Blues, Pirates, Mini-Manis and Elvis

By Molly Harrison | Monday, February 22, 2010
The Pirates' Rendezvous is Sat. night in Nags Head

Did anybody else hear the WAVY TV weatherman say that it rained or snowed every weekend from the end of November through February 14? I heard this rumor, but I didn't hear it with my own ears. But anyway, I believe it. I was thrilled to have a warm, outside weekend for once...

There's a lot to do this week, so let's move away from the weather - the world's most boring conversational topic next to physical ailments, computer crashes and car problems - and get right to it...

Roanoke Island Festival Park is coming off its winter hiatus and starting the 2010 season off with a bang. * They're hosting the 6th Annual Freedman's Colony Blues Jam sponsored by the Freedman's Colony Preservation Association on Fri., Feb. 26. Go ahead and get your tickets. Don't wait. In other words, this concert sells out. * Performers will be Outer Banker Ruth Wyand, joined by local musicians and a special guest, as well as Tidewater Virginia blues maven Jackie Scott and the House Wreckers. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at SSR Music in Nags, Manteo Booksellers or RIFP, and you might gamble on a $20 ticket at the door. Call 475-1500 for info...

If you consider yourself a local Outer Banker and you don't know the awe-inspiring history of the Pea Island Life Saving Station, you need to see the documentary Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Surfmen at RIFP on Saturday, Feb. 27. Even though I already know the story, I'm going to go see the Outer Banks debut of the film, which will air later on The History Channel and be shown at film festivals around the world...

Other things going on at RIFP: The 30-member Elizabeth City State Concert Choir will perform at the park's 4th Sunday at 4 series on Feb. 28. It's free. * The Priceless Pieces Quilt Show this week and features new and old quilts, nature-themed mini quilts and fiber art made from recycled materials. The Teacup Quilters is raffling off a quilt they have made for the event...

FYI: The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show reception, which was cancelled in January (see paragraph 1), has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Glenn Eure's Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. Go meet all the artists who participated in the show and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice award. As Dare County Arts Council president Kitty Dough says, the show is "a bright spot on the landscape of winter." Well said...

Elizabeth R and Co., producers of the historical plays Elizabeth R, Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen and Shepherd of the Ocean, is holding its annual over-the-top fundraiser at Pamlico Jack's Pirate Hideaway in Nags Head on Saturday, Feb. 27. The location has inspired a change of theme from Elizabethan-style dinner to Pirates' Rendezvous, for pirates from the Elizabethan times through the 21st century. Admission includes a gourmet dinner by Pamlico Jack's Chef Lee Miller, beer and wine, cabaret entertainment with a live band and professional singers and actors, and, they promise, no silent auctions or raffles. Call 473-1061 to reserve. These ladies put on quite a party. You should go...

Speaking of a party, it's girls'-night-out central at the Thursday night Martinis & Manicures events at Kelly's. Here's the scoop: tapas menu, jazz and blues with Laura Martier, $5 martinis and mini-mani/martini combos for $15. * Wonder if that sounds anything like the cackle-fest of a girls' night I went to last week? * If you miss it this week, don't worry, it goes on through March 25 * It's from 6 to 8 p.m., and the DJ comes in at 9 p.m. for girls who want to make the fun last a little longer...

Couple more things, and then I promise I'll let you go. * The Lost Colony is holding local auditions on Sat, Feb. 27 at COA. Call 441-2127 and break a leg. * Attention Elvis fans: "Discovering Elvis: Tracing Traditions of Soul to the Soul of the King" is the topic of a Billy Stevens lecture at the Dare County Library in Hatteras (Sat. at 2 p.m.) and KDH (Sun. at 2 p.m.). An Elvis lecture. Hmmm. Is that an oxymoron? * The League of Women Voters is hosting a program about the prospects and impacts of wind power on the Outer Banks on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall...

That's not all, but that's all I can fit here. Keep checking the site all week as businesses and organizations on the Outer Banks are adding new stuff here every day. I'll be back with a new blog of Outer Banks snippets and events next Tuesday. And if you've got a business or organization that wants to get the word out about something - a sale, a special, an event or a fund-raiser - click on Get Involved just on the right column of this page...

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About the Author Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is managing editor at OneBoat, publisher of OuterBanksThisWeek.com. She moved to Nags Head in 1994 and since then has made her living writing articles and creating publications about the people, places and culture of the Outer Banks. When not working she practices and teaches yoga and spends as much time as possible outside and in or on the water with her husband and two children.