Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendors of the Week: 02

One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday– see our first round of vendors (Carve Between the Lines, ArtisticallyAnna, Grave Digger Candles) by CLICKING HERE.

Today we catch up with our parade sponsor American Science & Surplus (our favorite store!), who will have a table full of great gift items, as well as Stone Troll Studios (an incredibly talented sculptor), and new this year– Strange Little Lands, who makes amazing dioramas of famous paranormal scenes!

KRAMPUSNACHT tickets: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

American Science & Surplus

American Science & Surplus continues to offer a unique mix of industrial, military and educational items, with an emphasis on science and education. We supply a wide range of unusual and hard to find items (some say bizarre stuff) to the hobbiest, tinkerer, artist, experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter.

Website: https://www.sciplus.com/

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Stone Troll Studios

Creating unique decor in clay for sales and special events.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stone-Troll-Studios-281746748647844/

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Strange Little Lands

Koko is the owner and artist behind Strange Little Lands. She makes dioramas (miniature worlds) based around high strangeness. Every Strange Little Land is handmade. From Bigfoot to Mothman to UFO abductions to Flatwoods Monster to witch hangings to Frogman and more…if it’s strange, it’s fair game!

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht: Toys for Tots Drive and Raffle and White Elephant gift exchange

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We are happy to support the Marine Toys for Tots Program again this year at Milwaukee Krampusnacht with a toy drive.

From their website: “The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.”

You’ll find donation boxes in the lobby of the Bavarian Bierhaus, right where you check in with tickets. Please bring donations of new, unwrapped gifts. Additional program information and donation links can be found on the Toys for Tots website: toysfortots.org

In addition, we will be raffling off three gift baskets of cool, unique items from our vendors, sponsors, and friends (if you have something to contribute, e-mail milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com). Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the lobby ticket check in area or from our roving raffle ticket seller. All money will be donated to Toys for Tots. Raffle winners will be drawn at 9pm at the Beer Hall stage.

White Elephant gift exchange

We’re glad to bring this Krampusnacht tradition back. Last year we had over a hundred people participate in our white elephant gift exchange. Here’s how it works– find a frightening fantastic gift (we say $5-$15 range, though most good gifts tend to be priceless). Wrap it up and when you arrive at the event, go into the Beer Hall. You’ll see a table near the stage, drop it off there and a volunteer will give you a ticket for a gift (proof that you dropped something off). At 9pm return to the table, hand a volunteer your ticket and pick out a gift! You never know what you might get. Be sure to snap a photo and share your gift on social media.

Milwaukee Krampusnacht event info and ticket link here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

 

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendors of the Week: 01

One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday. Today we’re going to take a look at returning vendors Carve Between the Lines and Grave Digger Candles as well as ArtisticallyAnna, joining us for the first time.

More event info and tickets can be found here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Carve Between the Lines

This year Natalie at Carve Between the Lines will be presenting her woodcuts large and small alongside her metal and glass engravings. She specializes in hand-printed krampuskarten that come with their own special envelopes. Her current body of work is influenced by old stories told by winter firelight- of men, beasts, spirits, and hunters beneath the frozen moon…

Website: carvebetweenthelines.com

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ArtisticallyAnna

Self-taught artist from northern Illinois with an interest in all things natural and supernatural. Find original acrylic paintings, graphite illustrations, crystal crowns, driftwood wall art, along with lots of other goodies.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/artisticallyanna

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Grave Digger Candles

Looking for creepy candles to illuminate your crypt this Halloween & Christmas season? Our pure, all-natural beeswax spine candles, coffin candles, taper candle & so much more are all ready for you to dig up. All spine candles are cast from real bones, these beeswax abominations are perfectly deviant additions to your Halloween party, Christmas party, oddities collection, or cabinet of curiosities. Every warm, flickering glow will keep the shadows at bay with Grave Digger Candles.

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2019 t-shirts and sweatshirts are available for pre-order now: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

 

Milwaukee Krampus Parade 2019 Registration

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The most exciting moment of Milwaukee Krampusnacht (December 5, at the Bavarian Bierhouse. Find more info and tickets at: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus) is the American Science & Surplus Milwaukee Krampus Parade! Every year out parade has featured a wonderful collection of characters, including Krampus, angels, Saint Nick, and other folklore characters like the Welsh Mari Lwyd, the Italian Befana (and other witches!). We encourage other traditions to participate. There are Gryla and the Yule Lads of Icelandic tradition, the Kallikantzaros from Greece, and others.

This year our parade will start at 8pm and ends with a performance by Spielmannszug Milwaukee— this drum and bugle corps has been around since 1957! There will also be a performance of the “Witch’s Dance” and other entertainment.

Our parade is open to all who want to participate. You do not need to be part of a group, and you do not need to be German or Austrian to be Krampus. Our costumes range from crafty homemade ones to store-bought ones to hand-carved masks from Austria. If you have a costume, you are welcome here.

Here’s a couple of good resources for you: Al Ridenour’s book The Krampus And The Old, Dark Christmas Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil is highly recommended and filled with beautiful photos of Krampus and other similar traditions.

Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit is a local group that meets regularly to discuss costuming and other aspects of Krampus life. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Milwaukee.Krampus.Eigenheit/

To provide an accurate headcount and as a security measure, we do require that all parade participants fill out the form below by December 1. This year parade participants will be checking in with a volunteer in the parade green room.  When registration has closed, all parade participants will be e-mailed info on the parade.

 

 

Volunteer for the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2019

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We need volunteers to help make the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference happen. The conference is Sept.14 at Alverno College (tickets HERE)Volunteers work short shifts and get into the event for free. Here’s some shifts where we need help:

8am-9pm: Help vendors load in, help with set up
9am-11am: Registration (check tickets, sell tickets and merch)
11am-1pm: Registration
1-3pm: Registration
3-5pm: Registration
5-6pm: Help vendors load out

Comment with what shift you’d be interested in. For additional questions, e-mail: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2019

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2019: Buy tickets HERE

Presenting sponsor: Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee

Additional sponsors: Singular Fortean Society and American Ghost Walks

Friday, Sept. 13: 2019 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Pre-party

Mystery Dinner Party, details TBA

MPC benefit Third Ward walking tour, led by conference director Tea Krulos. Proceeds go to conference costs. 7:30pm, tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/721846378211572/

Friday the 13th Fest VI: Haunted House. A fun night of music and burlesque at Walker’s Point Music Hall. $10, $6 if you wear a costume: https://www.facebook.com/events/473259999901916/

Saturday, Sept. 14: 2019 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference

Please note the speakers are not in order as a schedule is still being arranged. Timeslots and speaker bio/descriptions will follow next month.

BUY TICKETS: CLICK HERE

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Shetan Noir: “Lake Monsters of the Great Lakes”

Allison Jornlin: “Milwaukee Forteana, Vol. IV”

Tobias Wayland: “The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest”

Ursula Bielski: “Haunts of the Devil: Ghosts of H.H. Holmes, the Worlds Fair, and Victorian Chicago”

Jay Bachochin: “Bigfooting 101”

Noah Leigh: “Common Misconceptions for Paranormal Activity”

Dave Schumacher (Paranormal Research Group): “15 years of Researching Ghosts, Hauntings and Poltergeists Using Random Number Generators and Environmental Data Logging with the D.E.A.D. (Direct Environmental Acquisition Data logging) System – Advantages, Results and Next Steps”

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American Ghost Walks “Haunted Road Trip” panel

Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit, “Meet Krampus” panel

X-Files Trivia

“Paranormal Evidence Show and Tell” with various investigation group

Society for Anomalous Studies, “Sustained Electronic Spirit Communication- Revealing Conversations with the Unseen”

UFO discussion, TBA

BUY TICKETS: CLICK HERE

Instead of doing our own after party, we are encouraging our paranormal fans to attend the Night Carnival: https://www.facebook.com/events/1328132640668278/

 

Sunday, Sept. 15: 2019 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Activities Day

Includes tours, screenings, activities, and more– details to be posted next month.

Twisted Monster Short Block April 4

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is thrilled to be a sponsor of this year’s Monster Short Block at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival, next Thursday April 4, at 9pm.
We are hosting a contest on our Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/milwaukeeparanormalconference]– post a picture or meme of your favorite movie monster between now and Friday (March 29) at noon on our Facebook page and we’ll enter everyone who posts in a randomizing generator to select a winner for two tickets to the Monster Short Block and the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference (Sept.14)!
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Speaking of, a Milwaukee Paranormal Conference fundraiser is underway here:  https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2019/03/13/we-need-your-help-to-make-mke-para-con-2019-happen/

April 4, 9 pm – Twisted Monster Short Block – 107 minutes – Presented by Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 
Monsters fuel nightmares and make some great villains.  We assembled a block of film that feature some of the scariest monsters. It could just be the boogeyman in your room, vampires looking for their next kill, or a killer dinosaur on the loose but whatever it is sure to fill you with dread. 

  • Bump in the Night-Dir. Kaelan Selbach-Broad and Aja Selbach-Broad
  • Eyecatcher – Dir. Jun Shimizu
  • I am Not a Monster – Dir. Grace Quilligan
  • Nothing Like the Sun –  Dir. Jonas Banks
  • Peep – Dir. Zachary Dehm
  • Terrordactyl – Dir. E.K. Scarfone
  • The Thing About Beecher’s Gate – Jeremy Herbert
  • Third Wheel – Dir. Daniel DelPurgatorio

Kraken’s Ball/ Sunday Activity Day

As you’ve (hopefully) heard by now, the main Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, which was scheduled for the Irish Community and Heritage Center, has been cancelled. We are currently hoping to reschedule the conference for JUNE. Meanwhile, we do have a couple other great events coming up:

THE KRAKEN’S BALL

We are carrying on with our awesome KRAKEN’S BALL on Saturday, October 20. This is a great way to show your support of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference. Performers include Sunspot, Attalla, Hale O Malo, Alumni of the Miltown Kings, poet Ridire Quinn (of Teatro di Affetto) DJ Michael Weiss, plus a costume contest that is creepy sea themed– think killer mermaids, zombie pirates, swamp monsters, etc and get you costume together! Admission is $10 at the door, we have advance tickets for $8 available now through Oct.19: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3688225

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 ACTIVITY DAY

We decided to keep it simple by offering three tours. Tickets on all three of these will go fast!
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10AM: Forest Home Cemetery Tour (Meets at office of Forest Home Cemetery, $7. Tickets limited to 29.)
This is our third year for this popular tour. This year there will be a Milwaukee History tour with Dr. Paul Haubrich, tour is about an hour and a half. Wear comfortable clothes, be prepared for weather rain or shine. Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613460

3PM: Third Ward Ghost Walk:(Meets on corner of Water St. and Saint Paul in front of Milwaukee Public Market, $20. Tickets limited to 30.)
The original Milwaukee haunted history walking tour is back! Celebrate Cream City folklore with surprising local tales of ghosts, curses, and monsters while on a mile-long stroll through the charming arts district once known as the “Bloody Third.” Tour is about an hour and a half long, wear comfortable clothes, rain or shine. Guide is MPC director Tea Krulos.
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7:30PM: Riverwest Ghost Tour: (Meets at Riverwest Public House, $7. Tickets limited to 15.) This rare tour is only offered a couple times a year. Based on research for an article in the Riverwest Currents, this tour is lead by MPC director and writer Tea Krulos and leads you through some neighborhood ghost stories. Tour is about 40 minutes long, wear comfortable clothes. Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613468

MILWAUKEE KRAMPUSNACHT

And of course we’re really excited about Milwaukee Krampusnacht on Dec. 5. Here’s some of our events leading up to that:
Sun., Oct. 28 2-3:30pm: Milwaukee Krampusnacht Meeting and Workshop: Krampus Choreography   2-3:30pm, Bavarian Bierhaus

Sun. Nov. 4: Mask making workshop/ build session, details TBA.

Sat. Nov. 17: Milwaukee Krampusnacht Meeting and Drink n’ Print Krampus Card Making Workshop, 1-6pm, Riverwest Public House

Sat. Dec. 1: Final Kramp Down meeting and build session, details TBA

Weds. Dec. 5: Milwaukee Krampusnacht, 5-11pm, Bavarian Bierhaus. Be there!
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Sad News: Main Part of Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2018 is CANCELLED.

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The short version of this news– due to circumstances beyond our control, the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference on Oct. 20 at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is CANCELLED. The Kraken’s Ball will still be happening the night of Oct. 20 at the Cactus Club. The tours and activities planned for Sunday Oct. 21 will still go forward.

Conference VENDORS who have made payments will be refunded in full next week. People who bought conference tickets will be refunded in full, those who bought conference/ Kraken’s Ball combo tickets will be offered a full refund or a partial refund if they still wish to go to the Ball.

We had saved the Oct. 20 date in the calendar with the ICHC. We were late with some paperwork and when we messaged them to inform them it was on it’s way, we were informed our event had been silently bumped in favor of a wedding. This was very upsetting to us as we have done events with the ICHC for the last three years and were given no warning, head’s up, or even informed after the matter until we contacted them to get the paperwork to them. This was especially disheartening to me (conference director Tea Krulos) as I have already put in countless hours coming up with what I was confident was an excellent mix of 15 speakers, panels, participatory activities, and a documentary screening. Early ticket sales were looking good, too.

This cancellation left us with 3 possible options:
1. Find a different venue for the same date that A.) was available B.) had a set up for a speaking room and a separate vendor hall and C.) was affordable. I think this is a good time to remind people that the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is bankrolled by one semi-employed person. There is no other group, organization, or benefactor that contributes money. The only incoming funds is from vendor tables (and many of these are comped out free for goods and services) and ticket sales. So there isn’t really funds to throw at a more expensive venue.

2. Schedule a different date. ICHC mentioned they had dates later in November, however, by that point we will be too deep into planning Milwaukee Krampusnacht, which is happening Dec. 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus.

3. Cancel. We decided to cancel because we absolutely do not want to present you with a half-assed thrown together event.

We will be evaluating things carefully moving forward in 2019. We hope the conference will return, better than ever, but need to reevaluate venues, possibly time of year the con takes place, financial problems, and many more factors.

We are sorry to bring you this news. We put a lot of effort into nothing. We hope to see you at the Kraken’s Ball on Oct. 20, our Oct. 21 activities, and at Krampusnacht 2018 on Dec. 5.

-Tea Krulos
Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Director
milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

 

Register for the 2018 Milwaukee Krampus Parade

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is happening December 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus! The parade will take place the evening of Dec. 5 on the Bavarian Bierhaus grounds. More info including exact time, route, and rules will be sent out closer to the date. It’s important for us to get a head count to see what areas we’re strong in and which we need help in.

If you’re interested in helping organize or learning more about being a Krampus, attend our monthly meetings/ workshops. The best way to get updates is to join the Milwaukee Krampus Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180734318942836

Here is what the Milwaukee Krampus Parade is looking for:

KRAMPUS
The reason for the season! We had a strong Krampus showing last year and hope to have a huge Krampus entourage this year. We’re open to all Krampus styles– traditional, creative, storebought, whatever will make you part of the Krampus crew!

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ANGELS
Angels soothe the burn of the Krampus by being friendly and handing out candy to the poor kids. Angel costumes are open to your interpretation.

Other ENTITIES
Besides Krampus, many other cultures have eerie holiday traditions. There’s the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd, the Italian witch Befana (who appears on Epiphany), the Icelandic ogress Gryla, her sons the Yule Lads and the killer Yule Cat. We are welcoming of anyone who wants to participate dressed as these or other characters from Christmastime lore!

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FLOATS!
This year we’re trying to have a few simple floats this year, ones that can be pulled by hand or a small motorized vehicle (like a golf cart)/ shopping cart floats. We’re open to ideas, just talk to us about them.

UGLY SWEATER ORCHESTRA/ KRAMPUS DRUM CORPS
We want to expand on our orchestra this year. You’ll need to learn a couple Christmas standards (ugly sweater optional, but encouraged). Let us know what instrument you play, we will be setting up a couple of practice sessions. This year we also want to add a “Krampus Drum Corps.” to add more menace, percussion of any kind accepted.

To register for the parade, please fill out the form below!

 

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