Wednesday, December 03, 2014


As most of our readers know, numerous t-shirts & sweatshirts have been designed with Ocracoke logos and themes. In fact, I created several designs myself. This is a wrap-around image that we sell at Village Craftsmen.

But, I mention these designs, and include the image above, not to promote our original t-shirts (though we like that idea also), but because I failed to take a photo of an Ocracoke sweatshirt I saw recently in Indiana.

I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with Lou Ann and her family in northeastern Indiana. It was cold, with a little snow, but the house was filled with warm embraces, laughter and good cheer. All three of Lou Ann's children and their families were there for a feast of wild turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, deviled eggs (and much more!). Of course, there was also pumpkin pie and fresh apple cider.

In addition to copious amounts of delicious food, there were many other delights. Lou Ann had an hour-long performance at a turn-of-the-20th-century mansion in Fort Wayne, we played "archery tag," visited with friends, and rode a horse-drawn wagon into the fields to cut a beautiful Christmas tree.

One afternoon, while strolling in downtown Angola, Indiana, I passed a woman wearing an Ocracoke Island sweatshirt (it had warmed up to above freezing, but was still too cold for t-shirts!). I had to stop and chat. She and her family have been vacationing on Ocracoke for about a decade. It turns out the island is their favorite vacation destination. And Village Craftsmen, their favorite place to shop. She and her husband also make it a point to attend Molasses Creek performances whenever they are on the island.

It is fun to be reminded of my island home (even if I failed to get a photo), when I am nearly 1,000 miles away!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. That is pretty awesome. I like what OI coffee does; posting pictures of far off places where OI Coffee cups have been seen.

  2. Small world, huh?
    Where can I see more of these t-shirts?

    1. The wrap around t-shirts are for sale at Village Craftsmen.

  3. I wear Ocracoke T-shirts regularly around Kansas City and invariably conversations are started. They've also accompanied me to Portland and Las Vegas and will be making appearances in San Francisco in the fall. Photos will follow!

  4. Anonymous8:20 AM

    I learned a lot from yesterday's post.
    But the one thing that will remain with me always is...
    If you should ever find your head under water
    Never under any circumstances, accept the first available helping hand offered without proper ID
    Simply tell them, very politely of course, "the coast guard has been alerted and has far more extensive training. And most importantly, don't forget to say thank you.

  5. Anonymous9:19 AM

    I learned very valuable information from yesterday's post too! Actually it started a conversation about boating safety. For example, I searched further on the internet to learn some basic rules ( sailing can be dangerous!!) and discovered the Hanlan Safety Code it is a guide for rowers!!! It mentions Personal Flotation devices, radios, awareness of weather conditions, etc. It ,I suppose is the foundation for behaviors to protect your self and others (Rescuers) from harm. The Bottom of the Ocean is known as Davey Jone's Locker!!!!!! Hope this helps.

  6. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Casting Call printed in the Ocracoke Current----A producer is mining for a quirky cast of OI residents to create a tv show that rivals Duck Dynasty.......hmm for as many years that I have spent reading this amusing series on the internet ..........

  7. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Last month, a stranger approached my husband with an extended hand. The purpose, he said, was that he always thanks firefighters and police officers when he sees them to say "Thank You" for all that they do in the line of duty. My husband accepted his thanks...and I am writing to deliver those warm words of kindness to the Ocracoke Firefighters....he was wearing your tee shirt that day!