Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pot Holders

Back in the early 1970s I taught school on the island. It was fun, but often a challenge, especially because Kathy and Rena Dell were in my class. Many mornings they would walk into the classroom, plop down in a chair and sigh.

"Philip Howard, we're wore out," they would announce. I never wanted to know why!

Of course, daily interactions with Kathy, Rena Dell, and the rest of the students was a great experience. Over the years we've joked and carried on about one thing or another. Kathy continues to tease me that I once promised to invite her and Rena Dell to my house for a dinner of barbecued chicken necks.

Kathy is now married to Tommy Hutcherson who owns and operates the Variety Store. A few days ago Kathy grabbed my arm and led me over to a display of pot holders she recently had printed. "If you buy one of my pot holders for Lou Ann," she announced, trying to bribe me, "you won't have to make me those chicken necks."

Well, I did buy a pot holder. And you can, too. They come in blue and green, and have a recipe for delicious Ocracoke Island fish cakes printed on them. They are only $5.99, a great buy!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of a few traditional Ocracoke Island recipes. You can read it here:


  1. Are they sold online?

  2. I think the pot holders are only sold in the Variety Store.

  3. Wish I had my new pot holder here in Indiana today as I am baking Donald Davis' bread!

  4. Lou Ann, I wish you were here in our Ocracoke kitchen baking bread, and using your new pot holder!

  5. I wish I was in Ocracoke staying out of the storm, smelling Lou Ann's bread baking in Philip's kitchen...anticipating going to buy a pot holder for myself when the rain stops! Wherever you are, hope you stay dry today til Beryl goes away...

  6. Anonymous3:35 PM

    It has been POURING here in Manteo for the past 2 1/2 hours or so. Torrential rain blowing sideways from every direction. This is Irene quantity rain (hopefully it won't last that long though).

    Hope everyone is safe & sound in Ocracoke!

  7. Anonymous5:01 PM

    I hope that Rt. 12 is passable tomorrow when a friend and I come down for the OcraFolk Festival. Everytime that I check out the forecast for this weekend, it changes. None the less, I'm looking forward to coming down.

    TTFN, Bear Mac Donald

  8. Anonymous7:01 AM

    I love the potholder idea.


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