Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Tampa Bay Parrot Heads!

I hope each and every one of you has a safe and wonderful New Year….. I am excited about 2011 it’s going to continue to be a “Lovely Cruise” for the Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club! We hope to see you all continuing to “Volunteer when called upon!”: At our meetings at Whiskey Joe’s; and at our PHun PHilled PHlockings!

Now a couple of our neighboring clubs have some PHun PHlockings happening to kick off 2011 that some of you may want to join in on.

On Saturday January 8th our Fins to the North the PHlockers on the Suwannee is having their PHirst annual ...Bus Trip to Nowhere and plan to end up at Rapscallions between 1:00 - 4:00. Our friend Billy Peoples has extended the invitation to us to visit with some PHellow Parrot Heads and listen to Jimmy Parrish. He will be playing from 1 - 4 PM and then again from 7 - 10 PM. Not sure what specials we will have but there will be some. The food is excellent and the drinks are cold. Everyone is welcome to join us for the event.

Anyone needing more information please let Billy know:
Billy H. Peoples - 135 Ganey Lane - Satsuma FL 32189 - (386)328-6118

"At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, Heard It All... I Just Can't Remember It All"

I know some you Tampa Bay Parrot Heads like to bowl and some of you even participated last year so here it is again. The 3rd Annual Fruitcakes in the Alley sponsored by our neighbors that Fins to the East…. Parrot Heads of Central Florida! There is still time to get in on the early registration. Below is Lisa’s complete announcement and details!

Phins up, Parrot Head Nation!
The 3rd Annual Fruitcakes in the Alley Bowling Tournament will be held on January 28-30, 2011 in Altamonte Springs, Florida (suburb of Orlando)! Check out our event web site at
This is an incredibly fun event, featuring much more than a bowling tournament. It also includes music by 4 live tropical rock bands and a DJ, 3 meals, a cool event T-shirt, and many chances to win bowling prizes and very valuable auction and raffle prizes, including 2 pairs of airline tickets (Southwest and Allegiant Airlines), gift certificates for hotel stays, a 1 week stay in Siesta Key, a wine tasting for 25 people, dinner gift certificates, and many exciting gift baskets!
This year, our bands are:
Jim Morris and The Big Bamboo Band
Jack Mosley and Band
Captain Josh
Jimi Pappas
Plus, our own club DJ, deciBel
Register at The early registration discount ends on January 3, 2011. After that, the price goes up by $10 per person. So far, we have members of 8 different Parrot Head clubs signed up! This event will sell out soon!

In the first 2 years, we raised over $25,000 for The Arthritis Foundation on behalf of Kids with Arthritis. This year, all of our funds are being matched dollar-for-dollar by a private foundation which is VERY exciting for us!

My husband and Phirst Dude George and I are the Chair Parrots and we started this to create a fun regional event, but we are also doing it in memory of his late daughter, Jennifer, who passed away at age 26 in 2004 after a life-long battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. She had one of the worst-ever documented cases. So, this is truly a labor of love that has turned into a wonderful, fun event for over 200 people a year that does so much good for so many kids. It is truly a Party with a Purpose!

At the end of January, we know a lot of you will be ready for a winter break to come to Florida! If you cannot attend, you can still donate at the event web site listed above!
Contact info:
Lisa Schott President, Parrot Heads of Central Florida
Co-Chair, Fruitcakes in the Alley
Orlando, FL

Again Happy New Year and Fins Up!
Skipper Bryan

Monday, December 27, 2010

5th Wednesday Dec 29th New Year's Eve, Eve, Eve Party

It's time for all of our Tampa Bay Parrotheads to celebrate New Year's Parrothead style.

Come join us this Wednesday at Whiskey Joe's and listen to the sounds of Flip Flop Dave. Since this is a 5th Wednesday, our raffle monies go towards USF Endowment for Marine Sciences.

So, come on down and ring in the New Year with your PHamily & PHriends!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Hellooooooooooo Tampa Bay Parrot Heads!

I hope each and everyone of you is having a PHabulous Christmas and looking forward to a PHun PHilled and safe New Year's. I would like to thank you for the pleasure of serving as your President for the past two years and for the honor it will be to serve for the next two. I am blessed to have so many wonderful PHriends! May you each have a blessed holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Fins Up! Skipper Bryan

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Holidays & Meetings

Helloooooooooooooooo Tampa Bay Parrot Heads!

What a PHabulous Holiday Party this past weekend  we had at the beautiful Treasure Island Community Center! We send out our thanks and gratitude for the volunteers that helped to clean-up and set-up and for those that opened their hearts to give to Toys for Tots, Animal Shelter and the Food Bank. We raised over $5,000 in goods to help with someone's Holiday season. We also want to say a special thanks to Mikeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee & Karen they took all of the leftover food that members prepared for our Christmas Party and delivered it at about 1 AM to homeless people sleeping around churches and office buildings around downtown St. Pete. The people were very thankful. They also will be passing the toys on to the foster angel’s program this week when we deliver the new bicycles.  I think I am also correct, that Pete and Loni gathered up all the pet food & supplies and delivered it thanks to them too! I know there are bunch more of our PHabulous club members that gave and help deliver and we want to thank them all for their kindness and generosity!

Come join us for our meeting this Wednesday at Whiskey Joe's! We'll have some great raffle prizes and it'll give you a chance to be with your PHamily.

Put 12/29/10 on your calendar! Our 5th Wednesday will be at Whiskey Joe's to celebrate New Years Parrot Head style! We'll have live music and lots of PHun.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

TBPH Holiday Party this Saturday!

On Palm Tress, on Beaches, on Paradise! Off to the Tampa Bay Parrothead Holiday Party we go!!!!!

Shake the dust off of your favorite Parrothead Holiday apparel and come out and join us this Saturday (12/11) ring in the Holiday Season with the sounds of Patrick Foy and the Conch Critters.
Remember to bring your unwrapped toys, unwrapped pet toys/supplies or non-perishable food for the charity drive. What better way to celebrate than to give! It’s what we're good at doing.

Where: Treasure Island Community Center
When: December 11 - 7:30 til 11:30p,
What: BYOB & dish to pass (Turkeys and ham provided)

We may a surprise visit from that special someone!!!!

If you can help out for set-up, please be at the Treasure Island community center at 6pm to set tables and lay out decorations. Clean-up is right after the event and usually pretty quick.

If you can do either, please RSVP to DOROTHY BEDLIN at  no later than Thursday, midnight.  As always, We appreciate each and eveyone of you and want to thank you for making our events a success!

Fins Up

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Key West,

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Key West,
Not a creature was stirring, not even the houseguest.
No stockings were hung by chimneys this time,
No need for a chimney in the Southernmost clime.

Tourists were nestled all snug in their beds,
While tunes from the Conch Train danced in their heads.
Mama in her Kino's and I in bare feet,
Settled down with mojitos for a sweet Christmas treat.

When out in the harbor there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my hammock to see what was the matter!
Out to the porch I stumbled through clutter,
Cranked open the jalousie and threw up the shutter.

The moon through the palm trees beamed galore,
And gave a luster of midday to the cruise boats offshore.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh with eight tiny Key deer.

With a little old driver, so quick to honk,
I new in a moment it must be St. Conch.
More rapid than powerboats, his Key deer flew,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called to them, too.

Now, Mira! Now Lewis! Now Bethel and Curry!
On Wardlow! On McCoy, On Spotswood.... HURRY!
From the end of North Roosevelt, to the foot of Duval,
Now, dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

Like banana leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with a sunset, there up in the sky.
Up to my widow's walk the Key deer they flew,
With a sleigh full of mangoes, and ole St. Conch too.

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The disco-like beat of each tiny hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the gumbo limbo, the ole conch came with a bound.

On his shoulder he carried an iguana with warts;
Wore a souvenir T-shirt and little red shorts.
He wore flip-flops and sported a palm frond chapeau,
Carried a Pina Colada with an umbrella to go.

He was puffing away on a Cuban cigar,
Blowing rings toward Havana, over the bar.
Even though his get-up made me think, "Yikes!"
His snowy white beard said "Hemingway Look-Alikes".

A bundle of coconuts he held with great care,
So he looked like a vendor from Mallory Square.
His eyes how they twinkled! His slow Southern drawl,
Revealed he'd been bar-hopping down on Duval.

He worked fast and furious, without a flub-a,
Leaving little presents, for each and every Bubba.
Then laying a finger aside his sunburned nose,
Giving a big nod, up the gumbo limbo he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh and his Key deer they fled
Right up U.S.1 toward Homestead.
And I heard him exclaim as he soared past Key West Bight,
Merry Christmas to all, have a happy Conch night.

Compliments of Ms. Karen Rohlfs
Central Texas Parrot Head Club

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

TBPH MEETING TONIGHT! Reminders and Happenings

Hellooooooo Tampa Bay Parrot Heads! Don't forget we have a meeting tonight at Whiskey Joe's. Bring your Lanyard with your name badge!

Be prepared to do your Parrot Head Christmas shopping! We have our PHeeding the PHlock Cookbook with proceeds going to Tampa Bay Watch! We also have some of the Saving Paddy Doyle Cd's with proceeds going to Save the Manatees. Both will make great gifts and help our charities.

Also, by special request from many of you, Tiki Doug will be set up next to the store selling is hand carved bone jewelery. He will be donating 10% of his proceeds to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in our clubs name.

I hope you all have made plans to attend our Christmas Party on Dec. 11th if not look for a flyer at the meeting.

We have a couple of unofficial happenings this weekend. On Friday night our on Captain Dom is inviting us out to hear his son at Snapper's for a Parrot Head Night!

Friday the 3rd of December, Danny Bianchi (Captain Dom’s Son) will be hosting the Snappers Comedy Club on us 19 in Palm Harbor!!
Parrot Heads, show your club ID and get in for half price!!
Enjoy all the comedy, and all the jokes that his son tells about Captain Dom!
Hope to see you there for a drink or 2 and laugh your butt off!! Dom

Then Saturday on the 4th, The Yard is hosting Sunny Jim & John Frinzi
This is a holiday special - two for price of one this Saturday, Dec. 4th at The Yard with Sunny Jim White & John Frinzi. Gates open at 6:00 for a meet & greet. They are scheduled to start playing at 7:00.

There is a $15.00 donation per person for the artists. Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and BYOB.

As most of you are familiar with the Rough Riders and how they deliver teddy bears to children in hospital at Christmas time.....We will be collecting teddy bears for Rough Riders this Saturday.

Please let us know if you are coming and if you know of someone that would like to join us, please forward this email to them.

Mark & Sharon Leverett
8016 N. Meadowview Circle
Tampa, FL 33625

That's all I have for today! I hope I see you all there tonight!

Fins Up!
Your Skipper