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Saturday Specials at the Maritime Market - 03/17

Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 55 degrees on the front porch this morning, with a warm western wind stirring up the South Beach surf and wisping over the dunes. The early birds remain slumbered amidst a dark & starry morning sky, and the island is quiet and very peaceful. We have a beautiful day ahead, with sunny skies warming the island to the mid 60's. Our westerly breezes will lay down by the afternoon, making for ideal conditions on the golf course :). We'll cool to the low 50's overnight, and warm to the mid 60's again tomorrow, with partly sunny skies and blustery southwesterly breezes in the afternoon, with just a slight chance of an evening shower after dark. On Sunday, winds will shift to the north, bringing cooler temperatures topping out in the upper 50's, with partly sunny skies. High tide will peak at about 7:45 this morning, and low tide will occur around 1:45 this afternoon. For breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is preparing a delicious breakfast quesadilla, layered with scrambled eggs, diced sausage, cheddar cheese & salsa for only $7.95. For lunch today, it's Fisherman's Friday, with a bounty of seafood selections on the hot bar. Order any of our regular menu items on-line at [1] and your order will be ready when you arrive. The Village Council will hold a Public Hearing this afternoon on a proposed $6 million Bond referendum for beach renourishment projects. The meeting takes place at the BHA and begins at 2:30pm. All islanders are encouraged to attend. The next Friends of Music Concert takes place at the Village Chapel tonight, and features an incredibly talented teen prodigy named Gabiel Crist. He'll be playing the piano beginning at 7:30pm. The Badwater Ultra-Marathon returns to the island this weekend, bringing hundreds of running enthusiasts from around the world to take place in their "warm-up" marathon - a mere 51 miles - with embedded shorter races, and the race route running through the island's Wynds, and along the beaches. The island community is thrilled to host this organization, and many of our islanders will be volunteering to help with water stations, directions, and other assistance for runners. Many of the participants will be staying on the island, so give them a hearty welcome when you see them. For more information about the Badwater Marathon, please visit [2] The BHI Club will host a special St. Patrick's Day dinner & concert tomorrow night, from 6-9pm, featuring a concert by world renowned fiddler Andrea Beaton. She's recorded 6 albums and performs worldwide. Reservations are required, and adults are only $29++. The BHA's next Potluck Supper takes place this Monday, March 19 at 6pm in the Generator Hall, so come out and meet your neighbors! Bring a dish to share along with your favorite beverage. For more information, please contact FA McLeod at [3] A Catholic Mass will take place at the Village Chapel at Noon next Tuesday, March 20, followed by a potluck lunch with the celebrant - Friar Vic, the new pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Southport. All are invited, and if you're attending the potluck, please send a quick note to FA McLeod at [4] & let her know how many are in your party. The Market is putting together some terrific Easter baskets for kids (under 12), along with teens, and even baskets for grown-ups! Order yours by visiting [5] Please fill out one form for each recipient of a basket. Order deadline is Monday, March 26 at Noon, and baskets will be ready for pick-up at the Market on Saturday, March 31 from Noon-8pm. Or, for a small fee, baskets may be delivered by Captain Charlie the Easter Turtle on Easter morning between 9-11am. If you have any questions regarding the contents, or age-appropriateness of the items inside, or you need any customized support at all, please contact Holly Fauble via email at [6] Seats are going fast for our upcoming Easter Side Porch Oyster Roast, and a sell-out is imminent, so register today at [7] to reserve your seats. The fun takes place on Friday, March 30 at the Forest Pavilion - adjacent to the Market, and the evening features live music by Mark Daffer, along with an incredible spread of Chef Marc's fresh steamed oysters, steamed old bay shrimp, pulled pork barbecue, roasted chicken, and a host of sides and other goodies. Cost is only $32.95/adults or $16.95/children under 12. You can also add a steamed Live Maine Lobster for just $24 more. Beer & wine will be available by the glass, or just step into the Market and select your favorite bottle or six-pack and bring it out to your table. Seats are limited, so register early. Immediately after our Oyster Roast on Friday, March 30, we'll host our first Scotch & Cigar event by the firepits at the Forest Pavilion. We'll be joined by Jason Marks - owner of Atomic Cigar Company, and he'll be hand-rolling cigars for attendees to smoke on site or purchase for later enjoyment. We'll have flights of Single-Malt Scotch available in 1/2, 1, or 2oz pours. We'll also have a fine selection of craft Bourbons, and we'll begin after the Oyster Roast winds down - sometime around 7:30 or 8pm. Registration is not necessary - just drop by and join the fun! The Ray Webb Memorial Community Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday, March 27, from 10am - 2pm at the BHA. Donors need an appointment, so please contact Chris Webb at 910-231-8065 or drop her an email at Appointments fill up fast, so call today! The BHI Club is now on a waiting list for their Easter Brunch. Shoals Club will have two seatings - 10:30am and 12:30pm, and those are also filling up fast, so call Shoals Club at 910-454-4850 or join the waiting list at the BHI Club by calling 910-457-7300. As part of the Chapel’s 2018 mission project, Re-CYCLE BHI, the Chapel will be collecting used bikes at the old Harbour tent site (now a Village park) on Saturday, March 31 from 8am until Noon. The Village has also opened a drop-off site at the Public Works department, and used bikes can now be left in Container No. 14 - next to the light green contractor's building behind the contractor parking lot on Edward Teach. Tax receipts and coupons for 10% off a new bike from Island Hardware are available. If you can't get to the island by then, please email [8]Darryl Early or [9]Steve McCory to arrange for a pick-up. All used bikes will be donated to a fabulous organization in Fayetteville that repairs and distributes bikes to underprivileged kids. To learn about this fabulous group go to [10] [11] -widow-legacy-of-bicycle-man- lives-on-in-fayetteville/17183 850/. Many thanks to Anne Rex and Gayle Sanders for their efforts on this project. If you have any questions, please email [12] or [13] The next Howl at the Moon Sunset/Moonrise Party takes place on Saturday, March 31, and is sponsored by Bald Head Blues. It's a Blue Moon! It's rare to have a Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month), but it's even more rare to have two Blue Moons in the same year :). We'll gather at Access 39 from 7-9pm, and we'll have the bonfire stoked, while Peter the Piper plays his ancient melodies on the bagpipes. Chef Marc will be bringing a huge pot of soup for everyone. BYOB and bring an appetizer to share. The sun will set at 7:32pm, followed by the full moon rising at precisely 7:52pm. Prudy Weaver will be signing her new book at All About Art on Saturday, March 31 from 1-5pm, and will be showing some of her new works. Drop by for hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine and meet Prudy. The next Island-wide Litter Sweep takes place on Saturday, March 31 from 11am - 1pm. Meet at the Fire Station to pick up bags, gloves, and grabbers, and then pick a Wynd or section of the island to clean. Prizes are awarded for the most unusual litter found. The Pirate Invation Fundraiser for the BVI recovery efforts will take place on Thursday, April 5 at the Forest Pavilion - adjacent to the Market. You'll enjoy a Live band, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, rum & spirits tastings, craft brew & wine. Meet some of the pirates who will be attending this year’s Pirate’s weekend. These pirates are contributing their time to this event to help raise funds for the BVI island recovery effort in the spirit of “pirates helping pirates.” All attendees are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $25 to $100 per person to Virgin Unite in support of their hurricane recovery and rebuilding work. To learn more or RSVP, please visit [14] upport-appeal-tickets-43706863405 The Market is currently accepting applications for full & part time employees for the coming season, and we're looking for bright, energetic & eager folks in all positions, and in all departments. If you know someone looking for a challenging & rewarding job for the season, please forward this link to them: [15] They must be at least 16 years old, and they must have their own housing (on or off island). The Market provides ferry tickets, daily parking, and a full meal prepared by Chef Marc for each employee every day. We will also need many of our seasonal veterans to help out during the Easter Holiday, so if you've worked for us in the past and you're available to help out over Easter, please let us know. Enjoy this wonderful winter 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 - 6pm Monday thru Saturday Open 8am - 2pm Sunday - through March 18 Open 8am - 8pm March 23 - April 7 Open 8am - 2pm Easter Sunday References 1. 2. 3. Potluck Supper on the 19th 4. Mass Potluck 5. 6. Baskets from Maritime Market 7. 8. bikes for pick-up/donation 9. bikes for pick-up/donation 10. http:// -widow-legacy-of-bicycle-man- lives-on-in-fayetteville/17183 850/ 11. 12. project 13. project 14. 15. Manage Your Subscription: