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.


Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight! Performance set for Oct. 21

This show gives the audience a look at the man and the myth, by having Mark Twain and Samuel L. Clemens on stage at the same time, the audience has the pleasured of selecting the right one on the right occasion. The show is the most entertaining Mark Twain show in the touring the country; presenting the audience with the opportunity for participation in the singing and music of Clemens time period, while enjoying Twain's hilarious tall tales and witty humor. A intriguing approach to this American literary icon and a wonderful evening of theatre! The show will be held Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Community Building in Hatteras.  This is a free show for all who wish to attend.














Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program Seeks Sponsors, Donor and Applicants

The coalition that implements the Hatteras Island Angel Gift program is seeking sponsors, donor and applicants for the upcoming holiday season.  The program is provided in collaboration with individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations committed to providing Christmas joy for children on Hatteras Island.  Dare County Department of Health and Human Services works with these organizations to provide referrals, administrative support and identity family needs, as well as to help protect the  privacy of the request.

Most of the giving is from local businesses, organizations and individuals.  In addition to Donation Boxes and Angel requests located in businesses for donors to sponsor, monetary and toy donations are also excepted. Angel Gift volunteers will do shopping after the cutoff date for donations passes, which is on December 4, 2016.

For those families in need of assistance this Christmas, applications for Hatteras Island Angel Gift are available to pick up at the Dare County  Department of Health and Human Services Frisco campus, Hatteras Island United Methodist Church, and local post offices.  Application dates will run from October 4, 2017 - November 3, 2017.

Participants do not need to be a client of the Department of Health & Human Services to receive Angel Gift.  Participants must live on Hatteras Island, and gifts are provided only for child(ren) in the custody of the applicant.  In person interviews will be required to verify information and assess needs once completed applications are submitted.  Children 2-14 years of age eligible for sponsorship.  Other children in the home with eligible children may be included if under 16 years of age and enrolled in school.  For families that have received Angel Gift for three consecutive years, the application will be reviewed by the committee and sponsorship is not guaranteed. 

For questions regarding the program, or to make a donation please contact the program coordinator, Linda Oneal, with Hatteras United Methodist Church at 252.986.2149 or Ashley Jackson at 252.475.9345




Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting October 16 Agenda

Dare County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that conducts public meetings throughout the year on a regularly scheduled basis.

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 conducted.
  • Following are the remaining regularly scheduled meetings for 2017:
   
     • October 16 - 5 p.m.

     • November 6 -  9 a.m.
     • November 20 - 5 p.m.
     • December 4 - 9 a.m.
     • December 18 - Cancelled

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 held in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

Click here to view the October 16 Agenda.
Click here to view upcoming and archived meetings.




Operation Beach Respect Elementary School Art Contest

Participate in the The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association in partnership with Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore invite 3rd through 5th grade students from across North Carolina’s beach communities to submit their best artwork of a clean and healthy beach. This contest is designed to help create and enhance individual awareness and stewardship of the coastal resources of the state of North Carolina.

When: October 9, 2017 to November 15, 2017. All entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before December 15, 2017.

Who: All individual students in grades 3 through 5 in the school systems of Carteret, Dare, and Hyde Counties.

Theme: Respect for our beaches helps keep them clean and healthy. We can all help by showing Respect for Beaches, Respect for Dunes, Respect for Wildlife, Respect for Vegetation, and Respect for Others. What does a clean and healthy beach look like when we help to protect it?  All entries should be designed on an 8 x 11 piece of paper.

Awards: Three awards will be presented to individual students:

  • 1st Place $250.00
  • 2nd Place $150.00
  • 3rd Place $100.00
  • Honorable Mention Awards, Four $25.00

JUDGING: Judging will be conducted by members of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and staff members of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Decisions of the judges will be final.

All entries become property of NCBBA and may be reproduced for promoting Operation Beach Respect.

Student Information: On the back of each poster submitted by an individual student, the following information should be placed:

  • Student’s name and age
  • School and grade
  • Teacher’s name, address, and phone number

Mail Entries to:

North Carolina Beach Buggy Association
Art Contest
Post Box 189
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

For more information contact Harry Nash, Past president, chairman art contest, 252-489-9011





Ocracoke Events Oct. 9 to 14

Please note that the N.C. Ferry Division meeting will NOT be on Monday, Oct. 9. (These meetings have been reduced to every other month on the third Monday at 3 p.m.) Ferry Division officials will be at the Ocracoke Waterways Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Community Center.  The next day time meeting with Ferry Division officials will be Monday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m., prior to the Waterways Commission meeting that night at 5:30. See story here.)

Monday, Oct. 9
Community Center: Hyde County ABC board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Aaron Caswell, 8 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 10
Gaffer’s: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Open Jam: Sing, play, listen – all ages, all levels welcome; youth are encouraged to come at 6:30 pm. No charge; donations welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Community Center: OCBA civic affairs meeting, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Word Play 7-8:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 12
Community Center Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board, 5:30 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Kate McNally, 8 pm

Friday, Oct. 13
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Whiskey Business (David Pollard), 8 pm
Coyote Music Den: Playing your Ocracoke Memories, Martin Garrish, 7:30-9:30 pm; doors at 7.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Martin Garrish & Lou Castro, 6:30 pm
Gaffer’s: The Speculations, 4th Annual Community Park Benefit, 9 pm

*This list was compiled by the Ocracoke Observer


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)

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.




Hatteras Island Substance Abuse Town Hall Meeting on October 24

The fourth in a series of four Town Hall meetings is scheduled for October 24, 2017. The Town Hall offers a welcoming format and is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the substance abuse issues in Dare County, become familiar with local resources currently available to help those in need, and get involved by learning how to become part of the solution.

This event features Shannon Ruiz, CEO & Founder of the PEACE Foundation as keynote speaker. The Foundation was established to honor her daughter, Kaitlyn, who passed away from an accidental overdose. Ruiz shares, “My hope is when people see Kaitlyn's face they remember that life is precious, life can be short and prescription drug abuse is deadly." Shannon works throughout the nation to education families and communities on what she has learned through her tragic loss. Shannon shares important information that all families will want to hear.

The evening is for everyone concerned about the public health and safety of our children, families, loved ones and community. Scheduled to take place at the Hatteras Civic Center in Hatteras Village from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, in addition to hearing Brandon’s story, the evening will offer information on local community resources and a presentation from an expert panel covering issues of substance abuse prevention, treatment, medical community support and law enforcement efforts. The panel members include: Dr. Petzing representing the Outer Banks Hospital and Dare CASA Board, Sheriff Doug Doughtie, Investigator Donnie Varnell with the Dare County Sheriff’s Department, David Edmonds with RI International, Dr. Andrea Facci clinician and Amber Griffith with Dare CASA.

Wally Overman, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Chairman of The Saving Lives Task Force, will provide a welcome address and encourages all residents to join our efforts, “It is critical that we have an ongoing relationship and dialogue with community partners and citizens to effectively deal with the issues.”

The forum is sponsored by The Yellow House Ministries, The Saving Lives Task Force, Dare CASA and all community and organizational members of the Task Force. Staff from the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Dare Coalition Against Substance, Port Human Services, Trillium Health Resources, Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, and local faith resources will be on hand to offer guidance and information on services, parent programs, positive community outreach, naloxone, and much more.

Information about substance abuse resources and services currently available in Dare County will be available during the event. For more information regarding this event, please contact Amber Bodner Griffith with Dare CASA at 252-449-2272 or [email protected]





Dare County Waterways Commission to Meet Oct. 10

The October meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.




October 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.




Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 8

Bring your dogs, cats, horses and even hamsters to the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Avon for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.” During this special Sunday afternoon event, a blessing will be given to all furry attendees to recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures. All animals are welcome, and visitors can meet in the parking lot of the St. John’s United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. to meet and greet with fellow four-legged friends before entering the church. This event is free and open to everyone who wants to stop by with their furry family member(s.) 





Ocracoke Preservation Society Events

November 7, 2017 Fall Membership Meeting. Ocracoke Preservation Society will have its 2017 Fall Membership Meeting during which the 2017 Ocracoke Cultural Heritage Award Recipient and 2017 Historic Home Award will be announced.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a potluck meal and fellowship as well celebrate this year’s winners. 6 pm at the Ocracoke Community Center. 

December 2, 2017 Ocracoke Preservation Society will sponsor the 2017 Ocracoke Historic District Holiday Home Tour.  Come out and join our Historic Home Tour featuring homes along the British Cemetery Road. Tour several historic homes, learn the unique history of the home and enjoy some holiday spirit!  The Tour is from 3 -5 pm. 
 
December 5, 2017
Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Wassail Party.  Join in the holiday spirit at the Museum for the Wassail Party and 2017 Quilt Raffle Winner announcement. Time: 4-6 pm.
 
January 27, 2018
Ocracoke Preservation Society Silent Art Auction.  Everyone is looking forward to the 2018 Silent Art Auction where numerous talented artists from all across the spectrum have donated a work of art to be auctioned off to help support OPS. The theme is “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes”.  We will begin to post the artwork on our Facebook Page in January where you will have an opportunity to preview and bid on each piece before the night of the auction if you are not able to be here in person. Enjoy hors d’oeurves and beverages while mingling with friends, artists and supporters all while bidding on these unique works of art. Festivities are from 5-7 pm at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

For questions and information please call 252-928-7375 and check keep checking our Facebook page for more information.




Revised October Bingo Schedule At Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club in Buxton has revised its Bingo schedule for the month of October.

There will be only one Bingo session in October.  It will be held Wednesday evening October 11 at the Anglers Club.  Bingo sessions originally scheduled for October 4 and October 18 have been cancelled.

Bingo will resume on its regularly scheduled dates in November – November 15 and November 29.  The final Bingo session for 2017 will be held December 13, when all three jackpots will be awarded. 

Doors will open at 6 pm and games will begin at 7 p.m.  Games are all cash prizes.  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 island non-profit organizations.  The Anglers Club is located on Light Plant Road in Buxton.  Light Plant Road is directly across Highway 12 from Conner’s Supermarket.  The Club is on the left just past the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative property.  Ample parking is available in the club’s parking area along the left side of the building.





Boating Safety Course Offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The premier boating safety course, Boating Skills and Seamanship, will be taught by qualified members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Outer Banks beginning October 4, 2017. The ten-session course will be offered on various nights at the Pitts Center in Southern Shores beginning at 6:00 p.m., ending November 3 with review and exam that provides the participant with the National Association of State Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved and North Carolina recognized certification.

The course teaches rules of the road, charts and navigation, boat characteristics, weather, radio communication, required safety equipment, North Carolina Rules and Regulations, and much more. Skilled members of the Outer Banks Flotilla of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary teach the courses bringing hands on learning, local knowledge, and unique perspective to their instruction. Tuition is $25 and includes the textbook and all course materials. Discounts are available for multiple family members.

To register or for more information call Sharon Lewis 252-202-1551 or email her at [email protected]. When you register, you will receive information about dates and directions to the Pitt Center.

The United States Coast Guard reports; “An untrained boater is five times more likely to die in a boating accident than a boater who has taken a boating safety course in the last 10 years.” The effectiveness of this course is shown by the insurance companies who offer a 10% - 15% discount to owners with a certificate of completion from this course.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org


Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and Museum Now Open on Saturdays Sept. 2 through Oct.

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and Museum in Rodanthe is pleased to announce that, beginning September 2nd and continuing through October, they will now be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinah Beveridge, site manager, says “Hopefully this will allow weekend visitors to the Outer Banks to view this important piece of local history”.

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is the most complete restoration of the Life Saving Service in the United States and is listed on travel sites as one of the “must see” places on Hatteras Island.  For more information on the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, please visit https://www.chicamacomico.org/.