Celebrations, Fireworks Planned in Hatteras and Ocracoke for Fourth of July
to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands over the Independence Day weekend will
be treated to two fireworks shows over the local waters, in addition to
an array of corresponding events.
Ocracoke will have their
fireworks display on Monday, July 3, while Hatteras will have their
fireworks show in Avon the following night on Tuesday, July 4. Both
communities will also host a number of activities and events along with
the show, which are outlined as follows.
HATTERAS ISLAND FIREWORKS AND EVENTS
Island's annual Independence Day celebration, "Fireworks at the Beach"
on July 4, is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and is
funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
fireworks display, permitted by and in cooperation with the National
Park Service, will begin about 9:15 p.m. on July 4 from a launch site
at the end of the Avon Pier. The show, presented by PYROTECNICO,
lasts about 20 minutes.
Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so visitors are advised to walk, bike or carpool.
Koru Beach Klub, which is next to the Avon Pier, will also be hosting a
live concert with country music singer Bryan Mayer. In addition, the
venue will also feature poolside fire dancing, and drinks at the
on-site Tiki Bars. Tickets for the concert, (which includes entrance to
the Beach Klub), are $10 while supplies last, and can be reserved
online at http://www.koruvillage.com/koru-things-to-do/.
Hatteras will broadcast patriotic "Music for Fireworks" from 9 until 10
p.m. and "Red, White & Blue" music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and
99.9. Tune in at 9 p.m. to hear Bob Barris talk a little about
the origin of fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the
celebration of Independence Day. Then watch the sky light up to a
very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic
music. To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to
This event is additionally made
possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community
and its residents, property owners, and guests. Corporate sponsors to
date for this event are Avon Property Owners Association, Cape Hatteras
Electric Cooperative, Outer Banks Ace Hardware, Koru Village, Outer
Beaches Realty, Sun Realty, Surf or Sound Realty, Hatteras Realty,
Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners, Inc., and the Avon Fishing Pier.
sponsors include the Kinnakeet Shores Property Owners Assn.,
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Assn., Cape Pines Motel, Resort Realty,
Conner's Supermarket, Hatteras Island Boardsports, Burger Burger,
Askins Creek Store, Cape Hatteras Motel, Gidget's Pizza & Pasta,
Turner's High Moon Bar, Dirty Dick's, and the Sarkisian Family, in
memory of their son Timothy Sarkisian who loved fireworks. APOA
and the Avon Fireworks Committee sincerely thank all the contributors
who make this celebration possible.
Donations are still being
accepted. Make your check payable to APOA Fireworks and either
mail to APOA, P. O. Box 9, Avon, NC 27915 or drop it by the Spa Koru
OCRACOKE ISLAND FIREWORKS
Island will host a fireworks show for the second year in the row after
a six year hiatus as part of a two-day Fourth of July Celebration.
fireworks will be launched from the southern end of the island on
Monday, July 3, at the large NPS parking area, and will be visible from
multiple vantage points along Silver Lake Harbor. The show is made
possible thanks to collaborative efforts from the National Park
Service, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, Hyde County, Dare County,
and NCDOT Ferry Division.
Additional events on Monday, July 3,
include a traditional Ocracoke Square Dance with legendary local band
Molasses Creek at the Community Square. There will also be a gathering
along the National Park Service docks with DJ Tommy Hutcherson both
before and after the show.
July 4 will kick off with the annual
Sand Sculpture Contest on the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, as well as a
morning flag raising in Ocracoke village.
slated for the Fourth of July include a Classic Car Show, the annual
Fourth of July Parade followed by Storytelling and an Awards Ceremony,
and an evening Community Bonfire at the Lifeguarded Beach.
more information or to ask about entering the parade, call Ocracoke
Civic and Business Association – the sponsor of the event - at
252-928-6711 or email [email protected]
Island Art Show is July 6 in Rodanthe
than 20 island artists and crafters will be showing their creations at
an Island Art Show on Tuesday, July 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, just north of North Beach
Campground and just south of Liberty Gas Station in the village of
Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. The Island Art Show is a free indoor and
outdoor event. Artists' booth fees, food sales, and raffle tickets will
benefit the the Outer Banks SPCA.
Artists will be offering such
items as fine art printed onto cutting boards, phone cases, T-shirts,
magnets, puzzles, colorful wood works, handmade soaps, glass art,
handmade hula hoops, beach art, upcycled art, textile designs,
photography, jewelry and more.
Raffle tickets will be for sale
all day at the lunch table for one lucky winner to receive a basket
full of goodies donated by some of the artists and crafters.
Winner will be announced and called at 5 p.m. There will be live music
in the afternoon by local talent Rory Kelleher.
For more information, go to the Facebook: Island ART SHOW! ~July 5, 2016.
Hatteras Island Rescue Squad offering Rip Current Hazard and Beach Safety Training ProgramsHatteras
Island Rescue Squad is offering Rip Current Hazard and Beach Safety
Training Programs every Monday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. through Labor
Day at the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad located at 48103 Hwy. 12 in
Residents and visitors of ages are welcome to attend this free training program and learn about:
Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is a volunteer, non-profit organization.
30 members provide rescue services for southern Hatteras Island.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/HIRS35/about/?ref=page_internal
- Rip Currents
- Ocean Safety
- Survival Practices
- Beach Dangers
- Jellyfish Stings
- Holes in Sand
- Fish Hook Injuries
June 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.
Summer Programs begin at the Frisco Native American Museum
Visitors to the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History
Center will have the opportunity to participate in a number
of programs offered for children and families this
From a very early age, Native American children are taught to listen
and respect another’s point of view. Many native tribes use
Talking Sticks as a creative and effective way for both children
and adults to extend their listening skills and conduct meaningful
conversations that are orderly and fair – even with
adversaries. Make your own Talking Stick and learn how to use
it. Available every Friday, June 9 — August 25, 2017.
Hatteras Island Original Inhabitants: the Croatoans
Archaeological evidence demonstrates that Hatteras Island was an
ancient home for early people. Originally known as
Croatoan, It is the site of the first recorded contact between
the English and Native people in July 1584 and the place where
the oldest English artifacts in North America have been
uncovered. Learn about village life among the people
John White met, see a long house under construction, and try your hand
at scraping the inside of a dug out canoe. Available every Friday, June
9 — August 25, 2017.
Explorer's Fossil Pile
Enjoy the museum's nature trail and explore the fossil pile located
near the maritime forest pavilion. What
looks like a big table filled with sand is actually a treasure-trove of
sharks’ teeth, fossilized shells, and other artifacts dating back
thousands of years. Fun for the entire family.
Programs are appropriate for all ages and are included in museum
admission which covers an entire week. The museum is open Tuesday
through Sunday from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more
information, visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440.
Surfalorus Film Festival Announces Call For Entry
County Arts Council announces the official call for entries for the
sixth annual Surfalorus Film Festival being held September 21-23 on the
Surfalorus is a premier collaboration between Dare County Arts Council
and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Film Festival, which will celebrate
its 23rd anniversary this fall. Surfalorus is an annual showcase of the
year’s coolest surf films and ocean documentaries.
"Surfalorus has really found its home on the Outer Banks,” said
Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley. “The festival showcases a range of
films, from super shorties to features, that show how you can translate
the pure stoke of surfing onto the big screen. And hidden within these
tasty journeys you get to know the surfers, shapers, photographers,
beach bums and occasional odd birds who define the lifestyle."
Outer Banks filmmakers, watermen and outdoor enthusiasts can enter
their original short and feature film submissions through
cucalorus.org. Deadline for entry is June 2 and “Surfalorus” should be
put in the signature section of the online entry form. Contact [email protected] for more information about submitting your film.
The free, family-friendly event will feature international, regional
and local surf film screenings at various venues on the Outer Banks.
Surfalorus screenings will be held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head
(Thursday, September 21), Dare County Arts Council in Manteo (Friday,
September 22), and the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills
(Saturday, September 23). Screening times will be released at a later
Other aquatic activities will also take place during Surfalorus,
including a surf art exhibit at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in
“We are super excited to bring Surfalorus to the Outer Banks again this
year,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis
Edwards. “In addition to incredible short and feature length films,
this year’s festival will be coupled with an exhibit of historic
surfboards curated by Steve Wise, and a photography exhibit honoring
the late Mickey McCarthy curated by Daniel Pullen. Surfalorus is going
to be an event that you do not want to miss.”
Sponsors interested in being a part of the Surfalorus Film Festival can
contact Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin at [email protected] or at 252 473 5558.
For more information about Surfalorus or on how to become a sponsor, please call (252) 473 5558 or visit DareArts.org and Surfalorus.com.
CHEC accepting applications for Bright Idea education grants
your Bright Idea? North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including
CHEC, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants for
the 2017-18 school year. Teachers in K-12 classrooms with innovative
ideas for hands-on learning projects are encouraged to apply for a
grant up to $1,500.
1994, educators statewide have received more than $10.9 million in
Bright Ideas grant funding, and well over 2.1 million North Carolina
students have participated in approximately 10,400 Bright Ideas
applications will be accepted April 1 through September 18. It could
pay to apply early: all teachers who submit their applications by the
early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for one
of five $100 Visa gift cards.
can apply individually or as a team, and grants are available for all
subjects. To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas
grant program, visit www.NCBrightIdeas.com.
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club schedules 2017 Bingo nights
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club invites residents and visitors to its 2017
Wednesday Bingo nights at the Anglers Club, 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.
Doors open at 6 pm and games begin promptly at 7 pm. 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
The 2017 Bingo Schedule is:
June: Every Wednesday
July: Every Wednesday
August: Every Wednesday
Sept.: Every Wednesday
October: 4, 11, 18
November: 15, 29
2018-January: 10, 24