Wednesday, March 15, 2006


After several days with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, it's turned cooler again today. And windy. Gusts are nearing 30 mph, but it is sunny and actually quite delightful.

Blackbeard is here today for the official opening of the new Teach's Hole pirate shop on Highway 12. I'll stop by later this morning and maybe I'll be lucky and get a photo of Ocracoke's favorite rascal.

Speaking of Blackbeard, some of our readers may have seen the National Geographic special Sunday evening. A bunch of us got together at Frank & Jude's house to watch the show. Although none of us thought the "docudrama" added any new insights, we had a great time afterwards as we sang one of the classic songs ("Avast, Avast") from Julie Howard's 1970's musical, "A Tale of Blackbeard," and later, as we listened to Captain Rob recite his newest poem about Teach's fellow buccaneer, Israel Hands.

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  1. I can only hope Blackbeard had to walk around the new store 7 times before it opened. Arrrrrgh!!

  2. Anonymous5:33 PM

    As for tales of Olde Ocracoke, your post the other day about your neighbor's 102nd birthday made me wonder whether anyone's ever captured her tales of the old days. Can't imagine what Ocracoke must have been like back in 1904.

  3. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Love your blog !!!! Will you be giving us an update of changes made this year in Ocracoke like you did last year. i.e. changes to retail stores, restaurants, and
    things like is Miss Ocracoke still

    Many thanks,


  4. Anonymous3:42 PM

    in listening to the actor who played Blackbeard, I was curious if he got the Ocracoke dialect tapes to use as a guide. I could hear true Ocracoke brogue in his dialogue at times

  5. Tis a shame that Malta in the Mediterrean stood in for Ocracoke on the Blackbeard film.

    Hard to understand that decision.


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