The 3rd Midsummer Masquerade at Loveland Castle is behind us and I have to say that I think this year was the best so far. The weather was perfect, the performers were top-notch and the costumes were out of this world. In addition to magic and sideshow feats from Pickled Brothers Circus and Robbin Marks Magic, Aerial Dancing from Holly Price, belly dancing and fire performance from Dante’s Gypsy Circus and Zahara’s Tangled Web, and music from Jeff Rooks and DJ Roundboy, we had the Crowns of Pandoracon competition.
The contestants were all amazing; the competition proved to be even more entertaining than I’d hoped. The competition was also the first time that we were able to start talking a little bit more about the games of Pandoracon and the mysterious Jokers who are planning them.
It was a magical night. When Aloysius, Travis and myself had the idea to put on a masquerade at Loveland Castle this was the kind of event we dreamed of. It is unbelievably thrilling to see so many of our friends as well as total strangers show up in their finest all having a good time. This year was also special because it was the anniversary of the Charlie doing events with Pandora Promotions. Last year at the Midsummer Masquerade he helped us out in the beer tent and this year he was an equal partner in the event. What a difference a year makes. If you didn’t make it this year plans are already in the works for 2013, including ideas to solve the biggest downfalls of the beautiful castle, parking and port-a-potties.
Thanks to everyone who made this night unforgettable, especially Brian Kollig whose pictures of the event make it look even cooler than it already did. Here are some of my favorite shots, but you can see more pictures on the event page on Facebook and from David Sorcher from Metromix. Look for more from Kollig Art in the next few days as he releases some of the portraits he took in the castle as well.