October 31st, 2005
|05:03 pm - Season of the Witch|
theentwife's Halloween party:
anarchist_nomad dressed as Kurt Cobain.
bear_grizzled dressed as a Big Mac.
blaisepascal dressed as a second baseman for the A's.
burnstr2 dressed as a pimp.
coyotehowls dressed as the main character of "A Clockwork Orange".
gmdraves dressed as a new superhero: Ice Mime, though it looked more like your father.
haeger dressed as something oval, but what, specifically, you can't tell, though it looked more like a witch.
kevinfilan forgot to put on clothes!
klsiegel dressed as "Bones" McCoy from "Star Trek".
mowglikat dressed as a Level 10 wizard, and it suited them disturbingly well.
ms_redcat dressed as the love child of Howard Stern and Tonya Harding.
taogroovewitch dressed as a new member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Phantom Dreamer.
thatgothgrrl dressed as a squirrel.
thevamp_hirudo dressed as a vampire.
zon14 dressed as Satan.
Throw your own party at the Hallomeme!
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Crawled home at dawn for the second night in a row after attending this year's set of Witches' Balls and I'm more than a bit pooped from all the partying, so I'll likely stay in tonight & do my annual scary movie festival. I haven't decided yet what movies I'll pull from my DVD collection, but there's a pretty good chance one of them will be "The Others" and another will be "Interview with the Vampire" -- I also might watch the classic "Death Takes a Holiday" and/or "The Raven".
Friday night was spent with couragebear -- I introduced him to Korean cuisine then we went to see the new Zorro movie, which was a wonderful romp of a film -- a little action, a little adventure, a little romance and a lot of farce -- the movie had a wonderful tongue in cheek sense of humor that I found delightful, as I did its affirmation of the value of family. We had a great time and I ended up coming home in the wee hours after dessert at a diner near the movie theater.
Saturday night I spent with another friend -- he took me out for dinner in his neighborhood then we watched some TV at his place before I got into my costume and left for the Enchantments Witches' Ball, which this year was being co-sponsored by the vampires who run the Endless Night Festival, which is usually held in New Orleans but was moved to Gotham because of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a few weeks ago.
When I got to the club where the Ball was being held I could tell this wasn't going to be the usual Witches' Ball. The first and most important difference was the crowd -- instead of the usual colorful parade of pagans in costumes and wenchwear I was confronted by a sea of black. Black, black and more black. There were the occasional glints of silver and the rare white outfit, but the crowd was very, very Goth. I was one of the few people in costume (I had chosen to be the Hindu goddess Ganga -- the river Ganges -- in a silver, blue and gray shalwar kameez and dupatta that had mirrors embroidered into it) -- most of the crowd was in standard Goth-wear -- black clothes, silver jewelry and very pale makeup. Quite a few folks were wearing fangs also.
The best part of the night was the music -- the opening act was the band Ego Likeness (I missed all but one song of their set) with The Crüxshadows as headliners. I'd never heard them before, although I'd heard of them -- so I listened to them with new ears, and I liked very much what I heard! I was lucky enough to be right at the front of the stage, albeit off to the side, so I had a perfect view of the show -- the guitarist George Bikos (sporting a blond mohawk) was only a foot or two away from where I was. Since I'm unfamiliar with their music, I can't give many titles of the songs they played, but a few were announced. The set started off with a recitation of Poe's "Annabel Lee", before they launched into a series of songs, including "Eurydice" and one I really liked, "Marilyn, My Bitterness", then ended with "Winterborn (This Sacrifice)" and had "Cassandra" as an encore with Ego Likeness.
After the show was done I bought the DVD that they had shot last year at Leipzig's Wave Gotik Treffen, which is the world's largest Goth festival, with more than 20,000 people in attendance. It came with an EP as part of the package, plus I bought two of their albums, "Echoes and Artifacts" and "Night Crawls In" -- the frontman Rogue was kind enough to sign them for me and we chit-chatted a bit. He also gave me several hugs. :) No pics though, since I had no camera. :(
Ian Fford and the other DJs there spun a lot of great tunes, including quite a few in German, and I had fun dancing to some of my favorites, like Unheilig's "Armageddon" -- since this club has a regular Goth night, I may return to dance there some time in the future.
There were a few things I was a bit underwhelmed by though -- the Samhain ritual was pretty much an afterthought at this Witches' Ball, and not terribly well done. I attribute this to the fact that Enchantments is now under new ownership. :P Still, the fact that Samhain was barely given a nod at this event bothered me quite a bit. I was also very bothered by the lack of pagans in the crowd -- I didn't see any folks I knew there, which made the event less fun for me, since part of the reason I attend the Witches' Ball is to dance and have fun with my friends, some of whom I've known for close to twenty years. The crowd at this Ball was mostly Goths and vampyres -- while some might also identify as pagan, they are more likely to be part of the "dark" crowd, not the earth-centered folk I generally associate with. So that made the evening less fun than it otherwise would have been, despite the great music.
After toddling home as the sun rose, I slept most of the day until awakened by a friend, who called to ask me out to dinner that night. We had a very nice meal at a Turkish restaurant in his neighboorhood. Since he wasn't really all that interested in going out later, I went to Charmed by Starr's Witches' Ball by myself.
I had a wonderful time there!!
This Witches' Ball had everything the Enchantments one had lacked -- namely PAGANS! Lots and lots of them -- in all sorts of wonderful colorful costumes! Herne, Sekhmet, Dionysus and many other deities were represented. Joe and Jezibell did a great job of getting wonderful entertainment, including bellydancers and the band Incus. The venue was great too -- there was a stage, 2 floors worth of dancing, and a rooftop enclosed garden with a fish pond and fountain where there were vendors, readers and a bar and lots of places to sit and chat with friends. I ran into someone I'd been to high school with there -- apparently he recognized me after all these years. (That's sooooo good for my ego!!) Since he's relatively new to paganism, I introduced him round to all my friends, including other UnMembers in attendance. I also spent quite a bit of time catching up on the news with friends I hadn't seen in a while.
The best part of the Witches' Ball is the sense of celebrating with a community of people who you've known for years -- that's why I attend. Joe and Jez and their coven did a great job with the midnight ritual and it was great to be dancing Samhain in with my friends, old and new.
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: "All Hallow's Eve Again" by Incus
So THAT'S why the shelves were so threadbare when I went last...!
So what's the deal? Do we know anything about the new proprietors? Or what happened to the old ones?
Do we know anything about the new proprietors? Or what happened to the old ones?
I met the new owner, Stacy, at the Enchantments Witches' Ball. She was the one leading the Samhain ritual. Let's be polite and say she did not leave me with a great impression. I can give you an earful offline if you wish, but I don't feel comfortable discussing exactly why
I say that in a place where it might possibly be read by her or her friends or associates.
The former owners are now in upstate NY and have opened a new shop there called The Broomstick
My understanding from quite a few people I spoke to at Sunday night's Witches' Ball is that the new owner of Enchantments is alienating the community that had supported the store for so many years. Not a smart business move!!!
I haven't shopped there myself since certain folks who used to work there are gone. There is more to a Craft store than just books, jewelry and incense. Those items can easily be bought elsewhere, especially in New York City.
|Date:||November 5th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)|| |
We're Here... The OLD Owners of Enchantments Inc.
Blessed Be Everyone,
This is Carol Bulzone and Paula Forester. (Carol aka Lady Miw, HPs - former owner of Enchantments Inc for 21 years.)
Yes... it is said what the "new" ownership has done to Enchantments. Enchantments is no longer Enchantments anymore. It seems like the Goddess and the Craft is no longer a priority there and we are absolutely sickened by it.
We have opened a new store in Upstate New York (because we moved) - located 2 1/2 hours northwest of Manhattan called "The Broomstick." It is everything Enchantments WAS... and then some.
We are also going to start on-line ordering through out website and are planning Wiccan/Pagan gatherings in this area (Liberty, New York - Sullivan County).
We miss all of our old friends but it is heart-warming to know that Joe and Jez are keeping the "true nature of the Craft" (and the Witches Ball) alive and well in Manhattan. And Carol has officially passed the "mantle" of running her traditional events to Joe and Jez (some of Manhattan's BEST pagan elders.)
We invite you to visit our website: http:www.thebroomstick.com - e-mail us - webmaster@thebroomstick. com ... or if you are in the area - STOP IN!
Much Love and Light and Goddess Bless!
Carol Bulzone, Lady Miw HPs and Paula Forester
(formerly of Enchantments Inc)
Current Owners of THE BROOMSTICK
|Date:||November 5th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: We're Here... The OLD Owners of Enchantments Inc.
The line should read: Yes... it is SAD what the "new" ownership has done to Enchantments.
If you are a "former" customer of Enchantments... we'd love to hear from you. E-mail us at email@example.com
Carol and Paula
|Date:||November 5th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: We're Here... The OLD Owners of Enchantments Inc.
Hallo Carol & Paula!
Thanks for stopping by & including your comments in my LiveJournal! Nice to see you here. :)