Pirates & Wenches And A Beer Garden Highlight Opening Of Rocktober Month
Welcome to the PubClub.com South Bay Party Report!
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BACK FROM THAILAND AND ARGGGGG!
I survived nearly two weeks in Thailand and was really looking forward to having a bunch of Longboard Lagers in the beer garden when suddenly I found myself on a sailboat headed to Catalina Island for Buccaneer Days!
Well, life is more fun when you treat it as a series of spontaneous actions rather than planning out everything. I’ll provide you with links to the Thailand trip in a future Party Report and I’ll also have the opportunity to update information and photos from Buccaneer Days. It’s been a few years since I’ve been a pirate. Then again, you may just see me in the beer garden, as I’m contemplating doing the rare “double.”
HOMETOWN FAIR 10K
Exercise before you socialize! This is the morning 10K, which goes through downtown Manhattan Beach, rolls over the hills along Valley/Ardmore and up the hill past the armory and up Roscrans, past El Tarasco, down the hill and onto The Strand directly to…Shellback Tavern!
It’s the perfect warmup to the afternoon of one of the best weekends in the South Bay.
HOMETOWN FAIR BEER GARDEN
One of the top events in the South Bay is here! It’s the Old Hometown Fair beer garden. For you newbies, this is located in Love Oak Park, a couple blocks north of Shade Hotel along Valley/Ardmore.
This is a fair, not unlike Fiesta Hermosa, but frankly the fun party people blow by the arts and crafts booths and make a beeline for the beer garden. There’s no band here, just a lot of beer (including the aforementioned Kona Longboard!) and some of the best socializing in the South Bay. The beer garden is such an event that people who used to live here come back for it each and every year.
It’s two days and by far the biggest day is Saturday. In the past, I’ve been adamant about arriving by 1 p.m., or facing standing in a line that never moves. Because nobody ever leaves the beer garden!
The past couple years, tho, it has not really picked up until after 2 but still, it’s far better to be there half an hour early rather than half an hour late. I’ll leave it at that. I also recommend on buying your beer tickets early rather than waiting because the ticket booth closes before they stop pouring the beer. Double check, but in the the past any extra tickets have also been good for Sunday. So load up before you get loaded!
The beer garden closes at around 5 and afterward, the true party people head to “the Shell,” Shellback Tavern. On Sunday, things start slow but pick up again by 3 when the “shampoo effect” of all those beers from the previous day start to kick into the system.
Also, Barley band is playing it’s regular Lighthouse gig from 4-7 on Saturday.
SOUTH BAY OKTOBERFEST
Why stop drinking beer when you’ve got all that momentum from Hometown Fair!? Get your tickets now for the inaugural South Bay Oktoberfest, taking place Oct. 8 at the King Harbor Bay Club There are not many tickets remaining and it WILL sell out and folks, it’s next week! Here’s the link for tickets:
JIMMY BUFFETT PARTY BUS
Is this a Rocktober month or what!? On Oct 22, it’s the Jimmy Buffett Party Bus to Irvine Meadows! Contact me to get your seat on the bus for the World’s Greatest Single-Day Party! It’s $30 for girls, $35 for guys for this all-day party (bus only). And then it’s Halloween and Berry Bly is once again throwing his massive South Bay Scream Halloween bash on with Joe’s Band on Friday Oct. 28. The location is the Portofino.
THE PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
The Prognosticator is back after a week off for an early-season excursion to Thailand. Of course, monitoring the games while overseas is part of the job, so don”t think things went unnoticed. Like Les Miles getting canned, Clay Helton getting farther in over his head and Kevin Summlin once again fooling the media with his fools gold of a team.
Alabama’s 5-star quarterback from California who is dating the hot pro surfer (I hope she dumps him!) quit the team because he wasn’t the starter. Now he plans to transfer. I’ll tell you this folks, Bear Bryant used to tell his players that quitting the first time is difficult. Quitting the second time is easier and quitting the third time is even easier. Blake Barnett quit on his team just as it is entering the teeth of the SEC schedule, and he’ll quit again on another team. I guarantee it.
It all sets up this week’s key games and this week there are some doozies.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON (6 p.m., ESPN)
The Cardinal are like the Rocky Balboa of college football. No matter how many times you think you have them on the mat, they come back up, start swinging and eventually wear you down with frustration. The Huskies are well coached, have assembled some talent and have the home-field advantage which will be huge in this Friday night prime-time game, but Stanford will keep coming and eventually make just enough plays to sent the home team home with their tails between their legs. Winner: Stanford
WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN (12:30 p.m., ABC)
So just who are these guys badgering highly-ranked opponents? A bunch of pesky animals nipping at heels or a real threat to the kingdom of college football? We may be about to find out in the Big House. The Prognosticator feels – just feels – that the Harbaughs are going down somewhere along the way this year before too long and this may be the week. But they also have more firepower than either of the two ranked teams the Badgers have beaten. So, depite feeling an upset in the bones, the home the Prognosticator is going with the home boys. Winner (in a close one): Michigan
TENNESSEE at GEORGIA (12;30 p.m., CBS)
The Dawgs have been playing like dogs lately and the Vols are coming off a huge emotions win over a bunch of Gators who lost a big part of their bite when the starting quarterback went down with an injury. So this prime CBS game of the week is not so prime this week. This is the perfect time for the Vols to fold when everyone expects them to start soaring but the Dawgs just don’t have enough bite to harm ol’ Smokey. Winner: Tennessee
LOUISVILLE at CLEMSON (5 p.m., ABC)
Surely, the Petrinos can’t do to the Tigers what they did to the Seminoles. The problem with Clemson is that it played to its absolute peak against Alabama in last year’s National Championship game and everyone (including the Clemson players) figured that’s how the team would play every game this year. But it doesn’t worth like that; you have to earn it and play well each and every week. The Prognosticator feels that the team will channel its inter Alabama game self and rise to meet this challenge. Winner: Clemson
ARIZONA STATE at USC (5:30 p.m., FOX)
Tommy Trojan should cover himself the way he does before the UCLA game. This is getting embarrassing and the AD needs to do a Swan dive and let Helton drift out to sea. LSU is already on a coaching search and USC does not want to (again) be left out in the middle of the ocean without a paddle. This game will provide further proof that the ship is not only sinking, it’s plummeting to the bottom. Winner: Arizona State
ARIZONA at UCLA (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
The Trampolines are primed for a bounce-back game after turning red at the end of last week’s game against the Cardinal. They are going to come out and treat the Tamecats like a kitty playing with a ball of twine. The Zonies will think this is cute and roll over, but then suddenly spring to life, although by then it will be too late. Winner: UCLA
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