In the last two days I've had some fascinating and wonderful people stop by the house. On Sunday afternoon I saw Camilla Herlevich as I was riding my bike to the store. Camilla is the Executive Director of the NC Coastal Land Trust, and the driving personality behind the acquisition and creation of the Springer's Point Nature Preserve. I invited her to join me and a few other folks at my house for a glass of wine at 5 o'clock. Everyone raised their glasses high and toasted Camilla for her work in saving this ecological treasure. You can read about the Coastal Land Trust here: http://www.coastallandtrust.org/index.jsp.
Also present were Victor Allen and his wife who are renting the house across the lane. Victor is the great-great nephew of Floyd Allen, principal character in the 1912 "Hillsville Massacre" in Carroll County, Virginia. It has been described as "one of the most sensational and bizarre incidents in the criminal and legal history of Virginia." Everyone sat on the edge of their chairs and listened as Victor recounted the story. You can read more about it here: http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Allen_Floyd_1856-1913.
Yesterday a reporter and a photographer for the German magazine Brigitte (http://www.brigitte.de/) stopped by. Brigette will be publishing a story about Ocracoke sometime next spring. Imka and Beatrice were so energetic and friendly that Amy, David, and I invited them to come back for dinner. Purely by coincidence I had made kipferln, crescent shaped walnut filled Austrian cookies (originally created to celebrate the lifting of the siege of Vienna in 1683!), for dessert. We laughed our way through dinner telling stories about life in Ocracoke, Germany, and elsewhere.
Don't ever think that life on an island is boring!
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.