Well, friends, this had to be one for the books. I can't ever remember our having such a cold, ran, snowy, sleety, rainy, all round miserable day for Halloween.
If someone had wanted to bet me on it, I'd have taken the bet. And I'm not a gambler. Looking out over the harsh landscape, I felt sure this would have an effect on turn-out. Which it did. But it was perfectly understandable.
I got there early (about 1:30) to decorate, as is my custom, and the temperature that is displayed on one of the building signs showed it to be 35 degrees. I knew it had nowhere else to go but down... Still we had a nice turnout for so crappy a day.
Dave Willard stepped in for Greg Mank, and showed the excellent German film "M".
We had a costume contest, and Nina Hawes won for her costume as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
I was a bit under the weather, so I left after that. We will find out later what other movies were screened and who lasted until morning.
Next month we will be screening "V for Vendetta". Now I know you're thinking, "Hendo, I thought you said we were encouraging people to have movies we can vote on". Well, yes we are... but we haven't gotten to the point where we will tell folks what to do. We do encourage future presenters to have a vote on a movie night. Not that we're against single movie nights, but we've had a long run of them.
We will be having the 2nd Silent Auction in December. If you have anything to donate, please bring it on in.
So far we have 6 people running for the board- John Ward, Nina Hawes, Charlie Wittig, Tom Proveaux, myself and Dave Willard (who holds the distinction of being the only board member to hold office since the club's founding. Throughout the years others have retired or left to give someone else a chance at being on the board). If you'd like to run, pls see Sam DiBlasi or Rick Arnold.
Remember to use the ICS linkee when you make purchases on Amazon. Even MP3 downloads count, as we found out when yours truly downloaded some Halloween sound effects for playing at the party.
I contacted Martin Grams, CEO of Mid Atlantic Con Enterprises, and have arranged for him to be our April Speaker. More on that later...