I am not cool.
I go to bed early, I don’t attend fab parties, and I can’t put on makeup without stabbing myself in the eye.
But there are times I sincerely want to be cool, like when Deschutes Brewery hosts one of their legendary warehouse parties. There’s one coming up this Saturday, October 27 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Since every cool person I know has told me how great it will be, I’ve pledged to attend.
Problem is, I need coolness lessons. For that, I consulted Visit Bend’s Director of Marketing, Lynnette Braillard. She’s attended a whopping fourDeschutes Brewery warehouse parties over the years, so I’m relying on her expertise for everything I need to know to have a great time this Saturday night.
Tawna: So the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse party is held to celebrate National Plush Animal Lover’s Day, right?
Lynnette: First of all, National Plush Animal Lover’s Day is October 28. The Deschutes Brewery Warehouse Party is October 27, and it’s in celebration of the annual Halloween Cross Crusade and Cyclocross Festival October 26-28.
Tawna: That’s right, I was planning to watch some of the events like the Clydesdale Cyclocross Championship of the Universe and the Kiddie Cross Race.
Lynnette: Details about those events are on our website, but we’re talking about the party here. Focus.
Tawna: Right, sorry. So what do I need to know to be cool?
Lynnette: What do you need to know, or what does the average blog reader need to know?
Tawna: Let’s say average blog reader. We need to keep this short.
Lynnette: The theme for this year’s party is Cyclo De Soleil. It’s a vintage carnival and adult circus with live music and shows from the Bend Circus Center and several other local performance troupes.
Tawna: What kind of performances?
Lynnette: Belly dancing, acrobatics, a fire performance, and even an aerial show. And the music is going to be incredible. They’re bringing in The Klown Korps and DJ Delachaux from San Francisco. Delachaux is known for his big-beat-burlectro-swing style of pouring vintage samples and exotic orchestrations over a barrage of saucy beats. They’re calling it, “a fused wild carousel of voluptuous voodoo and body-quaking bass.”
Tawna: Wild carousel? Voluptuous voodoo? Body-quaking? I’m not sure I’m ready for this. Is there anything I should do to prepare myself?
Lynnette: Put some serious thought into your costume because this is a raging Halloween party! Drink plenty of water because you’ll be pounding lots of tasty Deschutes beer all night (bring cash). If you plan to watch the Clydesdale Championship of the Universe race (don’t miss it—it’s hilarious to watch with plenty of crashes and crazy costumes) get your hand stamped so you can get re-entry into the party guaranteed until 9:30 p.m. This is the biggest party you’ll ever encounter in Bend (and the funnest!) so arrive early to get in before they max out on capacity—you may be standing in line to wait for others to leave and let me tell you, nobody ever likes to leave.
Tawna: Got it, I’m taking notes here. Where do I get tickets?
Lynnette: You pay at the door the night of the event. It’s $10 a person, and proceeds support the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance.
Tawna: Wow, $10 is a good deal.
Lynnette: No kidding. That gets you carnival and beer-inspired appetizers, a keepsake photo, and bragging rights for attending the party of the year.
Tawna: Will you put my makeup on for me?
Lynnette: As long as you promise to leave the plush animals at home.
Want to win one free VIP pass to the Deschutes Warehouse Party? Leave us a comment describing your planned costume. We’ll pick a winner the morning of Friday, October 26, and he or she will be able to pick up a VIP wristband at the Bend Visitor Center before 5 p.m. Friday or between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Good luck!