Every now and then I take a short break from posting on our Ocracoke Journal. Saturday morning Captain Rob and I took a short scud (as we say here on the island*) over to "Little Washington" (or as the folks over they say, "Original Washington"), NC. Patti & Frank had invited us there for their inaugural Traditional Music Festival. Of course, Ocracoke's own Molasses Creek was the main attraction Saturday night at the restored downtown Turnage Theater. In truth, the entire day was one terrific performance after another, both indoors and outside on the waterfront. I was fortunate to hear Donald Thompson singing the blues, The Dillards entertaining folks with some great country, bluegrass, and gospel tunes, Carolina Still picking and singing the fastest paced music I've heard in a long while, and the Barnraisers bringing smiles to our faces with their guitar, banjo, and winning personalities.
On the way home on Sunday we were treated to the antics of about a dozen dolphins that frolicked and cavorted alongside the ferry as we neared the island. The lucky folks on that side of the boat were leaning over the rail, smiling, and pointing at the delightful show. What a warm welcome back to my sweet island home!
*A scud is a (usually short) ride in a car or a boat.
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.