Now that we attend the annual Rum & Onions Halloween Contradance sponsored by the Princeton Country Dancers, Halloween is as much an inspiration for our own costumes as it was for our sons when they were small. Last year I knitted 3 Hallowigs (the Knitty.com Hallowig pattern is here) – the 2 hot pink ones for friends, and the black one for me were a quick knit during last summer’s drive to and from Timber Ridge Family Week; I danced the night away as Cleopatra, with wig and (recycled) aluminum foil snake tiara. These dances are a hoot! As if the contradancing weren’t enough fun, dancing in costume added hilarity to the exhilaration of dancing with so many enthusiastic dancers from Delaware to New York.
This year my knitted “costume” is year is inspired by past research into the history of the use of mythology in Italian late Renaissance musical theater – I made a Medusa headress (something like this hat from KnitPurl, but) out of serpent-colored hand-dyed silk/wool yarns from MCY Creations. My husband appeared elegantly-dressed in his usual Morris Man whites (1, 2 and 3)
The dance was on Saturday, October 27th at the Princeton High School Auditorium. We missed the afternoon dancing, but arrived in time for the community pot-luck supper, followed by the costume dance from 7-11 pm. The caller, Pittsburgh-er Ron Buchanan, was terrific, and the “Rum & Onions Orchestra” (45+ area musicians of all stripes) a blast to dance to. More photos of the fun are available here.
Fortunately no one “groped” during the dancing, so there was no need to turn any partners into stone.