Outer Banks: Land of Beginnings Festival

Beginning Friday, April 4th through Saturday April 12th, special activities are planned daily in celebration of our community and heritage here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The Land of Beginnings Festival will start off with the Children’s Faire with magicians, face painting, exhibits and more on Friday, April 4th at the Wright Brothers Pavilion in Kill Devil Hills.  There will be a “Studio Tour” of local artists sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council.  Beginning this year, a scholarship award will be given out to a “Living Legend” here on the Outer Banks at the annual community luncheon.  On two nights of the festival week, stories and tales will be presented one at Roanoke Island Festival Park and the other at the Wright Brothers Pavilion.  To top off the week, an annual black-tie dinner and dance will be held at the Pavilion to benefit The Lost Colony.  Workshops for nonprofits and businesses such as PR for Dummies, Crisis Management, Ins and Outs of Advertising, and How to Create Effective Show Exhibits will be on this week’s event calendar.  And… if that was not enough, also planned is a fashion show, county-wide art project, Dinner on the Grounds, photography contest, and more.  More information will be given as we come closer to the event date.

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2008 YTD Sales Make Carolina Designs Realty #1


Carolina Designs Realty brokers Gray Berryman and his partner, Julie Short, are currently listed as the #1 sales agents for real estate sales on the Outer Banks.  This ranking is set by the Outer Banks Association of Realtors statistics as of 2/21/08.

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Broker, Fran Kapinos, is currently listed as the #2 agent for sales thus far in 2008 and has been named in the top 5 several times. 

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Spring 2008 Home Improvement Expo

The Outer Banks Home Builders Association will hold their first Home Improvement Expo at the north end of Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head on Hwy 158 Bypass, MP 14.5 (former location of Seamark Grocery Store).  This is an awesome opportunity to find the local resources that are available for those projects you have been wanting for your vacation rental or primary residence.  Admission is free; children under 16 must be under adult supervision.  There are two dates:

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Chili on the Outer Banks??

Not really, but there is plenty of chili to sample at the upcoming chili cook-off.  The 14th Annual Chili Cook-off will be held at Stripers Bar and Grill in Manteo this year.  Plan on booths set up by professional and amateur chili-makers with every kind of chili you can imagine.  The juried competition will award prizes in three categories:  meat, other meat and vegetarian.

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Some Ways to Save While Enjoying your Outer Banks Vacation

Roanoke Island Festival Park and The Elizabethan Gardens have established a joint admission ticket that offers a 20% saving to both attractions. The tickets will be available at both attractions as well as the Outer Banks Welcome Center on Roanoke Island and the Aycock Brown Welcome Center in Kitty Hawk . Prices are; Adult, $13.00; children 6-18, $9.00 and those 5 years old and under are admitted free.

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