[image-1]Considering the crowd that lined up at Revelry an hour before solar eclipse totality, the real natural wonder is that the brewery team was able to serve people so fast. Running on adrenaline, pints of Lefty Loosey and Bavarian Wheat went flying out of the taps faster than Bonnie Tyler could sing “Total eclipse of the heart.”
And thank god, because it was hotter than a snow blister up in there. I posted up outside and met a a pair of friends who had just driven down from D.C. Sebastian Darby flew in from California the night before and joined his friend Kate McKenzie to see the astronomic event.
[image-5]”My physicist friend booked hotels across the country to get the best view,” Darby said. Adding that the professor ultimately selected Kentucky.
Others made the road trip from Charlotte. One woman said she booked her hotel in Charleston when she discovered her birthday lined up with the eclipse. “We came to Revelry because we didn’t want to be with the crowds on the Battery or the Market,” she added.
And while cheap eclipse glasses were the signature accessory, Nick Malick wasn’t messing around with his eye sight. The former army vet brought his night vision helmet to the big show much to the amusement of his friends.
Of course, when you have a hundred plus people hanging in the heat waiting for a once in a lifetime astronomical event, you’re going to have #solfies and there were aplenty at Revelry. Groups crowded together to get the perfect shot, many staring more at the camera than the sun. Fortunately, when totality inched into view, many put down the phones and focused on the sky.
[image-9] A great howl rang out as the sliver of sun hid behind the moon. “‘Merica,” one likely tank top clad male voice shouted out.
Clapping the likes of which only the cast of Hamilton has received followed thereafter. But in the midst of the buzz-fueled chatter and wolfish cries, came a collective silence that I haven’t experienced since the morning of November 8 and that was really damn refreshing. Just a park full of strangers, staring at the sky, totally mesmerized.
More of that, please.
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