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Mishawaka Amphitheater (Colorado)



Mishawaka Amphitheater
* 13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy * Bellvue, CO 80512 * (970) 482-4420 * mishawakaconcerts.com *

Nestled in the cradle of the Poudre Canyon, right on the banks of the Lower Mishawaka river bend, is a hidden yet large amphitheater and bar that hosts some incredible shows, festivals, events, concerts, and parties. The Lunar Fire Solstice celebration on 6/20/09 was my second time attending this fabulous venue. (The first time was to see Kan’nal) Apparently the Mishawaka Amphitheater was birthed in 1916 by the well known musician Walter S. Thompson who found this small stretch of the Cache La Poudre River Valley and settled this sacred land. It was here he built his summer home. Having to homestead the piece of land in order to own it he moved there. His home became known as the Mishawaka Dance Hall where there was a dance almost every night. It is this hall that evolved into the legendary Mishawaka Amphitheatre which is otherwise known as “The Mish”. One of my favorite concert venues in Colorado! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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DAY 2 and 3 of BELTANIA 2009

2nd Annual Colorado Beltania Festival: Day 2 and 3
www.beltanefestival.com * Parrish Ranch * Outside of Fort Collins, Colorado * Living Earth aka Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup *
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
“Living Earth” which is formerly known as “Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup” has begun to host an annual celebration of the Pagan Sabbat of “Beltane” or “May Day”. On their 2nd annual run of the three day festival, this nonprofit event on a private ranch brings festivity to the season with open rituals, classes, workshops, children’s activities, and service projects. Beltania offered its attendees a large outdoor stage with some incredible acts, an indoor 3000 square foot lodge, hundreds of acres of outdoor space, restrooms with cold water showers, workshops, activities, rituals, a traditional Maypole dance, sweat lodge ceremonies, all-night drum circles, catered breakfasts/dinners, merchant area, RV/camper’s hookups, wild camping area, quiet camping area, skyclad areas, a swimming river, and much more. Over the course of the three days, the festival saw over 700 guests in attendance.

May Pole Procession:

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Beltania Festival 2009: Day 1 – Parrish Ranch, Colorado

2nd Annual Colorado Beltania Festival: Day 1
www.beltanefestival.com * Parrish Ranch * Outside of Fort Collins, Colorado * Living Earth aka Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup *
Friday, May 8, 2009: 9 am – 2 am
“Living Earth” which is formerly known as “Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup” has begun to host an annual celebration of the Pagan Sabbat of “Beltane” or “May Day”. On their 2nd annual run of the three day festival, this nonprofit event on a private ranch brings festivity to the season with open rituals, classes, workshops, children’s activities, and service projects. Beltania offered its attendees a large outdoor stage with some incredible acts, an indoor 3000 square foot lodge, hundreds of acres of outdoor space, restrooms with cold water showers, workshops, activities, rituals, a traditional Maypole dance, sweat lodge ceremonies, all-night drum circles, catered breakfasts/dinners, merchant area, RV/camper’s hookups, wild camping area, quiet camping area, skyclad areas, a swimming river, and much more. Over the course of the three days, the festival saw over 700 guests in attendance.

Day 1:
While a good portion of the attendees spent most of the first day setting up their camps, dressing up, shopping around in the merchant area, and exploring … quite a few workshops were offered such as “Meditation Beads”, “The Healing Arts of the Goddess”, “Cuddle Celebration”, “Kids Face Painting”, “Drumming 101”, “Hair Wreaths”, “Sensitives, Psychics, and Empaths, oh my”, “Sacred Body Painting”, “Hoop Dancing Playshop”, “Bubbles in the Buff on the Bluff”, “Myth for Ritual and Inspiration”. Activities involved Sweat Lodge ceremonies, Face/Body Painting, Cuddling, Parent/Child River Splash, Drum Circles, Rites of passage, Opening Rituals, Open Mic Hours, Swimming, a Hay ride, Girls’ Moonrite and Amazon Sisterhood Rites, and concerts. The Stage saw Ariana Saraha and Friends, the Mountain Trance Medicine Band, and the Muses of Turiya. The Full Moon ritual was performed under the full moon in Scorpio with emphasis on the Egyptian God Osiris and the Goddess Hathor. Elaborate costumes and drama, Hathor granted eternity and protection to the ritual participants later raising Osiris from the dead. Pretty intricate ritual. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Continue reading Beltania Festival 2009: Day 1 – Parrish Ranch, Colorado

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