Friday, September 16, 2016

Creatures of the Night Moonlight Soirée, or an Evening with the Insomniac

You know how the insomniac  is always whining about how boring Hallowe'en has become since we moved out to the Spooky Forest? How the first year we had only one child brave enough to come Trick or Treat at the Little Gothic Cottage; the second year not much of an improvement over the first, with a mere three showing up on our doorstep. How it all seemed so pointless to literally spend weeks decorating the cottage, only to pack it all away the following day after a disappointing turnout on All Hallows' Eve. And let's not even talk about all the leftover candy one is then forced to consume over the next month due to such a dismal Lack of Attendance.

A mere ten days ago, while enjoying a glass of wine with a friend and bemoaning the fact that Hallowe'en has been a bit of a disappointment lately, the idea came about of creating a special event at a local establishment to remedy that situation. Et voilà - before she could give any serious thought as to what she was getting herself into - the Creatures of the Night Moonlight Soirée was born.

Soirée - an evening party or gathering,
typically in a private house, for conversation or music.

Occasionally held in a Spooky Forest. But not in October.

Although the Rockyview Hotel isn't the insomniac's  private house, it does feel rather like her home away from home, having spent a substantial amount of time there since March of this year helping redecorate the hotel during its makeover - it is, without a doubt, the perfect venue. After all, where else could one expect to find such eerie ambiance than a reportedly haunted turn-of-the-century hotel? As an added bonus, one does not have the responsibility of tidying up the place beforehand, although it seems unlikely she'll be unable to delegate cleanup duties to anyone other than herself afterwards. Shame. That would have really made it perfect. 

Now although designing posters, assisting the chef with menu selections, determining what goes into the Sepulchral Souvenir Sacks, decorating the hotel and all those other enjoyable tasks that are part and parcel of such an event are right up the insomniac's  alley, longtime readers of this blog know certain social situations strike absolute terror into her little black heart. How she'll manage to get through having to emcee that evening without collapsing on the floor in a blithering heap remains a mystery, although one does suspect alcohol might be the solution. The trick will be to consume just enough and no more, to avoid collapsing on the floor in a blithering heap.

Without further ado, a tantalizing taste of what to expect on October 29th, as outlined in the following Official Event Brief. Obviously the insomniac  has had professional help with this soirée - would you ever expect the words “Event Brief” to escape her lips otherwise? Notations in parentheses are the insomniac's  own and will not appear in the Official Press Release.

DO YOU DARE?


Exhume your finest moldering crypt wear - that hasn't seen the light of day since whatever century it was you perished in - and surrender to the darkness alongside your fellow Creatures of the Night at this inaugural event.

Indulge in a unique Southern Gothic feast not for the faint of heart. Let our eerie themed cocktails trickle down your throat, hastening your descent into a shadowy underworld of temptation, sensory exploration and your inevitable submission to the dark.

Our moonlight soirée is as exclusive as it is unusual, with limited seating in the newly renovated historic (and haunted) Rockyview Hotel, downtown Cochrane. Be not afraid … this event is perfect for singles or couples, as we shall dine in authentic banquet style. So cozy up to the pale temptress on your left while rubbing elbows with the aristocratic fiend on your right, as we twist your taste buds with truly delicious, yet alarming, delicacies.

Cryptkeeper Cocktail Hour: 8:00-9:00 PM


Signature Cocktails:    Kiss of Death Martini, Eternal Sleep Sangria, Rogue Dead Guy Ale 

Appetizer:    Bloody Stake Tartare on Crostini

Our resident Psychic to the Underworld will be walking amongst the crowd, giving a brief reading to any who might be interested.

Shop and explore the Insomniac’s Attic pop-up boutique  … a distinctive collection of Gothic Style, with a smattering of Steampunk and a dash of Dark Mori. For lovers of antiques, natural history, taxidermy, and admirers of Baroque, Victorian and Art Nouveau.

(Exclusively for this evening, the insomniac  plans on digging deep within the bowels of her basement, unearthing items that have never before seen the light of day. She cannot say exactly what those items might be at this time, as she has not yet gone down into the bowels of her basement and started digging.)

The Fiendish Feast: 9:00-10:00 PM


First Course:

Tentacled Calamari on a Bed of Wilted Greens


Second Course:

Skewered Alligator Kabob

Third Course:
Choice of Freshly-Speared Boar or Bludgeoned Game Hen
Bloody Beets
Exotic Toadstool Risotto

Fourth Course:
Choice of Dark Chocolate Square with Severed Lady’s Finger Garnish or
Pears Poached in the Blood of Virgins and Stuffed with Figs

(Although one thinks  the chef said figs, he does have a slight accent. He may have said frogs.)

Throughout the feast, guests will be serenaded by the haunting melodies of harpist Adrienne Schipperus (during those rare moments she isn't being interrupted by the insomniac gleefully describing each menu item in gruesome detail to her dinner companions).

Monster Mash 10:00-11:00 PM


Feel free to shop and peruse Insomniac’s Attic, as well as explore the hotel and inspect the saloon in the adjacent room.

Creatures of the Night 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM


Your only fear is to make it back to the mausoleum before dawn, as you crash the festive bash at the Texas Gate Saloon right next door. Live DJ, costume party and plenty of Halloween Despair. (Isn't that a delightful turn of phrase? Hallowe'en Despair. Absolutely brilliant - obviously not the insomniac's  contribution.)

If the above lineup isn't your idea of the most perfect night out imaginable, perhaps you should refrain from purchasing a ticket and spend your All Hallows' Eve weekend firmly planted in front of the television in the safety of your home. As for the rest of us - the insomniac  is so looking forward to meeting you all, delighting in this opportunity to spend an evening surrounded by her fellow Creatures of the Night.

All except the part where she has to emcee ... she's really not looking forward to that part. Not at all.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

48 comments:

  1. Sounds like so much fun. Love your spooky spread with the tentacled calamari and bloody beets. I think a party is the way to go when your trick or treat turnout is low. Ooops - that rhymes in a lame way. Wish I could attend your soiree' but will be having one of my own and it is one hell of a commute. Still, it Sounds like a splendid time.

    I have a tarot reader coming too - turns out one of my guests used to read tarot so I am setting up a table for her - Madam Toll's Tarot Reading! Liquid courage my friend - have 1, 2 perhaps 3 of those kiss of death martinis before grabbing that microphone. You might collapse in a heap but it will be due to alcohol, not nerves. Best of luck and keep us updated when you can.

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    1. I know it's going to be a blast, lady M. And I know the meal is going to be fantastic - the chef is really getting into it! I'm thrilled about the whole thing and hope it's a great success so I can do it every year - then you guys won't have to listen to me bellyache about how dismal Hallowe'en is any more. lol

      Madame Toll - is that her real name? How cool. You'll have to share your reading with us all. Yes, liquid courage is the way to go! No microphone - I think that would send me over the edge. Luckily, it really is an intimate gathering so I think my voice will carry without it. I will totally share pictures of the event afterwards!! And there's a professional photographer coming, so you can count on the quality being much better than my usual lame offerings. ♥

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  2. Wow, what a neat idea! I love the courses :D I think it will be an amazing event.

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    1. I think I miss doing birthday parties for the youngest, Lesthi - her birthday is on November 1st and it was always a Hallowe'en theme. Maybe I'm just trying to relive those good times only on a much larger scale. I know it's going to be great fun, and I'll be sure to take pictures of all the food for you! ♥

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  3. Build it and they will come! I am sooooooo proud to virtually know you CLEVER Gal xoxoxox. This is brilliant on sooo many levels! Bring a community together, meet you neighbours, engage all ages! So important , especially in northern communities! Some will be afraid, but do not dispair, you and your team will succeed, you have planted important seeds! Now be free to BE YOU! Your courage and positive energy is contagious! I am in admiration and awe of you! Truly! xoxoxoxoxoDebi, I will dream walk that night!

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    1. The enthusiastic response as I've been putting up posters has far exceeded anything I ever imagined, Debi. I'M SO PUMPED!

      You are such a loyal supporter of everything I do. I cannot begin to tell you how much that means to me, and I am so happy you will be with us all “in spirit” that evening. Maybe next year in person. ♥

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  4. I love it. You worded everything so well! I stand in awe of your creative abilities!

    I'm like you though, I wouldn't want to emcee. As a matter of fact, I'm not crazy about social gatherings at all. Still, it looks like you've got quite an event lined up--and at a very appropriate venue!

    No one ever comes to my place for Halloween. In my city parents are encouraged to bring their kids to the town square for trick or treating. That's a good safety measure, but the sun is still shinning when it happens and to me, that kind of kills the Halloween spirit. I can't help but think that they don't come to my place because....well, they think I'm the "witch man" who lives by the cemeteries. So they stay away.

    I do go out for awhile, but I don't mind the solitude when I come home. I always put a candle in a Jack 0' Lantern, turn the lights off, and just take it all in for awhile. For me, that's the essence of it all.

    I do have a question though: I see that you're offering alligator kabob on your menu. So, did you sneak down here to Arkansas to catch one without stopping by to say hello and to drink a couple at my favorite pub? Just wondering.

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    1. Haha, thanks Nightwind! I'm quite nervous about the whole emcee business. I'll be fine greeting everyone at the door and when I'm busy at my table after dinner - having done a few markets now, I'm better at that than I once was. But I need some serious help with public speaking. :)

      In the city, everyone takes their kids to the malls these days for candy. Seriously? The mall? I find it quite disheartening. Still, I think I'd be scared to come to your place too, even at my age - cause you do kinda look like the “witch man”. Although in my books, that's a really huge compliment. ♥

      I thought of asking if you'd mind shipping us up some alligator, but turns out the restaurant supplier can get it for us by special order - that needs to be in by next week because I'm almost positive it's coming all the way from Arkansas! Heaven forfend - as if I'd come down there and not stop in for a few! You know me better than that. ;)

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  5. SONOVABITCH! My Rare One and I are leaving for Maui on October 26th. Otherwise, we'd FOR SURE make the trip down from Edmonchuk for your FABULOUS event! I hope it's a HUGE success and that you'll do it all again NEXT year when we're around! Now I'm sad.

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    1. DAMMITTOHELL! Although Maui does sound really really nice, Debra. But I wish you could have come - kinda sad myself. ♥

      Well, I'm definitely hoping it's a success and we can do it again next year. Because you know that during my sleepless nights (which is practically every night since the inception of this event) I've already got enough themes and decor planned for at least another four years. lol

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  6. Wow that really sounds like a winner. Hope it a fabulous success. Be sure to post lots of photos afterwards for those of us at the other end of the continent.

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    1. I'm pretty excited, Fran! Thank you, I hope it is too! ♥

      And for sure I will post a ton of photos and write a post about all the fun we had. Might take me a few days after the event though - I think I'll need to sleep for about a week after it's over. ;)

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  7. OH MY! That sounds like so much fun! You KNOW I would come if I could - just for the chance to dress up alone. But I would love to see the hotel you have transformed so well. Sigh. Knock 'em dead - hahaha!

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    1. I KNOW you would, Mel! And I bet your outfit would knock everybody dead, too! Oh wait - I think everybody's supposed to be dead already. lol

      One day you'll take a trip to Alberta and come see me and the hotel, I just know it. Unless I come to Vancouver first. ♥

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  8. If I could get there I SO would! I expect a post-bash post filled with photos and gruesome description!

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    1. It's too bad everyone who reads this blog lives so darn far away, Ali. It would be awesome to have you all here. ♥

      You bet! A HUGE post filled with tons of pictures and commentary. You'll need two cups of coffee to get through it all. lol

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  9. Sounds like so much fun (and extremely well-planned)! I hope it's a success!
    Oh, and by the way, "candy 'forced' to consume"? *coughs*

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    1. I haven't had this much fun in years, Variations on Light! And thank you - I hope so too! ♥

      Yeah, “forced” was probably a bit of an exaggeration. Oh fine - I actually shut the lights off early in the evening so the kids don't come to the door - that way I get to keep most of it myself. ;)

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  10. I wish I could come and meet you and have you describe ghastly meal items! I live in hope of its of pictures from you and others!

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    1. Oh, I wish so too, Laura! ♥ I hope others are just as excited to have me describe ghastly meal items to them as you would be. And I promise there will be a LOT of pictures. Professionally done - i.e. not by me. ;)

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  11. Oh, it sounds like so much fun, I'm sure it will be a huge success and restore your enthusiasm for Hallowenn...! ;) I wish a lived 'a tad' closer so I can attend your fabulous soirée!^^

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    1. It's already restored my enthusiasm, Lynoire ... seriously, I'm having a blast and I haven't even started sourcing the decorations yet!

      I wish you did too, and if you did come I know your outfit would be absolutely AMAZEBALLS! ♥

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  12. If you see a slight hint of green oozing out of my words... know it's good old envy. Hades' dancing balls, this is awesome! The menu alone made me want to reach for my axe and at least three knives. I wish, I wish, I wish...

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    1. Waaaaaait ... I think I just might see some green. lol

      I wish, I wish, I wish, too ... I think nothing would be more exciting than you showing up at the hotel restaurant with your axe and three knives in hand, Magaly! ♥

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  13. This is *so* my type of evening! How absolutely wonderful! The Menu, the resident Psychic...If I win the Lottery between now and then I will be there...♥♥

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    1. Mine too ... hopefully there's a lot more like us out there, Wild Fairy. ;) I'm very excited to hear the harpist play and get a mini reading from the psychic - we have some amazing talent coming! Fingers crossed for you winning the lottery, and then me right afterwards, 'kay? ♥♥

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  14. Ooh! This sounds heavenly!
    I can hardly wait to see images of the party in full swing ♥

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    1. Yeah? Even the severed lady's fingers? Not too gross? lol

      There will be scads of pictures on Instagram that evening, then I'll be writing a blog post after the event so I can include a whole bunch more! ♥

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    2. Nope, those sounds heavenly, too :)

      Have fun! ♥

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  15. Well that sounds like the ticket for a great Halloween! Although, Calamari and Alligator?? You Canadians eat some weird stuff! :)

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    1. Well thank you, Mark! If I do this again next year, I'll start in January so I can make some proper graveyard statues for out front of the hotel - just like yours! I know they wouldn't compare though. Maybe I could just fly you up here and you could make them for me? The spouse has a brand new very large shop he's filling up with lots of new tools, if that makes the thought any more appealing. It's heated, too. lol

      WE eat weird stuff like poutine. YOU guys eat Alligator! Don't you? ;)

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    2. New tool shop you say? Heated you say? Hmmmm..... ;)

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    3. Thought that might get your attention. ;)

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  16. Awesome! What an amazing evening you have pulled together! I went as far as checking into airline ticket prices - surprisingly cheap! - until I remembered ... oops it's on the youngest's 13th birthday. Bad mom no cocktail. 🍸
    The menu sounds delicious and suitably creepy (release the baby kraken!). Fortune tellers wandering harpists and the Insomniac! Have a blast!

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    1. No way - did you really? How awesome you even thought about coming! And if it weren't the youngest's 13TH BIRTHDAY, I'd say - well, I think you know what I'd say. Still, lucky 13 - it just wouldn't be right to miss that one. I guess. ;)

      Oooooh, can I use that kraken line? I think it might work in my speech. And I'll sample one of EACH of the Signature Cocktails just for you ... and then one of each for me. ♥

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    2. Of course!!!! I'd be honored.
      Heh heh! better call an uber!!! xxoo

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  17. Everything sounds so lovely I wish I could teleport there! Do remember to take lots and lots of photos to share with us who will remain far away and jealous.

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    1. I wish you could too, Heather! And I hope to take so many pictures it will fill up TWO blog posts. ♥

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  18. Ahhmeerrrgeerrddd this sounds positively enchanting! Why oh why do you live so far away? I hope you have a smashing time!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Misantropia! And I believe the question should be, “Why oh why do YOU live so far away?” I know I'll have a great time - right after the public speaking part is over with. Hah!

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  19. Sorry it has taken me so long to get over here. I've been running about (some might say amok) like a headless chicken of late and every time I have set off to visit, I've been waylaid! *le sigh*

    This event sounds like sooooooo much fun! I wish I could magically attend, but as I suspect that wish won't be granted (*gumble, grumble* ;) ), I wish instead that you and your guests have a thoroughly fang-tastic evening!! And yay for alcohol!!! :D

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    1. Sorry it has taken me so long to answer, Little Gothic Horrors! Life is busy and there's no need to apologize - I totally commiserate. ♥

      I wish all my blog friends could attend - wouldn't that be great fun? Maybe someday one of us actually will win the lottery and our wish will come true! Yes, alcohol - yay indeed. ;)

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  20. OMG a Soiree such as this is the stuff my October Dreams are made of! What a fabulous solution to the lack of Trick-Or-Treating in the Spooky Woods! At the Old Historic Homestead I always had that problem, tho' in the heart of the City the Rumors about the place being Haunted scared all the Trick-Or-Treaters away and few braved to even walk on the same side of the street to get past... always to my lamentations since I decorated up a storm and had tons of candies to hand out. New Villa Boheme' is indeed in subdivision Hell, but there are plenty of kiddos and nobody is fearful of stepping up to a Santa Barbara Tuscan McManse *LOL* tho' if they were to get a gander inside, we'd probably start rumors... but for now we thoroughly enjoyed our first Halloween last year celebrated as if we were Normal people not to be terrified of. *Winks* I can't wait for coverage of your Event!!! Just Wish I could attend... Le Sigh... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. We had the same problem in the city, Dawn. We were in an unlit back alley that few children were brave enough to come down unless they were with their parents. Tuscan McManse - what an excellent moniker! I wish you many trick-or-treaters again this year - there has to be some small benefit to living in Subdivision Hell! lol

      And I wish you could attend too. Maybe next year? Between all the photographers coming that night, at least you won't have to rely on MY pictures for good coverage of the event! ♥

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  21. That sounds so fun. I am jealous.

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    1. I'm really excited about it, Rhonda - wish you could come! ♥

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  22. This sounds incredibly fun!I hope you have a blast!

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    1. I am having such a great time preparing for this event! Thrifting for decorations, pulling things out of my own Large Stash, sewing my dress for the evening, etc. etc. It's helping keep my mind off the emceeing part. lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Incipient Wings. And thank you so much for commenting! ♥

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