|Summertime … and the Eatin’ is Easy
If there was a logo for summer it would have to be the vine-ripened heirloom tomato.
wait impatiently all through the rest of the year for “real” tomatoes
and when they come I embarrass myself with my gorging. In truth,
I don’t eat tomatoes until then so that’s how I justify my manic
|What you Need to Know about the Solar Eclipse on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
just a few days away from the August 21 solar eclipse, and the islands
- as well as the rest of the country – seem to have Eclipse Fever.
stores and national chairs report being sold out of the eclipse viewing
glasses, “solar eclipse” is now one of the top searches in Google, and
many folks are wondering where will be the best spot to catch the show.
|Gert Brings Big Waves to Hatteras Island
Hurricane Gert may not have brought much wind or rain to the Outer Banks, but it did bring plenty of waves for area surfers.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, surfers
flocked to the beaches to take advantage of the unusually big waves,
summertime water temps, and the crystal blue waters. Read
|Plastic Bags Only Part of the Problem
the wishes of nearly every local entity that keeps the communities’
wheels turning and the tourism machinery humming, a bill to repeal a
ban on flimsy plastic grocery bags on the Outer Banks is still alive in
some dark corner of the North Carolina General Assembly. Read
|Kinnakeet Home: A Place of Refuge
Kinnakeet Home blogs went online last fall, but this is the first time publishing with Island Free Press. Kinnakeet Home is all about life on Hatteras Island, its history and its people. Avon is my hometown.
Over the course of many years living and raising a family here, I have experienced island life at its best and at its worst. Read
OBX Gone Wild: Capturing the Outer Banks’ Wild Side
Many Outer Banks locals have hobbies that take full advantage of the islands’ inherently wild nature.
few locals spend their free time just a shell’s throw away from mating
water moccasins, protective black bear mommas, or an assortment of
other scaly or furry critters that would cause anyone to abandon their
pursuits, and head back to the safety of the couch for a TV binge-fest
|Hatteras Island Remains Eerily Quiet while Media Attention Swarms
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have had a starring role in nightly
newscasts as the power outage inches closer to the one-week mark, but
the islands themselves have been eerily quiet as the outage lingers on.
“This is the warmest February that I can remember,” joked Capt. Ernie
Foster at the Avon Fishing Pier, where he waited with a crowd of other
residents to chat with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on
|Night Sky: Upcoming Solar Eclipse and Other Highlights for August
will be a total eclipse of the sun on August 21. It will be
visible in a 70 mile -wide band that stretches from Oregon to South
Carolina. Here on Hatteras Island, we will have a partial
eclipse. The moon will cover 89% of the sun. Read
|Island Living: The Perils of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks|
is an arsenal of items on my supposed Bucket List that I inherently
know I will never get around to, but which I keep on said list just so
I will seem more adventurous or active than I actually am.
items include skydiving, hang gliding, running a marathon, hiking to
the top of Mt. Whatever, and a bunch of other things that I’m pretty
sure I will never be motivated or physically coordinated enough to
|Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to see almost all of a total solar eclipse Aug. 21|
the “Great American total eclipse of the sun” occurs on Aug. 21,
Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to view it almost in its entirety.
to news sources, barring a cover of clouds, the eclipse will be visible
over a small portion of western North Carolina beginning at 2:33 p.m.
|Purple Martins Return to Roost|
martins are beginning to return to their roost at the west end of the
old Manns Harbor bridge. By the end of July the number of birds at the
site is expected to be close to 100,000.
the roosting season, N.C. Department of Transportation activates
flashing lights and a 20 mph speed limit on the west end of the bridge
at sunrise and sunset. The reduced speed limit, monitored by law
enforcement, allows safe travel for both motorists and birds. Read
|Surfing Scientists Develop Wave Forecast Tool|
and science has always been a relationship of convenience, if not
necessity. But when surfers are scientists who are wizards at
interpreting ocean data, the art of finding good waves can be
transformed into scientific certainty – or close to it.
new surf-prediction model developed by a partnership of two coastal
scientists and a computer engineer promises to revolutionize the
accuracy and efficiency of surf forecasting, long regarded as
notoriously challenging and unreliable. Known as AcuSea, the service
crunches decades of publicly available wave and beach data with data on
current conditions at different surf spots. Read
After Lightning Strike, Funds are Needed to Restore the Midgett House at the Chicamacomico Historic Site
during the night of Sunday, July 2, one of the favorite structures at
the Chicamacomico Historic Site in Rodanthe – the 1907 Midgett House -
was hit by lightning.
lightning strike connected with the original wiring in the home, which
is not in use, but which still runs through the structure. From there,
the effects of the strike trickled throughout the house – busting the
original panel box, causing old paint to shake loose from the walls,
and most noticeably, destroying the original chimney. Read
|Numbers crunch: OBX license plates are out of space|
Sometime in 2018 the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will run out of numbers for the OBX license plates.
By our calculations, that should be sometime in September or October of next year. Read
|Getting Crafty on Hatteras Island|
Island is well known for its exuberant art culture. Of course, with the
mesmerizing sunrises, sunsets, and endless natural inspirations, who
would think otherwise?
you are an artist, hobbyist, or someone yearning to dabble into the
artistic waters, there are options for you on Hatteras Island. There
are so many art workshops, classes or just walk-in opportunities that
are available throughout the different villages. Read
|Island Watersports: A Primer on Finding the Best Surf Spots|
Island is a natural haven for some of the best, and most surf-able,
waves on the East Coast. Indeed, Hatteras’ various surf spots are one
of the major reasons the island welcomes more than two million visitors
each year from all across the country. Read
|H2OBX makes a splash on opening day|
is being billed as "the Outer Banks' wettest, coolest, wildest,
splashiest and craziest new attraction" opened Thursday, June 22 to
rave reviews from the visitors.
much-anticipated H2OBX Waterpark attracted a "good size crowd" for its
opening day, said Marketing Supervisor Leah Cribb, who said exact
opening day numbers would be available soon. Read
|Island son James Barrie Gaskill: 1943-2017|
The island was saddened to learn of the death of island son James Barrie Gaskill, 74 on June 21.
Born in Carteret County on April 20, 1943, he was a son of the late Daisy Styron Gaskill and James Lumley Gaskill, Jr. Read
|Island Living: Unenforceable Beach Crimes and the Guilty Parties Who Commit Them |
are obviously plenty of “Rules of the Beach” that are both good manners
and are enforceable by law, but what about those other circumstances
that aren’t necessarily illegal, but can nevertheless drive you mad? I
couldn’t help but mull over those situations as well, and wonder if
there could be a secondary set of guidelines that essentially say:
“Yes, you technically can do these things… But you’re going to annoy a
heck of a lot of people if you do.” Read
|Discovering the Fish with a Ranger Program|
looking for a family-oriented activity to do this summer season, search
no more. Just stop by and visit the local park service station and ask
for information on the many activities they offer.
the multitude of activity choices, you will find the program “Fish with
a Ranger.” This program is offered free of charge. They provide the
fishing poles and tackle which are donated to the park service from
local tackle shops including Red Drum Tackle and Frank and Fran’s. A
fishing license is not required to be a part of this activity because
they are covered under a “blanket fishing license.” All you need to
bring is the bait, and they recommend blood worms, shrimp or squid. The
program is offered every Monday and Thursday, at 8 a.m., weather
|Thousands of Bees Relocated From Their Surf Shop Residence to a New Home...WITH SLIDE SHOW
an otherwise normal June day, Carol Busbey and her husband Scott
encountered an unexpected squatter in the shed behind their Natural Art
Surf Shop in Buxton – or rather, they discovered a few thousand of them.
first sign that something was amiss was the presence of quite a few
bees buzzing in and out of a little hole in the shed. “Once you got
closer, you could definitely hear the buzz of a ton of bees” says
|2017 Avon Farmers Market Opens With Biggest Array of Vendors Yet
2016, the Avon Farmers Market had a banner year with more than 25
vendors lined up every week in the large grassy yard next to the Avon
was the highest number of vendors since the market was first
established in 2010 in Buxton, and the summertime market was a big
success locally, with many residences making weekly shopping trips to
stock up on fresh produce, goodies, and a few splurge purchases of
jewelry, homemade crafts and artworks. Read