8/13/2012 9:03:00 AM Moonpies: A room for other voices
Along with her musical talent, Vyktoria Pratt Keating is also an accomplished soap and candle maker, selling her Pie Town Soap and Candles line in 22 retail outlets across the state. Her complete line of soaps, lotions, candles and balms are available at Moonpies.
Along with music and Pratt’s personal line of lotions and potions, Moonpies will feature local art, jewelry and gifts, plus classes, workshops, lectures and open house events.
If You Go ...
What: Moonpies Emporium Grand Opening
Where: 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde (enter on the south side)
Vyktoria Pratt Keating has lived her life on her own terms. She has fulfilled more dreams than most dare consider.
If her world ceased spinning today, she would exit smiling, leaving few regrets and believing her time was well spent.
Her bonnie-red hair, angelic voice and innate talent as a songwriter and musical performer have taken her across oceans and over the great divide, performing with the famous, so-so famous and more often than not, as the lone voice in the room.
She has fallen off the map on occasion, always by choice, once drifting off to the high plains of western New Mexico, to a place called Pie Town, where of all things, she began a career making soap.
But for all she has done, she is nowhere near ready to write her requiem. There are still dreams undreamt and at least one going live this week.
For 10 years or more, Keating has wanted a space of her own, a venue she can create in her own image, and fill as she sees fit.
That space, that room she has longed to fill with dreams and other voices, opens this week in Camp Verde.
She calls it Moonpies Emporium.
"It's been a long-time dream of mine and I have never let it go. It has come and gone but always been there," says Keating.
Three months ago the dream became an itch, and the itch became a scratch.
"There were just all these straws that kept piling on. Then two final ones. As one door closed another opened. Then I dreamed of this space I knew of in Camp Verde. So I drove over to see if, by chance, it was available. I called the landlord the next day and signed a lease," she says.
And a fitting space it was, the back room of a building steeped in history, once known as Goswick Hall, that over the years has served as dance hall, movie theater, church and gymnasium and was once the community's de facto town hall.
"I love Camp Verde,' she is proud to say, "It has a very good feel. And the building itself has a charm you don't find very often."
Moonpies is more than a room that will soon fill with music. It is an amalgamation of Keating's dreams. It is now filed with the sweet scents of her small batch artisan soaps, her lotions and balms. It is filling with art and craftwork.
The doors open tonight, Aug. 15. The Grand Opening is Friday, Aug. 17, when Keating and The Cat's Vyktrola open with a night of Beatles and bluegrass, Celtic and Clapton.
Moonpies offers "coffee house" style live music, Wednesdays, Fridays and an occasional Saturday. It seats about 70 people. Shows are $5 and include refreshments -- tea and scones, pie and coffee, or wine and cheese (but no moonpies).
It is open Wednesdays and Fridays 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays as scheduled from 3 to 10 p.m.
It is located at 545 S. Main St. in Camp Verde. The entrance is on the south side of the building.