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Viking Fair at the Viking Hall (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Viking Fair

Sons of Norway Viking Market 2017
~ 1045 Ford St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Phone: (719) 574-3717 ~ http://www.sonsofnorwaycs.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/events/331423757313378/ ~

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

The Sons of Norway is a heritage and cultural group of Norway celebrating relationships between Nordic countries. They have a lodge called the Viking Hall or Fjellheim lodge in eastern Colorado Springs. Each year they put on a Viking Market hosting a bazaar and brunch. The community and members come together to share arts, crafts, lefse, handwork, collectibles, unique gifts, baked goods, and goods. The bazaar runs from 9 am until 2 pm, with a pancake breakfast around 9 am, and lunch around 11. They held raffles with gifts donated by the various vendors all as a fundraiser for the group. It was a great time. The Tree Leaves Oracle vended its Viking crafts, gifts, and selections of drinking horns, leather works, and goods. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Tree Leaves Oracle booth at Viking Fair (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33969) at the Viking Hall, Colorado Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 21, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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Faerieworlds Winter 2011 Celebration: “Pirates vs Faeries” Masquerade Ball

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball .

Faerieworlds/Neverworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries Masquerade Ball
January 29, 2011: McDonald Theater, Eugene, Oregon

One of my favorite dances annually is the Faerieworlds Winter celebrations where they bring together the magical acts of Faerieworlds indoors to the McDonald theater in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Family and friends within the Faerie realms of Oregon, Washington, and beyond come together, dressed to the nines in Faerie and fantasy costumes ready to mesmerize one another in their frolick together. This year was the theme of “Pirates vs. Faeries” as they dance battled the two realms. It was a great display of art, theater, and magic. The magical band “Woodland” enchanted all with their otherworldly music and presence, as well as being hosts to the party. Drinks, festivity, dancing, friends, and family were blended into an amazing night. I was on a bit of jetlag as I soared the skies and roads with a rental car for a 36 hour visit to family coming from Colorado. It was worth every minute. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball. Photo by Thomas Baurley / Leaf McGowan / Technogypsie Photography (c) 2011 – www.technoypsie.com/photography – Read the adventure here: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=29943. For more reviews, visit www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33053.

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Battlemoor VIII {2017}, Buena Vista, Colorado

Battlemoor VIII
August 30 – September 4, 2017 * Cottonwood Meadows, Buena Vista, Colorado * http://www.battlemoor.org/ *

The Age of Chivalry

One of Colorado’s Society for Creative Anachronism’s (SCA) premiere events … Battlemoor represents the re-creation of the “Age of Chivalry” during whence the Dark Ages have ended and the Middle Ages begin. The focus was on the chivalric ideals of heroism, picturesque castles, glorious churches, pangeants, camps, tournaments, charity and gallant self-sacrifice as it swept across Europe. With active members of the SCA working hard to replicate the historic beauty of the Period with costumes, arts, crafts, battles, competitive tournaments, encampments, parties, and events. From Vikings to Knights, Gypsies to wanderers … it was like stepping into the past. With the backdrop of the amazing picturesque mountains of Buena Vista they recreated the Kingdom of Battlemoor. A six day camping event of feasting, swimming, battling, fighting, debating, conversing, partying, and friendships. It was put on by the Kingdom of the Outlands, one of the 20 Kingdoms found within the SCA.

Our first experience with this amazing event was as vendor’s … The Tree Leaves Oracle sharing cultural arts from Vikings, Pirates, Middle Ages, and the fantastical beliefs of faeries, creatures, and folklore. We had a wonderful time making new friends and re-acquainting with old friends. My son Cian had a blast playing with friends he met at Northern Realms War as did I. The Vikings of the Northern Realms War as well as the Gypsy Camp enchanted us with evening hours of festivity, food, drink, and fun. Thank you all. The Beach party enchanted the wee prince as he won rubber knight duckies during the Marshmallow catapult game and Spear the Santa games. Roasting marshmallows on the fire, hot dogs, pancake breakfasts, Roasted goats, pigs, and bacon wrapped corn were amongst a few of the delicacies we were treated to. The Snow Dragon Inn blessed me with many libations. The Merchant coordinator did an amazing job laying out the site, making sure the vendors were well cared for, and had free lemonade/snacks daily for us to take a break at. Thank you. The pond was cold, but refreshing swim, as was the river. The Cottonwood Meadows site was phenomenal. We’ll be back, It was a great time. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Vending at Battlemor 2017 (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=32623); Buena Vista, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 31, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017: Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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The Magic Fest (1st annual: Northglenn, Colorado)

The Tree Leaves Oracle Booth – The Genii “Oisin Leaf” performing at the Magic Festival.

The Magic Fest
http://www.themagicfest.com/
Friday August 18th – Saturday August 19, 2017
1st Annual, EB Rains Jr Memorial Park / DL Parsons Theater, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, Colorado

The premiere consortium of magicians, illusionists, and entertainers with a galleria of magical goods, tricks, entertainers, and services. Hosted in the heart of Northglenn, this year’s fest was its first over Friday August 18th and Saturday the 19th. It all began with Intrigue (http://themagicfest.com/intrigue/) friday night in the 1920’s / 1930’s era theme for adults with an evening of speakeasy and partying accompanied by magic, drinks, jazz, and vendors. Our booth the Tree Leaves’ Oracle featured the 1920’s wizard Leaf doing sleight of hand, close-up and stage tricks within the booth. The costumes were fantastic around the party and event. Hosting in the green glory of the EB Rains Junior Memorial Park with outdoor entertainment and bars hosted for free. Within the theater were special paid performances of magical delight. The main stage hosted the Jazz Spiders with a mentalism twist of Anthem & Aria, followed by the Bringers of Swing. On the Sleight of Hand stage Shawn Preston and Joe Given performed, and in the bar were Don Zellner, Brandon Parker, Joe Givan, and Shawn Preston doing card tricks. Magicians walked around the festival doing tricks everywhere with Salida Circum, the travelling escape room, and much more. David and Leeman performed in the theater for shows at 7 and the Sideshows, Oddities, and Spirits performance by the Theater of Dreams Carol Massie and Joe Givan.

Saturday was a full day of fun for the family with lots of kid activities, shows, performances, and fun. Vendors, food trucks, bouncy castles, wand making, and fun in the park. Over 25 magicians performed during the event over 5 stages and roaming performers. The entertainment all free to anyone wanting to attend and be amazed. Cliff Davidson and Mark Strivings bedazzled children in the Kid’s tent. Steve and Carissa Walters did kid magic in the activity area sending home the young ones with tricks to start their own performances. Bryan Parker and Cosmo Solano performed closeup magic on stage 2. Professor Phelyx and Anthem / Aria performed mentalism on stage 3. Richard Kewsell and the Sleightly Impossible (Gene Gordon and Matt Brandt) performed parlor and cabaret magic on stage 4. Alec Mueller and Trevor Vernor, teen magicians, walked around the fest performing all around. The Genii Leaf performed at the Tree Leaves Oracle booth out front. Lots of gifts, tricks, books, face painting, food, and services were offered by vendors local and far.

Once again the City of Northglenn provided an amazing free festival for everyone to enjoy with thousands in attendance. It was a grand event indeed. Can’t wait til the next one! And gearing up to their spectacular Pirate festival as well in a few weeks. Rated 5 stars out of 5

Tree Leaves’ Oracle booth at Intrigue, The Magic Fest (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=32373), Northglenn, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 18, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Trick or Treat Main Street Parker, Colorado 2016

Trick or Treating Main Street Parker, Colorado (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28095). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 31, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Trick or Treating Main Street Parker

Trick or Treating Celebration
~ Parker, Colorado ~

Each year, downtown Parker Colorado puts on a street block event along mainstreet closing off the streets for vendors and local businesses to hand out trick-or-treating treats and candies from their booths to the local kids and attendees of the fest. They have a mini-corn maze, performers, actors, music, and information/goods from the businesses in the area. Its a free event with a great attendance. My son came home with a bucket load of treats. Good times and a nice scenic downtown sector. This year (2016) was held on Halloween itself (10/31/16). Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Trick or Treating Main Street Parker, Colorado (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28095). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 31, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Trick or Treating Main Street Parker, Colorado (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28095). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 31, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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2016 Vinotok Fall Festival (Crested Butte, Colorado)

Vinotok Fall Equinox Festival ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27751) - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 24, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Vinotok Fall Equinox Festival ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27751)

Vinotok Festival”
Middle/Late September Annually
Crested Butte, Colorado
https://www.facebook.com/Vinotok-112218345485150/

Annually around the Fall Equino or after, there is held a major free Fall Festival held by the small town of Crested Butte, Colorado in the heart of their downtown. Activities and festivities are actually held week long, with the cusp and end being the big public procession, trial, theater, and burning of the Grump – a huge bonfire held just at the end of Main Street. This year, 2016 marked its 31st year – and it was a spectacle to enjoy and be part of. Annually this multi-cultural grassroots celebration of the Crested Butte community spirit gathering, celebrating the vital energy and harvest of Crested Butte founders, citizens, and elders who settled the valley, mining and farming, homesteading and ranchers for the bounty and gifts they’ve enjoyed in their history. With a Indo-European Wicker Man harvest festival twist, the spirit of the land and valley is celebrated. Rites and rituals, feasts and events are held, with the final Saturday night involving magical Maidens and Lads led by the Green Men and Harvest mothers into the streets, mumming into each restaurant and bar, luring out the patrons into the streets for the grand trial of the Grump – a large wicker man who is processioned down the streets to the bonfire circle where he is banished and burnt with other effigies into the night – dancing, drumming, and chanting. Everyone pouring in their grumps for the magic to be actualized.

The event is free except for the feast on Friday night. Free camping options available on forestry and BLM land a short drive away.

Vinotok Fall Equinox Festival ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27751) - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 24, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Vinotok Fall Equinox Festival ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27751) – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 24, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Starwood XXXIII – 2013: Tree Leaves Oracle / Pirate Relief / Faeid Fellowship Booth

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Starwood 2013:
The Tree Leaves’ Oracle, Pirate Relief, Faeid Fellowship, & The Naiads Well Booth

* July 9th-14th, 2013 * Starwood Festival XXXIII * Wisteria Nature Sanctuary * Pomeroy * Ohio * http://www.rosencomet.com/starwood/ *

For its seventh year as the manifestation of The Tree Leaves’ Oracle (of the 33 Starwoods), joined for its first year with its brethren of Pirate Relief and the Naiads’ Well, and the 5th year with the Faeid Fellowship – Tree Leaves presents its collection of treasures, art, clothing, incense, oils, bath and body works, leaf works, faeries, pirates, zombies, and fantasy collection at the annual Starwood Festival. First time they’ve attended on the new location of Starwood on the grounds of the Wisteria Pagan and Nature Sanctuary in Pomeroy Ohio. It was a fun-filled 6 days of vending through sunburns and drenching rains welcoming in new friends, extended family, clientele, and window shoppers for the duration of the event. A catastrophic storm demolished one of its 10×20 tents, a electrician helped try to solve the solar panel burnout, and a leaking RV roof only added to the adventure. Sales were decent, definitely covering festival costs, but nothing to write home about especially given the weather-induced damages. However, the festival was so incredibly fun that wasn’t a consideration as the crew plans to return next year. Albeit a different experience from it being held at Brushwood, Wisteria has a different experience and magic to be part of. Thanks for a wonderful Starwood!

The Tree Leaves Oracle, Pirate Relief, Faeid Fellowship, & The Naiads Well Booth at Starwood 2013
Wisteria Campground
* Pomeroy, Ohio * http://www.wisteria.org/ * * info@wisteria.org * 740-742-4302 *

Monday, July 9th, 2013
Good times as we were setup during Wisteria’s Wormhole event, so didn’t have to stress with the craziness around us of incoming traffic, choosing camp locations, building and erecting camps … we welcomed in newcomer’s, revelled with those who already had been there, and provided supplies and gifts to those who sought them. New friends and extended family was made. Weather bounced between overcast and rain with a sprinkling of sun. Good times.

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Wisteria Campground (Pomeroy, Ohio)

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Wisteria Campground
* Pomeroy, Ohio * http://www.wisteria.org/ * * info@wisteria.org * 740-742-4302 *

I remember the first time I ventured into the fabled lands of Wisteria. That was for Pagan Spirit Gathering held by Circle Sanctuary back in 2002. Alas, Pagan Spirit Gathering is no longer held here. But just as Starwood was akin to Brushwood, Starwood is now held (and for quite some time) at Wisteria. Wisteria is a great place for nature lovers, naturalists, Pagans, earth spiritualists, and alternative campers. It is also a fabulous site for festivals and events as acclaimed by the infamous festivals held on its grounds. It is a great place for large gatherings or small get-togethers, weddings, music festivals, and spiritual events. They are equipt to handle small groups of just a handful upwards of several thousand participants. Wisteria is set with a grand stage, bonfire circle, hiking trails, a faerie shrine, sacred sites, stone circle, an ancestor mound, a turtle mound, sweat lodge, workshop sites, the permanent setting of Caffeina’s Cosmic Cafe Restaurant and Coffee House, The Green Man Tavern, a swimming pond, a merchant loop, a playground, shower house, and wifi. Groups can rent space in the campground or hold private camping events. Wisteria is managed by itself as well as services of the site to make it an easier place to hold events by organizers. Wisterians are open-minded, professional, and very experienced with events large or small. They will custom tailor their event services to the festival organizer’s needs.

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Starwood 33: July 9 – 14, “2013”

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Starwood XXXIII: 2013
* July 9-14, 2013 * Wisteria Nature Sanctuary * Pomeroy * Ohio * * http://www.rosencomet.com/starwood/

One of my most favorite festivals, Starwood is billed as the world’s largest Pagan / Magical / Consciousness gathering in North America and potentially the world. It began for me when it was at the awesome Brushwood Folklore Center campgrounds in New York, but have moved away from that location and is now held at the Wisteria Nature Sanctuary in Ohio. I remember fondly the days when Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Oberon Zell, Isaac Bonewits, Louisa Tesha, and many other famed authors and writers would hold workshops. Rituals were numerous and fantastic. This year was a bit different as it was my first time at the event held at Wisteria, albeit my 7th Starwood in my life (the other 6 were in New York). Starwood holds classes and workshops by local and internationally acclaimed artists and authors. Its known for its ecclecticism and diversity, great concerts, performances, dancing, drumming, film, rituals, and poetry. It is a one stop shop for a diversity of faiths and beliefs, religions, alternative belief systems and lifestyles. I’ve been introduced to Voodoo, hoodoo, Druidism, Wicca, Shamanism, Ceremonial Magic, and the Church of All Worlds during my times at this festival (and much more). Seven days of exploring the mind, body, and spirit with over 20 various performances of music, drumming, dance and theater on its four stages. In the clothing optional nature sanctuary of Wisteria, the landscape couldn’t be better. There was over 150 different classes, workshops, and ceremonies offered. Family friendly camping event with hot showers, hiking trails, swimming, co-op child care, kid village, multimedia shows, social events, parades, jam sessions, merchants, parties, giant puppets, all-night drumming, and a giant bonfire. This year was a combination of wet and wild, hot and relaxing, humor and weather. We merchanted the event so missed many of the workshops, but those we were able to make were fantastic. Vending selection was fabulous as was the food. The end bonfire was ecstatic and fun-filled, the drum circle momentous. It was our son’s first Starwood and found him addicted to drumming. A great place for all. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Brushwood Folklore Center (Sherman, New York)

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Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, New York

Brushwood Folklore Center
* http://www.brushwood.com/ * * 8881 Bailey Hill Rd. * Sherman New York * 14781 * 716-761-6750 * camp@brushwood.com *

One of my favorite campsites and festival grounds is Brushwood Folklore Center, nestled in upstate New York. A rustic wooded retreat on over 180 wooded acres outside of Sherman, New York in rural Chautauqua County. A clothing optional campground and resort focused on creativity, community, and spirituality. A great place to relax, become one with nature or with others, or to be part of the fabulous festivals held year round including bonfires, drumming, dancing, swimming, and soaking in the hot tub. The grounds are full of lots of temples, sanctuaries, altars, and sacred spaces where various groups host numerous rites and rituals every year. Family and community run since 1970, Brushwood is a family and community oriented campground.

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Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, New York

The campgrounds have seasonal campground sites, co-ed showers, flush toilets, a swimming pool, and two hot tubs. There are three covered pavilions near main camping, lots of outdoor space for workshops, lectures, ceremonies, and performances. An heated indoor lodge for year-round use and heated indoor sleeping areas for over a dozen visitors. Camping fees are only $10 /night (2013 rates) with day passes at $6/day until 6 pm. The heated indoor lodging (dorm-style trailer) is $15/night – all per person. On occasion, potluck dinners are held to promote opportunities for community to meet and share meals together. Home to numerous annual festivals, some of the famous festivals like Starwood in the past, now Summerstar, Sirius Rising, Wellspring, and many other events each year. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, New York

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Borre Viking Marked

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Borre Viking Marked
Viking Market / Festival, Borre, Borrekaupangen – the historical Borre Park, Norway: Sunday, 8th July 2012. http://www.borrevikinglag.com/?page_id=961

An amazing trek across the Irish and North Seas, through four countries, three days to reach, three days to embrace, and three days to return … I was taken captive by a Jorvik Viking from York and sailed to this impressive market illustrating the Viking Way of life. It is reknown as one of Norway’s best Viking Festivals and Markets. Focusing on vending, fun, games, entertainment, and ancient craft – it is definitely a highlight not to miss for any history buff. It has been running since 1994 and one of the largest in Scandinavia, with over 12,000 visitors and 500 vikings participating annually. From July 6th-8th, 2012, it was held in Borrekaupangen – the historical Borre Park, Norway, at the base of Viking burial mounds, near the Viking museum, along the Oslo Fjord. The smells, sounds, activities, and environment of all things Viking was had by all, celebrating one of the more impressive eras of Nordic history. Unfortunately I missed the “Vikings only” “kaupang” that preceded the public market occuring all week long involving learning and teaching of dying wool, making shoes, weapons, and other Viking crafts. There were several hundred viking tents with well over 700 vikings from all over Europe – Scandinavia, Ireland, England, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, France, and many other places. The village was bustling with activity from artisans, musicians, fire performers, jugglers, battles, slave markets, black smiths, cloth dying, and craft creation. Authentic reproductions from the Viking age was of high importance, as each craftsman or artisan researched their wares, art, and creativity based on the same materials, equipment, tools, and weapons that were used in the Viking Age. It is a reflection of the Viking way of life, with everyone wearing the clothes of the period, cooking food over fires, selling their commodities, and doing “Viking business”. I myself, an archaeologist, participated by investigating the use of ceremonial and war body paints based on the colors of the time from woad, madder, indigo, and other spectrums created by what the era produced. Designs were tricky especially as the public wandered through the day with modern kids wanting modern designs and trying to lure them to the designs of the day. The musicians, storytellers, performance art, and ritual to commemorate the burials nearby were fantastic. Viking warfare, battles, and re-enactments of games, feuds, and commerce were stunning. Lots of activities were had for the children. Friday saw a public marking running from 2 pm until midnight, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, with a grand feast for all the Vikings Saturday night. Parties all night, and the market running from 11 am until 6 pm on sunday. This event was more than stunning, it was phenomenal … Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Stonehenge Festival

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Stonehenge Festival, a set on Flickr.

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The Summer Solstice Stonehenge Celebration at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England, UK. June 20-21, 2012.

To learn more about Stonehenge, visit my page at: www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=126

In the near future, photos and articles relating to the 2012 festival will be posted here (estimated July 2012) www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=3365

Photos by Leaf McGowan and/or Thomas Baurley. purchase and/or use permission can be obtained here: www.technogypsie.com/photography.html

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Shakefest 2012: May 26th – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

Shakefest 2012
May 26-27th, 2012 * Charleville Castle * Tullamore * Ireland * Shakefest.net *

This year will be Shakefest’s “7th” Annual Dance and multi-cultural festival held at the historic epic Charleville Castle. The festival grounds is starting to bustle with activity as preparations are in the flow to welcome local and international community, visitors, friends, and family to celebrate culture. Since 2006, Shakefest has been bringing together an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Cultural Dance, and Artistic Workshops ending with a multi-cultural evening of dance performances. This year, Shakefest is expanding into more folklore, diversity, performance art, crafts, and themes for all ages, sexes, and cultures. This year features numerous workshops, classes, performances, and activities such as a “Faerie Glen” to get lost in, A “Madhatter’s Tea Party”, A bouncy Pirate Ship, Indian Cuisine, Performances by Tullamore’s “The Red Embers”, Galway Bellydance, Appolonia Tribal Bellydance, Sheeoneh, Nicole Volmering, and Aoife Hardiman.


Joana Saahirah ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

This year’s International Guest Instructor is Oriental Dancer Joana Saahirah of Cairo, Egypt providing authentic education on Egyptian History and Folklore as well as Oriental Dance instruction in Classical, Saiidi and Alexandria of Mellaya styles. Declan Kiely will host a special workshop on how to “Dance like Michael Jackson”. Hip Hop, Jazz, Poi & Ribbon Dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango classes are also offered. There will also be African dance, poetry, open-mic sessions, a kid’s gigantic Dragonfly and butterfly hunt, punch and judy, juggling & stiltwalking by Stagecraft Ireland, Drum Circles, and a magic show. This year will also be breaking ground on a live history section with the KHI Medieval Re-enactors treating audiences to combat simulations of the Crusader’s Knight’s Templar with medieval tents, a full try-on armoury and archery for all ages.



KHI Medieval Re-enactors ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

Featured musical performances by 40’s Swinging The Bugle Babes, Our Annual Multi-cultural Hafla, daring fire show by The Red Embers & Babylon’s Inferno, The North Strand Kontra Band from North Dublin. Dazzling Romanian and Bulgarian instrumental band is expected to finish off the fest with explosive energy and lively dance accompanied by original and traditional tunes from clarinet, saxophone, trombone, keys, banjo, double bass, and drums. If you’re travelling through Ireland this weekend or live in the magical isles, this event is not to be missed. Gates open at Noon on Saturday the 26th with admission only 10 general entry, 10 camping, 20 family day pass or only 15 for evening entertainment. All proceeds will be going towards Charleville Castle Restoration Fund Operation Raise The Roof project in which money will be raised towards putting a protective roof on the castle chapel. We’ll be covering this event, so come back here for photos, review, and the stories we weave from the experience …


North Strand Kontra Band ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

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Visit us at the 2012 ShakeFest at the infamous Charleville Castle!

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland
2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

This year, Technogypsie Productions, Pirate Relief, and The Tree Leaves’ Oracle & Folk Fellowship are helping with the production of “Shakefest by creating a children’s (and adults) fun area as the “Faerie Glen” with a Wishing Well, Rag Tree, and a Madhatter’s Tea Party and much much more. After hours, we’ll be doing a sorta- reunion for our Irish Core Effigy friends we camped with at Tir na nOg this year at the Burn. Childrens Madhatter’s Tea Party is around 1:30 pm, while the Adults Tea Party is at the Witching Hour. Costumes required to participate. Dress as Pirates, Faeries, or someone from Alice in Wonderland. Face painting, Faerie Art, stickers, candles, and Tarot Readings also available. Saturday, May 26, 2012 – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland – Faerie Glen & Madhatter’s area open from Noon until an hour or two after the witching hour …Note: If you are coming for the Evening activities, please arrive by 6 pm – for bands and entertainment as gates close early.

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Steampunk Art & Performance Snippets from Dublin’s St Patricks Day Parade 2012

The Saturday March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Video clips of various Steampunk themed art and floats presented in the Parade.

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Shandon Center Samhain Dragon Parade 2011

http://www.dragonofshandon.com/ * Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade in Cork, Ireland on Halloween * Monday, October 31, 2011. This years parade featured creations from hundreds of community group participants, Irelands largest articulated sellotape Dragon, scary characters, musicians and an illuminated river parade by Naomhga Chorca and Meithal Mara up the River Lee.

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Irish CORE Crew jamming at the effigy; Burning Man 2011



Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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“Whiskey in the Jar” – Irish jam session at the Dragon


“Whiskey in the Jar”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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Lake Light Sculptures, NSW

Lake Light Sculpture
* www.lakelightsculpture.com.au, Lake Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia *


This giant round metal artistic ball sculpture was a bit of intrigue for me and Marco as we drove by it while travelling from Cooma to Lake Jindabyne. “What in the world?” as it was fenced off and located in the middle of nowhere. It apparently is a storage yard for the art piece that is displayed annually at the “Lake Light Sculpture” Festival held along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne in the foothills of New South Wale’s Snowy Mountains. This annual exhibition is held during Easter weekend and attracts thousands of spectators. It is a celebration of “light” as a distinctive, innovative element focused on in the event by dramatic evening illumination of the art works such as this one. All artists can participate in this event regardless if a novice, emerging, or expert utilizing any medium they would like and can win cash awards for best works in various categories. The event is held by the “Snowy River Arts, Inc”. Unfortunately we were just passing through the area and was not able to attend. Perhaps next year 😉

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Event Organizing: concerns and/or compliments

I’m tagging many movers and shakers from various communities, event coordinators, festival planners, discussion group organizers, entertainers, and/or vendors because I think this may be beneficial to you from one organizer / entertainer / and vendor to another. However, I realize I may be stepping on the toes of some who don’t agree with my following two cents. I welcome input and dialogue in this forum. If I’m wrong, I would appreciate being enlightened otherwise. It is my thoughts and beliefs, none other, but some thoughts/beliefs shared with others in the community. So its important to understand where some of us are coming from when we don’t support certain events or projects. I apologize in advance if it feels insulting, attacking, or personal, it is not meant as such. Especially the last paragraph. I realize that paragraph is a bit personal to a local event organizer, but it needs to be expressed for the upcoming events are seen as an insult and complete disrespect for many in the local community it is attempting to profit from. Many of these community members have asked me to speak out about it, and I’ve put it off too long.

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for awhile now. There has been a disturbing trend I’ve seen lately where too many “community” based events and organizers have been catching the “knickel and dime to death” virus that Corporate America, its airlines, its businesses, and its government has been initiating in our world since the “Dotcom” crash. (Prior to this point, the world and its corporations thanked their customers, their workers, their patrons, and often gifted them extras or benefits – something that has long since vanished)

I’ve held off on writing and publishing it because right about when I was going to ‘release’ it, a friend of mine, or a community member of mine, was hosting an event where they were showing signs of this virus. But now is the time to write it because instead of being approached with an event that was infected, I was blessed with an event last night that radiated exactly what has seemingly vanished. This event last night, re-established my faith that there are still community organizers out there like me who are NOT profit-driven and a bright example of entities that exist for “their community”. For those of you who are infected with the “greed” virus, I wish you the strength to get over your illness, and while this might be stepping on some of you “profiteering” toes, it needs to be said. Because such actions are “NOT” community. Commercialism does not equate to community. Now don’t get me wrong, it is totally understandable to want to be compensated for your cost, fund-raise for a specific cause, be paid for you art and time – but honestly, if a “profit” intent is your focus, please keep the word “community”, “non profit”, or “not for profit” out of your vocabulary. For those that are not infected with the said virus, I commend you for sticking true to ethics, for the hard work you give to community, and all the work you do for us. You indeed will be rewarded through time. It may not be financial, but I guarantee “goodness” comes back to you when you put it out. Call it Karma or what-have-you.

Last night I attended, and participated as a vendor, in an incredibly successful event that was held by “The Denver Community Collective”. (At least I hope it was successful – they appeared to have great community support, stunning attendance, fabulous entertainment, and most of the people I spoke to afterwards came out with a very empowering rush of community spirit) (Kudos for those of you who were responsible for such an incredible event). This event stated on their web page that it was created with a soul purpose of educating, empowering, and uniting the community through sound, art, love, and knowledge. I would say they were highly successful with that purpose and intent. They also stated that The CommUnity Family believes in only charging you for what the event actually costs, to ensure that more of you can be involved and enjoy this community experience. (this project is not profit driven in any regard, other than staying sustainable). Again, I say KUDOS and Congratulations again to the CommUnity Family. Four floors of entertainment, 5 domes, two stages, three DJ rooms, free water, free vending, free art space. 7 pm until 3 am. Wow. Admission: $14 pre-sale, $17 at the door. A bargain. Thank you for such a wonderful experience last night. I saw an incredible community spirit last night. I was beyond impressed. The entertainers, the artists, the musicians, the community came together to make this happen. It appeared to me to have more than 600 participants. (I’m not aware of the numbers, but the Sherman Center holds 2,000 and the place was pretty packed)

:: Begin Rant ::

From a struggling artist perspective, I was originally attracted to the event for (a) their mission statement and intent, and (b) the free vending as an artist. From an individual who had been a struggling “feast or famine” technogypsie artist travelling around to festivals “trying to make a living” this was like a heaven-send to me. I gave up that lifestyle 6 years ago because I couldn’t make it. Mainly because too many festivals after the .dotcom crash pumped up their vendor fees, knickel and dimed their vendors and entertainment, added on ridiculous rules, regulations, tax permits, licensing, insurance requirements, etc. making a life of a vendor too difficult to live off. So I gave up. I went to work for the Federal Government and a defense contract firm for a steady paycheck. 6 years later, I am now voluntarily leaving a secure job to go back to pursue the struggling artist lifestyle with knowledge of the fears and struggles that lifestyle has. But I have to say, the event last night gave me hope. As a vendor I did make money albeit not much. Had I paid the typical vendor fee that many events charge out there, I would have come out in the negative. I was impressed with CommUnity realizing that this is all-too-often the situation with vendors/artists and is what is collapsing the independent artist from surviving and many from pursuing such inspiration. Kill your art, you kill your entertainment and in many cases, you kill your event’s attractions. You kill the community’s purpose or intent on preserving the arts, culture, folklore, tribal focus, and reason for being there in the first place. Vendors are a festival’s “free information booth”, “guide”, “point of help”, and a draw to one’s attendees and participants. Certainly there is a place for a vendor fee or a commission of sales, but not to where it can destroy that existence of said talent. Honestly how many people would attend a Renaissance Faire without the vendor presence? very few. I’m not quite sure why the vendors who participate in the “worst of the worst” events that prey on vendors like the “Renaissance Faire” circuit does, attending and paying such ridiculous fees, perhaps it is worthwhile to some of the larger well known artists who can make a living from it. But for the small fry, or the “startup from scratch” artist, they don’t have a chance. Imagine if all the Renaissance Faire vendors, artists, and entertainers stood up and held a strike? I guarantee you the corporation behind that institution would drop their fees and plea for them to come back. I’ve been vending for over 10+ years and I to this day will boycott Corporate festivals that prey on the vendor. Usually its a boycott based on ethics, but sometimes even when I believe in the community and its event, it has to do with the cost and the knowledge of knowing I’d come out at a loss.

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Widow’s Bane @ Brethrencon 2010

Widow’s Bane at Brethrencon 2010
* Saturday, 18 September 2010 Performance * Brethrencon 2010 * Denver Airport Marriott * 16455 E. 40th Circle * Aurora / Denver, Colorado * http://www.myspace.com/widowsbane * facebook *
Rocking the banquet hall, direct from the grave, as the risen dead came “Widow’s Bane”, a motley crew of zombies en-trancing their victims at Brethrencon this year. Colorado’s infamous zombie band, The Widow’s Bane has folk, gothic, and roots music and comes from Boulder, Colorado. They also describe themselves as “Zombie Death Polka”. They claim a fantastical origin “shortly after being poisoned to death by his wife, Governor Mortimer Leech was recruited by the Dark Lord himself to join the house band upon his ship, The Widows Bane. The crew exclusively consisted of men fallen at the hands of their beloveds, and it was there that Leech was introduced to the rest of the band. There was Rutherford Belleview, an accomplished accordionist hailing from Connecticut, whose wife hung him up to dry with a piano wire. Bartholomew Catacombs, lovingly refered to as Bat, had been buried alive. A hundred years later The Devil dug him up, and he was now holding down the low end of the band on board The Widows Bane. Franklin McKane, a drunken gambler of the potato famine era, had been shot to death by his blushing bride when she realized his banjo and deck of cards meant more to him than she ever would. And then there was Rictus Corpum, who met the sharp end of a scythe after his wife played him out for another man. The Devil, however, was kind enough to transform Corpums bride into a violin so he might exact his revenge by playing her daily for all eternity. The ghastly band consists of Mortimer Leech, Rutherford Belleview, Rictus Corpum, Franklin McKane, and Bat Catacombs. Gruesome and upbeat, this band knows how to please their audience. Good rhthymn and dance beat. Great performance that gave Brethrencon a good time by all. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Brethrencon 2010

Brethrencon 2010 ~ A Pirate’s Life For Me!
* Denver Airport Marriott * 16455 E. 40th Circle * Aurora / Denver, Colorado * http://www.brethrencon.com/ * Phone: 720-841-8959 * Email: captaindrake@sunkenbones.com *

A first ever Pirate Conference in the Rocky Mountains’ Metropolis “Denver, Colorado”. Hosted at the Airport Marriott in the suburb of Aurora, pirates and scallywag’ns gathered together for debauchery, mischief, merrymaking, networking, and frolick on Saturday, 18th of September, 2010. $25 pre-sale, and $30 at the door gave the guests a myriad array of vendors, merchants, workshops, and panels to select from such as “Dragon Lair’s Armory”, “Southwest Enterprises”, “Marty Melville the Author”, “Katie and Ally”, the Masseur Miguel Alchandro, Charicture by Rigel, “Most Things Fantasy”, “Odd Child Underground”, “Cabachon and Peranic Kitty”, our own “Technogypsie.com/Tree Leaves Oracle/Pirate Relief, Ghost Cat Designs, and R.J. Whetstone Images. Workshops varied from Jasper’s Foul Tongue, Medicine and Health During the Golden Age of Piracy, Midnight Omen Deja Vu, Period Pirate Games, Pirate Insult Fight, Pirate Myths, Pirate Relief, Salamagundi Grog and Other Piratical Vituals Yearrghh!, Talk Like a Pirate, Voodoo 101, 17th Century Clothing for Lady Pirates, A Clean Pirate is a Sissy Pirate, A Crew Full of Jacks, A Shanty Sing, and Zombie Self Defense. Pirates vs. Zombies attack battle and dancing / drinking to the merriment of Pandora Celtica, DJ BilgeMunkey, Mondragon, and The Widow’s Bane. Hosted by the infamous Sunken Bones Society for their celebration of international “Talk Like A Pirate Day” and as an evolution of their 4th annual Buccaneer Bash. Games, contests, Liar’s Dice Tournaments, never ending Pirate flicks upstairs, a snack room, chill space, and many exciting panels were had. Rum Runners, Breakfast Buffet, The Tavern, and a Dinner were served and setup. Donation proceeds were sent to the New Orlean’s Foundations’ “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Cleanup” to assist in cleaning up and restoring the sea coastal environments affected by this year’s tragedy. After Hours hotel room parties kept the activities rocking throughout the night. For a “first” time convention for this crew, it was well done, especially for a “con” or “convention”. Fun was had by all. Get amped up for next year’s bigger and badder convention “Brethren Con II: September 17-18, 2011“.

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Chronicles: Sept. 5, 2010: Sunday at the Burn, Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home

Sunday at the Burn 2010:
Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home


Exodus on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper,
3 hour long, 7 + lanes wide

Sunday, 5 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

While still a bit hungover, Sir Thomas Leaf awoke rather early to set out in breaking down camp. He would need to depart Black Rock City in order to be back to work in Colorado on tuesday morning at 7 am. It would be a tight journey as it was. It took him some time to break down his bodypainting station camp and pack up the van. A good percentage of the other attendees were doing much the same thing. He tried to find his brother the eccentric Docteur Mangor, but alas no such luck. Was unable to find most of his friends who were probably sleeping off last night’s partying. Good times were had by all. A long 3 hour bumper to bumper 7-lanes of traffic wide exodus from Black Rock City await for Sir Thomas Leaf just to get out of the city. His rideshare Lady Ellie decided to stay longer at the Burn and catch a ride back with the knightly Sir Guy who offered the fair maiden passage back to Boulder, Colorado. In exchange, Sir Guy sent several bins of his gear back in the “Isis Adventure through Time” vardo Sir Thomas Leaf was driving. Long hot journey across the playa in three hours of traffic – white out conditions and the usual partying from the cars in line as everyone waited to slowly creep out of the city. Finally to pavement, Sir Thomas Leaf headed south through Gerlach, Empire, and onwards through Pyramid Lake Reservation. Finally back on the highway, heading east towards Utah, Sir Thomas Leaf was onwards to his return home. He had caught out of a glimmer of his eye enroute to the Burn a oddly decorated kitchy monument on the side of the road he earmarked to visit on the way home. So off he exited to view the abandoned “Thunder Mountain Indian Monument”. He was a bit creeped out as no one was there and it was just turning dark, having an eerie creepy feeling as he got out of his car and walked the monument grounds thinking how easy it would be for someone to mug him and rob his belongings at such a stop-off in the middle of nowhere, before dark, alone, down a dirt road offset from the highway. Back on the road safe, as darkness fell, Sir Thomas Leaf high-tailed it along the highway, pitstopping for dinner, and back on the road driving to where he started to phase out. Then he heard something pop in the engine. Deciding to exit to investigate to find a gas station at midnight, just as he pulled into the closed station’s parking lot, the headlights he saw following him turned into flashing reds and blues …. a police officer followed him from the Interstate as his tags were 2 days expired (Expired end of August and new stickers were probably awaiting him in his mailbox back in Colorado). The officer ran his i.d. as Sir Thomas Leaf opened up his engine to see what was wrong – power steering belt snapped. Luckily, it only ran his power steering. He was glad the warrant for his delayed payment of a speeding ticket from Burning Man 2009 was cleared, as he wasn’t sure if it was still on file, as it wasn’t. Relieved, he drove onwards to find a rest area to pull over to sleep. Good thing the “Isis Adventure thru Time” Vardo van had a comfortable futon bed in back, he thought.


Thunder Mountain Indian Monument

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“Excellent Adventure” @ Burning Man 2010


Excellent Adventure

Excellent Adventure
* Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * Contact: bm10 (at) carbonworkshop (dot) com *

A art piece near the Temple of Flux stands voice-reacive audio-visual laser-blastin’ phone booths created by Gustavo Huber and Shelly Brown of Carbon Workshop. In tribute to the time travelling “Bill and Teds Most Excellent Adventures” stand these sensory experiences symbollic of “Metropolis 2010” – the theme of this particular years Burning Man. During the day they stand simply as telephone booths in the middle of nowhere with static signal, bu at night these two telephone boohs focus beams of visible light to transmit voice data from one to the other with dynamic lighting built within designed to pulse and fade through the spectrum in response to the tones and volumes of the calls received.

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Temple of Flux @ Burning Man 2010

The Temple of Flux
Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * www.temple2010.org *

Designed and constructed by Rebecca Anders, Jessica Hobbs, Peter Kimmelman and their crew from Berkeley, California. This year’s temple stands as a counter-monument rather than the usual Burning Man temple that echoes the churches and mosques of history. It serves to reference our impetus to create structure as well as to its relatin with the environment. A giant Gumby statue greets patrons of the temple. It beckons one to take a journey through its pathways by following its sensuous lines as they arc into the air. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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“Bliss Dance” – Burning Man 2010

“Bliss Dance”
* http://earth.burningman.com/brc/art_installation/758/ * Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * Contact Email: production@blissdance.org *
An extroadinary art piece at Burning Man 2010 by Lloyd Taylor that I’d have to say was my most favorite art piece. A unique steel sculpture made of cutting edge design replicating the human form as a woman stading 40 feet tall in the middle of nowhere on the Playa. She celebrates humanity and demonstrates the beauty of the feminine with power and strength emerging when women are safe and free to be themselves. She dances naked with her eyes closed, a sign the Burning Man page says “the spirit of community is healthy and the balance between male and female is present. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Chronicles: 9/4/10: Saturday at the Burn

Saturday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


Saturday, 4 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening with a bit of a hangover, Sir Thomas Leaf set out to open up the Tree Leaves Body Painting Station before setting out for his day. He wandered over to Dr. Mangor’s camp to catch up with his brother and to take a ride-a-bout on to the playa to visit the various art objects. Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor spent some time admiring the amazing “Bliss Dance” sculpture. A triple “WOW” Sir Thomas Leaf had echoing through his mind. Dust storms were pretty heavy most of the afternoon. The dust mask and goggles were definitely a required clothing accessory for the day for the duo of mischief makers. An over-indulge of pyschedelic cream soft serve all-you-can-eat ice cream station satisfied the after effects of the dust and sun. More bodypainting ensued for the day for Sir Thomas Leaf, and a late afternoon/early evening tribute ceremony for the passing of Isaac Bonewits with some fellows druids at the Temple of Flux. The ceremony was quite lovely and a send-off to a great man to the Otherworld. Wine and liquor was the focus of the evening as the motley crew prepared for the night of the Burning of the Man. The Burn was spectacular as was the fire spinning performances and fireworks. Afterwards, the crazy duo headed off to a pirate vessel to dance and party atop the rig’s net-pile. Sir Thomas Leaf was a dancing desert faerie all night long stuck in a never ending loop of elecronic trance music. Good times were had by all.

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Chronicles: Sept. 3, 2010: Friday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music

Friday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


“The Man” – 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening to the hot sun after a mid-morning glare peering into the Vanwagon vardo, Sir Thomas Leaf stumbled out of the van, off his futon, and into this bodypainting station camp. Pulling out the paints and getting the Body Painting Station ready for its patrons for the day. Dust on the horizon. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor again to no discovery. While he was gone, Dr. Mangor had stopped into camp and left him notes. After a pitstop at the free soft-serve “Psychedelic Ice Cream” camp for some vanilla and chocolate twist, he spent the afternoon painting many beautiful people. As he was finishing bodypainting a lovely Canadian Goddess, the mad doctor arrived. Then it was an afternoon of exploring the playa and cycling around, viewing the amazing art pieces on the playa, visiting camps and getting drunk, dancing to music, and playing well into the evening. Pitstopped in to see the lovely Bonefinder who unfortunately was under the weather so unable to go wander-a-bout with this crazy duo. They searched for Karen at Deathguild who was on her own wander-a-bout. Late night fun with two beautiful princesses from Sweden that was camping within Mangor’s camp, Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor went adventuring to an 80’s dance club, a goth night, and several intriguing bars.


Desert Faerie riding into the dust

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Thunderdome @ Burning Man 2010

Thunderdome / Death Guild
* Burning Man * Black Rock City, Nevada * http://www.deathguildthunderdome.com/ *

Every year many Burners look forward to the infamous “Thunderdome”, the interactive art project of San Francisco’s famed “Death Guild”. It is one of Burning Man’s most famous landmarks and one of its most exciting projects/theme camps. Operating for 6 years straight, Burners come to expect Death Guild every year. Inspired by the movie “Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome” (starring Tina Turner and Mel Gibson as Mad Max), “Thunderdome” is a life-sized replica of the same named structure as found in the film. “Two man enter, one man leave” is not really the case here at the Burn, as only friends and friendly-foes who are looking forward to venting some frustration by battling each other with nerf bats while dangling and swinging off bungy cords. All the audience pile around the edge of the dome and climb the rafters to watch the sometimes extremely hillarious battles that take place. Afterwords, it is often a late night Goth/Industrial dance club. Not much activity takes place during the day, but evening it is a very crowded area of the playa. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Burning Man 2010

Burning Man 2010: Metropolis
* Black Rock City, Nevada * Monday, 30 August 2010 through Monday 6 September 2010 *

Every year, in the heart of the Nevada Desert, a city known as Black Rock City is constructed to host the Burning Man Festival. It is a human created world with a dream of teaching self-reliance, self-sustainability (though is not sustainable in its existence on the planet, but attempts to teach its attendees how to become more sustainable with day-to-day life as a concept), and consciousness about community and the sharing of ideas, experiments, and lifestyles. It is a thriving metropolis of artists, freaks, scientists, musicians, dancers, theatrical sorts, and brilliance. The city focuses on community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. It is a gifting economy with its own nightclubs, bars, classes, theme camps, costume stations, bodypaint stations, entertainment, hospitals, post office, rangers, cafe, ice house, and airport. It is primarily a “pedestrian” city. The city itself (not necessarily the attendee’s personal or theme camps) powers itself on a solar power array and bio-diesel. Every year it celebrates a new theme and for 2010 this was “Metropolis”. This year over 50,000 attended with amazing art, installations, and theme camps. In the next week, photo galleries will Here for a visual walk-through of the sites and scenes of my experience at Burning Man this particular year. Enjoy! Burning Man is a must-visit experience at least once in a lifetime before one departs this planet. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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