Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall, Glorious Fall

More than 50 years ago my Uncle Marvin wrote an article about Ocracoke entitled "Fall, Glorious Fall" where he reveled in the thought of cooler temperatures, low humidity, and the abundance of fish and fowl on the Outer Banks.

I awoke this morning to a cool breeze. Fall is definitely in the air. The temperature is only in the mid 60s as I write. I thought of Uncle Marvin, native islander, sea captain, community leader, and master of Ocracoke's mounted boy scout troop in the 1950s. In spite of little formal education, he was well read and an astute student of life. He occasionally shared his thoughts in well written articles he had published in area newspapers.

At the first hint of fall on Ocracoke I always think of Uncle Marvin.

I searched for his article early this morning, but could not locate it. I know it is somewhere in my stacks of island papers. When I find it I'll share a few quotations.

In the meanwhile, our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:03 AM


  2. My father left Ocracoke when he was 16 years old to work up north. We came back home to the island every summer, but I didn't live here year 'round until 40 years ago. So, even though I was the right age I was not a member of the mounted boy scout troop.

  3. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Thanks-have a great day!

  4. Anonymous11:59 AM

    OOPS! Should have said TROOP not TROUP-(unless of course you belonged to a theatrical troup)

  5. Anonymous1:10 PM

    Philip, the weather is certainly autumnal on the NC mainland, too. The crisp air and cooler temps do put all in a good mood. I love it.

    I'm enjoying the view from the Ocracoke Harbor Inn, Captain's Landing and O.I. Airport web-cams and noticed the surf has some kick to it due to Maria. It is all beautiful to me and has become a daily ritual for me to view these web-cams for the past couple of years.

    Enjoy your day!

  6. Peggy8:34 PM

    I too enjoy a daily dose of the Ocracoke Island Webcams...they're balm for the soul!