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Halloween Countdown, Day 1

Are you ready to get this party started? I am!

I'd like to begin by sharing some photos I took last week. The historic Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky is the country's largest restored Shaker community, and its gorgeous grounds had everything needed to put me in the Halloween mood. Pumpkins? Check. Cornstalks? Check. Black cat? Check. Hay-bale spider? Check. (Click the photos for larger versions.)

Taken at the Shaker Village during A Long-Expected Party 3 in 2014 Taken at the Shaker Village during A Long-Expected Party 3 in 2014

"The Ghost of a Flower" by Anonymous

"You're what?" asked the common or garden spook
Of a stranger at midnight's hour.
And the shade replied with a graceful glide,
"Why, I'm the ghost of a flower."

"The ghost of a flower?" said the old-time spook;
"That's a brand-new one on me;
I never supposed a flower had a ghost,
Though I've seen the shade of a tree."

The Shaker graveyard was beautifully situated at the top of a hill.

Taken at the Shaker Village during A Long-Expected Party 3 in 2014 Taken at the Shaker Village during A Long-Expected Party 3 in 2014

The rest of my photos from the trip are here.

Now let's set the tone for the month with some chilling mood music. I just discovered violinist Samantha Gillogly last week at A Long-Expected Party 3, where I heard her play live and bought her CD. She's absolutely fantastic. Here is Samantha Gillogly with "Danse Macabre."


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Oct. 1st, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
To add to the Halloween goodness, here's an interesting Kickstarter. It's for a board game called This House is Haunted. While it's hardly the first haunted house board game, it has the unique concept where your house is the game board.

Oct. 1st, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, looks like a great game. I seem to be the one who just put it over the top to be funded :)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:14 am (UTC)
That is really fun! (Thanks for sharing!) I love that you use your own house in the game.

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:15 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
I've been looking forward to your Halloween Countdown. The pictures from the Shaker village set a perfect mood, especially the spider and the black cat. Love the violinist! Wishing you a shivery spooky month!! Hugs!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:16 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked the pictures and the music. Thank you for joining me for the countdown. May you enjoy a shivery spooky month too! :D *hugs back*

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:16 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeay! It's October! Great photos (and party, by the looks), especially the hay bale spider - what a picturesque spot. The Ghost of a Flower was lovely. And you posted violin music on the very day that I scribbled down the name of a violin teacher in town here - how spooky! *g* What a brilliant start to the month. Thank you - and happy October!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
Yay! Happy October to you! I'm so tickled that you liked the photos and poem.

And you posted violin music on the very day that I scribbled down the name of a violin teacher in town here - how spooky! *g*

How fun! I love it when things fall together like that. And I admire you greatly for pursuing the violin. I really do love its sound.

Thank *you* - and may your month be enjoyably spooktacular!

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:18 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yay! October!

Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
Yay! I love this photo! What gorgeous colors. It's perfect: my favorite color *IS* October!

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:20 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Hurray! My daily dose of the macabre begins :)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:22 am (UTC)
Yay! Happy October! Thanks for joining me for the countdown. :)

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:22 am (UTC)
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Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much for joining me for the countdown. May your October be spooktacular!

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:23 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
It's October! Let the countdown begin! *g*

I love the pictures, especially the spider. And a homage to the dwarves of Lord of the Rings! I can see why it would be a great place for a wedding.

Edited at 2014-10-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
Yay! Happy October!

I'm so tickled that you like the photos. :) It was an amazing event in the absolute perfect setting. It couldn't have been better.

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Pretty song. Love me some dark and spooky violin playing. I also love the poem!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:27 am (UTC)
Yay! Isn't the song perfect? I'm so glad you like it, too. The poem makes me smile. :) Happy October!

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:28 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yay, back for another year of Halloween goodness! Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer us!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for joining me! I hope you enjoy it. May your October be spooktacular!

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:28 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love your Halloween posts so much! That poem is delightful and I'm saving that somewhere.

(Thank you for the b-day wishes! I already treated myself to a new scarf and my husband is treating me to a Star Trek convention because I'm nerd. ;D)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 11:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy that you enjoy the countdown. And your b-day sounds wonderful. A Star Trek convention as a gift? Way to go, husband! That's brilliant. *applauds* Here's to nerds and our holidays! ;D

Edited at 2014-10-02 11:02 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
Yay for your Halloween Countdown! :) Always look forward to this SO SO SO much. So glad it's here! :D

Oct. 2nd, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so tickled that you like the countdown. I hope you enjoy the posts this year! Thanks for joining me, my friend. *hugs*

Edited at 2014-10-02 11:03 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 09:11 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm looking forward to your posts!

Nice music. It reminds me of Shira Kammen's music. She plays medieval fidel though (that's a precursor to/cross between the viol and violin). If you listened to PJ Holyfield's podcast novel _Murder at Avedon Hill_, you'll recognize it. Shira Kammen: http://shirakammen.com/
Oct. 2nd, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much!

And huge thanks for putting Shira Kammen on my radar. *flails in delight* Fantastic!

Edited at 2014-10-02 11:05 am (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Yay, you started with Shaker Village pix! I love that place so much.

Samantha does lovely music, I agree. Does she have another CD? Danse Macabre was not on the one I bought at the trading post.

Happy October!
Oct. 5th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
That is such an idyllic place!

As far as I know, Samantha has the one CD (which we bought at the trading post), plus two singles, which are available on iTunes and as a download at Amazon, among other places. I bought those, too: one is this "Danse Macabre," and the other is the Tolkien-esque "Misty Mountain."

Happy October to you, too!

Edited at 2014-10-05 12:41 am (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Aha, I shall look for that then.
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