We are very happy to have a very dear friend as a guest blogger today. We hope that everyone will take the time to give thanks for our many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
"Tis the day before Thanksgiving and all over the island residents and guests are doing last minute shopping and planning. There is a chill in the air, but the sky is bright blue, and if you stand in the sun it'll warm you straight through. School is out for the day; hungry looking children ride bikes while visions of turkey and stuffing dance through their heads...
Hi, I am Finley, your guest blogger for today. I first met Jude more years ago than either of us will admit. Everyone is busy around the shop so I offered to write today's entry. I have been coming to Ocracoke for over 25 years and got a house here a few years ago. Arriving on Saturday for the holiday I have been enjoying the friendship, walks on Springer's Point with Willie and unhurried Christmas shopping.
Ocracoke is such a special place this time of year. As much as I love coming in the warm weather - swimming, clamming, relaxing on the porch...Spending the holidays here is more wonderful than I have words for. Things are winding down for the winter which means there is more time to share dinners with island friends or just hangout and catch-up. It is so nice to amble through the village this time of year and poke around the stores without the summer crowds. You can shop online if you can't come, but it is a pleasure to take your time browsing and have a few minutes to visit with friends who can be too busy in the summer to have much of a chat. Rumor in the Community Store today is that the ferries have been packed and judging from the number of cars around it appears true. So Friday after Thanksgiving, shopping here may not rival Macy's in New York City, but promises to be a good day for business owners on the island.
Though things are winding down for this year, local friends are readying for next year. I'll be donating a pie to the Ocrafolk Festival fund raiser that will be held this Friday evening at the Community Center. I am really looking forward to the music and a chance to see new faces and old friends.
I feel so lucky to walk into this community and be welcomed to join in the activities as well as in the lives of the many friends I have made over the years. Tomorrow when we are giving thanks, at the top of my list will be being a part of Ocracoke.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Peace, Finley
Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my forthcoming 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