Saturday, July 23, 2011

OcraFolk School

Breaking news about the 2011 OcraFolk School is just in! Details follow.

Registration is open and plans are underway for our 2011 Ocrafolk School, October 23-28. For those unfamiliar, the Ocrafolk School is an opportunity to spend an 'in depth' week here on the island sharing great food, music, and interesting workshops with a fun group of people! A 2011 registration form is available at

Gary Mitchell, director, hopes you can join us for a great week together this fall! You can reach him at:

Ocrafolk School
PO Box 596
Ocracoke, NC 27960

Ocrafolk School classes for October 23-28, 2011 are:

-"Island Photography" with Ann Ehringhaus
-"Island Cooking" with Debbie Wells and friends
-"Exploring Ocracoke Music" with Gary Mitchell and friends
-"English Paper Piecing" with Debbie Block
-"The Ocracoke Sampler" (island history, ecology, and seafaring traditions) with Philip Howard, Dave Frum and Capt. Rob Temple

There are two new classes for 2011:

English Paper Piecing (w/Debbie Block)
English Paper Piecing is an old method of hand piecing quilts. By basting fabric onto pre-cut pieces of heavy paper and joining the pieces together with a simple hand stitch you can create a quilt top of any size or design. After learning the basic method, each participant will work on a design of their choosing using squares, diamond, triangle and/or hexagon shaped pieces. No experience necessary but a love of fabric, color and quilts will help you to enjoy this class! (Debbie Block has been paper piecing for more than a dozen years and is still in love with every part of the process).
(materials fee: $30)

Exploring Ocracoke Music (w/Gary Mitchell and friends)
Ocracoke Island is known for having quite a vibrant music scene! We will spend the week 'behind the scenes' exploring and visiting the musicians, rehearsals, recording studios, history, venues and local radio that make it all happen. No musical experience necessary, but if you play an instrument or sing, bring it on (we'll have a 'jam' at the Soundfront Inn, and you also just might get a chance to record at Soundside Studio!).
(materials fee: $10)
Ocrafolk School is produced by Ocracoke Alive, a non-profit 501(c)3. For more information visit

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of a gathering of islanders to celebrate the midnight blooming of a Cereus cactus. You can read it here:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:19 AM

    Only three months'll be here before you know it!! I'm impress with the variety of courses....something for all to learn and enjoy.

    Maybe one day this NC mainlander can sign up.....on my bucket list!