Unexpected Inspiration Nov22

Unexpected Inspiration

By Kip Tabb -  Angela Hecke did not expect the inspiration she found last Sunday. She had come with her grandson, Arturo Lara to sit in on a meeting between Amber Copeland and Shep Medlin two other members of the Manteo High School Interact Club and the Veterans the club had sponsored for the Veterans Writing Project, sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council. In a wheelchair, with her left leg amputated below her left knee, Angela sat quietly as the vets talked about what it meant to come to a place like the Outer Banks and how important it was to them to find a community as welcoming and warm as they had experienced. The Interact Club...

Outer Banks Marathon Weekend a Huge Success Nov11

Outer Banks Marathon Weekend a Huge Success

 Photo and Story by Kip Tabb -    The weather for the 9th Annual Towne Bank Outer Banks Annual Marathon was about as good as it could have been. Sunday, especially was a good day for long distance runners—mostly cloudy with temperatures staying below 60. The Marathon is a beautiful run—one of the most picturesque anywhere. That’s not hometown boosterism; accolades from runners from almost every state and province in Canada attest to that, as well as numerous articles in national publications. Finishing a full eight minutes before the second place finisher Bryan Morseman from Bath, NY posted a very respectable winning time of...

Veteran’s Day-An Appreciation Nov09

Veteran’s Day-An App...

By Kip Tabb - My father, who passed away last year, was a veteran of WWII. He served in the Navy, was stationed in the Aleutians where he loaded ordinance onto PBYs for a daily bombing run they made to the northern Japanese Islands. He wasn’t in active combat, and to hear him describe life...

A Cook-Off Crazy Weekend Nov04

A Cook-Off Crazy Wee...

Article and Photos by Kip Tabb -  With the first ever Fish Taco Cook-off at the Sea Ranch Resort scheduled for Saturday followed by the 5th Annual Shrimp Cook-off on Sunday at Ocean Boulevard, the weekend was shaping up to be two terrific days of seafood tasting. That, of course was before...

OBX VIP Fishing Tournament Largest in World Oct27

OBX VIP Fishing Tournament Largest in World

By Kip Tabb -  The 32nd Lion’s VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Fishing Tournament got in two out of three days of spectacular weather last week. The tournament, by all account the largest in the world, was held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20-22.  The fishing was great but the real story is what it means for everyone involved. Between volunteers and the VIPs fishing there were over 800 participants involved and they came from so many places it’s not possible to list them all. “The volunteers come from all over. North Carolina, Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Carolina, . . . Utah . . . Georgia,” Gwen White, Executive...

Great Music Marks Outer Banks Weekend

Article and Photos by Kip Tabb -  Columbus Day Weekend, the Outer Banks, 2014 . . . a weekend that will enter the history books as spectacular. With a new venue to call home at the Whalehead Club and room to spread out and grow, the Mustang Music Festival really seemed to be climbing to its potential. Spectacular weather and a great lineup brought the crowds out to the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival. Mustang Music Festival The setting at the Whalehead Club was spectacular; the sunset on Friday was awe-inspiring; more vendors than ever and lots of room for festival goers to wander around. But the star of this show has always been the...

Swim Happy, Swim Outside: Outer Banks is the Perfect Venue for Open Water Swimming Oct07

Swim Happy, Swim Out...

By Michelle Wagner- “You feel sunshine warming your back, see shafts of sunlight illuminate the water below, hear the song of the wind and the waves, and as you swim, you hear the rhythms of your hands and feet as they catch and move water,” she writes. “You hear the music of your body...

Kites Paint the Sky in Nags Head Oct03

Kites Paint the Sky ...

Article and Photos by Kip Tabb -  It would be hard to imagine a better way to tell the world about the Outer Banks than the 37th Annual American Kitefliers Association (AKA) happening this week in at the Visitor’s Bureau Convention site in Nags Head. With visitors from at least five nations...

3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival Best Yet

Article and photos by Kip Tabb -  After three years and innumerable performances, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival is still fresh and wonderful. It would be hard to imagine anyone other than Cory Hemilright—the promoter—or Kim Sawyer, the executive director of Roanoke Island Festival Park where the event was held, seeing every act for four day. But what I did see demonstrated a remarkable diversity of music performed by amazingly talented musicians. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to pick out a favorite. One group that really stood out, though, was the Steep Canyon Rangers. This is the band that plays with Steve Martin—that...

25th Artrageous Promises to Be Best Yet Sep26

25th Artrageous Promises to Be Best Yet

By Kip Tabb -  Twenty-five years of art . . . and amazing art it has been. The 25th Anniversary of the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous coming up this Saturday may be the most spectacular yet. It’s always been geared toward the fun of art and over the past few years kids have been at the heart of what it’s all about. But this year—still keeping kids in focus—to celebrate the heritage of this amazing and truly distinctive Outer Banks event, organizers have reached into the past. “It’s so exciting, the fact we’re bringing in retro activities,” Ginny Flowers, owner of Cloud 9 in Nags Head and one of the Artageous...

Raising Will Ferrell (Every Night Live!) Sep25

Raising Will Ferrell...

By Lindsey Beasley Dianna-   My youngest child has recently turned two, and while I’ve “been here, done that” twice before, it’s kind of like watching the conclusion of a predictable trilogy—even though you know what’s coming, the raw intensity of this stage is not something...

Kids Helping Kids: Local Boys Raise Money for Surfing For Autism Sep22

Kids Helping Kids: L...

By Michelle Wagner- From left to right: Matty Miller, Mason Miller, Logan Grizzard, Barritt Grizzard Driven by their passion for surfing and a strong desire to give back to the community, four local children have raised thousands of dollars to support Surfing for Autism, an autism awareness...

An End to Sparring over the Bonner Bridge? Sep19

An End to Sparring o...

Opinion by Kip Tabb -  Like two heavyweight boxers who have fought too many matches, all of them to a draw, it looks as though NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) have no stomach for another round of legal fisticuffs. According to a just released joint announcement, the two...

Cory Hemilright-Following His Bluegrass Dream Sep15

Cory Hemilright-Following His Bluegrass Dream

By Kip Tabb -  Everyone wants to find that one thing in their life that is the perfect fit for who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Cory Hemilright, the founder and organizer of the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival is one of those people. “As of this past November I quit my day job. I had to,” he says. “It’s a great feeling.” The dream started when he was a child, listening to bluegrass music at his grandfather’s house. “I grew up listening to bluegrass,” he recalls. “My grandfather played the banjo and I just grew up listening to him play on the back porch.” There were some detours along the way—he...

Hail to the Queen. B...

By Amanda McDanel- When I was a little girl, I longed to be a princess. So much so, that I got into a long discussion with my mother on how I could actually become a princess in reality: where in the United States do you find an actual titled prince? What were your duties besides sleeping on...