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Fire destroys Lost Colony buildings [and costumes] Roanoke Island, NC
Outer Banks Sentinel ^ | 11 September 2007 | Sandy Semans

Posted on 09/11/2007 9:15:26 PM PDT by Joya

At 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Villa Dunes resident spotted a fire across the sound on Roanoke Island and called 911. Part of The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre was in flames. All fire departments north of Oregon Inlet responded.

Fire crews worked swiftly and efficiently to control the blaze and take necessary precautions to save the nearby men’s dressing room structure. Despite of the efforts, the maintenance shed, thought to be at or near the source of the fire, was completely destroyed.

Charred pieces of framing in a flimsy skeleton, pointing irregularly toward the star-lighted sky, appear to be all that remains of what was the Irene Rains Costume Shop. All of the show costumes, the historic costumes, fabrics, shoes and hats are traditionally stored in the costume shop. All are lost except the court costumes which are at the dry cleaners, and a few already delivered to the NC Museum of History for the Lost Colony exhibition scheduled to open in October.

All of the colonist and Indian costumes were destroyed, as well as the vintage costumes made by Irene Rains in the 1940s and 1950s and Fred Voelpel’s in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s.

No other structures appear to be damaged. The Nags Head resident who reported the fire saved the theatre.

Sixty years ago, in June 1947, a late afternoon fire destroyed two-thirds of the Waterside Theatre and most of the sets and props. The costumes in the 1947 disaster escaped the flames, however, because of costumer Irene Rains’ quick action in removing them from the dressing rooms and casting the items on the shore. There was no possibility of saving anything from the current disaster. From the point of arrival of the firemen, it was impossible to enter the building. The flames were already topping the trees.

Once again, The Lost Colony and its supporters must suffer the loss of their history and re-build. Community support is critical and a fund will be established for the replacement of the costumes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: colony; costumes; croatan; croatoan; dna; dnatesting; fire; lost; lostcolony; manteo; mtdna; mtdnaplus; nc; obx; outerbanks; roanokeisland
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"Including those used for doubles and extras, Long said there were more like 1,500 to 2,000 costumes destroyed by the fire."

The loss of the buildings is estimated at about $1 million, said Charles Sellars, the chief of facilities maintenance for the National Park Service Outer Banks Group.

1 posted on 09/11/2007 9:15:34 PM PDT by Joya
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To: Joya

I’m kind of curious... is this a “conservative” or “political” issue? Do we care about this theater burning? Should we?


2 posted on 09/11/2007 9:19:45 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Joya

Very sad. I take it this was some kind of regular show that was put on?


3 posted on 09/11/2007 9:20:31 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: Joya

suspicious fire?


4 posted on 09/11/2007 9:20:56 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: Mobile Vulgus

it’s in the culture/society section. the mere existence of that section of FR should answer your question.


5 posted on 09/11/2007 9:22:21 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I think its a cultural issue. I’m glad my family saw the play when we did. Its a facinating story of the early settling of our country.


6 posted on 09/11/2007 9:22:34 PM PDT by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; Joya

It’s news........

Thank you Joya for posting this, I had only seen early reports of this.


7 posted on 09/11/2007 9:25:09 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Yes, it’s a play production in Outer Banks, NC.

‘About 10,000 people have been members of the production’s cast and crew since the play began in 1937. It was written by Paul Green, the 1927 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

‘The production tells the story of the unsolved disappearance of 117 men, women and children who traveled from England and settled on Roanoke Island in 1587. The colonists were gone when their governor returned from a trip to England in 1590.

‘... destroyed the buildings and between 700 and 1,000 costumes, plus garments made in the earliest years of the production. Add in shoes, hats, gloves, jewelry and other costume items, and the loss could total 60,000 items, Curnutte said.

‘Among them: a sword used by Andy Griffith when he was a young actor in the show.

‘Some costumes were spared because they were at the dry cleaners, while others — including the Queen Elizabeth I dress worn last season by actress Lynn Redgrave — were at museums, said Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, the play’s production designer.’

http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=7057124


8 posted on 09/11/2007 9:26:12 PM PDT by Joya
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To: Mobile Vulgus
The colony is a part of American history. The theater - I've been there several times - and the "Croatan" play are also a part of our heritage. Bottom line is it's just as "conservative" or "political" as the NASCAR, space, sports, etcetera threads.

FR and FReepers are far more than a political board. We're a community. When things started FR was mostly computer geeks gathering online - Prodigy IIRC - to discuss everything from soup to nuts...or in the case of leftists...Nutz, LOL! I'm glad this thread was posted.

prisoner6

9 posted on 09/11/2007 9:29:40 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Do we care about this theater burning? Should we?

The oldest outdoor drama in the nation? The history of the first English colony in the New World? Started such men as Andy Griffith on their paths? Yeah, you should probably care just a bit. Every time I see it it gets better. I try to see it at least once every 2-3 years

10 posted on 09/11/2007 9:29:54 PM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: Mobile Vulgus; Inyo-Mono

Truly very sad. This is an enduring historical masterpiece of a program. Saw it when I was just a little girl, when some of those ‘vintage costumes’ we fairly new. It was a memorable evening, riveting performance. Greatly influenced my love of American history.


11 posted on 09/11/2007 9:31:09 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Tell me again about peaceful Islam...)
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To: Joya

What a shame. I always wanted to go there.


12 posted on 09/11/2007 9:32:57 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: Inyo-Mono

It is a regular show. Has been for years running during summer tourist season. Andy Griffith used to play part in the show and still helps kick-off each new season. He lives within 2 miles of the theater.


13 posted on 09/11/2007 9:44:38 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: All

http://www.thelostcolony.org/

Link is The Lost Colony play production website.


14 posted on 09/11/2007 10:01:48 PM PDT by Joya
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To: Joya
Thanks for posting that link. It never occured to me the theater would have an online link.

prisoner6

15 posted on 09/11/2007 10:17:54 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: ArmyTeach

Interesting.

Must be a big east coast thing because I’ve never heard of this show, or the theater (always a Midwesterner never go east).

I’m glad some of you have enlightened me to it.


16 posted on 09/12/2007 12:16:34 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Joya
CROATAN
17 posted on 09/12/2007 12:19:42 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Very sad. I take it this was some kind of regular show that was put on?

Indeed, it has been a regular show for over half a century, about the lost colony at Roanoke...

the infowarrior

18 posted on 09/12/2007 1:22:36 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: B-Chan

Thanks, B-Chan.

Here’s a snip, explaining the great tale of that word:

He arrived on August 18, 1590—his grand daughter’s third birthday—and found the Cittie of Raleigh deserted, plundered, and surrounded “with a high pallisado of great trees, with cortynes and flankers, very fort-like”. On one of the palisades, he found the single word “CROATOAN” carved into the surface, and the letters “CRO” carved into a nearby tree.

White knew the carvings were “to signifie the place, where I should find the planters seated, according to a secret token agreed upon betweene them and me at my last departure from them...for at my coming away, they were prepared to remove 50 miles into the maine”. He had also instructed the colonists that, should they be forced to leave the island under duress, they should carve a Maltese cross above their destination. White found no such sign, and he had every hope that he would locate the colony and his family at Croatoan, the home of Chief Manteo’s people south of Roanoke on present-day Hatteras Island.

Before he could make further exploration, however, a great hurricane arose, damaging his ships and forcing him back to England. Despite repeated attempts, he was never again able to raise the funding and resources to make the trip to America again. Raleigh had given up hope of settlement, and White died many years later on one of Raleigh’s estates, ignorant to the fate of his family and the colony.

The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness.

Found

http://www.coastalguide.com/packet/lostcolony-croatan.shtml

And another snip:

The image is one of the most haunting in American folklore: Eleanor Dare cradling her infant daughter as they struggle through a vast wilderness, seemingly forgotten by her father who brought them to an unfamiliar land, then left them to fend for themselves.

In the four centuries since their disappearance, Eleanor and Virginia Dare have become true American heroines, players in an epic unsolved mystery that still challenges historians and archaeologists as one of America’s oldest. In 1587, over 100 men, women and children journeyed from Britain to Roanoke Island on North Carolina’s coast and established the first English settlement in America. Within three years, they had vanished with scarcely a trace. England’s initial attempt at colonization of the New World was a disaster, and one of America’s most enduing legends was born.

The lie of the land of modern Roanoke Island appears much as it did at the time of the colonists’ arrival. The low, narrow island lies between the treacherous Outer Banks and the mainland. Although it is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, it is a verdant oasis compared to the harsh winds and pounding surf of the barrier islands. Instead, Roanoke is characterized by thick marshlands and stands of live oaks teeming with wildlife—a much more hospitable site for settlement.


19 posted on 09/12/2007 4:40:49 AM PDT by Joya
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To: Joya

Governor John White was away in England for three years because he could not get a new expedition outfitted as a result of the fighting against the Spanish Armada.

I never understood why he left the colonists so soon after arriving. Presumably they were all killed by Croatoan or other tribes.


20 posted on 09/12/2007 6:16:23 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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