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Airing of grievances and feats of strength featured at ‘Festivus’ celebration this Saturday night in Del Ray

Joy on the Avenue is now open at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray (staff photo by James Cullum)

A Festivus for the rest of us is coming back to Del Ray this Saturday night.

The secular celebration that started in the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Joy on the Avenue pop-up at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue.

It’s the second year in a row that Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson have celebrated Festivus (traditionally held Dec. 23) as an end to the holiday season, and as a way to say goodbye to the holiday pop-up.

“Grievances will be aired,” Blackburn told ALXnow. “We’re ready with a Festivus pole and more.”

On Seinfeld, the character of Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) detailed the holiday to Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards).

“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” Costanza said. “I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows on him I realized there had to be another way… Out of that a new holiday was formed.”

The party will run from 5 p.m. to midnight, and includes:

  • The Festivus pole — A plain aluminum pole (bought at Home Depot — they’re next to the Christmas trees) without decoration will mark the occasion
  • The airing of grievances — Customers can write their grievances on slips of paper, and the best will be aired on Homegrown Restaurant Group’s social media pages next week
  • Feats of strength — Customers can challenge any bartender to an arm wrestling match, and winners get a free Jello shooter (limited to one per customer)

Blackburn and Anderson plan to reopen the pop-up with a new concept before the end of the month.

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