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Lighthouse Open

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 04:09
This summer, in June & July, National Park Service volunteer, Lou Ann Homan, will open the Ocracoke lighthouse on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm for viewing.



















Although visitors will not be allowed to climb the tower (the steep ladder at the top of the spiral staircase, narrow passageways, and cramped quarters around the Fresnel lens in the 191 year old structure were designed only for a professional keeper), they will have an opportunity to step inside the lighthouse, examine the 5' thick brick walls, and gaze up to the top of the stairs.

Fresnel Lens


















Visitors will also have a chance to chat with Lou Ann who will be able to answer questions about the history and construction of this iconic symbol of Ocracoke village. Be sure to join her there if you are on the island on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.
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Kerosene Lantern

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 05:00
Two days ago I wrote about the bronze pitcher that was used to heat oil for the lamp in the lighthouse (and for those of our readers curious about why the oil needed to be heated, please return to that post and read the comments).

Below are photos of the lighthouse keeper's hand-held kerosene lantern. This would have been what the keeper carried with him to light his way as he mounted the steps to the lighthouse's lantern room.



















The close-up shows the lettering on the base of the lantern, which stands for United States Light House Service:














Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.  
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Graduation

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 05:10
On Sunday ten students graduated from Ocracoke School. They are Adam Carter, Carlos DeLao, Alma Flores, Amanda Gaskins, Zoe Huppert, Logan Jenkins, Kade Nagakane, Wyatt Norris, Andrew Tillett, and Alin Villanueva. Village Craftsmen extends hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2014!

Sundae Horn has written an article in the Ocracoke Current that includes a photo of the seniors and a transcript of Andrew Tillett's valedictory address. You can read it here: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/89363.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm
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Oil Pitcher

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 04:20
Several days ago I was visiting a neighbor, and he showed me this antique bronze pitcher that was used for heating oil in the Ocracoke lighthouse lamp before lighting the wick. This would have been used until 1929 when the lighthouse was electrified.[This correction was posted June 18: the warming pitcher was probably discontinued soon after 1877 when kerosene was substituted for lard oil. See my comment at 9:52 AM, below.]




















With a magnifying glass I was able to read the embossed name of the manufacturer: "A. Gruet & CiF Paris 11 Ple St. Sebastie."

 A July 5th, 1884 letter from Boston resident, T.H. Bartlett to the editors of American Architect and Architecture, Vol 16, has this to say about the A. Gruet foundry: "There is one founder in Paris, A. Gruet, Jne., who as a nobleman as well as founder, is alone sufficient to sustain the reputation of France as a country where great work in bronze-casting is kept in an enviable state of perfection."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.  
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Women's Arm Wrestling

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 04:37
Yet again our local radio station, WOVV, will be sponsoring Women's Arm Wrestling. The event is scheduled for this Thursday, June 19 at the Beachcomber Campground. The contests begin at 7 pm. For more information, chick on this link: http://www.hydecountync.gov/news_and_information/docs/WOVV_womens_arm_wreslting_June_19.pdf.

A few images from 2012:



















As you can see, the costumes are always creative, elaborate, and quirky. Of course, the enthusiasm and excitement is palpable. Come on out for a fun evening's entertainment...and to contribute to a good cause.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.
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Nets

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 04:35
Commercial fishing is alive and well on Ocracoke, as demonstrated by this photo of local nets I took not long ago.















Whenever you are on the island be sure to stop by the Ocracoke Fish House for fresh, local seafood. It doesn't get any better than that!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm
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Passion

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 04:41
Can you even imagine this comment from a plumber: "I've been working hard all week, but some of my plumber friends are getting together this evening to dig up a septic field just for enjoyment. I think I'll stop by and join in the fun. We won't be getting paid, but, hey, it will be a jolly good time!"

Or this one from a doctor: "A few colleagues are coming over to the house tonight. We're going to have some snacks and a few cold ones. Then we're going to unpack a realistic dummy and pretend we're operating. We've got IV tubes, heart monitors...an entire faux operating room in the basement. This isn't about working towards a degree, or certification. We just love our work so much we want to keep at it in our spare time. Come on over about 6 o'clock. We'll be 'operating' until at least midnight."

But something very similar happens every year...on Sunday evening of the OcraFolk Festival. That's when many of the musicians who have traveled to Ocracoke from afar, and who have worked all weekend providing lively and spirited performances, gather at my house for a final jam session.

Photo Courtesy of Lou Ann Homan













These talented folks come together just for the sheer delight of making music. They bring their guitars, fiddles, dobros, basses, keyboards, and drums...and play until after midnight. In the photo above five fiddlers (Dave, Rob, Libby, Ben, & Cassie) join together for a spontaneous and rousing burst of fast-paced tunes that brought cheers from their fellow musicians. 

It's their passion for music that sustains these wonderful people. We are so fortunate to have them in our lives.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.  
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A Good Omen

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 04:45
In case you are triskaidekaphobic, here is some good news for this Friday the 13th. Although I had not seen many toads on the island recently (I believe most of them were drowned in hurricane high tides in the last several years), I have noticed several along the Hammock Hills Nature Trail earlier this month.



















It is good to see these amphibians looking robust. I believe they are a sign of a healthy environment.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.  
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs