German Village Gazette

Frankenstein to stomp in at Monster Bash

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Bryce Sanborn isn't really a monster.

He's a mild-mannered insurance agent at German Village Insurance.

But at the next Monster Bash -- look out.

Sanborn will be transformed into Frankenstein for the eighth annual party, slated from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the German Village Meeting House, 588 S. Third St.

There, he will pose with guests and photos will be posted the following day at germanvillageinsurance.com.

He said it's all in good fun.

"I wanted to utilize the fact that I'm a pretty big guy," said Sanborn, who works for German Village resident Dan Glasener, whose agency is part of the Nationwide Insurance network.

At 6-feet, 8-inches tall, and a former basketball player at Mount Vernon Nazarene College, he admits he stands out in a room.

"I'm usually not hard to find," he said.

Tickets for the soiree are $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

Those who pay $85 for VIP tickets get a swag bag of local goodies, exclusive entry in a raffle drawing and a designated drink line.

Volunteers must contribute $25 and agree to a two-hour shift during the event or help clean up the following day.

The trick-or-treat portion of the evening is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Lazelle, Mohawk and surrounding streets for adult libations and creative noshes.

The party continues at the actual Monster Bash, to be held from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Meeting Haus, where partygoers can dance, enter a costume contest and pose with Frankenstein.

Seventh Son Brewing Co. will be pouring brews at the bier garten on the platz while cocktails will be served upstairs at Bash headquarters.

New this year is the hay rack ride, a pickup-drawn cart filled with straw that will tote people around from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

After-party festivities will be held at T. Murray's, 560 S. Third St.

Monster Bash benefits the German Village Society to serve as Caretakers of A Legacy, dedicated to retaining the character and distinction of the past while creating a thriving and contemporary community, said Shiloh Todorov, director of the Society.

"Now in its eighth year, Monster Bash is one of the best ways the German Village Society shares its spirit of fun and its mission of protecting our bricks with our younger neighbors," Todorov said.

"That isn't to say the whole community doesn't come out," she said.

"Last year's costume contest winners in the group category had an average age well over 50," Todorov said.

"And, all of the proceeds benefit our not-for-profit projects and programs, which means your ticket isn't just an entry to the fun but a gift to the society.

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