Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Culture on Ocracoke

This fall Ocracoke residents and visitors will have more opportunities to expand their horizons thanks to "Ocracoke Alive" a new organization dedicated to promoting the arts and other creative endeavors on the island.

Among Ocracoke Alive's new promotions is the Fall 2011 Artist Film Series.

First on the agenda is "M.C. Richards, The Fire Within."  According to the producers of the film, "M.C. was potter, poet, philosopher, and painter, but above all, a teacher. Her extraordinary career stretched from Black Mountain College to Creation spitiuality, from Rudolf Steiner advocate to inspirational artist and teacher. She died in 1999. Author of the classic 'Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and Person and Toward Wholeness.' An inspiring human."

This first film will be shown tonight, Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00 pm at Deepwater Theater on School Road. The film is free, but donations ($5 suggested) will help pay for renting the space. This film is open to ages 16 and up.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082111.htm


  1. Anonymous9:02 AM

    The Black Mountain School was a wonderful experiment that nurtured some great world class poets, musicians and visual artists including Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Albers and of course Ocracoke's own Mr and Mrs. Rodenthalers (sp?) ... Mabye somebody could pick up this thread and run with it on the new local radio station?

  2. Julie S.9:04 AM

    Loved the shell/sea star photos! Just curious, has there ever been a bowling alley on Ocracoke? I know, we dingbatters ask the craziest things, huh?

  3. Anon 9:02 -- More than a few times I have thought about doing a Newsletter article on Alice & Theodore Rondthaler...but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe their daughter Bobbie will read this comment and send me her information and thoughts. :)

    Julie S. -- There has never been a bowling alley on Ocracoke, though we did have a movie theater years ago.

  4. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Interesting concept, this Ocracoke Alive. Who is/are the driving force(s) behind it?

    And for something completely different--any insight into the origins of the term dingbatter? I've got to think it's somehow tied to the famous use of that word popularized by TV's Archie Bunker of "All in The Family" fame.

  5. I will devote a future blog to Ocracoke Alive...and another blog to Dingbatter. Stay tuned!