The action starts on Friday, August 31, with activities that range from sidewalk sales to open houses, and from guided kayaking trips to sunset sailing excursions.
BHI Conservancy will be hopping all weekend long, hosting an amazing lineup of events and activities. Bring the kids to beginner or intermediate fishing demonstrations, let them try their hands at dissecting a squid or dogfish, or have them explore tidal life through activities that include a touch tank. On any given day, you might take part in an introductory nature tour, a reptile roundup, or go birding on Middle Island. In the evenings, the whole family can ride along with the turtle nest patrol, walk the beach in search of turtle hatchings, scout the island for critters as a nocturnal naturalist, or enjoy stargazing and a sweet treat at Cosmos and Cocoa. Check the BHI Conservancy schedule for which activities are offered on which days.
You’ll certainly want to Rock The Dock at the Friday night concert, with beer, wine, snacks and pizza served alongside live music. On Saturday, take to the creek for Paddles and a Picnic, or register for the BHI Club tournament if you’re an ace on the tennis court. By then you’ll surely be hungry, so come say farewell to summer over lunch at Island Passage’s Labor Day cookout, and then extend the goodbye at the “Last Blast” Hawaiian-themed pool party at the BHI Club that evening.
Also on Saturday, September 1, Old Baldy Foundation is sponsoring a “Then and Now Home Tour,” showcasing a through-the-ages look at many of the historic homes on Bald Head Island. The tour, which celebrates 201 years of Old Baldy, will be open all afternoon, from 1 until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. A package that includes round-trip ferry transportation is $40, and available until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31. All proceeds benefit Old Baldy Foundation. For more information click here.
Sunday starts off with services at 8:30 and 10 a.m. at the Village Chapel. The Shoals Club sprints into the day with a short triathlon, followed by a scavenger hunt and pool party. The Labor Day BBQ at the BHI Club runs from 3 until 7 p.m. with live music, and when you’re ready for the second course, join the fun at the Side Porch Oyster Roast in the Forest Pavilion. There you’ll enjoy more live music, as well as steamed oysters and shrimp, pulled pork barbecue, roasted chicken and a host of sides.
End the day at the Sunset Celebration, sponsored by Riverside Adventure Company and Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales. The whole family will enjoy the phenomenal view, as well as music, juggling, balloons and more. The evening wraps up with s’mores over a bonfire as the sun dramatically sets over the ocean.
Monday morning brings a return home for many visitors, but not before a final birding opportunity from 9-11 a.m.
While the weekend and the traditional summer season come to a close on September 3, there is still plenty of warm weather in the months ahead. In fact, many say the weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving are some of the best times to be on the island. It’s prime time of outdoor activities, from fishing to playing golf, and the beaches are even less crowded.
If you can be on the island in the fall, by all means, come enjoy it! And in case you need one more nudge, real estate open houses continue on autumn weekends and off-season rates start in September.
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