May 10th was a sunny, not-too-hot day for this year’s O. Henry Pun-Off. Several hundred folks gathered in the backyard of Austin’s O. Henry Museum on East 5th Street to watch this almost-annual event. Since you might be wondering, I’ll explain why I didn’t write up this blog entry earlier in just a minute.
Since 1963, Austinites have been celebrating Eeyore’s Birthday Party on the last Saturday in April. This event started with the English Department at the University of Texas, but has now expanded into a popular all-day festival. The free party is sponsored by non-profit Friends of the Forest Foundation, which donates the proceeds from food, T-shirts, and other sales to local charities.
So far, 2014 has been quite a year for Austin. The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile has been here, not once, but twice. And now the MetLife Blimp has been flying overhead for the past few days. Apparently this blimp, named Snoopy Two, is waiting around for the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, which starts Thursday in San Antonio.
Oh, it was just a typical Sunday afternoon in downtown Austin: carriages pulled by unicorns and driven by faeries circling our neighborhood.
A large crowd had already gathered for this year’s O. Henry Pun-Off by the time we arrived on Saturday afternoon. Some bleachers and folding chairs were set up, but many brought their own camp chairs or blankets to watch this “nearly yearly” contest in the backyard of the O. Henry Museum between Fourth and Fifth Streets.