Renew Yourself at Ocracoke Island's "Ocrafolk School," October 23-28, 2011!
Every year, travelers retreat to the pristine beaches of the Pearl of the Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island, NC for fun, relaxation, and renewal. But come the last week of October there is yet another great reason to journey to this remote destination. The Ocrafolk School!
This fall retreat for grownups is accepting registrations for its fifth year of week-long workshops and activities for adults. Classes with space still available are "Island Cooking" w/chef Debbie Wells, "The Ocracoke Sampler" w/local historian Philip Howard, Capt. Rob Temple and Ranger Dave Frum, "English Paper Piecing (hand pieced quilting)" w/Debbie Block , and "Exploring Ocracoke Music" w/Gary Mitchell of the band Molasses Creek. This year's other offering, "Island Photography" with Ann Ehringhaus, is full and currently taking registrations on a waiting-list-only basis. All classes are limited to 6-8 students, and the registration deadline is Oct. 3.
Debbie Wells is a local chef of renown, originator of Ocracoke's popular "Back Porch Restaurant" (featured in Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, The New York Times, and the Washington Post). Her "Island Cooking" class will emphasize local seafood, other meats, some old-time Ocracoke specialties, vegetables, 'Mexican day' with guest chef Eduardo and elegant desserts, and will include a visit to the local fish house and a clamming trip.
"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 from Debbie Block, 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.
Ocracoke Island is known for having quite a vibrant music scene. In the "Exploring Ocracoke Music" class, students will spend the week 'behind the scenes' with Gary Mitchell of the band Molasses Creek (award winners from A Prairie Home Companion) exploring and visiting the musicians, rehearsals, recording studios, history, venues and local radio that make it all happen. No musical experience is necessary, but certainly welcome.
Philip Howard, eighth generation islander, joins Capt. Rob Temple and ranger Dave Frum to bring alive Ocracoke history in the "Ocracoke Sampler" class. Students will hear island stories, see fifty-year-old Ocracoke home movies, be guided through ancient family cemeteries, read original Life Saving Service shipwreck logs, sail on the schooner Windfall 2, sing sea-chanteys, listen to traditional ghost tales, tour a preserved maritime forest, and much more.
The school, which began in 2007, is held yearly the last full week of October and includes workshops exploring island history, culture, food, art, music and crafts through hands-on activities. In addition to the classes, students participate in group meals, music and other events throughout the course of the week. The Ocrafolk School is sponsored by the private non-profit "Ocracoke Alive".
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 252-928-4280 or visit http://www.ocrafolkschool.org/.
Hope you can join us for a great week together this fall!
Gary Mitchell (director)
PO Box 596
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082111.htm