On the island, being invited out to dinner is most often like being asked by family to come over for a meal. No need to dress up (bare feet are always acceptable) or fret about what time to arrive. It's even OK to go early. That way you can visit, watch the kids, or even help with the preparation.
But the informality doesn't mean the evening lacks interest. Quite the opposite. Last night I enjoyed such a dinner with friends. We sat at the kitchen table (come to think of it, I don't believe they have a dining room table), feasted on Bourbon Pecan Chicken (served alongside their son's Lego creation), enjoyed a beer or two, and chatted about Life, Philosophy, Science, & Religion. Oh yes, we told jokes, laughed (a lot), and even played some guitar (well, I listened). The song was a tongue in cheek creation about Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, and Niels Bohr's Complimentary Principle.
All told it was a splendid evening of good food and good fun.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells about island customs relating to death & dying. You can read the newsletter here.