FANG AROUND AND FIND OUT
Fang Around is a seasonal community event hosted by The Dark Parlour in collaboration with Royal Square District in York, Pennsylvania. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun gathering space to build community engagement and involvement. Our events are heavily focused on various arts, culture, history/education and entertainment, whether we are showcasing a variety of vendors, hosting live entertainment, or creating a stage for music and theatre.
In less than a year since Fang Around's first debut, we have grown our attendance from 75 to an estimated 2000, and we are continuing to grow!
HOW IT STARTED
In June of 2021, we were finally looking at a release of some isolation. Small events were finally starting once again. The Dark Parlour was never able to celebrate the one-year anniversary in 2020, so we wanted to host a casual vampire-themed party close to our two year mark of being open. "Fang Around" came from the 80s Vampire theme and "hanging around" the Parlour. We had 80s vampire movies in the Courtyard, snacks and sodas available, DJ Stygian spinning only the best dark wave and industrial sounds, Christopher Strange doing intuitive Tarot readings, and to top it off, we had Krystal Younglove and Nova Nyx the Faerialist doing some amazing fire poi.
We battled the weather, but the rain finally let up just before the start of the hang-out, and everyone was able to have some fun, meet new friends, and... fang around.
Inside the Parlour
Some Vamps Fangin' Around
We had about 75 - 100 vampires come throughout the duration of the event. Not a bad get-together! But it was HOT, and the sun wasn't going down anytime soon. Still, our attending creatures seemed to enjoy themselves, as we had a bunch of requests for more "Fang Around" events! Work immediately began, the next Fang Around was scheduled for October 9th to celebrate the Halloween season.
THE SPOOKTOBER EDITION
The Spooktober Edition saw more creatures, live music from The Mary Lous and The Destruct Principle, real hearses on display, DJs Stygian and JBDubz, a sideshow introduction from Krystal Younglove, face-painting by Luz, kid-friendly activities, live Bats at the Hive, a handful of vendors, a goth fashion show, and spooky brews at Collusion Tap Works! WHEW! We more than tripled the attendance, with approximately 350 total creatures joining us.
The Spooktober Edition
What do nails smell like?
Our 2021 Holiday Fang Around was focused on Krampus. This time we expanded even more and again nearly tripled in attendance with almost 1,000 attendees throughout the day! Vendors were expanded to three different "villages" on King Street, the courtyard, and in the gardens. We added a food truck, hot cocoa bar, movies inside the Parliament, and a special Dickens on the Rocks performance by Weary Arts Groups! Krystal returned as our event MC, we had double the hearses from Post-Mortem Hearse Club, more merch, volunteers, a food truck, and of course, our first Krampuslauf! Did you parade with us? More merchant participation from Royal Square District included storytime with Mrs. Claus and Holiday movies in the Parliament.
THE CAULDRON: WITCHES NIGHT
Our Spring edition: Fang Around The Cauldron, saw another doubling of attendance, with over 1500 attendees throughout the day.
Witches Night - translated from Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht depending on the region - happens on April 30th, the eve of Beltane, and has become a "Second Halloween" for many, when the veil is once again thin, and the Spring is celebrated with costuming, tricks and treats. For an overview of the history, please visit: https://www.worldhistory.org/Walpurgis_Night/
For this event, we celebrated a reclamation of this Springtime festival through growth and renewal, and honored witches past, present and future through art, music and dancing.
ALL WITCHES WERE WELCOMED.