Sand sculptures from 2021. Photo: C. Leinbach

Monday, June 27
The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. to close out the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, adopt the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year budget and tax rate, and renew expiring contracts.
According to the minutes of the budget workshop meetings, Hyde County Manager Kris Noble has proposed a $.10 property tax increase, raising the property tax rate to $.895 per $100 assessed valuation and a $.05 sales tax increase to fund a balanced 2022-2023 budget of $15,559,987.48.
The meeting will be in the Hyde County Government Center, Multi-Use Room, Swan Quarter, and the Ocracoke Community Center.

Tuesday, June 28
Ocracoke Preservation Society: Karen Amspacher – Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, 1 pm

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Bryan Mayer, 7 pm

Wednesday, June 29
Ocracoke Community Library in Deepwater Theater: Baby/toddler/pre-school story time, 10 am

Ocracoke Preservation Society: Kids Kraft — Seahorse Collage, 1 pm

Ocracoke Coffee Company: Team Trivia, 6-8 pm.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Bryan Mayer, 7 pm

Thursday, June 30
Ocracoke Preservation Society: Ann Borland – Ocracoke Quilts, 1 pm

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Mike Norris, 7 pm

Friday, July 1
Ocracoke Coffee Company/Mini Bar: Live music, 6-8 pm.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Kate McNally, 7 pm

The Breeze: The Daniel Jordan Band, 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 2
Pre-fireworks gathering at the NPS dock with DJ Tommy Hutcherson, 6 pm

Fireworks will be launched from the National Park Service parking, 9:15 pm. The NPS parking lot will be closed all day July 2 while the company sets up the pyrotechnics.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Ocracoke Rockers, 7 pm

The Breeze: The Daniel Jordan Band, 9:30 pm

Sunday, July 3
11 am to 2 pm: Island-wide scavenger hunt. Starts at Spencer’s Market porch. No early signups.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Old fashioned Ocracoke square dance in the Berkley Barn with Molasses Creek.

Ocracoke Oyster Company: Mike Norris, 7 pm

The Breeze: 70 West, 9:30 pm

Monday, July 4
9:30 am: Meet the ponies who once roamed as a wild herd and learn about their living history on Ocracoke Island. NPS talk at the pony pens.

9:30 am–Noon: Sand Sculpture Contest for all ages at the NPS Lifeguard Beach.

10 am to 2 pm: Ocracoke Lighthouse open. The lighthouse is open for viewing the inside. Islander Chester Lynn will talk between 10 and noon.

4 pm: Old Time Independence Day Parade. Theme: Famous Duos (can be anything: people, cartoon characters, food, ideas…).  Cash prizes. Entry forms available at post office or at sign up, starting at 3 pm at Wheelie Fun; Cash prizes for walk & roll, wheels, float and best theme.

5:30 pm: Singing of national anthem & awards presentation for parade & sculpture contest winners; Books to be Red stage. BYO seating.

5:45 to 6:30 pm: Storytelling with Donald Davis at Books to be Red. BYO seating.

7 to 10 pm:Community Beach Fire under the stars at the Ocracoke Day Use Area/NPS Lifeguard Beach. BYO chairs. You are welcome to bring marshmallows to roast. Lifeguards on duty until 8 pm.

The Breeze: 70 West, 9:30 pm

Fireworks on Ocracoke, Jul 3, 2019. Photo: P. Vankevich
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