By on August 24, 2023

Forty years and over 200 concerts later, the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts continues this vision with a slate of seven acts running from September 16 2023 to April 27, 2024.
For most of the Forum’s first three decades, volunteers set up chairs for performances held at Kitty Hawk Elementary School.
Motown Tribute. Since 2004, the Outer Banks Forum performances are held at David E. Oaksmith Auditorium at First Flight High School.
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Long-running series continues to delight

In 1983, Charles Hermann, a WWII veteran and retired engineer gathered a group of friends at the Kitty Hawk Fire Station and set out to bring entertainment to the Outer Banks. Forty years and over 200 concerts later, the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts continues this vision with a slate of seven acts running from September 16 2023 to April 27, 2024.

“We are excited to bring the curtain up and present a thrilling and historic season,” says David Connaughton, president of the Outer Banks Forum. “Our board is committed to bringing quality entertainment to the Outer Banks and this season is full of crowd-pleasers.”

The 2023-2024 season will include something for everyone with music by Neil Diamond, John Denver, Paul Simon, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Floyd Cramer, Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and also the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Subscriptions for the seven acts are available now with individual tickets released on August 25. All performances are 7:30pm at David E. Oaksmith Auditorium, First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

The season opens with JACK WRIGHT’S TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND “SUPERSTAR,” a high-energy Neil Diamond tribute experience on September 16. Next up, the talented family band ROCKLAND ROAD. This group has special musical heritage, formed when the daughter (and grandkids) of an Oak Ridge Boy, married the former lead singer of pop country supergroup Exile. They take you on a musical journey across multiple generations and genres, celebrating great music with emphasis on harmony on October 14. Jim Curry will delight with TAKE ME HOME: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER, an inspired evening of songs by America’s most beloved singer songwriter on November 4.

With the turn of the new year, award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Glynn takes you on a magical journey to the 1970s with AMERICAN TUNE: SIMON, CROCE AND TAYLOR on January 20, 2024. The ever-popular VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA comes to the beach on February 24. And March 23 features pianist Jason ‘Floyd’ Coleman bringing new life to the music made famous by his grandfather with LAST DATE: THE FLOYD CRAMER STORY WITH GRANDSON JASON COLEMAN. Sure to have audiences members tapping and dancing in the aisles is the season closure A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY LADIES OF SOUL on April 27, 7:30pm. This high-energy show features the music of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Etta James performed by a star-studded ensemble that has performed and recorded with such greats as Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and over 40 other Hall of Fame Legends.

Season subscriptions are on sale until September 16. Individual events are on sale season wide starting August 25. All tickets are print-at-home and sold at www.outerbanksforum.org.



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: Roofing

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 https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com 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 interiors@cwiusa.com. 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 interiors@cwiusa.com. 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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