Thursday, December 08, 2016

Kite Riding

The weather last week was super...and provided just the right opportunity for creative play. Thatcher Mines, who is spending several months on Ocracoke this winter with his family, went to the dump and salvaged various bicycle parts and other components to adapt a skateboard and construct a "kite trike" with his children. Here are several photos of them "kite-riding" down the winter beach.










 











You can see more photos and two videos of their project here.

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.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

House Tour Photos

This past Saturday OPS hosted an Ocracoke Christmas House Tour. Although only two house were on the tour, both are contributing structures in the Ocracoke Historic District, and there was considerable interest in seeing the interiors.

Blue Harbor, built in 1913 and renovated last year, was originally the home of Leonard and Aretta Williams.

Photo Courtesy Ocracoke Current












The Captain Bill Thomas & Eliza Gaskill Thomas house (more recently called the Barksdale Cottage) was built in 1899. Very little has changed in the last 117 years.

Philip Howard Photo



















Click here for more information about the houses: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/144329.

And click here for photos of the interiors of the houses: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-Craftsmen/185596684826166 (Village Craftsmen's Facebook Page).

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

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Notices

Ocracoke islanders do not have home mail delivery, so we make regular trips to the Post Office. The bulletin board in the lobby always includes notices of items for sale, addresses of neighbors in the hospital, public announcements, and so forth. The other day I noticed these two cards, a consequence of Hurricane Matthew. Just another reminder of where we live.












In case you are having trouble reading the notices, this is what they say:

"Boardwalk/Dock in marsh by my house. If you claim it or want it call Pat."

"Floated Away on Oyster Creek    2 - Cedar Adirondack Rockers   1- 2' X 4' X 1' high exterior wood cocktail table  Found - 3 Large Planter Pots  Please call:"

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1938 article about Capt. Gary Bragg, waterfowl hunting, and wooden decoy carving. You can read it here: ht:tp://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112116.htm.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Whales

Beginning in late November, folks out walking our beach are occasionally rewarded with whale sightings. I have talked with several people who have seen whales off shore lately. One afternoon my companions and I saw a pod of whales quite a distance away. The spray from their blowholes and their backs briefly breaking the surface were unmistakable signs of whales. But they were too far away for photos. Just this past weekend another pd of whales was sighted just south of the airstrip.

This photo was taken several years ago. A right whale (I think that's what it was) was just beyond the breakers. I walked along with it for about a mile. 



















Whales were hunted along the Outer Banks many years ago. For more information click here.  And, if you are walking on the beach this winter, be sure to cast your eyes out to sea. You might be one of the lucky ones who see these magnificent creatures.

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.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Landlord's Invitation

On Tuesday's blog post I included a link to my Ocracoke Newsletter about Sam Jones. In the Newsletter I mentioned the "Landlord's Invitation" which Sam had printed at the top of his stationery.





This might be easier to read: “Here’s to Pa’ nds Pen Das’ OCI alh OURin ha! RMLes, Smirt ha ND Fun le TFRIE nd’s HIPRE ign B eju ST an DKIN –dan Devils PEAK of N’ one.”

An anonymous reader left this comment on my blog post: "I have been waiting for Mr. Jones' Landlord's Invitation to be discussed and explained."

Maybe one of our other readers can shed light on this Invitation. If we don't get a response by later in the day I will explain it in a comment. 

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.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Holiday Cheer

Off-season visitors to Ocracoke are often surprised at the many activities here, especially in November and December. Below are events scheduled between now and Christmas. This list does not include various music and open house events at selected island businesses. Please check the Ocracoke Current and the Ocracoke Observer for more information.

If you are on the island in December, you are invited to attend all of the events.


















  • December 3.....OPS Historic Houses Tour, 3 pm
  • December 4.....Library Cookie Swap, 2 pm
  • December 6.....Community Tree Lighting & Wassail Party, 4 pm at OPS
  • December 10....Community Christmas Concert, 7 pm
  • December 11....Assembly of God Christmas Program, 7 pm
  • December 15....Ocracoke School Holiday Program, 7 pm
  • December 17....Community Christmas Potluck at the Oyster Co., 6 pm
  • December 21....Christmas Caroling, 5 pm
  • December 24....Christmas Eve Service, Ocracoke Methodist Church, 7 pm
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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Riddle

My friend Al Scarborough stopped by several days ago to pose a riddle for me based on an observation he'd just made.

"Philip," he said, "can you tell me a feature that is built into every modern automobile but is seldom used? However Ocracoke islanders, and even many visitors, use this feature routinely?"

Can you guess the answer to the riddle? If you think you know,  please leave a comment.

If no one solves the riddle by the end of the day I will post a clue in the comments section.

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