What's Everybody Doing?

By Molly Harrison | Monday, March 1, 2010
See Bruce Roberts' photos at the Outer Banks History Center

It's one of life's little ironies that the person writing about all the fun stuff there is to do is not the one out there doing them but the one sitting home writing about them while everyone else is out there having fun.

So what is everybody else doing? Well, I'm writing this on Sunday night, so I imagine lots of people are at Poor Richard's in downtown Manteo rockin' with the Wilder Brothers, as they will be every Sunday night this month. Maybe next week I can get the writing done earlier and go out there and join them. * The Wilder Brothers - Greg Shelton, Chris Francis and Denver DeWitt - are the longest-running act on the Outer Banks and definitely local favorites. You should catch them at Poor Richard's on Sundays or anywhere else you can catch them during the week...

Other things I'd rather being doing than working this week include the Rajun Cajuns at Ocean Boulevard on Friday night or Matt McGuire at Prime Only on Friday night and the Vinyl Headlights at Kelly's on Friday and Saturday nights * There's also the First Annual Winter Blues Party at Pamlico Jack's in Nags Head on Saturday, March 6 at 7 pm. This is a fund-raiser for the Outer Banks Public Safety Auxiliary in memory of Nags Head police officer Earl Murray who was killed while on duty last year. Dress in blue! Call 256-1575 if you want tickets...

Here's a head's up: The Outer Banks is gearing up for its mega food and wine festival, Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend, which starts on Thursday, March 11 and runs through Sunday, March 14. That's a week away, but I'm telling you now because tickets are selling fast for some of the most popular events, such as wine dinners, tapas crawls, cooking classes and especially the Taste of the Beach Expo on Sunday at Pamlico Jack's in Nags Head. * If you love food - Don't you hate it when people say that? Who doesn't love food? It keeps us alive, for god's sake - you'll want to go ahead and check out the schedule and get yourself some tix...

While you're in planning-ahead mode, go ahead and register for the 2nd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K in Nags Head on Saturday, March 13 at 9 am. Email the race director at kwarlitner@charter.net for info...

Speaking of food (Taste of the Beach, remember, from one paragraph up?), the Dare County Arts Council and Outer Banks Epicurean are hosting a fun, food-oriented art exhibit this month, just in time for Taste of the Beach. It's called Salty foodART and it features artwork inspired by food and eating. Pottery, glass, textiles, photographs, metal, paintings, wood and new media will all subscribe to the theme. * The opening reception on Friday, March 5 from 6 to 8 pm at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo promises a good time, with light fare and libations...

Friday is also the opening of the Outer Banks History Center's new exhibit featuring photographs of photojournalist Bruce Roberts. Roberts captured some famous moments, including many historic photos of the Outer Banks. I got a little sneak preview last month when I was researching something in the History Center and I was impressed * The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to make this one and the DCAC reception on the same evening ...

If you're out and about on Saturday afternoon, stop by the Front Porch Café in Nags Head. Every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm, local musicians Mark Criminger and AC Wescott play acoustic music there...

Anyone up for some local theater? * Theatre of Dare is presenting The Face on the Barroom Floor this weekend - Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the COA Roanoke Island Campus in Manteo. What's the plot, you say? Villains endeavor to separate a chambermaid-turned-singer from her fortune and true love. That should take your mind off your worries for a few hours. * Call 261-4064 for ticket information...

Did you know you can donate blood every 56 days? Too many of us span a time of donating more like every 56 months. What if we all showed up to give blood at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile at Manteo High School on Wednesday, March 3? It doesn't hurt, you know, and it takes less than an hour...

OK, gotta go * 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.