Winter, especially December, is the time we use to regroup after the summer rush is behind us. Many of the stores and restaurants are closed, so we spend December catching up with friends and neighbors whom we only catch glimpses of during our busy summer season. The Ocracoke Preservation Society Wassail party and accompanying Christmas concert and Jimmy's Garage party are two social events that help us reconnect with other residents.
Also this past weekend, Leslie Lanier, owner of Books to be Red and Deepwater Pottery, with the support of the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association put together a huge, interactive kids Christmas party at the Community Center. Every kid on the island was there making crafts, eating goodies and getting their photo taken with Santa, who gets chauffeured to the event on the local fire truck. Tuesday is the cookie swap hosted by the Library and Wednesday is another potluck, this one hosted by the Civic and Business Association.
Once the holiday festivities wind down we're so stuffed from eating too much and have had enough visiting with one another, many of us take vacations to warmer regions of the world. After the new year we also start gearing up for next year's activities...The Ocrafolk Festival in June, the 4th of July events and the local Art Walk in October just to name a few. Keep posted for updates on these and other events throughout the year.
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.