OBX Outer Banks NC

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.

Medical Pioneer Edward Warren

Medical Pioneer Edward Warren

RALEIGH, NC January 22, 2014 – On January 22, 1828, Edward Warren, surgeon general of North Carolina and senior medical officer to the Egyptian khedive, was born in Tyrrell County. After earning his medical degree, Warren practiced medicine briefly alongside his father before departing for Paris, where he continued his studies. He returned to North Carolina in 1855, but soon left for a position as a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Warren again returned to North Carolina to serve the Confederacy. He held numerous appointments throughout the war years, including chief medical officer of Confederate naval forces in North Carolina, medical director of the Confederate Department of the Cape Fear […]

Poached Oysters No Delicacy for Governor Fowle

Poached Oysters No Delicacy for Governor Fowle

RALEIGH, NC January 21, 2014 – On January 21, 1891, Gov. Daniel Fowle declared “war” on northern fishermen poaching on North Carolina’s deep-water oyster beds. The oyster “pirates” had already depleted the Chesapeake Bay’s rich oyster beds during the 1880s. In an effort to meet seafood canneries’ growing demands, they had moved their dredging operations into North Carolina. In 1888, several dredging vessels from Virginia had gathered thousands of bushels of oysters weekly from Hyde County’s waters. The following year, North Carolina banned non-resident dredging, but there was little enforcement. In 1890, Carteret, Hyde and Pamlico Counties tried unsuccessfully to oust the oyster pirates using local patrol boats. Then, in early 1891, a small fleet of illegal oyster schooners were […]

Pea Island life savers are topic at NC Aquarium this winter

Pea Island life savers are topic at NC Aquarium this winter

MANTEO, NC January 17, 2014 – Warm up this winter with harrowing tales of courage and battles against the odds from Life-Saving Station #17. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will feature showings of Rescue Men, a documentary chronicling the story of the all black crew of surf men stationed on the Outer Banks from the late 1800s up to 1947. Led by local Richard Etheridge, the Pea Island crew was the first to be made entirely of black men and one of the most courageous of the Life-Saving Service, the precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard. Join the Aquarium in celebrating Black History Month with free viewings each Sunday in February at 1:30pm. Afterwards, view the in-house exhibit […]

Free admission to be offered on Martin Luther King Holiday

Free admission to be offered on Martin Luther King Holiday

MANTEO, NC January 16, 2014 – On Monday, January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day (MLKD), the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will offer visitors free admission. As part of its effort to support the community, the Aquarium is sponsoring a food drive for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. This year, our goal is 2,000 pounds of food for our “Ton of Love Food Drive.” The Roanoke Island Food Pantry has served serves all of Dare County and even Ocracoke. Highly sought items include hearty soups and canned meats, but all non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. We encourage families to bring a bag of food. Please help our neighbors and Outer Banks Community and give food items for […]

R. A. Fessenden on the Outer Banks: The Beginnings of Radio

R. A. Fessenden on the Outer Banks: The Beginnings of Radio

RALEIGH, NC December 24, 2013 – On December 24, 1902, Reginald Fessenden, who had previously engaged in experiments on the Outer Banks, made the first intentional wireless radio broadcast, playing his violin and reading a passage from the Bible. Fessenden came to North Carolina in 1900 under the auspices of the United States Weather Bureau to conduct experiments in wireless telegraphy on Roanoke Island. His two years’ work attracted considerable publicity. While in North Carolina, he transmitted the first varying musical notes. The 1902 transmissions were said to have been “very loud and plain” and as easy to understand as hearing sounds over an ordinary telephone. Relayed from Buxton, the broadcasts were received 48 miles north on Roanoke Island. The […]

Slipping the Surly Bonds: Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

Slipping the Surly Bonds: Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

RALEIGH, NC December 17, 2013 – On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful powered flight in a heavier-than-air craft. The story of the Wright brothers began in Dayton, Ohio, where they owned and operated a bicycle store. Seasonal slumps in sales forced the brothers to expand, and they decided to try designing a self-propelled aircraft. After six years of studying the principles of flight, the Wright brothers developed several prototypes, some gliders and others self-propelled, and began looking for proving grounds along the east coast. Their search ultimately led them to Dare County’s Kill Devil Hills, where strong winds provided lift and sandy grounds increased chances of a safe landing. After months of setbacks and unsuccessful attempts, at 10:53 […]

Three Sheets to the Wind: On Flight They’re Dubious

Three Sheets to the Wind: On Flight They’re Dubious

KITTY HAWK, NC December 16, 2013 – On December 16, 1959, the Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society was formed in Kitty Hawk.  With a motto of “Birds Fly—Men Drink”, the society continues to party each year from the afternoon of December 16 until 10:45 a. m. on December 17, the time at which the Wright brothers “allegedly” took their first flight. They are “dedicated to the principle that two Wrights made a wrong at Kitty Hawk.” Each year, the society gives two anti-aviation awards to those who have done the most to deter the advance of aviation, the Orville Proxmire Award and the Aviation Hall of Infamy Award. The last four presidents of the United States, Chuck Yeager and […]

Santa Paws in its 12th year!

Santa Paws in its 12th year!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC December 9, 2013 – The Aquarium’s Santa Paws Tree has provided thousands of needed items generously donated by our many animal-loving friends. Now in its 12th year, the Santa Paws Tree accepts donations at the Aquarium Dec. 1-22. Donors providing 7 pounds of dog or cat food receive free admission. Other items on Santa Paws wish list are: • Toys (cats & dogs) • Rawhides • Treats • Blankets & Pillowcases • Bleach • Paper towels • Dog Shampoo • Kitty Litter All items will be delivered to the Outer Banks SPCA on Monday, December 23. Have questions? Call 252-473-3494. We have the answers!  

North Carolina Aquarium will close to observe Thanksgiving Holiday

North Carolina Aquarium will close to observe Thanksgiving Holiday

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC November 25, 2013 – The Aquarium will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Our staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! The Aquarium will reopen on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 a.m. We hope you will plan a visit to see our newest animal addition, “Bleu,” our blue-eyed alligator.

Great White Fishmas

Great White Fishmas

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC November 21, 2013 – Spend an evening with Santa and the animals at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island! This new, exclusive after-hours event is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit with a unique fishy flare from the North Pole. Children will participate in festive reindeer games and seasonal crafts with Aquarium Elves, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and share their holiday wishes with Santa. Guests may even catch a glimpse of Santa scuba diving with the sharks and the fishes in our Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit! Families can write a letter to Santa, enjoy spirited music, and delight in Aquarium decorations to complete a memorable event. Our Great White Fishmas event runs on […]