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Saturday Specials at the Maritime Market - 08/19

Good morning Fellow Islanders! It's 83 degrees on the front porch this morning, and the wee hours are now completely dark, with the days growng noticeably shorter since the summer solstice 2 months ago. Crickets and the sounds of the surf dominate the melodies at this hour, and the morning stars twinkle on and off. Dawn's twilight will soon peek over the horizon, washing away the stars with the coming brilliance of the sunrise, and so begins another day in paradise :) Today we'll see partly sunny skies, with temperatures climbing to the upper 80's, and the heat index breaking 100 again. Gusty winds will provide some relief, as would a summer shower - should one wander by. The forecast is reasonably consistent over the next several days, with partly sunny skies and a chance of a summer shower each day through at least Thursday. Low tide will occur around 11 this morning, and high tide will peak at about 5:30 this afternoon. For Breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is preparing a short stack of bacon maple pancakes, with a side of crispy hash browns for just $6.95. For lunch today, Marc is featuing a decadent lobster & brie pizza, topped with arugula and served by the slice, along with other gourmet pizza selections. You can also order all of our regular menu items at [1]w[2], and those items will be ready by the time you arrive. A rare total eclipse of the sun will move across the United States this coming Monday, in a narrow ban that begins in Oregon, and ends in Charleston, SC. The eclipse will occur around 2:30pm, and Bald Head Island is just barely outside the "total eclipse" band. However, we will experience a 97.5% eclipse, and it will become dark for a brief period of time. The Market is teaming up with Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales in hosting a special Howl event from 1:30 - 3:30pm at Beach Access 42. The Market will also CLOSE from 1:30pm - 3:30pm on Monday so our employees can experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. Check your in-boxes (or your spam folder) from yesterday - we sent out a detailed note about Monday's event with logistics and other information. The BHI Club's First Friday Fire Pit returns on Friday, Sept. 1, with complimentary appetizers and live music on the Palms Terrace. If you're sticking around for dinner, please make a reservation by calling 910-457-7300. The BHI Club's Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2 beginning at 9am in the Ocean Room. If you're a member (of any class), then it's very important that you vote this year - in person or by proxy. This year's agenda includes an important vote regarding Phase I of the Club's Facilities improvement plan (at a cost not to exceed $13 million) and includes a new Aquatic Center and a new indoor/outdoor dining facility, plus the potential acquisition of adjacent property (the old Swans Quarter tract). In addition, members will be electing three members to the Board of Directors. Proxy packets have been mailed to each member, and if you're unavailable to attend the meeting in person, voting on-line is very easy - just log onto the member's site at [3] and follow the links for viewing the Facilties Improvement Plan presentation, and for voting on-line. Old Baldy continues their celebration of 200 years with a "Then and Now Home Tour" over Labor Day Weekend. The tour will take place on Saturday, September 2 from 1-4pm, and you'll see some of the stunning historic and modern homes of Bald Head Island. The cost of the tour is only $25, you can purchase a package that includes your ferry ticket and the tour for $40. Go to [4] for more information about the tour and the featured homes. The Bald Head Island Artisan's Show & Sale will take place on Saturday, September 2 from 10am - 5pm at the BHA, and features unique handcrafted items created by island artisans including handcrafted jewelry, photography, knit-wear & needlepoint, bird houses and other crafts. For more information, please contact Sally Klippel at or 404-692-8652. The Shoals Club will host it annual Members' Labor Day Party on Saturday evening, September 2 beginning at 7pm, with a Rio Carnival theme and music by the Soul Psychedelique Band! It's one of the best events of the year, and Reservations are required, so call 910-454-4850 to secure your place. Members- $50++, Guest of Member-$75++, and Children (6-12)- $25++ The Market will host its annual Labor Day Side Porch Oyster Roast on Sunday, September 3, at 5pm, featuring the music of Mark Daffer and an incredible spread of Chef Marc's seafood goodness including steamed oysters, steamed old bay shrimp, pulled pork barbecue, smoked whole chickens, and a plethora of sides and other goodies. For libations, we'll have single beers for $3, and wine by the glass for only $5 - OR - you can head into the Market and grab a six-pack or bottle of wine and bring it to your table. Adults are only $29.95 (plus tax/gratuity) and children under 12 are only $14.95++. But wait - there's more :) You can add a steamed 1.5lb live Maine Lobster for only $20, or a collossal 3lb Maine lobster for only $50 more :) Register on-line today at [5] This event will sell out, so don't delay. If this is your first side porch Oyster Roast, you're in for a real treat, and if you're a veteran, then you already know how much fun the evening will be :) The BHI Club will host their annual Labor Day Family Cookout on Monday, Sept. 4, from 5-8pm on the Grille and Palm terraces, with all your favorite grilled selections, along with craft beer, live music, and family fun. Call the Club at 910-457-7300 for reservations. Noonie Doodle Sweets & Treats is now open! The store is located on the corner of the Spa, and features all-natural candies, nostalgic favorites, toys, and more. Open Monday through Saturday 10am until around 9pm. For those wishing to make a memorial gift in memory of Brooks Powell, in lieu of flowers, Brooks asked that donations be made to the Bald Head Island Public Safety Auxiliary, PO Box 3255, BHI, NC 28461, or to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 107 W. Main Street, Danville, VA 24541. The 2017 Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island is open for public tours. The home is Located at 204 Whale Head Way in Cape Fear Station, and is designed to provide creative decorating ideas and inspiration for visitors. The Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island will be prominently featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine - on the newstands now :). The home will be open for tours Wednesday-Sunday through Labor Day, and on weekends in September and October. A portion of all house tour ticket sales benefit the Old Baldy Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online at [6] Fishing season is just around the corner, and there's no better way to prepare than to participate in the BHI Conservancy's annual Thad Wester Fishing School! This year's school takes place the last weekend in September (9/29-9/30). After years of conflicting calendars, I finally attended this school a few years ago, and oh what fun! If you're going to have a home here (or if you visit often), then you need to learn how to fish. We're surrounded by water, and the fishing is pristine. So sign up by visiting [7], but hurry - this school will likely sell out within the next week or so. Don't forget to follow us on our various social media platforms. Josie Moll is posting more events, store specials and pictures, so [8]follow us on Facebook, [9]Twitter and [10]Instagram . In addition, young Claude is very active on Social media with over 7,000 followers on [11]Instagram, and posts many items related to [12]Bald Head Blues[13] and island living on Instagram and [14]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 Daily 8am - 10pm until Labor Day References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.