Falls Across The Land. The Midnight Hour
is Close At Hand. Creatures Crawl In
Search of Blood To Terrorize Yawl's
Neighborhood. And Whosoever Shall Be Found
Without The Soul for Getting Down, Must Stand
And Face The Hounds of Hell And Rot Inside A
Corpse's Shell. The Foulest Stench Is In
The Air, The Funk of Forty Thousand Years. And Grizzly Ghouls From Every Tomb are closing in to
Seal your Doom. And Though You Fight To Stay
Alive Your body Starts To Shiver For No
Mortal Can Resist The Evil of The Thriller"
from Michael Jackson's 1984 hit single
"Thriller." Rap by Vincent Price
Time is here...A spooktacular time of year!
A fun time for kids as they move ghostly without
fear from house to house adorned in masks and
costumes singing happily
"Trick-or-Treat...Trick-or-Treat, Give Me Something Good To Eat.
Give Me Candy, Give Me Cake. Give Me
Something Sweet to Take!"
little eyes sparkling as they sing so sweetly, and
how gratified they are of your false ghastly
expression of gory. A bid of good night
rings out in song as they skip along their shadowy
way to frighten another one. With joy in
their hearts and thoughts of good eats, they
can't wait to get indoors to tear open their
is celebrated on the night of October 31st, and
is just a day away. Different cultures
view this holiday somewhat differently, but
traditional Halloween practices remain the
same. It is celebrated with
trick-or-treating (a catholic tradition of
eating and giving soul cakes on Halloween),
bonfires, wearing costumes (originated by
Celtic villagers who would dress up in ghoulish
costumes and noisily parade around, being as
destructive as possible in order to frighten
away spirits looking for bodies to possess),
costume parties, visiting "haunted
houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns (comes
from Irish folklore). Actually, some
think it's a time for fun, friends and family,
while others see its superstitious nature or
ties to deceased, and some religions view it as
an unholy holiday. However, millions
celebrate this holiday each year, and many do so
without knowing its origins, which makes the
holiday that much more exciting.
holiday is one of the oldest and the second most
popular in America (Christmas is the oldest).
The story of Halloween is fascinating and its
origins date back thousands of years ago,
in the Catholic Church, it comes from a
contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve -
November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or
"All Saints Day"), which is a Catholic
day of observance in honor of
in the 5th century BC about 2000 years ago the
Celts who lived in Ireland celebrated the
official end of summer on October 31st (and
continued celebrating their New Year on November
1st.) This was celebrated with the
festival "Samhain" (sow en),
which was the day that marked the end of summer
and harvest, and the beginning of the dark cold
winter. This time of year was often
associated with human death and the Celts
believed on October 31st the night before the
New Year, the boundaries between the worlds of
the living and the dead became blurred; and due
to them entirely being dependent on the volatile
natural world, they believed that all laws of
space and time were suspended allowing the
spirit world to intermingle with the
Celts further believed that the ghosts of the
dead and disembodied spirits of those who died
throughout the preceding year would returned to
earth in search of living bodies to possess for
the next year, as well as cause trouble and
damage to crops. They believed that the
presence of the otherworldly spirits made it
easier for the Druids or Celtic priest to make
predictions about the future; and to commemorate
the event the Druids build huge sacred bonfires,
where the people gathered to burn crops and
animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
it is, and the history
of Halloween is certainly worth a read, so for
more details and the history of this fascinating
CLICK HERE! Courtesy of www.history.com.
you celebrate this holiday either partying with
your friends and loved ones, or
trick-or-treating with your kids please be safe
and enjoy the holiday!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I move on, and away from Halloween, bear with me
as I share with you our first experience at a
Bonfire Party this past weekend! Actually,
My Husband - Todd and I were unaware of what a
Bonfire Party represented until
recently. (As I completed my
research of Halloween).
weekend we traveled to the woods of Maryland to
a Bonfire Party that Carl Malcolm and the
Positive Vibration Band was performing at.
When we arrived at this private party on the
several acres of land owned by the party
organizers, we were met by the bright flicker of
the flames and warmth of a large Bonfire. (See
the picture we captured on the right).
Being that it was a cold, crisp, and windy
night we were glad for the warmth of the Bonfire
which made our time watching Carl and the PVB's
performance quite pleasant. We spent the
night in the cold air enjoying the good music,
sipping cider, chatting about everything
including the weather, music and how lovely this
private outdoor party was - under the stars; as
well as trying to decipher...why a
bonfire. Funny we didn't realize at the
time the bonfire represented Halloween. (Bonfires
were lit throughout England to celebrate "Guy
Fawkes Day", and they were also
built and lit by Druids
for the Celts to burn crops and animals as
sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
To You From Our Crew!
was afforded the opportunity to see the play
"Much Ado About Nothing" which
is currently being performed nightly at the
Folger Theatre in Washington DC by a great
multi-ethnic cast. This
interesting modernized hip version of
Shakespeare's romantic comedy was indeed
quite charming and witty.
you know Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest
writer and the world's preeminent dramatist, and
it was nice to see his "Much Ado About
Nothing" set in modern day Washington
DC during the DC Caribbean Carnival
Season. The director tried to portray the
setting with Carnival masks and music.
However, for me he fell short with making me
feel as if it was Carnival Time by two (2)
simple, but very important elements of Carnival
- Soca Music and Steel Pan Music! The
masking too was not elaborate when compared to
the Caribbean Carnival Costumes and masking, but
the masks used did depict Carnival.
authenticity is very important for any public
display of culture! Therefore, I am
surprised that these important aspects of
Carnival was not portrayed, and to its
fullest. It is clear that more detailed collaboration
with folks who "live and breathe"
Carnival was not seeked, or if seeked was not conveyed
me being a part of Carnival (1) previously as
one of the members of the organizing body of DC
Carnival; as well as (2) a participant in the
parade (organizing and managing a masquerade
band). It was a bit disturbing that I
didn't get the "feel" of
Carnival. I guess this crazy thing called Carnival
has great meaning to me. I however was
proud that the play opened with the radio
commercial of the 2009 DC Carnival Celebration (voiced
by Giselle the Wassi One,) and with the
Character "Lady Beatrice"
holding the Carnival flyer in her hands which
clearly displayed the DC Caribbean Carnival Logo
(Lady Beatrice pasted the flyer onto a pillar
located on the stage which was visible
throughout the entire play.)
"Much Ado About Nothing" was
performed excellently. The modern clothing
was quite cool! The cast was indeed
multi-ethnic and positively fantastic. I
especially enjoyed Rachel Leslie who portrayed Lady
Beatrice, as well as Howard W. Overshown who
played Sir Benedict, and Alex Perez who
portrayed Dogberry. Additionally,
Roxi Victorian who portrayed"Lady Hero"
was quite good. In fact, the entire cast
closing , I must commend the Director Timothy
Douglas and his brilliant team for doing a magnificent
job, the idea of modernizing "Much Ado
About Nothing" and setting it around DC
Caribbean Carnival is awesome, despite the soca
music and steel pan music being absent (except
for the last song played entitled "Congo
Man" - The version sang by Popular Soca
Artist Machal Montano & Famous Calypsonian
The Might Sparrow). In fact,
overall the producers and director did a great
honor to DC Caribbean Carnival and the Caribbean
Community for setting the play around
Carnival. I am delighted they did, because
the recognition of this historic and festive
event is extremely precious.
certainly agree wholeheartedly with our friend
Sister Dera Tompkins who stated while conversing
with me via e-mail: "I think that the
best thing about the play is that it is a great
vehicle to get young (and old) black people
to see and relate to a Shakespeare play.
Shakespeare was a great writer and his work is
constantly referenced in writing and all
media. It is important to be aware and
familiar with his work. He was an amazing
writer whose work has transcended the centuries.
To put Shakespeare's work in a black,
contemporary context got me interested in
seeing and experiencing Shakespeare which is
something I have not done since high school.
...I hope that a lot of students and teachers
will go to see Shakespeare "in color"
in the here and now. I enjoyed the
experience and also going to the Folger Theatre
for the first time".
you must see "Much Ado About Nothing",
it will be playing at the Folger Theatre until
November 29, 2009. Check their site below
for the times and cost! If you get a
chance to check out this play, share with me
your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org.
learn more about this interesting play click the flyer
to the right for the larger copy and check out the
Folger Theatre's Website at
Special Thanks To Sister Dera for the
invite! We appreciate you including us in the
special showing of "Much Ado About Nothing"!
Sunday, November 1st the Caribbean Student
Scholarship Fund, Inc (CSSF) presents "The
Great Escape: Destination 2010" - A
fashion show featuring Designer "Robert
Young, The Cloth. This exciting show
will take place at the Sheraton Washington North
located at 4095 Powder Mill Road, in Beltsville
Maryland. Proceeds of this event benefits
the CSSF Inc. 2010 Scholarship Recipients.
Designer Robert Young is perhaps best described
as conscientious yet daring. He is as well
albeit subversively, nationalistic while
influenced by the wider region which prove the
perfect backdrop for his practical,
colorful and playful designs. He at one
point wanted to join the priesthood: to be
a man of the cloth, hence the labels
name. His dedication to his craft
can therefore only be described as
religious. Each collection seems to
represent a variation on a similar theme yet
always aware of the global trends without losing
sight of the context of his environment.
Robertís work has gone beyond the clothing
rack. His designs have been part of
presentations of the Emmy Award winning Guyanese
cum Trinbagonian mas designer Peter Minshall.
Robertís work can be seen in Jerusalem for
Minshall's Donkey Darby (1993), The Twelve Ships
in the Odyssey (1994) and The Image and
Likeness" in Tapestry (1995). He has
also designed for such legendary Caribbean icons
of music as David Rudder and the late Andre
Tanker, as well as the profound Rapso artiste
Ataklan. He has also done the costuming
and set design for several steel
orchestras' panorama final and other
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROBERT CLICK HERE!
Cloth started as a collaborative some 22 years
ago. For the last (15) years Robert Young
has single handedly maintained the label which
has come to represent a unique, dynamic
and always original Caribbean aesthetic. To
Learn More about The Cloth CLICK HERE!
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to see you there this Sunday - November 1, 2009,
for an evening of Fashion and Fun!!
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