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Parrot Incoming Dear Parrot Staff, My husband and I were vacationing in Englewood last month when we found your wonderful paper, I believe we read it from cover to cover at least 3 times. Everywhere we went we took it along. We used it to find out what was happening in town and in our down time it was so much fun to read the jokes to one another. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you and see you next year! Donna and Daniel, Lake George, NY Dear Parrot, Friends were visiting from Florida and had a copy of your paper. I wish we had a Parrot here in San Juan! Until then I will continue to be a
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Message Board Happy Mardi Gras Parrot Peeps! Whoever decided to declare March as “International Party Month”... Brilliant! From New Orleans to Ireland, March is the month to get up off your chair, get out in the sun, grab a cold brew, and do what you do! The best part is, half the people won’t recognize you at the masquerade ball, and the other half won’t remember what you did anyway... So, let the beads land where they may, and have a fantastic Fat Tuesday! Oh and Happy St. Patrick’s Day too...
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You’ll find lots to do all-month-long throughout SWFL right here in this edition of The Parrot... So when you’re out and about, let them know The Parrot sent you! Enjoy, The Parrot Staff
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Twisted Humor A tough looking group of bikers were riding when they saw a girl about to jump off a bridge so they stop. The leader, a big burly man, gets off his bike and says, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to commit a suicide,” she says. While he did not want to appear insensitive, he didn’t want to miss an opportunity he asked “Well, before you jump, why don’t you give me a Kiss?” So, she does and it was a long, deep lingering kiss. After she’s finished, the biker says, “Wow! That was the best Kiss I have ever had. That’s a real talent you are wasting. You could be famous, why are you committing suicide?” “My parents don’t like me dressing up like a girl......
Celtic Ray and orders three glasses of Guiness, drinking them one at a time. Noticing this odd ritual, the bartender explains that the beer goes flat when poured and informs the man his beer would be much fresher if he ordered one glass at a time. The Irishman explains he began this custom with his two brothers, who have moved to America and Australia, respectively. This is their way of remembering all the time they spent drinking together. The man becomes a regular at the pub, well-known for always ordering three beers at once. One day he walks in and orders only two beers. Assuming the worst, a hush falls among other patrons. When the Irishman returns to the bar to order his second round, the bartender quietly offers his Pat and Mick landed condolences. The man looks themselves a job at a sawmill. confused for a moment, and Just before morning tea Pat then explains, “No, everyone’s yelled: “Mick! I lost me finger!” fine. I gave up beer for lent.” “Have you now?” says Mick. “And how did you do it?” “I just touched this big spinning Barty was trapped in a bog thing here like thi... Darn! and seemed a goner when Big There goes another one!” Mick O’Reilly wandered by. “Help!” Barty shouted, “Oi’m sinkin’!” Don’t worry,” assured An Englishman, a Scotsman Mick. “Next to the Strong and an Irishman each order Muldoon, Oi’m the strongest a Guiness in a bar. Upon man in Erin, and Oi’ll pull ye right being served, each finds a out o’ there.” Mick leaned out fly in their beer. Repulsed, and grabbed Barty’s hand and the Englishman sends his pulled and pulled to no avail. back. The Scotsman gently After two more unsuccessful flicks the fly out of his mug attempts, Mick said to Barty, and begins drinking. The “Shure, an’ Oi can’t do it. The Irishman, carefully lifts the fly Strong Muldoon could do it up by its wings and screams, alone, mebbe, but Oi’ll have to “Spit it out! Spit it out!” get some help.” As Mick was leaving, Barty called “Mick! Mick! D’ye think it will help if Oi An Irishman walks into the pull me feet out of the stirrups?
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Part 2 continued from Feb. Parrot It seemed days had passed that the Armada wandered in complete oblivion until…WHAT??? Neon lights and samba music guiding the Pirates of the Florida Keys in a conga line through the foggy quagmire?!?! No need to explain that of which cannot be explained. There are many strange and inexplicable occurrences in the Conch Republic, like Yellow Book ad salesmen and foam parties.
Fantastic Pirate Odyssey Fantastic: A Short Epic Adventure
Drinking Team. (Okay, so what if that was then and this is now? So what if these days the Pirates just drank for the hell of it – and to avoid hang-
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and like any good pirate, the Pirates of the Florida Keys took full advantage of all its offerings. Chug-a-luggin’ swill and dancing the cha cha while singing shanties with Donald Duck voices, the Pirates were unconcerned by the presence of a gnarled low-down nauseating apparatus of a man huddled alone in a smoky dim-lit corner of the bar, fiddling with his When the great impossible pocket fisherman. And just foggy passage finally spit the when it seemed the strange sea dogs out the other side the couldn’t get stranger, the Pirates were soaked to the Pirates were about to have a bone, befuddled and out of one-on-one encounter with the control! Compasses and steercreepy cock-eyed serpent of ing mechanisms failed to the sea, Ol’ Captain One Eye – function. A mighty magnetic who had been watching their force with kinetic powers had every move! hold of the fleet and was transporting the Pirates of the To get a closer look at his prey Florida Keys to a distant bar Ol’ One Eye reached back into far, far away. From overhead the gapping crevice of his cocked eye and plucked the
an airship mesmerized the captive voyagers with billboards that flashed: Shipwreck’s Bar! Free Booze! Free Bait! Free Beer! Free Burgers! And Helium! It was Gomorra by the Sea alright
nubby fingers and then – resembling some kind of spooky macabre periscope – he turned the forearm ever so slowly allowing the eerie eye to get a good look at each and every one of the Pirates Of the Florida overs?) Keys – and he was not amused! Disgusted and worked into a With his secret hollow leg, Leroy rage by their slaphappy camathe Pirate was designated as the raderie, the scabby red-faced team’s champion and the rules rogue gulped his grog and let were kept simple: Remain seated. out a belch rivaling that of Remove all prosthetics. And no Homer Simpson. Beer foam hurling! The house band belted clung to his wiry handlebar out the mustache and a menacing tune “One curled lip appeared from under Scotch, his ZZ Top-like beard as he One slammed down a familiar Crown Bourbon, Royal coffer onto the bar, chalOne lenging the Pirates of the Florida Beer” to Keys to a double or nothing signify the drink off. start of A rumble could be heard among the match the Pirates as they began to and slash speculate on where the reprefor slash, hensible Ol’ One Eye had the opponents began trading gotten the loot. Somewhere shots! along the way had the bogyman Cujo fallen victim to one of the Ol’ Captain’s no prey, no pay schemes? No matter. Their eyes grew wide for before them lay a small fortune…more than enough to save the Wild Bird Sanctuary and perhaps even enough to earn their way back into the graces of the Gods of Part 3: The final episode if Pirate Odyssey Fantastic continued in Apr. Parrot Frivolity! But Ol’ One Eye’s karma was just about to catch- www.facebook.com/MayorGonzoMays heinous thing out! Propping his up with him, for he had no idea elbow up on the bar, he held that the Pirates of the Florida Keys were former members of the slimy yellowish orb between his stubby thumb and the Conch Republic’s Olympic
Twisted Humor Pat and Jimmy-Joe met and one said to the other, “Have ye seen Mulligan lately, Pat?” Pat said, “Well, I have and I haven’t.” His friend asked, “Shure, and what d’ye mean by that?” Pat said, “It’s like this, y’see...I saw a chap who I thought was Mulligan, and he saw a chap that he thought was me. And when we got up to one another...it was neither of us.”
Due to the climate of political correctness Kentuckians, Tennesseans and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as ‘HILLBILLIES.’ You must now refer to them as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS .And furthermore HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT: 1. She is not a ‘BABE’ or a ‘CHICK’ - She is a’ BREASTED AMERICAN. ‘ 2. She is not ‘EASY’ She is’HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE..’ 3. She is not a ‘DUMB BLONDE’ - She is a’LIGHTHAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY..’ 4. She has not ‘BEEN AROUND’ - She is a ‘PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION.’ 5. She does not ‘NAG’ you - She becomes’ VERBALLY REPETITIVE.’ 6. She is not a ‘TWO-BIT HOOKER’ - She is a’ LOW COST PROVIDER.’
By My Side A woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several days, yet she stayed by his bedside. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, ‘You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed beside me. When my health started failing, you were still by my side... You know what Martha?’ ‘What dear?’ she gently asked, smiling as her heart began to fill with HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT warmth. ‘I’m beginning to think MEN AND BE POLITICALLY you’re bad luck....... CORRECT:
Twisted Humor 1. He does not have a ‘BEER GUT’ - He has developed a ‘LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.’ 2. He is not a ‘BAD DANCER’ - He is’ OVERLY CAUCASIAN.’ 3.. He does not ‘GET LOST ALL THE TIME’ - He’ INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS.’ 4. He is not ‘BALDING’ - He is in ‘FOLLICLE REGRESSION.’ 5. He does not act like a ‘TOTAL ASS’ - He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION.’ 6. It’s not his ‘CRACK’ you see hanging out of his pants It’s ‘TROUSER CLEAVAGE..’ How a “stimulus package” works It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit. A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op. The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services” on credit. The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. No one produced anything. No one earned anything... However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a “stimulus package” works...!
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The Beaver Brown Band, Eddie & The Cruisers
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plus special guests! Giving Hunger The Blues is an all day family event featuring local musicians and bands, area restaurants, beverage vendors, children’s games, martial arts and dance demos. Live bands on 2 stages, one just for youth bands. All proceeds benefit the All Faiths Food Bank. Games and activites for children sponsored by The Macrae Family Foundation-Jackson’s Playhouse.
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Top 25 Parrot Heads Clubs 1. The Villages ... 1,013 2. Quad City ... 880 3. Tampa Bay ... 585 4. Eastern Mass ... 550 5. Sarasota Bay ... 513 6. Charlotte Harbor .477 7. Ocean City ... 466 8. Lone Star ... 453 9. San Diego ... 382 10. Galveston Bay ... 351 11. Berks County ... 306 12. (Tie!)Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association ... 298 Panama City ... 298 13. St. Louis ... 297 14. St. MinneSomePlace ... 294 15. San Antonio ... 279
Written by Charlotte Lanier aka Charlie and our Second Parrot Kristen Rose said he did a kick ass version of Hey Charlotte Harbor Parrotheads, what tiiiiiime is it? It’s time for spring, and spring training. The Tampa Bay Rays are in town so make sure you get out to a game or two. Just watch out for bats J It’s also concert season with Jimmy up in Tampa on April 16th. Watch the club e-mails for tailgating details. Yours truly is NOT donating to the Buffett fund this year so y’all have fun. Yours truly was quite ill in February and missed the meeting on 2/8, but my wonderful club-mates covered for my ailing ass. A big thanks to all who covered membership, including a
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and thanks to everyone who let me know the details of the meeting for this article (Jerry, Linda & Kristen). We had Matt Wahl as the entertainment,
“The devil went down to Georgia”, including harmonica. I LOVE that song and was sorry to miss it. The winners of the Valentine’s contest were Dede Stuart, Candie Huetteman and Diane Flint (and sorry if there was one other winner…my sources were a little sketchy on this one).
The 50/50 winner of $135 was Renee Marquiss and apparently there were some gifts cards raffled off as consolation prizes. It was also announced that it is now election time. There are four positions up for grabs and two are totally open as the current officer is not running again. See the club e-mails for details and step up and help lead the club for the next two years. Our March meeting will be on 3/8 and the theme will be “Fat Tuesday” in honor of Mardi Gras, and I believe it will still be donations for critters, but you’ll have to check the club e-mails for exact details. This is in addition to the cans, poptops and empty pill bottles. The folks who plan to run in the club election get to give their spiel so be sure to listen up so you know who to vote for. Ballots will be e-mailed after that meeting. We will also have the fab Jack Mosley as entertainment…YAY!
Lastly, the ophicial PHiP club membership numbers came out and CHPHC is #6 in the universe with 477 members. We were #5 last year but some punk ass club from Mass somehow eclipsed us and Sarasota Bay, who is now 5th with 513 members. The Village people were #1 with over 1000 members and Tampa Bay is 3rd with 585. Also, there are 8 Florida clubs in the top 25 and we still have the most clubs by far with 28. That’s it for now. Our website is www.chphc.com. If you want to join this crazy club you can print out an app and mail it or join us at the next meeting, the second Tuesday of the month at the Coral Rock Tiki Bar (NE corner of Kings Hwy & US41). Some folks start getting there around 5:30, and the “official stuff” starts around 6:00. Hope to see you there. And remember, “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been”. Photos by Second Parrot
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau Spring Fever: It’s a Good Kind of Fever this Time of Year in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands Jennifer A. Huber Living in Southwest Florida, we’re fortunate we don’t have to wait until March 20, the official first day of spring, to catch spring fever. Our friends to the North and
West had a harsh winter and I hope they’re finding retreat here in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands this spring. Here’s a little trivia, did you know that on January 12 of this year, every state in the Union had snow on the ground except for Florida? Yup, even Hawaii had snow (atop the dormant volcano Mauna Kea). If that doesn’t give you reason to stay in Florida during the winter, not sure what will. Sure, we had our chilly spells where we had to remember how to use an ice scraper and turn on the heat without setting off the smoke detectors, but it’s all relative.
And speaking of relatives, you probably have a few visiting right now or very soon. Be sure to visit www. CharlotteHarborTravel. com for the current list of events and ideas on what to see and do this month.
Highlights include Punta Gorda BBQ & Music Festival (March 4 – 6), PODS- Englewood Music Festival (March 5), Peace River Seafood Festival (March 12 & 13), 9th Annual Charlotte Harbor Kayak & Wildlife Festival (March 19) and the 31st Florida International Air Show which will feature appearances by three of the five remaining Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, a great opportunity to meet real American heroes (March 26 & 27). Batter Up! Boys of Summer Spending Spring in Town
Defending American League East Champions Tampa Bay Rays returned to Charlotte Sports Park for spring training on Feb. 26. Spring training games at Charlotte Sports Park are played through March 26. During the Feb. 15 press conference, Manager Joe Maddon encouraged Rays’ fans to attend spring training and get to know the players and coaching staff. He reiterated how approachable team members are. During that same press conference, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau coordinated the media lunch preceding it. Lock ‘N Key (www. lockandkeyrestaurant.com) across from Englewood Beach, provided the main course of delish Pulled Barbecue Pork Sandwiches,
In Your Face Cupcakes of Punta Gorda (www. inyourfacecupcakes.com) served up huge baseballthemed cupcakes and Place in the Sun Vacation Rentals ( w w w. p l a c e i n t h e s u n . com) brought a variety of refreshing beverages. We’re working in times when teamwork and partnerships are vital and the Bureau is grateful for those who step up to the plate to increase the destination’s visibility. If attending a game, save your ticket and redeem for discounts and offers from area businesses. Visit www. C h a r l o tte H a r b o r Tr a v e l . com and look for the spring training specials being offered throughout Charlotte County. Remember, you can connect with us online at facebook.com/ charlotteharbor and twitter. com/chgiflorida. Enjoy
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Twisted Humor My first job was working in an Q: How is the bad economy Orange Juice factory, But I got affecting Mardi Gras? canned. Couldn’t concentrate A: Now when you throw beads, women only flash one boob! Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, But just Q: What is the difference couldn’t hack it, so they gave between Fat Tuesday and me the axe. Mardi Gras? A: Mardi Gras is an all-night After that, I tried being a party in New Orleans, Fat Tailor, But wasn’t suited for Tuesday is who you wake up it -- mainly because it was a with the morning after! sew-sew job. Then, tried being a Chef figured it would add a little spice to my life, But just didn’t have the thyme. My best job was a Musician, But eventually found I wasn’t noteworthy. I studied a long time to become a Doctor, But didn’t have any patience. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. Tried hard but just didn’t fit in. I became a Professional Fisherman, But discovered I couldn’t live on my net income. Managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company, But the work was just too draining.
Q: Women are better communicators than men, but why do they get nude at Mardi Gras? A: Because for 1 week in February in New Orleans, they can’t say NO! Q: What can you expect from the FEMA float at Mardi Gras this year? A: No one knows, it’s not expected ‘til labor day! Q: How do you know you went to Mardi Gras? A: You wake up and discover a Tattoo of “Beignets Rule” on your ass. Q: Whats in the drink “FEMA” A: No one knows, but it hits you one week later!
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So then I got a job in a Workout Center, But they said I wasn’t fit for the job. My last job was working in Starbucks, But had to quit because it was the same old grind.
Upcoming Events March 5 - Englewood Music Festival 10 A.M. - 9 P.M. March 5 - Cruzin’ on Dearborn 5 - 8 p.m. Cars & Oldies March 12 - Saturday Nite Live 5 - 9 p.m. Dine, Shop, Play March 26 - 27 Rotary Arts Festival 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Kim D was correct, Beaker was crusin around Boca Grand getting ready for the Boca Grande Prix! Congrats Kim!
Tuesday 1st John Reno – Pineapples ~ 6:309:30pm A Tribute to “The Jersey Boys” - Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Latitude – Fishermen’s Village Seafood Festival ~ 1-4pm Jay Smith - Fishermen’s Village Seafood Festival ~ 5-8pm John Friday – Pinchers Crab Shack/Naples ~ 5pm Anything Goes – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Wednesday 2nd Beau & Becca – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Kenny Rose – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 6:30pm Cheeky Monkey – Coral Rock Café ~ 6:30-9:30pm JP Wild – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Thursday 3rd Hoozier Daddy – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Latitude – Nav-A-Gator ~ 6-9pm The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30pm Beau & Becca – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Friday 4th Beans & Seeds – Waterside Grill
Live Music Schedule
March ~ 6-9pm Boca Bande – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7pm Those Guys – Harpoon Harry’s Latitude – Stump Pass Grille ~ 7-10pm Michael Hirst – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-10pm Gary & Kerri – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6:30-10:30pm Saturday 5th Tropical Ave. Band – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm Trio De Janeiro – POD Englewood Music Fest ~ 11amNoon Paul Stowe – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Those Guys – Harpoon Harry’s
Carol & Johnnie – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – JD’s Bistro ~ 8-Mid John Friday – Cape Coral Farmers Market ~ 8:30am Cindy Walsh – Ragged Ass Saloon ~ 3-6pm Cindy Walsh – Bubba’s Roadhouse ~ 8-11pm Gary & Kerri – Moose Lodge 1954/Pine Island ~ 6:30pm DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm Sammie J – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-10pm Francisco Marceri - Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 10-Mid Sunday 6th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar ~ 2-6pm Paul Cottrell – Waterside Grill Gary & Kerri – Bert’s Bar ~ 2-6pm St.Tone – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 3-6pm Monday 7th Four Leaf Strummers Banjo – Fishermen’s Village ~ 11:30-1pm Tuesday 8th John Reno – Pineapples ~ 6:309:30pm Soul Machine – Harpoon Harry’s Motown Tribute Show – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Jack Mosley – Coral Rock/ CHPHC Meeting ~ 6-9pm John Friday – Pinchers Crab Shack/Naples ~ 5pm Mr.DJ – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Wednesday 9th John Reno – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6-9pm Beau & Becca – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Bobby Taylor – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7pm Soul Machine – Harpoon Harry’s Gary & Kerri – Bert’s Bar ~ 7:3011pm Shawn Brown – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm
Thursday 10th John Reno – Pine Island House Concert ~ 6-9pm Mike Hirst – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Latitude – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6-9pm The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30pm John Patti – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Friday 11th Tropical Ave. Band – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 1-5pm Fremont John – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm High Tide – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7pm Boogiemen – Harpoon Harry’s The Top Hats – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – Neighbors Bar&Grill ~ 9-1am Two Can Jam – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-11pm Saturday 12th Jeff Hughes Solo & Duo – Joe Cracker ~ 7:30-11:30pm John Reno – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm Danny Beach – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Brown Sugar – Englewoods on Dearborn Boogiemen – Harpoon Harry’s Joshua Price – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – JD’s Bistro ~ 8-Mid Gary & Kerri – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6:30-10:30pm DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm Rich N’ Rich – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-11pm Sunday 13th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar ~ 2-6pm John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 6-10pm Mike Hirst – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Gary & Kerri – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm Sammie J – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 3-6pm Monday 14th Elvis Tribute Show – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Tuesday 15th John Reno – Pineapples ~ 6:309:30pm Elvis Tribute Show – Visani’s
Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm John Friday – Pinchers Crab Shack/Naples ~ 5pm Mr.DJ – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Wednesday 16th Beau & Becca – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Kenny Rose – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 6:30pm Marcille Wallis & Friends – Fishermen’s Village ~ 6-8pm Steve Foster – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Thursday 17th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar ~ 1-5pm John Reno – Ice House Pub ~ 2-5pm Hoozier Daddy – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30pm MacDaddy – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Friday 18th Tropical Ave. Band – Joe Cracker ~ 7:30-11:30pm John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 1-5pm Beans & Seeds – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm
Bandana – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7pm Slick Willy – Harpoon Harry’s Latitude – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6:30-10:30pm Magen & Mike – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-10pm Saturday 19th Tropical Ave. Band – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm Paul Stowe – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Elvis Impersonator – Englewoods on Dearborn Slick Willy – Harpoon Harry’s Fremont John – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Jack Mosley – JD’s Bistro ~ 8-Mid John Friday – Cape Coral Farmers Market ~ 8:30am
Live Music Schedule
March DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm JP Wild – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-11pm Sunday 20th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar ~ 2-6pm John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 6-10pm Fremont John – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Latitude – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm Shawn Brown – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina Monday 21st Jeff Hughes – NP VFW ~ 6:309:30pm “Roy Orbison” Tribute – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Four Leaf Strummers Banjo – Fishermen’s Village ~ 11:30-1pm Tuesday 22nd John Reno – Pineapples ~ 6:309:30pm Elton John Tribute – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm John Friday – Pinchers Crab Shack/Naples ~ 5pm Mr.DJ – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Wednesday 23rd John Reno – Farlow’s on the Water ~ 6-9pm Beau & Becca – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Bobby Taylor – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 6:30pm Gary & Kerri – Lock N Key ~ 7-10pm John Patti – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Thursday 24th Trio De Janeiro – Lock N Key ~ 7-10pm The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30pm Beau & Becca – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Friday 25th Tropical Ave. Band – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm John Reno – Nav-A-Gator ~ 7-10pm
Mike Hirst – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm The Crashers – Harpoon Harry’s Brent Burns – Lemon Bay Playhouse ~ 7:30pm Gary & Kerri – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 8-Mid Garry G – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-11pm Saturday 26th Tropical Ave. Band – Senior Friendship Ctr/Venice ~ 12-2pm Tropical Ave. Band – Slip-Not ~ 8-Mid John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 12-4pm
Danny Beach – Waterside Grill ~ 1-4pm Storm Surge – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7pm
The Crashers – Harpoon Harry’s As Is Band – Fishermen’s Village ~ 5-9pm Brent Burns – Lemon Bay Playhouse ~ 7:30pm John Frinzi – The Linger Lodge/ Bradenton ~ 7pm Sunny Jim – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm Jimmy McCarthy – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 7-11pm Sunday 27th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar ~ 2-6pm John Reno – Friendly Fisherman ~ 6-10pm Gary & Kerri – Bert’s Bar ~ 2-6pm Sammie J – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 3-6pm Tuesday 29th John Reno – Pineapples ~ 6:309:30pm Maurice LoMonoco – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm John Friday – Pinchers Crab Shack/Naples ~ 5pm Kenny Rose – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Wednesday 30th Beau & Becca – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm
Kenny Rose – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 6:30pm MacDaddy – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm Thursday 31st Mike Hirst – Waterside Grill ~ 6-9pm Latitude – Nav-A-Gator ~ 6-9pm The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30pm Rich N’ Rich – Zeke’s Royal Palm Marina ~ 6-9pm
This month, all of us in SW Florida are in for a real treat when Jimi Jamison, former lead singer for the multi-platinum band Survivor, headlines the PODS Englewood Music Festival March 5th, at Paul Morris Park on South River Road in Englewood, Florida. With music spanning over 3 decades, this talented singer, who has been sited by DJ legend Casey Kasem as one of the top 10 male vocalists in the world, is coming right here to Englewood! I had the opportunity to catch up with Jimi, to find out a little of what he’s done, and what he’s been doing lately. It’s amazing that after all these years, all he has seen and been through, the passion for the art is what still drives him. Jimi has been busy doing shows throughout the Midwest and northeast all winter long. He also does a lot of festivals overseas. He loves to perform for his fans, but admits getting there is not even part of the fun, “I hate traveling. That’s the work part. The time I’m up on stage, I should pay the people for that... That’s the fun part”. He has just finished a duet single for Frontier Records with Bobby Kimball (of Toto), he also did the background vocals with Billy Gibbons (who refers to Jimi as the fourth member of ZZ Top) on Billy’s solo CD, plus, he’s getting ready to release another solo CD of his own that he is finishing up right now. Since childhood, Jimi was always a performer. Growing up in Memphis, TN, his musical influences were certainly derived from the culture of the region. This was the birthplace of soul, blues, jazz, gospel, and of course living in the hometown of the King of Rock n’ Roll had quite an impact on his formative years as well. “I was singing Hound Dog since I was a baby”, he said. Music came easy and naturally for Jimi. “What got me into music to begin with… It started out that, it was an easy subject to take in school…” Jimi joined the acapella choir in school and studied music throughout his high school career. He dreamed of becoming a professional musician and making a career of singing songs and doing jingles. “I would hear singers on the radio singing jingles, and thought, ‘wow I wonder how they got to do that, they must me rich’… It all just came to me. I never planned music as a career. I was in bands for years, then all of the sudden, all my dreams started coming true... I had the opportunity to sing in front of a lot
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Jimi Jamison (Bickler) left. One of the big record executives at Epic used to manage the band Survivor, so he suggested me to them, and about a month later they call me up”.
of people, and sing those jingles… I’ve been a very lucky guy”. Jimi’s first band was with a couple schoolmates from the football team. They heard Jimi sing in the choir, and asked if he would join their band called “The Brutes”, named after Brut 33 cologne (a very popular fragrance in the early 80’s). Jimi’s first brush with hard rock was when the band’s guitarist, “who played more rock stuff”, brought over a record and asked the rest of the band to check it out, “It was Deep Purple, I said WOW! I want to do that!’ Ironically, later in Jimi’s career he was actually asked to join Deep Purple, and did so for a short time… Jimi dabbled in many projects early on in his career, beginning with the nationally acclaimed band Target in the 1970’s, and Cobra through the early 1980`s. By the mid 80’s he found himself in a position to move into a band that would wind up right at the core of the entire 80’s music scene and pop culture of the time, Survivor. “I was in a band called Cobra and we had an record out on Epic Records. About the time they (Cobra) decided to change their lineup, it was about the same time Survivor’s original lead singer Dave
“The first thing I did with Survivor was some of the new stuff that was going to be on the Vital Signs. I have never sung a high C in my life, I don’t know how, but it just came out perfect… Especially since the drummer took me out the night before… But I went to rehearsal, and it went great”. “I wasn’t really expecting that much out of the Vital Signs record until I was driving in to Chicago and I heard “High On You” 5 times on the radio on the way.” Survivor went on to enjoy five singles in the top ten, four gold, and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks. His renditions of “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III and “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV thrill concert audiences to this day. Other fan favorites include, “The Search is over” and “I Can’t Hold Back” the explosive “Rock Hard” from Jimi`s 1991 solo album, “When Love Comes Down”, also features the unmistakable power of Jamison`s voice. Jamison always delivers a strong and powerful performance his song. “I’m Always Here”, which he wrote and performed for the number one TV show worldwide, “Baywatch”, has certainly solidified his standing as one of the premier performers in the music industry. Jimi’s latest video “When Rock Was King” is a flashback to the good ole’ days of big hair and power ballots and features some very special guest for a journey thought memory lane. ”That was a lot of fun, just a bunch of my buddies… It’s a fraternity of
singers, back in the old days there was a lot of competition but now it’s changed, we all help eachother out when we can. We came up for the idea for the song the day before the session. I wanted to write a song about the 80s all the stuff that went on, but I didn’t know were to start on it. So Jim, a close friend of Don Barnes (of 38 Special), came up with the idea for it and it turned out perfect a perfect leading for all the guys to come in and sing on it. Don Barnes, Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple+++), Mickey Thomas (from Starship), and Dave Bickler, to have those guys come in and sing on my stuff was a big honor…” During his career, Jimi has lived through such an evolution in music of the last 30+ years. Back when he first started, master recordings were still on tape and records were still vinyl. “The biggest thing that made the 80’s stick out was the MTV videos. To get your face and music on TV was big! Now it’s all about the internet.” His advise to new musicians, “The Internet is self promotion and it’s all about that. Having a video on YouTube, ReverbNation, Myspace, Facebook, page is crucial. It’s really hard to get heard above all the noise. If you’re going to get noticed, you have got to get your name out there… I’ve had big record companies tell the young bands you’ve got to get your website up get on the Internet and self promote... If nobody knows your there you can’t do anything…” Jimi and his band will be performing some of his new material as well as a plethora of hits from the last 3 decades during his appearance at the PODS Englewood Music Festival, Saturday March 5th. This is the only public appearance he’s made in Florida in over 2 years. “Folks in Englewood are going to be pleasantly surprised… We’re going play some stuff you don’t normally get to hear and we’re going to do it all. So, we may need a little more time on stage… They’re going to hear everything they remember us for, and we’re going to play some new stuff and a couple of surprises too! I’m looking forward to it… I really love playing down there… Florida’s like a second home to me… You can play your whole lifetime in that state. It’s never a dull moment!” You can also join Jimi, his band, and other performers at the PREPARTY on Friday March 4th 7 - 9pm at Neighbors Bar & Grill 2440 S. McCall Rd. in Englewood.
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“Your”Chamber By John Wright
“Your” Chamber of Commerce in Punta Gorda In the height of Season, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce still has a very busy calendar for March. Saturday March 5th, from 8am-noon, in the large parking lot of Centennial Bank and Koch Zeman & Walsh CPAS, at the corner of Taylor and Virginia in downtown Punta Gorda, we are holding another citywide garage sale. To participate, it is only $15 per vehicle and you are guaranteed a large turnout, as we do all the regional marketing. For guests, be there early to snap up the many, many bargains that are on offer. The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA) is holding its 2nd Annual Benefit Carnival for Cooper Street Kids on Saturday from 7:00PM - 10:30PM at the PGICA Center, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Join in for an adult evening of games, cards, prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, dessert and drinks. Price of admission is $10.00 per person which includes game tokens. All proceeds to benefit the New Operation Cooper Street, Inc. For additional information on the Benefit Carnival, please contact PGICA at 941-637-1655 or Cooper Street Recreation Center at 941-639-3034. Tickets may be purchased at the Civic Association, the Cooper Street Recreation Center, the evening of the event, or from Committee members. Mark your calendar; you don’t want to miss this exciting, fun-filled evening. The 2nd Annual “Chair-ity” Event is scheduled for March 6th at the Visual Arts Center on Maude Street across from Fishermen’s Village. It starts with a luncheon at 1:00PM and followed by the chair auction at 2:00. Tickets are $ 20.00 in advance till March 1st and $ 25.00 at the door. They can be purchased at Pies and Plates, VAC, Wilson Realty, Dr. David Wilson’s Office, Guidettas and
Pomegranate and Fig Boutique. Just so you know, these chairs are all painted and decorated by Cancer survivors, their caregivers or friends and also in memory of those we lost to cancer. It is sponsored by Florida Cancer Specialists, Fawcett Hospital, and 21st Century Oncology as well as the American Cancer Society Relay and the Visual Arts Center. For additional information, call 941 456-5927. Vendors are needed: Peace River Seafood Festival 2011 March 12th & 13th Laishley Park, Punta Gorda. Two big days are being planned for the return of the Peace River Seafood Festival. Saturday and both days will feature more seafood vendors than ever, business and craft vendors, water ski show featuring the Sarasota Ski A Rees on Saturday the 12th, The Veteran Motor Car Club of America, The Conquistadors, massive kids area including rock wall, Mote Marine Touch Tank and pony rides. Local Boat dealers, marine vendors and businesses will also display their products and services. Free parking and $1 admission at the gate. Bring lawn chairs and stay the day! No coolers allowed. 10AM-5PM on Saturday- 11AM-5PM Sunday. Food vendors, businessea and boat dealers who are interested in display space can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org On March 19th, look out for Pedal and Play in Paradise. The 2011 Punta Gorda Bicycle Tour. For more information or go to www. pedalandplayinparadise.com Mar. 24 - The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) will be hosting a fundraiser at the Event Center. The goal is to raise the money needed to re-create the Hotel Charlotte Harbor Mural destroyed by Hurricane Charley. This was the first mural painted in town and will be re-created
near the site of the original hotel and mural. The fundraiser will include “An Evening with Mark Twain” presentation, and both a silent and live Auction. Donations for the Auction are greatly needed to make this fundraiser a success. The PGHMS is reaching out to all members of the Chamber for your support. Donations can be monetary, or auction items. All monetary donations are welcomed, but if you donate at the Bronze ($150), Silver ($300) or Gold ($500) level, your business will be noted as such in the event program. Businesses donating auction items will also be included in the event program as well as on the auction item plaque. The PGHMS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Please contact Kelly Gaylord @ 941-979-2786 to arrange for pickup of your donated items, or checks can be mailed to: Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society, PO Box 510506, Punta Gorda, FL 33951-0506. More information about the event will soon be available on the PGHMS’ newly redesigned website www.puntagordamurals.com The Chamber is also in the final stages of putting together a new Festival for our city, that will truly be a exciting spectator and participant treat. On Saturday April 23rd we present our first annual Dragonboat Festival – War on the Peace! - at Laishley Park Punta Gorda. Dragon Boats are a 20-person craft, which need to be paddled down a 400 meter course in a series of heats. The festival combines teams that are both professional and amateur and provides each team a great opportunity to raise money for their favorite charity. Each team will be provided with a “boat” and training, so all you have to do is get a group of 20
keen community-minded folks together and register at www. puntagordachamber.com All you need to participate are 20 coworkers, good friends or fellow students. Dragon boating is a team sport, 20 people paddle the
40’ long dragon boat 400 meters (in approximately 2 ½ minutes!) to a fast and furious finish. It is fun and rewarding. Included in your entry fee are two practices, each of one hour length in the week before the race. Then on Saturday you are ready to compete. In addition to competing in a fun sporting event, you are aiding a charity right here in our Punta Gorda Community. Together with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, the Charlotte Harbor Paddlers, a local dragon boat club, plan to make this an annual event showcasing Punta Gorda’s waterfront and the introduction of a water sport where co-ed teams of all ages can participate. For a full listing of events as well as to search for our approved Chamber members’ details, please visit www. puntagordachamber.com The events and calendar link is a great page, but also visit the Friday Facts link – this is a weekly e-news publication which you can sign up for FREE, so that the latest and most up-todate information on everything that is going on in both the City and the Chamber can be emailed to you every week. You’ll never be out of the loop again!
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What’s happening in March? Mardi Gras in New Orleans has everyone all excited and St. Patrick’s Day is of course the 17th. As for the SBPHC, we are still trying to recuperate from all of the activities in February! Our Happy Hour was at Gecko’s at the Landings, where some of our members participated in Gecko’s version of “Minute to win it”. It was a special Happy Hour, as Gecko’s donated 10%
School Marine Club to help them with a reef ball project they are participating in. We also put up two new signs from the county dedicating Edwards Island as a SBPHC “adopted island”. T h e
SBPHC team is growing for the Relay for Life event on April 9th. If you want to join the team or donate to our fund, go to the Relay for Life website @ www.relayforlife. org. of the tab from our The excitement continues Parrot head members to our Relay for Life team. Over 60 of us cleaned the beaches, on February 12th. Our chefs – Phil & David grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs for all to enjoy. The highlight of the day was our presentation of a check for $1,400.00 to the Riverside High
for our Birthday Bash on June 10th, 11th & 12th at the newly renovated Bentleys Resort in Osprey. This year’s bash is our “License to Chill” weekend. Our band line up is from all over the country. Friday night – Homemade Wine; Saturday poolside – Calypso Nuts; Saturday night - Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics and Sunday poolside – Brent Burns. There will be a drink mixology contest, pool games, a balcony decorating contest, a silent auction, a Chinese Raffle, plus a Jell-O Shot Volley ball tournament, and a beer pong competition. To register for this party go to our website (www. sbphc.com) down load the Registration form and mail it in. You must be a member of a parrot head club, or sponsored by a member of a club. Do not miss this party;
you’ll be sorry if you do! Till next month, don’t forget – We’re growing older but not up…. Sherry Swartz
Hey Tampa Bay Parrotheads, what tiiiiiiiime is it? It’s time for spring and tailgating. Yep, Jimmy’s coming to town on April 16th and I am sure TBPH is going to be front and center on the tailgating scene. Be sure to see the club e-mails for info as the plans come together. If you want to help out in planning and/or set up be sure to e-mail Skipper Bryan with your interest.
On February 5th we went bowling at Dunedin Lanes and had a fine time. Our pal DJ Mark was spinning tunes and had damn near every Buffett CD every made. I think we had almost 60 bowlers plus lots of spectators and raised over $150 towards our USF endowment, and Dunedin Lanes kicked in $50 toward the cause. Our buddy Pat Lockhart made an appearance and it was good to see him out and about. My friend Kim started out with 4 strikes, had a spare frame and then 4 more strikes but blew it in the 10th frame and only ended up with a 233. Her very first game over 200 so congrats on that, but what a waste of 8 strikes J After bowling we went into the bar for some karaoke but not too many folks stayed for that. Still a good night overall. I wish we did this more than once a year.
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In February, in addition to PH Bowling we had meetings on 2/2 and 2/16 along with a beach clean up on 2/19. Yours truly was sick as a dog and missed the meeting on 2/2, but it looks like there were quite a few newbies in the mix. The meeting on 2/16 and the beach cleanup are after deadline so I will prognosticate we all had a great time and that by the time you read this Parrothead Island is clean again (causeway
between Tampa and Clearwater). A big shout out to CDB’s Pizza on West Shore for hosting our after party. We really do appreciate our “sponsors”!! The national PHiP numbers came out for club standings and TBPH is 3rd again with 585 members. The Village people claimed the #1 spot with a little over 1000 members, Sarasota Bay is 5th with 513, Charlotte Harbor is 6th with 477 and 8 Florida clubs made the top 25 list. Florida also has the most clubs of any state with 28
chapters. Yay us!! Our meetings in March are the 2nd & the 16th, so I am sure there will be fun-filled themes including Mardi Gras for the 2nd and St. Patty’s Day on the 16th. Be sure to dress appropriately. Yours truly isn’t big into MG, but I will most certainly be Irish for a day so feel free to buy this broke girl a Guinness!! And there is a 5th Wednesday in March so check the website to see where we will hold that meeting. Standard protocol is for that to be a fundraiser for the USF College of Marine Science so be sure to buy some raffle tickets. Ok, I think that’s it for now. In the meantime you need to join us at our next Parrothead meeting. You can find us at Whiskey Joe’s (on the Tampa causeway next to
the public parking for Ben T. Davis beach) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Check out our website at www. finsup.com for more details about the club or any of our upcoming events (click on the “Calendar” banner and go to the month in which you need info). And remember, “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.” Roving Photographer Chrissy Risher
Looking for a Reason to Celebrate? Come to Tampa Bay! Let’s be honest – if you live in the Tampa Bay area, you don’t need much of a reason to get out and enjoy a party, celebration or any gathering of people. If there’s one thing this town knows how to do is celebrate! And in case you haven’t looked outside recently, the weather is getting back to normal and we’ve even
seen highs in the low 80s (I’ll wait for the collective sigh). Now that we’ve got that over with, I’m going to tell you about some of the best reasons to celebrate throughout March in Tampa Bay. Now, of course I can’t run through them all, but I’ll give you as many as I can. So, let’s get going – We’ll start off with the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the
Arts, taking place at the gorgeous Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. The Festival of the Arts began in 1971 and will return this year on March 5-6 with some of the country’s most accomplished artists and rising stars, all vying for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award and an additional $59,500 in prize money. Oh, and have I mentioned it’s FREE to attend! Now, I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention an event that has become something that a half-million people look forward to each and every year – the Florida Strawberry Festival. The 11-day festival, which is famous for (of course) its Strawberry Shortcake, has the thrilling rides, awesome fair foods (including everything on a stick), educational exhibits, arts and crafts, livestock exhibits and much, much more. And don’t forget, some of country music’s biggest stars will be taking the stage at this year’s Strawberry Festival, including Kenny Rogers, .38 Special, Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, and others. Take a look at the other headliners at www.FlStrawberryFestival.com. Next, let’s head over to Ybor City for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Saturday, March 12. For this day, everybody’s Irish as the streets of Ybor City come alive when hundreds of floats masked with lights and loaded with leprechauns
you will NOT leave hungry.
arrive in Tampa Bay. The annual parade in Ybor City is presented by the Rough Riders and will fill the streets with crowds dressed in green clovers. Beads, beads, and more beads will hang from the necks of thousands of children and adults. And here’s some more good news…there’ll be many food and trinket vendors there to satisfy the St. Patrick’s Day spirits. Want a little taste of Italy? Then head back to Ybor City on March 28 where you’ll experience Italian cuisine, culture, and fun at the Annual Festa Italiana, hosted by the Italian Club of Tampa. Festa Italiana is the largest Italian festival in the Tampa Bay area and showcases cuisine from over 35 restaurants…yes, that means A LOT of eating. Plus, there’ll be a small parade and live entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment! Let me go ahead and promise you two thing – there’s nothing like this anywhere and
Lastly (only because of space in this article), we’ll head a little south to Apollo Beach for our next festival. The Apollo Beach Manatee Arts Festival is taking place on March 12-13. The annual Arts Festival is a major arts and crafts show that promotes the visual and performing arts, as well as awareness and preservation of the endangered Florida manatee – so you know it’s for a great cause. The event features 100 artists and craftsmen from across the country displaying their work, in addition to “Young At Art” children’s art show, a Children’s Creativity Center, strolling musicians and live entertainment. Obviously, there’s plenty to do in Tampa Bay in March, so get planning. Since I couldn’t give you all of the events or details, head over to www.VisitTampaBay.com to get even more information about what’s happening in Tampa Bay!
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Tuesday 1st FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS in Punta Gorda at 7000 Florida St. from 2:30-5pm. Tuesday 1st MUSIC EVENT! “LET’S HANG ON” A TRIBUTE TO “THE JERSEY BOYS” FEATURING BOBBY VALLI AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show starts at 7:30pm. For tickets visit www.visani. net Tuesday 1st-30th TAMPA BAY RAYS SPRING TRAINING at the Charlotte County Sports Park on El Jobean Rd. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-FAN-RAYS. Tuesday 1st 2011 ORIOLES SPRING GAMES-ORIOLES VS TAMPA BAY at the Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05pm. For more information call 800-745-3000. Tuesday 1st FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE FISH MARKET 30TH ANNIVERSARY & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL from Noon-4pm. Center court. Wednesday 2nd FREE YOGA ON SIESTA KEY BEACH! From 9-10am. Beginners welcome. Bring your own towel, mat and water. Donations taken. Call 941-320-6693 to register. Wednesday 2nd-5th LIVE COMEDY AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER WITH TONY TONE/JOSE SARDUY for more information visit www. visani.net Wednesday 2nd WORDEN FARM GREENMARKET every Wednesday at the Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda from 10am-2pm. Featuring organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, fresh seafood from Peace River Seafood and cooking demos by Charlotte Tech Culinary. For more info visit www.fishville.com Thursday 3rd MUSEUM OF ART & CIRCUS MUSEUM PRESENTS ART AFTER 5: COCKTAILS & OBSERVATIONS every Thursday from 5-8pm. Enjoy the Museum of Art permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, cocktails and great conversation on the loggia. Bring the family and explore the Circus Museum’s miniature circus and Wisconsin railroad car. After hours discounted admission are adults are $10, children ages 6-17 are $5, and under 5 are free. For more info go to www.ringling.org Thursday 3rd-13th FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL In Plant City. Come and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and of course the strawberries! Friday 4th -6th PUNTA GORDA
MARCH EVENTS BBQ & MUSIC AT LAISHLEY PARK family friendly events all weekend long! Appearing Country music legend John Anderson and The Greg Billings Band. Purchase Festival tickets online at www. puntagordabbqfestival.com Friday 4th DANCING WITH THE CHARLOTTE STARS join the Arts & Humanities Council for the third Annual Dancing with the Stars for dinner, dancing and an opportunity to vote for your favorite star at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. For more information call 941-746-8100. Saturday 5th PODS ENGLEWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL held at Paul Morris Park 1301 S.River Rd. from 10am-9pm. Jimi Jamison, the former lead singer for SURVIVOR, will be the headliner for this year’s event. This is a family friendly music festival full of fun, music, food and festivities. For more info visit www. englewoodmusicfestival.com or call 941-473-0231. Saturday 5th PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAYGoodyear Late Model 100 6 pack Series #1, legends, Bandolero, TQ Midgets, road warriors, Pro 4, Fab 4. For more information visit www. puntagordaspeedway.com Saturday 5th & 6th GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2011 in the beautiful downtown Tampa at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Its one of the country’s premier outdoor shows. Saturday 5th CRUIZIN’ ON DEARBORN from 5-8pm in Englewood. Oldtime Cars-and oldtime tunes. Hundreds of old car enthusiasts and scores of old car brighten Dearborn Street. Music will flood the street and most restaurants and shops are open late! For more info visit our website at www.oldeenglewood.com Saturday 5th VENICE FARMERS MARKET in Centennial Park Downtown from 8am-Noon. Every Saturday. Local produce, plants, flowers, imported oils, pastries and so much more. Saturday 5th BRADENTUCKY BOMBERS will be hosting a fundraiser filled with live music, Jell-O wrestling, and auctions to raise money for the league. This event will take place at The Distillery Tavern in E. Bradenton at 108 44th
Ave. at 8pm. Saturday 5th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-to-go, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! Saturday 5th VENICE DOWNTOWN ART CLASSIC on Venice Ave. from 9am-5pm. This is a one time event. Saturday 5th & 6th DIG THE BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AT SIESTA PUBLIC BEACH from 9-5pm. Free admission. 40 courts, vendors on site. For more info contact Sarasota County Parks and Recreation at 941-861-5000. Saturday 5th SARASOTA’S FARMERS MARKET EVERY SATURDAY from 7am to Noon. On Lemon Ave. & Main Street. Rain or Shine. Visit www.sarasotadowntown. com for more details. Sunday 6th SOUTHWEST WEDDING & EVENT EXPO at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center in Punta Gorda from 12-4pm. Free Admittance. Fun, Food tasting, Entertainment, Door Prizes. Meet our expert panel of Wedding Professionals. For more information visit us at www. weddingsofcharlotte.com Sunday 6th THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS! AT THE GERMAIN ARENA at 2pm. For more information visit www.germainarena. com Sunday 6th 2ND ANNUAL “CHAIRITY” EVENT AT THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER in Punta Gorda. A luncheon starts at 1pm followed by the chair auction at 2pm. These chairs are painted and decorated by Cancer survivors, their caregivers or friends and also in memory to those lost to cancer. Call 456-5927 for more information. Tuesday 8th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT PUNTA GORDA BOAT CLUB AT BAYFRONT YMCA in Punta Gorda at 750 W Retta Esplanade from 9-1pm. Tuesday 8th MOTOWN TRIBUTE SHOW AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12. For more
information visit www.visani.net Wednesday 9th-12th LIVE COMEDY WITH STEVE MINGOLLA/JOSH PHILLIPS AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For more information visit our website at www.visani.net Thursday 10th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT BEST BUY in Port Charlotte at 18700 Veterans Blvd. from 12:304pm. Friday 11th GOLDEN MEMORIES AT THE CHARLOTTE EVENT CENTER at 7pm. Sherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence formerly of the Supremes. Wilson Williams & His Platters. The Contours with Joe Billingslea. Join us for a walk down memory lane. For more information call 941-625-6720. Friday 11th-13th ANNUAL ARCADIA ALL-FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO in Arcadia. All performances start at 1pm. Located at 124 Heard St. Come early and Stay Late. Visit www.arcadiarodeo. com for more information. Saturday 12th &13th PEACE RIVER SEAFOOD FESTIVAL at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. Massive kids area. Bring lawn chairs. No coolers allowed. Free parking and $1 admission at the gate. Saturday 12th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-to-go, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! Saturday 12th PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY – Open Wheel modified 50, Pro 4, Fab 4, dwarf cars, SE Champ Karts, Super Stock, strictly stock V6, cowboy Cadillac. For more info visit www.puntagordaspeedway. com Saturday 12th SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ON DEARBORN in Englewood. From 6-9pm. Shops will open late. Shop, dine, and play on Dearborn Street! Visit www. oldeenglewood.com Sunday 13th THE BRADENTUCKY BOMBERS’ NUCLEAR BOMBSHELLS VS. THE SARASOTA ROLLER GIRLS at the Astro Skate in Bradenton at 3611 3rd St. The second home bout of the season will begin at 7pm. For more info visit www.bradentuckybombers. org
Monday 14th&15th ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW WITH DWIGHT ICENHOWER AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show time is 7:30pm. Tickets are $12. For more info visit www.visani.net Tuesday 15th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT PEACE RIVER REGIONAL in Port Charlotte from 8:30-3pm. Wednesday 16th-19th LIVE COMEDY WITH CARL STRONG/ ERIC HUNTER AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For more information visit www.visani.net Wednesday 16th NATALIE COLE appearing at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. For more information visit www. vanwezel.org Thursday 17th FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION from 5-9pm. Featuring Lee County Pipes & Drums. Live music. Free admission. Visit www.fishville.com Thursday 17th ART AFTER 5: JAZZ ON THE BAY AT THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART in Sarasota from 5-8pm. Join us for sunsets, cocktails and jazz on the bay featuring live entertainment from The Jazz Club of Sarasota featuring Katt Hefner Group. Visit www.ringling.org Thursday 17th REO SPEEDWAGON appearing at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. For more info visit www. vanwezel.org Friday 18th GROOVIN’ ON THE GREEN in North Port in front of City Hall from 6-9pm. Free event for the public. The “Boogiemen” Band will be performing. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Saturday 19th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-to-go, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! Saturday 19th EAST END VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT at Siesta Public Beach from 9-5pm. 25 Courts, vendors on site. Saturday 19th SMUCKER’S STARS ON ICE AT THE GERMAIN ARENA at 7:30pm. Join us for our 25th Anniversary Tour. For more information www.germainarena.
MARCH EVENTS com Saturday 19th PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY – Sportsman, Pro trucks, rookie trucks, road warriors, TQ Midgets, mini stocks, legends, bandolero. For more information visit www.puntagordaspeedway.com Saturday 19th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE HARBOR KAYAK & WILDLIFE FESTIVAL in Charlotte Harbor at 4500 Harbor Blvd. from 9-5pm on the Port Charlotte Beach. Music, food, vendors and much more. Parking fee at park entrance. Saturday 19th & 20th ANNUAL PEACE RIVER NATIONAL ART FESTIVAL at Laishley Park from 10-5pm in downtown Punta Gorda. Light entertainment, food and drinks. Presented to the community by the Visual Arts Center. Admission is a $2 donation. For more information visit www.visualartcenter.org Saturday 19th & 20th ECOFEST IN NORTH PORT in Warm Mineral Springs at 12200 San Servando Ave. In celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Earth Day. Saturday 19th KENNY CHESNEY AND THE ZAC BROWN BANDGOIN COASTAL TOUR! Performing at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa at 4:30pm. Tickets can only be purchased through Ticketmaster or calling 1-800-745-3000. Saturday 19th & 20th PLACIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL at the Fishery Circle at the Fishery Restaurant. Music, seafood, arts & crafts, and vendors. No gate admission. Monday 21st LIVE MUSIC “ROY ORBISON” TRIBUTE BY MIKE T. AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show time is 7:30pm. For more info visit www. visani.net Tuesday 22nd ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE SHOW WITH DWIGHT ICENHOWER AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show time is 7:30pm. For more ticket information visit www. visani.net Wednesday 23rd-26th GRANDMA LEE IS BACK!! AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For ticket information visit www.visani.net Wednesday 23rd ROD STEWART & STEVIE NICKS appearing at the St. Pete Time Forum. Show time is
7:30pm. For more information visit www.sptimesforum.com Thursday 24th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHARLOTTE TECH. CENTER in Port Charlotte on Murdock Cir. From 9-1pm. Thursday 24th-26th ANNUAL FLORIDA FRONTIER DAYS in Charlotte Harbor at the Bayshore Live Oaks Park. Celebrate Florida’s Rich Pioneer Days. Pioneer trades people, trailblazing entertainment, fun and games area, hands on activities and old-fashioned food. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Thursday 24th COMEDIAN RON WHITE appearing at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Visit www.vanwezel.org for more information. Saturday 26th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-to-go, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! Saturday 26th BAYSHORE LIVE OAK PARK COMMUNITY DOG SHOW at 23157 Bayshore Rd. in Charlotte Harbor from 9-Noon. Dogs compete for ribbons in multiple fun categories. Register online at our website. There will be food vendors and doggie accessories vendors. For more info call 941627-1628 ext.101 or visit www. charlottecountyfl.com Saturday 26th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHICK-FIL-A in Port Charlotte from 1:30-4:30pm. Saturday 26th 2011 WORLD MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center in Punta Gorda. Call 941-833-5444. Saturday 26th PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY – PGS late models, open wheel modified 50, super stocks, strictly stock V6, Pro4, Fab4, mini stocks, cowboy Cadillac. For more information visit www. puntagordaspeedway.com Saturday 26th& 27th FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW!!
At the Charlotte County Airport. Come see aerial stunts, highspeed military jets and acrobatic pilots. Gates open at 9am. For ticket information visit www. floridaairshow.com Saturday 26th & 27th ANNUAL SPRING FINE ARTS FESTIVAL on Dearborn St. in Englewood from 10-4pm. Stroll through the booths of over a hundred artists from all over the world in addition to visiting the unique shops and great restaurants. Admission is $1. Sunday 27th GIVING HUNGER THE BLUES! In Sarasota at 1930 Hillview St. from Noon8pm. Adults are $5; children 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the All Faiths Food Bank. For more info visit www. givinghungertheblues.org Sunday 27th VIDEO GAMES LIVE! AT THE GERMAIN ARENA at 7pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm as there is an interactive pre-show carnival. For more information visit us at www.germainarena.com Monday 28th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT PUNTA GORDA CLUB in Punta Gorda at 2905 Tamiami Trl. From 3:30-6:30pm. Tuesday 29th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT MILLENNIUM PHYSICIAN GROUP in Port Charlotte on Cochran Blvd. from 10-4pm. Tuesday 29th ITALIAN MUSIC EVENT WITH MAURICE LOMONOCO AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Show starts at 7:30pm. For ticket information visit www. visani.net Wednesday 30th-31st LIVE COMEDY WITH FRANKIE PAUL/ JAMIE MORGAN AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For more info visit www. visani.net Saturday April 2nd SAVE THE DATE – BAR STOOL OPEN BACK NINE in the Charlotte Harbor Area. We will be raising money for the Homeless Coalition Children in Need. The nine restaurants/bars will be: Goal Post, Wally’s, Luigi’s, Chubbyz, Coral Rock, Q’s, Gatorz, Portside, Dean’s North of the Border. Wrap up party at Coral Rock at 6pm. Trolleys will be going all day. Preregistration via email, or attend any of the 9 restaurants. Any questions contact Jill Ferguson at 412-973-0429.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) News about travel or, the media, medicine, and the law will intrigue you. Some kind of secret information or something you least expect, it’s exciting.
today! This is why it’s an excellent day if you need to sell, teach, act, market or promote anything. You’re intense, focused, and resourceful! So exploited it!
Aries (March 21-April 19) You’re extremely resourceful. This month. This could be a creative expression or a practical solution. Who knows? Just don’t hurt yourself!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Very likely, you will see new ways of earning money. It’s as if you’re putting a whole new spin on something. This could easily apply to redecorating at home something you like to do.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Conversations with partners and close friends will be a bit perverse; Refrain from the urge to make someone over, Gemini (May 21-June 20) You might see ingenious ways to improve things at work today. If this is the case, then by all means, speak up. Suggest whatever reforms you have in mind. You might see ways to improve your status as well. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You’re full of bright ideas. You are about to launch a new approach to something that interests you, weather it is how to make the perfect Margarita or keep the lint out of your bellybutton. You’re to improve something! Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Discussions with family members might be intense. Don’t freak if others suggest ways you can improve - they might be right ( or they might not). Get rid of what you no longer need. Recycle, sell or divorce. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re extremely convincing
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You feel more emotional because the Moon is in your sign making a strong aspect to your ruler Pluto. These emotional feelings might suddenly erupt as OUTBURSTS. Oops Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A minor epiphany might occur today. This will delight you. You might suddenly see the reason for something, or determine a deeper meaning to an everyday event. “I see now why I drink!” Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Conversations with females, will be productive this month. These conversations could be intense. Possibly, you will attract someone who will strongly effect your life for the better. If not,
dump the bitch!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Some kind of hidden or private detail about your personal life will likely be public today, especially in front of bosses, friends, or VIPs. Big oops. (Check your zipper.)
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