By: Ken Stone
So, seems like we’ve made it through the worst of the winter; a heck of a lot better than last year! Time to PHluff up the PHlock with our annual meeting to look back and look forward at the Club, what we’ve done and what we can do, and how we go about doing it. Thank goodness for creative caring Parrot Heads. We took a break in February (short month, ya know) and a good sized entourage of EI Parrot Heads PHlew off to Key West for some R&R and downright crazy fun.
As you are reading this, we should all be back in one piece and we’ll be jumping in to help out the NC Coastal Federation with their yearly cleanup/spruce up of the Hoop Pole Creek area in Atlantic Beach on March 3. Then a big event at the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 17 where we’ll have our decked out Parrot Head booth complete with give-away beads and bling, and a riff raff raffle of great goodies with all proceeds this year being donated to the Emerald Isle EMS. We’ll be talking up the benefits of becoming a Parrot Head and what we do in the community, have Party On the Parrot roaming about and rumor has it the possibility of Finz the shark and Cap’n James the pirate to say hi to young and old. We’re also hoping to get a photo opportunity set up (ah, the Kodak moment…) for the kids and we’ll just be having our usual good time, so stop on by, say hi, and help out the local EMS.
After a breather, we’ll probably try to schedule a Spring Adopt a Highway pickup to clean up after the big St. Pat’s weekend then move into another full month in April with an upcoming Town wide Scavenger Hunt on April 14, set up a get acquainted new member dinner (maybe April 24?), and we’ll again be helping out at the NC Coastal Federation’s Native Plant Sale and Craft Fair on April 27 &28. The Merry Month of May will then be upon us and we’ll roll out our biggest fundraiser and party of the year, the Beach Bicycle Poker Run with tons of fun on May 19. Decorated bicycles, major and minor prizes, and raffles of donated items, with all proceeds going to benefit the wounded warriors program Hope for the Warriors. No one should miss this event! There’ll be more info to come in upcoming Coastal Salt articles, so stay tuned and keep reading.
While you’re out there enjoying some warming weather and all that Emerald Isle and the surrounding area has to offer, don’t forget to wish a happy birthday to those PHriends among us who will be celebrating their births in March. They be: Everette Grissom, Ted Greider, Suzanne “Cats” Lindley, Gene “Colorado” Harmande, Beverly Stenzel, Ed Palilonis, Jackie Alford, Russ “Retired” Johnston, Shirley Long, Carolyn Fowle, Betty Strader, Fran Nelson, Lanny Thomas, Will “ Mr. Chrystal Salt” Ashby, Joy Bailey, Debra Bejcek, Charles Rice, Collette Allen, and Mary Passey.
On a more somber note, we need to take a moment to smile and remember a long time good ol’ Parrot Head, Bobbie Wood, who recently passed away after a long bout with cancer. A loveable curmudgeon with a heart of gold, he is sorely missed and I’m sure he’s looking down smiling at our Parrot Head shenanigans and wishing all of us and our community the best. So embrace life, laugh, love, and lend a hand whenever you can, that’s what it’s all about. See y’all around Town… Ken