Before we start, get out your note-taking tools. This is one of those laundry-list, things-you-need-to-know Editor's Note.
First, for a few months we've been talking about this big to-do called Crafty Bastards. It's our first-ever block party, craft sale, bloody mary contest, live music marathon, scooter giveaway, kids fun station, all-day brouhaha for which we're shutting down the street and gettin' crazy for a full 12 hours.
Well, Crafty Bastards is quite the catchy name, and apparently, the original conceivers of the name (our alt weekly colleagues a the City Paper in Washington, D.C.) thought so, too. So much so that they trademarked the name, which meant BW had to go in search of something even better for our event. Henceforth, that big melee we'll be throwing outside BWHQ on Saturday, Aug. 28, shall be called "The Big LeBoise." Had we anticipated this little change slightly sooner, we'd have pay homage to the Dude with white Russians rather than bloody marys but vodka is vodka, no?
Second--and speaking of vodka--we have bloody mary winners. For the past month, bloody-mary-loving BW readers have been testing bloody marys at 15 local bars and voting for the joint with the best bloody mary. Voting ended last week, and the finalists in both categories are Piper Pub and Quinn's. Bartenders from each bar will be at the Big LeBoise mixing up cocktails for the panel of celebrity judges as well as for the 21-and-older attendees at the Big LeBoise.
Third--still speaking of bloody marys--we've launched a Gowalla trip in conjunction with the bloody mary contest. Starting today, the first BW reader to complete the BW Gowalla Bloody Mary trip will win a $100 gift certificate to Bull's Head Pub in Meridian. Go to boiseweekly.com and click on the link that says "Be the First to Win." If you're not already a Gowalla member, join at gowalla.com.
If Foursquare is more your thing, check this: We want a Swarm badge. On Saturday, Aug. 21, we'll be at Tour de Fat in Ann Morrison Park. Check in at our booth at high noon, help us earn a Swarm badge and we'll have a prize for you.
Finally, don't forget to pick up your $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand-spanking-new Vespa at the Big LeBoise. You don't have to be present to win. And lastly, it's still Best of Boise time. Vote for your favorite politician, news source, blogger, shoe store, bar, band and more at boiseweekly.com.