When's the last time that Valentine's Day fell on a Friday? Well, it's been at least 7 years, so it's been a while.
We took advantage of this rare occurrence by having a Valentine's Day party at the soon-to-close-forever Blob's Park Bavarian Beer Garden in Jessup Md on Friday, February 14th.
Blob's recently announced that they were about to close their doors forever at the end of March, so this was originally going to be our farewell performance here. It would seem that Mother Nature and fate had other ideas.
First off, we got anywhere from 12" to 17" of snow just two days before the big show. Events were being cancelled all over town, flower deliveries were getting put on hold, and it seemed as if the day for lovers would be a victim of Mother Nature's stubbornness in reminding Marylanders what winter was REALLY like.
Well, folks didn't need Mother Nature sticking her nose in, and a positively huge crowd of over 400 people, singles and couples, came out to dance, sing, and party the night away, as the folks at Blob's got the parking lots cleared of snow just in time for opening. We even had to do a little shoveling ourselves to load in...but we brought our own shovel!!!
Perhaps you've heard the performer's mantra, "the show must go on". Well, go on it did, snow or no snow, as you can see from the photos.
The best news of all to come from the performance is that we are to be given one final opportunity to perform at Blob's Park before they close their doors. On Friday, March 28th, the final weekend of existence for Blob's, Oracle will once again take the stage of this historic venue to bring the sounds and songs of the past 70 or so years to this hall that has seen bands performing since 1933.
An evening with this many people wouldn't be complete unless there were some special and magic moments, and this evening was no exception.
The first was having our friend Monique back with us on the dance floor after an absence of a very long time. Monique has faced more challenges than anyone should ever have to face, and has taken them in stride, always remaining positive that she would eventually return to the dance floor despite the "experts" who didn't think this would ever be possible. How could one NOT be inspired?
Then there was the wide variety of people we had out on the dance floor, from the young to the young at heart, of every race and a couple dozen nationalities.
We'll have more on this upcoming Blob's Park performance coming in a subsequent post. For now, we hope you'll enjoy the photos from this very special evening.