WGN talks to Jimmy Buffett

Singer, songwriter Jimmy Buffett was in Chicago recently, to perform some of the songs from his upcoming musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE.

The new musical will play Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre for a limited three-week engagement November 9 through December 2, 2017.

Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. With a book by Emmy® Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy® Award nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), this rousing and refreshing new production is choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by 2017 Tony Award® winner and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis).

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water’s warm and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all, and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Take a break from your troubles, make some new friends at the bar and kick back to the soothing sounds of the kettledrum. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Meeting of the Minds 2017 Update!

The 26th Annual Meeting of the Minds 2017 Update!

Meeting of the Minds will happen November 1 – November 5, 2017 in Key West, Florida

Hello Everyone! Here is the latest update for the 26th Annual Meeting of the Minds 2017 “We’re Still Here!”

The 2017 Meeting of the Minds Schedule!

The Meeting of the Minds entertainment schedule will be published in April. There are a few contracts and details being finalized as this update is going to press. Stand by for more information but get registered for the awesome ticket drawing!! There are less than two weeks until we announce the winners for 2017!

The Casa Marina Remains Sold Out!

We are still sold out at the Casa Marina but we are collecting names for the wait list as some level of cancellations will always happen and we need to keep the hotel sold out! If you want to be on the wait list just follow the steps below:

The 2017 MOTM Wait List for the Casa Marina – Here are the 3 steps below:

1. Register for Meeting of the Minds 2017.


2. Book your room at the Reach Resort. While our awesome Parrot Head rate is only valid at the Casa Marina the Reach is offering a discount to our group this year. This Reach Resort rate will not be as low as the Casa rate but it is a booking discount. There are some Casa Marina cancellations every year so booking early will put you up the list as we do go in order to move people over as vacancy happens through the year. This can happen right up to the event so give the hotel your cell number not your home number for contact!

3. Email our MOTM Director of Registration Rick Fyffe at rjfyffe1@ymail.com

Put in the title of your email “MOTM Casa Marina Wait List.” Tell Rick you are booked at the Reach and registered for MOTM. Rick will add you to the Casa Marina wait list in the order in which you contact him.

We have to fill the Casa Marina so we will work very hard to move everyone we can as cancellations occur. We will be working down the order in which you reply to Rick Fyffe. Sorry for any confusion but it is best to manage this list through Rick vs. contacting the hotel.

Here is the special link to the Reach Resort for our group discount – Again this is NOT the same rate as the Casa Marina. To access the exclusive rates available for this group click The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Call in link is: ZZPAR9 The Reach reservations line is: 305-296-5000.


REGISTRATION FOR THE 26th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MINDS 2017 is OPEN and going very well! Don’t get left out as we stop registration at 3,500 or September 15th whichever comes first!!

If you have ANY QUESTIONS about Meeting of the Minds registration questions are generally answered at this MOTM FAQ.


THANKS TO MARGARITAVILLE FOODS! IF you register FOR MOTM 2017 before April 1st, 2017 YOU will be put in a drawing to WIN a pair of JIMMY BUFFETT and THE CORAL REEFER BAND concert tickets and access to a pre-show VIP party for any 2017 Live Nation tour date within the U.S. or Canada. Concert date must be selected at least 8 weeks prior to the show or as soon as possible, if concert is announced with less than 8 weeks notification.

NEXT….THE CASA MARINA RESORT IS SOLD OUT FOR Meeting of the Minds. IF YOU ARE ON THE WAIT LIST AND GET MOVED OVER BEFORE APRIL 1 YOU WILL GET ENTERED TO THE DRAWING! If you booked your room by April 1st, 2017 you will be put in a drawing to win a FOUR NIGHT STAY DURING MOTM 2017 IN A TWO BEDROOM OCEAN VIEW SUITE FREE!! Only the people who are on the Casa Marina reservations list and registered for MOTM 2017 by April 1 will be eligible for the drawing. This is the fifth year in a row this prize has been offered. Ask some of the previous winners how cool this is to have this awesome suite right on the water in Key West during Meeting of the Minds for FREE!! The winners will be announced in APRIL!!! You have to be REGISTERED to win!

Reserve the Date:

2018 Meeting of the Minds Dates
October 31 – November 4, 2018 in Key West, Florida

Standby for more Meeting of the Minds News!! 2017 is gonna’ ROCK!

Until next time, I’ll see you, down the road…


Andrew Talbert
Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.
PHiP Director of Conventions
Meeting of the Minds
Key West, Florida “We’re Still Here'”

It’s 5 o’clock in Margaritaville, again! (Pensacola)

After four long months of renovations, Landshark Landing at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel is back and better than ever.

“They’ve basically made it new again,” said Margaritaville Bar Manager Nate Simmons.

“All of the tables have been painted, the bar top has been completely redone, the bar itself has been restained, and they’ve taken down the old decorations and put up all new ones.”

They have even brought in new sand for their back beach, hung new hammocks and updated the kids area. The Landshark has always been a great place for the whole family to hang out, but their biggest improvement might just make it your go-to spot on Pensacola Beach.

“We are a full, legit restaurant now,” Simmons said. Their menu ranges from light items like the boiled Gulf shrimp and house-made hummus to beach staples like their “fin’tastic” tacos and fish and chips and the crab cake sandwich.

Simmons believes that the biggest home run on Executive Chef Eric Troup’s menu is the smoked-tuna dip.

“I’ve tried every smoked-tuna dip on the island, and nothing compares to what we do here,” Simmons said.

They also have chicken fingers, hot dogs and other items for the pickier eaters in your group.

Not only do they have a new food menu, but the booze in their blender would also make Mr. Buffett proud. You definitely want to try the Blue Angel Lemonade, an homage to our favorite boys in blue that features huckleberry vodka, Aylesbury vodka, mint, and a freshly squeezed and house-made lemonade.

If you are looking for a frozen concoction to help you hang on, try the Havanas Bananas. This beachy treat combines Margaritaville dark rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, a banana liqueur and pina colada mix. For $15, you can even get your cocktail in a 22-ounce souvenir cup that can be refilled for only $9.

Just a few years ago, Landshark Landing ranked 24th on CNN’s “World’s 50 Best Beach Bars” list, and Simmons believes it is more worthy of the title now than ever before.

“This is the coolest spot on Pensacola Beach,” Simmons said. “You’ve got the view, the back beach, a full restaurant and bar, and parking. I don’t know of a better spot.”

Landshark is throwing a weekend-long party to celebrate the reopening beginning Friday, just in time for Sunday’s Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade.

It will be open 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. There will be live music every night and $2 beer and $4 margaritas all weekend.

Sign up for the cornhole tournament Saturday for a chance to win a $50 bar tab. They will also have kite flying and beach games to keep the kids entertained, for those who want to bring the whole family. The Landshark will be open only on the weekend for the next few weeks, but once summer comes you’ll be able to live the island lifestyle every day.

So, walk your blown-out flip-flops over to Landshark Landing and claim your hammock. It’s time to waste away in Margaritaville again, my friends.

Want to go?

WHAT: Landshark Landing reopening weekend-long party

WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach

FEATURES: Live music every night; $2 beer and $4 margaritas all weekend


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Source: It’s 5 o’clock in Margaritaville, again!

The History Behind the Iconic Margarita Glass – Margaritaville Blog

The origin of the iconic margarita glass is somewhat of a mystery. As is the case with so many popular items, there’s more than one story. One of the most prevalent is that the glass evolved at a restaurant in Los Angeles. They ordered new champagne glasses, and a set of peculiarly shaped ones were accidentally delivered. The bartender suggested using them as margarita glasses since they looked bigger and could probably command a higher price.

You can certainly see the resemblance to the much older and smaller French champagne glass that has its own interesting (yet contested) origin story. Allegedly, this glass got its shape from Marie Antoinette’s left breast – she wanted her court to toast to her health by drinking out of bosom-shaped glassware.

As for the liquid that goes in the glass, the revered margarita drink itself (a simple combination of tequila, lime and triple sec) comes with its own slew of creation myths. A particularly interesting one traces its origin back to the popular drink, the Daisy (‘margarita,’ after all, means daisy in Spanish). During the prohibition, the drink was remade with tequila instead of brandy, which became common as people drifted over the border for alcohol.

Whatever the true origins may be, there’s no argument over that fact that the drink and its designated glass have become cultural staples and in many ways epitomize the laid-back island lifestyle, thanks in part to Jimmy Buffett’s music.

As a lifestyle icon, the margarita glass resonates today beyond the restaurant and bar scene. As Margaritaville’s designers, The McBride Company has worked on ways to infuse the iconic shape of the margarita glass into Margaritaville restaurants and resorts. We tip our hat to the margarita in both literal and more abstract ways.

Photo credit: Eileen Escarda

At the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, one quite literal example greets you in the lobby. A shimmering chandelier hangs above the seating area, and upon closer inspection, guests recognize that it’s made up of dozens of individually illuminated margarita glasses hanging upside down to create a free-form lighting structure.

Photo credit: Eileen Escarda

Another example can be found in the lobby’s custom blown glass sconces. These amber colored fixtures are meant to subtly evoke the shape of vintage tequila bottles. The sconces and chandelier are meant to work together to evoke the Margaritaville state of mind.

The margarita has become one of the world’s most popular drinks. It has been estimated that Americans consume 185,000 margaritas on average per hour. Margaritas have evolved through the years, and the varieties seem endless – from a $1200 version available for purchase at 230 FIFTH rooftop bar in NYC to this unique concoction pictured here. What is it, you ask…? A deep-fried margarita at the Texas State Fair, of course! And if you had any doubts, the thing that most certainly drives it home is that perfectly shaped margarita glass.

The History Behind the Iconic Margarita Glass – Margaritaville Blog

Latitude Margaritaville Retirement Community Announced For Daytona Beach, FL

Jimmy Buffett community coming to Daytona

This is a rendering of the town center that will be part of Minto Communities’ planned 6,900-home 55-and-older Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach community. (Inset: Jimmy Buffett). [Image courtesy Minto Communities]

DAYTONA BEACH — Jimmy Buffett fans in search of a real-life “Margaritaville” will soon be able to find it, just not in Key West.

It will be right here in Daytona Beach.

Canadian developer Minto Communities announced that Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company has agreed to become a strategic partner in developing its planned 6,900-home community for residents 55-and-older on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.

The first homes are expected to be ready for move in by fall 2018, said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto.

The new deal is a “game changer for this area,” said John Albright, the CEO of Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which recently sold the land where the first phase of the Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is planned. “It will make the Minto development something that people identify with nationally.”

The community, which originally was to be named Oasis Daytona, will now be called Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, and will be designed to reflect the lifestyle espoused in Buffett’s songs throughout the development.

“Featuring world-class amenities and design, Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, will reflect Margaritaville’s authentic ‘no worries’ tropical vibe, offering an immersive brand experience,” according to a news release issued by Minto.

“With Minto’s expertise in creating master-planned developments and Margaritaville’s inherent ability to deliver fun and escapism, Latitude Margaritaville has the exact coordinates for those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up,” stated John Cohlan, the CEO of Palm Beach-based Margaritaville Holdings, in the news release.

Buffett and Cohlan are the majority owners of Margaritaville Holdings, whose operations include destination resorts/hotels across the Southeastern United States and Caribbean, four gaming locations, and more than 60 food-and-beverage locations.

“Daytona will be the first of several communities we’ll be developing in partnership with Margaritaville Holdings,” said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto, in a phone interview.

“Music, food and beverages will be a big part of the community,” Bullock said, adding that the community’s town center will include a music bandshell and “Margaritaville-inspired food and beverage offerings” among its amenities, which also will include a fitness center, indoor lap pool and spa, and an outdoor resort-style pool. “We’re definitely going to do some live broadcasts from there (Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach) on their SiriusXM Channel,” he added, although he did not know who those performers might be.

Bullock said he was told by Margaritaville Holdings officials, “You never know when or where Jimmy Buffett may show up to do a concert.”

The community will also operate for its residents a private oceanfront beach club in Ormond-by-the-Sea that will be accessed via a loop shuttle bus.

Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is expected to be the biggest master-planned community ever built in the Volusia-Flagler area.

Bullock said while his company is initially looking to develop between 6,000 and 7,000 homes, “there’s still an opportunity grow the community” even further by acquiring additional adjacent land from Consolidated-Tomoka, which recently completed its sale of nearly 1,600 acres to Minto for $27.2 million. That land, on the south half of the planned community, is where Minto will be developing the project’s first phase of up to 3,400 homes, as well as a neighborhood retail center along the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Tomoka River.

Margaritaville Holdings is currently in talks about the possibility of becoming involved in the neighborhood retail center, Bullock said. The 200,000-square-foot retail center is expected to include a grocery store as well as restaurants and shops and would be next to the south entrance of the gated “golf cart-friendly” community, he said.

The town center would be centrally located within the community’s first phase and is intended to be used exclusively by its residents, although it could potentially be open to the general public for special events, Bullock said.

The community is being designed to reflect the Margaritaville lifestyle, including the look and feel of its homes, which will feature an Old Florida/Key West architectural style, Bullock said.

The company expects to sell and build an average of more than 300 homes a year at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, Bullock said, adding that the pace of sales could be even faster thanks to the “national exposure” its connection to Buffett is expected to provide.

Prices for homes are expected to range from the “low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s,” Bullock said. “We want this to be accessible to as many people as possible.”

“The concept for the community is Margaritaville equals fun,” Bullock said. “Having fun, socializing, enjoying the lifestyle because you’ve earned it, you’ve been waiting your whole life for it and now you’ll be able to celebrate it with food, fun and music.”

Bullock said the community will be the site of concerts, special events and parties “throughout the year, all targeted to an active 55 and better lifestyle.”

It could also potentially host pickleball tournaments. Bullock said Minto is the title sponsor of the annual U.S. Pickleball Open event held in Naples, that last year was broadcast by CBS Sports, and is in talks with the event’s organizers about holding competitions at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, as well.

Construction of the sales center for the community is on track to open this fall, along LPGA Boulevard, next to the Halifax Humane Society. “We expect to open our models in the beginning of 2018 with early fall 2018 for the first occupancies,” Bullock said.

In addition to being the project’s developer, Minto will also be the builder of the homes at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach. Bullock said his company intends to extensively employ local firms as subcontractors. The company recently held a “trade partner introduction luncheon” at the clubhouse at LPGA International where more than 130 people representing firms interested in becoming subcontractors attended.

“The response exceeded our expectations,” he said.


Long before he was a brand, Jimmy Buffett launched his career in the 1970s as a free-spirited troubadour who had migrated to Key West after a failed attempt to become a country songwriter in Nashville, Tenn.

“Margaritaville,” the song that defines his musical career and product spin-offs from restaurants to TV dinners, was released on the 1977 album “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

By the 1980s, Buffett’s hits faded and he expanded into other business tie-ins, launching his Margaritaville line of clothes and opening the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West. He also published best-selling fiction books.

Buffett has said in past interviews and concert performances that he was inspired to write his hit song “Fins” after visiting a bar in Daytona Beach. The song is about males circling like sharks around an attractive woman.

Deal Signed To Create Chain Of Margaritaville All-Inclusive Resorts

Karisma Signs Partnership to Develop New All-Inclusive Margaritaville Resorts Brand

Travel Agent has the scoop on a landmark partnership between Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville Holdings to develop a collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.

The agreement introduces Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, which will include new resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

Mandy Chomat, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, tells Travel Agent that groundbreaking on the first hotel will take place this year with an official opening expected around late 2018 or early 2019.

Although Chomat would not tell us exactly where the first Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma resort will be, he did tell us the first hotel will be in either Mexico or the Caribbean.

In fact, Chomat tells Travel Agent that such Caribbean destinations that are being considered for future Margaritaville resorts include Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jamaica, The Bahamas and Antigua, where Karisma recently announced expansions plans to back in December.

As far as Mexico goes, Chomat tells Travel Agent that there is heavy interest in developing on the country’s West Coast, specifically Los Cabos.

Chomat says that although he expects the new brand to be the most popular amongst Millennials, he did note that Jimmy Buffett, the musician who made the “Margaritaville” song and brand famous worldwide, has fans, aka “Parrot Heads,” that span generations.

“This is going to be great for Millennials because Millennials are all about authentic experiences, but Margaritaville is going to attract Parrot Heads and there are Parrot Heads out there from Millennials to Baby Boomers. You would be surprised by the demographics and the ages that cater to (Buffett’s) songs and products.”

Combining coastal-luxe design and decor with top quality food and beverage in tropical destinations, Karisma and Margaritaville will aim to deliver a vibrant, world-class all-inclusive experience inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Buffett.

The debut of Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, will mark a handful of exciting milestones for Margaritaville, including its first all-inclusive resorts, which will be some of the largest properties in its growing hospitality portfolio.

Visit www.karismahotels.com and keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all your latest Caribbean news.

You can hear about Margaritaville Enterprises planned hotel expansion. This was from last June:

Jimmy Buffett To Perform In Charleston Thursday, May 11; Tix On Sale Feb. 10

Jimmy Buffett will perform at Volvo One Stadium on Daniel Island, SC Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jimmy Buffett concert announced at Volvo Car Stadium, tickets go on sale next week

Prepare yourselves, Parrotheads: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform in the Charleston area this spring.

It’s the first time Buffett has played a concert in the Lowcountry since performing at the North Charleston Coliseum in 2012.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. May 11 at the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island as part of his “I Don’t Know” Tour of 2017.

The singer is known best for the songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Bob Moran, general manager of Volvo Car Stadium, called the news the “most exciting announcement we’ve ever made.”

“Jimmy Buffett kicking off his season is a dream come true,” Morgan said in the announcement, adding, “Get ready for the party of the year. Don’t miss out!”

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 on Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Stan “The Man” Bowen, 68, PPHC Ambassador

stan_the_man_004 The Palmetto Parrot Head Club is saddened by the loss of member Stan “The Man” Bowen on Thursday, December 15th.

To say that Stan was a PPHC member doesn’t paint the whole picture and Stan was quite the picture. Stan was a PPHC founding father. He served multiple terms on the PPHC Board With Directors and participated in nearly every PPHC function for more than 15 years. More than anything Stan was the PPHC’s Chief Ambassador. His colorful outfits, oversized drinks, and outgoing personality made him well known across the United States. When Parrothead’s around the country heard “Palmetto Parrot Head Club” they inevitably talked about Stan.

The pirate top hat, the wild Hawaiian shirts, and the ever present maracas shaped the persona but his lovable personality was what drew people to “Stan The Man”. Parrothead’s from everywhere knew of “Stan The Man”. As Stan would tell you he was “The Man-The Myth-The Legend”. People wanted their photo taken with him. Trop rock bands happily let him join them on stage to let him do a little shimmy and shake his maracas. [See photos below]

Stan The Man’s persona grew larger over the years. There were articles written about him. Laidback Larry wrote a song about him. Stan The Man even drew the attention of the top Parrothead himself Jimmy Buffett performing with him on stage in 2003. The Parrothead nation voted Stan the Vice President of Margaritaville during Meeting of the Minds 2004.

The Palmetto Parrot Head Club, and the entire Parrothead nation, mourn Stan’s passing but we also happily raise a toast in his honor. He was a great friend and was the life of the party. There was never any doubt that Stan The Man was “a trip all by himself”. Sail on Stan.

Cecil “Stan” Bowen

SURFSIDE BEACH – A memorial service for Cecil Stanley “Stan” Bowen, 68, will be held Sunday at 3:00 pm at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Funeral Home.

Mr. Bowen passed away December 15, 2016. Born in Columbia, SC, on August 28, 1948, he was the son of the late Cecil D. Bowen and Frances S. Bowen. He retired from the State of SC and was the former president and member of the SC Parrot Head Club. Mr. Bowen was known as “Stan the Man.” He loved music and was an avid Jimmy Buffett fan.

Surviving are his daughter, Heather Bowen; grandson, Nicholas Robertson; siblings, Danny (Barbara) Bowen, Celeste Reynolds, Rodney Bowen, Lisa Addison, and Brigitte Baxley. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Wayne Reynolds.

Video: Sunny Jim White’s Tribute to Jim Morris

The Cosmic Magician, for Jim, by James

To all the friends and fans of Jim,

I want you all to know that we took care of Sharon and Jim here in Seattle. He was coming here for Laid Back Attack, an annual event named for his song. I never dreamed I would write something like this, but it was small payback for all the smiles and memories he’s brought to me over the years. I would not wish this on anyone, but it has been a true honor. All of the messages of support has really helped us be strong for Sharon.

Most of you do not know me, but I loved Jim for his friendship, humor, and music. I will truly miss him. Big events or solo house concerts, he never failed to entertain. I haven’t done anything more than any one of you wouldn’t have done for them.

The video below is Sunny Jim singing Jim’s Cosmic Magician. We made a slight modification to it, and we hope Jim approves. We sang it to Jim and said our goodbyes. I can honestly say that there has probably been more laughs than tears, and that’s a fitting tribute to Jim and the people he attracts. There are easily a hundred lines from his songs that I could quote, but one of the first and most meaningful for me is 'Living till the day I die'. He did.

Thank you to everyone who helped here in Seattle, and especially to my wife Nancy who helped me to help Sharon.

I hope to meet many of you down the road, and we'll share some laughs and stories.

Dave Monahan

Posted by Jim Morris on Thursday, July 14, 2016