A bike ride home yesterday afternoon led me to Babe’s in Carytown and I couldn’t help but notice the massive bags of sand being shoveled by a team of hard-working folks.
Vickie Hester, Babe’s owner, said it was for the patio’s semi-annual spring makeover. “It happens almost every year depending on how it’s doing,” said Hester as she wiped a bead of sweat from her brow.
“We got 10 tons of sand, we’ll fix the boards and fences.” she said looking on at the massive sand bags along Ashburn street. “We’ve got new corn hole boards coming in next week.”
The Babe’s team was still hard at work, but Hester took a moment to look over the half-full sand pit and recalled her fondness for the space.
“There’s a lot of wild memories out here,” she said with a smile.
That’s when Babe’s bartender Lance Johnson, chimed in and spoke about one particular volleyball event they held in June about 6 years ago.
“Half of us dressed up as drag queens and the other half dressed up as Cops and we had a volleyball tournament,” he said. The event was in honor of the Stonewall riots where the LGBTQ community in NYC fought back against abusive police actions.
While that event held a special place in Johnson’s heart, he said the volleyball court and patio at Babe’s always holds a special place in his heart.
“It always brings out everybody. It’s like playing and having a cocktail in your back yard,” said Johnson. “It’s my favorite time of the summer.”