Outer Banks News Round-Up Apr19

Outer Banks News Rou...

By Kip Tabb Here it is the end of the week and a lot of news and events have come our way over the past week. Some of it’s good, some of it’s not so good and a lot of it is what is best about the Outer Banks. First the good news–or at least mostly good news. According By Eric Mennel...

Frozen Wax Apr18

Frozen Wax

By Jesse Fernandez -  Photo by Anthony “Fat Tony” Leone -  Surfing in the dead of winter can be a test of physical endurance, emotional fortitude and will power. This has been especially true if you surfed this winter in North Carolina. With arguably the coldest water and air temps in...

The Fresh Market Opens in Nags Head Apr17

The Fresh Market Opens in Nags Head

By Kip Tabb -  If you are The Fresh Market and your specialty is food, why cut a ribbon at your grand opening? It makes far more sense to bring out a gigantic wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano–one of the finest cheeses in the world–crack it open and declare your store ready for the public. At least that seems to be the corporate philosophy at The Fresh Market grand opening in Nags Head this morning. As Marc Jones, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising, said, “You can’t eat the ribbon after you’ve cut it.” The latest national supermarket to find its way to the Outer Banks offers a different kind of shopping...

Evergreen Beaches Apr16

Evergreen Beaches

By Lindsey Beasley Dianna -  Donny King, owner of Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk, wants your Christmas trees, and he doesn’t plan to take them down any time soon. Life on a sandbar is rarely dull, particularly when your livelihood sits just yards from the Atlantic Ocean. To make things a...

Southern Shores Flat Top Tour Brings Record Crowd Apr15

Southern Shores Flat Top Tour Brings Record Crowd

By Kip Tabb -  The Saturday tour of the Southern Shores Flat Tops could not have had more spectacular weather–not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze and temperatures in the 70s. But perfect weather cannot hide the trouble future for these symbols of Outer Banks life. Starting with a lecture by Steve Gudas from notes prepared by author Marimar McNaughton, the history of the the Flat Tops was recounted to a standing room only audience at the Pitt Center in Southern Shores. Although beautiful in their simplicity and supremely functional, they are inevitably succumbing to the realties of a modern economy. Of the almost 300 flat tops that...

The Outer Banks Garden Apr13

The Outer Banks Gard...

By Kip Tabb -  I spent the morning thanking Mother Nature for the blessing of spring and cursing the weeds that infest my garden. I suppose I should take it all in stride, accept that the same forces that turn my garden lush and fruitful are the same forces that the weeds seek in their quest...

Life in Your Own Skin Apr12

Life in Your Own Ski...

By Laura Martier -  What does it mean to enjoy life in your own skin, to let go of insecurities and limitations and move freely through the world loving your body and self? For Chel Rogerson it means constantly challenging herself and her body in a way that inspires and empowers her and...

Outer Banks Student Scientists at COA for STEM Fair Apr11

Outer Banks Student ...

By Kip Tabb -  The 2014 STEM Fair at the Roanoke Island COA campus on Wednesday was one of those events that renews your faith in kids and our schools. Amidst all the voices of doom and gloom for the American education system, one absolute self-evident truth remains–our best students...

Coaching Health at the Outer Banks Hospital Apr10

Coaching Health at the Outer Banks Hospital

By Kip Tabb -  What if we reversed the way we think of health care and doctors? What if, instead of going to a health care provider only when we don’t feel well, we went in for a well-check—a look at what we’re doing right and what we can improve to keep ourselves healthy? We tend go to a doctor when we’re sick—a view of health care that is simple, straightforward and somewhat problematic. Certainly going to a doctor when we’re not feeling well is an important part of maintaining our health, yet increasingly, identifying how to maintain our good health, what we are doing right and what behaviors we need to adjust, has become a...

Real Life Civics Lesson at Kitty Hawk Apr09

Real Life Civics Les...

By Kip Tabb Taking high school civics out of the dry instruction of text books, Adam Herman’s First Flight High School advanced civics classes are applying lessons learned and using them to real life. Working in groups of four or five presenters, the students have been going to...

Mid Currituck Bridge-A Troubled Future Apr08

Mid Currituck Bridge...

By Kip Tabb -  It looks like the Mid Currituck Bridge is dead in the water–or perhaps dead and not crossing the water, although a final decision has not yet been made. In some form of planning for over 20 years and first conceived in a 1978 planning document presented to Currituck...

Manteo First Friday-Spectacular Beginning for 2014 Apr06

Manteo First Friday-...

By Kip Tabb First Friday in Manteo is back–and given how perfect the weather was last night for the first gathering of 2014, it would be hard to imagine a better way to start the year. It wasn’t just the weather that made it such a great evening. Roanoke Island Festival Park was...

Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Spring Fishing Apr05

Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Spring Fishing

By Mattie Dalia   “Good luck is a residue of preparation.” —Jack Youngblood There is a lot of luck in fishing. Anyone who tells you differently is not telling the truth. However, you can trim the odds in you favor with careful and thoughtful preparation. Now is the time to get all your ducks in a row for springtime fishing on the Outer Banks. Here are my top five preparation tips so you don’t have to rely solely on good luck. 1) Get your gear in good working order. Your rods, reels, tackle, etc. have probably gathered some dust (and with spring coming, pollen) over the winter. Now is the time to get it all in A-1 shape. Strip...

Jonny Waters – Outer...

By Matt Artz -  When we caught up with Outer Banks singer/songwriter Jonny Waters for a phone interview, he was in Nashville, on a break from recording his two newest singles, to be released this summer. The busy Columbia native has earned a huge regional following in recent years, with a...

A Beautiful Spring Day Apr03

A Beautiful Spring D...

By Kip Tabb -  It’s time to cross our fingers and cross our toes and hope that spring on the Outer Banks is finally here. Yes, spring officially began on March 20, and it was not a bad day at all. But it was just a tease, because three days later we were back in winter’s grip with a cold...