|photo by Insomniac Studios|
The Carnivale was held at the beautiful, historic Casa Loma Ballroom. This venue is over 80 years old, and features big band and swing dancing, live music, lectures, and other events. Although I've lived in St. Louis most of my life, I'd never been there. It's a beautiful old building.
Since my pal was a vendor, doing tarot readings, we needed to get there early to set up. We arrived about 7 and found the people in charge. They showed us her spot, which was a cool mini Gypsy tent set up. It didn't take long to get everything organized. I wasn't scheduled to work the box office until 10:30, so we watched the last minute rehearsals and got a chance to check out the vendors before the doors opened at 8:30.
Everything was awesome, there were mimes and dancers, and little funny skits in between burlesque performances. There were even male burlesque dancers!
Far too soon, however, it was time for me to head down to the box office. Things had slowed down quite a bit by that time and I had plenty of time to chat with the other girl who was there. We took turns going out and watching the show. Always fun to make a new friend, too!
There was a small buffet for everyone after the toast. I skipped the sandwiches and wraps, but I loaded up on fresh carrots, celery, and broccoli, and also had some of the most amazing meatballs I'd ever had. I even went back for seconds on those! They were coated in BBQ sauce and so juicy!
|Me in the box office, and with pals Jenn and B-rad.|
Everyone was dressed so wonderfully! There were people in everything from tuxedos, gorgeous costumes (everything from flappers to fairies), to jeans. I wore a silk blouse and a pair of new black yoga pants, my good sweater, and some pearl earrings. I wore two pairs of socks and kicked my shoes off as soon as we got settled in.
I got home a little after one, but was so hyped up I couldn't settle down and didn't get to sleep until after 2:30am. I had to be up early the next morning for the Commitment Day 5K, so that was a little rough, however, I had such a fantastic time at Beggar's Carnivale and I'm really happy I went. I had thought about calling it off since I had been in a bit of a funk earlier in the day.
What did you do on New Year's Eve?