Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration Schedule – July 3-4, 2017
Monday, July 3rd:
6:00pm – 8:00pm: TRADITIONAL ISLAND SQUARE DANCE
Music with Molasses Creek; Philip Howard as square dance caller.
Located at Community Square
8:00pm – 9:15pm: GATHERING AT THE NPS DOCKS
Fun dance tunes and patriotic songs spun by a local deejay
Gather at the NPS docks and around Silver Lake Harbor to see the Pyrotechnic Show shot from the NPS Parking Lot
Tuesday, July 4th:
8am – 10am: MEET JOBELLE!
Jobelle was born May 7th, and is the newest member of Ocracoke’s wild pony herd.
At the NPS Pony Pens
9am: FLAG RAISING CEREMONY and SINGING OF NATIONAL ANTHEM
Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290 at Ocracoke School flag circle on School Road
9:30am – Noon: 39th ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST
At the NPS Lifeguard Beach
10am – 2pm: CLASSIC CAR SHOW
On the Pony Island Motel lawn; sponsored by Jimmy’s Garage.
10am – 2pm: OCRACOKE LIGHTHOUSE
The lighthouse will be open for viewing – all are welcome to see inside!
4pm: OLD TIME OCRACOKE PARADE
All are welcome to enter! Entrants should register by July 2nd, by emailing a photo of the entry form to email@example.com
Pick up your parade entry number between 1–4 PM on July 4th at Ocracoke Station.
Entry forms available at the Post Office or request a form from firstname.lastname@example.org
Parade route starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company, left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lake Dr., follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot. Cash prizes!
6pm: STORYTELLING WITH DONALD DAVIS
On the lawn at Books to Be Red; bring your own chair or blanket
7pm: NATIONAL ANTHEM AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Winners announced for Parade and Sand Sculpture Contest!
On the lawn at Books to Be Red
At the Ocracoke Day Use Area/Lifeguard Beach
7pm–10pm: COMMUNITY BEACH FIRE
Bring your beach blanket, chair, and marshmallows to roast.
OCBA will provide a beach fire for all to enjoy.
Sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association with lots of assistance!
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017.
All campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes up to 35 feet. Each campground also provides rest rooms, potable water, showers, grills, and picnic tables. No hookups (utility connections) are available.
No more than six people and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite. Camping trailers, including pop-up campers, are considered vehicles. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, all camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period. Quiet hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours.
Group camping is available at Oregon Inlet Campground. The group campsite accommodates groups of 7-30 people, including infants and toddlers. Due to the popularity of the group camping site, it is recommended that reservations be made at least two weeks in advance.
Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds. Camping on beaches is prohibited. Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. For more information, please go to www.nps.gov/caha.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777, or on the Internet at www.recreation.gov, and can be made up to six months in advance.
Sign up for the 6th Annual 5K/10K & Family Fun Run & 2nd Annual Half Marathon
You are invited to come to Ocracoke on April 29, 2017 for the Ocracoke Island’s 6th annual 10k/5k and 1 mile family fun run. The 10/5K run will take place in the Village of Ocracoke through historic neighborhoods, by Ocracoke Harbor, and by the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the United States in continuous service. The course is basically flat. All accommodations are within walking or biking distance to the start/finish line. Golf cart rentals are available. There will be limited parking near start/finish line. There will be a one mile family fun run immediately following the 10k/5K awards ceremony. The 2016 race raised over $40,000.00 for our three beneficiaries. The top three male and female runners will receive an award as well as the top three male and female finishers of each age category. THIS YEAR ALL 5K AND 10K FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE MEDALS. Everyone completing the Family Run will receive a medal recognizing the event. All 10k/5K runners will receive a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed after April 14th pre-registration) with local artist design. Beginning 11:30am Gaffer’s Sports Pub will host post run party. There will be no charge for 10k/5K runners. Food and beverages will be provided.6th Annual Jolly Roger 5k and Queen Anne’s Revenge 10k. Saturday April 29th 2017 at 8:00am A benefit for Ocracoke Community Radio WOVV, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, Ocracoke Community Park and the Ocracoke Childcare.
Clam Chowder Cook-Off to be held April 15, 2017
Ocracoke Child Care Clam Chowder Cook-off 2017
Taste and then vote on your favorite clam chowder at the Clam Chowder Cook-off Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center.
All—individuals, businesses, restaurants and professional cooks—are invited to create their best version of traditional and/or non-traditional Ocracoke clam chowder.
This will be the third year for this popular event.
One-of-a-kind trophies created by artist Susan Dodd will be the prizes.
Proceeds of entry fees by the cooks and admission from attendees will benefit Ocracoke Child Care.
Chowder entry fee is $25 and admission to taste the chowders will be $10 per person.
Tasting will end at 1:30 p.m. when the peoples’ choice ballots will be counted.
This year’s contenders will have the chance to beat last year’s winners Debbie Wells for WOVV, who won best non-traditional, and Corkey’s Store for best traditional.
Last year there were nine soup entries and more than 150 tasters.
Traditional means the only ingredients allowed are clams and their juice, water, potatoes, onions, salt pork or bacon, salt and pepper. Pepper vinegar and hot sauce may be used as condiments.
“The inclusion of any other ingredients is considered non-traditional,” said Ruth Toth, who helps organize the event.
Details will be on flyers circulated throughout the island.
Please Don’t Feed the Ducks
Over the past few years, the mallard duck population on Ocracoke has grown to amazing proportions.
Everybody loves ducks, right? We make way for ducklings, we’re kind to our fine-feathered friends, we toss them stale bread, and watch them splash in puddles. We find their awkward waddling and raucous quack-quacking to be downright charming.
Up to a point. Ducks are cute in small numbers; big flocks leave big messes behind.
Ocracoke’s harbor area, from the Anchorage Inn to Captain’s Landing, and down British Cemetery Road around to Back Road, has, for the last several years, been breeding a duck dynasty of semi-tame, no-longer-migrating mallards. Officials estimate there are about 300 daffy ducks in downtown Ocracoke.
They waddle and wade and hang out and look cute and poop. They poop a lot.
Chris Turner is the coastal regional wildlife biologist for thirteen counties (including Hyde) at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. He’d like to educate people with one important message: STOP FEEDING THE DUCKS.
“Tame ducks live a charmed life with no real predators,” he said. “Ocracoke is the perfect situation for a duck – food, lots of water, nothing to bother them.” Their numbers are likely to grow, he explained, unless we STOP FEEDING THEM.
The Ocracoke community held several meetings last winter and spring to discuss options to deal with the overbreeding waterfowl. There are Federal laws in place regarding birds and their capture, caging, rehabilitation, and release, which complicates the issue when we want to the ever growing duck population.
Carol Pahl leads the OCBA task force on dealing with ducks, and provides information at ocracokeducks.blogspot.com.
“The next step is to get signs up,” she said. Signs around the village will remind visitors not to feed the fowl. The county does have permission to euthanize up to 350 ducks, but, Carol says, no one really wants to do that. Think of it as a very, very last resort. The hope is that if people stop feeding them, the ducks will disperse on their own.
“I think it seems better, the ducks might be thinning out,” Carol said. “They seem to be spreading out around the village now that some of the feeding has stopped.”