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“Liliane, will you be Ginger Spice?” they asked.  “We are all going as Spice Girls or super fans, Tyke has agreed to be Security and we don’t have a Ginger Spice.”  And that my dear readers is exactly how it happened.

3b15bfcfb522176f93238721f650df41Now I have to admit between you and me,  I was never much of a Spice Girls fan. However, to support the amazing organization PHAME and the incredible work they do, I acquiesced. The event was called “Sparkle! Battle of the Bands” and it took a quick Google search to reveal that I was a little out of my depth. No Union Jack  dresses with matching undies in my closet! Whatever would I do? Not to let the side down I dug a little deeper and finally found an image I could sort of recreate. Hopefully, my being of British extraction, and wearing leather booty shorts in November in Portland, Oregon should garner some points.

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Tyke & Liliane Hunt @ PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017

The event was held at the lovely Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The evening began with a champagne reception with tasty nibbles, where we mingled in character and eyed our competition, photo ops and  then on to the dinner and show!

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PHAME! Sparkle Battle of the Bands

In addition to the stage show there was a table competition, where we went head to head against the other guests to be named the winner. All in all we felt pretty good about our chances. The performances were really outstanding and the competition fierce not just amongst the audience members but on the stage itself. Queue the drum roll…  I am honored and thrilled to announce that our table won…. “Best Table Spirit”! To be fair,  in spite of my leather shorts, Babies’ pigtails, Posh’s great legs and Scary’s scary, Sporty Spice won us the crown.

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PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017 – Best Table Spirit

Now that I have sung our accolades, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge why I think the work PHAME does and the services they provide are so essential. Their work speaks volumes to me personally on so many levels. I discovered theatre and acting at the age of eleven, my cousin Ian similarly discovered clowning, magic and circus skills. For both of us it became the voice with how we expressed ourselves to the world. To this day it remains a bond that we share  and are still doing 30 years later! Ian steadfastly defines his life by his passions rather than by a learning or physical disability. He does it with such a contagious enthusiasm that it brings not just the family together but literally people from all over the world. The work of organizations such as PHAME not only provides a vital platform for people to find and express their voices, it brings families together, but it also turns strangers into  communities through their combined love and passion for the arts. Bravo PHAME and until next time!

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PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017

 

 

 

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Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt Samhain Halloween Dia de los MuertosWinter has come, there are still some leaves left on the trees, but night arrives more quickly each day and there is an unmistakable coldness in the air I cannot shake. Samhain arrived, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, the time the veil thins and our ancestors are closest to us. At The House of Hunt, (we are an eclectic mix of travelers, rogues, gentry, soldiers and vagabonds), but somehow in the melting pot of our belief systems we are one and the same. We cannot ignore the voices of our ancestors, we may not always agree with them, not all of them were wise, but some, some indeed stand the test of time and it is those that we look to when the nights are at their coldest and darkest. Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt Samhain Halloween Dia de los MuertosSo here at The House of Hunt we made our altar for the witching hour. The funny, curious thing about an altar is, if it is alive, it will take its own form and if you are listening it will tell you what you need, rather than what you think you need. So we began full of intention of what form this altar would take and like the live thing it is and was, it shaped itself.  As we sat back, we looked and there it was; an offering  to the ancestors. I, like most travelers through this life, am a funny eclectic sort of mix, brought up in England, traveling to the United States at 22 years of age (to the South no less), back to England and back again to the East Coast and then the West. It was on the East Coast that I was blessed to live with a family from Mexico and fell in love with the culture, which was so very different from the one I grew up in.Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt Samhain Halloween Dia de los Muertos If truth be told, it began with the food. The beauty, the richness, the warmth of the food, the family that ate together, loved together, laughed together and dreamed. We all dreamed of a better and brighter tomorrow. So 13 or more years later I find myself building an altar with my HoH family and as I stepped back to see what we had created,  I can only smile and laugh. Here in front of us lay a Dia de los Mortes altar. Here were the voices of Tyke’s ancestors and those of our family that share that heritage. Their voices came through the darkness and said, “Children, listen to us”. I am remembering the family from New York and the values they taught me; light years from the pale, damp, cold world I grew up in.Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt Samhain Halloween Dia de los Muertos

So my friends, light your fires both figuratively and literally. It is a time to be surrounded by family, whichever family you have chosen be it blood or bond. Darkness is indeed here, but as the wheel reminds us, everything has its season and eventually the darkness will give way to light.

 

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Belated Beltane blessings to one and all who celebrate such things!

Liliane Hunt and Wizard by FlickerBob8888As I have previously admitted, my move to Portland has been rekindling some of the old fires. Last night, I conversed with The House of Hunt Wizard, who is gracious enough to be our Wizard both on and off the stage.  He is an excellent resource for all things seen, and unseen. I happened to mention my Beltane celebration and my childhood memories of May Day festivities that with hindsight were steeped in pagan traditions. Mr. Wizard chuckled.  Yes, we do refer to him as “Mr. Wizard” or “The Wizard”, and declared that I am nesting.

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So there you have it folks, the Evil Queen, (a self-claimed title I acquired on my 40th birthday) is nesting in the North West.  All that we need now is for the announcement that I have baby bats in the loft and I will be done for.

House of Hunt by Jared MechaberSpeaking of nesting, my everyday drinking glasses are still missing. They are hidden somewhere in the depths of the storage unit, possibly mislabeled or just deeply buried. I am making do with a set of whiskey glasses bearing a hand etched design of a coach and horses on them.  They were a gift, and yes I am still amused by them.

The other item that has been holding me back with regards to fully nesting is the lack of seating. For anyone who visited me in San Francisco, they were of course familiar with my Moroccan style set up; silk cushions, a daybed and waterfall surrounded by a lush indoor garden. The situation lent itself perfectly to House of Hunt soirees and intimate gatherings.  My apartment was on the top floor with windows that covered half of it, very private and with a view.

Beltane Blooms by Liliane Hunt

My Portland home has a very different set up. I am in a loft with 20 foot windows, and rather than living full time behind twenty foot blinds, I have created a screen of plants. My orchids exploded into blooms and people really started to stop and stare into my windows.Freckled Orchid Now to be fair, you can always tell when it is just about the plants. The focus is pretty direct and I genuinely love sharing the garden. However, occasionally people stare beyond my wall of the plants, enticed I suppose by what lays beyond the sea of green. It is always rather fascinating when I meet that gaze, when the voyeur is caught and experiences being observed by another voyeur.Freud

I wonder, “What Freud would make of that?”

Jed riding saddleSuffice it to say, the day bed is now residing in the upper level of the loft and I have been in dire need of a seating arrangement that extends beyond; formal dining, two thrones, a saddle or the floor.  Frankly it is a bit much, even for my theatrical sensibilities. It has taken me two months to find something that I actually liked, and I wasn’t joking about the thrones. As of Saturday my living room arrangement courtesy of Indonesia, will be making its way to the U.S. and to Portland and then finally my home.

April Feast by Liliane Hunt

Occasionally an opportunity presents itself and you simply have to embrace it or them, even it means entertaining with floor cushions tossed around your tea table.

Beltane Berries by Liliane Hunt

The “them” to which I refer are a family that I love just a little more each time we meet, kindred souls, if I had to put a name to it. You know who you are, let us plan some magic, mischief and mayhem in 2015.

Muggs and Mutts1Speaking of magik, mischief and mayhem, I was delighted to don my leather and attend the Muggs and Mutts fundraiser at Embers, Portland. The evening was benefiting the Oregon AIDS Memorial Fund.  This organization is dedicated to the recognition and preservation of the history of the AIDS crisis.

It was wonderful to finally put a name to a face or a dog tag to a pup. The evening was interspersed with drag performances, a pair of witty MC’s and puppies… lots of puppies.  I have always been a fan of a great drag show, I mean let’s face it I am a lady who likes to dress high femme and so appreciate others who do the same, and do it well. It was a nice mix that evening, older and younger performers, each with a certain something that arrested and intrigued, amused and captivated.

It would be entirely remiss of me to not give further mention to the pups. I was sincerely touched by the welcome from PDX-PAH for myself and Tyke to Portland.  Everyone we met that night was just lovely, friendly, warm and engaging. We look forward to meeting you again PDX-PAH.Liliane Hunt and Tyke by Eric Li

 

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As a child I remember asking my Grandmother what her favorite age was. My Grandmother, being then 70 years of age, revealed to me it was 40.

In the weeks leading up to my 40th birthday, I decided to feel out this new decade by mentioning my upcoming birthday and testing the water so to speak. In general, the response was shock and a reassurance that I did not indeed look anything like a person at 40 should look.

In searching for answers as to what this new decade might offer, I turned to the internet. Sadly it revealed the murky truth that turning 40 was a downward slope into old age, irrelevance and obscurity!

And yet, every fabulous woman I knew over the age of 40, not only disagreed with this wretched prediction, but implied that 40 was the age when life became truly interesting.

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Liliane Hunt – Image by John Goyer

 

Yesterday I met with The Connoisseur and asked his opinion on women 40 and older. The Connoisseur is of the opinion that when a woman turns 40 she knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to go out and get it.

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In my quest for iconic older women, I immediately thought of Mrs. Robinson in the movie The Graduate. Released in 1967 it tells the story of a college graduate seduced by an older sophisticated woman.  The Graduate is one of the highest grossing films in the US. and Mrs. Robinson is the original cougar.

I looked up “cougar” in the Urban Dictionary and there are various identifications. But essentially, an older women (40 – 49) seeking out her male prey; or “a chick that has her shit together’.

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The other iconic character that sprang to mind (and instantly appealed to me) is the Evil Queen.  Dynamic,  independent, owns a kingdom, has great style and a fantastic wardrobe .  If given an opportunity of a dinner date between the Evil Queen or Snow White, who would you pick?  Obviously you maybe wise to forgo actually eating, but beyond that, the Evil Queen would be surely be a much more seductive and captivating companion.

Let us consider for a moment, an alternate ending. These iconic older women, who know exactly what they want, precisely how to get it and do indeed live happily ever after.

Now that I mention it, I really do adore the color purple and I do have a particular fondness for ravens, castles and large ornate jewelry.

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For the past few months I have been obsessively scouring the internet for supplies for Training Camp.  World War II music and videos, (this was a multimedia experience) camouflage netting, medical supplies, maps, propaganda posters, toys my concept was that HQ was a time warp.  Due to the sensitive nature of this project, photographs are limited, however imagine stepping into a large yurt, that has been totally transformed into a Military HQ due in no small part to my  fantastic team, Sergeant Tyke, Sergeant Hex, Sergeant Voodoo and last but by no means least Troy.

Camouflage netting lined the walls, the giant projector screen displayed a myriad of theme appropriate movies, a medical station hugged the wall, with a vintage stretcher ready to give rest to the injured, or just plain drunk from the Gas Mask Social.   Top secret Boxes, Explosives, Grenades, and a sizable cage which also provided shelter for the well-traveled and heavily intoxicated, lets put it this way, much port was had and appreciated by all on the night of the infamous social.

As for my Executive Assistant who managed to avoid being arrested in spite of everybody’s insistence that he absolutely must be the spy and to be fair he was extremely suspicious. He did indeed provide the port on the night of the social, whereupon the Military Attache carrying Top Secret information became dangerously ill.  He was also seen moving furtively around the grounds with several boxes of explosives tucked under his arms.

Huge thanks to Danarama who gave a stellar performance as Training Camps Military Police, (dressed handsomely in a vintage WWII uniform) he interrogated the recruits and swiftly surmised who was the real culprit behind the infamous port poisoning and missing files.  If you have not had the pleasure of attending one of Danarama’s classes on interrogation I encourage you to do so.

A surprise visit was paid by the charming Commander Shots, who was unfortunately captured in the line of duty by “hedonistic party goers …” Thankfully he escaped and we are hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

Thanks again to the incredible companys that donated raffle prizes;  Stompers Boots, Mr S Leather, Wicked Grounds, San Francisco Chocolate Factory and Brown Owl Coffee.  We raised $150 for Loup Garou Animal Rescue which helped towards the life saving veterinary bills of one of their newly fostered dogs. Thank you to everyone for your amazing contributions!

Just a week after the Masquerotica Ball, we filled up three cars with Military supplies and headed to the Santa Cruz Mountains not quite knowing what to expect. The reality is you give birth to these ideas and then you have to let it all go and see what happens. It turns out I spent a weekend with strangers, acquaintances and friends and by Sunday night they all felt like family, as I lay in a stupor of exhaustion there were cries for ‘when is the next one?’.

Thank you to everyone who attended the very first Training Camp and making it such a success.  Special thanks to Mistress Madame of Sacramento and her boy Renic for the thoughtful gifts, what a fantastic tradition to start.

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I am not quite sure where to begin with writing about the last couple of months. They have been both monumental and extraordinary, event season can take on the appearance of climbing the Himalayas, in which hopefully you make it to the top exhausted, satisfied and alive. Finally I am reemerging back into normal life, whatever that is!  Starting with my description of The House of Hunt’s performance at Masquerotica 2012.

This is our second year of performing for Masquerotica and what a delight on so many levels.  A big thank you for being so nice and engaging to work with, yes we noticed all the details and we The House thank you. Mark you calenders for next year, the Masquerotica team knows how to throw a party!

Congratulations to my immeasurably talented crew.  Domino set the stage perfectly and then dressed in a flowing black cape, and  became our strikingly sexy security guard.  Liliane Hunt and The BrotherThe Brother awesome as my side kick and absolutely marvelous as our priest, dressed in a black cassock and knee length leather boots.  He led the procession, swinging the incense towards the crowd, which parted miraculously (thank you to Stefanos and crew for your expert assistance on this).  The fabulously talented Nancy Peach had set the stage with several of her exquisite pieces that worked so tremendously with our performance that its hard to imagine performing without her paintings, Nancy has assured me that her paintings travel, hmm I think we need to make this happen Nancy!

Making an EntranceThe Twisted Carriage, custom built and designed by Sex and Metal (her write up will follow soon) was led by Ronin Pony in his glistening black latex fully embracing his demonic nature for the night. For those of you familiar with our  performance this is our annual prey hunt and this year was no exception.  Hidden within the crowd our Prey, (performed by the one and only Jessie K) attempted with all her might not be caught by our duo of fabulous hunting dogs, Tyke Puppy and Troy looking exceptionally dapper in Edwardian jackets and red silk cravats, not to mention the wolf head swords.  They captured our exquisite Prey, where she was led onto the stage to be seduced and sacrificed for our wicked pleasure.

At the very last moment I bestow mercy on her (much to the dismay of the priest) collar her and have her join the Hunting Party to become one of us.

For a more in depth and excellently chronicled account please see adultxevents.com.

Where the Prey “succumbs to Liliane’s debauchery….”

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A fabulous black and red fascinator designed by Mr. Song Millinery inspired the concepts of life and death, dark and light and the entire color scheme for the show. Twenty minutes of fully choreographed performance, set to a musical score that seamlessly wove Mozart’s Requiem and a Rock version of Hallelujah, as a director actor and producer I couldn’t of be more proud of my enormously talented House. Special thanks to Retrotie for kindly providing the majority of photographs, SF Station and to Jamie for our video.

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This past weekend was a blast, its not often I get to turn off the phone and go camping with some of my favorite people.  With the Liliane Pavilion parked next door to Sara Mara and the Dragon Lord, the weekend was guaranteed to be mischief and fun.  The afore mentioned crowd organized the traditional Fox Hunt Tea, this year we decided spice things up a bit and throw a cocktail party on the Friday night with a fancy dress competition for the ponies and critters and relax as much as possible for the rest of the weekend, hunting aside.  Camping in style Sara Mara and I sat with our toes in the sun surveying the land scape and sipping cocktails.

My bio dog Jed made himself quite at home and defending the outer parameter during the evening super moon howl led by Goddess Rising.  We cast our intentions for the year into the fire pit and then humans and critters alike howled at the moon, it was a lot of fun it’s not often the Mistress herself lets out a wolfish howl.

Due to privacy and confidentiality agreements, I am not able to reveal all of the weekends activities, however I can tell you I wore paw print pajamas at night and a rather stylish combat uniform during the day and that my team caught too many foxes.  The Hunt team comprised of no ordinary team of pups Tyke Puppy an army vet , two handsome Marine Pups Riyo and Glemahund with their handler, Jed, Melvin and Myself, they tracked, ambushed and caught the foxes with such speed, style and sexy silent maneuvering that it left me breathless, literally as I ran with Jed keeping up with these pups.

Stay tuned the Mistress has her eye on these military pups.

Thank you to Groggy Fox and Riyo for the photos.  Thank you to Spenku for supplying the side table, it made cocktail hour so much more civilized.

Finally thank you to the little black and pink puppy that brought chocolate and very nice Sake.

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