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Friday Specials at the Maritime Market - 07/20

Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 78 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and the skies are grey, dark and foreboding as a mass of showers and storms head our way. The NWS has issued flash flood watches for much of the coastal counties, so for those on the road heading to or from the island, take caution when driving through the low-lying areas - especially along NC 133. We could see some short pops later this morning, but the bulk of the showers will likely arrive later this afternoon and through the evening, with temperatures holding in the upper 70's through the day, along with a steady easterly breeze. We'll get a break tomorrow as the showers taper off before dawn, leaving most of Saturday with partly sunny skies and just a slight chance of a shower - good enough to get outside and hit the beach, the pool, or the links. Another round of squalls will then move over the island Saturday night, with the chance of showers and thunderstorms lingering through Sunday. For the rainy periods, grab your summer read or tune into the British Open or the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky, or just throw open the windows and take a long summer nap :). Low tide will occur around 8:15 this morning, and high tide will peek at about 3 this afternoon. For breakfast this morning, Chef Marc is preparing our famous Texas-sized French Toast, with a side of our crispy applewood smoked bacon for only $8.95. For lunch today, Marc is featuring a spectacular "surf & turf" - your Fisherman's Friday Calabash favorites, along with prime rib au jus, mashed potatoes & veggies. Order any item from our regular menu on-line at [1], and your order will be ready when you arrive. While the golf world is riveted to the British Open this weekend, we'll be following the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky, where after yesterday's first round, Joel Dahmen is just one off the lead and tied for 2nd - carding 7 birdies and no bogeys. Martin Piller is on his heels just a stroke back at 6 under, and and tied for 5th. Second round action gets underway soon, with live TV coverage on the Golf Channel from 5-8pm this evening. Just look for the two best-dressed guys on TV - both are wearing our performance polos from Bald Head Blues :) The Village Chapel will host at Catholic Mass this coming Sunday, July 22nd at 5PM in the Village Chapel, and all are welcome to attend. Following the mass, a Potluck Supper will take place in the BHA's Generator Society Hall beginning around 6:15pm with Father Vic-Pastor of Sacred Heart in Southport. If you're planning to attend the Potluck Supper, please RSVP to FA McLeod at so she can arrange for paper products, chairs & tables. Just bring your own beverages and a dish to share. Old Baldy is kicking off a series of intimate tours of the Smith Island Museum of History on the 4th Wednesday of the month, with the first event taking place on Wednesday, July 25th, and featuring an exploration of artifacts recovered from the 1986 excavation of the lighthouse grounds. [2]Click here to register on-line. The next Howl at the Moon Sunset/Moonrise Party takes place on Friday, July 27, and is generously sponsored by the Shoals Club. We'll gather as usual at Access 39 from 7-9pm, and we'll have the bonfire blazing and our bagpiper playing the ancient Celtic melodies. Chef Marc will be bringing a huge pot of his famous soup. BYOB and bring an appetizer to share. The sun sets at 8:16pm, followed immediately by the full golden moon rising majestically from the depths of the Atlantic at 8:18pm. Please cart-pool, and remember to park completely off the street so our Public Safety vehicles can get through. National Lighthouse Day is August 7, and to celebrate, Old Baldy has a full calendar of events taking place all weekend. Go to [3] and check out the happenings over this iconic island weekend, and make your plans today, as many events will sell out. Shoals Club is already making preparations for their annual Labor Day bash - taking place on Saturday, September 1. It's the biggest party of the year, and attendance is limited to full members and up to FOUR guests, and it's not too early to get your reservations in - so call the Shoals Club now at 910-454-4850 and get on the list. Through the season, many events take place weekly, including the following: Monday - Apple Training sessions take place at the Bald Head Association most Mondays from 9 - 10:30am. Sunset Celebration at Riverside Adventures & Delphina, sponsored by Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales. Shoals Club's Half-price Appetizer night for full members at Latitudes. Tuesday - "Turtle Tuesday" at Turtle Central from 4-6pm - enjoy a wine tasting, shopping specials, corn hole and much more, and support the Conservancy's on-going efforts to protect our sea turtles. "Taco Tuesdsay" at the Shoals Club's Sandbar Grille 6-8pm. Wednesday - The Conservancy hosts their Turtle Trots each Wednesday. Registration begins at 8:30am and the race begins at 9:30am. All proceeds benefit turtle protection efforts. Free Corkage night at the BHI Club, where full members pay no corkage fees for bottles brought from home. Thursday - Old Baldy's night-time climbs to the top of the light. Reservations are required, so call 910-457-7481 or go to to reserve your spot. Climbs begin at 7:30pm in July, and at 7pm in August. Enjoy this wonderful summer 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. Manage Your Subscription: