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    Memorial Day dates back to the aftermath of the Civil War; people honor the service of fallen soldiers by decorating their graves. This holiday still retains its patriotic spirit, but its economic consequences, though smaller than those of other holidays, cannot be overlooked. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Tourists will begin to flock to resort communities in areas like…North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    “Americans will also be stripping off the covers that have protected their barbecues since last winter’s first frost, and firing up those grills to cook burgers and hot dogs for family and friends.”

    Six reasons the U.S. Economy needs Memorial Day:

    1. Retail Sales: Most experts expect retail sales to show a modest gain of about 3% this year.

    2. Car Sales: Sellers of new and used vehicles have always thrown plenty of promotional muscle behind their Memorial Day sales.

    3. Gasoline Sales: The summer driving season is coming just as gasoline prices have dropped from a high of $3.97 a gallon to $3.84.

    4. Tourism: Indeed, officials in tourist towns in New Jersey, Massachusetts and North Carolina, which rely heavily on travelers arriving by vehicle, recently told 24/7 Wall St. that they were expecting better summer seasons than last year.

    5. Meat: To the meat industry, the start of the “grilling season” is its answer to the December holidays. Sales have struggled lately as Americans continue to eat less meat.

    6. Grills/Outdoor Furniture: Memorial Day is a key holiday for companies that make barbecues and outdoor furniture, which are a combined $5 billion industries.

     Source:  DailyFinance.com

    DailyPress.com suggested plans to avoid inevitable congestion in Hampton Roads as Memorial Day Weekend traditionally kicks off the summer travel season. Anyone planning to drive in and around the area this weekend will want to plan ahead.

    It is recommended that drivers heading toward the Outer Banks area should avoid Interstate 64′s frequently clogged Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and instead opt for the lesser traveled Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel on Interstate 664.

    Travelers heading to the Outer Banks on the popular Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168) will have to pay an increased toll of $6 for two-axle vehicles. A deep discount is available for EZ Pass holders who pre-register with the Chesapeake Expressway Discount Program. Information is available at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/expressway or by calling 757-204-0010.

    Jennette’s Pier officially opened with a bang Saturday, May 21 as Gov. Beverly Purdue christened the new, $25 million ocean-fishing pier in Nags Head around noon with a bottle of champagne.

    After that, hundreds of residents and visitors rushed into the 16,000-square-foot pier house and 1,000-foot-long pier to enjoy the afternoon. All admission fees to the state-owned and operated pier were waived for the day. 

    Jennette’s Pier will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from now until Oct. 1. After that, fishing hours will be 6 a.m. until midnight for October and November. 

    First ever Family Fishing Tournament 

    Jennette’s Pier will hold its inaugural Family Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 4 in Nags Head.  The tournament will run from 8 a.m. until noon with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Anglers will fish for the longest fish in a dozen different categories.  Families will receive discounted admission for the event, which is sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau. 

    For more information, call 252-255-1501, ext. 202.

    Today, Richmond.com reported that a trip to the Outer Banks tops the list of what Richmonders want to do for Memorial Day.  Most private and community pools open on Memorial Day weekend. It’s time to slather on the sunscreen, grab your goggles and hit the pool.  What Memorial Day is complete without firing up the grill for a friendly BBQ?  We hope to see you at the beach!

    Faire Days Festival on Wednesdays, Summer 2011 at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck, NC

    Besides offering Exciting Boutique Shopping and Fine Dining year round, Scarborough Faire is proud to announce Faire Days for 12 consecutive weeks throughout the Summer of 2011. Every Wednesday, starting June 15th and ending Aug 31st, from 2-7pm, you’ll discover Food, Art, Imagination, Recreation & Entertainment for the entire family in the cool shade of our magnificent tree-lined Courtyard in the heart of Duck NC:

    •  Corolla Wild Horse Fund presents LIVE Horses

    •  FREE Gift Bag Drawings

    •  Tim the Juggler

    •  Magic Mike the Clown & Magician

    •  Live Music Features & DJ

    •  Shopping Specials & Event Discounts 

    •  Appetizer Specials & Wine Tastings

    •  Funnel Cake Van

    •  Author Book Signings

    •  Children’s Story Hour

    •  Play Doh Coloring Sheets

    •  Culinary Demos & Tastings

    •  Live Painting Demos

    •  Decorating Seminars

    •  Glitter Tattoo Table

    •  Segway Demos

    •  Random visits for Kayak Clinics, Child Safety Seat Checks & Deputy Dogs

    *Weather Permitting & Subject to Change

     For Complete Details & Festival Events Schedule, Please Visit http://www.ScarboroughFaireInDuckNC.com

    On behalf of all of us here at Carolina Designs Realty, we would like to thank everyone on The Captain’s Crew for their leadership, organization and implementation of our Outer Banks Relay for Life fundraising events this past weekend.  Our yard sale this weekend raised over $1100, and together with our other events, we achieved our goal of raising over $10,000.

    Congratulations to all of you for your participation and hard work which was vital to our success!

    A story posted on The ApexHerald.com reported that, according to a new survey, North Carolina will be the fourth most popular tourist destination this summer.

    Only Florida, California and New York outpace North Carolina in the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker, which asked Americans about their summer travel plans.

    “We don’t have a Disney World, Disney Land or Statue of Liberty. What North Carolina does have are beautiful places like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Outer Banks,” said Katherine Skinner, executive director of The Nature Conservancy and a member of the Land for Tomorrow executive committee. “If we are going to continue to lead the southeast and most of the nation when it comes to attracting tourists, then we need to keep conservation momentum going strong.”

    Earlier this spring, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that North Carolina was the sixth most visited state in 2010, accounting for a record $17 billion in tourism spending.

    Carolina Designs Realty is pleased to offer and strongly recommend Travel Guard’s All Seasons Travel Plan, our optional vacation insurance. This insurance policy is your only means available to protect you from losses or damages resulting from loss or use of your vacation rental home due to a mandatory evacuation order.   A Description of Coverage is located on our website and is offered with every reservation.

    Travel is a leading industry in the U.S., and tourism provides jobs for millions of Americans.  In addition to its important economic impact, travel also opens our minds and our hearts.  Travel inspires us. Travel gives us hope. Travel changes our perceptions. Travel makes the world a little smaller. Travel connects us. Because the best things in life aren’t things.

    Hamptonroads.com article by Jeff Hampton, writer for The Virginian-Pilot, announced Kitty Hawk Kites was issued their county permit last week to expand its popular hang gliding school in the spring of 2012 on 75 acres of grassy airstrip – one 1,000 feet long and the other 1,800 feet long behind The Cotton Gin on Route 158 in Jarvisburg. The primary reason for the expansion is to attract tourists from the Outer Banks and boost the local mainland economy.

    “Kitty Hawk Kites is a brand known around the world, just like Grave Digger,” said John Snowden, a farmer and businessman who lives near the Currituck County Regional Airport in Maple, referencing the monster truck.  Hang gliding flights are quiet and do not disturb the neighborhood, he said.

    Founded in the mid-1970s, Kitty Hawk Kites attracted crowds to Jockey’s Ridge State Park for low-altitude hang gliding for about 15 years before expanding to the Currituck County airport. For the first two years, trucks towed gliders into the air.  In 1991, light aircraft replaced trucks, and gliders were pulled up to a mile in the air. Now, more than 1,000 annually glide at the Currituck airport. Operations at the airport will continue.

    “I wanted to let you know how very satisfied we were with our first Outer Banks rental; specifically, your company!  You and the office were GREAT to work with and very personable and responsive.  All of the maintenance folks, including the pool guy, were wonderful to work with and extremely responsive!  It was a wonderful experience.  So much so, that as we walked around and checked out other potential homes for future rentals… deciding to stay only with those listed by Carolina Designs, simply because we were so pleased with every aspect of our working with you and your organization!   I will definitely be recommending your company to others.  Thank you so much for the great service!”

     Jackie from Columbus, OH