Jennette’s Pier is a well-known fishing destination, but it’s also a place to tie the knot matrimonially speaking. It will be a featured tour stop Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, during the annual Outer Banks Wedding Expo.
The pier is located at milepost 16.5 in the heart of the Whalebone Junction District of Nags Head. The reception area, Oceanview Hall with its spectacular views, is located upstairs in the pier house.
Staff members Ashley Schillings, Tammy Batschelet and Lynn Fox will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions, as the tour stops there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Longtime facility rental coordinator Michele Bunce, who left recently after accepting a position with the town of Manteo, helped establish the pier as a premier Outer Banks wedding venue. During her 18-year tenure, Bunce oversaw approximately 775 weddings, corporate events and holiday parties, earning 10 international wedding industry awards.
In other news, pier staff is busy with a variety of projects intended to enrich the visitor experience. Recently, mother and calf pygmy sperm whale skeletons were put on permanent display in the pier house; the pair stranded just 2 miles south of the pier in 2014. They replace the Gervais’ beaked whale that has been on display for several years.
Pier staff are also gearing up to celebrate your novice angler’s inaugural landing with a First Fish Citation. Last year they awarded 125 citations to anglers who caught their first fish on Jennette’s Pier.
Looking ahead, pier staff members will again volunteer at the 4th Annual OBX Taco Cook-off at Ortega’z Southwestern Grill & Wine Bar in downtown Manteo. Get “Taco Silly for Lilly” from noon to 3 p.m. April 26. Proceeds benefit the Lilly Scholarship Fund, which provides summer camp scholarships to children in need. For more info, email email@example.com.