HedonSalon (aka “KinkySalon NorCal”) presents our annual Halloween/Harvest season celebration
DAY OF THE DEAD;
The biggest (and sexiest) HedonSalon we have is our annual Halloween/Harvest event and this year our salon is shaping up to be a great gathering. Inspired by our friends work starting the first annual Conscious Dying Summit ( http://consciousdyingsummit.com/ ) we wanted to combine our well-known love of sensual fun and revelry with the deep, soulful sense of joy traditionally celebrated in this season. Disguise and costumes are de rigur at every HedonSalon, but the Halloween season is already a costumed occasion, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to feel into a persona for the evening. The theme is Dia DeLos Muertos and, optimally, the costumes would involve sexy versions and clever takes on the traditional azukar Calavera (decorative sugar skulls). Also welcome are the various sorts of the Undead (such as ghosts, vampires, zombies, mummies, ghouls). Gothic gear would fit right in. Actually, any sort of Halloween costume would be fine as well.
As with any HedonSalon gathering, fetish-wear, lingerie or nudity are always acceptable. If you run into trouble regarding costume, we will have talented artists on hand to help you out with face painting and loaning costume accessories. “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years. The holiday has spread throughout the world. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.” (Wikipedia)
Our Salon is shaping up nicely! So far we have the following presentations and offerings:
–DJ 4thWay providing the sound for our sway
-Burlesque entertainment of haunting delight
-The wickedly beautiful Marilyn Yu draws from her gorgeously decorated visual narrative to weave together the story of La Femme Fatale: the dark tale of a vampire heroines passionate and sensuous struggle for self-determination. http://www.marilynyu.com/preview/la-femme-fatale-book/
-The erotic DEAD POETS SLAM, featuring famed living poets embodying the great poets of past. Performing the most sensuous and ribald selections, the legends come alive for our appreciation and pleasure!
-Zodiac birthday wish fulfillment (see below for description).
-Delectable delights prepared and provided by Crystal and our cast of clever culinary calaveras.
-A friendly, attractive and interesting crowd of guests within a clean, comfy, cozy space to play in multiple rooms with a variety of delights.
-And let us not forget YOU! At HedonSalon, everyone is part of the show. Your presence, costume, character and playful spirit proliferate and blends with the atmosphere of uplifting jubilation. It is this life-affirming revelry that the souls of our dearly departed enjoy and appreciate. That’s the point of Day of the Dead: In playfully commemorating and celebrating our beloved deceased, we come to accept our own eventual demise with grace, dignity and joy. That said, if you have a sexy, fun talent or presentation you’d like to bring to the Salon, let us know and we can add you to our schedule.
All who live shall one day pass. We honor our ancestors as we appreciate the preciousness of life with expression, celebration and fun.
BIRTHDAY WISHES FULFILLED!
Both birth and death are parts of life, and for our gathering, we tie these two together in celebration. Each HedonSalon features a portion of the evening where any guest born under the zodiac sun signs of the particular time of year (in this case, LIBRA, SCORPIO and SAGITTARIUS) may have the opportunity to reveal a birthday wish or fantasy. The rest of us shall co-conspire to GRANT YOU YOUR WISH! (-and granting these sexy wishes can be just as fun as receiving them…) PLEASE NOTE: We ask that if you were born under one of the above mentioned zodiac signs and you do accept this opportunity to have your dream fulfilled, please let us know AHEAD OF TIME. We want to tighten this segment of the Salon and commit to it with more organization and intention. (-for more info, look at the “About” tab)
WHERE TO GO? WHERE TO STAY? Due to the discreet nature of HedonSalon, we do not reveal the exact location of our events until we have an RSVP and confirmation from our prospective guests (-and they are subject to change from one event to another) -However, we will tell you that it will be in Middletown, California, United States of America; a location not far from the quaint wind country town of Calistoga and very close to the fabulous Harbin Hot Springs. If you are in want of your own lodging for the evening, let us know, as there are several options, including discounted rates and limited free space for our guests from out of town.
MAKE A WEEKEND AWAY OF IT!
-The day after HedonSalon many of us will (as usual) have brunch together and enjoy a refeshing soak at the nearby hot springs retreat spot, which will have its own festivities scheduled that very weekend. You can even join SENSEI (who is an actual poet laureate of local renown!) for his weekly writers workshop in the early evening at the retreats comfy lounge. Casinos, clubs, dining, wine tasting and tours nearby; the forests and lakes of Lake County make for excellent hiking and outdoor activities. We are nearby neighbors to Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties, with the ocean coast being a pleasant drive away. Many of our repeat guests enjoy driving up casually through the Napa wine valley. Rideshares are available and encouraged!
So, will you be joining us for the festivities? Do let us know! RSVP is required. More info to come! Some volunteer positions still available. Contact/RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a quick note to mark your calendars… Since our last fantastic gathering (people are STILL talking about it!) we’ve been to this festival and that festival and have finally landed at the onset of harvest season. This being the case, we have two more gatherings planned. The first is a more “low-key” gathering of friends for a Meet & Greet Munch which will celebrate SENSEI’s birthday (pending RSVP’s). Take a look at our “Meet & Greet Munches” tab for info and get back to us if you think you can come) -Then, we will go full-steam ahead into our Halloween/Harvest HedonSalon DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Day of the Dead). Already have a few wonderful and talented presenters, but there’s time for more. Also seeking volunteers from our already-known friends. Keep checking back. More info to come!
HedonSalon makes its triumphant return with a theme that will knock yer boots off!
CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING (OR, AT THE VERY LEAST, SOMETHING)
Like each of our parties, we focus on the Salon; that most enjoyable format of gatherings that literally revolutionized society and culture. But our own ongoing version of the Salon features a titillating, tantalizing twist: Ours is an expression and exploration of pleasure, which has proven to be the most enduring, driving. and pleasing motivation in human consciousness. Usually based on works or movements in literature, our Salons are an opportunity to share an adventure with others of creative and open propensities and to experience joy within the context of play (-just because we’ve “grown up” doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!)
Gracing our Saloon that evening:
-DJ 4th Way wrangling up the rhythm for the night.
-MsCrystal and LadyRaven ravishing us with their dancing delights!
-Lili von Shtupp, the “Teutonic Titwillow” herself performing her famous BlazingSaddles burlesque number “I’m TIRED!” with live musical accompaniment by Jimbo and Jeff!
-the musical mastery of our pretty songstress Karina
-Your co-host, Senor SENSEI, throwing a little literary lift to the affair.
We’ll have plenty of vittles to snack on along with lots of fine, hospitable folks providing massage, eye-candy and fun. Plenty of clean, cozy space to play. Cowgirls: Come ride the Sybian bronco! It will be a saddle you ain’t likely to forget!
SINGLE MEN: We have been flush with women at our gatherings. This is the kind of problem most can only WISH they had! But for us, we do mean to keep gender balance, so, for the first time we are admitting single men ONLY if they have someone who is invited vouch for them. If you know someone we know, get them on board to vouch for you. There will be a few the hosts will screen to get in, but that number will be very limited.
WHERE TO GO? WHERE TO STAY?
Due to the discreet nature of HedonSalon, we do not reveal the exact location of our events until we have an RSVP and confirmation from our prospective guests (-and they are subject to change from one event to another) -However, we will tell you that it will be in Middletown, California, United States of America; a location not far from the quaint town of Calistoga and very close to those fabulous hot springs.
If you are in want of your own lodging for the evening, let us know, as there are several options, including discounted rates and limited free space for our guests from out of town.
MAKE A WEEKEND AWAY OF IT!
-The day after HedonSalon many of us will (as usual) have brunch together and enjoy a refeshing soak at the nearby hot springs retreat spot, which will have its own festivities scheduled that very weekend. You can even join SENSEI (who is an actual poet laureate of local renown!) for his weekly writers workshop in the early evening at the retreats comfy lounge.
Casinos, clubs, dining, wine tasting and tours nearby; the forests and lakes of Lake County make for excellent hiking and outdoor activities. We are nearby neighbors to Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties, with the ocean coast being a pleasant drive away. Many of our repeat guests enjoy driving up casually through the Napa wine valley. Rideshares are available and encouraged!
So, will you be joining us for the festivities? Do let us know! RSVP is required.
More info to come! Some volunteer positions still available.
It has been a while, hasn’t it? We received a few messages of curiosity (“What’s going on?”) and some of concern (“Are you all alright?”) as well as constructive feedback on how we can continue. There have been challenges and changes in our lives that required our attention (not least of all getting through that nasty flu that knocked down a number of the hosts and volunteers).The great news is that we are resuming HedonSalon! A few things will have changed, but the essence remains: Sexy Gatherings for Soulful People. Just so you know, we are looking for an April date for our next big gathering and a March date to resume the Open Relationship Munch and Meet. Sorry for the absence and thank you all for hanging in there with us!
Our GOTHIQUE party was GREAT FUN! It was wonderful having so many friendly and sexy guests. Our volunteers were very good and the presentations were entertaining and mind-expanding! DJ 4thWay was a major highlight to the party!
We feel so much gratitude for all the wonderful friends we’ve made over these years of co-hosting this party. If anything has made this worthwhile, its got to be that. That said, we are sorry to say that we aren’t sure we are going to be able to continue hosting these events. We aren’t in this for money. We always try to come up with alternatives for people who are on budgets and try to keep things affordable as it is. The donations all go to our overhead costs and we keep things just around breaking even for most of our events. However, our last few events actually came short of breaking even. This has put us in the state of re-evaluating the future of HedonSalon. It is for this reason we are appealing to you, our guests and volunteers, for helpful suggestions and feedback on this matter. Is our chosen site ok? Do you know of any other options?
If you have reflections, ideas or constructive criticism, we welcome your input. Please eMail us at email@example.com