SAUGERTIES, NY – Oct 19, 2013 – For the fourth year running, the Village of Saugerties will be the site of the East Coast’s ultimate zombie-themed event. The brainchild of Captain Cruella—a.k.a. Saugerties’ own Jaimee Moxham–the Village Invasion is bigger and better than ever, and poised to take the Hudson Valley by storm on Saturday night, October 19. Over the past three years, thousands of zombie fans from all over have outfitted themselves in their undead best to take to Partition and Main Streets in the heart of town, share their mutual love of ghoulish goodness, and enjoy local pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses.
Just like last year, the event is officially sponsored by the Village Apothecary. Neil Smoller of the Apothecary has helped raise the Invasion to higher levels than ever before. Admission to the event is $2—and this year, like last year, a portion of the proceeds will be directed toward rebuilding and revamping Small World Playground, a local spot frequented by children from the Boys & Girls Club and from the surrounding vicinity.
“This is a real labor of love for me,” says Captain Cruella. “I can’t believe that the idea I had just three years ago, to see if I could create a Saugerties zombie event that would really be something worth coming to, has turned into all this. With the help of the Village Apothecary, we’ve made it into an annual happening that everyone looks forward to. The Carnival of the Dead theme this year will make it spookier and more fun than ever!”
In addition to Village Apothecary, sponsors this year include Lucky Chocolates, the Dutch Alehouse, Main Street Restaurant and Brine Barrel Pickle Co., just to name a few. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, or one of the many vendors that will be on hand, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://villageinvasion.com to download a vendor form.
Nearby hotels are booking up, as Cruella gets the word out across a multitude of social media platforms including Facebook (http://facebook.com/CaptainCruella), Twitter (http://twitter.com/captaincruella) and Blogger (cruellascrypt.blogspot.com). The event kicks off promptly at 6p.m. along Main and Partition Streets, with many businesses staying open late to take part in the festivities.Much like years past, this year’s event will offer many reasons for folks to show up and have a good time. Once again, Kingston-based funk-rock band Voodelic will be playing at Dave’s Wine & Coffee House. And what would the Village Invasion be without the annual costume contest? Awards will be presented in a variety of categories, and patrons are encouraged to get creative. Given this year’s theme, there are sure to be a plethora of evil zombie clowns and other dark denizens of the carnie world.Over the course of the past decade, zombies have infiltrated pop culture as never before, with movies such as Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead and World War Z gaining cult followings. And AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series has become one of the most popular shows on the air—further proof that the zombie has hit the mainstream. Part of the phenomenon has been the rise of a colorful and devoted subculture of zombie-lovers that has helped popularize public zombie walks worldwide.
Those interested in participating in this year’s Village Invasion are encouraged to visit facebook.com/VillageInvasion or villageinvasion.com for more information.