Mark Your Calendar for the Auction!


Everyone loves an auction!  It is time for the 5th Annual HBBC White Elephant Auction, Wednesday, March 14.  The Silent Auction for hundreds of items will begin at 1:00 pm followed by the live auction at 2:00 pm.  There are some great items this year such as:

  • Housekeeping Services
  • Gift Certificates
  • Beach House Rentals
  • Boat Cruise
  • Other fun and unique items

Everyone is welcome to get in on the fun and bargains!  Come to the Holden Beach Chapel at 1:00 and start making bids on the silent auction items, then get your bid paddle ready for the fun during the live auction at 2:00!  The best part of the event is that all the proceeds go to a great cause:  beautifying Holden Beach!

Want more information?  Contact Diana Hadesty, 301-922-9366

This entry was posted on February 17, 2018.

Get Ready for the 5th Annual Auction


You’re invited to the

Holden Beach Beautification Club’s

5th Annual Auction!

Wednesday, March 14

Silent Auction begins at 1:00pm          Live Auction starts at 2:00pm

Club members, it is time to start gathering your donations for the White Elephant Auction.  The Auction Committee is busy preparing for the sale and needs club members’ help securing items large and small!  In the past, items that have consistently received high bids have been:

  • Gift certificates to favorite restaurants
  • Event or activity tickets including gardens and museums
  • Baked goods (homemade and purchased)
  • Bottles of wine
  • Other consumable items

So use your creativity and start planning your donation!  Drop off of items will be Tuesday, March 13, 9:00AM – Noon at the Chapel.

Questions?  Contact Auction Chair Diana Hadesty.


This entry was posted on February 2, 2018.

Cape Fear Area Gardening News

Looking for something fun to do while it is still too cold to work in our gardens?  Here is a winter-time roundup of area gardening happenings.

Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association  is hosting a seven-week “Day in the Yard” course beginning in early February.  It is offered in Calabash, Leland, Oak Island and Southport.  The cost is $85 and includes the publication Gardening by the Month in Coastal Carolina.

Pender County Master Gardeners are offering a course called “Leave Your Lilacs Behind!  Gardening Tips for Southern Transplants” on Tuesday, February 20.  The event is free.

Tidewater Camellia Club is hosting the 68th Annual Tidewater Camellia Club Winter Show and Camellia Sale on Saturday, February 24 in Wilmington. Free!

New Hanover Garden Club and Harbor Island Garden Club  are co-hosting a Small Standard & Specialty Horticulture Flower Show March 9-10 in Wilmington.  Free!

Ikebana International Chapter 212 is sponsoring the Annual Ikebana Exhibition March 30-31 in Wilmington.  Free!

Cape Fear Garden Club – Azalea Garden Tour will be April 13-15. This is the 65th annual tour and part of the Azalea Festival.  Tickets are $25.

For more information on these events click here.



This entry was posted on January 28, 2018.

Backyard Birds

The Holden Beach Beautification Club welcomed Jill Peleuses from Wild Bird and Garden, who discussed the native birds in our yards and how to attract more birds.  Birds need water, food, and shelter.  Water this time of year is critical to help them clean and fluff their down to stay warm.   When we have the extremely cold temperatures that we have been experiencing the birds appreciate suet and extra seed.  Jill explained that birds may use birdhouses for shelter right now, but will be out at first light.

Bluebirds are native to our area, don’t migrate, and only range two to three miles.  They will be nesting in March-April and love shelled sunflower seeds and live mealworms.  We also have summer and winter hummingbirds here.  Mourning doves mate for life, but winter 400 miles apart.  Jill showed slides and also discussed cardinals, painted buntings, woodpeckers, house finches, tufted titmouses, chickadees, Carolina wrens, and nuthatches.

During the business meeting, 1st Vice President Beverly Compton reported that she will be chairing the nominating committee.  Anyone interested in serving on the committee or as an officer next year should contact her.  The auction was discussed.  Members suggested serving a meal and asking the whole membership about when they thought the auction should be.  The Art Committee will be meeting soon to plan the items for Days at the Docks.

Hostesses for the meeting were Dolly Mitchell (chair), Becky Willis, Linda Rast and Ros Stokes.

Our next meeting is February 14, at 1:00.

Hostesses Dolly Mitchell (chair), Linda Rast, Becky Willis, and Ros Stokes (not pictured).

This entry was posted on January 24, 2018.

Natural History from Mountains to Sea

The Beautification Club welcomed Sam Marshall, Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent for State Extension in Brunswick County for an informative presentation on the natural history of North Carolina.  Sam shared fascinating facts about our state.  North Carolina is 1,700,000,000 years old and the Appalachian mountains are over a billion years old.  At one point they were the tallest in the world.  The Appalachians are a hot spot for biodiversity.  There is a high number of rare and endangered plants and animals.

Another spot in the state with high biodiversity is the Brunswick County area.  There are 60 to 70 ecotypes in the immediate area which are home to an astounding variety of plants and animals.  Our area has the highest concentration of Venus Flytraps in the world.  The eastern population of Painted Buntings only nest on barrier islands and move less than a mile.  We live in a very unique and special area.

After Sam’s presentation, the group heard from the Long Range Planning Committee regarding renovating Padgett Garden.  A vote was taken to endorse the renovation and the committee was congratulated on a job well done.  Click here to get all the details on the Padget Garden.   It was announced that the auction will be Saturday, March 10 from 3-7 PM at the Chapel.  Start planning your donation!


December Hostesses Cecelia Weston, Janice Schaffer Sullivan, and Gayle Todd (chair). Not pictured: Becky Willis.

Hostesses for the meeting were Gayle Todd, (Chair), and Cecelia Weston; Becky Willis and Janice Schaffer Sullivan pitched in for members out of town.



This entry was posted on December 18, 2017.

Thanksgiving Feast

The members of the Holden Beach Beautification Club and their guests enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings!  Members, spouses, children, and guests were briefly joined by Town Manager David Hewett and other staff members.  This annual potluck meal is always a favorite with members!  Marlene Barz and her committee created beautiful tablescapes which included fresh mountain apples for attendees to take home.  If you missed the meeting, the Yearbook was also distributed.

This entry was posted on November 11, 2017.