Last night Ocracoke Preservation Society hosted its annual membership meeting and pot luck dinner. The Community Center was filled with members who came out for our legendary home-cooked food, a brief business meeting with election of new officers, and a presentation by Walt Wolfram.
For almost twenty years Walt has been documenting the island's unique brogue. After the meeting he spoke briefly about his ongoing work, then delighted us with portions from his latest DVD that highlighted the lives of three well-known, respected, and colorful Ocracoke characters who have died in recent years -- David Esham, Muzel Bryant, and Roy Parsons. We listened as David told about the famous Las Vegas oyster caper, Muzel talked about growing up in Ocracoke's only historic black family, and Roy regaled us with stories, and played his guitar and harmonica.
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.