Merriweather gussies up a bit
Early this morning, I checked my work e-mail and saw the subject line "NEWS CONF: Merriweather Post Pavilion."
I thought it would be a juicy announcement about this year's Virgin Mobile Festival. False.
Instead, the e-mail was about some updates at the popular Columbia amphitheater. Looks like the rumors were true.
They range from practical renovations -- such as tripling the size of the restrooms and drastically expanding the food service area -- to green initiatives -- such as planting hundreds of trees and shrubs and adding a biodeisel fueling station.
Oh, and then there's the new pinball lounge and the 7,500-pound chicken statue ...
No, this is not a joke. Merriweather will now have its own pinball lounge. The proceeds from it will benefit the National Pinball Museum. Uhh ... OK.
On second thought, this could actually be cool -- if the pinball machines are old school. I'm not interested in playing Lord of the Rings on a pinball machine. A Capt. Fantastic pinball machine, on the other hand, would be a winner.
I'm not kidding about the chicken statue, either. According to the press release, a 7,500-pound chicken now exists on the Merriweather grounds. Hee hee. I admire the sense of humor it takes to erect a big chicken statue.
They're going to officially announce all of this at a news conference on Monday. I'll keep you posted.
(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)