Lou Ann and I enjoyed an early dinner Sunday night at the Jolly Roger restaurant with friends from off island. As we walked down Howard Street on the way home we heard a raucous din coming from School Road. We immediately remembered that our new radio station was hosting a Bachelor's Auction in the yard of Natural Selections Hemp Shop. We knew we had to investigate!
What a scene we encountered. One of the young men was just stepping onto the porch as we arrived. He strutted a bit, and the bidding began. Hands shot up everywhere, and the bidding quickly escalated from twenty-five dollars to over two hundred dollars. The young women were in a frenzy! More bachelors followed. Prices from one hundred and fifty dollars to close to three hundred dollars were routine. One young man (after tossing his shirt into the crowd) garnered more than four hundred dollars!
Everyone seemed to be in a happy, festive mood. And all for a worthy cause. I haven't heard any figures but I'm certain the event raised several thousands of dollars for WOVV (90.1 on your Ocracoke radio dial).
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the 1913 wreck of the 6-masted schooner, George W. Wells. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072110.htm.