Bartender Heather’s Bachelorette Party

Long-time Friday afternoon/early evening bartender Heather is getting married next weekend. Her bachelorette party ruckus was last weekend, and I think it's taken all of the party-goers this whole week to recover.

A small group of ladies that included the bridal party met for an early dinner and a quick tour by limo of some of Heather's memorable Lawrence locations- Louise's West, her college sorority house, Lawrence High School, and Jayhawk Boulevard.

The party heated up when the group arrived back at The Sandbar (of course!) and met up with a larger group of women who were ready to give Heather a fun night celebrating the end of the single life. Peach bought the gals a round of drinks, we started our scavenger hunt game (find a bald man! find someone wearing blue toenail polish! find a Clydesdale!), and then we were off.

First stop: the dueling pianos down the street at the Barrel House. Heather and her mom danced on stage while the crowd cheered them on. After several drinks there, the group moved on to the newest Mass Street hotspot, Tonic. Next up was Henry's Upstairs, and finally back to the Sandbar.

It was a fun night of feather boas, tiaras, high heels, and girlfriends.

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Heather's fiance, Ken, had his bachelor party the same night. The boys played poker at Ken's house in Shawnee, and word on the street is that someone stole a Girls Gone Wild video.

If you see Heather or Ken this week, be sure to congratulate them and wish them well on their upcoming marriage!

Other Favorite Floats from St. Patrick’s Day

The only downside to being IN the St. Patrick's Day Parade is that we don't get to SEE the parade. Our only chance to see the other entries is while we're lined up  waiting for our turn down Massachusetts Street, or after the parade when we're all parked at the Flamingo Club in North Lawrence.

Here's a few of the floats we managed to see.

The group from Van Go Mobile Arts, a local arts program for teenagers, created a very colorful train. They won first place in the family division with this entry:

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Our neighbors on New Hampshire Street, the Barrel House, participated in their first St. Patrick's Day Parade. The piano bar opened almost a year ago. They re-created their atmosphere onboard a trailer and took third place in the commercial division:

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The group from Berry Plastics has built floats for the last several years, and they're always great. This year, they created a river boat called the Berry Belle and won second place in the commercial division:

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I didn't get a picture of the first place winner in the commercial division- their float moved too fast for me. Pennington & Co. re-created the Lord of the Dance, and it was hilarious. Find a picture of it online if you can.

And the last picture for today: the grand float from Kennedy Glass and crew. They used hundreds of thousands of pomps and reams of chicken wire to recreate Campanile Hill. A leprechaun and a bunch of Jayhawks sledded down the hill into O'Potter's Lake- really. The big sled was actually a moving part and it was very cool:

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Those are the only pictures I have of other floats.

Check out the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade website for more pictures! There's a ton of pictures on their site, but there were so many great entries!

Happy Birthday, Pat!

Our Man on the Street and former bartender Pat turns 40 on Christmas Eve, so we threw him a party last night. Instead of the usual fracas at The Sandbar, though, we took it down the street to The Barrel House, a dueling piano bar that opened earlier this year.

If you haven't visited our neighboring bar yet, you should. It's great for groups and parties, and the piano players are great fun.

Our party was in the Blue Moon Lounge, one of the VIP balcony rooms that overlook the main bar area. We had our own private bartender and lots of space for friends and family.

Pat got called up on stage, where the piano player made fun of him for awhile, forced him to sit atop the piano, and made him chug a beer or two. They sang Happy Birthday, too.

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Another highlight of the night was a special performance by the Bar Band, and they played Happy Birthday to Pat also.

The birthday boy has been planning a trip to Key West to celebrate his birthday for months now, and he leaves this week. We all hope he had fun last night! If you see Pat, be sure to wish him a happy birthday.

Join us at the SAFE Fundraiser

On Sunday, August 30th, our friends down the block at the Barrel House are hosting a charity event for public safety officers.

All cover charges and additional proceeds/donations will be donated to SAFE, the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund. This organization provides financial support to families of police and firefighter personnel who are killed in the line of duty in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri.

The doors open at 7 pm tomorrow night, and the dueling pianos start at 8 pm.

The fourth annual Spurling Scramble golf tournament was held last Thursday, also to benefit this organization. The Sandbar partnered with the Kansas Licensed Beverage Association (KLBA) to sponsor a hole at the tournament.

Dave spent the day hanging out at the Sandbar's hole, passing out special shots to the golfers. Unfortunately, he forgot to charge the camera batteries the night before, so I don't have any pictures to share. I can tell you, though, that doorboy Andrew's adidas-sponsored golf team won the tournament! We've given him some crap for defecting from the Sandbar's team, which came in second.

If you don't have plans tomorrow night, please join us at the Barrel House for this fun event, and help raise some money for SAFE.