2008 Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations

 What better place to be on the 4th of July than the Outer Banks! Catch fireworks on the 4th at any of the locations listed below. Happy Birthday America!

2008 Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations

Corolla Currituck Heritage Park –
food, fun and entertainment from 6 to 11. No alcohol; no on-street parking. $1 donation per person
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Kill Devil Hills Avalon Fishing Pier, MP 6 –
Fourth of July celebrations begin at 3pm with live music and a variety of food tents.
Approx. 9:30pm
Nags Head Nags Head Fishing Pier, MP 11 Approx. 9:25pm
Manteo Roanoke Island Festival Park –
NCSA’s Woodwind Quintet Jazz Ensemble performing an evening of patriotic music at 8pm at the Waterfront Outdoor Pavilion. Free
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Duck’s Fourth Annual Fourth of July Parade
The parade will be held on Friday, July 4 at 9 a.m., with an after event to be held at the Town Park featuring music by Ruth Wyand & Friends. The one-mile parade route begins at Scarborough Lane and continues down Ocean Way and then Christopher Drive. For additional information, please contact the Town of Duck at 252-255-1234 or at info@townofduck.com

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Dr. Beach rates Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks as No. 8!

It is so pleasing to hear that, according to an article published in The Charlotte Observer, Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research a.k.a. Dr. Beach has once again chosen beaches in North Carolina in the top ‘10’ list for beaches in the United States.  Dr. Beach rates Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks as No. 8!  The No. 1 beach in 2007 was Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on the Outer Banks.  The list is compiled after meeting a list of 50 criteria such as water, sand quality, facilities and environmental management.

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5th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week

Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th, the 6th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week coincides with the North Carolina state H.O.G. Rally with over 10,000 registered participants thus far. As the bikers from all over the country roll into town, these visitors on wheels are welcomed with a full week of planned entertainment, great food, events and special attractions.  Sponsors include the Harley Davidson dealerships in Harbinger, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. There will be a bike show, 100 mile poker run, live indoor and outdoor music, scenic rides to enjoy many miles of Outer Banks beaches and waterways and official nightly party sites.

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Since 1988, We Lead The Way….

Carolina Designs Realty was founded in 1988.  From day one, the company has focused on providing only the finest vacation homes that the Outer Banks has to offer.  We have been able to attract these properties because of our commitment to extremely high standards of customer service and operational innovation:  

Since 1988, we lead the way….

We were the first Outer Banks rental company to provide linens (beds made) as a standard amenity.

We were one of the first Outer Banks rental companies to offer a full color brochure. 

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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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Outer Banks Marathon Ran its Second Year

Over 3600 runners competed in the 2nd Annual OBX®Marathon and half marathon on Sunday, November 11th . This year, 50 elite runners from across America and as far away as Africa completed for over $26,000 in prize money.  The main sponsor for this event is The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  Runners of all capabilities followed the marathon route through maritime forest, past Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the Roanoke Sound.  The date for next year’s event has already been set – Sunday, November 9, 2008.  It is wonderful to have this type of event coming to the Outer Banks, where the beauty of the landscape and shore can be shared with so many.

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Outer Banks Kitty Hawk Kites Rated Best Outfitters on Earth

After conducting surveys of outfitters and their customers around the world, Kitty Hawk Kites has been named one of 105 named “Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.  National Geographic Adventure magazine was launched eight years ago and circulates to more than 600,000 consumers.  To be considered, the score from the customer surveys needed to exceed 80 percent. According to a representative with National Geographic Adventure, Kitty Hawk Kites ranked far above the 80 percent required.

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Unique Employers on the Outer Banks

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Our leaders of the Carolina Designs Realty team, Art Thibodeau, along with his wife, Monica, are the best employers you could ever ask for!  They know and care about their employees in a way that is very rare to see these days.  Our company is a success because of their vision, determination and kindness towards the people they work with.  Carolina Designs Realty has an impeccable reputation for how they treat their employees.  In fact, our company is one of the top five employers to pay the highest salaries in Dare County, North Carolina.  Art and Monica have a giving nature, and it’s evident in the way they do business.  Benefits, bonuses, perks and praise are extremely generous. They encourage individual success and personal growth for their staff.  Our suggestions are always honored and encouraged.  We feel a part of Carolina Designs Realty and because they believe in us, they give us the freedom to make our own choices and decisions.

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Outer Banks Chowder Cookoff and Oyster Roast

Every year in November on a Sunday afternoon, usually the second or third weekend, Seagate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (MP 5.5) provides the venue for the Outer Banks Chowder Cookoff and Oyster Roast.  For the entrance fee of $10, you can take the taste test from amateur cooks and professional chefs who compete for prizes for best seafood chowder and best nonseafood chowder.  There’s also an oyster roast and hamburgers and hot dogs. Beer, wine, soda, and water are available. All proceeds benefit local charities.

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Haunted Outer Banks Happenings

On Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a very popular and well attended function celebrating family fun at Halloween time happens at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo, North Carolina. Enjoy fun and safe activities under the sea with crazy costume contests, scream contests, crafts and activities.  Tickets are sold in advance. For more information, please contact the aquarium at (866) 332-3475.
Beginning Friday, October 26th , travel north on the Outer Banks for the 4th Annual Haunted Corolla Village.  Take a hayride tour from the Wildlife Education Center at Currituck Heritage Park to the old Corolla Schoolhouse to be entertained with stories from the past.  From there, ride on to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and end at the Whalehead Club where you are invited inside the basement… The tours start at 5:30 p.m. each evening and the last tour is booked at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the hayride are $6.00 per person. For more information, call 252-453-9040.

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