While the green plaid sweater or the green shorts or shirts were the clothing of the day at this year’s 28th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, everyone had a great time. Over 30,000 people strolled through the Emerald Isle Plantation Shopping Center taking in the music of drums and pipes, eating kielbasa sausages, clam strips, bar-b-que sandwiches, funnel cakes, ice cream, and corned beef and cabbage. The music and the festivities were just fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time eating great food, visiting the arts and crafts vendors, and enjoying the rides.
Even occurring before Spring officially sets in , the Saint Patrick’s Festival has now become Emerald Isle’s shoulder season kickoff to the upcoming summer season and many of our property owners use the week-end to de-winterize cottages, to do some early spring cleaning or just peek out and stretch from the winter’s long hibernation. A special thank you to Alesia Sanderson and her staff, Transportation Impact, the Emerald Isle Business Association and all of our sponsors for their work in making this annual festival a success.
Signs of the early blooming plants are evident all over Town and help ease the aesthetic pain from the vegetation ravages of Hurricane Florence. These flowers give us hope and reassurance of new life. Springtime gives us optimism that better days are upon us. Let us enjoy every day and appreciate OUR beautiful island we call home!
Easter themed activities and festivities will take place on Saturday, April 13 at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation beginning at 10 am. Join the Emerald Isle Easter Bunny for festivities including a bounce house, Easter Basket raffle, Cake Walk, Egg and spoon races and more! Children should bring an Easter basket to collect prizes. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available. Please note that no official egg hunt will take place but everyone will leave with Easter treats. Everyone is invited and no registration is required.
The Fifth Annual Bike the Banks will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. There will be three routes to choose, Route 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along Multi Use Path) $25 entry fee, Route 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $40 entry fee. Route 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $40 entry fee. T-shirts guaranteed to all who register by April 4th, please register at www.active.com . If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Emerald Isle Garden Club is also presenting “Bikes and Blooms” in conjunction with Bike the Banks. Participating Emerald Isle businesses will decorate store fronts with bicycle themed flower displays leading up to the May 4th event. Vote for your favorite display at the Emerald Isle Welcome Center on May 4th & 5th.
Coffee with a cop is on Thursday, April 25 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at Ben & Jerry’s. Join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation, no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.
Mark these important dates on your calendars. The First Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament will be on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival will be on Saturday, September 28, 2019. We will publish additional information about these events later.
Enjoy the month of April, it is one of my favorite months on our beautiful island. To me, it signifies the promise of new beginnings and new opportunities. See you around Town!