Every Wednesday and Thursday night this fall, you can walk into Murphy’s Tavern and hear the sweet sounds of your youth -- the familiar sound of a skee-ball rolling down the lane and then the brief moment of silence as it jumps the ramp and lands (with luck and good aim) in the 50-point bucket.
The eighth “skeeson” of Brian Farrell’s BrewSkee-Ball League is starting next month and I got to check it out Wednesday during one of the league’s Skee 4 Free events.
The Story: Farrell, 27, started the Charlotte Skee-Ball League in the summer of 2006. It wasn’t long after his first skeeson started that he was contacted by a BrewSkee-Ball team in New York. They compared notes, teamed up and BrewSkee-Ball Charlotte was born.
In just two years, the league has doubled in size by word of mouth and secured Anheuser-Busch as a sponsor. It is so successful that Farrell quit his day job to devote all his time to the league, creating score sheets, trading cards and mock SKEESPN magazine covers.
He has since expanded the league to Wilmington and San Francisco. A Raleigh league is starting next month, and Farrell also has plans to expand to Charleston.
His ultimate goal?
To have a national skeeball tournament next year.
The Players: The league is made up of teams of three, ranging in average age of 23-34. Most everyone joined as a way to meet new people and expand their social network. Indeed, Farrell says the league has spawned about five skeerious relationships and many high rollers told me they met some of their closest friends through the league.
It’s a casual atmosphere as teams wait their turn to play, but the competition heats up at the lanes and heckling is inevitable.
Overheard: “If you live by the hundo, you die by the hundo,” and “I bowled two full circles!”
The Prizes: Farrell works hard to include everyone – from trophies for Rook-skee of the Year, MV-Skee and Lifetime Skee-chievement awards to the highest honor of them all – the BrewSkee mug.
Want to Skee? Registration for Skeeson VIII ends Oct. 10. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
After smelling the hickory smoke from my apartment all weekend, I (thankfully) had the delicious job of helping judge the Backyard Grillers competition at this weekend's Blues, Brews and BBQ festival.
- The popular Festival in the Park starts Thursday.
- The Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience runs from Sept. 26-27 in its new location on the Johnson & Wales Campus. It has expanded this year to include seven cooking stages. Highlights include a Mondavi wine exhibit, and, my personal favorite, the Grey Goose Lounge.
- Charlotte's Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium near CPCC. The Uptown Hopper will be offering a bus trip to the event from Hickory Tavern on Johnston Road. Don't drink and drive!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The zMAX Dragway -- Concord's most controversial new venue -- held its grand opening party Tuesday night, and, being the "Bellagio of Dragstrips," you know Bruton wasn't going to skimp on the bash.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I got a coveted invite to last night's pre-opening party at the new Hooters uptown.
Friday, September 5, 2008
There's an 8,000-square-foot megaclub hiding in the industrial area of uptown's Fourth Ward.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Stopped by the Village at SouthPark last night to check out Charlotte's newest after-work party, Wine Day Wednesdays.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Lots of stuff going on this week and I wanted to make sure you all were aware of it.
- After four months of renovations, The Sunset Club is having its grand reopening party Saturday. Unless, that is, the club considers you friends/family and in that case you'll get into the ultra VIP party Thursday, or if you're a member you'll be getting a members-only peek at it Friday. I'm getting an early look this afternoon and you can read all about it in my Paid to Party column on Friday.
- Also opening this week: the first nightlife venue in the N.C. Music Factory. The Garden and Gun Club's debut bash is happening Friday night.
- Apostrophe, a new club in Southend across from Amos', held its soft opening on Friday. It's also the new spot for the weekly Pop Life (next party: Sept. 17). Did anyone go last weekend? What did you think?
- Elevate and Kiss 95.1 are teaming up for a new outdoor after-work party -- and it's not uptown. Wine Day Wednesdays starts tonight at 5:30 at the Village at SouthPark (aka the M5 parking lot).
- The Yiasou Greek Festival starts Thursday. Just a tip before you head out this weekend: A cold gyro tastes great at 2 a.m. after three nights of checking out club openings so order two and take the extra home with you. I've already cleared room in my fridge.