First Friday Book Signing: Nancy Gray
Wayne and Nancy Gray were working on their latest book- Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks- at the time of Wayne's unexpected passing. Being the strong, resilient woman she is, Nancy carried on with their project determined to see this book through as a lasting gift to her beloved husband. We miss Wayne here at the bookstore terribly, and are honored to host Nancy for a book signing celebrating the publication of she and Wayne's final book together.
The Currituck Outer Banks was once a beach land wilderness inhabited by indigenous Poteskeet people before being explored by the Spanish and claimed by the English. Early settlers made a hardscrabble living by small-scale fishing, farming, processing whales, and salvaging shipwrecks. Life changed in 1828 when an inlet closed, and thousands of ducks and geese descended upon the sound's waters. Locals took up wildfowl market hunting. Northern sportsmen bought marshland acres and built exclusive shooting clubs. The most ostentatious, the Whalehead Club in the heart of Corolla, embodies that golden era, which lasted 100 years. The area became more than a hunting destination when the first lifesaving station was built at Jones Hill to mitigate the loss of life from shipwrecks. Further shoreline protection came when the red-bricked Currituck Beach Lighthouse was completed in 1875. By 1970, extreme isolation and a population that fell to 15 people allowed wild horses to flourish. In 1984, a controversial paved road to the northern beaches encouraged rapid development and put the Corolla area on the map as a sought-after vacation destination.
Signed copies will be shipped after the event. First Friday is a fun, family friendly event that takes place monthly through Downtown Manteo- live music, art show openings, trunk show, restaurant specials, later shop hours, book signings and more are all a part of a great evening. Come for the book signing- stay for the fun!