After Dark @ All Saints

Flower arranging is one of the course subjects at After Dark @ All Saints.

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Fridays and Saturdays 1.6, 1.7, 1.13, 1.14, 1.20, 1.21


A fun way to experience The Elizabethan Gardens, WinterLights is a self-guided, nighttime tour. It’s a feast for the senses with the sights of millions of twinkling lights and holiday decorations, the sounds of holiday music and crackling bonfires, the tastes of gooey roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, and the smells of crisp winter air and greenery. It’s held on Fridays and Saturday nights through January 21.

TIME: 6 to 9 p.m.

COST: $10 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 6-17) and $5 for children 5 and younger

PLACE: The Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr., Manteo

INFO: 252-473-3234;


WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens runs through January 21.

Outer Banks Wedding Expo

Outer Banks Wedding Association's Wedding Weekend is the largest wedding-planning event in the area.

Saturday 1.14 and Sunday 1.15

Outer Banks Wedding Expo and Tour

Planning an Outer Banks wedding? Outer Banks Wedding Association’s 19th annual Wedding Weekend gives couples access to more than 200 wedding professionals. At the Expo on Saturday and Sunday, attendees can meet and see the work of photographers, caterers, bakers, planners, officiants, DJs, musicians and everyone else involved in the wedding business. They also can enter for a chance to win the 2017 Dream Wedding or Dream Honeymoon. With the Wedding Tour on Saturday night, couples can take the opportunity to visit wedding and reception locations in person and to meet a host of professional vendors on site. A one-time ticket of $25 covers the Expo and Tour. A $45 VIP ticket includes swag.

TIME: Expo – Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tour – Saturday 6 to 9 p.m.

COST: $25

PLACE: First Flight High School and Middle School, 100 Veterans Dr., Kill Devil Hills

INFO: 252-449-9333;

Ciompi Quartet

Ciompi Quartet from Durham, N.C., will perform on the Outer Banks on January 29.

Sunday 1.29 & Sunday 2.26

Bryan Cultural Series Winter Events

The Durham, N.C.–based Ciompi Quartet will perform on January 29. The quartet features violinists Eric Pritchard and Hsiao-mei Ku, violist Jonathan Bagg and cellist Fred Raimi, all of whom are Duke University professors.

Their performance will feature works by, among others, Beethoven, DeBussy, Tchaikovsky and Haydn.

The Four Hand Piano Recital takes place on February 26. It’s a type of duel in which two musicians play a single piano. Barry Ambrose and Rachel Gragson will provide the four hands.

“The format allows us to play more complicated pieces,” Ambrose says. “It also gives more sound.”

Among the selections are Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Mozart’s “Piano Sonata in F Major.”

TIME: 4 p.m.

COST: $15

PLACE: All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Tr., Southern Shores

INFO: 252-564-9767,

Thursday 1.26

OBX Stress Free Health and Fitness Expo

With a focus on reducing stress, having fun and being healthy, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce’s expo is the perfect way to start the year. Come to the expo for free health screenings by Outer Banks Hospital and Sentara, to meet with health-related professionals and vendors of all sorts and to try free classes and tour the YMCA. New this year is the Office Olympics competitions for all ages and skill levels; watch or sign up to participate.

TIME: 3 to 7 p.m.

COST: Free

PLACE: Outer Banks Family YMCA, 3000 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head

INFO: 252-441-8144;

After Dark @ All Saints

The owners of Coastal Provisions teach a popular course on oysters at After Dark.

Monday 1.30 to Friday 2.24

After Dark @ All Saints

For the eighth consecutive year, All Saints Episcopal Church has invited local professionals and experts in their fields to share their talents and passions in courses and workshops that are open to the community at large. This year there are 77 courses — 18 on cooking, 19 on arts and hobbies, seven on health and well being and 33 general interest. Classes are held on weeknights, starting at 6:30 or 7 p.m. Each class costs only $23, though some may have additional fees to cover materials. Over the course of the seven years, this church fundraiser has raised $75,000, all of which has been donated to local service organizations. The course catalog is available online or at the church office. Register as early as possible as classes fill quickly

TIME: Weekdays 6:30 or 7 p.m.

COST: $23

PLACE: All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Tr., Southern Shores

INFO: 252-261-6674;


Steamed and fried oysters are the highlight of the Stumpy Point Oyster Feast on February 11. 

Saturday 2.11

Stumpy Point Oyster Feast

Relieve your cabin fever at a community event with lots of friendly people and local seafood. Now in its 32nd year, this is an all-you-can-eat feast of fried and steamed oysters, fried fish, cole slaw, baked beans, potatoes and hush puppies. There’s also a gigantic bake sale.

TIME: 12 to 5 p.m.

COST: $25 adults, $10 children 10 and younger

PLACE: Stumpy Point Community Building, 253 Bayview Dr., Stumpy Point

INFO: Facebook: Stumpy Point Oyster Feast

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