Time to dust off those moonshoes, Barbarella.
April 12 is Yuri’s Night all over this beautiful, crazy world, and the good people of The Last Drop and the St. John’s Yuri’s Night Committee have decided to bring St. John’s to the party.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the “Columbus of the Cosmos,” became the first human being to enter outer space on April 12, 1961. In 2001, a small group of enthusiasts established Yuri’s Night as an international party to commemorate Gagarin’s voyage and also redistribute the idea, as Loretta Hidalgo, one of the event’s co-founders, has put it, that “Space is cool.” According to the official Yuri’s Night web site, this year the date will be celebrated via “72 [simultaneous] parties in 26 countries over 6 countries on 2 planets.” (So far as I can tell, that “2” is a typo, but who knows, maybe they have some kind of surprise in store.)
Down at The Last Drop, you’ll have a chance to play “Space Jeopardy” (but the gang says show up early), compete to win a prize for the best space costume, peek into all the other parties going on around the world via webcam, and dance the night away to the sounds of one “Galactic DJ” and the brilliantly-named band Hal and the Pod-Bay Doors.
– Jonathan Adams
(Gagarin photo courtesy The Russian Institute of Radionavigation and Time)