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Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Celebrations on Hatteras Island




Celebrate July 4th Hatteras style! 

This weekend Hatteras Island will host different activities, programs and fun happenings in celebration of Independence Day! Below is a schedule of family friendly events and details. 

Friday, July 3rd

Island Art Show
10am - 5pm @ Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building
Celebrate Outer Banks Art! ALL are welcome to this community event.This is an indoor/outdoor event. Over 20 local artists and crafters will be vending their goods. This is your change to meet and talk with them! Food will be avialable for purchase. Live music by Dragonfly! The art show will benefit the Outer Banks SPCA. 

Saturday, July 4th

4th in the Village
Noon - 10pm @ The Heart of Hatteras Village (In front of the Post Office)
Art - Food - Games - Music - Fun
Noon - 5pm: Art Show & Flea Market
3:30pm: Golf Cart Parade
5pm: Hatteras Volunteer Fish Fry
7pm: Musical Entertainment by Dragon Fly!

The Ultimate Independence Party
7pm @ Koru Beach Klub
Join us at the Beach Klub to celebrate Indpendence day!
Live muisc by local favorite Raygun Ruby

Live fire dancing show
Food and drink available for purchase
Tickets: $5/person. Tickets can be purchased at Spa Koru or Avon Fishing Pier.

Fireworks Display
Dusk @ Avon Fishing Pier

This year's fireworks display will be shot off at the Avon Fishing Pier. Come out early and grab a spot on the beach for a front row seat to watch the fireworks display. Parking is limited, so take advantage of Avon's Scenic Bike Path and walk or bike over to the pier.

Looking for more events and activities happening throughout the week? Check out Hatteras Realty’s Local Events page for more island wide happenings.

*ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL ON HATTERAS ISLAND*

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Island Events: June 27th - July 3rd

Saturday, June 27th
5pm Fish Fry @ Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department- Enjoy locally caught fried fish YUM! Eat in or take out. $9/adults, $6/kids.

Sunday, June 28th
11am-3pm Brunch & Live Music @ Hatteras Sol Deli- Enjoy a menu of yummy breakfast items! Live, acoustic music is played in the courtyard while you eat and enjoy the sunshine.

Monday, June 29th
8am Fish with a Ranger @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse- Learn the sport of surf casting and fishing. Poles are provided, you bring the bait! FREE!

9am Kayak Tour @ Hatteras Island Ocean Center- Come see diverse wildlife up close and personal as we kayak through the water trails of Hatteras Village. $35/person.

6pm Sky Blue Summer Concert Series @ REAL Watersports- Enjoy live music on the waterfront deck. Food/drinks available at Watermen’s Bar and Grill.

Tuesday, June 30th
9am Farmer’s Market @ Koru Beach Klub Lawn - Vendors will be selling local produce, baked goods and handmade crafts/jewelry.

10am For Kids: Ocean Beach Explorers @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Swim Beach - Join a ranger for a hands-on activity based exploration of the natural environments of the beach. Free!

2pm Kid’s Day! @ Kitty Hawk Kites Rodanthe Store - Families are invited to demo kites, play a variety of games, kite making, toy demos and more!

8pm Screened Printed T-Shirts @ Kinnakeet Clay - Use easy screen printing techniques to create your own beach t-shirt. $30/person. All materials provided.

Wednesday, July 1st
10:30am Maritime Crafts for Kids @ Graveyard of the Atlantic - Youth of all ages enjoy creating coastal crafts while discovering snippets of local history. Free!

2pm Mermaid School @ Koru Beach Klub Pool - Have you always wanted to learn how to swim like a mermaid? Now you can! Girls 4-10 are invited to spend an hour with a live mermaid to learn how to swim, splash and live like a mermaid. $15/per child.

8:30pm Full Moon Climb @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse- Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony. Tickets $8/adults, $4/kids.

Thursday, July 2nd
10am Artist Trunk Show @ Indian Town Gallery - A local artist will be at the gallery all day featuring original artwork for display and purchase.

3pm Mermaid Rings @ Studio 12 - Learn how to twist and bend metal wire adorned with pearls and crystals to create a ring that any mermaid would treasure. $29/per person. All supplied included.

7pm The Stranger: Tribute to Billy Joel @ Koru Beach Klub - The Stranger is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the world’s most beloved performers, Billy Joel. Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door.

Friday, July 3rd
10am Island Art Show @ Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building - Several local artists will be on site vending their goods. Food and live music!

7pm Music on the Deck @ Breakwater Restaurant- Come out for a night of waterfront dining and enjoy the view over the Pamlico Sound while enjoying live music. Don’t forget your camera to capture the famous Hatteras Sunset.


Visit our Local Events Page for a full list of island happenings and more details.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Full Moon Climb July 1st

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be hosting a Full Moon Climb on Wednesday, July 1st. 

Details via nps.gov:

Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras. Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony. 

Two tours will be given at each lighthouse -- one at 8:30 p.m. and a second at 9:30 p.m (Times are subject to change. Please check with NPS for tour times). Tickets are required. 

Tickets for the Full Moon Climbs must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. Ticket sales at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. You must purchase your ticket at the site where you wish to climb. The number of tickets for each tour is limited. Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older). 

Children joining the climb must be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own—they cannot be carried. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment. Children 11 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). 

Prior to purchasing tickets, consider your own limitations and those of your group. The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot and humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There is no air conditioning or internal lights. 

Unable to make the full moon climb? The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be hosting a Night Climb every Thursday night  throughout the summer! 

Check out Hatteras Realty's Local Events page for more details!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Island Events! - June 20th - June 26th


Saturday, June 20th
9am 3rd Annual Grom Prix Surf Contest @ Koru Beach Klub - Kids 15 and under will compete for a free entry to the O’Neill Sweetwater Pro-AM Surf Contest. Meet and greet with O’Neill Pro-Surfers!

5pm Fish Fry @ Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department- Enjoy locally caught fried fish YUM! Eat in or take out. $9/adults, $6/kids.

10pm Band Night @ Sandbar & Grille - Outer Banks band Frozen Head & the Squirrels will be rocking out their eclectic rock and roll covers, 60’s surf music, cali-raggae and party songs. Must be 21+. No Cover.

Sunday, June 21st
11am-3pm Brunch & Live Music @ Hatteras Sol Deli- Enjoy a menu of yummy breakfast items! Live, acoustic music is played in the courtyard while you eat and enjoy the sunshine.

Monday, June 22nd
8am Fish with a Ranger @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse- Learn the sport of surf casting and fishing. Poles are provided, guests bring the bait!

9am Kayak Tour @ Hatteras Island Ocean Center - Join us for a tour of our wetlands via kayak. See diverse wildlife up close and personal. $35/person.

Tuesday, June 23rd

9am Farmer’s Market @ Koru Beach Klub Lawn - Vendors will be selling local produce, baked goods and handmade crafts/jewelry.

10am REAL Kid’s Camp @ REAL Watersports - This camp teaches kids water safety and introduction to SUP, kite baording, surfing and equipment care. $595/kid for 3 days. Includes gear and lunch.

9pm Night Sky Over Hatteras @ Ramp 43 - Exploration of the night sky including night navigation, constellations and more. Led by NPS Rangers. FREE!

Wednesday, June 24th
2pm Kid’s Day! @ Kitty Hawk Kites Hatteras Store - Families are invited to demo kites, play a variety of games, kite making, toy demos and more!

6pm Bingo! @ Cape Hatteras Anglers Club - Come out for family fun and try your hand at Bingo! Cash prizes, food and fun! Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm.

9pm Comedy Wednesday @ Pangea Tavern - Come out and see the funniest show on Hatteras Island! Sponsored by OBX Comedy Club. Must purchase tickets in advance.

Thursday, June 25th
8am Water Aerobics @ Club Hatteras Pool - Start your morning off with a splash! This program is a fun and invigorating, low gravity impact workout suitable for all fitness levels.

3pm Create Cards & Canvas Prints @ Sandcastles Gallery - Join us for one of our gelli printing classes to create your own prints for a journal, canvas or note cards. $30/person. Supplies included.

6:30pm Canvas Painting Party @ Stuido 12 - Join local artist Deborah Tucker for some canvas painting fun! Enjoy a fun night of making your own art. $49/person.

7pm Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime Concert @ Koru Beach Klub - This Sublime tribute band will be covering classic songs and style of the original Sublime. Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door.

Friday, June 26th

10am Avon Art Show @ Hatteras Realty Avon Office - The show will host over 35 Dare county artists ranging from paintings, wood working, photography and more!

6pm-10pm Sky Blue Summer Concert Series @ REAL Watersports- Enjoy live music on the waterfront deck. Food/drinks available at Watermen’s Bar and Grill. Family friendly atmosphere.



Visit our Local Events Calendar for a full list of island happenings and more details.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Settlement for Bonner Bridge




Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have finalized a settlement agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, allowing NCDOT to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet. So much hard work has gone into getting to this point and we are very excited to see a resolution so we can look forward to the beginning of a new bridge. 

Here is the news release from NCDOT this afternoon:

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have finalized a settlement agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, allowing NCDOT to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge. Under the agreement, NCDOT will also consider options that would move vulnerable portions of N.C. Highway 12 out of the southern half of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and into Pamlico Sound. The Bonner Bridge is in frequent need of repair and maintenance and the replacement is needed for the safety of drivers and the economic vitality of the Outer Banks.

"We appreciate the efforts of all parties to agree on a viable solution that best serves the people and interests of North Carolina," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "The settlement agreement will allow NCDOT to provide a safe and reliable bridge for thousands of residents who rely on this lifeline to get to work, school, and healthcare and for millions of visitors who travel to the Outer Banks every year."

"We are pleased that NCDOT and its partner agencies will consider additional options for N.C. 12 that will provide safe, reliable transportation by avoiding the areas where erosion and washouts shut down the road in its current location. This is a win-win for the Refuge and everyone who relies on N.C. 12," said Julie Youngman, senior attorney with SELC, who represented the conservation groups.

Under the settlement agreement, after certain tasks are complete including ceasing work on a 2.4-mile bridge within the Refuge, the conservation groups will dismiss both federal and State Bonner Bridge-related lawsuits. NCDOT will move forward with construction of a new bridge parallel to the existing Bonner Bridge and will study options for Pamlico Sound structures to address the Mirlo Beach area and the Pea Island inlet created by Hurricane Irene. NCDOT will complete this entire process collaboratively with the Merger Team, composed of state and federal resource and regulatory agencies. During the study period, NCDOT will implement interim measures on Pea Island to provide safe and reliable transportation through this area. In September 2014, NCDOT suspended construction on a permanent Pea Island Bridge as part of the settlement process.

 
Link to NCDOT News Release:

 
Link to Outer Banks Voice Article:
http://outerbanksvoice.com/2015/06/15/finally-legal-deal-clears-way-for-new-bridge/#.VX8ddZVsSr0.facebook
  


We will post updates on the timeline of the new bridge as details are released.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Early Bird Ferry



The early bird catches the worm….or the ferry to Ocracoke in this case.

The NC Ferry System has moved to its summer schedule, which will now include 32 round-trips from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island each day. NCDOT is encouraging visitors wanting to explore Ocracoke Island to hit the ferry lines as early as possible to avoid the long peak-time ferry lines that can have visitors waiting in line for hours to board the ferry.

“We’ve always suggest visitors try to avoid the peak times of the day when traveling between Hatteras and Ocracoke,” said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hess. “This year, we’re coming right out and saying it: The best way to get out of the ferry lines is to travel early, travel late, or travel between Friday and Monday. We have years of data to back that up.”

After years of research, NCDOT discovered that ferries departing Hatteras prior to 9am and ferries departing Ocracoke prior to 2pm have little to no wait for cars waiting to board the ferry. In general, visitors wanting to head over to Ocracoke Island will start packing into the Hatteras ferry lines around 10am. On Ocracoke's side, lines will start to stack up around 3pm with visitors ready to head back to Hatteras Island.

“People still want to go to Ocracoke, and they should go to Ocracoke,” said Ferry Divistion Director Ed Goodwin. “By adjusting their schedule just a little, they can spend less time in a ferry line and more time in Ocracoke. And that’s what vacation should be about”

We want all of our visitors to be able to spend as much time as possible exploring Ocracoke and less time waiting in the ferry line. By leaving just little bit earlier, visitors will be able to do just that.

For more information on the NC Ferries, please visit the following links:





You can also follow the NC Ferry Division on Twitter @NCDOT_Ferry. 

For ferry reservations, please call 1-800-BY-Ferry.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Weekend on Hatteras Island



Spring has sprung on Hatteras Island and we are getting ready for Easter! For our guests who will be visiting Hatteras Island over the Easter holiday, we have listed some family friendly activities to check out.  

April 3rd @ 6 a.m. - Avon Fishing Pier Opens @ Avon Fishing Pier - The pier is open for the season! Kids are able to fish for FREE from the pier all Easter Weekend.

April 3rd @ 10 a.m. - Island Art Show @ Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo Community Center – Local artist will be on site vending their goods! BBQ sandwiches will also be for sale. A portion of food sales will go to benefit Hatteras Island Meals.  

April 4th @ 2 p.m. - “Hoppy” Easter Celebration @ Pangea Tavern - Hop on over for a kids Easter egg hunt and photo ops with the Easter Bunny!

April 6th @ 10 a.m. - Hatteras Realty’s 9th Annual Eggstravaganza @ Hatteras Realty Avon Office– Easter egg hunt for all ages, cookies, activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny!


Weekly activities and art classes taking place at The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Studio 12 and Sandcastles Gallery are now listed on the Hatteras Realty Event Calendar. Check out all weekly events and other happenings here: http://www.hatterasrealty.com/justforfun.htm

Island shops and restaurants have started to open up too! You can check out all the hot spots to eat and shop on our visitor’s guide, http://www.hatterasrealty.com/concierge/. Make sure to call ahead for seasonal hours.