IT IS HARD to believe that it is February already. I am sitting in my office on a cold January day and writing an article about February. I have to write each article for the Island Review about 30 days in advance and I must be honest that it is sometimes difficult to do especially as I never want to overlook an exciting event that may be taking place here at the beach.
I would like to take this opportunity to lift up the Carolina Chocolate Festival which will be held on Feb. 6-7 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. This is an annual fun and fundraising event for nonprofits. The festival, a charitable organization (501-C3), was the brainchild of the late John Green, who had the vision of partnering local nonprofit agencies together, hand-in-hand, to organize an event where the nonprofits could all reap the benefits and enjoy CHOCOLATE! Over the past 12 years the Carolina Chocolate Festival has donated scholarships to local high school seniors and over $430,000 to charities in our area such as Carteret County Domestic Violence, Second Blessings Outreach Ministries, Carteret County 4-H and Revive Student Ministries just to name a few. So I invite you to attend the Chocolate Festival this year and enjoy some delicious chocolate and help our area non-profits.
Registration for the 3rd annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K is now underway. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9. More than 1,500 runners registered for the 2015 races, and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2016. There’s no better place to achieve your running or walking goals than in Emerald Isle on a beautiful spring morning. The 2016 race proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle Bike Path. Race Day volunteers are also needed. To register or learn more about each race go to: www.emeraldislerun.com today. I am planning on walking in the 5K and have been walking each day in preparation for this event. I invite you to join me in the walk to help raise money for two great causes.
Speaking of walking, I would like to mention Miss Louise Rhodes who is 96 years old. She walks every day anywhere from 2-5 miles. She is an inspiration to me and I am certain to lots of our residents and visitors as she walks on either the beach or our bike path. I am sharing with you her picture taken at our Christmas parade last November. She is affectionately known as our “Miss Emerald Isle.” Each day when I see her walking she gives me hope, encouragement and inspiration. Thanks Louise for motivating me.
Enjoy February. Show love and concern for others not just on Valentine’s Day but each and every day.