Ocracoke kicked off this year's OcraFolk Festival with a community potluck dinner last night. The Community Center counters and tables were covered with every manner of tasty fare, from main dishes, to salads, to desserts. So many folks came out that tables and chairs were set up in the parking lot.
The stage area was filled with handcrafts, artwork, and other items donated by festival participants, local businesses, and other friends of the festival. A lively auction followed dinner. All proceeds from the sales go to fund next year's festival and local art programs in Ocracoke and eastern North Carolina.
After the auction Jubal Creech led several dozen people in a spirited drumming circle. Jubal brought almost fifty pecussion instruments. He is quite animated and quickly engaged everyone in a lively session of "drumming" with bongos, bells, triangles, and myriad other exotic instruments. It was a fitting beginning for the festival.
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