Saturday, November 05, 2011

Wind & OcraFolk School Photos

Friday afternoon the wind started blowing...25, 30, 35 mph, and it continued throughout the night, with gusts up to 45 - 50 mph. First the state suspended the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferry runs...then the Hatteras runs. It is another one of those times when living 20+ miles from the mainland and being unable to leave the island reminds us of how little control we have over nature. It can be exhilarating.

On to another subject: Even though I don't take many pictures, family and friends often do. Below are three photos from this year's OcraFolk School.

First is Cat Farley fixing something scrumptious in the cooking class. Because David was the teaching assistant, Lachlan showed up one day. He is examining the goods:

(Photo by Theresa Adams, a student in the photography class.)

Ann Ehringhaus, the Photography Class teacher, took the next two photos. The first is the Sampler Class relaxing on the porch of the Roy Robinson House at Portsmouth Island. First inhabited by the Coast Guard Captain Roy Robinson, this house originally stood near the Life Saving Station, and was moved to its present location with log rollers and a horse. Ann has leased the house for several years.

This next photo is the entire School standing on the porch and in front of the Soundfront Inn.

You can click on any photo to view a larger image.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article written by my Uncle Marvin in 1954. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Thanks, Philip, for the weather update and answering my questions concerning the wind/rain from a previous blog. Hold on to your hat!

    Loved the photos! It appears all were having a grand time. Lachlan knows when to get involve. He's a handsome little fellow.

    Hope the winds will let up soon and the ferry system will be back in business.

    Oh, it seems like a good time to look for shells in a day or two!

  2. I just talked with some visitors who said they came over on the Hatteras ferry this morning.

  3. Anonymous11:40 AM

    That's great news!

  4. Anonymous3:06 PM

    An other island makes headlines. A woman in Honolulu was arrested for failing to pay for a sandwich she ate while "shopping" at the market. She forgot she ate the sandwich?? Since OI is an island and people visit from all around the world do your readers think it is okay to eat items at the market (not free samples) and be outraged if asked to pay. Consumers that fail to engage in this "accepted " practice of eating while shopping--- I don't get it what a bunch of free loaders and the big chain stores look the other way-- Mom or pop would show them the way.. No wonder food costs go up I am paying for food someone else did'nt pay for-

  5. they were going to pay for it. they kept the wrapper but forgot when the checked out. They were
    both were arrested and their little girl was taken away for 18 hours. she is very pregnant and was needing to eat in a hurry. Safeway has aplogized and all is ok. It may not be a good practice, but the ordeal did not fit the "crime"

  6. Julie S.3:46 PM

    I didn't realize you could lease houses on Portsmouth. How does one go about doing that? Just came back from a WINDY week at OI. As usual, thanks for the wonderful blog. So enjoy reading it!

  7. I have heard that the Park Service may not continue the leasing program any longer. In the past, folks who leased a house were required to maintain it. I believe the Park Service is planning to accept responsibility for maintaining all of the structures when the leases expire...but, of course, that may change.

  8. Anonymous6:34 PM

    when the lease expires ???you mean there are people maintaining er living in structures as we speak-- as we speak on PI today?? People are living in the houses and painting and repairing the structures right now??? that is worth writing about did they write a daily journal ?? who would want to do such a thing??? and how did they deal with the isolation???

  9. Anonymous6:45 PM

    she forgot she was hungry and she forgot she ate a sandwich -- will another new mom forget the child sleeping in the car seat and forget to drop the child off at day care only to find the child at the end of the day still in the car seat. was the sandwich a footlong sub with a drink and chips was the sandwich a wrap ? an egg salad on whole wheat bread? really --she was hungry and needed to eat in a hurry --I guess she was in a hurry --she walked around the store to eat the sandwich --- she was in a hurry that justifies everything ---thanks for putting me straight

  10. No one is living on Portsmouth Island. However, a very few people have leases on houses which they use occasionally. They may go over to Portsmouth and spend a night or two...maybe even a week. It is very difficult to maintain a house on Portsmouth. Weather is hard on structures over there...and it is not easy to transport lumber, paint, tools, etc. to the island. Plus, you need a generator in order to use any power tools. And that means transporting fuel. Of course, you also have to take all of your supplies -- food, water, clothes, etc. No one stays over there long.

  11. Anonymous8:24 PM

    It takes a lot of "grit" to survive on Portsmouth Island. I am intrigued with that little island, but confess, I would miss electricity and other modern least for a long period of time.