bacchanalia.

\bak-uh-NAIL-yuh\ , noun;
1.(plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
2.A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
Some Mars Hill folk had planned last week to go to one of our favorite restaurants in Marshall, Bacchus Bistro.  It is our favorite because of their seasonal Weyerbacher pumpkin ale, personable staff, and cornhole on the patio.  We planned for Tuesday and had to switch it.  We settled on Thursday and spent the whole week looking forward to the festivities.  Thursday morning, I got the word of the day delivered and was shocked at the timing.  We did, indeed, honor the god Bacchus.  But it was by no means a drunken festivity, but a nice relaxing afterwork bacchanalia.
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