Sunday, October 30, 2011

Folk School

On Friday morning everyone who was involved with our 5th annual OcraFolk School gathered at the Soundfront Inn for a delicious breakfast of quiche (several varieties), scalloped potatoes, sausage, bacon, sweet potatoes, shrimp, several types of biscuits & corn bread, and cobbler. After breakfast we walked or biked to Deepwater Theater for a morning wrap-up session and "show and tell."

There were five classes this year, and each group shared memories and stories from the week.

The Music Appreciation class played two recordings that the students produced...professionally sounding CDs with guitars, vocals, and various percussion instruments.

The English Paper Piecing class (quilting) showed off their work, an impressive assortment of needlecraft that combined intricate designs and vibrant colors.

Our Ocracoke Sampler class entertained the school with poetry and funny comments as they told about sailing, Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke history, kayaking, clamming, & fishing. The entire school had an opportunity to see the fish we caught in gill nets, and taste our homemade meal wine!

Ann Ehringhaus's Photography class presented a slide show with many striking photos of pelicans, historic houses, people, close-ups, and nature.

The Cooking class provided not only the Friday morning breakfast, but the Thursday evening shrimp boil, complete with side dishes and scrumptious desserts.

Speaking of food, the entire school savored breakfasts and dinners all week long that were provided by the Cafe Atlantic, Pony Island, Jason's, and Flying Melon restaurants. The food was incredible!

Thanks to all the instructors, staff, and students who made the 5th annual OcraFolk School another rousing success!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article written by my Uncle Marvin in 1954. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Where do I sign up for next year!! perhaps the students -- do they blog --may be worthy of following?

  2. Check out the web site for the OcraFolk School --

    I am told that Ed Norvell, one of this year's students in the Ocracoke Sampler Class, has posted photos and commentary on Facebook. Maybe you can find that on the Internet.