after some 13 years i finally got to spend quality time with my brother in austin, texas ... there was a certain poetry in that we started the "reunion" with a celebration (again) - eeyore's birthday party, a local event we both discovered almost by accident in the late eighties when we lived together a few blocks from the park ... since that time, bc has helped the austin community with his activity ... not the least of which is the eponymous statute, which he helped a mutual friend make, and that became something of an icon for the event ... later we walked along shoal creek as we did twentysomething years ago, drank microbrews, had amazing performance enhancing breakfast tacos and fair trade coffee ... it was all great ... austin, and bc, are still beautiful
Eeyore's Birthday Party began in 1963 as a spring party and picnic for Department of English students at the University of Texas at Austin by Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. and other UT students. It was named for Eeyore, a chronically depressed donkey in A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories who, in one story, believes his friends have forgotten his birthday only to discover they have planned a surprise party for him. Despite its name, the event does not fall on the official birthday of the fictional character. The original event featured a trashcan full of lemonade, beer, honey sandwiches, a live, flower-draped donkey, and a may pole (in keeping with the event's proximity to May Day). For many years the party was a UT tradition, but subsequently the annual Birthday Party became a tradition in Austin's hippie subculture.
When the festival moved from Eastwoods Park to Pease Park in 1974, Austin-area non-profit Friends of the Forest, an organization which distributes funds to other area charities, began arranging for food and drink vendors at the festival. They continue this task today along with arranging public services (toilets, buses, security, medics) and scheduling live music and family-oriented games and contests. The event is still known to most as a festival oriented towards modern hippies, but attracts thousands of visitors from a wide demographic, including the more yuppie inclined students and faculty of the nearby University.
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