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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.
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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.

A good time…

…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!

Don’t Miss It!

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!

Welcome Back!

At present the Hatteras and Swan Quarter ferries are operating normally, and taking reservations. There is standing water here and there, warranting care in navigating..

What a week!

Weather Status Report

To all who who read these presents, Greetings:

You who follow the weather will understand the problem- while Ocracoke is quite habitable tho’ wet, access to the Island is problematic. As a result, we have chosen to suspend making reservations thru Tuesday, 6 October       Online reservations will be interrupted,for this period but open thereafter, and phone communications will be guided by our answering message.

For the present we shall be responding to email communications so long as internet service is intact

Thanks for understanding, See you later.

 

Arrrrgh and Avast!…

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.

Join us!

 

Summertime…

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

Drumroll, please…

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.

They Also Serve, and do they ever!

Those who have followed this column are familiar with the OVFD, the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, its genesis and its recent success in creating a new operational building, The Fire House. An interesting history, that.

Well, the 10th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Firemen’s Ball is slated to take place this year on Saturday, 23 May. A peek at their website www.ocracokefiremensball.com is rewarding.

The festivities include a pig pickin’ with the yummiest barbecue, NC style, you ever tasted; silent and live auctions of some neat stuff, and the evening dance with great music by local musicians.

You’ll love it!

 

Lest We Forget… revisited

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.

 

Fun for all!

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

 

Our R and R

The Cove is closed for the month of January, and the time will be well employed. In addition to allowing Sharon and John to wander more widely, we shall be catching up on maintenance work, steam cleaning the carpets, and warding off the ravages of our coldest month.

We look forward to welcoming you in February and beyond, and to a great year. Beach access shall have benefited from recent federal legislation, travel access from the north will enjoy improved roadways and, we hope, faster ferry voyages, and our favorite haunts and eateries will be well rested and rarin’ to go.

Happie New Year!

 

And another birthday to be celebrated…

Merrie Christmas to all!

Froeliche geburtstag!

Happy Birthday!

Born on December 16, 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was destined to become one of the preeminent composers of all time. His works reveal the power and complexity of a remarkable person.

A widely known anecdote, one of my favorites and well enough documented to dispel any tho’t that it is apocryphal,  reveals that at the conclusion of the 1824 inaugural performance of his epic 9th Symphony, which he conducted, he had to be turned around to face the thunderous applause from the audience. For, you see, he had become nearly totally deaf in his later and most productive years, and could hear neither orchestra nor the cheering.

He died in 1827.

We quietly celebrate his life.

 

A Different Christmas Treat

Here’s a tasty and different opportunity- The 9th Annual Oyster Roast at the Ocracoke Seafood Company- Saturday 27 December, 2-5 PM.

Organized by the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association, which deploys the proceeds for education and outreach, The Roast offers “all you can eat” oysters, steamed shrimp and fish stew, together with cocktail sauce, vinegar and crackers.Bring your own oyster shucker- expert guidance is available. Admission fee will depend upon oyster market price.

Dessert and hot cider will follow at the Association’s Exhibit at Community Square- please bring a dessert to share.

Prepare for the New Year, and join us at The Roast. You’ll love it!

Our athletic annual event….

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.

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