From the Pacific to the Atlantic by way of the Caribbean

Dore plays Pier pic

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dore Coller (right), of Marin County, California, visited the Outer Banks recently and played gigs at Ocean Boulevard and the Nags Head Pier. A current member of The Hot Club of Marin, Savannah Blue, Trio Max and Unplugged, Dore specializes in playing Bermudagrass and Caribbean R&B, and has played with such artists as Big Brother, Jeffrey Cain, The David Grisman Quintet, Dan Hicks, Paul Mehling and the Hot Club of San Francisco, Van Morrison, The Youngbloods and many others. For the Nags Head Pier show he enlisted former high-school bandmate, local newspaperman Pete Hummers, on second guitar. The gracious audience was demonstrably appreciative. (JoAnn Hummers photo)

Always…Patsy Cline

Always...Patsy Cline

Miss Barbara Hird, as Texas housewife Louise Seger, seated at right, reminisces about her unexpected friendship with country music legend Patsy Cline, played and sung by Laura Martier, in Ted Swindley’s bio-concert Saturday evening at the Outer Banks Forum. Seger began as a fan, hounding her local radio disc jockey to play Cline’s records. Lucky enough to meet the rising star, they remained fast friends until Cline’s untimely death at age 30 in a plane crash. Miss Hird, as Seger, recounted their times together with wit and poignancy; Ms. Martier, backed by the ‘Bodacious Bobcats Band,’ made Cline’s songs her own in a great performance, from ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ to Bill Monroe’s ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’ (Peter Hummers | Sentinel Staff)

Happy 422nd birthday, Virginia Dare, wherever you are

Virginia Dare (born August 18, 1587) was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor and Ananias Dare. She was born into a short-lived colony on Roanoke Island.

The fact of her birth is known because the leader of the colony, Eleanor Dare's father, John White, returned to England to seek assistance for the colony. When White returned three years later, the colonists were gone.

422 years later, Virginia's birthday will be celebrated all day in the Elizabethan Gardens.

On this day in Outer Banks history

Henry VIIIHenry VIII, father of our Queen, was crowned King of England in 1509 – 500 years ago today. How time flies.

Soundtrack: Greensleeves (YouTube), which legend has it Henry composed while wooing Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn.


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