Sunday, March 01, 2009

Variety Show

Last night the Ocracoke school gymnasium was packed for the revival of the old-time island Variety Show. It has been a number of years since the community has put on such a show. This time all proceeds went to funding the restoration of the Methodist Church Recreation Hall (one of the original WWII Navy buildings).

There was music, lots of music...folk, rock, and classical. There were guitars, violins, flutes, keyboard, and even a blues harmonica. Ocracokers performed several island favorites (Sweet Violets, The Map Song, & The Lighthouse), the newly formed "Gospel Choir" had the rafters ringing with their rousing number, I Go to the Rock, the youth band rocked, and Lulu Perez entertained with a remarkable dramatic recitation in Spanish. And there was more. There was even a slide show (of vintage island scenes) during intermission, and women of the church sold baked goods. It was a typical small town affair...with truly outstanding performances.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of participating in the 2008 Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island. 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.


  1. Anonymous8:51 AM

    And the best ten dollars I ever spent.

  2. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Ditto above, and a really fine job by the mc too. We totally enjoyed all the music and fun, and got yet another glimpse into the depth of talent here, both young and old.
    Enjoyed Lou Ann's story about the day in Portsmouth, and concur about the beauty of that day, which was our first time there. George (my husband) took lots of photos that day also, and some, along with other OBX photos, are posted on his photoblog, which you might like to see or pass along to Lou Ann. Local photos started Christmas week.
    Congrats on making top of the bald headed men's list.

  3. George & Reggie -- George's photos are outstanding! Anyone who loves Ocracoke & Portsmouth will be delighted by his remarkable eye, superb composition, and technical proficiency. Thank you so much for the link.