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.

Dare County Board of Commissioners August 20 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.



First Annual Ocracoke Island-Wide Yard Sale Set for September 22

Join us for the First Annual Ocracoke Island-Wide Yard Sale, all day September 22. Take advantage of this opportunity to turn your seldom-used or "clearance" items into cash, or shop for great bargains!  Participation in this event is free to all Ocracoke individuals and businesses.

We will publicize it to begin at 8 a.m. and lasting till whenever businesses and residents are free to open their "shops" at whatever time they want throughout the day to ensure that shoppers continue to visit the locations throughout the day.

Maps will be distributed highlighting the locations of participants. Deadline to have your location included on the map is September 4. Signs will be provided and available for pick up on September 21. Pick up location and time TBD.

To have your address listed on the Yard Sale map fill out the form below:
http://business.visitocracokenc.com/form/view/15265


Ocracoke Fig Festival Celebrates the Island’s Sweetest Tradition August 17 - 18

The Ocracoke community will celebrate the summer’s fig bounty with a fig cake bake-off, live music, dancing, and much more, at a new-in-2018 location on the grounds of the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum on August 17-18.

The 5th annual Fig Festival kicks off Friday evening with live music by Molasses Creek and a Fig Preserves Tasting Contest. The traditional Ocracoke Square Dance is easy to learn and fun for all ages. Everyone also loves to "Dive for the Oyster" and "Dig for the Clam!"

Saturday features live music, activities and crafts for children, and vendor booths offering fig preserves, fig cakes, fig trees, local cookbooks, and other fig-tastic items from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Local fig expert and author Chester Lynn will give an informative talk about Ocracoke’s fig history and culture.

The showpiece of the Fig Festival is the Fig Cake Bake-Off on Saturday afternoon. All are welcome to submit a cake in one or both categories: Traditional or Innovative. New this year is the Fig Kids category – entrants must be 16 or younger, and can enter any fig-based food item.

“We want to encourage Ocracoke’s younger generation to appreciate the figs and get involved in the Bake-Off,” said the Fig Festival’s coordinator, Sundae Horn. "The Traditional category is limited to the old-fashioned recipe, available in local cookbooks. Even using the same recipe, there are subtle differences: the type of fig preserves used, the delicate balance of spices, or the cook’s magic touch. The Innovative Category is amazing – each entry is so different!”

The judges will choose their favorites based on measures of Presentation, Traditional/Innovative Flavors, and “Figgy-ness.” WOVV 90.1 FM will host onsite with a live broadcast (listen online at wovv.org). Best of all? Free samples for spectators after the judging!

Bring your dancing shoes, (or bare feet in true Ocracoke-style), for the evening’s fun at the Berkley Barn, across the street from the OPS Museum. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available to purchase while you listen to Martin Garrish & Friends and dance to the Ocracoke Rockers - All ages welcome!

During the week of the Fig Festival, island restaurants will offer fig-infused menu items both savory and sweet. Local shops will stock this year’s selection of fig preserves, so you can take some Ocracoke sweetness home with you.

The Ocracoke Fig Festival is sponsored by Ocracoke Preservation Society. A schedule of events and a sample traditional fig cake recipe can be found at ocracokepreservation.org. For more information, contact Sundae Horn (252-921-0283) or Andrea Powers (252-928-7375).

Click Here To View Full Schedule




Island Art Show to be Held August 30

The Island Art Show will be held Thursday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, next to the new Rodanthe Skate Park.

The Island Art Show is a FREE event for attendees, we ask that you save your money for supporting our local artists and crafters. All ages are welcome. This will be a benefit for Radio Hatteras thanks to Artist booth fees.

The Island Art Show is an indoor / outdoor event that will host over 25 local artists and crafters, where you will find everything from fine art printed onto cutting boards, phone cases, tee shirts, magnets, puzzles and more, seaglass jewelry, pottery, handmade soaps, glass art, fine art, beach art, upcycled art, textile designs, photography, and more.

  • Be sure to stop and "Paint a Shake" with Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station!
  • Island Snowball Company will be there with their tasty shaved ice snowballs
  • Live local music will be provided in the afternoon.

Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/264669837468701/?active_tab=about


National Public Lands Day will be Celebrated with Volunteer Beach Cleanup on Sept. 22

On September 22, from 8 a.m. until 12 pm., Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) will host drop-in volunteer beach cleanup efforts to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

The Seashore will host volunteer beach cleanup events at the following locations:

● Coquina Beach on Bodie Island (meet park staff at the bathhouse)
● Frisco Bathhouse on Hatteras Island (meet park staff in the parking lot)
● Ocracoke Day Use Area (meet park staff in the parking lot)


Trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Concurrent with the Seashore events, NCBBA members will be stationed at the park’s off-road vehicle ramps where visitors can pick up trash bags for collecting litter during their visit. Participants are asked to leave the trash bags at the ramp entrance for collection.

All participants and volunteers are encouraged to bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Please wear appropriate clothing, such as closed-toe shoes and hats.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. On National Public Lands Day last year, more than 200,000 volunteers celebrated at more than 2,500 public land sites across the United States.

Volunteers that participate at Coquina Beach, Frisco Bathhouse, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area will receive a Federal fee-free coupon (while supplies last). A fee-free coupon provides the volunteer one day of free entry to any participating federal public land, no matter the agency. Each coupon is good for one day of entrance fee or day use fees until Saturday, September 28, 2019. At some public lands, this can include accompanying passengers in a car.

The coupons cannot be used for parking fees, camping, tours, or concessions.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association look forward to seeing you on September 22.

For more information about Operation Beach Respect, visit NCBBA’s event website .

For additional information on volunteer opportunities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visit the Seashore’s volunteer page or call 252-475-9042.



August 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.



Mirlo Centennial Commemoration Event Schedule

Monday, August 13:
Artists & Buyers Opening Reception, Dare County Arts Council Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC. 6 p.m.

Collection of cedar shakes salvaged from the 1911 building and hand-painted by local artists will be on display for the remainder of August and then sold by auction.

Tuesday, August 14:
Mirlo Rescue Exhibit and Reception, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200
Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC. 4 p.m.
Descendants gather to point out and talk about artifacts on display followed by Private Reception. Display continues through August.

Wednesday, August 15:
Guided Tours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of historic Hatteras Island will be available throughout the day and a Hospitality Station will be open at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building.
Descendants Dinner, Camp Hatteras Convention Center, 24798 NC Hwy. 12, Rodanthe, NC. 7 p.m.
Ticketed dinner for Descendants of the Mirlo Rescuers

Thursday, August 16:
Centennial Commemoration of the Mirlo Rescue

10 a.m.: Mirlo Rescue Symposium RWS Community Building 23646 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe
2 p.m.: Beach Apparatus Drill followed by Keynote Speaker, Flyover by Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Laying of Wreath, Band Concert. Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, 23645 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC

Friday, August 17:
Local Art Fair & Festival, Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building, 23645 NC Hwy.
12, Rodanthe, NC
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fair with 20 local artists
Noon: Live entertainment and locally sourced food available.



Dare County Library’s Summer Reading Program Kicks Off

The Dare County Library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off Wednesday, July 11 with a special performance by Krendl the Magician at the Hatteras village library. The Summer Reading Program at all three Dare County Libraries is free and flexible, and offers a variety of fun performances and activities for children of all ages.

The Summer Reading Program is planned to promote participation in weekly programs scheduled at every library location, as well as for individual participation on their own time. Children may stop by the Hatteras library any time it is open to report and record their reading achievement. Preschool age children are invited to enroll in a special Summer Reading Program just for them.

Due to the generosity of various local businesses there are many opportunities for participating children to win wonderful prizes!  Additionally, all participating children in grades K and up are entered into a drawing to win a spectacular grand prize at each library location.  The more reading a child does, the more chances they have to win the grand prize.

With all of the programs scheduled, the best way to keep track of the "LIBRARIES ROCK!” Summer Reading Program is to head to the Hatteras village library and pick up a calendar of events, or check out the calendars online at www.darenc.com/library.


Rip Current Safety Program Held Each Monday

The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad brought back their Rip Current Safety and Beach Hazards program for the summer of 2018.

The program is held every week on Mondays at 9:30 a.m., and takes place at the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Station at 48103 N.C. Highway 12 in Buxton.

The weekly program is an interactive class that provides information on rip current safety – both before and after a person may be caught up in the current. Taught by Hatteras Island Rescue Squad volunteer Jacob Bolden, the program is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages.




Summer Program at the Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center

“ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ" Not a familiar word?  Get set to learn more about it.  Wednesday afternoons this summer, visitors to the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center may be greeted with the Cherokee word for “Welcome.”   In addition to learning about Cherokee culture, language, and history from descendant and scholar, Dr. Tina Bradley, individuals will also have the opportunity to see their names written in the Cherokee language syllabary.   The translated name makes a great keepsake regardless of heritage, and the opportunity to hear the language and try to speak it is fun for everyone in the family—from pre-schools to seniors!

Dr. Bradley, who teaches at College of the Albemarle,  has done extensive work with the original Cherokee language including the online Cherokee--English Transcription and Translation program, creating the language curriculum for K-12 for the federal reservation school, and crafting the embedded language technique opening the way for digital transfer of documents and graphic design to anyone.

The museum program is FREE with admission.  It will take place  from 1 - 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Labor Day.

The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10:30 a.m. -  5 p.m.   For more information, call 252-995-4440 or visit the museum website at www.nativeamericanmusuem.or



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:


August: Every Wednesday
September Every Wednesday
October: 10, 24
November: 14, 28
December: 12
January 2019:  9, 23