Saturday, June 14, 2014


Can you even imagine this comment from a plumber: "I've been working hard all week, but some of my plumber friends are getting together this evening to dig up a septic field just for enjoyment. I think I'll stop by and join in the fun. We won't be getting paid, but, hey, it will be a jolly good time!"

Or this one from a doctor: "A few colleagues are coming over to the house tonight. We're going to have some snacks and a few cold ones. Then we're going to unpack a realistic dummy and pretend we're operating. We've got IV tubes, heart entire faux operating room in the basement. This isn't about working towards a degree, or certification. We just love our work so much we want to keep at it in our spare time. Come on over about 6 o'clock. We'll be 'operating' until at least midnight."

But something very similar happens every year...on Sunday evening of the OcraFolk Festival. That's when many of the musicians who have traveled to Ocracoke from afar, and who have worked all weekend providing lively and spirited performances, gather at my house for a final jam session.

Photo Courtesy of Lou Ann Homan

These talented folks come together just for the sheer delight of making music. They bring their guitars, fiddles, dobros, basses, keyboards, and drums...and play until after midnight. In the photo above five fiddlers (Dave, Rob, Libby, Ben, & Cassie) join together for a spontaneous and rousing burst of fast-paced tunes that brought cheers from their fellow musicians. 

It's their passion for music that sustains these wonderful people. We are so fortunate to have them in our lives.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here:  


  1. Sounds like lots of fun. And if I had to pick a group among plumbers, doctors, and musicians, I'd go with the music every time!

  2. Anonymous4:58 PM

    Now I know why the shoemakers children run about barefoot. Now I know why the lifestyle gurus on TV that tell me how to do this or that have a staff of housekeepers, chefs and gardeners.

  3. Anonymous11:43 PM

    The love of music is a passion and a fabulous stress reliever! NC Mainlander wishes she was not nearly 200 miles away from Howard Street. One guesses your neighbors enjoyed a free concert!