Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Music in the Parlor

Michael Stanwood is a frequent visitor to Ocracoke. He is a musician and plays the autoharp and the didgeridoo (a musical instrument indiginous to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia that is made of a long hollow bamboo stalk or stick, and that makes deep tones when blown into). Michael joined Fiddler Dave's parents and me at Dave, Amy, and Lachlan's home last night for dinner.

After dinner Michael and David got out their instruments (autoharp & fiddle) and played a number of tunes in the living room while the rest of us chatted, played with Lachlan, and enjoyed our very own house concert. The evening reminded me that one of the things that makes Ocracoke so special is the frequency of such get-togethers. Sometimes they are planned, and at other times, like last night, they are spontaneous. Life on the island is nearly always interesting and enjoyable.

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.

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