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Tuesday Specials at the Maritime Market - 05/23

Good morning Fellow Islanders! It's 75 degrees on the front porch this morning, and the dawn is breaking to reveal mostly cloudy skies, with light southerly breezes, and the sounds of the South Beach surf mingling with the early birds. Temperatures will hold steady in the upper 70's today, with mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. The chance of rain gradually increases through the evening, and we'll likely see a steady rain by dawn tomorrow, with showers off and on through late Wednesday. The clouds finally break up on Thursday and Memorial Weekend looks to be sunny & beautiful beginning on Friday. Low tide will occur around 11:15 this morning, and high tide will peak at about 5:30 this afternoon. For Breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is preparing a hearty smoked sausage, egg & cheese biscuit, with a cup of fresh fruit on the side for only $5.95. For lunch today, Marc is featuring a Hong Kong shrimp fried rice plate for just $9.95. Monday's hot bar theme is "asian"! You can also order all of the regular menu items at [1]w[2], and those items will be ready by the time you arrive. Memorial weekend is packed with events and activities, and the entire schedule of activities is now posted at [3] Our culinary establishments will be jam-packed this coming weekend, so be sure and make your dining reservations well in advance. The Island Retreat & Spa is also booking up fast for the coming week, so if you're looking for an appointment for hair, nails, or a massage, you may want to give them a call at 910-454-0333, or make your reservation on-line at The Market will extend to our summer hours this week! We'll be open from 8am - 10pm beginning this Thursday, until Labor Day. Grayson Murray finished tied for 27th at the Byron Nelson Classic in Texas. He'll take the coming week off, and return to the tour next week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Meanwhile, both of our Tour players Chase Parker and Chris Worrell will be in the field this week at the Rex Classic in Raleigh, so if you're in the Triangle area, drop by and say hi, and tell them about your BHI connections. You may run into young Claude as well :) You can't miss them - as they'll all be wearing our performance polos from Bald Head Blues :) This Saturday, the Market will host another edition of our famous Nye's Cream Sandwich eating contest :) There are only two age groups, and each group is limited to 25 attendees, so if you, or someone you know would like to enter, you must [4]register on-line and agree to the rules. The fun begins promptly at 3pm at the new Forest Pavilion, so be sure to arrive early enough to properly check in. Spectators are welcome! The next BHI Artisans Show & Sale takes place on Saturday, from 10am - 5pm at the Village Hall. Admission is free and open to the public, and features hand-made artisan crafts by fellow islanders. For more information, or to join the artisans, please email Sally Klippel - or call her at 404-692-8652. The Smith Island Art League Show & Sale will occur on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm at the Association Center. The show is free and open to the public, and features fine artwork in various mediums. For more information, please contact Prudy Weaver at 704-907-4287 or email her at [5] You can also learn more about the artists and the group by visiting [6] The Shoals Club is hosting their Memorial Weekend Coastal Feast Party this Saturday night from 6-10pm, with live music by Port City Shakedown, and seafood stations scattered across the entire Club property. You'll enjoy everything from grilled oysters, shrimp & grits (with local goat cheese), roasted pork shoulder, gumbo, seviche, shrimp satays, crab claws, ahi tuna, and so much more. It's a great kick-off to the summer season, and reservations are required. Adults are $60 plus tax & 20% gratuity, young adults (13-20) are $35++, children 12 & under are $20++, and under 5 are free. Call the Shoals Club at 910-454-4850. The next Turtle Trot takes place on Sunday morning. Register on-site at Turtle Central beginning at 8:30am and the race begins at 9:30am, or you can register on-line at and save a few bucks. All runners receive a t-shirt :) The Market's next "Side Porch Steamer" event takes place on Sunday evening, and we will likely declare a "sell-out" by Wednesday or Thursday, so if you're coming, register now at [7] We'll gather at 5pm on the Forest Pavilion, and if you've never been to one of our side porch events, you're in for a real treat - just ask someone who's attended :) For this event, we'll be steaming up a mess of mussels and littleneck clams, served with two delicate & delicious broths, with crusty bread, along with steamed old bay shrimp, barbecued chicken, and a load of your favorite sides. Mark Daffer will be returning to serenade the crowd, and we'll light up the tiki torches & fire pits as well :) Adults are only $29.95 plus tax/gratuity, and children under 12 are only $14.95 plus tax/gratuity. We'll also have beer & wine available by the glass, or you can step inside the Market and grab your own bottle or six-pack. Also on Sunday, the BHI Club is hosting their annual Memorial Day Red, White & Blue Cookout, featuring a savory barbecue buffet, Sweetwater beer tent, kids activities, and live music by Midnight Allie. The fun takes place from 4-8pm, and reservations are required by calling 910-456-7300. Adults are only $14.95 plus tax/gratuity and children are only $7.95 plus tax/gratuity. And at the Harbor, Riverside Adventures will host their first Sunset Celebration of the season on Sunday. The evening is sponsored by Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales, and features many activities for the kids, from jugglers, ring toss, putt putt, skee ball, basketball, jugglers, music, s’mores by the fire, and much more. Old Baldy is celebrating North Carolina History, Cuisine, and Spirits with a special culinary event on Friday, June 2 at the Shoals Club from 6-10pm. You'll enjoy some of the best North Carolina has to offer, as Guest Chef Dean Neff from PinPoint Restaurant, one of Southern Living 2016 Best New Restaurants from 2016, creates a one of a kind menu to celebrate North Carolina cuisine. Each course will be paired with selected ciders from the Foggy Ridge Cider Company. During cocktail hour, enjoy tastings from guest distillers including Covington Vodka and Trey Herring Carolina Bourbon. Acclaimed North Carolina Historian and Author Kevin Duffus will be in attendance to speak about his latest work “The Story of Fear and Bald Head Island”. Each couple will receive a signed copy of this book. Tickets are $125, and seating is limited to 100 people, with all proceeds going to the Old Baldy Foundation and its on-going preservation efforts. The Deadline for ordering tickets is next Thursday, May 25! Register to attend by [8]clicking here. The annual Gala in White takes place at the BHI Club on Saturday, June 3, and features a lavish buffet, with live music by the Catalinas, a silent auction, art show and a local NC craft spirit tasting. Dress code is all-white for men & women, and this year the BHI Club has generously offered a portion of the proceeds to to toward the Old Baldy Foundation. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the Club at 910-457-7300, or you can book on-line at [9] The Pirates are returning to Bald Head Island!! The Pirate Invasion takes place the weekend of June 23-25, and we'll have the full schedule of events posted after Memorial weekend. In the mean time, go to for the latest developments. Sandy is in need of volunteers to help orchestrate the weekend and to help house the pirates! Also, donations are greatly appreciated to help off-set the costs of travel & housing. Please reach out to Sandy at Stephen LoCicero has taken some amazing pictures 'round the island, and if you can't get your iPhone camera or the lighting just right for that perfect island snapshot, then go the easy way and just buy one of his -[10] [11] Don't forget to follow us on our various social media platforms. Josie Moll is posting more events, store specials and pictures, so [12]follow us on Facebook, [13]Twitter and [14]Instagram . In addition, young Claude is very active on Social media, and posts many items related to [15]Bald Head Blues[16] and island living - both on [17]Instagram and [18]Facebook. Enjoy this wonderful day on the island with your friends & family, and we'll see you 'round the Market! Cheers, Melissa & Claude Pope Maritime Market Bald Head Island, NC 910-457-7450 Open 8am - 8pm Monday through Wednesday Open 8am - 10pm Thursday - until Labor Day References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.