A reader recently asked if the Ocracoke lighthouse has a Christmas wreath again this year. David was kind enough to offer me a photo from the Molasses Creek website. In case you've never been to the island during the holiday season, this will give you a taste for how we celebrate.
In other holiday news, the annual Christmas concert, sponsored by the Ocrafolk Festival and Ocracoke Preservation Society was held last night at the Community Center. The building was packed, and, as usual, performances were stellar. There was even participation by a number of the school children this year.
Another reader asked about the Ocracoke wassail recipe. I'm sorry but I don't have that. But I will be making some inquiries. As soon as I have it I will share it right here.
Tomorrow evening Jimmy & Linda Jackson host their annual community Christmas party at Jimmy's garage. This is one of the highlights of the entire year since just about everyone attends -- old, young, newcomers, natives, Creekers, & Pointers. It begins with a huge pot luck dinner, and includes time to visit with neighbors, share stories, and laugh. After the picnic tables are moved out the band strikes up a tune, and the evening concludes with hours of dancing and good times. A wonderful time is had by all.
If you are still looking for holiday gifts you can go to our on-line catalog by clicking here.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Artists' Colony that operated on the island more than 65 years ago. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.