Thursday, August 2nd I arrived to the loving welcome of the staff and the hosts of the gathering Azrael & Angel. It was great to see the staff at Dragon Hills once again. Mama Rita had a bad case of poison oak from mowing the lawn at her house, and didn’t feel well, so the kitchen was closed for the evening.
I drove to Wendy’s drive through (not too far away) for dinner and brought it back to eat and hang out with everyone. Several more people showed up and started unpacking and setting up.
On Friday morning Mama Rita felt better and kitchen was open and smelling great! I had breakfast and good conversation, and got to know Ernie Nichols better. He is a paranormal investigator. You can find him at the Fort Oglethorpe Battlefield Investigator’s website at www.FOFBI.Webs.com, or at www.MidnightChild.Webs.com. After talking about the fact that my Matron Goddess is the Egyptian Bast, he surprisingly gifted me with an Egyptian dagger! It is already on my altar! By lunchtime the “village hangout” at the kitchen had grown and Vendors were showing up.
The lovely Jenn Bailey taught a workshop on making your own homemade cleaning products. During the workshop, we made our own laundry detergent. Jenn is very passionate about using not only more natural products for cleaning, but also saving money at the same time. It was a very interesting workshop, and a hands-on experience.
Some of the folks went with Ernie and Jesse on a ghost walk around the property after dark and had some surprising activity and results. Voices were heard and communicated with the group.
Saturday was filled with excellent conversations on many topics, and the food from the kitchen was never better!
I visited the wonderful vendors and networked and took photos.
Micah & Hope! What a kind hearted couple! I was in love with the masks and the dolls. I couldn’t keep my eyes off them! Amazing hand-made work! The dolls were very “Goth” and so well done, you thought there were going to move and speak, while the masks ranged from Pagan, to Mardi Gras, to playful!
Kit & Kay do great things! Besides their normal Pagan T shirts, and apparel, they also have created 6 T shirt designs for autism. The shirts sell for $20, and they donate $10 (50%) from every shirt to autism research.
Before i knew it, it w time to set up for my concert. I unloaded and set up with Azrael and Angel’s help. The performance went great and although it was quite warm and sticky, the Pagans were up and dancing. (When i performed there at Samhain last year, i was freezing to death! Lol!) After the concert, I broke down the musical equipment and loaded with Ernie and Jesse’s help. Jenn was so sweet and bought a CD. Invigorated from the performance, I slept like a rock that night! Thank the Goddess for the cabins at Dragon Hills and the A/C!
Sunday I got up and had coffee and breakfast with everyone. Said my goodbyes and gave hugs and headed out back home to Florida.
I want to give a special thanks to Azrael, his Mother, and Angel for making it possible for me to come and perform! I hope to be able to make it to another one of your gatherings in the future someday soon!
I had a great time, once again, at Phoenix Phyre 2012 held near Lakeland, FL in April. It was wonderful to see familiar smiling faces and receive so many gracious hugs while at the gathering.
One of the highlights was sitting and talking with Nybor and Elspeth. Two very dear people to my heart. They were there with bells on, dispensing their wisdom to whomever would listen.
Another highlight was actually sitting with and recording Ardy sing her song “Who Will Listen”. She has an amazingly beautiful voice, and I am going to be taking that and setting it to music and fleshing out an entire recording around her voice. I’m excited about this project, because it is speaking to me so strongly in my thoughts and dreams!
And I would be remiss in not mentioning how wonderful it was to hang out with Mead Muse and her clan’s camp. We had great fun all week long, keeping each other entertained, and tempering the wild drunken fairies (complete with wings) that would happen by.
When it came to the night of my performance, which was also the celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Phoenix Festivals, Mother Nature decided to teach us all a small lesson in patience. A small storm cell developed directly over our heads (according to radar on our phones), and continued to expand until it opened up a deluge upon us. It POURED right when I was unloading my equipment to set up for my concert. LOL
Not to be undone, I covered my equipment as best I could under the large tent, and took my mic stand and continued walking in circles pushing the puddling water out of the tent roof. It was raining so hard it was drooping on all sides at least 1-2 feet.
The local Witches sprang into action. To this day, I’m not sure what spell they were chanting, but there were several small groups casting like crazy to bubble us from the rain.
This continued for an hour or so.
Finally it started to let up, and the rain slowed until it stopped. Everything was wet, but my equipment was dry. Thank Goddess!
I quickly set up for the concert and gave my best, albeit truncated, concert that I could muster! I had everyone up dancing and enjoying the coolness of the evening before they headed over to the drumming circle in the now rising fog.
Oh what a night!
I look forward to returning to Phoenix Festivals soon! All my love to everyone that makes this gathering such a pleasure to attend!
To see a few after concert testimonial “Love on Alexian” videos, head over to: http://youtu.be/PmPWH6Harzs