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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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Faerieworlds 2010: Good Faeries Day (7/30/10)

Faerieworlds: Day 1 – Good Faeries Day
Friday, 30 July 2010

Faerieworlds 2010 pilgrimmaged back to the Buford Recreation Park at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum once again this year with a spectacular opening day on Friday with Good Faeries Day. Now with evening entertainment and camps all night long as they re-designed their main event site as an inner circle with over 300 camping sites on its eastern end and more camping 10 minutes hike away. This year was their biggest Faerieworlds yet. Beautiful additions from Woodland’s summer journey to England were incorporated including a sacred standing stone circle and a wishing tree. Chill out and hangout areas abound, a healthy food court, more recycling and trash areas, campfire pits with fires at night, and of course the cool relaxing river escape. Entertainment went from 2 pm until midnight. Friday saw Tricky Pixie at 3 pm, A mesmerizing opening ritual and welcoming ceremony revealing the stone circle, then 5 pm David Helfand and the Mystic Ensemble brought joy to the stage, Wendy Rule enchanted the audience at 6:30 pm, and Brother rocked the world at 8 pm, followed by the enchanting mesmerization of Woodland until the witching hour. On The Neverworlds stage Mingushki took off at 2:30, with Marcus Fire at 5:45, and Ghillie Dhu at 7:15. I did get a chance to see Tricky Pixie, Brother, and Woodland – What amazing bands and a dance exhaustion day. Always good to be in Faerieworlds, seeing friends, family, and clan; eating the forbidden fruit of the fae that keeps you in Faerieland, spinning around in circles with pixies and sprites, soaking with mermaids and selchies in the cool refreshing river, and hearing chilling tales from trolls and gnomes by the fire’s light. Good Faeries Day was everso mystical and a blessing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Faerieworlds: The Experience from Unreal Classy on Vimeo.

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Woodland (Faerieworlds 2010: 7/30/10)

Woodland
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * Eugene, Oregon * Performance Friday 30 July 2010 at Faerieworlds *
The amazing inspiration and co-creators behind the world-famous Faerieworlds festival, the Band Woodland has weaved a living myth in the Pacific Northwest. Straight out of a faerie tale, Woodland brings together enchanting rhythmns, otherworldly music, inspirational lyrics, and mesmerizing ambiance. They are truly a Faerie Band straight out of Faerieland. As they performed opening night of their 2010 Faerieworlds, the gates between the worlds were seen and the mystical appeared. They blend together myth, faerie tale, Celtic and bardic poetry, folk and electric instrumentation into rock. The band is composed of amazing talent that is always worthy of grand applause. Emilio Miller-Lopez (harmony vocals, guitar, songwriter); Kelly Miller-Lopez (lead vocals, harp, whistles, flute, percussion, doumbek, dance); Kimmy Smith (plays a damn mean and enchanting fiddle and violin); Donald Brodsky (bass and didjeridoo); Markus Johnson (percussion/electronics, Udu, Talking Drum, Bells, Shakers, Electronica); and Ken Sokolov (drums/percussion, Tabla, Doumbek, Djembe). Bestowed with visuals of artwork by Brian Froud, their stage performance is no better described than otherworldly. The melding of their clan of performers and talent makes an unbeatable mix that will stun and rock any audience. Always a favorite. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Previously reviewed: Woodland @ the Faerieworlds Winter Good Faeries Masquerade Ball – 1/29/10; Woodland (final day @ Faerieworlds 2009 – 8/2/09); Woodland with Special Guests (Faerieworlds 7/31/09); Woodland @ Trolls et Legendes (Belgium) 4/11/2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpRwJLYVV-c

Live on Good Faeries night at Faerieworlds 2010 with a special dance performance by Ali Armstrong of Luminessah. Music and lyrics written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.

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Woodland @ the Faerieworlds Winter “Good Faeries Masquerade” Ball – 1/29/10

Woodland * Performance 1/29/2010 * Faerieworlds WInter 2010 Celebration * Good Faeries Masquerade * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon *
One of my favorite Pagan/Faerie bands, Woodland is the mover/shakers behind the phenomena that is Faerieworlds. Highlighting the first night of the Good Faeries Masquerade Ball at the McDonald Theater that was part of Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010 brought to their audiences a stunning performance. Woodland played their ball from 9:00 – 10:30 pm. Woodland focuses around Earth based and Faerie themes in their music, with Celtic and bardic poetry as strong influences … they mix folk and electric instrumentation melded with improvisational festival rock music. The Chief songwriter, Emilio Miller-Lopez is harmony vocals, guitar; Kelly Miller-Lopez as lead vocals, harp, flute, percussion; Kimmy Smith on fiddle; Donald Brodsky plays bass and didjeridoo; while Markus Johnson is on percussion/electronics; and Ken Sokolov on drums/percussion. The band makes up a ecstatic group that has quite a local and international following. Often their music is accompanied by VJ imagery based on Brian Froud’s artwork. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010: The Good Faeries Masquerade Ball


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

Good Faeries Masquerade Ball
* January 29th, 2010 * McDonald Theater * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza … Faerieworlds … comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” … partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The first night of the event was the “Good Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. A spectacular event put on by members of the band “Woodland” and the arts phenomena known as Imaginosis combining together to create “Faerieworlds”. The weekend of art, music, and imagination came together beautifully as a select group of faerie artisans had tables in the lobby, a full-service bar downstairs and upstairs in the balcony, and a place to get the concert artists souvenirs and music. Everyone’s costumes were fantastic and appropriately creative to toss one into feeling like one is in the world of the fae. Doors opened at 7:30 pm, and Adam Hurst opened the stage with a great performance at 8:30. Following Adam was the ethereal melodic rhythmns of the Pagan folk band “Woodland” enchanting the audience in faerie bliss from 9-10:30. At 10:45, Vancouver’s (BC) hottest Celtic-India fusion band “Delhi 2 Dublin” took to the stage mixing Celtic and Dub flavors fusing tabla, celtic fiddle, dhol, punjabi vocals, and electric sitar and electronic beats. Dancing was fantastic. The audience was captivated until a little after midnight when the Ball ended. Great evening of enjoyment. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


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Faerieworlds 2009: Day 3 – Family Day – August 2, 2009


Faerieworlds Day 3

Faerieworlds * Day 3 : Family Faerie Day
* Faerieworlds * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * Eugene, Oregon * Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 *
The final day in the triad of adventure in Faerieworlds. Today’s theme was “Family Faerie Day” and quite a few families with their plentitudes of children attended since kids 12 and under were admitted free on this date. What a wonderful giving-gift-back-to-the-community, thank you Faerieworlds. Throughout the day last minute vending and shopping, costumes, frolick, meeting / greeting / and farewells of friends, dancing, laughter, song, hula hooping, and music. It was definitely a Happy Family Day. Outside the main gates was the final filming of Gisela Pereira’s The short film project called ‘The Otherworld’. Intrigued, as I’m looking forward to seeing it in its final form. The Village stage was bouncing with song, dance, and arts from Che ok Ten at 12:40, Krishna Rose at 1:45, and Man Overboard at 3:15. The Main stage started happening again at noon – rocking with Glenn Falkenberg from noon to 1 pm, John Doan from 1:45 until 2:45 pm, Gaia Consort from 3:30 until 4:45; Woodland from 5:30 to 6:45 pm, and the finale by Faun from 7:30-8:45 pm. An amazing spiral dance was danced to Faun’s amazing music. Overwhelmingly beautiful! They had their closing farewell and closed the village grounds by 9 pm. What a wonderful way to cap off the final moments of this amazing Festival! Thank you Faerieworlds! Hope to see you again next year! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

My Review of Faerieworlds 2009. Official Faerieworlds Gallery. Read about Faerieworlds Day 1. Read about Faerieworlds Day 2. My review of Woodland on August 2, 2009. My Review of Faun on August 2, 2009.

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Woodland (final day @ Faerieworlds 2009 – 8/2/09)

Woodland
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 3 * July 31, 2009 * Main stage *
Another amazing performance of Woodland at their home fest. I much more enjoyed this performance than friday’s … not sure why, but amazed and enchanted on both days. To have them open for Faun and to transition the amazing performances from one favorite band to another was extroadinary and made my day. The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Faerieworlds 2009 (Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon)

Faerieworlds 2009
http://www.faerieworlds.com
* http://www.myspace.com/faerieworlds * July 31st – August 2, 2009 * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * 34901 Frank Parrish Road * Eugene, OR 97405 * Just off I-5, exit 189
Each year towards the close of summer arrives and opens a gateway between the worlds allowing mortals and faeries to dance and frolick together. One such event is “Faerieworlds”. A unique festival, hosted by Kelly & Emilio Miller-Lopez (Woodland), Robert Gould (Imaginosis), Kimmy Smith (Woodland), crew, and volunteers; always with the artistic presence of Brian and Wendy Froud; has recently been held over the last several years in the grassroots & environmentally conscious haven of Eugene, Oregon. Themed over the celebration of Faeries, music, art, and creativity; Faerieworlds also has a very deep dedication and connection with nature. Embedded within the amazing plethera of talent that they bring in every year is also a magnitude of earth-based ritual and celebration honoring our ancestors, the spirits of nature, and the Deities of the world. Teamed together with the amazing talent of the Mythmakers these ceremonies are more than phenomenal and theatrically better performed than most festivals of its genre have ever offered from my Technogypsie wanderlust experiences. When Faerieworlds boasts that its often hard to tell the difference between the performers and the attendees, they aren’t kidding at all. Everyone dresses up and comes in Faerie, Fantasy, or period costumery that puts any Renaissance Faire to pity (especially since 90% of the attendees dress up); making the creative artistic experience of dressing up one of the biggest attractions of the event. According to Brian Froud: “To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit. Graceful or ecstatic dance; the radiant, rhythmic heartbeat; friendship; music; all these move easily across the boundaries, transcending language, race, and time. Such activities extend a joyful hand across the threshold. At Faerieworlds, we ring the bells of faerie invitation. The people come. More importantly, the faeries come too.” The event organizers believe that ‘revitalizing, healing, and transforming spirit of faerie is alive and moving actively in our lives: faerie inspires and provokes, heals and reveals, illuminates and transcends.’ (Faerieworlds web site)

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Faerieworlds 2009: Day 1 – Good Faeries (7/31/09)


Faerieworlds Greeters

Faerieworlds Day 1: Good Faeries Day : Faerieworlds 2009: July 31st, 2009
www.faerieworlds.com

We arrived late morning in enough time to register and set up camp before the larger crowds came rambling in, though there were already a plethera of attendees. The gates to the realms was opened at 2 pm. The Main stage brought the amazing performances of the Wicker Men (2:30-3:15 pm); an Opening Ceremony and Spiral Dance (3:30-4:00 pm); Tricky Pixie (4:15-5:00 pm); Gaia Consort (5:45-6:45 pm); Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes (7:30-8:45 pm); Woodland with Adam Hurst and Louisa John-Krol (9:30-11 pm); and the Summoning of the Fae/Howling at the Moon by the Mythmakers (11:30-midnight). Mark Lewis, one of the emcees told stories and led a storytelling workshop. On the Village stage throughout the day starred Gypsy Moon at 5 pm and Ghillie Dhu at 6:45 pm. As usual the vending village was full of arts, crafts, costumes, clothing, artwork, wings, ears, talent, cuisine, and artists. Highlighted this year was of course Brian/Wendy/Toby Froud, Amy Brown, J. Corsentino, Jen Delyth, Gris Grimly, Miss Mindy, and Carolyn Turgeon. The theme of the day was “Good Faeries” styled after Brian Froud’s book “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries”. So most peoples costumery were along that theme. The opening ceremony was nicely done with a pretty empowering spiral dance afterwards. The first performers were the Wicker Men who got the green stomping. Tricky Pixie enchanted the audience into mischievious frolick, followed by Gaia Consort who brought tribute to the Earth with their otherworldly tunes. We were then mesmerized by Beats Antique with bellydancer Zoe Jakes which was the highlight during the daylight; followed by legendary Woodland who were guested with the talents of Louisa John-Krol (Australia) and cellist Adam Hurst. As darkness took over out came the fire dancers/spinners and a getting into the faerie state rite performance by the Mythmakers who all highlighted night-time. Unfortunately since I hurt my foot earlier in the day, I was unable to dance the day and night away. But I was still enchanted hanging in the spectator zone praying that my foot would be better tomorrow as one should not miss even an hour of dancing to the amazing talents that Faerieworlds brings in. Regardless of the 94+ degree heat, there were water faeries throughout the dancing crowds spritzing and cooling off the attendees … that was a mighty nice addition. Day 1 official entertainment lasted until midnight, after which the attendees were guided out of the village and closed its gates. However, that was not the end of the activities for the night. Back at the Party camping area, revellers shared spiritual songs, dance, drumming, didgeridoo, glow-stick poi spinning, hanging out, and festivity with one another around the hearth that should have held a fire, but rather was only filled with glow-sticks since no fire seemed to be permitted. A fire would have kept the party going all night, and some did stay up to the rising of the sun, while others wandered back to their tents at an early hour. Apparently however, there were festivities and entertainment going on back at the village in the casbah teahouse tent; and unknown to many of the campers, some of the food vendors still were serving after-hours. The program guides were severely delayed in distribution as we didn’t get ours until the next day. (Guides were not ready when the gates were opened) Overall, it was a nice chill day of settling into the Faerie realm, setting up camp, catching up with old friends I hadn’t seen for ages, and figuring out what I wanted to get out of the festival this weekend. Tapping the Faerie energy and being charged with the blessings weaved by the Mythmakers, the spirit of Faerieworlds was invoked. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Gallery


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Woodland with Special Guests (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Woodland with Adam Hurst and Louisa John-Krol
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 9:30-11 pm on the main stage *
The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Joined in this performance on Friday July 31st, was young Adam Hurst from Portland as a star cellist, guitarist, and mandolin player. This was his first Faerieworlds performance. Another first for Faerieworlds joining woodland in her premiere performance was Louisa John-Krol from Australia (read my review of her at Trolls et Legendes). Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Woodland

Woodland
Performing unplugged at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09
Eugene, Oregon
http://www.woodlandmusic.net/
Having already booked my trip to Europe without knowing about the Trolls et Legendes festival, I was pretty distraught that I would be missing the performance of Woodland on sunday since I had to leave the festival the night prior to their scheduled magic. But I was blessed with an unplugged performance of this amazing group as they played in the marketplace at Trolls et Legendes in Belgium on Saturday afternoon. While the festival didn’t equipt the band with sound equipment, and it was a bit hard to hear them over the festival noises, chatter, and clatter … standing closer to the stage, their magic overwhelmingly drowned out the distracting noises. Having been privileged to see Woodland on many other occasions at their home festival of Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon – I know the enchantment they weave. To experience them even with this unplanned jam in the city of Mons, Belgium was awe-inspiring to say the least. Woodland is a enchanting faerie band rooted from the heartland of Oregon in the United States bringing forth folklore, mythology, and Celtic rhythms in a magical spell. Their performances are like a magical ritual, bringing together childhood folk stories with the epic myth of the woodlands. Weaved together with the poetic harmonies of Emilio and Kelly Miller-Lopez, Kimmy Smith, Donald Brodsky, and Jarrod Kaplan – the mystical presence of the group not only mesmerizes their fans with music, poetry, and the inspiring art of Brian Froud, video, and Festivity – but also key organizing of fabulous and enchanting festivals like Faerieworlds, Faeriecon, and the Faerie Balls. Blessed with the harp, flutes, percussion, song, harmony, guitar, the fiddle, electric instruments, bass, didgeridoo, and theatrics – this band is phenomenal. Always a pleasure to be in their presence. Thank you for all that you do! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 17, Part B (4/11) – “Trolls et Legendes” Festival – Market, Woodland, Faeries


Chapter 17: Part B

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Mons, Belgium

“Closer to the key, I can feel it …” Sir Thomas Leaf pondered. “It is the day for the revelations to be revealed.” Difficulties making conversation or getting around without knowing French was pretty prevelant for the duo, and it frustrated Princess Brea. Sir Thomas Leaf made poor half-ass attempts at utilizing his 6 years of schooling in French to get around, but failed horribly. The dialects were quite different than the French he had learned in school. Some intriguing films drew Leaf into the theater – but not being Faerie or “fantasy” at all, but rather, macabre sick-n-twisted flicks in French. That was entertaining but not what he had expected. The vendors and crafts-beings were amazing and lured the already-broke Leaf into purchasing some art for his collection at home. Fantastical creatures, wizards, faeries, monsters, trolls, orcs, centaurs, and lizard people crept, crawled, hymned, hawed, and enchanted those around them as they weaved around the crowds. Crepes, festival food, and Belgium beer greeted many in the dining hall. A stunning Irish Faerie captivated the curiousity of Sir Thomas Leaf – alluring him to the British “Fae” magazine booth. (He’s always wanted to check out this magazine, but had not seen it in physical form, as well as the American “Faeries” magazine as well, which future investment shall be made into when the time is right. The Fae magazine he had always wanted to get and delve into, and a charming Faerie Moe to promote the already sold zine, he excitingly purchased the full set of 6 issues. As he became friends with the mesmerizing Irish charm, he returned later to the booth to meet a familiar kindred spirit – a captivating British Faerie named Zoe, who recognized him from being an online friend. Instant deep connections were created as Sir Thomas Leaf realized these kindred spirits were faerie family, and were soon to be the ones to reveal the sacred key of which this quest was set out to discover. From the mystical lands of Britain and Ireland, the mythos is near realization. A bounce around, Sir Thomas Leaf was also pleased that his beloved Faerie band “Woodland” from Oregon, that he had come to love from seeing them at “Faerieworlds” was doing an un-expected un-plugged jam session performance so that he was blessed with the ability to see them on this trip, making the day ever more so magical as he was prior disappointed he’d be missing them since the adventurers had to leave that night after Qnthal. Alas, Woodland was scheduled for a sunday performance. But he did not have to miss their charm. Magic in the song, inspiration from the tunes. The European quest coming to fruition. [to be continued …]


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Trolls et Legendes: Day 2 – The Fair


Trolls et Legendes vendors
photo by Zoe Nicholls

Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – the Market
Lotto Mons Expo * Avenue Thomas Edison – 7000 Mons – Belgium * http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/index-en.htm
Wandering around the vendor side of the the Festival, I was amazed by the incredible and amazing array of artwork presented. Paintings, books, crafts, homemade goodies, costumes, elven ears, masks, jewelry, leather works, figurines, statues, archery, games, and comics. Pretty fantastic fair. I think Trolls et Legendes did a fabulous job with their vendor market. There was also a gaming and role-playing game section, which since it’s not all my thing, didn’t wander through that area much – but it seemed well done as well. Costumed fantastical creatures, wizards, warriors, orcs, elves, and faeries wandered around the market with song, dance, smirks, quirks, and playfulness. My favorites was the didgeridoo playing creature on a leash, the centaur, the Troll or Orc, the elven bard, and some of the faeries in the mix. Top job with the theatrical! After not being impressed with the first night, the fact that programmes were not easily available, and some dynamics of the festival that were poorly organized – this part of the festival brought hope and fulfillment for me during the day. I was quite pleased. The food services, still not the top of my list with their silly little token plastic coins you had to use to purchase those items with were ridiculous, but I thought the crepes were good. Some of the artists and writers were amazing. I found meeting them and being enlightened by their art was very worthwhile. The S.C.A.-like camp in the back, outdoors was very intriguing, but not very welcoming. It had its own charm. However, I’m guessing I’m not much of a fan of Faerie or fantasy festivals to take place in convention centers. The writers and illustrators were also signing books and displaying their literature/art with a full list found at http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/litterature-en.htm. Market: Rating 4 stars out of 5.


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