Our Ocracoke Sampler class (part of the Ocrafolk School) is having a great time learning about Ocracoke. Monday afternoon and yesterday we explored the sound (in kayaks), hiked across the island from the beach to the sound (over the dunes, across open areas of grass and cacti, through thickets of yaupon & myrtle, into pine forest, between some of the largest live oaks on Ocracoke, and all the way to the marsh), and learned about clamming and net fishing. Today we studied the history of the village (pirates, pilots, seafarers, homemakers, and life savers...and Springer's Point, the lighthouse, and Howard Street). Tomorrow we'll join Captain Rob for sailors' stories, schooner history, explanations of nautical lore, and more sailing.
I've been too busy to hear much about the other classes (pottery, watercolor painting, basketry, and cooking), but I'm sure that will come (maybe tonight at the soundside shrimp boil).
Does it sound like fun?? If so, consider joining us next October!
Our latest "newsletter" is actually a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, and information about my new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.