The ephemeral blur that was Pints for Progress 22

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Pints for Progress is the community event. $10 gets you a pint of beer and a vote. A vote for the future. A vote on which community project pitched that night you think deserves money. Majority rules. Winner take all.

This was my second Pints for Progress. The first one I went to was at the Hard Rock, and was crazy fun.

This time, the crazy event was held at the Bakery on Niagara Street. I was not prepared.

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The atmosphere was thick with ancient bar gaudiness. A blur of people meshes seamlessly with a blur of animal heads, odd knick-knacks, and surreal lighting. The soundtrack to this odyssey was funky, played by a band appropriately named Pangea.

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Sitting there in this primordial slurry with a beer and some onion rings, I drifted into pure Niagara overload.

Of course, we weren’t just there to party: we were there to vote on local project ideas.

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Naturally, the pitches started off with Oakwood, a cemetery looking for funds for their spirits, both of the ethereal and distilled variety.

There was a group of children, standing in a row, asking for some change to spruce up their community garden. They won the night, and the pot.

Of course there was a third blur that night: one with the distinct aura of melody following her.

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As she stood their, with an endless flow of applause flowing toward her for a well-produced crop of pianos sprouting around town, you could feel the city incarnate. Her red sneakers stood among the jungle of wires that was the floor.

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Those wires, leading to here or their, feeding the endless crowd.

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It was Pints for Progress. It was the heartbeat of Niagara shoved into a box. It. was. awesome.

-Sheepie ❤

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