March is a wonderful month filled with many exciting events. It is the beginning of much warmer days and the hint that winter is almost over. March means spring is here, March Madness with exciting college basketball games, walks on the beach, fishing, longer days, and the list goes on and on. This year Easter falls in March and that is when many people will be at Emerald Isle for the holiday. I know we are all looking forward to another great beach season. After a long winter it will be good to enjoy the beautiful days of March.
March also means it is time for our annual St. Patrick’s Festival. This year it will be a two day event on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12. Please join us for Emerald Isle’s signature event on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. This is always a wonderful event for our community. This year’s event includes amusement rides from 5pm-10 pm on Friday, March 11, a kickoff concert featuring Hip Pocket from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm on Friday March 11. On Saturday, March 12 the event is from 9 am- 6 pm with the traditional live music, kid’s rides, arts and crafts vendors, specialty foods, beer tent and much, much more. Special thanks for everyone who works so hard to make this event so popular. We are expecting crowds in excess of 20,000 people in Emerald Isle for the 25th annual event. So, please mark your calendars for March 11 and March 12. What a great way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with family, friends and neighbors at Emerald Isle. This is such an outstanding event and I know we all look forward to it. Thanks to our Parks and Recreation Department, the Emerald Isle Business Association, our volunteers, and all of the corporate and local sponsors for their help making this event better than ever. SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!
I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard in planning for the Jean Preston Memorial Playground. We hope to break ground for this wonderful new playground this spring and have it opened by summer. Thanks to our chairperson Judy Wilgus for all of her hard work in raising money and awareness for this playground. It will be located adjacent to our boat ramp. This will be a wonderful addition to Emerald Isle. It is a great way to remember the late Senator Preston and it is so fitting to honor her memory with a playground for our children. Senator Preston worked so hard for the children in our community. Thanks to everyone who had a part in this endeavor. Members of the Committee are: Chairperson Judy Wilgus, Representative Pat McElraft, County Commissioner Jimmy Farrington, Phyllis Ford, Linda McCoy, Bernie Whalley, Town Manager Frank Rush, and Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson. Their hard work will make the Jean Preston Memorial Playground a reality. Thanks for a job well done!
I am looking forward to the promise of spring. I can’t wait for March Madness and hope your team does well. Look forward to seeing everyone out and about this March. Enjoy the month of March and I will see you around the beach.