Sunday, September 07, 2014

Thanksgiving Gathering 2014

Thanksgiving Gathering

Friday, October 10 at 1pm to Monday, October 13 at 3pm
on The Land aka Amber Fox

Imagine the Land in Technicolor! Seventy-five acres of rolling hills and valleys, painted with the brilliant fall colours of maple, larch, oak and elm. All that is missing is you.

The days are getting shorter and the nights colder, so it is time to snuggle up with your Faerie brethren, party in the Departure Lounge, roast by the fire and steam in the sauna.

The Land and the weather were simply stunning at last year's Thanksgiving Gathering, so don't miss out this year! And remember, this is your last chance to attend a Gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox in 2014.

Each day at the Gathering begins with a Circle.  The Circle starts with a brief organizational meeting, followed 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 the Circle. This is where new faeries are introduced, the day's activities are finalized, 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 planned:
The rest is up to us: crafts, mud wrestling, face painting, ritual & magick, drumming & meditation, fashion shows at the Foxy Boutique, anything we can imagine or desire. The activities depend entirely on what those who attend are willing and able to organize, so get your thinking caps on and join the discussion on Facebook if you would like to help plan.

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, 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!

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 you contribute something, even if you can only afford a few dollars per night. It is also helpful if you can make your contribution near the beginning of the Gathering, as that is when most of the shopping is done.

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! This time of year, the Land is brimming over with fresh veggies just begging to be eaten. The "traditional" (yet meatless) Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday will be a work of many hands, so bring your favourite Thanksgiving recipes.

There is plenty of room for tenting along the Path of the Snake and in the May Pole field. There is also room for some to sleep in the Bunkhouse (though this is on a first-come first-served basis and space is limited). Make sure you bring a warm sleeping bag or plenty of blankets! If the weather is very cold, the Departure Lounge and even the sauna become snuggly sleeping quarters.

This Gathering is for those who identify as gay or queer men.

Remember this is eastern Ontario in the autumn, so check the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing. If this is your first gathering, be sure to check out what to bring.

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.

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