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  • Sat, May 25, 2024 12:34 PM | Leslie Maske (Administrator)
    I have found me a home!

    General Registration for the entirety our annual convention is $229.  Attendees exclusively get 40-plus hours of great music in an awesome location for less than the price of sitting in an arena seat for two hours to see one act. MOTM has also added several outside venues this year.

    https://motm.rocks/registration/

    NOTE: All attendees must be a member in good standing of one of our great local clubs around the country or the Virtual Parrot Head Club.  However, you can join right now. They are inexpensive, easy, and if you’re lucky to have a local club near you they’ll provide an opportunity for fun throughout the year.  Take a look and decide what works best for you. Although not recommended, the event is open to all parrot heads 18 and older. All attendees must be registered (paid) to attend.



  • Sun, April 21, 2024 11:17 AM | Leslie Maske (Administrator)


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    On Sunday night, April 21, about 15 or so members of the Atlanta Parrothead Club were part of a packed house that finally got to see singer-songwriter, record producer and longtime Coral Reefer and 10 time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally, along with talented percussionist and composer, Eric Darken.

    The show had been rescheduled from last December due to Mac losing his voice and going on doctor’s ordered vocal rest. I yelled out to Mac that we’d all been waiting there for him since December to which he laughed and said that we really had a lot of patience. This show almost didn’t happen as Mac and Eric dealt with delayed and cancelled flights in Texas, and an unplanned drive to Dallas in order to catch another flight as they fought to get to Atlanta. They did make it, but some of their luggage did not, including the bag that had Eric’s hubcap – if you don’t understand, then you need to catch one of their shows. He did have a replacement hubcap which came off of a car somewhere in Nashville.

    This was the first time that most of us had seen Mac live since the death of Jimmy Buffett last September. During the interactive concert, Mac played some of his usual crowd favorites such as Blame it on New Orleans, Changing Channels, Down the Road, All These Years, Little Martha, and Junk Cars. He changed it up a little with Bear Necessities – Mac is presently working with Disney redoing music for the Country Bear Jamboree. But he also played a number of Jimmy’s hits including Son of a Son of a Sailor, Come Monday, and Coast of Carolina (the Come Monday “sequel” that Mac co-wrote with Jimmy). I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house as Mac sang the new tribute song to Jimmy, Pirates and Parrots, along with Tonight I Just Need My Guitar, and Bubbles Up.

    Mac’s voice was getting a little weaker toward the end of the show due to allergies so he asked the house to join him for the closer, A Pirate Looks at 40, and we all obliged. Mac kept everyone’s attention as he usually does with his stories, many of which were about his personal experiences with his mentor and close friend, Jimmy Buffett. If you haven’t heard Mac talk about how Tonight I Just Need My Guitar came about, I won’t spoil it but go see him live or search for it online. His telling of the story is hilarious. He also talked about the last time that he saw Jimmy after he had been called and told that he needed to come say his goodbyes. That was roughly 24 hours before Jimmy’s passing. He said that Jimmy was laying in the hospital bed, smiling wider than his head. After Mac played Jimmy some songs and then they said the things they wanted to say, one of the last things that Jimmy said to Mac was ‘What a hell of a ride, keep it going, keep the party going,’ and as Mac said “it’s our intention to do that.”

    Thanks for a great show Mac. In case any of you haven’t heard, Mac along with most of the Coral Reefers will be doing a number of shows this year including at Meeting of the Minds in Gulf Shores, Oct 22-27, so we’ll have some chances to see the Coral Reefers again. Remember, we’ve been instructed by the man who started all of this to “Keep the party going”. Bubbles up ya’ll.

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  • Wed, April 12, 2023 10:00 AM | Leslie Maske (Administrator)

    Save Our Salty Dogs(and Cats too) 

    by Bo Shurling

    Many of us in the Atlanta Parrot Head Club (APHC) dream of living at the beach or on an island. 

    Wayne and Felicia Myers, long time members and former leaders of the APHC, made that dream a reality when they moved to St Croix several years ago. 

    The couple, In keeping with the club’s motto of “Party with a Purpose, has always embraced investing time and money in multiple charities. 

    That did not change with their move to the tropics. 

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    Wayne now works with the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center (SCAWC). 

    The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide and promote the humane treatment of animals through humane education, animal protection, community service and their Paws From Paradise Program. 

    This year the APHC will be raising funds throughout the year to provide assistance to the animals at the Center. The club will also be holding other fundraisers and events for other charities throughout the year. 

    Below are more details about the services provided by the SCAWC. 

    Community Clinic 

    For many pet owners on St. Croix, the cost of veterinary care is a struggle and some pet owners are unable to seek care at all.  When a pet becomes sick, it is often abandoned or surrendered instead of taken for treatment. A once loved pet gets thrown outdoors at the first sign of mange or forced to suffer through this and other treatable conditions.   The SCAWC provides a community clinic that provides low cost spay and neuter programs as well as medical care and treatments, which encourages individuals to keep pets in their homes and to promote humane and responsible pet ownership in the community.  The result is healthier, happier animals that live longer lives and remain in their homes and a community that seeks care for their pets instead of abandoning. 

    Paws From Paradise  

    Because there are not enough people to adopt the number of pets that arrive at the shelter, The Center also has an off-island pet transfer program called “Paws from Paradise.”  This program has been an important part of their life-saving efforts for many years.  Transferring pets from one shelter to another  has become common practice in the mainland, where a shelter or rescue group in one area has a need for adoptable pets, while another has an abundance of pets but few adopters.  The Center has partners all across the states that understand the plight of abandoned and unwanted animals in our islands and are willing to help. 

    Humane Education 

    The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center has always had humane education as a core part of its mission.  Changing the way animals are treated is essential to stopping the problems of pet neglect and abuse, abandonment, and pet overpopulation.  The SCAWC provide humane education through elementary school visits, community outreach, adult education and social media advertising. 

    Animal Protection Services 

    The SCAWC provides animal protection services through 1) A compassion call which is when a stray animal in immediate need of medical attention (for instance, a dog or cat hit by a car). The Center responds to as many of these calls as possible but response is sometimes limited by resources and 2) Open Acceptance -Although SCAWC cannot always respond to calls for animals to be picked up, they always accept any animal that is brought to the shelter regardless of the reason, whether it is someone surrendering a pet or a compassionate community member who brings in a stray.  

     

     St. Croix Animal Welfare Center – Their hearts are in our hands.


  • Sat, November 12, 2022 10:00 AM | Leslie Maske (Administrator)
    We did our 1st ever APHC Friendsgiving at Cultivation Brewery with Barefoot Reggie Starlett. 

    Little rainy and chilly but we had a lot fun singing along with Reggie. Great seeing everybody especially Beverly Thompson and Kurt Gauder.

    We raised $618 at the Friendsgiving Party for the Atlanta Community Food Bank

    We also collected a fair amount of food which we added to Cultivation Brewery Food Drive for the Norcross Food Pantry.  Thanks to everybody that came out to Cultivation Brewery.

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  • Sat, November 05, 2022 9:36 AM | Leslie Maske (Administrator)

    We had a great weather for this year's Walk to End Alzheimers at the Battery.

    Shout out to this year's team - Team Captain Becky Kirbo, Allan and Barb Grove, Annette and Mark Waddell, and June Griffeth.

    APHC Team raised $757 dollars this year Alzheimer's of Georgia and few bottles of bubbly were pop after the team did their 2.5 miles.

    Way to Go!

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  • Sun, June 26, 2022 6:48 PM | Brent Jones (Administrator)

    Creative Loafing is an alternative weekly newspaper in Atlanta that highlights arts, culture and the social scene in Atlanta.   Creative Loafing is currently celebrating their 50th anniversary, and as part of the occasion they have published a special issue that highlights some of their milestones.

    One of these milestones is that Creative Loafing was instrumental in the creation of the Atlanta Parrot Head Club and of the Parrot Heads in Paradise umbrella organization!  Back in 1989, Scott Nickerson placed an ad in Creative Loafing looking to connect with like-minded Jimmy Buffett fans. That led to a number of respondents, the first Happy Hour, and ultimately the formation of the Atlanta PHC and PHiP!  

    Creative Loafing has an entire article about it in the 50th Anniversary issue, and you can read it online here:  https://creativeloafing.com/content-509719-parrot-heads-began-with-an-ad-in-creative


  • Tue, November 24, 2020 10:10 PM | Brent Jones (Administrator)

    The Parrothead Cruise is the Atlanta Parrot Head Club's primary philanthropic event, raising over $320,000 for charity to date.  Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of when safe cruise-based travel will return we have made the difficult decision to cancel Parrothead Cruise 2021.   As a small silver lining, we are excited to announce Parrothead Cruise 2022

    Parrothead Cruise 2022
    It’s going to take a year longer than we expected, but we will now Bring Back the Magic in March of 2022.  We’ll be on the same ship, the Norwegian Joy, with all of the amenities and features we’ve been planning for, but will be following a Western Caribbean itinerary, sailing out of Miami on Saturday, March 12, 2022 visiting Roatán, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, returning Saturday, March 19th.   We will announce the Parrothead Cruise 2022 Entertainment Lineup in early 2021.  All of the details on pricing, stateroom options, and more can be found on our website, www.parrotheadcruise.com, which will be continuously updated as more details are available.

    If you have entered the charity Parrothead Cruise 2021 Raffle you may request a refund by emailing brent@parrotheadcruise.com by December 7th otherwise your entry will be automatically converted to the Parrothead Cruise 2022 Raffle, with the same grand prize. 

    Fins up,

    Brent Jones
    Fred and Georgia McFarlin


  • Fri, January 24, 2020 10:47 AM | Deleted user

    WOW!!! We had 615 total volunteer hours and we raised $22,385 for different charities throughout 2019. This is so amazing and this is such a great group of loving and humble people. Here is a full detailed discription of each event. I'm excited to see what 2020 brings us. Phins UP


    Open Hand Atlanta – Meal Packaging

    February 24, 2019

    Open Hand was founded in 1988 by Michael Edwards-Pruitt, who rounded up his neighbors to help cook and deliver meals to 14 friends dying from AIDS who were too sick to cook for themselves. They expanded their mission to include those with non-HIV related critical illnesses, the disabled, and the homebound elderly in 2000. Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers nearly 5,000 meals on a daily basis. They are one of the largest community-based providers of home-delivered meals and nutrition services in the United States.

    Members: 14

    Volunteer Hours: 56

    Activity: Packed almost 1,000 meals 

    Name of Charity:  Open Hand Atlanta

    National Address: 181 Armour Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

    Phone Number:   404-872-8089

    Website: https://openhandatlanta.org/


    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – Sweep The Hooch

    April 6, 2019

    Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River watershed mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or kayak/canoe paddlers to remove trash at locations throughout the watershed. Sweep the Hooch brings people together to give back to the mighty river that gives us so much.  Over 8 years this event has removed more than 57 TONS of trash with the assistance of more than 3,500 volunteers.

    Members: 10

    Volunteer Hours: 50

    Funds Raised: N/A

    Name of Charity:  Chattahoochee Riverkeeper 

    National Address: 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA 30318

    Phone Number:   404-352-9828

    Website: https://chattahoochee.org/


    Atlanta Community Food Bank -- Atlanta Parrot Head Club Pre-Concert Tailgate Party

    April 25, 2019

    Every year, The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  

    Members: 52

    Volunteer Hours: 88

    Funds Raised: $250

    Donations: 327 lbs. of food

    Name of Charity:  Atlanta Community Food Bank

    National Address: 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW Atlanta, GA 30318

    Phone Number:   404-892-9822

    Website:https://acfb.org/


    Paint Georgia Pink – The Man Olympics

    April 27, 2019

    The Man Olympics is a grown-up field day held annually. This year it benefitted the Gwinnett Medical Center's Breast Health Center.  Participants competed in events such as Football Toss, Putt-Putt, Horse Shoes, Ladder Ball, Basketball Free Throws and Corn Hole! In past years there have been additional events including a Man vs Food Wing-Eating Contest and a Spirit Wear Competition because "Real Men Wear Pink"! The Atlanta Parrot Head Club partners with community volunteers to make this event happen.

    Members: 2

    Volunteer Hours: 15

    Funds Raised: $10,000

    Name of Charity:  Paint Georgia Pink

    National Address: 2372 High Forest Court Suite B Duluth, GA  30096

    Phone Number:   404-352-9828

    Website: https://www.paintgeorgiapink.org/home.html

    Swim Across America-Atlanta -- Atlanta Parrot Head Club 30th Anniversary Party

    July 12-14, 2019

    Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. This is a sobering reality. But, the good news is that every year millions of Americans are beating cancer through advancements in treatments. Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease. Michael Phelps and over 100 Olympians support SAA. SAA—Atlanta funds benefit the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The leukemia research project, led by Dr. Douglas Graham and his clinical research team, supports children as well as adults by hosting Phase 1 leukemia clinical trials at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

    Members: 10

    Volunteer Hours: 200

    Funds Raised: $7,000

    Name of Charity:  Swim Across America-Atlanta

    National Address: P.O. Box 1078,Tucker, GA 30085

    Phone Number:   (980) 265-1276

    Website: https://www.swimacrossamerica.org


    Swim Across America-Atlanta -- Atlanta Open Water Swim

    September 28 2019

    Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. This is a sobering reality. But, the good news is that every year millions of Americans are beating cancer through advancements in treatments. Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease. Michael Phelps and over 100 Olympians support SAA. SAA—Atlanta funds benefit the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The leukemia research project, led by Dr. Douglas Graham and his clinical research team, supports children as well as adults by hosting Phase 1 leukemia clinical trials at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

    Members: 8

    Volunteer Hours: 48

    Funds Raised: See above

    Name of Charity:  Swim Across America-Atlanta

    National Address: P.O. Box 1078,Tucker, GA 30085

    Phone Number:   (980) 265-1276

    Website: https://www.swimacrossamerica.org


    Alzheimer's Association– 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's

    September 28, 2019

    Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

    Members: 10

    Volunteer Hours: 50

    Funds Raised: $3,135

    Name of Charity:  Alzheimer’s Association

    National Address: 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601

    Phone Number:   404-728-6049

    Website: www.act.alz.org


    APHC Thanksgiving Celebration

    November 16, 2019


    45 club members gathered to celebrate friendship and kick off the holiday season. Music was provided by Reggie Starrett and turkeys were fried by Joel Oats and Everett Glover. Funds were raised for a local charity Good Mews. Good Mews is one of the few virtually cage-free, no-kill cat shelters in the state of Georgia and the first in the metro Atlanta area. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed over 9,000 cats in permanent homes. They receive no government support, relying solely on donations of time, service and money from our supporters, the public and area businesses. Good Mews is home to approximately 100 residents at any given time, with another 30 to 40 cats in foster care or our HALO program, which allows cats with severe and/or chronic medicals needs to find homes with Good Mews continuing to provide the medical care related to that condition. They have an average adoption rate of 450 cats per year.


    Members: 45

    Volunteer Hours: 48

    Funds Raised: $600

    Name of Charity: Good Mews Animal Foundation

    Address: 3805 Robinson Rd Marietta, GA 30068

    Phone number:770-499-2287

    Contact person: Elizabeth Finch

    Web site: www.goodmews.org3805 Robinson Road
    Marietta, GA 30068

    Toys For Tots – Atlanta Parrot Head Club Christmas Party

    December 7, 2019

    The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


    Members: 50

    Volunteer Hours: 60

    Funds Raised: $1,400

    Donations: 150 toys

    Name of Charity:  North Atlanta Toys For Tots

    Address: 3072 Biltmore Woods Dr. Buford, GA 30519

    Phone Number:   678-887-5179

    Website: https://northatlanta.toysfortots.org



  • Sun, October 06, 2019 3:46 PM | Brent Jones (Administrator)

    On September 28, 2019, eight members of the Atlanta PHC volunteered at the 2019 Swim Across America event held at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Through funds raised from our 30th Anniversary Party and other sources, the APHC contributed over $7,000 in our first year participating! This qualified the club as a "Gold" level sponsor. It was a fantastic event, with over 600 swimmers raising well north of a half million dollars to fund cancer research. The APHC was also invited to participate in the Sponsors dinner the evening before, where we met the team behind SAA and also interacted with 14 Olympic swimmers.  You can find pictures of the event in our Gallery


  • Sat, July 20, 2019 7:38 PM | Deleted user

    We have had such an amazing first part of the year. We will be posting everything that happened at the anniversary party  as soon as we get final numbers in so stay tuned. Get the band together because we have been doing great things this year. Thank you everyone for everything big and small that you have helped with this year. Let's continue the fun and watch for new events being added to the web site. 


    Open Hand Atlanta – Meal Packaging

    February 24, 2019

    Open Hand was founded in 1988 by Michael Edwards-Pruitt, who rounded up his neighbors to help cook and deliver meals to 14 friends dying from AIDS who were too sick to cook for themselves. They expanded their mission to include those with non-HIV related critical illnesses, the disabled, and the homebound elderly in 2000. Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers nearly 5,000 meals on a daily basis. They are one of the largest community-based providers of home-delivered meals and nutrition services in the United States.

    Members: 14

    Volunteer Hours: 56

    Activity: Packed almost 1,000 meals 

    Name of Charity:  Open Hand Atlanta

    National Address: 181 Armour Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

    Phone Number:   404-872-8089

    Website: https://openhandatlanta.org/


    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – Sweep The Hooch

    April 6, 2019

    Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River watershed mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or kayak/canoe paddlers to remove trash at locations throughout the watershed. Sweep the Hooch brings people together to give back to the mighty river that gives us so much.  Over 8 years this event has removed more than 57 TONS of trash with the assistance of more than 3,500 volunteers.

    Members: 10

    Volunteer Hours: 50

    Funds Raised: N/A

    Name of Charity:  Chattahoochee Riverkeeper 

    National Address: 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA 30318

    Phone Number:   404-352-9828

    Website: https://chattahoochee.org/


    Atlanta Community Food Bank -- Atlanta Parrot Head Club Pre-Concert Tailgate Party

    April 25, 2019

    Every year, The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  

    Members: 52

    Volunteer Hours: 88

    Funds Raised: $250

    Donations: 327 lbs. of food

    Name of Charity:  Atlanta Community Food Bank

    National Address: 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW Atlanta, GA 30318

    Phone Number:   404-892-9822

    Website:https://acfb.org/



    Paint Georgia Pink – The Man Olympics

    April 27, 2019

    The Man Olympics is a grown-up field day held annually. This year it benefitted the Gwinnett Medical Center's Breast Health Center.  Participants competed in events such as Football Toss, Putt-Putt, Horse Shoes, Ladder Ball, Basketball Free Throws and Corn Hole! In past years there have been additional events including a Man vs Food Wing-Eating Contest and a Spirit Wear Competition because "Real Men Wear Pink"! The Atlanta Parrot Head Club partners with community volunteers to make this event happen.

    Members: 2

    Volunteer Hours: 15

    Funds Raised: $10,000

    Name of Charity:  Paint Georgia Pink

    National Address: 2372 High Forest Court Suite B Duluth, GA  30096

    Phone Number:   404-352-9828

    Website: https://www.paintgeorgiapink.org/home.html


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