In case you missed it, yesterday's post about the Picture Show prompted this comment from Bobby Rondthaler:
"Philip, you bring back great memories of going to the movies on Ocracoke
on hot summer nights. The windows were open to catch any breeze that
passed by, but there were no screens. This meant lots of mosquitoes. The
solution to both the heat and the mosquitoes was to use one of those
old-time paddle-shaped fans, cardboard on a wooden handle, advertising
some funeral home on the mainland. That was nightlife on Ocracoke."
Bobby's comment reminded me of one night at the Wahab Village theater. Ocracoke never received current movies; they were always months, or even years, old, but we enjoyed them nevertheless. Also, the theater had only one projector [see my comment at 10:43 for a correction]. Since feature length movies came on multiple reels, that meant having an intermission while the projectionist changed reels. On that particular night we were watching a science fiction movie. During the intermission we bought candy and soft drinks, and waited impatiently to find out what would transpire next. When the lights went out and we looked up at the screen we saw cowboys on horseback thundering across the prairie. You should have heard the uproar from the teenagers!
We all got our quarters back, but we were not happy.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of
Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it
by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.