1. Tell us more about how you became a card-carrying Parrot Head!
Well, it goes back to the mid 70’s. I lived in Southern Florida and every weekend I would go to the Keys with friends. I loved the Keys and Jimmy’s music, in fact I saw him open up for the Eagles at the Miami Baseball Stadium during that time! As years passed I moved back up north. Fast forward to the late ’90s when I met my lovely wife Julie. We reconnected with Jimmy’s music, several trips to Key West, and many Buffett concerts. Add Radio Margaritaville, with the desire to attend “The Meeting of the Minds” in Key West, an event which you have to be a Member of a Parrot Head Club in good standing to attend. So, I entertained the idea of starting a new club in the area, and here I am today, the President of The Eastern New York Parrot Head Club.
2. Parrot Heads in Paradise, believes in “leaving things just a little better than they found them…and having a blast while doing it!” Can you give us more details on what you guys actually do?
First, let me explain that Parrot Heads in Paradise is our Mother Ship, Local Chapters are essentially self governed, but follow simple PHIP Guidelines. Our Chapter is young, (we started in September of 2010) but we have a great PHlock for “partying with a purpose.” We have had small gatherings and have held 50/50’s where the proceeds go to local charities such as the Saratoga Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics of the Capital/Northern Region of NY. We did hold a BBQ last Fall for Equibility, a non-profit organization that enables handicapped people from ages 6 to 60 to interact with horses and other animals; that was a great success. We always include music and PHun!
3. What local events can we look forward to from Parrot Heads in Paradise?
We are working on a smaller project such as road clean-up, and possibly another BBQ for Equibility. However, the Parrot Head Festival coming up on June 23rd is going to be awesome! It’s not our idea, but KUDOS, to all involved for taking the time and the effort to put this on, I know it is not easy. We will have a Tiki Hut set up with a couple of raffles. Charities will be announced after June’s Meeting.
4. How can someone become involved with Parrot Heads in Paradise?
That’s easy, just email me I’ll send you a Membership Form, or stop in at our Tiki Hut at the Festival on the 23rd. It’s 25 bucks for a family, Keets are free till the age of 18, 20 bucks for singles. I’d like to say at this time, as I remind all of our current members, that it’s just not belonging to your local Chapter; when you become a member you have the ability to visit other Chapters and events throughout the country. My wife and I have visited several, and it opens up a whole new world of parties and friends. Once a member you are on my e-mail list and get all the happenings throughout the US.
5. Can Parakeets (the children of Parrot Heads) also be involved?
Absolutely!! We want kids involved, when they can of course. Keets are the next generation of Jimmy Buffett fans!
6. Tell us about yourself! Aside from being a Parrot Head, what else do you do?
I’m retired, and “My Metaboloic Rate is Pleasantly Stuck” (as Jimmy sings), I’m a jack of all trades, master of none, always tinkering with something for someone. I have two grandsons who keep me young. We love to travel with our RV. I love to have a good time with people, also a nice Margarita. Take me to the Islands and forget about the world!
7. Saratoga.com is presenting the first ever Parrot Head Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Are you excited for such a large gathering of Parrot Heads to take place in Saratoga?
Absolutely!! And again KUDOS to all involved! The music they have lined up is great! I can’t imagine the work that they must put in to pull this off.
8. Are you planning on rocking the Jimmy Buffett Trivia or is the Jimmy Buffett karaoke more your style?
I didn’t plan on any competition although I’d be better at the trivia, I think. Karaoke is not my thing. But who knows! I plan on being in a grass skirt at our booth for the better part of the day, hopefully answering a lot of questions and welcoming new members with my FINZ UP!
9. Which of the many events at the festival are you most excited for?
Well, the music! Love the line-up, Robanic, John Frinzi and John Patti Duo, and ending with Changes in Latitudes. I just can’t choose one.
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