Downtown New Albany was all abuzz last night, because it was the long-awaited Bicentennial Gala. Despairing of the future, the city looked instead to its distant past to celebrate a time when women couldn't vote and minorities were third-class citizens -- in short, New Albany's good old days.
Attendees partied like it was 1899.
The Grand was decked out as never before. According to some of the revelers, the watercress sandwiches were the best they'd tasted since the administration of C. Pralle Erni.
Just down the street from the party, NA Confidential's staff downed Progressive Pints and pondered whether it would be worth crashing the party. Then we had a great idea.
Someone needed to say it, and well, why wait for the Harvest Homecoming parade when there was a far better occasion, right now?
With two-way streets, we could have gotten there quite a bit more quickly.
"I hate those guys," said Dean Wormer.
But before the NAC Deathmobile even reached the Grand, Bill Allen's building finally fell down, and he was given a Pillar Award by Develop New Albany for painting the rubble.
And that's your white bread Bicentennial moment for January. We'll be back with the rest of the story once the coast is clear. Like maybe 2014.