Hurricane Dorian, which inundated Ocracoke village on Sept. 6, devastating many homes and businesses, and after which the island was closed to visitors for three months, was the biggest story of Ocracoke’s year–possibly the decade. But the island can boast of other highlights throughout the year. Below are some notable events as seen in this pictorial review.
The second annual Ocracoke Waterfowl festival at Ocracoke School in April was a big success, presented by the Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild, which was formed in January 2018 by island carvers and collectors determined to keep this art form alive. Dan Robinson was this year’s featured carver. Those looking for encouragement that the island carving tradition will continue, can look to Ocracoke School. In its recent annual Arts Week program, for the first time, decoy carving was an option. The class, taught by carver Jason Daniels, who moonlights as captain of the Ocracoke Sheriff’s Department, drew 42 students, all carving a Canvasback Duck.