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Faeries, again

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So apparently I cannot just go to a Faerie Festival without making things.  I said I was not going to sew anything for the Fest that is coming up in May.  And then the creative bug HIT.  I have creative spirit and I am not going to design or sew anything?

Wrong.

It was decided to try to make a pretty, hippie, gypsy style campsite.  And that’s what I’m doing.  Yes, sewing decorations for a campsite.  I got bit by the Pinterest bug.  Specifically banners and bunting.  I’m making a color themed bunting.  I bought entirely too much fabric and I’m using all of it anyway.  The bunting will be exactly 15 miles long and wrap around our campsite 55 times!

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But I’m excited.  For camping.  For being outside.  For running around with the Faeries.  And wood sprites.  And Dryads.  And Green Men.  Very, very excited.

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Faerie Fest, part 2

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above snaps from the Magic Barn

Also, did I mention that the showers did not work?  (they started working sometime on Saturday)

So, we’re at a costuming type event, and we are getting changed in a muddy parking lot.  And brushing our teeth and washing our faces, too.  In a muddy parking lot.

Friday was rainy and sad.  The vendors were even more sad than we were.  They had the same situation with portaging and camping but, to add to their misery, they could not drive  their booths, tents and wares onto the Fest site.  They had to hand carry their vending gear to Fest site too.  Attendance was sparse on Friday because of the rain.  I think the vendors wanted to die, no one was buying anything.

Before you think that this entire weekend was a disaster, let me tell you about the magic barn.  A resourceful Fae Friend of ours decided to park his van and gear right next to an old barn at the entrance of the Fest.  He slept in the hay loft of the barn.  We hung out with him in the barn during an absolutely ridiculous rainstorm. The sound of the rain on the roof was amazing.  We were tucked away in the barn and could watch everyone leaving the Fest site, but they couldn’t see us.  We shared a chilled bottle of wine and listened to the rain and told story after story.

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Some other highlights of the weekend:

  • Syntheia and Leslie supplied us with Faerie Flair Hair.  I had one piece left in my hair until two days ago.
  • There were hoopers and poi spinners there….I had been feeling shy and did not want to “play” publicly.  I watched them all night.  And guess what?  I’m as good if not better than all of them.  So, I can hoop and poi publicly.  No worries there.
  • Galumpha is amazing.  Galumpha is a trio of dancers, contortionists and acrobats.  They put on an amazing, athletic and inspiring show despite the rain and less than ideal stage conditions.

Some lessons I learned:

When camping at a Fae Fest, assume that not all plumbing, transportation and services will work or be available.  Assume there will be Chai, always assume that.  Assume no food will be available except what you can carry yourself.  Assume that once on site there will be no leaving to get any other supplies, food stuffs or water.  Assume that you might have to build an ark or hitch a ride in a helicopter to get home.

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Faerie Fest (June 2013)

photo(4)This is long, long overdue.  I’m hesitating posting it because….well, there aren’t many good photos.

Which I’ll explain.  It rained like a banshee almost the entire weekend.  The rain made the details of camping, toileting, eating, drinking, costuming, and frankly, living, a tough scene.  The land is beautiful in Ouaquaga, NY.  Mother Nature showed us She was truly running the show for the weekend.

We arrived at the campground during a fine mist that had been in progress all morning.  We’d heard on Facebook that most campers had been turned away the night before.  Due to heavy rains and loads of mud, the road through the campground was closed.  If we wanted to camp, we’d have to park in the lot and cart each piece of camping equipment about a mile.  A mile of toting tent, mattresses, sleeping bags etc. in the mud.  Not just any mud but sticky, slippy, deep mud.

It started to rain in earnest.   We went on a mission, on foot, through the mud,  to get our tickets and looked for a likely spot for our tent.  Most areas of the campground were swamps masquerading as fields.  Not an ideal place to set up a tent.

We finally found a spot.  It was relatively dry and on high ground.  And a porta-john was nearby.  We decided to bring the minimum amount of gear into the actual campsite.  Tent, sleeping bags, pillows and camp chairs.  All of our clothes, get ready items and costumes, food, drink would stay in the car in the parking lot.  We slept at the campground and did literally everything else in the parking lot.

Did I mention the parking lot was muddy as well?  It was. If in doubt, see above.

Continued tomorrow…….

 

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LINKLOVE – fashion

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Jorn Langberg at DiorBryan McMahon designIn Memorian – Bryan McMahon   Inspired too.
  • I haven’t looked at an of these collections in a while.  In love.
  • Costumes and design and a mother-daughter team.  Awesome…plus Mary Poppins

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