Lingerie, Spray Paint and unicorns

Lingerie, Spray Paint and unicorns

Last week, as is now a tradition, the Sip N’ Bite offered a new event, casually called ‘Pj Body Painting Party’. The event as always attracted all kind of residents, as it was seen on the outfits they wore: from simple pajamas to sexy lingerie, from absurd outfit combinations that barely covered their user’s modesty to full kid-like body outfits (including a unicorn and a puppy).

The night was a success, the club filling pretty quickly and the booze flowed… which was noticeable when one of the patrons, by the name of Haley, and wearing a pink pajama, went rogue under the alcohol’s influence and vandalized the club’s wall, using spray paint to paint a few heart colored shapes.

Soon enough the barman and the guards lead her out of the club and tried to fix the scenario, but it will probably need a costly repair that will surely fall on miss Hailey’s lap. We were far away before the problem began, but noticed Haley’s animosity toward Vivianna, the club’s owner. Meanwhile, the business woman seemed mostly amused by the whole situation, we believe she might not be so amused the next day when she discovered her vandalized walls, but one never knows with certain people.

After that the crowd slowly dripped of, but still, the night felt like a complete success, at least for the Sip N’ Bite.

Jiriel Fenix

End of Fall Banquet

The end of Fall Banquet was hosted last weekend at the Cliff View Inn as a cerebration of the summer that has passed and the fall that we are now entering. It was in all a merry occasion, although scattered with the occasional brawl, likely brought on by the free flowing drink and the generous buffet.

For the evening’s entertainment the evening’s host, the charming Doctor Lorenzo Evans of Lexington Memorial hospital put on a date auction for the benefit of the Tiny Hearts Fund for orphans and abused children. The lucky two up for grasp were Mr Kulvothreinmaar and Miss Laina Santos, and while we won’t tell you the sum of money that was raised for the charity, the assembled guests all made sure to see that these poor children will be well looked after.

Caspian Douglas

Photo Clubbing at the Beach

Clifton Forge Camera Club is a well-established active club of photographers spanning all ages and skill levels. They offer a fun mix of opportunities, ways to participate and learn the Art of Photography. This meeting, Andonia, the club leader,held a Beach Themed club session where members got to sit on the beach and pose for some vacation-esque photos. Onlookers who didn’t reside in the club wound up participating in the fun, taking photos of their own. When asked about why Andonia had started the club, she stated, “I had a rather…awful event happen and to help myself recover I took pictures,” The warm bubbly girl smiled as she spoke about her passions. “It helped so much and I just…Fell in love. I don’t have a lot of friends in Clifton Forge yet and I thought that maybe there would be some other people who liked this new hobby. I put out a notice online and a flyer in the town hall.” “It went much better than I thought!” In regards to how she felt the club event went. Clifton Forge Camera Club will be hosting another event September 27th at 10 A.M.; this theme being Fantasy in the Forest. Come dressed in your best fantasy gear and get your picture taken, or take pictures with the Clifton Forge Camera Clubbers.

– Blair Stagger

Picture by: Andonia Featuring: Andonia, Blair, Jack, Drew, and Shantae

Beware the puppy that follows you home

The Pajama Event at the Sip N’ Nip would have been just another party for doctor Celeste Starseed, an interesting one, full of beef cake, yes, but just that. But as we have learned quite often in Clifton Forge, things are never what we expect.

The doctor was wearing a green aqua pajama, looking cute, and maybe a bit prude, considering that most of the patrons at the club were almost naked with a few exceptions. One of those, was one of her patients who was dressed like a puppy. The patient, which we would call Mr. Puppy for legal purposes, approached Dr. Starseed, and all seemed well in the world. They talk, they drank, but things never crossed any dangerous line that might endanger the doctor-patient relationship.

Close to 4:00 am, when most of the customers had left the club, the doctor, a bit tipsy, headed back home, but decided to stop at her office first. Unknown to the doctor, Mr. Puppy was following her.

I was on my way home when I got a message asking for help. Someone had taken my pants by accident but I decided to make my way to the clinic. Inside Dr. Starseed office, Mr. Puppy babbled agitatedly, looking in the border of turning hysteric. Dr. Starseed herself looked calm, but a shiver in her hands betrayed her real emotional state.

I opened the door and told the doctor I came looking for her for a midnight snack (our night version of brunch). I was sure I was being subtle, but Mr. Puppy was farther into he rabbit hole than I thought. He become hysteric, talking about dark lords and blood, and attacked the doctor aiming for her throat.

But as the doctor might say in a moment of clarity: fear, while it is a primordial emotion, in the right quantities is also a survival mechanism.
Fear made the doctor step away from Mr. Puppy so his hand missed her, an instead of strangling her, he only ripped her pretty pajamas.

Things would have gotten out of hand if it hasn’t been for two fortuitous situations: I had my Taser with me and ready, and Jack P., a friend of Dr. Starseed, arrived to check on her. Things happened fast, and while we are told not to become the news, sometimes you just react. Tamer in hand I entered the room and stunned Mr. Puppy long enough me to push Dr. Starseed out of the office and Jack to turn off the lights and close just as we came out.

We waited a long moment for Mr. Puppy to try to break the door, but we only heard sobbing from the inside, apparently the worst of the ezquizophrenic episode (as the doctor assumed and confirmed days later) had ended. We left soon after while the personel in turn went for Mr. Puppy to get him into observation.

The night had ended in a mixture of lows and highs for the doctor and after a couple days under observation Mr. Puppy went back home under a friend’s supervision. All in all, a night to remember.

Jiriel Fenix

Dance, Cosplay and Drama

The month-long LARP event based on the Tears of Blood series by the prominent author T.E. Johns came to an end with a grandiloquent Vampire Ball, where guests and organizers appeared not only in their best clothes but cosplaying characters from the ToB novels and other series around the existence of vampires.

T.E. Johns, who kindly took the time to sign a few books, appeared in the role of her character Embry Penrose and was accompanied by Clifton Forge Mayor Vishaal Kuran, who was cosplaying as Raven Cromwell another of John’s main characters appearing in “Vampire Republic”. Other characters personified during the party were Lincoln Pierce, Betty the Swamp Witch, Kace Halifax and many more, making the whole night a complete success for the author and the organization behind the event.

Author T.E Johns Aka Haley Carlisle and Major Vishaal Khuran

John’s looked a bit tense and tired, which we attributed to the long event probably taking its toll on the author after a whole month. Still, when interviewed about her next work, she graciously answered that it would come out soon; and that in the meantime, she is working in a deal for a movie. So, we might see Emily Penrose, Lincoln Pierce, Sir Cadmus Pierce, Lolth Okami and all the others soon on the big screen. Hopefully, faithful to the source material.

Later in the night the real reasons for the tension was revealed when a woman, identified as Coira, confronted the author, apparently in what seems like a casual banter, but T.E. Johns was having none of it. The offended author’s reply revealed that, following with the influx of crime in Clifton Forge, she had been attacked recently. The fight was quickly defused, but it showed the underlying tension and that things might not be as good in paradise as our famous author would like to make us believe.

Still, we celebrate T.E. Johns work and will be waiting for her next book and, hopefully, a movie. Meanwhile you can check her latest work “a Rose Among the Wilten,” which you can find in your local bookstore or you can buy online.

-Jiriel Fenix

Ink Night at the Sip’n Bite

Inked owner Paislee Kleinfield

Last Friday night (August 8th) the halls of the club filled with ink enthusiasts under the auspice of madam Vivianna who oversaw a packed establishment. The usual crowd and newcomers, brim with energy and sensuality, arrived all along the evening, probably attracted by the mixture of naked flesh, the free bar, and the opportunity of earning a new tattoo during the “Show us your tatts” part of the evening.

The event, sponsored by Paislee Kleinfield, owner of Inked, drew all kinds of participants flamboyantly showing their ink work. When asked for the reasons for the event miss Kleinfield told us “half the reason people get tattoos is cause they’re pretty and they want to show them off. I figure why not dedicate a whole night to it?”

Of course, the event will be good publicity to her miss Paislee’s shop, as the ink artist mentioned, and as the etiquette of the Sip N’ Bite is lax on the type or quantity of clothing inside the club, the marriage (if just for a night) seems like a match made in heaven… or a contract made by a succubus from hell.

Some of the designs on display during the evening.

Of course, the event was more than just a business enterprise. “Think of it as the same concept as an art gallery,” said miss Paislee, “except instead of canvas it’s skin. Everyone likes looking at well-done art, just cause it’s on a person doesn’t change that. And by sponsoring it gets the name of the shop and my artists out there and on the radar for the people in town who didn’t know about us, to begin with.”

And with that in mind, if you are curious about learning more about tattoos, or getting one for yourself (just make sure you are not drunk and under a bet, as this reporter can attest) go take a look at Inked, which is located in Railroad Av., besides the Brothers Grimm Bakery and our own office, just across from the Police Station.

– Photos and text Jiriel Fenix

ATTENTION CLIFTON FORGE PHOTOGRAPHERS

There is a new club in town! The Clifton Forge Camera Club is working with the Telegraph to host a photography contest. The theme is simple! Your favorite place in Clifton Forge! Help take us on a visual tour of the city and vote on the photographs you like the most. The photos entered will be put on exhibit at a secret location and the winner’s photo will be the new header for the Telegraph and be featured in the following issue!

A book review and an invite, rolled into one

As far as anyone has known, famous author E.T. Johns has been shrouded in mystery. Countless attempts to uncover their identity have been made as they publish book after book of the dynamic vampire drama romance series, Tears of Blood. Teens and adults alike rush to get their hands on the latest book set in the supernatural world E.T. Johns weaves to follow the protagonist, dark-headed vampire Embry Penrose, as she realizes what it’s like to live and love as a vampire amidst her rivals, werewolves and hunters, as well as other powerful vampires, witches, and even the occasional human. Longtime fans hold out hope for the identity of Embry’s infamous Sire to be revealed in the upcoming release. Tears of Blood has remained popular for years, holding New York Times Bestseller awards for each installation. Despite this, not much is known of the author who keeps a very private life but sometimes leaves hints in the books as to their identity. No one has cracked that mystery. Until now. The Clifton Telegraph brings you the name of E.T. Johns after so many years in hiding. Drum roll please…

Haley Carlisle.

And that’s not all. She’s in Clifton, and she has been for months now, telling our interviewers that she found inspiration in this small town in the middle of nowhere. She cites that it made her stop and write her newest installation of Tears of Blood right here. In addition, she’s set up a game for all of Clifton to participate in the hopes of ramping up expectations for the release of her new book, The Rose Amongst the Wilted. A book signing will be held, but that’s not even the start of the fun Ms. Carlisle has planned for us. She notes that we may look forward to both DarkCon, a gaming convention to be held in the Clifton Hotel on August 24th, and The Vampire Ball, an event on August 29th ((2 PM SLT)) for fans to dress as vampires and to promote the release of E.T. John’s latest. 

But wait! That’s not where it ends.

She asks us to use our imaginations, inspired by the Tears of Blood series, to LARP (live action role-play) our own scenarios or ones directly from the book. Become your very own vampire, victim, hunter, werewolf, even witch, and act in the streets, engaged in fights or soapy romances, as if we live in this very supernatural world of Tears of Blood! It only gets more juicy (or bloody in the fun of it all). Fans from all around will join us, so don’t be shy, go all out. Dress in custom-made outfits or as the characters themselves. Perhaps you choose the sexy, mysterious werewolf that seems to be intertwined with her fate, Axel Knight, or maybe the hunter she plays a sexy game of cat and mouse with, Kace Halifax. Then, there is the devastatingly beautiful but wicked witch, Raven Cromwel, and the villainous, pompous, and rich head vampire Sir Cadmus Pierce as he tries to marry her off to his handsome son and prominent Vampire Prince, Lincoln Pierce. 

Of course, those are only a select few of the fan favorites, not to mention all of the recurring victims and occasional allies, including the Roller Babes, the Cotton Candy California Girls, Lion’s Den Biker Gang, and the Italian Mafia, all sprinkled with supernaturals and humans alike. Who will you be? Will you create a new character? Ms. Carlisle is also offering an app for those that participate and create the most LARP as well as interesting storylines, characters, and outfits to which will be judged for points by herself and her PR team. The person who is the most unique will be chosen and revealed in the most dramatic of ways at the Vampire Ball alongside E.T. Johns herself. There are other prizes involved, including a personal mention in the book, the chance to meet with the bestselling author herself, and a mystery prize not to be revealed until the Ball itself. The app is now available in the App Store and is titled Tears of Blood. 

We encourage you all to download the app and create profiles, either private or public, to display what you wish for Haley and her team to judge. Join the swarming fans of Tears of Blood and do justice to the newest, The Rose Amongst the Wilted, and pick up your copy coming soon! The Telegraph expects to see Clifton buzzing with LARP in the passing weeks. Share with your friends and family so all can join in the fanging fun! Who knows? Perhaps Ms. Carlisle herself will be watching or even join you herself. Be on the lookout!

Until the Vampire Ball, my readers.

“You may only have lived eighteen years, but I have stalked you for eight hundred.” -Haley Carlisle AKA E.T. Johns

-Amber Greene

Celebrating the new mayor, Burlesque style

After the Burlesque event at the Sip n’ Bite Milos Tshaikovskaya or Milo, for short, who is one of the managers at the club and the organiser of said event, has sat down with our reporter, Caspian Douglas for a pleasant conversation over tea. The event itself was hosted to raise money to the Central Virginia Land Group, a small non-profit that works to preserve the forests, farmlands, and other natural and historic resources in the area, in honor of mayor Vishaal Khuran’s recent appointment to office. 

The pink haired New Yorker, who besides being a manager at the club is also a personal friend of the mayor has been a key figure behind the scenes of the recent pre election campaign. And although he holds the position of manager at the club he can often be found behind the bar, serving patrons drinks and cocktails, or on stage, dancing for esteemed guests as well as for special occasions. In their talk, the beautiful young man described himself as more of a hands on kind of manager, who prefers to share in the heavy work, rather than handing it off to someone else. For the evening’s main event Milo, and fellow dancers Boison Ivy, Bella Donna and Ophelia Rose put up a spectacular Burlesque Extravaganza to entertain the guests and seduce them into bidding on them in hope for a special date with their favourite performer. 

All dancers, as well as the formidable host, Rhule, were auctioned off to well paying patrons, and all in all approximately  $325,000 was raised, through the bidding, the price of the dinner itself and donations made during the event. Any tips the performers generated were also given to the cause, and some of the businesses who donated their services also made contributions. There were also a few anonymous donors.

For decorations, organisation and contributing with gifts for the guests stands none other than Miss Sumaya Abdi, without whom, according to  the stunning Milo, the event would have never been possible.

For those of you who want to read more about the Central Virginia Land Group, you can do so here. ((OOC note, no, there is no link. No real website))

-Caspian Douglas

Milo in the outfit he wore for the Burlesque show / Private Image