Friday, July 12, 2019

Ocracoke Alive Summertime Activities, an Invitation to our Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat Week, & a Latino Mini-Fest on July 13.

Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat 
Ocracoke Alive Summertime Shows
A Festival Latino de Ocracoke Mini Festival (July 13)
Don't Forget to Give Us Your Ocrafolk Festival Feedback

Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat Week: Renewal and Lifetime Learning on Your Favorite Little Island

Even though we are just dipping our toes into summertime Ocracoke activities, Ocracoke Alive is also hard at work looking towards fall and the return of the Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat, October 20-25. This amazing gathering gives fans of Ocracoke an insider’s guide to the island, and a golden opportunity for personal renewal while exploring new frontiers through one of six courses (listed below).

Small class sizes allow for individualized attention from teachers and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to expand horizons. Participants will enjoy great local food, inclusive tours, and unique activities as they make new friends and meet some of the most fascinating residents of this remote Outer Banks Island. For more details on courses, housing, and activities, visit our webpage at www.ocracokealive.org. Proceeds from Ocrafolk School support student and community programming on Ocracoke Island.


The historic Berkley Manor is our home base for the 2019 Ocrafolk School.

Ocrafolk School 2019 Classes
Decoy Carving: Carve & Paint a Redhead Duck Decoy with Jason Daniel

This class will be taught by Jason Daniels, an Eastern North Carolina native who has been living on Ocracoke Island for 17 years. Students will learn how to craft a finished decoy using traditional and modern techniques. Starting from a block of wood, Jason will cover defining details like feather features, side pockets, primaries, tertials and elements of the duck’s bill.

Drawing with Love (and a Little Science) with Kitty Mitchell

Students will learn a variety of techniques to help them “see” like an artist. Don’t worry if you “can’t draw a straight line,” that’s what rulers are for! This class offers a non-judgmental, practical, and spiritual approach to drawing. Participants will learn a variety of “drawing on the right side the brain” techniques and will try different kinds of mediums. There will be practice in proportions, shading, perspective and foreshortening. The class will feature studio work and plein-aire drawing around our beautiful island, weather permitting.

Exploring Ocracoke’s Past, Present, & Future with Ann Ehringhaus

This class will begin by exploring Ocracoke’s fascinating maritime past. These were times of early settlers and pirates who fished and lived from the land. Students will get to meet some of the descendants of these original historic families. This portion of the course features a visit to the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, a trip to nearby bird islands and Portsmouth, a historical 19th century sea-coastal village.  Moving into Ocracoke’s present, Ann will guide the group on a tour of island infrastructure, with visits to the Water Plant (est. 1977) and the Tideland Electric Cooperative. Expanding to consider Ocracoke’s future, the class will talk with the National Park Service and other islanders about challenges and possible life changes ahead. This class will be experiential, including group discussions, food tastings, and on-site visits.

Jewelry Making with Robin Macek

This class will encompass a wide range of jewelry techniques including beading, leather wrap, wire wrapping, and ring and rosette creation. Students will work with a variety of materials like gemstones, wood, bone, glass beads, and leather. Robin will be teaching many of the universal jewelry skills such as wire wrapping, attaching clasps, combining findings, and connecting headpins to chain. No experience necessary. Class participants will be able to WOW their friends with the pieces they bring home from their week!

Cooking with Island Chefs with Debbie Wells and Guests


The cooking class for 2019 is going to bring some great Ocracoke chefs together! Both Ruth and Daphne have played critical roles in the development of the Ocracoke food scene, providing dynamic food to their loyal and devoted customers over many years. Ocrafolk School is honored and thrilled to have them for a full day each, leading the cooking class. Together, students will spend some quality time in the kitchen, learn basic techniques, explore new ingredients and experience some traditional island fare. Class time is fun and creative with everyone having their hands in the action.


Mind and Body Renewal with Desiree Ricker and Guests

Ocracoke is rich with residents who practice various forms of wellness, from meditation and yoga to massage and Reiki, herbalism and aromatherapy to nature intelligence and meridians of TCM. This is a rare opportunity to explore authentic practices to allow you a chance to find what resonates with you. Taught by local professionals, this course will touch on several methods of mind and body wellness so that students may gain a deeper knowledge of practices for a healthier and more integrated life.  Students of this class will participate in a wide range of learning techniques including movement and hands-on experience, as well as seminars and self-practice.

Looking For Summertime Family Entertainment on Ocracoke? Ocracoke Alive Has Ya Covered! 

This summer, Ocracoke Alive has three shows that will keep you and your troupe entertained all week long while visiting our little island. Here is the lineup!

A Tale of Blackbeard Musical (Mondays)


History, action, romance, and humor are artistically intertwined in this production featuring an Ocracoke Island cast! This musical play, by Julie Howard, (directed by Desiree Ricker) recounts the final days of Blackbeard and crew on Ocracoke Island, the budding romance between one of his young sailors and an island girl, and the battle that sealed Blackbeard's fate. Shows run on Mondays, July 1-August 12, at 8 PM at Ocracoke School Gym Auditorium.
Visit 
https://www.ocracokealive.org/tale-of-blackbeard.html for more information.

Season 2: Dingbatters (ALL NEW COMEDY) Guide to Ocracoke (Wednesdays)

This #1 Hit Show is back for a brand new hilarious season with All New Comedy-Skits. Join Desiree Ricker, David Tweedie, Gary Mitchell, and Peyton Piquard in this ultimate guide to Ocracoke visitors (and residents) of all ages! We'll reveal answers to burning questions like . . . How to Score Awesome Housing on Ocracoke, What Happens at a Bicycle Riding Training Seminar, What Can I Find for Sale at an OcraCats Fashion Show, and the answer to visitors' favorite question . . . What's It Like to Live Here All Year Round?  A definite Must See!

Molasses Creek Band in Concert (Thursdays)
For 26 years, Molasses Creek’s high-energy performances and heartfelt songwriting has brought the love of their coastal home to the stage. The band’s elegant harmonies and arrangements, stellar songwriting, blazing instrumentals, and quirky sense of humor have won loyal followers throughout the United States and around the world. Molasses Creek has just released their 17th recording, Catch the Wind, and will feature songs off of their new album along with audience favorites. Join Gary, Fiddler Dave & Kim for a one-of-a-kind Ocracoke evening!

Join Ocracoke's Latino Community for Mini Festival Fundraisers for November's Festival Latino de Ocracoke on July 13th, & throughout the Summer.

Join us at the Ocracoke Community Center on Saturday, July 13 as we celebrate Latino culture with members of our Ocracoke Hispanic community. This fundraiser for November's Festival Latino de Ocracoke, will feature a Taco Fiesta (starting at 3 PM), song and dance performances by residents and our Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke (5 PM), a presentation of the the candidates for Queen of the November's Festival, and a Grand Dance (9 PM) with performances by El Trio Kartel de la Sierra & DJ Palankas. Don't miss it!

Keep your eyes out for other Latino Festival fundraisers throughout the summer. And mark this year's Festival Latino de Ocracoke on your calendar, November 8-10.

Did You Attend the Ocrafolk Festival 2019?
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That's All for Now!

David Tweedie ~ Executive Director

OCRACOKE ALIVE BOARD
Desiree Ricker ~ President, Assistant Director
Sharon Brodisch ~ Vice President
Gary Davis ~ Treasurer
Katy Mitchell
Chad Macek
Gloria Perez
Shae Youell


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ocrafolk Festival Artwork Released, Kids’ Inspiration Sparks at Ocracoke Arts Week, Ocrafolk School Returns in October, and more. . .

Ocrafolk Festival Artwork Released
Kids’ Inspiration Sparks at Ocracoke Arts Week 
Courses Announced for Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat,
October 20-25 

Deepwater Project Update 
Ocrafolk Festival Early Bird Ticket Sales End April 30
Donald Davis Storytelling and Dessert Tickets Released

A Tale of Blackbeard Rehearsals in Full Swing
(Look Out for That Cutlass!)


Ocrafolk Festival Artwork Released

She’s done it again! When we wanted a special image to encapsulate all our warm wonderful feelings about Ocrafolk Festival we approached Kitty Mitchell. Kitty is the Ocracoke School Arts instructor, a past member of Molasses Creek band, and has created some of our favorite festival art over the years. Once we had Kitty’s black-and-white design, we shared it with our layout artist Justin Casey to prepare it for the poster and T-shirt. And here is the result!

Kids’ Inspiration Sparks at Ocracoke Arts Week

You never know when inspiration will strike and launch a youngster on the path of lifetime of creativity. Ocracoke School Arts Week is one of the favorite programs that Ocracoke Alive helps produce in partnership with Ocracoke School.  This year, Ocracoke youth hand-made Italian pasta, Greek dishes, and tamales, learned about African drumming patterns and Senegalese culture, crafted Eastern Carolina decoys, threw pottery and built a raku kiln, designed their very own digital arts animations, stitched whimsical felt art characters, wrote and performed songs, poured stunning acrylic paintings, and metal crafted colorful canvases. Many thanks to Nancy Leach, and the support of Ocracoke Occupancy Tax, Ocracoke Alive, housing donors, and private sponsors.

Photos by Carol Woolgar

Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat Returns October 20-25
Courses Announced

In October, the much loved Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat will be returning to the island. This week long “school” offers an insider’s guide to Ocracoke that will spark creativity and a sense of community. Instructors and guest teachers will guide adult participants through their choice of one of six specialized courses. Students will enjoy handcrafted local food, inclusive tours, and unique activities as they make new friends and meet some of the most fascinating residents of our remote Outer Banks island.

2019 classes include Cooking with Island Chefs with Debbie Wells, Jewelry Making with Robin Macek, Mind and Body Renewal with Desiree Ricker, Decoy Carving with Jason Daniels, Drawing with Love (and a Little Science) with Kitty Mitchell, and Exploring Ocracoke’s Past, Present and Future with Ann Ehringhaus. Class sizes are usually limited to 6 to 8 people. Ocracoke Alive has a 11 rooms reserved on “campus” at the historic Berkley Manor and the adjacent Berkley Suites, as well as four rooms at Oscar’s House Bed and Breakfast. 
Find out more about Ocrafolk School

Deepwater Theater Project Update

David Perez and John Brock have been working hard over at Deepwater Theater converting our pencil sketches and imaginative scribbles into real world structures. In the next two weeks, we will be finishing  the 16 x 16 storage shed, as well as the front deck expansion. Our faithful team of board members, Blackbeard cast members, and community volunteers have also been scouring the inside theater, repainting, and clearing away a scramble of vines from the property to expose the beautiful live oaks that line the driveway.  The season’s first Deepwater Theater shows will be Molasses Creek in Concert on May 30, and A Dingbatters (All New) Comedy Guide to Ocracoke (Season II) on June 5.  Pre-Sale Tickets are available through the Ocracoke Alive website, by calling 252-921-0260, and also at the door. Discount tickets are available for groups and seniors. We do recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time as shows do sell out. 

Ocrafolk Festival Early Bird Ticket Sales End April 30
Donald Davis Storytelling and Dessert Tickets Released

 

Just a quick reminder that Early Bird tickets sales will end on April 30. After that date, Weekend Pass prices will increase to $65. Day Pass prices will be released in May.

Also, tickets have been released online for Donald Davis’s Storytelling and Dessert Evening on Saturday night June 8th at the Ocracoke Community Center. Tickets are limited to this event, so it is wise to purchase them before festival weekend.
Links to Early Bird and Donald Davis Tickets

A Tale of Blackbeard Rehearsals in Full Swing
(Look Out for That Cutlass!)

Avast! Avast! The Captain is our man! With Blackbeard’s return to Ocracoke (actor Peyton Piquard), rehearsals for A Tale of Blackbeard musical by Julia Howard are in full swing. Although Julie has not yet arrived on the island to play live accompaniment, Director Desiree Ricker is at the helm with a steady hand, guiding the cast and the good ship Adventure on its steady course towards destiny. Opening night is July 1st, 2019. The production will run at Ocracoke School on Mondays at 8 PM through August 12. Even if you’ve seen the show in past years, there are many new surprises you won’t want to miss! Tickets can be secured ahead of time online, or at the door.

Ocracoke Alive Hosts Salem Select Choir

On April 12th and 13th, Lynne German’s Salem Select Choir inspired Ocracoke School students and community members with beautiful performances. These visitors are all members of the Salem High School Madrigals Choir in Virginia Beach. Having performed on stage with the Virginia Chorus Women, at the Virginia Convention Center for Leadership Events, and in the local community for Black History Month events, their singers represent their school well with their energy and musical talent. Thanks so much for their contribution to the Ocracoke community, and also to all the folks on the island who helped make their visit possible!

That's All for Now!

David Tweedie ~ Executive Director

OCRACOKE ALIVE BOARD
Desiree Ricker ~ President, Assistant Director
Sharon Brodisch ~ Vice President
Gary Davis ~ Treasurer
Katy Mitchell
Chad Macek
Gloria Perez
Shae Youell

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An Ocrafolk Music Playlist, A Tale of Blackbeard Auditions (Mar 16), Flamenco Vivo to Visit Ocracoke (Mar 18), Makeover Begins at Deepwater Theater

Ocrafolk Festival 2019 Performers Playlist on Spotify
Deepwater Theater Makeover Begins
Ocrafolk Artisan Applications Close March 15
A Tale of Blackbeard is Off & Running
Flamenco Vivo Comes to Ocracoke School

Become an Ocrafolk Festival Sponsor: Lend Us Your Strength and Get Great Rewards!

Ocrafolk Festival News

 Listen to Ocrafolk Festival 2019 Musicians on Spotify ~ Of course you don't want to wait to get your Ocrafolk Festival Fix! Desiree Ricker, our Assistant Executive Director, is so excited about this year’s lineup that she put together a Spotify Playlist so we can enjoy the music of 2019’s artists all spring! 
 
Don't Forget!
Artisan App Deadline ~ March 15
Early Bird Ocrafolk Festival Ticket Sales End ~ Apr 30


Early Bird All Weekend Pass Tickets ($50) are on sale through the end of April. After that, All Weekend Pass Prices will increase to $65. Individual day prices will be released as we get closer to the festival date.

 

You'll Love Our Ocrafolk Festival Sponsor Rewards!

2019 Sponsor Levels are from $600-$3000 and contributors receive incredible rewards! 
  •     Thanked in program, on web, and from stage
  •      Reserved Sponsor Seats at Live Oak Stage & for Saturday Night's Gala Performance at the Berkley Manor
  •     Gift certificates for 1718 Brewery Drinks, Serving on Festival Grounds
  •     All Weekend Festival Passes
  •     Tickets to Donald Davis Storytelling & Dessert Evening
  •     Ocrafolk Festival Ts
  •     2019 Ocrafolk Festival Raffle Buttons (For Stage Drawings)
  •     Emcee thanks from stages
Learn More About Ocrafolk Festival Sponsorship

Work Begins on Ocracoke Alive's Deepwater Theater

The BIG Makeover Has Begun! With the building permit in place, activity stepped up at Deepwater Theater this week with the installation of the pilings by Jamie and Galen. The pilings will be support a 16x16 storage shed with an 8 foot porch, situated next to the existing Deepwater Theater. A resounding cheer was heard around Ocracoke Village as residents brainstormed what they would do with all the extra space in their attics currently occupied by Ocracoke Alive's supplies. Thanks so much to John Brock and David Perez for all of their work (and work yet to come) for our expansion. Also, many thanks to Carter Lumber for working with us on pricing so that we could afford the project supplies!

A Tale of Blackbeard Auditions this Weekend!

AUDITIONS ON MARCH 16
Come out to Deepwater Theater on Saturday, March 16 to audition to become a part of our cast and crew! 2019’s summer production of A Tale of Blackbeard will run from July 1-August 12, Monday nights at Ocracoke School for a total of 7 shows.
Audition instructions
1. Drop by anytime between 2-4 on March 16. You may make an appointment to audition on March 17 if you can’t make the 16th. Contact DesirĂ©e Ricker at desireer@ocracokealive.org if you have any questions.
2. We provide scripts for cold readings. Be prepared to sing a song (Happy Birthday will work!)
3. Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to move in. We will be teaching an easy dance.
4. Auditioners will fill out an audition form.
5. Have fun!

Flamenco Vivo Comes to Visit Ocracoke School

This coming Monday, March 18th, at 8:30 AM in the morning, the world-renowned Flamenco-Vivo will visit Ocracoke School Gym, offering a wonderful blend of entertainment and education. Students will learn about the intricacies of flamenco, a spirited style of Spanish music played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing. The cultural history combined with details about the various instruments involved in the art form will be highlighted. A great big thank you to the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant for giving Hyde County Schools the opportunity to host this dynamic group, and to Nancy Leach and the Ocracoke Alive staff for assisting production on Ocracoke. For more information on Flamenco-Vivo visit flamenco-vivo.org

That's All for Now!

David Tweedie ~ Executive Director

OCRACOKE ALIVE BOARD
Desiree Ricker ~ President, Assistant Director
Sharon Brodisch ~ Vice President
Gary Davis ~ Treasurer
Katy Mitchell
Chad Macek
Gloria Perez
Shae Youell