Pat O comes back from a meeting with the Department of Buildings triumphant. They had not actually denied our application for a Letter of No Objection, only not approved it. (Bureaucracy.) They needed a better understanding of what activities take place in this church. And halfway through the meeting, our Borough President Gale Brewer showed up, waited, then weighed in, with helpful precedents from our neighbors, like SPSA. And at the conclusion of it all, our code consultant (new name for expeditor) said, wow, you guys must be really well connected…They will let us know soon, perhaps even Monday, of their decision. Point is, Gale came through. A political victory, if nothing else.
Then we meet with one of our theatre people, Lee, who wants to know our wish list, our dream list. She may have a line on some significant funding source, if job creation is part of the project. We try not to get too many hopes up. But then, you just never know. Just never know.
Pat K has brought in skulls and other decorations. Our neighbor Jen has brought candy.Leila has created a spooky environment in the front of the church.
|Trick or treaters|
|Leila did the decorations. And brought the masks|
First to arrive are a family from France. With two little girls. Heading back to France tonight. They do a cute recitation ending with …and if you haven’t got a hay-penny, then God bless you…with a heavy French accent. And we give them their treats.
That starts a steady stream of costumed kids and parents. All goes well until one little girl, who has apparently had too much candy, let’s fly seemingly twice her volume in regurgitation. Her mom tries to help. I wind up with the mop. Late in the day, Jen drops by with her kids. When we close up, Nanna is ready to head to the Village. I’m not sure she knows what she is in for.
|A steady stream|
And soon enough, it’s time for a special Halloween edition of Open Mic. There are, of course, costumes. David L as a cowboy.
RL with his duster, his all black western
gear and his long barreled pistol.
as a pimp with gold chain, hat
and cigar. And later, Victoire as Little Red Riding Hood
and Henri as a pirate.
Mandola Joe, well he comes as the green man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man) although with his homemade hat from his grandmother’s
pillow, he could pass for a leafy byzantine pope.
|Don't draw on RL|
|Little Red Riding Vic|
|Mandola Joe as the Green Man|
The music picks up scary themes as well. But tonight’s real surprise is my friend Beppe with his gong. He uses it in a multifaceted way, creating a sonic journey akin to what the contemporary electronic musicians do. But with an acoustic instrument with a variety of mallets, brushes, other devices, and wind chimes. And we are all entranced. Joe is especially moved.
|Beppe and gong|
|Joel and Srteve|
Pat O has an extended solo with his new electronic pedal board.
I start by explaining that my friend said that I should be a Pirate for Halloween, so that is why I am wearing my Pirate jersey. (Number 21, Roberto Clemente, the great one…) I do three scary songs. My own Johnny Walker Red, Dylan’s …Hard Rain…(I’m finally getting it down enough to really push it…) and bring Pat O and Mandola up for Long black veil, the first song we ever did together.
Little Red Riding Vic’s Halloween miracle is convincing RL ( I said I don’t play top back up other people…) to join her and Mandola Joe on stage for House of the Rising Sun. (I love how she rhymes sew…with new so that it sounds like sued my new blue jeans..)
performs for the first time, a traditional
song and then La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.
|Vic's dream comes true|
And then, as always, Stay Awhile as a closer. Yet again another good night.