All posts by Jan Hicks

President’s Notes, December 2020

“BIRDS OF A PHEATHER PHLOCK TOGETHER!” That’s what we do under normal (whatever that is) circumstances.  We share common interests for the island lifestyle, partying with a purpose, and working together to improve our surroundings. This past year has been difficult and frustrating! We canceled nearly all events and were forced to hold our monthly PHlockings virtually, which were few and far between!

But guess what?  WE’RE STILL HERE! Nothing could prove this any better than the 2020 Island Santa Bar Crawl and its huge success. We defied all odds and worked together as a PHlock to provide many wishes for Make-A-Wish, ENC and the wish kids of Carteret County! Our perseverance paid off!

So, I say “Bring it on 2021!”  We will remain hopeful and do what we can do, not what we can’t.  We’ll continue to search for what is meaningful and good and be involved in making our world a little better than the way we found it! And finally, when allowed to PHlock, and actually hug and see each other’s smiling faces, we’ll celebrate life and love with one ‘Helluva’ Party! Happy New Year ya’ll with your PHins up! Jan H. President

OVER $37,000 RAISED BY EIPHC 2020 ISLAND SANTA BAR CRAWL!

I am happy to announce that we will be contributing to Make-A-Wish, ENC, a  little over $37,000 to benefit wish kids of Carteret County.  I am sending a big hug and heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped make this event a huge success.  So many PHolks supported the auction with purchases, made donations, hosted private events and contributed lots of time and effort in many ways. I can’t thank you enough! I believe the hearts of everyone involved were touched when we all reconnected as a PHlock! There are very special kids that are going to be mighty happy as a result of our efforts.

Be on the lookout for additional pictures and announcements!  It’s awesome to have something great like this event to end the year.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Phins up! Jan H.,  President

President’s Notes November 2020

Here comes Santa Crawl, here comes Santa Crawl

Right down Santa Crawl Lane

Dinners and parties for Phamilies and Phriends

While Parrot Heads entertain.

 

This Christmas Cheer gives Wish Kids here

A chance for dreams to come true,

Donate your gift, be glad you did

Cause it all begins with YOU!

 Click here: Donation to Make-a-Wish (Island Santa Bar Crawl) | Emerald Isle Parrothead Club (emeraldisleparrotheads.com) or visit our website and click in the menu Donation to Make-A-Wish.

While the songwriting should be left to Jimmy, I hope my message is loud and clear. We are thankful to have several Parrot Heads hosting their own events with Phriends and Phamilies online and off to raise money for Make-A-Wish, ENC. However, if you are not already involved,  you too have the opportunity to make a tremendous difference in the lives of our Carteret County  Wish Kids by contributing as little as $5 or $10 to this worthy cause. Our club is over 350 strong.  Together we can make this 2020 Island Santa Bar Crawl the best yet!  Learn more about the Crawl held from December 4 through December 13,  by visiting our website at www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyful Happy New Year! May your days be filled with calm seas and picture-perfect sunsets as reminders of what a wonderful world this can be! Phins Up! Jan H.

 

 

President’s Notes October 2020

First, Happy Halloween! Can’t believe we are looking at the end of October and are about to enter November and Thanksgiving!

With all  the negativity going on in the news, now’s the time for you and your PHLOCK to party and plan some real PHUN this Thanksgiving! Here’s some tips for children or for childish adults like us in making this one special:

  • Be sure to “have a moment” at the beginning of the meal to offer up a simple prayer or reflection. Remember those who are no longer with you and welcome those who are new to the crew. Perhaps everyone can take a turn to say one thing they’re especially grateful for. This is a heartfelt, sincere, and ultimately childlike way to bring everyone to a similar mindset as you gather together. Ignore the eye rolls and enjoy the moment.
  • We love to dress up according to a theme. Clothes are an easy way to express enthusiasm for the moment at hand. If you’re on the conservative side, now’s the time to splurge on those 99-cent turkey socks or dig through the closet to find autumn-colored clothes. On the other end of the spectrum, you could pick up a turkey hat. Don’t miss the chance to show your true colors. Could it get a bit ridiculous? Of course.
  • Football is a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families. But you don’t have to leave all the fun to the pros. Invite folks to play a family/friend game, something that crosses generations and involves everyone. A few favorites to think about are cornhole, spoons, flag football, kickball, hot potato, Pictionary, bingo, and Apples for Apples. 

These are just a few ideas.  You’ll find lots of ways to celebrate online.  Be sure to feast on some Jimmy Buffett tunes while you’re at it, read what’s happening in your November edition of the EIPHC Newsletter, and follow our website emeraldisleparrotheads.com  and Facebook page to so you can “Party With a Purpose.” Happy Thanksgiving Phriends! Jan H., President

SAVE THE DATES December 4—13, 2020

Started in 2018, in lieu of the annual Island Santa Bar Crawl, this year we are inviting club members to organize & host your own themed dinner/cocktail parties to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. You select the theme, menu, guest list, venue…and get ready to “party with a purpose.”!

HOW:

  • Select a party date between Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 13. Register by clicking here: EIPHC Party Registration

  • Once submitted, an individual fundraising page will be set up for each party and a sharable link will be provided to each host.

  • Select a “theme” and invite your guests! Costumes are encouraged!!  Whether you go with traditional festive attire or a crazy & wacky theme – it’s totally up to you! Just have phun with it.

  • Be sure to let your guests know they can make a donation on your fundraising page by sharing the link along with the invitation (or they can choose to bring a check payable to Make-A-Wish Eastern NC to the party.) Share your party photos on the EIPHC Facebook Page!

WHY:

Wishes are waiting! By supporting Make-A-Wish ENC,
we are giving local children
renewed strength to fight their critical illnesses, bringing
families closer together and uniting entire communities.  Right now— there are 8  kids from Carteret County who need our help! Let’s have some phun and grant some wishes this holiday season!

AWARDS:

Based on the *photos submitted, judges will select winners for the top three themed parties! Each winning host will receive a bonus donation to be added to their fundraising total. The host with the highest fundraising total will receive the “Grand Santa’s Helper” award. All winners will be announced Live on Facebook on Monday, Dec. 14. (Businesses & individual hosts will be judged separately)

*More details  on how/where to share your party photos coming soon!

Event  T-Shirts
Event T-shirts will be available SOON for pre-order online @ $20 per shirt, long sleeve, soft  cotton, event logo on back. :

START PLANNING NOW by clicking here: EIPHC Party Registration

 

PHLASH PHLOCKING UPDATE! OCTOBER 24 AT 4 PM!

PHLASH PHLOCKING STILL A GO!!! Location changed to 104 Golphin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret, NC

Concert featuring DJ ROUSE OF BB&B, THE MIGHTY SAINTS OF SOUL, AND JIM QUICK & THE COASTLINE BAND starting at 5 pm. Gates open at 4 pm. $15 per person or $50 for truck/carload of 6 (Cash Only).  Coolers and lawn chairs are welcomed but no glass bottles allowed. Moore’s BBQ trailer will be on site.  We suggest that parrot heads show up and show off with decorated vehicles and  tropical/parrot head clothing, etc.  You get the picture.  While it’s not a Buffett Concert, it may be the next best thing!  (Venue located in yard next to Ribeyes)

President’s Notes September 2020

Now Fall has arrived and it’s time to pick the perfect pumpkin, beware of candy corn, turn off your air conditioner, raise the windows, put the bathing suit away and pull out your old warm sweaters and sweatpants! You can enjoy the cool crisp air and the leaves dressed in orange, red, and yellow.  Fall is a wonderful time of the year!  Make the most of it with your PHamily and PHriends and be thankful!

Though it has been a tough year for the Parrot Heads, nothing has dampened our spirits and our ability to make people who are strangers into PHriends, work together in community service, join in charitable contributions and assist in community based ventures. This has been demonstrated on many levels by many individuals and businesses. We remain a “Phlock” locked together by our love for one another and our surroundings. Thank you to all involved!

Be sure to join us for the October PHlash PHlocking, the Trolley Car Happy Hour in November, and a virtual Santa Crawl Dinner/Party in December.  Details on these events can be found in our Newsletter as well as by visiting www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com and on our Facebook page. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to organize and manage these events.  As you know, sometimes unforeseen things get in the way and our best-laid plans are no longer. We will try hard to keep you up to date!  Miss you much! Remember to “Party with a Purpose” every chance you get! Jan H, President