Bars- perhaps the greatest places known to mankind. There’s booze; there’s music; there are groves of people to talk to, dance with, heck you may even partake in a little extracurricular activity if you play your cards right. One can sit at the bar and enjoy a draft while the jukebox plays “The Boxer”. Others may prefer taking shots and ripping it up on the dance floor. Bars have something for everyone. The only problem is- due to edificial reasons and zoning laws- bars can’t hold everyone.
For one weekend a year, Lowell seemingly solves this problem. They call their solution “Club Celsius”. (Please do not be turned off by the name, as much as this sounds like a horrible club that you would find in down town Worcester, it’s far from that.
Ironically, “Club Celsius”, which is located on Arcand drive in front of City Hall, may be the greatest bar ever constructed- if you consider putting up a giant white, heated tent in the heart of the Mill City constructing a bar. This tent is the focal point for Lowell’s annual celebration known as “Winterfest”, which begins this Friday, February 5, 2010.
For the past nine years hundreds of partiers from all over the Lowell area have flocked to inside this massive temporary edifice. Collectively, they gulp down enough Bud Light to fill the Tsongas Arena and enjoy the live music of some great bands including the nation’s number one U2 cover band “Joshua Tree” (that’s right people- beer and a great cover band...it’s on!)
Perhaps the only bar that can trump “Club Celsius” is also a product of Winterfest. Tucked away in a location that cannot be disclosed (if you are meant to be there, you know where it is), is another tent: the VIP Tent. Here beers and food are free, the 12 piece brass band comes with hits and nothing but hits, and the Hammer and Sickle martini shot station keeps the who’s who of Lowell coming back for more.
So this weekend, head down town and get busy in a big giant tent- you won’t regret it.
The party starts at 6:30 PM on Friday and at 12:00 PM Saturday.
For more information including a complete schedule visit http://lowell.org/Pages/WinterfestActivities.aspx