The third annual OcraFolk School got underway Sunday evening with a dinner at the Pony Island Restaurant. After dinner members of each class gathered around tables to introduce themselves, meet their instructors, and get a brief overview of the week's activities.
Yesterday began with breakfast at the Flying Melon Restaurant. Afterwords, participants were divided into two groups for an introduction to Ocracoke. Each group spent one half of the morning at the Preservation Society Museum with me, and the other half of the morning with Captain Rob Temple learning about seafaring and sailing traditions.
Classes started in earnest at 1:30, and lasted until 5:30.
In spite of the rainy weather everyone seemed to be excited about being on the island and ready to learn new skills. Classes continue every morning and afternoon through Thursday. Wrap-up is Friday morning.
For more information and photos from past schools, please click here.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcript of a letter written in 1949 by a visitor to the island. You can read the letter (which provides a glimpse into Ocracoke life sixty years ago) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102509.htm.