Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of ALL ages! Prepare to be dazzled by the annual Spammy Jammy party hosted by Goodland’s own Little Bar Restaurant! For nearly twenty years, people from all over Florida flock to this spectacle in hopes of appeasing the Hurricane Gods and Goddesses of Southwest Florida. After years of attending the event and explaining its meaning, it has become clear that the best way to describe the annual Spammy Jammy is, without a doubt, a “Circus with a purpose.”
The “circus” that is Spammy Jammy was created after Hurricane Andrew devastated much of South Florida in 1992. As is the norm with hurricanes, they tend to always hit in the middle of the night leaving much of us without power and in our pajamas. As time passes in the dark, we find ourselves rummaging the cabinets for what’s left to eat. And what do we find that tastes so good and lasts indefinitely? The almighty Spam!
Ringmasters of the Spammy circus, Ray Bozicnik and Nicolette Bauer, noticed the unusual combination of Spam and pajamas during each hurricane and came up with a way to please the angry gods by hosting the annual Spam spectacle at the start of each hurricane season.
Stop in the restaurant or bar on Saturday, June 25th and you will get a glimpse of the show. You will quickly see that everyone plays a role in the circus; employees and patrons alike. Ringmasters and owners, Ray Bozicnik and NikiBauer, will host the event and make sure that all members of the circus are enjoying themselves. The flame throwers and sword swallowers in the kitchen will be preparing fine cuisine all night long. Visit one of the many bars set up throughout the restaurant to watch the acrobatic performances of the talented bartenders as they mix the perfect cocktail. Jugglers will be seen buzzing by balancing trays of food and drink and clearing plates with the greatest of ease. Maureen, the Little Bar’s “lion tamer,” will be seating hungry patrons; taming their hungry stomachs.
The Main Event of Spammy Jammy, located under The Big Top, a.k.a. The Pappa Ray Room, will feature the “contortionists.” In order to appease the hurricane gods, mere mortals contort the sacred Spam into new and creative forms of food and art. Previous entries have included such oddities as Brocc Ospama; a bust of our current president, face molded perfectly out of Spam and hair made up of broccoli florets. Other artistic examples have been the castle Spamelot, Spammy the Cocker Spamuel, Afghanispam and Spamela Anderson. Food creations such as cheesy spam rolls and spam chowder are tried by the bravest of souls. A judging contest takes place at 8:00 PM. to decide whose sculpted or scrumptious Spam has calmed the angry Gods the most. Prizes are awarded to the winners.
And then there are the “clowns.” These are the people brave enough to show up in public in their p.j.’s. However, these are alsothe people who play the most significant role of all. For without the combination of Spam and pajamas, the hurricane gods will not be calmed. Many forms of pajamas are acceptable, but please, no “birthday suits.”
With a strong combination of clowns and contortionists, Ringmasters Ray and Nicolette hope for another summer free of hurricanes. It is up to us all to fill these roles and keep our little part of Florida safe for yet another year.
The Greatest Spammy Jammy on Earth will begin at 6:00 PM. on Saturday, June 25th. Clowns, contortionists and patrons alike will be treated to the musical stylings of John Lowbridge from 6:00 PM. to 9:00 PM. The Raiford Starke Band will play from 9:00 PM. “until the last of the monkeys are back in their cages,” according to Ringmaster Ray. The Little Bar encourages any and all to join in the Spam competition. All entries may be brought to the Big Top between 5:00 PM. and 7:00 PM. the day of the show. Entry forms may be picked up at the Little Bar, downloaded off its website or completed the day of the performance.
For more information on The Greatest Spammy Jammy on Earth, visit the website, www.littlebarrestaurant.com or call them at (239) 394-5663.
Natalie Strom has lived in Goodland for over two years and has worked in Goodland on and off for more than five years. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is also a former Buzzard Queen of Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.