Deepwater Theater was packed last night as Martin Garrish, Clifton Garrish, Aaron Caswell, and Lou Castro entertained islanders and visitors with a musical tribute to Roy Parsons.
Roy...native islander, guitar player, model boat builder, rhymer, jokester, & yodeler...died in September of 2007. He was definitely one of a kind. I can still see his impish smile, his sparkling blue eyes, and his frail frame as, in my mind, he pedals his bicycle past the Community Store, strums his guitar at the Wednesday night Opry, or puts the finishing touches on one of his model sailing ships.
You can read Gary Mitchell's eulogy to Roy here:http://www.islandfreepress.org/Archives/2007.09.17-RememberingOcracokesRoyParsons.html
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a small photo album with historic pictures, including the aftermath of the 1944 hurricane, the 1921 Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, the 1935 wreck of the Nomis, the Island Inn, the Methodist Church, and the Wahab Village Hotel. I've added a short paragraph under each photo to help put them in historical perspective. You can see the pictures by clicking here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082609.htm.