Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
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We returned this week from a trip to Disneyworld and a chance to view this lighting spectacle. A musical light show plays every 15 minutes. It was amazing.
The culmination of the mourning exhibit was our 11 am and 2 pm mourning traditions tea on the 5th. This shot shows the dining room and the back parlor. There was seating in the front parlor as well. 28 could be seated in the 3 rooms. Both teas had sold out with a waiting list.
It was a bit chaotic getting set up and ready for the first tea but things ran smoother by the second seating. Marge Harding was the speaker for this event. She is fabulous and her collection of mourning items is just amazing. She starts out in character as a widow who has come to Deepwood to drape the house for the owner who is in seclusion. She explains many of the traditions that go hand in hand with death and grieving in the 1800s. My favorite part is when she describes coffins with bells in case someone was buried alive they can ring the bell and literally be saved by the bell. Audiences love that bit.
While Marge was taking questions and passing around some of her collection the 3 course tea was being served. New caterer that I think is a keeper. At the end of the tea guests were escorted upstairs to view the exhibit. After the first tea the staff reset things and I got to eat some of the good food. The wild mushroom tartlet and the death by chocolate cupcake were so tasty.
It was a long day and so worth it. Guests enjoyed themselves and I had the bonus of talking with an old friend. Made a new friend or two as well.
As part of the mourning exhibit Deepwood hosted a lecture on Cemetery Symbology by Kuri Gill. Looking at images of gravestones, many of them local, is always fascinating to me. The article that ran in the local paper on the event can be found here.
So many things that have kept me busy since Halloween. Halloween day was the children's party at Deepwood. Food, games, crafts, music, and face painting. The carriage house, solarium, and the tent covered tennis court were used for this event. I was parking lot witch making sure once the lot filled that families found somewhere to park.
It was a lot of fun and the parents got in to the spirit of things. Many families were all in costume.
The day after Halloween was of course the post Halloween sales. Scored one of the big glow in the dark skeletons at Target. Let's face it I always spend more than I planned at Target on the 1st. Goodwill stores mark the Halloween goodies down too. Found a kids fairy costume that I stripped the fiber optic light system out of for $4. Bought some old hats at a $1 each to cut up for new period hat bases.
It was a good Halloween and the yard stuff was finally brought in today.
Its going to be mid 50s with 20% chance of rain outside from 3-5 today. Decided that is a little chilly for some of my "pretty" costumes. 300+ kids ages 4-8 coming to the museum today and most likely I will have parking lot duty. A well dressed pirate might be the way to go. Add a wig for extra warmth. With tights my Steampunk seamstress might work as well. .
Late to the party this year for decorating. The seasonal display of squash stays up through Thanksgiving. Love the surface texture and plan to save the seeds. Our patch was a failure this year lost to powdery mildew. Going to see if we can hire a tractor to break up the heavy red soil and add amendments. Researching and shopping for mildew resistant seeds in case we have a damp spring in to summer again.
Very late this year to pick my beauties. Some were still on the vine. Stunning weather today so a few more decorations made it outside. Still arranging my swag from today on straw bales. My SIL's porch got a drive by gourding today too!
Sunday we went as Bathing Beauties with our giant Toads. One girl said I thought you looked so cute in your outfits then I saw the toads. Then I thought you guys looked creepy! Thanked her profusely for the compliment.
Long time no see. I was down for 2 weeks with a nasty head and chest cold and now its October. Walking through Walgreens yesterday I noticed a black display in the food section. Adorable packets of hot chocolate with great images. 99 cents. Bought this set for the nephew. His first term at college and I need to get a Halloween care package out asap.
The set up of this little project has been taking up some of my valuable Halloween and Steamcon preparation time. 1894 Queen Anne Victorian mansion Historic Deepwood Estate. Many of the items are from my personal collection. Exhibit runs until November 5th. Two lectures are part of the exhibit. One on decoding cemetery symbols. The second is a high tea featuring a lecture on Victorian mourning customs.
Our new neighborhood was surrounded by fireworks last night. We brought chairs out to the front driveway and watched the show. The pumpkins are loving the warm weather. The carefully tended seedlings are now thriving plants. A sneaky cucumber and a yellow squash somehow made it in to the pumpkin patch. Hey...we celebrate diversity! Have a safe and fabulous 4th!
What I love about flickr is finding friends or their friends and their favorites list. There are enough of us Halloween loving folk that some days my friends favorites list can keep me entertained for a good hour during my morning cup of tea.
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