ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Mar. 7, 2014 N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island art exhibition “Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett” March 7–-July 7, 2014 The Gypsy Fish Wife, Musical Lute Fish, Jules the Giant Squid, the Carolina Card Shark, and a host of other fabulous creatures have taken up residence in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Nautilus Art Gallery through July 7, 2014. Inspired by the ocean, literature, and the artist’s lifelong interest in cross-cultural mythology and crafted from recycled materials, paint, glitter, seashells and love, seventeen sea creatures by Outer Banks artist Carol Willett are delighting guests with a romp through Enchanted Seas of visual puns and near-magical art. Surrounded by her creations on every wall […]
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Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1. Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under. The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities. “These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.” The aquariums last […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – Lots of school groups and children are planning trips to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The attached video link shows the anticipation and excitement of one of the groups that visited recently. I think you will agree, they had lots of fun! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island from Max Media NC on Vimeo.
N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21
MANTEO, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – Roanoke Island became a prime destination for the enslaved to gain their freedom after Federal forces took control of the island in February 1862. A N.C. Highway Marker dedication and program Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Dare Center in Manteo will recognize their struggles and contributions. Confederates had slaves on the island already for the construction of Confederate forts, then Union soldiers employed them all for eight dollars per month. The runaways, called “contrabands” by Federals, worked on construction projects, building three forts, docks, bridges and the like. Some men were spies, scouts or guides, traveling from 30 to 300 miles behind enemy lines to acquire intelligence. An official colony was […]
RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are operating on different schedules Feb. 11. They include: East CSS Neuse, Kinston – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, Fremont – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort Somerset Place, Creswell – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Tryon Palace, New Bern – closed Feb. 11 Central Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site — closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. All other state historic sites and museums currently are on a normal schedule. Call ahead […]
Tips to Stay Safe during Winter Weather EASTERN, NC, Feb. 11, 2014 – As the southeast once again braces for winter storms, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is preparing to respond if needed. Five teams of Red Cross shelter volunteers are on standby in the Cape Fear, Coastal Carolina and Onslow County Chapter areas in the event that shelters need to be opened. Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) crews are also on standby to drive Red Cross disaster relief vehicles located in Wilmington, New Bern, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Elizabeth City. These vehicles can be mobilized to transport and distribute food, drinks, and supplies into disaster affected areas when travel becomes safe. With several inches of snow […]
RALEIGH, NC Feb. 7, 2014 – On February 7, 1862, Federal ships bombarded Fort Bartow, part of the Confederate defenses on Roanoke Island. One of three Confederate earthen forts on the west side of the island, Fort Bartow mounted nine guns. The other two garrisons were Fort Huger and Fort Blanchard, The three forts were designed to protect the mainland from Federal invasion and to complement obstructions placed in the channel. Of the three forts, Bartow was the only one actively engaged in what would become known as the Battle of Roanoke Island. The first shot of the battle was fired from Bartow’s guns, and the fort was subsequently bombarded by the Federal fleet for seven hours. The Confederate fleet, under Captain W. […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – The Dare County Friends of Youth (DCFY) mentoring program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 6 – 17 with caring adult volunteers who serve as role models and friends. The young people involved in the program are referred by various community and school sources, as well as by parents or guardians. Adult volunteer mentors provide the youths with one-on-one time, at least eight hours each month for one year, in activities that build self-esteem, strong character and friendship, helping the youth to strengthen times at home, at school and in the community. In addition to one-on-one time spent together, the program also provides opportunities throughout the year to participate in group activities. […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 3, 2014 – Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety Officer Patrick Murphy said of David, “In my heart and too many of us who knew David, he made the 300 dives.” David was 82 years old and was selected Co-Volunteer Diver of the Year in 2010 with friend and diver Jack May.
North Carolina State Historical Venues Closings for Jan. 28 RALEIGH, NC January 28, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are closed today. They include: Closings: East Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington — reopens Thursday Fort Fisher, Kure Beach Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Winnabow Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City — closing at 4 p.m. Tuesday; reopens Thursday N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort N.C. Maritime Museum, Southport — reopens Thursday Outer Banks History Center, Manteo — reopens Thursday Tryon Palace, New Bern — reopens Wednesday at 11 a.m. Piedmont Alamance Battleground, […]