Every November (first weekend) the National Parrot Head Organization puts together a convention in Key West that is outstanding and so much fun. Ken and I have gone twice and the music venues, street fairs and gatherings of Parrot Heads from around the world is something every Parrot Head should do at least once. All you have to do to get details is to go to PHIP.com and use the drop down list to find MOTM (Meeting of the Minds). They have a different theme every year and this year it is Havana Daydreaming, 10/29-11/2/14. Anyone interested? Email me at email@example.com. So far the following Parrot Heads are signed up; Jan and James Hicks, Bobbie Raub and Jeanne LaVana, Rita Babich, Karin Woodruff and we have interest from the following: Stones, Bonnie Forkey, Dyers and Potenbergs. The cut off for registration is September 30th or when they reach 3500.
The results are in….we raised $6300 for the Semper Fi Kids Camp to send local children of wounded Marines to summer camp for a week and be paired with a mentor for a year. We had 217 riders, lots of raffle prizes, folks who donated their cash winnings from their best poker hands back for the cause and a rocking good time. Thanks to all who made this event over the top (we did $4500 and 169 riders last year) Great community! Check out the pictures of this years Beach Bike Poker run. Fun, fun , fun.
We say the same thing every year about this time. We all had a busy summer despite the rain and postponement of the Annual Sand Bar/Island Party and as you can see on the What’s Up pages, there are lots of thing happening in September. The Parrot Heads have 2 major events plus the PHlocking but there are so many community events happening as well and they are all looking for our Parrot Head help. You see, we have earned such a good reputation with our Party with a Purpose motto that everyone wants us to come and help and make their event fun. Please check out the volunteer opportunities and pick out a few that suit your mood. For some of them we will have sign up sheets at the PHlocking or a Parrot Head contact email and for others, we ask that you contact the organization directly. Let’s show them how good we are at helping and don’t forget to mention that you are a Parrot Head, let’s keep the good publicity going.
We had no July PHlocking as it fell on July 4th but I have to say, the August PHlocking was off the charts. Mike and Pat Haut were in charge of the EI Parrot Head Anniverary PHocking (12 years) and the games they came up with were doozies. While I do have a picture (decided not to share it for risk of total embarrassment) of the one game involving wooden rods, sand paper and 8 brave volunteers; if you want to know about the game itself, check in with Jan Hicks for a colorful description. The 50/50 raffle was won by Erin Nelson and $86 was earmarked for the Carteret County Humane Society Shelter. Our Club added $14 so the Shelter will receive a check for $100.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Anniversary Weekend Sand Bar Party due to unrelenting rains (we can do it with a shower or two but this day was unreal with no let up) Check the Event page for the details of our rescheduled party on Sunday September 7th.
It is almost Float time again, ( I know hard to think about a Christmas Float in August/September). The parade date is November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We will be having a planning meeting to decide the theme for this year in early September and we will have a sign up sheet for planners and builders at the PHlocking. If you would like to be part of this very fun event ( a great way to get to know your fellow Parrot Heads) sign up or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you posted. Both Kip Baker and Kelley Nelson have a few ideas but we always welcome additional creative ideas. We are working on securing a trailer and as usual, the build will be at our house unless someone else has some better (or covered) space in which to build the float. If you won’t be in town for the Parade, you can still be part of the fun build sessions (usually involving food and beverages).