Thursday, May 31, 2007

Denny sums it up the Victoria Gatherette

Dear fae friends...

Well, I did get up to the gatherette this last weekend--in fact, I got there Fri. aft. and left Tues. aft--fantastic!

As usual, once I got there, I wondered why it had taken me so long to get back to the land there. It truly is a magical place...

Usually, the first gatherette of the season is quite a small one, people-wise.

This one, though, broke an Amber Fox record--attendance peaked at 17 men.

Also, there were 3 lovely younger men from Montreal who had tried to visit last year and finally got there. Their energies were much appreciated and they took to the faes like ducks to water.

I think most folks energies were not at their highest point. There were no fun or interesting activities during the day, excepting food prep and dish washing, (wood gathering, setting the water system up, rehearsing for the follies, prancing in birthday suits, mowing, food shopping, sun worshipping, falling over the rabbits) of course.

Mind you, there was a fire outside the Erection (the communal kitchen/socialzing space) every night, and there were sweat lodges (each) night, as well (in their fabulous wooden sweat lodge).

I figure that, when I'm at an gathering space, there should be a Faeries Follies night and so I suggested that on the Sun. and spent the day rehearsing with folks as keyboard support.

There were 7 performers. The first was Brendan from Montreal who started it off reading some prose that he'd written that day that expressed his new-found feelings about being there and with the Faeries--lovely...

Andre, from Ottawa, did a very tender rendition of a Bob Dylan song. He was bewigged and sat in a rocker and spoke and sung. Lovely!

Then we had a mixture of performers doing songs. Geneva, a Toronto fae, did a heart-rending version of "I Won't Live in a World without Love". His voice is reminiscent of Willie Nelson and I just l
oved it.

Boy R
icky did "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Faeries" to the tune of "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians"--very amusing!

Shimmer, from Boston, did "Nowhere To Run", a Motown number that went right over the top in mock hysterics--done in a rock vein!

Geneva's boyfriend, YJ, did a very sweet version of a Louis Armstrong song--"What a Wonderful World", and I ended the show doing three original songs of mine.

The show wasn't too long and there was a fab dessert by Shimmer (pear pie!) that held the audience hostage until the show was over and dessert was served.

Then they were off to the sweat lodge where, I'm told, it got a little frisky on two of three nights.

Ken, the owner of the land, arrived Monday evening and I stayed on later so that I could spend a little time enjoying his company.

Howie-Sue was his usual very entertaining somewhat ascerbic self--it was great to reconnect with him.

Shimmer did
a rune reading for me for which I am truly grateful. (The results were encouraging.)

Otherwise, I did get to chat quite a bit with Boy Ricky who lives in Ottawa and is at Amber Fox quite a bit, particularly, of course, during the good weather.

He is a sweetie-pie and if it was not for his encouragement and help, I might not have made the bus trip schlepp up, fatigued as I was, my back still bothering me, etc. (YJ and Philip a.k.a Geneva were driving back so I got a ride with them--wonderful--and had a more relaxing return than had I had to do the bus thingy again

I was sad, as usual, for me, to leave and it's been an adjustment being back in the Big Smoke but I come back much refreshed and full
energy to get up there as much as possible this year.

Hopefully, we will be able to get up there more, organize rides, if possible.

For those who haven't been to a gathering, I hope my little description here piques your interest but do remember that the Canada Day gathering will likely have a few more men, as well as lots of fun activities, sharing and, no doubt, at least one ritual.

Denny :)

Gatherette schedule for 2007

Victoria Day Weekend
Friday, May 18 - Monday, May 21

Canada Day Weekend
Friday, June 29 - Monday, July 2

*20th Annual High Summer Gathering*

Saturday, July 28 - Monday, August 6

*Thanksgiving Gatherette*
Friday, October 5 - Monday, October 8

Join us in celebrating and giving to the land that sustains and nurtures our spirits and our lives.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Jesus "Look out"

Breaking news....

The Land, AKAAmberfox: He was an original faerie perhaps, then some PR firm got a hold of him and the message changed a wee bit! Anyway he said he was coming to the Victoria Day Gatherette.

His message to us was not posted to the list as Yahoo doesn't deliver scrolls. The atari was the only computer he could get his hands on. It was buried years ago.

Eventually he found private detective Johnny Germaine, (that's him in a rare candid moment on the Land) and used the Holy Mac to create a video greeting for us all. Sadly his second coming was cut short during filming, when a TTC Bus was on time.

Germaine was there, he says they were filming and he had time to say "Jesus!" The words, "look out"we're too late. "I mean, who expected the bus to be on time," PD Germaine added. "I called" Geneva with the news right away."

Germaine and Geneva, the GG twins, yes they are identical twins. (They both live in Toronto, let Co-ops drive them crazy, are faeries, love the TTC and Spiderman), suggest it maybe fitting to have Queen Vicky say a few words at the gatherette.

Perhaps Shimmer may be able to devise the perfect ritual remembrance (after he makes his Black Magick Cake of course) while The Daddy Chipster builds an appropriate celebration pyre, after a quick visit to the Opportunity shop! The ceremony may be delayed, as you never know when the oil in the car needs to be changed.

More news when details are available!

May Calendar Faerie

May 2007 Calendar Faerie

The Friendly Giant i say...

Some people think all Faeries come with long hair and shimmering gowns.

Not this one, he is the master of funny faces, all things apple and lots of other stuff and he changes the oil in the car lots and the Holder of The Land, AKA Amber Fox

Friday, May 11, 2007

2006 Summer High Tea

From last summers really really big show!

Cabin Fever part one

Cabin Fever part two

The only Shimmer

Run Around Hugh ... What's HowieSue up too?

Thursday, May 10, 2007

News from The Land aka Amber Fox.

I bring you news from The Land aka Amber Fox...

Spring is Here! Spring is Here!

Help celebrate its arrival at Amber Fox, May 18 through to Victoria Day May 21, 2007.
Ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating the goddess of the dawn and the spring, Eastre (aka Oestre and Ostara).

Let us gather in celebration, spring being a time to sow seed and release passion. The days be brighter and longer, winter a memory. Let us feast and become willing vehicles for Eastre's passion for new life.

Gather your energies and let l
ife burst forth! Dance by the bonfire under the light of a full moon! Be prepared for anything, including a cold and wet Ontario spring.

We have indoor accomodations (and wood heat!) in the Bunkhouse, the Departure Lounge, and the Erection. All are welcome, so bring a friend and let's make some magic!

Please post plans to attend to the list.

Check the blog for news as it develops...

Black Magick Cake

Shimmer has asked if we want his
Black Magick Cake?

Shimmer asks, "If there's interest, I'll bake a chocolate cake. I'm also pondering a non-chocolate dessert."

No pondering required Shimmer...
The best thing about being a Faerie, especially a boy faerie, is that one can have his cake and eat it too!

April 2007 Calendar faerie

April 2007 Calendar faerie

How this was not the first calendar faerie is a mystery. Geneva aka lots of other things, like Diva, Philip, Youpi, Malibu, Shy-Anne and some things that are really cool but i can't say those here or we could lose our blog...Her powers include making oatmeal cookies without oatmeal, awesome pancakes and and a Diva voice only angels should hear cause it makes Cher go crazy!

Here she belts out one of her favourite tunes, "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," and let me say she beats Barbara Mandrell any day, during last year's edition of the annual High Tea.

She adjusts herself to provide the best there is ...

to an appreciative Faerie gathering, before beginning one of her classics,

"Is it Peace or is it Prozac?"