FIFTY YEARS OF THE LOST COLONY TRADITIONS-THE RACHITA FAMILY
The Rachita family has been vacationing on the Outer Banks and attending The Lost Colony production for more than fifty years! Alex and Judy Rachita began bringing their sons David and Michael to the Outer Banks when they were young boys.
Originally from Ohio, the family has become more spread out, living in Texas, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina, and enjoy getting together for their annual Outer Banks family vacations.
Michael and David have continued the tradition that began with their parents, of coming to see The Lost Colony, with their children; Alexis, Justin, Joshua, Sarah, Eric, Thomas, and Chad. And now, another generation has begun, with the birth of David and Laura’s first grandchild, who had her first Outer Banks visit this year.
OUTER BANKS MEMORIES MADE
The annual visits to The Lost Colony most certainly created wonderful memories for the Rachita Family. When David Rachita was in the third grade, during a history lesson, he shared with his teacher and classmates a brochure from his trip to The Lost Colony. Coincidentally, his daughter Alexis did her second-grade wax museum project as Eleanor Dare, with her baby doll Virginia Dare, named for Eleanor’s first child and the first English child born in the New World.
Mr. Rachita’s fondest memories of past The Lost Colony performances include when the cast & crew used to greet ticket holders as they entered Waterside Theatre, and also David and Michael’s enthusiasm during the fight scenes! The Rachita’s also recall visiting the local Methodist church during one of their Outer Banks visits and getting to meet Andy Griffith!
THE LOST COLONY 86TH SEASON FEEDBACK
On July 23rd, 2023, The Rachita Family visited Waterside Theatre to attend The Lost Colony and gave us their feedback on this year’s performance.
“The animal puppets were an excellent addition to the story telling and we all appreciated the impact of new video and audio effects of the updated drama. The modern effects really brought the outdoor theater alive.”-Michael Rachita.
Justin thought the special effects were awesome and many family members were glad to see the Final March at the end of the performance has not changed at all.
“That is such an emotional moment that always brings us to tears.” -Mrs. Rachita
According to Michael, speaking of his Mother, AKA The Rachita Matriarch, the Final March “gets her every time.”
We cannot thank The Rachita’s enough for sharing with us their experience through the years of attending The Lost Colony.
The 86th Season of The Lost Colony runs through August 26th, 2023.
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