Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Equinox + Yet More from the 1950s Brochure

Today, at 5:18 pm (EDT) the sun will be directly, vertically overhead a point on the equator. Thus, the lengths of the day and the night are equal (equinox means "equal night"). This marks the beginning of autumn.

Some friends gathered last night on Ocracoke to celebrate the autumnal equinox (unfortunately tonight was not convenient for many folks). It was a pot luck dinner with food, fun, and stimulating conversation.

If you haven't planned an equinox party for this evening, consider at least having family or friends over to toast the beginning of fall, 2009. Or just walk out in your back yard, gaze up at the stars, and contemplate the vastness and the beauty of the cosmos.


From the 1950s brochure re. tourist homes:
  • Mrs. T.W. Howard -- on Silver Lake (Ocracoke harbor; homelike; rates depend on number in room & distribution; daily: $1 to $3 per person; weekly: $15 for one, $20 for two; breakfast $1, lunch $1, dinner $1.50. [this house was located where the Silver Lake Motel is today; it has been moved to Cedar Rd, directly behind the bank]
  • Mimosa Inn -- Mrs. Maude Fulcher, Prop. -- 3-minute walk from Silver Lake (harbor) and docks; daily: single $2.75, double $4; weekly: single $16, double $23; Meals: breakfast $1, dinner $1.50. [this is a private residence located on British Cemetery Road, near the intersection with the Back Road.]
  • Mrs. Walter O'Neal -- on Silver Lake (harbor) near docks; rooms; meals available at nearby restaurant; fishing & hunting guide service. Taxi service to beach or elsewhere. [this house was also located where Silver Lake Motel sits today; it was moved to Hwy 12, and is now operated as the Beach House Bed & Breakfast.)

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here:

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