Friday, February 26, 2010

Music in the Winter

As many of our readers know, local musicians gather around the Community Store's pot bellied stove every Friday night from 6 to 8 pm.

There is another treat in store for us on Saturday night. The Ocracoke Arts Council is sponsoring a free concert featuring Mandolin Orange, a musical duo who captured everyone's heart when they first appeared at the OcraFolk Festival a couple of years ago.

(Click on photo to go to Mandolin Orange's web page.)

Emily & Andrew (Mandolin Orange) will perform at the Deepwater Theater, beginning at 7 pm. If you are on the island make every effort to hear them sing and play. You won't be disappointed!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoker, Kelly O'Neal, and the 1951 revolution in Siam (Thailand). You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Another question!
    I know they cordon off areas where sea turtles have laid their eggs, but I recall large areas of the beach cordoned off as having to do birds. Are they cordoned off after birds lay eggs or to give them a safe place to lay? If it’s the latter, how do the birds know to lay their eggs there!!

  2. Areas of the beach are cordoned off generally for two reasons:

    -- once a sea turtle has laid her eggs and the nest is identified (turtles crawl onto the beach in the summer months at night, and park rangers patrol the beach early in the morning looking for the nests)that area is roped off so it won't be disturbed. It is only necessary to protect the immediate area around the nest. The nests are monitored until the eggs hatch at which time the rangers protect the baby turtles from predators until they are able to crawl into the surf.

    -- bird nesting areas are cordoned off to allow terns, plovers, and other species to build nests (generally just shallow depressions in tidal flats). The birds instinctively nest in wide tidal flats, and park rangers know their habits. Protecting bird nesting areas requires larger beach closures, which often cause protests from anglers and others who are denied access to areas of the beach. The areas are closed until the eggs hatch and the chicks leave the nests.