Did you know that October 28 is Make A Difference Day?

In case you didn’t know, Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. In recognition of the special day, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will be hosting a volunteer event Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Seashore is looking for volunteers to plant sea oats for dune restoration along Ramp 4. The drop-in event starts at 9 am and will continue throughout the day until the work is finished, or until 4 pm, whichever comes first. Meet park staff at Ramp 4.

Please park across the highway from Ramp 4 at the public boat ramp parking lot behind the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. NC Highway 12 is a busy route with no pedestrian crosswalk. Use caution while crossing the highway.

[Info via NPS press release]

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina starting to return to normal operations after Hurricane Maria

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

The National Parks of Eastern North Carolina will begin returning to normal operations this morning. Four out of the five parks received direct impacts from Hurricane Maria this week.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

  • Facilities north of Oregon Inlet will reopen this morning at 9:00 am. This includes Oregon Inlet Campground and the Bodie Island Visitor Center/Off-Road Vehicle Permit Office. Bodie Island Lighthouse climbs will be available, weather permitting.
  • Facilities south of Oregon Inlet will begin to reopen to local residents this morning. The facilities will be available to non-residents once Dare and Hyde Counties lift their non-resident evacuation orders for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
  • Beach access ramps will begin to reopen this morning. Updated ramp openings will be posted to the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/capehatterasns.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

  • Harkers Island Visitor Center will open this morning at 9:00 am.
  • Park islands and facilities will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:00 am.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Park visitor services and facilities will reopen this morning at 9:00 am.
  • Park trails will reopen after safety assessments are conducted.

Moores Creek National Battlefield

  • The park did not receive direct impacts, so normal park operations continues.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

  • Park visitor services and facilities will reopen this morning at 9:00 am.
  • The park is preparing for a special light art event this Sunday from 5:00-10:00 pm. The public is invited to attend at no cost. [Press Release]

Ocracoke Campground Closing at Noon Ahead of Potential Hurricane Maria Impacts

According to a Cape Hatteras National Seashore press release, the Ocracoke Campground is temporarily closing at noon today. The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of visitors and staff ahead of any potential impacts from Hurricane Maria. For updated Maria forecasts, go to www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Celebrate Baltimore’s First Oktoberfest Kick-Off With Herr Fogleman at Crossbar

My friend is tapping the first keg at Baltimore’s first Oktoberfest this Saturday! If you are in the area, make sure to stop by and say hello to Herr Fogleman.

Baltimore Beer Baron

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Steve Fogleman, Baltimore Beer Baron

As a guy named Stephan Fogleman, I’ve done more than my share of Oktoberfests. Usually, I drive to Philly every year to attend Brauhaus Schmitz’ bacchanalia that closes down South Street. It would take something special to get me to give up a chance to hoist liters on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love.

We all know that Oktoberfest begins in September, so much so that I told Crossbar co-founder Brian McComas back in March that if he wanted me for a customer, he’d better set his Oktoberfest watch to Munich time. He was offended that I even suggested he might start Oktoberfest celebrations that weren’t in sync with Munich’s. I liked that he took it seriously enough to get mad, because Oktoberfest, like the Germans, is serious stuff. Serious fun!

CROSSBAR OKTOBERFEST KICKOFF

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