Raynham Hall Hosts the Ghosts!
Three Ways to Have Fun at Halloween
Friday, October 25th, 2013; 8:30-11:30pm
The celebration kicks off on Friday, October 25th, from 8:30pm to 11:30pm, with Raynham Hall Museum’s annual Halloween Masquerade Ball – a costume party for grown-ups. Come as your favorite historical character or your own creation from modern day….anything goes! Guests will walk through the haunted house for the party under a tent in the museum’s Victorian garden. There will be wonderful music by the Mortimer-Lyons Band, a renowned rock and roll group who played last year to the spirited crowd. Drinks and Halloween treats will be served. The museum will be decorated with Victorian inspired spirit photos. A tarot card reader will be on hand for entertainment purposes only, of course! Some fine feathered friends will greet the guests. The birds are from Volunteers for Wildlife, which is a rehabilitation hospital for wild animals located at the Bailey Arboretum. The cost of the party is $125 per soul and $100 for members. Please call Raynham Hall Museum for more information and to register at 516-922-6808.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Kids can enjoy pumpkin decorating and storytelling under a spookily decked out tent. Storyteller Johnny Cuomo will tell the legendary ghost stories of Raynham Hall in the tradition of Irish folk balladeers. He will explain how the origins of Halloween began in Ireland and how the holiday became what is today. Children are limited to one pumpkin each, generously donated by Dodds and Eder. Also, some fine feathered friends will greet the children. The birds are from Volunteers for Wildlife, which is a rehabilitation hospital for wild animals located at the Bailey Arboretum. Suggested for children ages 3-12. $5 per child. Please register by calling Raynham Hall Museum at 516-922-6808.
Art from the Beyond: A Night of Victorian Spiritualism and Automatic Drawing
On All Soul’s Day, Saturday, November 2nd; 8:00-11:00pm
The unique setting of Raynham Hall’s colonial and Victorian mansion, with its reputation for spirit sightings and unexplained events, is the perfect place to let invisible forces guide the hand to create art or literature.
Participants (who need no formal art background) are invited to wander the historic house museum after hours.
The guide for the evening will be Raynham Hall’s own seer, Michael Goudket (B.F.A., M.A.), who will tell the many secret stories of the house’s haunted past.
Participants will be intrigued by a talk about Victorian Spiritualism, including the practice of automatic writing and drawing: the process of allowing the spirits to guide the hand in the creation of art.
Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before Michael begins the evening with a séance to invite Raynham Hall’s spirits to join the festivities. Finally, there is a chance to meditate and draw whatever comes to mind by candlelight in the gothic hall, where the fireplace has been called a portal to the spirit world. This will be a totally honest re-enactment of a Victorian event, with no trickery or special effects. This evening is for adults who are interested in rediscovering the historic connection between the mortal and astral plane… or just want to have a most unusual and entertaining experience.
Guests are urged to wear black, formal attire or period clothing to provide a suitable Victorian elegance to the evening. Attendance is strictly limited to 32 living persons and as many spirits who choose to join us. Admission is by reservation at a cost of $125 per soul or $100 per member. All tickets must be pre-paid and no door admission accepted. For reservations, call Raynham Hall Museum at 516-922-6808.