After the headline-generating OBX Blackout, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are celebrating the restoration of power to the islands.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contracted crews worked to construct the new overhead transmission line near Oregon Inlet, after underground cables were compromised by the company working on the construction of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.

Local businesses are open and in full swing, ready to offer visitors a vacation to remember. One of the spots that should not be overlooked is the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Located in Hatteras Village, just past the ferry docks, the museum showcases artifacts and exhibits related to the maritime history and culture of the North Carolina Outer Banks. It also offers related programming weekly, including their Salty Dawgs Presentation Series featuring talks, demonstrations and presentations on all things coastal including sea shanty musical performances, seafood cooking demonstrations, talks on shipwrecks, WWII action off the coast and the Civil Air Patrol.

Children are invited to create maritime-related crafts from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, and live demonstrations of painting canvas-backed decoys take place every Friday from noon until 4 p.m.

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