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Mildred Moody at Parima's Supermoon Masquerade: All In Good Fun | April 2011

By Wylla Skye
Photography by David Charles Murphy

Face Painting at Parima's Supermoon Masquerade

It is said that a full moon provokes deviant behavior in human beings. So what happens when the full moon is at its closest to the Earth in orbit, creating a “supermoon” effect, coinciding with the vernal equinox? On March 19th at Parima Thai Restaurant, BVT, the bright lunar display inspired locals to dress in costume and adorn elaborate masks for the third installment of Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade.

DJ Luke Skyrocker set the party vibe with some blood-pumping dance grooves as customers finished dinner, watching the surreal grab a hold of the space: A line forms between the bar and the dining hall, where a table displays a colorful p alette of professional make-up. Sarah Glasgow and Rebecca Reil of Face art and Triptych Creations transform faces from chilled-by-winter-air to works of art, creatively complementing the costumes people are wearing.

On the far side of the dining hall, working side by side over a white tarp, two Burlington- based artists paint on easel canvases. One, Jerome Foster, dresses in a Zorro mask and hat, using gesturing brush strokes with white paint to create ghostly images. Gewel Kafka, in a gold mask and bobbing peacock feather, paints inside a lined spiral notebook. She lays down the foundation for a sea and sky landscape with gradated shades of blue, while a tree emerges on the left hand side of the foreground.

Art at Parima's Supermoon Masquerade

On restaurant’s balcony, a space is set up for healing arts. Guests can receive a forty-five minute tarot card reading by Polly Valent and the Blue Magus, or indulge in a massage by Melissa from Bee Well Massage. This also turns into a great spot to escape from the crowd and the speakers.

It doesn’t take long before the place is packed. DJ Skyrocker takes a break. The elegantly suited MC theatrically addresses the crowd from the balcony. He points the long nose of his traditional Venetian mask towards a donation bucket moving through the crowd. He reminds us that much of the proceeds are going to a locally based charity, “Save our Strays”, which works to shelter and sustain the lives of companion animals. The event chooses a different Vermont based organization each month to give a portion of admission sales to.

Mildred Moody at Parima's Supermoon Masquerade

Mildred Moody begins to assemble on the stage while Scott Mangan, lead singer/guitarist and creator of the monthly event, takes the mic and welcomes everybody, expressing his thanks. Wearing a mad-scientist-meets-porcupine-wig, Scott begins the set with the familiar crow of “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”. The music is met with rowdy cheers from the crowd. On the next chorus, Samara Lark, dressed as Wonder Woman, gets a chance to show off her vocal prowess. The song continues to single out and activate each piece of the band as Gregory Alexander, dressed as a farmer/cowboy, takes over the next familiar phrase with his own well-honed pipes. Drummer Eric Reeves, wearing a black suit but no unusual mask, sticks out as seeming stiffer than his fellow musicians, but this disposition seems to compliment his super steady drumming and technical ingenuity.


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