Thursday, July 17, 2008
Waterman's Fish Fry
In the center of the village is a wonderful old wooden structure known as The Fish House. It's breath and life flourished in years past as fishing was a strong industry here on this island and many other small communities. But with rising real estate prices and few fisherman, the Ocracoke Fish House was becoming an endangered species.
Folks rallied around looking for ways and means (mostly money!) to save this historic structure and way of life. Robyn Paine took hold it and with her committee was able to find the money to preserve this Fish House in our historic district.
It is still a fragile enterprise and there are fund raisers given often to help with the costs. Last night was one of those as the main street of the island was host to fish frying and hush puppy serving as the Waterman served the long line of folks including tourists and locals.
A local band entertained as folks chatted at picnic tables. There are art pieces and quilts and other benefits planned to preserve this this of history on Ocracoke Island.
Here is a link to a great story I found on the web: http://hamptonroads.com/node/119071
As you can see a good time was had by all...when we had our fill of fish, it was off to the Opry.
Just another day on Ocracoke Island.