Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Southern Tradition

Yesterday afternoon I joined friends at the old (ca. 1830) Soundfront Inn to witness the wedding of Mary Britton and Chase. It was a beautiful affair, outside under the spreading limbs of hundred year old live oaks. The sky was blue and clear. Before the ceremony we sat on the porch in wooden rockers sipping lemonade and iced tea, and chatting. Afterwards we found seats at tables under the canvas tent and enjoyed an assortment of vegetables, salad greens, and meats prepared by family and friends. There was music (mandolin, guitar, and fiddle), horseshoes, and much visiting. The weather was perfect. Vintage typewriters were positioned on the edge of the porch where guests stopped to type messages for the bride and groom.

David commented that it was a quintessential southern wedding. The writers and photographers from the popular magazine, Southern Living, would have been right at home.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.

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