When I was invited to dinner Monday night I expected to gather with a congenial group of islanders and to enjoy fine food and stimulating conversation. I was not disappointed.
Many of our readers who live off island probably imagine Ocracoke as a rather boring place in winter. Most businesses are shut down, the water is too cold for swimming, and we don't have movie theaters, malls, or a university nearby. But Ocracoke is seldom boring for those of us who live here.
Sometimes dinner with family and friends is full of stories, music, laughter, and lighthearted banter. Last night included some of that (talk about oyster clutches, current events, adventures in Asia, and travels to visit children and grandchildren), but it also included readings from Shakespeare, conversations about Greek and Norse myths, traditional Irish blessings, and a beautiful a cappella rendition of a Japanese drinking song!
All of this took place around a large dinner table laden with dishes of salmon, bison, exotic cheeses, fruit and turkey.
As my mother's father (an immigrant from Hungary) often said, "We eat good in America!"
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter discusses place names on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news113009.htm.