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.

Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors BBQ Lunch Fundraiser Set for May 26

The CH Wounded Warriors BBQ fundraiser takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day and the Saturday before Laor Day each year.

The up coming BBQ will be held on May 26.  Plates are $9 and include BB, beans, slaw, roll and a drink.  Take -out only..

Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors mission is to provides combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients and their families sincere hospitality and quality vacation time on Hatteras Island. 

All proceeds go the the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Program.


Dare County EMS Hosts Open Houses in Celebration of EMS Week

The Dare County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming May 20 through May 26 as EMS Week. This week is to recognize all members of the Dare County’s EMS teams who stand ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This year’s national theme is “EMS Strong: Stronger Together.”

To celebrate EMS week and demonstrate their service to the community, Dare County EMS will host open houses to display equipment, offer tours of facilities, perform blood pressure checks, provide educational programs such as Hands Only CPR (non-certification course) and Stop the Bleed Program. EMS providers will be available to answer any questions about the County’s EMS system and how they protect our citizens and visitors. Members of the community are encouraged to come by, meet the crews, see the equipment up close, learn critical life-saving skills, and understand more about the services offered by Dare County EMS. Bring the entire family out and enjoy learning about Dare County EMS.

Open houses will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m:

  • Kill Devil Hills Station #1 (1632 North Croatan Highway)
  • Manteo Station #2 (515 Bowsertown Road)
  • Buxton/Frisco Station #3 (50346 NC 12 Highway)



LWV Dare to Host Non-partisan Redistricting Educational Event on May 24

The citizens of Dare and neighboring counties will have the opportunity to attend an educational event on the current hot topic of redistricting.  Our political districts are redrawn every 10 years after the national census.  What should and could be a straightforward task has instead become highly politicized and dysfunctional. 

Often called “gerrymandering”, the current process allows politicians to draw their own safe districts that entrench themselves in power.  The effect is to deny voters meaningful choices at the ballot box. This leads to rising partisanship, inability to compromise, at state and federal levels, and endless court cases.

“Drawing the Line: How we can end Gerrymandering and Protect our Democracy “ will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Bremer,  Thursday May 24, 7 p.m., at the Kill Devil Hills Meeting Room.

Dr. Bremer, a policy analyst, researcher, and economist has more than 35 years of experience in governance reform and private enterprise development in the United States, and in more than thirty countries.  She currently focuses on public governance reform in North Carolina, where she serves as state lead for the League of Womens Voters of North Carolina Fair Elections Action Team (FEAT). The team works on redistricting and other election-related issues, including judicial selection reform.

Prior to her retirement, Dr. Bremer focused on expanding private sector employment opportunities in the US and developing countries. Her career was divided between academia and professional and management roles with leading organizations in the international development field.  Dr. Bremer currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

The League of Women Voters of Dare encourages citizens to attend this timely presentation and learn more about the process of redistricting.  The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Membership is open to both men and women.  For further information visit our website www.LWVDareNC.org or contact our co-presidents Lorelei DiBernardo, [email protected]; Fran Kapinos, [email protected] .



Celebrate Outer Banks Art at the Rock the Cape's Island Art Show

Rock the Cape's Island Art Show will be held Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Located right next to Hatteras Island's newest concrete skate park at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, just across the street from the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station.

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 the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation thanks to Artist booth fees & raffle ticket sales.

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, handmade soaps, glass art, beach art, upcycled art, textile designs, photography, and more.

Enjoy live music by local talent Rory Kelleher in the afternoon and grab a tasty snowball treat from Island Snowball!

Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/231182860772163/




May 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.


Ocrafolk Festival set for June 1-3

The Ocrafolk Festival features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond who come together for one incredible weekend of performances, artisans, food and fun! The celebration is produced by the community non-profit, Ocracoke Alive, as a fundraiser in support of the Ocracoke Student and Community Arts Programming.

This year folks will need to purchase tickets to gain access to audience areas at the stages. This change has become necessary to pay for Ocrafolk Festival and support its mission raising funds for Student Arts Programing on Ocracoke. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or at the box office during the weekend. For pricing and details visit the Ocracoke Alive website.

Ocrafolk Festival welcomes Sponsorships! Sponsors can receive festival tickets, tshirts, and other special perks. Find out online how you can join us with a tax-deductible contribution.

Ocrafolk relies on over a hundred volunteers to make it happen. Even if you live off the island, you can still be a part of our volunteer family. It’s great fun, and can earn you an All Weekend Ticket for your labors. Visit our website to find out how!

For more information visit www.ocracokealive.org or contact Ocracoke Alive at 252-921-0260.



Free Job Assistance Workshops at the Dare County Library

Need a job? Out of work or want to change your career? Don’t know where to start?

Ms. Heidi O’Neal, NCWorks Outreach Coordinator, will present an informative hands-on workshop  at each Dare County Library location for those interested in learning about the many ways that NCWorks can assist you in your job search.  Ms. O’Neal will provide hands on assistance on computers at each Dare County Library location on how to use the NCWorks Online website to look for jobs online or post your resume, create effective resumes and cover letters, be successful during an interview and discuss the services and resources that are available at the local NCWorks Career Center in Nags Head.

The workshops will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Kill Devil Hills Library and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Manteo Library.
  • Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Manteo Library and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hatteras Library.

These workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Public computers at each library will be available for use during these workshops.

NCWorks is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services and is overseen by the Northeastern Workforce Development Board which works to resolve workforce issues and challenges to meet the Northeastern NC employment needs.

For more information, please contact the Dare County Library located in Kill Devil Hills at 252-441-4331.




Dare County Board of Commissioners April 16 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.


Frank & Fran's First Annual Kayak Fishing Tournament Set for May 28

3 Species of Fish! Lots of Prizes! Great Food & Fun!

Register online at www.hatteras-island.com and then click on the 2018 Frank and Fran's Kayak Tournament Registration link at the bottom of the page.






Family Event at the Frisco Native American Museum on April 28-29

The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center will present the opportunity for individuals to "step back in time" on April 28 and 29, 2018, when Discovery Days:  Ancestral Native American Village take place at the museum.  The event will offer two days of fun for the entire family!

"We  know the museum has a special opportunity to help individuals explore their heritage and have sponsored Powwows and other events over the past thirty years to celebrate cultural awareness,"  said Carl Bornfriend, director of the museum.  "Discovery Days will provide a glimpse of the past—a look at how the first inhabitants of Hatteras Island lived.  Hopefully the activities will also inspire participants to think about and celebrate their own ancestry.  But most importantly, the days will provide an opportunity for everyone to just have a great time!  We hope folks will plan to come early and stay all day."

Visitors will be greeted by contemporary artists as they enter the event area but trappings of the twenty-first century will slowly disappear as they move through the nature trail and cross the small foot bridge leading to the village area.  A special  ceremony at noon with Native American drummers and singers will help dance everyone from the present to a time before European contact.  Presenters in period-accurate clothing will share a wide array of programs, and  Native American food will be available as well as beautiful crafts made by native artists   Participants will have the opportunity to talk with a flute maker, explore a long house, learn about the original inhabitants of Hatteras Island, make a pinch pot, interact with a native story teller, get a tattoo, see demonstrations of native survival skills,  make an animal track, share friendship dances in the ceremonial circle, forage for fossils, use shells to scrape a dug out canoe, and MUCH more!       

Admission to the museum will include all activities which begin at 10 AM both days and continue until 5 PM —rain or shine. For more information,  contact the museum at 252-995-4440  or visit their web site at: www.nativeamericanmuseum.org.



Dare County Arts Council To Host Free Workshops For Local Veterans

Dare County Arts Council is proud to announce four new art workshops that are free for Veterans, active-duty military and their families, following the award of a grant for Military and Veteran Arts Programs from the North Carolina Arts Council. 

April 21-22, nationally-recognized art director Sam Ogden will lead the “Old Glory” painting workshop at the American Legion Building in Kill Devil Hills. Through a guided painting tutorial, Ogden will teach aspiring artists painting techniques to create dimension and depth in their artwork. He will help students choose the starting point for their piece, learn to paint straight lines, use shading and lighting, and other painting fundamentals. While students are working on their pieces, Ogden will paint an original patriotic mural inside the American Legion, which is being renovated this year.

“Art has always been a way for me to consider the world around me at a slower pace,” said art director Sam Ogden. “When we run around in our daily lives, many thoughts and ideas are lost amongst day-to-day tasks when things have to get done quickly and efficiently. For me, painting is a meditation on immediacy and presence.”

On Friday, May 25 award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach a digital photography workshop titled Take Your Best Shot at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. This workshop will consist of lecture, demonstration, and on-location photography at Bodie Island Lighthouse to enhance the classroom instruction.

“I worked as an instructional developer at Joint Forces Command for over 10 years and interacted with all branches of the military,” said Whitenack. “My husband is an Air Force Veteran who served in the Vietnam War. I am pleased to be able to offer this photography workshop to our military Veterans. One lucky Veteran who takes my workshop will win a new camera bag.”

Associate Professor and head of the Professional Crafts Jewelry program at College of the Albemarle (COA), Kathryn Osgood will lead a workshop introducing students to the basics of metalsmithing, jewelry construction and design June 9-10 at the COA Jewelry Studio. Class participants will work with copper and brass, be introduced to soldering, learn to use a jeweler’s saw, and create unique jewelry pieces to wear home. All class materials will be provided. 

“I invite students of all levels to come and explore their creativity in metal,” said Osgood. “I am the daughter of an Army Veteran and I am happy to have the opportunity to offer this workshop to our Veterans, military and military family members.”

COA adjunct instructor and retired Manteo High School art teacher Robin York will lead a pottery workshop on June 16, 23, and 30 at the COA Pottery Studio. The introductory course will teach basic pottery terminology and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn pinch pot and slab build methods and how to throw on the wheel. All class materials will be provided.

“My dad was a Tech Sergeant specializing in marksmanship in the Air Force,” said York. “We didn’t move around as much as some military friends, but we always traveled which ignited my love of culture and art. I look forward to sharing the gift of creativity with our Veterans and its intrinsic value.”

All of the workshops are free for Veterans, activity-duty military, and their families, but space is limited for each workshop and preregistration is required.

For more information about these workshops or to register, please visit DareArts.org/veterans or call Dare County Arts Council at (252) 473-5558.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.  This project is also supported in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Dare County Veterans Advisory Council, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10950. A special thank you goes to Twiddy and Company of Duck for providing accommodations for the visiting instructor.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.




Art Exhibit to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Famous 1918 Mirlo Rescue Set for August

The Chicamacomico Historical Association (CHA) and Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) will co-host an art exhibit at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo in August 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous 1918 Mirlo rescue. Outer Banks artists are encouraged to participate in this historic exhibit. 

As part of its efforts to restore the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, CHA has carefully replaced and preserved older cedar shakes from the station in recent years. Artists are now invited to use the shakes from the station and transform them into works of art (see attached photo).

 "The idea is to make the shakes available to local artists who would paint them and donate their work as a fundraising project for DCAC and Chicamacomico Historical Association," said John Griffin, president of the historic site's board of directors. 

The painted shakes will be part of a 100-piece art exhibit that will debut on First Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Additionally, DCAC and CHA will host a special reception for artists and buyers on the evening of Mon. Aug. 13 to celebrate the Mirlo anniversary.

Artists can pick up shakes to paint at either Dare County Arts Council in Manteo or the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station in Rodanthe. A temporary display featuring several completed shakes is currently on display through March at Dare County Arts Council.  The display also includes two paintings by renown maritime artist Austin Dwyer, portraying Chicamacomico’s famous Mirlo Rescue of British Seamen torpedoed by a German UBoat on Aug. 16, 1918.

"When it was first brought to our attention, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the CHA on this project. It is such an elegant way of connecting today's Outer Banks artists with a tangible piece of our shared history," said DCAC Executive Director Chris Sawin.

The station is most famous for its highly honored rescue of the crew of the British tanker Mirlo, which was torpedoed in 1918 in nearby waters by a German submarine.  The rescue is ranked among the U.S. Coast Guard's finest hours. The station was opened to the public in the late 1970s.

For more details or to find out how to acquire the shakes, contact the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station at (252) 987-1552 or Dare County Arts Council at (252) 473-5558.  For more information about the project, visit www.darearts.org/chicamacomicoshakeshow.


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.

The 2018 Bingo schedule is:


May: 30

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