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Plein air artists to show their work on Friday

The Sea Break shop, oil painting by Joanne Geisel

All this week you will see artists painting the Ocracoke landscapes: beaches, Silver Lake and historic architecture. 

The artists travel to Ocracoke every October for a retreat, coming from Wilmington, Jacksonville and Norfolk to explore, paint and enjoy camaraderie, friendships and talents. This year’s artists are Ann Hair, Karen Crenshaw, Joanne Geisel, Barbara Bear Jamison, Gale Smith and Chris Bloom.

The artists will show and sell their work from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at 31 Creek Road.

The artists will donate a portion of their sales revenues to an Ocracoke nonprofit.

Bingo at the Community Center

After the art show, you can go play Bingo at 6 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the Ocracoke School basketball program.

Pool Association to hold clam chowder cook-off Saturday

The Ocracoke Community Pool Association is closing in on its goal of having a community pool on Ocracoke.

Ruth Toth, board president, said recently that the group has a contract to purchase a lot on Nubbins Ridge as the place to build a pool.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” she said, adding that closing is at the end of January.

A clam chowder from a past contest. Photo: C. Leinbach/Ocracoke Observer

The group formed earlier this year and through aggressive fundraising has garnered enough money for a down payment on the selected property.

“I’m proud of this committee,” she said. “It’s a hard-working group.”

But fundraising continues and the group will hold a Clam Chowder Cookoff Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Ocracoke Community Center.

Tasting for $10 per person will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for two categories: traditional Ocracoke style and innovative. A peoples’ choice ballots will decide who is awarded the top prizes: art trophies created by island artist Susan Dodd.

There also will be raffles: one for a week’s stay in an oceanfront Daytona Beach condo from Dec. 24 to 31.

Toth said anyone can enter their chowder for $25. To enter, call Toth no later than Oct. 12 at 252-588-2226.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Ocracoke Community Pool Association and more fundraising is pending. Toth said the group is looking for investors to help finance the property for 10 years.

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