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.

Sail On Hugo Duarte

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A little late in posting this…From Love and Support For Hugo Duarte:

“It is with heavy hearts that Sarah and I want to let everyone know that Hugo passed quickly and peacefully at 6:30 am this morning into the arms of our loving Lord and Savior. He fought bravely and courageously, but he was ready to be free from pain and fear. We read him many of your messages and texts and played your voicemails. He loved you all very much and felt your positive energy and prayers. Thank you all so much! We will be posting more information soon.”

Lura Ellis-Newcome’s Funeral Arrangements & Celebration of Life

Update:

Dear Phlock,

For Happy Hour on Friday, September 19th we have decided to make it a covered dish affair thanks to Kelly. Nothing fancy just snacks and/or finger foods. Elaine and Larry will be bringing the Margaritaville shrimp as well. If you are planning to be at Happy Hour please let me know so that we can be sure to have enough for everyone. We will start with drinks around 5:00ish PM and we will start with the food between 6:00PM-6:30PM to give everyone a chance to get there.

With kind regards,

Tom Kogutkiewicz

Update:

Dear Phlock,

There has been a change in the meeting place for Lura’s service on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The Giggling Mackerel can not accommodate the number of people planning to attend Lura’s services. The new venue is The Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, located at 44 West 1st Street, Ocean Isle, NC 28469 (Directions) and the time remains the same at 5:00PM.

With kind regards,

Tom Kogutkiewicz

Original Announcement:

Dear Phlock,

Lura’s service will be on the beach at Ocean Isle, North Carolina on Thursday, September 18th at 5:00 pm. The plan is for everyone to meet at The Giggling Mackerel Seafood Grille at 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach NC and walk to the beach for the service. Lura’s sister has made arrangements for parking for everyone who will be attending the service. Here is the website for The Giggling Mackerel, www.gigglingmackerel.com.

HR has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Palmetto Parrot Head Club Alzheimer’s Fund in Lura’s Memory. Lura did love to get donations for the Fin Fest silent auction each year!! This donation will be especially meaningful with the upcoming walk on October 25th.

For those who cannot travel to Ocean Isle we will be having a special Happy Hour on Friday, September 19th in Lura’s honor. Barbie is contacting Kelly to see if we can go to the TLCB from 5’ish PM until to celebrate Lura’s life. We can sit on the patio and no one will bother us there. Lura liked going to TLCB and we thought this would be easy for everyone to get to. If there are any changes we will let you know.

With kind regards,

Tom Kogutkiewicz

PPHC Loses One of Our Own

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Dear Phlock,

It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that we have lost one of own, Lura Ellis-Newcome. As many of you know Lura was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. Lura fought her cancer with courage, grace and dignity. She was a great friend to us all. I would like to thank all of you who have helped Lura and her family over the last several months. I have no doubt that she appreciated everyone who visited her, made arrangements to help get her to doctor’s visits radiation and/or chemo appointments, bringing food to her & HR, for keeping her spirits up, and for being her friend most of all. Lura will be greatly missed by all of us. Please keep her family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. At this time, I do not know what the funeral arrangements are but I will keep your posted.

With kind regards,

Tom Kogutkiewicz

Letter To The Phlock 8/26/2014

Dear Phlock,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer as it’s about to close and football season is starting up.
We are glad to announce FIN FEST 15 Card Shark Poker Crawl was a great success for our first crawl. We had 60 paid registrations and everyone had a great time and partied with a purpose. We will be donating a total of $4000.00 dollar to the South Carolina Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association this year. I am also glad to announce the Palmetto Parrot Head Club once again has a team participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer‘s team. The walk is Oct. 25, 2014 at Finlay park more details to come.

If you have questions or suggestions my door is always open!

The 2014-2015 Palmetto Parrot Head Club Board of Directors is:

President – Tom Kogutkiewicz
Vice President – Gigi Davis
Treasurer – Debra Ranney
Secretary – Dawn Kogutkiewicz

Member at Large – Patty young
Member at Large – Dawn Mackowski
Member at Large – Steve Baxter

Our next Happy Hour is this Thursday, August 28 @ The Wild Hare Sports Cafe (5122 Bush River Road, Irmo, SC 29212)

I have been challenged by phlock member Tim Haley to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was out of town at the time of the challenge and will be doing it at Happy Hour on Thursday so come out and enjoy the fun!

Tom Kogutkiewicz
PPHC President
Email: tikitompphc@yahoo.com

UPDATE: Jimmy Buffett’s Beachcomber restaurant in Waikiki is NOT CLOSING

Buffett_Waikiki_Beachcomber_LogoJimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber to stay open under local management

Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber will remain open in Waikiki.

Outrigger Enterprises Group announced Tuesday that it has leased the restaurant space to JB Waikiki, LLC, a new entity created by Handcrafted Restaurants, LLC, operators of Hawaii’s Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman.

The restaurant, located on the upper lobby level of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, will continue to operate under the Jimmy Buffett’s brand following a one-week closure from September 1-7 while the space and menu undergo a refresh.

“We are honored to carry on Jimmy Buffett’s great operation in Waikiki and look forward to expanding on its popularity with a few changes to the facilities and new additions to the menu that highlight Hawaii local flavors,” said Bill Terry, partner at Handcrafted Restaurants LLC. “The interview process is currently underway with restaurant management and staff and we expect a quick and easy transition.”

Barbara Campbell, vice president of retail leasing at Outrigger Enterprises Group, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement that allows Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber restaurant to remain open under the direction of Hawaii’s JB Waikiki, LLC, and continue to serve up the great food and drinks people have come to expect from the restaurant.”

Handcrafted Restaurants LLC is a partnership between Hawaii Regional Cuisine founding chef Peter Merriman and restaurateur Bill Terry.

The restaurant group also operates Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman’s two locations in Ko Olina and Wailea, Maui.

Sad news about Fingers Taylor

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From Brent Taylor, the brother of Greg Taylor as shared on Facebook today:

To all our friends and the fans of Greg “Fingers” Taylor from the Taylor family – We would like to express the appreciation for the love and concern you have for Fingers. Many Thanks to all! Most of you know Greg was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. So many have asked how he is doing and how they can help. Finger’s is doing fine and is taken care of by “Angels on Earth”. Recently we have been challenged financially by changes in Greg’s medical coverage. We have set up a trust that allows anyone to donate funds to be used for his medical and personal care needs. If anyone wishes to help a donation can be made to the “Seth Gregory Taylor Special Needs Trust” at any Wells Fargo bank location or branch. The Trust Account Number is 7387913739. Love you all. Brent Taylor.