A Snowy Surprise for Ghouls and Gourds

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    • The Xylopholks rock out at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Xylopholks rock out at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Snow falls on the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Snow falls on the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Snow highlights Patrick Dougherty's  Natural History  installation.  Photo by Mike Ratliff. Snow highlights Patrick Dougherty's Natural History installation. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Scarlet oak. Photo by Romi Ige.

Scarlet oak. Photo by Romi Ige.
    • Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Maracatu NY gets the crowd amped at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Who says you need to be outdoors to have a costume parade? Photo by Mike Ratliff. Maracatu NY gets the crowd amped at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Who says you need to be outdoors to have a costume parade? Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Maracatu NY gets the crowd amped at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Who says you need to be outdoors to have a costume parade? Photo by Mike Ratliff. Maracatu NY gets the crowd amped at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Who says you need to be outdoors to have a costume parade? Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The surprise October snow storm couldn't stop the fun at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The surprise October snow storm couldn't stop the fun at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • A rare October snow storm hits BBG during Ghouls & Gourds 2011.  Photo by Mike Ratliff. A rare October snow storm hits BBG during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • A rare October snow storm hits Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. A rare October snow storm hits Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Snow falls on the Cherry Esplanade during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Snow falls on the Cherry Esplanade during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Snow falls on the Flamingo Croquet course during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Snow falls on the Flamingo Croquet course during Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra brought some truly homegrown sounds to Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra brought some truly homegrown sounds to Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Itinerants warm up the crowd with a mix of Cajun and Celtic rock at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Itinerants warm up the crowd with a mix of Cajun and Celtic rock at Ghouls & Gourds 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Fiery foliage.Photo by Romi Ige.Fiery foliage.Photo by Romi Ige.
    • Entrance to the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Romi Ige.Entrance to the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Romi Ige.

    Last Saturday's strange snowstorm unfortunately coincided with our annual Halloween celebration, Ghouls and Gourds, which director of Public Programs Anita Jacobs and her crew meticulously planned as a day of zany, engaging activities and performances with a Victorian flair. The unexpectedly heavy precipitation forced us to call off Ghouls and Gourds within its first hour, but—in true BBG style—the visitors, performers, and staff on hand didn't just head for the hills. Instead, we decamped to the Administration building, where The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, Xylofolks and Maracatu NY performed rousing sets that had everybody jumping; Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus did an impromptu performance in a hallway; and merry cheer was shared by all.

    And the photographers on hand weren't mourning either, as the opportunity to capture the Garden in the snow—surely one of its loveliest forms—revealed itself, this time with the special chance to see fall's vibrant colors dusted with white. Luckily, our trees and other plant collections didn't suffer too badly at the hands of the storm, and so we invite you to visit before the seasonal foliage fades away. Till then, enjoy the images of this rare weather event at BBG below!


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    November 1, 2011
    Mary Finn

    Congratulations to all the performers and BBG staff who proved the wisdom of the old adage, “The Show Must Go On. Undoubtedly, you kept the hearts of many children from breaking and saved the sanity of their parents. Kudos.



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