That being said, I did attend a fabulous social last Friday night, the Zombie Ball put on by the Elysium Social Club, a great local gothic social event club. (Check out their link to the right).
For those of you that don't know what a social is, it's an event peculiar to Manitoba Canada. It's usually held to raise money, mostly for upcoming weddings, but it can be for any fundraising reason at all. A community club or hall is rented for the evening, and tickets are sold in advance, for the event. The hall is decorated and a dj is hired for music. During the evening, one buys tickets for drinks, which are then redeemed at the bar. At the bar, there is usually a selection of a few different types of beers, and hard liquor that can be mixed with soft drinks. One can also purchase raffle tickets, for a draw at the end of the night. At most socials there is a selection of various prizes one can put their raffle tickets in for. During the evening a buffet table of food is also served, usually of cold cuts, bread, cheese, pickles, chips etc.
The night if drinking and dancing is then capped off by the raffle draws.
I have to say I thought the ESC put on a great night. They encouraged people to dress up as zombies, and even had people on hand doing fabulous zombie makeup. Personally I am not a zombie fan (I don't like gore), so Ms. Chloe and I dressed as potential zombie meals (regular people).
The hall was decorated in a lovely undead theme - check out the table centre pieces (sorry no flash on the iPhone).
The music provided by the DJs was great, and the raffle prizes were very tempting. I ended up putting in tickets for some great steampunk jewelry by Thorgrid jewelry and for a gift basket from Hungover Empire, a local alternative clothing store (check out their links listed to the right). Amazingly, I actually won the Hungover Empire gift basket! I got a gas mask, some cute black tights with pink skulls on them, shoelaces with skulls on them, coffin earrings, a t shirt and a belt, and nail polish. Thanks Hungover Empire!
Check out alternative model Joan V's outfit! (see her page listed to the right).
It was all in all a fun evening - good music, good friends, and a great showing for the Winnipeg goth community.
So what type of events dies your local goth community put on?
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