Welcome to Highlights!  In this section, we will highlight events and key projects at Oyster Harbour, and try to keep you up-to-date about our wonderful community.
  Oyster Harbour Golf Tournament 

The OH annual mixed golf tournament was held at the beautiful Rivers Edge golf course on Saturday, June 27th. We had a great turnout for the event, 5 ladies and 19 men.
The format was Captains Choice and the winning team members were Ed Marquez, Derek Marquez, Dave Sciarretto and Bruce Baker with a score of 68. Second place went to George Fay, Larry Beasley, Jack and Kathy Kyzer with a 70.
Afterwards we went to Mallard Park for a putting contest and awards party. John Champlin is our putting champion.
Thanks to all who attended. And a special thanks to Tom Byrne who organized the event from tee times to the awards party.
Hope to see you all for the next event.

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  Drilling Soil Samples

9 ton drilling rig

The boat launch ramp was temporarily closed April 1st so that soil samples could be taken by Soil Consultants Inc. This work is part of the engineering plan for replacing all or part of the boat ramp.

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Arts & Crafts Show

November 9th Arts and Craft Show

We have many talented artists in our community and we had an Arts and Craft show on the 9th of November to show and sell our wares. The show started at twelve noon and went until four o’clock. The event was open to our community and guests who were visiting. In the main room of the Clubhouse, Kathy Jordaens displayed and sold pottery, Marti Goldman sold hanging sachets in several different potpourri scents, Bill and Susan Ledderrer sold lighted Christmas lanterns filled with a variety of ornaments and other holiday pieces. Mine Huser who is a professional photographer had prints for sale along with some watercolors. Carla Wisniewski had origami, welcome posts, and small oil paintings. Mary Sands, had casual and dressy beaded jewelry. In the sunroom we had professional artist Kelly McGuire with her oil paintings and collages. Karen Rice sold wind chimes made out of discarded wine bottles. Kathy Kyzer sold wire jewelry and crosses with beads.

The amount of residents who came were not as large as we had in March but they were spending and commenting on the abundance of talent for our small community. Mary Sands Arts & Crafts Chair

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Open House and Tour

Monday, October 27, 2019

Oyster Harbour’s Community Wide Open House on October 27 was a great success! Guests were greeted at the clubhouse by hot apple cider and homemade cookie smells and many warm smiles from our team — Jim Lunsford, Candy Swift, and Deb Weintraub. Jim created “passports” for Oyster Harbour … featuring directions to the homes that were on sale as well as our many amenities. When the guests visited each site, they were issued stickers and eligible to enter the drawing for our prizes. Thirteen prizes from local small businesses and restaurants were obtained by our committee…all were donations! Many thanks to Dan Evans and Mike Schiavone for taking our guests on golf cart tours. So many guests came at the same time, thanks also to Matt Rogers and Brian Vinson for pitching in with these tours. We appreciate Mine Huser for capturing our event through her lens and Elaine Weiner for providing a wonderful crumb cake. Our guests also received Oyster Harbour water bottles created by Jim Lunsford.

A big reason for our success was the support of Matt Rogers and Bob Barlow with Coldwell Banker. In addition to their media support by promoting our event throughout the Southeast, Matt was responsible for getting Angler’s Marine to donate a boat and provide boat tours to show off our beautiful water park area. Many thanks to Bob Swift for his “First Mate” work at the boat ramp during the entire event. Our guests truly enjoyed seeing our community from the water and many of our residents took advantage of the boat tour as well! Matt also brought many free gifts for guests and got the support of Alpha Mortgage to donate sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays and Don Bullard Insurance donated plates, napkins and a $25 gift card.

It is difficult to say how many people toured our community during this event as not everyone checked in at the clubhouse, however, over 16 guests and realtors registered. This was their first visit to Oyster Harbour, and they were impressed and extremely surprised and pleased to see all that we have to offer. More importantly, Oyster Harbour’s homes and lots for sale will definitely be on their radar for their prospective buyers. This equals success for our event and plans are in the works to host another Open House in Spring, 2020. Thanks again to all of our community members that helped during the afternoon.

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Art Class by Kelly McGuire

Oyster Harbour members were recently able to participate in art classes taught by one of our resident artists, Kelly (Celia) McGuire.

The first “Art and Wine” class on August 30 was attended by 11 budding artists who were able to create a beach scene painting using acrylics.

The next class took place on September 19 and was again well attended with 12 present. This class was mixed media/collage and the budding artists assembled collages using the many different papers and materials provided by Kelly.

She wrote this to the painters the following day – “Each one of your pieces yesterday was an expression of creativity and individualism, reflecting your personal interests, the environment, the whimsical, nature’s beauty, the family or the strive for inner peace. You have accomplished an artistic masterpiece! I am very proud of you all…”

Everyone agreed that these classes were extremely enjoyable and expressed hope that Kelly will conduct more in the future!

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4th of July Picnic

79 people attended our July 4th social event, following the parade of golf carts. The picnic was catered by Smithfields – hmmm…fried chicken, pulled pork and all the fixens!
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First Annual Pickleball Barbecue

Nearly 50 Oyster Harbour Pickle Ball Players and Friends gathered at the Waterpark on Saturday, May 18 for the first Annual Oyster Harbour Pickle Ball Barbecue. The event, organized by Mike Schiavone and Carla Wisniewski was open to all players, spouses, and guests and plans are to repeat this fun get-together every year. Those attending enjoyed a menu that included Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Smoked Pork BBQ, and Kielbasa Sausage on the grill. There were plenty of side dishes, sodas, and dessert to compliment the meal. All those attending were also entered into a drawing for a new Pickle Ball paddle and balls. Carol Sutter was the lucky winner of the paddle and winners of the balls were Jean Wilson, Stan Wisniewski, Beth Baker, Bill Puglisi, Jim McGowan, Dan Bace, Steve McCarthy, Martha Savage, and Kevin Kraeski. A donation of the proceeds ($86) was made to the Brunswick Family Assistance in the name of Oyster Harbour Pickle Ball Players and Friends. We received a very nice thank you letter from Stephanie Bowen, Executive Director (pictured in the collage at far right accepting the check). Pickle Ball is open to all and those interested in joining in or learning the sport can contact Ambassador Les Weintraub or any Pickle Ball player. Join the fun!

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Oyster harbour;s First Annual Car & Bike Show

Thanks to Capt Crunch for setting up our first car and bike show. Even with the temps in the very high 90’s, many Oyster Harbour members displayed vehicles of the two and four wheel variety. Vehicles ranged in age from 56 years old to brand new.

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Captain’s Chooice Golf Tournament

The annual Oyster Harbour Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament was held May 11th at Lockwood Folly. The winning team, by one stroke, was Larry Beasley, George Fay, Geoff Goetz and Mari-Lou Wong-Chung. Everyone enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun. Again, thanks to Tom Byrne for putting together another successful event.

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Ladies Bocce Ball begins…

Enjoying great weather, sixteen women showed up May 6th to learn and play Bocce Ball. Thankfully, they had the help of George Fay, Dan Evans and Geoff Goetz. All present were very appreciative of the men’s time and patience!

Starting immediately, the Ladies will play Tuesdays @ 9:00, and Sundays @9:00. Additional time slots will be added, if necessary, since the maximum number to play this sport is 16.

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Arts & Crafts Show held March 9th in the Clubhouse

Our first Arts & Crafts Show was held in our beautiful clubhouse. It was well attended by the community with many of our talented Artisans selling their work.

This is a small sample of the art and crafts at the show. If you have addition pictures to share, send them to your webmasters via the Contact Us / Contact the Webmasters form.

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Arts & Crafts Show March 9th

Our Oyster Harbour Artisans will be displaying their work in our Clubhouse. Come and pick up some unique items. Artisans will have items on hand to sell and many will take orders. Buy some art – have something to look at in case your phone dies!

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Boat storage lot cleanup by the Boats & Dock Committee

Many thanks to the Boats & Docks Committee for coordinating the cleanup of the Oyster Harbour back boat storage lot. It has now been cleared of trash and debris making it available for additional storage. Larry May, Bob Swift, and Doug Sands assisted M. Barnes Ironworks (Wild Thing & Sons Hauling & Excavation) in this job.

Photos – clockwise from left:

debris in yard / heavy equipment arrives / Larry, Doug, and crew / Larry, Bob and crew / ready to use!

Thank You from Sheriff Ingram

Here’s a thank you card from Sheriff John W Ingram for the generous donation made to the animal shelter.

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A Fish Story by Bryant Hogan

Bryant Hogan, a resident of Oyster Harbour and a pretty serious fisherman, fished two days early November in Morehead City. He was competing in the SKA Mercury National Championships, a division 9 boat, after clenching a spot from 4 previous tournaments.

Pictured are Captain Al Davis and crew members Corey Jones (owner of Provision company and Mainstreet Grill) and Bryant Hogan (sporting the beard). They are a sponsored Mercury Pro Team.

They caught the 2nd biggest fish in the tournament weighing 59.25 lbs. and ended with a 4th place overall finish with an aggregate weight of 78.67 lbs. His boat is “My Hooker”.

Octoberfest

Oyster Harbour Members enjoyed the authentic German dinner catered by “Archibald’s” while celebrating Octoberfest at the clubhouse. Food was great, members brought beer and wine to share, and Kelly McGuire opened the evening with greetings in the German language – guten Abend!

Thank you Social Committee, for a fun evening.

SAVE THE DATES
International Dinner – November 10
Trim the Tree Party – December 8

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Oyster Harbour reponds to request for Florence aid

A BIG THANK YOU TO OYSTER HARBOUR

Brunswick Family Assistance would like to thank the Oyster Harbour community for all of their donations that are going to the flood victims of Hurricane Florence. The volunteers at BFA were grateful and overwhelmed with the amount of supplies.

It took 3 SUVs filled to capacity to deliver everything. We live in a very generous and caring neighborhood. Pictured at right are Sue Byrne and Barbara Puglisi helping to unload at BFA.

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October Bunco

October Bunco hostesses were Stephanie Shope, Deb Bace and Lori Kraieski. While everyone at Bunco is a winner, the “loser prize” wnt to Sue Byrne.

Plan to join in on Monday, November 5, for the November game. Contact Kathy Kyzer if you are interested in playing in November.

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Men’s Golf Tournament – Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE!

OH Annual Men’s Golf Championship

Thursday October 18, 2018

More details to follow

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Swim Aerobics at the pool

Swim Aerobics will continue until the end of the season, September 30. This is a free class, led by volunteers and open to all.

Contact Mary Sands for more information or questions.

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End of Summer Celebration

END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 RAIN OR SHINE

Come and celebrate the end of summer with a concert
FEATURING MIKE MONETTI
from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the waterpark!
Please bring your own snacks, beverages, lawn chairs and bug spray. In case of rain the concert will move indoors to the clubhouse.

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First Website Seminar

On Wednesday, July 18, the Communications Committee held its first website seminar.

The purpose of the seminar was to introduce our community to the hundreds of updates and improvements introduced to this site during the past year. Several exciting new features including Breaking News, Highlihghts, an online directory, a calendar that can be filtered by activity and printed, as well as new and improved ways to sign up or get in touch with the webmasters.

Sixteen people attended this first session and we are planning on additional session later in the year. Everyone attending received an Oyster Harbour tote bag pictured here.

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OH Celebrates Independence Day

A great time was had by all who participated in the annual Oyster Harbour Independence Day celebration! The celebration began with a parade. Participants decorated bicycles and golf cars in a Patriotic theme. The parade was followed by a catered meal complete with ice cream and all the trimmings for dessert.


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Kayak Launch Updated 7/29/19 Richardson Construction has completed our canoe / kayak launch facility!!! A mailing has gone out to all owners with detailed instructions. I’ve also posted the instructions here. I hope to see y’all on the river soon!

Pictures of work in progress. Mouse over for explanations….

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Award Winning Backyard!

Congratulations to Oyster Harbour residents Stan and Carla Wisniewski! They were presented an award from the Coastal Garden Club. They received the “Outstanding Horticulture Display, Residential Property 2018” award for their backyard which features yard art they created mostly from reclaimed or salvaged materials.
Congratulations again!!

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Oyster Harbour Memorial Day Celebration

About 80 Oyster Harbour residents, lot owners and guests participated in the Memorial Day celebration honoring fallen warriors hosted by the Oyster Harbour Social Committee on May 27th. Everyone enjoyed the holiday spread of hot dogs, hamburgers ice tea, lemonade and ice cream provided by the Social Committee. A wide variety of side dishes, salads and dessert were contributed by the folks attending the gathering. The corn hole game was set up outside, and was a popular draw! The fellowship and food was enjoyed by all…hats off to the Social Committee for hosting another wonderful event!

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May Bunco

May Bunco proved to by great fun for everyone. Carla Wisniewski and Donna McGowan hosted this month’s game and the prize winner was Barb Puglisi. She received a glass garden stake and a hand painted copper butterfly.

Next Bunco will take place on June 4th at 7:00 PM, with Carol Sutter and Mary Sands hosting. Don’t forget your $5 and a snack to share.

See you there!!

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OH Spring Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament

The Oyster Harbour Spring Tourney Captains Choice (best ball) was held on May 5th at Lockwood Folly Country Club, and competition was heavy among the 5 teams. Kudos to the two women who played – Sue Byrne and Donna McGowan.

Congratulations to the winning team – Dan Evans, Dave Sciarretto & Vince Bracken.

Winning score was 1 over Par 73 & lowest was 3 over Par 75. Very tight tourney!

The day ended with dinner at Patronies, and everyone agreed it was a great day!

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Holden Beach Pickleball Tournament

The annual “Battle at the Beach Pickleball Tournament “, sponsored by Holden Beach Parks and Recreation took place on May 5 and 6. This year the Tournament attracted 60 players from all parts of Brunswick County, as well as Charlotte, NC. Players competed in Mixed, Men’s and Woman’s Doubles.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports and has certainly taken Brunswick County by storm. Oyster Harbour Community has four recently renovated Pickleball Courts and it is widely used by many community residents.

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Oyster Harbour Welcomes New Neighbors

We all know there’s always a first time. So with that in mind, this year the Welcome Committee decided to have a celebration in honor of our newest neighbors on April 21. Some who have been here for a short while, others moving in and lastly, a smaller group, just breaking ground.

With over 30 new folks attending, our goal was to make certain everyone mingled. And they did! A total of 82 folks graced our beautiful Water Park. Grills prepared hamburgers and brats while Oyster Harbour residents brought the sides and desserts making it a perfect gathering showing the talents of our many chefs.
Just another wonderful Carolina Day in Paradise!

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April Bunco

April’s Bunco was hosted by Peg Rioux & Cate West. As always the ladies shared delicious treats and had a great time. Our big winner was Joann Bonnet, and she received a handmade gift from Peg which were wine glass coasters. She also won a water/fruit infuser bottle.

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Swim Exercise Class
  • Swim Exercise Classes
  • At the Oyster Harbour pool
  • Taught by Pat Sullivan
  • Wednesdays @10:00 to 11:00
  • Starting May 23rd
  • Cost: **Free**
  • Bring a towel and your sunscreen, weights and balls (Pat will provide for those who do not have them)
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Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Oyster Harbour Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch Bring your favorite brunch dish to share. The Egg Hunt will be held for children 12 years old and under. Please RSVP and include the number and age of children who will be attending to: Contact Mary Sands

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Superbowl Party 2018

There were 26 at the annual Super Bowl Party. Sub sandwiches (from Subway) were provided along with chips. About 10-11 people played games in the library – those who didn’t really care about the game. People brought snacks, chili, and desserts. A fun night was had by all (Except, perhaps, the Patriots fans)!

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February Bunco

This is long overdue but it is never too late to say thank you and recognize the good deeds of our members! Our ladies Bunco group continued the tradition of sharing our bounty in December by collecting food, pet food, pet supplies, and cash for several local charities and also invited Oyster Harbour members to join in. The response was terrific; we are a generous bunch and all agreed that in December, we are all winners! Special thanks to Beth Baker for delivering the 84 pounds of food and pet food to the Brunswick Family Assistance, to Candy Swift for delivering pet food and supplies to the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, and to Priscilla Evans for delivering the cash donations to the Brunswick Family Assistance and the Southern Brunswick Interfaith Council.

In February, Sandy Herges was the winner of the prize provided by Hostess, Kathy Kyzer.

Remember, Bunco takes place on the first Monday of the month at the clubhouse at 7pm. All the ladies are invited, just contact Sue Slawinski to add your name to the list.

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Oyster Harbour Christmas Dinner Nearly 30 residents who did not have plans with family and friends gathered at the Clubhouse for a festive Holiday dinner on December 25. The Clubhouse was transformed into an elegant dining room, complete with crystal, silver place settings and candle light.  The menu, coordinated by Carla Wisniewski, was complete with turkey, roast pork, mashed potatoes, and many other sides and desserts! Back to top of page
Tree Trimming Party Trim the Tree Party Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30 p.m. At the Oyster Harbour Clubhouse Each year, members gather to place ornaments on the tree and enjoy the fellowship of their neighbors here in Oyster Harbour. If this is your first Christmas in the neighborhood, you are invited to bring an ornament labeled with your name, address, and move-in date to hang on the tree. If this isn’t your first year, we hope to see you too! Treats are provided – BYOB While a response is not required, you may RSVP to Mary Sands
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Help with Christmas Decorations
    • HELP!
    • We need LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS to DECORATE Oyster Harbour entrance and clubhouse for the Holiday Season
    • LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR ENTRANCE and CLUBHOUSE BEAUTIFUL FOR ALL TO ENJOY
    • The Structures and Grounds Committee and the Social Committee invite you to meet at the Clubhouse
    • Saturday– DECEMBER 2
    • Interior Decorating begins at 9:00am
    • Outdoor Decorating begins at 10:00am
    • Lunch will be served at 12 noon.
    • Contact Mary Sands or Tom Cotton for more information
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Nature and Birding Tour We had a huge turnout for our first nature and birding tour of Oyster Harbour’s own wildlife habitat. The focus was on both migrating and native birds. We visited the ICW, Shallotte River and Russell Hewett Lake where there were sightings of herons, wood storks, eagles as well as other bird species. What a glorious day…everyone would agree “nature truly shared its tranquility and subtle gifts!” The group was led by Jill Peleuces owner of Wild Bird & Garden who has years of experience and knowledge of the birding world. Participants were from both Oyster Harbour and Brunswick New Comers. Our visitors expressed that we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful and serene place. Back to top of page
ITALIAN NIGHT AT THE CLUBHOUSE On November 17, Oyster Harbour held a Pot Luck Italian Night. We had an enormous turnout for this event, including many new residents. Delicious appetizers, dinner choices, desserts and friendship were enjoyed by all. As always, many thanks to the ladies of our Social Committee who work so hard to make this an enjoyable evening. Back to top of page
Boo-ing in Oyster Harbour Something scary happened the week of Halloween in Oyster Harbour! Many residents got ‘Boo-ed’!! While we aren’t sure who started the boo-ing, we do know that anonymous Halloween treat packages started appearing on front porches, with instructions to prepare 2 festive treat packages and leave the treats for 2 neighbors! Trick-or-treat in reverse for adults! Back to top of page
Oyster Harbour Men’s Golf Championship! On Saturday, October 21, the Oyster Harbour Men’s Golf Championship was held at Lockwood Folly Golf Course. The weather was glorious, and there were 15 golfers who participated in the event. Everyone had a great time (although there were some folks that reported they didn’t play their best golf)! Winners were:
  • Low Gross – Eddie Marquez (89)
  • Low Net – Geoff Goetz (75)
  • 2nd Low Net – Mike Neville (78)
  • 3rd Low Net – Jim McGowan (78)
Skins winners:
  • Charlie Bradner – 1
  • John Champlin – 2
  • Geoff Goetz – 2
  • Jack Kyzer – 2
  • Mike Neville – 1
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Octoberfest! On October 13, Oyster Harbour had our first Octoberfest. Fabulous food, which was catered by ART Caterers included Apple/Kraut Pork Loin, Beer, Onion Bratwurst, Coleslaw, Roasted Vegetables, German Potato Salad and Rolls. Dessert was German Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes which were amazing! The attendance for this event was in excess of 55 residents. Many thanks to our lovely ladies of the Social Committee for organizing this fun and successful event, and we are already looking forward to our next one! Back to top of page