Friday, February 01, 2008


Yesterday Lou Ann and I hosted a Murder Mystery for the two dozen teachers who were on the island this week for a "Mystery" seminar. We met at 3 o'clock at Deepwater Theater where Lou Ann explained the afternoon's activities. Scripts were handed out and everyone received a part -- actors, sound effects person, distributors of clues, etc. The actors got costumes (a hat, a pipe, suspenders, an apron, or some other indicator of their role). And the show was on!

After every vignette the teachers gathered in small groups to examine clues. Eventually there was a trial. But no verdict was offered. It was time to head back to the NCCAT center for a delicious dinner (Lou Ann & I had the flounder). After dinner we gathered in the seminar room to complete the trial....and then to examine the last clue, an encoded confession. Finally one group cracked the code. The murderer was exposed!

What a good time we all had. If you are a teacher in a NC public school consider applying for a week seminar at the Ocracoke campus of NCCAT (North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching). You won't be disappointed!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is inspired by an April, 1942 article about the island in The State magazine. You can read it here.

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