Parrotheads of the Old Dominion, Chairman
325 Walnut St.
Covington, VA 24426
Ph. (703) 962-7104
April 22, 1988
Mr. Paul Haught
P.O. Box 166
Doswell, VA 23047
Dear Mr. Haught:
My name is Mike Peery and I am chairman of Parrotheads
of the Old Dominion. This group is essentially a local Jimmy
Buffett fan club. We have always enjoyed the yearly show at
King's Dominion. Over the years, it has become a tradition.
Common knowledge among Parrotheads is that it is the best Jimmy
Buffett show in the entire Eastern United States. Last year
was probably the best show ever. Having the Saturday night show
start at 9:00 p.m. was a terrific idea and the later, the better.
This spring I purchased thirteen tickets, ten
for the Sunday show and three for the Monday show. But when
I received my tickets I was distressed to read that beer would
not be sold at the concert. And I was not alone; many other
Parrotheads shared their ill feelings about this fact with me.
There are many things that make the King's Dominion
show so great (excluding Jimmy himself), but the most important
thing is the fact that beer has always been sold at the concert,
and that is has been distributed so efficiently. Buffett plays
few places which sell beer, and as Virginians we have been very
proud to call this yearly event our own. It has become a tradition
that we are not ready to give up.
I strongly urge you at King's Dominion to reconsider
your position and decide to sell beer at this summer's Jimmy
Buffett concerts. If the crowd had historically been a problem,
I could understand your refusal to sell beer, but this has not
been the case. The people who attend these shows are happy,
friendly, and courteous. We are not out to destruct anything
or harm anyone. We just like to have a good time at one of the
most enjoyable events of the year.
King's Dominion takes a sizable chunk of our money
each summer. Concert prices have doubled over the past few years,
not to mention the ever-rising price of park admission. We have
never complained because a great time is had by all. But part
of this great time is being able to drink at the concert. We
would not want to take action against King's Dominion, but if
your decision is not reversed we may have no choice. Since we
have already purchased our tickets it would be senseless to
boycott the show this year, but I would not rule this our for
future years. If beer is not sold at this year's concerts, we
will be forced to take some action. Needless to say there will
be many unhappy Parrotheads.
Again, we are not asking for anything we do not
deserve. We are simply requesting that those of legal drinking
age in the state of Virginia be allowed to comsume beer sold
by King's Dominion at the two Jimmy Buffett concerts this summer.
I will be expecting a response in the very near future. Thank
you for taking our dilemma into serious consideration.
Parrotheads of the Old Dominion