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DIY – Pirate Chest

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The cooler and drain

The cooler and drain
I chose a 52 qt igloo cooler because of its shape and the fact that the hinges, handles, and drain plug assy were easily removable. Though, any squared or rectangle cooler would work. 1. I found some threaded PVC fittings (1/2″) that fit through the drain hole (keep the original o-ring to reuse on the new drain assy). 2. I used a typical hose bibb from Lowes and some threaded PVC fittings to make the drain assembly. 3. I had to use a 1/2″ flange to get a tight fit. ( I know it doesn’t look great, but it is hidden inside the box)

Building the box

Building the box
1. Used 5/8″ plywood. 2. I used wood glue and a finish nailer. 3. Don’t forget to drill a hole for your drain valve. 4. I do not have the exact measurements. The bottom piece is an exact of the length and width of the cooler top. 5. The height I made right up to the top of the bottom part of the cooler. 6. The bottom part of the cooler does not attach to the box in any way. Except maybe the drain actually going through the box. The box is so tight that it really won’t move around in transport. But, not so tight that you can’t pull it out if you want to. 7. When measuring the top half make up for the difference in how high the bottom box is. The actual lid to the cooler will stick out of the top wood cover. I did this by placing the cooler top on and building the top around it while it was like that. 8. You can make the top half taller or shorter, what ever looks good to you. 9. Just measure across to recreate the supports I put in so that the lid will not fall out or push up when it is closed. These are secured by 4 stainless steel screws.
Once the top and bottom are built just add some door hinges of your choice. I sanded it before I put on the trim.

What is good about not gluing the bottom or top of the cooler is that you can take it out to clean it or replace it if it breaks. Just remove the screws to take out the lid.


The trim is just pallet lumber. It’s free and has a worn look to it. This was the tedious part. Just measure an cut.

For the edges, just make some L channel out of two pieces of cut pallet lumber.

You don’t really get a good view of the back. Though if you could see it I had to cut the trim at an angle so that it could open and close.

I found all of the hardware on random sites by searching Rustic nail covers, rustic handles, and rustic lock in Google. These nail covers really make it look authentic. They just nail right into the wood

Stain and hardware

Stain and hardware
After I had the trim on I sanded it again then put on a dark stain and then 2 coats sealant. Once that was done I used an escutcheon plate where the drain valve goes through. Again, wish I had more pictures.

When it is finished it isn’t as heavy as you’d think. When empty it can be carried around by one person. The handles support it even when it is full of ice and drinks. When its full it might take two to carry it. Since it’s a “pirate chest” it is okay if its dented, there are minor gaps, or its a little dented or scratched. I think it gives it a more authentic look. So nothing has to be exact or “perfect”.

Concert review: Jimmy Buffett douses fans with familiar songs, Atlanta tales

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The beach balls tossed around the crowd. The leis. The adult beverages being consumed in parking areas – yes, even at Chastain.

Forty-plus years into a career and none of it changes.

BuffettAnd that’s exactly how Parrotheads like it.

At his first gig at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in 27 years, Jimmy Buffett skipped onto the stage in his traditional uniform of pastel shorts and flip-flops and immediately burst into “Summertime Blues” with his nine-piece band and two backup singers.

By the second song, a steel drum-inflected cover of Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” the shoes were shucked and the nearly sold-out crowd popped to their feet to sing along.

The fact is, Buffett could be up there reciting the Gettysburg Address and as long as fans could wear a foam fin on their heads, they’d happily recite along with him.

His catalog is comprised of uncomplicated songs (“Changes in Latitude” is paint-by-numbers Caribbean lite and the self-explanatory “Too Drunk to Karaoke” is cheerfully brainless) and Buffett has always been a flat, nasally singer prone, in his later years, to speak-singing lyrics live.

But he’s committed to a lifestyle that offers fans a couple of hours of escapism and, while his style isn’t for everyone, he presents it with a warm smile and many, many stories.

“Why the hell not?” was Buffett’s reasoning for returning to Chastain after nearly three decades, and the same could be said about those who shelled out more than $250 for the best seats in the amphitheater. For many, a Buffett show is an annual ritual, and if foot-tapping along to the jaunty “Volcano” and the clip-clopping “One Particular Harbour” makes them happy…so be it.

While Buffett’s extensive chatting between songs was endearing to a point – and he customized his banter to Atlanta-specific tales – it also led to an even-keeled energy level that never escalated because of the continued pauses.

His introduction to the still-lovely “Come Monday” included a story about when, in his fledgling years, he performed a show at The Bistro on West Peachtree Street and “no one actually came.”

Buffett photoThe eternal singalong “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was prefaced by Buffett, 67, noting, “In my early days, my only cheeseburgers were from Krystal and The Varsity.”

Locals undoubtedly appreciated hearing Buffett praise Atlanta’s Zac Brown Band prior to covering the band’s swinging “Knee Deep” (on which Buffett appeared on record); later, Buffett reeled off the combo of ZBB’s “Free” and Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” popularized by the pair on “CMT Crossroads” (ZBB launched its own summer tour over the weekend, so a live sighting was not to be).

Adding to the Atlanta connections, one of Buffett’s longtime backup singers is Nadirah Shakoor, an Atlanta native and former member of Arrested Development.

The other secret weapon in Buffett’s ace band, which is as capable of adding a pretty accordion coating to “He Went to Paris” as easily as injecting electric guitar into to the rockin’ soul of “The Pascagoula Run,” is guitarist Mac McAnally, the deserved six-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award.

The booming voiced guitarist held the crowd – a notoriously chatty and distracted bunch at Chastain – rapt with his playing on The Allman Brothers’ “Little Martha” and filled in the Toby Keith portion of “Too Drunk to Karaoke.”

During the 2 ½-hour concert, Buffett included only a couple of selections from last year’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” album – his 27th release and ostensibly the reason for this tour, dubbed “This One’s For You.”

But everyone knows that Buffett doesn’t need a new album to support a tour. A few grass skirts and blenders of booze and yet another trip to “Margaritaville” is all that is ever required.

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Meet Me In The Keys 2014

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Meet me in the Keys 2014 registration is now open!  Read registration instructions first, then Click here to register.

Here is the preliminary daily schedule for the event. Remember that you must be a member of one of the Castaways clubs in order to register and attend.


Wednesday, June 4
Goodie bag stuffing
Pre-event outing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
Thursday, June 5
Check in/credential pick up
“P-Jammin’ Pajama Party” at Doubletree Ballroom – music by the John Patti Project, with opening act Roger Jokela
Friday, June 6
Pool party all afternoon – music by John Patti, Jimi Pappas and John Frinzi
Fun, relay-type pool games
You can sign up for Kokomo Joe’s Off Duval Bar Crawl, which involves stops at 5 bars where you will receive a free drink at each. A portion of the proceeds from this outing will be donated to Care Camp. For more details and to sign up for that, please go to It’s a fun night!

Saturday, June 7
Annual Hangover Classic Walk to Hurricane Hole – music by Frankendread, followed by Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul
While there, attendees can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, speed boats and more
Snorkel trips, trips around the reef and other fun available
Food and drink specials
Private, attendees-only concert at the historic San Carlos Theater by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!

Sunday, June 8
All-day outing to Snipe Point – includes lunch, free beer, wine and rum punch – concert by Howard Livingston’s trio.
The San Carlos and Snipe Point outings are limited seating so register early to assure your spot! Registration is now open.


Pirate Code – Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart)

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    1. Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.
    2. Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.
    3. None shall game for money either with dice or cards.
    4. The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.
    5. Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.
    6. No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.
    7. He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.
    8. None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man’s quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draw the first blood shall be declared the victor.
    9. No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.
    10. The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.
    11. The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.

Sessions: John Friday

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- Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday

Sessions is a music series that features live performances by some of the best Southwest Florida bands and musicians actively working in the 239.

This week the Sessions team chatted with Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday. He also came by the studio to perform “Coastal Dreamin’” and “Beachfront.”

How do you describe your sound?

John Friday: Well, we call the genre trop rock. The easiest way to describe it is to think Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, the islandy sort of sound. … My own writing tends to be all over the map. I have stuff that kind of goes into the Waylon Jennings, outlaw country sort of sound and then other stuff that’s very steel drum, palm trees, margaritas on the beach kind of songs.

When did you decide to make music for a living?

Friday: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. When I was in high school I played in a few bands. I never really expected to make a career of it. … Back in 2008 I lost my teaching position due to budget cuts. And I talked it over with my girlfriend. We kind of said, let’s give it a try. I said I’ll do it for about a year and see how it goes.

Is it hard to do this full-time?

Friday: That’s a very frustrating aspect of this job. The pay is sporadic. Its erratic. It’s sometimes nonexistent and it’s a constant effort to keep that cash flow going on.  (Read More)

Archaeologists recover 5 cannons from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship

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cannonraised.jpgArchaeologists have recovered five more cannons from the wreck Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina.

State underwater archeologists on Monday raised the largest of the guns, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds.The other four weigh about 2,000 pounds, the Carteret County News-Times reported.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris says historians think the largest cannon was made in Sweden, indicating that Blackbeard had guns from different countries. State officials say about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the wreck.

“It was just an absolutely fantastic day,” Morris told the Carteret County News-Times. “If we can get this team in the future and weather like we had today, we will have the artifacts up by the end of 2014.”

Blackbeard, the world’s most famous pirate, captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1717. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet the following year, five months after the ship sank.

The wreck was located in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. According to the News-Times, archaeologists hope to retrieve all of the artifacts from the site by next year because of deterioration brought about by hurricanes that have hit the coast.

Morris told the News-Times that 30 cannons have been discovered at the site and at least eight remain on the ocean floor. As of Monday, 22 cannons have been raised from the wreckage.

“We know the records state that the Queen Anne’s Revenge had 40 cannons, and I believe we’ll find some more before it’s all over, but I’m not sure if we’ll find all 40,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Featured Artist – Captn Jac

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Welcome to the Tiki Bar“A boy growin’ up in the heartland, surrounded by acres of grain.”  So goes the lyric from one of the songs on Captn Jac’s new album.  As the grandson of a Midwest farmer and son of a small town construction worker, he spent his youth learning how to plant crops and build homes.  By the time he’d turned 18, he decided on a different chosen career.  Music was to be the driving force in his life.  Since those early days, he has performed as a musician and entertainer in many styles of music.  He has played for crowds large and small all over the United States.  He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and performed on master recording sessions in New York, Memphis, and Nashville, TN.  The years spent in school and on the road finally lead him to discover his own voice as a songwriter.  In 2006 during a visit to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, he was inspired to begin writing the songs that would eventually become the ‘Livin On The Hard’ album.  Released in 2010 by Pilothouse Music, it has been well received in concert and is widely available on most all the Internet music outlets. These days, the Captn and his “Crew” are performing in Florida playing music from the album as well as the “Gulf and Western”, “Trop Rock” and “Conch Country” sounds of other artists.  When the Captn is not performing, he loves sailing, diving, and spending time in the Florida Keys. Check out Captn Jac’s Site HERE


Kenny Chesney Helps Build Two Reefs in Jacksonville’s St John River

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Kenny Chesney Helps Build Two Reefs in Jacksonville's St John River Kenny Chesney’s love of the ocean, the islands and being out on the water inspired the Luttrell, Tennessean to get involved with the Coastal Conservation Association’s project to place two man-made reefs in the heart of St John’s River, less than half a mile from the downtown I-95 bridge. Teaming with the national Building Conservation Trust, Kenny is matching the funds raised to help CCA complete their project.

“When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean,” Kenny said, “you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you’re a beach person or someone that won’t go near the water. The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal.”

The reefs – which will measure roughly 200 feet by 200 feet – will be composed of more than 30,000 cubic feet of concrete rubble.  Less than a mile from the nearest boat ramp, Jacksonville University will spend the next two years studying the impact of these structures on the surrounding areas.

“The material is going to be carefully arranged so that there will be no issues with clearance from the surface, but there will be areas with three to four feet of relief from the bottom intermixed with open spaces to create an ideal habitat for fish,” said CCA’s local  project spearhead Peyton Scheppe. “The area now is basically just an open sandbar so the transformation is going to be fascinating.”

These reefs are easily accessible by small boats and will provide much needed habitat and improved fishing in this section of the river, which is approximately 20 miles inland from the Atlantic.

“Costa asked me what I wanted to do with the money raised through our sunglasses last year,” said Kenny, “and I told them I’d like what we do to be something that renews the waterways, so people can enjoy them the way so many of my friends and fans do. To protect the oceans, bays and rivers is our responsibility – and I’m glad we can make a difference in the St. John River.”

Drawing inspiration from life on the water, the 8-time Academy of Country Music/Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year hopes to insure the future of the oceans and beaches. Earlier this year, Kenny donated a portion of the sales from Life On A Rock, his 7th Billboard Top 200 Albums No. 1 debut, to the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park to help defray the costs of nature preservation.

Now that his No Shoes Nation 2013 Tour has played to over 1.25 million fans at 19 stadiums, Kenny is taking a hiatus before releasing his “Spread the Love” video, shot with the Wailers across historic Jamaica. The clip – along with downloads of the single track, unisex and girly t-shirts – support Chesney’s Spread the Love Fund to benefit the amputee victims of the Boston Bombing.

“Just because I’m taking a minute to exhale before getting back to music,” says Kenny, “doesn’t mean I’m any less committed to the world I live in! In some ways, when I pause I feel even more connected – and certainly more able to invest in some of these projects that we might miss in the rush of all the business.”

‘Parrot Heads’ Turn Out for Jimmy Buffett at Belly Up

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buffettSAN DIEGO – Thursday evening was a big night at one of San Diego’s oldest and best known clubs. Hundreds of fans packed the Belly Up in Solana Beach to see Jimmy Buffett perform. San Diego 6 went out to talk to some of the “Parrot Heads” who began lining up hours before the concert began.

“We party with a purpose is our motto. It’s just kind of what he stands for, you know helping each other,” said self-described Parrot Head Gail Folsom. Like many of the fans standing in line, Folsom had seen Buffett many times. But never in a place like the Belly Up. Buffett typically sells out stadiums that seat tens of thousands. The Belly Up holds a total of 600 people. “I’m really excited cause this is like the closest I’ll ever be to Jimmy Buffett I think,” Folsom said.

Most of the fans in line already had their tickets to the concert. They were the lucky ones because this concert sold out within a matter of minutes. Still, there were some fans like a couple celebrating their 10th anniversary who were looking for tickets at the last minute. They acknowledged that their chances of getting any were slim. And there were others like David Lippe. He had a ticket, but he gave it to his mother in law, the selfless act of a true Parrot Head. “He got one for me. Is that the kindest thing?” said Karen O’Connor. Lippe laughingly answered saying, “It’s called babysitting for life.”

The Belly Up has been around since 1974 and it’s no stranger to big celebrity appearances. Two years ago, none other than Britain’s Prince Harry stopped in for a drink. But on Thursday night, it was all about Buffett and like other longtime fans who’ve seen him many times, for Joe and Maryann Riccardi, seeing him in a place the size of the Belly Up was a first. “We’ve seen him in a lot of bigger venues, but never in a place this small and this close to our home. So, it’s pretty cool,” said Joe Riccardi.

So, why would Jimmy Buffett play a relatively small venue like the Belly Up? One concert goer told San Diego 6 the answer to that question was simple. He loves his fans.

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Frankendread – McConnells Irish Pub – Free Rum – Sponsored by Caribbean Rum

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Frankendread will be playing McConnell’s Irish Pub in Key West, FL, Thursday October 31, 8:00p – 12:00a. Oh, did we mention that it will be sponsored by Caribbean Rum with FREE RUM from 8:00-10:00?

Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer, and his energetic performances puts smiles on everyone’s faces.
Known for his past inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.

Since starting a career in island music in 1989 as a touring reggae drummer, lead vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader in Atlanta, Frankendread’s performances have spanned 17 countries and 43 states. During the years 1992, 1993, and 1994 he was named a “Caribbean Vocalist of the Year”.



McConnell’s Irish Pub & Grill is the most fun you can have outside Ireland. On the beautiful island of Key West, Florida, McConnell’s is the Southernmost Irish Pub in America!! Located on Duval St., it’s in the heart of the island’s festivities year round! Come join us for lunch with the kids, a dinner date, or with your buddies till the sun comes up!! We have a great late night menu that ends at 4A.M, a patio for sun soaking, a fully stocked bar with imported and domestic beer, and of course an Irish atmosphere that’s family friendly; smoke free environment! Bring the crew and raise your Guinness to a good time at McConnell’s!!