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The Mary Frances House on Creek Road is on the OPS Historic Homes Tour Dec. 6. Photo by Ruth Fordon

Historic buildings “Down Point,” or on the south side of Irvin Garrish Highway, will be on the Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Historic Homes Tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
“Down Point” refers to the area of the village toward Springer’s Point, and this year’s homes will be along Lighthouse Road, Creek Road and Silver Lake Drive.
All of the tour homes will be clearly marked with a banner out front.
While the homes can be visited in any order, this year’s buildings start at the Island Inn and down Lighthouse Road to the Thaddeus Gaskins house owned by David Senseney; to Michael and Paula Schramel’s home, originally the James Henry Garrish house and the Nathan Spencer House where the Javier Rivera family lives.
The tour continues down Creek Road with a stop at the Mattie Midgette Cottage owned by Lynn Russell and Donna Inkster; the Clarence Scarborough House owned by Norman Miller and the Mary Frances House owned by Tracy Smith.
Around the corner to the right on the Silver Lake Drive the last stop is the Castle B & B, originally built by industrialist Sam Jones.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the OPS and can be purchased or reserved at the OPS Museum during their opening hours, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by calling 252-928-7375.
Ticket are $15 for non-members and $12 for OPS members.
Gumbo will be available for $6 per serving to benefit Ocracoke Child Care on the porch of Corkey’s Store along Creek Road, across from the Mary Frances House.
OPS also needs volunteers to help with decorating, hosting and clean-up. To help, call Amy Howard, OPS director at the above phone number.

Roxy’s Antiques on Ocracoke and Ocracoke Restoration

will have a “Ye Olde Holiday Christmas Stroll” between their stores, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7.   Roxy’s is located in Spencer’s Market and Ocracoke Restoration is at Howard Street and Fig Tree Lane.
Both shops offer an eclectic assortment of vintage gifts and  antiques. Visitors will partake in Mexican hot chocolate, Grandpa Fiore’s Italian Pizzelles and yuletide music.  Both shops will offer discounts on all antiques as well as shipping.

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Santa will make appearances on Ocracoke

The first one will be at the Ocracoke Variety Store from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. Children can visit and have their photos taken with Santa. No money or toys needed.


Santa also will be the star of the Santa Breakfast at Topless Oyster, from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13.  All are welcome and breakfast will be donated by Topless. Proceeds of breakfast sales will benefit Ocracoke Child Care.

Finley Woolston and his Joyful Band of Singers returns to the island for another Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m Friday, Dec. 19, in the United Methodist Church.
Joyful Band 2014

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