Pop-Up Party, John Adams, Games, Bonfires & Illuminations

It’s weird when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday. People don’t know what to do. Celebrate the weekend before? The actual day? The weekend after? (Ummm… yes, yes, and hell yes.) Even the founding fathers were split on when we should celebrate. John Adams argued for July 2, the day Congress voted for independence. Then there was July 4, the day we officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Or maybe it should have been July 8, when Philadelphia threw the first independence parade. Or July 9, when General George Washington announced the news to the Continental Army. Or, even August 17, when the news eventually made its way across the Atlantic and the British government was finally clued in. Whatever the day, John Adams predicted that we’d celebrate our independence forevermore with “Pomp and Parade, Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.”  By all reports, we’re doing a pretty good job of that. This year the PWETI (otherwise known as the People Who Estimate Things on the Internet) say that more than $1 billion of fireworks went up in smoke, about 150 million hot dogs went down the hatch, and Americans toasted to the tune of more than a billion bucks worth of beer. Well at Barley Creek, we’re keeping the party going. There’s a Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park this Saturday (4pm-10pm), with live music from Tim Fitzpatrick (5pm-8pm). We’ve also got Joe O’Malley inside on Saturday night from 8pm-11pm, and then Erin McClelland at the Pint Size Park on Sunday afternoon. So, keep celebrating the red, white and brews with Barley Creek. Happy fourth-fifth-sixth-seventh-eighth-ninth-etc. of July. Cheers to America!

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Trip Reports (And Eileen Chimes In) – Pickleball Coming to Barley Creek

Morning at our house. Our dog, Barley, jumps out the window to get the newspaper (don’t worry; it’s porch level), Eileen is already in her office working, and I’m cooking up breakfast. Usually, I like to keep Eileen informed by yelling out interesting (he means random) stuff about life, philosophy, and the next big thing. (This morning’s Trip Report: Taking a hot bath is just as good as doing exercise!) A few months ago, I yelled out a single word: Pickleball. Apparently, that was interesting enough to get Eileen out of the office for a conversation that will change your summer:

Eileen: Pickleball?

Me: Pickleball!!

Eileen: Okay.

So, what does that mean for you? Pickleball is coming to the Pint Size Park! What exactly, you may ask, is pickleball? It’s the fastest growing sport in the country. (So, I guess that makes it a pretty big dill.) A cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball can be played by just about anybody, no matter their fitness level. (Even people who do all of their exercise in bathtubs?) Plus, it fits in with our Pint Size Park sports philosophy: only sports you can play while holding a beer. Barley Creek’s new pickleball court is getting painted this week and will be ready for the official opening of the Pint Size Park on June 3. So, get ready to get pickled this summer. (I relish that joke.) Cheers!

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