Thursday, July 31, 2014

Creative Arts Program, 1974

The August 2, 1974 issue of The Carolina Beachcomber ran a photo of Ocracoke's Methodist minister, Jimmy Creech, and a brief article about the Creative Arts Program Jimmy initiated.

Jimmy Creech, 1974

"Popular preacher Jimmy Creech of Ocracoke Island, leader of the creative arts program for the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, is excited about two coming attractions. First, Ira David Wood, executive director of Stage '75 drama production group of Raleigh, will be a guest artist. 'A truly professional artist in dramatics, having starred several years in 'The Lost colony' as Old Tom and Sir Walter Raleigh, David brings to us an acting talent rich in perception and vitality,' Jimmy said. Attraction number two is well-known pottery craftswoman, Alice Proctor."

Ocracoke's tradition of theater, crafts, and music continues. Be sure to seek out shows and performances whenever you are on the island.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:12 AM

    It is unfortunate that a talented ceramics artist garnered only one sentence. If modern day people are spoiled by mass produced dishes, cups and bowls it explains the lack of appreciation for the potter. I suppose if Mr. Rogers had a Picture Picture film of a Chinese dinner ware factory production line showing us the stages of production... or one can visit You Tube and watch a folksy Simon Leach find his center on the pottery wheel. Next time One visits a craft show one may buy a bowl to serve your favorite meal from because it is handmade buy someone you met. Support the arts and spend 35 dollars on a bowl.

  2. Tom in Plano, TX10:55 AM

    When I lived in Cary, NC, I was an annual member of Ira David Wood's Theatre in the Park. They always put on excellent stuff.

  3. Anonymous5:57 PM

    One may also buy nice pottery at the Village Craftsmen...or at least you could in the past. Philip, I'm not sure what your stock will look like now. It appears that you have angered the pottery community with a reprint of a forty year old article.