Beginning January 1, Amy Howard assumes the position of Village Craftsmen’s new manager. As many of our readers already know, Jude Brown, our current manager, is retiring at the end of the year, and will be moving to Maryland.
Amy is a native of Ocracoke Island, and is the daughter of Julie Howard and Philip Howard (owner of Village Craftsmen). Amy graduated from Ocracoke School and Appalachian State University. She has lived in Berlin, Germany, Maryland, Colorado, and California. Two decades ago she returned to settle in her island hometown. Amy is married to David Tweedie (“Fiddler Dave” of the Molasses Creek band), and they have one son, Lachlan.
Amy comes to us from the Ocracoke Preservation Society, where she has served as their museum manager for the last four years. Amy has a wealth of knowledge about Ocracoke history & culture and about her own island ancestry which she traces to William Howard, colonial owner of Ocracoke Island.
Amy is committed to continuing Village Craftsmen’s 46-year tradition of offering fine quality American handcrafts to island residents and visitors. Your favorite artists and craftsmen will be represented, as usual, but also look for some exciting new craft items in the coming year. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page and this blog regularly to keep up-to-date with island culture, history, & stories…and to learn about new items, events, and promotions Amy will be working on during the coming year.
Amy is creative, knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to bringing her many talents to Village Craftsmen. We are looking forward to an exciting new year!
Although we will be closed from January until mid-March, 2017, be sure to stroll down Howard Street during your next on-season visit to the island, and stop in Village Craftsmen to enjoy our large selection of quality American crafts and to congratulate Amy on her new position. We always look forward to seeing you!
Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1938 article about Capt. Gary Bragg, waterfowl hunting, and wooden decoy carving. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112116.htm.