Thursday, March 01, 2018

F7 - More Reflections in the Ice

The Second Annual 

F7 Gatherette

February 2018

This past Family Day weekend, a group of us braved the Canadian winter to attend the second annual F7 Gatherette! We held our event at Fox's Haven, halfway between Sudbury & North Bay. Whether it was playing outdoors, eating delicious food, or relaxing by the roaring fire, everyone had a wonderful time with friends!!

Uh-Oh, DeeDee's sinking in the snow!!

The Foxes Den, where most of us slept, looks out onto the snow covered landscape. What a view!!!

The setting sun reflects off the ice after a day of fun times!!

G'night everybody!!!!

This is the *BEST* way to make bagels!!!

A grey morning means it's warm enough for snowy fun!

We slid down the big hill to the dock, then all the way over to the island. Then we slid down the island hills and came all the way back over the lake! It was magical!!!

We made a snow family!

And I made a snow fort!

DeeDee played with dough ...

And then he braided it ...

And it turned into bread monsters!!!

Wow, we had some great meals!!!

Packing up to go ... we had a great time!!!

See you all next year
for the third annual F7 Gatherette,
February 15 - 18, 2019
Fox's Haven near Lake Nipissing

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Return of F7

F7 Gatherette
Friday February 16th to
Monday February 19th (Family Day)
Fox's Haven
near Lake Nipissing

Two years ago, an intrepid crew of ferocious fae braved the -40ยบ temperatures for the first ever F7 Gatherette. And boy what a fabulous time we had! If you missed it, or if you were there and want to reminisce, you can reflect on our time in that winter wonderland.

Sadly, the venue that hosted the first F7 is no longer available, and last year we were unable to hold the event (the facilities on the Land aka Amber Fox are not winterized).

But good news! We have now found a permanent home for the F7 Gatherette, Fox's Haven, just northwest of Lake Nipissing. The new venue is a four hour drive north from Toronto, four and a half hours west from Ottawa, halfway between North Bay and Sudbury. The secluded site features 170 acres of varied terrain, including sandy areas, rocky flats, forested trails, and even a lake containing an island!!! The main cabin features a fully functioning bathroom, kitchen, and large main room for communal activities. The Fox's Den is the main sleeping cabin. And both of the main buildings are fully winterized. :)

Because this is a site we need to rent, and because of the limited indoor sleeping facilities (maximum 16 people), as we did for the previous F7, we will be using a system of pre-registration with payment guaranteeing your spot. See below for details, then hit the big red registration button at the bottom of the page.

Now, do you remember what the seven Fs in F7 are for? Well, neither do I, lol!

But this year, the seven Fs will be:
F1 = Frigid: Yep, we can pretty much guarantee it!
F2 = February: It’s when we’re going!
F3 = Family Day: Monday. An Ontario holiday.
F4 = Fabulous: Yes, we are.
F5 = Faerie: That's us folks!
F6 = Festival: Isn't it always?
F7 = Fox's Haven: The new location!!!

So what is F7 all about, and why do we call it a gatherette? Well, F7 is kind of like a faerie gathering, but much smaller (maximum 16 people). And it is mostly indoors, with nobody camping, because, well y'know ... winter. But we will still have fabulous communal meals, circles and yoo-hoos. And just like any faerie gathering, the activities will reflect the desires and abilities of the fae folk who attend.

Should we decide, we can have rituals, massage chains, a Know Talent Show, saunas (there is an amazing sauna attached to the main cabin), board game sessions, snowball fights, building snow forts, tobogganing,  ... even creating an outdoor sweat lodge. The only limits are our imagination, and our warm underwear!

As usual, the meals will be vegetarian, communally-prepared, and elegant beyond imagining. The cost of food is covered in the registration fee (see below).

The main cabin and the Fox's Den are the two winterized buildings. The Fox's den sleeps ten in four double bunk beds and a double fold-out couch. The main cabin has two bedrooms, one with a bed that sleeps two, and the other with a bed that sleeps two and two single bunks. Note that these two bunks are the only single beds available, so chances are you will be sharing with someone. Please let us know who you would like to share a bed with in your registration.

We are asking attendees for $90 each for the long weekend, which is $30 per night. We think this amount will allow us to just cover our costs. Most of the registration fee is the fixed rental cost, with the large part of the remainder being food. Payment can be made by Interac e-Transfer, PayPal, or by cash in Toronto. Since we never want finances to preclude anyone from attending our events, if some of you can afford to pay more, we can then offer discounted spots to those who need it. Please let us know when you register if you can be a sponsor or need financial assistance. Thanks!

Hurry, hit the big red button to register now, as there are only sixteen spots available! Your place is guaranteed once your payment is received. Once you’re registered, you’ll be provided the address, and added to the Facebook event where we can plan things such as carpooling, meals, and activities!!

This is going to be a fantastic gatherette!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

LumBearJack Work Weekend 2017

LumBearJack Work Weekend

Friday November 10th at 1pm to Sunday November 12th at 4pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

It's the best time of the year. Time for bears, cubs and all you working guys & guys who love them, to join us for one final blast on The Land for the year.

We will be doing some very manly things, tree falling, wood splitting and stacking. All to have enough wood to keep us warm through the spring and fall next year.  We have all the tools of the trade needed for the weekend. It's not a lot of work, a couple hours each day, and its fun.

What you wear is part of the fun. We will have a Know Talent show, a few manly exposes, a Fetish Blacklight party in the Departure Lounge and maybe a surprise or two!

This gathering is a meat gathering, that means we cook meat for meals. It's a special time of year and we will be enjoying fresh local beef and chicken, raised by our farmer friends. We also have vegetarian cuisine for those who prefer to be meatless.

We have some indoor spaces that are heated, so we should be able to keep y'all warm.

Bring warm clothes, boots in case of snow, a head covering, longjohns and frilly undies, warm gloves or mittens, warm sleeping bags and/or blankets, no mosquito spray needed! Some people still tent, so if we dont have snow, that's an option too. You are welcome to bring a small trailer or camper if you have access to one.

To make this all happen we need contributions to the purse. For this gathering we are asking for $10 a night. You can put more into the purse if you want to contribute to getting a second propane fridge, or the ongoing maintenance that keeps Amber Fox vital! If you can't afford $10, then put in whatever you can - nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

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

This event is for gay and queer men.

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.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Thanksgiving Gathering 2017

Thanksgiving Gathering

Friday October 6th at 2pm to Monday October 9th at 2pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

Come join us as we gather on the last warm long weekend of the year, on the Land aka Amber Fox. 

This event is for gay and queer men.

This is our 30th year hosting gatherings of fae men, approved by the official Faerie Purity Committee. 

We embrace the kaleidoscope of fae spirits, we dance, circle, eat and entertain each other. Our meals are vegetarian and prepared communally. We manage all this with the generosity of those attending. We ask for $20 a day, more if you can, less if you can't, no one turned away for a lack of funds.

the Goddess, Shimmer
There are some indoor spaces available in the bunkhouse. These are first come (you can't book them), unless we assign a space to someone who has physical needs that require indoor placement. For the rest of us, there is lots of room for camping in the May Pole Field and along the Path of the Snake.

There will be a trek to the memory tree in the Maple Bush to remember those we want to honour, a march of thanks through the land for all it gives us, led by the one and only Shimmer.

A trip to the local Farmer's Market, the Know Talent Show on Saturday, the return of Chip Landia's themed bonfire, sauna action all weekend and more.

If you want to join us let us know, bring your musical intruments, your glad rags (we have many in the Foxy Boutique if you need inspiration or a new look), your tent, warm bedding and clothes and a flashlight is alway handy after dark.

It can get chilly in the evening, so bring many layers, it could also be very warm in the day.

Please, no pets, children or personal fires on the Land.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

High Summer: The Land aka Amber Fox Turns 30

30th Annual
High Summer Gathering
Wednesday August 2 at 2pm to Monday August 7th at 2pm
The Land aka Amber Fox

There have been gatherings of gay men on the Land aka Amber Fox for over four decades, and the Faerie Purity Committee assures us that this summer marks 30 years of official High Summer Gatherings! So bring your best set of pearls, and help us celebrate with much fae fabulosity.

The land is greener than ever before
thanks be to Pan,
the wettest year since we began. Perfect.

We're planning some bigly fun
and if you haven't been for awhile,
this year is the time to come back.

Our biggest Know Talent Show ever,
an extravaganza,

Fetish Nights in the Departure Lounge,

Need an outfit, check out the Foxy Boutique in the Departure Lounge, we have all you could want. If you need time to be in your birthday suit, join some of us. Bring your drums, your musical instruments, your voice, your art, oils, pastels, water colours, crayons!

Bring alive your talents, energy and desire to live, celebrate ourselves with like-minded queer men.

High Tea,

Disco Night,

the best in gourmet Faerie
vegetarian cuisine,

making bubbles is a regular thing

re-enactment of the Erection Water Tank

Fire prep is hard work!

A limited number of T-Shirts will be made. We currently have a Fae one creating a fitting bit of art for the t-shirt. If you want one we will need your size.  You can email Boy Ricky to order one. We're asking $7.00 donation for these, that's below cost!

The good ole days...

High Tea

Fetish night, or every night?

We have Shimmer's Magick Cake

y'all going to have a great time

This is Ontario, so summer can be cool or really hot. It can rain for days or be days and days under a hot muggy sun. Bringing rain gear and shorts maybe a good idea and remember to leave Geneva's F-ing umbrella alone!

Bring everything you need for summer camping in the woods, a tent, warm sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, flashlight, bug repellent, sunscreen, and a divine wardrobe suitable for summer weather conditions in which all clothing styles and fashion are both optional and encouraged. You may also find this post on What to Bring to a Gathering helpful.

Some indoor sleeping space is available but limited in the bunked up BunkHouse.

when boy meets Diva!

we can do it!

Trekkies are seen here

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, 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

A Faerie circle in the river

Music is easy here..

Please note, this gathering is for gay and queer men only.

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.

Questions? Contact Boy Ricky!