All posts by Joel Dunn

Almost here! The 14th annual Beach Bike Poker Run, May 20th!

It’s almost time for the 14th Annual Emerald Isle Parrot Head Beach Bike Poker Run! Save the date, May 20th, 2017. Registration begins at 11:30 am at the Emerald Club, and registration cost is only $20. All proceeds benefit the Semper Fi Fund and its  children’s summer camp. The E-Club will provide music before and after the event, food and drink specials. If you want to know more about just what this is, just read here about past events!

Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets on the day of the event. Awesome prizes to give away! This year’s event is gonna be huge! The biggest ever! And you don’t want to miss it!


Earth Day cleanup 2017: 1 if by land, 2 if by sea…

Well, not exactly the midnight ride of Paul Revere, but the EI Parrotheads cleaned up by land and by sea on Earth Day 2017. Over 3 dozen EI Parrotheads cleaned up  NC 58 and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The “land” contingent was lead by Jean Jensen, and they picked up 15 bags of trash and several election signs, starting on the EI side of the bridge and going over to the NC 58/NC 24 intersection:

The “sea” contingent was led by Val Johnson, who organized a flotilla of 5 boats. The boats were captained by Jason Holland, Steve Johnson, Gary Hardee, Todd Kuntz, and Joel Dunn. The flotilla met at marker #33 on the ICW and worked its way back toward the WRC channel from Archers’ Point. The flotilla picked up a pickup truck load of trash bags (thanks for the truck, Steve J.!), a tire, and an EZ-UP tent (at least what was left of it 😉 ):

It was a good deed and a great time! We then met on Pelican Island in Swansboro Harbor for hotdogs & fixin’s, organized by Val!


Hoop Pole Creek cleanup

Parrotheads at Hoophole Creek cleanup
Parrotheads at Hoop Pole Creek Preserve cleanup

The Parrotheads had a large contingent at the annual Hoop Pole Creek Preserve nature trail cleanup on January 14th. This event is organized by the Coastal Federation, and helps to keep this 31-acre urban park clean and inviting. Approximately 20 Parrotheads met the Coastal Federation organizers at 10AM and fanned out along the trail and marshes, picking up several bags of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, styrofoam, drinking cups, and other trash. Our efforts, combined with the Coastal Foundation volunteers made short work of the litter, and we were finished shortly after 11AM.

Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Announced

The laidback, welcoming atmosphere of Margaritaville is coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Margaritaburg, LLC, a consortium of local investors, will build Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Developer and restaurateur Bob McManus serves as president of Margaritaburg LLC, affiliates of which own and operate The Island in Pigeon Forge, including the Margaritaville Hotel in Pigeon Forge. Among the investors is Gatlinburg businessman and hotelier Alex Davis, owner of D&S Builders, LLC, who will serve as contractor for the resort.

“On the heels of the devastating wildfires, the announcement of this project shows Continue reading Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Announced

Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential

Music December 19, 2016 Author: Kirsten Winquist

Hello! Kirsten Winquist here from Radio Margaritaville. I am so excited to share Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential on Radio Margaritaville TODAY at 5pm Eastern and Pacific! (you can see the full re-play schedule below)

A little behind the scenes on this session…our SiriusXM performance theater is lovingly called “the fishbowl” by staffers. It’s called this because it’s a 20’ x 20’ space enclosed entirely by glass and yes, we managed to fit Jimmy, the entire Coral Reefer Band PLUS instruments and ME into that small space. Now, despite the glass and the tight fit, Continue reading Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential

Urban Meyer on the Coconut Podcast

December 19, 2016
Author: Heikki Larsen

The Real Football Network is escaping to the Margaritaville state of mind for the Coconut Podcast called Margaritaville Football. As Jimmy Buffett’s tour traveled across the country this year, production coordinator Heikki Larsen sat down with football personalities to talk sports, music, living the Margaritaville lifestyle and more. Heikki’s guest this week is Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer. Read more about Heikki’s backstage interview with Coach Meyer here:

If you’ve ever seen Coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines, you’ve seen intensity. Having met him on a few occasions now, I can say that intensity is an energy that follows him throughout his day. It’s why I was a little nervous backstage this past summer in Cincinnati. On his one day off of the year, Coach Meyer was coming to the Jimmy Buffett concert and had agreed to do an interview for Margaritaville Football.
Continue reading Urban Meyer on the Coconut Podcast

Parrothead Club takes First Place in EI Christmas Parade!

Back to our winning ways again this year, the EI Parrotheads take first place with our Recycling Float. Winnings will go to Family Promise Program, serving homeless families of Carteret County. Our float was made of recycled materials (cardboard, carpet rolls, umbrellas, cans and bottles, plastic bags etc. Costumes were also recycled materials with everything from old tablecloths, trashbags, garbage, old snack and candy bags to name just a few. Parrot Heads Party (Recycle) with a Purpose!

EIPHC Recycling Float, 2016!
EIPHC Recycling Float, 2016!


Parrothead Captains do well in Swansboro Flotilla!

Emerald Isle Parrotheads Captain Jason Holland and Captain Joel Dunn each took home a prize this year in the annual Swansboro Christmas Flotilla. This event is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year the weather was warm and pleasant, so thousands of people flocked to Swansboro for the event, lining the waterfront and the White Oak River bridge.

Captain Jason and crew took 3rd place in the large boat category (22 feet and over), with a Christmas Smiley Face with Christmas trees and tons of white lights on his 24′ pontoon, and Captain Joel and crew took 2nd (to the usual winner, the Swan) in the small boat category (21 feet and under) on the Defined Benefit, a 21′ center console, with the Christmas by the Sea (sea creatures around a Christmas tree).

Captain Jason's boat
Captain Jason’s boat – nice job for his first entry!


Captain Joel's Defined Benefit decked out for the Flotilla
Captain Joel’s Defined Benefit decked out for the Flotilla


We can’t wait until next year! Y’all make plans to come to EI and Swansboro to see the Flotilla on the Friday after Thanksgiving next year!