The Gym-New Owners in Kitty Hawk Jan29

The Gym-New Owners i...

 By Kip Tabb -  There has been a gym sandwiched between Island Books and Zen Pops in Kitty Hawk for the past eight years, but a new name—the Gym—and new owners with some new ideas is breathing new life into the site. “The vision is to have a high energy upbeat professional fitness...

Leslie Dives With Sh...

By Cathy Baldwin-   There are two types of people in this world: those who think it’s insane to dive with sharks and those who don’t. Leslie Young, sales administrator at Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales, bartender at Coastal Cravings and avid Outer Banks Bootcamper, is a...

OBX Expo Showcases Local Wedding Industry Jan20

OBX Expo Showcases Local Wedding Industry

By Kip Tabb Here is the important information for brides, grooms and their families planning on attending the 2016 Outer Banks Wedding Expo: bring a good appetite, comfortable walking shoes and be ready to take a lot of notes. The annual affair, held over Martin Luther King weekend, has become the signature event for the Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBWA) and for many couples the best introduction to the vendors who will be providing services at their wedding. The event has grown over the years; for many years it was a one day affair, but steadily growing attendance and more Outer Banks wedding vendors created a need to go to two days....

Huge Participation at Town Hall Meeting Jan16

Huge Participation a...

 Article and photos by Kip Tabb -    The first Dare County Commissioner’s Town Hall meeting was held Wednesday night and the range of issues and questions put to the commissioners seemed to cover almost every topic. Commission Chair Bob Woodward began the night by addressing the issue...

The Joy of Painting at Ghost Fleet Gallery

By Kip Tabb -  It is a rare thing to walk into a room, or gallery, in this case, and know that the art hanging on the walls is something memorable and provocative—a visual celebration to be treasured. That is the feeling that the exhibit of Jesi Pace-Berkeley’s art evokes. She paints large—huge portraitures, studies of the human body, or faces and themes, all of it done with a broad stroke of color that gives the feeling that she had sketched her work with a watercolor brush. “I’m a watercolorist,” is how she describes herself. “It’s my medium of choice.” Her style is distinctive—unlike any other artist–a result of...

Brindley Beach Buys ...

By Kip Tabb - With the acquisition of Wright Property Management in Kitty Hawk by Brindley Beach Vacations, the recent trend of larger Outer Banks property management firms purchasing smaller companies continues. First opening its doors in 1984 as a property management firm, WPM was one of the...

Getting The Shot: An...

By Jesse Fernandez- Surf photography allows surfers and non-surfers alike to enjoy the sport from afar. Recording action imagery is no small task, so I sat down with Outer Banks lens man Matt Lusk to find out just what it takes to get the shot. Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Lusk moved...

I’ll Give You Something To Be Embarrassed About! Jan03

I’ll Give You ...

By Lindsey Beasley Dianna-       *This is my junior prom dress. I hang it in our coat closet and present it to the children when necessary. Why? Allow me to explain…     B.C. (Before Children), I was pretty sure that being perpetually mortified by your...

2014 in Review Jan01

2014 in Review

By Kip Tabb With 2014 rapidly drawing to an end and Champagne corks ready to welcome 2015 to the world it seems like a good time to look back over the past year on the Outer Banks. Here is a very partial list of triumphs, missteps, local news and fun facts from the past year. Our list is by no means complete and we’re sure there are events we’ve overlooked or didn’t include. For our readers, by all means, share your thoughts. January Wedding Expo The Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Wedding Expo has just keeps getting better and better. An important part of the Outer Banks economy, especially in the shoulder seasons, the Expo brings...

A Festival of Lights Dec25

A Festival of Lights

By Kip Tabb -  We don’t think of light as a miracle any more, yet that memory of a time when we held back the darkness with a single candle is still with us. That candle, held aloft in the darkest of nights, meant more than light, for it symbolized a triumph over the unseen and unknown that surrounded us. It is why we illuminate the sky at Christmas, decorate a Christmas tree with light and color. It is no accident that in this darkest of nights, at the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere where Christianity began, there is an abiding faith in the power and symbolism of light. It is a point of belief when all seems darkest, a...

Circle of Giving Gives to the SPCA Dec22

Circle of Giving Giv...

By Kip Tabb -  Walking into the SPCA back on Driftwood Drive in Manteo is at once joyous and heartbreaking. Joy because there is so much love in that building—the love of the workers for their charges, the delight of a family that has just given a stray a new home. But it is heartbreaking...

The Candy Bomber Visits the Outer Banks Dec19

The Candy Bomber Visits the Outer Banks

Article and Photos by Kip Tabb The Candy Bomber came back again to the Outer Banks, and the story behind its name tells an extraordinary tale of generosity of spirit and a simple act of kindness. The year was 1948 and Soviet control of East Germany was complete. Germany as a nation had been divided after WWII, and where the allied powers that controlled the western part of Germany—the United States, England and France—were trying to reunite the country, the Soviet Union would have none of that. In the middle of East Germany was the heart of the country—east or west . . . Berlin, and that city, like the rest of the country was...

Beyond The Mat Dec17

Beyond The Mat

By Laura Martier- Vriksasana,vriksasana. A call and response was taking place between 15 students who were sitting on a wooden floor in various states of repose: cross-legged, tucked against walls, draped in blankets and lounging on comfortable couches. Jess Moody and Katie Kennis were...

Children Playing at the Festival of Trees Dec14

Children Playing at ...

Article and photos by Kip Tabb –   “Fabulous. This is just fabulous,” Lynn Bryant, Executive Director of Outer Banks Hotline is saying. She’s surveying the huge party tent holding the 26th Annual Festival of Trees, held this year at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. On the stage...

Small Town Feel Mark OBX Holiday Celebrations Dec08

Small Town Feel Mark OBX Holiday Celebrations

Article and Photos by Kip Tabb -  If the Thanksgiving Weekend is the official beginning of the Holiday shopping season, then the following weekend has to be the official beginning of the true spirit of Christmas and all the holidays that seem to occur at this time of the year—at least that’s the case on the Outer Banks. If there is one ceremony that seems to define the holidays on the Outer Banks it’s got to be the tree lighting in downtown Manteo. It’s hard to describe what a perfect slice of small town America it is. There is such an extraordinary feeling of being a part of a community that treasures it’s neighbors that...