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Welcome to the holidays on the islands, and let us hear from you

Welcome to the 2017 Christmas on the Islands Page, which features holiday shopping tips and information and news about events during November and December.
We hope our readers will shop locally for their holiday gifts and other needs.  Our small, locally owned businesses need our support all year-round.
Most of the advertisers in our holiday shopping guide have websites, so you can shop even if you won’t be here.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a great time to be on the islands. Have a terrific holiday season and enjoy
We will be happy to list your event.  Please send information to [email protected].


Our Coast’s Food: Holiday Cream Pies

If you listed the definitive pies of North Carolina, you would surely start with sweet potato. Pecan might be next, or take top billing, depending on your personal taste. Scuppernong grape, maybe even grape hull pie, deserves a place, as do blueberry and fresh strawberry. 
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Christmas Wreaths Deck Ocracoke’s Lighthouse

John Simpson looks forward to decorating the Ocracoke lighthouse with Christmas wreaths each year.

The activity connects him to the iconic structure through his grandfather, Joseph Merritt Burrus, who was the second to last light keeper and the last one to serve under the U.S. Lighthouse Service, according to “Ocracoke Island Journal,” a blog by islander Philip Howard on the Village Craftsmen website.
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Delayed Christmas Parade Brings Plenty of Holiday Spirit – and Candy – to Hatteras Village

Though the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade was delayed by a day due to wet and rainy weather, it had no effect on the crowds and the community spirit that was abundant in Hatteras Village on Sunday afternoon.
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Dare County Releases Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Dare County has released information on the trash pickup schedule for the 2017 Christmas and New Year's holidays. 
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A Guide to Dining Out During the Holidays

The weather is getting much cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there are noticeably fewer visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

However, visiting during the holidays is much more popular with tourists than it once was.  
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25th Annual Island-Wide Food Drive is Now in Progress

The 25th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is now in progress.  Only with your support will this non-denominational, non-profit outreach be able to meet the needs of our community and get through the winter, the period of greatest demand.  Whether you donate unopened non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or money, 100% of all donations goes to assist island residents. 

Here are this year's convenient drop-off locations:

1. Hatteras Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
2. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop box on porch)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 8:30 am-5:30 am)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
6. Hatteras Village Public Library (Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Wed. 1-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-12:30pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. First South Bank in Buxton (Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm; Fri. 9 am-6 pm)
9. OBX Attitudes in Food Lion Shopping Center, Avon (Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm)
10. Sun Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm) 

Do you live off-island or don't have time to shop?  Consider making a monetary donation.  No amount is too small, and all are tax deductible.  Checks may be written to United Methodist Men, the group that manages the pantry, and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

This is the largest food drive of the year and will run through December 31.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.