Saturday, December 3, 2011

Party With a Purpose

Tonight is the first holiday party. This is the annual HAMA (Holiday And Member Appreciation) party. The club is called StMinneSomePlace in Paradise Parrotheads. Don't know what a Parrothead is? Ever heard of Jimmy Buffett? Those of us that like his music are called Parrotheads. My husband and I first hooked up with the club when we moved to Minnesota. We were having an awful time making friends, and we happened on an article on the Internet. And so began our base of friends.

Parrotheads like to party, sing Buffett songs, act perfectly silly and some are given to wearing outlandish get-ups. But our motto is "party with a purpose" which means whenever we gather, one or more charities benefit. Even tonight's party, which is meant to thank all the members with gifts and fun, will have a thread of charity. We'll be collecting tots for toys, food for the food bank and probably something else I'm not even aware of.

We've booked a good portion of a hotel. Many of us will spend the night - always recommended when there are margaritas flowing freely. There will be food, music and merchandise. Mostly there will be lots of fun and silliness. But behind it all will be the idea of charity. It's that time of year. With the Parrotheads, it's year-round, I'm proud to say.

If you're starting your holiday partying this weekend, have fun and be safe. And if you can, give to someone who isn't so lucky to be able to party.


  1. Y'know where I learned the term Parrotheads? Through Timothy B. Schmit. I started enjoying the Eagles a couple of years ago. Love Timothy B. Schmit's solo stuff, too. Anyway, I read in an interview Timothy gave that he was touring with Jimmy in the early 80s when he coined the term Parrotheads. I downloaded a couple of Jimmy songs just last week off iTunes: Margartivelle (sp) and Volcano. Love 'em. Mind you I heard Margarativelle (ack, I can't spell that) as a child. When Dad took us into the States for a trip, it was always playing on the radio, but I never knew it was Jimmy Buffet.

    Been to your city many times since I'm five hours away up in Canada on the border. Lovely city. I even set part of my WIP in Minneapolis.

  2. Maggie, how fun to hear this. Classic Jimmy is the best. Look for Changes in Latitude, A Pirate Looks at Forty or The Wino and I Know. And the only top 10 song he ever had - Come Monday. Let me know when the WIP is out there to be read!