Tuesday, July 07, 2015


What fun we had on the 4th! Even though we didn't get out to the beach for the sand castle contest (we were busy getting our float ready), we did enjoy some of the other activities, including the old car display, Donald Davis' storytelling, the Ocracoke square dance, and, of course, the parade.

Mickey Roberston of Teach's Hole Pirate Shop took this photo of us just before the parade started.

Left to right are: David from the Paparazzi Press, Sir Garrett our trumpeter, Princess LouAnnia, Prince Felipe, George Roberson (an innocent bystander), and, in front, our Secret Service Agent, Jim.

Because we were in the parade (by the way, we won 3rd place in the "floats" division) we didn't take any photos. However, the Ocracoke Current published their annual July 4th article: "Parade: Piratical and Patriotic."  There you can read more, and see some great photos of Bones the Pirate (he won the "Better Some Best in Show" award), as well as other award winning entries.

We hope you had a wonderful July 4th celebration, either here on the island, in your home town, or in some other location.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter relates the story of the prohibition-era rum runner Messenger of Peace that brought much pleasure to the residents of Portsmouth. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062115.htm.


  1. Here's the link to the article in the Ocracoke Current; enjoy!

    1. Robb, sorry the link was configured wrong. I fixed it about 8:30. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous1:00 AM

    It is not a laughing matter when people are injured in a fireworks accident. I am so glad OI decided not to spend $ 37,000 on fireworks and $13,000 on a barge to launch them from. County governments do not have money to burn. However there are plenty of stories on the internet about individuals "celebrating" and suffering from their judgement.