2011 on Ocracoke:
By CONNIE LEINBACH
kicked off the holiday season Dec. 7 at the Ocracoke Preservation
Society’s annual lighting of the community Christmas tree.
bit of wind and rain did not stop the more than 50 folks who attended
the society’s annual wassail party.
Locke, society administrator, and Bill Jones, society president, led
the singing of “O Christmas Tree,” as the lights sprang forth.
other locations throughout the island, Rudy and Pat Austin and Chester
Lynn have decorated public buildings with garlands and wreaths.
those buildings decorated, in addition to the OPS Museum, are the
Community Center, the Fish House, the Ocracoke Health Center, the
United Methodist and Assembly of God churches and the Ocracoke
Ocracoke Civic and Business Association pays for the garlands and
wreaths, Austin said. Tommy Hutcherson of the Ocracoke Variety Store
obtains the trees and delivers them to the churches and the OPS.
want to keep the community looking good,” Austin said.
of the lighthouse is still pending, awaiting approval from the National
Park Service, which oversees the lighthouse.
community joined together Dec. 8 for a holiday concert, organized by
Sundae Horn, in the Community Center.
is the fourth year Horn has
organized this free evening, including a bake sale whose proceeds
helped fund the purchase of more books for new middle school language
arts teacher Shay Youell.
Ocracoke Friends of the Library also helped match up to $200 of what
Youell raised from the sale of young adult books at the concert, Horn
think he raised $250. So we will add that,” Horn said.
the performers were children of the Ocracoke Child Care Center, the
Daisy Girl Scout Troop, Crystal Halkomb, Ali Arter, Susan Stuck, Noah
Paley, Jamie Tunnell Carter, Jennifer Rich, Katie Wharton, Gary and
Kitty Mitchell, Dave Tweedie, Lou Castro, Leslie Gilbert, Rob and
Emmett Temple, Bill Jones, Jubal Creech, Ivey, Laura and Hannah Belch,
Horn herself and members of the Ocracoke Jazz Society.
Mitchell provided sound for the evening.
streets of the village are beginning to look a lot like Christmas as
residents set out their decorations and prepare for their traditional
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