Things are starting to get kinda nippy around the Isle lately so we started fluffing up our feathers and moving our PHlockings inside the Emerald Club for great tunes from Scearce and Ketner (can’t let these guys’ fingers freeze up) with lots of laughter and some insane games (we may be growing older but we don’t have to grow up). Of course it’s hard to do turkey bowling inside so that got moved out to the Tiki bar area for some outdoor rowdiness. There was lots of talk and planning for the Emerald Isle holiday parade after Turkey Day over some tasty grub donated by the E Club and prepared by Chef Eddie. Seems an ever expanding crew of Parrot Heads kept coming together at Stones’ End to party and create an awesome float for the parade. “Twas the Flight Before Christmas”, a sea plane being towed by dolphin along with a PHlock of PHolks riding on the Coastal Outlet trolley was the entry. Hope everyone got to come out to this fun parade that keeps getting bigger and better every year; the Town does a great job on organizing this event. We’ll post some pics in next month’s article if you happened to miss the parade that was followed by an impromptu party at the Emerald Club with Chris and Allie singing up a storm to happy Parrot Heads and friends.
Closing out the year, we helped raise funds for the extension of Emerald Isle’s multi-use path (“The PATH”) through donations and support of the Rotary Club’s annual Duck Race, and are looking forward to our end of the year PHlocking and Christmas party on December 7th. As always at this time of the year, we’ll be rounding up toys for a big Toys For Tots donation so come on out for some yuletide fun and bring an unwrapped toy for donation. Its’ been a great year for Parrot Heads so far with the PHlock now closing in on 300 members all partying with a purpose, having a blast while giving back to their communities.
Speaking of blasts from the past, there are some Parrot Heads who will be celebrating another trip around the sun in December. Happy birthday to: Bonnie “Founder” Forkey, Scott Jones, Maggie Jensen, Dicky “Song bird” Scearce, Ken Sanders, Harry McDonald, Steve Heverly, Alex Davis, Roma”MacDaddy’s” Browder, Mel Fairchild, Kelly “Fishin’” Lewis, Bryant Mitchell, Leanna “T Shirt” Dyer, Carl “Coastie” Rauschenberg, Billy Alford, George Brumbelow, Linda McGowan, James Bunn, Bill Thomas, Glenn Musser, Kevin “Photo” Geraghty, Greg Stenzel. Ginger Johnson, Margaret Penny, Loretta Alexander, Lisa Cannady, Cecil Davis, and Buck “Daddy” Browder.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and took the time to really appreciate and be thankful (despite some ups and downs that might have happened along the way) for our lives and those we love. Get ready for a warm holiday season, and if you start to get stressed and a little crazed, take a deep breath and remember… that’s not what it’s all about. Looking forward to seeing all y’all around town! Happy Ho Ho! Ken