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    Find the great pumpkin at our brand new elementary school located in Nags Head on the Outer Banks.  Saturday, October 7th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be oodles of Eastern North Carolina grown pumpkins to choose from in all shapes and sizes.  Pick up gourds, corn stalks, and straw bales for the full effect of the autumn season.  There will also be a Scholastic book fair in the school’s library, Sooey’s delicious BBQ and baked goods to buy.  All proceeds go directly to Nags Head Elementary School. 

    The 3rd Annual Haunted Corolla Village at the Whalehead Club in Corolla on the northern beaches of the Outer Banks is scheduled for Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th from 5:30-9:00 p.m. The Haunted Corolla Village tour includes pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing, hayrides, scary stories, and visits from ghosts and ghouls.

    The Ghost Storytelling Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo happens on  Saturday, October 28th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for children and 8:00 p.m. for adults.  North Carolina Storytelling Guild hosts the storytelling about North Carolina ghosts.

    On Saturday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Howl-O-Ween – Red Wolf Howling Safari at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the mainland.  The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge staff will lead a Howling Safari to see and/or hear the endangered red wolves found only in the wilds of northeastern North Carolina.  Meet at Creek Cut Wildlife Trail at the intersection of Milltail Road and Highway 64 (approximately 15 minutes from Manteo—see map in the Media Gallery).

    As part of an international effort to clean up debris in our environment, the 3rd annual 2006 North Carolina Big Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The Outer Banks Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is serving as the local coordinators for the event.  There are areas throughout Dare County that have been targeted for clean up.  Volunteers that signed up for the program will be provided with bags and pickup locations.  Nearby beaches and watersheds will be major concentration areas.  For all sponsors of the Adopt-A-Beach program will cover their designated areas.  For all of the volunteers that participated, a special appreciation card offering discounts at local venues will be provided.

    For more information, contact John Wasniewski at 242-449-5543.  Let’s join together to make this world a cleaner place.

     

    As with most vacation home management companies on the Outer Banks, Carolina Designs Realty will place a property hold for any week on any of our premier vacation homes one year in advance.  We give the current guests this year first priority to reserve the same home for next year during the same rental week.  This offer expires on the Monday at 12:00 noon after their departure.  At this point, the week becomes available on a “first come, first serve” basis to the general public.  There is a fee of $50.00 to hold a home in your name until the leases are sent out around the end of November.  At this time, the first half deposit is due and the second half deposit is due thirty days prior to your arrival date.  There are two stipulations associated with advance reservations: 1) the property will be in our 2007 rental program; and 2) the owner does not take this week for personal use.  As soon as we become aware of either of these conditions, you are notified immediately.  We can find another comparable home for you to rent or refund the advance reservation fee.

    An upcoming event that is popular among the Outer Banks locals is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dare County Family Recreational Park in Kill Devil Hills.  It will be a fun-filled day of festival happenings offering live demonstrations from artisans, activity booths for kids, art displayed for sale, live music, and more.  There will be a children’s auction hosted by Steve “The Dream” and Outer Banks restaurant vendors cooking up wonderfully delicious temptations.  The Dare County Arts Council will benefit from the proceeds to assist with arts in education programming in Dare County Schools and cultural arts programs in Dare County. Please call 252-473-5558 for more information.

    As the rental season on the Outer Banks starts to wind down, most of the locals here can wind down as well.  However, most of the property management companies continue to go full steam ahead, gearing up for the next rental season.  Carolina Designs Realty is no exception to this rule.  To-date, our inventory of premier vacation homes that will be offered in 2007 has increased by another 20 or more properties.  Thus far, there are 15 oceanfront properties, 4 oceanside properties and 1 soundfront home that has been added to our inventory for 2007. Six of these homes are brand new construction homes ranging in size from 5 bedrooms on up to 12 bedrooms, all oceanfront!  Our staff is busy obtaining floor plans, property inventories, pictures and all the details necessary to provide you with as much information as possible about the homes that you will be renting.  Give us a call today to find out more!

    Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina was ranked as 1 of top 10 non-western American “dreamtowns” based on quality of life in small metropolitan areas with populations between 10,000 & 50,000, per capita income and income growth, small business growth, ease of commuting, taxation, education and the number of available managerial and professional jobs by the American City Business Journals, a nationwide chain of weekly business newspapers.

    These are the cities that rounded out the rest of the top 10:

    • Jackson, Wyo.
    • Durango, Colo.
    • Easton, Md.
    • Laramie, Wyo.
    • Edwards, Colo.
    • Pierre, S.D.
    • Silverthorne, Colo.
    • Los Alamos, N.M.

    It is a great honor to have one of our fine resort towns on the Outer Banks to be rated in this manner.  Being a resident of ten years and counting, I can attest that it is a wonderful place to live!