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August 20th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

Altho’  quite literate and expressive, Blackbeard and his cronies are frequently depicted as uttering that single word during their predations- so what better way to introduce the forthcoming Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree to be held October 25-27?

Activities will include an historically accurate encampment, an authentic ship-to-ship battle, a scavenger hunt and a memorial to Blackbeard at Springer’s Point (yes, that one just down the road from The Cove) on Sunday morning.. All this will begin the crescendo toward a grand event in 2018, the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s defeat and decapitation by Lt. Maynard, HM Royal Navy.

You can keep up with the evolving details at www.piratejamboree.com .

New Variations on an Old Theme

August 3rd, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

Those contemplating visiting the Outer Banks for the first time will be interested in a new development designed to enhance their enjoyment. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, established in 2009 and still evolving, spans 138 miles from Whalebone Junction on NC 12 in Dare County to US 70 west of the North River bridge in Carteret County. .It connects 21 villages with Ocracoke,Island and Ocracoke village the centerpieces (of course!),  4 museums, 4 lighthouses, 2 National Seashores, 2 wildlife refuges 2 ferry crossings and centuries of shared heritage.

By next summer it will be marked by medallion and other signs, and many miles of pedestrian pathways as well. Interpretive kiosks and wayside exhibits along the route will highlight the history of the area, but are farther into the future. All this is about community stories, the people and what they’re about. Even the Outer Banks veteran will learn things from this.


Standing Watch…

July 20th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

There’s a proud buzz thruout the village as we admiringly marvel at a new structure springing up on Hwy 12- our new Fire House, soon to be home to our Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, the OVFD   .This may seem like a mundane topic unworthy of these pages, but not so.  It’s the culmination of a village dream, legions of volunteers and donors, a dedicated and thoughtful planning committee, a bit of government and the proceeds of auctions and tons of barbecue devoured at the annual Firemen’s ball, this year our 8th. Oh, yes-  forget not the donation of the site by the Hutcherson family.

There is, of course, a story. Before mid 20th century little Ocracoke dealt with fires  fairly informally- good luck, cistern  or ocean water by bucket brigade, that sort of thing. Along came systematic ferries from Hatteras together with Hwy 12, and  building growth ensued,  having gotten a push from The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard during World War II.

The OVFD  was organized in 1966, to meet the need. Legendary developer Sam Jones, he of The Castle, Berkeley Manor, and more, donated the first fire truck and Stanley Wahab the first fire house. In the 70s the community water system was developed, permitting fire hydrants. New equipment was acquired, and the Ocracoke Fire Protection Association (OFPA) was organized by agreement with the Coast Guard and The Park Service. The old fire house was soon outgrown, trucks parked outside in the weather, and the dreaming began.

An important offshoot of the OVFD was the Ocracoke Rescue Squad in 1977, ultimately blending into the Health Center and then Hyde County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1995.. But that’s another story, one to be proud of, for another day. Meanwhile, come admire the new quarters, and even become a part of it with a donation to the building fund at www.ocracokevfd.org .


And another Happy Birthday…..

June 4th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

When in the Course of Human Events, it becomes necessary… you know how it goes- the creation of the greatest country in world history. 237 years ago. Who could have known then what lay ahead?

Ocracoke’s 4th of July Celebration takes many forms, and evolves right up to the last minute. Early morning raising of Old Glory, a A Grand Parade with inventive floats, a classic car show, beach events, square dancing, music of all sorts, story telling, fun things to eat, and shared happiness- more still in the planning stages. And our own little village and marvelous beach- cause to sing out

Happy Birthday, USA, and many happy returns !


Lest We Forget…

April 28th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

On 11 May, 1942, the antisubmarine trawler HMT Bedfordshire was torpedoed and sunk with all hands off Ocracoke. Four bodies of the crew were subsequently found and interred on the Island. The site, the “British Cemetery” later ceded to the British government, is tended with care by U.S. Coast Guard personnel.

Each May, this year the 9th at 1100 hrs, there is a memorial ceremony with representatives of the navies of the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Germany participating. The public is encouraged to attend and thoughtfully recall this tumultuous period in our history.

For a Fabulous Weekend, Try the Ocrafolk Festival

April 27th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

Ocrafolk festival

Regarded as one of the top island festivals in the world, the 14 Annual Ocrafolk Festival will be celebrated this year June 7-9. Presented by OcracokeAlive, this delightful gathering brings together musicians, artisans and enthusiasts from near, far and wide. Original art work, jewelry and other desirables abound, and the entertainment is fabulous.

Join us for a unique weekend. For more info, visit their website.

You’ve not seen the likes of this….

April 13th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

One of our favorite Rites of Spring is the annual (this year is the 30th) Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament- May 1, 2, and 3. For as far as you can see the beach is lined with amazingly rigged and equipped vehicles and enthusiastic fishermen, all experienced and good at it as well. Our own Chad is among the invited.

The comraderie fills the village, the legends get longer, and there is fun for all. Oh, yes, there’s still room for the non-anglers on the beach.

The Second Annual Ocracoke Island Runs…

April 2nd, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

Erin relaxing after 5k.

Erin relaxing after 5k.

On Saturday, 27th April 2013 at 0800 hrs., the starting gun will launch these popular 10k/5k runs, with prizes and T-shirts and a post-run party at no charge to registrants at Gaffer’s at 1130 hrs. The one mile family fun run will immediately follow the 10k/5k event.

Proceeds will benefit Ocracoke Community Radio WOVV 90.1  and the Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club.

For details and registration see the Ocracoke Current Calendar for 27 April. It will be fun

Epilog- 27 April, 1100 hrs.:  Our very own Erin took third place in the 5k rum, finishing strong. Well done!

Coming Attractions…

March 17th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt

As Spring looms larger, the daffys (not people) and azaleas bloom and the village buzzes, we take a new approach to notices of events. While we shall single out our favorites from time to time,  there are many others that may interest you, our readers.

Go to www.ocracokecurrent.com and click on the Calendar at the upper left. There, week by week, is a living and growing listing of lots of fun things to do, see, listen to or eat. Scroll thru and fit this into your Ocracoke vacation planning. Let us know if we can help.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Yum! 29 December…

December 10th, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Here’s a Holiday treat unique to Ocracoke- the Annual OWWA Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam. 2-6 PM, 29 December at the Fish House, featuring van O’Neal’s fish stew. Round it off with dessert and hot cider at the Watermen’s Exhibit from 3-5 PM. Memorable!

Schooling with a Flair

August 23rd, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Those familiar with Ocracoke are at least passingly aware of its heritage, culture and people. Everywhere one turns are seen reflections of this- in fact, in publications and in conversation. Here’s an opportunity for those seeking more, and a lot of fun, to wade in:  the 6th Annual Ocrafolk School 2012, 14-19 October. Popular and well organized with knowledgeable faculty drawn from the community,  the hands-on classes this year include Island Cooking, Wood Carving, Wellness Week, Exploring Ocracoke Music and Ocracoke Sampler.

Registration deadline is 24 September.

Toward Autumn…

August 22nd, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

In several weeks Labor Day will be upon us, by conventional wisdom marking the end of the summer vacation season. As the day (by law the 1st Monday in September) approaches we will note a subtle shift in the Ocracoke scene. Our own children will be back in school, busily coming and going in clusters- most go home for lunch. School activities command community attention, with basketball (really good basketball), PTA, our new volleyball program and welcoming our new Principal, Laura Kelly. Visiting families with schoolage children will become fewer, and gone until next year will be the bike learners on training wheels, the joyful squeals on the beach and the high chairs in restaurants.

But back to Labor Day. Most of us have lived around it all our lives, but what do we know of its origins? The first such celebration seems to have taken place in New York in 1882, organized by the Central Labor Union.  Gaining widespread support surprisingly swiftly, the occason was designated by the Congress a national holiday in 1894, Forefronting the American workers and their contributions to American progress. The original meaning may be a bit blurred, but it’s a welcome milestone nonetheless.

It’s been a grand summer, and we anticipate a more leisurely but still delightful autumn. Birds and turtles will become less influential, the beaches will still be soothing and we’ll  be here enjoying our happy little island.

Ah, Summertime…

July 16th, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Now that we’re well past a grand July 4th and into a delightful Summer, we are moved to remark on the expanding invasion of …no, not the triffids, but the Golf Carts and their variants. They’re widely available, are everywhere,  and do serve to keep traffic speeds down, are fun, quiet and easy to park. But- the careless and thoughtless pay a price. We’ve had our share of traffic citations and, sadly, some injuries to those who horse around recklessly. Please- drive with care, observe the rules and the 20 mph (or less) village speed limits.


Explore Ocracoke Island

June 5th, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Take a break from the 9-to-5 grind when you visit Ocracoke Island. Stepping on our pristine beaches is like going back to a simpler time, where neighbors are friends and strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.

You’ll never be bored on Ocracoke Island. If getting out on the water is what you’re looking for, there is no shortage of activities. From kayaking to surfing, jet skiing to parasailing, there is something here to please everyone. Or just pick a spot on our 16 miles of natural, unspoiled beaches and enjoy the sunshine.

When you’re done down on the beach, come inland and bike or walk around the village of Ocracoke. You won’t find any chain stores here! Every business and restaurant is as unique and full of personality as its owner. The best kept secrets on our island aren’t found in a downtown strip mall, but instead tucked away on village streets.

For a bit of history, take a tour of the one of the oldest active lighthouses in the United States.  As the final resting place of Blackbeard the pirate, we also boast a pirate museum and a wealth of naval history around every corner.  Learn about the lives of the previous inhabitants within the 250 historic buildings that are still standing.

Whatever you adventure, Ocracoke Island and The Cove Bed & Breakfast welcome you to our little slice of paradise!