Last night the Ocracoke Youth Center sponsored a Christmas dinner and Holiday "Flat Cat Cafe" at the Community Center. Many of the youngsters were all decked out in fancy dresses or coats and ties...others came in blue jeans and sweatshirts. It really didn't matter, of course. Islanders are well known for their ecclectic tastes.
The food was excellent -- naturally. And after dinner we were all treated to performances by our local youth musicians. They truly are impressive. And no one was stage shy. Molly Lovejoy performed a Christmas violin piece with her tutor, Fiddler Dave. She has been using my dad's violin. I know how happy he would be to see Molly giving his violin such loving attention.
Ocracoke's youth director, Shelby (I just realized that I don't even know her last name. No need to know it, of course. She's the only Shelby on the island!), has resigned because she is moving to Maine. Longtime resident, Karen Lovejoy, will be taking her place. We all thank Shelby for the wonderful job she has done to provide a safe and fun environment for our island youth. And we look forward to Karen's creative skills in continuing and expanding a teriffic Ocracoke organization.
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.