The Palmetto Parrot Head Club elections are coming up fast and your club is asking you to serve during the upcoming year.
If you think you are interested in serving on next year’s Board please let us know. We need to fill slots for President, Vice-President and several Board Members at Large.
We would love to have you and your ideas help guide the PPHC over the upcoming year.
Reminder from Debra Ranney, PPHC Treasurer:
I just want to remind everyone that membership renewals were due by April 1st. If you haven’t renewed please do so as soon as possible.
Twenty-seven years ago today, the first official Jimmy Buffett fan club was sanctioned in Atlanta. Founder Scott Nickerson had spent months working with Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett’s people to authorize the Atlanta PHC. Their discussions laid out a framework to authorize other PHCs nationwide.
One year to the day later the 2nd official PHC was founded in St. Louis. It would take over 4 years before the official PHC count would reach double digits.
A lot has changed in the years since. The Palmetto PHC became the 3rd South Carolina PHC in 1997 (founder Linda Martin).
Today “This madness…has blossomed to a network of over 200 clubs around the U.S. plus international clubs based in Canada and Australia. ”
So raise a toast tonight to Scott Nickerson and the Atlanta PHC for starting it all 27 years ago!
Twenty PPHC members traveled to the Tampa, FL last weekend to attend the 5th-Annual Music On The Bay festival. The four day Trop-Rock festival was hosted by Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club, Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club, Space Coast Parrot Head Club, and Key West Parrothead Club with the generous assistance and support of Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar in Tampa, FL. The Tampa Tribune was there to report on the festivities.
Parrot Heads flock to beach for music, supporting charity
BY GEOFF FOX
Published: March 6, 2016
Updated: March 7, 2016
TAMPA — Whiskey Joe’s offered a perfect setting for hundreds of Parrot Heads on Sunday, as the venerable watering hole, restaurant and music venue hosted the fifth annual Music on the Bay festival.
Under cloudless skies, music lovers from around the Tampa Bay area, 32 states, France and Canada sipped drinks with their feet in the sand and relaxed to soothing sounds outside the waterfront bar on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
The event isn’t just about four days of partying.
Over the last four years, it has raised more than $100,000 for Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, said Dorothy Bedlin, president of the Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club and co-chair of the event.
This year, she said she hoped to raise between $35,000 and $40,000 for the hospital. The four-day event began Thursday.
“It’s like a carnival atmosphere,” Bedlin said Sunday, as The Jack Mosley Band — a touring southwest Florida group — made melodic sounds on an outdoor stage.
“It looks like we’re going to have a record crowd,” she said. “We usually get about 1,000 people on a weekend, but this year, we’re over 1,200.”
Jennifer O’Connor, the event’s treasurer, said Music on the Bay was “killing it” in the fundraising department.
“Dude, I’ve been counting money until I’m green in the face,” she said.
Money wasn’t raised just through admission.
Entertainer Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton raised $675 over the weekend with his trademark music-and-gumbo-making performance, while Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24, a Key West band, raised another $3,500 by selling off a margarita made with an outboard motor.
Livingston also raised money over the weekend for KOA Care Camps — a charity for children with cancer.
Tampa resident Steve Story, known to his Parrot Head friends as “Biker Steve,” said Sunday that he had been enjoying the music and atmosphere all weekend. He said that philanthropic work done by Parrot Heads, and the bands they love, is nothing new.
“The Parrot Head family is so cool,” Story said. “You never meet a stranger out here. If someone needs help, you help them. It’s about loving and living life, and being barefoot in the sand with your brothers and sisters.
“I’ve been having a blast, man. I don’t want to go back to work Monday.”
As Story greeted a long-time friend, Mosley’s guitarist picked a relaxing rhythm on his Fender Telecaster, while the band leader sang of “a girl in a string bikini, walking with her shoes in her hand.”
Surveying the large crowd, many of whom sat in colorful beach chairs, event co-chair Bill Connolly said he was proud to raise money for the Shriners hospital — with the help of countless volunteers.
“We work 12 months a year to make this happen,” he said. “We’re always looking for ways to improve and to raise more and more money. There’s no better organization than the Shriners.”
And to Parrot Heads near and far, there may be no better way to help out the children’s hospital than by enjoying life near the water.
Scott Janovsky of Raleigh, North Carolina, drove over 600 miles for the festival, as did about 50 other members of Parrot Head clubs in “The Tar Heel State.”
“This is our second year” at Music on the Bay, Janovsky said of he and wife Elena. “I love it. It’s a great group of people and a bunch of bands. The weather this year has been unbelievable. It’s for a great charity, too. (We’ll do) anything to help out the kids.”
On February 6th, Jimmy Buffett joined Jenny Lewis, The Watson Twins, and M. Ward onstage to cover the Traveling Wilbury’s “Handle Me With Care” at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Jimmy Buffett took a demo ride in the Icon A5 amphibious airplane. Check it out!
The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm – the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett’s blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, will start grooving onstage on May 16, 2017.
Buffett has had hits with such beach-bum classics as “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” ‘‘Margaritaville,” ‘‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
The new musical is described “as the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender, and fulltime good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory – falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist.”
Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley, the director of the Tony-winner “Memphis,” will direct the still-untitled show. The producers of the musical are Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams.
Garcia is the creator of TV shows including “My Name Is Earl” and “Yes, Dear,” which O’Malley also starred in.
Buffett and Marshall – the producer of such films as “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – teamed up to create Parrothead Productions, which helped produce such Broadway shows as “Big Fish” and “Doctor Zhivago.”
La Jolla Playhouse has been home to many big shows, including the musicals “Jersey Boys,” ‘‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,” ‘‘Cry-Baby,” ‘‘Bonnie & Clyde” and “Hands on a Hardbody.”
Happy New Year to Everyone!!!
I just wanted to provide you a list of upcoming events so you can mark your calendar.
A very special Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at Vella’s on Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC to mark the 19th anniversary of the Palmetto Parrot Head Club. Please make arrangements to attend as the Club will buy all members 2 drinks (beer, wine or well drink) to celebrate our anniversary!! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to get together with phriends to recall all the phun times shared over the years. If you have pictures of past events please bring them along. We’ll meet at the usual time of 5:30.
Mark you calendar for upcoming Happy Hours:
– January 28th – HH at Kelly’s, Washington St., Columbia (5:30)
– February 10th – HH at Polliwogs, Columbia (5:30)
– February 25th – HH at Lucky’s Burger Shack, Irmo (5:30)
– March 9th – HH at Old Mill Brew Pub, Lexington (5:30)
– March 31st – HH at TLC Sports Pub, Columbia (5:30)
Also, it’s membership renewal time. All renewals are due by March 31st, 2016 so don’t delay, renew today!!
Lastly, we are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize Fin Fest. If you are interested please let Tom, Dawn M., Wendy, Steve, Patty or myself (Debra) know. As always, we welcome and need your participation and input.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday. Let’s start the PPHC New Year off with a huge BANG!!!
Palmetto Parrot Head Club
The Palmetto Parrot Head Club (Columbia, SC) is 19 years old today !!
THANK YOU TO EVERY MEMBER WE’VE EVER HAD. YOU ARE THE REASON WE’VE LASTED SO LONG!!!