry, Prayer, White Dove Release – All Are Welcome! For more information: Gail Sonnesso (252) 480-3354

voyage-to-bathELIZABETH II VOYAGES TO BATH – November 16th – 17th – Elizabeth II, whose homeport is Roanoke Island Festival Park, will be docked on the state dock at Bath Historic Site November 16 and 17th. The voyage is sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II, a 501c3 non-profit organization supporting history, education and arts programs of the Elizabeth II and RIFP. The ship will host Beaufort County school students on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 from 9:00 to 2:30. From 2:30 to 5 p.m., on both days, the ship will be free and open to the public. Bath Historic Site will have Heritage Day programs on their grounds on Wednesday and Thursday for the school tours. The Elizabeth II will begin her return to RIFP November 18 and back at her homeport November 20 ready to receive visitors November 21. For more information – www.roanokeisland.com

POULOS FAMILY CHRISTMAS – November 17th – December 31st – Kill Devil Hills – Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month. Viewing of the Poulos Family Christmas lights is held through December 31st. Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills – Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Drive (opposite McDonald’s) – Turn right at Ocean Acres Drive – The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.

dance-marathonGEM DANCE MARATHON – November 19th – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant, Nags Head – Exciting things are planned for November 19th at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Tavern! An old-fashioned, “fun”-raising Dance Marathon, for the benefit of GEM (Gentle Expert MemoryCare), will be presented with an opportunity to dance, spectate, and participation is open to everyone! Early enthusiasts include Entrants can dance all, or part of the time. The day will feature live bands, dance demonstrations and a DJ spinning the records that will put everybody’s toes tappin’! Dance for someone you love and have fun while supporting a great community cause! GEM is dedicated to assisting those who have dementia-related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and also supporting their caregivers with activities throughout the year. Come and join us; call Gail Sonnesso 252-480-3354 for more information or to register!

CURRITUCK CHRISTMAS & WINDMILL LIGHTING – November 19th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cotton Gin, Jarvisburg – Meet Currituck Claus, Shop discounts up to 70% off storewide, Eat Free Appetizers from Thyme & Tide Café, Selfie with Currituck Claus & His John Rein Deere, Listen to Christmas Carolers from Local Choirs, Take a trip on the Holiday Hayride… http://www.visitcurrituck.com/events/currituck-christmas-windmill-lighting/

gobble-gobble-2016OUTER BEACHES REALTY & CONNER’S SUPERMARKET 4TH ANNUAL GOBBLE GOBBLE GIVEAWAY – November 21st – 9:00 – 11:00 am – Conner’s Supermarket, 47468 NC-12, Buxton – It’s back! Outer Beaches Realty and Conner’s Supermarket are proud to host the 4th Annual Gobble Gobble Giveaway on Monday, November 21 at 9 a.m. at Conner’s. One lucky winner will have the chance at a Thanksgiving shopping spree, one spectator will win a $100 Conner’s gift certificate, and we‘ll donate to two Hatteras Island food pantries! What could be better? Find out how it works and HOW TO ENTER by visiting our website at http://www.outerbeaches.com/

14433164_1650627051916285_3258788726939048873_nSOUND FEET SHOES & QUALITY SHOES OF NORTH CAROLINA & THE AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – November 21st – 2:00 – 7:00 pm – 111 Fox Knoll Dr, Powells Point – Mark your calendars and Save the date. We are having a blood drive for the American Red Cross at Sound Feet Shoes! https://www.facebook.com/events/109019919562460/

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Animals of Jockey’s Ridge – November 23rd – 2:00 pm – Visitors Center, Nags Head – While stunning scenery is often found at Jockey’s Ridge, wildlife viewing can be a bit more elusive.  Join us for a presentation on the fauna that calls the park home.  Meets at the visitor center. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

DARE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PRESENT THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SMALL WORKS SHOW – November 23rd – December 30th – 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo – oin us for the Collector’s Reception on Saturday, November 26 from 12-4pm. The show’s reception will take place on Small Business Saturday and will feature original works of art created by our local artists, including cards, calendars, books, ornaments, music, and more. This show is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping, while supporting our local artists. Guests will meet many of the participating artists, and enjoy holiday treats, hot chocolate, and champagne at the reception. https://www.facebook.com/events/1740824852848388/

THANKSGIVING DAY 5K IN COROLLA – November 24th – 6:30 – 9:30 am – Whalehead in Historic Corolla – This event is a family and community event in the spirit and fellowship of the holiday. Bicycle lead, Course Marshals, Turn Arrows and a water stop is provided at the Half-way. Thanksgiving Treats will be presented to the first male, female, and youth finishers. The overall winner receives a pumpkin cheesecake. Open to Runners, Walkers, Wheel Chair participants and Stroller/Jogger Participants. Service Dogs OK (no pets please). In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishable food items for the local Food Bank. http://www.visitcurrituck.com/events/thanksgiving-day-5k-in-corolla/

obwc-christmas-craft-fair-2016OUTER BANKS WOMAN’S CLUB ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR –  November 26th – 9:30am – 4:00pm – Baum Center, 300 Mustian St, Kill Devil Hills – More than 40 vendors will be offering items including artists, crafters, wood carvers, bake sale, raffle and more. Admission $1.00- 12 and under-free. Don’t miss this great way to get your holiday gift shopping done and support our local artists and artisans!

6TH ANNUAL OBX TURKEY TROT 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN – November 24th – 9:00 am – Southern Shores – Show your thanks this Thanksgiving by running as a family in the 6th annual GO FAR Turkey Trot presented by OBX Chevrolet. Thanksgiving morning is a perfect time to be surrounded by family and friends in the beautiful town of Southern Shores. Lace up your sneakers and come on out to run or walk with us, have fun, and have a hot breakfast! We have pancakes for all participants, one of a kind raffles and the first place male and female will take home our amazing Thanksgiving Pies specially made for your thanksgiving meal! Sponsors include Ramada Plaza Nags Head, Southern Shores Realty, Sun Realty and many other fine area businesses. http://www.obxgofar.org/details-obx-go-far-turkey-trot/

OUTER BANKS RUNNING CLUB OBX GOBBLER 5K & FUN RUN – November 24th – 8:00 am – Nags Head – Run, Eat, Nap. The Outer Banks Running Club once again invites you to start off your Thanksgiving morning with a calorie deficit by traversing a family-friendly 5K course through the Village of Nags Head in Nags Head while enjoying views of Roanoke Sound. This event serves as the primary fundraiser each year for the Outer Banks Running Club with proceeds enabling the Club to serve its’ members, our community and visitors through races, clinics, group runs, club coaching and social event. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please help us help our community members in need – your donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will be collected and delivered to our local food pantry, thank you! http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=38859

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Post-Thanksgiving Dune Hike – November 25th – 11:00 am – Visitors Center, Nags Head – Explore the coastal habitats of Jockey’s Ridge and enjoy the view.  The 45-minute hike is an opportunity to exercise and enjoy the natural scenery during the holiday season.  Meets at the visitor center. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

hanging-with-santa-2016HANGIN’ WITH SANTA – November 25th – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and November 26th – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Jockeys Ridge Crossing, Nags Head – Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on… not to mention all the amazing holiday sales! Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop! http://www.kittyhawk.com/event/hanging-with-santa/

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THE BIG CURRI-SHUCK – November 26th – 12:00 – 5:00 pm – Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg – Start off oyster season in a major way! All you can eat steamed oysters are the main attraction. We’ll also have steamed crabs and BBQ while they last. Of course we’ll have local wine and beer sampling, music from Croatan Highway and Dave Cynar Band and a signature wineglass is yours to keep. Live music, new wine releases and delicious local oysters? We’ll see you there!

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KITES WITH LIGHTS – November 26th – 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Jockeys Ridge Crossing, Nags Head – Be sure to make it out for a light display like none other. Kites with Lights will feature large 19-to-30 foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season! At 5pm, enjoy the lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Solar Christmas tree out on the dunes directly across from Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Stop by Jockey’s Ridge Crossing and keep warm with cookies, cider, and cocoa for sale, with proceeds benefitting Beach Food Pantry. Also, all Outer Banks Kitty Hawk Kites locations will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items from Friday, November 27 through December 31 to benefit Beach Food Pantry. http://www.kittyhawk.com/event/hanging-with-santa/

WINTERLIGHTS GRAND ILLUMINATIONS 2016 – November 26th – 6:00 –9:00 pm – Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo – Join The Elizabethan Gardens and Southern Bank for the opening celebration of WinterLights, a spectacular twenty-two night event of holiday lights and sights. Find holiday warmth and charm inside and out with festive food and drink in the “Embellished” Hall, and cozy fire pits on the Great Lawn as well as seasonal gift shop and plant sales. For info or details, call 252-473-3234 or visit www.elizabethangardens.org. P.S. – SANTA WILL BE THERE TOO!

operaTHE DON & CATHARINE BRYAN CULTURAL SERIES PRESENTS – An Evening of Opera & Broadway with the Virginia Opera – November 30th – 7:30 – 9:30 pm – All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores – The Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series invites you to join us as the Virginia Opera brings an Evening of Opera & Broadway, highlighting some of the most beloved arias and ensemble pieces that opera has to offer, as well as popular musical theater show tunes. The program features members of the Virginia Opera’s acclaimed Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, accompanied by Principal Coach & Director of Emerging Artists, Shelby Rhoades. The program will include play-by-play commentary that gives audience members insight into this exciting repertoire, provided by Robert Cinnante, Virginia Opera’s Director of Education. For ticket availability – http://bryanculturalseries.org/index.html

AND COMING IN DECEMBER…

12th ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES – December 1st – 1:00 – 6:00 pm – Manteo -Manteo Preservation Trust is hosting its 12th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Manteo on Roanoke Island on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Tour locations will be festively decorated and open for participants to enjoy. Included on the tour are several of Manteo’s historic island homes. Outer Banks Distilling, home of Kill Devil Rum and located at 510 Budleigh Street, will serve as the check-in point for the tour. Light refreshments will be served there and tour participants will have the added benefit of touring the distillery and seeing the before and after photos of this historic building. For more information – https://www.facebook.com/events/1108342859259708/

163 Beach Food Pantry 2xQUARTER3RD ANNUAL BEACH FOOD PANTRY HOLIDAY CHEFS CHALLENGE – December 1st – 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk – Outer Banks Chefs Compete for the Title of Crowned Prince or Princess of Canned Goods! Coffee-coated canned tuna cakes with maple syrup demi-glace? Instant potato casserole studded with peanut butter Pop-Tarts? It’s called the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, and here’s how it works: 12 area chefs have 60 minutes to cook a delectable dish using anything that is on a list of items that the Beach Food Pantry has in stock, with one of the items having to be a canned good (vegetable, tuna, beans, and the like). Attendees will then sample each creation and vote on the tastiest, most creative dish. And while making top-notch cuisine from non-perishable goods may sound tricky, you’d be surprised what a good chef can do with canned goods, ground beef, and a rack of spices. Then again, maybe you wouldn’t. After all, we’re talking about some of the Outer Banks’ best restaurants. Every one of which is as competitive as they are skilled. For tickets and more information – http://holidaychefschallenge2016.brownpapertickets.com/

CURRITUCK HOLIDAY PARADE & TREE LIGHTING – December 2nd – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Currituck County NC Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Community Way – Barco – Currituck Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Currituck Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 would like to invite you to participate in the 24th Annual Christmas Parade at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension located at 120 Community Way in Barco.  This year’s parade theme is “Currituck Winter Wonderland.”  The parade will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  The parade will travel south down Barco Way, next to Central Elementary School.   At this point turn left at Aviation Park, Right on Community Way, Right on Maple Park and left on College Way & finishing at the Regional Aviation Technical Training Center. Prior to the parade please join us for the 64th Annual Tree Lighting which will commence at 6:30 in the courtyard between the Extension Office and Senior Center. We will be serving hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy while you watch the parade. If you would like to participate in the parade, or for more information please contact Sheila Gregory at 252-232-2261 or email sheila_gregory@ncsu.edu or Detective James Midgett at 252-453-2670 Ext 4 or email james.midgett@currituckcountync.gov.

15032685_10154557747577347_4933586660959540616_nTOWN OF MANTEO ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING – December 2nd – 6:00 pm – Downtown Manteo – Christmas season in downtown Manteo gets underway with two annual events. The Lighting of the Town Tree traditionally takes place the 1st Friday night in December on the Manteo Waterfront, featuring hot chocolate and holiday music sung by children of all ages. The tree lighting program in Manteo, set in front of the historic old courthouse, is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams. http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_PRGSRV&SEC={4B7AA2AA-9152-44EA-90C8-7D4EA7BE15DF}&DE={3E18717E-7993-4A7A-9836-82C6AF49F4D8}

CURRITUCK ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL 2016 – December 3rd – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 4th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Currituck County High School, 4203 Caratoke Highway, – Barco – Enjoy all the wonderful art and crafts from local area artisans and artists and get some holiday shopping in while you are at it! Sponsored by the Coinjock Ruritan Club

43rd ANNUAL BIG LITTLETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE – December 3rd – 10:30 am – Downtown Manteo –  The Annual Christmas Parade is complete with bands, floats, and all the trappings of the season on the streets of downtown Manteo. Santa will be at the boathouse after the parade on Saturday, sponsored by the Manteo Elementary PTO. http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_PRGSRV&SEC={4B7AA2AA-9152-44EA-90C8-7D4EA7BE15DF}&DE={CBD364EC-A895-4C1B-9E27-B52D03F23A1A}

DUCK YULETIDE CELEBRATION – December 3rd – 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Town of Duck – Join the Town of Duck on Saturday, for a town-wide celebration of family-friendly Yuletide cheer! The Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration takes place on the Duck Town Green (1200 Duck Road) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy live holiday tunes by Just Playn’ Dixieland, carolers from First Flight High School choir, Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire truck, and the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree. https://www.townofduck.com/special-events/yuletide-celebration/

xmas_santa_reindeer_2016ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – The Night Before Christmas Presented by Rainbow Puppet Productions – December 3rd – 3:00 pm – Manteo – The show is filled with favorite Christmas memories and narration by legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney. Beautiful music of a Christmas Eve service. a Santa Claus parade with St. Nick appearing on a firetruck, gingerbread cookies and music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $5- ages 2 and younger are free and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales or the day of the event. We also offer a Park and Performance Pass- a discounted ticket to the Park and show. http://www.roanokeisland.com/files/articles/December_Events.pdf

CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE WINTER CLIMB – December 10th – 9:00 am – Noon – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton – The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse opens for climbing this December for one day only. Don’t miss your chance to climb it in 2016! Also take part in other Hatteras Island Holiday activities, like the Hatteras Village Parade and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY AT THE MUSEUM – December 10th – Noon – 5:00 pm – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras – Children and adults alike will marvel at Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein.  There will be a children’s holiday craft table and letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply from Santa). Live entertainment will be provided by local choral groups, individual performances by local musicians as well as professional musical entertainment throughout the day.  Refreshments will include a variety of hot soups, ham biscuits, holiday cookies and punch. There will be multi-themed fully decorated holiday trees, and shoppers will continue to receive an additional 5 percent off purchases when they bring a donation for the food bank. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

run-run-rudolph-2016RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH 5K AND REINDEER DASH – December 10th – 8:30 am – First Flight High School Track, 109 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills – A fun run to benefit current and/or past students of First Flight Middle School. The Reindeer Dash is a 1/4 mile, single lap race for kids ages 2-5. The Reindeer Dash begins at 8:30. Walkers and runners ages 6 and up are welcome to participate in the Run, Run, Rudolph 5k fun run. Everyone will get an event shirt and a participant medal. The Run, Run, Rudolph 5k will begin at 9:00. Registration forms will be available on the First Flight Middle School webpage, the First Flight Middle School Facebook page, and the front office at First Flight Middle School. Online registration is encouraged. Register by November 26 to be guaranteed an event shirt. https://runsignup.com/race/nc/killdevilhills/ffmsrunrunrudolph5k

113TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT – December 17th – 9:00 am – Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember. •8:30 a.m. – The observance begins with a patriotic musical prelude •9:00 a.m. – The formal program will commemorate the Wrights’ achievement and pay tribute to this year’s inductee into the First Flight Society’s Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. •10:35 a.m. – An aviation flyover will pay tribute to the Wright brothers at the documented exact moment of the Wrights’ first flight. •11:00 a.m. – Darrell Collins, NPS Historian, presides over the wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Wright brothers and the witnesses of the first flight at the exact spot where the famous first flight occurred. Throughout the day, the park’s museum exhibits and activities provide interpretive talks in the Flight Room. The Visitors Center will open at 9:00 am. Price: Park entrance fees will be waived the day of. http://firstflight.org/

11_great_white_fishmas_logo_colorGREAT WHITE FISHMAS – December 17th – 2:00 – 5:00 pm – North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo – Celebrate holiday cheer with Santa and the animals at Great White Fishmas! Play festive games and create seasonal crafts in Neptune’s Theater. Share wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. See Santa take a dive into the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit. Great White Fishmas is free with regular admission!

REGULAR WEEKLY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES & SPECIALS!

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Sunday – Best Brunch on the Beach! (as voted by the Virginia-Pilot) All Day. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/best-brunch-on-the-beach-2/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Monday – Burger Night – Enjoy handmade burgers with a new specialty burger every week.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152941035834714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Shag Night with the OB Shag Club. Come learn this fun beach dance and hang out with the cool kids! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

GENTLE CHAIR YOGA – Every Wednesday – 1:15 – 2:15 pm – Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Resource Center – Nags Head – Cancer survivors and those with chronic illness are invited to participate in our gentle chair yoga program at The Outer Banks Hospital. For more information and to register, contact Marie Neilson at 449-4554

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT AND TAVERN PRESENTS – Working Women’s Wednesday – Every Wednesday – 5:00 – 7:30 pm – Nags Head – A great way to meet great women and enjoy $15 Manicure & Martini OR $5 Martini – Games, Gifts and complimentary Appetizer’s. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT AND TAVERN PRESENTS – Karaoke with Hambone – Every Wednesday – 9:00 pm – 1:30 am – Nags Head – Let Hambone help you become the vocal sensation you know you can be!!! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Thursday – Sushi – Chopstick included. https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152932057069714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Live DJ – Every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving day) – 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/