Man, I just can’t believe it. Summer is almost here. I swear I just put away my Christmas tree and finally rid my house of all of the Mardi Gras beads. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! And the spies and I have been doing just that. Don’t worry! We’ve been jotting down everything we’ve “observed” along the way. And I have arranged it and inked it on this page just for you, so please enjoy!

Casino Night deals out the fun

If anyone brought any babies to St. Mary’s annual Casino Night extravaganza this past weekend, they were definitely kissed. The “celebrity” dealers for this year’s event leaned heavily on participants in the upcoming judicial elections.

Boozie’s spies said it was fun people-watching, as some of the would-be judges clearly had more experience with the cards than others. But it was also very collegial, as demonstrated early in the evening when District Court candidate George Zoghby was dealing to a table full of jovial judicial candidates, some of whom were running against one another.

The slate of dealers also included radio star Uncle Henry and FOX10’s Jason Smith. Making the event even more festive were all the ladies in their fancy Kentucky Derby hats. The Run for the Roses was over shortly before the festivities began, but there was still plenty of Derby-inspired partying. All for a good cause, of course.

And now this …

On his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver loves to point out the silliness that sometimes occurs on local TV newscasts, especially the way on-air talent celebrates (or is forced to celebrate) holidays. Our own FOX affiliate made it on Oliver’s show one Halloween showing “Studio 10” hosts Chasity Byrd and Joe Emer dressed up for the occasion.

This past Sunday night, FOX10 made it again, as morning news anchor Sarah Wall was shown reading something about breaking out the guacamole for Cinco de Mayo. She was just a small part of a montage of news folks from around the country referencing Cinco de Mayo, sometimes with bad Spanish or wearing sombreros. Sarah’s was not nearly as “loco” as some of the other newscasters, but I definitely think the show’s researchers have an eye on our market for material. Probably the whole Crichton Leprechaun thing. Just a guess. Thanks, WPMI!

Let them eat cupcakes

Last Thursday night, Phil & Foster played at Callaghan’s. Yes, I said Thursday night, not their regular Wednesday night gig at the Irish Social Club in the OGD. This delighted many of their fans, including one precious little girl celebrating her fifth birthday. This darling wasn’t about to celebrate alone either. She offered cupcakes to all of the patrons who were there, making for a very sweet occasion in more ways than one. Awwwwww!

KOR getting new digs?

One of my mystic spies said the Knights of Revelry may be getting a new den and float barn soon. Word on the street, Broad Street, specifically, is the mystic organization may be moving into the old Naman’s Grocery location on Broad. This seems to be the trend lately, with the Infant Mystics renovating Cotton Hall on Dauphin Street, the Mystics of Time gussying up the American Legion Hall on Government, among others. What a great way to bring these buildings back to life!

Well, kids, that’s all I got this week. I am looking forward to covering all of the summer shenanigans. Bikinis and misbehavior go together like peanut butter and jelly, so I am excited. So just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ politickin’ while partying, I will be there. Ciao!