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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!

Welcome the New Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club Board

We had 30  fun, enthusiastic Parrot Heads show up for this year’s PHluff up the PHlock Meeting on January 21st.  We discussed the 2018 activity schedule and filled the Board with some new blood and lots of enthusiasm from all.   We even got “Big Birds” for each of our activities as well as a few new ideas to ponder.   We will be sending out requests for volunteers to work with the big birds and the chairs of our 3 standing committees which will be chaired by Members at Large, Technology, Publicity and Activities.   Jessi Holland will also head up coordination of our First Friday PHlockings.  Presenting……..

President: Jan Hicks
Vice President: Rick Walling
Co- Treasurers: Carl Rauschenberg and Rita Babich
Co-Secretaries: Sue Stone and Maggie Rauschenberg
Members at Large: Jimi Crampton (Technology and Publicity), Jamie Thomas (Publicity), Jessi Holland (PHlocking), Moh Traini (Activities), Donna Grady(Activities). Joel Dunn will continue to head up the Technology Committee with Jimi Crampton.

We wanted to give special thanks to our retiring past officers for all their efforts during their last term and their help in transitioning new officers who are stepping up to fill big shoes. So many THANK YOU’s go out to President Jason Holland, Vice President Carol Lauback, and Members at Large Renee Synan, James Hicks, Marcia McMahan, Pat Henry, and Marsha Horner. We know that they all will still be involved and pitching in with the Club and its’ activities as 2018 unfolds. Other special thanks also went out to those officers who will be continuing on for another term.

The 2018 Activities will be added to the Parrot Head Website Calendar and more details added as we get further in our planning but here they are for now so you can add them to your calendar.
• 1/20 – Hoop Pole Creek Clean Up – Ken & Sue Stone (Big Birds)
• 1/21 – PHluff up the PHlock – Ken & Sue Stone (Big Birds)
Nothing Planned
• 3/10 – E.I. Marathon/1/2 Marathon/ 5K – (volunteers needed) Ken Stone (Point Person)
• 3/17 – St. Patty’s Day Booth – Jimi Crampton (Big Bird), Moh Traini
• 4/7 – Disc Golf Tournament (Clean up the course before the tournament)- Jack Synan (Big Bird), Renee Synan, James Hicks, Matt Morel
• 4/21 – Highway Pickup/Sound Sweep – Jean Jensen & Val Johnson (Big Birds)
• 4/25 – New Member Social – Maggie Rauschenberg (Big Bird), Marsha Horner, Renee Synan, Sue Stone
• 5/5 – Bike the Banks (volunteers needed) Ken Stone (Point Person)
• 5/19 – Beach Bike Poker Run – Jami Thomas (Big Bird), Carol Lauback, James Hicks, Betty Strader, Renee Synan
• 5/19 – Hands Across the Sand – Val Johnson (Big Bird), Sue Stone
• 6/16 – Alzheimer’s Longest Day Walk – Val Johnson (Big Bird), Sue Smith
Nothing planned
• 8/5 – Anniversary Island/Sandbar Party – James Hicks (Big Bird), Cris Lauback, Bobbi Raub, Jeanne LaVana
• 9/16 – Coast is Clear under the Pier Beach Party – Michael Moyer (Big Bird), Mendy Barrows
• 10/13 – Diva Walk for Breast Cancer – Jessi Holland (Big Bird), Jan Hicks
• 10/14 – Chili Cookoff for Breast Cancer – Carol Lauback (Big Bird), Jimi Crampton, Jack Synan
• TBD – start meetings for Parade Float –Betty Strader (Big Bird), Jessi Holland, Ken Stone, James Hicks
• 11/3 – Highway Pick up and possibly Sound Sweep – Jean Jensen (Big Bird), Val Johnson, Carl Rauschenberg
• 11/24 – EI Christmas Parade Float – Betty Strader (Big Bird), Ken Stone, James Hicks
• 12/8: Santa Crawl – Jimi Crampton (Big Bird), Renee Synan, Sue Stone

There was a brief discussion on adding additional activities such as Scavenger Hunt or Mini Golf Tournament but those were tabled unless someone wants to do some planning on possible dates and venues.
We closed the meeting on time and enjoyed the pizza provided by the Club.