Live A Margaritaville Life At Margaritaville.com

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Margaritaville is no longer just a “state of mind.” Earlier this week Margaritaville.com announced the website’s latest makeover. The new site clearly lays out the extreme reach of the Margaritaville Empire.

The site is divided into multiple sections that fully layout it’s corporate reach:

Stay with Margaritaville. Tired of your own boring house? Stay at a Margaritaville Island Hotel or Margaritaville Beach Resort. Are those place NOT Margaritaville-y enough for you? Then join the Margaritaville Vacation Club! You can stay and play in either St. Thomas or Puerto Rico.

Play with Margaritaville. Play loose and easy with your money at one of a Margaritaville Casinos or hop aboard a Margaritaville Cruise Ship and sail away from your worries.

Dine with Margaritaville. They’ve got 30+ restaurants across the world in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, and the Bahamas. They are located in such great tropical places like Nashville, SyracuseNiagra Falls, Pigeon Forge, and Cincinnati! There is bound to be a Margaritaville near by.

So Margaritaville knows that not everyone has the cash to visit a Margaritaville in person. After all, you did drop $300+ last summer so you and the wife could see Jimmy live. Well, no problem, mon…Margaritaville’s gotcha covered. Now you can build your own Margaritaville right at home?

Here is 10 Easy Steps to…

Party with Margaritaville!

  1. Put on your favorite Mailboat Records tunes. Strap on your Margaritaville Headphones and CHILLAX!  Soon you’ll be partying just like they do at a real Margaritaville! Just a few things to do to get ready.
  2. Put on your best PAR-TAY attire…Margaritaville Shirts, Margaritaville Shorts, Margaritaville Shoes, Margaritaville Hat, and Margaritaville Sunglasses.
  3. Hang up your best Margaritaville Decor then arrange your Margaritaville Chairs, Margaritaville Tables, Margaritaville Patio Set, and Margaritaville Bar so all of your guest will be comfortable.
  4. Cook up some Margaritaville Seafood. Cover your meat with Margaritaville Rubs, Margaritaville Sauces, and Margaritaville Marinades. Bust out some Margaritaville Chips and Margaritaville Salsa into your  Margaritaville Kitchenware. Pour out some Margaritaville Dressings and Margaritaville Dips for a fantastic Margaritaville spread.
  5. Toss some Margaritaville “Leisure Products” and other Margaritaville “Foam Products” into your pool just in case someone blows out their flip-flop and falls into the deep end. Don’t forget to setup your Margaritaville Cornhole Game (it was a steal at $250!)
  6. You know everyone is gonna get lit up like Christmas so you better have some water on hand but hey, who likes bland, old water? Flavor it up with Margaritaville Water Enhancer.
  7. Munch on a Margaritaville Freezer Bar while stocking the liquor bar! Set out your favorite Margaritaville Drinkware. Ice down some Landhshark Lager. You know it’s always 5 O’Clock in Margaritaville so line up some shots of Margaritaville Rum (all four kinds) and Margaritaville Tequila (all five kinds) to get things started.
  8. Some guests might tire of beer and liquor shots so grab some Margaritaville Cocktail Mix, add it to some booze and toss it into your Margaritaville “Frozen Concoction Maker” to really get the PAR-TAY revved up. Think you might get too drunk or too lazy to mix your own cocktails? No problem, mon’…you bought some Margaritaville Premixed Cocktails just in case that happens!
  9. Since there is no snow on the ground you will have to wait until next winter to try your new Margaritaville skis but you’re about to get wild so there’s no time to be bummed.
  10. You KNOW you’re going to wake up hungover so program the coffee pot to brew yourself some Margaritaville Coffee to cure your ails. Tomorrow’s forecast looks sunny so toss your Margaritaville Golf Bag into the car so you can hit the links manana.

Hey, I tease because I love. Seriously, checkout Margaritaville.com‘s new site and do some shopping. They ship almost anywhere!

PPHC Adopt-A-Highway and Cookout (Sunday, March 8 – W. Cola)

On February 7th, 2015, our normally scheduled trash pickup was cancelled due to the cold weather.

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 8th, 2015. As usual we will be meeting at the home of

Larry & Elaine Hoffman
117 Lynn Street
West Columbia, SC 29172
Directions

Trash pickup will begin at 1:00 PM
Afterwards we will be having a cookout at The Hoffman’s!
Please bring a side dish to share and your favorite beverage!!!

Flashback: 2/5/2003 Governor declares “Parrot Head Day” in South Carolina

Last night, I found a copy of this South Carolina Parrot Head Day proclamation while processing old Palmetto Parrot Head Club documents.

On February 5, 2003, then South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford proclaimed it Parrot Head Day in South Carolina. This was the same day of a scheduled Jimmy Buffett concert at Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena. This would be Jimmy Buffett’s first Columbia concert in decades.

The proclamation primarily recognized the (then) seven South Carolina Parrot Head Clubs and there 700+ members for all of the good work they did across South Carolina. It also recognized Jimmy Buffett as a South Carolina business owner (two Margaritaville’s operated in SC at the time), a proud promoter of the state and the husband to Carolina girl (Jane Slagsvol Buffett).

It was a proud achievement for South Carolina Parrot Head Club’s 700+ members, many of whom attended the Buffett concert that night enjoying a wonderful day of tailgating and Buffett tunes.

Parrot Head Day in South Carolina (Feb. 5, 2003)

Parrot Head Day in South Carolina (Feb. 7, 2003)

Early 2015 Buffett tour dates announced

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band perform at Berkeley's Greek Theater 10/23/14

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band perform at Berkeley’s Greek Theater 10/23/14

The first three 2015 Jimmy Buffett tour dates have been announced. These three are not that far from us plus you get to travel to sunny Florida in the Spring. Book your hotel rooms now!

All tickets go onsale January 9th!

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band

April 9 – West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)

April 16 – Orlando, FL (Amway Center)

April 18 – Tampa, FL (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre)

Margaritaville Island Hotel Opens In Pigeon Forge, TN

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From WATE.com:

Margaritaville Island Hotel opens in Pigeon Forge

Posted: Oct 10, 2014 4:59 PM EDT
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter
PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Rainy weather did not keep visitors from pouring into one of our top tourism spots in East Tennessee Friday, and there is a new attraction grabbing their attention.

Friday was a big day for folks at The Island with the opening of the Margaritaville Island Hotel.

They opened about 57 rooms and expect to have the rest open by the end of this year.

“We want to actually finish the job of eat, play and shop, and now we have eat, shop, play and stay,” said developer Darby Campbell.

For nearly 10 years, The Island has been a dream for developers.

Now it is all coming together with two big openings in one week, the Margaritaville Island Hotel and Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery.

“All the partners are excited about how far it’s come. There’s been some highs and lows but overall now we couldn’t be more excited and the folks that are coming are really excited,” said Campbell.

Those visiting the area say they love seeing Pigeon Forge and The Island continue to grow.

“You come in one time and they’ve torn this building down and put a new building up, all the new hotels that are here and of course the Island being here,” said Donnie Mitchell from Middle Tennessee.
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Developers are hoping the hotel will draw even more people to the area, boosting tourism and also attracting more businesses to The Island, giving people something different to see and do.

“If you can see behind me over the door it says it’s five o’clock somewhere, and that’s truly what we expect for you to feel when you get here,” said Campbell.

Tourists say they are ready for more change and hope to continue seeing new exciting things coming to Pigeon Forge.

“More family friendly, kind of more spread out. It’s just different, totally different,” said Mitchell.

Officials say the rest of the rooms at the Margaritaville Island Hotel should open in December.

Margaritaville – The Musical

Today I was listening to the Wednesday, November 26th (Part 2) episode of ‘The Tony Kornheiser Show’ on Washington, DC’s ESPN 980.

Tony was interviewing Greg Garcia who said that Garcia and Mike O’Malley were currently writing ‘Margaritaville – The Musical’ for Broadway. He said that Jimmy is on board to use his catalog and to write a few new tunes.

Greg Garcia is the TV show creator on My Name Is Earl, The Millers and Raising Hope.

Mike O’Malley is and actor, TV show writer and play writer.

You can hear the interview here starting at the 16:25 minute mark.

Buffett wraps 2014 “This One’s For You” Tour in Berkeley, CA 10/23/14

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band perform at Berkeley's Greek Theater 10/23/14

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band perform at Berkeley’s Greek Theater 10/23/14

HuffingtonPost.com has a good review of Jimmy Buffett’s last concert stop of the 2014 “This One’s For You” tour:

Jimmy Buffett Sails Into Berkeley as Tour Ends
Posted: 10/28/2014 2:18 pm EDT Updated: 10/28/2014 2:59 pm EDT

Jimmy Buffett singing “Fins” in Berkeley last Thursday night. [photo by Paul Iorio.]

Yet another Jimmy Buffett tour is now history. And the penultimate gig happened last weekend in Berkeley.

“For those of you who have chosen not to grow up,” Buffett said from the Greek Theater stage on Thursday night (which qualifies as the weekend in his world), “Boy, did you come to the right place tonight.”

And the crowd was there to have a ball, wearing fins and parrot heads and swimming like sharks.

Buffett set an irreverent tone from the start. “This is as close to a religious number …as you’re gonna have this evening,” he said. “…This is a very serious religious song called ‘My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus.'”

As someone who actually saw him on his “A1A” tour of ’75, I can attest that this song, more than the others, captured the original spirit of Buffett’s early concerts, back when his catchy blasphemy made him seem a bit like Florida’s Kinky Friedman or Country Joe McDonald.
For this stop on his tour, he emphasized his considerable history in the San Francisco Bay Area, displaying video footage of the Herb Caen Pier as he played “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude,” showing footage of Travis Ishikawa’s recent walk-off homer and even donning a San Francisco Giants jacket later in the show.

“This is a song that…was actually written in a Holiday Inn on Mt. Tamalpais,” he said, introducing “Come Monday.”

And the crowd needed no prompting to sing along as he crooned, “Headin’ out to San Francisco…”

But then, in true Buffett style, he revised the next line: “For the World Series baseball show.”

The crowd ate it up.

Buffett, in bare feet and shorts, came on with a 12-piece band that played against a video screen showing a constantly-shifting series of images: cheeseburgers during “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” a tie-dyed t-shirt during “Scarlet Begonias,” etc.

Musically, one of the highlights was “One Particular Harbor,” sort of his “Graceland”-ish world music foray, but the true crowd-pleaser was saved for the encore.
Jimmy Buffett celebrated the San Francisco Giants World Series win 10/23/14
“I’ll sing this love song for you,” he said, launching into “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” revising the lyric at one point to: “If you brought your children to the show/And now you’re shocked/I’ve got a better verse for you/Why don’t we get lunch and snooze?” (Or at least it sounded like “snooze”!)

And then, as he sang the finale, “Lovely Cruise,” each band member, one by one, departed, leaving him alone on stage.

I hadn’t seen Buffett since I was a teenager in Florida, so it was amazing to see how he’d developed and his vast new audience, which enjoys every note he plays and has rituals that turn the place into a big party.

I first saw him in the fall of ’75, when his latest single was the humorous “Door Number Three.” I was a freshman at The University of Florida at Gainesville, sort of the Berkeley of Florida, where he’d perform free outdoor shows every now and then.

Back then, joints would be passed to the stage as he’d sing “Pencil Thin Mustache” and fans would sing along to risqué lyrics like “I don’t love Jesus.” In the Bible belt, in ’75, it all felt so forbidden!

This was during his fabled Key West period, in the heyday of the original Coral Reefer Band, which rocked in its way in its day.

With the release of the “Havana Daydreamin'” album in ’76, the free gigs got shorter, the crowds started getting out of control. He was in the process of coming up with a new song and album that would make him so popular that his next show in Gainesville would be behind a paywall. At the campus gym. Sold out.

The new album, released the next year, was “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and the first single, “Margaritaville,” was a game changer for him.

I couldn’t get tickets to his ’77 concert, so I did what I always did back then: I went to the gym four hours before the Saturday show to work out, then I went to a bathroom stall and sat there for two hours until concertgoers were let into the hall.

Around showtime, I’d simply walk out of the bathroom and into the arena, just like any other concertgoer. (This is how I got to see primo shows by Heart, Crosby & Nash and many others in ’77!)

From my bathroom stall that evening, before I walked into the arena, I could hear the sound check, which consisted of two songs: “Changes in Latitude” and “Margaritaville,” in that order, which is exactly how he’d open the concert an hour or so later.

“Margaritaville” was not yet the phenomenon it would become; the title track, at the time, was more prominent. I remember he set a beautiful mood with “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home.”

But I recall it just wasn’t as fun as those early outdoor gigs. The novelty numbers were missing, and so was the spontaneity — and the pot! I’m not sure I stayed to the end.

That was the last time I’d seen him — until last Thursday night. And I sure did stay to the end of this show in Berkeley! Everybody, including me, left the theater smiling.