Ocracoke Light Station. Photo: C. Leinbach
The base of the Ocracoke Light Station is open to visitors Monday afternoons at 1. Photo: C. Leinbach

Maker’s Market on Ocracoke

The Maker’s Market begins today (Monday) from 3 until 7 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Hwy, across from SmacNally’s.

This is a market of locally-made or offered goods and services that continue every Monday night (except July 4, in which case it will be July 5) into the fall.

Spearheaded by Kim Meacham of Milk Street Soap and Open Source Ocracoke and Helena Stevens, on whose yard the market will be held, attendees will be able to sample Ocracoke culture and business.

“This is a grass-rooted, volunteer effort to get-something started a kind event,” Meacham said.

161 Irvin Garrish Highway.

“This is meant to be a place to sell soulful, handmade products directly to the people, one day a week,” said Kim Meacham, owner of Milk Street Soap and co-organizer with Helena Stevens, on whose lawn the market will be held.  “It’s not compete with what already exists but to support these businesses and the whole community,” 

Items for sale will be the vendors’ own, hand-crafted items, local foods, wine and beer, and a farmer’s market with fresh, organic vegetables.

“I’ve had this idea for several years,” Stevens added about the project.  “It’s a great opportunity to share the works of local artists that don’t have a venue.”

And visitors love to hear the stories of local people and how they live here.

The concept also supports Meacham’s “Open Source” mission to help Ocracoke’s small businesses and creators extend a seasonal work cycle.

Artists, crafters and food vendors are invited to contact Meacham for details and an application at millkstreetsoap@gmail.com, or call 252-588-2205.

A preview of who what vendors will be there are as follows:

  • Casey Winslow of Stillwater Spa will give chair massage, sell products, talk benefits and book massages.
  • Fresh, organic produce from farmers of Hyde and Currituck counties
  • Local art 
  • Greek and Mexican take-away dinners

Bridges on N.C. 12 update

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open-house type meeting on the proposed bridge on Pea Island around Rodanthe, Dare County, from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight (Monday) in the Ocracoke Community Center.

On hand for public review will the a Revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for Phase IIb (Rodanthe Breach) of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.

This phase is a long-term solution for the section of NC 12 in Pea Island Wildlife Refuge that was washed out during Hurricane Irene in 2011 and over which is a temporary bridge. It also includes the area of Highway 12 north of Rodanthe (at the “S” curves) that is subject to continued over wash after storms.

According to information from NCDOT, the preferred plan would build a 2.4-mile bridge starting north of the S curves, swing out into the Pamlico Sound and join the land in Rodanthe.  In the Refuge, the existing surface road would be removed and that land would be returned to the refuge.

In Rodanthe, the existing NC 12 roadway would remain to provide access to private properties.

Traffic would be maintained on NC 12 throughout construction of the new bridge.

Study team members will be available to discuss the projects and receive comments.  Written comments for the record can be placed in the comment box, mailed, emailed or faxed until July 5.

For more details on the project, click here.

Ocracoke Light house

The base will be open for visitors every Monday at 1 p.m.

Ocracoke Community Library

Family movie night, Wednesday, June 22. 6 p.m.

Storyteller-magician Mark Daniels: Friday, June 24. 11 a.m.

Live music around the island this week:

Monday, June 20

Jolly Roger: The Shrimp Whistles, 6:30 p.m.

Ocracoke Bar and Grille: Kate McNally, 7 p.m.

Gaffer’s: The Vegabonds, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21

Jolly Roger: Aaron Caswell and Jackie Willis, 6:30 p.m.

Gaffer’s: Free Texas hold ’em poker, 7 p.m.

Coyote Den: Coyote Plus One, 7:30 p.m.

Gaffer’s: Mark Schimick, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22

Jolly Roger: Martin Garrish, 6:30 p.m.

Ocracoke Bar and Grille: Kate McNally, 7 p.m.

Dajio: Barefoot Wade, 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Bryan Mayer Band, 7 p.m.

Coyote Den: An evening with Coyote: Marcy and Lou, 7:30 p.m.

Ocrafolk Opry, Deepwater Theater, School Road. 8 p.m.

Gaffer’s: Mark Schimick, 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 23

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Martin and Lou, 3 to 6 p.m.

Jolly Roger: Kate McNally, 6:30 p.m.

Ocracoke Bar and Grille: Barefoot Wade, 7 p.m.

Dajio: Raygun Ruby (80s music), 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Bryan Mayer, 7 p.m.

Molasses Creek, Deepwater Theater, School Road. 8 p.m.

Gaffer’s: Willis Gupton, 9 p.m.

Friday, June 24

Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6:30 p.m.

Dajio: Aaron LaVigne, 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Bar and Grille: Barefoot Wade, 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Kate McNally, 7 p.m.

Coyote Music Den: Martin Garrish and friends, “Ocracoke Memories,” 8 p.m.

Howard’s Pub: Slammin’ Dixie, 8:30 p.m.

Gaffer’s: The Still Shakers, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6:30 p.m.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Live Music, 7 p.m.

Gaffer’s: The Still Shakers, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 26

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Martin Garrish and friends, 7:00 p.m.

Dajio: Kate McNally, 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Bar and Grille: Grant Austin Taylor, 7 p.m.

Gaffer’s: Shrimp Whistles, 9 p.m.



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