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Onward!

Sooner than anticipated, by yesterday, the wounded power line at Bonner Bridge was replaced, island power was fully restored and the evacuation order was rescinded. Remarkable indeed, and kudos to the several repair crews involved!

Island businesses, including The Cove B&B, are returning to full activity. Our weather is wonderful, and we’re lonely.

Come see us!

Current Status of our Power Outage, etc.

As is by now widely known, there occurred a mishap to Ocracoke’s electric power source last Thursday AM. Details and updates can be found on www.ocracokeobserver.com and www.ocracokecurrent.com

The extent, and circumstances, of the power line interruption defies belief, but what is, is. We hope, soon, to have an adequate substitution to allow reversal of the mandatory visitor evacuation. We shall see.

Ocrafolk Festival! 2017- 2-4 June

Looming is the event of the season- the Ocrafolk Festival, organized and supported by www.ocracokealive.org. Music of all sorts, art, crafts, theater, storytelling, dancing and yummies- you won’t want to miss it!

I fondly recall the beginnings of this phenomenon, initially the Howard Street Festival, around the turn of the century. Several tables were set up in our front yard on Howard Street to provide info and registration, and the events were scattered up and down Howard Street in available space. Growth quickly exceeded room, and the Howard Street/School Road area became the locus. You should see it now!

Do come- you’ll never forget it!

Tomorrow- The British Cemetery…

… will be the site of the annual Memorial Service for those lost in the sinking of HMT Bedfordshire in May 1942. For more, see our post on 29 April, 2016.
Be there!

Happie Birthday, TJ

to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a giant among the many such of our Founding Fathers. Altho he, like all of us, had some faults, he left to us legacies that even today we revere and defend.

Activities of Interest in Ocracoke

Hey, y’all…

Just a quick premention of several events worth your attention in the next several weeks.

Clam Chowder Cook Off 15 April: . Yummy and exciting.
Easter Sunrise Service 16 April: be visually awed looking east and watch the sun emerge across the Atlantic.
British Cemetery Memorial Service 12 May. An annual tribute to WW II

More details for these and others will follow here and in The Ocracoke Observer and Ocracoke Current.

What makes the world go ’round?

Why, love, of course. And what better time and manner to express this than a trip to The Cove on Ocracoke Island for Valentine’s Day?
We might even dream up a special something in honor of the occasion.
Think about it, and come see us!

Yum!

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.

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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.

Valiant, resilient Ocracoke…

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

Pirates to Invade Ocracoke!

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.

The Changing of The season

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!

Smile, John Adams…

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

In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam- HMT Bedfordshire in WW II

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.

And the winner is!

 

 

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.
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cove-Bed-and-Breakfast/1477969799086376?ref=hl

 

Afternoon oystersBike at Springers Point

 

Dreaming of figs

fig treesFor 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!

“In the Spring,,,

…when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…”  Ocracoke, of course- the beach, boating, friends and fun.

Officially 20 March, but already one senses a softness in the air, the blooming daffodils, and car tracks on the beach. Restaurants and others are coming alive after the winter break, and one must again look before crossing the road. On the 27th is the Easter Sunrise Service- on the beach facing east over the Atlantic, the sun lifts gloriously over the purest of horizons. An uplifting experience.

So many events coming up soon, come on down and join in the fun!
March 17, St Patrick’s Parade
March 18 and 19, NC Shell Club meeting
March 26, come on down and vote for me in the Clam Chowder Cookoff!
April 23, Ocracoke Island 5/10K and Family Fun Run
April 24, Ocracoke Island 1/2 Marathon
April 30, Portsmouth Island homecoming

last year's sunrise service

last year’s sunrise service

a beautiful Ocracoke sunrise

a beautiful Ocracoke sunrise

 

An interesting month begins

Now that our month of R and R is concluded, Ocracoke also stirs and swings into high gear for February- additionally noteworthy for Groundhog Day (the 2nd), Super Bowl L (oops, the NFL has rejected the Roman, thus it’s 50) on the 7th,Valentine’s Day (14th), several notable presidential birthdays, and ’tis Leap Year as well.

We drove on he beach yesterday- and had it all to ourselves for as far as we could see both ways. Almost calm “surf”, a few birds and absolutely silent. Nice!

A Brand Spankin’ New Year!

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.

And Today…

Merrie Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Another Birthday

Last year at about this time we launched Happy Birthday wishes toward Ludwig van Beethoven (yep ,born in Belgium). A remarkable man.

We can do no better in acknowledging this than to refer you to an earlier blog, that on 16 Dec 2014.

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Lest we forget…

Those of us old enough to recall it will never forget the stunning news of the Sunday, December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor which officially launched the U.S. into WW II. We had been following the Eropean war and that in North Africa, of course, and perhaps by whistling in the dark hoped that we could remain uninvolved.

As we now know, we had sub rosa long been playing a support role to Great Britain, but public sentiment was opposed to deeper engagement. Sound familiar?

“Those who cannot remember their history are condemned to repeat it”

 

Community Tree Lighting, and more!

As the year draws to a close, another Ocracoke tradition looms, for on 8 December (5-7 PM) we’ll have our Tree Lighting together with music and wassail punch. We’ve always wondered what the latter really is, so we looked it up (Google, of course).

Borrowing from one referemce, ’tis “mulled (another chase*) ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and suger.

The OPS Gift Shop will, of course, be open and welcoming, together with a raffle for a spectacular quilt lovingly made by the Ocracoke Needle and Thread Club.

Join us at the OPS Museum.

* mixed, messed or muddled

 

 

He was a bold man who…

first eat a oyster, wrote Jonathan Swift, long ago. No longer is bravery needed- simply an appetite and a zest for the finer things in life.

The 11th Annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steaming, sponsored by the Ocracoke Working Watermens Association, will be enjoyed between Christmas and New Year’s,. Put it on your calendar- December 30.

Keep your eye on these pages for details, and have a look at www.ocracokeworkingwatermen.org.

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