Eve of November 

"You wouldn't know that I'm a freak to look at me," Kaya Hewitt says. "You'd think I was just another Johnson County mom." She is pleasantly unconventional, though, as evidenced by her Halloween party tonight, a throwback to medieval Gaelic Samhain celebrations, often referred to as the Celtic New Year."A lot of people are missing a connection to Earth, the seasons, natural cycles, and that's what the whole process is about — being in tune with cycles around us, which are also inside of us. It's like the New Year; it's the end of the harvest season, when we acknowledge the end of things. People have the opportunity to look at what they've accomplished, their bounty, and also to put aside unfinished projects and relieve themselves of that burden. The idea is that at the end of the cycle, the fields are clear and ready for something new."The Samhain celebration opens with a 9 p.m. ritual acknowledgment of those cycles, followed by a party until 1 a.m. There's a $5 cover charge, and guests are invited to come in appropriate costume — think autumnal spookiness rather than Austin Powers. If you're interested, call 816-217-3359 or send an e-mail to healingwithkaya@gmail.com for venue details.
Fri., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., 2008

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