Even though Lou Ann has retired from teaching, she continues to have storytelling performances in the Midwest, and needed to return. This coming week she begins a ten day show at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. If you are in the area be sure to stop by to hear her perform. You can read more about the festival here.
Amy, Lachlan, & I carried Lou Ann and Julie, Amy’s mother, to the train station in Newport News on Wednesday. Lou Ann was heading to Indiana; Julie to Washington state.
Because of the festival, Lou Ann left Ocracoke earlier than usual…and because she has a number of other performances scheduled this fall, she won’t be returning to Ocracoke until mid December. But at least when she comes back she can stay longer, since she won’t be teaching school. I am planning to make a trip to see her in the meanwhile, sometime this fall.
We had a wonderful, and busy, ten weeks. Lou Ann (I should say Mad Mag) contributed her storytelling talents to the island once again as she led Ghost & History Walks. She also volunteered at the Preservation Museum, opened the lighthouse for visitors, produced a Friday night show, and performed at the Wednesday evening Opry.
But chatting on the pizer (before breakfast, and late at night) are among my fondest memories. This summer we also lay in the yard looking for shooting stars, walked on the beach in the moonlight, biked around the village, visited friends and neighbors, enjoyed meals together, and took several quiet rides in my skiff in Pamlico Sound.
It is quieter in the house as I write…and lonelier…but I look forward to spending more time together as Lou Ann transitions from there to here! As Elizabeth Parsons once said to Lou Ann, “You are one of us!” No accolade from a native O’cocker is sweeter.
Farewell…for now. Your Mad Mag Studio is just as you left it...ready for your return!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann’s story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.