Tonight at 9:00PM, Verbal Onslaught is teaming up with Dance Marathon to host a childhood-themed open-mic night at 51 Main. Whether you’re a seasoned Poor Form Poet or solely a shower singer, everyone is invited to perform and just hang out. All donations will go to Dance Marathon. The second annual all-night, 12-hour marathon of food, games and dancing will be held in J-term to raise money for the families at the Children’s Hospital in Burlington. Go/dancemarathon to register or donate. Also, go/asktony for some awesome dancing.
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With a blog post, President (of the College) Ron Liebowitz re-opened the debate on the future of 51 Main, a nightlife venue in downtown Middlebury run by the school. September and October were the critical months to see if the venue could break even, financially. Ron says, “as of November 1, it looks like 51 Main is very close to meeting its two month break-even requirement, and so feedback from community members on the existence and possible continuance of the establishment will be helpful as we assess our options.”
It’s no skin off my back since I’m graduating shortly, but I stand as a strong supporter of 51 Main. Why? 51 Main teaches college students the culture of drinking in a safe way. No one ever goes to 51 Main and gets trashed even though they serve hard alcohol. Student behavior is dictated by the environment and 51 Main is too classy for the likes of students drinking in stairwells of Atwater or slurring students getting a 2AM Dr. Feelgood in the Grille. 51 Main is what The Grille should have been. 51 Main promotes responsible and inclusive drinking out in the open. It’s good for the town, students, and administration.
It doesn’t outright solve “drinking” on campus, but it is a creative way of addressing the heart of that issue. 51 Main remains one of the most innovative things the school has done for its undergraduates in the last several years. And if this school cares as much as it says it does about drinking and social life, then 51 Main should stay open. Of course it also addresses town/gown relations and maybe, as Ron indicates in his post, an indirect path to diversity (not as far of a stretch as you’d think). If 51 Main stays at break even, it deserves the resources of this school
MiddBlog wants to know: Should 51 Main stay open? Why?
This Thursday night there will be two competing Pub Nights: one MCAB-sponsored night at 51 Main featuring Reed Waddle and one non-MCAB-sponsored at The Grille featuring the student band, The Dead Jetsons Power Owl. After over a year, looks like The Grille and 51 Main are finally willing to go head-to-head and ratchet up the competition. Where will students go?
Last week, the Middlebury Campus called changes to the traditional MCAB Thursday Pub Nights a “renovation.” The article quotes Jamie Herther ’10, President of the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) and Alex Revelas ’10, MCAB Concert Chair:
“We noticed a big lagging in attendance to Pub Nights,” said Herther. “We began to notice that we were really only servicing one group of students.” So this year, according to Herther, MCAB is going for “quality, not quantity.” They will host just two Pub Nights a month, on the first and third Thursdays, rather than on a weekly basis, as they have in the past. The first will be held at The Grille, as usual, while the third will be shifted downtown to 51 Main at the Bridge.
“Both The Grille and 51 Main are College institutions that need our support,” explained Revelas. “Also, we think we will service a very different crowd. It’s a great way to get off campus, and a great mingling space. People can even just pop over before heading to the bar.”
Ever since the opening of 51 Main, there has been a tension between the two college-owned establishments. Both have have help from the College and MCAB is trapped in the middle. MCAB helps subsidize drink specials and brings bands for students on Pub Nights. When MCAB moves Pub Nights down to 51 Main, The Grille/Juice Bar loses some business from sales of Grille food and drink. The Grille is going from four Pub Nights per month last year to one per month this year. Financially, it’s a murky situation because the College provides funding to not only The Grille and 51 Main separately, but also for MCAB itself.
In the end, though, it’s all still the College. Moreover, the two venues can probably support different audiences/customers even on the same night. Some students are too lazy to get to 51 Main on a Thursday night. And it should be noted that a lot of events occur simultaneously each week. But with limited resources (read: money), the mentality of trying to out-compete the other College-owned venue with the same type of event (remember, both events are named “Pub Night”) seems a little ridiculous. Let’s try some differentiation instead. Either way, we’ll find out this Thursday, if students turn out at both venues, one venue, or neither.
51 Main At the Bridge recently added Fizzy Lifting Drink to its repertoire of mocktails to attract the as yet untapped market of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory fans. Although the Fizzy Lifting Drink has brought customers to 51 Main in droves, the bubbly beverage has created headaches for the waitstaff.
“The customers insist on being served near the ceiling. I have consumed so much Fizzy Lifting Drink, my stomach is about to explode,” said one waitress.
Another added, “My tips have really taken a hit. It takes about an hour for Fizzy Lifting Drink to wear off, so I am unable to serve my other guests.”
One waitress, perched high atop a stack of bar stools and phonebooks shouted, “They bump into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized!”
51 Main at the Bridge
Invites you for tea with a special offer this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10th and 11th from 1-4 PM
A cup of regular coffee or tea and a confection (cupcake, filled or simple, macaroon or éclair) for $2.50. Bring a date and enjoy the afternoon for $5.00!
Come and taste the goodies and tell us what you think!