Do you have loved ones who have crossed over? Join Festival of the Dead for their annual Dumb Supper. Details per the Festival of the Dead website:
“Join the Salem Witches as we honor the dead with a dinner observed in utter silence. Salem Warlocks Christian Day and Brian Cain invite you to a banquet of sumptuous cuisine where the only sound heard is music chosen in memory of the departed. Bring photos and mementos to summon the souls of your loved ones on the other side as you partake in the most solemn of all the ceremonies of Witchcraft. The Dumb Supper is an ancient tradition where the dead attend the living for a magical night of communion!
The evening opens with a blessing where each attendee is guided through the veil between the worlds to the realms of the dead where no one living may speak. Participants place their photos and mementos on an elaborate altar, at which time they are then seated and the feast is served.
Each year, the spirits have manifested in a variety of ways. Guests have recalled a ghostly touch, the scent of perfume, whispered messages, and even physical manifestations. This is a solemn event where respect for the dead is crucial. By remaining slient, you open your heart and mind to those who have crossed over.
Menu for the Evening
In keeping with tradition, the courses of The Dumb Supper are served backwards and the placement of everything down to the silverware is reversed as a means of weaving participants into the shadowy world of spirit. This menu is subject to change.
Dessert: Apple Blossom with Caramel Sauce
Coffee: Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea or Decaffeinated Coffee
Entree: Seared All-Natural Free-Bird Chicken Breast with Seasonal Fruit Salsa (Spring Berries, Summer Stone Fruit, Fall Apples and Pears, Winter Dried Fruits) served with grilled vegetables and Mashed Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Real Maple Syrup
Soup: Apple and Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Cinnamon Mascarpone Swirl
Salad: San Francisco Salad featuring Hearts of Romaine Lettuce with Green Goddess Dressing and Bagel Croutons
Appetizer: Wild Mushroom Triangoli pasta in a Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce
Dinner Rolls: Fresh Rolls with Butter
Food has been offered to the dead throughout history, from prehistoric man through to the Celts, Egyptians, Romans, Japanese, Chinese, and even in the Catholic church. Dining with the dead is an ancient tradition that honors our divine ancestors regardless of culture or creed. Whether you’re a Witch or simply wish to embrace your loved ones on the other side, we invite you to take part in this most sacred event.
The Rules for the Evening
This is among the most sacred events that any Witch holds and we take it very seriously. Before you purchase your tickets, you must agree to abide by our rules:
- Event Begins At 6:30 Sharp Latecomers Will Not Be Admitted.
This event is about honoring the dead and inviting them to visit us in spirit form. To arrive late once the ritual of blessing has already commenced is to disrespect both the dead and the living who have come to connect with them. If you do not arrive on time, you will neither be admitted nor refunded so plan accordingly.
- No One May Speak During The Dinner
This event is silent. This silence not only allows people to grieve their dead but creates a portal for the spirits to come through. Those who speak or write notes within the dining area will be silently ushered to leave without refund.
- Cell Phones Must Be Turned Off During The Dinner
There shall be no phones in use in the dining room. Those texting or using their cell phones will be silently ushered to leave without refund.
- No Photography During The Dinner
There shall be no photos taken in the dining room. Those who do so will be silently ushered to leave without refund.
Special requirements such as vegetarian or allergies, please email us. We can only accommodate these needs if we know in advance as this is a silent event.”
This event takes place on Oct. 28, 2018 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W. Salem, MA 01970. Tickets are available here. Enjoy!! <3