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Genealogy & Island History

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 05:14
A couple of weeks ago a reader asked if any of my grandchildren were interested in island history and genealogy. My oldest granddaughter, Zoe, periodically asks for information about our ancestors. And, this summer, my oldest grandson, Eakin, was on the island (you may have seen him selling his birdhouses along NC 12). He was interested in knowing about our family history. One afternoon we rode our bikes around the village, visiting graves of long-departed ancestors. Lou Ann took this photo of Eakin and me at the kitchen table perusing Earl O'Neal's book about the Howard family of Ocracoke.













Last month the Ocracoke Preservation Society hosted a get-together on the front porch of the museum to celebrate Earl O'Neal's 85th birthday. Family and friends gathered to wish Earl a Happy Birthday, and to chat with him about island history and his on-going research.


















Earl has contributed an unprecedented volume of local research about our community: history, stories, photographs, documents, and extensive genealogies of several island families.

Thank you, Earl! And belated birthday greetings.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm
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Charlie Mac

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:30
On July 15 I published a photo of a Canada Goose a reader believed had been carved by Ocracoke native Charles MacWilliams (Charlie Mac). Not long afterwards I was visiting Cousin Blanche, and the conversation turned to bird carving. Blanche mentioned that she had one of Charlie Mac's birds that was carved from a mast of the schooner, Carroll A. Deering. The decoy is not signed, but Blanche purchased it directly from Charlie Mac.

Blanche was gracious enough to allow me to make a photo of the Mallard carving:














Charlie Mac often included a typed note with these decoys that read, "The wood in this hand-carved decoy came from one of the five masts of the schooner Carroll A. Deeering, wrecked in a great storm on Diamond Shoals off Cape Hatteras more than forty years ago [the Deering wrecked in 1921]. After she had been dynamited, one section of this famous Ghost Ship was driven ashore at Ocracoke Island in another storm, where I salvaged a mast. I carved this body from the mast, carved the head out of a natural driftwood knee found on the beach, and then painted the decoy."

Below is one of Charlie Mac's signed decoys from my personal collection...but it was not carved from a mast of the Carroll A. Deering. However, the resemblance in style is noticeable.














It is difficult to tell of the goose pictured on July 15 was carved by Charlie Mac. Perhaps it was...or maybe not.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Fig Cake Bake-Off

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:13
As most of our readers know, Hurricane Arthur was not kind to our planned Fourth of July Celebration. But Ocracokers are a resilient bunch of people. Several of the cancelled activities have been re-scheduled.

Next Friday, August 15, 2014, from 3-5 pm the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association will host a Fig Cake Bake-Off. Bring your cake to the Community Square.

There will be two award categories: Traditional and Innovative.

Fig Cake by Island Visitor, Bear MacDonald















At 6pm I will be calling a traditional Ocracoke Island Square Dance. Molasses Creek will provide live music.  Fig Cake Bake-Off Awards and Announcements are scheduled for 7 pm, followed by a  Dance with the Ocracoke Rockers 8-10pm!

You can read more on the Ocracoke Current: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/89983.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm.   
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Lou Ann

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:13
Every summer Lou Ann shares her enthusiasm for life, her storytelling talents, and her love of Ocracoke with islanders and visitors. You may have met her working at the Preservation Museum, presenting her "Radio Show" at the Wednesday night Opry, sharing stories & history at the lighthouse, or leading an evening Ghost and History Walk.

At the Lighthouse














Starting in mid-August Lou Ann will be in the Midwest, performing an original show at the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix Theatre 749 N Park Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you are in that area, Lou Ann invites you to her new show, City Girl Meets Mother Earth.

Even if you have never raised a garden, cooked on a wood stove or ridden a pig, you will be delighted with her, "What was I thinking?" story. This is Lou Ann's third season with IndyFringe.

Performances are scheduled as follows:
  • Friday-Aug 15-6:00pm 
  • Saturday-Aug 16-10:30pm 
  • Tuesday-Aug 19-9:00pm 
  • Thursday-Aug 21-7:30pm 
  • Saturday-Aug 23-9:00pm 
  • Sunday-Aug 24-3:00pm
Of course we miss Lou Ann, and everything she brings to Ocracoke...but our loss is Indiana's gain. And, we know that she will be back again, full of energy and enthusiasm, sharing her love of Ocracoke in her unique fashion.

You can follow Lou Ann on her web site:  www.louannhoman.com.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm

Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

National Lighthouse Day

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:30
Thursday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day, but special programs in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park start tomorrow.

Photo by Eakin Howard












Programs include: 
  • August 6th, 5 pm - The Oldest Lighthouse: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Learn how this tower is truly part of the Ocracoke community and get a peek inside the base of the tower. Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Parking is very limited. We recommend that you walk, bike, or be dropped off. (30 mins) 
  • August 7th, 1 pm & 4 pm - The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse--Why is it Here: Have you ever wondered why this lighthouse was built on a remote barrier island? Learn about the storied history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its purpose. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. (20 mins) 
  • August 7th, 3 pm - A Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone on a narrow ribbon of sand, it serves as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast. Learn more about the U.S. Lighthouse Service and of what life was like for the Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers and their families. Meet on the front porch of the Bodie Island Visitor Center. (30 mins) 
All programs are free and open to all.

For more information, click here:  http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/92048.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs