Oct 15, 2016 Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

“Murder, Mystery and Mayhem”

Oct 15, 2016 program by Pam J, Barb C and Pat D

Synopsis and Photos by Pat D

Pam dressed as the Red Queen, Barb as a Sherlock detective and Pat as a witch presented this seasonal program. A magnificent display of dolls representing the theme, a fabulous PowerPoint program, a contest for all the club member’s regarding their favorite costumes and yummy ghost cookies made by Pam made this such a fun filled day.

Thank you to Pam J, Barb C, Pat D, Barb J, Carol E and Shirley K for sharing their wonderful dolls with us.

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Halloween: Pam began the PowerPoint presentation with a brief history of her favorite holiday. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (slightly creepy organ music) accompanied photos of dolls from Art Doll Quarterly’s 2016 Halloween issue and her own Halloween folk dolls.

Murder: Off with their heads! Pam took us thru history of Royalty behaving badly such as Elizabeth I and Henry VIII as well as poor, misunderstood Marie Antoinette. Of course the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland voiced her “Off With Their Heads” quite frequently. Various doll makers were represented by these groups and even included Miss Piggy and a head ejection action figure of Marie.

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Mystery!  Funeral March of a Marionette music (Alfred Hitchcock theme) led into Barb’s portion which covered literature. Slides of dolls were shown of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet & Macbeth and several Grimm fairytales while she gave each a brief and humorous synopsis. She also covered other detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Bobbsy Twins, American Girl, etc.

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Mayhem! Pat gave a brief history of Pirates and Witches along with a list of movies, tv, literature depicting these subjects. She also mentioned the mayhem caused by characters of Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood, Wizard of Oz, Court Jesters, Pied Piper, Ghosts, Vampires, Monsters, Mummys and Werewolves.  Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum music played thru a selection of Pirate dolls and Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra played thru the Witch dolls.

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Creepy Dolls & Dark Ladies:  Pat remarked on the more than 50 creepy, horror movies about dolls created since 1929 and how so many people are afraid of dolls due to these movies.

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Pam spoke about dark, mysterious dolls and rolled thru pictures while the music of Dark Lady by Cher and the  theme from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride played throughout.

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Happy Ending: The Powerpoint closed with our travel dolls cheerily dressed for Halloween.

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