A cozy, cool Saturday afternoon at The Blazing Saddle in Des Moines

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  • WHAT: Saturday Afternoon Bingo
  • WHERE: The Blazing Saddle, 416 E. 5th St., Des Moines
  • WHO: A packed house featuring a crowd of attendees playing bingo, watching TV, or hanging out. The weekly bingo events raise money for charity.
  • WHEN: June 26, 2021
  • WHAT ELSE IS COMING UP THERE: Bingo today (starting 2 p.m.) and every Saturday; Gear Night for Iowa Leather Weekend tonight; The Graveyard drag show Sunday.
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A table of friends enjoy a packed Bingo on Sat., June 26. The Blazing Saddle holds Bingo for charity every Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.
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Bartender Eric serves a large and diverse crowd at The Blazing Saddle’s Bingo Sat., June 26.
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A group of women at The Blazing Saddle’s recent Bingo gathering take time out from the game, their drinks and pizza for a group pic.
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Robert xxxx, owner of The Blazing Saddle, sits in his traditional seat at the bar.
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Bingo brings smiles to crowds every Saturday at The Blazing Saddle in Des Moines.
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Players focus on the game!
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Some folks attend just for the ambience, even if they’re not playing bingo.
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Robert Eikleberry, owner of The Blazing Saddle, and friend Greg Ross chat outside the front of The Blazing Saddle.
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The emcee calls out Bingo numbers on a microphone during The Blazing Saddle’s weekly Bingo fun, every Saturday afternoon.
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Eikleberry and patrons watch their bingo cards and the TV during a recent Saturday afternoon charity game.
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A patron enjoys bingo, and shark glasses, at The Blazing Saddle on a recent Saturday afternoon.
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Eric, one of The Blazing Saddle’s bartenders, serves a busy crowd during a recent Saturday afternoon.

(This photo gallery is part of Long Live Community, an ongoing showcase of community gatherings and events at LGBTQ-affirming, intersectional and progressive events and venues throughout Iowa and Illinois. Photos in this gallery are by Christine Hawes, Editor; we welcome submissions of photo collections from attendees, organizers or performers! Click here or use the button below.)

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