Monday, June 07, 2010

A Busy Weekend

So much going on during the OcraFolk Festival -- music, auction, square dance, more music, crafts, & more great music. As in years past, my house on Lawton Lane was the Green Room, the place for musicians to gather between sets to rest, relax, chat, store their instruments, and grab a bite to eat. The weather was so perfect -- sunny but breezy -- that we didn't even turn on the A/C. Just opened all the windows and let the fresh air waft through the house.

Last night many of the musicians gathered at my house again for a very informal jam session. In many ways, for me, it's the best part of the Festival. The music just seems to penetrate the walls of this old house, seeping between the cracks and into the beams that were salvaged from long-ago shipwrecks. The photograph of my grandparents (Aliph & Homer...she played the concertina, he played the fiddle) looked down on the folks with a pleased expression during the old-time music...and, it seemed, with sterner visage during the few more raucous numbers.

I'll have a few photos and more information about the Festival in a day or so, so check back often.


In other news, the Memorial Day weekend Fireman's Ball was a huge success. The silent and live auctions brought in $ 22,174. The total amount raised during the even was approximately $60,000.00!! Many thanks to all who contributed time, energy, and money for another successful fund raiser.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:


  1. It was a peaceful night - the only way to close the weekend with good friends and "our music family". Thanks for hosting!

  2. David Finch1:16 PM

    Thanks again to Philip for auctioneering for the Firemen's Ball this year...You make it look so easy,while providing such a service to all on the Island.