Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Fundraising Party

On Sunday evening from 5-7 pm Alan and Cary hosted a gathering of folks at the "Kugler Cottage" on Pamlico Sound. Everyone was there to cheer on the repair project for the skipjack Wilma Lee. As many of our readers know, the Wilma Lee was damaged during Hurricane Arthur, and a fundraising campaign is underway to pay the expenses (about $18,000) not covered by insurance. You can learn more about the Wilma Lee, Ocracoke Alive, and the fundraising effort here:  http://www.ocrafolkfestival.org.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Edward and Susan Norvel (pictured in the above photo with David Tweedie, President of Ocracoke Alive) have offered to match up to $5,000 in individual donations. Additional donations are still needed to pay for repairs. You can make a donation here.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082114.htm. 


  1. Philip, you might want to double-check that link. It did not work for me.

  2. I was referring to the link to the donation page.

  3. It is still not working on my end. Your link navigates me to a page that states "Sorry — your last action could not be completed." I replicated the process using a link of my own, i.e., by navigating to the donation page and then cutting and pasting that link into another browser. Long, boring technical version short, I think this is a security feature designed to prevent fraud. Probably best to just send people to the Ocracoke Alive donation page and have them click on the "Skipjack Wilma Lee" button, second one down in the lefthand column.


    1. Thanks again, Kevin. The link worked right after I changed it, but then didn't work again. So I have made the link go to the Wilma Lee page. From there you can click on the "Donate" button. Or...your link above works, also.

    2. Kevin2:54 PM

      I threw in my little bit. Here's hoping Captain Rob and the Wilma Lee are on the water in time for Talk Like a Pirate Day! That would be marrrrrrvelous!

  4. Phillip, The fundraiser was in such a great setting and nice to see you and other friends again. Denise and I drove there from Waves, especially for the occasion. Having crewed on the skipjack, Virginia W in '82 and '83, I realize the extent of care that these magnificent vessels require. My very best wishes to all dedicated to preserving this unique piece of history.
    I'll be sure to bookmark your informative blog and pass it around.