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.

Celebrations, Fireworks Planned in Hatteras and Ocracoke for Fourth of July 

Visitors 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

Hatteras 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.  

The 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.

The 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/.

Radio 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 www.radiohatteras.org.

This event is additionally m
ade 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.

Other 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 desk.

OCRACOKE ISLAND FIREWORKS

Ocracoke 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.

The 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.

Additional events 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.

For 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

More 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 Programs
 

Hatteras 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 Buxton.
 
Residents and visitors of ages are welcome to attend this free training program and learn about:
              • Rip Currents
              • Ocean Safety
              • Survival Practices
              • Beach Dangers
              • Jellyfish Stings
              • Holes in Sand
              • Fish Hook Injuries
The 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



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 summer.  

Talking Sticks 


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.  Available daily.

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

Dare County Arts Council announces the official call for entries for the sixth annual Surfalorus Film Festival being held September 21-23 on the Outer Banks.

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 date.

Other aquatic activities will also take place during Surfalorus, including a surf art exhibit at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in Downtown Manteo.

“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

What’s 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.

Since 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 projects.

Grant 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.

Teachers 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

The 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 organizations. 

The 2017 Bingo Schedule is:

June: Every Wednesday
July: Every Wednesday
August: Every Wednesday
Sept.: Every Wednesday
October: 4, 11, 18
November: 15, 29
December: 13
2018-January: 10, 24