Recapping THE (midnight sun) SITUATION
Thank 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.
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.