All Meetings are at the Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Dr. at 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
September Monthly Meeting
September 11, 2019
Program Title: Health and Wellness for Your Garden
Presenter: Lori Long of Sun and Rainfall Bulk Yard LLC, 111 Shallotte Ave, Shallotte, NC
Lori is part of a team at this family-owned business located at 111 Shallotte Ave. Among the many items they offer for sale are seven types of mulch and more than 20 kinds of stone, plus pavers, birdbaths, benches, and statuary of all types. Their shop is filled with many fun items such as flags, birdhouses, and figurines.
Lori will focus on the key benefits of supplying Habitats for pollinators such as bees, ladybugs, bats, and butterflies. These insects naturally pollinate plants such as berries, seeds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and CHOCOLATE. They are natural pest controllers and support biodiversity. They all play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.
Look for their shop in Shallotte with the purple dinosaur in front.
Hostesses: Kate Felmly (Chair), Judy Bayless, Marge Doyle, Joyce Montgomery, Carolyn Metrakos
October Monthly Meeting
October 9, 2019
Program Title: Brunswick Search and Rescue
Presenter: Les Tub and Dogs
Brunswick Search and Rescue’s Main Mission is to search for lost or missing people using resources such as trackers, search dogs, boats, side-scan sonar and ATV’s.
Their latest focus is on educating children on how to stay safe in the woods if they are lost, and how to survive when lost. They also encourage children to carry fanny or backpacks with basic survival kits when on outings with their families. They are attempting to present this information to as many elementary and middle school children thru in-person visits and videos which usually include one of the BSAR search dogs. I’m sure this info will be of value to us personally when we are out on a hike or picnic by ourselves or with extended family.
Come enjoy Les and his dogs.
Hostesses: Janice Sullivan (Chair), Susan Gibble, Jean Blanton, Lillian West, Carole Keane
November Monthly Meeting
November 13, 2019 Time: 12:00PM*
Thanksgiving luncheon presented by HBBC members
We are sharing a traditional Thanksgiving meal with our many friends and loved ones. Please sign up for a suggested covered dish and join us for a great time and wonderful food.
Spouses or your guests are welcome to attend. We will also invite the staff from the Town.
A signup sheet will be circulated at the October meeting. If you miss that meeting, please contact Marlene Barz by email or phone and let her know what you would like to bring.
Hostesses: Marlene Barz (Chair), Donna Blume, Jean Smithson, Charlotte Pringle, Julia Anderson, Denise Mirandola
December Field Trip
(There is no regular monthly meeting this month)
December 11, 2019
Destination: BROOKGREEN GARDENS Dinner and Night of a Thousand Candles.
We are planning a road trip to view the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet, SC.
Dinner will be included.
Cost of the dinner and entrance ticket will be $37.00. We will organize carpooling and take reservations in October/November.
January Monthly Meeting
January 8, 2020
Program Title: Kokedama Art
Presenter: Sherry Godfrey
Sherry Godfrey is an award-winning designer of Kokedama Art. Kokedama Art is a style of Japanese bonsai where a plant’s root system is simply wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string; transforming it into a sculptural art form. In Japanese koko means moss and dama means ball. It is sometimes called the Poor Man’s Bonsai or just a mossy root ball. Some plants used are various small ferns, pothos, peace lilies, etc. They can be decorated with colored string and other small items.
Sherry will demonstrate the construction of these balls.
Hostesses: Becky Willis (Chair), Jan Carter, JoAnn Burke, Vicki Myers, Becky Greene
February Monthly Meeting
February 12, 2020
Program Title: Swamp Culture
Presenter: Michelle Ly of The Nature Conservancy
We always talk about touring the Green Swamp but no one wants to go traipsing into long grass and bogs with bugs and other critters, not to mention the heat. The Green Swamp contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine savannas, pocosin soils, 14 different species of insectivorous plants and is home to many rare animals.
Michelle Ly will educate us about Swamp Culture and give us a picture of what we might see. While she does this, we can remain cool and comfortable.
Hostesses: Anne Landis (Chair), Peggy Schiavone, Carol Gardner, Gayle Todd, Carol Ann Lohman
March Monthly Meeting
March 11, 2020
Program: Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter
Presenter: Mary Ellen Rogers
The Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter at Oak Island cares for injured or orphaned wild birds. They provide minimum medical care, safety from predators, food and shelter from the elements. When an animal can care for itself, it is released to the wild. They Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Release only wild birds. If a bird cannot be released to the wild, a home at a zoo or educational facility is found. They care for more than 350 birds annually.
Mary Ellen Rogers came to Oak Island in 2005 with experience at a Bird of Prey Center in SC. She saw the need for a shelter and thru donations and grants has expanded this facility.
There is no visitation, but they sponsor open houses periodically. Mary Ellen will have a slide show and bring a bird to admire.
Hostesses: Diana Hadesty (Chair), Sharon Butler, Jane Ivey, Sandy McClellan, Tracey Thomas
April Monthly Meeting
April 8, 2020
Program Title: Plant Propagation
Presenter: Master Gardener of Brunswick County
Tom Woods from the Master Gardner Program will provide a speaker who will teach us ways to grow free plants from cuttings and seeds. I know many of us do this now, but there is always a new idea to help us. Because this is so close to our plant sale it will be of more value next year. Meanwhile with some new ideas we can start saving seeds and cuttings from our garden plants as summer winds down and we clean out and trim back our gardens in the fall.
Hostesses: Pat Schwaiger (Chair), Joyce Lanning, Ros Stokes, Gina Martin, Patricia Weathersbee, Sarah Gobble
May 13, 2020 – Social Time: 11:30AM*
*Location: The Pool House, Lockwood Folly Golf Course
Program Title: Awards and Installation of Officers
Presenter: Linda Rast, President
Hostesses: Dolly Mitchell (Chair), Bennie Hall, Eve Venters, Cecelia Weston, Beverly Compton, Donna Aycock
(Note: This event is for Club Members and Town Officials Only)
Please note HBBC does not meet in June, July or August, we are busy in our gardens! Check back in September to see what is planned for the upcoming club year!