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|St. John the Divine|
Construction of this Byzantine-Romanesque style cathedral began in 1892 but in 1909 they switched to a Gothic design. After a devastating fire in 2001, restoration still continues. Locals call it "Saint John the Unfinished."
|View from the People's Garden next to the cathedral.|
Along with regular services, there are many events and tours people can enjoy including one down into the crypts. (Bring your own flashlight.)
Presented this year on Friday October, 30, 2015 @ 7:00pm and 10:pm - the cathedral dresses up for the holiday...
|Max Schreck as Count Orlok|
and shows a different horror film each year. This year it's the unforgettable symphony of terror - Nosferatu. Other years it rotates with Phantom of the Opera and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
A movie screen is suspended from the ceiling ...
and Timothy Brumfield accompanies this spooky 1922 silent film about Bram Stoker's mysterious Count Orlok, by playing the Great Organ.
The movie is shown first ...
and then there is the Procession of the Ghouls created by Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company. Emerging through theatrical fog are all sorts of fantastical costumed characters and larger-than-life puppets.
|She? He? It...was actually an extraordinary cellist.|
First up, we all ordered a margarita. Twice.
And the fresh guacamole made at your table. Perfection!
Janet had the Enchiladas de Mole - three fresh corn tortillas filled with chicken breast with queso fresco and white onion, rice and beans.
Bud ordered the Quesadillas de Espinacs filled with spinach, Oaxaca cheese and epazote leaf. (Epazote leaf is similar to anise, fennel and tarragon but stronger.)
And I had the Chef's special - Surf and Turf and Turf and Turf and Turf. Grilled shrimp, chicken, sausage, steak, and pork with scallions and cactus served in a hot lava bowl with freshly made tortillas and spicy hot sauce. It was delicious and plenty was leftover for lunch the next day. And the next. And the next.
Dizzy Notes: Friends with vestibular disorders, can you spell "dizzy"?