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About Joel Dunn

Joel lives in Emerald Isle, and likes boating, fishing, and enjoying the beach life!

Hands Across the Sand 2019

Hands Across the Sand 2019 is coming to Bogue Banks this Saturday, with events in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. It’s a 15-minute event at noon Saturday May 18th to raise awareness and solidarity with others around the world to protect the beaches we all love. In Emerald Isle, it’s at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, and in Atlantic Beach, it’s at Fort Macon. It’s only 15 minutes at noon! You can be a part of Hands Across the Sand, and then participate in other activities on the Island on Saturday afternoon, such as the Beach Bike Poker Run!

2018 Beach Bike Poker Run Wrapup

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From L to R: Donna Grady, Ashley Washington, Jami Thomas, Tanya Washington

On May 19, 2018, the Emerald Isle Parrot Head’s hosted their 15th Annual Beach Bike Poker Run. With 242 participants this was the 2nd largest in history of the event. Each participant rode their bike or walked to the seven poker stops, drew a poker card, and tried to create the best poker hand possible. Congratulations to Lee Ott for buying his mulligan and coming up with four aces for the winning hand. He took home $300 in cash.   Aside from the poker hand competition, the Parrot Head’s also hosted a bicycle decoration contest. The creativity of the Parrot Head’s is second to none! The evening ended with a live auction. The giving hearts of the Emerald Isle community were magnified during our auction. This was the first year of the live auction and what a success it was, brining in $3000.

Local The profits of this event were donated to the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp. The camp allows children of injured service members of all branches from Carteret and Onslow counties to enjoy a week of personal growth and adventure. Following the week of camp, campers are paired with a mentor the year. This allows the continued growth of these children who have faces so much in their lives. 2018 was another record breaking year for the fundraising efforts of the Emerald Isle Parrot Heads. Through hard work, the generosity of our poker stops, sponsors and the kind-hearted members of the Emerald Isle community $15,000 was donated on June 6th to the Semper Fi Fund.  Last year the Parrot Heads raised funds to cover the expenses of 21 campers and four mentors. In true Parrot Head fashion, we partied with a purpose! We are excited to see how many  more campers and mentors this $15,000 donation will impact!

BBPR cheesburger bike
Cheeseburger in Paridise Bike
BBPR renee bike
Renee Snyman: 3rd place finisher in the bike decorating contest

Event info forms for Website/Facebook updates

The EIPHC technology committee has developed some forms to help our event organizers help us get information out to the membership before an event, and to get a summary of events posted after it’s over. We have two versions of each form, one that you can type in with a PDF viewer like Adobe Acrobat on the PC or Preview on the Mac, and one that you just print out, fill in, scan and send. All forms can be returned to “” as a PDF, or as a photo or scan from your phone. Just contact us if you have questions, the technology committee is here to help!

Pre-event forms:

Post-event forms:

If you have any questions, please contact the technology committee at “

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