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Village Craftsmen

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 04:45
Spring is almost here...and Village Craftsmen is now open for the season! As always, we offer only fine American made handcrafts.

Pewter Measuring Cups












Our current hours are:

Sunday.....10-2
Monday (Closed)
Tuesday - Saturday.....10-5

We specialize in traditional and utilitarian pottery, but we also carry a large selection of glassware, wooden items, kitchen utensils, jewelry, decorative pottery, and much more. Once again we've added new and exciting items for the spring. Don't miss visiting the first craft gallery on the island -- in business since 1970.

To see more items, click on the "Village Craftsmen Catalog" link on the right.

Hand Thrown Pottery Colander










On your next visit to the island, be sure to stroll down Howard Street, notice the historic homes & ancient live oaks, take a peek into our family graveyards, and browse the shelves of Village Craftsmen. 

We are looking forward to seeing friends again, both old and new.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
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Wahab Village Hotel

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 04:35
This is what Blackbeard's Lodge (originally Wahab Village Hotel) looked like in the 1950s:








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The first floor on one side was a movie theater; the other side was a roller skating rink!

This was in the days when movies were projected with reels of film. A full length movie required two full reels...but Ocracoke only had one projector. So there would be an intermission while the projectionist changed reels.

I remember watching a Science-Fiction movie one summer evening when I was a teenager. After intermission and dimming of the lights we looked up on the screen to see cowboys racing across the badlands on their horses. Someone had sent the wrong second reel. What an uproar from the audience!

Of course we were all given a refund...but I never did see the second half of the Sci-Fi movie.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
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Across the Inlet

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 04:41
I love going to Portsmouth village. On Monday I went with Donald & Merle and our off-island friends, Dick & Cheri. We could not have chosen a more perfect day.

Donald Austin carried us across. The water was "slick ca'm" as islanders say. Out in the Sound we passed several pods of dolphins. Dick took a few photos that I will share in another blog.

Although it was a little chilly out on the water, we warmed up as soon as we disembarked and started walking into the village. We spent more than four hours strolling along wooded paths and visiting the post office, the schoolhouse, the life saving station, and several homes. We lounged on the edge of the Salter house porch and enjoyed a picnic lunch before heading back down the dock to board our boat.

Here are a few photos:

Walking toward the Schoolhouse
An old Water Cistern
Where are the Students?
View of the Methodist Church from a Footpath
Henry Pigott's Tiny Cottage
Henry's Screenhouse

















































































Mark April 26 on your calendar. That's the date of the 2014 Portsmouth Island Homecoming. On Monday we had the island completely to ourselves. For Homecoming there will be hundreds of folks on Portsmouth.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.   
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Lifeguards

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 04:27
The superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has no plans to hire lifeguards for 2014!

A portion of Ocracoke's beach has been protected by lifeguards during the summer season for more than half a century. Now we are told that budget issues have prompted authorities to eliminate all lifeguards in the Seashore.

Sundae Horn has written an excellent article in the Ocracoke Current with more information. You can read it here: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/83509.

If you agree with a great many islanders and visitors to Ocracoke who want to keep lifeguards on our beach, please take a moment to contact the following elected representatives to voice your concerns.

Rep. Walter Jones’s Office:
202-225-3415
252-931-1003
Email: https://jones.house.gov/contact-me

Senator Kay Hagan's Office:
202-224-6342
252-754-0707
Email: www.hagan.Senate.gov/?p=contact

Senator Richard Burr's Office:
202-224-3154
910-251-1058
Email: http://www.burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Cape Hatteras National Seashore superintendent Barclay Trimble can be emailed here: barclay_trimble@nps.gov

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
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Wayne Teeter

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 04:28
I published this 1950s photo in September of 2012. Stanley Gaskins, in the white t-shirt, is standing with his left hand on the pony's neck. I am sitting astride the horse, and Wayne Teeter is posing in the striped shirt.  The picture was taken on Lawton Lane, in front of my grandmama's house. Of course, we are all barefooted.












When I came to Ocracoke for the summer, Stan, Wayne, and I spent many hours running around together -- exploring the woods at Springer's Point, swimming in the creek (Silver Lake), gigging for flounders in Pamlico Sound, messing about with ponies (I never did learn to ride very well), attending square dances, and generally getting into mischief. I was just two weeks older than Wayne.

Stan died several years ago.

This past Sunday morning, Wayne died unexpectedly. Wayne was a colorful native Ocracoker. In addition to serving in the Coast Guard, working as a commercial fisherman and operating local businesses (at one time he owned and operated Tradewinds Tackle Shop, Wayne's Fish House, and cultivated soft crabs in a homemade facility in his back yard), he served for a while as the island's county commissioner, and was active in the Assembly of God church. Wayne was outspoken, so you always knew where he stood on issues, but I never knew Wayne to speak his mind without a smile and good humor.Wayne was fond of stating that the biggest mistake of his life was quitting school in the 9th grade. "I should have quit in the 6th grade," he would say!

Wayne's funeral will be held this Friday at the Ocracoke Assembly of God at 11 a.m.

We will miss Wayne, an island icon for 69 years.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.   


Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Friendship

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 05:13
Mr. Walter (1885-1976) and Miss Armeda ("Meter" 1890-1977) O'Neal were close friends of my parents. I loved to visit their house. When they died their refrigerator was still propped up on cinder blocks.  They had put it there as a precaution when the storm tide from the 1944 hurricane was washing over the island. They also had a plaster cast of a two-headed turtle they had discovered years before. It was quite a curiosity for a youngster.

Mr. Walter O'Neal (in white hat) at his Store












Mr. Walter liked to take us to the beach to find sand dollars. On the way he often recited one of his favorite poems:

Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver -- these are gold
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.

Friendship that has stood the test
Of time and change are surely best.
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow  gray
Friendship never knows decay.

So 'midst old friends, tried and true,
Let us now our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die,
New friends must their place supply.

Cherish friendship in your breast--
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old,
Those are silver -- these are gold.

Sage advice from one old time O'cocker.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
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Warts

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 04:17
In 1972-1973 the Ocracoke High School yearbook staff collected traditional Ocracoke Island home remedies. The following three cures for warts sound like they came right out of the mouths of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn:

  • Take a bull rush and rub on your warts. Then put it back in the same hole you pulled it from
  • Take a glass of vinegar, and place a penny in it. Soak your wart a couple of times a day until it goes away
  • Steal your mama’s dish rag and bury it
It has been more than forty years since these remedies were collected. I wonder if any islanders alive can remember trying any of them.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Who, Whom

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 04:20
I know he (or she) is difficult to see...but that's the snowy owl perched on the top of a sand dune. So at least one of these fascinating creatures is still patrolling our beaches. The picture was taken with my smart phone about a week ago.















A few days after I took this photo I had a discussion with a neighbor about grammar. She then sent me this Sandra Boynton owl cartoon. Enjoy!



















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Concert on the Ferry

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 06:09
Last weekend I joined several other islanders in Swan Quarter for the annual "Music Across the Sound" performance. Some folks use the 2 1/2 hour ferry ride to read, nap, play cards, or catch up on work.

Fiddler Dave, Sundae, and Marcy used some of their time to rehearse for the performance.















If you are ever on the ferry with local musicians, don't be timid and walk away. Stay for a free concert.  You'll be glad you did.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Down East

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 05:37
On Wednesday I joined a small group of islanders for a visit to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harker's Island. I had been there once before, and was looking forward to another visit to view their first class exhibits.

Harker's Island is part of the coastal plain of North Carolina called "Down East." Their heritage and culture are very similar to ours on the Outer Banks. The museum is a large building with an impressive collection of decoys, work boats, quilts, and other artifacts that celebrate coastal North Carolina's maritime history...and the area's palpable sense of community.

Core Sound Museum
One of several Decoy Displays
A Traditional Wooden Skiff
Colorful Local Quilts
Cape Lookout Lighthouse




































































If you are traveling to or from Ocracoke by way of Cedar Island, be sure to make time to visit the Core Sound Museum. It is at the very end of Harker's Island (follow the green sign on Rte. 70 between Otway and Smyrna, to Harker's Island). You might even want to explore their hiking trails, visit other scenic landmarks, or take the passenger ferry across the sound to Cape Lookout. You can see the lighthouse from Harker's Island.

I can assure you from personal experience -- the museum is a "must stop" and well worth the extra time. 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm


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More Winter Shells

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 05:46
Whelks, scotch bonnets, olives...every once in a while, especially on the winter beach, we find a shell washed up in the surf. One day I stumbled upon this small whelk. It had just washed up. I left it for someone else to discover.















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Scallops

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 05:31
Seagulls love clams & scallops. They pluck them out of the shallows on the sound side of the island, carry them high into the air, and drop them on the hard ocean beach to break them open. Of course, gulls have learned that dropping their prizes on the road is even more effective.

If you are driving on Highway 12 watch out for broken shells. They can slice through a car tire!

Scallop Shell on the Beach















I have not heard that there will be a scallop season in 2014. But you can read about my 2002 experience scalloping here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news030302.htm.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Jule Garrish

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 05:42
Last Friday I posted a link to an article about Ocracoke's sense of community. The article by Ken McAlpine included his experience listening to island native, Jule Garrish, performing at a local concert.

Ken wrote, "Uncle Jule came up on stage and sat on a stool, hands folded neatly in his lap, a brown ball cap pulled low on his head. A man named Martin Garrish strummed a guitar beside him....Jule didn't move, but as Martin began to strum, a voice issued from between the brown ball cap and a red check shirt."

Just yesterday I discovered a 2009 YouTube video of Jule singing "Curly Headed Baby" with the Molasses Creek band. It was made on the Swan Quarter ferry, crossing Pamlico Sound.





Enjoy!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Little Nick

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:46
Amy recently loaned me a clever children's book, Der Kleine Nick und die Mädchen (Little Nick and the Girls, originally published as a series in French as Le Petit Nicolas). In the first story Nick invites Marie, the little girl next door, to join him and his friends (all boys) for an afternoon of hot chocolate and play. The boys are peeved because they "don't play with girls."

Out in the yard the boys engage in a series of immature contests -- eating a piece of cake as quickly as they can, walking on their hands, climbing trees, performing somersaults -- as Marie, with her doll, quietly and indifferently observes. When Marie's mother calls her home for her piano lesson, Nick comments that he and his friends hadn't been very nice to Marie. 

"We have hardly spoken to her, and we played as if she wasn't even there," he observes, unselfconsciously.

This story reminds me of Capt. Rob's engaging story about when he was in sixth grade and tossed a young girl's loafer into a tree. Rob describes his action as "a courting ritual only a 12 year old could understand."

Capt. Rob entertains the Ocracoke Opry audience on Wednesday evenings during the season. Be sure to put the Opry on your list of things to do on your next summer vacation. In addition to entertaining stories you will enjoy some of the best of our island music.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Beignets

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 06:01
Ocracoke native, Molly Lovejoy, is a sophomore at the University of New Orleans. In case you missed it, our June, 2012 Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcript of Molly's high school valedictory address.

Molly's parents, Dave & Karen, visited Molly a few months ago, and brought back several boxes of beignet mix. I was the lucky recipient of one box. Last Sunday afternoon I decided to fry up a couple of batches of these delicious French donuts.
















Of course, I had more than I could eat...so I carried a few to Amy, David & Lachlan; several to cousin Blanche; and some to Karen & Dave. Even so, I ate more than my fair share. But they were definitely "good some," as O'cockers would say!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.  
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Scotch Bonnet

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 06:06
While walking along the surf a couple of days ago I stumbled upon two small, gray, but complete scotch bonnets. It's always fun to find whole shells, especially the scotch bonnet, North Carolina's official state seashell.

Scotch Bonnet
Can you find the bonnet?































Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Community

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:44
Ken McAlpine is a writer who lives in California. In the fall of 2004 he visited Ocracoke as he was traveling up the East Coast. Ken was collecting stories for his first book, Off Season, Discovering America on Winter's Shore. Chapter 8, "The World According to O'cockers," tells of his time on the island. If you haven't read it, I suggest you go to your local bookstore or your library and get a copy.

Ken has never forgotten the palpable sense of community he discovered on Ocracoke. In a recent on-line article he recounts his experience at an island Thanksgiving weekend concert a decade ago. You can read his article here: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/west-is-eden/my-town-your-town-our-towns-community-lives-in-america.html.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Lazy Susan

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 06:05
Many of our readers know that Ocracoke is home to many talented musicians and a number of excellent artists, craftsmen & craftswomen. For years I have owned a beautiful Lazy Susan dining room table that I purchased from the estate of Sam Jones. Over the years the table's finish had deteriorated, leaving unsightly rings and other stains. Recently I contracted with island native, Clifton Garrish, to re-finish the table. Clifton is a very talented wood worker who builds cabinets and other fine furniture. In this photo you can see the beautiful job Clifton did.
















In 2011 I mentioned Lazy Susan tables in my article about Sam Jones. I wrote, "In addition to his home, Sam had a state-of-the-art woodworking shop built on the estate. There he employed two of Norfolk’s best known furniture makers, Rosario Cicero and George Houmis, who constructed, among other items, impressive five-foot and six-foot diameter lazy-Susan tables of walnut and cherry." (I think my table is made of mahogany and pine.)

You can read more about Sam Jones here:  http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.  
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Not a Shipwreck

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 05:26
Over the centuries many interesting objects have washed up on the beaches of the Outer Banks: bunches of bananas, top hats, crates of shoes, thousands of bags of Doritos, vegetables, marijuana, messages in bottles, and ships -- brigs, sloops, schooners, yachts, even a decommissioned Naval vessel.

Shipwrecks have become part of the mystique of the Outer Banks. However, by the early years of the 20th century the era of grand wooden sailing vessels had come to an end. Since then the ravages of storms and high tides have carried away or buried the remnants of most shipwrecks.

Nevertheless, various objects continue to find their way to Ocracoke's beach. This heavy treated beam was probably part of a dock that was torn apart by a hurricane. Today it lies just south of the Lifeguard Beach. It is too heavy to put in the bed of a pickup truck, so it will probably remain with us until the next storm that washes over the island.















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Daffodils

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 05:26
"Polar Vortex," "Bitter Cold," "Snow," "Ice" -- the US, including the South, has had more than its share of winter weather this year. As our readers know, we even had 5 inches of snow on Ocracoke.

But signs of Spring are apparent on the island. I took this photo in my front yard Sunday afternoon:




















Maybe where you live the ground is still covered with ice and snow. If so, start planning your Ocracoke vacation today! Most island businesses will be open in March, ready to help you enjoy springtime on the Outer Banks.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs
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