A seven-mile island with beaches, high dunes and maritime forest, Bald Head Island is home to the state’s oldest lighthouse. The Bald Head Island Conservancy conducts turtle walks and all sorts of other programs that allow visitors to learn about the natural world that surrounds them.
For kids, the Budding Naturalists camp teaches them about ocean life and all about Bald Head Island’s ecosystem. You can also tour Old Baldy lighthouse or take a historic narrated island tour.
Labor Day Cookout
There is no doubt that food is a major part of any gathering, and it’s particularly important during holidays. Labor Day is no exception. This end-of-summer at the Shoals Club celebration is known for backyard BBQs, grilling, and all sorts of comforting dishes like potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and classic sliced watermelon. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are some easy-to-follow tips for a successful Labor Day Cookout.
Start with appetizers and finger foods that are easy to eat and packed with flavor, like bite-sized sliders or mini quiches. Or, create a colorful charcuterie board with a variety of cheeses, meats, and savory dips.
Round out the meal with fresh salads that are crisp and flavorful. Try this orzo pasta salad with feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives drizzled in a zesty lemon vinaigrette, or this classic garden salad that is sure to satisfy everyone’s palate.
Serve these meals with a refreshing beverage, like iced tea with raspberry extract or a light beer with a hint of citrus from a few drops of lime extract. Don’t forget the desserts. This poke cake with vibrant red, white, and blue hues and a layer of sweet Pop Rocks will add a fun twist to any holiday menu. During your visit, be sure to explore the island’s salt marshes and tidal creeks on a kayaking tour. There are a number of tours available through Bald Head Island Services, from beginner-friendly kayaking lessons to full-day trips with an experienced guide.
Join the BHI Conservancy for a night of exploration as you follow the path of loggerhead sea turtles nesting along the beaches. Guides will lead guests to the best vantage points to observe their activity and provide informative interpretation about the significance of these creatures in our ecosystem.
Guided turtle walks, conducted under a state permit, offer the least intrusive way for individuals to observe protected sea turtles as they lay their eggs in nests and dig hatchlings out of their shells. These programs are led by highly trained, knowledgeable and experienced guides and significantly increase your chances of a rewarding turtle experience.
The program begins with a short presentation in the Fleming Classroom and then participants accompany the guides to a beach to wait for word of potential nesting and hatchling activity. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative turtle night walk shirt.
During the night of your Turtle Walk, it is important to be prepared for the elements by wearing dark, breathable clothing and insect repellant. Binoculars are also recommended. Please do not bring flashlights or phones that utilize a lighted screen as artificial light negatively impacts nesting sea turtles and emerging hatchlings.
As with all wildlife viewing, you must be respectful of these wild creatures and remain quiet and at a safe distance. It is also important to wear comfortable walking shoes and not disturb the turtles by touching their nests or digging into their nests.
Halloween on BHI
Halloween or All Hallows Eve is a holiday where people of all ages flip the switch from polite society to their more primitive selves. They dress in scary or humorous costumes and prank each other with a variety of tricks. The Celtics used this festival as a way to honor dead ancestors. Today, children of all ages take to the streets and go house to house to trick or treat, a practice that was adapted from European traditions. Young women once tried to divine their future husbands by doing pranks with yarn, apple parings and mirrors.
On the island, kids get to show off their spooky side in a number of family friendly events such as the annual hay ride on Saturday, October 27 that begins at Stede Bonnet Hole # 5. This popular event is open to all members and member guests.
Adults can enjoy the spookiness of Brunswick County with its many haunted tours, festivals and parties. They can become master chefs with special Halloween recipes in cooking classes, brew a few pints with a costume-themed pub crawl or take a tour of local ghostly sites.
The Project Longevity/Community Care group will host a kick-off meeting on Monday, October 9 in the Department of Public Safety multi-purpose room from 9:00 – 11:00 am. This new group will explore ways to live on BHI longer and more easily with the help of neighbors.
The perfect complement to a hearty bowl of chili is a delicious side dish. Whether it’s cornbread or a salad, the right accompaniments can take your meal to the next level. While there are many possibilities, it is important to choose dishes that are rich and savory to counter the spicy flavors of your chili.
One of the best ways to enjoy chili is over a bed of white rice. This recipe is simple to make and will elevate your favorite winter comfort food to a whole new level. It’s also a great way to use up leftover cooked beef.
If you want to take your chili supper to the next level, try adding some grilled cheese to your plate. Grilling the cheesy bread gives it a nice crunch and adds another layer of flavor to this warm, comforting meal.
Traditional red chili has not changed much over the years and still consists of meat, red chili peppers and spices (without beans, rice or other fillers). For purists, traditional chili is supposed to be served without any garnishes or toppings.
Each year, the community gathers for a bowl of homemade chili at the annual Chili Supper. The event is held at Ball High School and proceeds from the sale of tickets benefit a local nonprofit. For a mere $15, adults can enjoy a bowl of home-made turkey or beef chili with all the fixings, fresh cornbread and a dessert and drink. Refills on the chili are free of charge.