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From the first Virginia Symphony Orchestra Saturday matinée on Roanoke Island with tremendous cooperation by the PTS … to the first partnership with Dare County Arts Council’s Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show … to full ticket automation—steps were taken to enrich everyone’s performing arts experience on the Outer Banks!

For the first time, we partnered with the Dare County Arts Council’s 21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, sponsoring The Outer Banks Forum Excellence Award. The winner now graces our 2018-19 Playbill cover. Artist turnout was tremendous and the winner selection most challenging. Click here for a photo of the cover and the  competition details .

We are once again working with the Town of Duck to promote their annual jazz festival, this year promoting our October ‘Love is a Rose’ concert.

And we continue our educational mission by providing two college scholarships.  Click to see our winners

Our financial performance has declined a bit.

We have identified three reasons for the decline, and the board is addressing them:

1. Our auditorium has been filled mostly with season subscribers. We are reaching additional demographics with our expanded marketing.

2. Competition for business sponsors is increasingly intense. We are enhancing our sponsor benefit programs to attract new sponsors and win back old ones.

3. High-quality entertainment is increasingly expensive. We continue to work with performers to mesh efficiently with their schedules and make our program exciting for them while bringing great performances to the Outer Banks.

You can help as a donor or sponsor. Donations are tax-deductible and donors and sponsors are recognized in the Playbill and on our website. If you are already a donor or sponsor, thank you! We can’t do it without you. And kudos to all of our incredible volunteers who help make the Outer Banks Forum—a 100 percent volunteer organization—a reality.

Some changes you will notice: to simplify ticket purchases, anyone can now buy a ticket from any computer or mobile device by visiting our website. This paperless method is quick and efficient, but we will accommodate those wishing to receive tickets by mail as we help subscribers through this new process. We have hired a part-time Executive Board Administrator to help with this financial management and customer support, allowing our volunteer board members,
through newly formed committees, to focus on program development and marketing.

As your former treasurer, it is my pleasure to take the helm from Eddie Cooke, who has been the Board president for many years, providing strong leadership in challenging times. He continues to be a valuable and much appreciated resource. Thank you, Eddie, from all of us.

Special thanks to Carl Curnutte for helping the Forum board with planning.

Now, welcome to the 36th year of the Outer Banks Forum—bringing excellent entertainment to our community. Enjoy the 2018-19 season!

David Connaughton
President, Outer Banks Forum