Some years we like to put on a pre-hallowe’en karaoke party called Costumes & Candy, and even though we don’t know what people want around here (yet) we decided to put one on at the Abbey Studio. We got a lot of help from people, especially Cathy, and I made a feature cocktail (an Amaretto Bourbon Sour), plus I put Wayward Distillery Unruly Gin paired with our own Lucky Village Natural Golden Tonic Syrup on the menu.
The occupancy at the Abbey is around 45 people and we didn’t know what to expect. At first it was slow and we had a few people there for our party plus some actual random people who came in from the street. They couldn’t decide whether to stay but when they found out about the Unruly Gin that swayed them. People really like that gin! Around 10pm it started filling up and we ended up with a great, enthusiastic crowd. Lisa had her birthday there, so that helped, but also people came from our networking efforts and, of course, word of mouth. (I think we may have a lot of people rooting for us around here). Anyway, who doesn’t love a party? Not a Cumberlander, I would wager.
It got really busy and people weren’t going for the bottled products we had to offer. I thought I was over-preparing the Sours and G&Ts but we ran out of the gin and tonic pretty early, and once I sold the first few sours the orders were non-stop. We sold all of them, and could have sold more if we had them. That strokes my cocktologist ego.
People really got into it, too. A lot of people showed up in costume or availed themselves of our on-the-spot tickle trunk, and more than one person lost their karaoke virginity. I love karaoke so much that it makes me genuinely happy to have people try it at one of our events and enjoy it. We try to provide a safe, encouraging environment. Plus, we finally got around to making the “applause” sign we always wanted, and that totally got the crowd going.
Our person we hired to help us was sick so Selen jumped in and helped and made the night go smoothly. Thanks, Selen! Plus, Cathy is a rock. But the people that really make a party are the guests, so, if you’re reading this, thank you guests, and come again, y’all!