Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Busy Day

Yesterday was a full day. It started off at Elizabeth Parsons' shop, Pamlico Gifts. Gary had organized a group of friends to build a railing for Elizabeth from her house to the front door of her shop. We cut and routed 6 X 6s, dug holes, put galvanized pipe together, and assembled it all. By noon we were finished. The best part was hearing one guy's vasectomy story! He really should submit it to the Funny Times.

Stop by Pamlico Gifts sometime soon to see the railing...and make a purchase. Elizabeth is Ocracoke's authentic folk artist.

After lunch Blanche came over and we went to the Assembly of God church for the funeral for Iona Teeter, one more old-time islander whose stories and history are now in the trust of her family and friends.

Later that afternoon I enjoyed the company of Nancy and Wayne Gray from Wanchese, NC. Wayne is a poet, writer, and native Outer Banker. We spent a pleasant hour or so sitting on the pizer and chatting about island history and stories.

Then it was time to stroll down to the Fudge Shop with Lachlan. We sat on the Community Store porch with John Ivey and cousin Ed. John reminded me of a very funny story from years gone by (but unfortunately I can't relate it in a family blog --'ll just have to ask me about it some time).

Well, it's time to get outside. Today is the perfect spring day.

In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. 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. Anonymous9:40 AM

    A spectacular day on Ocracoke!!! Would love to hear the story that isn't fit to print here!
    Enjoy the weather.
    Marcy Desulis

  2. Anonymous1:46 PM

    In honor of April is Poetry month did Mr. Gray share a poem?

  3. Marcy, next time you're on the island look me up and I'll tell you the story!

    Re. Wayne Gray's poetry, please see the post for Sunday, April 26.

  4. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Love the way everyone helps each other out. I'm sure Elizabeth is very, very grateful! Will always miss talking with Roy, have one of his CD's in my truck player now, was listing to last week. - Nollie