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


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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Starwood 33: July 9 – 14, “2013”


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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Wisteria Worm-Hole (July 1 – 7, 2013)


Wisteria Worm Hole 2013
* July 1-7, 2013 * Wisteria, Pomeroy, Ohio * http://www.wisteria.org/worm-hole.htm *

During Wormhole at Wisteria, a settle-in-and-setup camp pre-Starwood festival event, merchants and attendees can come to the festival site and setup camp early. A good percentage of participants do this. During this relaxed week, the Church of the SubGenius’ festival, the XIV X-DAY 2013 was held. To camp and setup early, all one needs to do is pay per day or via the weekly fee to camp and ability to come without pre-registration. Wormhole is $12/day per person. There are no scheduled events usually for the Wormhole open camping, except frequently X day.


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Borre Viking Marked


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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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.


Reddacliff Place, Brisbane, Australia

Reddacliff Place
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Every day during my gig as a tour guide for the HMB Endeavour, I would walk through Reddacliff Place. Reddacliff is also known as Brisbane Square. Its a great little market square located between the Victoria Bridge and Queen Street Mall, at the base of Brisbane Square across from the Treasury Casino. Wednesdays it is home to a farmer’s and crafter’s market, and other days of the week have various other activities taking place in it. Modern art dot its landscape with giant metallic balls giving light in some humor that “Brisbane has balls”. It is strictly a walking square, as bicycles are not permitted, though now has some bicycle racks provided.

One of my favorite little hotspots in Brisbane’s City Center was the Brisbane Square, as it was often frequented by markets and sales. Brisbane Square is a small city block square at the foot of a high-rise building called “Brisbane Square” which rises 151 meters tall with over 38 floors which is primarily used for office spaces, the lower floors for commercial retailers, and the underground hosting upwards of parking for 350 vehicles. This is also currently the home location for the Brisbane City Council and Suncorp. The square is bounded by George Street, Queen Street, Adelaide Street, and William Street. It faces the Treasurey Casino on Queen State as well as the Law Courts Complex on Adelaide. The building and square was designed by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The skyscraper was completed in 2006. The square is home to many different markets from produce vendors, home-made crafts, to giant yard sales, and cultural events. The square has numerous modern art sculptures and monuments. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan.

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Facepainting at the Phoenix Flea Market (Canberra, Australia)

Facepainting at the Phoenix Flea Market
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

On April 24, 2011 in Canberra, Australia at the infamous Irish Bar “The Phoenix”, bodypainter Leaf McGowan participated in the Phoenix Flea Market. Drinking, revelry, and art was had by all in attendance. Utilizing Ben Nye, Wolf, and Mehron bodypaint, the following is a photogallery of Leaf McGowan’s portfolio work for the event.

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The Phoenix Flea Market (Canberra, Australia)

The Phoenix Flea Market
* Phoenix * 21 East Row * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * * 2601 * (02) 6247 1606 * http://www.lovethephoenix.com/ *

The Irish ultra-cool hip hangout in Canberra, Australia known as the “Phoenix” celebrates its connection with the arts and alternative culture by hosting a sunday Flea Market where vendors can come and sell their art, creations, wares, used goods, and treasures. Its a definite trendy move for alternative bars and establishments today to have a market once in a while, monthly, or even weekly. I’ve become a great fan of these moves by venues as I think it is an extroadinary motion on their behalf – supporting the arts, community, local culture, alternative subcultures, and home based merchants. I feel the Phoenix has a great potential with their market and idea. During our participation in the market, unfortunately due to a bus strike during Easter sunday weekend, we were the only participating vendors and clientele was at a minimum. We still had a blast, good time socializing, and face painting. Visited 4/24/2011. Reviewed 11/15/2011 by Leaf McGowan, technogypsie.com.

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Chronicles: August 7, 2010: Colorado Faerie Festival and Preparations for Burning Man

Exploring and Vending the Colorado Faerie Festival

Saturday, 7 August 2010
* Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf packed up his Steampunk Time Travelling “Isis Adventure” Van/vardo with Tree Leaves Oracle merchandise and at the wee hours of the morning, heading out to Vermijillo Park where a supposed portal would appear for a manifestation of faeries as the “Colorado Faerie Festival“. As excited as he was for a Colorado gathering of Faeries, he was a little on the edge of caution and hesitance with this festival as no one in the local Faerie/Faeid/Otherkin/Pagan communities were aware of who this organizer who was putting it on was or where he’s from, or his intent with all this. Regardless about what the Colorado Spring fae were saying, Sir Leaf figured he should vend it and give it a chance (even though it had the ridiculous price tag of $100 for vending at a poorly advertised event with no entertainment to speak of except the vendors). (He’s used to vending Pagan festivals and community events where the merchant booth is usually $5-30 for a day, and most 3-5 day outdoor festivals at $30-100 for the full week) (Unless its a “commercial” based venue that is guaranteed to attract “thousands” of attendees … which this certainly was not)

Sir Thomas Leaf arrived at the park and set up as quick as he could. Vendors had already started setting up camp. Alot of work for a half day venue. (10 am to 6 pm) It took awhile to find the organizer who was busy coordinating and helping people set up. Leaf’s enthusiasm started to turn upwards as he began to think it would be a good turnout and maybe some of the fae commmunity would be coming and maybe his attendance would be worthwhile. Wouldn’t see any of the local Goth community he figured as they were having their annual picnic in the park elsewhere even though he tried to lure them to move their picnic here.

Sir Thomas Leaf’s friend Lady Sue came by and set up the Vermijillo Community Garden into a Faerie Garden of sorts to entertain attendees. While no officially part of the festival, it brought joy and community spirit to the event. She had rock painting and gave tours of the garden. She also introduced Leaf to her most wonderful Little School on Vermijo. He met her wonderful sons who wanted to come on board as crewmates with his upcoming Pirate ship at Pirate Relief. Sir Thomas highly admired Lady Sue’s most wonderful faerie costume and wings. Especially the little catchy phrase on the back of the wings … (See picture below).

Some of the vendors had some good setups and selections – that was promising. Luckily he scored a good parking spot before they were all gone as parking became a problem quickly as the morning progressed. His friends Kathy and Rocky showed up and helped him watch the booth as well as adding in some of Kathy’s spectacular faerie wings. Busy packing and unpacking, fighting some wind gusts coming in through the park (as usual breaking something or other). Leaf’s roommate Q showed up to do some professional photography and some local as well as long distance fae appeared in full garb as well as some Renaissance Faire folk. Some young fae played in the park and some of the attendees did add in some entertaining spirit as they frolicked around the park as they all awaitied the musical entertainment to show up. (which was pretty late into the day after much of the crowds left earlier) Radio London by late afternoon was set up and started performing (unfortunately as storms threatened in the skies and winds played mischief on the booths). Attendees had fun though little purchasing took effect for the merchants.

As attendance disappeared since there was no entertainment to keep the attendees captivated to stay all day. Add in threatening skies with merchandise blowing over and breaking – it was time to call it quits Sir Leaf thought. As he packed up he noticed other merchants had the same idea as the bulk of them starting packing down (few hours earlier than billing had it to end). Leaf was disenheartened that he was coming out at a loss and surveyed some of the other vendors finding that most of them came out at a loss. This wasn’t really a “festival” persay, it was more of a “market” Leaf thought. The organizer was kind enough to ask how he did and after telling him the low sales – the organizer cut the price of the booth to make up for some of the loss as he last minute paid for the booth. This act of community, combined with how un-organized and non-chalant the event was especially with getting the booth fee till the very end – started to make Leaf feel the organizer might actually be community oriented rather than profit oriented. That he liked and started to believe there might be hope for this Colorado Faerie Festival enterprise that this guy set up. He had positive news to report back to the local fae.

However, it was to be played with caution as the organizer was not part of the local fae community nor had he made any attempts to including them in this venture. Leaf himself had learned about the festival just a few weeks prior, barely enough time to plan for it and get the booth into it … but was very appreciative for being permitted such late entry. Positive things were said about this organizer through the vending circle though … so hope was made on the upswing that this might be beneficial for the local community after all. Apparently though, much to Sir Leaf’s surprise, he discovered that this organizer was planning a Faerie con called Mysticon. Of course it was oddly mimicking the organizational layout of Faerieworlds with its Good Faerie/Bad Faerie Balls and too similarly named after Mysticon in Virginia that has been around since the 1980’s. Copycat-ing is never received in good taste. Not to mention there is already a science fiction convention in the same hotel at the same time called Cosine. It just doesn’t look well thought out, Leaf pondered.

It is important to research what is already existing and not to copy something already in place. It is important to be Unique and not ride on the coat-tails of others. “Oh Well”, Sir Thomas Leaf figured … He’ll check out the web site and see what its all about. The organizer, while not Fae, seemed to be a nice guy … and maybe for once, someone is really out to do something nice for the fae … rather than try to cash in on them. (Put the faerie in a cage and charge admission to see them ~ old Victorian stunt)

Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Rocky, and Lady Kathy all caravaned to Sushi Ring for a fabulous “All you can eat” Sushi feast. Good times, good eats. After bidding farewell, Sir Thomas Leaf returned to the Hobbit Hole Cottage in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain. Unpacked his inventory and settled into a early night with some blogging and research online.

After that evening’s research on the event, Leaf decided he would NOT vend Mysticon because of those above elements, because of lack of faerie community support or inclusion, and because the event was obviously “commercially” driven rather than “community” driven with yet poor advertising as was evidenced with this festival. Plus he noticed there was no listed entertainment and didn’t have much online about the event. Yet they were charging $350-400 for a booth. “Really?” Leaf thought … “Are they crazy?” He decided then and there he would not be part of it. Leaf had an inbox full of invites from travellers to the Burn that were willing to port his gear for him if he flew in with his air elf friend. Off to sleep … dreaming of his next adventure …. and how packed his life was with travels … sad that he didn’t have a partner to share it with, to travel with, but realizing that because he was constantly on the go travelling around he doesn’t leave much of a chance for partner’s to grow and meld with him since many of them can’t pick up and go on the crazy adventures with him. “Sigh” fluttered Leaf. Off to sleep. [Close or inner circle friends of Leaf can read his views on being single on Livejournal or Facebook.]

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7.19.09: Cronicles of STL: Chapter 9: ‘Dreamtime Festival – Day 4, Return’

[ Back to Chapter 8: Dreamtime, Day 3 ]   [ Chapter 9: Dreamtime, Day 4: Return ]   [ Chapter 10: Mayan Prophecy ]

From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: The 19th of Quintilis (Julius Caesar’s “July”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era

“Awoke early with contemplations of break down and the ride home. Wasn’t too sure about how I felt about the odd energy last night and the weird elements abound. There were alot of drainbows around – which is odd, because normally they can’t afford to enter into an event like this. The fire rituals, Mayan rite, and healing massages were certainly balancing out the negative. Yesterday I drank alot of Chai matte, as I did today. I went and grabbed breakfast with more refills of mate, socialized with friends, and then opened booth for a few hours. As the merchant area was totally dead with no customers and all the other merchants breaking down to leave … I did the same, as I was one of the last merchants standing. While no bodypainting requests on the last day, I did get swamped with some tarot card readings making up some of the difference of the loss in revenue from the event. We didn’t break even, but a good portion of the expenses of the trip were covered, and in some ways – breaking even is all that matters for an event, though the ideal is to come out ahead. Pondering if Dreamtime does grants for theme camps and art projects – that might be more the avenue to take next year. It took several hours to take down camp. Since the other merchants were already packed up and left, there was no wind block for the fiesty wind whirls that teased and frolicked with my booth and camp. It collapsed my tent a couple of times – this was a sign for me that the merchanting experience was over. A few showers by the pond and the sun was relieved off of my being. I wandered around to say goodbyes to my friends and set out for the horizon by 6 pm. A long drive home with lots of thinking time. Sweet farewells. Kindred. Visions for the future. Absorbed the scenic countryside as I made my way back to my cottage. Arriving by midnight with unpacking and settling in as the prime cause of action – exhaustion but enlightenment. The deeper journeys for the summer has just begun …”

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