Saturday, September 15, 2012

 

OBX -  North Carolina's Outer Banks

Now is the time to visit the Outer Banks.... with a view so clear you can see all the way to Christmas!  

Start with the first annual Blue Grass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park on October 5-7.  Continuing the traditions of legends Flatt & Scruggs and Doc Watson, come hear Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson - great food and good fun Get all the details here. 

In case you didn't get enough to eat, visit the Outer Banks Seafood Festival on October 20th from 11 am - 6 pm on Windmill Point on Nags Head.  Sample the fare from local restaurants.  Free admission with cooking demonstrations, story-telling, kids' zone and artisans and crafters.   Seafood - eat it! Get the directions here. 

The Outer Banks Marathon and Half-Marathon is the weekend of November 9-11.  Too much?  Sign up for the Blackbeard Challenge 8K or Queen Anne's Revenge 5K - both on Saturday.  All net proceeds benefit the missions of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, helping Dare families in need, and the Dare Education Foundation, supporting excellence in education.  With lots of pasta and "Party like a Pirate" events, there is something for everyone.  Who doesn't want to go for a crisp autumn run?  Sign up today for a memorable weekend. 

 
And be of good cheer, because you'll find Christmas all over the Outer Banks.  Manteo has the Elizabethan Garden of Lights from December 3-20th.  The Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park celebrates an Illumination on December 1-3.  And Outer Banks Hotline will have the Festival of the Trees at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.  

Good food, good people, good fun - find it all in North Carolina's Outer Banks any time of the year. 


Saturday, September 1, 2012

North Carolina Zoo 

Gorillas and giraffes and dinosaurs - Oh my!

August 4, the first successful gorilla birth in 23 years for our Zoo occurred when Jamani, a female gorilla, gave birth to a healthy male baby named Bomassa.  And last night, July 31, under a "blue moon," another female gorilla, Olympia, delivered a 4-pound, male baby gorilla, unnamed as yet. There are about 350 gorillas in 52 accredited zoos, with just four successful births out of eight pregnancies recorded during 2011 and early 2012.  With two more births right here, you've gotta believe our zoo is a healthy, happy place for everyone!
  
In early July, this year, Juma was born - a female giraffe - and she's been out on exhibit since July 31st.  Come watch her stretch her legs!


And the Dinosaurs will be around until October - come to see them before they are gone forever!  From triceratops, to the peculiar therizinosaurus, the towering brachiosaurus, roaring T-Rex and the spitting dilophosaurus - encounter 15 amazing life-like dinosaurs, go inside a paleontologist's tent and let the kids dig in the fossil pits for relic to take home.

So much is going on at the North Carolina Zoo:  a bull elephant had his second successful cataract surgery, allowing him to see well and navigate his exhibit area.  The polar bears are on vacation while renovation takes place for a new arctic ice cave to open in 2014.   Check out all the animals and exhibits at the Zoo's link.   Great fun for the whole family.