Monday, December 20, 2010

Ocracoke Newsletter, Eclipse, & Photos

Regular readers of this blog have surely noticed that I normally publish a new Ocracoke Newsletter every month, usually around the third or fourth week. This year I will be taking a bit of a break during the holiday season (and I know many of our readers will also be pleasantly busy with Christmas festivities, travel, and family events). So I've decided to forgo a Newsletter this month. But don't fret...another Newsletter will be forthcoming in January. In the meanwhile, if you haven't already done so, please take a moment to read about the Doxsee Clam Factory on Ocracoke. It's an interesting story:

One more thing...tonight, shortly before midnight, the moon will begin to enter the shadow of the earth. The total eclipse will occur about 1:30 a.m. (and last for more than one hour) Tuesday morning, which is also the first day of winter, the winter solstice. This is the only total lunar eclipse of 2010, and will be visible (weather permitting) throughout North America as well as Central America, parts of South America, Greenland, and Iceland. It has been almost three years since the last total lunar eclipse...and it has been 456 years since a total lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice.

Also, I have finally taken a few photos of decorations. I hope you enjoy them.

Click on any photo below to view a larger image.


  1. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Thanks for the info about the lunar eclipse tonight. I will try and see it from the Northern Piedmont of NC.

    I'm enjoying the latest photos of Christmas decorations...Ocracoke style!

    Santa Claus rowing the boat is toooo funny! Very original, that's for sure! Tell me, is the jolly fellow rowing from or to the North Pole?????

    Philip, I don't blame you at all for taking a breather from writing the Ocracoke Newsletter during the Christmas holidays. I'll look forward to reading your interesting newsletter in 2011!

  2. bill kostar7:44 AM

    Thanks for keeping all of us in touch with the happenings at one of our favorite places.
    Wishing you and yours and everyone lucky enough to be on island for the holidays, a very

  3. soulou9:01 AM

    Thanks Phillip and all for keeping us informed about the holiday happenings in one our our very favorite places. We hoped to see the eclipse out in rural IL tonight but it looks to be cloudy for next few days! Let us know if you got a good view or pics. Merry merry and happy happy