March 2009




Outer Banks Getaways March 2009

The Land of Beginnings Festival

A Unique Celebration of Outer Banks Culture & History

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North Carolina’s Outer Banks history is one of the most extraordinary sagas of the American dream. Before New World met Old World, there was a thriving Native American culture. In 1587 before Jamestown and Plymouth, a group of men, women and children founded the first English settlement. Their untimely disappearance recounts one of the nation’s greatest unsolved mysteries. In this same locale Reginald Fessenden first radio-transmitted human speech in 1903, and the Wright Brothers’ achieved first flight.

The 4th Annual Land of Beginnings Festival celebrates this resilient, pioneering spirit, with a hospitable Outer Banks community. The 9-day event is filled with oral history, rich drama and living legends. It begins Friday, March 27, with a Children’s Faire, and ends with a signature Black & White Ball on Saturday, April 4.

The Children’s Faire, March 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Wright Brothers Pavilion, is a popular event boasting everything a kid can have fun doing from face painting to balloon art to rock climbing, topped off with a grand entrance by US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

Exhibitors include the North Carolina Aquarium, Currituck Heritage Park, Laser Tag & Fun Center, The Lost Colony, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, The History Center, Pizza Hut, Kitty Hawk Kites, Outer Banks Hospital, College of the Albemarle, and more. Last year’s Children’s Faire was attended by nearly 3000 children & care-givers—a must-do event!
The Festival shares the unique history of the Outer Banks community through a kaleidoscope of oral storytelling sessions of tall tales and true stories, conducted on Hatteras Island, Manteo, and Kitty Hawk—capturing the imagination of young and old.

The Living Legend Community Luncheon at noon on Monday, March 30, honors Captain Omie Tillet, the 1929 Outer Banks born much-beloved “chaplain of Outer Banks fishermen,” North Carolina boat-builder, and mentor of generations of charter boat captains. Tillet in native Outer Banks “hoi toider” brogue, started the local tradition of blessing the fleet as the boats departed. Tillet and father Sam pioneered Outer Banks sportsfishing; their vision led way to today’s Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Cost is $18 per person. Reservations required. Call 252-473-2127.

The Festival finale is the Black & White Ball: A Global Affair with an international “around the globe” theme from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the famed Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion. Guests will enjoy sumptuous food, an open bar, silent auction, live auction, international vignettes, and the earth moving beats of the live dance band Coolin’ Out. For reservations, call The Lost Colony office at 252-473-2127.

Most events are free and take place at the Wright Brothers Memorial National Park. Some events do require reservations and a prepaid ticket. For more information, and reservations, call 252-473-2127.

2009 Festival Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, March 27
Children’s Faire
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion—Kill Devil Hills.
FREE ADMISSION. For info, call: 252-473-2127.

The Night Before Take-Off (a satirical drama)
7:00 p.m., Roanoke Island Festival Park—Manteo. TICKETS: $7.50. For info, call:
252-473-1571.

SATURDAY, March 28
Storytelling at Hatteras
7:00 p.m., Hatteras Village Civic Center—Hatteras. Featuring the oral history of Hatteras islanders. FREE ADMISSION. For info, call: 252-475-4477.

The Night Before Take-Off (a satirical drama)
7:00 p.m., Roanoke Island Festival Park—Manteo. TICKETS: $7.50. For info, call:
252-473-1571.

SUNDAY, March 29
The Night Before Take-Off (a satirical drama)
7:00 p.m., Roanoke Island Festival Park—Manteo. TICKETS: $7.50. For info, call:
252-473-1571.

MONDAY March 30
Living Legend Community Luncheon
12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion—Kill Devil Hills. TICKETS: $18. For info, call: 252-473-2127 x 223.

TUESDAY, March 31
Storytelling: Outer Banks Oral History
7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Roanoke Island Festival Park—Manteo. FREE ADMISSION. (Seating limited to 250) For info, call: 252-473-3761.

TUESDAY, March 31
American Masterpieces
(North Carolina Dance Theatre)
7:00 p.m., First Flight High School Auditorium—Kill Devil Hills. TICKETS: $15. For info, call: 252-473-5558.

WEDNESDAY April 1
Storytelling as an Avocation: An Authors’ and Producers’ Perspective
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion—Kill Devil Hills. FREE ADMISSION. For info, call: 252-473-5558.

THURSDAY April 2
Create the Future Initiative
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion—Kill Devil Hills. FREE ADMISSION. For info: 252-473-2264 x235. For reservations:
252-473-2264 x0

Storytelling: Outer Banks Oral History
7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Black Pelican Restaurant—Kitty Hawk. FREE ADMISSION. For info, call: 252-473-2127.

SATURDAY 4-4-09
Black & White Ball: A Global Affair
6:00-11:00 p.m., Wright Brothers National Memorial—Kill Devil Hills. TICKETS: $100, Corporate Tables: $1,500. Tickets/ info: 252-473-2127.

MONDAY 4-6-09
Burial of Time Capsule
11:30 a.m., Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall Collins Drive, Manteo. FREE ADMISSION. For info, call: 252-473-2127

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THE LOST COLONY
America’s #1 Outdoor Drama, depicts the disappearance of Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony in an epic summer production in Manteo, NC. Mention Hampton Roads Magazine for $2 off reservations: 252-473-3414. www.thelostcolony.org www.thelostcolony.org

For the rest of this article, see the March 2009 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine, currently available on newsstands.

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