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Weekly News from BHI's Maritime Market - 10/15

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weekly island news from good folks at the Maritime MarketI you haven't already signed up for his email, you can do so here.

The Inaugural BHI Bluefish Bonanza fishing tournament takes place this coming weekend!  We have over 100 participants so far, with nearly 50 sponsors - too many to list here, but many thanks to all of our sponsors for stepping up and supporting this event.  As the weekend approaches and folks check their calendars (and the weather forecast), we anticipate registration to jump significantly.  The entry fees are low, and the payouts are high - $3,000/$1500/$750/$500 for the adult division (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and largest fish respectively).  For the Juniors under 16, the payouts are $1,500/$750/$375/$200 respectively, and for the Pee Wees (under 5) the payouts are $500/$250/$100/$100.

For the novices, fishing for bluefish is probably the easiest introduction to the pleasures of fishing on BHI.  All fishing takes place from the beach, and you don't need a boat (indeed none are allowed) Your entry fee also includes a 2-hour Fishing School on Friday afternoon - taught by the same folks who host the annual Thad Wester Fishing School at the BHI Conservancy each year.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if one of our novices won the big prize.  More important, this event is designed to engage the whole family - fishing is one of those lifelong activities that bring families together, especially BHI families.

In addition to the fishing itself, both evening dinners (Friday & Saturday), are open to the public.  Friday's dinner includes a buffet of pulled pork Barbecue, chicken, and a host of traditional sides.  Saturday's dinner will feature a fish fry with a twist of culinary delights.  One of our sponsors - Rex Goliath - will also be pouring samples of their wines, with beer/wine service also available during both nights.

Registration is available for fishing, or just for the meals at http://www.baldheadisland.org/bluefish-bonanza.  You can also register on the day-of (Friday), but we'd much prefer if you register in advance - its just much easier for planning purposes.  Please come join us.

Prior to the Bluefish Bonanza, the Shoals Club will be hosting a very special dinner with Chateau Montelena this coming Thursday evening, October 16!  A few spots remain, so it's best if you get your reservations in as soon as possible.  I've peeked at the menu for the event, and it looks fabulous :)  If you're not familiar with Chateau Montelena, they are one of the original Napa wineries of the "Judgment of Paris" - the famous 1976 blind tasting that pitted the best of Napa against the finest wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy.  The Napa wines won the tasting, with Montelena placing first overall for for the Chardonnay category, and Stags Leap Cabernet winning over the classified growths of Bordeaux.  The movie "Bottle Shock" was based on the Judgment of Paris, as was the book by George Taber.  For reservations, please call the Shoals Club at 910-454-4850.  Woody also informs me that he'll have a few select bottles for sale at the event.

Also this weekend, just across the river at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport on Oak Island, a World War II B17 “Aluminum Overcast” - one of only three remaining that are still flying - will be making a special visit to the area, and public flights are still available for Sunday morning, Oct. 19, and ground tours in the afternoons Friday through Sunday.  Island residents and guests will undoubtedly see and hear this massive aircraft overflying the area all three days.  There are also events planned for each evening.  Friday is “movie night” when movies will be shown on the hangar wall just as they would have in WWII and Saturday - a USO style, WWII period, Big Band Concert and dance featuring the Brunswick Big Band.  Both are outdoor events on the airport pavement in front of the hangar with the B17 as the backdrop and are free to the public.  Sunday morning features a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30.  Detailed information as well as advanced ride purchases can be found at http://www.b17.org or you can call Doug Oakley at 910-471-7710 or email Doug at doakley@bhisland.com.

The Friends of Music Society's 2014-2015 Concert Series begins on Friday November 7, 2014 at 7:30pm.  The first concert of the season features organist Douglas Major.  Doug was organist and choir master at Washington National Cathedral for 28 years where he played for presidents and kings and has recorded with the world famous Empire Brass. He is one of this country's finest concert organists and his program will feature his transcription of the American Classic  Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. This transcription contains 85,000 notes and is one of the most spectacular pieces ever performed on the Organ. The concert will also include the music of Bach, Dirksen, Franck and Walton, and promises to be one of the Society's best concerts ever.  For information & tickets, contact Bob Daffer at n98rd@aol.com or blkswnhall@aol.com.

Thanksgiving weekend is only seven weekends away, and Chef Chip is putting the final touches on our Thanksgiving specials!  We'll be offering the "whole shebang" thanksgiving meals again, including fresh roasted turkeys and all the trimmings & side items.  Tony will also have fresh turkeys available - also fresh local oysters, clams, USDA Prime Beef, and so much more!  For those in the grocery business, Thanksgiving is our "super bowl" :)  We'll post ordering instructions & pricing soon.