Flowers and lilies like these at Island Artworks are in bloom all over Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is looking for volunteers to help park rangers staff the Ocracoke Visitor Center when it reopens in the coming weeks. As part of the interpretation and education team, volunteers will help greet visitors, orient them to the island and provide educational information to visitors of all ages. Apply now. See NPS programs below.

Tuesday, June 15
Ocracoke Waterways Commission, 6 pm, Ocracoke Community Center.  The meeting will be open to the public with masks as required by NC State.  The meeting will also be broadcast via Facebook at Hyde County Public Information.
Canceled due to rain — Coyote Music Den, 13 Cabana Dr.: Coyote Backyard Concert, 8 pm. All concerts sliding scale/pay what you can; tips welcome at www.paypal.me/coyotemusicden or donate/more info at www.coyotemusic.net. A portion of proceeds benefit the Charlotte Nemesia Castro scholarship fund at Ocracoke School.

Wednesday, June 16
Coyote Music Den, 13 Cabana Dr.: Coyote + Martin Garrish Backyard Concert, 8 pm. All concerts sliding scale/pay what you can; tips welcome at www.paypal.me/coyotemusicden or donate/more info at www.coyotemusic.net. A portion of proceeds benefit the Charlotte Nemesia Castro scholarship fund at Ocracoke School.
DAJIO: Barefoot Wade, 7 to 10 pm

Thursday, June 17
Donald Davis storytelling workshop public performances, Ocracoke Preservation Museum, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Some seating available.
The Hyde County manager’s office will seek islanders’ input on adding the Ocracoke Lighthouse to existing tram service at a meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center. See story here.
DAJIO: Raygun Ruby, 7 to 10 pm

Friday, June 18
Ocracoke Tourism Development Authority, 9 am, virtually on Facebook at Hyde County Public Information. See agenda below.
COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ocracoke Community Center. See notice here.
DAJIO: Ray McAllister Band, 7 to 9 pm
The Breeze: Remedy, 9 pm

Saturday, June 19
Donald Davis storytelling workshop public performances, Books to Be Red stage, 11 am to 12:15 pm. BYO seating.
DAJIO: Kate McNally, 7 to 10 pm

National Park Service talks on Ocracoke

The NPS Visitor Center. Photo: C. Leinbach

The National Park Service Ocracoke Island interpretive programs on Ocracoke have begun with the following scheduled. Unless otherwise stated, these programs are outside the NPS Visitor Center at Pilot Town Road by the south end ferry docks.

Stories of Ocracoke Island
Monday to Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about the location and legacy of Ocracoke Island. From serving as an early port village and primary point of entry to North Carolina to Blackbeard’s final battle, Ocracoke Island possesses a unique heritage resulting from its continued remote setting.

Shaping these barrier islands:
Monday to Friday from 2 to 2:30 p.m.  Wars, hurricanes, winds and ocean currents have all had impacts on the shores of Cape Hatteras.

War Comes to Ocracoke
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the role Ocracoke Island and the Outer Banks have played in shaping our country’s conflicts.

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse
Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the lighthouse and discuss the details and history of this beautiful beacon. The base of the lighthouse will be staffed and open on dates and times listed above from June 2 through Aug. 13.

Banker Ponies
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Pony Pen. Come meet the ponies who once roamed as a wild herd and learn about their living history on Ocracoke Island.

Explore the Shore
Every Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Meet outside at the beach access parking area adjacent to the Ocracoke Campground. Take an easy beach walk with a ranger and learn about what calls the beach its home.