Dedicated Alumni, Pete Peterson, Takes His Final March

-By Elizabeth Evans

To Colony friends far and wide, it is with sadness that we let you know of Pete Peterson’s passing on Monday, April 1, following a brief illness.

If you were a member of The Lost Colony between 1971 and 1996, you probably knew Pete. A commanding presence with an infectious smile, he was a pillar of the company, having performed the roles of Sir Walter Raleigh, Simon Fernando, Manteo and the Indian Chief Wanchese, for which he was well known. He also enjoyed his offstage responsibilities as combat director and fight choreographer for many years.

Pete was an avid outdoorsman. He approached each excursion, from mountain biking and kayaking to white water rafting, with studious preparation and admiration of Earth’s natural wonders.

In 1997, Pete married Marie Evans, an artist and former “Colony” dancer, who shared his sense of adventure. Together, they travelled throughout the U.S. on many trips. They made their home in Davidson County, N.C., where they renovated and transformed the Evans family’s 19th century farmhouse into a home, art studio and haven for their pets. Pete was also a talented pianist, an avid reader, a faithful Cowboys fan, a devoted and thoughtful in-law, and a fun uncle.

A memorial service will take place on the Outer Banks later this year. If you care to send a note or remembrance to Marie (she won’t be looking on this site), please post it the old-fashioned way to:

Marie Evans, P.O. Box 2118, Welcome, NC  27374

 

Ghosts of the Lost Colony 2019

The Lost Colony is thrilled to present a theatrical, interactive adventure exploring paranormal hotspots around the grounds of the Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Trevor Janzen, founder of Astral Plane Investigations, will be guiding tours through Elizabethan history, colonial exploration, and the importance of these expeditions. During this tour you will uncover the mysteries of Roanoke Island through firsthand encounters with the ghosts of those who lived here and experience the birthplace of modern American history in an entirely new way.

Ghosts of the Lost Colony is open to the public Monday through Saturday, April 15 – April 27, 2019. Tours leave at 8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday from The Lost Colony ticket office. Guests should plan for an hour of haunted history as they walk the grounds in search of paranormal activity. Tickets are available online at thelostcolony.org, by phone at 252-473-2127, or one hour before the tour at the Ticket Office. Tickets are $20, children 5 and under are free. Ghosts of the Lost Colony is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Tours are conducted outdoors in the evening on uneven terrain. These trails are not accessible by individuals with physical handicaps or in wheelchairs.

Learn more about The Lost Colony, as well as the Roanoke Island Historical Association, and reserve tickets to this year’s performance at https://www.thelostcolony.org.

New Book Out by TLC Director/Alumni, Ira David Wood III

Our wonderful Director, Ira David Wood III, and Lost Colony Alum, has a new book out called The Russian Galatea. To read more or to purchase the book visit this site.

Deon’te Goodman – Alumni on Broadway

Deon’te Goodman has just joined the cast of Hamilton on Broadway, it’s so exciting to see one of our alums continuing to do great work! Read more on Deon’te here.

9 Outdoor Dramas to Enjoy Under the Stars

We are #1 on this list but we’re not the only ones on the list – North Carolina has a marvelous selection of outdoor dramas to enjoy in the great outdoors. Read full list here from our friends at VisitNC. 

The Lost Colony Launches New Website

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned The Lost Colony website. The new website offers a modern layout with a theatric design, featuring imagery from the production.

The improved functionality allows visitors to search by date, show and time. Also, with the new technology, Outer Banks vacationers can search for all shows and events taking place during the timeframe they are visiting the area. Enhanced, rich content; including dramatic imagery and video, as well as a timeline of the history of the 82-year-old production, can be also discovered on the new website.

“We are very excited about the completion of the website redesign. The site offers the latest technology to make the website fast, fun and easy to navigate.”-Bill Coleman, CEO of The Lost Colony.

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) is the producing organization of The Lost Colony. Its mission is to commemorate the history of the first English colonies in North America on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. This mission is primarily accomplished by the annual production of the symphonic outdoor drama The Lost Colony, and through educationally engaging events and programs.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our updated website and expect it will improve the online experience for our guests, ticket buyers and supporters of The Lost Colony”. -Kevin Bradley, RIHA Vice Chair and Marketing Committee Chair.

Learn more about The Lost Colony, as well as The Roanoke Island Historical Association, and reserve tickets to this year’s performance at https://www.thelostcolony.org.

The Lost Colony Local Auditions

Become a Cast Member of the 2019 Season of The Lost Colony

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) has announced the dates for the local Outer Banks auditions for the 2019 season of The Lost Colony. Associate Producer for The Lost Colony, Lance Culpepper, has organized the auditions and will be joined by Music Director, McCrae Hardy, Choreographer, Pam Atha, and Fight Director, Robert Midgette.

Auditions are slated for Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Manteo High School, 829 Wingina Ave, Manteo, NC. Registration opens at 8:40 AM and auditions will begin at 9:00 AM. Everyone attending the auditions is requested to bring a recent photograph and resume. Additional information will be collected at the time of registration.

For more details and audition information, visit: TheLostColony.org

 

Contact: Lance Culpepper

Email: lculpepper@thelostcolony.org

January 30, 2019 – Manteo, NC

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SETC Award Presented to Robert Hobbs

The Lost Colony recently hosted the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre October 16-18. An evening reception was hosted by Roanoke Island Historical Association Board and the Scott Parker Award was given to RIHA counsel, Robert Hobbs. This award is presented to an exceptional volunteer in the field of Outdoor Theatre and recognizes an individual for their extraordinary, dedicated and unpaid service to the organization.

Upon presentation of the award, RIHA CEO, Bill Coleman, said “In the non-profit world, especially Outdoor Theatre, having an attorney, counsel, an advocate that works tirelessly to support your mission and is passionate about that mission – it’s as good as gold. The Roanoke Island Historical Association, producers of The Lost Colony, have found that gold in our counsel, Robert Hobbs. Robert has been more than generous with his time, talent and treasure and more importantly, he is truly a pleasure to work with and to know”.

Robert Hobbs is a partner in the Nags Head, North Carolina office of the law firm of Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP. Hobbs has served as General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Island Historical Association since 2008.

 

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About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2019 season begins May 31 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

 

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Grand Tasting

Celebrate Roanoke Island’s history, legends and heritage with wine, handcrafted beer and sumptuous food – all benefiting The Lost Colony

Roanoke Island Historical Association is excited for the upcoming 2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 29th. Last year’s inaugural event was a triumphant success with attendees proclaiming it to be the best event on the Outer Banks!

The Grand Tasting takes place on the grounds of The Lost Colony, this event is rain or shine but have no weather woes as the entire Festival is held indoors in the SoundStage Theatre and under our covered breezeways of the Waterside Theatre. Attendees will enjoy a myriad of fabulous food, wine and beer to taste and enjoy, all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Roanoke Sound.

The Wine Tasting will feature over 100 wines and champagnes from around the world as well as an array of local varieties. Peruse the Beer Garden and discover local and regional craft beers, some of which are found ONLY on the Outer Banks. Sample Savory Local Fare from ten Outer Banks restaurants including: Argyle’s, Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, BlueWater Grill & Raw Bar, Café Lachine, The Dunes, Ortega’z, Pamlico Jack’s, Pigman’s Bar-B-Que, Southern Shores Pizza and Ten O Six.
Want to dazzle your friends with fancy wine, beer or champagne knowledge? Get tickets for one of our Seminar Sessions: Uncovering the Mystery of Sparkling Wine; Wines and Hard Cider from the Russian River Valley; and Taking the Mystery out of the Craft Beer Aisle. You’ll experience a private tasting along with valuable information from professional leaders in the wine and craft beer industries. Get your bid in the Silent Auction featuring exquisite fine art, jewelry, accessories, wine, gift certificates and more! Indulge in all these terrific components with live entertainment from two tremendous artists: BJ Griffin with Jason Brown, from Virginia Beach and local favorite, Joe Mapp. There will be no better way to spend a fall day on the Outer Banks!

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival’s Grand Tasting opens at 1PM for VIP ticket holders (SOLD OUT) and at 2PM for General Admission ($60) patrons. The Family Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery partners with the Roanoke Island Historical Association for this “don’t miss” festival in benefit of The Lost Colony.

The festival is generously funded by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Virginia Dare Winery. Other sponsors include local partners, PCL and the TowneBank Family of banking and insurance services. For a full listing of the Festival’s supporters, event details and tickets please see our website, www.TLCwinefest.com. For more information, please call (252) 473-2127.

Mystery of the Lost Colony

Old Tom, famous for his line “Roanoke, O’ Roanoke, Thou hast made a man of me!” in The Lost Colony, grins with delight as he receives a check from Dominion Energy for a new touring production, Mystery of the Lost Colony. This fall, five additional characters from The Lost Colony will join Old Tom in this new educational production for young audiences about the first English settlement on Roanoke Island in 1587. The production will tour elementary schools in Currituck, Edenton-Chowan and Hertford counties during September and October. Mystery of The Lost Colony was generously funded by Dominion Energy to perform free in these Eastern NC schools. Winnie Wiseman of Dominion Energy (middle) is presenting the check to Old Tom (Matt Gabbard), Bill Coleman and Lance Culpepper of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. For more information on this educational program, or about bringing the performance to a school near you, please call 252 441-2127.

2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival September 28 & 29, 2018

Exceptional wine, craft beer, savory fare and live entertainment

Roanoke Island Historical Association is excited to announce the dates of its 2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival. The festival opens with the Vintner’s Dinner on Friday, September 28th followed by the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 29th.  Last year’s inaugural event was a triumphant success with attendees proclaiming it to be the best event on the Outer Banks!

The Grand Tasting will take place on the grounds of the famous outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.   Attendees will taste over 100 wines from around the world, discover local craft beers, sample savory local fare and enjoy live entertainment, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Roanoke and Pamlico Sounds. But this year, the very popular Beer Garden has been expanded to include local breweries and regional craft beers, two additional local eateries, and a second band.  There will be no better way to spend a fall day on the Outer Banks!

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival opens on Friday, September 28th with a Vintner’s Dinner featuring Virginia Dare Wines at 108 Budleigh in downtown Manteo.  A multi-course meal will be fabulously paired with the wines by Chef Sam McGann of the Blue Point, an Outer Banks legend. A soon to be announced guest chef will be joining him for this delicious affair.  Details for this much anticipated event will be available shortly on our website, www.TLCwinefest.com. Vintner’s Dinner tickets are very limited and early purchase is encouraged.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival’s Grand Tasting event on Saturday, September 29th opens at 1PM for VIP ticket holders ($85) and at 2PM for General Admission ($60). The Family Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery partners with the Roanoke Island Historical Association for this “don’t miss” festival in benefit of The Lost Colony. General Admission tickets are now on sale at www.TLCwinefest.com. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event please call 252 473-2127.

Roanoke Island is the site of Queen Elizabeth I’s first attempt to establish a colony in the New World, and is the birthplace of America’s first English child, Virginia Dare. The Lost Colony tells the story of the 1587 colony and has performed on this historic site since 1937. Roanoke Island is also home to the Mothervine, America’s oldest cultivated grapevine. The island’s history is imbedded with fabulous legends!  The Virgin Queen and Sir Walter Raleigh’s dreams, the colony’s unsolved disappearance, and a love story that tells how the grapes of the Mothervine became stained red. The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival celebrates Roanoke Island’s history, legends and heritage with wine, handcrafted beer and sumptuous food.

Francis Ford Coppola is intrigued with the mystery and legends of the Lost Colony.  When Virginia Dare Wines, a North Carolina winery during the 1800s, became available for purchase, The Family Coppola seized the opportunity to add its legendary wine to its portfolio of wineries and resorts.  In 2015, The Family Coppola launched the revitalization of Virginia Dare Winery at its new home in Sonoma County, promoted as “American Wines Since 1835.”  Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, Virginia Dare Winery wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend:  Pure. Natural. Distinctive.  The partnership with The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival reflects The Family Coppola’s appreciation of history and storytelling, and celebrates the treasures, people and places that shaped this great country.

The festival is generously funded by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Virginia Dare Winery, and is sponsored by several local partners including PCL and the TowneBank Family of banking and insurance services. For a full listing of the Festival’s supporters, please see our website.  For more information, please call (252) 473-2127.

Virginia Dare Babies Announced!

Virginia Dare is one of the most influential historical figures to the Outer Banks. Dare County and Virginia Dare Trail are named in her honor. As the first English child born in the New World, her name is found in history books across America. In celebration of her 431st birthday, The Lost Colony continues its beloved tradition of casting local infants in the performance. On August 18th, six babies perform throughout the evening, appearing in different scenes. Virginia Dare Night is sponsored by First National Bank.

This year we will feature two nights with live babies as Virginia Dare! The six babies that will make their debut on Saturday, August 18th are: Susan Valerie Northrop, daughter of Margaret and Paul Northrop of Raleigh, NC; Claire Doxey, daughter of Esther and Jeff Doxey of Wanchese, NC; Kennedy Sanford Basnight-Moran, daughter of Caroline Basnight and Allen Moran of Manteo, NC; Mabel Gray Barker, daughter of Alex and Rob Barker of Manteo, NC; Nola Wrae Powell, daughter of Laurette and Brent Powell of South Mills, NC; and Hadley Mabel Basnight, daughter of Katie and Zack Basnight. The six babies that will make their debut on Monday, August 20th are: William Chesley Leavel, son of Lillie & Brandon Leavel; Sarah Bush, daughter of Crystal and Jarrett Bush; Riley Mae Penn, daughter of Monica and Bo Penn of Kill Devil Hills, NC; Porter Lane, daughter of Danielle and Derek Lane of Kill Devil Hills, NC; Evalynn Beatrice Witter, daughter of Jess and Matt Witter of Kill Devil Hills, NC; and Emma Rose Phan, daughter of Nikki and Michael Phan of Kill Devil Hills, NC. The 2018 Virginia Dare babies will be added to a long list of community members who participated in the historic drama at a very early age.

On Saturday, August 18th, come celebrate Virginia Dare’s 431st birthday at the “Virginia Dare Faire” in the field outside of the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center. Join us for games and activities from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, provided by company members of The Lost Colony and National Park Service, followed by cake from Harris Teeter.  The Virginia Dare Faire is free to the public and is sponsored by First National Bank.

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About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season, sponsored by PNC, runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to www.TheLostColony.org or call (252) 473-6000.

Virginia Dare Faire 2018

The Lost Colony and National Park Service cordially invite you to the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire sponsored by First National Bank. Celebrate the 431st birthday of Virginia Dare, on Saturday, August 18th, with events all day at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site! Virginia Dare Faire will be held in the field outside of the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Activities for Virginia Dare Faire are free of charge and open to children of all ages, guaranteeing fun for the whole family! Events will vary from field games to creating clay pots with actors dressed as Native Americans. Carnival-like activities including coloring, face painting, and bubble stations will be open all morning. Field games like Sir Walter’s potato toss, hula-hoop activities, sack races and archery stations are also a small sampling of the day’s happenings. Other entertainment will include street dancers, royal etiquette lessons, photo opportunities with Queen Elizabeth, a fight demonstration, and special appearances from characters of The Lost Colony.

Join Park Rangers to learn about the design and function of military installations, like the earthen works at Fort Raleigh, by constructing a fortification using moon sand. Participants will learn about the 1585 soldiers, fortifications, the 1952 reconstruction, and the artifacts uncovered at the site. Stop by the National Park Service water color station where you will be able to create your own water color painting and learn about the explorer, scientist, and artist John White. John White was among the first English men to document the Carolina Algonquin people, landscape, flora and fauna found in the New World.

There will be birthday cake, provided by Harris Teeter, at 12:00PM.

The evening’s performance of The Lost Colony features live babies in the role of Virginia Dare.  This year’s Virginia Dare babies will be added to a long list of dignified alumni who participated in the historic drama at a very early age. This yearly tradition has become a much-anticipated event on the Outer Banks. First National Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire and Virginia Dare Night festivities.

More information is available on the website at www.thelostcolony.org or by calling the Ticket Box Office at (252) 473-6000.  The Lost Colony runs nightly through August 22, except Sundays.

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About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season, sponsored by PNC, runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to www.TheLostColony.org or call (252) 473-6000.

Artistic Talkback with Director, Ira David Wood, on July 27

Join The Lost Colony on Friday, July 27th for a preshow Talkback with Director, Ira David Wood. The preshow Talkback will begin at 7:00 PM. This is Wood’s sixth season as Director.

Ira David Wood III is the Founder and Executive Director of Raleigh’s prestigious Theatre In The Park. During his college years at The University NC School of the Arts, he appeared in The Lost Colony as Sir Walter Raleigh and Old Tom. Often referred to as “a North Carolina cultural treasure,” David wrote and directed the Opening Ceremonies for the 1987 Summer Olympic Festival – the largest single event ever held in his home state. He directed the premiere production of the outdoor drama First For Freedom in Halifax, NC. Two of his original plays (Eros & Illinoisand Requiem For a King) have enjoyed extended runs Off-Broadway. His script, Requiem For a King, has been optioned by Motown Productions.

In September of 2010, he was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. This past year, he was the recipient of the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, the highest civilian award bestowed by the Governor and the state of North Carolina.

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About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season, sponsored by PNC, runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to www.TheLostColony.org or call (252) 473-6000.