Submitted by John Sherwin
The St MinneSomePlace in Paradise Krewe having a morning libation in the
Green Parrot during the 2009 Meeting of the Minds. The consensus is that the
Bloody Marys at the Green Parrot are the best on the island... although they
can't compare to the Bloody Marys right here in Victoria, MN, at
The St MinneSomePlace Krewe left to right: Brett (Stumpy) Stuempges with
the Parrot on his head,
Rob Winters, Dave Carlton, Mike (Ozzie) Oswald, Jeff
Ragatz, Tracy Campbell, Don Meigel,
Judith Meigel (almost entirely hidden), Kris
Morgan, Jeff Rapp, Linda Rapp, John Sherwin,
Dan Campbell, Patience Svor, Eric
Meeting of the Minds (MoTM) brings together around 3,000 Parrot Heads from
all over the US, Canada,
the US Virgin Islands, and Australia in Key West each
November. The two main themes of MoTM
are the overwhelming amount of outstanding
TropRock music and the laid-back lifestyle that
Parrot Heads everywhere aspire to
and can actually accomplish in the Keys for a few days.
From the main stage on
the beach at the Casa Marina, we heard bands like Jimmy Parrish
and the Ocean
Wave Band, Sunny Jim and his All-Star band (John Frinzi, John Patti,
Michelle Becker --- Lattitude), Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, and the
Drunks who were joined by most of the Coral Reefers and Ilo Ferriera.
Feat was the featured act on Saturday night.
Street Fest showcased PHINS (who many of you will remember playing on the
2nd level of the 'castle' at Canterbury for our THR Phlocking a couple of years
ago), Jerry Diaz and Hanna's Reef, and Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24
which features Detroit Lakes own Dave Herzog on the pans!
There are small stages and venues all over the island where songwriters
gathered and played their songs joined by whoever happened to stop by. Everyone
really enjoyed these smaller groups where the audience and the performers were
able to interact and get to know each other.
All of the usual haunts in Key West were booked with the musicians that
were in town for MoTM. So once the activities for the day at the Casa wound
down, there was a mad dash to catch musical acts all over town or to just head
to Irish Kevins and drink and sing 'bawdy' songs. The Garden of Eden is always
a popular late-night spot in Key West, too.
Meeting and hanging out with Parrot Heads from all over the country is a
highlight of MoTM. Some of us may have even wrangled a wedding invitation to
Key West in June.
One of the biggest highlights of this year's MoTM was our own Jambo ol'
Joe Bones opening at Margaritaville on Sunday, 11/8. Most of us gathered at
Margaritaville to listen to Joe and to surprise him with our new "Moustache
Rock" tee shirts thanks to Stumpy and Kris. What a blast it was being able to
help jump start Joe's week in Key West.