When you think of a society of wine connoisseurs, you probably think of hoity-toity nose-in-air characters like Bogie Lowenstien from 10 Things I Hate About You, Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Vivian from Legally Blonde, and even Miles from Sideways, sitting in an over-upholstered study discussing the flavors of oaked chardonnay and which pinot noirs received double gold medals at The Seattle Wine Awards. That is what you might think. But let it be known, The Bacchanalian Society of Cincinnati is nothing like this. They know how to throw a ****ing party.
Over the past 10 years, The Bacchanalian Society committee members have mastered a recipe for throwing popular fundraising events, which are enviable by most other organizations. The key ingredients include entertainment, an open bar, lots of hype, and making the people feel special. They did all of these things and more for their annual Krewe event Saturday. And what a festivity it was.
Flame-throwers welcomed party-goers outside the old Have A Nice Day Café space on Main Street (a.k.a. the Hanke Building) as we valeted our cars and entered a Mardi Gras style masquerade complete with stilt-walking jugglers, magicians, living statues, mimes, and aerial dancers. Yes, I said aerial dancers. In Cincinnati. In a bar. An open bar mind you, with an attentive crew of bartenders and an excellent DJ. In case that wasn't enough, Framester, Cincinnati Snapped, and photographer Amy Elisabeth made us feel like celebrities and captured our fun for Facebook. As a black tie optional event, the ladies and gents were looking dapper as ever.
Jordan Weidner, Vice President of Operations of The Bacchanalian Society says, humbly, that the committee is very fortunate their events continue to be successful. But there's no doubt this committee's hard work is the prime reason for the organization's good fortune. The committee meets a few weeks after each seasonal event to recap and brainstorm ways to improve upon the event for the following year, and they begin implementing plans and contracts over four months in advance for Krewe. One of the inventive things they do each year is announce the party's venue to ticketholders on the day of the event, which creates additional mystery and excitement for the carnival celebration.
Krewe is the only annual Bacchanalian Society party in which proceeds don't directly benefit a charity; the rest of the year is devoted to throwing wine tasting parties for charities in the most need of additional funds, like last month's Winter Gathering.
Jordan was prompt to give particular recognition on this event to fellow officer and Vice President of Special Events Lauren Gonella, "It is easy to come up with crazy ideas like having aerialists and fire jugglers, but Lauren made it all happen. She was the general in charge and the glue of our team. She did an amazing job and I think we can all agree this year's Krewe was far and away the best yet."
On behalf of hundreds of pleased Bacchus supporters, cheers to Lauren, Jordan, and the entire Bacchanalian Society committee on a successful Krewe 2012. And thank you for an unforgettable night.
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*Photo credits: Jenn Prine of Cincinnati Snapped, Amy Elisabeth Photography, and Framester