Deep into the heart of yesterday afternoon, local folks gathered on the pizer at the Books to Be Red shop in anticipation of meeting Brook Ashley and John Ogilvie.
Brook and John have edited the newly published book, Ocracoke in the Fifties by Dare Wright. The book is an accumulation of photos and narratives from the fifties with an enchanting surreal quality. Running my hand across the cover is like running my hand across the smooth insides of a seashell.
Local folks brought other stories and photos to share with Brook and John. They loved making the connections that they had only read about as they sat outside at a table covered with a blue and white cloth.
I took a few minutes to stand back under the sun-washed live oaks to watch the scene. There were children running barefoot, new baby Mariah sleeping up on the pizer, folks telling stories, folks sharing the photos in the book from their past history.
It was a day that Dare Wright would have loved.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's the story of the Invasion of Ocracoke & Portsmouth in the War of 1812.