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    Outer Banks Activities

    Vacationers and locals will relish the incredible sounds of The Return bringing you the best songs of The Beatles appearing live on the Outer Banks in the fourth performance of the 29th extraordinary Outer Banks Forum Performing Arts Series on Sat., Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., said Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum. All programs will be held at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hill.

    “Step back in time, listen to the music that has had a profound effect on the world’s musical scene, and be excited by these amazing young musicians,” said Cooke. “Start the New Year off right with an astonishing trip down memory lane.” For more information about season tickets or individual tickets, call Julie Hamilton, 252-255-2274. To subscribe on line, visit www.outerbanksforum.org. Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.

    The Outer Banks Forum for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

    The first annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival takes place October 5-6, 2012 at Roanoke Island, NC. Make plans now to bring the family for a weekend filled with the twag of some good ole Southern picking in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and so many other legendary performers!

    The festival Artists scheduled to perform include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Dixie Ridge, Stoney Creek Band, Nu-Blu, Drymill Road, The Whiskey Rebellion, Stacy Grubb, The Hillbilly Gypsies, Cumberland River and more.

    Workshops, jamming and more are just part of the excitement of this inaugural festival.

    Tickets and additional information is available at www.obxbluegrassfestival.com

    The Kilmarlic Health & Racquet Club, just over the bridge from the Outer Banks, has changed its name to WestSide Athletic Club. The name change is the beginning of a new branding strategy to more accurately reflect the unique services offered to accommodate athletes of all sports, ages, and fitness levels.

    The facility expansion now underway include a new group exercise room. The entire club, including the fitness area, will remain open during construction.

    For those interested in finding out about the local marine mammal stranding network on the Outer Banks as well as as­sisting with health assessments and monitor­ing of hauled out seals, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission presents Karen Clark, Wildlife Education Specialist, for an interesting and informative presentation at the Carova Beach Fire Department (four wheel drive area) on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    For more information, contact Karen Gregory at 252.453.0651.

    If our visitors and/or locals have not experienced this yuletide favorite, you are in for a royal treat December 20-23 & 27-30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Lights and music transform The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. 

    Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). For more information, call (252) 473-3234.

    OBXmas Weekends.com is a new, informative site from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, created to bring visitors to the area during the holiday season by highlighting special events throughout the Outer Banks during this holiday season.  The Bureau has brought information from the Chamber of Commerce, National Park Service, various local municipalities, lodging providers, retailers, attractions and restauranteurs to one central site.  Find out what exciting yuletide activities, both traditional and new, are planned for this season of giving, love and peace!

    National winners of a Today’s Show and HG TV, Mr. and Mrs. Poulos of Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, create a Christmas and holiday lights display year after year creating yuletide excitement for so many.  When you visit them, please express your appreciation of this wonderful Christmas experience.  We are very fortunate that Mr. and Mrs. Poulos provide all of us with a wonderful place to go to experience Christmas present and past.  Their hard work and attention to detail is astonishing. 

    Directions:

    The house is located in Kill Devil Hills near the Nags Head Woods entrance heading South on Rt. 158:
    1. Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Dr. (opposite MacDonald’s);
    2. Turn right at Ocean Acres Dr.;
    3. The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.

    Children may receive a free photo op (so bring your cameras) with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider for Hangin’ With Santa November 25th from 10am-2pm and November 26th from 1pm-6pm at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head.

    Watch the night sky magically transform as kites with lights glow atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head for Kites with Lights November 26th from 4pm – 6pm. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies across the street at the Kitty Hawk Kites store.  Please call 877-FLY-THIS for all the details for both of the events above.

    Old Time Ensemble from the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a creative group of fiddle-playing, banjo-picking, accordion-squee​zing, washboard-strum​ming musicians, present two Christmas concerts with holiday sing-a-longs at Roanoke Island Festival Park Indoor Theatre November 26 at 7 p.m. November 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for those 12 and under. Please all (252) 475-1500 for more information.

    A recent article in the Charlotte Observer promoted the Town of Duck as being the first Outer Banks community to install a seven-mile multi-use trail; the town recently added a boardwalk that runs between Town Park and the primary business district.  It also has been building a sound-side boardwalk connecting Town Park (Duck’s 11-acre civic/cultural center, complete with walking trails, playground and picnic area) with area businesses; the boardwalk currently is two-thirds of a mile long and has a fishing dock and a canoe/kayak put-in.

    The main road through Duck, meanders through remains of maritime forest and quiet residential areas. The feel is of a small community (something town officials are proud of).

    Biking and kayaking are very popular in the area; but you can also sail, windsurf, parasail and jet ski, especially on the sound. More traditional beach activities like swimming, fishing and simmering in the sun are still in vogue.

    Known for providing a refined and relaxed experience, Duck offers a wide array of shopping. Food options are as varied; it’s no harder to get a burger or pizza than a fine-dining experience.

    Visit www.townofduck.com or call the event hotline, 252-255-1286. Area info: 877-629-4386; www.outerbanks.org

    Carolina Designs Realty donated funds to support a triathlon for kids, ages 5 to 12, held at Kilmarlic Health and Racquet Club recently. 

    All participants received a free t-shirt, enjoyed a lunch and a pumpkin afterward.