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With summer in full effect and the first half of the year behind us, there’s no better way to celebrate the end of a great second quarter than a good old fashion hootenanny!
Spirits were high, even though temperatures were low, as everyone bundled up in their finest of denim and got outside to knock-back some red, white and blue Jello shots (Disclaimer: These colors don’t run, but they might stain your teeth). The food—ohhhhhh the food! From juicy pulled pork and smoky beef brisket to roasted portabella mushrooms and creamy southwest mac’n’cheese— thanks to City Smoke House, this hoedown had all the finger lickin’ fixin’s.
Delicious comfort food wasn’t the only treat to be had, we also announced our Q2 Matty Award winner. The Matty, named in honor of Swirl’s first employee, is awarded quarterly to the employee who best exemplifies the qualities that Swirl strives to promote. This quarter, we were honored to award Eric Chandler, our IT Systems Administrator, with the Matty and a check for $2,500 for his outstanding contribution to the culture and success of Swirl.
After we got our fill of BBQ, DJ Randy, from the Sundance Saloon, wrangled us all up on stage to give a crash course in the Cupid Shuffle. In between the boot-scootin’ boogie, games were played, drinks were poured, and there was even a photo booth with Mary the mini pony. Yes, that’s right. We had a pony. Her name is Mary, she had flowers in her mane, and she absolutely stole the show.
As the night went on, so did the merriment. Looking around, all you could see were hay bales and smiles, a telltale sign of a great hoedown and an even greater family of coworkers here at Swirl.
Special thanks to our always wonderful photographer Andrew Zhou, as well as Friendly Pony Party for gracing us with Mary’s presence.