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Tuesday Specials at the Maritime Market - 05/22

Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 73 degrees on the front porch this morning, and the rising sun is reflecting off the high wispy clouds on the southern horizon, with hues of pink, orange and purple, with a mild southerly breeze rustling in the nearby palms and carrying the sounds of the surf. We saw a great example yesterday of the mysteries of our micro-climate - we endured a 50% chance of rain without a drop falling onto the island. We've absorbed over an inch and a half in the past five days, but much of that has fallen overnight, or in a few isolated squalls. Thus, we've also seen hours (and entire days) where gloom & doom was predicted, only to give way to partly sunny skies with patches of blue, along with enough confidence to plan and execute any outdoor activitiy desired. So, if you're at home in Urbanville looking at a weather forecast for the coast, take it with a grain of salt and don't let the forecast scare you away. Head on down, and you'll likely experience the same delightful days. We really do have a "micro-climate" here, just believe it, and then come and live it :). Today we'll see partly sunny skies, light southerly breezes and a high in the mid 70's. Ditto for tomorrow, with a better chance of showers or thunderstorms arriving on Wednesday. Low tide will occur soon - around 7:30 this morning. High tide will peak at about 1:45 this afternoon, and low tide returns around 7:45 this evening. For breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is featuring a delicious ham, egg & cheese croissant, with a side of fresh cut fruit for only $7.95. For lunch today, enjoy Radar's famous country-style meatloaf, with fresh-baked cornbread, gravy & green beans for only $9.95. Or, enjoy a savory bologna sandwich with cheese & a side of chips for just $6.95, or devour a massive barbecue burger - layered with a 6oz fresh beef patty, and 2 more ounces of our smoked pulled pork barbecue, and topped with cheddar cheese - all on a brioche bun with our special sauce for just $9.95. Order any of our regular menu items on-line at [1] and your order will be ready when you arrive. We'll be hosting our next Side Porch Oyster Roast this coming Sunday, May 27th, beginning at 5pm. The fun takes place at the Forest Pavilion and features live music by Mark Daffer, along with an incredible spread of Chef Marc's fresh steamed oysters, steamed old bay shrimp, pulled pork barbecue, roasted chicken, and a host of sides and other goodies. Cost is only $32.95/adults or $16.95/children under 12. You can also add a steamed Live Maine Lobster for just $25 more. Beer & wine will be available by the glass, or just step into the Market and select your favorite bottle or six-pack and bring it out to your table. Seats are limited, so register early by visiting [2] Kudos to Martin Piller and Joel Dahmen for their performance at the PGA Tour's AT&T Byron Nelson this past weekend. Joel finished T16, and Martin finished T21, and both moved up in the FedEx Cup rankings. You'll see Martin and Joel in the field again this weekend at the Fort Worth Invitational. The Golf Channel will have live coverage on Thursday & Friday, and CBS picks up the coverage for the weekend. Just look for the two sharpest guys on TV - each wearing our performance polos from Bald Head Blues :) The Apple of Your Island Apple Training Classes are back for the Summer and Fall, with the next class taking place tomorrow at 9am in the Green Room at the BHI Club. This week's topic is working with iCloud, but any questions you have about any Apple device is always welcome. Please register in advance by calling or texting Larry Carringer at 203-209-1196, or register on-line at [3] All About Art is hosting a jewelry trunk show for designer Julie Vos this Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00. On Saturday, from 6-9pm the gallery will host a combined music and art show featuring the work of Francisca Dekker with concert pianist, Julia Walker Jewell at the keyboard, so drop by for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Peggy Cleary will also be teaching art classes through the Memorial weekend. Honey's Barbecue reopens for the season this Thursday at Noon, and will be open daily through Labor Day weekend. They're located next to Mojo's on the Harbor. The Market will extend its operating hours this weekend. Beginning on Friday, we'll be open from 8am - 10pm daily, until Labor Day, with the island's best fresh baked pizza and other dinner selections in the Cafe nightly until 9pm. We'll be hosting our next Nye's Cream Sandwich Eating Contest this coming Saturday at the Forest Pavilion beginning at 1pm, with two age groups (8-12, and 13 & over), and three prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd) for each age group. This event is loads of fun, with many thanks to the Christian Nye for his generous sponsorship year after year. [4]Register now by clicking here! The Smith Island Art League is adding a "Junior Show" to their repertoire for their upcoming Memorial weekend show. These talented artists (18 and under) will exhibit their "Birds of Bald Head" themed works on Friday night from 5-7pm at the BHA. Young artists are also invited to exhibit and enter the show - just contact Prudy Weaver at 704-907-4287 or email The Smith Island Art League Show will then continue through the weekend from 10am - 5pm on Saturday & Sunday at the BHA. The BHI Artisan Show & Sale will take place on the porch of Village Hall this Saturday from 10am-5pm, featuring local artisans showcasing their handmade items including jewelry, bird home replicas of BHI buildings, fabric art and drone photos of BHI. For information, contact Sally Klippel at 404-692-8652. The next Howl at the Moon Sunset/Moonrise Party takes place on Tuesday, May 29, and is generously sponsored by Wendy Wilmot Properties. We'll gather as usual at Access 39 from 7-9pm. Chef Marc will be preparing a huge pot of soup, and Peter the piper will be playing the ancient Celtic melodies on his bagpipes. BYOB and bring an appetizer to share. The sun will set at 8:16pm, and the full golden moon will rise from the depths of the Atlantic at precisely 8:23pm. North Carolina Treasures Weekend takes place on June 1st & 2nd, benefiting the Old Baldy Foundation. The weekend kicks off with "Swine & Spirits" - a gourmet whole hog dinner on Friday, June 1 at the Forest Pavilion, featuring a whole Heritage Farm Cheshire hog and hand-crafted cocktails featuring North Carolina Spirits from Durham Distillery, Fainting Goat Spirits and Seventeen Twelve Spirits. On June 2nd, experience the island's "Gala in White" at the BHI Club - a 30-year tradition with a lavish buffet and live music by The Magnificents Band". The evening also features a silent auction with a vast array of selections, including a catered dinner for 12 inside Old Baldy, original paintings by island artists, and much more. For tickets and information, please visit or call 910-457-7481. The annual Island Treasures Community Yard Sale will take place at the BHA building on Saturday June 9 from 9am to 2pm. If you’d like to participate as a seller, the tables cost only $5.00 each, and should be reserved by contacting Cam McIntyre at Table space is limited and available first come. Any items not sold can be donated through BHI Public Works to various charity organizations. This year's Pirate Invasion is coming soon, taking place the weekend of June 15-17! For years the event took place the first weekend in August and was run by the Old Baldy Foundation. Beginning last year, the event moved to June and is now organized by Sandy Kades - through the non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization "Pirate Invasion, Inc." set up specifically for the event. "Pirate's Weekend" - as it is commonly known - draws loads of visitors to the island and provides a welcome opportunity to learn more about the storied history of our island. The event benefits the entire community in so many ways, and your support is critical to help making it a success. "Support" can include providing housing for the visiting Pirates, providing volunteer time at the various events, or becoming a business sponsor or just writing a check to help defray the costs of organizing. Become a business sponsor ($250 & up) or individual sponsor (at any amount) by sending your tax-deductible contribution to Pirate Invasion, Inc. P.O. Box 3404, Bald Head Island, NC 28461. For more information on in-kind contributions of housing or volunteering, please contact Sandy Kades at or call her at 804-382-1407.For a full schedule of events, visit their Facebook page at [5] Enjoy this wonderful spring day on the island with your friends & family, and we'll see you 'round the Market! Cheers, Melissa & Claude Pope Maritime Market Bald Head Island 910-457-7450 References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Manage Your Subscription: