This is my second year being booked by Madame Onca to perform at the Mad Batter in Sylvia, NC. This year it was also the second stop of a double header weekend, Sylvia being less than three hours from Atlanta. Before I set out I had a chance to sit in a meeting with my second troupe, Secret City of Athens, GA while I was in town, which rarely, if ever, happens, as I am based a state away.
A relatively short drive up into the mountains of my home state and I was sitting outside the venue, applying my makeup in the light from the setting sun. Since I’d worked at this venue before, I knew that there wasn’t a dedicated makeup mirror upstairs and my car has a comfortable seat to work out of.
The stage is set at one end of a longer hall that serves as a restaurant, our dressing area is an apartment over the venue so there is a bit of a sprint from one end to the other once our acts are over. This year is was much warmer than last year, so I didn’t need to continuously bother the kitchen staff, streaking though the prep area to gain the stairs to go change.
Ariel, Sera and our MC were sweet and welcoming and I got to chat with a budding new burlesque perfromer, Elle, who I’ve actually known in an around about way for years. I said goodbye to the group still munching our after-show meal in a booth and drove all night to arrive at my sweet J’s apartment so we could have our Valentine’s Day together.