Amy, David, and I had a great time last night sharing stories and music at the Deepwater Theater. It was the first night of our new program, "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, Strange Stories & Quirky Tales of Ocracoke Island." Participants in Donald Davis' Storytelling Workshop attended...and they were a terrific audience. The setting was informal, so it felt more like a conversation than a performance.
David played his fiddle as folks settled into their chairs. Amy got everyone's attention right away by telling about growing up on the island and attending the smallest public school in North Carolina.
In my first story I painted a mental picture of traveling to and from Ocracoke years ago on the mailboat Aleta, and a little later, on Frazier Peele's first (and very primitive) ferry across Hatteras Inlet. Amy and I shared fascinating stories of shipwrecks, cemeteries, the ghost of Old Diver, Blackbeard's skull, and the time circus animals roamed the island. David entertained the audience by playing one of Ocracoke's best loved local tunes, Paddy's Holler.
We will be doing our show this summer on Monday evenings at 8 o'clock. It is about an hour and a quarter long, and the cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for children (6-12). We hope to see you there sometime.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.