Beach Access and Park Issues
May 7, 2012
Music Festival brings folks together for beach access


Happy people gathered together on Saturday, May 5, to enjoy a day of live music while raising money for the beach access group, Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA). 

The newly formed Cape Hatteras Music Guild, led by organizer Mike Fahey of Frisco, put on a live music show on the ballfield at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, featuring a long list of local musicians. 

Additionally, 14 local artists and crafters along with several food vendors were open for business under a tent, which gave the music lovers lots to do and eat while there.

A long day of music was planned by Mike Fahey and Rory Kelleher with the show times scheduled from 1 p.m. till 11 p.m. 

The first couple of hours saw solo performances by Eli Thompson, Brett Barnett, WaterHigh, Chuck Conlogue, Sean Bendula, and Kelleher, who was the first performer.

Bluegrass band, Banjo Island, featuring Stash Lawrence, Rhonda Bates, and Wes Lassiter, picked up the pace with the trio’s fine-tuned vocal harmonies and fast finger-picking.

Hal and Bruce brought some well performed classic rock tunes to the event with favorites from such bands as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

EZ Malone lit the place on fire with his blazing guitar licks and his solid showmanship.  He really ripped up some Stevie Ray tunes and wowed the crowd with his smoking classic blues riffs.

Weather was an unwelcomed guest Saturday, which interrupted the event with steady rain and distant thunder just as the evening crowd was flooding in for dinner and a fun night of entertainment.

After about a 30 m
inute rain delay, Mojo Collins started the show back with his unique sound.  Turns out he was the last act of the evening, as more dark clouds moved in and threatened the show.

Much to the remaining crowd’s dismay, the musicians called the show off because of the stormy weather.  The circumstances were just too sketchy to risk their equipment.

In the end, the Cape Hatteras Music Guild raised more than $3,000 for beach access mainly though tickets sales, which cost $5 for adults, $3 for children and vendor booth fees.

The Angler’s Club ran a 50/50 raffle during the festival, which raised about $520.  The winner, who is only known as Rosa from Virginia, received $260.  There were consolation prizes donated by the community, which included a handmade quilted table runner, an original painting, and gift certificates from local businesses.

Some event-goers confused Saturday’s Music Festival with a fundraiser event called “Stand in the Sand,” which was organized by several beach access groups under the singular name of CHAPA.  “Stand in the Sand” was held three consecutive summers --  2008, 2009, and 2010.

Mike Fahey hopes to make the Cape Hatteras Music Festival an annual event.

The Cape Hatteras Music Guild is an organization, which was created to support and develop the music culture of Cape Hatteras.  They are a network of artists, venues, fans, and other musicians and professionals connected to increase the presence and impact of the music scene on the local community and economy in mutually beneficial ways.  To learn more about the music guild, go to

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