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Meet Author John H. Cunningham at Meeting of the Minds

October 31st, 2012


In early November, the Parrotheads will touch down on Key West for the 21st annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) 2012 festivities, and island-themed authors John H. Cunningham, Andy Forsyth and Michael Haskins will host a signing and reading from their recent releases at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on Friday, November 2.

Cunningham, creator of the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, will read from his recently released novel GREEN TO GO, where Buck’s hunt for missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning him over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm. For more information, visit www.jhcunningham.com.

Readers will enjoy Forsyth’s Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales, a non-fiction read detailing the stories as told by trop rock singer/songwriters about their songs. For more information, visit www.troprocksongs.com.

Fans of the Mick Murphy Key West mysteries will get to hear Michael Haskins read from Stairway to the Bottom, a fast-paced read in which Mick faces off against a hit man. For more information, visit www.michaelhaskins.net.


Tagged in Books, Parrotheads

Meet Author John H. Cunningham at Meeting of the Minds

October 3rd, 2012


What does stolen treasure, Cuban secret police and Jimmy Buffett’s old plane have in common?

All are part of the major plotline of Key West writer John H. Cunningham’s latest Buck Reilly Adventure—GREEN TO GO.

Cunningham will host a series of signings in Key West during Meeting of the Minds “Meet the Authors” Event from November 1-3:

MOTM 2012 SIGNING SCHEDULE:
11/1: 9-11, 1-3, 5-7 at Casa Marina
11/2: 9-10:30 at Casa Marina
11/2: 1-3at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon (4 Charles Street) with authors Michael Haskins and Andrew Forsyth
11/3: 11-1 at Casa Marina

Locals have come to love John H. Cunningham and the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, which includes RED RIGHT RETURN and GREEN TO GO (Green Street Publishing; $3.99 eBook).

In GREEN TO GO, good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming…The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offers Buck Reilly a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck’s past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm.

If you love John D. MacDonald, Clive Cussler, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen, Buck’s faults, quirks, humanity and heroics will appeal to you. Cunningham’s clever, thrill-seeking mysteries will leave you guessing.

For locals, you’ll hear a lot about famed Key West locales – Blue Heaven, La Concha Hotel, Pepe’s, Margaritaville and others.

For more information about the author, visit www.jhcunningham.com


Tagged in Books, Parrotheads

Barefoot Islands Cruise Sailing Small Islands and Famous Beach Bars

March 19th, 2012


Registration has opened for The Barefoot Islands Cruise which will sail March 16-23, 2013 to the Caribbean Islands you’ve heard Jimmy Buffett sing about- Anguilla, St. Barts, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Nevis, and Virgin Gorda. The custom itinerary allows passengers extended time to hangout ashore at famous beach bars such as Foxy’s, Sunshine’s, The Soggy Dollar, and The Dune Preserve. At most anchorages the ship will stay until late evening or overnight.

Plenty of live music onboard and ashore! Enjoy performances throughout the week from a special ensemble of tropical beach rock musicians featuring Scott Nickerson, founder of Parrot Heads in Paradise, as well as special sessions with well known local musicians.
The cruise is a full charter of the luxury ship Wind Surf of Windstar Cruises. With a capacity of only 312 passengers it will be a great way to get together with fellow Parrot Heads without the hassle and crowds of a large ship with 2,500 passengers or more. The casual atmosphere includes open seated dining (no reservations or seating assignments) with options to dine outside on-deck. Windstar Cruises, voted Condé Nast Traveler “Top Small-Ship Cruise Line”, continues to provide top-of-the-line service and amenities as a fleet wide $18 million refurbishment.

Rates begin at $1,899pp with items such as onboard watersports, ground transportation, and soft beverages (bottled water, sodas, coffees, espressos, smoothies, etc.) included. Register before March 23, 2012 and save $200. Additional discounts if you refer friends.

This will be a unique sail through some beautiful small islands and harbors normally only visited by smaller yachts. A perfect opportunity to sit back on a white sand beach with a boat drink and good friends. Presented by Local Knowledge. See website for details: BarefootIslandsCruise.com.

Note: Jimmy Buffett is not participating in or associated with this event.


Tagged in Miscellaneous, Parrotheads

Vote Jimmy in Weather Channel’s Song Tournament

March 14th, 2012


The Weather Channel is running a March Madness style tournament to determine the all-time favorite weather song.

There are four “regions,” and Jimmy Buffett’s song “Trying to Reason with Hurrican Season” is a contender in the Seasons region, though he’s well behind his opponent Bing Crosby with “White Christmas.”

Voting ends early Thursday morning, so you need to vote today for Jimmy!

Go here to vote!

As of this writing, Jimmy is trailing Bing 86%-14%.


Tagged in Contests, Parrotheads, Singles

Qualcomm Will Host Tailgating for Buffett

March 8th, 2012


San Diego parrotheads will have a place to tailgate on Saturday after all.

After initially declining to allow Jimmy Buffett fans to use the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot for a tailgate party prior to Saturday night’s Buffett concert at SDSU’s Viejas Arena, stadium officials have done an about face.

“We’ve kind of reversed course. We’ve decided to open it up for tailgaters,” Mike McSweeney, the manager of Qualcomm Stadium, said Thursday afternoon. “We’ve had such an overwhelming number of requests from people wanting to tailgate (Saturday).”

Why the initial reluctance?

McSweeney said stadium officials were concerned about costs Qualcomm would have had to absorb to pay for cleaning up the parking lot after the tailgate party and for providing Porta-Potties and security.

“Because we’re charging for parking, well use those revenues to pay for the Porta-Potties and the dumpsters,” he said. “We have a lot of space and we’ll open it up as needed.”

Tailgating at Qualcomm won’t be cheap. Officials will open the gates at noon and charge $20 per car and $60 per RV.

Get the full run-down here.


Tagged in Parrotheads, Touring