Phling away the last vestiges of winter

Seems like only yesterday we were griping about how cold it was in Port Aransas and now Spring Break 2013 is just around the corner.

Kids on vacation from school will be flocking to our beaches March 9th through the 17th. Temporary signal lights will be set up on the Island Road to control traffic and the intersection of Park Road 22 and Highway 361 will be a snarl. Local law enforcement will be beefing up their forces, doing their best to keep driving on the beach orderly and rowdiness and public intoxication under control. The beach will be lined end to end with pickup trucks, canopies, boom boxes, and scantily-clad sunbathers working on third degree burns. It’ll be madness, but it’s been an annual rite for decades.

The Parrot Heads of Port Aransas are also making a Spring Break celebration an annual rite. Its inaugural Spring Phling having been such a success last year, the club is putting on Spring Phling 2013 on March 9. Spring Phling is “Spring Break for the rest of us.” Definitely a notch or two below the mania that Spring Break sometimes seems to be, the PHOPA Spring Phling nevertheless offers plenty of food, drink, games, partying and music, an all-around good time.

The Phling will be held in the pavilion at Roberts Point Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the popular PA Rockers playing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each in advance until March 2, 2013, and there’s a limit of 300. After March 2, if any tickets remain unsold, Spring Phlingers can pay $15 at the door.

The Parrot Head Club of Port Aransas is one of 200-plus clubs in Parrot Heads In Paradise, Inc. “Parrot Heads” are fans of the singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle.

ShumbaAs is always the case with the Parrot Head club, the party has a serious side. The Parrot Head club’s motto is “party with a purpose.” Spring Phling will be a fundraiser for the Animal Friends of Port Aransas. The AFPA provides care and humane treatment for shelter animals and promotes finding permanent homes for them. I recently adopted a kitten from AFPA’s beneficiary, the Port Aransas Animal Shelter, and he is darling. Credit goes to the volunteers who put so much time and effort into taking care of and socializing the shelter animals. The funds raised by Spring Phling will help defray the cost of spay, neuter and vet services.

Phlingers will have lots of fun opportunities to help the PHOPA’s fundraising goals. There will be raffles, a silent auction, a boutique, a 50/50 raffle and Limbo (start stretching those quadriceps now!) There will also be a dance contest with prizes. Couples may enter the contest for $5.

To help Phlingers keep up their strength, the club will be offering plenty of food: Chips with homemade salsa, Frito pies and brisket sliders are on the menu. The brisket is being smoked by none other than Bob Pettit of Beaches Restaurant fame.

To wash that down, there will be soft drinks for sale. Phlingers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

For more information, visit the group’s Web site at or follow the group on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets are available at Gratitude and Fish on the Line and you can send an email to the club president, Luann Ferguson, at Or, just show up at the Spring Phling. I’ll see you there. —

About Dee

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and three other books in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series. She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at
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One Response to Phling away the last vestiges of winter

  1. Joyce Walters says:

    Wish I could be there! I had so much fun last year! But I’ll for sure be there for Wings! By the way it’s still cold in Galveston! Brrrr!

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