Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight! Performance set for Oct. 21
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
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
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
County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that
conducts public meetings throughout the year on a regularly scheduled
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
Click here to view the October 16 Agenda.
Click here to view upcoming and archived meetings.
Operation Beach Respect Elementary School Art Contest
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
9, 2017 to November 15, 2017. All entries must be postmarked by
November 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before December 15,
Who: All individual students in grades 3 through 5 in the school systems of Carteret, Dare, and Hyde Counties.
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 ½ 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Boating Safety Course Offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
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
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
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
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