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    Soar by day, swing by night

    To complement Soaring 100 festivities, the First Flight Foundation is hosting a Ragtime Gala October 22nd at Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores. Chef Dave Melson showcases fresh, seasonal, local cuisine from hors d’oeuvres to dessert, with wine and beer included and a cash bar available. 

    The entertainment, underwritten by Carolina Designs Realty, Inc., begins with Outer Banks’ own, guitarist Joe Mapp, bassist Andy Rice, and Leslie Erickson, gypsy-jazz music of Django Reinhardt, followed by a surprising floorshow produced by Elizabeth R & Company.  Dancing will follow with swinging, jump-blues and jazz delivered by Washington D.C. based, Terence McArdle and Big Trouble. McArdle’s group boasts a tick tight horn section playing the songs of Count Basie, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington. A silent auction will round-out the evening with several selections of art, a beach home vacation, a package from Dayton to include the Dayton Air Show and tickets to the Aviation Hall of Fame; framed art from the Wright Family; and flights, of course.

    Soaring 100, a four day celebration at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills and Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, marks the centennial of Orville Wright’s world record glider flight in 1911, which is considered the birth of modern soaring.  Numerous flight groups, dignitaries, and aviators of note are travelling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to celebrate. To help welcome them, three evening events have been planned including an outdoor barbeque at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head on Friday, October 21; the Ragtime Gala; and a casual “meet and mingle” at Pamlico Jack’s Hideaway in Nags Head on Sunday, October 23.

    For more information and tickets on Ragtime Gala reservations, which are $100 per person, visit or call the First Flight Foundation office at 252-491-5165.  You may also save $10 when you purchase the package offered for all three evening events by going to

    The Daily Advance reported how the Outer Banks has become a magnet for second-home buyers attracted to low tax rates, pristine beaches and tourist attractions, according to a summary report by the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University in Greenville. Nearly all of the county’s houses valued $600,000 and up are second homes.  Overall, owners of second homes appeared more satisfied than their full-time counterparts with the economic, environmental and overall benefits from tourism, according to the survey of 618 property owners.

    Most residents viewed tourism as important to the county. While nearly 95% of second home buyers thought tourism brings new income to Currituck, 83% of full-time residents thought the same.

    A review of earlier studies indicates tourism and travel contributes significantly to the local economy.  The tourism industry pumped $117 million into the local economy and created 1,380 jobs in 2010, the report said. Tourism, along with spin-off jobs in construction, retail, trade, real estate rentals and leasing, and food services, are estimated to generate 63% of the county’s employment.

    That doesn’t include tax income and jobs created by the county government. Tourism contributed $21 million to the county payroll and generated $11 million in local and state tax revenue, according to the survey’s summary of findings.

    “Tourism revenues in Currituck have more than tripled over the past 10 years and are predicted to increase in the future,” said the report, citing another 2008 study.

    15th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a celebration of wildlife & wildlands in Eastern North Carolina, set for the week of November 8-13th, offers over 85 programs ranging from paddling and wildlife photography to birding, natural history and more. The six day event celebrates the natural wonders of our area and offers many opportunities to explore and discover the richness of the region’s environment.

    For more information, call (252) 216-9464 or visit

    The Outer Banks Home Builders Parade of Homes will be hosted from October 6th – 9th .  The tour of 16 newly constructed coastal homes features designs with new technologies and best building practices

    All Parade homes are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  These homes are diverse in form and function, each offering a unique representation of life at the beach. 

    View them on your own timetable, as this year’s homes are scattered from Corolla on the north beach to south Nags Head, a more compact route than in recent years.  

    All proceeds from the tour support the Outer Banks Food Pantry.

    Call the Outer Banks Home Builders Association at 252-449-8232 for more information.     

    Two Carolina Designs Realty vacation homes will be featured in the Parade of Homes:

    Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to repair breaches in N.C. 12 with a temporary bridge to restore traffic flow to Hatteras Island that will span the largest breach in N.C. 12, about six miles south of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.  The interim fixes are expected to cost $10 million and buy time for “a comprehensive, long-term” solution using emergency federal funds.
    The state Department of Transportation has set up for N.C. 12 project updates.

    Check out this great video below created by North Carolina Department of Transportation:

    Rebuilding Highway 12

    The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Championships began this Sunday and will run all week.  This is a fall family event for competitors and families from Maine to Miami; a chance to compete and relax on the Outer Banks during one of the most beautiful times of the year.  Due to the current temporary difficulty of getting to Hatteras Island, the competition was relocated north to Nags Head

    The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, to the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment. It was founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve, and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast.

    It’s been a quick-paced week since returning from vacation but I meant to drop the team at Carolina Designs Realty an email saying how pleased we were with our vacation, even though it was abbreviated.  The staff could not have been friendlier or helpful despite what I’m sure was under very, very trying circumstances at the time of check in.  We have always had very positive experiences with renting from Carolina Designs and this past vacation was no exception.  Going the extra mile as your team did certainly solidified your reputation as a quality organization dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.  My family and I will visit again and will always use Carolina Designs for our vacation rentals on the Outer Banks!  On my behalf please extend my thanks to your wonderful co-workers and tell them how impressed I was by their hospitable, can-do attitude!”

    Bill from Alexandria, VA

    “We had a wonderful five days in paradise and thank all of you for your due diligence in handling a unique situation.  The vacation rental home was perfectly fine with a good quantity of sand in the pool which was almost immediately cleaned out.  We all agreed it was one of our best vacations in the Outer Banks with drop-dead beautiful weather.  All twelve of us in our party think you did a fantastic job and of course will return through Carolina Designs next year.  Thank you for everything you did to get us into our cottage as quickly as possible. We wish you the very best!”                                Michael from Annandale VA

    On behalf of all of us here at Carolina Designs Realty, thank you for your patience last week during your vacation with us.  This was a challenging week, to say the least, for everyone affected by the hurricane.  In the aftermath, visitors were allowed re-entry less than 24 hours after residents were allowed back.  We maximized resources with limited staffing to expedite cleaning and repair to meet the demand.  Despite any inconvenience, we hope you enjoyed your time here – many guests checking out informed us that they did indeed, have a wonderful vacation nonetheless.  We look forward to seeing you again.

    A plan by Gov. Beverly Perdue will repair breaches in N.C. 12 with a temporary bridge to restore traffic flow to Hatteras Island within a month after Hurricane Irene severed its only highway and stranded thousands of residents who did not evacuate ahead of the storm.  The bridge will span the largest breach in N.C. 12, about six miles south of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, and crews will fill in several smaller areas of crumbled pavement.  Perdue’s plan includes repairs for areas of shattered and sand-strewn roadway on Ocracoke. The interim fixes are expected to cost $10 million and buy time for “a comprehensive, long-term” solution, the governor’s office said in a news release. She said emergency federal funds will foot the bill.

    The state Department of Transportation has set up for N.C. 12 project updates.


    It is times like this that we realize just how incredible Carolina Designs team of office and field staff are when working side by side in recovery from possibly the worst storm we will ever encounter here in our lifetime.

     “Dear Carolina Designs Team: 

    Please extend our thoughts to you as well as all residents of the Outer Banks.  We sincerely hope your families/friends made it through Irene without incident.  This is what truly matters!  The speed that the residents brought the islands back “online” amazes me!… Finally, I want to express my appreciation for the ongoing communication through your website.  We have come to the Outer Banks for many years and have never experienced such exceptional customer service during a weather event (including Earl, last year).  Your professionalism throughout this event has earned you a new customer.  We will be in contact with you this Fall to book “Piece of a Dream” for a week in the 2012 summer season.

    Best wishes, Roy from Pittsburgh, PA

     The owner of #536 Ocean Pocean called to thank us for everything we did during the storm.  His guests were happy and believes we did an amazing job under the present circumstances.  In his words, “I am extremely happy!”

     The owner of #281 Shore Thing called to thank us for getting his house cleaned during this very trying time.  His family called to say how very polite the cleaners were and what a wonderful job they did!

    The owner of #464 Dream Awhile called to express his gratitude to all who responded to the emergency and accomplished a yeoman task.