Beltania 2010: Day 1 and 2


Friday @ Beltania 2010


Beltania 2010: Days 1-2
* Florence Mountain Park * Florence, Colorado * www.beltanefestival.com *

A beautiful sequel to my May Day festivities in Colorado as fond memories of last year’s festival whirl around my mind …. and the third year for the festival. Beltania is a family-friendly May Day Celebration and Music Festival held in Colorado each year. Its a time when the Earth Spiritualists, Neo-Pagans, and those of alternative religious paths like the New Age, Metaphysics, and other Earth-Based Spiritual Paths come together to celebrate the seasons, celebrate love, family, community, dance the may pole, do ritual, dance to music, and meet others of like-minds. This year the festival was held at the Florence Mountain Park just outside of Florence, Colorado which is about a half-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado or Pueblo, Colorado. On 200 Acres of City and County Forest with a river, panoramic views of the mountains, and many clearings, there was plenty of room for attendees to camp, do ritual, have fire circles, drum circles, concerts, and a merchant area. Featured performances for the festival were The Gypsy Nomads, Lunar Fire, Kenny Klein, Tuatha, The Stone Walls, Heart Beat, Skean Dubh, Lara Jai and the Mountain Trance Medicine Band. Saturday there was a handfasting of the May King and Queen as well as the infamous May Pole dance that they hope to eventually become the breakers of the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest May Day Dance. The Event, while open to the public, was not ticketed at the gate – in order to attend you had to pre-purchase a ticket from the web site before the event. Children under 12 were free. Primitive and RV Camping was available for all attendees and merchants were offered spaces in the vending area. Beltania is held annually by the Living Earth Church, Inc.

Thursday and Friday – Merchants and Staff setup on Wednesday and as heard by rumor were bombarded by rain, snow, and winds that made festival setup difficult at best. We arrived on Thursday afternoon to find quite a few tents tumbled and torn up from the winds. The community fires were ablazing and warm in the Center of the Universe – the hearth of the festival. The hearths were a welcoming blessings with how cold it became towards dark. Wandering around to camps, joining in on festivities, and dancing around the hearth at the Wild Meadows with some great drumming on all nights of the festival were common themes of activity. No music or stages were yet setup on Thursday, but Friday morning they rolled in for Fridays entertainment lineup. Vending took off on Friday – as we were face and body painting becoming swamped with requests. Many of the vendors had some beautiful clothes, art, crafts, incense, and creation. Tarot readings, reflexology, massage, and healing was offered. While I missed most of the workshops, rituals, and the Sweat Lodge this year – I heard great reviews that they were all very well done and quite magical experiences. I did get to do a few of the rituals – and very magical and uplifting. The stage was opened up Friday after noon with an open mike broadcasting some great local performers and talent; At 4:30 Pandora Celtica hit the stage with some amazing music, followed by the Irish pub band … “The Stone Walls”. Kenny Klein took to the stage and took us back in time with some great tunes. Following Kenny was the incredible Duet from New York – The Gypsy Nomads who brought to life a magical Gypsy encampment of frolick, dance, and enchantment. Wrapping up the evening was Tuatha from Fort Collins who brought us into another world with a magical whirl. Friday night provided to warm up the cold with a reason to dance. Thursday Rating: 1 Star out of 5. Friday Rating: 3 Stars out of 5. [ About the Rating System ]



Friday @ Beltania 2010




Friday @ Beltania 2010

 


Friday @ Beltania 2010



Friday @ Beltania 2010

 


Friday @ Beltania 2010

Bodypainting on Friday, 6 May 2010:


Cheetah by Leaf McGowan
Friday, 6 May 2010 – Beltania 2010

 


Face Painting by David Caballero
Friday 6 May, 2010 @ Beltania 2010



Rainbow Warrior by Leaf McGowan
Friday, 6 May 2010 – Beltania 2010

 


Face and Body Painting Booth
Friday 6 May, 2010 @ Beltania 2010



Wolf by Leaf McGowan
Friday, 6 May 2010 – Beltania 2010

 


Face & Body Painting Booth
Friday 6 May, 2010 @ Beltania 2010

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