|Photo by Peter Vankevich, October, 2015|
I happened to be in Berlin on December 8, which was Blanche's 96th birthday. Unfortunately, she stumbled and fell five days earlier, and broke a bone in her leg. Surgery to repair the break was successful, and she is currently undergoing rehab in Nags Head. Amy and I stopped to visit her on my way back from the airport last week. She was in good spirits, and hoped to return home as soon as she is able.
I know Blanche would enjoy receiving belated birthday cards, get well cards, and/or congratulatory cards while she is mending. You can send her a card at P O Box 176, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Be assured, the cards will be delivered to Blanche in Nags Head.
The latest issue of The Mullet Wrapper, Ocracoke Preservation Society's Newsletter, included this information about Blanche:
"We are pleased to announce that Blanche Howard Jolliff is our 2015 Ocracoke Cultural Herigage Award recipient. This award was created to honor the people or organizations that have been active in preserving the unique qualities of Ocracoke's history and culture.... [Blanche] has always had a strong interest in the past and a remarkable memory for stories she has heard; down to minute details such as what day of the weed the incident occurred or what color shoes someone was wearing.
"In addition to her vast store of knowledge about Ocracoke history and people, she has a kind generosity and graciousness that endears her to everyone she interacts with.... Because she has been so interested in Ocracoke history since she was a young girl, she knows not only the stories from her lifetime, but also the stories of her parents and grandparents. And, because of her copious notes to go along with these stories, much of Ocracoke's cultural life and history has been preserved for future generations...."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112115.htm.