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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.

‘Tis time to be Thankful

The busy season has wound down, and our little village is very quiet. One can (almost) actually cross the street  without looking either way. However, life goes on, and there are things to do.

For a change of pace, why not visit us for Thanksgiving? Many restaurants will be humming with seasonal fare, shop browsing , the Museum and the beach will welcome you, and what could be nicer than a few days at The Cove?

A great preamble to your pre-Christmas rush.

Avast!

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.

The Pirates Are Coming!

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.

 

Our uninvited guest…

Remember the long-ago movie “The Man Who Cam to Dinner”, starring Monty Woolley – fell, broke a leg and stayed forever? Well, our guest may be uglier,  but at least he won’t stay interminably. His name is Arthur.

About to be a Category 2 hurricane, Art (you see, we try to appease him with friendly familiarity) will land on us after midnight and be gone by noon on the 4th. Six of our guests will ride it out with us, so we’ll have to whip up a party- safely.

Sorry that this will disrupt planned visits as well as our Independence Celebration, that latter having been, at least in part, shifted to the 5th. Nature simply will have her way with us- part of what makes Ocracoke what it is..

Epilog (6 July):  Art was far less damaging than had been anticipated, and cleran up is proceeding quickly. Full power is restored, and the Island is open to all. NC 12 from the north is limited in spots, but open. Whew!

Happy 6th of July!

Our Independence Day…

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!

A Panoply of Ocracoke Talents and Skills

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.

Arrrrgh!

This past week there was resurrected the locally written and performed “Tale of Blackbeard” a musical written in the 1970s by resident Julie Howard. Rollicking, melodious and adroitly produced by Ocracoke Alive, “Blackbeard filled to house with laughter and applause for four evenings and a matinee.

For those who missed it, this artistic landmark will be re-performed each Monday evening from 9 June thru 11 August inclusive. Contact  www.ocracokealive.org  in advance for tickets You won’t be sorry!

 

Our Unique Memorial Day…

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.

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