Wednesday, August 18, 2010


On Monday night, as we were setting up Deepwater Theater for Amy's, David's, & my weekly show "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet, Strange Stories & Quirky Tales of Ocracoke Island" a 22 year old college student wandered by to see what was going on. Henry had left Oregon a month earlier with a pack on his back, exploring cities and small towns along the way.

Henry was immediately likable with his broad smile, easy manner, and bright eyes. We soon learned that he was an aspiring writer. He had been drawn to our notice about island stories. Immediately he pitched in, helping us set up chairs and arrange the stage. We became fast friends. He stayed for the show, and we invited him to spend the night in the tree house behind the Village Craftsmen.

We've since learned what an interesting fellow Henry is. He has been, literally, around the world, and we heard stories of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and India. In just a few days (this is Henry's very first visit to Ocracoke) he's already discovered more about the island than many people do in years.

Today he wants to walk down to Springer's Point. Lachlan hasn't met Henry yet, but he wants to! Maybe we'll all go out to Teach's Hole in the boat, and Henry can wade ashore to explore the Point while we enjoy some time swimming.

Ocracoke is a beautiful area, and we have a wonderful community. An added advantage is the interesting people we meet who pass through.

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:


  1. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Philip, is Henry just "passing through" or does he plan to "stay awhile" on beautiful Ocracoke island?

  2. Henry is just passing through. He's headed back to finish his last semester at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. I'm guessing we'll see more of him as the years roll on.

  3. Lisa Maempel5:08 PM

    Henry sounds like a cool fellow. I'm sure he has enjoyed your beautiful island as much as we do.

  4. Anonymous8:50 PM

    Does henry have a blog?

  5. He's not mentioned a blog, so I'm guessing he doesn't have one, but I certainly might be wrong. If I find out I'll let you know.