2007 Gory Daze "Moth Ball"

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The Event

The Rio Blanco Social Club announces the 6th Annual Halloween Parade and Ball in White River Junction Saturday, October 27th, 2007. In celebration of the region’s creative spirit, the growing annual crowd sparkles with amazing costume art. The party begins at 7 pm at the Main Street Museum (58 Bridge Street), where revelers will mix and mingle in their costumes to live "honkey punk" music by Pariah Beat, live fire performances of Pyroteknika, fire spinning, juggling, fire eating and the Fire Organ!

Local puppetry artists Ria Blass and Gabriel Q are working with students from The Center for Cartoon Studies have created a special "Monster Petting Zoo". Kids of all ages can look forward to petting the "monsters" and feeding them candy corn! and dont forget -- doughnuts on strings! doughnuts on strings! doughnuts on strings! doughnuts on strings! doughnuts on strings!

Then, at 8pm, the party takes to the streets winding its way through the Upper Valley’s favorite ghost town, navigating the terrifying underpass and the adjacent beautiful sunken garden before snaking south to the newest hip part of town, the Freight House where it will all turn around head north and end up at the Tip Top Building for the Moth Ball.

Get to the Ball early (before 9pm) and get $5 off the $10 cover charge. Hot music, dancing and scary refreshments. All ages, 21 with ID to drink.

Who Comes and What Is It?

The first year we were about 50 people. A couple years ago over 200 people showed up and allegedly someone called the police to report a “riot”! While this was a thrilling review for the organizers it was also a good lesson and now we have police escort. This is a walking parade. If you come, you will be in it. People of all ages and species participate: adults, kids, teenagers, grandparents, dogs, gorillas, drag queens, everybody.

The postcard. Made by Bucy. et al.

Participating Organizations and Sponsors

Participating organizations and sponsors include: Baker's Studio, Classy Cuts, Cooler Gallery, Center for Cartoon Studies, Costumania, Elixir, Fancy Felix Costumes, Fantasy Technicians, Fitness For You, Global Health Council, Hotel Coolidge, Junction Frame Shop, Junction Frame Shop, Lampscapes, Main Street Museum, ReCover Store, Revolution, Resource Systems Group, The Silver Screen, Dr. Thomas Terry Opticians, Tip Top Cafe, Tip Top Media and Arts Building, Tip Top Pottery, TouchChi Massage Therapy, Upper Valley Food Coop, and Wave Reviews.

The History

White River Junction’s Halloween celebration began in 2002 with the artists in the Tip Top Media and Arts Building, the Main Street Museum and Revolution Vintage Clothing Store. Several of the organizers are long time revelers in another river city, New Orleans. Inspired by the small Mardi Gras street parades in the French Quarter and White River’s historic downtown, the Halloween Parade was born. Eventually the loose organization that puts it all together named themselves the Rio Blanco Social Club. Each year the celebration has grown. The Halloween parade is about public creativity, a vibrant downtown, and bringing people together to do something not only memorable but little bit crazy.

For more event and the Ball info call Gabriel Q at 802.356.3254
for info about the pre-parade madness, call the Main Street Museum
or Revolution at 802.295.6487
or info@mainstreetmuseum.org