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NC Wine and Food Weekend An Epicurean Adventure

NC Wine and Food Weekend: An Epicurean Adventure

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It’s my favorite time of year – fall – and my favorite month – October – and that means my birthday, cooler temperatures and great weather for adventures out of doors. For the last three years it’s also meant the  North Carolina Wine and Food Weekend on Bald Head Island. On Saturday, October 15, I headed out to the open-air market at the 2011 Wine and Food Festival, tried a little wine, a little food and prepared myself for the Childress ...

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Releasing Rescued Turtles into the Sea

Releasing Rescued Turtles into the Sea

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A few years ago I had the good fortune of seeing a giant Loggerhead sea turtle lay her clutch of eggs in the dunes on East Beach. Everyone was quiet and all we could hear was her breath, the gentle plop of eggs in the hole she’d dug and her flippers beating the sand tight around them. She turned and crept back into the ocean, leaving her nest under the watchful eye of the  Bald Head Island Conservancy  (BHIC). In the years since...

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Youll Get a Charge Out of These Bikes

You’ll Get a Charge Out of These Bikes

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011

It seems like all of my Bald Head Island adventures have me on the water. Of course, they all start on the water with the ferry ride over, but I seem to be drawn to kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding and looking for birds (and alligators) in, on and near the water. This time I wanted to do something different, something that would let me appreciate the rest of the island. Luckily, Riverside Adventure Company  began renting electric bicycles...

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Spooky Fun Ghost Walks on Bald Head Island

Spooky Fun: Ghost Walks on Bald Head Island

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

Looking for something to do after dark on Bald Head Island? You’ll want to check out the new  Ghost Walk tours  – just as long as you don’t scare too easily, that is. The family friendly (but still decidedly spooky) Ghost Walk, led by the nefarious pirate Colonel Dread with help from the lovely (and musical) Darcy Ladare, walks you though the colorful history and folklore of Bald Head...

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Jammin at the Americana Music Festival

Jammin’ at the Americana Music Festival

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2011

Heading off to the Americana Music Festival this past Memorial Day Weekend, I had no idea what to expect. The event was in its first year, so I had nothing to go on. But, as a long-time music lover (and avid festival-goer) I was excited to check out some new bands and looking forward to spending a gorgeous summer day on Bald Head Island. As soon as I arrived on the island, I knew I was in for a good time. Everything was bustling...

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Howl at the Moon I Couldnt Help Myself

Howl at the Moon? I Couldn’t Help Myself

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

If you were on Bald Head Island on May 17 and were near East Beach around moonrise, you may have heard me and about 100 other people howling at the moon. See, the Maritime Market and Café’s new owners, the Pope family, have been throwing a monthly Howl at the Moon party. They bring a pot of chili, soup, chowder or stew to share and guests bring appetizers. Then you just hang out, eat great food, socialize and watch the sun go down...

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Super Stars with the Bald Head Island Conservancy

Super Stars with the Bald Head Island Conservancy

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

Most of my adventures put me on Bald Head Island during the day, but on my most recent adventure things didn’t even start to get interesting until 8:30 p.m. The sun was setting and the first stars were showing themselves when my wife and I met Andy at the Fleming Environmental Center at the  Bald Head Island Conservancy  to take part in their new Stargazing program. I’ve always wanted to know more about astronomy, but I’ve never taken...

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Adventures in Nature The Bald Head Island Conservancy Wildlife Tour

Adventures in Nature: The Bald Head Island Conservancy Wildlife Tour

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011

On my most recent adventure excursion to Bald Head Island, I joined the  Bald Head Island Conservancy  for a wildlife tour. When I arrived at Deep Point to catch an early ferry over, I found BHIC’s Environmental Educator Andy Gould with our four tour mates – Neil and Kathie, and Debbie and Mike – already talking about the flora and fauna of the island. The ferry ride over gave Andy a great opportunity to introduce Bald Head Island...

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The Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This post is part of a series titled  Haven: Behind the Scenes , which delves deeper into some of our favorite stories from the most recent issue of  Haven  magazine. When I wrote my essay on sounds and silence on Bald Head Island for the current issue of  haven , I wanted desperately to be able to make you hear the island as I heard it. To hear the lapping of water against rocks, the chirping of frogs in the marsh...

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This Adventure Was “For The Birds”

This Adventure Was “For The Birds”

Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011

During my many adventures on Bald Head Island last year I noticed something – birds. Lots of them. From  my first adventure going bird watching  with the  Bald Head Island Conservancy  to  watching three osprey circle overhead during a summer-ending kayak trip , birds were everywhere. Over time, I learned that Bald Head Island is a pretty important place for a lot of birds. It serves as a seasonal breeding ground, a year...

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