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...

As Arthur Approaches the Outer Banks Jul03

As Arthur Approaches...

By Kip Tabb -  Having a hurricane approaching the Outer Banks this early in the season is somewhat unprecedented, but unprecedented or not, Tropical Storm Arthur (soon to be Hurricane) is off the coast of Florida and moving this way. If there is good news in all of this, storm tracks have...

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Jul02

Check Yourself Befor...

By Lindsey Beasley Dianna- This is an intervention. Granted, it’s aimed specifically at myself, but perhaps some of you can relate? My wake-up call came in the form of a question from a precocious kindergarten fashionista (which to her means that glitter makes everything better, stripes and...

STAR Sea Turtle Rehab Facility Officially Opens Jun30

STAR Sea Turtle Reha...

By Kip Tabb A STAR is now part of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. In a noon ceremony on Friday, the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center was officially opened to the public. A remarkable facility, the STAR Center gives the public extraordinary access to the...

Bruce Hornsby Takes Brew Thru Summer Series to New...

By Kip Tabb Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers came to the Outer Banks last night and they are everything as advertised and maybe a little bit more. The first of the Brew Thru Summer Music Series, the band took the stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and it would be hard to imagine either a better setting or a more perfect evening for music. Playing against a backdrop of boats anchored in the sound to catch the concert and framed by the beauty of the Outer Banks, this was an outdoor concert the way they are meant to be. The show kicked off with Chessboxer . . . just a fiddle and banjo or sometimes a guitar and mandolin . . . and they were...

Creating Fusion-Pok’s Art Opens in Kitty Hawk Jun24

Creating Fusion-Pok&...

By Kip Tabb -  When Pok’s Art opened its doors last Monday, the plan called for a soft opening. But word spread quickly that Chef Pok’s new restaurant was open and the line formed almost immediately. “The first day I just wanted to take it easy and just get used to it,” Art Maliyam,...

Top 10 OBX Fishing Tips for Beginners Jun22

Top 10 OBX Fishing T...

By Matt Dalia, local fishing guru- The summer is upon us and the Outer Banks is a wonderful place to wet a line and catch some fish. However, with such a variety of fish to be caught, rules and regulations to be followed, and lots of water to be covered it can be quite overwhelming. Figuring...

Thanking a STAR Jun20

Thanking a STAR

By José Valle -  Sea turtles up and down the coast of the Outer Banks can thank their lucky STARs. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island took place in June of 2013. On Saturday, May 24 the...

First SailNC Regatta a Huge Success Jun18

First SailNC Regatta a Huge Success

By Kip Tabb At 18’ the A-Class catamarans are the sports cars of the two-hulled design. Skimming the water with a single sailor at the helm, they’re fast, maneuverable and in the conditions the Outer Banks offered for the A-Class North American Championship, the competition came down to the last race on the last day Houston’s Bruce Mahoney won the competition by a point, beating out perennial champ Ben Moon by a single point. Moon saw his chances to take home the first place prize diminished when he encountered a typical Outer Banks hazard—he hooked a crab pot in the fifth race of the series. “After catching a crab pot, I found...

A Homegrown Taste of Summer Jun13

A Homegrown Taste of Summer

By Amanda McDanel -  My grandpa always smelled like tomatoes. Not the fruit itself, but the green herbaceous leaf and it is in fact, one of my favorite scents. I even have a perfume called Tomato Leaf that I wear and think of him. He would gather up the tomatoes from the garden and bring them to the kitchen just as my grandma would pull out a pan of hot biscuits. After putting a dot of cold butter on that hot biscuit, she would slice the tomato, add salt and pepper and sandwich it between the two halves. It tasted like summer—of hot days, warm soil, my grandmother’s hands from kneading the tender dough, my grandpa’s dirty coveralls...

Paper Flowers and Custom Invitations Jun10

Paper Flowers and Cu...

By Kip Tabb -    Sometimes it’s difficult to keep what is special in our lives, but somehow Heather Rollins has managed it in hers. Heather is HLR Designs. She specializes in creating personalized wedding invitations for couples, an idea that came about from her own wedding. “When...

The Dog Days of Summer Jun06

The Dog Days of Summ...

By Cathy Baldwin -  Photos K. Wilkins Photography -  Finding Fun for your Furry Four-Legged Friend Just about everyone on the North Beach Sun staff has a dog. There’s Ollie, Captain, Jackson, Thunder, Khloe, Moose, Miss Murphy and Mac. They range from a malamute/labrador mix to a...

Laughing Matters at ...

By Matt Artz -  The Outer Banks Comedy Club is getting ready for another hilarious season, with some very funny talents set to hit the local stage this summer. “Folks have been making vacation memories with us for over 30 years,” Comedy Club owner Leslie Kappes told us....