Breakdown any and every material and cure what ails you all in the same breath. But that’s how it goes on this little slice of heaven we call home. She gives us of her bounty and, like a scorned lover, can take it all away within the blink of an eye.
Remarkable sunrises of every hue, bountiful harvests from the sea, birds, clouds, wind. Each season with its own unique offering.
We celebrate them all. And while those seemingly endless beach days and warm evening bike rides are becoming a bit more scant, the days ahead still have plenty to offer.
From pier fishing to oyster roasts and boat parades, the festivities are just getting started. Following is a sampling of what’s on tap through the end of 2017:
PBR Classic Fishing Tournament
Avon Pier is hosting the 4th annual PBR Classic Fishing Tournament Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12.
“It’s a great event,” says Keith Matthews, pier manager for the last two decades. “It’s an opportunity to catch up with people you see every year, while raising money for a good cause.”
The entry fee is $90 or $60 for those with annual pier passes and all proceeds benefit the American Legion: Operation Comfort Warrior.
There’s lots of good food, raffles and prizes for the overall biggest fish, longest drum or heaviest bluefish.
Ocracoke Parade of Boats
On Saturday, Nov. 25, Silver Lake Harbor comes alive with the Ocracoke Parade of Boats.
This seasonal parade is a celebration of a way of life that has been passed down through the generations of folks whose lives revolve around the ebb and flow of the tides.
The event is free to watch, anyone can join and boats of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to display their most festive flair.
CYC Lighted Boat Parade
On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Colington Yacht Club will host its annual Lighted Boat Parade. The parade begins at 5 p.m.
“All boats in the harbor are welcome to participate,” says Rick Hildebrant, CYC commodore. “We say the more the merrier!”
All boats participating circle the harbor for an hour showcasing its best holiday decorations, with a prize going to those for the most lights or most creative.
Guests and attendees are also invited to sip hot chocolate, cider and munch on Duck Donuts while enjoying the festivities.
Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser
Held each year, the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association will host its Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. With fresh seafood abounding, along with live music, the atmosphere is lively. Dessert will be served at the Working Watermen’s Exhibit at the Community Square from 3 to 5 p.m.
Visitors and locals alike are drawn to the event as it is one that celebrates the unique coastal heritage of Ocracoke.
The OWWA was formed in 2006 as a means of raising awareness and preserving a way of life for those who fish, clam, crab and oyster. The event provides a means for the association to continue its mission and share its history.