Activities for your visit

Ocracoke events for the week of June 12

Cloud castles viewed from the Ocracoke beach. Photo: C. Leinbach

Summer events and entertainment on Ocracoke Island are in full swing.  NPS Ranger programs have begun and are listed below.

Monday, June 12
N.C. Ferry Division community meeting, Community Center 1 p.m.

Ocracoke Preservation Society museum tour with Al Scarborough, 1 p.m.
Deepwater Theater: Blackbeard: An (Historical/Hysterical) Account, 8 pm

Tuesday, June 13
Ocracoke Preservation Society Porch talk with Amy Howard, 1 p.

Jolly Roger: Aaron Caswell and Jackie Willis, 6 pm
Gaffer’s: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Coyote Plus One, April Trueblood. 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 14
Makers Market on  Silver Lake, local artists and more, Historic Wahab Estate Lawn, 161 Irvin Garrish Hwy, across from S’Macnally’s , 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Skipjack Wilma Lee: “Pirate Tales and Fiddling,” Capt. Rob and Fiddler Dave will lead the crew through stories and songs of sailors, tall ships and Blackbeard, 10 a.m.
Ocracoke Preservation Society, Kids Create-A-Craft $5 per participant for materials, 1 p.m.
Jolly Roger: Edgar Scrubbs, 6 pm
Ocracoke Civic and Business Association public meeting, Community Center, 7 p.m.
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Barry Wells, 7 pm
Dajio Restaurant: Barefoot Wade, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Just We Two, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Deepwater Theater: The Dingbatter’s Guide to Ocracoke, 8 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Karaoke, 9 pm
Gaffer’s: Reggae Rock Steady, 9 pm

Thursday, June 15
Skipjack Wilma Lee: “Buoy Bingo–Nautical Charts and Navigation,” students will learn the fundamentals of navigation.  Students will make their own compasses and investigate the variations in magnetic north as well as play a game that will allow them to locate different maritime and historical features in and around Ocracoke Inlet, 10 a.m.

Ocracoke Preservation Society porch talk, 1 p.m.
Collegiate baseball, Ocracoke Community Park, 3 p.m.
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Martin Garrish and Lou Castro, 3 pm
Jolly Roger: Barefoot Wade, 6 pm
Ninth Annual WOVV Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament,  Community Center, 7 p.m.
Dajio Restaurant: Raygun Ruby, 80s music, 7 pm
Deepwater Theater: Molasses Creek band, 8 pm
Gaffer’s: Reggae Rock Steady, 9 pm

Friday, June 16
Ocracoke Preservation Society museum tour, 1 p.m.
Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Will Roberts, Ventura Highway, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Playing your Ocracoke Memories, Martin Garrish, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Gaffer’s: People’s Elbow with Sean Olds, 9 pm

Saturday, June 17
Baseball tournament, Ocracoke Community Park, first game starts at 9 a.m.
Ocracoke Alive Fiesta Latina, Community Center 7 p.m/
Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6 pm
Dajio Restaurant: Kinnie Dye, 7 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Martin Garrish and Lou Castro, 6:30 pm
Gaffer’s: People’s Elbow with Sean Olds, 9 pm

Sunday, June 18
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Will Roberts, Ventura Highway, 7 pm
Gaffer’s: Broughton Aycock, 9 pm

Ocracoke Summer Ranger programs with the NPS:
Summer programs by the National Park Service have started and continue through Sept. 4. Meet at the Visitor Center amphitheater unless other location noted.  For information and to sign up, call 252-475-9701. Attendees should bring bug spray and sunscreen.

Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor. Photo: C. Leinbach

Mondays:

8:30 a.m. Crabbing with a Ranger – Learn about crabs & how to catch them. Pre-register in-person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday before the program. (90 minutes)

1 p.m. Pirates! – Learn about Blackbeard and others. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

2:30 p.m. Barrier Island Nature – Join us for a talk about the wild side of the park. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

8:45 p.m. Ocracoke After Dark – Explore the dark skies of Ocracoke. Meet at campground  beach parking lot. Bring bug spray. (1 hour)

Tuesdays:

 8:30 a.m. Cast Netting – Cast netting is one of the oldest forms of fishing. Pre-register in-person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday prior to the program. (90 minutes)

2:30 p.m. Pirates! – Learn about Blackbeard and others. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Wednesdays:

8:30 a.m. Crabbing with a Ranger – Learn about crabs & how to catch them. Pre-register in-person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday before the program. (90 minutes)

10:30 a.m. All About Sea Turtles – Activities especially for seashore kids. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

2:30 p.m. Ocracoke History – Learn about the island’s rich past. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

 Thursdays:

 10a.m. Banker Ponies – The Banker Ponies are definitely an Ocracoke must-see! Bring bug spray! Not recommended for those allergic to horses. Meet at the Ocracoke Pony Pens. (20-30 minutes)

 2:30 p.m.  Barrier Island Nature – Join us for a talk about the wild side of the park. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Fridays:              

8:30 a.m. Outer Banks Bird Walk – Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Bring bug spray. Meet at the ferry parking lot at the north end of the island. (90 minutes)

2:30 p.m. All About Sea Turtles – Activities especially for seashore kids. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)