Technically, Twelfth Night was Thursday, January 5. But last night, from 4pm to 6pm, Leonard and Beverly Meeker hosted their annual Twelfth Night party. Their house on Pamlico Sound was packed with friends and neighbors, some in elaborate costumes ready to act out the old Norse story of Balder, Frigga, Loki, & Mistletoe (and a few other characters whose names I can't remember, but whose costumes and acting were stellar). The presentation began with the singing of the traditional Twelfth Night carol, Deck the Halls, accompanied by the actors holding aloft freshly cut yaupon branches and marching around the dining room table (which was piled with smoked salmon, roast beef, cheeses, crackers, and veggies). Our Jeopardy celebrity, Charles Temple, had the role of narrator. Early in the narration we bystanders were instructed to assault Balder with ping pong balls and paper airplanes (I think you had to be there!). It was quite the raucous affair.
Following the presentation everyone hoisted their wine glasses to toast our performers and our hosts. A pot of eggnog was brought out as guests turned to conversation, laughter, and camaraderie. I scanned the room and realized that I knew everyone present. What a wonderful winter's night get together.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112111.htm.