Provided by Becky Miller, Toledo
Everyone is invited to join Twisted Snout Brewery for an “End of the World” party, starting at 7:00 pm Friday night, 12/21/12, as we celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar.
James and Julz Kasner will be performing their original music as we dance our way together into oblivion with great food and beer! Come party with us like there’s no tomorrow (responsibly, of course!), at Twisted Snout Brewery and Public House, 318 S. Main St., Toledo. All ages welcome until 9:00 pm.
Some much needed background:
The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of beliefs according to which cataclysmic events will occur on December 21st, the first day of Winter. But this particular date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various planetary and solar alignments and numerological calculations have been proposed as somehow relating to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream science.
A New Age interpretation of this moment is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual change, and that Dec. 21, 2012 may mark the beginning of a marvelous new era. Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or some big horrific tragedy. Some believers predict the end of the Earth as we know it, including the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth’s collision with a planet called “Nibiru”.
Scholars from various disciplines have poo-poo’d the idea of such massively destructive events. Scholars of ancient Mayan culture assert that predictions of impending obliteration are not found in any classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar “ends” in 2012 is a misinterpretation of Mayan history and culture. Astronomers and other scientists have characterized the predictions as based on false science, adding that they conflict with basic astronomical observations and amount to a wacky distraction from more important scientific concerns.
But few would argue that any excuse to celebrate any significant event, whether it’s the end of the world or just the first day of Winter, is made more far more pleasurable in the presence of crafted beer and great music. Promoters say, “Hey, we all gotta go sometime, so why not do it here, havin’ a ball!”