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Friday Specials at the Maritime Market - 11/17

Good morning Fellow Islanders! It's 46 degrees on the front porch this morning, and the early morning breeze is rustling it's way through the dunes, making way for a beautiful fall day and weekend ahead. As the dawn breaks, expect mostly sunny skies, with moderate northeasterly winds and a high approaching the 60's. Temperatures will drop to the mid 40's overnight, and warm to the low 70's tomorrow, with a slight chance of showers tomorrow night. High tide will peak around 7 this morning, and low tide will occur at about 1 this afternoon. For Breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is featuring a decadent crab and avocado omellete, with a side of our crispy applewood smoked bacon for only $7.95. For lunch today, Marc is preparing a Brunswick fisherman's plate which includes stuffed deviled crab, fried shrimp, fried local Southport flouder, cole slaw and french fries for just $9.95, with additional specials available on the hot bar. You can order all your favorite menu items on-line at [1] and your order will be ready to pick up upon your arrival. We are now SOLD OUT of our "Whole Shebang turkey dinners" as well as a la carte roasted turkeys, but we still have availability on many other items, including fresh free range turkeys, hams, fresh oysters, and a wide assortment of sides, pies, and much more. You can reserve these, and other a la carte sides by clicking [2] The Market will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8am - Noon, and your orders will be ready for pick-up by 11am. The last day to register for our upcoming Side Porch Oyster Roast is Monday, Nov. 20. Reservations made after Monday will go on a waiting list. The fun takes place on Saturday, Nov. 25, so go to [3] to reserve your seats. We'll gather a little early - at 4pm, and the evening features an incredible spread of Chef Marc's seafood goodness including steamed oysters, steamed old bay shrimp, pulled pork barbecue, smoked whole chickens, and a host of your favorite sides and other goodies. It's our most popular Side Porch event of the year, and now with the full facilities of our new Forest Pavilion, you'll enjoy a beautiful autumn evening by the fire pits & tiki torches with your island friends and family. For libations, we'll have beer & wine by the glass, or you can step into the Market and pick up your favorite six-pack or bottle of wine and bring it out to your table. Register early, as this event will sell out well before Thanksgiving week. If you're planning on Thanksgiving Dinner at one of our Clubs, the BHI Club and the Shoals Club are both on a waiting list. Contact the Shoals Club at 910-454-4850 or call the BHI Club at 910-457-7300 if you want to add your name to the waiting list. The Market modify its operating hours next week. We'll be open from 8am - 8pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and we'll be open from 8am - Noon on Thanksgiving Day. We'll return to our winter operating hours on Sunday, Nov. 26 and will close at 2pm that afternoon. A special Thanksgiving Day Worship Service will take place at the Village Chapel on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 9:30am. All are invited to attend. The Island Retreat & Spa has several events taking place over Thanksgiving. They're hosting a "Thankful, We Give Together" event with a Pop-Up for India Hicks, with 20% of the proceeds benefitting NourishNC - a local non-profit that helps feed needy children. During Thanksgiving Week, the Spa is offering 60% off selected products. They're also offering $20 off a Hot Stone Massage during the month of November :). A new local transporation company - Bald Head Island Elite Transportation - is partnering with Remax Coastal and Movement Mortgage in hosting a meet & greet event at the Forest Pavilion - adjacent to the Market - on Friday, Nov. 24 from 4-6:30pm. Come and enjoy a beer or glass of wine, along with light appetizers and learn more about a great new local option for traveling to/from the airports (MYR, ILM or Cape Fear Regional) to Deep Point, along with other customized luxury travel alternatives such as a dinner out in Wilmington during your stay. The Smith Island Art League will host their Thanksgiving Show & Sale at the BHA on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 24 & 25 from 10am -5pm each day. The Bald Head Artisans will host their Thanksgiving Show at the BHI Club on Saturday 25th from 4-7pm. Shoals Club will host their fall Wine Sale on Saturday, Nov. 25 from Noon-2pm. Full members are invited for first dibs between Noon - 1pm, and temporary members/guests can join from 1-2pm. The Old Baldy Foundation will host its annual "Light up the Holidays Christmas Tree Auction" on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 5-7pm at the BHI Club, with light appetizers, sweets, and hot or cold beverages for all ages. If you'd like to decorate a tree for sale at the auction, please drop by Old Baldy and pick up a tabletop tree, and deliver your decorated masterpiece by the 24th. Shoals Club will be hosting their member's Holiday gathering on Saturday evening, Nov. 25 from 6-9pm. The evening is free for members, and $20 for guests, with a cash bar and live entertainment. Call Shoals Club at 910-454-4850 for reservations. The community of Bald Head Islanders dug deep into their pockets recently, donating over $20,000 for hurricane Harvey relief in Texas, and before we could take a breath, two new monster storms - Irma and Maria - ripped the hearts out of our favorite Carribean islands. Now (and with thanks to Dick Johnston, Andrea Pitera and many other islanders), the BHI community is once again reaching out to assist, in an "island to island" effort to help our friends in the BVI's (British Virgin Islands). Island to Island is raising money through a raffle of your favorite BHI activities & events, and will send 100% of the proceeds from this to “BVI Community Support Appeal.” (go to [4] ). BVI Community Support Appeal was created to raise money for the long term reconstruction of the BVI's; and to fund, support and work with local partners on the ground. They are a not-for-profit organization and their entire overhead is subsidized by the Virgin Group and Richard Branson, so 100% of what we raise for them goes to help the islanders. Please join BHI to help the BVIs by purchasing raffle tickets for the amazing donated prizes below. The first prize winner gets to pick their prize from all the prizes, second place gets to pick from all the remaining prizes and so on with each winner until the last place winner takes home whatever prize remains. Go to [5] -raffle to see the current prizes and to purchase tickets. Entries for the raffle close on November 23. Don't forget to follow us on our various social media platforms. Josie Moll is posting more events, store specials and pictures, so [6]follow us on Facebook, [7]Twitter and [8]Instagram . In addition, young Claude is very active on Social media with nearly 8,000 followers on [9]Instagram, and posts many items related to [10]Bald Head Blues and island living on Instagram and [11]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 8am - 6pm Monday - Saturday Open 8am - 2pm on Sunday References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.