Prize offered leading to identification of mysterious ‘Cloud Man’

Coming Saturday, October 27th, the annual Halloween Costume Spectacle at Stone Hill, hosted by the Stone Hill Theatrical Association, has experienced growing pains in becoming a Rappahannock tradition.

Last October John Henry and Ann Crittenden increased the number of costume prizes to eight. Among them:

— Judy Chambers edged out Richard Viguerie for Best Political.

— Ken & Judi Shoemaker won Best Historical.

— Dave Marsden won Scariest.

— Jim Greenfield won Funniest.

— Maeve & Gordon Dale won Best Animal.

— Melissa Manuel won Best Fantasy & Best Overall.

And then there was “The Cloud” who accepted the Best Environmental prize but, in the voting melee, got away without disclosing his identity.

John Henry in 2017 presents Best Environmental prize to “The Cloud,” whose identity remains a mystery. By Ray Boc

Spectacle photographer-in-chief, Ray Boc, has done some forensic work on the mysterious Cloud Man. In assembling pictures from 29 photographers for 2017 Spectacle book, Ray found five images, two of which we hope will give our readers clues.

In Ray’s photo, which captured John Henry handing award to the outreached hand of the Cloud, the winner’s voice was a man’s.

An unidentified girl clutches a wisp of “The Cloud” as the pair quickly departs the Stone Hill Spectacle, never to be seen again. By Bruce Dale

Bruce Dale, top National Geographic photographer who did Stone Follies’ video, caught a young girl — in a blue shirt wearing pink bunny ears — carrying a piece of the cloud walking behind the Cloud Man. This intimacy suggests she may know who the Cloud Man is. Her father?

We are fortunate that the Stone Hill Spectacle is a community event or otherwise we would be completely in the dark. So far, the Cloud Man has eluded the Henrys, who are offering a prize for anyone who can identify him.

The Stone Hill Theatrical Association is located in Flint Hill.

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