Many readers of this blog know Jude Brown. Jude began working at Village Craftsmen in 1993, soon after moving to Ocracoke from the Shenandoah Valley of Virgina.
Jude is a native of Lewiston, New York, attended the University of Buffalo and Shenandoah University, has two grown children, and lives on the island with her husband Frank. Frank owned and operated Natural Selections, the clothing store on School Road, for several years.
For the past eleven years Jude has served as Village Craftsmen’s manager. If you have not met her, it is probably because she typically works in the back office, choosing and ordering craft items, paying bills, managing employees, and taking care of various other details of the business. As time permits, she works at the counter helping staff wait on customers.
Jude will be retiring at the end of this year. She and Frank are planning to move to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Jude has been a dedicated and resourceful manager, ensuring that Village Craftsmen continues its long-standing mission of representing the best local, regional, and national craftspeople who provide our gallery with excellent American handcrafts, including pottery, glass, wood, and metal items of the finest quality.
We will miss Jude as she and Frank set off for new adventures. As the new year begins, Village Craftsmen, a vibrant and robust craft gallery, is poised to offer more of the best of American handcrafts in the coming year.
Amy Howard, Ocracoke native and presently Administrator of the Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum, will be assuming the position of Manager of Village Craftsmen beginning January 1, 2017.
Look for more information about Amy tomorrow.
Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1938 article about Capt. Gary
Bragg, waterfowl hunting, and wooden decoy carving. You can read it