Saturday, October 26, 2013
7 Days of Magic: Spell-a-la-palooza, Day One
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Day One of Spellbinding Tales:
Every year when the 12th day before Halloween arrives, Pippa Bellows hosts a series of magical events at her home in Waverly Hollow. She transforms her whole barn into a glowing pumpkin where magical carved beets, turnips and gourds hang from every nook and cranny.
This year I was lucky to be invited to Pippa's series of events at her home in Waverly Hollow, just an hours drive north of my house. Due to other magical events, I couldn't arrive to Pippa's until the 5th night of celebration and will remain here for the next several days. What I did miss was the following nights:
-Night One: "Night of the Blue Moon Tree"
-Night Two: "Spellbinding Tea and Trees"
-Night Three: "Badge of Caliber"
-Night Four: "The Winners Dinner"
However all is not lost, I still received my event spell bag, and novelties from the past few nights as souvenirs for my collection, courtesy of Pippa. Tonight is the 5th night in the celebrations and I'm so excited, as I will be learning all about potions and bits of alchemy in "Potionology 101". This years professor is Conrad Wiltstone, leading potion-ologist, and two time winner of the Wortley Wimbatt Award. Professor Wiltstone flew all the way from Owlstone University to teach at this event.
For three hours we will learn new potion recipes, test rare, almost forgotten one potion spells and learn transformation where we can transform one another into all types of things and places. We will first try the potion jar transformation where we will shrink and appear in a jar, transforming our jars into secret hideaways in case of an emergency where we might need to hide. A place we can store our magical creations and only we know the secret to get there.
Pennyson's Tea Room is catering the dinner, hot pumpkin juice and sugared beet tarts for tonight's ceremonies. So excited their pumpkin juice is so good. I heard our dinner will be purple potatoes au gratin and roasted figs with garlic, onions, squash pasta and creamy butternut sauce, yum.
Are you as excited as I am to hear all about tonight's series of events? I can't wait to share them with you. For now I can only give you a few snippets from the night, just until tomorrow. Hope you ca wait for the recap and to hear all about night six which Pippa labeled: "Cauldrons Run", which is the night when the rarest herbs and flowers come alive and share their yearly secrets for a better harvest and town folklore that may actually be true. These herbs and flowers then cast a spell for blessings until they come back again next year, so cool.
Well I'm off to prepare for the nights series of events and get ready for the magic. Hope you find some magic of your own this evening!
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