Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Just in case you thought our little island, so far removed from the mainland, didn't have much culture, I share this announcement about an upcoming event:

Ocrafolk Festival Winter Concert Series Presents
Basso in Concert, 7:30 PM, Friday, January 28, at the Deepwater Theater
Admission at door: $10 Adults, $5 Kids

The Basso quartet will be coming to the Ocracoke Community on Friday, January 28 for performances for the students of Ocracoke School and a 7:30 PM evening concert at Deepwater Theater. It's beautiful music, they play interesting instruments (for some of you this may be your chance of a lifetime to see a theorbo up close) and, well, they're all pretty darn good!

The concert will also feature special guest island musicians! This performance will include Barbara Blaker Krumdieck on baroque cello, Robbie Link on viola da gamba, baroque cello and violone (baroque upright bass), William Simms of Baltimore on baroque guitar & theorbo, and Sally Blaker on baroque cello. They will be playing works by Vitali, Platti and Vivaldi.

The Basso concerts are part of the Ocrafolk Festival Winter Concert Series, made possible by the Ocrafolk Festival in partnership with the Beaufort County Art Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and local sponsors (Peter Vankevich, DJ & Sue Jones, Skill Sense, Island Free Press, Deepwater Pottery, Robin Turner, Anchorage Inn, Bobby Rondthaler, Beverly & Leonard Meeker, & David and Susan Schwarz Jones).

The Ocrafolk Festival is housed under the Ocracoke Preservation Society, a not-for-profit 501(c)3.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Philip, your report about this outstanding, upcoming cultural "Basso in Concert" event encourages me to find my classical piano sheet music on this cold, dreary, rainy day in Piedmont NC and play some Mozart, Bach or Strauss!

    Very impressive opportunity for the locals (and any visitors on the island) to enjoy!

    Once again, I am green with envy!

  2. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Speaking of so far removed from the mainland I googled the post office on OI to find a picture and the street view images from the google map search engine allowed me to travel the Garish highway. My question to you did everyone know when the Google street cam was capturing images for the site? And have you enjoyed a virtual tour as anyone can and if you did could you speculate as to the time of year it was documented?

  3. I hadn't seen the Google map images, and I had not heard anything about when or how they were made. However, they were made before mid-March of 2010 because a building I had demolished at that time is shown in the images. Also, there are only two vehicles in the public parking area at the "Lifeguard Beach" walk over ramp. And there is no lifeguard stand, swimmers, or any people at all on the beach there. Clearly these photos were not made during the busy tourist season. It must have been a wintertime project.

  4. Anonymous3:36 PM

    Just in case you thought WE THOUGHT you were a bunch of country bumpkins-not so! In fact, being so remote, I think, gives you more incentive to find more cultural and social outlets, which we in the big city take for granted & rarely if ever use. And besides, what's so bad about country bumpkins-don't you ever miss the days when folks found entertainment just "settin' & pickin'?

  5. Oh, I know our off-island readers realize we often have opportunities to enjoy various cultural delights. And...we also have plenty of opportunity to just "sit and pick." The variety is one of the reasons we like Ocracoke living so much...and even when it's Vivaldi we don't feel compelled to dress up...unless we want to!

  6. Anonymous5:18 PM

    Well said Philip-you seem to have found genuine contentment.

  7. Anonymous7:34 PM

    We are looking forward to the concert. What a treat in the dead of winter.

    Phillip, sharpen up your match game talent. The Master is on the Island and I am willing to give you one last chance to prove your superior problem solving abilities.

  8. John, I haven't given much thought at all to the match puzzle until just a couple of days ago...and I realized I needed to re-learn the strategy. Tonight I took a long walk around the village, and noticed lights on at your place. Oh no, I thought. I'd better go home and study up!

    I think I'll be ready for you by Friday.