Why nine years later is Katy Mitchell singing the blues?

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review by Peter Vankevich When Katy Mitchell was 15, she entered Ocracoke’s Sound¬side Studios to record her first album, “Baby It’s You,” which was released...

Lauren Strohl and Graceful Bakery

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Delayed by a few days due to Hurricane Arthur, Graceful Bakery opened today (Monday, July 7 2014). It is located on Back Rd. adjacent...

Ocracoke soap: homemade, gentle, restorative

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July 2014Text and photos by Ruth FordonAmong the many artisans shar­ing Ocracoke Island, we are fortunate to have two who make soap. Milk Street...

Ambassador Leonard Meeker on the Cuban Missile Crisis

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This lecture took place on Oct. 23, 2012 at the Ocracoke library.   The Cuban Missile Crisis was  a 13-day confrontation in October 1962 between the...

Gardening for health and wellness

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June 2014 By T.L. Grace Did you know that spending time in gar­dens can lift your mood and help you sleep bet­ter at night? Research by Dr....

Trekking in Nepal

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May 2014 By Ruth Fordon   It started with orchids.. In 2008, islanders Kathleen O’Neal and Carol Ritchie’s passion for orchids and desire to view some in their...

Pockets of culture on Ocracoke

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 April 2014By Connie Leinbach Along with the highly visible rock, folk and bluegrass band concerts, Ocracoke has hidden pockets of culture.In March, about 20...

Ruth Fordon

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Ruth Fordon has been editor of the Observer since 2010.  Her career on Ocracoke........

Captain Puddle Ducks’ Steamer Pots: It’s a Family Affair

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Holiday issue 2013 By Gael Hawkins  I’ve been having one of those “why didn’t I think of this?” moments. Fresh, locally harvested seafood and fixings delivered...

Health and Wellness: Chocolate, a health food?

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October 2013 By TL Grace West Those of us who adore chocolate are pleased with more and more re­search showing health benefits of eating chocolate: especially...