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...

The Birds And The Bees: A Family Affair Sep06

The Birds And The Be...

By Lindsey Beasley Dianna- Photos by Candace Owens with Brooke Mayo Photographers- Outer Bankers are doing their part to perpetuate more than one species—and you can too!   The Birds When my daughter and I had the chance to visit with three local backyard chicken raisers, also known as...

OBX Arts & Craft Festival-Great Art, Great Success Sep05

OBX Arts & Craf...

By Kip Tabb -  The Outer Banks art community is a diverse and remarkable collection of artists, and that was on full display at the Annual Arts & Craft Festival held yesterday and today at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. It started three years ago when artist James Melvin and potter...

Suzanne Tate to Write History of Duck Sep01

Suzanne Tate to Writ...

By Kip Tabb -    To most readers, Suzanne Tate is best known as the author of the Nature Series children’s books. Beautifully illustrated by James Melvin, there are 33 books in the series now, with titles ranging from Crabby & Nabby—the first book—to Wendy Whale, her most...

Elan Vacations Breaks Ground for University Park Aug29

Elan Vacations Break...

By Kip Tabb -  Norman Bibeau, President and CEO of Elan Vacations, waited a long time for yesterday’s University Park groundbreaking ceremony in Powell’s Point. Originally scheduled to move forward in the spring, the harsh winter of 2013-14 slowed construction on a warehouse that was the...

Trolling the Interwebs – Online Resources for the OBX Angler Aug27

Trolling the Interwe...

By Matt Dalia- Yahoo! It’s time for fall fishing on the Outer Banks! Cooler weather, less people and migrating, hungry fish all add up to primo angling conditions on our coast. There is no better time to be wetting a line from the surf, the pier or the boat. And with so many different...

5th Annual Surfing for Autism Huge Success

Story and Photos by Kip Tabb The 5th Annual Surfing for Autism was held today at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. According to organizers, it was the best attended yet, with a few more than 80 families participating. It is a free event, as it has always been. Citing the extraordinary expense of raising a child with autism, the organization, Surfing for Autism, outlined their philosophy on their website. “Because raising a child with autism today has been shown to cost $3.2 million, we also wanted our event to be offered at no cost to participating families.” Those are facts, and they are important, but the facts cannot convey the sheer...

OBX Stars in Wicked Tuna North vs South Aug17

OBX Stars in Wicked ...

By Kip Tabb -  The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the one of the largest, most powerful and swiftest of any gamefish in the world. Regularly coming in at 61/2’ and 550 pounds, they are one of the most valuable commercially landed fish in the world. They are also heavily regulated and difficult to...

Failing the 4(f)-Bonner Bridge Goes Back to Lower Court Aug13

Failing the 4(f)-Bonner Bridge Goes Back to Lower ...

By Kip Tabb -  If lawsuits were boxing matches, the recent ruling on the Bonner Bridge by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would be a split decision, with no clear winner and a lot of confusion. On the one hand, the court found for NCDOT that they had complied with NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) when they wrote the Bonner Bridge Environmental Impact Statement. However, according to the court, they failed to comply with a key provision, NEPA 4(f), that requires specific and additional documentation when a road is being planned in “ . . .Parks and recreational areas of national, state, or local significance that are both...

Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Contest-Wacky Fun Aug08

Kitty Hawk Kites Wat...

By Kip Tabb -  A little over 20 years ago, I came to the Outer Banks to work for Kitty Hawk Kites and even back then the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon festival was in full swing. A mid August celebration of summer, its fun, its wacky and a great day for kids. From an adult perspective, if the...

Brew Thru Summer Series-Gin Blossoms & Spin D...

By Kip Tabb -  The Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors and Scars on 45 . . . perfect weather, a beautiful setting . . . it doesn’t get any better than this. Phil Foreman of the Brew Thru has a dream of bringing great music to the Outer Banks and last night at Roanoke Island Festival Park, that dream had to get a huge boost. With daytime temperatures struggling to get past 80 and a breeze off the sound the stage was set for a great evening of music. Scars on 45 led off the show and they did not disappoint. A British band, their sound was tight, musicianship excellent and they had fun—which got the crowd ready for the rest of the show. There is a...

Bush League: The Show on the Outer Banks Jul16

Bush League: The Show on the Outer Banks

By Kip Tabb -  Once upon a time the Bush Leagues really were out in the bushes—far away from urban centers, the manicured infields and big league stadiums of the major league baseball teams. None of us are really out in the bushes anymore. From just about any place in this country, a major league ballpark is at most a day’s drive away. Yet the road from backyard ball to the big leagues is just as long and difficult today as it ever was—and it is that dream of traveling the highway from obscurity to the Major Leagues that is at the heart of David Menzies’ Bush League: the Show. To Menzies and his production partner Matt Noonan,...

Nu Blu-Bluegrass and...

By Kip Tabb - Music speaks differently to all of us, and we all have very different tastes. Yet there are times when we hear something in music that catches us by surprise, holds our interest and stays with us. Maybe that’s why the first time I heard Nu Blu at the first Outer Banks Bluegrass...