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December 17th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
Once again, for the 11th year, the Christmas Season brings us the Annual Ocracoke Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil. Come to the Ocracoke Seafood Company Fish House 2 to 5 PM December 30. Traditional condiments and a Special Fish Stew will be included in the price of admission determined when the oysters are purchased.
Dessert and hot cider will follow from 3 to 6 PM at the Working Watermen’s Exhibit in Community Square. Islanders and visitors are asked to bring a dessert to share.
Proceeds help to fund the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association education and outreach activities.
December 2nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
How’s that for an entrée?
Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we applaud the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven, born December 16th, 1770.
Happie Birthday, Ludwig. Your remarkable contributions live on.
October 16th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
At this time last weekend, following several days of what turned out to be overly optimistic predictions that Hurricane Matthew would drift eastward and largely spare us, Ocracokers were nonetheless battened down for the worst. And ’twas well they were.
The storm struck with full fury, with severe wind and major flooding thruout the village.
Recovery is proceeding, and we expect to back in good form by the 17th. However, a major disappointment for all is the resulting cancellation of this year’s Pirate’s Jamboree at the end of October. Much of the logistical underpinnings for that event has been badly compromised
Nonetheless, there will be lots to do and see, and the weather is gorgeous.
For details of all this see www.ocracokeobserver.com
September 29th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
Good legends are hard to squelch- and this is one of the best…
Re-enactment pirates, a la Blackbeard and friends, are returning to Ocracoke for the 4th Annual Pirate Jamboree October 28-30. This is Aargh and Avast land in spades, with dueling, a ship-to-ship running battle, encampments, handiwork and more.
These have been much fun in recent years, and as a dividend lead into Hallowe’en- costume contest, trick-or-treating and all. Safe and sane.
A complete schedule of events is available at www.ocracokevillage.com.
August 26th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
As we drift gently toward the exit of August we are reminded that just around the corner is Labor Day, the first Monday in September. But there’s more. Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in recognition of the importance of labor organizations and their members. Who knew? But, in fairness, who really thinks of this- it’s a holiday!
On Ocracoke, as elsewhere, it marks the unofficial end of summer and it’s holiday mode. Youngsters will be returning to school, most of them elsewhere, thus disappearing from our beaches and roads. Shops, restaurants and lodgings will be less crowded. There’s a recovered calm about.
Ah, the solitude! Crossing the road is less an athletic event. The air is mostly friendlier, we turn our tho’ts toward the Pirates’ Jamboree and Hallowe’en, lawn mowing is less frequent. Relax. Fall fishing is the thing. Yesterday the beach was happily populated, the water 81 degrees, the surf gentle. My guess is that even the ferries will be more accommodating.
Join us? You’ll love it!
June 22nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
For those who are curious, and for those familiar with these pages over the years, we are pleased to note that once again, after a brief interruption, Ocracoke will enjoy fireworks on Independence Day. Not on the 4th, but on the evening of the 3rd, to usher in the joy of freedom.
Thus, Mr. Adams- yep that Mr. Adams- will look down and be pleased that his prediction, in a letter written on 2 July, 1776 to his wife Abigail, will come to pass once again- that Independence will be “celebrated as the great anniversary Festival….with Pomp and Parade,…..and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from tis Time forward forever more.”
So Thanks, Mr. Adams. And to Mr. Franklin, who when asked what form of government he anticipated replied “A Republic- if you can keep it.”: we’re struggling a bit, but we’ll do it.
For details, follow www.OcracokeObserver.com. and www.ocracokecurrent.com
May 26th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
As Memorial Day approaches my mind drifted into the topic. We know that the day sprang from the Civil War, and in my early days I recall aged veterans of that strife marching in parades. The Spanish War didn’t seem to play much of a part. Then World War I (“the war to end all wars”, remember?) contributed the ubiquitous poppy, and we each had one- stemming from Col. McCrae’s immortal “In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row…”
Then shortly along came World War II, truly world-wide with its terrible carnage. We hoped for no more, only to find ourselves in Korea, then ‘Nam- and on and on. There really have been no more intervals between wars- just a continuum of combat or threatened combat- you know the names- to this day. And those who have sacrificed so much are in one or another way with us still.
“Rest, comrades, rest and sleep;
We have the watch.”
Interrupt the barbecue and the beach for a moment, and think on it even if briefly.
April 29th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
During the early days of World War II the shipping lanes along our East Coast became known, sorrowfully, as “Torpedo Alley”. Unescorted, many ships and crews carrying war materiel to Britain were the victims of German U-boats. Early on 12 May, 1942 HMT Bedfordshire, on anti-submarine patrol, was added to this list, torpedoed and sunk with all hands.
The bodies of four seamen from Bedfordshire washed up on Ocracoke shore, and were buried in what became known as British Cemetery, later ceded to the United Kingdom and tended by U.S. Coast Guard personnel.
Each May there is a memorial service, attended by representatives of The U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany. This year the ceremony will be held on 13 May. Should you be among those fortunate enough to be here, do plan to attend. You’ll never forget it.
April 13th, 2016 by Sharon Brodisch
We recently had a Facebook contest where I asked former guests to submit a photo of something here at The Cove Bed & Breakfast, or somewhere here on the island. Congratulations to Amy Shuman, who sent a picture of John shucking oysters for happy hour; and Jill Seaman, who submitted a picture of one of our beach bikes waiting patiently for her return, at the bike rack at Springer’s Point. Both ladies will receive a fun Ocracoke prize package selected just for them.
** If you want to participate in any fun future giveaways/promotions/discounts, please “Like” us on Facebook.
March 23rd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
For the last week or so, I’ve been watching the leaves emerge on our fig trees. I love the two trees we have in our front yard, they aren’t really my fig producers (that’s the old gnarly tree out back). But together they make a wonderful privacy fence for our guests when they are enjoying breakfast on a beautiful Ocracoke summer morning, or a glass of wine watching the sunset over the Pamlico Sound. Ahh, that is what makes me dream of figs, when I see those leaves I know that means summer will be here soon, my very favorite season of the year! You can already feel the air is getting warmer, I can hop on a bike with just a light sweater, the flannel sheets are packed up for another year, and I can throw open the doors and windows to let in the fresh Spring air.
So come on summer 2016, we’re ready for our figs!
January 2nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
True, this is 2 days late… but this is Ocracoke.Our weather is delightful.
Trying to recall important happenings of earlier –16s, I didn’t do so well. 1616- Wm Shakespeare, Bard of Avon, dies; 1816- just after the end of the 1812 war; 1916- halfway thru the “War to End All Wars” (oof). And this year- yet to be written.
So- Happie New Year! Onward and upward, we can hope.
December 25th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
Merrie Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
November 2nd, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
…time was had by all. A busy weekend, favored by super weather, The Pirate Jamboree exhibits, encampments by re-enactment groups, the sea battle in our harbor that mimed the demise of Blackbeard and the march past The Cove to Springer’s Point to memorialize the infamous pirate- all well done. The scholarly talks by history buffs lent a sense of reality to it all.
And Hallowe’en- of course. Costumed (such clever outfits) Trick or Treaters, young and older alike, swarmed the Lighthouse Loop. At well northward of 200 they demolished the Cove’s popcorn supply and made a large dent in the backup lollipops.
The extra hour of sleep thanks to transitioning to EST was welcome. Ocracoke enjoyed and survived-now on to Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, let’s go to the beach!
October 16th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
The Ialand has dried out, the weather is magnificent and fishing is great. So– prepare yourselves for the long awaited Pirates Jamboree at the end of this month,.
Refer to our note of early August, or browse thru Ocracokeobserver.com and Ocracokecuurrent.com for details.
And- trick or treat!
August 15th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
Looking for adventure of a new and different kind? Try this on for size…
Our Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree will invade the Island 30 October thru 1 November, coincidentally sharing the limelight with Hallowe’en.
Realistic Pirate reenactment groups, a sea battle with gunfire on Ocracoke Harbor, encampments, grub and grog, sword fights, music, and more. And, of course, a costume parade at The School together with Trick-or- Treating = fun for all!
For more news and info, see www.PirateJamboree.com and www.ocracokevillage.com.
August 7th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
It’s hard to believe that it’s August already. I knew I’d been a slacker on the Blog Posts, but I really had become a Rip van Winkle. On with the show…
It’s being a great summer- hot as usual, a bit of rain now and then, super beaches and busyness everywhere. Getting around is a bit hectic, what with all the bikes, golf carts, skateboarders and wanderers, but that’s part of the fun. Fishing has been super, and the eating of it likewise.
On the 14th next we’ll have the Annual Fig Cake Bakeoff- a unique event that’s worth watching, and sampling
April 29th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
Quite unexpectedly, we were pleased to learn that Ocracoke has been named fourth in the world’s top twelve beaches by AARP. See www.ocracokeobserver.com for more details.
We think so, too! It’s delightful this time of year.
April 5th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
During the early days of World War II the shipping lanes along our East Coast became known, sorrowfully, as “Torpedo Alley”. Unescorted, many ships carrying war materiel to Britain were the victims of German U-boats. Early on 12 May, 1942, HMT Bedfordshire, on anti-submarine patrol, was added to this list, torpedoed and sunk with all hands.
The bodies of four seamen from Bedfordshire washed up on Ocracoke shore, and were buried in what became known as :British Cemetery, later ceded to the United Kingdom and tended by U.S. Coast Guard personnel.
Each May a memorial service, attended by representatives of The U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany. This year the ceremony will be held on 8 May. Should you be among those fortunate enough to be here, do plan to attend. You’ll never forget it.
March 31st, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
This year’s Ocracoke Festival, a decades-long tradition, will take place on 5-7 June. You really should plan to be here then and enjoy a unique experience.
Story telling, music, arts and crafts, stage presentations, dancing, good things to eat and comradery
For more details, see www.ocracokealive.org
November 18th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Within mere moments, astronomically speaking, Christmas will be upon us. But first, we’ll all pile into the Ocracoke School Gym for the Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament- December 12 and 13.
Four High School Boys’ and Girls teams will play it out for the championship, and Ocracoke in general should be humming. The quality of play should be high, as in past years, and the enthusiasm likewise.
Make your reservations at The Cove now, and enjoy a little pre-Christmas relaxation. Call us for details.
October 2nd, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
It’s been a peaceful summer here, and suddenly it’s Fall. Fishing has been respectable, the beach delightful, and weather (except for a very wet 10 days just ended) perfect. We should even have all the roads in the village repaved shortly
In just 4 weeks we’ll again be invaded by The Pirates and their ferocity, historical drama and fun.! On the 31st there will be goings on at our School with a costume cakewalk, games and perhaps even a “Dunk-the Principal” (gently) for laughs, You won’t want to miss this!
See www.piratejamboree.com for more info.
August 5th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
We are, once again, beginning to stir our expectations toward this year’s Pirate Jamboree, to be held here from 31 October-2 November. We at The Cove have a special pride in all this as we are close by Teach’s Hole, also known as “our minibeach” where Blackbeard met his demise.
The invasion of Ocracoke by The Pirates, whose lives are devoted to this and other re-enactments, is an exciting time, one which will satisfy the enthusiast to the fullest. That all this coincides with Hallowe’en should add unpredictable spice to the occasion.
For further details, see our Blog on the topic published last August, and follow the link therein.
And, as we say conversationally, “Arrrrgh!” One of the many translations: Join us.
June 28th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
In these days of stress, uncertainty and unrest we shall contemplate deeply our independence origins and those who carried the day more than two centuries ago.. Since then, legions have devoted their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the perpetuation of this, the most spectacular nation in world history.
And we are exceptional, despite the efforts of the various unfriendlies to reshape us for their own purposes. Early on it was the Tories, more recently the progressives from within, and adding further insult the fanatical religious radicals who look upon us as infidels. However, the people are restless and stirring, and this, too, can be overcome. It’s a process.
Ocracoke’s celebration will include a flag raising, music and dancing, the traditional sand sculpture contest, a fig cake bake-off, the classic car show, our old-time mid-afternoon parade, story telling and more. We’re sorry we shan’t have fireworks, but there’s another movement afoot which has misplaced priorities. It’s that process, and it must run it’s course.
God Bless America!
May 27th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Begun in the last century as the Howard Street Festival, this year’s Ocrafolk Festival will take place June 6,7 and 8. With music, artwork, theatrics and more, this long weekend displays Ocracoke in its most artistic best. Join us for a memorable occasion.
Browse www.ocrafolkfestival.org for details.
May 8th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
On 11 May, 1942, while on antisubmarine patrol along the Outer Banks, HMT Bedfordshire was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by U-558. Four bodies of crew washed ashore on Ocracoke and were interred on property donated by local residents. Ultimately this plot became known as the British Cemetery and was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity.
Tomorrow, as every year, there will be a memorial service for these gallant seamen, who along with numberless others fought and sacrificed there lives in the war against tyranny. In one form or another it never ends, does it?
Join us at The British Cemetery at 1100 hours 9 May for a moving experience.. Lest We Forget.