July 29, 2013
Getting together and giving back: Beach Klub offers entertainment,
family fun, and community service….WITH SLIDE SHOW
By JORDAN TOMBERLIN
It’s not every day you hear the phrase, “...and then we’ll release the live mermaids.”
each Tuesday night, everyone who attends The Beach Klub’s Avon Luau
gets the opportunity to see — and even swim alongside — a pair of
living, breathing mer-ladies.
And that’s in addition to
the other entertainment offered at the Avon Luau, including hula
dancers, fire-spinners, and the infectious, toe-tapping musical
stylings of The Librarians, a five-man outfit that serves as The Beach
Klub’s house band and plays a mix of pop, indie and folk rock.
Avon Luau is just one item on the buffet of out-of-the-ordinary
experiences served up by the folks at The Beach Klub in Avon.
on the oceanfront beside the Avon Pier, The Beach Klub features a
swimming pool surrounded by tables and lounge chairs, an outdoor
recreation center, a concession stand, a tiki bar, two covered lounge
areas, an observation deck with beautiful views of the coastline, and a
private boardwalk to the beach.
It is the most recent addition
to the award-winning Koru Village campus, and, not only is it the only
venue of its kind on the Outer Banks, but, with the addition last year
of the 4,000 square foot, state-of-the-art PapaWack Theater, The Beach
Klub now has North Carolina’s only oceanfront theater.
is a one-of-a-kind establishment, and during the summer, members and
guests alike can enjoy the array of high-quality entertainment options
that The Beach Klub offers each weeknight—including an authentic
Hawaiian-style Luau on Tuesday nights, a parent- and booze-free Teen
Night on Wednesdays, and a Thursday night concert series that features
artists such as The Embers and The Original Wailers.
Village, owned and operated by Joe Thompson and his family, is probably
best known for its spa, salon, and fitness center, which has been
providing guests and residents of Hatteras Island with a variety of
health and wellness services for years.
And while, on the
surface, live music and quirky entertainment may seem like a slight
departure from Koru Village’s otherwise Zen-like approach to physical
and spiritual health, it is, in many ways, a natural expansion of the
Koru Village ethos—a holistic attitude toward health and happiness that
embraces fun, excitement, and conviviality as integral parts of a
person’s overall well being.
“It’s not just about building
beach clubs and theaters,” Thompson explained from his playful perch in
one of The Beach Klub’s wildly oversized Adirondack chairs.
“Look around you. What are all these people doing?”
they were swimming in the pool, enjoying food and drinks from the tiki
bar, playing with the hula hoops, or simply standing on the observation
deck, taking it all in, it was pretty clear that most people were
having a good time.
“People want different experiences,” he
said. “And our goal here is to take them back to their childhood...to
bring out their inner child.”
It’s an important goal, one for
which Thompson seems well-suited, since he happens to know a thing or
two about reconnecting with that child-like instinct to seek out and
enjoy new experiences.
He began his career on Hatteras as a
builder and developer with Land’s End Construction, but Thompson is an
adventurer and an explorer at heart. And Koru Village, he said, has
allowed him to get back to those roots.
Now, with The Beach
Klub, he has a chance to help others do the same — whether they’re down
for a few weeks on vacation or here on the island for the long haul.
important, The Beach Klub affords him the opportunity to give back to
the community that has made it all possible — an opportunity that
Thompson makes every effort to seize.
The Beach Klub has been
the venue for a number of community-oriented and fund-raising events.
This spring, the club hosted the Cape Hatteras Secondary School prom,
as well as a barbecue event that raised funds for the Hatteras Island
In addition, the club hosted the Shore
Break 5K, which benefitted the Cape Hatteras Education Foundation, and
Rock the Cape, a food, music, and art mini-festival to benefit the Dare
County Arts Council.
Coming up this Thursday, Aug. 1, they
will be hosting the second annual Avon Fashion Show, which will feature
local models showing off the clothing and accessories from some of the
island’s stores, as well as sporting the sartorial innovations of
several local designers. Admission to the show will be a cash or
clothing donation, and all proceeds will go to the Hotline
Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Beach Klub
will host Summeritaville, a fundraiser for the Outer Banks Chamber of
Commerce that will feature live music and entertainment, as well as
local food and local arts and crafts vendors.
hopes that all these events will give locals a chance to get together
and enjoy themselves while still supporting the larger community, his
motives for hosting these events go much deeper.
these incredible tourism opportunities,” he said. “People come here
from all over to experience our way of life. And I don’t see how you
can take from that without giving something back.”
The idea of giving back is a critical part of the Thompson family philosophy.
night...we pray for two things. We pray for a good night’s sleep, and
we pray that we will leave the world better than we found it.”
a worthy goal, but it’s one that requires more than just a hope and a
prayer. Implicit in the dream of making the world a better place is the
reality that it has to change. It’s a necessary component of
improvement, and when you’re on a quest to improve the world you found,
you can’t be afraid to shake things up a little.
Luckily, Thompson isn’t scared of change. In fact, he embraces it.
spend a lot of time on the edge,” Thompson said. “And what I’ve learned
is, people love the edge. They love going to the edge as long as
someone’s there, holding their hand.”
And Thompson is willing, eager even, to be that person. The Avon Luau is a perfect example.
wanted an event that was super family friendly,” said Beach Klub owner
Joe Thompson. “And I was thinking, what can we add that will make this
even more special?”
That’s when it hit him. Mermaids.
he went online, searched until he located some functional mermaid
tails, found some willing employees, and came up with the idea to roll
the “live mermaids” to the edge of the pool on a low,
specially-designed platform, and then “release” them into the
It may sound gimmicky, but the smiles on the faces of the
hoard of curious children who immediately swarmed the mermaids were
genuine, and you didn’t have to look very far to see that the little
kids weren’t the only ones having a good time—the big kids were
enjoying themselves, too.
“With the Luau, we wanted to break
down all the barriers,” Thompson said. “Because at the end of the day,
when everyone’s dancing and singing and having fun—young, old, local,
visitor, man, woman, black, white—it doesn’t matter.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
more details about Koru Village and The Beach Klub, including a full
list of services offered and a schedule of upcoming events, visit www.koruvillage.com, or, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Koru-Village-and-Spa/305511879492980?fref=ts
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