Saturday, October 17, 2009

Death, Marriage, & Performance

I am sorry to report that Ann Scarborough, who just celebrated her 100th birthday on October 5, died three days ago, after a fall. Ann was a woman who not only enjoyed sharing detailed stories of her early encounters with Ocracoke (she married island native Alton Scarborough in 1931), but kept up with current island and national events. We will all miss her.

This afternoon Beth Hotchkiss and Greg Husted will exchange vows on the lawn of the former Myra & Stanley Wahab property. Beth and her extended family have had homes on the island for more than half a century. We wish for Beth & Greg long lives filled with love and happiness.

Last night at the schoolhouse Mike Wiley, celebrated NC actor, performed a one-man show, "Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott." The show was super! For nearly an hour Mike kept the audience's full attention as he took the roles of major and minor players in the historic struggle for recognition, acceptance, and equality, all while inviting participation by young and old. He succeeded in making his presentation thoroughly entertaining without sacrificing the seriousness of the story. For more information about Mike Wiley click here:

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:


  1. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Philip, I'm going back through your 2009 blogs & want to comment on this one. I was on the island when the helicopter came and tried to take Mrs. Scarborough to the hospital. Kathleen O'Neal told me later this amazing Ocracoke legend didn't survive. Although she lived such a long life, I felt such a sense of deep loss among the locals there. It was something I had never experienced on the island before in previous trips and it's something I'll never forget. It is a memory which touched my heart.

  2. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Besides being on the island when Mrs. Scarborough died, I had the unique privilege of playing the piano @ the sweet Ocracoke Methodist Church for the Satterfied wedding.

    Approximately three weeks before, the NC governor's son was married in the same church. His bride, Sarah Thomas, is the granddaughter of a friend I've known in Roxboro, NC.

    Thanks for letting me post these memories on your blog.