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    It’s no surprise that such a beautiful paradise as the Outer Banks of North Carolina would attract people with an eye for beauty, but it is amazing how much talent there is in the arts on this beach!  There are many avenues for the artist to display and sell their masterpieces through area art shows and galleries.  One particular place of interest would be the KDH Cooperative Gallery located at 402 S. Croatan Hwy. in Kill Devil Hills.  It is an artist operated gallery featuring local works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, furniture, candles, pottery, glass and metal. They have 29 juried members who assist in running the gallery. Each member serves on panels created to hang and display art, jury, organize shows, and assist customers during daily business hours. The gallery’s focus is to feature art made by local artists on the Outer Banks.  They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but closed on Sundays.  Check them out or call 252-441-9888 for more information.

    For decades, solid evidence has been sought after to prove that the vanished colony known as Fort Raleigh truly existed on Roanoke Island in 1587.  To further attempt verification, the First Colony Foundation, through an agreement with the National Park Services, have contracted with Witten Technologies to use an extremely high tech piece of machinery to view ground images as far as 6 feet underground.  Through the images collected from this technology, evidence could possibly be found to finally consummate theory with fact.  The whole imagery process will take a couple of months to implement and finalize; but in the final analysis, the history of these vanished people should be brought to life more now than ever.

    It’s quiet this time of year, many shops and businesses are closed until March.  As locals here on the Outer Banks, we love the winter season because time slows down so that we can enjoy family and friends more.  From October to May, you can drive on the beaches in many places.  Fishing during this time of year is prime for various species of marine life.  Nor’easters can come and go, but we still plug along, enjoying the nature around us, museums, shoreline, beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

    One favorite pastime is going to movies.  Believe it or not, we have an old fashioned movie theater in Manteo that has been in existence since 1934.  Ye Olde Pioneer Theater run by the same family, the Creefs, is one of the oldest continuously family owned theaters in the country.  Current movies play there, but only those rated G, PG or PG-12 are shown.  New movies start on Friday and show every night at 8:00 p.m.  The movie theater is beautifully adorned with its original structure, but has been renovated by the addition of new seats, curtains and a sound system upgrade.  To reach them, call 252-473.2216.

    We congratulate the management and employees of Carolina Design’s Realty for joining together to implement steps to conserve energy and our natural resources. A special thank you goes out to those who researched, coordinated and implemented our plan into action!

    This is a work in progress that we know will evolve with education and time.  Our current changes include energy efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats to regulate temperatures, recycling and installing an Energy Star dishwasher. We will keep you informed as we move forward and do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle!

    The longest running visual art exhibition in the country and in its 30th season, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show will be displayed at the Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head from January 26th to February 22nd.  Wares from local artists in all mediums from painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture and more are worth the visit.

    Call 252-473-5558 for more information.

    Monthly newsletters are being generated by our Sales Department and sent via email to our current vacation rental guests as well as our prospects.  Each issue is presented with informative articles on vacation rental home rentals and sales and mortgage loan opportunities.  The pictures are clear and bright offering more description to the subjects discussed. 

    This publication has been well-received, is an easy read and offers the reader more information with an additional click of the mouse.

    Town of Nags Head Commissioners voted in favor of banning the use of all fireworks in Nags Head effective January 9, 2008.  Any pyrotechnic device that leaves the ground or explodes is already illegal in the State of North Carolina. This ordinance clarifies that all fireworks including sparklers are illegal in accordance with the Town of. Duck and Hatteras Island whereby their ordinances have the same restrictions. 

    If anyone is found using fireworks, a state citation will be issued which requires a mandatory court appearance and a possible fine up to $500!  Please report the use or possession of all fireworks that explode, fly, travel along the ground or that may endanger life or property to the Nags Head Police Department by calling 252-473-3444.

    It’s hard to believe that the new year is here and your Outer Banks vacation week is just a few short months away.  Now’s the time to think of scheduling your appointment with Shooters At The Beach, the local’s favorite professional photographer!  Don’t miss out on the services they can provide by waiting too late to get penciled into a time slot – they get booked up almost as fast as we do.  The photographer comes to you – at the beach, in the studio or wherever you would like to capture your precious memories forever.  Their services extend to weddings, bridal portraits, videos or commercial photography.  Shooters At The Beach comes highly recommended and is affiliated with the Outer Banks Wedding Association, Professional Photographers of American and The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.  Give them a call today – 252-480-2395!

    The course and date is set for the 2008 Outer Banks Triathlon, a sanctioned event of the USAT USA Triathlon and sponsored by Triangle Orthopedic Associates.  The race course of swimming, bike riding and running revolves around a transition area next to the Manteo Waterfront.  On Saturday, April 26th at 8:00 a.m., there will be a ‘Sprint’ distance race consisting of a 750 meter swim, a 14 mile bike ride, and a 2.1 mile run.  There will also be an ‘Olympic’ distance race consisting of a 1500 meter swim, a 24 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run.

    For the best rates on fees, you must register by January 16th.  For more information, call the Outer Banks Triathlon Club at 252-599-0911.

    The Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo is the oldest, biggest, and best wedding planning event on the Outer Banks! Make plans now to join the Outer Banks Wedding Association for their 10th Anniversary Wedding Weekend and Expo on January 12-13, 2008.  On Saturday, January 12th, there will be a self-guided tour of exceptional reception and ceremony sites on the Outer Banks.  That evening, there will be a formal reception held at the Comfort Inn South in Nags Head for brides-to-be and their families.  The Outer Banks Wedding Expo takes place on Sunday, January 13th at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills with over 100 local vendors on hand to help plan their special day.

    Tickets for this special event are $20 for all weekend events or $10 for the expo only.  For more information, call (252) 305-0978.