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The Arts in a Natural Element Spend a Day at the Docks

September 19, 2008

The 12th annual Remembrance Celebration of the Freedman’s Colony of Roanoke Island takes place Friday, Sept. 26.

“First Light of Freedom,” as the free event is called, starts at 4 p.m. at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on U.S. 64 north of Manteo.

With music by the gospel ensemble Echoes of Heritage, wayside markers will be re-dedicated.

The original colony, which was home to hundreds of runaway slaves, was a striving community on the north end of the island from 1862 to 1867.

Many descendants of the residents live here and will participate in the ceremony.

At 6 p.m. the celebration moves to Roanoke Island Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront.

On tap are musical performances by the Haven Creek Baptist Church Male Chorus, the gospel/bluegrass/country group Captain’s Crew and the dance band Old Enough to Know Better.

If past years are any indication, it’s a party.

Call 473-2753 .

Watch blue crabs race. Sample some chowder. Listen to music. Learn to cook seafood. Catch a parade of boats.

It’s all part of Day at the Docks, which runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Hatteras Village.

The annual event salutes the fishing families on Hatteras Island.

Other activities include a children’s fishing contest, games, a concrete marlin competition, a lawn dance and a display of fishing gear.

And, of course, you’ll have a chance to taste some freshly caught fish.

Entertainers include maritime folk singers Bob Zentz and Chris Bellamy , as well as the Richmond-based soul/rock band the Ray Pittman Project .

Hatteras Village is on N.C. 12, about 90 minutes south of Nags Head. Admission is free.

It sounds like the theme of a Shakespeare play: Music and art converge in nature.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, more than a dozen artists will paint in the open air at The Elizabethan Gardens, drawing on the lush surroundings – plants, trees, flowers, statues – for subject matter.

The charity event, called “Art in the Gardens,” benefits Dare Home Health and Hospice, and the Community Care Clinic of Dare.

A reception with food and wine and sale of the finished paintings runs from 5 – 9 p.m.

For the event, the 10-acre botanical gardens will get a rare nighttime illumination.

At 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn, Dr. Duke Thompson , president of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, will present a program called “Oh, What a Piano Can Do.”

The paino man will give his Yamaha Grand a workout on the music of George Gershwin, the Doors, WeatherReport, Mozart, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Yes, the Who and the Animals .

“It will be a diverse program, from “House of the Rising Sun” to “Roundabout” to some blues and bluegrass,” said Thompson.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children 6 – 17. Children 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Gardens, Dare Home Health and Hospice, and the Community Care Clinic of Dare.

General admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 17, with 5 and under free.

The Gardens are at the Fort Raleigh Historic Site on U.S. 64, north of Manteo. Call 473-3234 .

THE 12TH annual Remembrance Celebration of the Freedman’s Colony of Roanoke Island takes place Friday, Sept. 26.

“First Light of Freedom,” as the free event is called, starts at 4 p.m. at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on U.S. 64 north of Manteo.

With music by the gospel ensemble Echoes of Heritage, wayside markers will be re-dedicated.

The original colony, which was home to hundreds of runaway slaves, was a striving community on the north end of the island from 1862 to 1867.

Many descendants of the residents live here and will participate in the ceremony.

At 6 p.m. the celebration moves to Roanoke Island Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront.

On tap are musical performances by the Haven Creek Baptist Church Male Chorus, the gospel/bluegrass/country group Captain’s Crew and the dance band Old Enough to Know Better.

If past years are any indication, it’s a party.

Call 473-2753 . IT SOUNDS LIKE THE THEME of a Shakespeare play: Music and art converge in nature.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, more than a dozen artists will paint in the open air at The Elizabethan Gardens, drawing on the lush surroundings – plants, trees, flowers, statues – for subject matter.

The charity event, called “Art in the Gardens,” benefits Dare Home Health and Hospice, and the Community Care Clinic of Dare.

A reception with food and wine and sale of the finished paintings runs from 5 – 9 p.m.

For the event, the 10-acre botanical gardens will get a rare nighttime illumination.

At 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn, Dr. Duke Thompson , president of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, will present a program called “Oh, What a Piano Can Do.”

The paino man will give his Yamaha Grand a workout on the music of George Gershwin, the Doors, WeatherReport, Mozart, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Yes, the Who and the Animals .

“It will be a diverse program, from “House of the Rising Sun” to “Roundabout” to some blues and bluegrass,” said Thompson.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children 6 – 17. Children 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Gardens, Dare Home Health and Hospice, and the Community Care Clinic of Dare.

General admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 17, with 5 and under free.

The Gardens are at the Fort Raleigh Historic Site on U.S. 64, north of Manteo. Call 473-3234 . WATCH BLUE CRABS RACE. Sample some chowder. Listen to music. Learn to cook seafood. Catch a parade of boats.

It’s all part of Day at the Docks, which runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Hatteras Village.

The annual event salutes the fishing families on Hatteras Island.

Other activities include a children’s fishing contest, games, a concrete marlin competition, a lawn dance and a display of fishing gear.

And, of course, you’ll have a chance to taste some freshly caught fish.

Entertainers include maritime folk singers Bob Zentz and Chris Bellamy , as well as the Richmond-based soul/rock band the Ray Pittman Project .

Hatteras Village is on N.C. 12, about 90 minutes south of Nags Head. Admission is free.

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