Thursday, September 24, 2009

OcraFolk School

The OcraFolk School has just distributed a press release for their 2009 offerings:

"Ocrafolk School" entering 3rd year Oct. 25-30

Ocrafolk School is accepting registrations for its third year of week-long workshops and activities for adults at Ocracoke Island, NC. Classes with space still available are "Making Ships in Bottles" and "The Ocrafolk Sampler".

Instructor Jim Goodwin has been making ships in bottles for almost 10 years, and has since been preserving this rare and amazing maritime craft by giving demonstrations at museums and selling his work at regional coastal festivals, as well as at the Village Craftsmen on Ocracoke Island. Jim was a guest craftsman on PBS's Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, and his work will be seen this December in the Dreamworks film, "The Lovely Bones."

"The Ocrafolk Sampler", led by local historian Philip Howard, naturalist David Senseney and Capt. Rob Temple, is an exploration of island history and culture through porch talks, walkabouts, sailing aboard the schooner Windfall, and more.

This year's other offerings, "Island Cooking" with Debbie Wells, "Pottery" with Wes Lassiter and Rhonda Bates, "Songwriting" with Marcy Brenner of Molasses Creek, and "Island Photography" with Ann Ehringhaus, are currently taking registrations on a waiting-list-only basis. All classes are limited to 6-8 students, and the registration deadline is Oct. 5.

In addition to the workshops, students may participate in group meals, music and other activities throughout the course of the week. The Ocrafolk School is sponsored by the Ocracoke Preservation Society. For more information, email ( , call 252-928-4280, or visit

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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