Support Dare County Arts Council at the Bayou Ball

On October 11 Dare County Arts Council closed for the evening thinking the Outer Banks had avoided Hurricane Michael, but in the early hours of October 12 the storm regained strength and the winds switched, pushing the Pamlico Sound into the streets of downtown Manteo and under the doors into Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery.

Water soaked the carpets, which were torn out immediately to avoid further damage to the historic courthouse that houses DCAC’s Gallery.

Due to the flooding, Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery is closed until further notice, unable to sell artwork, which equates to the nonprofit’s main source of revenue coming to a halt.

“We are down, but we are certainly not out,” said Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin. “Because of all the help we received from our wonderful community right after the storm, all of the art is safe and the Gallery is clear, clean and dry. Right now we are focusing all of our energy into getting new carpet installed and the final preparations for our Bayou Ball, which is just over a week away. The silver lining in all of this is that the Bayou Ball is our annual fundraiser, which is a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the arts while helping us get back on our feet.”

The Bayou Ball will be held on Saturday, October 27 at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo from 7pm-12am.

Bayou Ball tickets include a live performance by two-time Grammy Award winning musician Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, a delicious Creole-Cajun dinner by Black Pelican Seafood Company, and an open bar.

Tickets to the Bayou Ball are $125 per person and are available online at or over the phone by calling DCAC at 252 473 5558. Guests are al