Last night Lou Ann & I enjoyed an evening with friends at the home of Norma & Jerry Sigal, new year-round residents of the island. Norma & Jerry have been vacationing on Ocracoke for over four decades, and have had a home here for twenty years.
The Sigals lit four candles (it was the fourth day of Hanukkah) plus one more, shared some ancient Jewish history, recited a traditional prayer, and then served a delicious meal of brisket, steamed vegetables, latkes, sour cream, applesauce, & red wine. A fine time was had by all.
So, in this holiday season, we wish you all a Happy Hanukkah.
On another note, the last few days have been simply gorgeous. The temperature is in the 60s which makes for a delightful afternoon walk on the beach. Yesterday we strolled barefoot, and I had shed my jacket, hat, and even my shirt in short order. After our walk we sat by the dunes and watched birds diving for fish and cormorants migrating south. Before long a large pod of dolphins appeared. At one point several juveniles decided to play and we were rewarded with an exuberant display of jumping, twisting, twirling, and tail slapping. It was a very good day, indeed.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Street Names, Part II, published December 19, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news121805.htm.