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NC Coastal Federation Hoop Pole Creek Litter Pick UP

Saturday, January 12th 10 am to noon. Well I just learned of an event that we have always participated in for many years and in fact we are their primary source of labor/volunteers. The Hoop Pole Creek clean up used to be in March but was moved to January a year or two ago. Somehow I did not get a notice (or even notice it was happening) until our Highway Pickup Big Bird Jean Jensen told me at the PHlocking. If after reading the information below, you think you can give a hand with this all important clean up, please email Jean at The Coastal Federation needs a number so they will have extra gloves and drinks and snacks available. Hope you can make it. For those that would like to lunch with the other Parrot Head Litter Picker Uppers, let Jean know so he knows if he needs to make reservations. Always a good time.

January 12, 2019
10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Hoop Pole Creek Nature Preserve
Milepost 3.5, N.C. 58
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Help us protect coastal wildlife and habitats by cleaning up the Hope Pole Creek Natural Trail!.

Join the federation on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hoop Pole Creek Nature Preserve in Atlantic Beach. Hoop Pole Creek is a coastal creek, salt marsh and maritime forest preserve that continues to be rich with oysters, fish and other wildlife. Volunteers will help to pick up trash and debris, as well as trim trees and bushes along the nature trail, and clean off the boardwalk.

This entire event will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly. Sturdy shoes for walking in wet areas are also recommended. Boots are appropriate if you choose to walk along the water’s edge. Trash bags, gloves and other cleanup materials will be provided. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers after the cleanup.

For more information on the progress of this project over the past three years visit

Santa Crawl is Saturday, December 8th, Read all about it!

December 8th– ISLAND SANTA BAR CRAWL 2:00-6:00pm to benefit Make a Wish -. This fun event is sponsored by the Emerald Isle Parrot Heads to benefit the Eastern Carolina Make a Wish Foundation. $10 for pre-registration, $15 the day of the event. Pre-registration at or on Facebook – Emerald Isle Parrot Heads. On line registration ENDS on Thursday, December 6th. You can also pre register at the December 7th First Friday PHlocking. On the day of the event, Saturday, the Emerald Club will be open at Noon for participants who have “registered online” AND for “live registration.” Registration will end at 1:30.

We have had a great outpouring from local businesses that have sponsored this event, so please let them know you appreciate their help. This event is hosted by the Emerald Club.

DEPS Safety and Security
Budget Blinds
Tuttle Enterprise, LLC
Coastal Recovery
Sandbur Lawn Care
Bogue RV
Banks, Gray and Crumpler, PLLC
Jersey Mikes
Island Pet Veterinary Hospital
Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club
Mills & Thomas Furniture
Family Dentistry
U Dream-It Builders, Inc.
Salon Techniques
Molly Maid, Cedar Point
Bogue RV
Cedar Point Signs & Graphics
InLight Medical
By the Beach Realty

Now for the details!

Where – The Crawl starts and ends at the E-Club and you can crawl, walk, ride a bike or ride with a DD or other safe transportation (Please do not drink and drive) to 7 local “watering” holes. (The Growler, The Island Time Tavern, Sharks Den, Trading Post, Salt, Snapperez and Surf’s Up.) Stops will have drink specials so be prepared. The bars/stops open at 2 and close at 6 p.m. sharp! There will be a 50/50 Raffle too!

What- Dress for the season, Santa, Elves, and Ugly Sweaters welcome. There will be a $50 prize for best dressed. There will be a food truck at the E-Club at the end of the event. Check out Urban Street Eats from Cedar Point on Facebook.

Options : PhotoScavenger Hunt with $200 winning prize. Get a team of PHriends (pick a team name); Teams can be 2 or more people (remember if you win you have to split the $200 cash prize) . Pick a Captain who will be the one in charge and who must have a digital camera/phone. All photos need to be on one device to be eligible to win. All stops must be visited to compete. Visit each stop at your own pace and in your own order and perform the required photo selfie at each bar/stop exactly as listed on the Scavenger Hunt Entry Form, using one designated phone for pictures. Your entire team must return to the Emerald Club and give your completed playing card to the volunteers at the door entry no later than 6:15 to qualify for the drawing. At the end of the game, a team will be drawn from the completed cards. If your team is drawn, you will be asked to show, from the designated phone, pictures of each completed task before being presented the $200 as winner.

Make a Wish Foundation – Our local branch is working hard to make wishes come true for critically ill children in our area. When a wish comes true it helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their critical illnesses. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically. That is why wishes matter. That is why we want to help Make a Wish grant wishes.


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Major Announcements and Events

Xmas Parade Float We had our first planning meeting and know what we are building and have a start on what we need. If you would like to help with the building (you don’t have to be available every work session, and you don’t have to be here for the Parade on November 24th.) We have a number of people who signed up to help build at the last PHlocking but if you didn’t attend and want to be part of the process, just email Sue Stone at and we will add you to the communication list (used to announce changes in the building schedule, or need for materials etc) We will be gathering at Stonesend at 9701 Ashley Place, EI on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 and Sunday mornings from 10-1. We have a late start this year due to the storm so we will need to make the most of the building days. Wear painting clothes!

October 27th (Saturday) – 7 PM – Parrot Head fun at the Speedway. Due to the storm and the passing of Bobby Watson, there have been a few changes. We will not have access to the private suite but we are now planning on enjoying the races from the grand stands. There will be Parrot Heads there so look for us in the stands. This may be the last race of the season, so if you haven’t gone yet, this is your chance to enjoy the fun with your Parrot Head friends. Cost is $15 at the gate and kids are free.

October 28th (Sunday) 2 PM at the Emerald Club – Costume Party and Fundraiser in support of the Carteret County Humane Society. Tickets are $10 at the Door. Sponsored by Island Pet Veterinary Hospital, Black Dog Provisions, 4Everall, E-Club and of course the Parrot Heads. Food will be provided by Black Dog Provisions, Music by 4Everall, Pet Portraits, Raffle and Silent Auction. Carteret County Humane Society sustained major damage due to Hurricane Florence. Dress your pet and win a prize. Come support the county animal shelter with a night of Halloween fun! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carteret Humane Society to help them rebuild. Parrot Heads will be running the raffle and silent auction. We need Parrot Heads willing to help and we also need items for the raffle, gift baskets, gift certificates etc. If you have a large value item suitable for a silent auction we can use that too. Please email Sue Stone at or call 252-354-4434. Time is short and we need lots of help on this one.

October 30 ( Tuesday) – Plash PHlocking at the E-Club for Halloween. Know there is a costume contest so dress for success. Know there will be other details coming so listen to the Coconut Telegraph (Facebook, word of mouth and our website) for more information.

Important Island/Sand Bar Party Info

August 5 – Sunday -1:00 PM Island/Sand Bar Party at Pelican Island Parrot Heads and friends will arrive by boat, kayak, canoe, or other(?) for a time that we get together and relax, enjoy each other’s company and spend a fun-filled day at the beach swimming, eating, playing games, and listening to great music. Below are items that need SPECIAL ATTENTION so that your attendance will go without a glitch and you can get your party on. (Pelican Island is across from the Swansboro Yacht Club and has a small dock and large American Flag)

2. A SIGNED WAIVER IS REQUIRED. This is a new requirement. The waiver can be signed at the PHlocking on Friday, August 3, or you can sign upon your arrival on the Island. A registration station will be set up at the PHlocking and on the Island or if using Parrot Head boat pickup, you must sign the waiver before the boat can leave the dock. Wristbands will be issued on the Island for all those who have signed. THE WRISTBAND MUST BE WORN IN ORDER TO ATTEND.
3. FERRY: We have two boats for pickup of participants. They will run from 12:30 p.m until 2:30 p.m, to and from Swansboro Town Dock, in 15 to 30 minute intervals. Return trips will begin at 4, so our Captains Jason Holland and Steve Johnson get a chance to chill and hang out for a bit of the party. We may even save some food for them.
4. HOT DOGS/HAMBURGERS, The cooks will grill the meat prior to and during the party. However, the grill closes at 2 so make sure you are there in time to grab your share.
5. Please bring a dish to share and your own beverage of choice.
6. SWIMMING AREA. You are advised to stay within the designated swimming area since often there are currents that could take you away or place you right in front of a boat. YIKES!
7. WATER SHOES AND SUN SCREEN. Water shoes are a great way to avoid shell cuts and pelican poo! Also, don’t forget your sun screen.
8. UMBRELLA, TENTS AND CHAIRS, are highly recommended for your comfort and shade.
9. SAFETY. There’s some poison ivy, slippery mud, spotty weeds and bushes, and a very ugly potty waiting. Additionally, a bunch of boats will be sharing the same site, so be sure to keep your wits about you and help look after each other.
Just so you know, this is the Annual event where we “fun raise”. No money involved, just a way to thank our members for doing such good things all year. The Club provides hamburgers, hotdogs, rolls and condiments, a few games, a swimming spot, music and all y’all provide the fun, a dish to share and chairs, umbrellas, sunglasses and sun screen. No dogs allowed (due to food stealing, spilled drinks and general mayhem) Everyone is invited and you can bring guests but it is not a public event.

EIPHC 15th Annual Beach Bicycle Poker Run


The Emerald Isle Parrot Heads are excited to be hosting the 15th Annual Beach Bicycle Poker Run in beautiful Emerald Isle, NC. This year the Beach Bicycle Poker Run will again be raising money for the Semper Fi Fund’s Kid’s Camp to send children of Wounded Warriors (Marines and Sailors) to camp for a week and pair them with a mentor for a year. 

The event will take place on May 19th, 2018. Beginning at the Emerald Club (located at 8102 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594). Check In/Day of Registration begins at 11:30 am.

We will be having a bike decorating contest yet again! All bikes must be registered and ready for judging by 1:30 pm. 1st place wins $75, 2nd Place wins $50 and 3rd Place wins $25. The theme this year is BUFFETT BASH! Think all things Jimmy Buffett! Use your imagination! It could win you some cold hard cash!








Register online prior to May 11th for $20. After May 11th registration goes up to $25, online registration is available through May 15th. You can always register on-site the day of for $25.

The Poker Run will kick off at 2pm sharp! You will travel to 7 of our local establishments and draw a card at each location to try and form the best poker hand! You must be back to the E-Club by 5:00 pm to turn in your poker hand. Best poker hand wins $300, 2nd place wins $200, and 3rd place wins $100!

A live auction will be taking place prior to the announcement of the winning poker hands! We have a beach bike trike, a stay in Myrtle Beach and a deep sea fishing trip you could bid on and win!

*Due to the ever changing weather in NC, should we have a rain out your entry fee will be considered a donation to the worthy cause of Semper Fi Fund.
Register and buy your t-shirt today!!! Below is our shirt design and t-shirt color.


Go to the tab for registration, at the bottom click the register here text!   Don’t wait, register now and save money and time on the day of!

President’s Perch


FROM THE PERCH: Jan Hicks Shares her Thoughts:
May 2018

We are family! Yep, to achieve our goals, we work together and are united in every way. You may not think that we play a part in the “big picture,” but we really do! Our volunteers make amazing things happen when we Party with a Purpose!

James and I just returned from a trip to Margaritaville at Wyndham Del Mar in Puerto Rico. We were excited about visiting San Juan, not only to experience the fun of a vacation, but to see for ourselves the state of the island and its people. Wow, what a welcome we had beginning with frozen Margaritas at check-in. During the week, when asked, folks shared terrifying stories of the hurricane, how they dealt with it and how they feel now. Let me share just a couple…
From Jami: It was devastating, everything was black, no light, no phone, no radio, nothing worked. I have a 3-yr. old and live with my mother. The hotel was closed, and we had no jobs. However, this company (Wyndham) continued to pay those who could not rotate to other jobs. I rotated to Florida and worked for 2 months until I could come back and work here. I am so grateful!
From Roberto: I rushed home to save my dogs. The house was flooding like crazy. I knew we would die if we stayed. I lost everything I worked for all my life. Hey, but I got a job, I have my children and 11 grandchildren. I rent a small apartment and I’m still here (with my puppies)! I’m good.

There were so many more stories I haven’t enough space to share with you. The most memorable part of the trip will be the experience of meeting these brave people and leaving the beautiful island knowing that they have a positive outlook on themselves, their island and their future!

I can’t help but reflect on my family of PH’s and how our work contributes to the elderly, the homeless, the children, the less fortunate, the animals, the environment and so much more. Not only is our local club ranked 5th in the world (for 2017) with 511 members, but the PH Nation together experienced $4,067,644 in fundraising and 197,965 in volunteer hours for 2017! We are so blessed!

Please keep our Puerto Rican friends in your prayers. Oh yeah, we shared our stories and pictures of Parrot Heads with them and they know how to Party with a Purpose!