Downtown Books hosting First Friday book signing and Dare Days Author Palooza

By on May 29, 2023

Downtown Books will be hosting two events the week of Dare Days, a First Friday book signing and the annual Author Palooza.

June 2: The First Friday book signing will take place on June 2, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and feature Marjorie Hudson, author of Searching for Virginia Dare and her new novel Indigo Field. Indigo Field is a multigenerational drama focused on the “boundaries of a field that contains the soul of the South, and leads us to a day of reckoning.” The signing will take place at Downtown Books, 103 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo, NC 27954.

June 3: The annual Author Palooza will feature several local authors and take place on June 3, 2023 at Dare Days on the Manteo Waterfront. The author of Corolla’s Wild Horses, Jeff Hampton, will be signing from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Matthew Quick, the author of We Are the Light will be signing his books from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Alicia Bessete the author of An Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery series will be signing Smile Beach Murder and Murder on Mustang Beach from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nancy Gray will be signing her newest Outer Banks title Sport Fishing on the Outer Banks from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Following each signing extra signed copies will be available for purchase at Downtown Books Dare Days tent and in the store for those unavailable to make those times.

For more information on either of these author events, visit or call 252-473-1056. Downtown Books is the independent bookstore located on Roanoke Island serving the entire Outer Banks and voted best bookstore on the beach four years running.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: RooÔ¨Āng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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