Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hatteras Island Oyster Roast!

A laid-back community event to celebrate local seafood and a healthy coast. Come enjoy fresh oysters, live music, a warm fire and good company. 

Tickets: $15/person in advance or $20 at the door. Ticket price includes all you can eat oysters, one side of chowder and a non-alcoholic beverage. Be sure and save room for homemade dessert from the bake sale. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or contact Sarah Hallas. This event will take place rain or shine, tickets are nonrefundable. Sponsored by the North Carolina Coastal

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NPS Completes New Inside Road

Inside Road Complete and Open Between Buxton and Frisco
Superintendent David Hallac is happy to announce the opening of Inside Road, connecting Beach Access Ramp 44 with Beach Access Ramps 48 and 49 near the Frisco Campground, "Our staff did an amazing job finishing the Inside Road, which will provide wonderful access between these popular beach destinations."
The Inside Road is approximately 4 miles long and and an Off Road Vehicle Permit is required to drive on it.
The project, funded with ORV fee monies, continues the enhancement of beach access for the public across the Seashore.

Article & photo courtesy of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Old Christmas: An Island Tradition

For more than 100 years residents of Rodanthe have celebrated two Christmases: the Christmas that comes with Santa Claus on Dec. 25, and Old Christmas, which is visited by "Old Buck" on Jan. 6. Held at Rodanthe Community Building, festivities begin on the first Saturday after Epiphany with Old Christmas Eve night.
Today, families from the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo gather to celebrate, roast oysters and await the bull of the hour. Tourists are welcome but seldom understand the meaning behind the added holiday.
In the late 70s, Old Christmas had gained the reputation of being a good place to participate in a good old-fashioned drunken brawl.
Towards evening Old Buck, the mythical wild bull, appears. He is a makeshift horned, masked creature, usually with the body of a blanket to cover the wearer. Legend has it that Old Buck impregnated every single cow in Buxton Woods and terrorized local farmers until a hunter finally shot him. His spirit survives in the Rodanthe hummocks and marshes.
Hence, Old Christmas Eve night (Jan. 5) was the time when natives used to say that the cattle came out to pray. It was also the time when the poke bush was reported to have appeared overnight, where none had grown before.
Old Christmas, also known as Little Christmas, Epiphany or Twelfth Night, is thought to have its origin in medieval England. Before the Calendar Act of 1751, England celebrated Christmas on the 6th day of January. In some parts of Great Britain, this date is still referred to as Old Christmas Day.
Another explanation for the date is that when the English Crown adopted the Georgian Calendar, shortening the year by eleven days, the Hatteras towns were not told until years later. When they were told, the Bankers simply refused to incorporate the change their calendar.
In Rodanthe in particular - in addition to the calendar timing - there was a practical reason for the celebration. Years ago the town was divided into two settlements - north and south Rodanthe (the Southern settlement became Waves) separated by a mile. It was hard for friends and family to gather on one holiday, so the natives of one settlement visited kin in the other and then on the second Christmas the process was reversed. The end result was that both sections managed to enjoy twice the fun.
One old custom recalled by Nell Wechter in a late 40s edition of the Coastland Times took place on Old Christmas Eve night. It was a custom in which some of the young girls in the community met, cooked a meal and set it on the table. The girls then hid under the table and waited for "ghosts" to appear. Because the waiting produced dead silence, the setting was called a "Dumb Table." The ghosts themselves were supposed to look like the men the girls would one day marry.
Traditions of Old Christmas past also include beginning the festivities with fifes and drums playing eerie music at the crack of dawn to awaken natives.
Children and adults would put socks or homemade masks on their faces, dress in colorful clothing and run around singing Christmas carols to their neighbors as they awaited the appearance of Old Buck.
Old Christmas celebrations will take place on January 9th.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cape Hatteras Lightkeepers

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a lightkeeper?
The position of lightkeeper was to keep the light station in tip-top condition and keep watch for ships passing by the Diamond Shoals. The lightkeeper’s had a list of duties that needed to be done, including carrying fuel up to the lantern room and refueling the lamp, regularly cleaning and polishing the lenses, windows, brass and tools, lighting and extinguishing the lamp daily, monitoring the light at night, painting, greeting visitors and keeping records and reports. As the light station grew, so did the number of staff.
Along with the lightkeeper, their families lived at the station in the keeper’s quarters. The families had to be self-sufficient and grew most of their own food and kept live stock on the grounds around the lighthouse. As most lighthouses are isolated, the keeper’s families of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse were lucky to be close to town and other people.
Pictured is the last Principal Keeper, Unaka Jennette, who was a native of Buxton. He and his wife, Sudie, raised their 7 children at the lighthouse station from 1919-1936. Once electricity came along, the need for a keeper wasn’t necessary, due to the reliability of the lamp and cleaning soot off the lenses was no longer needed.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Beach Light

Did you know there was a smaller "lighthouse" in addition to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse?
Established in 1855, the Beacon Light was part of the Cape Hatteras Light Station that was located about a ½ mile from Cape Point. This fixed white light could be seen up to 9 nautical miles and had to be moved several times due to its exposure to the sea. The Beacon itself was a small square building consisting of just a lantern light and fuel house that was operated by the Third Assistant Keeper. Little is known about the Beacon Light or what happened to it. It is suggested that in 1898 the Beacon Light was finally lost to the sea. The keepers were able to salvage the lamp and other items. The Beacon Light was replaced with a post light, which was larger and brighter, at the point. No trace of the Beacon Light is left today.
As a reminder, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is hosting its annual Winter Climb on Saturday from 10am - 2pm. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Events on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is buzzing with holiday spirit! Come join the residents of Hatteras and enjoy holiday festivities all month long. 

December 11th 

Holiday Promenade - Tri-Villages @ 4pm - 6:30pm

Along the sidewalk in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, villagers and businesses will be serving hot drinks and other goodies. Walk, jog, ride a bike or skate the sidewalk. Bring flashlights and/or wear lights to light the way and illuminate the sidewalk. The Promenade finale is a Night Sky Adventures in the Salvo Day Use Area, just south of Salvo. Night sky enthusiast will share knowledge on a clear evening from 5:50-6:30pm. 

December 12th

Annual Winter Climb – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse- 10am - 2pm

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be hosting its annual Winter Climb. This climb is FREE to all visitors!

Santa Meet & Greet – Pangea Tavern – 11:30am – 2pm

Come visit with Santa at Pangea Tavern. Kids and adults will have an opportunity to tell Santa want they want for Christmas and have their photos taken.

Holiday at the Museum – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum - Noon - 5pm

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will host its 5th annual Holiday at the Museum. Folks can drop in to the museum either before or after the annual Christmas Parade. Children and adults alike will marvel at a Winter Wonderland train display, children's holiday crafts, multi- themed holiday trees, live music, holiday treats and more!  FREE to the public! 

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade - Hatteras Village - 2pm

The very popular and well attended Hatteras Village Christmas Parade will be begin at Teach's lair and wrap around the village to the Hatterasman Drive-Thru. Locals and tourists park along Highway 12 and get to cheer on the floats, fire trucks, bikes, horses, emergency and Coast Guard vehicles, bands and of course, Santa!  

After the parade, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa at the Hatteras Community building for the announcement of the winners. 

Holiday Dance - Hatteras Village Civic Center - 8pm - Midnight

Put your dancing shoes on and be ready for a great night. Live music from the Virginia based band "Snackbar Jones" will provide the beats for dancing. Tickets available at the door for $10/person. Ticket prices include light appetizers and cocktail setups. Must be 21+ to attend.

December 31st

Old Farts New Year’s Eve Party – Pangea Tavern – 5pm – 10:30pm

Pangea Tavern will be hosting a New Year’s Eve blowout with food and drink specials and an early ball drop at 10pm. It’s the perfect party for those who want to have a good time without staying up all night!

HICF 2016 New Year's Eve Dance - Hatteras Civic Center - 8pm - 12:30am

Bring in the New Year with live music by DJ Davis Burrett. The night includes hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, dancing and a selfie station! Guests are asked to BYOB, mixers will be available. Tickets: $20/person or $30/couple. Must be 21+ to attend.

All proceeds will benefit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, a non-profit, all volunteer foundation helping islanders diagnosed with cancer.

Keep up with all of Hatteras Island's events on the Hatteras Realty Local Event's page.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Festivities

It’s is Halloween week here on Hatteras Island and the island has great family friendly activities for all to enjoy! 

Thursday, October 29th
Halloween Moon Over Hatteras Haunted Trail @ Hatteras Civic Center - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Walk through Sea Breeze Trail and see what really lives in the deeps woods of Hatteras Village. Park at the Hatteras Village Civic Center and be transported to the trail. Cost is $5 per person. Kids under 5 are FREE! Concessions are also available.

Friday, October 30th
Hallowine 2015 @ Lee Robinson’s General Store - 5pm - 7pm
Join us as we explore tasty reds to warm your bones and tasty brews. All wines and beers will be fall and Halloween themed! Enjoy cocktails and snacks while you browse the store.

Zombie Dance Party @ Turner’s High Moon Bar - 9pm
Join us Halloween Eve for a Zombie Dance Party with DJ Berry Wells. Dress in your finest zombie attired and head over to High Moon for a night filled with creepy fun and dancing. Contest with prizes for best zombie costumes!

Saturday, October 31st – Halloween!!
Trunk or Treat Family Night @ Heritage of the Faith Family Church - 5pm - 8pm
You are invited to a FREE, family friendly, scare free trunk or treat! Night activities include games, cake walk, cupcake walk, chili, hot dogs and lots of candy!

Trunk or Treat @ Koru Beach Klub - 6pm - 8pm
Volunteers will have their cars decorated with a "theme" and kids can walk in a safe environment to "trick or treat" together.

Midnight Monster Mash Halloween Party @ Pangea Tavern - 8pm
Pangea Tavern will be hosting their annual Halloween Party. Costume contest with cash prizes! Come on and join the spooky fun dance party.

Halloween Costume Party @ Turner’s High Moon Bar - 8pm
Turner’s will be hosting a Halloween costume bash! Come dressed in your best costumes and dance the night away to live music by Ruth Wyand.