Monday, October 12, 2009

Weekend News

Over the weekend there was much activity here on Ocracoke. Several couples were married, including our very own William & Jesse Howard. In typical island fashion their wedding was outdoors and rather informal. Emily & Andrew ("Mandolin Orange") played for the ceremony and the reception, wine glasses were raised in toasts, plates were piled high with southern foods, and laughter and convivial conversation abounded. We wish William & Jesse all the best!

On Saturday night Tony Trishka, considered one of the world's foremost banjo players, entertained a full house at Deepwater Theater. Two hours of banjo music? you might ask. He received a standing ovation.

Yesterday afternoon forty international military students toured the island and the Preservation Museum. They hailed from all over the world -- The Czech Republic, Sudan, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lithuania, Liberia, name just a few of their countries.

This morning it's partly cloudy, the temperature is about 70 degrees, and there's a chance of rain later today.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Hi Philip. I'm hoping you can solve a mystery for me. We were on the island last week and, in walking through Springer's Point, noticed several stakes or branches tied with pink or orange cloth. any idea what they were for? A new path, perhaps? Thanks! Cathy

  2. Cathy, I don't know what the stakes and flags are for, but I have seen them. Keep in mind that a goodly portion of the Point is still in private ownership, and the Nature Preserve trail is, at times, adjacent to the private property. It may be that the markers you saw are on the border of the Preserve.