Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Lost Colony

The Lost Colony, our nation's longest running outdoor symphonic drama, opens its 74th season this Memorial Day weekend.  Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony, tells the story of the 117 English men, women and children who attempted settlement in the New World, on North Carolina's Roanoke Island, in the late 16th century.  The colonists disappeared with hardly a trace between the years 1587-1590, becoming part of a mystery that has yet to be solved.

I saw the performance as a child, with my family, back in the summer of 1967. 
I was moved then by the story of the colonists' bravery, the birth of Virginia Dare, the Indians Manteo and Wanchese, and other elements of the story.  And I was haunted by the fact that the colonists simply 'vanished'.  Even today, as a middle-aged man, I still find the fateful story quite powerful and compelling.

Perhaps I will venture over to Manteo this year to again enjoy this masterpiece of live performance and music.  Perchance you'll join me?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, May 23rd, will be my 53rd birthday.  I've always enjoyed having a birthday this time of the year, when the weather is so nice.  On certain years, my birthday falls on Memorial Day weekend, or on Victoria Day weekend in Canada.  I believe it coincides with that day this year.  Regardless, it's always a happy time.  I'm very big on birthdays, as they are a person's most special day.

My family is coming for a visit with us this weekend to celebrate my birthday.  We will hang out here at the house, and walk along the waterfront in Washington.  I'm going to suggest that we visit the NC Estuarium in town, too.  And, everyone is joining me on the Historic Washington ghost walk on Saturday night!

Hoping to receive loads of birthday greetings and presents!  Cheers!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Historic Washington Ghost Walk

I'll be leading two ghost walks this month, and throughout the summer months.  Tickets may be purchased at I Can't Believe It's a Book Store in downtown Washington.  The first May ghost walk occurs this Saturday night, May 7, followed by another on May 21.  The tour makes about a one-mile loop through the historic downtown and waterfront area, and lasts about 1 hour, 15 minutes.

While on the ghost walk, you'll learn of spirits who haunt the restored Turnage Theatre (pictured below), the old Beaufort County Courthouse, Saint Peter's Episcopal Church cemetary, the US 17 Bridge, as well as numerous houses and other historic buildings.  It's a fun way to learn about the history and hauntings of this 235 year old city!  Perchance you'll join me, if you dare!