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July 16, 2010

Recapping THE (midnight sun) SITUATION

Atlas Bar manager Angela Devoti accepts her Best of the Best of  the Best awardThank God for coffee. Whew.

And thanks to all the kind, funny and generally wonderful folks who came out for THE (midnight sun) SITUATION at Tiki Barge. Bud Craven and the rest of the Tiki Barge crew were fantastic hosts, and bar owners came from as far as Dundalk to accept their awards.

How many people were there? Well, I handed out 65 name tags before the awards ceremony started. More people showed up over the course of the night, but I stopped counting.

I've always wanted Midnight Sun to be a place where bar owners and bar goers can talk to each other, and last night's party was just that.

Here's a link to a photo gallery of the event. More photos are rolling in by the hour, so keep checking it over the course of the day. Now, onto the action ...

When I got there at 6 p.m., the folks from the Hard Yacht Cafe were chilling upstairs, smoking stogies and sipping cocktails. After a few rainy days, the weather was glorious. Everybody loved the Tiki Barge, too.

sam reveals his amazing six-pack abs! faces melted, as you might  imagine.Not many people stuck with the "Jersey Shore" theme, but that was a good thing. I worked for six months on my six-pack abs (one ab per month), and modestly revealed the results to everyone. People were impressed.

Who was there? I mean, who wasn't there?

Liquorboarding, aka Stephan Fogleman, handed out one of the awards to Ron Furman, the owner of Max's. BA didn't do his Elvis impersonation this year, but that's OK. Tif introduced me to some nightlife movers and shakers. I got an update on the Boomer's renovations from Steve and Jason Z of the Don't Know/No Idea empire (the new bar won't be open for a while). And one of Evan's friends brought me a cigar, which I happily smoked at the end of it all.

People who I'd never met before showed up, and I heard few funny stories about people who went to Down the Hatch because of Midnight Sun. Some of them even ran into other Midnight Sun readers there! Cool stuff.

Thanks again, everybody. Some days, I ask myself why I bother with Midnight Sun. But last night, I was reminded of why I do it. I'm really lucky to have such a great community of readers and commenters.


(Photos by Courtney Block)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:22 PM | | Comments (11)


Tiki Barge really nailed it, it was a great time. Nice photos Nancy!

Evan is right, the Tiki Barge was phenomenal, best view in the city. They put out a great spread for us to eat, thank you. They also let us hang out at the pool bar. Thank you also Sam, great night for everybody.

It was fun! HOT, but fun. Glad I came.

Great crowd, amazing venue. Always glad to see some old faces and new ones.

On another note, I'm glad you waited until the end to disrobe.

As I said last night,
the Liquor Board has ruled that
the Midnight Sun Situation ruled.

good times! where are the photos?

Gee now I am really sorry I didn't post. Gotta pay the bills I suppose.

deepest regrets for missing this shindig, Sam.

*humbles self in front of altar of Midnight Sun*

I don't know if I'm ever going to go to another bar in Baltimore. Loved the Tiki Barge. Oh, yeah, and the party was alright too. :)

I will say what no other man with a GF will say. That Atlas Bar girl was slightly smokin'.......

You are SKELETOR!!

you're the best- AROUND- something or other is never going to get us down

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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