Last night the Ocracoke school gymnasium was packed for the revival of the old-time island Variety Show. It has been a number of years since the community has put on such a show. This time all proceeds went to funding the restoration of the Methodist Church Recreation Hall (one of the original WWII Navy buildings).
There was music, lots of music...folk, rock, and classical. There were guitars, violins, flutes, keyboard, and even a blues harmonica. Ocracokers performed several island favorites (Sweet Violets, The Map Song, & The Lighthouse), the newly formed "Gospel Choir" had the rafters ringing with their rousing number, I Go to the Rock, the youth band rocked, and Lulu Perez entertained with a remarkable dramatic recitation in Spanish. And there was more. There was even a slide show (of vintage island scenes) during intermission, and women of the church sold baked goods. It was a typical small town affair...with truly outstanding performances.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of participating in the 2008 Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.