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Sorry, In Advance: New Year’s Eve 2018

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New Years Eve 2018 was a bummer.  A few of our best friends actually came even though we let the dogs out and turned off all of the lights.  Sorry.

Figuring out when “advance” is can be tricky near the international date line

 

 

This creepy guy showed up and flashed just about everyone

 

Fortunately the absinthe fairy saved the day

Well sorta.  There were some killings.  Accidental, of course.  And the killer was really sorry before he even showed up at the party.

 

 

The Seelbach (a drink that we are really sorry about)

 

We’re sorry if you caught any communicable diseases. Really.  The hooker said she was clean.

 

Look who’s pregnant now (and who has whose nuts in a very small jar)

 

Someone is looking crazed well after midnight when the absinthe was flowing.  

 

And someone else is looking wasted

Cheers!

 

Braxton Hicks is a bitch

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.  WE’RE SORRY.  IN ADVANCE.

 

The 2018 Solstice Fire

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The weather cooperated spectacularly for the 2018 solstice party. The rain cleared for a day or two. The moon was full. It was a crisp cold night with a beautiful sky.

Our ritual of gathering good friends from all walks of life every six months took place again without a hitch. Thanks to all who came to help us turn the sun.

Sunset before the party

This year, the fire lighting was cheered on by a rising full moon. The fire caught quickly and burned hard and fast.

Full moon and unlit pile

 

Lighting (time to run away)

Lots of people arrived for the lighting this year

Every solstice party is different in interesting ways. This year lots of people showed up for the lighting at 5:45. Then the BOILO got the party rocking.  The lighting is always a sight to see.

The fire gets going

2018 solstice fire

 

 

The moon was incredible and lent a silver tinge to everything.

The barn was alight in party mode

This year the unplanned potluck food supply was great with chilli, meatballs, sloppy joes, fried chicken, and even krispy kreme donuts. The barn bar took a licking. Gonna need some serious restocking before summer!

Sorry about the terrible Christmas music in the barn. That’s just how it goes. At least there is a disco ball.

Marco. BOILO! There’s nothing quite like extremely local product.

 

A violin burns

Possibly the most ridiculous and surprising part of the evening was the violin sword fight instigated by Josh Henry (my trusty and talented violin and bow repair guy). Unbeknownst to everyone, Josh brought three dead rental violins to the party. So when we got them out and started sword fighting vigorously with them and then threw their remains into the fire, the 20 somethings who were already wondering just what those old people across the fire were all about, freaked out. They thought just for the smallest moment that I was destroying my actual violin.

LOL! Got you.

There was lots of music this year.  It started early and went late.  Thanks music makers!  We love playing with you all.

 

Late night the music continues

 

Ember glow

I know, lets do it again this summer!!

Moonglow (picture by Amy Barley)

Star Wars New Year’s Eve

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We blame Disney or the Force or the pursuasive power of a massive advertising budget—but no matter the blame, it was Star Wars!

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The cast of characters was large.

Jack as Captain Phasma

Jack as Captain Phasma

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Amy as Twi'lek and Jen as Jabba's slave girl

Amy as Twi’lek and Jen as Jabba’s slave girl

Yours truly as old Luke

Yours truly as old Luke

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Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

The blankens

The blankens

Eli as Han Solo

Eli as Han Solo

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Party time, fueled by adulterated champagne.

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Star Wars food supply

Star Wars food supply

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Steal your face

Steal your face

Funk it up

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Game over

Game over

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Party in Millwood (Mr. Schutte turns 60)

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There was great music. There was dancing. There were oysters fresh from the Chesapeake. There were old friends and new.

Even the camera was a bit blurry about the whole thing. Ah Clarke county!

Happy birthday chip!

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Through the Glass Darkly

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Avant guard NYE featured three sets of glass roving around. What happens when you bring glass to a party?

Simultaneous pictures

Simultaneous pictures

Cyn

Cyn

Own self

Own self

Allen the king

Allen the king

Mr skaggs in the house

Mr skaggs in the house