The annual fundraiser for the Ocracoke Fire Department was held today. What a great turnout. The organizers started cooking the pig at 5 am. The actual pig pickin' started 12 hours later outside the Community Center. Folks lined up under a tent for barbecue, Cole slaw, potatoes, and soft drinks and/or beer. A silent auction drew people into the building, and by 7 o'clock the building was full of islanders and visitors ready to bid on donated items at the live auction. The auction was a huge success. A quilt went for $1200.00, and an antique church pew brought nearly a thousand dollars. Four decoys sold for a total of almost $500.00. I'll have a full accounting of proceeds in a day or so. When the auction concluded the chairs were stacked in the back and Martin & Friends took to the microphones. The Dune Dogs from Raleigh followed with more danceable rock and roll. It's been a rousing day of good cheer, tasty food, camaraderie, and music to keep folks happy.
Congratulations to all of the organizers, the volunteers, and especially to our dedicated fire firefighters!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the 2008 Portsmouth Island Homecoming. You can read it here.