Posted on February 20, 2014
Registration is now open for the Bald Head Island Conservancy's summer programs. The Conservancy offers family adventures aimed at the whole family and children's camps that give budding naturalists a chance for hands on learning about barrier island ecosystems.
Some new family adventure programs are on deck for 2014, including expanded dissection offerings and specialty workshops. And of course, old favorites like Touch Tank Time, Turtle Walks, Kayaking the Creeks, Maritime Forest Hike and Bald Head After Dark are back. Online registration is available.
The children's camp offerings include Budding Naturalists for ages 4-6, Junior Scientists Camp for ages 7-10 and Conservation Corps for ages 11-14. All camps introduce chidren the barrier island environment and involve them with research at an age-appopriate level. New this year is an overnight camp for kids ages 7-14. Online registration is available.
BHI Conservancy programs are popular - register now to ensure you don't miss out.
Posted on February 05, 2014
Valentines Day is right around the corner. Do you and your sweetheart have plans? If not, consider booking a romantic getaway to Bald Head Island. In addition to the natural beauty and solitude of the island, we’ve got some great events that will make your Valentine smile.
February’s Howl at the Moon party just so happens to fall on the 14th. What could be more romantic than watching the sun set and the moon rise with the one you love? Bald Head Island Limited Property Management will be spiking some hot cocoa and apple cider to keep everyone warm and cozy. The fun happens at Beach Access 39 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Chef Chip from the Maritime Market will be preparing a delicious soup for everyone, and a bonfire (complete with toasted marshmallows) will be blazing. BYOB and bring an appetizer to share. A bagpiper will return for a medley of Celtic tunes as the sun sets and the moon rises simultaneously at 5:55pm.
After the Howl party, head to MoJo’s on the Harbor for a delicious Italian four-course Valentines Day meal. The menu includes a sumptuous looking lobster with pasta and champagne sauce and a filet and shrimp entrée paired with red pepper risotto. Dinner is just $95 per couple, and the best part - all wines are 1/2 price that evening! Call MoJo’s to make your reservations at 910-457-7217.
Looking for the perfect way to unwind? Why not yourself and your sweetheart to a relaxing couples massage from Island Retreat Spa and Salon? They'll be open Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy 10% off any couples massage, or 10% off any two or more treatments. And, to sweeten the deal, each couple will receive complimentary Champagne and a gift box of delicious chocolate fondue wafers from the Melting Pot. Pop in to purchase a gift card, and you will also go home with a chocolate fondue gift box for your Valentine. Call Island Retreat Spa and Salon at 910-454-0333 to book your appointment, or book online.
On Saturday, February 15, the Maritime Market has put together an incredible Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner. The talented Chef Chip will transform the deli into a romantic bistro, where the evening begins with complimentary champagne & cheese platter at 5:30 p.m. The prix fixe menu features a first course of lobster and roasted red pepeer bisque, followed by a grilled petit filet paired with a lump crab galette with Béarnaise sauce. For dessert: a decadent triple chocolate brownie served warm with sea salted gelato. The entire evening is only $50/person. Reservations are required by February 10, and can be made on-line at www.maritimemarketbhi.com/events.aspx.
Also on Saturday, February 15, the Bald Head Island Club
is throwing a Winter Olympics Dinner. Come together to watch the race for the gold as the nation competes in this year’s games in Sochi, Russia. This Russian-themed event will be a true winter delight so dress in your fur caps and snow boots. The menu is also Russian themed, with dishes like borsch shooters, oysters on the half shell with caviar, lightly smoked sturgeon, Russian cottage cheese pancakes and more. The evening's scheduled Olympic events to be viewed on the big screen are: Alpine Skiing, (Women’s Super G), Men’s Short Track, Speed Skating and Ski Jumping. Cocktails
start at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7. The cost for this event is $35
inclusive. Call the club at 910-457-7300 for more information or to make
Posted on January 28, 2014
The Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales team took part in the Ideal Living Resort and Retirement Expo this past weekend in Cary. We had a great time meeting new foilks and chatting with everyone about the unique nature of Bald Head Island.
Missed this event but want to learn more about Bald Head Island? The sales team will also be at the upcoming Ideal Living Resort and Retirement Expo in Tysons Corner, VA on March 1-2. The expo is open from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. If you're in the DC area and want to learn more about Bald Head Island real estate and vacations, we welcome you to come chat with us. RSVP for the event here.
Posted on January 24, 2014
The BADWATER® ultra running experience comes to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014.
With 50km and
51-mile options, the race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free,
one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of
running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher.
The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the
Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west.
It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in
all its grandeur!
Currently 58 runners are registered for the inaugural edition and there is room for more adventurous runners to be part of this historic new event--registration is open online.
The Official Charity of BADWATER CAPE FEAR is the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a leader in barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. Race participants will appreciate that BHIC cares for this race route's pristine setting and its role as a sea turtle nesting site, and are encouraged to fundraise for BHIC and support its mission.
The goal of the race is to raise $10,000 for Bald Head Island Conservancy, which is enough to purchase one of the special electric UTV vehicles which BHIC uses to patrol the beach and care for sea turtle nesting sites, as shown in the attached photograph.
include Coastal Urge ,
which will host a pre-race social at their Bald Head Island location, featuring
local brew by Natty Greene's . The finish line feast and the post-race breakfast will be
catered by Maritime
Market . Special home rental offers on Bald Head Island are available
through Bald Head
Island Limited ,
Seabreeze Rentals , and Wendy Wilmot Properties . The event is being
hosted under special permits from the Village of Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area .
Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear on March 22, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on May 5-6, and then Badwater 135 on July 21-23. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. The male and female runners with the lowest combined times for the three events will be recognized as the 2014 Badwater Ultra Cup champions.
Posted on January 20, 2014
On January 9th, leading Civil War historian Ed Bearss paid a visit to Bald Head Island to tour the remains of Fort Holmes. Fort Holmes was erected in 1863-1864 as part of a defense system for the lower Cape Fear.
Mr. Bearrs was visiting the Cape Fear region to speak to the Brunswick County Civil War Roundtable, a group of Civil War enthuiasts, historians, researchers and educators. According to Chris Fonvielle, UNCW history professor and Civil War historian himself, the Brunswick County Civil War Roundtable is the largest of its kind in the United States. Mr. Bearss spoke on the importance of Fort Holmes and the Cape Fear region to the Civil War. He also gave a retelling of the Battle of Antietam, the first major battle in the Civil War.
Mr. Bearss is a Uniuted States Marine Corps verteran of WW II and former Chief Historian for the National Parks Service. He is famous for his historic tours and retellings of famous military battles. At age 90, he contines to tour important battle sites and speak on military history across the US, Europe and the Pacific.
To learn more about Fort Holmes and Bald Head Island's importance in the Civil War, visit the Smith Island Museum at the base of Old Baldy or take a Historic Tour with the Old Baldy Foundation.
Posted on January 10, 2014
We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the Shoals Club facilities for exclusive use by full members – The Members' Deck!
Over the last 10 years the membership and use of the Shoals Club facilities has continued to grow. We attribute this to the exceptional facilities, commitment to service and unparalleled setting of the Shoals Club. We do however realize that continued growth and popularity of temporary memberships creates issues for our Full Membership in the busy summer months. This is one of the recurring concerns that we have heard this year when speaking to and soliciting feedback from our members. “You just can’t find a chair by the pool during the summer” is a statement that speaks to the popularity of the club facilities, but also raises a concern that we are missing an opportunity to ensure that our full members have an enjoyable experience at their club regardless of the time of year.
Many members have made suggestions
throughout the year ranging from reserved hours for full members early or late
in the day, to a reservation system for members and beyond. We have taken the
opportunity to review all of the options and are glad to announce that work
began this week on The Members' Deck at the Shoals Club . This new deck will be for the exclusive use of full members and their accompanied guests throughout the pool season (April 1 through October 31). Access to the deck will require presenting your membership card, and we anticipate being able to provide additional “concierge level” services in this area of the pool. The deck is being constructed on the East side of the pool facility in a formerly heavily landscaped area. Careful attention has been paid to ensure that the overall aesthetics of the pool facility are maintained. We anticipate that the construction will be completed over the next month, and we look forward to hosting a member event to christen your new deck in the Spring.
In addition to the new deck, the
main pool is being refinished over the winter and the entire pool facility is
being equipped with new chaise lounges that will dramatically improve the
overall look and feel of the pool complex.
Click here to see renderings of The Members' Deck ,
and we invite you to come to the Club on your next visit to see the progress
and finished product.
Feedback from our members was the
catalyst behind this new project and we encourage you to continue to provide us
with ways that we can further improve your experience at your club.
Please feel free to contact Woody Walls , Managing Director or Holly Bullard ,
Membership Sales Manager with your feedback at any time.
We trust that you are as excited as
we are about these new projects and wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday
Posted on December 27, 2013
The Shoals Club has a delightful menu in store for New Year's Eve. We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you!
Call 910-454-4850 for reservations.
Posted on November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving weekend is full of activities on Bald Head Island. One of the newer events this year is the Bald Head Island Conservancy's First Annual 2013 Fall Festival. The fun happens from Noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, when the campus will be filled with family friendly nature-themed games and activities, new environmental education programs, a scavenger hunt, hands-on discovery stations, arts and crafts, live animal encounters, and more. A Festival Pass is only $15 per adult, or $10 per child (free for those under 3) and pass holders can come & go throughout the day with their passes.
The last Turtle Trot of the year also happens on Saturday after Thanksgiving. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9:30am. The 5k race begins and ends at the Conservancy. All registrations include a t-shirt, and proceeds from the event support the Conservancy's Sea Turtle Protection Program.
The Smith Island Art League's Annual Thanksgiving Day Weekend Show will be held on Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bald Head Association on Lighthouse Wynd. Art League members work in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, photography, clay, textiles, dyes, yarns, metal and beads.
Also, the BHI Artisans Show and Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the BHI Club. Numerous unique handcrafted items created by island artisans will be on display, from beautiful handcrafted jewelry to fabric art such as home décor, wall hangings, aprons, scarves, purses, quilts, handbags and tote bags, along with homemade cookies and candies.
If you're looking for dining, the family style Thanksgiving Dinner at the Shoals Club is sure to please. Seatings are at 1 and 3 p.m. and reservations are required. Check out the menu here call 910-454-4850 for reservations. The Bald Head Island Club will feature a Thanksgiving Buffet in the Clubhouse. Call 910-457-7300 for reservations. Happy Thanksgiving from Bald Head Island!
Posted on November 21, 2013
The Bald Head Island Center for Wellness was recently featured on WECT news. Their six-day Wellness Retreat, which took place on Bald Head Island in September, is a way for participants to learn healthy habits while enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the island.
One of the hallmarks of the Bald Head Island Center for Wellness is their focus on personalization. Each participant receives a great deal of individual attention, encouragement and assistance throughout the week. Meal plans and exercise programs are tailored to each participant. "We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to health,” said Cathy Ostrowski, registered dietician and co-founder of the BHI Center for Wellness. “Everyone has different needs when it comes to weight loss and fitness, and we work to make sure everyone gets on a wellness path that works for them."
The BHI Center for Wellness is focuses on nutrition education lectures, group fitness classes, individual personal training, hypnosis, cooking classes, delicious meals, spa treatment and overall relaxation.
Watch the story on WECT here.
Posted on October 30, 2013
Suzanne Dorsey, Executive Director of the Bald
Head Island Conservancy, has been appointed to the Coastal Resources
Commission, the rule-making body for development along North Carolina’s
beaches and estuaries.
Dorsey has experience working as an educator and scientist for more than 15 years, and led the conservancy’s campaign to build the nation’s first barrier island research center, which opened in 2012.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and received her master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She has extensively studied ocean reefs and said she had always been focused on the intersection of science and public policy.
Click here to read the full story in the Star News.