2012 Land of Beginnings Festival, April 16-21

Posted By on April 11, 2012

The Land of Beginnings Festival, set this year for April 16-21, is an annual celebration of Outer Banks originals which defines who we are as a community.

Land of Beginnings Festival

Read on the official schedule of events planned at various sites throughout the week, which include exciting cultural, educational and entertainment activities.


The Land of Beginnings storytelling sessions are always popular and all three sessions are free and open to the public.

The first session, Tuesday, April 17, will be held at the Lost Colony Building at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island. And the second will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at the Black Pelican restaurant in Kitty Hawk. Storytellers for both of these sessions will be Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh, aka Barbara Hird and Bill Rea. The Queen and her sidekick will tell stories about the era in which they lived. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Those wishing to have dinner at the Black Pelican may do so downstairs before the show.

The third storytelling event will be held on Thursday, April 19, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center. Moderated by Danny Couch, this is always a favorite for those who enjoy tall-tales and yesteryear stories. Storytellers will be announced before the event that begins at 7 p.m.

Coastal Studies Institute Tours

UNC Coastal Studies Institute “Hard Hat” campus tours will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, at 3 p.m. in Skyco. The campus is located in Skyco. A construction sign marks the entrance, and the drive is packed sand. Park at the Whiting-Turner construction trailer where the group will gather. Because the campus is still a construction site, all visitors are asked to sign a release and are issued a hard hat (required) and a brightly colored vest. A maximum of 30 guests can be accommodated in each tour. For safety purposes, all visitors must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops).

Building elevators are not yet operational, and visitors will be invited to climb three floors to get a full overview of the campus and its activity. Inclement weather will not cancel the event since once inside the main building, the entire area is free from bad weather. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Living Legend Luncheon

Moon Tillett, 82, life-long commercial fisherman and owner of Moon Tillett Fish Co. in Wanchese has been chosen to receive the
2012 Living Legend Award to be presented at the Land of Beginnings Festival’s Living Legend Luncheon to be held on Monday, April 16, at the Ramada Inn. Lunch is served at noon.

Active in fisheries politics for decades, he served on the Oregon Inlet Waterways Commission for a number of years and is a walking encyclopedia on the history of commercial fishing along the Outer Banks. He and his wife Jean reside in Wanchese.

Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.
Advance reservations are required and no tickets will be sold at the door. For reservations, CLICK HERE. Tillett will be the sixth recipient of the award, thus joining the ranks of the late David Stick, Edward Greene, Glenn Eure, Omie Tillett and Suzanne Tate.

Lost Colony Diamond Anniversary

Ending the week in grand style is The Lost Colony’s Diamond Anniversary Gala to be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Wright Brothers Pavilion in Kill Devil Hills.

The evening will be a night of fun, divine dining, dancing to sounds of Rare Mixx and celebrating the supporters of the production of the longest running outdoor symphonic drama in the world. For reservations, CLICK HERE.

The Lost Colony celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2012.

The Lost Colony celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2012.


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