Lots of hockey sweaters for August....who says Columbus isn't a hockey town? (Photo: Chuck Conkle)

The Weekly Reader, Vol. 16: Cannon Fest!

I had the opportuntiy over the weekend to attend Cannon Fest, an off-season gathering of Blue Jacket writers, bloggers, Tweeters, and fans….which it now turns out Iam the last person to write about.  This was the second year for the event, which by all accounts eclipsed the already tremendous attendance and excitement of last year.  This year’s Cannon Fest was attended by a couple hundred of the aforementioned CBJ super-fans, stuffing the bar area of the Grandview Buffalo Wild Wings with hockey sweaters and other Union Blue clothing items….which I must say was a sight for sore eyes this August.

The highlights of the event (pun intended) were a couple of highlight videos produced by a man called Skraut, which you can watch and enjoy using these links:

Call to Arms

Kickstart My Heart

There was a charity raffle supporting Hockey Beats Down Breast Cancer — unfortunately the neon CBJ beer sign on which I went all-in went home with another lucky fan — there were cheers of “Let’s go, Jack-ets!,” and there was a great time had by all.  Best of all was the chance to meet fellow Jacket fans, all who love the team tremendously, and who seemed to all really enjoy each other.  There is a lot of hockey excitement in Columbus, and there are a lot of great hockey followers who are proud of the little community we’ve built.  We talked about reading each other’s work, we talked about checking out each other’s sites, we followed each other on Twitter….and, of course, we talked about how Steve Mason needs to access his un-crazy side to give us a chance at the playoffs this year.

So for those who attended Cannon Fest and made it such a blast (pun intended…ouch!), thank you.  And for those who didn’t, I hope to see you next year.  If the excitement continues to build, we’ll need a bigger boat.

In Other News

In case you missed it — which you likely did, since I forgot to link to it anywhere — take a peek back at The Weekly Reader Vol. 15:  Smile, It’s Summer here.  You’ll learn how to be a Jackets believer in August, and you’ll see one of the lucky shirts that has propelled the Milwaukee Brewers to first place in the NL Central…

Please give a warm Fire That Cannon / The Weekly Reader welcome to the newest addition to our happy little network, Stacy Gounaris.  You can check out her account of Cannon Fest here, and continue to see her contributions on the site on a regular basis.

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