Yesterday I received this email from Joyce Moore, a long-time visitor to the Outer Banks and a regular reader of this journal:
"I was wondering if you heard about a man drowning in the surf on Hatteras on June 28. He was a friend of mine. He and his wife and I volunteered at NERFA [Northeast Regional Folk Alliance] where we ran into David Tweedie in the Poconos and at a number of other Folk Festivals. I thought you might be interested in hearing his story....he was quite a guy!"
Joyce sent this link: http://www.oldmusicproject.com/keithbaker.html
Our sympathy goes out to Keith Baker's family and friends. We also send our sympathy to the families of others who have drowned on the Outer Banks. I understand that there have been at least three fatalities this summer. We always hate to hear of tragedies, especially those that happen on the islands.
Please enjoy your visits to Ocracoke, and spend as much time as you can at the beach. As you know, we have one of the most wonderful beaches in the world with soft sand, clean water, and great surfing waves. But never underestimate the power of the surf. The Atlantic Ocean is not a swimming pool. Be especially mindful of rip currents. The National Park Service has information about beach conditions at the visitors' center and at the lifeguard beach.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death."