Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Book Signing & Fundraiser

I received a letter from Merle Davis recently, with an update on our post from Thursday, March 3.

Not only will Donald Davis be signing his latest book, Tales From a Free-Range Childhood, at Ocracoke's "Books to be Red" from 4:00 to 5:30 on April 1 (Merle says, "no fooling"), but at 7:00 pm that same day Donald will be giving a benefit storytelling performance at Deepwater Theater. This will be a fund raiser for the Ocracoke Preservation Society. Merle says, "Ocracoke Preservation Society is our community memory and our story container."

As with so many non-profit organizations, OPS has been forced to make cuts and shifts in funds because of difficult economic times. Plans are being made to generate the needed funds to continue with OPS's mission. However, more needs to be done.

Donald's performance is a generous donation of his time and talent. There will be no admission cost. Donald and Merle hope you will come and bring your tax-deductible contribution to the Preservation Society.

If you cannot come on April 1 but wish to help, you can contribute on line by clicking here: http://catalog.opsmuseum.org/browseGroup.cfm?item_group_id=89843.

If you do make a donation, and are undecided about how you would like your contribution used, please specify the General Fund. You can also make contributions by sending a check to Ocracoke Preservation Society, P.O. Box 1240, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Many thanks to all of our supporters.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of traditional island remedies. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032111.htm.


  1. Anonymous2:33 PM

    What a great opportunity and a very generous one, I might add, for Donald Davis to give of his time for the benefit of the OPS. I so wish I could be there.

    Thank you, Philip, for reminding your faithful bloggers, even your mainlanders who live six hours away, that we can still do our part and make a much-needed and welcomed donation to the OPS.

    I will get out my checkbook now....

  2. Another "lost" comment:

    "I was wondering if Davis is an OI native. Disco"

    Donald Davis is originally from Waynesville, NC. He moved here after marrying Merle, who has lived on Ocracoke since the 1970s.

  3. One more "lost" comment: