Tamara "Tonga Tam" Dower
You may have seen me at tailgates or helping at a convention, but you sure know my tonga bowl!
Starting back in 1994 with no idea what was to unfold that day, I took a friends offer of $40 for a concert ticket, all you can eat and drink and we were off to Great Woods! That was my first Buffett concert experience and I haven’t looked back. Almost 100 concerts later, a few decades and a heck of a lot of fuzzy memories, here we are!
I joined my first parrot head club in 1999 and was helping with the website the following year. Over the years I’ve been on several club boards and have helped with quite a few conventions including the 2013 PHCOEM convention with Kathy Werner! Whoa.. that was one hell of a good time! In 2010 I helped with the awesome Beach House on the Mountain festival in Stowe, VT. I’ve organized music events in Key West during Meeting of the Minds at several locations but most well known are the artist jams at Captain Tony’s featuring Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, Homemade Wine and Swim Skinny! After that I ventured out to organize a few cruises with Trop Rock artists such as Southern Drawl, Thom Shepherd and more. Recently I’ve been working with the Northeast Region Parrot Head Convention to help bring a new way of doing things! And now, your Trop Republic Prez!
Forming Trop Republic has been a long time coming and a dream come true! The idea came from a lack of central MA options as well as wanting a club that was a bit different. Something that was open to all and based on the idea of having some fun! We are all parrot heads because we love the idea that our fearless leader, Mr Jimmy Buffett sings about… sipping drinks, chilling out and having a grand ole time! Add to that the amazing world of Trop Rock that is simply booming now! So many amazing and talented musicians singing their way to our hearts! My hope is to bring more Trop Rock to our area as well as provide a safe and fun space for all us like minded peeps.
I look forward to what the future brings!
“Oh, yesterday’s over my shoulder
So I can’t look back for too long
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can’t go wrong…”
Hello Everyone and Welcome to The Trop Republic!!!
For those of you who may not know me, I am Shawn Davis and I am Honored and Excited to be the Vice President of YOUR Trop Republic Parrot Head and Social Club!
As a lifelong fan of Country and Classic Rock Music I was always “aware” of Jimmy Buffett and what he represented but it wasn’t until Tiffany and My honeymoon in Bermuda that I got to experience what it all really meant. We took a glass bottom boat “booze cruise” to explore the coral reef outside St. Georges and the Captain played “Songs you know by Heart” on repeat. I was hooked!!! I came home and bought my first CD set (Meet me in Margaritaville) and that was it!
A few years later, As Virgins with a gas powered blender and a cooler full of Jello Shots, we attended our first Buffett show at Greatwoods. That sealed the Deal! What an amazing night!!! The people and show were more than we ever expected. 22 shows later, here we are!
I needed more of that vibe in my life!!! So, when we decided to do an Extreme Makeover of our backyard, we installed a pool with 30 yards of sand and Beach Bar. Shawn’s Sand Bar was Born! We Love to host parties and house concerts and see our guests enjoy themselves.
Shortly after, we joined PHCOEM and met some Wonderful people from clubs all over the country that we will count as life long friends! I will always cherish my time as a member of PHCOEM and are looking forward to working and partying with them and all the area clubs in the future!
Our goal in Trop Republic is to carry on the spirit of a Buffett Parking Lot everywhere we go and to promote Trop Rock music and the Laid Back Lifestyle while keeping the long standing tradition of Partying with a Purpose to help our communities and environment.
I look forward to seeing all of you and raising a glass in the near future.
Long Live the Trop Republic!!!
I am so excited to be Social Director for YOUR Trop Republic Parrot Head Club!!!
Shawn and I were Parrot Heads long before we ever joined a club! I have always loved entertaining friends and family and was delighted to find a new group of folks to share with!
I’ve always been a sun worshiper and love the beach and warm tropical weather! Besides Key West, one of my favorite places is in our own back yard at Shawn’s Sand Bar. Whether hosting a party or just relaxing with Shawn, it’s my private paradise!
I’m so excited to be part of the leadership in this new club and look forward to a lot of fun times with you all as we celebrate the Tropical lifestyle while also carrying on the Parrot Head tradition of Partying With a Purpose!