Stories by Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

‘Making a survivor’ into ‘a thriver’ 

Gail Hutchinson fills many roles as victim’s advocate in Dare Sheriff’s office.
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Gail Hutchison is a calming and capable force. She works as a victim’s advocate at the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Doug Doughtie finds her irreplaceable. “It’s a job probably that very few people can do that she does,” he says. “She does things well outside the scope of what I hired her for.” Full story

Feb 27


More than 80 artists display their work at annual Frank Stick Art Show

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
In honor of Frank Stick, an artist of the early 1900s with close ties to the Outer Banks, more than 80 artists are displaying work at the 46th annual Frank Stick Art Show that currently fills the upper gallery at Dare Arts in Manteo. Full story

Feb 7


‘What’s for Supper’: Remembering Hatteras cooking icon Sharon Peele Kennedy

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice < Sharon Peele Kennedy had a homespun way of charming her audiences. Whether talking with folks attending her cooking demonstrations or sitting around her kitchen table, the Hatteras Island native shared recipes and stories of yesteryear. In life, she demonstrated warmth and a strong social conscience. Full story

Jan 27


OBX Women in the Wild

Duck exhibit features the work of four local wildlife photographers
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

The pulses of four Outer Banks wildlife photographers quicken with sightings of foxes, barred owls, red wolves and black bears. Full story

Jan 17


Christmas glows brighter at the Elizabethan Gardens

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
A massive live oak is bathed in a glowing red light. Believed to be over 400 years old, the tree is one of many of nature’s glories graced with holiday lights at the Elizabethan Gardens this season. The light switch was on flipped Nov. 17, and the gardens illuminated as part of the annual Winter Lights attraction. Drawing thousands of visitors, the presentation takes a lot of planning and work by a small crew of employees and volunteers. Full story

Dec 7


Lesson in the Power of Art

Mary Ann Remer tries to give students a good day
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Mary Ann Remer grew up always asking “Why.” The Kitty Hawk artist’s curiosity helped educate and form her. Remer gently channels strength and collected knowledge to students in her art classes by offering choices that lead to empowering oneself. In December, she will be leading a workshop called Expressions that is offered through Dare Arts’ Power of Art program. Full story

Dec 10


NOVEMBER 18-19
Dare Arts to host Veterans Writing Workshop

11th annual event slated at CSI on Nov. 18-19
Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

The Dare County Arts Council is hosting its eleventh Veterans Writing Workshop on Nov. 18-19 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. Over the years, the free workshops have given Veterans, service members and their families the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized writers who are Veterans. Full story

Oct 18


NOVEMBER 18
Dare County Airport to celebrate 80th anniversary

Event to focus on facility’s role in WWII
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

History comes to life at the Dare County Regional Airport on Nov. 18 as it celebrates its 80th anniversary as well the 30th anniversary of the airport’s museum. Full story

Nov 6


A tribute to the Flat Tops of Southern Shores 

Dare Arts exhibit harkens back to a simpler era
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Artwork of vintage Southern Shores Flat Top cottages cover the wooden walls of the old courthouse in the downtown Manteo home to Dare Arts. Full story

Nov 19


At Faith Community Summit, a focus on helping struggling youth

By Mary Ellen Riddle  | Outer Banks Voice
Dare County and Eastern North Carolina community services groups gathered on Thursday, Oct. 26 at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head to participate in the Faith Community Summit on Substance Use and Mental Health presented by the Faith-Based Subcommittee of the Dare County Saving Lives Task Force. Full story

Oct 28


The storm watchers: How OBX boat owners prepare for dangerous weather

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
It was March 12, 1993, when an unexpected wind blew in. The sound emptied into the basin at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center where the charter boats docked. The storm of no name caused the basin water to rise eight feet along with several charter boats that had been secured in advance with double lines. Full story

Sep 30


OBX photographer Ray Matthews ‘loved where he lived’

Nags Head gallery showing a retrospective of his work
By Mary Ellen Riddle |  Outer Banks Voice

Life flows from the photographs in the West Wing of Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. A giant pelican soars, sunlight beams through crashing waves, and one can almost taste salt in the air. The gallery is currently showing a retrospective of the late Ray Matthews’ photography that features Outer Banks nature, iconic architecture and an evocative black and white self portrait of the man many came to honor. Full story

Sep 14