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Ghoulish Halloween fun awaits at the Abracadabra Ball II fundraiser

DUNEDIN — "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

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William Shakespeare wrote the line for Macbeth, but it's applicable today as an evil carnival comes to town to do some good.

The "Abracadabra Ball II: Something Wicked This Way Comes" takes place at the historic and vacant (insert ghost howls here) Fenway Hotel on Edgewater Drive, Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

The second-annual costume ball is presented by the Dunedin Historical Society and underwritten by several sponsors. Proceeds benefit the Dunedin Historical Museum.

The 1920s lobby of the Fenway returns to life as the malevolent locale of Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival, the subject of Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the 1983 Disney movie by the same name.

Kathy Jewel, owner of Indigo Zebra Designs, an event and floral design company in Dunedin, has donated her services and props for the affair.

"Everything in here has the semblance of the movie," she said.

Guests will pass through a pumpkin patch to get to the wicked forest where zombies fly, ghouls loiter, snakes coil and spiders breed among giant cobwebs.

The decorations are complemented by marvelous circus art images created by Jason Leigh, 34, a tattoo artist and proprietor of Plush Gallery Tattoo in Dunedin.

He painted vintage-like images of a fire-eater, magician and strong man on panels of wood, finishing them off with a glaze for protection.

"I'm a carnival-like dude who loves Halloween," he said.

Dunedin's Showcase Arts Foundation Inc. is providing character actors like those in the carnival "to mingle and frighten the guests," said Lil Barcaski, creative director.

On Tuesday, a few of them gave a foretaste of things to come.

Jason Beck, 24, was "Mr. Dark," the guy "who feeds on the misery and unhappiness of other people," Barcaski explained.

Beth Long, 31, said she was a "murderous clown who takes delight in short-lived pleasures."

K.T. Stewart, 18, lurked around as the mute "evil fairy."


Chase away your fears at the "Witchitini Bar," marked with a 3-foot skull, with a $5 dirty martini. Or head over to the check-in desk for a $3 glass of wine or $2 beer.

Madame Xyra and Madame Xena will offer entertaining Tarot card readings for a donation to the historical society.

"The bigger the donation, the better the reading," Madame Xyra said.

Food is provided by the culinary department of Sickles High School in Tampa.

The menu features lollipop lamb chops, circus-style sausage sandwiches and pumpkin cheesecake. There will be meat carving, pasta and salad stations as well as a fountain of liquid caramel for dipping apples and such.

Live jazz and cover music will be provided by the Sequel Band from 8 to 11 p.m.

And Rob's Valet Service Inc. will offer valet parking.

"We have so many talented people contributing to this event," said Deborah Kynes, the event chairwoman. "It's going to be just wonderful."

Admission is $50 per person.

"We're hoping to raise $10,000," said Vinnie Luisi, executive director of the museum.

"We feel like we've created something special that gets better every year and hope it will be on the social calendar for everyone in Dunedin."

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If you go

"Abracadabra Ball II: Something Wicked This Way Comes," a Halloween Ball to benefit the Dunedin Historical Museum

When: Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Historic Fenway Hotel, 453 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin

Tickets: $50 each; available first-come, first-served. If any remain by Saturday, they will be sold at the door. Purchase tickets at the Dunedin Historical Museum or the Enchanted Branch Gift Gallery.

Wear: Costume or cocktail attire.

For information: Call the Dunedin Historical Museum at (727) 736-1176 or Enchanted Branch at (727) 736-5825

Ghoulish Halloween fun awaits at the Abracadabra Ball II fundraiser 10/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 8:11pm]
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