Last Sunday, a few Parrot Heads decided to check out the Knockerball fundraiser over at the Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center. After actively watching a full game, we were advised that we could try it out for $5 for 5 minutes. What a Hoot. Photographer Jeanne LaVana captured the final elimination round (object to push everyone out of the circle and be the last one standing). Ken and Sue Stone, Bobbi Raub, Val and Steven Johnson, Anne Schrott and Carol Lauback braved the taunts and had a blast. Steve Johnson was the big winner. Do think we could do this as a great fundraiser……
April 9, 2016
As a traveling musician for 40 years, I played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint. It was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions. Time has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina, where we are scheduled to play shows next week in Raleigh and Charlotte.
North Carolina was there for me as a performer in the early days and I have always felt a loyalty to fans there that goes deep. Rightly so, a lot of people are reacting to the stupid law. I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law. I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year. We will be playing in Raleigh and Charlotte next week.
That said, as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
We had planned a Highway pick up along with the SoundSide litter pick up by boat but DOT and prisoners picked up the trash along the highway a week or so ago. We will do one later in the spring or early summer instead. The Soundside pick up is still on and Val Johnson has it all organized for those who have signed up. Thanks to those who volunteered, we will get back with you about a future date!
We are looking for both participants in this event as well has volunteers to help with registration and manning the water/snack stations along the way. If you are interested in participating ( a fun family thing for Mother’s Day Weekend for sure) please follow the information in the note below on how to register.
If you are willing to spend a few hours to help raise some funds to continue to expand and enhance the Multi-Use Path. It is only a few weeks away and we are short on volunteers (Ken Stone is chair of the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and he really needs our help)
BIKE THE BANKS! Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century
Century (100) , 50- and 10-mile rides to attract cyclists of all kinds!
The Emerald Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will host its 2nd annual Bike the Banks-Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century on Saturday, May 7, as part of the committee’s ongoing effort to promote the area as a one of the top bicycle-riding destinations along the North Carolina coast.
The event will feature three rides of varying length, all beginning at the Emerald Isle Community Center, located at 203 Leisure Lane in Emerald Isle. Cyclists can choose from the “10-mile Fun Cycle” along the bicycle and pedestrian path in Emerald Isle; the “Fort Macon 50-miler” a roundtrip ride to Fort Macon along Highway 58; or the “Crystal Coast Century”, a 100-mile roundtrip to Cape Lookout. The entry fee for the Fun Cycle is $25. Entry fees for the Fort Macon and Century rides are $40 each.
The purpose of the ride is to promote the Path here in Emerald Isle as well as to showcase our wonderful community and county. We continue to hope that this event will help our local businesses as well since so many of the participating riders come in from other areas. Funds raised from this event will be used to continue expansion and improve the Multi Use Path.
Registered riders will depart toward their desired destinations at 8 a.m. Safety will continue to be a major focal point for the Committee, which has worked in conjunction with area law enforcement to ensure that all three routes will be clearly visible to riders and motorists throughout the ride. Cue sheets will be available for download by mid-April. Rest stops will be present along all routes and each ride will have support and gear (SAG) vehicles on site.
Cyclists should bring their own bikes or plan on renting one. The event is not a race. Cyclists can ride at their own pace. The course will remain open until 3 p.m., after which SAG vehicles will no longer be available. Rest stops will close one hour prior to course closure.
Riders can register by visiting http://www.active.com/
Beach Bicycle Poker Run
The Parrot Heads’ biggest fund (and fun) raiser of the year is coming up on Saturday May 21!
THE BEACH BICYCLE POKER RUN! This is an adult’s only event. All proceeds go to Semper Fi Odyssey Children’s Adventure Camp sending children of wounded/injured Marines and Sailors to camp for a week and then mentoring them throughout the school year; a chance for the community to give a little back to the families who have given so much for us. Last year we raised $7000 at this event and had 213 riders, and we hope to top that this year.
Registration ($20) begins in the Emerald Club parking lot at 11:30, with DJ-JD (our own “Dr.” John Dyer) playing great tunes, raffle tickets for a variety of prizes donated by local merchants and Parrot Heads will be on sale, as well as logoed event T shirts. PHolks are encouraged to dress up their bikes and themselves not only for a fun time and good laugh, but to compete for great prizes in this year’s categories: PIRATES, PHINS , & PHEATHERS; judging for this starts at 1:00. At 2:00 sharp the masses hop on their bicycles and ride to six designated local restaurant/bars to pick up a poker card. Upon returning to the Emerald Club no later than 5:00, there are cash prizes for the best poker hand; $300- 1st, $200- 2nd, $100- 3rd , some free grub, and awarding raffle winners. Sela Dubb will be playing that night followed by Mike Mixer. A rowdy time for a great cause; DON’T MISS IT!!