In the days leading up to the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, a group of 55 Founding Fathers huddled at a downtown Philadelphia tavern. There, they got unutterably smashed.
According to the booze tab from that evening, they consumed 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 bottles of beer and seven bowls (actually tubs) of alcoholic punch.
Now, it seems Americans have lost the ability to hold their liquor. As we prepare to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4, at least some Idahoans will be doing so without as ready access to liquid exuberance.
After years of mounting incidents, McCall is 86-ing Fourth of July drinkers from public spaces around the resort community. While officials say it's a matter of public safety, not everyone is pleased. Read more about this year's dry Fourth of July on Page 6.
Speaking of celebrations, Boise Weekly thanks the vendors, volunteers and visitors who packed the corner of Sixth and Broad streets on June 25 for The Big LeBoise, our 25th birthday party.
Everyone who showed up to eat, drink and be merry with us was a winner, but some won more than others. One highlight of our party was announcing the winners of this year's Passport to Patios drawing: those who visited a slate of local bars and restaurants with great patios had their passports stamped, returned them to BW and were entered to win some awesome prizes.
The winners include Stephanie Bailey-White, who floated home with a three-person inflatable kayak; Karen Montoore, who will be getting away with a getaway package to Cactus Pete's in Jackpot, Nev.; Robert White, who gets into Stanley Sawtooth Mountain Musicfest gratis; David Ferguson, who scored a $250 gift certificate to Lonecone.com; Jack Floyd, who's headed to the 2016 Idaho Horror Film Festival with two VIP passes and some cool swag; and Tyler Bush, who now has reservations and a $100 bar tab for himself and up to 30 friends at Boise Brewing.
Bonus: We also raised a goodly chunk of change for the Women's and Children's Alliance. We'll count that as another win.