Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Folk School

The fourth annual OcraFolk School got underway Sunday evening with a dinner at the Pony Island restaurant. It was an opportunity for instructors to meet with their students. This year classes are being offered in photography, ships-in-bottles, jewelry making, cooking, and Ocracoke history & traditions.

This morning the entire school enjoyed an introduction to our island. We spent from nine to noon visiting the Ocracoke Preservation Museum, the Working Watermen's exhibit, and the Ocracoke Fish House.

In the afternoon students had their first chance to delve into their classes. My class, the Ocracoke Sampler students, explored graveyards on Howard Street, and searched for old cisterns and stately live oaks. We baked a delicious Ocracoke fig cake, and began brewing a crock of island "meal wine." In addition, we perused old maps of the Outer Banks, toured my story-and-a-jump house, and learned a bit about the US Life Saving Service.

We're looking forward to several more days of study, music, entertainment, and great food.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102110.htm.


  1. bill kostar8:16 AM

    Could you post the recipe for Ocracoke "meal wine"? I'd be interested in seeing if it's made with just local ingredients or if some have to be "imported".

  2. Bill, look for the recipe in tomorrow's post.

  3. Philip,
    I was wondering why pottery was dropped from the Folk School this year? Not enough interest in years past?


  4. Anonymous3:48 PM

    On the Island this week, having usual GREAT time. Figure I saw some of the School folks out in sound today, learning to put out nets or doing something as I was on one of my daily walks - Nollie

  5. Heather, the Folk School courses sometimes change from year to year -- for many different reasons. I'm not sure how the courses were chosen for 2010.

    Nollie, I think I saw you standing on the shoreline looking out on us as we set nets and raked for clams. We all had a great time!