In late-November, you can usually depend on there being a good amount of wind on the barrier islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Wright brothers would spend the winters testing their flying machines on the island, as this was typically the best time of year for consistent wind.
That being said, there is no guarantee when it comes to Mother Nature. Fortunately, although there was next to no wind, it was 70 degrees and sunny for most of the day, which is abnormally warm for this time of year. In fact it was so warm this past November 28th that many people who attended the event had spent most of their day relaxing on the beach in a bathing suit!
Despite the lack of wind, several of our kite-flying experts were able to get a few kites in the air during the event, and a huge crowd came out to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC to celebrate our signature holiday celebration and the annual lighting of the solar powered tree.
Santa Clause was set up in-front of a hang glider at our flagship store across the street from the tallest natural sand dune system on the East Coast, and was busy throughout the day and into the evening. Everyone was anxious to have their picture taken with the jolly man dressed in red, and excited to tell him about each and every item on their holiday wish list.
Cookies, brownies and cider were available for purchase at the event, and a total of $260 was raised for the Beach Food Pantry. In addition to the money raised, all Kitty Hawk Kites locations along the Outer Banks will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items from Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 31 to benefit the Beach Food Pantry.
We’d like to thank everyone that came out to Hangin’ with Santa and Kites with Lights this year, and we hope you’ll be able to join us again next year!