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...

Outer Banks Mystery Revealed: What’s Really Inside the Wright Brothers National Memorial Dec06

Outer Banks Mystery ...

By Kip Tabb- Sitting atop a 90-foot hill and rising another 60-feet above that, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is an iconic symbol of the Outer Banks. Anyone who has been on the Outer Banks for any length of time knows about it and probably uses it to navigate when they are in the...

Kites with Lights Decorates the Sky Dec01

Kites with Lights De...

By Kip Tabb The holiday season is a time of traditions, from Thanksgiving dinner to the secret discussions children have with Santa Claus to the lighting of Christmas trees. The Outer Banks certainly seems to have it’s fair share of community traditions. Over in Manteo they’re getting...

Gourmet Thanksgiving Feasts at OBX Restaurants Nov25

Gourmet Thanksgiving...

By Kip Tabb -  Thanksgiving week on the Outer Banks is a remarkable time. We seem to explode with traffic, people and families—sort of a final farewell to summer before winter sets in. Not that the weather is summer-like—far from it. This year especially, it’s looking very Outer Banks...

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...