Thursday, June 06, 2013


For our readers' information, today marks Village Craftsmen's 3,000th blog post. This all started more than nine years ago, on March 3, 2004.

We hope you enjoy reading about Ocracoke culture and traditions, learning tidbits of island history, reading announcements of local events, and seeing photographs of our village, our community, and our island.We enjoy sharing our island with you.

And we hope you keep reading as we continue our blog.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous6:12 AM

    I start each day with your blog.

  2. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Ditto, Philip. Happy 3,000th.

  3. Congrats on the milestone! Thank you for sharing Ocracoke with us all. I look forward to reading your posts every morning.

  4. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Thanks for a delightful and insightful blog. I'm looking forward to the next 3000.I admire your patience and tolerance to the occassional inappropriate postings that utilize this as a political forum.

    Bear MacDonald

  5. What a milestone! Thanks, Philip, for helping me keep connected to one of my favorite liminal locations.

  6. Congrats, Philip. OIJ is at the top of my Feedly list every morning. Hope to see you this weekend...if we can cross the sound. Frank Marra, New Bern

  7. Anonymous11:33 AM

    good stuff here. thank you. too bad you don't have a count on just how many people read this site. it's also a sort of sound board for dif. views. i look forward to reading more.
    Jerry M

  8. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Thank you Philip! I so enjoy reading up on Ocracoke. We vacation there every year and look forward to the week at Ocracoke. Even our dog loves the island!!

    Keep up the good posts!
    Tonya C

  9. Anonymous11:45 AM

    A little retreat to Ocracoke at lunchtime...I transport myself everyday! Thanks for sharing the island, your life and perspectives.

  10. I'm not kidding or being sarcastic; I hang on every word, whether you think they're worthy of that or not. I love Ocracoke and the surrounding area; as a musician... I need to figure out a way to get some gigs (shows) down on the island so I can visit more than once a year. Room, board and a smattering of adult libations should about cover it; and maybe a little gas money. :-D

  11. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Enough to fill a book!

  12. debbie s.2:52 PM

    Congrats! Bringing a friend with us when we come to august. an ocracoke virgin ;) LOLOL

    see ya then!

  13. Anonymous5:46 PM

    There are many benefits from reading your blog. Besides keeping Ocracoke Island in my thoughts, NC Mainlander always learns something unique about this special place. Philip, you always keep us wanting more and you have been such a good sport! Thanks X 3,000!

  14. Anonymous6:50 PM

    You know what I would change about the blog...
    Not a thing! ---DC

  15. Anonymous10:18 PM

    From Debbie Leonard: Am I too late to comment? I also read your blog early in the morning; it's one of the first things I do each day! Thanks for writing!

  16. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Apart from blogging, how go the porch talks? Still hosting those?

    1. The "Let's Chat" hour on the porch was fun, but it was right in the middle of my day, so I don't think I'm going to offer that this season.

  17. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Appreciate you Philip,Thanks and Congrats!

  18. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Atta Boy. You done good. Pleased as punch to correctly identify those pictured in the pony pic. However, the incident with the watermelon could be regrettable, but it generated a record number of comments. er mission accomplished! llol har har har another anon to lazy to to create a positive web presence. hey, too busy creating a negative. boo hoo. two negatives equal a positive. Live Laugh Love.