Art Party Palooza on the OBX

The Outer Banks has a high concentration of incredibly talented artists. Combined with a local community that prides itself on being creative and a few hundred thousand visi-tors showing up every week in the summer, the result is a thriving art community. Art Parties are a direct result of this pool of talent and quest for creativity. Lushes with Brushes, Paint a Pup, Spin Art OBX —- these are just a few of the themed parties that local artists have dreamed up. We’ve tracked down three artists combining parties and art-making to ask them about their experience bringing creativity to vacationers and locals alike.

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The Nags Head Casino

Nags Head Casino OBX
Photo Courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center

On July 12, 1958, Louis Armstrong (Satchmo), arrived on the Outer Banks, and Ras Wescott’s Nags Head Casino was packed! By reputation, the top level dance floor held 1,000 people, and we can only imagine that there were more awaiting the performance of this legendary jazz musician.

It was a typical July summer night on the Outer Banks … hot, humid and sticky. There is no doubt that if the evening temperature was sweltering, Louis Armstrong and his All Star Band were even hotter. By all accounts, Armstrong’s visit to the Casino was a major highlight of this legendary Outer Banks night spot.

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Great Food: An Outer Banks Tradition

So many great Outer Banks restaurants, so little time. In researching long-standing Outer Banks restaurants it was surprising how many there are still serving locals and visitors alike. This feature is about five ranging from casual eateries to fine dining options that are sure to please.

Owens Restaurant
7114 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Milepost 16.5, Nags Head, NC
Family owned and operated, Owens Restaurant opened in 1946 when Bob and Clara Owens relocated here from Manteo, NC. Their roots in serving food goes back to a hot dog stand they originally ran in Manteo since 1933. Owens is no hot dog stand, instead they serve southern coastal cuisine including fresh seafood, aged Angus beef, pasta specialties and outrageous desserts. As good as the food is, be sure to check out the bar. Most night there’s a piano playing, the seating is ideal for intimate conversations and the bartenders know how to mix a quality drink.

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WWII on the Outer Banks

The history of the Outer Banks is remarkable, and at times it has been tragic. No more so than activities on the sea’s edge during World War II. Since North America was discovered by European explorers, shipping has hugged the coastline, riding currents that head south before bearing east for Europe. The Germans were aware of this pattern, and during WWII, their submarines exacted a terrible toll on ships off the coast of the Outer Banks.

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Outer Banks History – More Unique Facts

People tend to take for granted the history of the communities in which they live or visit, and the Outer Banks is no exception to this observation. Most know about major local history events like the story of the Wright Brothers and The Lost Colony, but often lesser known facts can prove to be quite interesting in understanding the history of a region. Here are five facts you may not know about our area:

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