You can send your news of special events, workshops, meetings, etc. on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to donna@islandfreepress.org.  Please send as a document  or plain text in press release format.   Please do not send only PDFs of posters or other announcements.  You can send these for illustration, but we need text. We must receive your announcement at least one week before the event.

"Team Jeffrey" College Education Fundraiser to be Held January 12

"Team Jeffrey" College Education Fundraiser to help support Jeffrey Quidley's children in their educational pursuits will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Hatteras Village Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

There will be dinner, silent and live auction, followed by live music from the Ocracoke Rockers. Tickets will be available at NC 12 Realty (47360-3 NC 12 Highway in Buxton) and additional ticket sales locations will be coming soon. Tickes are $25 a piece and include beer, wine, dinner, & the live entertainment.

(Jeffrey Quidley was a well-loved Hatteras Island native that passed away suddenly on August 23, 2018.)



Christmas Cantata at St. John United Methodist Church

Join the St. John United Methodist Church in Avon as their choir presents "O Little Town of Bethlehem" for the annual Christmas Cantata. The Cantata is directed by Bruce Miller with members of the Yaupons, St. John's Choir, and special guests. Don't miss this beautiful re-telling of our Savior's birth through music and song! The Christmas Cantata is on Sunday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the church, which is located at 40336 McMullen Rd. in Avon.


UMC Combined Choir will present Christmas Cantata

The United Methodist Combined Choir of Hatteras Island will present the Christmas Cantata, "When Earth Received Her King," during December.  The schedule is:

Little Grove UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8:15 a.m.
Cape Hatteras Baptist Church -- Wednesday, Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m.
Buxton UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m.
Hatteras UMC -- Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11:15 a.m.



Taizé Advent Service planned at Our Lady of the Seas

Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church in Buxton will host an advent service in the spirit of Taizé on Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m. There will be prayer, meditation, and song, and all are welcome to attend.






Dare County Board of Commissioners December 3 Agenda

The Dare County Board of Commissioners conducts regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. Citizen participation at Board of Commissioners meetings is encouraged. 

Each regularly scheduled meeting begins with an opportunity for anyone to make public comments. During this time, you can let your voice be heard by speaking directly to the entire Board of Commissioners for up to five minutes on any topic or item of concern.  In an effort to encourage public participation, the Board accepts public comments from 2 locations - Commissioners Meeting Room in Manteo & Fessenden Center video link in Buxton.

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Monday of each month at 5 p.m. Occasionally this schedule is adjusted to accommodate holidays and there are a few months each year when only one meeting is held.

Meetings are held in the Board of Commissioners meeting room adjacent to the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo. Entrance to the Commissioners meeting room and ample free parking is available between the Administration Building and the Dare County Justice Center.

There are several ways to stay informed of discussion that occurs during the meetings:

Minutes of Commissioner meetings are available on the website under "Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Videos" and are also recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds at the Dare County Justice Center, 962 Marshall C Collins Dr, Manteo and available for public inspection.

Click Here To View The Current Agenda.


26th Annual Island-Wide Food Drive Is in Progress

The 26th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to help stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is still in progress and will continue through Dec. 31. Please do what you can to support the pantry. Without your help, it will be unable to meet the needs of island residents this winter.

Items in highest demand are tea bags, sugar (small bags), coffee, powdered coffee creamer, cooking oil, pasta sauce (not tomato sauce), canned veggies especially mixed veggies, spinach, collards, peas, creamed corn, carrots, and beets (not green beans), canned fruit (not applesauce), and cereals.

You may drop off your donations of unopened non-perishable foods, household cleaning agents, personal care products, dog and cat food, and kitty litter at the following 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 - that's the hall, NOT the church)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 9 am-5 pm)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras, Avon, and Rodanthe (daily 9 am-5 pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. Crescom Bank (formerly First South Bank) in Buxton (Mon.- Fri., 9 am-5 pm)
9. Sun Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
10. Frank & Fran's in Avon (daily 6 am-5 pm)


If you don't have time to shop, then please consider making a monetary donation. It's tax deductible. Checks can be written to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.  Questions? Please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.





December Classes and Activities at the Fessenden Center

The Fessenden Center is a multi-generational facility serving all of Hatteras Island with programs and activities for toddlers, youth, adults, older adults, and families. Located in Buxton, Dare County Parks and Recreation programming and Dare County Adult and Senior Services are both offered through the facility.

The center's staff seeks to provide professionally designed and supervised programs that benefit all ages and interests in areas such as athletics, arts, wellness and general leisure programming. Youth programs include a variety of classes and lessons, as well as team and individual sports, summer camps, and special events. Adult programs are also diverse including shopping trips, movies, luncheons, team sports, fitness classes and speakers covering a variety of topics

The fitness and activity calendar provides a wide range of opportunities to learn, stay fit, and have fun. There is something for everyone at the Fessenden Center. The classes are free for Dare County residents over 55. For residents under 55 or non-residents, they are $3 a class or $15 a month.

Click here for the this month's calendar.

For more information, go to http://www.darenc.com/fessenden or find the center on Facebook.




Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Schedules 2018 Bingo Nights

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club sponsors Bingo on many Wednesday nights throughout the year at the club, which is located on the left at the end of Light Plant Road in Buxton -- just across from Conner's Supermarket.

Games are all cash prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin promptly at 7 p.m.  Soft drinks, snacks, popcorn and candy are available along with free coffee.  Proceeds benefit the Anglers Club scholarship program for local high school seniors and other Hatteras Island non-profit organizations.  Residents and visitors are welcome. It is recommended to arrive early.  Due to space constraints, admission is limited to 150 players.

The 2018 Bingo schedule is:



December: 12
January 2019: 9, 23