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    Outer Banks Activities

    Third Annual Night at the Races, a benefit The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, NC, on Saturday, March 17th.  Enjoy a night of horse racing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, prizes, raffles, hat contest, and more. Tickets are available for purchase at $35.00 each online, by phone, or at the door of the event for an additional $5.00.

    Cheer on Carolina Designs Realty’s sponsored race horse, Captains Crew, running in the Realtor Race.  We are proud sponsors of this worthy cause!

    For all the details, call 252.453.8002.

    Rain or shine in Nags Head on Sunday, March 18th, all Outer Banks visitors and locals alike will line either side of beach road (Route 12 around MP 10.5 to MP 11.5) to experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NC travels the greenest mile in the Tarheel state.  Kelly’s 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings in over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching/walking/motorized units.

    This year’s theme is A Healthy Outer Banks! in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Outer Banks Hospital.  You’ll see floats and exhibits for healthy active lifestyles through GREEN SPORTS-Running, Walking, Cycling, Kiteboarding, Surfing, Kayaking, Tennis, Racquetball, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Football-you get the point-Get Moving!

    The Sixth Annual Duck Jazz Festival is being held on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The event will be held at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, from 11:00 a.m. until dusk; with the gates opening at 10:00 a.m.  The artists currently scheduled for the 2012 event are: The Rippingtons, Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen, The Fuzz Band, and one other act to be announced.

    The Duck Jazz Festival is something that has grown in popularity over the years.  It’s a great event for the entire Outer Banks!

    Travel recommendation site today announced winners of its inaugural 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Voting in the 10Besties began in late January with 20 nominees in each of 10 categories ranging from Best Beaches and Best Foodie Destinations, to Best Ski Resorts and Best Museums. 10Best’s readers were asked to vote for their favorite locations in each category.

    In keeping with the site’s focus, has announced the 10 winners in each of its travel award categories as determined by its more than one million readers. #1 pick for Best Beaches — Outer Banks, NC!

    Carolina Designs Realty is a proud sponsor of The Lost Colony as they celebrate its 75th Diamond Anniversary this year.  In show of their appreciation, our guests will receive $2.00 off the price of an adult admission to the show for an unlimited number of tickets per household.   

    An Outer Banks original, millions have seen the compelling story celebrating the 117 English men, women, and children whose dream still lives on in this American original.  First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 75th anniversary season opens June 1 and plays through Aug. 23, 2012 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  The Lost Colony is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and to honor the founders of The Lost Colony symphonic drama through drama, education, and literature.

    Tickets may be purchased from their website,, by phone, 252-473-4222, or at the Box Office.  Monday nights this season, kids under 12 get in free.

    Carolina Designs Realty is sponsoring a “horse” in the 3rd Annual Night at the Races benefit for the Corolla Wild Horses Foundation Saturday, march 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  For your ticket price you will receive $30.00 in play money to bet on six races, heavy hors d’oeuvres, participation in lady’s and gentlemen’s hat contest, and winners and losers prizes. There will be a cash bar, silent auction, etched wine glass sales, and raffles!

    All proceeds go directly to benefit the Colonial Spanish Mustangs and help “Keep Them Wild and Free”!  Visit  or call 252-453-8002 for more information.

    The Duck & Wine Festival will be held at the Duck Waterfront Shops in Duck, NC, April 28, 2012 from 12:00 ~ 3:00 PM and will feature a duck and wine cook-off by area chefs/restaurants. Each chef creates a dish using duck provided by Maple Leaf Farms paired with a selected wine chosen by Coastal Cantina. 

    A panel of judges determines the winners in the “Best Dish” category and participants vote for the People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders receive a signature wine glass and wine tote bag in appreciation for their support. 

    Carolina Designs Realty is a proud sponsor of this worthy event.  Charitable beneficiaries are Currituck-Dare Community Foundation, Currituck Kids, Kids First, Inc. and Children At Play. 

    Tickets are now on sale; visit or

    Effective February, 22, 2012, a permit is required to operate a vehicle on designated Off Road Vehicle (ORV) routes at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Permits can be obtained at any of the three NPS ORV permit offices. The cost of an annual permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120.  A 7-day ORV permit (valid from the date issued) will cost $50.

    For more information, visit or call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.

    Mar 15, 2012 – Mar 18, 2012 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, presented by the Dare County Restaurant Association, Four days of food, drinks and fun featuring wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, celebrity guest chef appearances, brewery tours, tapas crawls and many more events with an exciting array of creative combinations and culinary delights.  Check out for all the details.

    Mar 18, 2012 the 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Virginia Dare Trail/Beach Road, MP 11.5 – 10.5, Nags Head. 1 p.m. Rain or shine. The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NC travels the greenest mile in the Tarheel state. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching/walking/motorized units.

    The Town of Nags Head received final approval for a 2-acre town park planned across the street from Jennette’s Pier using a $75,000 state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the Department of Coastal Resources grant as well as monies donated to the town to purchase the property.  The town has set aside $325,000 in town and Dare County Tourism Board money for playground equipment made out of recycled material and stainless steel hardware including slides, ramps, steps and small “rock” climbing walls.  Another component of the park allots for parking up to 72 vehicles, bocci ball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, benches and a walking trail.

    The park’s location is just south of Sam and Omie’s Restaurant and will wrap behind the Duneburger property at the fork of N.C. 12 in Whalebone.