Maryland Faerie Festival Blog

Come Celebrate Tree Spirits with Us! May 10-11, 2014

The Maryland Faerie Festival Announces the 10th Anniversary of the Maryland Faerie Festival on May 10th & 11th, 2014 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm

The Maryland Faerie Festival is pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary of the Maryland Faerie Festival on May 10th & 11th, 2014 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. This marks the 3rd year that the Maryland Faerie Festival has held its celebration at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington at 2564 Silver Rd.   Each year thousands of people come together, to celebrate the faeries and enjoy pageantry, magic, music, and mischief. The Festival provides an atmosphere and entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore and literature, and, of course, by the Faeries themselves.

 

“This year we are celebrating Tree Spirits! I think we will see lots of Dryads, little white forest spirits, deer and other forest animals, Elves, Ents Entwives, and Faeries dressed in leaves,” said Holly Budd, Board Representative, “Keep your eyes open for a wooden Sprite with wings covered in large pointy multi- colored fall leaves, navy blue face, with light blue around the eyes, and a bright sparkly green eye shadow; clothes of browns and greens, leaves and twigs.”

“Getting out into the trees, climbing and exploring – nothing is like it. Escape from school and regular day to day stuff and get your Faerie on!”  said Stephen Steamer Ravenwolves, a young man who has been coming since the festival started.

Family-friendly activities including storytellers, puppet shows, music, magic, Faerie Tea Parties, crafts, the Glamour Glen, food, fine arts, and games. There will be a lot of new vendors and reenactment type activities this year.

The Goblins and the night-time Fae continue the fun even after the sun goes down, with bonfires and fire performers, drumming in Friday Night and the SummerFest Faerie Ball on Saturday night! For those who don’t want to miss a moment of the magic, the Faerie Ring Camping Experience allows for a complete escape into the magical and fantastical world of the Fae.

Maryland Faeries promote the stewardship of nature, outdoor education, and sponsor faerie artists, merchants and entertainment. As a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, the Maryland Faerie Festival provides educational and outreach opportunities for groups whose mission also encourages love, cooperation, peace, harmony and respect for all beings.

The Maryland Faerie Festival offers multiple options and package deals for attendance, including Day Tickets, Weekend Passes, tickets to only the evening activities, and The Faerie Ring Camping Experience All-Access Weekend Pass. Discounts are also given to day visitors who come in costume. Visit www.marylandfaeriefestival.org and click on “Buy Tickets” for more information.

Maryland Faerie Festival Honored at Prince George’s County Police and Sheriff’s Explorer Awards Ceremony

Maryland Faerie Festival Outstanding Community Supporter

Maryland Faerie Festival Outstanding Community Supporter
In appreciation of your continuing support of Explorers Post 1696 Since 2005 March 29, 2014

By Tom Friedel, (Kalabran), Maryland Faerie Festival Producer and Board Member.

Saturday, March 29th I was honored to attend the Prince George’s County Police and Sheriff’s Explorer Awards Ceremony held in Fort Washington. As I was and executive with the Boy Scouts for almost 14 years I knew what to expect from the majority of the ceremony: chicken, rice, green beans, pasta…it’s a meal most everyone will enjoy. Lots of speeches from local officials, the Chief, the Sheriff and many other dignitaries.

The Explorers and the Posts were also honored by the Council office with service awards for hours of service to the community that started at 1000 hours and exceeded 2500 hours for some posts. The posts themselves received awards and the top male and female officers were recognized as well.

But then something on, but not outlined, was on the program. Lt. Yakeisha Hines of Post 1696 began reading…..”The Maryland Faerie Festival is a 501 c-3 organization….”. A few people were puzzled by why the mission statement of our festival was being read in the middle of a Post awards ceremony.  It didn’t fit the room filled with clean pressed uniforms, shining and polished brass and shoes, the tables of officers with service weapons on their hips and handcuffs on their belts.

The Lieutenant explained that the Maryland Faerie Festival was the reason they were here today, why the post was able to attend the local and National conventions and conferences. She explained that when the post was ranked in competition with the entire country and were placing in the top three in many areas of professional service such as hostage negotiation, traffic stops, and color guard.  This not only draws attention to the exceptional young men and women in the post, but to the degree of service that they provide in the tens of thousands of hours. It also speaks highly to the dedication of the officers and sheriffs that provide training, leadership and community service seen as cornerstones of building good officers.  We were the only group back in 2005 that gave them a substantial donation for the incredible service they provided the attendees of the festival. We have continued to do so for the last 8 years, providing over $10,000 in support for their program. Anyone that has been with us from the beginning knows the challenges of the first year and the parking lot. Those Explorers for us were a god send, and allowed us to focus on other aspects of our event.

We have believed that from the beginning we wanted to be community minded event and involve all those who had like minded missions. The donations we made were the right thing to do. No one had to tell us that, and we were doing the right thing for the right reasons. We didn’t realize how important this was not only to that Post, but to the entire program.  The posts have now been given the opportunity to manage the parking of large lots at FedEx Field for the Washington Redskins home games.

Now that the Festival in being held in Harford County, our Post has decided that the Sheriff’s Department here should be receiving the support we provided them the past 8 years. So this year the parking for the Festival will be run by the Harford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post.

So on behalf of our Festival, from the Police and Sheriff’s Departments of Prince George’s County, I received an engraved Glass Award that recognized us for our support of the Post.

I was happy to receive it on behalf of all of you. It’s nice to know that someone else sees that we are meeting our mission, and making a difference in the lives of the Explorers and their leaders. Being good stewards of the environment, our community, and helping preserve homes for the faeries.

Sweetie the Unicorn Brought Magic to Our Lives

Sweetie the Unicorn at the 2013 Maryland Faerie Festival Yenra Photography http://yenra.me

Sweetie the Unicorn at the 2013 Maryland Faerie Festival Yenra Photography http://yenra.me

On this cold day in January, Sweetie the Unicorn has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to warm green pastures. Sweetie was 31 years old. My heart goes out to Sweetie’s family, and to people and faeries all over the world, her life has touched.

Sweetie was more than a pet horse; she was an inspiration for imagination, a “dream come true” for so many who met her at the Maryland Faerie Festival.  I was lucky to spend time with her, at her home with Robin, where she, lived quietly disguised as a horse most of the year.

Sweetie, you live on in your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the people you have brought joy to. You were a gentle companion that brought a little magic to our lives. You will be remembered, my friend.

Sweetie  by David Fimbres

Sweetie the Unicorn and Robin the Yellow Faerie Photo by David Fimbres http://www.semicharmedlifephotography.com/

Sweetie the Unicorn in the flower glades, browsing her leafy greens.

Sweetie the Unicorn in the flower glades, browsing her leafy greens. http://sweetietheunicorn.blogspot.com/

Sweetie the Unicorn in the Faerie Glades http://sweetietheunicorn.blogspot.com/

Sweetie the Unicorn in the Faerie Glades http://sweetietheunicorn.blogspot.com/

Sweetie The Unicorn

Sweetie The Unicorn by the Lake at Maryland Faerie Festival Picture by Argenta Silver Fox

Sweetie the Unicorn on the other side of Loch Less Photo by Yenra

Sweetie the Unicorn on the other side of Loch Less Photo by Yenra

What Does the Fox Say? Faerie Flash Mob

All young fae and their human hosts were invited to partake of the delights in the FaerieCon East Children’s Area, run by the Maryland Faerie Festival’s Queen of the Seelie Court. This year we learned The Fox Dance!

Share the Faerie Magic! Join us at the Maryland Faerie Festival.

“What does the Fox Say?” is an awesome song by Ylvis. The Faeries love it!

The Maryland Faerie Festival
 May 10 –  May 11, 2014
Camp Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org

September Volunteer Meeting

The Seelie King and Queen at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Calling All Volunteers for two opportunities with the Maryland Faerie Festival Family.

1.  Volunteers are needed to assist with a table promoting the Maryland Faerie Festival at the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Big Event. We will pass out literature, talk about the upcoming festival, and assist children with a simple craft.

Please let us know ASAP if you are able to assist and what hours you are able to assist. It is not necessary to volunteer the entire time. Volunteers are needed for shifts starting at 10:00 am and going through the close of the event at 4:00 pm.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Big Event
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD
Saturday, September 21st
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

2.  Please join us Thursday, September 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a volunteer meeting. We will discuss upcoming opportunities to promote the festival and go over ideas to make the 2014 festival fabulous!

The address is:
1359 Ridge Commons Blvd
Hanover, MD 21076.

This is very close to the Arundel Mills Mall near the intersection of Route 100 and 295. Please call 443-618-6249 if you need assistance with directions. The house is grey with black shutters. Be sure to check house numbers on the mailbox as GPS directions end up at the wrong end of the street.

Link Roundup of Maryland Faerie Festival Pictures

Sweetie the Unicorn and the Salamander Queen enjoyed dancing the Maypole at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Sweetie the Unicorn and the Salamander Queen enjoyed dancing the Maypole at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Here they are, all in one place, links to some beautiful pictures of  the 2013 Maryland Faerie Festival.

From flickr:

Frenchy & The Punk Photo by Mike Wuyek

Frenchy & The Punk   ~   Photo by Mike Wuyek

From facebook:

The Maypole

The Seelie King lets the Maypole ribbons fly after the dance!

And these awesome links:

 Photo by Mike Wuyek

Photo by Mike Wuyek

We had a great time at the festival this year and we hope you did too. Please take our Survey and let us know about your experience so we can make our festival even better.

 

Telesma! Photo by Mike Wuyek

Telesma! Photo by Mike Wuyek

Great Lineup for Maryland Faerie Festival SummerFest 2013

Telesma at Maryland Faerie Festival

Telesma at Maryland Faerie Festival

Join us on the night of Saturday, May 11, at 8 as the mists of Faerie part for the re-emergence of SummerFest. Long renowned as a party so exciting that even the storm spirits came to dance.

This year’s lineup for SummerFest at the Maryland Faerie Festival is spectacular.

Boomtown Hoops teams up with live music from the Sunrise Project to bring you a tale of magic, upliftment and the true power of the heart.

MAHARAL entertains with dramatic and moving pieces that combine music, dance, circus and fire arts, storytelling, history, and theater.

Telesma blends ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, bridging the gap between the primal and the futuristic.

Hope my Faerie Godmother grants my wish and Frenchy & the Punk make it in time for SummerFest too!

Our Faerie Godmothers will ensure that nothing will stop the revels by holding SummerFest in the Dancing Tulip Pavilion. Let the music pull you out of your seat and set you on your feet. Dance the night away, dressed in your faerie finest to celebrate SummerFest!

Tickets will be available at the Maryland Faerie Festival, and you can buy them here.

The Maryland Faerie Festival
Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Camp Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org

Introducing Doctor Momento at the Faerie Fire and Drum Experience

Doctor Momento has traveled through Time and Space to gift us with his presence. Join him for drumming, drama, and adventure! We will have a fire circle, drumming and dancing, featuring poi spinning and demonstrations of fire staff, whips, swords, and hoops. Oh, the wonders you’ll see!

Faerie Fire and Drum Experience at the Maryland Faerie Festival will be Friday, 8pm, May 10, 2013 Darlington, MD

Faerie Fire and Drum Experience at the Maryland Faerie Festival will be Friday, 8pm, May 10, 2013 Darlington, MD

You will also find Doctor Momento throughout your day at the Maryland Faerie festival at Doctor Momento’s Dragon, Drum Dome.

Doctor Momento is Ken Crampton of Everybody Drum.   Ken Crampton has been drumming since the day he was born.  It wasn’t until 1986 that he bought his first drum and started collecting drums and percussion.  It was then he realized that the music played from our hearts is the orchestra of life! He began holding Community Drum Circles and studying with teachers from other cultures.  He spent many years studying, facilitating and teaching throughout the United States.  He has seen the rhythms wake dementia patients from their slumber and allow family members to once again commune in communication with family and friends.  It has taken the teens angst and turned it to joy!  Everybody Drum has joined business individuals in unity through rhythm and the arts.  Their programs have been used as icebreakers, community entertainment and for therapeutic purposes.  They have helped organizations develop their own programs and assisted them in securing instruments.  Their programs can be as colorful as the organizations want from costuming to the performance Everybody Drum offers lasting impressions on the individual and community.

The Faerie Fire and Drum Experience begins at 8 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013. We invite all to join the drummers, dancers, chanters, ritualists, mask-makers, visual artists, poets and dream-weavers to at this intentional co-creative fire circle. The intentional fire circle is a safe and sacred place to dance, sing, and drum, a place to let your spirit take wing and fly.

Tickets will be available at the Maryland Faerie Festival, and you can buy them here.

The Maryland Faerie Festival
Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Camp Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org

Faerie Fun for Everyone

Events and Activities

When you spend a day with the Faeries, the fun is limitless!

 Visit Sweetie, our Unicorn-In-Residence, at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Visit Sweetie, our Unicorn-In-Residence, at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Faerie Godmothers Tea Time 

Come join our visiting Faerie Godmothers for tea!  All Faerie Godmothers and those who love them are invited.  Did you know that a faerie godmother can be anyone who has made somebody’s beautiful dream or wish come true?  There will refreshments, entertainment, and time to share personal stories of your own faerie godmothers.

 Faerie Courts

Are you an Earth Spirit? Or maybe an Air, Fire, or Water Spirit? Maybe a mix of all the Elements? Come visit Mother Nature and her Elemental Courts and find out. Receive special gifts to proclaim your special spiritual self!

 The Royal Quest

You are invited by the Queens and Kings to go on a great quest.  In your travels, you will meet Faeries, Shopkeeper, and more.   Throughout the festival, the goblins have hidden nine puzzle pieces.  Search for the two flags of the faerie courts.  Tell the shopkeeper you are on a Royal Quest to collect your piece of the puzzle.     Once you have all nine pieces, journey to the Unseelie Court. They will give you a prize.  Enjoy your day with the Faeries!!!

 Maypole Parade and Dance

The parade will begin at One O’clock, at the Evergreen Stage.  All are invited to join us as we parade around the festival to the Maypole and dance the Maypole Dance.

 Fabulous Faerie Fashion Frenzy

The Unseelie Court will bring a touch of disorder to the Dancing Tulip Stage as they present this fashion show for kids of all ages.  It’s the Unseelies, so don’t expect order or a lot of seriousness; just fun and a few prizes. You never know who will show up.  Even some of the vendors show off their finery.   To sign up and join in, get your entry form at the front gate.

 Greenman March

Where will you be on Saturday when The Beneficent Order of the Greenman emerges from the woods to bless the festival?

 Faerie Houses

Come create a wee faerie house along the Faerie House Trail to honor our Faerie friends. You will find twigs, leaves, and other small forest bits to make unique houses for the Faerie Folk.

 Wishing Trees

Visit the Wishing Trees at the edge of the woods to share your wishes with the Faeries. To make the connection, color and write wishes on strips of cloth.   Your wishes, tied to the trees, are carried to the Faeries.

 Labyrinth

Follow the Dragon Trail to the Hidden Labyrinth.  Walk in peace and harmony.  Look within, to reveal the mysteries of more than what your eyes can see.

 Children’s Craft Cove and Glamour Glen

Here you can make wings, wands, amulets, potions, and goblin masks.

Faerie Games in the Field

Play Faerie Mushroom Checkers, Rip Van Winkle Bowling, and Pixie Pick Up Sticks

The Maryland Faerie Festival
Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Camp Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org

Visit Mother Nature and her Elemental Courts at the Maryland Faerie Festival

Mother Nature by Helena Aislin Meet Mother Nature at the Maryland Faerie Festival on Mothers Day Weekend

Mother Nature by Helena Aislin

Are you an Earth Spirit? Or maybe an Air, Fire, or Water Spirit? Maybe a mix of all the Elements? Come visit Mother Nature and her Elemental Courts at the Maryland Faerie Festival and find out—and receive special gifts to proclaim your special spiritual self!

Come and enjoy the pageantry, magic, music, and mischief. We provide an atmosphere and entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore and literature, and, of course, by the Faeries themselves.  Yes, we believe in Faeries! Through the Faerie heritage, we encourage love, cooperation, peace, harmony, and respect for all beings, along with a pinch of mischief!

  • Opening Friday, May 10th, at 5 pm, for the 8pm Fire and Drum Experience.
  • Gates open at 10 am, Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013
  • The SummerFest Celebration begins at 8:00pm, Saturday Night.

Join Mother Nature at the Maryland Faerie Festival as we celebrate Faerie Godmothers in 2013, Darlington, Maryland. Purchase your advanced tickets here.

Maryland Faerie Festival
Camp Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: