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Christmas Float Plans & Work Schedule

So basically we are planning to get together on Wednesdays and Sundays barring rain.  Come when you can for as long as you can on any of the following days.  In keeping with tradition, you are welcome to bring some food or beverage to share (or consume yourself…whatever works)  Jean Jensen (607-759-7159)  will be the point person.   We will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays starting around 12:30 at “Stonesend” 9701 Ashley Place. All help is welcome!

Wed 10/28
Sun 11/1
Wed 11/4
Sun 11/8
Wed 11/11
Sun 11/15
Wed 11/18
Sat 11/21
Sun 11/22
Fri 11/27
PARADE 11/28

Supplies needed (subject to change, check to see if plans still require) – talk to people to help us get what we need donated and then we will hopefully have to purchase very little

* Paint:  red, green, white, primer, browns, black, blue
* buckets of sand (should not be a problem…don’t need till last minute)
*  2-4 low beach chairs
*  pool noodles
*  garland
*  green & white balloons
* cardboard coffee jackets
*  styrofoam and wire (for grass)

1 week before

* cedar/pine boughs (fresh)
* tall grasses

for Puppets

*tall poles
* flour
*carpenter belts
* old sheets  (need to talk colors from mask info)
*dye & spray bottles
*newspaper & paper bags (final brown layer)

Phall Phestival with Apple Butter & Divas Run for the Roses

Here is all your information for the Phall Phestival extravaganza!!

October 16th   – starting at 5 pm, Apple Peeling Party – we will be peeling apples from 5 till whenever at Flipperz while we enjoy the entertaining sounds of Wild Honey.  The more volunteers we have the easier it will be to get all the apples peeled and ready for Saturday morning.

October 17th   – starting at 6 am, Apple Butter Extrravaganza   – we will be making apple butter at Flipperz before, during, and after the Diva’s Run for the Roses.   We need help all day with stirring and later jarring the apple butter. Contact Renee Synan ( or 919-697-3799) or Jack Synan ( or 919-697-3794).  Jars will sell for $8 each and all proceeds go to Fishin’ for a Cure.


October 17th – 9-11:30 am Divas Run for the Roses (Breast Cancer – Fishin’ For A Cure – Fundraiser) Tu-tus for Ta Tas and Apple Butter Making & Sale. Coordinators: Renee Synan, Jack Synan, Jessie Holland, Jan Hicks.   Divas 1K Walk ($10 registration; children welcome) from Flipperz to the Emerald Club & back in the AM, apple butter making & partying all day with sale at the end of the day. Prizes for various categories of pink themed costumes.   Last year was our first year and we raised $1700 for Breast Cancer Research.   Registration is the day of, and is $10 per person and is open 9-9:45 with the “race” starting at 10. You will get a race packet, token rose and victory champagne toast.

October 17th – Late afternoon Finishing the Apple Butter and jarring time! (We need volunteers to be on hand to help with the jarring process for the Apple Butter.  Last year this was around 5-6 pm, so hang around and help out.  Then you can be one of the first to get your own jar(s) or Parrot Head Apple Butter!  Jars will sell for $8 each and all proceeds go to Fishin’ for a Cure.



Save bags to help with research!

We recently received the following email request; let’s see if we can help Caitlin (one of our newer members) out with some supplies.

Hi Sue,

Can you send out an email asking PH’s to save paper grocery bags for me? Any bag will help. We’ll be using them to store some vegetation samples from our marsh field work. As funding is practically non existent for sea level rise studies (shocking! I know…) any donations of bags will be helpful for one less thing to spend our grant money on.

Thank you!

Caitlin Lauback

You can bring the bags you save to any Parrot Head event, or contact us at if you have some bags for Caitlin.

Emerald Isle-NC Parrot Head Local Chapter


Christmas Parade Float meeting

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Float Meeting at Sue and Ken ‘s house (StonesEnd) on October 14th at 6:30.  (9701 Ashley Place in EI)Parrotheads[1]This will be a planning meeting to solidify our ideas for this year’s float and take stock of what materials are available. Jeannine Patane will be heading up the project as Big Bird and herding all of us cats as the float takes shape.


Christmas Parade float committee/planning

The EI Christmas Parade is right around the corner and we have a lot of planning to do.

Last year's float with some of the "crew".
Last year’s float with some of the “crew”.

The parade is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.   Since Erin and Kelley are busy launching their new art studio and traveling all over to craft fairs, they won’t be able to be our project directors this year (still hoping they will be our consultants…..). Jeannine Patane has stepped up and will be large and in charge but we need a lot of help.   There will be a planning session in October (date to be determined) and we will have a sign up sheet available at the PHlocking. Once a core group decides this year’s theme (suggestions welcome and we will have an ideas sheet at the PHlocking this week) we will set up a work schedule. No qualifications necessary as we are a bit like organized chaos.   We usually build it at Stone’s End (Ken and Sue Stone’s backyard) for about 6 weeks of a few weekend afternoons .   You don’t have to be there every date, we get people who come and go who love to have fun, eat and drink, do a bit of painting and cutting of card board. If you haven’t joined us before, please consider it. A great way to get to know your fellow Parrot Heads (and we always seem to win cause it always turns out awesome) If you think you can help “lead” the group on some part of the float building, please email me at .   We have a history of being one of the best floats and when we win (not if) we donate the prize money to a charity.

October 2015 Phlocking

October 2nd, 7 PM First Friday PHlocking at the Emerald Club – This will be the start of a great weekend! We will be working on some fun apple peeling activities to get ready for making apple butter the next day. We won’t be peeling all the apples at the PHlocking like last year, but we will have a few contests that are “apple related”. Instead, we will have a group of volunteers who will be peeling at the Synan household from 4:30 to PHlocking time. If you can help with the prep work of apple peeling for the apple butter project starting at 4:30, please contact Renee at or call or message her at 919-697-3799.


Sauce Boss – Bill Wharton in concert


The Seaside Arts Council of Swansboro presents:

Our indoor season – Performing Arts Series – starts October 15, 2015! We have an exciting season and hope to see you there. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Show is at the Community Room at Swansboro Town Hall, 601 West Corbett Ave., Swansboro NC

Tickets for Sauce Boss are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  They are now available online and at these locations:
– Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 203 W Church St., Swansboro NC
– Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, Swansboro NC
– Emerald Isle Wine Market, 9102 Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC
Tickets may also be available at the door.

Coast is Clear Under the Pier Party reminder


Just a quick reminder so that you don’t miss this tomorrow’s fun….Sunday September 20th – Noon – The Coast is Clear Under the Pier Beach Party. Coordinators: Michael Moyer, Mendy Barrows. Our annual Beach party to celebrate return of the beaches to the locals held to the left of the Pier near the Cedar St. lot with food (hot dogs, chips, condiments provided, other food & beverages brought by PHolks), games, raffles, beach fun. Mendy and Michael have decided that this year’s proceeds will be split between the Humane Society Animal Shelter and Island Cat Allies.

Bring: chairs, shade, suntan lotion, a little something to share that goes with the yummy hot dogs, your beverage of choice and of course money for raffle tickets and donations for food. We don’t charge for any of the food, but rely on your donations! Hope to see you all there! Sue