Monday, October 27, 2008

Ocrafolk School

Last night the 2nd annual Ocrafolk School met at the Flying Melon restaurant. It was an opportunity for the 29 students to meet their instructors, and for the instructors to learn something about the students and give them brief introductions to the classes. And, we shared a delicious meal prepared by Michael Schramel and Suzie Scott.

This morning I presented half of the students with a brief introduction to Ocracoke, and a tour of the Ocracoke Preservation Society museum. Captain Rob took the other half on a schooner cruise. Then we swapped students and repeated our presentations. In the afternoon classes began -- Pottery, Basketry, Watercolor Painting, Cooking, & Ocracoke Sampler.

Our Sampler class enjoyed a kayak tour of the sound side of the island. David Senseney shared information and insights about birds, marsh grasses, trees, plants, ecology, and development issues. We learned a lot, and worked up a great appetite. In just an hour or so we'll be coming together again for dinner at Captain Ben's restaurant, and then a music jam at the Soundfront Inn. This is going to be a great week!

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  1. Anonymous9:23 PM

    Have a GREAT & FUN week, know your students will have fun & enjoying learning new subjects. Will be on Island 11-8/16 see you then.

    Tell D.S. we said hello, and hope he's still on Island in two weeks.


  2. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Where is Soundfront Inn - a new place?

  3. Soundfront Inn, not surprisingly, is on the shore of Pamlico Sound. It is not very easy to find, and it is not a new hotel. In fact, it may be the oldest existing building on the island (not counting the lighthouse). It is behind Pamlico Gifts (which is across the street from the Assembly of God church). It was at one time the home of Gary Bragg, then was converted to the Cedar Grove Inn, and later called the Soundfront Inn. It has been closed for quite a long time, and is now a weekly rental house. It has no A/C or other "frills," and most, if not all, rooms have shared baths. This week it is being used as housing for some of the Ocrafolk School students.

  4. Man, this sounds like it will be so much fun and educational. Wished I could be there during this time. Can't wait to hear all about the classes. Thanks,

  5. Anonymous6:26 PM

    Ocrafolk School ?? how do students register? What fees are charged how far in advance does one register? When does the third annual Ocracoke School session begin? A week it lasts a week what is the average age of the students?

  6. Here is the web address for the Ocrafolk School:

    That web site should answer many of the questions. I am guessing that the 3rd annual school will also be the last week in October, but it would be best to check the web site later on for more information.

    I have no idea what the average age of the students is (I don't think it would be wise to ask!).