GOODLAND — Patrons at the Little Bar did their part to thwart hurricanes this season. They gathered in their pajamas bringing gifts of Spam on Saturday night for Spammy Jammy. The party began at 6 p.m. and by 7 p.m. the entire Little Bar was packed with patrons and more than 20 entries. By 8 p.m. the front porch was also packed and more entries had poured in.
“There are a lot of regulars and a lot of people show up wondering what is going on,” said employee Natalie Strom who was greeting guests and accepting entries at the front door.
The usually island crowd poured out in full force and there were some first time Spammy Jammers as well.
Cherrie Gorka and her husband Terry drove down from Bonita Springs, with their friends Bonnie and Frank Palumpo from Fort Myers.
“We all love Spam,” Bonnie Palumpo said. “Cherrie found this in the news and she is always trying to entertain everyone. I think it is really cool and a lot of fun.”
The Gorka’s and Palumpo’s call themselves connoisseurs of Spam. They were enjoying the Spam soups like split pea and Spam and cheese.
“I have done a full Spam dinner party, complete with silver trays, candlelight and chandeliers,” said Cherrie Gorka.
“A day without Spam is like a day without sunshine,” said Frank Palumpo. “I make the Old Boy Poor Boy, instead of ham, it is Spam.”
The were also admiring the Spam sculptures.
“My favorite is the Spamectomy,” Gorka said.
Spamectomy consisted of a surgery table setup and the process of a Spamectomy (similar to an appendectomy) taking place. This entry was the brainchild of Tara O’Neill, who has been a regular participant (and bartender at Little Bar) for the past 16 years.
“I’ve been a past winner in both food and art, my inspiration comes from working here,” said O’Neill, laughing. “I wasn’t going to enter this year, it was just one of those things when you let go. I was watching TV at 11 one night and when my husband woke up at 3 a.m. here was this whole spread.”
Owner of Little Bar, Ray Bozicnik, was dressed as a circus ringmaster and was greeting all of his guests in the dining room, bar and in every nook and cranny of the bar. His creation, that was not entered into the judging but was displayed in the dining room, was BuckingSpam Palace. It was a large fountain with many deer, and other antlered animals, looking up toward a large swine that was spewing Spam. Guests were heard commenting that the consistency of the flowing Spam was a bit disturbing to behold, and would make one wonder how such a concoction would be created.
In the sculpture room more and more guests poured in to admire the sculptures and sample the food. Notable entries for the night were “Spammy Jammy” by Leslie McDavid and Julie Booth which was a replica of the Little Bar and showed memorable entries from previous years and also included the setup for a toilet paper race. Also the Spam-Monster Skunk Ape by Nile Duppstadt drew a lot of attention, as patrons wondered how the sculpture got the one-foot monster made of Spam to stand.
Gloria Libertad who as visiting from Uruguay seemed quiet amazed by the whole experience as she sat having dinner in her celestial print pajamas.
“I don’t think we have Spam in Uruguay, we export beef, so we have a lot of beef.”
She was seated with George and Staci Solomon of Manchester, NH who changed their flight arrangements when they heard about Spammy Jammy.
“We said, we’ve got to make this,” Solomon said. “We love it.”
The party raged on well into the night, while the Goodlanders did their best to appease the gods of hurricane. Time will tell if their efforts will be enough this summer as meteorologists predict an extremely active hurricane season.
SPAMMY JAMMY WINNERS
1st Spamakopia by Celeste Navara
3rd Smokin’ Sirachi Dippin Spamwich John (Unknown last name)
2nd Spamgoons by Rane` Asuncion
1st Spammy Jammy Leslie by Leslie McDavid and Julie Booth
2nd CaxSpambas Point by Chuck Craigs
3rd One Small step in Spam Sandy Bryson
1st Spoda of Spam Wars by Annie Bacon
2nd FrangiSpami Tree by Natalie Strom
3rd Goddess of Spam by Margi Fortune