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Festivus is traditionally celebrated on December 23rd. In 2012, the first year we celebrated Festivus at the Grey Lodge, the 23rd was the Sunday before Xmas. We had so much fun we decided to celebrate Festivus again in 2013, but on the Sunday before Xmas which was the 22nd. That worked out too.
So now every year at the Grey Lodge, we observe Festivus on the Sunday before Xmas. It's kind of like Washington's Birthday on old calendars with Washington's Birthday (Acutal) and Washington's Birthday (Observed). If you have a problem with that, be sure to air your grievance at the appropriate time (see below).
For 2014, once again this will be a traditional, old fashioned Festivus with all the trimmings including the beautiful unadorned aluminum pole. We are still looking for a fruitcake to display (but not eat).
Feats of Strength
It would't be Festivus without Feats of Strength. We will have prizes for the greatest feats.
Holding the Big Mug o'Pennies was a hoot so we'll be doing that again. Arm wrestling will be back too.
We know that holding a big mug o'pennies isn't in everyone's wheelhouse, so you are welcome to demonstrate your own Feat of Strength. For the last two Festivuses, Andrew Jardel balanced a stool on his chin, which was really cool and only a bit little scary.You have a whole year to work on your feat of strength for Festivus 2014.
Several breweries will be sponsoring feats of various strength competitions. The schedule will be posted in December.
Evil Genius will be joining us too. They will have prizes for an as of yet undisclosed mental feat of strength.
Airing of Grievances
The other big part of Festivus is the airing of grievances. Once again we will have an open mic for you to air your grievances as effectively as possible. "Very Special" Holiday Songs
For 2014, we hope to present you some very special holiday songs including Frothy the Snowman, The Little Gong Boy, and I Saw Daddy Punching Santa Claus.
If you want to participate, we will be organizing the band in October. Talent or experience obviously isn't a prerequisite. Festivus Miracles
Keep your eyes open for Festivus miracles. We spotted several last Festivus.
And it wouldn't be a Grey Lodge event without great beer. We'll have a greatest hits of Xmas beers on tap. We had some firkins left over for last week's Friday the Firkinteenth that didn't get tapped, so we will tap them for Festivus. Firkinteenth rules apply - kick a firkin, get a shirt.
Expected 2014 Festivus Draft List
Evil Genius Naughty or Nice
Full Pint Festivus
Great Lakes Christmas
Sam Adams Old Fezziwig
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Sly Fox Christmas
Troegs Mad Elf
more to come!
Our kitchen will whip up a traditional Festivus meatloaf dinner.