Monday, September 19, 2011

Ocracoke Alive

Another question I received recently was about our new island organization, Ocracoke Alive, sponsor of our off-season Artists Film Series, which I mentioned about a week ago.

Although Ocracoke Alive is a new organization, it was formed to provide an "umbrella" for a number of on-going and established cultural events...and to provide encouragement for new ventures.

The mission statement of Ocracoke Alive, Inc. is "to enrich the Ocracoke Island community by encouraging and sponsoring cultural, artistic, educational, and environmental activities including the production of plays, musicals, musical events, exhibits, schools, workshops, and festivals."

For several years the Ocracoke Preservation Society has graciously sponsored the June OcraFolk Festival and the October OcraFolk School. Desiring to branch out, but not wanting to burden OPS with sponsorship of more artistic events, a group of people formed Ocracoke Alive. As a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization it hopes to sponsor more events, and to encourage more island artists, musicians, and educators to partner together to bring artistic and cultural events to our island community.

You can learn more about Ocracoke Alive here:,

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Odd question time! If you want to ship something UPS or Fedex from Ocracoke, where do you do that?

  2. Grant (that's our UPS driver) says to either call UPS or flag him down as he drives by.

  3. Anonymous7:44 PM

    I love this blog. I grew up vacationing in the outer banks every summer. I was last there in 2009 and miss it so much. I have fond memories of your beautiful island. Please tell me where do the teens on the island attend high school?

  4. Ocracoke School goes from pre-K to 12th grade. The school is at the circle, close to the Methodist Church.

  5. Anonymous1:28 AM

    Is there not a USPS good old fashioned post office on the OI ?? old fashioned, as Congress has ham strung the po in the early 20th century. Don't ya'all love the OI post mark on all those cards and letters you send home?? cheap souvenirs -- free advertising for OI. I see tons of post cards in the antique malls-- future generations will not know what a 21st century stamp was and what hand written script looked like ====and what wonders of the world were popular when will someone think 46= cents is that a great price to send a letter a real bargain. Oh but so much personal effort I don't have the energy But I spend a dollar on a paper boot at the markt to support a " good cause'