Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

I heard one of the Cedar Island/Swan Quarter ferry personnel telling a chagrined motorist this morning, "we're booked solid all day long." I guess he and his family will be "driving around" by way of Hatteras, or spending the night on Ocracoke.

It has been a sunny, low-humidity, almost bug-free weekend. Could hardly be any better. And I just got final figures on the Firemen's Ball, which was held on Saturday. The live auction brought in $11,230.00 (almost a thousand dollars more than last year), the silent auction netted over $2000.00. The total revenues for the all-day affair amounted to right around $57,000.00.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this fundraiser...and an especially hearty thank you to all of our firefighters and others who keep the organization solvent and healthy!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the brave and courageous members of the US Life Saving Service. You can read it here.


  1. Philip,
    I read somewhere that an Ocracoke man left the island for the first time and was arrested mistakenly for John Wilkes Booth. Fact or Fiction? and what was his name?

  2. You are thinking of Sam Tolson, from Portsmouth Island. As I heard it, he left Portsmouth and was arrested on the mainland because he was thought to be John Wilkes Booth. He was eventually released on testimony of those who knew him, and I understand the incident so unnerved him that he never left Portsmouth Island again. Here is a link with some more information: