What do you get when you put Princess Leia, Catwoman, and a Storm Trooper together in one room? A Gangnam Style dance off, of course! That was just one of the crazy scenes that played out at Yelp Baltimore second-ever Yelper Party "Yelpy-Con!" Saturday night at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, a Baltimore gem dedicated to entirely to pop culture.
"The venue was a great place to have a party; I didn't even know Geppi's existed until that night," says Michael C. "It was cool seeing vintage famous comics up close." Sam S seconds, saying: "I loved Yelpy-Con. What a great way to experience such a cool venue. I don't know how many times I had been by Geppis and had never checked it out. I want to go back some time and bring friends!"
Throughout the exhibit rooms, roughly 25 food, alcohol, and entertainment sponsors pulled out all the stops to make sure the hundreds who attended had a great time.
Sparkling ICE kepts folks healthily hydrated, while Jim Beam's Red Stag and Pinnacle Vodka, Segura Viudas cava Sparkling Wine, MillerCoors, and Crispin Cider kept the bar stocked so Bad Decisions could do its thing, which they surely did.
"Bad Decisions hit me upside the head with their 'sourpatch kids' cocktails," admits Jen M. "Mark strong drinks off the checklist. Food selection and quality was top notch from Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Chaps Pit Beef, Water for Chocolate, and so many more. The staff working their booths were energetic and really made the evening move. Very positive energy."
Nina U couldn't get enough of "Nalley Fresh's spicy chicken bowl with the boom boom sauce," as well as Gordon Biersch's "jambalaya and pulled pork sandwich with fresh cole slaw." Oooh So Sweet and Chocolatea took care of the sweet cravings, while Cheese Galore and More and popchips satisfied the savory and salty.
Jen W felt like she was on "a food scavenging mission to seek out pulled pork, jambalaya, wings, spicy mac n' cheese, pit beef sandwiches, rice & veggie cups, cupcakes, beer, cocktails, sparkling wine and more. No one went hungry for sure."
Pixilated Photobooth captured posing party-goers with crazy masks and props, while c-54 Productions and The Umbrella Syndicate took care of the candids. For those bit by the super-hero bug, Howie Noel was there to create their caracture alter egos, while members of the 501st Legion donned their best Star Wars costumes and stormed the crowd.
"DJ iRock Jays and the rest of the DigiLog Crew had the party jumping too," Ray R adds. "I made my way back to the dance floor a couple times to do my lil two step so I could burn a few calories in between mouthfulls of sampled food." And when their tootsies started to hurt, Sole Healing was there to provide reflexology and mineral makeup makeovers.
'The guys at the Collectors Corner were a hidden gem," chimes in a happy Heather Q. "They had mini comic books to give out and World of Warcraft trading cards… WOOT! I was way too excited about that." ZipCar was also making moves, hooking Yelpers up with discounts.
Of course, Yelpers love a party with a great with a great cause and this one was no exception. The Cool Kids Campaign walked away with more than $1500 in Yelper donations, which will help children battling cancer and their families.
"Can I give this event one thousand stars? No? Well, if I had super powers I would," says Libby F. "Let me say, Baltimore rules!"
That it does, Libby. That it does!
Until the next time:
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