Friday, June 10, 2022

First Flight Market at Aviation Park


First Flight Market at Aviation Park 2022

                  First Flight Market
                     at Aviation Park
                       Sponsored by the
                    Town of Kill Devil Hills

                         Every Tuesday

                      June 21st, 2022 
                    August 9th, 2022 

                   From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Aviation Park 
103 Veterans Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Plan to visit this year's 2nd Annual First Flight Market, where you will find unique vendors, tasty treats, and more to explore, fun for the whole family. Pet-Friendly Family Fun!

Mary's Paws Park (former Paws Park) is located inside the Aviation Park complex and will be open during the event.

Your dog must be on a leash in the Town of Kill Devil Hills. Please clean up after your pet.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

OBX Carpenter Bees - Friend or Foe?

Carpenter Bee with Clover on Hatteras Island

Like many other areas, Carpenter Bees are being spotted on the Outer Banks. But the question is, are the Carpenter Bees Friends or Foes? 

First, let's identify the Eastern Carpenter Bee from the Bumblebee. Both Bees are yellow & black and have a fuzzy-looking head and upper body. However, the Carpenter Bee has a smooth, shiny lower body that is black vs. the Bumblebee's continued Fuzzy body and black & yellow stripes. Bumblebees have ground nests & Carpenter Bee has nests in wood.

Bees play an essential role in our ecosystem the world over. The Carpenter Bee has indeed caused debate. A local OBX market had two specific vendors, one sells Carpenter Bee Habitats & the other sells Carpenter Bee Traps. 

Carpenter Bees are pollinators, but Carpenter Bees do not produce honey, so you don't have to become a Beekeeper. Instead, hang your Bee House just like you hang your Bird House, and the Carpenter Bees will move in and go to work.

As for the Carpenter Bee Traps, before you can take notice of the Bee Traps, you will see a wooden board from a house with holes and tunnels. The damage that Carpenter Bees can do to the wood on a home is on full display. The structural damage could be dangerous & costly.

OBX Carpenter Bee
But what is interesting is that Carpenter Bees do not eat wood; they eat nectar and pollen. Carpenter Bee's natural habitat would be a tree & the females burrow holes into the tree to create a nest to lay eggs. When a tree is not available, the Carpenter Bee adapts and will burrow into an alternate wooden source that they find acceptable. Unfortunately, sometimes the Carpenter Bee will choose a board in your home.

So because of the possible danger, Carpenter Bees poses by weakening solid wooden structures. As well as the potential repair cost involved if Carpenter Bees nest in your home, the Bee Trap vendor has the Carpenter Bee Traps ready to install right away.

So, is the Carpenter Bee a beneficial pollinator or a destructive pest?
Only you can decide as the debate continues.

Most people don't associate Bees with the Outer Banks. Did you know that there are also Alligators, Wolves & Bears on the OBX? If you haven't read about the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, please see:

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - OBX Alligators & Wolfs, & Bears, Oh My!

Black Bear - Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Pavilion at Magnolia Market

The Pavilion at Magnolia Market
Town of Manteo, NC
The Pavilion at Magnolia Market is located in downtown Manteo, NC, on Historic Roanoke Island. Outer Banks Map - Islands, Towns & Villages

 On April 10th, 2022, a free two-hour concert was held at the "Magnolia Pavilion" that benefited the Outer Banks SPCA. In addition, the OBX SPCA had adoptable pets on location as well. Please see: 

Manteo Murphy Concert to benefit OBX SPCA

The street address for "The Pavilion at Magnolia Market", that is also known (Google Search Results) as "Magnolia Market", "Magnolia Marketplace", "Magnolia Market Place", "Magnolia Pavilion" and "Magnolia Marketplace Pavilion", is:

The Pavilion at Magnolia Market
Manteo, NC 27954

408 Queen Elizabeth Ave.
Manteo, NC 27954

The additional address for this location is on the "corner of Ananias Dare Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue" in downtown Manteo, NC. See: 
"Tuesday Craft Fair at Magnolia Marketplace" 

( Corner of Queen Elizabeth "Street" and Ananias Dare Street, Manteo, NC ) also showed on a Google search result. See: "Magnolia Market"

This open-air pavilion is a pet-friendly event venue.

Town of Manteo: description

Town of Manteo: "Facility Rentals"

Rogallo kite Festival 2022


Jockey's Ridge State Park

The Rogallo Kite Festival is a three-day Kite Festival that honors Francis Rogallo, a legendary American aeronautical engineer and inventor.

Francis Melvin Rogallo was born in Sanger, CA, on January 27th, 1912 & died in Southern Shores, NC, on September 1st, 2009, at the age of 97.

To learn more about the remarkable life of Francis Rogallo and his significant contributions to aviation, stunt kites, hang gliders, what is now NASA, and so very much more, please see this 6-minute YouTube video titled " Francis Rogallo" by "Current TV."

                                        The Rogallo Kite Festival 

                     Friday, June 17th - Sunday, June 19th, 2022. 

                                                10 am - 4 pm

There will be kite displays and stunt kites in flight. Kite instruction will be available. In addition to kite making and more.

This Kite Festival is Fun, Free & Pet Friendly!

So mark your calendar to spend some time at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head, NC, and Jockey's Ridge State Park for this spectacular kite flying adventure event.

Leashes must not exceed six feet in length at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

Pets must be leashed within the Town of Nags Head, NC.

Please clean up after your pet.

Please see details about the Rogallo Kite Festival on the

Kitty Hawk Kites website link here:

Kitty Hawk Kites

3933 S. Croatan Hwy

Nags Head, NC 27959

(252) 449-2210

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista Dr.

Nags Head, NC 27959

(252) 441-7132

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station  

The Hatteras Weather Bureau Station was in commission from 1902 until 1946. This Weather Station was an interictal part of the cumulative development of the United States Meteorological Network. 

Having played such a significant historical role in the United States and Hatteras Island history, the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station obtained a listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Today the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station is a Welcome Center and a Museum of the preserved past that you can experience today. 

Explore the past and gather maps, brochures, and information current today from the knowledgeable staff about the Outer Banks of North Carolina at the:
Hatteras, NC 27943
(252) 986-2203     
U.S. Weather Bureau Station 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The U.S. Weather Bureau Station Hatteras Welcome Center is operated by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the National Park Service.

Outer Banks of North Carolina
            Hatteras Island
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau 
Visitor Information / Welcome Centers

Please remember that all dogs must be on a leash not to exceed six feet in length at National Park properties. In addition, dogs are not allowed inside buildings & you must clean up after your pets.

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