Last night there was live music at the Community Center from 6:30 to 10:30. Our local teen band, "Mitchell & the Mumfries" played rock & roll to the pulse of colored lights for two hours. The center was hopping as natives and tourists & senior citizens and kids danced, clapped, and whooped it up.
At 8:30 electric guitars gave way to acoustic intruments -- mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass. Dozens of couples took to the floor for an old-time Ocracoke square dance. Young and old as well as visitors and old-timers joined hands to form a big circle. We twirled to the call of "Swing Your Partner" and shuffled to "Promenade."
"Four Hands Around," "Ocean Wave," & "Dive for the Oyster, Dig for the Clam" (everyone's favorite) kept everyone on their toes. "The March" & "Wind the Clock" were fun for all even if we did get a little tangled up at times.
It was quintessential small town America at it's best.