My husband Frank and I are not from Ocracoke originally though we have lived here for many years. Consequently, most of our family doesn't live close and since we have a shop of our own and I'm also here at Village Craftsmen we can't very well travel for the Holiday. We are however fortunate to have our oldest son Matt, his wife Mary and our two grandaughters Lici and Hannah living on the island as well as my niece Jaren and her husband Dale (he's from here). We also have friends visiting who will come and share their holiday traditions with us. So our Thanksgiving dinner will be "eclectic". Ham, roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding (my grandparents were English), greens, sweet potatoes,parsnips,Mattys famous garlic mashed potatoes,rutabaga,corn pudding and Dale is still undecided whether he's making his Grannys' yeast rolls or cheese biscuits, pumpkin pie, buttermilk pie,lemon merangue pie, carrot cake. I'm sure I've forgotten something. Everyone will be at our table whether sitting in a chair or in our hearts. All those who have been with us in years past and loved us so will be remembered. We have a lot to be thankful for and we know you do too. Enjoy the day. Jude
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Street Names, published November 19, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news111905.htm.