Saturday, October 30, 2010


The 2010 OcraFolk School's final session was yesterday morning. Each class made a presentation to the entire school. The cooking class treated us all to a gourmet breakfast. There was a huge tray of eggs (adorned with a copious assortment of beans, tomatoes, condiments, and spices), as well as muffins, Italian grits (I can't remember what they're called), potatoes, and other items. (All week we've been treated with the most remarkable and tasty dishes.)

The necklaces, earrings, & bracelets that the jewelry class displayed would have been welcomed in any gallery of fine handcrafts.

The Ships-in-Bottles class put together intricate and detailed models of the old schooner, Windfall (created from actual pieces of the vessel), complete with black hull, red sails, and the Ocracoke lighthouse nearby.

We were treated with a 16 minute computer "slide show" of the photographs captured by Ann Ehringhaus and her students. Many looked at island scenes from different and unusual perspectives. Some were haunting images...others reflective or exuberant. They were all outstanding.

Our Ocracoke Sampler class shared our projects (making fig cake, meal wine, and clams casino), our adventures (sailing, clamming, and kayaking), and other activities (visiting Portsmouth Island, studying island history and nautical traditions, and making Turks head bracelets).

All of our classes, together with optional hikes & meditation exercises, great food, foot-tapping music, and island stories made for a memorable week on this Outer Banks island that celebrates tradition, creativity, community, fun, and fellowship.

Consider joining us next October! Check out the school's web page:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there:


  1. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Polenta is the Italian equivalent of southern grits.

  2. Debbie Leonard10:23 AM

    That sounds great! I'm putting that on my "to do" list for when I, a lot of years from now!

  3. It sounds like so much fun!
    Do you know the dates for next years Ocrafolk School?

  4. Hey Nancy & Debbie! I think you would enjoy the Folk School. It has always been the last week of October. Here's the web site address so you can check out the details: