CMCS’s fifth annual “Meet Us in Margaritaville” cruise began on August 19th at three (hey, it’s 5 o’clock some- where!) Cruisers were welcomed with souvenir margarita glasses filled with that immortal concoction. Friday’s arrivals included Jolly Mon, Sol Adventure, Sunshine, Chase the Clouds, Jazzy, Mental Floss, Sail La Vie, Jack B, Salty Dog, and I Sheet U Knot. All settled in at Margaritaville and got together at 5 O’Clock for Buffett-inspired appetizers and more margaritas. All rose to their feet for the national anthem of “Margaritaville.”
Some left for dinner, others just hung out. A video of Jimmy’s Anguilla concert was playing in the background and later, Mark and Carol Beauvois with daughter Jennifer treated us to live music!
Saturday morning at 10 AM, the competition began for fabulous prizes! The first event was a returning event: Water Balloon Catch with Mental Floss (Rick and granddaughter Vaeh) coming in first place. Next was ladder golf with Mike Pfaff, who arrived by land, coming in first place. Our third event was the ever popular “Fill the Margarita Glass” which called upon contestants to be resourceful and inventive, using water from the Gulf to fill margarita glasses from 6 feet away. In the end, Sunshine (Sara Cheney and Dave Parks) came in first place in the adult division. Kristi and Natalie Pim, who arrived on Gopher Baroque this morning, took the kids division. With a few modifications, Knees of my Heart Frisbee was our last game, with Sunshine being the winners. Calusa arrived to round out the cruisers with 12 boats present.
Following an afternoon of relaxing and pooling, Parrotheads met on the dock for 5 O’Clock libations, appetizers and dinner, partying in true Buffett style. Cheeseburgers were served fresh from the grill.
We were joined by an amazing number of land cruisers including: Diane Fowler, Connie and Sonny Rideout, Diane and Mike Pfaff, Chris Shields and Mary Yankaskas, Judy and Charles Tomlins, James and Gina Brown, Lee and Calista Reeves, Kim Brown and Judy Anderson, Kim Eggers and friend Noel, Hal and Robin Klingler, Ron and Sara Dyer, as well as boat guests: Jennifer Hayman with Austin, Julie and Blake Kennedy with Emma, and Peggy and Roger on Jolly Mon. We apologize in advance if we missed someone – quite a crowd to try to take atten- dance!! Guess news of a party travels fast! Seriously, we were thrilled so many took the time on a hot day to come to ‘Tween Waters! Prizes were awarded for the morning competitions with winners going away with the finest wine $3 can buy and other gifts.
Sunday morning, Jimmy Buffett’s referenced Café du Monde opened with our own Linda Eggers preparing fresh beignets! Coffee was served and breakfast shared. It was an incredible spread. Additional awards were given to Sol Adventure for most creative food inspired by Buffett lyrics, Mental Floss for beignets, and Sail La Vie for musical treat. Then most boarded their vessels and headed home to their own Particular Harbor to await next year’s festivities.
Remember: We are the People our parents warned us about!
Gary and Jean Blessing s/v Jazzy