Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two New Events!! F7 & Canada Day!!!

Hello Fellow Faeries!

I have WONDERFUL news! I, the Demon Child Ryan, have been hard at work figuring out new events for February and Canada Day! I am happy to report that I’ve succeeded!!

F7 Gatherette 
February 12-15, 2016

I found a wonderful place to hold the F7 Gatherette! It is a magical setting in Maynooth called Furs & Maples. I have been there four times in the past and it is beautiful! It is a large piece of private land on a lake surrounded by hills and forest, that used to be a holiday rental property. The couple who live there are wonderfully welcoming people who now only rent to alternative groups. In other words, our Faerie drag and nudity are something they are already used to!

The best thing is, since the main cottage is winterized, we won’t have to cancel the gathering no matter how bad the weather gets!!

Lucas has even offered to let us use the two showers in his house!! And there is indoor plumbing for toilets too! Feel free to go to the Furs & Maples website to see photos and get more info.

Because it’s off-season and we’ll have to use buckets of water to flush toilets in the main cabin, Lucas will give us a great deal on the rental!!  Based on the budget I’m currently putting together, it looks like we’ll be able to pay for both rental and all ingredients for our meals if everyone contributes $25 per night, so it will be the same as the gatherings on the Land aka Amber Fox!! YAY!!!!

I’ll do a full post later with more details but wanted to let everyone know that F7 is DEFINITELY happening, so mark your calendars for February 12-15 for the first ever F7 Gatherette!!! YAY!!!!


Canada Day Beach Blanket Babylon, BBQ & Fireworks
July 1st, 2016

I was talking with Claro and he mentioned how much fun it was going to the Toronto islands, enjoying the beach, and having food. Another friend had mentioned that this year he had a great time seeing the fireworks from Lake Ontario. Claro and I came up with the idea that since the Canada Day Gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox has been cancelled, we could invite all the Faeries to have a wonderful time on Toronto Island for Canada Day!!

We’ll meet at the clothing optional beach and enjoy the sun and the sand. Later, we’ll all meet at one of the BBQ’s (I’m currently looking into how we reserve one) where we’ll have a delicious meal. After eating we’ll grab a spot along the shore of the island overlooking the city where we’ll watch the beautiful fireworks before taking the ferry back to the city. It will be a wonderful way to enjoy nature during the day, a communal meal in the evening, and a fabulously colourful display at night!

I hope you all can join us!!

Feel free to send me any questions, comments, or ideas you have for these events!!

Check out the full events schedule for 2016!

See you at High Summer on the Land aka Amber Fox in a few days!!!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2016 Event Schedule

Radical Faeries
of the
Land aka Amber Fox

Events in 2016



Faeries
in Da Nile:


Hosanna!
(ToTo Too Theatre)

&

Cleo's Potluck
January 22
at
Kailash Mital Theatre

&

January 23
at
the Peach Pit,
Ottawa



F7
Gatherette
February
12 to 15
(Family Day)

at
Furs & Maples,
Maynooth



MudHouse
March Madness
Equinox Potluck
Saturday
March 19

in
Toronto
Beltane
Ritual
&
Potluck
Saturday
April 30

at
the Dragon's Den,
Ottawa
Victoria Day
Gathering
May 20 to 23

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox



Canada Day
Beach Blanket Babylon, BBQ & Fireworks
Friday at the end of
June
which is actually
July 1 ;)

on the
Toronto Islands



29th Annual
High Summer Gathering*
July 27
to August 1
(Civic Holiday)

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
Blue Heron Gathering

August

The week
leading up to
Labour Day weekend, we join our fae friends at
Blue Heron Farm
in upstate New York
Fall Equinox
Pot Luck
weekend of
September 23

location TBA



Thanksgiving Gathering* October 7 to 10

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
LumBearJack Work Weekend* November
11 to 13


on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
A
Very
Faerie
Solstice Party
Saturday
December 17

at
Vaseline Towers,
Toronto

*  Events are open to all those of fae heart and to the fae-curious, except for the High Summer and Thanksgiving Gatherings, and LumBearJack Work Weekend, which are for gay and queer men.


About us:
  • We are an established and growing circle of gay and queer men centred on the Land aka Amber Fox, in eastern Ontario, Canada.
  • We gather to explore gay spirit, nature, ritual, sexuality, to work in fellowship, and to party, in the Radical Faerie tradition.
  • We enjoy the unexpected things when we bring together our energy, creativity, talents, and magick.
  • Join us in celebrating and giving to the Land that sustains and nurtures our spirits and our lives.


Monday, July 13, 2015

2016 Event Schedule EARLY VERSION WITH GAPS

Radical Faeries
of the
Land aka Amber Fox

Events in 2016



Faeries
in Da Nile:


Hosanna!
(ToTo Too Theatre)

&

Cleo's Potluck
January 22
at
Kailash Mital Theatre

&

January 23
at
the Peach Pit,
Ottawa
F7
Event
TBA*
weekend of
February 15
(Family Day)



MudHouse
March Madness
Equinox Potluck
Saturday
March 19

in
Toronto
Beltane
Ritual
&
Potluck
Saturday
April 30

at
the Dragon's Den,
Ottawa
Victoria Day Gathering* May 20 to 23

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
Canada Day
Event
TBA*
weekend of
June 30



29th Annual
High Summer Gathering*
July 27
to August 1
(Civic Holiday)

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
Blue Heron Gathering

August

The week
leading up to
Labour Day weekend, we join our fae friends at
Blue Heron Farm
in upstate New York
Fall Equinox
Potluck
Saturday
September 24

(location TBA)



Thanksgiving Gathering* October 7 to 10

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
LumBearJack Work Weekend* a weekend* in
November

on
the Land
aka
Amber Fox
A
Very
Faerie
Solstice Party
Saturday
December 17

at
Vaseline Towers,
Toronto

Our events are open to all those of fae heart and to the fae-curious, except for three* of the events held on the Land aka Amber Fox, which are for gay and queer men.

*  Boy Ricky reports that the Land will be unavailable for the F7 Gatherette and the Canada Day Gathering this year. I am waiting to hear back from him about dates for LumBearJack Work Weekend, and which event will replace Canada Day as the all-gender one on the Land. But don't worry about the gaps in the schedule: even now, the inexhaustible Demon Child Ryan is seeking out events for February and June! Please contact him if you have any ideas.



About us:
  • We are an established and growing circle of gay and queer men centred on the Land aka Amber Fox, in eastern Ontario, Canada.
  • We gather to explore gay spirit, nature, ritual, sexuality, to work in fellowship, and to party, in the Radical Faerie tradition.
  • We enjoy the unexpected things when we bring together our energy, creativity, talents, and magick.
  • Join us in celebrating and giving to the Land that sustains and nurtures our spirits and our lives.


Monday, July 06, 2015

Beltane: a Time for Transformation

May Pole Ritual 2015

Beltane is a time for transformation. The wheel of the year turns swiftly then, the seasons change, the darkness wanes, the land begins to waken from its winter slumber.

The Beltane Gathering is a favourite for many of the fae folk. For some, because it is our annual gender inclusive event on the Land aka Amber Fox, and for others, because it is when we raise the May Pole in the May Pole Field.

But each year, we depend on the vagaries of the Canadian climate for good weather. This year, Beltane was a triumph, with great weather and great attendance. And the May Pole ritual, led by Smith, taught us new correspondences from local native traditions. Plus the pole itself is neatly woven like never before!

But last year, it was cold and rainy and only a handful of fae attended. And it was too rainy to raise the May Pole at all - we ended up doing it at Victoria Day!

May Pole Ritual 2013

And this year we just got back from the first gender inclusive 4th of July gathering, and it was a tremendous success!

So for 2016 and future years, the Canada Day / 4th of July gathering will become our annual gender inclusive event on the Land. The Victoria Day gathering will now be our first gathering each year, when we are more assured of good weather, and the May Pole can be raised then.

But fear not! Beltane will not be abandoned. We will celebrate Beltane in Ottawa, perhaps joining a pagan or Wiccan ritual already planned, or perhaps creating our own unique faerie celebration in a local park.

Then of course, because we do love to cook and eat, we will have a potluck at the home of one of the local faeries. ;)

Bright Beltane Blessings upon us all!



Sunday, July 05, 2015

Amber Fox Goes Monthly!

Announcing Three New Annual Radical Faerie Events!


Over the past decade, the activities of our local Radical Faerie community have expanded from two or three gatherings on the Land aka Amber Fox each year, to a full five gatherings plus a work weekend an the Land, plus the intention to have a winter gatherette (although the weather-gods have not yet seen fit to grant us a mild enough February), plus an annual winter solstice party at Vaseline Towers in Toronto, plus staffing the Canadian Consulate at the Blue Heron Gathering in upstate New York at the annual gathering in August.

So it occurred to the demon child Ryan, that if we added just a few new events, then there would be an Amber Fox Radical Faerie community event every month!



And so, we are pleased to announce three new annual events:

  • in Toronto, a fall equinox pot luck at Vaseline Towers, hosted by Paul, Ryan & DeeDee
  • in Ottawa, a winterfest theatre trip to see another of Dragon's fabulously naked shows, and a PeachPit pot luck hosted by John and Peaches the following day
  • in Toronto, a March Madness MudHouse pot luck, hosted by Grey, Claro, Smith and the rest of the MudHoosians
This brings us up to an even dozen annual events, one each month - if you are a bit free with the calendar - and we all know how fluid faerie time can be! ;)


Big fae thank-yous to the hosts who will open their homes to our Radical Faerie tribe!

More details to follow soon.



Thursday, June 04, 2015

HIGH SUMMER: Bigger, Longer & Uncut!

28th Annual High Summer Gathering

Monday July 27th at 1pm to Monday August 3rd at 4pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

That's right, fae folk: bigger, longer and uncut! High Summer has grown a foreskin! The 28th Annual High Summer Gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox will begin two days early this year.

And who knows what might be plotted by those fae who are able to attend the whole gathering? The return of Friday night's Fetish Party in the Departure Lounge? An even bigger, more spectacular production for the Know Talent Show on Saturday? And what fabulosity will we find at Sunday's High Tea? We will have to wait and see!

For those who have been to a gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox before, you will know what to expect:
  • communal gourmet vegetarian meals
  • bonfires
  • heart circles
  • lazy days in the sun
  • saunas
  • dressing up at the Foxy Boutique
  • magick & ritual
  • wandering a lush 75 acre faerie land
  • working in fellowship with your fae kin
  • partying in the Departure Lounge
  • meditating in the nearly-completed Meditation Saucer
  • trip to the market 
  • swimming in the nearby mighty Mississippi
  • anything the fae heart can imagine!

Remember, there are no paid staff here. Everything that manifests depends on faerie volunteer energy, and contributions to the purse:
  • washing dishes, preparing meals, planning events, chopping wood, mowing lawns, tidying and cleaning, repairs, new construction ... it's all up to us
  • but the work becomes play when shared with your fae friends!
  • the Purse relies on donations for the food we eat, fuel for the pump & lawn mowers, propane for the fridge & stove, insurance, candles, paper products, and all our other mundane needs
  • the suggested contribution is $25 per night, more if you can or less if you can't, and no one is turned away for lack of funds
  • we ask that everyone contribute some cash, even if you can only afford five or ten dollars per night
  • it is also helpful if you can make your contribution when you arrive at the gathering, so that it can be used at the next shopping trip



If this is your first faerie event, or your first visit to the Land aka Amber Fox:

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email to obtain directions and contact information.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fourth of July, Eh? Gathering

Fourth of July, Eh? Gathering

Friday July 3rd at 1pm to Monday July 6th at 4pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

Sometimes we Canucks get a bit confused. Like, most of us have no idea which weekend is supposed to be Canada Day Weekend when Canada Day falls on a Wednesday. So in honor [sic] of our American friends, the Land aka Amber Fox is pleased to present the first ever Fourth of July, Eh? Gathering!

For those who have been to a gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox before, you will know what to expect:
  • communal gourmet vegetarian meals
  • Saturday night Know Talent Show
  • bonfires
  • heart circles
  • lazy days in the sun
  • saunas
  • dressing up at the Foxy Boutique
  • magick & ritual
  • wandering a lush 75 acre faerie land
  • working in fellowship with your fae kin
  • partying in the Departure Lounge
  • meditating in the nearly-completed Meditation Saucer
  • trip to the market 
  • swimming in the nearby mighty Mississippi
  • anything the fae heart can imagine!

Remember, there are no paid staff here. Everything that manifests depends on faerie volunteer energy, and contributions to the purse:
  • washing dishes, preparing meals, planning events, chopping wood, mowing lawns, tidying and cleaning, repairs, new construction ... it's all up to us
  • but the work becomes play when shared with your fae friends!
  • the Purse relies on donations for the food we eat, fuel for the pump & lawn mowers, propane for the fridge & stove, insurance, candles, paper products, and all our other mundane needs
  • the suggested contribution is $25 per night, more if you can or less if you can't, and no one is turned away for lack of funds
  • we ask that everyone contribute some cash, even if you can only afford five or ten dollars per night
  • it is also helpful if you can make your contribution when you arrive at the gathering, so that it can be used at the next shopping trip

If this is your first faerie event, or your first visit to the Land aka Amber Fox:

The Fourth of July, Eh? Gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox is a gender and orientation inclusive event. The Land hosts gatherings for gay and queer men at other times of the year.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email to obtain directions and contact information.




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Victoria Day Gathering 2015

Victoria Day Gathering

Friday May 15th at 1pm to Monday May 18th at 4pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

It's Vicky's birthday and the queens are celebrating!

Prince Albert PiercingWhy celebrate a dead queen's birthday you may well ask? I could talk about her influence on the Canadian identity (she gave royal assent to Confederation, plus we are all still a bit uptight because of her), or about her extensive reign, her political accomplishments, yada, yada, yada. Instead, let me just remind you that were it not for Queen V, we would not have had the Prince Albert, or so urban legend would have us believe!

The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial beginning of Canadian camping season, and the first safe date for planting to avoid frost. The Land will be coming awake with greening leaves and grass, and a multitude of spring flowers. All that is missing is you.

The nights may be a bit chilly, but don't worry, the Land will keep everyone warm. The Erection is heated, bonfires will make us toasty and the sauna is always steamy. Tenting may be cool, and some will opt for snuggling in the Bunkhouse. Remember to check the weather forecast and bring warm bedding and appropriate clothes.

Each day at the gathering includes a Circle. The Circle starts with a brief organizational meeting, followed on Saturday and Sunday by a longer Heart Circle (aka group therapy session, aka bitch fest, aka story time, aka ...). All faeries are strongly encouraged to attend at least the beginning part of each Circle. This is where new faeries are introduced, plans for the rest of the gathering are made, grievances are aired, and policies are debated. It is the place where YOU get to have your say in how the gathering is shaped. You won't want to miss it!

Some activities are already scheduled:
  • Friday 7pm - Opening Circle
  • Saturday evening - Know Talent Show
    • Can you sing, dance, recite a poem or play an instrument? If so, we would love to have you join us on stage! 
    • A bit shy but want to try? Talk to the show's organizers and they will be sure to find a suitable role for you. 
    • The Foxy Boutique has been re-stocked, so come browse for that perfect costume for the show - or maybe a snazzy little frock for dinner.
    • More of a watcher than a performer? An appreciative audience is the other essential ingredient for this ever-popular event.
  • Monday 3pm - Closing Circle

The rest is up to us: fireworks, bonfires, crafts, saunas, mud wrestling, face painting, ritual & magick, drumming & meditation, anything we can imagine or desire. The activities depend entirely on what those who attend are willing and able to organize.

The play is shared and so is the work. There are no paid staff on the Land, so everyone needs to help out with a few chores each day to make the gathering go smoothly. Washing dishes, preparing meals, chopping wood, tidying and cleaning, repairs, new construction ... it's all up to us. But the work becomes play when shared with your fae friends!

The meals are vegetarian, communal and delicious. The Erection contains a fully appointed kitchen, and we are always looking for chefs, assistants, and learners. Whether you want to plan a whole meal, create a single dish, or help chop ingredients, we've got you covered! Chat with us on Facebook if you have any meal ideas or want to help out.

As well as help with the chores that keep the Land going, we rely on contributions to the Purse for food, fuel for the pump & lawn mowers, propane for the fridge & stove, paint, materials for repairs, paper products and all our other mundane needs.

We use an honour system with a suggested contribution of $25 per night, more if you can or less if you can't.  For example, if you are coming for the whole gathering (3 nights) we suggest a $75 contribution. No one is turned away for lack of funds, but we ask that everyone contribute some cash, even if you can only afford a few dollars per night. It is also helpful if you can make your contribution when you arrive at the gathering, so that it can be used at the next shopping trip.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email to let us know you are coming.