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  • Sun, November 13, 2016 6:23 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    It was a ghoulish and great time at October's roaming happy hour. The club started out on the upper patio of Tin Lizzy's Cantina for food and spirits before touring Atlanta's historic Oakland Cemetery with different kinds of spirits. Among the ghosts who visited the group were Willis Erwin Veneable, who came up with the idea to carbonate Coca-Cola, two sisters murdered by their third sister - Florence and Minnie Force, Deliverance author and Poet Laureate of the United States James Dickey, and Beatrice Thompson, an African-American doctor who set up her medical practice in Athens in 1901. The night was a hit and we plan on putting together a group again next year to make the tour. We'll get tickets earlier so we can get more members into the event which sold out quickly this year.

  • Sat, October 15, 2016 3:02 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    Paint Gwinnett Pink was a Huge Success

    With over 900 participants and almost $100,000 in donations, the inaugural Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, October 1st, at the Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field and nearby neighborhoods was a huge success. Simply put, ”It was AWESOME!!!” says Susan Oates, APHC member and Executive Director of Paint Georgia Pink, the organization that put the event together along with the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC). Showing surprise at the eventual turn out, GMC’s Vice-President of Operations Cathie Brazell said  “We were thinking we’d have 250 people.” in an article in the Gwinnett Daily Post.

  • Sat, October 01, 2016 3:14 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    Take Me Out to The Ball Game

    In addition to a free round of drinks, which were courtesy of The Wing, APHC members who made it to last week's happy hour received free tickets to the Atlanta Braves games this Saturday, September 17th  and Sunday, September 18th - some of the last games being played at The Ted. The rain on Sunday didn't dampen spirits as the gang tailgated and had a blast at the game. Remember membership and showing up for events has its benefits! Hope to see you at our next event.

    Gloria Pashke takes in the Braves game on Saturday. She is sporting green not for a team but to remind everyone that September 17th is half-way to St. Patrick's Day.

    APHC club members and friends party in the parking lot before Sunday's Braves game. Front row from L to R: Brent Jones,Tammy Jones, Mandy Carola, Laureli Srery, and Rebecca Somoza. Back row from L to R : Jeff Hall, Bob Scarboro, Sue Lorincz, Terry Jakubowski Brown and Stuart Vaughn.

  • Sat, October 01, 2016 3:11 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund Stair Climb on 9/11

    Sunday, September 11th was an incredibly rich, rewarding,  at times somber and at times even fun day for the almost 20 APHC club members who turned out to honor the heroes who died and those who served and survived the tragedy on 9/11/2001.  It was also a day of fundraising to aid those first responders who put their lives on the line for us in Georgia.  Not only did almost all of the club members who accepted the challenge to climb 110 flights of stairs make their goal, most made it 112 flights and  two others pushed themselves to climb 128 flights. Club climbers were Charlotte Pierce, Sue Lorincz, Jeff Hall, Mandy Carola, Wendy Price, Jeanette Gowen, Susie Amstutz and Bo Shurling. Mandy’s friend Laureli Srery and Susie’s friend Robyn Chapman also climbed with the group. Hope you two enjoyed the day and will consider joining the club.

    For all of us who climbed it was tempting to complain about the sore muscles and the dripping sweat until we thought about how 15 years ago men in full gear climbed upwards in stairwells full of smoke and heat not exactly knowing what waited for them many floors up. For 343 it was death. For some who survived, death came later as a result from various causes from what they inhaled or experienced on that day. It was a rewarding and exhausting day but we know we can never repay a debt that is owed to those who put their lives on the line for us every day.

    (L to R: Bob Scarboro, Jeanette Gowen, Jeff Hall, Everett Glover, Laureli Srery, Mandy Carola, Sue Lorincz, Susan Oates and Bo Shurling getting ready for the day's events.)

    Other activities throughout the day included a firetruck pull contest, a silent auction and a raffle.

    (APHC ladies step up to greet the firefighter crew from Britain- tough job but somebody had to do it.(L to R: Women only as somehow they got distracted and claim they failed to get these guy's names. Wendy Price, Laureli Srery, Mandy Carola, Sue Lorincz, Charlotte Pierce and Jeanette Gowen)

     

    (Joel Oates working the raffle table - Imagine that!)

    Club members Fredda and Everett Glover, Bob Scarboro, and Susan and Joel Oates volunteered to help with chores of making the Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund of Georgia 2016 stair climb a successful event.

    Kim Shurling and Gib Amstutz showed up to lend moral support to the climbers and volunteers.

    We received an email from event organizer Sue Korsch who said ,”Thank you for all you and your group did to make our day a wonderful success!  We hope to see you next year.”  

    Those who didn’t make it missed out on a remarkable day. Club members who participated said they want to do it again next year. So please think about joining us.

    (Charlotte "Rocky" Pierce finishes her 7th round on the stairs)

    Your board is very proud of everyone who participated.
  • Wed, August 03, 2016 9:48 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    The weather gods provided the perfect evening for the club's John Friday house concert hosted by Sue Lorincz on Saturday, June 30th. Forty folks showed up for great music, fun, and fellowship. There was an overload of food and tons of desserts. There was also dancing as Friday cranked out such tunes as Still in Mexico and Parrot Head Girl. Amidst all of the good times there was some time set aside for good memories as the crowd raised a toast to trop rocker Jim Morris, who recently passed away, while Friday played Sangria Wine.

    Pennie Lemley, and Felicia Myers won CDs  donated graciously by Friday, and Pennie's husband David won an APHC magnet.

    And this note  from John Friday, "A thousand thanks to all the lovely Atlanta peeps who came out to the house concert last night! A thousand thousand thanks to Sue and Jeff for hosting and Debbie for getting it set up! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! I love to play my songs for you."

  • Tue, July 12, 2016 10:54 AM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    The Atlanta Parrot Head Club had a great turn out of 35 folks for Red Hare Brewery's annual luau on Saturday, July 9th. We would have had larger numbers except the event sold out in advance and a few folks who waited until Saturday to buy tickets couldn't get in.   The day was filled with heat, a great selection of cold beer, (in addition to the brewery's usual offerings, the brewery served up a specialty cask of Pina Colager - a lager made with pineapple and coconut - a perfect brew for Parrot Heads), some tasty barbecue,  music by Rhythm Earth, and as always fun and friendship. Club members also got to leave the brewery with a six pack of SPF 50/50 Radler IPA, the Wabbit Wheat or the nonalcoholic root beer or grapefruit soda. 

    Sherri Bean Beideck, Kenny Paul and Becky Kirbo rejoined the club on Saturday. Please welcome them back the next time you see them.

    A special congratulations to the brewery as they received 5 medals in the recent 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship and placed 4th as best brewery in the competition.


    Click here for more pictures of the event

  • Tue, June 28, 2016 6:08 PM | Bo Shurling (Administrator)

    The theme of the night was tropical and that included the 90+ degree heat but that didn't slow down the party for the approximately 20 club members and the crowd that turned up for the free Sons of Sailors concert in Glover Park on the Marietta Square on Friday, June 24th. The club set up at two tables to share food and fun, and sign up new members. Ten new folks joined the club including Neville Steel, Donna Watson, Stuart Vaughn, Rebecca Bell, and Tim  and  Myra Mathis. We are also excited to announce that former club members Paul and Lynn Behr, and John and Laura Yeste rejoined.

    And it seemed a bit like old times - after the concert the party moved to Hemingway's on the square for more socializing and to hear Jeff Pike perform.

    Congratulations to Barbara Behr and Neville Steel who respectively won our member and new member raffles.

    Thanks to club member Gail Waters for her connections that helped us securing us the great spot.

    Click here to see pictures from the event

  • Fri, June 17, 2016 6:25 PM | Deleted user

    On Saturday June 11, 2016 14 club members came together at the Butcher and Bottle off Sixes road in Canton. A beautiful evening out on the patio listening to The Parrot Island Band. Trop rock artists Bry and Linda Harris along with Kevin Garrelts entertained us with congas, steal drum and a ukulele. APHC members enjoyed dancing and drinks while spending time with each other. We welcomed three new club members and celebrated Kristi Finley's birthday.  

    We also had a members only raffle which Lee Simmons was the winner of a CD donated by the band.
    Click here to see pictures of the event!

  • Mon, June 13, 2016 7:36 PM | Deleted user

    Sunday, June 12, Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe, hosted by Pete Trainor, was a reminder of everything that's special about House Concerts: an intimate gathering of friends and music fans listening to some great music, with the added benefit of getting to hear the stories behind the songs. Thom and Coley took the room on a roller coaster ride of emotions, from heartfelt and heart -warming songs like "I Am A Woman", to laugh out loud "adults only" numbers like the infamous "Djibouti". Thanks again to Pete for hosting, and to everyone who came out to the show!
    Click here to see pictures of the event!

  • Mon, June 06, 2016 11:46 PM | Deleted user

    Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour stop at the Infinite Energy Center didn’t start until 8 p.m. but the Atlanta Parrot Head Club started the tailgate party about 12 hours earlier.  After putting  up canopies, spreading out food, setting up grills and decorating their areas, partygoers were treated to music  by Reggie Starret  with Denny Martin sitting in and The Gopher Broke band (fun fact  for Atlanta folks – the band’s Bobby Don wrote the “Play in the Dirt” jingle for Pike Nurseries). In spite of 90+ degree heat and a little bit of rain,  APHC’ers and guests were dancing in the street (or at least the parking lot). The Atlanta Parrot Head Club provided bottled water to tailgaters to provide relief from the heat and portable toilets were provided for another type of relief.  Lee and Debbie Simmons of Pirate Cove Radio, who broadcast  live from the tailgate, cranked up the frozen concoction machine and kept the dancing crowd well-oiled with some refreshingly cool and tasty margaritas.  As always, it was a great day of celebrating music, fun, and new and old friends. This year took on an international flair thanks to visiting new friends David and Annette from Australia, who provided their homeland’s snack Vegemite to party goers, helping make a G’day even better for their new mates.  Fins up until next year.
    Click here for pictures of the tailgate party and the concert!

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