Well we got some cold (no snow like up north though!) and things on the Isle slowed up some, but that didn’t slow down the Parrot Head crew. Our regular PHriday PHlocking celebrated Mardi Gras with folks pouring into the Emerald Club in costume and bringing in all kinds of gumbos, beignets, and other tasty treats related to Mardi Gras (even a King Cake, Leeanna scored the baby) to party in true New Orleans style. Our PHlocking Committee made sure there were plenty of beads and masks to go around, people came dressed to carry on, and pumped up the good times and laughter with teams of PHlockers doing their best to dress up one member in the rowdiest Mardi Gras outfit; thankfully, few pictures of this survived. After a spirited game, Lee Summer Williams and George Brumbelow were ceremoniously crowned mini-marshmallow catching queen and king. Our own Bobbie Raub DJ’d the event with an infusion of Zydeco music to keep everybody cranking with good tunes, and a 50/50 raffle was held with winner Carl Rauschenburg donating back his 50% of the take to the Salvation Army who was the chosen charity for the mini raffle. Parrot Heads… generous and fun loving as can be!
Everybody is gearing up for our next big showing at our Parrot Head booth at the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival. We’ll have lots of bling and decorations, info on the Club and what we do, a Riff Raff Raffle with a variety of donated items from generous local merchants and Parrot Heads, and of course all the proceeds of this will be donated to charity. I ‘spect you’ll also see Party-On the Parrot running around, and you can get your picture taken in our giant pirate cut out. Stop on by and join in the fun at our booth and take in a great festival with something for everyone. The Town does an amazing job at putting this whole event together and it shouldn’t be missed.
If you can plan ahead more than a few minutes, put some Parrot Head fun events up on your calendar: 3/2- Hoop Pole Creek Cleanup with the NC Coastal Federation, 3/16- E.I. St. Patty’s Day Festival, 4/5- Adopt a Highway Spring Litter Pickup, 4/11-New Member Social at Senor Dick’s Piano Bar, 4/13- Town-wide Scavenger Hunt, and 5/18-Beach Bike Poker Run. That’s just a start; more to come!
And hey, don’t forget to wish a super happy birthday to the following Parrot Heads born in March when you see them around town. They be… Everette “Cap’n” Grissom, Ronna Kennedy, Suzanne “Cats” Lindley, Patricia Kennedy, Joy Musser, Gene “Colorado” Harmande, Beverly Stenzel, Austin Davis, Ed Palilonis, Kim Bennett, Russ Johnston, Carolyn Fowle, Betty Strader, Lanny Thomas, April Hardee, Carol Poe, Julia Weber, Will “Coastal Salt” Ashby, Joy “Nurse” Bailey, Wade Viverette, Debra Bejcek, Kathy Pope, and Mart Passey. Have a great day and celebrate with friends, love, and laughter; y’all made it another year in style!
Speaking of celebrating… don’t forget, if you’re having a drink or 2, make sure you and your friends have a designated driver so that you and those around you stay safe and alive. Meanwhile, get out and enjoy the great area we live in, and throw out an act of kindness whenever you can; what goes around comes around. Around? Yup, I’ll see you around the Isle… Ken