When it comes to nightlife and me, an evening on the town sometimes leaves me feeling a bit out of my skin. Post-babies, I Goodwilled my slinky dress. I swapped stilettos for wedges right about the time that I looked to down to see, what looked to be, a Shar-Pei dog on my knees. With dance moves that some generously describe eclectic (ok, more like 80’s), Netflix came close to the new plus-one.
Not long ago I was able attend an event with some co-workers and friends. It was my first real fancy evening out after a heady succession of life shifts. Yep. Even bought a new outfit for it and actually curled my hair. Being immersed in a party scene after being out of it for a while felt familiar. It reminded me of when I was in college, with a part time job. I had savored the blissful numbness of nights out with friends to ease the pressures of grades, social or otherwise. Initially, at the event, I found myself clinically observing social interactions. As the night unfolded, however, the richness of the setting and the company of interesting, open, fun people heightened the sense of being alive. That was the moment that I realized the power of the night. The communal experience of getting together with others – engaged in the moment. Enjoying things that are much closer to primal, than pressing, on the life scale.
This region abounds with those opportunities. This issue is packed with nocturnal adventures for you to discover, cocktails to quaff and characters you may meet out on our town. Whether it be frolicking with your besties, spending the night out with your children or loved one, it’s the night that brings us together. Life begins at night for most of us. And for those it doesn’t, we thank you for working to be able to cater to others that need the night. Because during the day, our minds are focused on what it takes to survive. But at night, we can, and are, allowed to let it go. What’s your night life? Cocktails? Movies? Bowling? Comedy? Paint ball or mixing up paints at your local masterpiece store? Dancing? Children? Whatever it is for you, go….enjoy it. Don’t forget to thank all these fine establishments in The Loafer for their continued support of the Arts & Entertainment in the area. After all, it’s what you do with your free time that counts.
For information on these businesses, check out the Nightlife section.