Hartford SantaCon 2015 – In Review
Let’s start this off by saying, holy crap we weren’t expecting that…
Hartford SantaCon was one for the books and required a couple days of recovery. We, here at Chive New England, were absolutely stunned with the activity surrounding SantaCon, tickets sold out TWICE, yes… TWICE. First we thought doubling SantaCon from the 80 or so from last year to 150 people would be a nice stretch goal and a good target, well Connecticut proved us wrong there. We were sold out of 150 tickets a week prior to the event and people were calling the bars and knocking down doors to get tickets so we released another 100 and by the time registration closed on the day of the crawl we had a 250+ pub crawl.
The crawl included 7 bars this year all in downtown Hartford: McKinnon’s Iris Pub, Pigs Eye, Rocking Horse Saloon, The Russian Lady, The Tavern Downtown, Angry Bull Saloon and our final stop was Black Bear Saloon where the amazing Carlos Melange was in the booth and boy did he blow the roof off the house. We even organized a (not so silent) silent raffle at The Russian Lady partnering with our awesome sponsors Redhook Brewery and Sennheiser to have quite the spread of items.
Redhook donated various Resignation Brewery and Redhook branded items and even a trip to the brewery in Portsmouth NH for Polar Grill Fest on January 23rd with two tickets and a night in the hotel next door! Sennheiser supplied two sets of premium headphones from their Momentum line, a set of Momentum ear buds and a pair of Momentum over ear in a beautiful brown.
In summary we did this crawl for a reason, charity. With ticket proceeds and the silent raffle we were able to collect a stunning $4,000 for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston MA. We want to thank everyone who joined us and our sponsors and the bars for making this crawl happen.
Next up expect a full gallery of images from our awesome photographer due out in the next week.
PS: Did we mention the media coverage on CTNOW?
Alex, Meg & Rich
Chive New England Admin