April 28th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
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 10th 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.
April 27th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
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.
April 13th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
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.
April 13th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
Today we celebrate the 270th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson- author of our Declaration of Independence and founder of The University of Virginia, together with a remarkable array of talents, writings and accomplishments.
April 6th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
We’re approaching the season of increasing traffic on our roads, including the troops of youngsters honing their biking skills, many quite wobbly and some still on training wheels! Please- drive with care and observe our 20 mph (or less) village speed limit.
April 2nd, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
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!
April 1st, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
NCCAT Ocracoke (our North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching), together with the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, will host two local events for this year’s NC Science Festival. All are free and open to the public.
Sea, Sand and Human Hands: The Changing Face of the Outer Banks, will be held Saturdauy, 13 April at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 17 April at 10:30 a.m.
Google NCCAT.org and click Special Events for more details.
March 17th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
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!
March 1st, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
Easter Sunday, an ecclestiastical centerpoint and this year on 31 March, is more than merely the beginning of Summer for prospective Ocracoke vacationers. A local ttradition is our non-denominational Sunrise Service on the beach.
Watch the sun emerge, ever so rapidly, above the ocean’s horizon, and ponder the immensity of it all. We drove around on the beach yesterday, and for as far as we could see- east, west and across the ocean limited only by the earth’s curvature- we saw noone.
Yet we know that from ultramicro to ultramacro, we are not alone.
February 24th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
Our Island shares a unique characteristic with others- it is surrounded by water. Except for the occasional flying machine, one does not come here, or go, without a boat of some sort. It’s part of life.
Since last October’s Hurricane Sandy our Ferry to/from the north, toward Nags Head, has been unpredictable for various reasons, and since early January non-existent. Not good. Shoaling in the regular channel is the base difficulty, compounded vastly by multiple bureaucracies claiming jurisdiction without responsibility- local, state, federal, civic, environmental, military, civilian, and probably a few more.
Finally, in the last few weeks reason has prevailed, the dredging crews got to work and a few days ago regular ferry service from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke resumed, no reservation required. We’ve checked it out- very nice. For details see www.ncferry.org or call the Hatteras Ferry Terminal at 252-986-2353.
Now, to get on with our lives, which we’d like to share with you.
February 13th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
We’ve found something that’s even slower than grass growing- the completion of the dredging rehabilitation of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry channel!
However, it seems that we’re getting close, possibly even next week. It addition to our sources as noted earlier, check with www.ncferry.org for the latest.
See you soon!
January 26th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
Why, Love, of course. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to surprise that special someone with a trip to Ocracoke and The Cove B&B? With a little warning we could even scare up some flowers, chocolates and/or the bubbly. Think about it- it’s just around the corner.
January 6th, 2013 by Fred at The Cove
As you may read elsewhere on this site, The Cove has downregulated itself to idling speed for the month of January. Erin and Chad, together with son Carter, are off into the world for a fun vacation and well deserved R and R. Ernie and Fred are holding the fort with little to do other than an occasional phone call and tending to a few details..
Ocarcoke is as quiet as we’ve ever seen it- no vehicular traffic to speak of, few walkers and not many lights on in the evening. The beach his afternoon was very wide, flat save for a few “wheelie” tracks (careful, Judge Boyle’s watching) and not another soul in sight. Even the pelicans are resting.
Our online reservation service is, of course, at the ready for those wishing to make reservations for after 1 February. If you’ve not tried it give it a whirl- it’s easy to use and addresses virtually all needs. In addition, we will be pleased to return your call- simply leave a voicemail noting your needs and we’ll get back to you .
December 16th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
Of Belgian heritage (hence van, not von) Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn on this date in 1770. Truly a giant among giants, And to think- he completed his 9th Symphony while completely deaf and was unable to hear its full orchestral/choral premier performance, which he conducted. Beethoven is our Composer of the Day.
We are contemplating that next year we may resume at The Cove B&B our long interrupted tradition of celebrating more tangibly this momentous event. Freude!
December 10th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
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!
November 21st, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
Looking forward to tomorrow’s Thanksgiving celebration, we all in our own ways have much for which to be thankful. Sure, there are problems, imperfections and defects- to stretch it out, vicissitudes. But there’s almost always a bright side. This is when fortitude and family step up.
Here on the island the weather is receding, resources are up to snuff, the mail comes occasionally, people are happy. It is a mite difficult getting here- the anticipated repair of NC 12 from the North has been set back by high water and surf. If you are tempted to take advantage of the “4 x 4 only” access beyond Rodanthe be warned- it’s iffy and quite wet. For the determined there is available a trailering service who will bring your vehicle (and you) across when possible.
The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries are running- reservations are required and in demand. Please call us for guidance thru the process if you like. Look thru www.islandfreepress.org and www.ocracokecurrent.com for details and situation reports, plus lots of photos.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
October 31st, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. Once again, the weather gods have smiled upon Ocracoke. We had only several days of inundation, little significant structural damage and but a modest amount of needed cleanup. The beaches are open, ferry access via the mainland has been restored, and the village is emerging and humming. The Cove is fine.
Our friends on Hatteras Island have not been so fortunate, with major highway compromise at several places. Evaluation of this, and its repair, are underway, with the road from Rodanthe northward being especially problematic. For frequent updates on all this, and more, see www.islandfreepress.org and www.ocracokecurrent.com.
Of course we join the nation in being stunned by the carnage in the Northeast and westward, and extend to the devastated our prayers and wishes for recovery.
October 25th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
Because of Sandy’s uncertain weather prospects and their consequences, the Pirates Jamboree scheduled for this week has been postponed- perhaps to 2-3 November. We’ll keep you advised, or you can check www.piratejamboree.com
October 5th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
One of our favorite legends, mentioned elsewhere in these pages, is soon to achieve new celebrity on Ocracoke when the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Hatteras-Ocracoke Council presents the 1st Annual Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree on 26-27 October.
Featured will be an all-day encampment at Wahab House by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, a living history troupe, and a busy schedule of various relevant events and enactments depicting life in the days of plunder on the high seas.
A few days later, of course, we will be observing Hallowe’en, always a fun time on Ocracoke. It’s a really old-timey occasion when the young, and some not so young, actually costume up and meander from door to door, seeking and receiving goodies which provide immunity from tricks.
For more infomation: www.piratejamboree.com
August 23rd, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
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. For more information: www.ocrafolkschool.org
August 22nd, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
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.
July 16th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
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.
June 5th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
Plan ahead! ‘Tis time to organize your plans for the 4th of July, and The Cove on Ocracoke Island should be your base. Lots of festivities – the perennial sand sculpture contest, skydivers, the classic car show, a grand parade, music, dancing, storytelling, bouncy house, and more!
There is fun for all ages at this all-out Independence Day celebration.
June 5th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
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!
June 5th, 2012 by Fred at The Cove
In June of 2012, The Cove Bed and Breakfast is pleased to present our new website! You can now easily find all of the lastest news and events surrounding our beachside inn on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. We invite you to find out all about our area or take a look at our private guest rooms.
Want to know what others are saying about The Cove B&B? You can find our reviews on TripAdvisor – we are the #1 inn on Ocracoke!
Ready to leave the world behind and take the vacation of a lifetime on Ocracoke Island? Check out our online availability calendar, and we look forward to seeing you soon.