Lovecraft “Floodraiser” Pix Part 2

More Shots from the October 20th Lovecraft/Citro/Whisperer Main Street Museum Event

Room Prep: The Hotel Coolidge cabaret room, prepared and ready for the event…

Followup to the Floodraiser Continues:

Event organizer/coordinator Jen Vaughn (above, with the limited edition Whisperer program books in hand for our generous guests/donators/participants on the 20th) graced us with Rachel Foss‘s excellent photos from

  • the October 20th Main Street Museum “Floodraiser” event, featuring Joseph A. Citro & yours truly lecturing and the Vermont State Premiere of The Whisperer in Darkness, compliments of its producers at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
  • I’m continuing to share them with you today.

  • Here’s part 1 of this Floodraiser Foto Fest, which brings us to…
  • I forgot to mention in Friday’s post that David Fairbanks Ford set up his Victrola in the front lobby of the Hotel Coolidge to play a rotation of rare 78s, serenading the event entrance with hit songs from 1927…

    Our thanks to the volunteers who kept the music playing!

    All those who attended the opening event (and thus made generous donations to the Main Street Museum) also received genuine Main Street Museum 1927/2011 Flood Silt necklaces (the silt is in the vials) and not one but two special limited edition illustrated program booklets specially edited and published for the evening festivities, Whisperers and Whispers on Whisperer. The original artwork from Whisperers (by Pat Barrett, Denis St. John, Jason Week, Al Wesolowsky, and yours truly) and signed limited edition prints of Chris Warren‘s “The Whisperer in Darkness” comic adaptation were also showcased and sold via the silent auction (below).

    The dashing Ryan Anderson dressed for the occasion, as did many of the volunteers (like Ryan) who made the event run smoothly and on time.

    Along with the auction items, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society also allowed us to display rare, one-of-a-kind props specially created for the film The Whisperer in Darkness, including the incredibly detailed “Henry Akeley” files, photos, and drawings (below).

    These were astonishingly precise in effect and detail.

    These included full-size printed replicas of 1927 and 1928 regional Vermont newspapers, three sets of which were available for in the auction, too (below).

    These photos are all ©2011 Rachel Foss and the Main Street Museum, and are posted here with permission.

    Meanwhile, the screening room awaited its audience… and they soon began filling the seats.

    Though I’ve no photos of the audience just as the film began, we did fill the hall; there were over 50 folks (at $25 per seat) at the first show, and a modest turnout for the 10 PM show (at $15 a seat), with all proceeds going to the Main Street Museum.

    Once everything was tallied up, including the silent auction, the evening was a success, raising over $4000 for the Museum‘s ongoing repairs and resurrection.

    As the Vermont State premiere audience found their seats, Jen Vaughn and I prepared for…

    The Third Event: The Raffle

    Yep, we raffled off a number of rarities to audience members before Joe Citro‘s official introductory comments to the feature film itself. Some folks went home with plenty of late-night reading!

    And then, it was time for the final seating. Once everyone was in place, the projectionist dimmed the lights…

    The Main Event: The Vermont State Premiere of The Whisperer in Darkness

    …and the Whisperer filled the darkness!

    All photos ©2011 Rachel Foss; all rights reserved. Posted with permission.

    More photos (of the miniatures on display at the Main Street Museum) later this week; the best of these will be archived at

  • the “Floodraiser” event page here at Myrant.
  • Jen and I are also sending a set of Rachel‘s photos to the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, for their own use.


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    1. Mars Will Send No More

      That’s a really beautiful Victrola. Electronics are great, but there’s something special about a playback device that requires no electricity. Power gone out? No sweat. Let’s play 78′s until it returns. Picnic in the woods? Let’s bring the Victrola. Now if only they would press up some modern records that could be played off the grid.

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